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Washington bolstering Indo-Pacific alliances amid growing rivalry with Beijing, says Pentagon official

06 December 2019

The United States is bolstering its alliances and partnerships with countries in the Indo-Pacific region amid what it describes as growing “military, economic and political high-end threats emanating from China”.

John C Rood, the US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, said during a 5 December hearing of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services that the US Department of Defense (DoD) is currently strengthening and leveraging the US network of allies and partners to compete with countries such as China and Russia, pointing out that “ building a constellation of strong allies and partners is a foundational pillar of the [US National Defense] Strategy [NDS] [and] one of our greatest strategic advantages over our competitors”.

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