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Report on the Military Presence of America in the Asia-Pacific Region (2016) released in Beijing

2016-11-26 00:15:05       source:NISCSS


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On 25 November 2016, NISCSS President Wu Shicun attends the launch ceremony of the "Report on the Military Presence of America in the Asia-Pacific Region" in Beijing.


Wu briefs the audience about the publication background, main purpose, overall framework and key content of the report, remarking that forward presence and military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region is an integral part of the U.S. global military configuration, and an important pillar to maintain Asia-Pacific dominance. Especially since the  Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy was put forward in 2010, the U.S. has been boosting its troop deployment, forward presence and military activities in the Asia-Pacific region under the pretext of the South China Sea issue.


As Wu remarks, since China and the U.S. share common interests and responsibilities in maintaining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region and even the rest of the world, the two countries should manage crises, prevent conflicts, bolster understanding and expand consensus through dialogue and consultation and in a constructive manner so as to maintain maritime peace and stability in the region, including the East China Sea and the South China Sea.


This is the first specialized report by a specialized Chinese think-tank to make a comprehensive and systematic introduction and analysis of the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The report contains five chapters, mainly covering the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. South China Sea policy, and China-U.S. military cooperation. By analyzing facts and figures, it makes an objective presentation of U.S. military spending in the Asia-Pacific region, construction of military base networks and troop deployment, especially U.S. military activities in the South China Sea. The report gives a positive review of the achievements of China-U.S. military exchanges and cooperation as well as their significance on building a new type of China-U.S. military relations.


The ceremony is chaired by Executive Director Zhu Feng of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies of Nanjing University. Wu and Zhu answered questions from the audience on various hot issues, including characteristics of the current situation in the South China Sea, China-U.S. relations, and the future of U.S. South China Sea policy.


The ceremony brings together over 80 representatives of over 60 media, Xinhua News Agency, Guangming Daily, CCTV, China News Service, Cankao Xiaoxi, China Daily, NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Reuters, Lianhe Zaobao, NHK, Yomiuri Shimbun and China Times; of the embassies or consulates of the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, South Korea and other countries; and of a few research agencies.