Pentagon: The United States Intends To “Advance” Its Defence Ties With India In Order To Deter China

According to the US National Defense Strategy 2022, released on Thursday, the Biden administration intends to strengthen defence ties with India in order to strengthen its ability to deter Chinese aggression and address grey zone coercion in areas such as disputed land borders.

This newly released document from the US Defense Department is an unclassified defence strategy that sits beneath President Biden’s National Security Strategy, which was released earlier this month in the midst of rising Chinese aggression.

This Congressionally mandated strategy review establishes the Department’s strategic direction in support of US national security priorities and follows directly from President Biden’s National Security Strategy.

“The Department will advance our Major Defense Partnership with India to strengthen its ability to deter PCR (People’s Republic of China) aggression and ensure free and open access to the Indian Ocean region,” according to the document.

According to the report, China poses the most significant and systemic threat, while Russia poses acute threats to vital US national interests both abroad and at home.

“The PRC’s coercive and increasingly aggressive effort to refashion the Indo-Pacific region and the international system to suit its interests and authoritarian preferences,” the document continues.

“The Department will also support Ally and partner efforts, in accordance with US policy and international law, to address acute forms of grey zone coercion from the PRC’s campaigns to establish control over the East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, South China Sea, and disputed land borders such as with India,” it says of the Indo-Pacific region.

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the Missile Defence Review are part of the National Defence Strategy (MDR). The Nuclear Posture Review, which has outlined the Pentagon’s course of action, is a congressionally mandated review that describes US nuclear strategy, policy, posture, and forces.

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) reaffirms that the primary function of US nuclear weapons is to deter nuclear attacks on the country and its allies.

The Missile Defence Review is a review conducted in accordance with the guidance of the President and the Secretary of Defense, while also addressing the legislative requirement to evaluate US missile defence policy and strategy.

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