“Generations of Americans have served and died here so that the people of the Asia Pacific might live free. So no one should ever question our resolve or our commitments to our allies,” United States President Barack Obama said while in Australia for G20 summit.
He said that security in Asia does not rely “on spheres of influence, or coercion or intimidation where big nations bully the small” but on alliances.
“Day in, day out, steadily, deliberately, we will continue to deepen our engagement using every element of our power — diplomacy, military, economic, development and the power of our values.”
Obama specified China, saying that it should “adhere to the same rules as other nations, whether in trade or on the seas.”
President Obama believes that “disputes over territory – remote islands and rocky shoals – that threaten to spiral into confrontation.”
“We’ll support ASEAN’s effort to reach a code of conduct with China that reinforces international law in the South China Sea,” US President said.
“By the end this decade, a majority of our navy and air force fleets will be based out of the Pacific, because the United States is and always will be a Pacific power.”