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Indo-Pacific needs to establish a center for countering hybrid threats

New types of aggression and competition are being used to weaken regional security

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A Chinese Coast Guard ship attempts to block a Filipino fishing boat by spraying water off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in October 2016: Hybrid threats gain their advantage in Indo-Pacific.   © AP

Lesley Seebeck is an independent consultant and co-author of "Countering the Hydra," a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

As ministers and senior government officials convene in Singapore for the regular Shangri-La Dialogue, their attention will be focused on the increasing prospect of great power conflict. Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with an estimated 20,000 dead after less than four months, is a reminder of the lethality of conventional conflict.

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