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Dilomacy in #Covid19 times: India to hold 1st ever virtual summit tmrw with @PMOIndia Modi & Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP participating. It’s the 1st ever virtual summit for India, while it’ll be the 2nd one for Australia which has already had one with Singapore. @HCICanberra
Focus to be on positive trajectory of bilateral relations during discussions between the two PMs who have so far met on four occasions on the margins of multilateral meetings: sources @ScottMorrisonMP @AusHCIndia @HCICanberra
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2/ #China unleashes #maritime power to press #EastAsia & #IndoPacific hegemony while #USNavy and US & other governments deal w/#coronavirus #pandemic:

#nationalsecurity #natsec #strategy
3/ #China combines #softpower w/ #maritime power in unrelenting pursuit of its international realignment goals even as – or because of – #coronavirus #pandemic rages through #SEAsia:

#nationalsecurity #natsec #strategy #IndoPacific
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"Our continued success is contingent upon predictable, adequate, sustained & timely funding" @DeptofDefense SecDef @EsperDoD tells #SASC re FY2021 budget, asking for on-time passage of $705.4 billion budget which "does not keep pace w/inflation"
Per @EsperDoD, the proposed budget contains "significant investments" in #hypersonics #microelectronics #5G autonomous systems &#ArtificialIntelligence
#China #Huawei - "If our @NATO allies incoporate Huawei technology it may very well have a severe impact on our ability to share information...& for the alliance to conduct itself as an alliance" @EsperDoD tells #SASC's @TomCottonAR
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.@POTUS: “India’s rise…is an example to every nation… It is all the more inspiring because you have done it as a democratic country, you have done it as a peaceful country, you have done it as a tolerant country, and you have done it as a great free country.”
@POTUS .@POTUS: “I believe that the United States should be India’s premier defense partner, and that’s the way it’s working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security, and protect a free and open #IndoPacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come.”
@POTUS .@POTUS: “India has an important leadership role to play in shaping a better future as you take on greater responsibility for solving problems and promoting peace throughout this incredible region.”
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THREAD: In several recent conversations I've had with US officials and experts, I've heard comments to the effect that India isn't doing enough on maritime security. It's clear that they're unaware of some recent developments:
#IndoPacific #MaritimeSecurity #Sagar #IOR
1. OPERATIONS: October 2017: Change in Indian Navy's operational deployments.…
2. OPERATIONS: July 2019: Indian vessels continue to deploy in Strait of Hormuz.…
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❤️🇺🇸 Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo
❤️🇺🇸 Secretary Of Defense Dr Mark T Esper

#ASEAN — Association of Southeast Asian Nations • #IndoPacific
— Thailand 🇹🇭
— Australia 🇦🇺
— Federated States of Micronesia 🇫🇲…
❤️🇺🇸 Sec Def Esper took a slightly different path #Hawaii
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#Vietnamese frigate departs for #Russia to participate in a fleet review on the occasion of the 323rd Day of the #Russian Navy in Vladivostok city, Russia…
As scheduled, the Vietnamese mission will pay courtesy calls on the Pacific Fleet Command of the Russian Navy and the authorities of Vladivostok city. They will also join culinary and cultural festivals and sports exchange in the host city.
The visit will give Vietnamese officers & sailors of Frigate 016-Quang Trung an opportunity to practice long voyages, improve commanding capabilities, combat readiness abilities, master weapons & equipment during long voyages at sea & gain experiences in international events.
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"My parent's Greatest Generation [WWII], they fought to establish an int'l order that has prevented great power war for over 7 decades & it's currently under the most stress since the end of the Cold War" Gen Mark Milley, nominated as next chairman of @thejointstaff, tells #SASC
"From #EastAsia to the #MiddleEast to Eastern #Europe, authoritarian actors are testing the limits of the int'l system & seeking regional dominance while challenging int'l norms & undermining US interests" Gen Milley warns #SASC
"Our goal should be to sustain Great Power peace that has existed since World War II and deal firmly with all those who might challenge us" per Gen Milley
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The #33APR kicks off with the Welcoming Remarks by Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Chairman and Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia.
Professor @aileen_baviera, President of the @appfi_ph delivers the Opening Remarks on behalf of the ASEAN-ISIS Network.

For more information about the ASEAN-ISIS Network:…
With the opening ceremony concluded, Plenary Session 1: Asia Pacific Vs Indo Pacific: Rationale, Contestation & Implications begins. #33APR

@ElbridgeColby @MohanCRaja @ThitinanP
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Thread 1: The Pentagon released its #IndoPacific strategy report today: It labels #China as a Revisionist Power that "it seeks #IndoPacific regional hegemony in the near-term and, ultimately global preeminence in the long-term." The official text: 👇…
2: "China is investing in a broad range of military programs and weapons, including those designed to improve power projection; modernize its nuclear forces; and conduct increasingly complex operations in domains such as cyberspace, space, and electronic warfare operations."
3: "China is also developing a wide array of anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities, which could be used to prevent countries from operating in areas near China’s periphery, including the maritime and air domains that are open to use by all countries."
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1 of 6: The #IndoPacific is @DeptofDefense’s priority theater. The United States is a Pacific nation. #ShangriLaDialogue #SLD19
2 of 6: We have an enduring commitment to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, are secure in their sovereignty and able to pursue economic growth consistent with accepted international rules, norms, and principles of fair competition.
3 of 6: DoD supports choices that promote long-term peace and prosperity for all in the Indo-Pacific. We will not accept policies or actions that threaten or undermine the rules-based international order - an order that benefits all nations.
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1 of 4: The DOD’s first Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) was publicly released on June 1, 2019, and is available at
#ShangriLaDialogue #SLD19
2 of 4: The DOD IPSR is a comprehensive articulation of DoD’s role within a whole-of-government strategy for the #IndoPacific region.
3 of 4: As an implementation document, the IPSR provides clarity on the National Defense Strategy as it applies to the region and highlights the role of allies and partners in implementing our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
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#LIVE: #GenDunford speaks with @MichaelEOHanlon @BrookingsInst on the current national security landscape, the state of our #JointForce, and key defense choices for the future.…
#GenDunford on the importance of mil-mil dialogue with his #Russian counterpart: "We have agreed to have an open dialogue to manage crises and miscalculation and to not politicize our relationship."
#GenDunford on the @NATO alliance over his tenure: The focus has been on deterrence as well as assurance in defense investments through the European Deterrence Initiative, which has improved deterrence and the cohesion of the alliance. #WeAreNATO
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Vietnam's Air Force Thread - The SU-30MK2 is the main asset of the Vietnamese Air Force. Its combat radious covers the whole contested area of the #SouthChinaSea including the Spratlys, the Paracels & Hainan Island. #Vietnam #ASEAN #SouthChinaSea #Asia #AsiaPacific #IndoPacific
Vietnam's Air Force Thread - The SU-30MK2 is a multi role fighter bomber, Tasked with air defense and naval strike, 35 in inventory #Vietnam #ASEAN #Asia #AsiaPacific #IndoPacific #SouthChinaSea
Vietnam's Air Force Thread - For the anti ship mission, the 35 SU-30MK2s are armed with KH-31 mach 3.5 supersonic missiles, KH-59 & KH-59MK2, KH-35 & KH-29TE missiles. They also carry Israeli electronic warfare pods. #Vietnam #ASEAN #SouthChinaSea #AsiaPacific #IndoPacific
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Thread: A first batch of 31 T-90S/SK tanks arrived to #Vietnam from #Russia, which is the quantity for a battalion. Here are the first leaked pictures. They don't have the side skirts because they were removed for transportation. Much of Vietnam's terrain is good for tank warfare
Thread: #Vietnam T-90 tanks: Vietnam ordered 62 T-90S tanks and 2 T-90SK. The T90SK is the commander's version of the T-90S, with additional communication and navigation equipment. The order value is $250 million or $3.9 million per tank. #ASEAN #IndoPacific
Thread: #Vietnam T-90 tanks: The Vietnamese tanks have the Shtora ("curtain" in Russian), an electro-optical active protection suite for tanks, designed to disrupt the laser designator and laser rangefinders of incoming anti-tank guided missiles #ASEAN #AsiaPacific #IndoPacific
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Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (#ARIA) was signed into Law.

Look fwd to seeing the implementation details.
It is the policy of the United States to develop and commit to a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region that—
(1) secures the vital national security interests of the United States and our allies and partners;
(2) promotes American prosperity and economic interests by advancing economic growth and development of a rules-based Indo-Pacific economic community;
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A lot's being written on the #IndoPacific but much of it seems to miss the mark. In part, it's poor messaging. In part, it's become a Rorschach test. Related concepts (Quad, Malabar) are being conflated. For a common baseline, I thought I'd compile an essential reading list. 1/12
First, the origins of the concept's adoption in official circles can be traced to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech to the Indian parliament in 2007, although he doesn't use the exact term. 2/12…
There's also a strong antecedent in the U.S. "pivot" or "rebalance" to Asia. Hillary Clinton's initial exposition on that theme is worth revisiting. 3/12…
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