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‘US to strengthen defence cooperation with India to limit China’s growing power’

The United States will strengthen its significant defence alliance with India to increase its capacity to counter Chinese aggression and guarantee unrestricted access to the Indian Ocean region.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin in his introduction to the US National Defense Strategy 2022 stated that the People’s Republic of China is our most significant strategic competitor for the future decades.

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This announcement comes in the wake of the US National Security Strategy 2022, which identified China as the country’s top global adversary.

To counter China’s apparent efforts to “assert control over its disputed land borders” with India, the defence strategy vows to cooperate with New Delhi and is more specific about India’s role in controlling China.

According to US President Joe Biden, the new policy suggests that China is the only country with both the intent to remake the international order, and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do so.

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Secretary Austin in his note also refers to Russia, stating that the US will continue to work with its partners and friends in NATO to reinforce strong deterrence in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

According to the document, China and Russia’s relationship is continuing to grow, and either state could aim to create global challenges… in the case of US intervention in a crisis or a conflict.

The US military’s response to escalating threats to its vital interests is outlined in the 2022 defence policy, which also instructs the Department of Defense to act promptly to sustain and expand US deterrence, with China as its key challenge.

The document emphasizes the necessity of continuing its “by, with, and through” strategy in Iraq and Syria as well as a right-sizing forward military presence in the Middle East following the mission transition in Afghanistan.

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