.US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons is increasing tensions in the region during his visit to Seoul following annual security talks with his South Korean counterpart.
Austin vowed that the US would maintain its capability to deter potential threats posed by China and that it would focus on challenges from North Korea and other issues facing its allies.
“We have concerns about the military capabilities that the PRC continues to pursue. Again, the pursuit of those capabilities increases tensions in the region,” Austin said, referring to China’s latest hypersonic weapons test in July.
On North Korea, Austin said he and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook discussed a wide range of topics including bilateral unity in the face of the threat from the North.
The Pentagon had recently released the results of a global posture review that directs additional cooperation with allies and partners to deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea.”
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