On December 26, 2012, People’s Daily Overseas Edition published an article by a Chinese scholar from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) on why China must give a strong geopolitical response to the U.S. strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region. The following is a quote from the article.
“The shift of the U.S. strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region means that the United State has targeted China as the main objective of its current global strategy. This pushes China into a position where it has nowhere to retreat or hide; it can only give tit for tat. It is worth being vigilant over the fact that the United States will not just contain China, that is, prevent the expansion of China’s influence. From the historical experience of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, there must also be murders accompanying the containment. In Africa, the United States excludes China’s economic interests and political influence; in the Middle East, it grips China’s energy throat; and in the countries neighboring China, it seeks and supports forces to contain China. It even directly ruins the key to China’s security and its development in East Asia. Together with its strategies to internally penetrate, evolve, and divide China, the U.S. does not simply contain China for the purpose of stopping our expansion, but chokes China for the purpose of manipulation and even suffocation.”
Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition, December 26, 2012