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China Will Determine Whether the U.S. Military Can Maintain Its Position

The International Herald Tribune published an article on the Xinhua website proposing a more hard-line stance on the U.S. military presence in the Western Pacific Region. The article stated, “There are a number of opinions about the U.S. intention in maintaining a military presence in the West Pacific region. … The fundamental question comes to whether it is indeed targeting China.”

“At the present, analyzing the strategic intention of the U.S.’s military adjustment in the Western Pacific is not the most important task. … To overturn the trend of the U.S. strengthening its military power, the U.S. might meet an invincible counter-threat, forcing it to make a choice between starting a large-scale military confrontation and admitting that the U.S. is not invincible.”

The article concluded, "The key that China must remember is that the way to avoid being threatened is by no means trying to meet the requirements of the threatener. The threatener’s intention always changes and its requirements increase.”

Source: Xinhua, February 6, 2012