U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera - US Backs Militarization Of Japan In Response To China US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel concluded his Japanese tour and kicked off a visit to China on Monday. In Tokyo he made many remarks that were pleasant to Japanese. Hagel publicly warned China not to tackle the ongoing territorial disputes with neighboring countries as "the Russians have done with Ukraine." It's expected he will soft-pedal on these issues when he is in Beijing.
Many Chinese believe the
core of the US "rebalancing Asia" strategy lies in that the US is
attempting to burden China's rise through instigating confrontation with
other countries in the neighborhood. It's during the implementation of
this US strategy that territorial spats have been escalated due to the
aggressive and offensive policies of Japan and the Philippines.
Chinese public opinion has given up hope of reason with the US, since Washington is adept in manipulating double standards.
the US eyes, Japan's "nationalizing the Diaoyu Islands" and the
Philippines' trickery to bolster its territorial clam through
reinforcing a marooned navy ship that it stationed in Ren'ai reef are
not violations of the "status quo," while any countermeasures by China
are called "aggression."
The US is good at maneuvering in East
Asia. But it overestimates the value of the "rebalancing Asia" strategy
if it misperceives China as easily cowed into submission. China is not
Russia, nor will the South China Sea and East China Sea be Crimea.
Restraint is the basic philosophy of China in front of frictions, but we
also make it clear, "Don't irritate us!"
continues to indulge Tokyo and Manila in provoking China, it will pay
the price sooner or later. The cost is that the US will feel ashamed.
instance, China will spare no efforts to prevent the Philippines
consolidating the rusting ship in Ren'ai Reef. Any promises that the US
makes to the Philippines and Japan that they can do whatever they want
in Ren'ai Reef and Diaoyu Islands will prove empty.
China has no
intentions to imitate Russia in how to deal with frictions on its
periphery. It's the US that should learn a lesson from the Crimea
crisis. Washington suppressed Russia's strategic space, but it got cold
feet when Moscow upped the ante.
Conflicts in Europe cannot be
replicated in East Asia. The US should be careful that it cannot
suppress China as it has done with Russia. Countries like Japan and the
Philippines shouldn't be used as pawns to contain China.
emphasizes the importance of building a new type of major power
relationship with the US. As the sole super power, the US has gained the
upper hand in Sino-US relations, but it will finally get trapped if it
continues to snub our Chinese feelings. - Global Times
Chinese, U.S. defense chief vow to boost new type military ties