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WASHINGTON — A new Department of Defense task force will examine the US-China military posture and it’s “growing challenges,” President Biden announced Wednesday during his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief.
The panel will work quickly to present Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin with recommendations on military strategy as relations between Washington and Beijing grow increasingly strained in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a years-long trade war.
“We need to meet the growing challenges posed by China to keep peace and defend our interests in the Indo-Pacific and globally,” Biden said, referring to a region which includes the heavily-contested South China Sea.
“Today, I was briefed on a new DOD China Task Force that Secretary Austin is standing up to look at our strategy and operational concepts, technology and force posture and so much more,” Biden continued.
“The task force will work quickly drawn on civilian and military experts across the department to provide within the next few months recommendations to Secretary Austin on key priorities and decision points, so that we can chart a strong path forward on China related matters,” he said.
“It’s going to require a whole government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress, and strong alliances and partnerships. That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future.”
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