US Defence Secretary Austin says Russia 'undermining rules-based international order'
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on June 10 called on the international community to join the efforts in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and oppose the Kremlin’s attempts "to undermine rules-based international order". “Russia's invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all, is what happens when big powers decide that their imperial appetites matter more than the rights of their peaceful neighbours,” US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said. "It's a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” he added.
US Secretary of Defense emphasised that America and its allies do not seek confrontation or conflict, and neither seek a new Cold War, an Asian NATO, or a region split into hostile blocs. "These challenges demand shared responsibility and common action, and we must all reaffirm our common commitment to uphold international law, defend global norms and oppose unilateral changes to the status quo," the US Defense Secretary said. Austin likened Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to "oppressors trampling the rules that protect us all," as he hinted at Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
"Today, the Indo-Pacific is at the heart of American grand strategy. Earlier yesterday (June 10), China blatantly threatened that it will “not hesitate to start a war” and “smash to smithereens” any Taiwan independence efforts fostered by the United States. “The PLA [People’s Liberation Army] would have no choice but to fight and crush any attempt of Taiwan independence, safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity," Fenghe threatened after nearly an hour long meeting with Austin on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore.
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