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US: Diplomatic, Military Rebalance to Asia No Threat to China

US: Diplomatic, Military Rebalance to Asia No Threat to Chinai
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April 26, 2013 3:31 PM
U.S. officials say shifting more diplomatic, commercial, and military assets to the Asia-Pacific region is not a threat to China. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.
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— U.S. officials say shifting more diplomatic, commercial, and military assets to the Asia-Pacific region is not a threat to China. Stepped-up Chinese naval exercises are partly a response to the Obama administration's diplomatic and military rebalance to Asia. But U.S. officials say it's not about confrontation, it's about stability.

"In this respect, the success of the rebalance hinges on having a positive and productive relationship with China. So absolutely the rebalance is not about China. What China does, though, of necessity does impact how we think about the region," said David Helvey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia.

With growing threats from North Korea, the United States must continue to reassure its allies, says George Mason University professor Janine Davidson. "As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula or in the South China Sea, the reaffirmation of this security guarantee can prevent a destabilizing arms race among nervous countries in the region," he stated.

Critics say the Obama administration is mishandling threats. Republican Senator Marco Rubio. "Our allies in the region want to make sure that not only are we saying these things," he explained. "But we are actually in a position to do something about these security commitments.

With rival claims over lucrative oil and fishing rights in the South China Sea, it's a question of managing resources, said Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for East Asia Joseph Yun. "There are no resolutions. Nobody's ever going to give up their claims. So really the question is: how do you manage it? One of the models of managing is through joint use, joint exploration, joint agreement," he stated.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been trying to manage some of that cooperation and reassure Chinese officials, among them the new premier Li Keqiang. "Our common interests are far more than our disputes. As big countries, we have a responsibility to maintain the peace and stability of the region," Li said.

But it is because of China that nearly all U.S. allies in the region want greater security cooperation, says Georgetown University professor Michael Green. "Many of them trade more with China than they do with us -- including Japan, Korea, Australia, three of our most important allies -- and so none of them wants to be ever put in a position where they have to choose between Washington and Beijing," Green noted.

Green believes Beijing now sees its own actions as part of the reason why neighbors want greater U.S. involvement. "The Chinese side will continue to argue it is containment, but I think they have drawn the lesson. They imposed a self-inflicted wound, an on-side goal in 2010 by pushing their neighbors closer to us," he said.

Washington says it will remain a Pacific power that is committed to working with China on regional issues such as North Korea and on broader goals such as curtailing Iran's nuclear program.

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by: John Lone from: San Diego
May 03, 2013 12:21 AM
China is an expansionist evil nation was formed by war aggression from the Qin to Mao dynasty, they illegally invaded and grabbed land from Tibetans and Ughurs. Now, they are trying to grab land, islands, and territorial waters belong to India, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and others.


by: No Name from: Wherever you go
April 27, 2013 11:42 AM
Strongly hope China will be stronger, more prosperous and wealthier. Strongly hope China can protect its national safety and territory. Love for Chinese people. Pray for Ya'an, and also Boston.


by: Frank from: Hong Kong
April 26, 2013 8:26 PM
The U.S. should not see Japan, a country of inhumanity, a nation of war crimes and pirates, as its ally and friend, but should use all cautions against such a cruel nation. On the other hand, China has been developing in a peaceful and friendly way, although there is still a long way for Chinese to go before reaching an economically and socially developed goal. Chinese people keep all the good memories of U.S. and are ready to have better cooperations with the U.S. Hope that the U.S. will make correct choices related to China and Chinese people.

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by: John Lone from: San Diego
May 03, 2013 12:27 AM
Please correct me if I am wrong, three southern most provinces of China (Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi) were belong to Annam kingdom (Vietnam today). Chinese cleverly grabbed those territories from the Vietnamese.

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by: Remie from: Canada
April 29, 2013 7:30 AM
To Jason,
You don't make any sense , history has to match up with both parties . Not one sided china who twist facts and fairy tale to make it their advantage. You must be Chinese therefore bias to the truth . When has china ever been fair? Not even to their own people . Open your little eyes

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by: Hoang from: Canada
April 28, 2013 7:35 AM
to Jason,
Here we go again. Another brainwashed Chinese.
Tibet has own language and culture and was independent country before 1940 when China invaded Tibet. Now China send Han Chinese to destroy Tibet culture and not allow Tibetan to speak their own language.
Shame on the West to recognize Tibet as part of China to appease this evil communist country, China for trade.
I guess China can invade any country and claim it belong to China since ancient times such as Vietnam, India, phillipines and now Japan and Malaysia. China is a coward country that coerce weaker countries to give up its territories, rather than international arbitration, claiming the west is biased.
Sooner or later, The U.S. has to confront China. It is better sooner than later.

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by: Jason from: CA
April 27, 2013 9:33 PM
Given to Hoang's ignorance to other nations' history, I can understand what you said. Living in the cover of western media, you guys are doomed to become a person with nearsighted eyes,you lack the ability to see the problem wholly, you only believe what western media propaganda and are brainwashed by western media. when does China invade Tibet? I hope you read Chinese history like a prudent child, Tibet is Chinese territory since ancient time. When does Japan apologize for criminal war? maybe, you have blind eyes and deaf ears. you can not see and hear, in that case, I can understand what you said.

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by: Hoang from: Canada
April 27, 2013 6:49 AM
Words from PRC or brainwashed Chinese nationals.
Peaceful China invaded Tibet in 1940, Indian in 1950, Vietnam's Paracel islands in 1974, and Spratly islands in 1988. China Claimed entire East Sea from old Mongolian map.
Now China claim islands from Japan.
Japan has already apologized for what they did in word war 2. Japan is now a democratic, civilized society.
China now invades other countries territories by sneaky tactics.


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
April 26, 2013 6:56 PM
The action of President Obama to boost the US military presence in the Asia Pacific Region is to counter the continuing threat from China to Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei and Philippines in the South China Sea; and the nuclear and ICBM threats from the Chinese puppet, the baby dictatator Kim Jong Un of DPRK to the US, South Korea and Japan. China's increasing threats for more than the last six decades cannot be ignored in this context. History shows the agressive behavior of China since the end of the Second World War by the occupation of Xinjiang of Turkmenistan; Aksai Chin of India; Tibet; and Manchuria. The added claim of the whole South China Sea, far from the shores of China, as its territorial waters threaten the safe passage of ships of other countries in the international waters and unreasonable claim of several islands, islets, atolls and reefs belonging to other countries in the South China Sea all raises red flag against China. The increasing presence of US military with the invitation of Asia Pacific countries is the only alternative to the above threats from China and North Korea. The increasing presence of US military in the Asia Pacific region is a self inflicted wound by China and North Korea. So far China and North Korea has not taken any action to reduce the tension in the Asia Pacific region and hence the build up of US military presence will continue and should continue.

























































































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by: henry from: CA
April 27, 2013 6:45 AM
for NewYorker's sake, I think you should go home to read history book, then what you said is meaningful. you do not know China. Chinese people love peace, you can draw the conclusion from the history of China. in more than 2000-years History, Chinese people experience too many wars, they know peace is the most valuable. The territories Chinese people claim belong to China since ancient time, Chinese people never desire others' things. Chinese people only want to protect their right, you do not know Chinse history, what you said is not fair.I hope all of people who think Chinese people' claim is not fair open you eyes to read the history of China, do not guide the way with blind eyes, because this kind of behavior is not responsible. if you say something unfair because of jealousy,I think you should pray to God, let God forgive your sins.

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by: Eric from: California
April 27, 2013 3:13 AM
The action of China to boost its defensive presence in the Asia Pacific Region is to counter the continuing threat from the US to China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Burma, Laos and anyone else in the South China Sea who refuse to toe the American line; and the nuclear and ICBM threats from the US and its Japanese war criminal puppet secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. The US' increasing threats for more than the last six decades cannot be ignored in this context. History shows the aggressive behavior of US since the end of the 19th Century by the occupation of California from Mexico; Alaska from Russia; Hawaii; all the islands in the Carribean, and the Philippines. The added claim of Wake, Guam, Midway, Okinawa, far from the shores of US, as its territories threaten the safe passage of ships of other countries in the international waters and unreasonable claim of several islands, islets, atolls and reefs belonging to other countries in the Pacific and Indian Oceans all raises red flag against the US. The increasing presence of China military with the peaceful collaboration of many Asia Pacific countries is the only alternative to the above threats from US and Japan. The increasing capability of China's military in the Asia Pacific region is a self inflicted wound by US and Japanese militarism. So far US and Japan has not taken any action to reduce the tension in the Asia Pacific region and hence the build up of China's military will continue and should continue.


by: Saito from: Japan
April 26, 2013 12:23 PM
the Chinese corrupt kleptocratic regime, ruling over a stupid and diseased filthy population, gears itself for confrontation and regional expansion. so, any attempt to restrain the Chinese metastatic spread will be viewed as a threat to the ruling thieves...

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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
April 27, 2013 11:38 AM
then why Japan is still denying using Korean sex slaves during WWII?
Why Japan is still worshipping war criminals in a state shrine?
Japan is a real devil.

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