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Friday, November 25, 2011

Does America Need More Enemies? Washington Sets Its Eyes on Conflict with China

Judging from his recent actions one has to wonder if President Obama is trying to bait China.

As part of an announcement that he would be deploying 2,500 U.S. marines to the northern Australian port of Darwin last week, Obama announced, “The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay.”

There is no mystery what Obama was doing. He was not just assisting an American ally. He was telling China, a rising power, that Washington is not going to relinquish Pacific supremacy willingly.

Since the capitulation of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the United States as the world’s lone superpower, there has been an urge by Washington to assure that no other country can have its own sphere of influence or that any power can challenge them for superiority anywhere. Obama’s rhetoric and small deployment reinforces this mode of thinking.

It is natural, even inevitable that China is going to assert itself in its region. Expected to exceed the United States as the world’s largest economy by mid-century and already the holder of billions in treasury bills, China is not going anywhere and has every reason to pay attention to what Washington is up to.

The pertinent question is whether Sino-American tension will eventually lead to war.


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