Wednesday, June 13, 2012

long awaited return to wonderful strange ports of call...,

gmanetwork | In the early years of China's rise to economic and military prowess, the guiding principle for its government was Deng Xiaoping's maxim: "Hide Your Strength, Bide Your Time."

Now, more than three decades after paramount leader Deng launched his reforms, that policy has seemingly lapsed or simply become unworkable as China's military muscle becomes too expansive to conceal and its ambitions too pressing to postpone.

The current row with Southeast Asian nations over territorial claims in the energy-rich South China Sea (also called West Philippine Sea) is a prime manifestation of this change, especially the standoff with the Philippines over Pantag (Scarborough) Shoal.

"This is not what we saw 20 years ago," said Ross Babbage, a defense analyst and founder of the Canberra-based Kokoda Foundation, an independent security policy unit.

"China is a completely different actor now. Security planners are wondering if it is like this now, what is it going to be like in 20 years time?"

As China also continues to modernize its navy at breakneck speed, a growing sense of unease over Beijing's long-term ambitions has galvanized the exact response Deng was anxious to avoid, regional security experts say.

In what is widely interpreted as a counter to China's growing influence, the United States is pushing ahead with a muscular realignment of its forces towards the Asia-Pacific region, despite Washington's fatigue with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Pentagon's steep budget cuts.

And regional nations, including those with a history of adversarial or distant relations with the United States, are embracing Washington's so-called strategic pivot to Asia.

"In recent years, because of the tensions and disputes in the South China Sea, most regional states in Southeast Asia seem to welcome and support US strategic rebalancing in the region," said Li Mingjiang, an assistant professor and China security policy expert at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

"Very likely, this trend will continue in coming years."

Last week, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the details of the firepower the Obama administration plans to swing to the Asia-Pacific region.

As part of the strategic pivot unveiled in January, the United States will deploy 60 per cent of its warships in the Asia-Pacific, up from 50 per cent now. They will include six aircraft carriers and a majority of the US navy's cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships and submarines.


Dale Asberry said...

What the heck was that video all about?

CNu said...

lol, wonderful strange in ports of call...,

Dale Asberry said...

Don't be tossing pennies in those wells...

CNu said...

lol, sheeeeeeiiitttt.....,

If I was 30 years younger, knowing what I know now, I'd be enrolled in Annapolis, with my life savings stocked up and converted into precisely such coin for precisely such tossing.  Call me James Tiberius Kirk, my five year mission to explore worlds of new strange, to seek out new yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda - and boldly go where...., 

Ed Dunn said...

Let me guess

Dale Asberry said...

Why use money when it can be had for free??

CNu said...

There you go dood!!! You've spotted a hustle you could implement in your sleep, in a country whose prospects fitna be booming once again, and all the way down to the mobile device apps that would allow your shipmates to rate your performance. OOPS!!!!! there might be a small problem with the military code of conduct being incompatible with the pillow-world octagon...,

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