Hyping up the so-called “China threat” is Washington’s habitual trick as it needs excuses for transforming the South China Sea into a hunting ground for its geopolitical self-interest.
Geared up to form an anti-China clique, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has recently visited three nations in Southeast Asia, during which he kept pointing an accusing finger at Beijing with groundless charges, stirring up new waves in the regional waters.
Speaking in Singapore on Tuesday, Austin vowed to challenge what he called China’s aggression, reiterated Washington’s support for nations involved in disputes with China in the South China Sea, and accused China’s claims in the regional waters of having “no basis in international law.”
Moreover, during later trips to Vietnam and the Philippines, Austin spared no effort in advocating the so-called “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.
To anyone who knows the region’s history and current situation, the Pentagon chief’s remarks during his visits are totally absurd and ignorant.