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Indo-Pacific

US to build anti-China missile network along first island chain

Exclusive: Indo-Pacific Command requests to double spending in fiscal 2022

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a naval strike missile during exercise Pacific Griffin in the Philippine Sea. The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that is designed to find and destroy enemy ships. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will bolster its conventional deterrence against China, establishing a network of precision-strike missiles along the so-called first island chain as part of $27.4 billion in spending to be considered for the Indo-Pacific theater over the next six years, Nikkei has learned.

They form the core proposals of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative that the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has submitted to Congress and Nikkei has reviewed.

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