The United States plans to deploy F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region, in an apparent move to check China’s growing military presence in the region.
US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a forum in Washington on Wednesday that the Pentagon intends send its most advanced fighter to the region.
Carter said the US has already deployed F-22s to the US Kadena air base in Okinawa.
He said that some US naval vessels including an aircraft carrier will move from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region after military operations in Afghanistan end.
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force will adopt F-35s as its next mainstay fighter jet.