China criticizes US force strengthening in Asia


BEIJING— In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area.

The U.S. policy known as the “pivot” to Asia runs counter to regional trends and “frequently makes the situation tenser,” the Defense Ministry said in its report on the state of China’s defense posture and armed forces.

“Certain efforts made to highlight the military agenda, enhance military deployment and also strengthen alliances are not in line with the calling of the times and are not conducive to the upholding of peace and stability in the region,” spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters at a news conference marking the report’s release.

“We hope that the relevant parties would do more to enhance the mutual trust between countries in the region and contribute to peace and stability,” Yang said.

China has consistently criticized Washington’s deployment of additional ships and personnel to Asia, along with increasing cooperation both with treaty partners, including Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, as well other countries such as Vietnam that aren’t traditional allies.

The U.S. is winding down its fighting in Afghanistan and calls the restructuring a natural reallocation of resources to the world’s most economically dynamic region.

Beijing, however, sees it as specifically designed to contain China’s diplomatic, military, and economic rise, and has sought to reassure Asian nations that China poses no threat to them. Despite that, China’s fast-growing military and increasingly firm assertions of its territorial claims have concerned many countries, pushing them to seek stronger relations with the U.S., the region’s traditional military superpower.

The pivot will see 60 percent of the Navy’s fleet be deployed to the Pacific by 2020. Singapore will be home to four new U.S. Littoral Combat Ships designed to fight close to shorelines, while Indonesia is looking to buy a broad range of American hardware and take part in joint maneuvers. The Philippines is seeking to host more U.S. troops on a rotating basis and Australia has agreed to allow up to 2,500 Marines to deploy to the northern city of Darwin.

Meanwhile, in the face of natural disasters and North Korean threats, U.S. military relations with treaty partners South Korea and Japan — which host 78,000 American troops between them — are closer than ever. China has also been angered by what it sees as U.S. support for its opponents in disputes with Japan, the Philippines and others over territory in the East China and South China seas.

“China views the U.S. actions as proving it is biased against it,” scholar Qian Liwei wrote in the official English-language China Daily on Tuesday.

“It will take time and patience to convince China that it isn’t the target of the U.S.’s rebalancing,” wrote Qian, an associated research fellow at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s main intelligence agency.

In its report, the Defense Ministry again sought to assuage concerns about its more than 500 percent increase in defense spending over the past 14 years. China’s defense budget is now the second largest in the world after the U.S., allowing it to acquire everything from better submarines and missiles to state-of-the-art fighters, aircraft carriers and electronic warfare systems, and helping spawn an arms race across Asia.

Much of the report was devoted to the military’s contribution to U.N. peacekeeping efforts and disaster relief, portraying the People’s Liberation Army as a force for regional and global stability.

Yet it also asserted the PLA’s role as a guarantor of China’s core interests, vowing to tolerate no violation of those.

“‘We will not attack unless we are attacked, but we will surely counterattack if attacked. Following this principle, China will resolutely take all necessary measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the report said.

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  • Noel Santos

    ..ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw!

  • TwiggyRamirez

    ,,,sakit na ng china ito. yung feeling nya lagi syang inaapi, pero ang totoo mas masahol pa ugali nya.

  • limcat

    this is a result of china not reining in their north korean pitbull … and the yankees taking advantage of the situation

  • ReneV

    china claims to be so benevolent in saliva but actually claims the whole western coastline of the Philippines! and then complains that they are so very tolerant! WOW! what LIARS!

  • sk3tk

    LIAR LIAR LIAR!!! Tell it to the Marines… in tagalog, kwento mo sa pagong…

  • kulkat8

    China knows that it is only the United States that could stop its bullying ways. China has no right to complain because it is also continously improving its arm forces capabilities. China must instead ask itself why majority of asian countries don’t trust him.

    • sanjuan683

      Ikaw lang siguro ang ayaw sa China at gusto mo ang US. Papaano kung ayoko naman sa US. Piliin mo yung kamukha mo mas kamukha mo ang Intsik at malayong maging kamukha mo ang Kano. Kasi ang intsik ay asiano at kasama tayo mga Pinoy sa asia. Ang kano naman parte na rin ng europe o american kaya huag ka maki-US dahil ang mga ilong natin ay pango.

      • Ramil Abalon

        di ikaw magsama kayo….dahil gutom kayo sa pera..yan ang china….di ba….

      • Marx Louis Wang

        tsina dami pela, lagi salap pagkain, ikaw lagi busog doon.

      • $44479964

        Correct. Siopao stuffed with fetus

      • kulkat8

        pangit na nga ako bakit ko pipilin ang mas pangit sa akin. kung gusto mo sa mga instik di ikaw na lang. ang labo mo bakit mo ipinasok ng itsura dito, ang pinag-uusapan dito ay kung tama ba ang ginagawa ng china. obviously we are on the opposite side of the fence.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        oy, ang intsek mas pogi kapa inopela mata pala hindi singkit.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        baket ako intsek pelo ako galit tsina? ikaw segulo intsek lin, ano?

      • Yet Jua

        ang intsik ay intsik lang,maliit ang mata,pango ang ilong …ang kano naman ay iba iba ang lahi niyan na pinagsama-sama dahil sa inter-marriages…may pinoy na kano,may spanish na kano,may itim na kano,may japanese na kano.may native indian na kano at iba pa…at pagpipiliin sa kano nalang ako dahil ang intsik ay ugat nang lahat na kasamaam…..

  • warillaman

    what a lot of crock!!!!

  • gryzyxwoz

    China is not a threat? ROFL!!!

  • appleguy 10

    China is just alarming, hehehehe,,,scared of US,,hahaha,,why do they criticize the presence of US in ASIA?,,they should be the one to be criticized of,,

  • dummier

    Good suggestion is, allow US, or even Australia, Japan, South Korea to build base in Spratly. This in preparation for possible successful result in recent arbitration we raised to UN.

  • Meow Ming

    China is the one destabilizing the asia pacific region by claiming the whole south china sea under their ridiculous nine dash territorial boundary.

  • $26149191

    China is the one destabilizing Asia. His bomb making business are doing something in Boston. Stupid country.

    • Kung Tufo Tufo

      Yap!!!! China smuggled bomb making materials to the U.S mainland. Most of the ships are coming from China. It’s hard to detect such small things hide in a thousand of containers. U.S should stop investing in China. Put your manufacturing to the loyal countries like Philippines.

  • kapatad

    ok lang yan. balance of power in Asia, para wag umabuso ang mga chinese .

  • $26149191

    Chinese scholars is considered ignorant with small penis.

  • divictes

    Beware! The forked tongue speaks.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Owww come ownnnn, China!!! US never criticized you for spoiling North Korea, did they? It is your fault. You’d been feeding a would-be python.

  • Yet Jua

    letting China grow its military dominance in Asia both air and sea in the near future will lead that communist country to expand and occupy by force their neighbor country’s territory and their respective closest shorelines as the Chinese asserts by history their territorial claim…

  • mr sipao

    he he he he he he he takot na takot ang china kano kasi alam nila na peke ang mga armas nila at takot din sila sa sariling multo nila.he he he he he he he ……….

  • mr sipao

    china is grreeeeeeedy nation lahat na makkita nila o abot tanaw nila at kanila he he he he he he greeeeeeeeeeeeedy china.

  • Kung Tufo Tufo

    China wanted to be the king in the region and make stupidity to her neighbors. China should do is clean her country and brought back those islands she stole from her neighbors. It is a goodwill act.

  • Sinugba

    China can not be trusted to foster peace in Asia. It acts like a small boy with a big gun. It can not understand how to wield it to its advantage. It faces too much antagonism from fellow asian countries due to its illegal territorial grab in the West Philippine Sea.

    The US military presence is important in Asia to temper Chinese aggression and a lot of Asians welcome the US move.

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