Indo-Pacific Command Worried About China’s Path

The commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told Congress today that he is encouraged about progress with Asia’s near-term threat — North Korea — but is worried about the path China is on.

Navy Adm. Philip Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Indo-Pacific region is largely peaceful, but that is because like-minded nations are willing to work together.

Indo-Pacific Stability Good for the World

The command is the U.S. military’s largest combatant command — concerned with more than 50 percent of the globe. The stability the command has created in the region has been an enormous benefit to the world, with billions lifted out of poverty.

A free and open Indo-Pacific is good for the region, the United States and the world, Davidson said. “Today the concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific resonates with our allies and partners across the region and includes economic, political and security dimensions,” he said. “And it demonstrates our commitment to a safe, secure and prosperous region that benefits all nations, large and small.”

The international rules-based environment that has grown up since the end of World War II is in danger. China — which has benefited most from the free and stable region — is challenging the status quo.

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