Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pentagon prepares for new cold war with China

[ via World War 4 Report ] 6 Jan

As already reported in major news networks before, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey released an unclassified version of the defense strategic guidance Jan. 5 at a Pentagon press conference. The document, entitled "Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense", calls for $487 billion in proposed defense budget cuts over the next 10 years, amounting to some 8% of the Pentagon's base budget.

World War 4 Report addsInvoking terrorism and unrest in the Middle East, the document states that "the United States will continue to take an active approach to countering these threats," but states in the next paragraph, "we will of necessity re-balance toward the Asia-Pacific region." It explicitly recognizes China as a new rival:

Over the long term, China’'s emergence as a regional power will have the potential to affect the. .... the growth of China’'s military power must be accompanied by greater clarity of its strategic intentions in order to avoid causing friction in the region. The United States will continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that we maintain regional access and the ability to operate freely in keeping with our treaty obligations and with international law.
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