Any new US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to be “temporary” to maximise troop flexibility and in line with the Pentagon’s agreement with Manila, according to Eric Sayers, a former special assistant to the US Indo-Pacific Command chief. But analysts said temporary US military bases in the region would not deter Beijing from using “coercive diplomacy” on the host countries. “Beijing has its own ways of [using] coercive measures, which are applied in various circumstances. If a country shares a different perspective than the Chinese official position on Beijing’s core interests, coercive diplomacy comes into play,” said Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy, a visiting fellow at RSIS.
Last updated on 04/09/2019