[ベルリン １６日 ロイター] – German Defense Minister Lambrecht said he looked with concern at China’s military buildup and military exercises with Russia. It has also increased its presence in the Indo-Pacific region and expressed its commitment to a rule-based order.
In an interview with Reuters, he said Germany was currently watching the war in Ukraine closely, but could not take its eyes off security developments in other regions such as the Western Balkans and Indo- Peaceful. “We naturally watch China’s military buildup with concern, and we watch every move it makes with precision,” he said.
Last year Germany sent warships to the Indo-Pacific region for the first time in about 20 years and in August sent 13 military aircraft to Australia for joint exercises attended by 17 countries, including the Japan, the United States and South Korea participated. “Germany sends a clear signal through its participation and presence in military exercises,” he said, adding that he “stands with his partners who uphold the rules-based order.”
He pointed out that since the armies of each country have their own armaments, they need joint exercises to identify and solve problems. He said the exercises in Australia were “very constructive” and demonstrated that Germany could deliver on its commitments to regional partners and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
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