US Indo-Pacific Forces (INDO-PACOM) Commander Admiral John C. Aquilino, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Jadidiah Royal, and US Commander of the Korean Forces General Paul LaCamera in the House of Representatives Armed Forces Committee, security testing in the Pacific region spoke at a session on
Expressing that it is necessary to work to deter Beijing without fueling conflict with China, the US Commander emphasized the importance of acting with “a greater sense of urgency” every day against a possible conflict in the region.
Stating that war is not imminent and not inevitable in the Pacific, Aquilino said, “However, this decade is a time of increased risk. We cannot guarantee a peaceful future by relying on our past successes.” said.
Aquilino argued that the emerging security problems in the region “threaten the peace and prosperity” provided by the rules-based international order in the last 80 years.
Stating that he wanted to answer questions about what kind of measures China took against hypersonic weapons capability in a closed session, Aquilino said that the pace of China’s development and production of advanced technology capabilities is “worrying”.
“We are ready for any eventuality” response to the Taiwan question
Answering a question about whether China can annex Taiwan in 2027, Aquilino said that 2027 was implied by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Admiral said, “It doesn’t matter to me what the calendar is. The Minister gave me this task today, I am obliged to prevent the war and, if we fail, to fight and win.” said.
Asked what INDO-PACOM can put on the table against Beijing’s possible military action against Taiwan, Aquilino said, “The US army is ready for any eventuality.” gave the answer.
Deputy Under-Secretary-General Royal, on the other hand, said that they gave every support to Taiwan to identify the threat posed by China.
Royal said that in this context, intelligence, observation, reconnaissance, command and control capabilities play a critical role, and that the United States is working to provide these capabilities.
The US bureaucrat did not give a clear answer to the questions regarding the Beijing visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Expressing that Europe has a common understanding with the USA regarding the Indo-Pacific region, especially within the scope of the NATO strategic concept, and that France has recently sent warships to the Pacific region, Royal tried not to interpret Macron’s visit to Beijing.
Then one of the representatives said, “What Macron is doing seems selfish and individualistic, and it’s not for the benefit of what’s going on at this stage. Are you defending him?” When asked the question, Royal said that he did not try to defend the French leader, only that Europe and NATO had the same perspective on China as the United States, and that France was also a part of these structures.