August 30, 2019

New US military bases in Asia-Pacific ‘likely to be temporary’ for troop flexibility

Featuring Eric Sayers

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalists Teddy Ng, Lee Jeong-ho

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 a former special assistant to the US Indo-Pacific Command chief.

But analysts said it would not matter if the American bases were temporary or permanent – Beijing would still take “coercive measures” in the region when it felt they were needed.

Eric Sayers, an adjunct senior fellow with the defence programme at the Centre for a New American Security, said US military bases did not have to be permanent, the most important thing was improved troop mobilisation and strategic capacity.

“[Temporary bases] are designed to build more resiliency and ensure that China does not conclude it can quickly win a war by paralysing American military power,” said Sayers, who advised the former commander, Admiral Harry Harris, on strategic engagements in the Indo-Pacific.

Read the full article in the South China Morning Post.

Authors

  • Eric Sayers

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Eric Sayers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Throughout his career, Mr. Sayers has worked ...