The United States – as a Pacific power – will remain committed to its Indo-Pacific strategy, notwithstanding a change of Presidency, and will stand with allies and partners to deter Chinese aggression, said outgoing national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
This is being viewed as assurance to American associates in the region including India, one of Washington’s closest strategic partners in Asia.
“We’re not going to be pushed out of the Indo-Pacific region. We’re going to fight for a free and open Indo-Pacific region with all of our friends and partners. And I think when we send that message – that peace-through-strength message – is the way to deter China. It is a way to ensure the peace, and it’s a way to make sure that there’s no war in the region,” Brien said on Monday during a briefing for select media persons from Manila.
The recent Indo-US 2 +2 meet held in New Delhi focused on partnership to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of Chinese aggression across the Indo-Pacific region, including along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following his India trip, visited the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam to assure support for safeguarding stability in the region.