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Allies,Innovation Key to US Competition12/05 08:53

   The Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop 
high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific 
region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China, Defense Secretary 
Lloyd Austin said Saturday.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon intends to work better with private industry 
to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the 
Indo-Pacific region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China, Defense 
Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday.

   Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Austin said 
recent military activity and aggressive moves by China in the region, including 
near the self-ruled island of Taiwan, are disturbing. And while he said the 
U.S. is still committed to the longstanding "One China" policy, it is working 
to bolster Taiwan's ability to defend itself.

   "We're clear eyed about the challenge that China presents. But China is not 
10 feet tall. This is America," said Austin. "America isn't a country that 
fears competition. And we're going to beat this one with confidence and resolve 
and not panic and pessimism."

   Austin's speech comes as the U.S. struggles to counter China's growing 
military and economic power, and its advancements in space, cyber and nuclear 
capabilities, while also avoiding direct conflict. Tensions between the two 
nations have spiked as China has dispatched an increasing number of fighter 
jets toward Taiwan, fueling worries about a possible invasion, even as the U.S. 
and its allies sail warships though the Taiwan Strait.

   America's "One China" policy recognizes Beijing as the government of China 
but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei.

   Asked whether China's moves around Taiwan appear to be training for 
potential future military operations, Austin said it certainly "looks a lot 
like them exploring their true capabilities and, sure, that it looks a lot like 
rehearsing." But, he added that the U.S. doesn't want a conflict with China, so 
it's important for the nations' militaries to communicate more and be 
transparent.

   Austin arrived in California after a visit to South Korea, his third trip to 
the Indo-Pacific region since taking over as defense chief earlier this year.

   He told the defense forum that private companies struggle to get through 
Pentagon red tape when developing new technologies, and the department has to 
make it easier to break through the barriers. He said the Pentagon needs to get 
advances in unmanned systems, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence into 
the hands of U.S. forces more quickly.

   Austin said the U.S. must also strengthen its network of allies and partners 
in the Pacific region.

   "We're not seeking an Asian version of NATO or trying to build an anti-China 
coalition. And we're not asking countries to choose between the United States 
and China," Austin said. "Instead, we're working to advance an international 
system that is free and stable and open."

   The Pentagon just released its new global posture review, which made no 
immediate major changes in the global positioning of U.S. forces, but it did 
include plans to improve infrastructure in some parts of the Pacific, including 
Guam and Australia. In September the U.S. announced a new partnership with 
Australia and Britain to deepen security, diplomatic and defense cooperation in 
the Asia-Pacific region. As part of that AUKUS partnership, Australia is to 
acquire nuclear-powered submarines, and the U.S. is to increase rotational 
force deployments to Australia.

 
 
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