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RI largely absent from US govt Indo-Pacific strategy paper

  • Abigail Rose McCall

    Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia   /   Thu, January 21 2021   /  01:00 am
ASEAN must understand that its future, economically and militarily, will also depend on stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Shutterstock/File)

The United States has revealed classified information detailing its grand strategy for the Indo-Pacific, which was supposed to remain secret until the year 2042. Revelations from the document could pose a new concern for Indonesia and the wider Southeast Asia region, experts have said, as the US strategy mainly focuses on China. In a declassified national security document published last week, the US government revealed the details of an Indo-Pacific strategy that included “preventing China from establishing new, illiberal spheres of influence”. The 10 partially redacted pages set out the US’ strategic priorities in the Indo-Pacific. It was drafted in 2017 and endorsed by Trump the following year. The Indo-Pacific concept is a strategic reimagining of the Asia-Pacific in terms that are interpreted in different ways by different countries and interests. One c...