In confirmation hearings earlier this month, Samuel Locklear said he wants improved military ties with China.
Honolulu: Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear will be the US military`s next leader in the Asia-Pacific region.
US Pacific Command spokesman Lt Cmdr Bill Clinton said on Friday the US Senate had confirmed Locklear`s nomination to head the command, which has its headquarters near Honolulu.
In confirmation hearings earlier this month, Locklear said he wants improved military ties with China but noted that China must be committed to open exchanges.
He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China`s military buildup is a source of strategic uncertainty. He described the current military relationship as "cooperative but competitive”.
Locklear currently is chief of US naval forces in Europe and Africa, and commander of Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy. He commanded US and NATO-led operations in Libya that eventually toppled Muammar Gaddafi.