Skip to comments.China slams new Asian slant in US defense strategy [Actual Title]
Posted on 01/09/2012 3:29:12 PM PST by James C. Bennett
BEIJING: China on Monday slammed the United States' new Asian-focused defense strategy, saying its accusations of a lack of openness in Beijing's military policy were "groundless and untrustworthy.''
The strategy unveiled Thursday shifts the U.S. military focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan and makes a renewed commitment to assert America's position in the Asia-Pacific region.
The document says the growth of China's military power must be accompanied by greater clarity in its strategic intentions to avoid causing friction in the region.
In response, China said it was committed to peaceful development and a "defensive'' policy.
"China's strategic intent is clear, open and transparent,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters at a regular briefing.
"Our national defense modernization serves the objective requirements of national security and development and also plays an active role in maintaining regional peace and stability. It will not pose any threat to any country,'' Liu said. "The charges against China in this document are groundless and untrustworthy.''
He added that maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region serve the common interests of all Asia-Pacific countries "and we hope the U.S. will play a more constructive role to this end.''
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is not anticipating military conflict in Asia, but that it became so bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that it missed chances to improve its strategic position elsewhere.
Panetta said the Asia-Pacific region is growing in importance for the U.S. economy and national security, so the nation needed to maintain "our military's technological edge and freedom of action.''
The new strategy also identified India as a long-term strategic partner that can serve as a regional economic anchor and provider of security in the Indian Ocean region. It said the U.S. will try to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula by working with allies and others in Asia to defend against North Korean provocations.
Oh please, China isn’t threatened by us. We’re sharing all of our missile defense secrets with Russia. By extension I feel confident that the Red Chinese will obtain whatever technology of ours they do not already posses.
A few months of study and they will know all of our weaknesses.
A country without any aggressive intent would not be threatened by the tiny (relative to Chinese forces) US presence in the region. They’re just ticked off that we’re creating a bigger obstacle for a Chinese invasion force.
It might be interesting to ask the Chinese what they mean by “defensive”. They have territorial disputes with many of their neighbours (India, Vietnam) and all their maritime neighbours and with the ones that they don’t have any disputes anymore, they have submitted to the claims of only Russia, while bullying others into giving up their claims (the Central Asian countries & Pakistan).
They termed their conquest and occupation of Tibet and E. Turkestan as “Liberation”. In their minds, a liberation of claimed areas would probably still be “defensive”
Singapore will provide security for the Straits of Malacca -- it has to as it depends on that.
The Philippines need to step up to anchor the east, or Australia can do that job for now.
South Korea and the Japanese defense force can secure East Asia
there is no need for us to go it alone.