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Biden's Indo-Pacific strategy at odds with German, French visions

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The cover art of the U.S. and French Indo-Pacific strategy documents hint at different geographic priorities in the region. 

TOKYO -- The cover art of the "Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States" -- a report released by the Biden administration on Feb. 11 -- shows a vast Pacific Ocean, with the U.S. West Coast anchoring one end of the region.

This contrasts with the cover of the French Indo-Pacific strategy document, which centers around the Indian Ocean and is bookended on one side by East Africa, where France has a foothold. The opposite end is not the U.S. West Coast but French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

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