The US has initiated major steps to better address the security challenge from China, which has been called the “number one pacing challenge”, including steps to “streamline and strengthen” cooperation with allies especially in the Indo-Pacific.
Secretary of defence Lloyd Austin announced these initiatives on Wednesday, based on the recommendations of the China Task Force, which was announced by President Joe Biden in February to provide a “baseline assessment” of existing steps and measures and to chalk up priorities.
Based on the recommendations, most of which will remain classified, secretary Austin issued a directive initiating several major department-wide efforts to better address the security challenges posed by China as the United States’ “number one pacing challenge”, said the Pentagon.
These measures are designed and intended to “focus processes and procedures and better help department leaders contribute to whole-of-government efforts to address the challenge from China”. They were developed through inter-agency consultations involving the agencies and departments working on China.
“Many are intended to streamline and strengthen cooperation with US allies and partners, particularly in the Indo-Pacific,” the defence department said.