The rolling out of the United States' Indo-Pacific strategy at this year's Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) raises more questions than answers. Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan emphasised that the US will pursue its Indo-Pacific strategy with a whole-of-government approach and a fully funded defence strategy.
Such a strategy, however, would be bound to fail unless it has a strong economics-trade component, along with the security dimension.
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