U.S. is Making Asia-Pacific Region Unstable, Says China

Mike O'Brien

By sending more ships, planes and troops to the Asia-Pacific region, and by strengthening its military alliances there, the U.S. is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, China said on Tuesday.

In a report on the state of the communist country’s armed forces, the U.S. is accused of "frequently making the situation tenser" in the region.

China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said: "Certain efforts made to highlight the military agenda, enhance military deployment and also strengthen alliances are not in line with the calling of the times and are not conducive to the upholding of peace and stability in the region.

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"We hope that the relevant parties would do more to enhance the mutual trust between countries in the region and contribute to peace and stability."

As part of the U.S. "pivot" policy, cooperation is increasing with treaty partners such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, along with non-treaty nations such as Vietnam.

Beijing suspects such moves are intended to undermine China’s push for dominance in the area, the Associated Press reports.

Up to 60 percent of the U.S. Navy’s fleet will be in the Pacific by 2020. Strong ties have been forged with Singapore, which will be home to four new U.S. combat ships, and Indonesia, which is hoping to buy a broad range of American hardware.

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Australia has agreed to allow up to 2,500 Marines to deploy to the city of Darwin, while the Philippines has plans to host more U.S. troops.

The Beijing regime has also accused the U.S. of bias because of its support for opponents in territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines and in the East China and South China seas.