A top Army general, Gen. Charles Flynn told NatSec Daily that rising concern over Chinese and North Korean activity in the Pacific is prompting those countries’ neighbors to turn increasingly to the U.S. military to help them combat the new dangers.
Pacific Nations Are Increasingly Taking Part In Military Exercises According To Gen. Charles Flynn
According to Gen. Charles Flynn, head of U.S. Pacific Command, Pacific nations are increasingly taking part in military exercises with the United States and other governments in the area. Army Forces in the Pacific, blaming the shift on widespread worry over Pyongyang’s increased missile testing and Beijing’s military development.
Gen. Charles Flynn claimed that even after only two years on the job, he had already seen the change. It’s a sea change, according to Flynn, from the situation when he oversaw the 25th Infantry Division, located at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, ten years ago.
Since the threats and difficulties in the region are distinct and more significant, Gen. Charles Flynn believes that the region’s unity and dedication are different.
For instance, Gen. Charles Flynn noted that participation in the Army’s yearly Super Garuda Shield exercise with Indonesia grew dramatically from two to 14 nations between 2021 and 2022; this year, 19 nations are taking part. According to him, the biennial Talisman Sabre exercise in Australia saw growth from two to thirteen nations and 30,000 soldiers in 2023.
“What they do, not what they say, is what matters.” – Gen. Charles Flynn
There is a strong desire for more multilateral and international operations, according to Gen. Charles Flynn. “What they do, not what they say, is what matters.”
Gen. Charles Flynn observed a pattern that was evident at Camp David’s inaugural trilateral summit involving the United States, Japan, and South Korea last month. There, the three nations agreed to start exchanging real-time intelligence on North Korean missile launches and to organize yearly military drills in response to China’s “dangerous and aggressive behavior” in the South China Sea.
It represented a significant change for Seoul and Tokyo, which had previously been at odds due to Japan’s colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945.
According to Gen. Charles Flynn, nations in the area are attempting to show “unity and collective commitment” more and more in response to what they perceive as China and North Korea “acting irresponsibly and overly aggressive.”
Gen. Charles Flynn stated, “I think they are turning away from that, and I think they are turning toward the United States and other like-minded countries.”