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What is behind US 'Return-to-Asia' strategy? (2)

(China Military Online)

20:43, December 27, 2011

Reporter: At the 12th round of China-U.S. defense consultation held recently, the U.S. undersecretary of Defense Michael Flournoy said the Pentagon does not regard China as an "enemy." The China-U.S. relation is distinctive and certainly not "hostile relation." What’s your opinion?

Lin Zhiyuan: There have been various versions about the China-U.S. relation, which is basically a "neither friend nor foe" relationship. It is a particular relationship between the world's only superpower and a rising great power, and the most important geopolitical relationship.

The American overall strategy toward China is giving the same priority to cooperation and prevention, but intensifying "security rebalancing" efforts on China, taking comprehensive measures to suppress China, and instigating its allies to pay, contribute and appear to restrain China.

At the same time, the United States has strengthened penetration in China's surrounding regions through humanitarian aids, military exchanges and arms sales. It has taken various actions in order to show its leadership and appeal to allies.

Reporter: The South China Sea issue has become increasingly sensitive and tense at present. Does America's returning to the Asia-Pacific region mean it will pay more attention to or get involved in the South China Sea issue?

Lin Zhiyuan: Some thinkers of the U.S. Navy are quite interested in the English geographer Halford Mackinder's "Heartland" theory. Mackinder said "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who rules the Heartland commands the World Island (Eurasia)."

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Hammad Sethi at 2011-12-3078.144.16.*
There is a saying in Urdu that goes "whoever owns the stick, owns the buffalo". It is quite funny when USA says, that it is not trying to contain the Peoples Republic of China. USA is the biggest human persecutor, and violator of human rights in the world. USA murders many innocent people daily with its drone terror attacks. USA has no ideological enimity with the DPRK or Pakistan, but unfortunately or fortunately these two countries ally themselves with China. USA works to promote the interests and policies of the Catholic Church, and supports persecution of Muslims in Kashmir and Palestine. USA itself has no ideoligical foundation, because USA does not believe in secularism, or respect for human rights, or democracy, or freedom. USA is going around building relations with all the enemies of the Chinese world and the Muslim world. What in other words this really means is that, USA wants to be the "owner of the stick", USA wants an upper hand, and once USA has the upper hand it will easily contain the Chinese world and the Muslim world, and continue its policies of persecution.
Sam Teng at 2011-12-28175.136.55.*
The Pacific region had been relatively peaceful without the US strong presence so far. The US had been focusing on the Middle East and looked what a mess it had generated. The US had literally being defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq that they had to pull out before being crushed by the Talibans; and not to mention their threats to Iran is futile. We do not need a strong US presence in the Pacific region as it will only lead to disaster. The US had been here before but had also hurriedly left after suffering defeat to the Vietcongs (North Vietnam).
helen at 2011-12-28203.82.92.*
Must we state the obvious:-To contain, strangle, encircle China militarily, demonise, provoke, bring about the collapse of the Chinese government and the CPC and to return the Chinese people to the dark ages!The CPC and the Chinese people will NEVER allow US Global Tyranny to succeed in its vile and evil scheme against China.A modernised and strong PLA will continue to safeguard China sovereignty, territorial integrity and Chinese dignity. Strong PLA power protects peace!
Anthony at 2011-12-2899.251.111.*
Many worldwide believe the USA is going broke trying to continue giving the Pentagon whatever it wants.
CK Wong at 2011-12-27115.132.178.*
If US is to return to Asia, the main few reasons could be 1) To prevent China monopolising Asia and US keep losing her friends in Asia. 2) Militarily its better to start fire in other"s kitchen than own garden, and if another round of arm race ; this time may be China vs. US, means more arm sales for US, means more money for the big brothers. 3) US is losing her credential in view of the recent global development, so to shake up Asia is a new tur, and China. the target. 4) US election is near, so some political mileage gain by pointing faults at China would be one of the best move to lure votes (It had always been like that over the past 25 years.) So China have to play the game well.

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