“China’s actions are bringing countries in the region together in new ways. And they’re increasing demand for American engagement in the Asia-Pacific, and we’re going to meet it,” United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii during the U.S. Pacific Command Change of Command, May 27.
He added that US will remain as the main military power in the region. “We will remain the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come.”
The Pentagon chief added that US military will continue presence in West Philippine Sea. “The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.”
He expressed that US wants “a peaceful resolution of all disputes, and an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by any claimant. We also oppose any further militarization of disputed features.”
While in Hawaii, Carter had a meeting with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin where they reaffirmed the strong and enduring ties between Philippines and US.
Carter is in a 10-day trip to reaffirm U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. He will be travelling to Singapore, Vietnam and India.