The US defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis born of the misalignment between Washington's strategic ends and its available means, warns a report by the Sydney-based United States Studies Centre (USSC).
Faced with an increasingly contested regional security landscape and limited defence resources at its disposal, the US military is no longer assured of its ability to single-handedly uphold a favourable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, states the report, which was published on 19 August.
"China, by contrast, is growing ever more capable of challenging the regional order by force as a result of its large-scale investment in advanced military systems," it added.
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