News / Asia

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.
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.

You May Like

Video Americans, Tourists, Reflect on Meaning of Thanksgiving

VOA garnered opinions from several people soon after November 13 Paris attacks, which colored many of their thoughts

Video Thais Send Security Concerns Down the River

In northern Thailand, the annual tradition of constructing floating baskets to carry away the year’s bad spirits highlights the Loy Krathong festival

Video Tree Houses - A Branch of American Dream

Workshops aimed at teaching people how to build tree houses have become widely popular in America in recent years

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 3
 Previous   Next 
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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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,
In Response

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.
In Response

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?
In Response

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 !
In Response

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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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?
Comments page of 3
 Previous   Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continuesi
Ayesha Tanzeem
November 25, 2015 10:46 PM
One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continues

One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syria

Progress in the U.S.-led effort to beat Islamic State on its home turf in Iraq and Syria has led some to speculate the terror group may be growing desperate. But counterterror officials say that is not the case, and warn the recent spate of terror attacks is merely part of the group’s evolution. VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more.

Video Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute

The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video After Paris Attacks, France Steps Up Fight Against IS

The November 13 Paris attacks have drawn increased attention to Syria, where many of the suspected perpetrators are said to have received training. French President Francois Hollande is working to build a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State in Syria and in Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Creating Physical Virtual Reality With Tiny Drones

As many computer gamers know, virtual reality is a three-dimensional picture, projected inside special googles. It can fool your brain into thinking the computer world is the real world. But If you try to touch it, it’s not there. Now Canadian researchers say it may be possible to create a physical virtual reality using tiny drones. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video New American Indian Village Takes Visitors Back in Time

There is precious little opportunity to experience what life was like in the United States before its colonization by European settlers. Now, an American Indian village built in a park outside Washington is taking visitors back in time to experience the way of life of America's indigenous people. Carol Pearson narrates this report from VOA's June Soh.

Video Even With Hometown Liberated, Yazidi Refugees Fear Return

While the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar has been liberated from Islamic State forces, it's not clear whether Yazidi residents who fled the militants will now return home. VOA’s Mahmut Bozarslan talked with Yazidis, a religious and ethnic minority, at a Turkish refugee camp in Diyarbakır. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.

Video Nairobi Tailors Make Pope Francis’ Vestments

To ensure the pope is properly attired during his visit, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Dolly Craft Sewing Project in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi to make the pope's vestments, the garments he will wear during the various ceremonies. Jill Craig reports.

Video Cross-Border Terrorism Puts Europe’s Passport-Free Travel in Doubt

The fallout from the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris has put the future of Europe’s passport-free travel area, known as the "Schengen Zone," in doubt. Several of the perpetrators were known to intelligence agencies, but were not intercepted. Henry Ridgwell reports from London European ministers are to hold an emergency meeting Friday in Brussels to look at ways of improving security.

Video El Niño Brings Unexpected Fish From Mexico to California

Fish in an unexpected spectrum of sizes, shapes and colors are moving north, through El Niño's warm currents from Mexican waters to the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast. El Nino is the periodic warming of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this phenomenon thrills scientists and gives anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big catch. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Video Terrorism in Many Forms Continues to Plague Africa

While the world's attention is on Paris in the wake of Friday night's deadly attacks, terrorism from various sides remains a looming threat in many African countries. Nigerian cities have been targeted this week by attacks many believe were staged by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram. In addition, residents in many regions are forced to flee their homes as they are terrorized by armed militias. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Study: Underage Marriage Rate Higher for Females in Pakistan

While attitudes about the societal role of females in Pakistan are evolving, research by child advocacy group Plan International suggests that underage marriage of girls remains a particularly big issue in the country. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports how such marriages leads to further social problems.

VOA Blogs