Middle East, Asia: The U.S. is not interested to solve conflicts

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China circled by chain of US anti-missile systems

February 22, 2010

Washington appears determined to surround China with US-built anti-missile systems, military scholars have observed.

According to US-based Defense News, Taiwan became the fifth global buyer of the Patriot missile defense system last year following Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Germany.

Quite a few military experts have noted that Washington's latest proposed weapon deal with Taiwan is the key part of a US strategic encirclement of China in the East Asian region, and that the missiles could soon have a footprint that extends from Japan to the Republic of Korea and Taiwan.

Air force colonel Dai Xu, a renowned military strategist, wrote in an article released this month that "China is in a crescent-shaped ring of encirclement. The ring begins in Japan, stretches through nations in the South China Sea to India, and ends in Afghanistan. Washington's deployment of anti-missile systems around China's periphery forms a crescent-shaped encirclement".

Ni Lexiong, an expert on military affairs with the Shanghai Institute of Political Science and Law, told the Guanghzou Daily yesterday, "The US anti-missile system in China's neighborhood is a replica of its strategy in Eastern Europe against Russia. The Obama administration began to plan for such a system around China after its project in Eastern Europe got suspended".

Tang Xiaosong, director of the Center of International Security and Strategy Studies with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies noted that the ring encircling China can also be expanded at any time in other directions. He said that Washington is hoping to sell India and other Southeast Asian countries the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missile defense system.

Analysts say that China is closely monitoring US-India missile defense cooperation since any integration of India into the US global missile defense system, would profoundly affect China's security.

However, according to former Chinese Ambassador to India Pei Yuanying, India is unlikely to be part of any such US scheme against China.

"New Delhi needs to develop relations with the US, but it wants to be an independent international power on the international arena," he said.

Pei said it was necessary to take multiple aspects of China-US relations into consideration. "The US has followed the policy of engagement plus containment with China for a long time and that overall policy will not change during Obama's term," he said.

Defense News quoted John Holly, Lockheed's vice president of Missile Defense Systems as saying the outlook for the missile defense market remains sound.

Pointing to missile programs in Pyongyang, Teheran, Moscow and Beijing, Holly said "the world is not a very safe world and it is incumbent upon us in the industry to provide (the Pentagon) with the best capabilities."

Beijing has frequently criticized US missile-defense development and has been making efforts to restrict missile defenses through the United Nations forums.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a UN disarmament conference in August in Geneva that "countries should neither seek for absolute strategic predominance nor develop missile-defense systems that undermine global strategic stability."

By Qin Jize and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)



The U.S. is not interested to solve conflicts but to create new ones

July 26, 2010

The United States' attempts to engage more deeply with Asia looks set to take it into the troubled area of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, opening a new front in tensions between Washington and Beijing.

At the region's main strategic dialogue, the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Hanoi at the end of last week, the U-S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered to mediate disputes between China and its neighbours over several sets of strategically significant islands. She delivered a win for host country Vietnam, which wants the disputes deal with multilaterally, leaving China angry.



China, ASEAN have confidence in keeping peace in South China Sea: vice minister

November 17, 2012

China and the ASEAN have both confidence and ability to safeguard the peace and stability in the South China Sea and boost regional development and prosperity, Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said Saturday.

China has maintained close communication with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states on the establishment of a code of conduct in the South China Sea, she said.

China holds an open attitude toward discussions on establishing the code of conduct, she said while briefing the media on Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming attendance at a series of meetings for East Asian leaders.

Meanwhile, China is committed to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), according to Fu.

"China has a persistent and clear stance on the sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters," Fu said. "We always hold that disputes in the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully via negotiations and consultations."

Fu urged all relevant parties to maintain restraint and avoid actions that undermine peace and stability in the region.

Through many rounds of dialogue, China and the ASEAN member states have arrived at the consensus that the South China Sea issue should be discussed under the China-ASEAN cooperation framework, she said.

"As the forthcoming ASEAN summits will serve as a platform for nations in the region to deepen mutual trust and strengthen cooperation, we hope countries at the meetings can focus on the issues of development and cooperation instead of getting off the right rail," Fu said.

China and the ASEAN have the confidence and ability to safeguard the peace and stability in the South China Sea and boost regional development and prosperity, according to the vice minister.

The series of meetings for East Asian leaders will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from Nov. 18-21. The meetings include the 15th summit between China and the ASEAN, as well as the 15th summit between the ASEAN, China, Japan and the ROK and the 7th East Asia Summit.

Editor:Lu Hui - Source:Xinhua


Photo: The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 km². Depending on measurement, it is the largest or second largest body of water after the five oceans.


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