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US introduces NDA act for fighter jet training detachments for India, Japan and Australia at Guam base

The United States of America has had a long-standing dispute with China over trade tariffs and market capitalisation, along with China’s nefarious attempts to annex territories belonging to other countries, some of whom are US allies.

The recent flare-up between India and China has just fueled that fire and Washington has now taken it upon itself to conduct fighter jet training sessions for India, Japan and Australia at one of its biggest bases in the Pacific Ocean.

The National Defense Authorization Act for US financial year 2021 (starting October 1) has sought fighter jet training detachments for India, Japan and Australia in Guam, a US territory roughly 2,600 kilometres from Japanese coast.

The decision comes around six months after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen for the latter to set up a similar training detachment in Guam.

The text of NDAA 2021 was introduced in the US Senate on Thursday.

“The bill emphasizes on the Pacific Deterrence Initiative and focus resources on the Indo-Pacific region, such as addressing key military capability gaps, reassuring US allies and partners, and bolstering the credibility of the United States,” Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, according to news agency PTI.

Furthermore, the bill proposes the procurement of 48 Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), which will apparently be useful in the Indo-Pacific region.

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