Saturday, February 2, 2013
From “Miscalculation” to “Misjudgment” in Sino-US Relations-II
On December 27, 2012 a spokesman for China’s Defense Ministry expressed strong opposition to the US defense authorization act. “The content is a rude interference in China’s internal affairs and harmful to our strategic mutual trust. We are strongly opposed to it…. Someone wants to profit from a troubled situation in the Diaoyu Islands, and someone wants to bully people by flaunting their powerful connections. All these are futile efforts (UPI 28 December 2012),” stated by Yang Yujun. In addition, the spokesman criticized a planned deployment of F-35 fighters to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan in 2017 which was revealed by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on December 18 (BBC News 28 December 2012).