The United States has sent its top diplomat overseeing foreign military sales to pitch American weaponry at the largest air show in Asia, amid concerns in Washington over China’s growing influence in the region.
Ambassador Tina Kaidanow will lead a delegation of senior US officials at the Singapore Air Show to be held February 6-10. The attendance of Kaidanow in the air show, described as the most important in the Asia Pacific region, is aimed at promoting US weapons manufacturers.
Kaidanow told reporters Monday that the American delegation will do “everything we can” to encourage Southeast Asian governments to purchase arms like F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin Corp and missile manufactured by Raytheon Co.
The push comes as the administration of President Donald Trump is nearing completion of a new “Buy American” initiative that calls for a more active role by US diplomats and military attaches in overseas sales.
Kaidanow will be…