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China Is Worried about the U.S. Return to Asia

On June 29, 2012, China Review News published an article titled “China Also Needs to ‘Re-Balance’ with the United States.” The author of the article concedes that China is worried about the Obama administration’s strategy of the U.S. return to Asia. Due to the deterioration of China-ASEAN relations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the East Asian cooperation that China has worked on in the past 15 years has ceased.

Because the United States participated in the “East Asia Summit” that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recently led, China was subjected to a series of regional diplomatic and multilateral security mechanisms that ASEAN, under United States control, directed. Several Asia-Pacific countries asked the United States to honor its security commitments. For example, when it had a territorial conflict with China, the Philippines repeatedly cited the “Philippine – US Mutual Defense Treaty.” The United States, South Korea, and Australia have upgraded their multinational security relations. All of these have pushed China into a “security dilemma in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Source: China Review News, June 29, 2012