Saturday, November 26, 2011

Report: US-China Cold War starts

Source: Press TV

The formal organ of China's ruling party has reported that a cold war era has started between China and the US as Washington has stepped up a campaign to counter Beijing's growing clout across the globe.

Reports from Pentagon indicate that the US is gearing up to counter what it calls 'China's capabilities,' IRNA quoted from China's The People's Daily newspaper.

Based on the new roadmap, the US is set to pose a fresh challenge against China through the establishment of new strategic systems in the Asia-Pacific region, the report said.

The paper went on to say that a significant increase in the deployment of the US air forces in Asia-Pacific is considered as a threat which prompts Beijing to enhance its defense capabilities against Washington.

The official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) asserted that Washington's interference in Asia-Pacific will meet a resolute response from Beijing, warning the US against posing any military challenge against China.

Last week, US President Barack Obama announced Washington's new plans to increase its military presence in Asia-Pacific.

On top of the current 28,000 US troops in South Korea, and 50,000 in Japan, the US will permanently deploy 2,500 Marines in Australia.

Washington also plans to increase the traveling of combat aircraft such as B-52 bombers and aircraft carriers to Australia.

Meanwhile, Singapore and Vietnam have promised to provide bases for US combat ships.

Based on Obama's newly announced plan, Washington will supply Indonesia with 24 refurbished F-16C/D fighter aircrafts, and consider proving a second destroyer to Philippines.

The Obama administration has also reiterated its arms commitment to China's regional rival Taiwan.

Meanwhile, on the economic front, Washington has recently unveiled a free trade deal with its allies in Asia-Pacific, named Asia Trans-Pacific Partnership that excludes China.

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