Daily US Times: With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, the new security partnership of the US, UK and Australia, known as Aukus, to supply nuclear submarines to Australia, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the United States and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward China’s growing influence.
China has bristled at the security pact, and the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing prompted UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the weekend to implore Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship, warning they risk dividing the world.
As the U.N. General Assembly opened Tuesday, both leaders of the world’s two biggest economies chose calming language, with Xi telling the forum that “China has never, and will never invade or bully others or seek hegemony” and Biden insisting “we are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs.”
But the underlying issues have not changed, with the US and its allies growing louder in their support of Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, and China building up its military outposts as it presses its maritime claims over critical sea lanes, deepening military cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
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