Australia, United States, Japan, Philippines, India and Vietnam are all one in commitment to solve regional issues like territorial and maritime disputes and maintaining freedom of navigation while pursuing prosperity, the top Pentagon official, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said during a joint press conference in Boston. The joint press conference was held after the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations in Boston, October 13, between Carter, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne.
He said US and Australia “both want to sustain and renew an Asia- Pacific regional security architecture where everyone rises and everyone prospers. That’s the essence of the US rebalance toward the region.”
“Together, our nations favor peaceful resolutions to disputes and oppose coercion and infringement on well-established international norms, especially in the face of rising tensions in the East and South China Sea,” Carter noted.
“Make no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea is not and will not be an exception,” the top Pentagon official said.
“This is not simply a US commitment, our two nations are joined by an increasing number of countries in the neighborhood, including Japan, the Philippines, India and Vietnam, all with an interest in prospering while solving regional issues,” Secretary Carter said.