America's lopsided China strategy: All guns and no bread and butter issues

The administration is preparing an economic plan for the Indo-Pacific, but it will not include access to the US market.

US President Joe Biden speaking by video with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington on March 18, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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(FINANCIAL TIMES) - Admiral John Aquilino, the top US military commander in the Indo-Pacific, recently held an unusual meeting with the head of US Space Command and deputy head of US Cyber Command - in a remote part of the Australian outback.

Adm Aquilino and his colleagues, General James Dickinson and Lieutenant-General Charles Moore, had flown all the way to Alice Springs, a dusty town in central Australia, for sensitive talks on China with top Australian officials at Pine Gap, a spy satellite facility run by the CIA and the Australian government.

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