Power Play

With Australia card, the US has a stronger hand

The United States is upping its military game in the Indo-Pacific, by leveraging allies to counter China.

The US' sharing of closely guarded, sensitive nuclear propulsion technology with Australia under the new Aukus security partnership leverages Australia's unique geography. PHOTO: EPA
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On the face of it, the scale of the United States' military footprint in the Indo-Pacific is impressive.

Its area of responsibility encompasses about half the earth's surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the US to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole, according to the United States Indo-Pacific Command website.

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