US President Joe Biden offers $1.8 billion for Indo-Pacific strategy

The budget, the White House said, promotes integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. To maintain and strengthen deterrence, the budget prioritizes China as the Department’s stimulus challenge.

US President Joe Biden. AFP

Washington: US President Joe Biden on Monday offered $1.8 billion to support his Indo-Pacific strategy as well as another $400 million to counter China’s malign behavior.

Both are part of the $773 billion annual US defense budget for the year 2023, which was submitted by the White House to Congress as part of its annual budget proposals.

In the Indo-Pacific, America is strengthening its role and expanding cooperation with longtime allies and partners, including new critical and emerging diplomatic, defense and security technologies and supply chains, and climate and global health initiatives, while supporting stronger ties between our European and Indo-Pacific Allies, Biden said.

The president prioritized strategic competition with China and worked with allies and partners to resist coercion and deter aggression from Beijing and Moscow, and ended America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan while withdrawing all US troops, the White House said.

The budget, the White House said, promotes integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. To maintain and strengthen deterrence, the budget prioritizes China as the Department’s stimulus challenge.

To support U.S. leadership in championing democracy, freedom, and security around the world, the budget includes nearly $1.8 billion to support a free and open, connected, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific region. and the Indo-Pacific Strategy, and $400 million for the China Malicious Influence Fund.

In addition, the budget provides $682 million for Ukraine, an increase of $219 million from the level enacted in 2021, to counter malign Russian influence and address emerging security-related needs. energy, cybersecurity issues, disinformation, macroeconomic stabilization and civil society. resilience.

According to the White House, the Department of Defense’s Pacific Deterrence Initiative 2023 highlights some of the key investments the department is making that are focused on strengthening deterrence in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Department develops the concepts, capabilities, and posture necessary to meet these challenges, working in concert with interagency and U.S. allies and partners to ensure U.S. deterrence is integrated across all domains, theaters, and spectra of conflict, a- he declared.

Kevin E. Boling