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President Obama has been touting his recent action to remove most of the U.S. military from the Middle East in an attempt to garner support from the American public.This doesn’t mean however that the U.S. military won’t be active.
In fact, Obama is simply reallocating the military from the Middle East to the Asian Pacific where there is a hive of economic activity and competitor China is showing growing military power.
“The United States is ‘not in step with the times’ in seeking to bolster its military presence in the Pacific region, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Spokesman Liu Weimin’s statement comes on the heels of the weekend announcement by defence Secretary Leon Panetta that 60% of the U.S. naval fleet will sail the Pacific by 2020.
The change is part of President Barack Obama’s decision to reorient the United States’ strategic attention to the economically vital Pacific after a decade of war in the Middle East.
The fleet is currently divided evenly between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, Panetta said.”
“‘Deliberate emphasis on military and security agendas, and strengthening military deployment and alliances are not in step with the times,’ the Chinese spokesman said.
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