US Ramps Up Military Presence in Indo Pacific to Fight China
As China increases its incursions into Taiwan, Beijing’s aggression in the Indo Pacific is out for all to see. A war with China cannot be ruled out, which is why Washington is arming countries in the Indo Pacific. The US is building partnerships and trying to build a coalition of like-minded countries in the Indo Pacific. But that could bring China and the US to the brink of war. Palki Sharma tells you why.
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