Pentagon maps out strategy to counter China

The US Defense Department has drawn up a strategy to bolster cooperation with allies to counter China's rapid military buildup.

The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it has compiled new initiatives based on recommendations by a task force set up in February by President Joe Biden's administration.

Most of the document is classified, but an official says the initiatives are intended to streamline and strengthen cooperation with allies and friendly nations in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued an internal directive to address the security challenges posed by China.

In a statement, Austin said the directive will improve the department's ability to revitalize the US network of allies and partners and bolster deterrence.

He also said it will "accelerate the development of new operational concepts, emerging capabilities, future force posture and a modernized civilian and military workforce."