The United States, well aware of China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific, is requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure it has a dedicated strategy “...to ensure that our combined deterrent is stronger than ever before with the aim of sustaining and ensuring regional peace and security,” according to senior defense official.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will make his sixth trip to the region for the purposes of “...strengthening and bolstering our regional alliances and partnerships to ensure that our combined deterrent is stronger than ever before with the aim of sustaining and ensuring regional peace and security.”
But it’s not only China that is the challenge. North Korea’s growing presence is also cause for concern as it is “...also disturbing the peace with increasing provocations including an unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches in the last year, and threats of testing nuclear weapons.”
As for Austin’s second stop on the trip, he’ll met with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, along with Army Gen. Andres C. Centino, and others.
According to a senior defense official, “We see the investments that we're making to advance our allies, as grounded in the recognition that they are real force multipliers in our efforts to sustain a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
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