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Strengthen ties with Asian allies to counter China: think tank

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by CONNAN, Jan 18, 2011.

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    Apr 16, 2010
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    Lalit K Jha
    Washington, Jan 18 (PTI) The Obama Administration should strengthen US'' ties with its Asian allies to counter- balance the increasing belligerence of China through measures like increasing arms sale to India, Japan and Taiwan, an eminent Washington-based think tank has said.

    On the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao''s state visit to Washington, the prestigious Foreign Policy Institute suggested that the United States should bring its Asian allies to conduct joint military exercises in the region.

    "China''s belligerency is upending the East Asian security situation. Australia and Japan have recently announced changes to their defence strategies in response to China''s increasing strength," said the Foreign Policy Institute.

    "India, which has border disputes with China, has similarly embarked on a large scale military modernisation.
    The People''s Republic''s claim on islands in the South China Sea has even pushed their fellow communist neighbour, Vietnam, increasingly into America''s camp," it said.

    In its set of recommendations, the think-tank urged the Obama Administration to solidify America''s relationships with its Asian allies to counter-balance the increasing capability and reach of China''s military.

    "Increased arms sales to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, and India; as well as expanded regional missile defence architecture to counter China''s ballistic missile threat would dramatically improve the East Asian security situation," it said.

    The United States should also encourage these allies to increasingly conduct joint political meetings as well as military exercises, it said.

    The Foreign Policy Institute also urged the Obama Administration to abandon Defence Secretary Robert Gates'' policy of accepting mid-term risk with states like China in America''s force posture.

    The United States should restore production of the fifth-generation F-22 fighter; and maintain funding for the Navy''s 12-carrier, 313-ship plan.

    A larger modern military will help maintain America''s qualitative edge against China, and reassure our Asian allies regarding US staying power in the region, it said.

    It also said that the US should speak out against human rights abuses in China at every available forum and opportunity.

    "Establish linkage between American policy towards the People''s Republic and its human rights behaviour," it said.

    Strengthen ties with Asian allies to counter China: think tank -  International News ? News ? MSN India
  2. Desi Jatt

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    But U.S is already doing these.....what new that this think tank has to say ??
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