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China seeks to supplant liberal order: US Indo-Pacific commander

At retirement ceremony, Adm. Davidson says the US will defend its allies

Adm. John Aquilino, left, relieves Adm. Philip Davidson as commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on April 30. (Photo courtesy of the Indo-Pacific Command) 

NEW YORK -- Adm. Philip Davidson, outgoing commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific, on Friday warned that China is aiming to replace the existing international order with its own, and that the U.S. and its allies must unite to defend a free and open Indo-Pacific.

"Make no mistake, the Communist Party of China seeks to supplant the idea of a free and open international order with a new order -- one with Chinese characteristics, one where Chinese national power is more important than international law," the four-star admiral said.

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