China's strategic intentions in Indo-Pacific destabilising: Pentagon
"Our approach to the region and our strategy to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region accounts for our relationship with China. However, in recent years, we have grown concerned by China's strategic intentions and trajectory, including some activities in the region that we view as destabilising and counterproductive in the South China Sea, for example," he said yesterday. "Open" first and foremost, means open sea lines of communication and open airways, the State Department official said.These open sea lines of communication, particularly those in the South China Sea, are the lifeblood of the region, he noted. Third, we mean more open investment environments and free, fair, and reciprocal trade," Wong said. "A better investment environment and an equal and open playing field for trade benefit US businesses and workers.