US Army Pacific chief seeks stronger coordination with Indo-Pacific allies

The commander of the US Army Pacific has stressed the importance of strengthening coordination with Japan and other Indo-Pacific countries, in order to counter an increasingly assertive China.

General Charles Flynn spoke at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. He was asked about China's military pressure on Taiwan, including large-scale drills the country staged last month following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei.

Flynn said he is paying attention to China's military capability, and that he believes China recently demonstrated its capabilities around Taiwan "in an irresponsible way."

Flynn referred to joint exercises the US military has been staging with Japan and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Army general said the multinational drills are based on the US network of allies and partners, and that he believes joint training and exercises are "the greatest counterweight that we have" against China's behavior.

Flynn also said such exercises increase interoperability, which he said will visibly demonstrate the deterrent effect that the participants have in the region.