China Review News published an article on June 29, 2012 titled “China Also Needs to ‘Re-Balance’ with the United States”. The article admits that China is worried about the US return to Asia under the Obama administration. Due to the deterioration of China-ASEAN relations and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the East Asian cooperation that China has worked on in the past 15 years has stopped.
As the United States participated in “East Asia Summit” led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China was forced to subject to the series of regional diplomacy and multilateral security mechanisms led by ASEAN and controlled by the United States. Several Asia-Pacific countries asked the United States to honor its security commitments. For example, Philippines repeatedly cited the “Philippine – US Mutual Defense Treaty” when it had a territorial conflict with China. The United States, South Korea and Australia have upgraded their multinational security relations. All of these have made China inevitably fall into the “security dilemma in the Asia-Pacific region”.
Source: China Review News, June 29, 2012