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US Indo-Pacific strategy divisive in nature

By Pan Yixuan | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-14 07:11

Editor's Note: After the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Aug 2, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper claimed China was destabilizing the Indo-Pacific, so they can use it as an excuse to strengthen the US' military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. What does the US' Indo-Pacific strategy mean for the region? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily's Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

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Over the past decade, the US has deepened cooperation with its military allies and moved closer to the goal of deploying about 60 percent of its navy in the Asia-Pacific as part of its "Asia rebalance" strategy, the brain-child of former US president Barack Obama.

US Indo-Pacific strategy divisive in nature

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