China’s aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific can spark crisis there: US defence secy

By Times Of India

Describing China as a pacing challenge, US defence secretary Llyod Austin said Beijing’s “aggressive behaviour” in the Indo-Pacific could spark a crisis in the region.

Responding to questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on the annual budget of the Pentagon, he stressed on having a direct line of communication between the militaries and also between government officials.

“As we look at some of the aggressive behaviour that we have witnessed from China in the Indo-Pacific, I’m concerned about something that could happen that could spark a crisis,” Austin said on Thursday.

“We need the ability to be able to talk with our allies and partners and also with our adversaries or potential adversaries. So, I think there needs to be a direct line of communication between the military and also between government officials as well,” the defence secretary said.

Austin described the US’ relationship with China currently as one of competition.

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