In an article recently published in Global Times, Han Xudong, a professor at the National Defense University, stated that China has overly focused on the United States. Below is a partial translation of the article.
"Today, Chinese in every profession all pay close attention to the United States’ every move. With its increasing international influence, China is bound to meet head-on with the United States in many ways. To study and pay attention to the United States is quite necessary. However, overly exaggerating the issues of the United States, engaging in some meaningless matters, or exaggerating China’s own things will only be detrimental to China’s development."
"In fact, China’s ‘feverish’ focus on the U.S. originated during the Gulf War. In this war, the United States, for the first time, applied high-tech weapons to fight the first high-tech war. Subsequently, the Chinese territory started its own ‘Gulf War research fever,’ trying to ascertain how the United States won the Gulf War. Due to the use of precision weapons, China began to characterize the war as an information war. People began to overstate constantly the extent of informationization in the U.S. In fact, the level of information in the U.S. and the U.S. military is not as high as what the Chinese have imagined."
“Currently, as to the United States’ action in the Asia-Pacific region, people tend to use their preconceived notions of ‘rebalancing’ to analyze and interpret the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy. Americans say that its Asia-Pacific strategy is a ‘rebalancing’ strategy. So far, the substance of this ‘rebalancing?’ is something for which the Americans have not given an official explanation. Nevertheless, the Chinese people continually try to interpret its meaning. The Chinese people are currently doing what the Americans should do. In fact, the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy should be a much more profound and broader strategy than a ‘rebalancing’ strategy. Because the United States has preset China as a ‘global strategic adversary,’ the concept of a mere ‘rebalancing’ presents difficulties in covering the strategic initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that the U.S. might take.”
Source: Global Times, July 7, 2014