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US Army hunts for bases to deter China but logistics pose hurdle

Acting secretary wants role in finding new Southeast Asian partners via drills and diplomacy

Soldiers look out of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter over the Hawaiian Islands. Finding new bases in the Indo-Pacific will be a political challenge for the Biden administration. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. is reviewing its Indo-Pacific military footprint to prepare for great-power competition against China, with the Army cultivating and strengthening partnerships with key Southeast Asian players.

The objective is to have a nimble expeditionary joint force spread widely across the region that is difficult for an adversary to strike in a single blow, yet still close enough to such critical areas as the Taiwan Strait.

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