US Pacific Command Is Renaming As US Indo-Pacific Command: The United States today renamed its oldest and largest military command – the Pacific Command – to Indo-Pacific Command, in a mostly symbolic move to signal India’s importance to the US military amid heightened tensions with China over the militarization of the South China Sea.
US Pacific Command Is Renaming As US Indo-Pacific Command
Henceforth, the storied US Pacific Command, or PACOM, which has established after the World War II, that will be known as the US Indo-Pacific Command.
In recognition of the increasing connectivity, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, today we rename the US Pacific Command to US Indo-Pacific Command,” Secretary of Defence James Mattis says while speaking at a change of the command ceremony in Hawaii, where the command’s headquarters is locating.
The Pentagon’s move is also reflective of growing its importance of India in the US strategic thinking.
India was granted the ‘Major Defence Partner’ status by the previous Barack Obama Administration, providing for a transfer of technology and broader cooperation in the defense sector.
In the year 2016, India and the US had signed a crucial logistics defense pact which is enabling their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for the repair and replenishment of supplies, that is making joint operations in more useful.
Soon after coming to power. Trump administration had renamed the Asia Pacific as Indo-Pacific and identified India as one bookend of the region.
Over many decades, this command has repeatedly adapted to changing circumstance, and today carries that legacy forward as America focuses west,” Mattis said in his remarks.
It is our primary combatant command which is standing to watch and intimately engaged with over half of the earth’s surface and its diverse populations, from Hollywood, to Bollywood, from polar bears to penguins. Mattis said of the command whose areas of responsibility includes 36 nations, including India, as well as both the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Admiral Phil Davidson replaced Admiral Harry Harris as Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command or IndoPacom. Harris h appointed as the US ambassador to South Korea.
Referring to the year 2018 National Defence Strategy which is acknowledged Pacific challenges and signals America’s resolve and lasting commitment to the Indo-Pacific. Mattis said most nations share America’s vision in the region.
For every state, sovereignty is respecting, no matter its size and its region open to investment and free, fair and reciprocal trade which is not bound by any nation’s predatory economics or threat of coercion, for the Indo-Pacific that has a more belt and road.
Mattis said in the apparent dig at China, which is investing billions of the dollars for so-called One Belt and One Road initiative.
America continues to invest vigorously in the Indo-Pacific stability, which is bolstering the free and open rules-based international order that has to enable the regions to grow and struggle for over 70 years.
We are prepared to face any who will seek to challenge America’s resolve. Our National Defence Strategy is not a strategy of confrontation,” he said.
Mattis said the US will always be seeking peace from a position of strength.
We will also continue further strengthening existing alliances and fostering the new partnerships in the region, for these to form a fundamental cornerstone of our strategic vision.
A shared vision respectful of all nations sovereignty, and allowing us to reinforce a flexible security architecture capable of confronting shared threats, be they terrorism or inhibition of free trade or humanitarian disasters can befalling any nation. Mattis said.
Observing the relationships with Pacific and Indian Ocean allies and partners have proved critical to maintains the regional stability.
Mattis said the US stands by its partners and supporting their sovereign decisions because all the nations which are large and small and are essential to the region if they are to sustain stability in the ocean areas critical to global peace.
The US move comes in the wake of a series of measures by China that have raised tensions in the South China Sea.
China is claiming almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have counterclaims over the area. The US also rejects China’s claims of ownership of the city.
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