Blinken vows US military might in Indo-Pacific
The Indian Express Delhi|December 15, 2021
THE UNITED States will expand its military and economic relationships with partners in Asia to push back against China's increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday.
MATTHEW LEE

Blinken said the Biden administration is committed to maintaining peace and prosperity in the region and will do that by boosting US alliances, forging new relationships and ensuring that the U.S. military maintains “its competitive edge”.

“Threats are evolving, our security approach has to evolve with them. To do that, we will lean on our greatest strength: our alliances and partnerships," Blinken said in a speech in Indonesia, outlining the administration's Indo-Pacific plans.

“We'll adopt a strategy that more closely weaves together all our instruments of national power - diplomacy, military, intelligence - with those of our allies and partners," he said.

That will include linking US and Asian defense industries, integrating supply chains and cooperating on technological innovation, he said.

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