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McMaster says ASEAN should welcome AUKUS alliance and Quad

Former general urges region to 'amplify Taiwan's voice' and block China from CPTPP

H.R. McMaster, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, speaks to Nikkei on Friday.

TOKYO -- U.S. reentry into "arenas of competition" through structures such as AUKUS and the Quad should give Asian countries the confidence to stand up to China, H.R. McMaster, Donald Trump's former national security adviser, told Nikkei.

The "[AUKUS] alliance is to deter China's aggression," the retired lieutenant general said in an online interview in reference to the new security pact between U.S., the U.K. and Australia. A key aspect of AUKUS is that it will grant Canberra access to nuclear submarine technology.

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