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U.S. builds new software tool to predict actions that could draw China’s ire -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Kathleen Hicks is the first U.S. female deputy defense secretary and arrives in Arlington, Virginia on the 9th of February 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photograph

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HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. military commandants in the Pacific created a software tool that predicts how China will respond to U.S. activities in the region, including military sales and U.S.-backed militaries. It also allows congressional visits to areas like Taiwan.

Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary to Defense was informed about the tool on Tuesday during her visit to United States Indo-Pacific Command (Hawaii)

A defense official stated that the tool can calculate “strategic friction”. It analyzes U.S.-Sino data and evaluates the impact of significant actions. It will be able to help the Pentagon determine whether certain actions might provoke a significant Chinese reaction.

The Chinese military condemned both the United States of America and Canada’s sending warships through Taiwan Strait in October. They claimed they were endangering peace and stability within the region. This incident and other similar incidents have fuelled demand for this tool to make sure the United States doesn’t inadvertently cause trouble to China.

The tool is useful for monitoring a number of events, such as Congress visits to Taiwan and arms sales to the allies. It also helps to see when U.S. ships are passing through Taiwan Strait.

China asserts Taiwan is democratically controlled by it and has launched numerous air force operations into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the last year. This angered Taipei.

Officials will be able to see planned actions up to four months in advance using the new software, the official stated.

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