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US seeks version of NATO in Asia to maintain hegemony, says Chinese official

The US is seeking to create a version of NATO in the Asia-Pacific region in order to maintain its hegemony in the region, a Chinese defense ministry official said today from Singapore. Lt. Gen. Jing Jianfeng made the remarks on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual defense forum, during which US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hailed a “new era of security” for the region. Austin said earlier today: “Despite historic conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region remains our priority theater of operations.” “I will be clear: the US can only be safe if Asia is safe,” the American minister underlined. “For this reason the US has long maintained a presence in the region.” Responding to Austin, Jing commented that US policy in the Asia-Pacific region aims to “create division, provoke conflict and undermine the […]
Source: News Beast

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