US vice president Joe Biden has said his country will remain a power in the Asia-Pacific region because it has maintained peace and stability there.
Biden claimed on Saturday that the presence of the US military in the region has been an opportunity for countries there to focus on their economies.
Biden, who was in a two-day visit to Singapore, was addressing sailors of the US Navy's littoral combat ship USS Freedom.
"Our mere presence in the Pacific is in and of itself the basis upon which stability of the region is built. You are the glue that holds all this together," he said.
Washington has recently decided to increase its presence in the Pacific region.
The Obama administration’s so-called “pivot to Asia” involves the repositioning of American military forces throughout the Asia-Pacific region as well as strengthening US military alliances and strategic partnerships in that part of the world.
The United States is spreading its military tentacles throughout the Asia-Pacific region amid a massive and unprecedented series of war games in the region.
As part of the Pivot, approximately 20,000 US troops descended on Australia’s east coast for a joint military exercise in July for the biggest such exercise to date.
Observers believe America’s effort to increase its presence in the region is aimed at containing China, which has emerged as the biggest threat to the US hegemony.