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Report underlines Asia-Pacific as center for power rivalry


20:33, May 28, 2013

BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) -- An annual report from a Chinese military think tank has highlighted the Asia-Pacific region as a "new global center" for geopolitical, economic and military competition.

"The Strategic Review 2012," which was released Tuesday, was divided into eight chapters covering the Asia-Pacific strategic situation, Sino-U.S. relations, Asia-Pacific Maritime Security and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The report was drafted as "the U.S. has accelerated eastward shift of its strategic focus, the spillover effects of China's development has become more prominent... and big powers have intensified their gaming for the regional dominance," according to the preface to the English-language edition of the report.

The report noted that the Asia-Pacific region has become "the new global geopolitical, economic and military center, an area boasting the greatest potential, fastest development, buoyant vitality and richest opportunities."

"Amidst the strategic competition among the big powers, the fierce oceanic competition and frequent regional conflicts, the complexity, sensitivity and uncertainty of China's security environment loom large," the English-language edition of the report said, adding that the dramatic changes in the Asia-Pacific region offer both opportunities and challenges for China.

Published by the Center for National Defense Policy under the Academy of Military Sciences of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the annual report was released in both Chinese- and English-language editions.

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