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US defense secretary to visit Indonesia amid increased tension with China

WorldNews Thursday, 23 July 2020
US defense secretary to visit Indonesia amid increased tension with ChinaShares With the United States renewing its campaign against China in the Indo-Pacific theater, Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed his intention to visit Indonesia to strengthen the cooperation through arms sales despite recent reluctance from the Indonesian side. Speaking in a virtual briefing organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Esper said his department encouraged all allies and partners to purchase American equipment. “Why? Because first and foremost it brings us together, secondly it improves our interoperability in case something does happen and third we think they are a better alternative to anything else out there. So for those reasons we continue...
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US Secretary of Defence Dr. Mark T. Esper on July 21 put a light on their vision towards the security in Indo- pacific region. He highlighted rapid increase in defence cooperation with India and even mentioned about focus of US over the situation between India and China. "I want to highlight our...

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), talked about agenda of QUAD or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "The agenda will broadly focus on post COVID-19 international order as well as a need for coordinating responses to the challenges of the pandemic. They are expected to collectively reaffirm the importance of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.""EAM S Jaishankar will visit Japan from 6-7 October 2020. The second meeting of the India-Australia-Japan-US ministerial will be held on October 6 during this visit. In this meeting, foreign ministers of respective countries will be participating," Anurag Srivastava added. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India.

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