|Gen Martin E Dempsey|
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
SINGAPORE, May 30, 2014 – Tensions have ratcheted up in the Asia-Pacific region, and countries need to dial back on provocative acts to avoid the dangers of miscalculation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an interview here today.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Japanese television network NHK that “the region is less stable principally because of the actions of certain countries and their coercion and provocation in an attempt to solve territorial disputes.”
Dempsey is visiting Singapore to participate in the Shangri-La Dialogue regional security conference.
Though the United States takes no position on these territorial disputes, “we do have some definite thoughts on behaviors, and the behaviors have changed,” he said.
Two years ago, regional nations didn’t demonstrate their military power to pressurize what rightly is a diplomatic issue, the chairman said. “That dynamic has changed, and now there is military power being used. That’s not a positive outcome,” he said. “We have to confront the fact that that is a path that will inevitably lead to less stability and probably make a diplomatic solution far more complicated.”