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Krauthammer’s Take: America’s Pacific Allies Should Be Worried

Charles Krauthammer had harsh words Wednesday night for American foreign policy when it came to China’s establishment of a zone of control over the East China Sea.

“We had one strong response, which was to send American warplanes into that zone without obeying the Chinese demand that you check in with them,” Krauthammer said on Special Report, lauding the pair of B-52 bombers that flew through the airspace. However, he lamented that the U.S. has ordered its civilian airlines to comply with the Chinese rules even as Japan has told its airlines to ignore them.

Acknowledgement of the zone by the American government “undercut . . . and alarmed” the Japanese, Krauthammer said.

America’s allies in the region, he said, were right to worry that the United States might be putting its relationship with China ahead of them, just as it appears to be putting its relationship with Iran ahead of its allies in the Middle East.

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