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Xinhua: The Story behind the Billion Dollar Relocation of the U.S. Military Base in South Korea

Xinhua reported on July 30, 2011, that the true purpose for the U.S. to relocate its military base in South Korea is to contain China and that the U.S. has bullied South Korea into paying the relocation fee. Xinhua quoted a South Korea magazine New Southeast Asia that disclosed the story about the U.S. project of relocating its military base. The report said, “In recent years, the U.S. and South Korea have held frequent and prominent joint military exercises, touting their ‘solid’ ally relationship. However, the reality is quite different from the appearance. This pair of allies has negotiated for many years regarding (who will pay) the relocation expenses for the U.S. military in South Korea. The U.S. is arrogant, bullying, and sneaky, whereas South Korea can only swallow the bitterness and make concessions.”

Regarding the purpose for the U.S. military base to move to Pyongtaek, the article said, “As a matter of fact, the U.S. military has an ulterior motive for the move. China is rising, which makes the U.S. nervous. Therefore, the U.S. wants to build the biggest overseas military base in Pyongtaek in order to contain China. Building a Pyongtaek military base comes completely out of its global strategy; it is not just to improve the working conditions for the U.S. military so as to protect South Korea from (an attack by) North Korea.”

Source: Xinhua, July 30, 2011