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China Ridicules, Warns the Philippines for Promoting US War Plans

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May 26, 2015 (EIRNS)–A Xinhua editorial today warns the Philippines that “Manila will not benefit from playing with fire over South China Sea.”

Philippine Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin said Monday that the Aquino government is seeking a “stronger commitment” from Washington, including more military hardware and expanded US military actions, “because right now we are being oppressed” by Chinese construction on contested islands, claiming that China was interfering with freedom of navigation.

Xinhua, an official government paper, editorializes that “Manila’s continuous attempts to drag the United States and some other countries further into the South China Sea disputes are irresponsible and counterproductive, and will only exacerbate the already complicated situation…. By playing up the `China threat’ and continuously taking provocative actions, Manila has always ignored the common interests of countries in the region.

“Manila’s recent attempts to plead support from Washington on the South China Sea issue is best described by a Chinese fable: The fox seeks authority in the forest by parading behind a tiger. Manila should understand that acting like a crying baby and begging for support from the United States and some other countries would never help solve the issue, which should and could be properly handled only by the parties directly concerned.

“In addition, it can hardly be accepted as coincidence that Manila would become provocative on the South China Sea issue whenever U.S. officials are trying to sow the seed of discord and embolden its Asian allies like the Philippines in a larger strategy of Washington to contain China,” pointing to last week’s US Navy/CNN provocation, flying the P-8A near the Chinese construction site in the Spratly/Nansha islands, and VP Joe Biden calling China the “destabilizing factor” in Asia.

Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Slams US Military Relationships With Both Japan and Phillippines

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May 1, 2015 (EIRNS)–While China is pursuing the BRICS development policy, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the New Silk Road policies, the US is moving to militarily contain China. Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng responded to the tightening of US military alliances with both Japan and the Philippines during a monthly press briefing in Beijing yesterday, the transcript of which was posted on the China Military website.

On the new US-Japan defense guidelines, Geng said: “military alliance is an out-dated product which goes against the trends of times featuring peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit. By beefing up the U.S.-Japan military alliance and expand[ing] their defense cooperation to the whole world, what kind of impact will it have on the world and regional peace and stability?” Secondly, he said, the US-Japan alliance “should be strictly limited to the bilateral scope and should not harm the interests of any third party.” Thirdly, “the Chinese side always proposes to resolve disputes peacefully. At the same time, we firmly safeguard our country’s territorial integrity and maritime rights and interests. We are opposed to countries out of the region to interfere with China’s territorial and maritime disputes with neighboring countries. No one should underestimate our resolve and capability to safeguard our lawful rights and interests.”

Geng was also asked to comment on the US-Phillippines Balikatan exercise, currently under way. “Relevant countries consolidate and deepen military alliance, conduct large-scale joint military exercise, and create tensions in the region,” he said. “This does not accord with the trends of the times featuring peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit.” He noted that some people are trying to hype the “China threat,” but “by conducting such a large-scale joint military exercise, we can not help but ask, who is creating tensions in the region and who is threatening peace and stability in the region?”

US Massive Military Build-up in Asia

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April 30, 2015 (EIRNS)–In the past week, the US has announced a huge deployment of air, sea, and land forces to eight bases in the Philippines, and, as part of the agreements signed with Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet Ministers in Washington, a dramatically beefed up deployment of sophisticated military hardware to Japan. No one can miss the intention to encircle China with a massive war machine, as Obama is simultaneously driving NATO forces and ABM systems up to the Russian border in Europe.

The Philippines deployment, which was forced down the compliant throat of Obama’s Philippine puppet President Noynoy Aquino last year, is still dependent on a final decision from the Philippine Supreme Court.  Although Aquino ran an impeachment of the Supreme Court Chief Justice justice in 2011 on false pretenses (and through bribes of the Senators, according to extensive public evidence), it is nonetheless not certain that the Court will approve the plan, since the Constitution explicitly forbids foreign bases on Philippine soil.  The pretense that the US forces will be “guests” on a “rotation basis,” fools no one, not even the perpetrators of this crime.

Two of the eight named bases are located on the island of Palawan, which juts out into the South China Sea, near the islands contested between China and the Philippines.

As to Japan, the Joint Statement of the Security Consultative Committee (the foreign and defense ministers/secretaries of the US and Japan), released on April 27, proudly states that the US “confirmed the strategic importance of deploying the most modern and advanced U.S. capabilities to Japan.”  This will include, among forces recently deployed or to be deployed soon:

Navy P-8 maritime patrol aircraft; Air Force Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles; Marine Corps F-35B aircraft in 2017; at least two additional Aegis-equipped battleships; the exchange of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington with the more advanced USS Ronald Reagan later this year; a second AN/TPY-2 radar (X-band radar) system (advance BMD defense system); and an F-35 regional maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility.

Chinese Policy Institute – India Will Not Play Along with U.S. ‘Asia Pivot’ Game

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Oct. 2, 2014 (EIRNS) — “India Will Not Be a Major Player in America’s Game of ‘Rebalancing the Asia Pacific,'” states the headline of a Sept. 30 article in China’s {People’s Daily}, which was prominently featured by {The Hindu}, today.

The article noted: “An article that appeared in the {People’s Daily}, the official newspaper of the Chinese government, cited three reasons to conclude why New Delhi would not partner a U.S-led ‘rebalancing’ strategy in the Asia-Pacific that targets China. Also called Washington’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ — a coinage first detailed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the mantra anchors a decision to expand Washington’s military profile in the Asia-Pacific, including swathes of the Indian Ocean, by beefing up military capabilities of countries on the periphery of China, including Japan, Australia and the Philippines.”

As {The Hindu} wrote, “The [Chinese] daily pointed out rooted in its non-aligned culture, India will not develop its ties with the U.S. at China’s expense. … Besides, both countries have vowed to forge a ‘closer development partnership’ during President Xi’s visit to India.”

The {People’s Daily} article, by Su Xiaohui, deputy director of the Department for International and Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, was written as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed his trip to the United States on Sept. 30.

The {People’s Daily} wrote that “Modi spoke highly of his state visit to the United States in an announcement released before the trip. He said that India regards America as a vital partner for national development and hopes visit will mark a ‘new chapter’ in a strategic partnership between the two countries….

“Media reports say that India has a vital role to play in the U.S. strategy of ‘rebalancing Asia-Pacific.’ Many people anticipate that the U.S. will rely on India to counter China.

“In fact, no matter how close the relationship between India and the U.S. grows, India will not be a major player on the American team.” While Indian-U.S. relations are developing, there are also vulnerabilities, due to many limitations. “In the short term, unlike other traditional U.S. allies in Asia such as Japan, South Korea and Australia, India will not take on a major role in the U.S. ‘rebalance in Asia-Pacific’ strategy” either in political, economic, or strategic terms,” {People’s Daily} wrote. “The key element of the U.S. rebalance strategy is The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The U.S. is attempting to establish free trade zones in the Asia-Pacific with the help of TPP. However, India has not been invited to participate in the negotiation process….

“Fundamentally, India was one of the countries behind the Non-Aligned Movement. Every Indian government has emphasized that non-alignment is a basic principle of their foreign policy. India adheres to an all-round foreign policy strategy. Not only does India give priority to the India-U.S. relationship, it also attaches great importance to Sino-India relationships.

“The unsolved territorial disputes will not affect the development of Sino-India relations. China and India vowed to forge a closer development partnership when Chinese President Xi Jinping finished his state visit to India a week ago.

“It is unrealistic for America to rely on India to play a leading role in its ‘rebalance in Asia-Pacific’ strategy. There is little prospect of India and the U.S. reaching consensus on Chinese issues,” concluded the article.

U.S., Aussie, British China-Hands Demand Military Confrontation

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Aug. 18 (LPAC)–Following the sound thrashing that John Kerry received at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Myanmar last week, where ASEAN rejected all efforts to confront China in favor of close collaboration in development, the various spokesmen for the Empire have dropped all inhibitions in demanding war.

American David Brown, a 30-year U.S. foreign service officer, published a call on Aug. 11 on the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website to “Counter to China’s Paramilitary Juggernaut.” This is the same CSIS which hosted Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the head of the House Intelligence Committee, in July to rant that “We must stop normal diplomatic approaches, be more direct, more aggressive, empower our friends – now is the time to confront China’s gluttonous, naked aggression.”

Brown claimed that the U.S. had mistakenly “bought into the notion that China would be a peacefully rising new superpower,” and that “it has taken time for the scales to fall from our eyes.”  He said this supposed China threat “can be broken if the United States leads a preemptive, cooperative counter to a Chinese show of force.”  He calls for the U.S. to “organize extended multinational, cooperation exercises in the waters between the Paracels and the Spratlys” (two of the contested island groups in the South China Sea), with the intention of preventing any Chinese activities in the region “simply by getting in the way.”

Australian strategist Carl Thayer (who notably headed a “Regime Change Project” at Australian National University in the 1990s), in a response to Brown’s proposal, went further to argue that the U.S. must “create circumstance where China would have to accept the status quo or escalate.” He openly states that the intention is to “deter China,” positing that the U.S. must engage Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to deploy naval forces in the South China Sea, so that “this strategy puts the onus on China to decide the risk of confronting mixed formations of naval vessels and aircraft involving the United States, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.”

One of the loudest voices in Asia speaking for the British view, Philip Bowring of the {Asia Sentinel}, was furious over the results of the ASEAN meeting in Myanamar, focussing his rage on Malaysia and Indonesia. “Malaysia and Indonesia,” he wrote on Aug. 12, “seem to imagine that the only thing that matters is staying in the good books of China in order to attract investment, trade and payoffs to venal politicians…. Apart from Vietnam, and belatedly the Philippines, the Southeast Asian littoral states follow policies which entirely fit with Chinese ones…. But politicians in Jakarta and KL [Kuala Lumpur] care little about the longer term, and their diplomats love to believe their own meaningless words about peace and regional cooperation.”

Indeed, to the British, discussion of “peace and regional cooperation” are a {casus belli}.