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World powers make moves in Indo-Pacific region

UK carrier strike group sails in the Pacific Ocean. Associated Press/UK Ministry of Defence

World powers make moves in Indo-Pacific region

China deployed 24 fighter jets to Taiwan on Thursday in a show of strength amid international interest in the region. The country also rejected a port call from Germany to allow a frigate into their waters to perform maneuvers. French naval assets are in the Indo-Pacific region for exercises, and a British carrier strike group will be in the area for the next several months. Taiwan deployed its own air force patrol to monitor the Chinese fighter jets.

Why the focus on the Indo-Pacific? A Chinese spokesman officially said the country is committed to diplomacy, but Beijing called the United States’ recent nuclear submarine agreement with Australia irresponsible, predicting it would disrupt regional peace. China also opposed a U.S. arms sale to Taiwan last month. The country has historically rejected Taiwan’s independence and has been building up military outposts and sending military flights to the area since January.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s column about the possible geopolitical effects of the  United States’ new Indo-Pacific approach.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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When the Hanoi government is begging the USA to become more not less involved in the laudible task of FONOPs (Freedom of Navigation of the Seas Operations) you know ordinary rules no longer apply. Prudent portfolio managers meanwhile continue to say let Red China do what it wants to Uighurs, Tibet and Hong Kong unless you want to see stock market implode and Wal-Mart shelves barren. Keep a close watch on the Spratley islands and an even closer watch on the debt drenched ChiComm realty developer, Evergrande.