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U.S. "return" to Asia raises more questions than it can answer

By Wei Jianhua (Xinhua)

13:56, November 19, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama joins other East Asian leaders Saturday at an ASEAN summit for the first time ever.

The move is widely seen as a landmark step to proclaim the United States' high-profile return to the "once-omitted" region, a region it has largely disregarded for decades.

In the 1990s, former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mahathir proposed to establish an East Asian economic forum. The idea was strongly opposed by Washington over concerns that such a measure could jeopardize its interests and challenge its hegemony.

Though the United States set up a dialogue relationship with the Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in as early as the 1970s, it was not until in July 2009 did Washington finally sign the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.

For a long period, Washington saw the East Asia Summit as a redundant mechanism whose goal and significance were unclear.

Then surprisingly, the United States made a U-turn in its Asia strategy with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declaring a policy shift.

The top U.S. diplomat said prior to the APEC summit meeting in Hawaii last week that "there are challenges facing the Asia-Pacific right now that demand America's leadership" and the 21st century will be "America's Pacific century."

On top of that, Washington took a series of steps to promote its pivot strategy by declaring a high-profile "return" to Asia.

The superpower expanded military deployment to Australia and was actively involved in East Asian cooperation mechanisms while attempting to court several East Asian countries and interfere in long-standing disputes between countries in the region.

It clarified its nature as an Asia-Pacific power to seek "America's Pacific century" and secure the Asia-Pacific's security and prosperity.

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PD User at 2011-11-2180.94.16.*
2011-11-20.American attitude towards Asia to similar manners woman old.Fading beauty a long time a she still to dissemble pretty and young.Lady old to jostle for top bed youth asian"s society.Development and increase power chinese economy to stop ambition US politician.once american economy to build prestige and power in world US.Today to come time China which impose trend"s develop"s all world how once America.To rule money not politic.China be the banker a american naked.
McCarthy at 2011-11-20206.125.69.*
Target CHINA. This the main thrust of the renewed interest in Asia. The United States no longer is relying on a general uprising of people in China to throw out socialism and embrace any thing goes capitalism. The CPC has proved they are up to the task of governenc, and so the US has to try to peel off any support for China among it"s neighbors by playing one against the other so as to spark wars and general chaos in the region. If this tact does not work then the US will use direct military force to unseat the CPC and force a capitalist hegemonic system on the people of China run by a puppet US government. Only one ideology can prevail either socialism or capitalism but the US will not accept the existence of a succesful socialist model.
Canada at 2011-11-2070.36.49.*
Netizen comment on the Globe & Mail website:Obama should never have been granted the Nobel Peace Prize. He is destabilizing the world with his muscular military build up in the Asia Pacific with plans to encircle China militarily, even though the U.S. is trillions of dollars in debt, & the U.S. is paying China next to nothing in interest on its U.S. treasury debt investment. China is already subsidizing the American economy, as is Canada, because the WTI price for crude that Canada receives for its oil is $20.00 - $25.00 per barrel cheaper than the rest of the world pays for Brent. This cold war mentality of spending on bombs & the military does absolutely nothing to improve the lives of Americans, its causing a new arms race, & threatens the survival of humanity.
HongKonger at 2011-11-19219.78.122.*
If the internal social and economic tensions in the United States heighten in future, in order to distract the attention of the American people from the home affairs, the people, who are at the top hierarchy of the United States, will inevitably start a war in the Middle East by hooks or by crooks. Once the war in a country has started, the flame of warring fires will spread into all countries in that region. Arms trade will once again become booming since wars consume arms, whose suppliers are, of course, the United States and the European countries. About half of the industries in US are related to the military. If there is no war, this kind of industry will surely become stagnant and the volume of arms sale will shrink. This has a very serious consequence. To stay at the top of military technology, a large amount of funds for R&D for this industry is urgently required. Wars in the Middle East and elsewhere on earth will require the replenishment of military hard wares. Hence, the United States’ circumstances in relation to the financial downfall will have a chance of bailout from arms sales to the warring states. This is why the United States is trying to stir up internal and external conflicts among Nations all over the world, especially within China and between the Asian countries and China. A dying Empire will become satanic and that means war. We, Nations of the world, should be fully vigilant and practically prepared for a looming war in order to survive.
BANZUS at 2011-11-19220.255.1.*
America return to Asia is their right just like the right to bomb Afghanistan because some of their people are killed and building destroyed by somebody who are already dead.There was suggestion that Chinsese joint patrol in the Mekong is a form of assertiveness etc. when their national was killed. What if the Chinese demand the release of "suspected" killers if not bomdb Thailand?.

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