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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: Nick from: NEW YORK
April 16, 2013 1:14 PM
Well lets see, if you wanted to stop the North Korea tension you could have stopped this long ago, as they are your puppet and they depend on you and Russia for everything. So if China wanted tensions to ease they could simply be much stronger with North Korea.


by: John from: USA
April 16, 2013 12:59 PM
Even half of China doesn't want to be part of China. You would have to be disappointed with your own country when your neighbors are begging the US for strategic partnerships that China could have ruled the world with. The only option left for China is Africa.... Enjoy those strategic partnerships!! China is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The need of massive amount of resources for their current population but at the expense of making strategic partnerships with your neighbors impossible because of the inherent conflict that arises.


by: The man from: US
April 16, 2013 12:55 PM
China, wipe out North Korea. Take it over and US deployments will drop, guaranteed.


by: alexandra from: fl
April 16, 2013 12:53 PM
why the US has to be so arrogant?
and all of the post from Americans are ignorant & arrogant.

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by: Hoang from: Vietnamese Canadian
April 17, 2013 10:39 AM
Without the U.S. Intervention in world affairs, there would be more conflicts in the world as the stronger countries would want to invade its weaker neighbours without impunity, such as China against Tibet.
When you ally with the U.S., there is benefit for both countries. Look at South Korea, Japan and Germany.
When you ally with China, China will slowly invade your country. Look at Vietnam.


by: donald from: hartford,ct
April 16, 2013 12:43 PM
I think China has the right idea as far as bringing the world together through economic growth. They appear to be less interested in traditional war and more interested in making money and creating jobs. War and death are how the human population used to cull its numbers and stir up new business. When we all choose to work together and agree on population controls and world food stores. We then may just be able to improve our environment and the planet we live on. Now with so many greedy rich sociopaths all grabbing the quickest buck at any expense. Soon we will all pay for their greed and folly


by: simsbury from: tx
April 16, 2013 12:35 PM
Hey , Yang what you talked about ? If you China communist quit arrogant and aggressive toward your neighbors then American no need to come to help it friends . You China keep threat, harassed and terrorized your neighbors fishmen,that is why American need to come to stop you barbarous acts.

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by: john from: usa
April 16, 2013 1:33 PM
i believe China will control his neighbors and go aggressive like
Tibet 1959 invaded and still claim Tibet is part of China, why Europe and USA not talk about relief Tibet to be they own independent and let the China do what ever they do to the Tibet peoples, if you want to be a country superpower, you must get involve,

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by: Louis from: Illinois
April 16, 2013 1:04 PM
It's pretty obvious where China's loyalties lie. They lie 1) with money - they don't want to rock the boat too much because they like doing business with the USA, and 2) communism - they really don't want Noth Korea to lose a war, lose face or lose anything else. So you see, China is on the fense. And that makes them vomit.


by: Senkaku ONLY from: usa
April 16, 2013 12:20 PM
China needs to stay inside its boarders, and off the seas. China needs to stick with the role that is proper for China: manufacturing cheap, disposible goods for the international market. Taiwan is a separate, Chinese-majority country, much like Singapore. If China is supposed to "own" any land that has a significant Chinese population, then shouldn't the China government also be laying claims to Malaysia and San Francisco? Of course not! That is so ridiculous! The Chinese people are widely spread, and good for them. But the China government is confined to a sizable area of the mainland of East Asia ONLY. If those people there move further afield, so be it, but that goverment needs to stay put and stop interferring in world affairs.

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by: laughing from: usa
April 16, 2013 1:40 PM
So the US is the only country in the world that is allowed to interfere with world affairs?

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by: yanting from: US
April 16, 2013 1:28 PM
First, Taiwan is one part of China, China doesn't wanna be aggrisive or "move further afield", we just keep in our land and wanna have a peace and cooperative circomstance. I don't know if you misunderstanding the act of troop moving or not, but it's not the truth.


by: Uncle Mao from: Bejing
April 16, 2013 12:11 PM
The fact the North Korea become agitator to the UN community is to makes a diversion so that no one notice China builds up military in South China sea where China has violated international marine laws UNCLOS 1982 by using force to occupied a approximately 1.3 million square miles.
Go home uncle SAM do not meddles with China.


by: Buzz Arnold from: Friday Harbor, WA
April 16, 2013 12:04 PM
Perhaps this would be a good time for the U.S. to NOT try to rule the world. Let China deal with the snot nosed kid who thinks he's bad. We can defend South Korea from our current positions. Lets sit this one out. We have enough problems in the Stans for a lifetime. Regroup !

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by: Hoang from: Canada
April 17, 2013 10:50 AM
It is your anti war groups and false media reporting during the Vietnam War that caused the U.S. to leave South Vietnam without weapons to defend itself against the Viet Cong. This led to the eventual loss of the Vietnam war, torture and death of millions of innocent Vietnamese under the Communist regime.

It it the U.S. policy of Nixon, Kissinger and Clinton that caused the rise of China that caused trouble to all its neighbours and decline of U.S.
Don't think once China control all of Asia that the U.S. is safe from communist China. China has policy of world domination economically, and militarily.
Look what is happening now in Africa.


by: Michael Phan from: San Francisco, CA
April 16, 2013 11:52 AM
Want to be a superpower, should act like a superpower. There are threats to the regions when China claims the ocean for their own. History is history because it doesn't apply to the present. 5000 years of history showed the expansionism. If the history repeated, there would be problem.

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by: Greg from: Texas
April 16, 2013 12:53 PM
Same rules should apply. If the China military Navy is for peacful uses, then so is the US navy. Just because we are there, where is the containment? Unless you mean, that as the article states, our presense makes others more bold to stand up to China's continued expansion? It is interesting that most comments supporting China, mostly sound like they feel China has a right to dominate others. The USA dominates NO ONE... Show where in history this has ever been true... Everything USA Military has done, has been in "RESPONSE" to something started by others. Most just complain, because "ONCE" the USA is involved, they lose power. Being a super power is not about dominating anyone. It is about protecting your own, and your allies.

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by: Sensi
April 16, 2013 12:34 PM
What a ludicrous garbage. The USA are supporting Japanese nationalists honoring war criminals and want to use its bloated military to stay "relevant" now that it is set to lose the world economical leadership in the next few decades. The USA are just repeating history, the one of failing and bullying empires using their military to impose their agenda on others...

If China start to deploy its forces around the USA, in a similar "containment" strategy, I am sure american citizen like you won't have anything to say about that "peaceful and disinterested move", am I right?

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