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McCain Seeks US Military 'Stability Initiative' in Asia

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 12:07 PM

The United States should build up the military in the Asia-Pacific region to serve as deterrence, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.

McCain called for an increase in combat power and military exercises, as well as improvements to bases in a meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I believe there is strong merit for an Asia-Pacific stability initiative which is similar to the European deterrence initiative we've pursued over the last few years," he said, according to the Washington Examiner.

His call is based on China's actions, he said.

"As its behavior toward South Korea indicates over the last several years, China has acted less and less like a responsible stakeholder of the rules-based order in the region and more like a bully."

"U.S. policy has failed to adapt to the scale of China's challenge. That failure has called into question the credibility of America's security commitments in the region," McCain said.

China is the key to keeping North Korea in check, McCain said April 16 on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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