On Thursday, the Department of Defense (DoD) praised the progress of security and deterrence capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region despite China’s concerning advancement pace in recent years.

Strengthening and Expanding

DoD officials expressed confidence that America will maintain its position as a dominant global superpower, highlighting initiatives launched in the last two years that have finally come to fruition.

Recently speaking at the Hudson Institute, Ely Ratner, the Assistant Defense Secretary for Indo-Pacific affairs, said that the US has successfully beefed up its regional presence.

According to Ratner, apart from providing the region with the country’s most sophisticated military capabilities, Washington also made promising progress in developing and maintaining bilateral relationships.

In a world of … a lot of challenges, I think the story of the US position in the region is the degree to which we are deepening our partnerships with our allies and partners, and the degree to which they’re investing in their own capabilities,” the Assistant Defense Secretary said.

The US and its regional allies and partners have been working hand-in-hand lately, especially after China’s increasing aggression in the Indo-Pacific—particularly in the South and East China Sea- ensuring airtight regional security and stability.

An exceptional regional collaboration, which has never been done before. Ratner praises such progressive initiatives, saying, “This is really news for optimism … And I think it is creating a more stable and enduring security environment, even as these challenges from [China] become more intense.”

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), The US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, steams in formation with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and Indian Navy during Exercise Malabar 2022 in the Philippine Sea.

Regional Alliances

In contrast to Europe, the Indo-Pacific region lacks an intergovernmental military pact like NATO. Thus, the American mediation efforts and the voluntary cooperation of regional states are highly commendable.