US reviewing its global military force posture to counter threat posed by China: Pompeo

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Washington: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he spoke with European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers earlier this month about the “provocative military actions” of the Chinese Army.

Pompeo made those remarks in response to a question during the virtual Brussels Forum 2020 of the German Marshall Fund.

Citing the example of “deadly border confrontations” with India, he asserted that Washington will make sure it is postured appropriately to counter People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in view of the threat from Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to India, Vietnam and other countries.

China’s People’s Liberation Army has started to pose as a threat to countries like India, Malaysia, Indonesia and the US wants its military to be ‘postured appropriately’, he said.

The US President Donald Trump has directed for the review of the force posture and as a part that the number of US troops in Germany has been reduced from about 52,000 to 25,000.

“In certain places there will be fewer American resources… To the extent that that changed, the difference in what the US decided to do impacts adversely a threat some place, it may be that other nations need to step up and take responsibility for their own defense in ways that they hadn’t done previously. So, we want to do this in full consultation with all of our partners all around the world, and certainly our friends in Europe,” Pompeo said.

China has been fast expanding military and economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, triggering concerns everywhere.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea, both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are vital to global trade.

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