#Lloyd Austin

China has said it has no room for compromise on internal matters ahead of a diplomatic meeting with the US in Alaska. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • US President Joe Biden had proposed to “build a united front of US allies to confront China's abusive behaviours and human rights violations"
  • Biden has upgraded the Quad from the Foreign Ministers to the Leaders level and held its virtual meeting on March 12
  • China is despatching diplomat Yang Jiechi with Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Anchorage for a “strategic dialogue” with the USA on March 18

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  • One-third of the US military is declining to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said level of refusal is on par with that of the general population
  • Kirby informed more than 916,500 vaccinations had been administered so far

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President Joe Biden met with the Pentagon's top generals and civilian leaders. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI File)

  • Joe Biden promised the defense force to keep domestic politics out of the country's security
  • Biden termed China as the premier strategic threat to the United States
  • The task force was necessary "so that we can chart a strong path forward on China"

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Denis McDonough became the seventh cabinet level nominee to be approved by the US Senate for the Biden administration (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • McDonough served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy NSA under the Obama administration
  • He does not have any prior service record in the US armed forces
  • The remaining positions are likely to be voted on after Trump's impeachment trial

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US President Joe Biden also made substantial announcements about America's foreign policy on Thursday (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Biden said the US will face all challenges put forward by China
  • The US will equip itself to give China competition in areas of technology, security, economy among others
  • A total of 45 US lawmakers wrote to Blinken and requested to hold China accountable for the human rights abuses it carried out

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (right) is the first Black person to serve as Pentagon chief. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Lloyd Austin has given all units 60 days to hold a day of talks on extremism
  • Several US troops and veterans participated in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol
  • Pentagon pulled 12 National Guard troops from duty ahead of President Joe Biden's inauguration

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USS Nimitz has been at sea for over nine months (Photo Credit: Twitter @USNavy)

  • The aircraft carrier was moved from the Middle Eastern command to the Indo-Pacific
  • No informaation about the possible replacement of the aircraft carrier was given
  • The reason for the removal of the carrier are suspected to be destressing tensions with Iran

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Lloyd Austin indicated in his order that the plethora of advisory panels was due for a review for their utility. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The move meant that scores of positions would be vacated for review
  • After reviews Austin will consider which boards to keep and decide on new appointments
  • Pentagon also made clear it was a reaction to the outgoing Trump administration sweeping out old board rosters to embed his favorites

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President Joe Biden with Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin (R), Vice President Kamala Harris (L), in the Oval Office of the White House. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday
  • Austin became the first African-American to lead Pentagon on January 22
  • He pledged to sustain the bilateral defence relationship with India

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The US will prioritise climate change cosideration into its activities and risk assesments, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. (AFP Photo)

  • "It is a national security issue, and we must treat it as such," Lloyd Austin said in a statement
  • The US Defense Department will now include security implications of the climate change
  • Pentagon since 2010 has recognised the climate change could pose a threat to the US's military operations