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China Says US Adding to Regional Tensions

A U.S. Army soldier gestures to a fellow solider as they participate in annual military drills in Yeoncheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 11, 2013.
A U.S. Army soldier gestures to a fellow solider as they participate in annual military drills in Yeoncheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 11, 2013.
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William Ide
— China has released a report on its military strength that says U.S. efforts to rebalance its presence to Asia are adding to tensions in the region. The defense white paper says China faces multiple, complicated security threats and challenges but repeated the country’s pledge to never engage in military expansion.

In Beijing’s latest white paper on defense, the "Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces," China notes that "some country" has strengthened its Asia-Pacific military alliances and expanded its presence in the region, which it frequently says makes the situation tenser.
 
The thinly veiled comment was a reference to ongoing U.S. efforts to rebalance its military and diplomatic presence in the region as it reduces its presence in Afghanistan.

The U.S. says that by 2020 it will see 60 percent of its naval fleet deployed to the Pacific.
 
China sees that as a clear effort to contain its rise onto the global stage.
 
"Highlighting the military security agenda, purposely enhancing military deployment, and strengthening military alliances does not conform to the trend of the times, nor is it conducive to regional peace and stability," said Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun.

William Choong is a senior fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.
 
"If you are China and you don’t have any formal allies in the neighborhood and you see what the United States is doing in terms of deploying 2,500 Marines on a rotational deployment to Australia, you see the littoral combat ships arriving in Singapore this week… It’s beginning to look rather worrying," said Choong.
 
Washington's outreach has included traditional allies such as Japan and South Korea as well as governments that have had fewer American diplomatic, economic and military links such as Vietnam and Burma.
 
The Philippines is seeking to host more U.S. troops on a rotational basis and Indonesia is looking to buy military hardware.
 
Although China says its rise is peaceful, Choong says that is something its neighbors are finding harder to believe.
 
"If you speak to a lot of policy makers across Southeast Asia in particular, many of them, they did buy it in the first instance, but as what we’ve seen in the past two years, with regard to the South China Sea, a lot of Southeast Asian countries are doing a double take on peaceful rise," he said.
 
China argues that Washington’s increased cooperation has emboldened countries such as Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam to take a tougher course in responding to disputes.

After a year in which maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea drew international attention, Beijing announced it is putting increased emphasis on its naval capability.

"Right now," said Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, "China is facing severe challenges regarding its maritime interests. Safeguarding our maritime interests is an important obligation of the Chinese military, and it is also a practical need to cope with national security threats.”
 
China has the world’s second largest defense budget, behind the United States, and its new report tried to set aside concerns about Chinese military intentions. China sees its military as a force for regional and global stability and the report highlights Chinese forces' participation in U.N. peacekeeping efforts and in aiding with disaster relief.

The report revealed for the first time new details about the makeup of China’s 1.5  million military forces and the divisions and commands for the army, air force and navy.

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by: Boycott China from: Vietnam
April 17, 2013 10:01 PM
China is so greedy and cunning. It finds every ruse to annex the South China Sea. Look at how it claims its territorial waters with the nine-dotted line. Many times it has deliberately spoiled Vietnam's economy and culture with toxic, fake commodities and cultural publications. In the subconscious mind, China considers Vietnam part of its territory. The proofs are the north-border-war in 1979 and the invasion of Paracel Islands in 1974 and most of Spratly Islands in 1988.
China talks one way but does another. So, do not listen to it. See what China does.

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by: Power talks from: Earth
April 19, 2013 4:06 AM
It used to be USA, now it is China. Small countries are always victims of conflicts among superpowers. Live with it.


by: Wangchuk from: NYC
April 17, 2013 10:18 AM
I sincerely hope the US continues to strengthen its alliances in Asia-Pacific and honors its commitments to defend democracies like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, etc from any foreign enemies. Asians are waking up to the fact that the PRC Empire is hegemonistic & wants to be the sole superpower in Asia & bully its Asian neighbors.


by: Vu from: USA
April 17, 2013 2:43 AM
Bejing is making a lot of enermy with its neighbors, and with its allies too. Correct themself before they can criticize Washington.
Chinese have been harassing small countries so that these countries run into Washington arm for help.
Bejing is hypocrite!


by: Itme from: USA
April 17, 2013 12:42 AM
1. Who has gone to Mars planet? USA
2. Who built the most destructive and deadliest missile on earth that can travel at speed of 20 miles per second and destroyed a planet located 267 million miles from eartth? USA - Deep Space Impact (note: earth diameter is only 7,918 miles (12,742 km), it's an instant death for any country when hit by this missile)
3. Who has hundreds of nuclear missiles orbiting around earth 24/7? USA
4. Who has a network of hundreds of nuclear armed subs hibernating deep on ocean floor? USA
5. Who has the most powerful navy fleet surfing the ocean 24/7? USA
6. Who has traveled to the moon? USA
7. Who's controlling the world's most powerful currency? USA - Dollar
8. Who's controlling earth natural resources: water, oil, and precious metals? USA
9. Who kicked everybody's ass in every war in human history? USA
10. Who has the most military experience? USA
11. Who killed the most humans in millions in all the wars on earth? USA
12. Who's the boss on planet earth? you answer this question yourself.


by: Nicolas from: US
April 16, 2013 8:41 PM
US makes troubles for all over the world, Iraq,Libya,Afghanistan.....Why always US. A terrorism country. Millions of innocent civilians from Iraq,Libya,Afghanistan were killed.

US is South America country,why their military everywhere in the world to make region tensions....

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by: Vu from: usa
April 17, 2013 2:27 AM
I can sense that you hate American
You are not an American. Why use American name and from US?
You are not convinced with fake identity


by: SEATO
April 16, 2013 3:33 PM
China pledged :"to never engage in military expansion".Who are trying to fool? They have been spending hundreds of billions of dollars on developing and deploying hitec and destructive weapons and machineries including ICBMs,Aircraft carriers,ships,submarines,stealth fighters,and so on,all for a single aim:"Taking over control of Eastand South East Asia and eventually the whole world.China's territorial ambitions and its disregard for all human lives and values,make everybody nervous and worried,as a result bringing about an arms race to counter the imminent threats from China.for peace's sake,Spend money on improving the Chinese living standards rather than wasting it on military programs,preparing for a war that would cause terrible destructions and sufferings.The world has got so much better since WW2, why do you want to destroy it? Without America's serious involvement and commitment in Asia,it is just a matter of time before China take over the whole region by force.An alliance with America would safeguard your territorial sovereignty.A submission to Chinese intimidations and coercion would be the end of your homeland.Let Tibet and Xinjang be our lessons !


by: Temujin from: San Diego
April 16, 2013 2:51 PM
China is the real trouble maker and has been playing with fires for years from land grabbed from Tibetans and Ughurs and now trying to rob islands belong to Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Chinese are now blaming US for all their mis-behaviors and misdeed. Have anyone wonder why asian nations big or small has no respect for China?


by: obgaribaldi from: San Diego
April 16, 2013 1:51 PM
Dear USA and South East Asian Countries,

Remember thousands of years of Chinese military dominance of SE Asia, and more recently, China's attacking UN troops during the Korean War. North Korea was their puppet then (and now) and was defeated, up until half a million Chinese streamed across the Yalu river and pushed UN troops South of Seoul (the second time this city was sacked by the Communists). Truman did not allow MacArthur to follow-up his gains in North Korea by attacking China, but this did not stop the Chinese from disregarding any semblance of international law in attacking UN troops that had just repelled North Korean aggressors who had taken over nearly all of the South aside from a small area around Pusan. It should be noted that the South was purposely limited in their means to attack the North prior (to help prevent war). This thinking was rewarded by an attack by the North. So my moral is this: Its very hard to trust any government, but trusting a Communist nation such as China (and its puppet) is something altogether different.


by: C.F. from: Los Angeles
April 16, 2013 1:26 PM
Burma should be referred to as Myanmar


by: stroyde from: US
April 16, 2013 1:20 PM
China is doing quite a job increasing tensions in asia all by itself. Blockheads.

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