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International relations

US arms sales in Indo-Pacific pick up as China tensions build

India urged to shift farther away from Russian hardware for interoperability

F-35A Lightning II aircraft seen during a flight back from the U.K. to the U.S. after participating in an air show. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

NEW YORK -- Bolstered by a historic $32 billion in approved defense sales to allies and partners for the month of July, the Trump administration said Thursday that it is ready to further support Indo-Pacific allies to boost their defense capabilities.

"Just last month, this was our second-highest-yielding month in defense trade for the history of the Department of State," said Clarke Cooper, the department's assistant secretary for political-military affairs, in a video briefing for foreign media.

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