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International relations

US military's new Indo-Pacific Command reflects China concerns

Pentagon name change aims to underscore cooperation with regional allies

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan sails in waters off Okinawa, alongside a refueling ship, in October 2017.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. government has changed the name of the Defense Department's Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command, a reflection of its shift in focus toward checking China's growing naval might in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

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