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Beijing Scholar: The Intention of U.S.-South Korean Military Exercises

Beijing scholar Tian Yifeng wrote an article that was published on the website of People’s Daily in which he discussed U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises. Tian pointed out that the United States sent the aircraft carrier George Washington to the Yellow Sea for these exercises despite China’s strong opposition. He said that the intention of the U.S. is to fortify the U.S.-South Korean coalition, demonstrate its impact on the world, and, in addition, to target China. The article said that a current strategic task of the U.S. is to keep its “United Front” stable. The U.S. found the best opportunity to fulfill its strategic mission following the "Tian An" incident (the sinking of the Cheonan) and the North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island. Obviously, the action seems to tell the world that the U.S., and only the U.S., can disregard China’s influence and continue to provide protection to its allies.

Source: People’s Daily, November 30, 2010