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Create a NATO for the Pacific, U.S. senator proposes

Asian alliance should also be a free trade zone, says Republican Ben Sasse

Australian, Japanese, Indian, Canadian and U.S. forces pose for a photo at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam at the end of a Sea Dragon exercise in early 2021.   © U.S. Navy

TOKYO -- The U.S. should push back against China's efforts to expand its sphere of influence by creating a "Pacific NATO," a senator has proposed.

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska known as a prominent critic of Donald Trump, blasted both the former president and the current Joe Biden administration as "weak isolationists" in a speech last week. America, he argued, should play a decisive role on the global stage and ensure it remains a superpower in 2030.

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