Yesterday, the Pentagon rebranded the outpost the Indo-Pacific Command in a nod to India and the Indian Ocean that America stands with India and the Indian Ocean as well as the Pacific allies in order to confront a belligerent China that continues to militarize the South China Sea despite promises from China's leader and despite rulings of international law as well as formal complaints from all of China's neighbors in that region including Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, etc.
U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris oversaw the rebranding and the handing over of the reigns of the command to its new admiral and he gave a speech emphasizing that North Korea remains the most imminent threat in the region but that China is the greatest long term threat there.
Extending the largest and oldest command outpost of the U.S. military to now include the Indian Ocean represents the Pentagon's new strategy of attempting to deal with the now hotly contested South China Sea. The South China Sea is the primary gateway between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and much of China's imported oil and other resources from the Middle East and Africa flow through it.
India as well has had to face increased pressure from China over territorial disputes and Washington has been attempting to find ways to partner with India to challenge China's military rise in the region. This is a good first step and a large one at that.