China’s Belt and Road Initiative of lending money to countries wanting to improve their infrastructure has been a tactic of influence in the Indo-Pacific region. But allies are growing wise that there are strings attached, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command tells Defense News.
One day before Amazon chief Jeff Bezos gave a keynote address at the Reagan National Defense Forum, never uttering the word “JEDI,” the Pentagon’s chief information officer spoke with great confidence that Amazon’s protest of the department’s enterprise cloud contract award will go nowhere.
The agreement was inked after a meeting on the sidelines of the Reagan National Defense Forum, where the U.S. and Singaporean defense ministers discussed a range of issues on their countries' bilateral defense relationship.
Competition between the U.S. and China "will determine whether nations relate to each other freely, equally, and peacefully, with a recognition of the human rights of their citizens or if they devolve into a system that legitimizes authoritarianism and rewards power and coercion," a new report warns.