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The US Secretary of Defense urges allies in Asia to increase arms spending



Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the IISS summit on the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, 2019.

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SINGAPORE – Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan urged US Allies in the Asia-Pacific region to invest more in national security – a step following US President Donald Trump's worn-out scenario for NATO States to burden sharing recalled.

When Shanahan spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday, he highlighted a comprehensive list of US contributions to the region before calling on the Allies to commit more.

"Our government is spending significant resources on this mission, which is a tremendous effort," Shanahan said during his remarks. "Every nation, regardless of its size, has an important role to play, and like airplanes, no other nation can do it alone," the former Boeing chief added.

London think-tank figures The International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated China's defense spending in 201

9 at $ 176 billion. That's more than the total budget of South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

"People need to invest in themselves, I mean, we're making a sizeable investment," Shanahan told a small group of reporters on Friday. "In the meantime, different countries can do more, and some do not have the resources and resources, so there is no single size, but everyone has a responsibility to invest in safety," he added.

When Shanahan was asked about a possible increase in spending following the partners' reaction in the region, he expects allies to work with the United States.

"When we have these talks, it's about asking what we should help with and what they can do, and I think these are natural conversations," Shanahan said. "I did not find the discussions unpleasant at all."


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