RISING CHINA MUST TREAD CAREFULLY
The China Post, February 1, 2012
The United States has recently, and repeatedly, made clear that its new defense policy is to put greater emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, with a view to playing a leadership role in Asia, to China's evident discomfiture.
U.S. President Barack Obama personally proposed a “leaner” military strategy, with almost half a trillion dollars in spending cuts over the next 10 years, while calling for a larger U.S. military presence in Asia.
The new policy was embodied in a “Defense Strategic Guidance” report issued by the Pentagon.
It said, in part, that “over the long term, China's emergence as a regional power will have the potential to affect the U.S. economy and our security in a variety of ways.”
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