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Chinese Think Tank: It’s Obvious that U.S. Air-Sea Battle Strategy Is Targeting China

On July 23, the Association of China Strategic Culture Promotion [a “civil” Chinese think tank] issued a "2013 U.S. Military Assessment Report" in Beijing. The report said that the United States plans to develop an "Air-Sea Battle" strategy to meet the challenges of "anti-access and area denial." The report pointed out that "Air-Sea Battle: a military collaboration dealing with the challenge of ‘anti-access and area denial,’" as the first official U.S. document to explain "Air Sea Battle," will have a significant and far-reaching impact in four areas. 

First, it will have an impact on the transformation of the U.S. Army. 
Second, it will damage the Sino-U.S. strategic relationship of mutual trust. According to the analysis in the report, the U. S. “defense strategy guide" clearly stated that China’s rise broke the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region and the Chinese military’s "anti-access and area denial" capabilities posed a serious threat to the U.S. military. The intention of the American "Air-Sea Battle" against China is very clear. China cannot help but suspect the sincerity of the U.S.’s cooperation and its true strategic intentions. 
Third, it will, under the influence of the overall U.S. military strategy, force its allies to undergo military expansion. 
Fourth, it will eventually have a negative impact on the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. This impact will manifest mainly in the following areas: an increase in the U.S. military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region; the expansion of naval and air bases in Guam, Hawaii, and other places; as well as the conduct of several large-scale multinational military exercises. 

Source: People’s Daily, July 24, 2014