Lloyd Austin warned of the dangers countries pose to the world, to which are also added the regimes of Iran and North Korea< /h2>
Lloyd Austin warned that China and Russia “seek a world in which disputes are resolved by force” (REUTERS)
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin , warned this Saturday about the plans of Russia and China, for which they point to a world in which force is used to resolve problems.
“Beijing, like Moscow, seeks a world in which might gives reason, in which disputes are resolved by force and in which autocrats can end the flame of freedom”, he said at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.
The war that Russia waged on Ukraine on the past 24 February “has highlighted the challenge we face in the Indo-Pacific, where (China) is also pushing for something far removed from our vision of a free and stable international system and open”, he continued.
In that sense, Austin stressed that the United States will continue to uphold human rights and international law.
“The invasion of Russia offers a glimpse of a possible world of tyranny and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” Austin said (REUTERS)
“The invasion of Russia offers a glimpse of a possible world of tyranny and turmoil in which none of us would want to live,” he said.
It is not only Vladimir Putin who poses a serious threat to the West but also , Xi Jinping through his claims and maneuvers on Taiwan, they have also come under the world's gaze.
China's activities on the island have increased in recent times and are “highly provocative”, he commented Austin. Thus, in recent weeks, Chinese military aircraft have been seen flying over the area near the coast of Taiwan with an almost daily frequency, which led to multiple interceptions of US and allied aircraft.
A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) plane flying over the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, one of mainland China's closest points to the island of Taiwan (REUTERS)
That is why Washington has identified China and its efforts to reshape the Indo-Pacific region as the most important challenge facing the United States. United States.
Last month the strategy of the US Department of National Defense was revealed, where the agency warned, for its part, that the Russian invasion of Ukraine highlights the “serious threats” posed by Moscow, which Washington works hard to deter.
During his remarks, Austin connected the two challenges, explaining that if one country succeeds in making its violations prosper, that would be the beginning for a series of similar measures that will follow.
“There are still rules in war. And if a great power can flaunt those rules, it encourages others to challenge international law and international norms,” he stressed. “We are determined to uphold those rules, especially the fundamental principle of non-combatant immunity,” he went on to stress.
Austin also pointed to two other countries that align with the ideals mentioned: North Korea and Iran. Thus, he said that Moscow's efforts to win his backing and strategic support means another major security challenge for the United States and its allies.
The United States sees Moscow's efforts to enlist the strategic backing and support of Iran and North Korea as another major security challenge (REUTERS)
“Russia has turned to Iran and North Korea for assistance in its attacks against Ukraine, which included the supply of Iranian drones to kill Ukrainian civilians,” he remarked.
Weeks ago, intelligence from Washington had denounced the presence of troops of the Persian regime in the Crimea peninsula, who were assisting Russian soldiers in attacks with the drones that had been sent to them. supplied. Tehran, however, has denied this accusation.
Finally, Austin referred to the current situation in Ukraine, where a severe winter is already coming, which could be the ideal scenario for Russia to resume its missile attacks and threats about the use of nuclear weapons, when it begins again with massive battlefield losses – challenges that the United States and allied countries will face -.
(With information from AFP)
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