“The Pentagon is also considering establishing a permanent naval task force in the Pacific to counter China’s growing aggression, according to sources interviewed by Politico. Although not yet finalized, Politico notes that the initiative ‘would add muscle to President Joe Biden’s tough talk on China and send a signal that the new U.S. administration is serious about cracking down on Beijing’s military buildup and aggressive behavior in the Pacific region.’ According to Elbridge Colby, a former Trump Pentagon official, the initiative would signal the Pentagon’s continued shift away from the Middle East and towards the Pacific…”

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