Defense Ministry voices concern over U.S. moves in South Asia

2023-02-24 Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

A spokesman for the defense ministry expressed great concern about the U.S.' latest moves in South Asia, saying China is paying close attention to the situation.

During the recent visit to the Philippines by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the U.S. announced it gained access to four military bases in the Southeast Asian country and the two countries would resume joint patrols in the South China Sea.

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, refuted those actions, calling the U.S. "the most dangerous factor and the biggest source of chaos aggravating regional tensions and threatening regional peace and stability".

"At present, the U.S. is constantly seeking to strengthen its military deployment in the region and scheming for confrontations between camps, which will only create more trust deficit and tensions," he said.

Tan added defense and security cooperation among countries "should be conducive to regional peace and stability and should not target or harm the interests of a third party".

He reminded countries in the region to "see the true purpose of the U.S. in maintaining its hegemony, to avoid being dragged into the wrong path of bloc confrontations and zero-sum games".


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