Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Obama’s New Defense Strategy

The year 2012 is a very different year because many world leaders are facing re-election. Of course, President Obama is going to encounter the Republican candidate in November. On 5 January 2012, Obama laid down the US defense strategy, cutting $487 billion in defense spending over the next 10 years, about a 8 percent decrease. Still, American military spending remain the biggest worldwide, about eight times more than than its rival, China. The other point in Obama’s defense strategy is that the US will remain in the Asia-Pacific Region due to its national interests. Obviously, Obama’s rhetoric is focusing on the rising China.  A Xinhua News editorial warned the US that  is not the time to be “flexing its muscles” in the Asian region. Unfortunately, the US misunderstands the rising China. Will China attack the US?  Will Beijing send its troops to Canada or Mexico as the military bases? Will China dispatch its carrier fleets to the off of the US West Coast all time? The answer is “No.” However, the US has done all above items, by attacking Iraq, placing military bases in Japan and South Korea, dispatching carriers to the Chinese coasts. It is time for the US to rethink its national defense strategy again.

Source: AP News (access date: 5 January 2012).

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