The United States moved to reassure its jittery allies in the Asia-Pacific that it has enough firepower to maintain stability in the region that has seen increased Chinese muscle-flexing in recent years.

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said that the US could increase deployment of combat ships, if necessary, and ramp up training exercises with its regional allies, including China’s historical enemy, Japan.

Adm Swift said his 200-vessel US Pacific Fleet, by far the world’s strongest, “was ready and prepared to respond to any contingency that the president may suggest would be necessary.”

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