[Epoch Times December 05, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Gao Shan compiled a report) US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Lloyd Austin) on Saturday (December 4) at the Reagan National Defense Forum (Reagan National Defense Forum) In his speech, he mentioned the CCP and told Fox News that the CCP “China is not 10 feet tall”.
Austin said: “The United States is a Pacific power. Indo-Pacific is a region full of great opportunities and real challenges. One of the challenges is that China (the CCP) is becoming more and more confident and authoritarian.”
Austin joined other senior defense leaders on Saturday to emphasize the importance of strengthening the relationship between the United States and its allies, not only in the Pacific region, but also on a global scale.
Experts at the meeting issued a warning against the threat posed by the CCP and Russia, because both countries continue to build a provocative defense system that has never been seen since World War II.
Austin said: “We are facing a daunting challenge. But whether in war or peace, when we work with friends, we always become stronger.”
Austin said that the United States will not force countries to choose between their relations with the United States or the CCP. He said that the Biden administration hopes to strengthen its deterrence against the Chinese Communist Party’s possible aggression against Taiwan, rather than changing the status quo in the region.
U.S. officials have repeatedly stated on Saturday that the U.S. will continue to adhere to the one-China policy while remaining committed to supporting Taiwan’s defenses.
The CCP’s military ambitions have expanded beyond the Indo-Pacific region. In the recent past, the CCP has continued to work hard to expand its nuclear program and ballistic missile tests, which has aroused greater attention from defense security officials to the United States‘ defense capabilities.
He also added: “We have the greatest innovators in the world, and we will take the necessary measures to maintain our innovative capabilities to help us maintain a competitive advantage in the future.”
Austin said: “We are competing with China (the CCP), but we don’t necessarily have to be involved in conflict.”
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