Indo-Pacific Forces from 21 Partner Nations Begin SEACAT

Maritime forces from 21 Indo-Pacific partner nations including the U.S. Navy, U.S interagencies, and international organizations began the 20th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore and virtually, Aug. 10. SEACAT is a multilateral exercise designed to enhance cooperation among Southeast Asian countries and provide mutual support and a common goal to address crises, contingencies, and illegal…

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US Will Continue to Operate in South China Sea to Ensure Prosperity for All

August 4, 2021 – There’s a variety of concerns that keep Indo-Pacom on its toes — many centered around the activities of China, which quite often don’t match up with the words that come out of Beijing, its commander said. “We certainly view with concern many of the actions that we’ve seen from Beijing,” Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino said…

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Austin Signs Internal Directive to Unify Department’s China Efforts

June 9, 2021 – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued an internal directive today to laser-focus Department of Defense efforts to address China as the nation’s number one pacing challenge. Austin accepted recommendations from the China Task Force he established in February. The document is classified. “The initiatives I am putting forward today are nested inside the larger…

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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

July 13, 2020 – The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them. In…

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