Concern over Indo Pacific friction ‘alarming’, top U.S. admiral says

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By Xinghui Kok SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The current friction in the Indo Pacific is alarming and “trending in the wrong direction”, but the U.S. presence was not an effort to contain or invite conflict with China, a senior U.S. admiral said on Thursday. Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said an “AUKUS” partnership between Australia, Britain and the United States to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines was to boost its defence capability. “As good partners, United States and the United Kingdom will go ahead and assist in the ability for Australia to de…

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