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WEEK IN REVIEW: United States to Increase Its Military Force Presence in Northern Australia

File image of a Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy. (Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/POOL/AFP)

The United States announced it will increase its military force presence in northern Australia in response to “China’s dangerous and coercive actions” in the Asia-Pacific region. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday the Pentagon will step up troop rotations that will also include the deployment of added naval power, fighter jets, and heavy bombers. (REUTERS)

Washington’s top diplomat in India curtly brushed aside Chinese criticism of last week’s joint U.S.-Indian military exercises that took place near the Chinese border. “It’s none of their business,” said Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Jones in response to Chinese Foreign Ministry comments that the exercises violated two agreements with India. The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi backed Washington’s position and said the exercises had nothing to do with China. (HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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