Commander Stresses Importance of Indo-Pacific Partnerships


Carrying the message that the Indo-Pacific region should be about building communities, not about confrontation, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command participated in a panel discussion in New Delhi today as part of the Raisina Dialogue, an annual multinational conference geared toward issues facing the global community.

Navy Adm. Philip S. Davidson joined Navy Adm. Sunil Lanba, the chief of India’s naval staff; Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck, the chief of France’s naval staff; Navy Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of Japan’s joint staff; and Army Gen. Angus J. Campbell, the chief of Australia’s defense staff, on the panel.

The United States recognizes the changing dynamics in the region, Davidson told panel moderator Yalda Hakim, and that is why the name of its regional command changed from U.S. Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The name change “articulates much of what President [Donald J.] Trump put out in 2017, that the future for prosperity — not only for the United States, but all nations of the region — is resident in the Indo-Pacific, and the name change is to help support that vision and certainly describes what responsibilities the headquarters has,” he said.

Davidson said the greatest capability the United States brings to the region is the unmatched network of allies developed…

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