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Has the world become safer since 9/11 terrorist attacks?

(People's Daily Online)

16:22, September 12, 2012

A field is filled with 3000 national flags of the United States for mourning the victims killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 11 years ago, in Los Angeles’s Pepperdine University, on Sep. 9, 2012. (Xinhua/AFP)

This Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Regrettably, the U.S. war against terrorism has caused many complications 11 years later, including the prevalence of unilateralism and the dissemination of a localized and personalized "new generation of terrorism."

According to U.S. media reports on Sept. 9, many U.S. experts said that the United States is becoming safer and safer. At the beginning of 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama had expressed that the United States has turned over the page of 10 years of war and its military deployment will be shifted to Asia-Pacific region in the future.

One of the reasons why the United States feels so different with the world on the terrorism issue may be that it pursues its global strategy in the name of cooperation on anti-terrorism. Some other countries shared its disasters and risks and paid for the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

However, it does not mean that the world will feel safe if the United States feels safe. For example, the U.S. strategic shift to Asia-Pacific has churned the waters surrounding China and stirred up troubles and unrest. Some analysts believe that the United States has decreased its oil dependence on the Middle East to 15 percent from 28 percent in 2003. In addition, the rise of China and other emerging countries also led the United States to timely transform its center of military deployment and "create a new security pattern in the Asia-Pacific region."

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