The strong alliance between US-Australia will help to deal with increasing security challenges as China tries to extend its influence in the Indo-Pacific region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
While addressing media following the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations defense summit in Sydney, Pompeo condemned China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and unfair trade practices, painting these contemporary tensions as a generational test for the “unbreakable” U.S.-Australia alliance.
Pompeo gave assurance to Australia of relying on the USA in the future. He also praised Australia for its proactive opposition to China’s 5G networks.
Last week, US President Donald Trump has announced a new round of 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods, supplementing 25% tariffs already in place on $250 billion of Chinese imports.
On this, Pompeo said “We stand firmly against a distribution pattern of aggressive behavior, destabilizing behavior, from China. The U.S. will not stand by idly while any one nation attempts to reshape the region to its favor at the expense of others.”