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U.S. to strengthen military presence in Asia-Pacific despite fiscal constraints: Obama


08:06, January 06, 2012

U.S. President Obama speaks during a media briefing at Pentagon in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Jan. 5, 2012. Barack Obama vowed to strengthen military presence in the Asia-Pacific region despite fiscal constraints. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed to strengthen U.S. military presence in the Asia- Pacific region despite fiscal constraints.

The president made the remarks as he unveiled a revised national defense strategy designed for a new era of austerity.

"We'll be strengthening our presence in the Asia-Pacific, and budget reductions will not come at the expense of this critical region," he said during an appearance at the Pentagon along with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.

"We're going to continue investing in our critical partnerships and alliances, including NATO ... We're going to stay vigilant, especially in the Middle East," he added.

The Defense Strategic Review, ordered by the president, will reset defense priorities and guide more than 450 billion dollars in defense budget cuts over the next decade. The Pentagon receives over 600 billion dollars annually for baseline budget and war- fighting expenses.

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rightways at 2012-01-06175.140.227.*
Obviously, US strategy is containing the rising powers in Asia, particularly China.Due to US"s fiscal constraints, USA changes the strategy and wants its Asia Pacific allies: Australia, Japan and India to do the jobs to contain China"s peaceful rise!

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