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U.S. Officials Try to Soothe France Over Australia Submarine Deal

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The U.S. and China are maneuvering for improved military and economic positioning in the Pacific, the theater that will define the great-power competition between the two.

Senior Biden administration officials on Thursday detailed the rationale behind the new security partnership with the U.K. and Australia, the latest element of a strategy that has seen increased cooperation with India and Japan as well. The U.S. is amassing a network of alliances designed to contain China’s ambitions in the South China Sea, even at the risk of infuriating other allies such as France.

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