The US Army 25th Infantry Division has been stationed in Hawaii since 1941 and is now the most important military force in the region. Maj. Gen Joseph Ryan recently issued a statement saying that despite the threats of aggression from nations seeking to change the world order in Asia, the 25th Infantry Division and its allies are ready for anything. His statements are part of a larger effort to reassure the allies and prepare them for potential combat scenarios.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Ryan, Commanding General of the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii, said that American forces and their allies in Asia are ready for battle after years of joint combat exercises due to a network of US treaty alliances and defense partnerships upholding the international order providing a regional safeguard against potential aggressors like China and North Korea.

“I’m personally very buoyed by what I see by our allies and partners in this region and the way we’ve come together in response to aggression by the PRC, by North Korea to say, ‘We will not let that stand,'” Ryan told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday, using the acronym for China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Ryan’s statement confirms that America’s allies in Asia are prepared for any potential conflict should it arise, with countries seeking to change the world order through violence or intimidation tactics. The planned 500 minor and major combat exercises between American forces and Filipino forces in 2023 demonstrate that the US Army 25th Infantry Division is working hard to create an arc of alliances to counter such threats, ensuring that all parties involved are capable of defending their nation and interests should a conflict occur.

According to an analysis by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, training regimes like the ones planned between American and Filipino forces not only add to the deterrent effect against potential aggressors but also send a message of “strong cooperation and solidarity” among allies which can further strengthen trust among them. This type of collaboration is especially important given today’s volatile geopolitical context, where instability or aggression from one state could potentially have global consequences.

“That does provide some deterrent effect against an adversary in the region, who would look at that and say, ‘I don’t want to take a step that may cause a government, a politician, to decide to go because I don’t know that I can win if I’ve got to face that trained, ready force,'” Ryan said.