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US churns troubled waters and waves in Asia-Pacific region

2020-06-24 09:51:39       source:Global Times

June 23, 2020

A report entitled "The US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific 2020" was released by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in Beijing Tuesday. Why does a report on the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region have to be released? Since 2010, the US has been hyping the so-called China's militarization in the South China Sea. It sensationalizes that China's military power has continued to extend and radiate into the Indian Ocean, the Western Pacific region, and Northeast Asia. Hence, a study of US military actions in the region is required. 

We want to analyze current status and development of the US military power in the entire Asia-Pacific region by providing objective, detailed and accurate data (published by the US itself) for the international community. Through our analysis, we find that the military strength of the US in the Asia-Pacific region is still the strongest and is still increasing. It is the US, not China, that promotes the militarization of this region.

Why did we choose to release the report on the US military presence at this moment? After Donald Trump took office in 2017, the security strategy of the US in the Asia-Pacific region has undergone major adjustments. The most obvious one is to shift from the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy of the Obama administration to the Indo-Pacific Strategy. The Indo-Pacific Strategy not only is concerned with the deployment of military forces, but also emphasizes the construction of a network of regional security frameworks. These are different from the bilateral military partnership frameworks built by the US during the Cold War. This is the most obvious feature of the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

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