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President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan has declared the US is a resident power in the Indo-Pacific, telling Australians he rejects claims it doesn’t have the staying power to remain in Asia in the face of a rising China.

Mr Sullivan’s declaration that America is “not going anywhere” is in stark contrast to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who on Wednesday said while the US should remain in East Asia as a “balancing and conciliating” military power it would be significantly eclipsed by China over the coming years.

After delivering a wide-ranging address to the Lowy Institute on Thursday, Mr Sullivan also conceded there had been “some challenges” in the rollout of the AUKUS defence pact with Australia and Britain but he stopped short of criticising the Morrison government.

It came on the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the region must not “relapse” into Cold War-style confrontation, which was widely seen as a criticism of groups such as AUKUS and the Quad partnership of Australia, the US, Japan and India.

 

Mr Sullivan also rejected comparisons to the Cold War, saying the US was instead moving forward with what President Biden calls “stiff competition”.

He said the US was going to “compete vigorously across multiple dimensions” and “stand up for our values”, but it also recognised that China was “going to be a factor in the international system for the foreseeable future – it’s not going anywhere”.

“And the United States is not going anywhere, and we’re not going anywhere in the Indo-Pacific either. And so we’re going to have to learn how to deal with that reality,” he said.

“We are a resident power in the Indo-Pacific. You know, we’re resident as far west as Guam, in terms of actual American territory... We’re resident with substantial long-term troop presence in Japan, in Korea, in Australia.

“And at any given moment, American surface and undersea assets are at work, enforcing freedom of navigation, engaging in exercises, engaging in work on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. And so we have been a resident power in the Indo-Pacific for decades. It is core to our being as a geopolitical actor. It is fundamental to our identity.”

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/biden-s-security-adviser-tells-australia-the-us-will-be-a-power-in-asia-for-decades-.html

 

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United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)[5][6] is a unified combatant command of the United States Armed Forces responsible for the Indo-Pacific region.

Formerly known as United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)[5] since its inception, the command was renamed to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on 30 May 2018, in recognition of the greater emphasis on India.

It is the oldest and largest of the unified combatant commands. Its commander, the senior U.S. military officer in the Pacific, is responsible for military operations in an area which encompasses more than 100 million square miles (260,000,000 km2), or roughly 52 percent of the Earth's surface, stretching from the waters off the West Coast of the United States to the east coast maritime borderline waters of Pakistan at the meridian 66° longitude east of Greenwich and from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

The commander reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense and is supported by service component and subordinate unified commands, including U.S. Army PacificMarine Forces PacificU.S. Pacific FleetPacific Air ForcesU.S. Forces JapanU.S. Forces KoreaSpecial Operations Command Korea, and Special Operations Command Pacific. USINDOPACOM also has two direct reporting units (DRUs)—U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC) and the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), as well as a Standing Joint Task Force, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF-W). The USINDOPACOM headquarters building, the Nimitz-MacArthur Pacific Command Center, is located on Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

 

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Indo-Pacific_Command

 

 

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