US don’t want military confrontation with China: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said that China’s claims and actions in the Indo-Pacific region endanger the sovereignty of countries in the region.

He says Washington seeks to expand friendship to guarantee the interests of all nations.

‘There is no international legal basis for Beijing to claim most of the South China Sea. That claim interferes with the sovereignty of the states in the region, ”Austin said Tuesday in an address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.

China claims almost all of the 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea.

Austin said China’s turmoil was felt outside the South China Sea.

“Beijing’s reluctance to resolve disputes peacefully and respect the rule of law is not limited to waters. China has shown aggression against India, persecuted the Taiwanese and committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, ‘he said.

But Austin says the United States does not want a military conflict with China.

“We will not back down if our interests are harmed. But we are not trying to fight, ”he said.

“I want to be clear, I am committed to maintaining a creative and stable relationship with China,” he said.

But six months after the Biden administration took office, relations between Washington and Beijing have soured.

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