U.S. Defense Secretary Warns That China’s Military Is Increasingly Aggressive

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Lloyd Austin says Chinese aircraft and ships are engaging in provocative behavior in Indo-Pacific.

Speaking at a defense conference in Singapore on Saturday, he said the U.S. is working to strengthen “guardrails against conflict,” including by keeping the lines of communication fully open with China’s defense leaders.

“We do not seek a new Cold War, an Asian NATO, or a region split into hostile blocs,” he said. “We will defend our interests without flinching, but we’ll also work toward our vision for this region—one of expanding security, one of increased cooperation, and not one of growing division.”

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