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US has no stomach for S. China Sea military clash

By Long Tao (Global Times)

16:48, November 03, 2011

Illustration: Liu Rui

After cooperating with Vietnam, the US conduced military exercises again in the South China Sea between October 17 to 28, this time with the Phillipines. As usual, the two countries announced that the exercises weren't aimed at China. I think this kind of military exercise is meaningless, as the small countries are just being over-confident in their ability to provoke China and the US ultimately has no courage to stir up military conflict with China in the South China Sea.

The strategic goal of the US in the South China Sea is maintaining a situation of no war and no peace. The US has no direct concerns in Asian ocean disputes. So why does it take such a strong role in the dispute? This is part of the global strategy of the US, balancing powers in different regions, as it has done in the past. It also interferes in the Taiwan Strait and causes tension on the Korean Peninsula. However, the US feels that this is not enough to disturb China's development, and now it's trying to stir up Southeast Asia to make trouble for China.

From the South China Sea to the whole of Asia, the US expects no war and no peace between the disputing countries. The US can benefit when countries involved seek help from it. The US worries most about the moment it must choose a side to support when the dangerous balance is broken, as it must pay the price no matter which side it chooses.

So, in the South China Sea, the US challenges China's strategic bottom line cautiously, as if walking on a minefield. If China does not show off its strength, the US will push the small countries to test the bottom line. Once China has a drastic reaction, the US will stop its provocation. The US will not allow the provocations of small countries to result in a war.

The US also has no energy to start a new war. A decade of continuous wars preceded the financial crisis in the US. During the Libyan war at the start of this year, the US seemed tired. It tried to hand over the leadership of the war to Europe, not because Obama loves peace, but because the US is stuck in a bad situation.

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Concerned Earthling at 2012-02-0759.175.220.*
Why bother writing this in English? It"s obviously aimed at an ignorant audience. China blocks real news websites but allows this rot, Shame.
hola at 2011-12-02119.92.159.*
US is serious, US on these matters is very serious. I don"t think US is afraid of China. Just continue following the drama. Just do it.
Keep dreaming at 2011-11-2687.247.126.*
guys, I guess this utopian imperialist bul*shit to oppose the west will never die. it died in the Soviet Union, eastern europe, but I see that china still has a long way to come. I'm glad that I live in Lithuania and that at least it is over here. God bless the US, our Atlantic friends.
Ian G at 2011-11-20202.124.74.*
RE: Sam Teng "These countries should be taught a lesson....." Is this the same as Deng Xiaoping"s lesson to Vietnam in 1979? China should remember the lessons it got from that debacle and stay at home. :-)
LL at 2011-11-13120.136.42.*
This article is so one-sided and agenda driven. It is completely biased. Pure propaganda. America is the leader of the free world, and the strongest force in history for human rights and the betterment of mankind. China's people are dominated and controlled by a minority of oppressive tyrants. You guys have to spread your lies and propaganda. Thank goodness most Chinese people understand this.

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