‘‘Training with the U.S. is very important to us,’’ he said. ‘‘The U.S.-Japan alliance is key to security in the region.’’
Not all Asian nations have been so receptive to the U.S. Pacific policy.
Some countries have expressed doubts about how far the United States would be willing to go to support them in a crisis, especially since China is one of Washington’s most important trading partners. Others have voiced concerns that exercises like Cope North send a confrontational message that might lead to higher tensions.
Carlisle acknowledged that is a possibility.
‘‘I think the PRC has a tendency to look at things in a different light,’’ he said. ‘‘I think they may take this as something different than it is intended.’’