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US Asia-Pacific strategy brings steep price

(Global Times)

09:25, November 18, 2011

The latest East Asia Summit will be held on November 19 in Bali, Indonesia. Taking it to signify its return to Asia-Pacific, the US seeks to turn the Summit into a forum concerning the South China Sea dispute. China has showed strong opposition to this move.

Coupled with strengthened US-Australia and US-Philippines military alliances, this move is only a part of US new Asia-Pacific strategy. These acts bring great pressure to China and it is now expected that China will take some countermeasures.

The US is carrying out smart power diplomacy that takes China as its target in Asia. Stopping it is not realistic, but it is equally unrealistic to expect China to stand idly by and indulge Asian countries as they join the US alliance to guard against China one by one. Confronted with such frictions, which has the most resources and means at its disposal? Is an all-out confrontation possible? These should be the real concerns.

A prominent change is that the US is intensifying action in the Asia-Pacific region and is encouraging China's neighboring countries to challenge China. This is a new application of soft power.

If an "anti-China alliance" is really built in Asia, the US should provide more economic benefits to its followers. It should convince those countries that joining the US is more profitable. Only providing verbal support for sovereignty issues in disputed waters and signing agreements to provide security protection is far from enough.

A new impetus for economic growth is absent from the stagnant US economy. Its strategic demand to contain China conflicts with the realistic view of using China to stimulate economic recovery.


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PD User at 2011-11-2171.193.30.*
At Canada..very good comment and insight of US and democracy world. What you said is mostly true.
Nic at 2011-11-20124.82.104.*
China should toughened up. Don"t forget Vietnam, Ho Chi Ming"s kissing and hugging of Chairman Mao, but after China had helped them to fight the US they turned their guns on China.Follow US"s method, grant or aid should be given with pre-conditions. You can vary the conditions to suit but given given without strings attached; lest, they would think that China is green and could easily be baited with a little plead.
Bob Carlson at 2011-11-2076.172.7.*
It is good that the US is looking more at Asia, and China should look more at South America. This is one world, and it is unrealistic to look at it in any other way.
chen yan at 2011-11-191.36.46.*
syntax problem at the last sentence. where is the "be"?
DrObserver at 2011-11-18111.240.49.*
Economic interests today are almost always more attractive to politicians than security interests tomorrow. If they are hungry today, a possible fight tomorrow can wait.Let"s see how the US "feeds" their new "friends" when China withdraws the feeding hand. All they have is paper money . . . worth less and less and less, as they print more and more and more.
  

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