Senior U.S. diplomat pitches arms sales in China’s backyard

 

Beijing: The top U.S. diplomat overseeing arms sales said on Monday she would be promoting American weaponry at the largest air show in Asia, where China’s military footprint and political influence are surging.
A large U.S. delegation at the Singapore Air Show is doing “everything we can” to encourage Southeast Asian governments to purchase U.S.-made arms like the F-35 fighter jet, Ambassador Tina Kaidanow told reporters in a telephone briefing. She repeatedly sought to dispel the notion that U.S. influence was in retreat.
The Trump administration in December outlined a new national security strategy that placed an emphasis on countering China’s rise. The strategy calls for reinforcing the U.S. presence in the Indo-Pacific region, where Beijing and Washington have accused each other of stoking a dangerous military buildup while vying for influence.