U.S. defense secretary offers "resolute" commitment to NATO

He said the United States would continue to help Taiwan with the capabilities it needed to defend itself.

Austin also responded positively to the European Union's defense plans, saying he welcomed a more capable European defense, echoing a joint statement in September issued by the French and U.S. presidents.

Austin also suggested there were no contradictions between a European and an American strategy in the Indo-Pacific, saying that NATO allies were working together to counter China's military rise.

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