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US looks to strengthen Indo-Pacific alliance and industrial co-operation

10th June 2024 - 17:58 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


USMC marines return to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry during Exercise Balikatan 2024 (Photo: USN)

With war in Europe and the Middle East, the US has reiterated its ties to the Indo-Pacific region to ensure other actors do not think its forces or focus lie elsewhere.

The US conducted a two-prong confidence building exercise earlier this month to ensure allies in the Indo-Pacific region knew world events had not distracted the country and also to highlight its industrial ties.

US secretary of defense Lloyd J. Austin III said during a visit to Singapore “we are all in and we’re not going anywhere”. Days later, Austin argued that in order to have sufficient capacity in Indo-Pacific nations’ military-industrial bases, the DoD, along with allies and partners, “are going to have to work together to make this happen”.

“This new convergence is about coming together, not splitting apart,” Austin said. “It’s about

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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