US DoD issues new directive on China

The scope includes: Out-pacing China; developing a National Defense Strategy; streamlining and strengthening cooperation with US allies and partners, particularly in the Indo-Pacific; bolstering deterrence; accelerate development of new operational concepts; emerging capabilities and future force posture.

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Quad to use vaccine making capabilities of India for Indo-Pacific countries

Quad partners – Japan and Australia – we’re continuing to identify options for cooperation in the areas of vaccine manufacturing capacity in India

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New ‘play book’ for China ; Tech and allies imp: Carter

‘new play book’ terming what he said was the new ‘cold war’ which had offence and defence. “You cannot defend your way through. Your strategy should not only be to retard China’s advance, we have to good ourselves”. There was a need to spend more. Put your finger on two fields where you just cannot play defensive, you got to play offence. It is about running faster than the other guy instead of just trying to slow the other guy down.

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Quad, has TINA factor. Scope in Space and Defence

NATO had looked after post-world war interests of Europe and US, the common security interests of ‘Quad’ are still being defined, but would be clearly aimed at countering Chinese aggression of not following a rules based order.

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Biden: Will hold China accountable, matches Trump’s policy

The US is clear that in order to deal with these things in the future, we are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules whether it relates to the South China Sea or the North China Sea, or their agreement made on Taiwan, or a whole range of other things.

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Countering Beijing’s belligerence, Quad matures into a Bloc

The meet at Tokyo on October 6 literally set the tone for the grouping to mature. It sent a clear message that the grouping is moving into the next domain– being weaponized.

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India sheds ‘Quad’-reluctance; has logistics pact with all members

From a reluctant player in the ‘Quad’, or the Quadrilateral, India is now shedding its ambivalence, to openly work towards making the alliance stronger and a seamlessly effective entity in the Indo-Pacific.

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Australia rejects Beijing’s claims in South China Sea

Australia, a significant ally of India, US and Japan, has shed its ‘reticence’ on the South China Sea and ‘rejected’ China’s expansive maritime claims while terming these ‘inconsistent’ with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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After ‘Free & Open’ Indo-Pacific, USS Nimitz exercises with India

India hold key to China’s Malacca Dilemma IDD Bureau  Just days after the US Navy carriers, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan, led their respective strike groups to show China ‘its place’ in the South China Sea and enforced a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific, the US Nimitz had turned west-wards towards the middle east,

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Japan closer to operating carriers; $ 23.11 Bn deal, for F35 jets

42 of these jets, will be the F35B  for carriers IDD Bureau Japan has moved a step closer to operating an aircraft carrier of its own, ending almost a 70 years self-imposed restraint. The US has okayed the sale of 42 of the F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin,

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