PressTV-US lures Pacific allies to back its anti-China bid

A senior US military official is reportedly trying to lure American allies in the Asian Pacific region to boost their naval force in the South China Sea to support the Pentagon’s efforts to challenge China near its own territorial waters.

Warning that “the communists” intent to establish military bases in the South Pacific, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs Randy Schriver called for the military backing of Washington’s regional allies in a recent interview with The Australian daily as cited in a Saturday report by the pro-military Star and Stripes newspaper.

According to the report, Beijing is engaged in “influence operations” in the South Pacific, “which have included donations to politicians and financing infrastructure projects in small island nations.” It further claimed that such moves have “caught the attention” of officials in Australia and New Zealand.

“I think what could potentially…

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