October 10, 2012
U.S. Moves Foreign Concerns to the Asia-Pacific
The war in Iraq is at dwindling, and for the first time in a decade, the U.S. can approach different military ambitions. In the past decade, the United States has watched itself give up sole position as the world’s major power. China, the communist empire that underachieved politically, economically, and militarily for more than a century, is now a major player in foreign affairs. Economically, the U.S. is still in charge, but China is number two on that list, and growing. Not to mention China has a population of more than a billion, four times the size of the U.S.. This gradual and still disputed shift of power has gained the full attention of the U.S. government. As it unchains itself from foreign entanglement in the Middle East, the U.S. has now turned to China, a relatively new foreign power with a communist government that raises domestic suspicion.
The United States’ move to deploy troops in Australia, and other Asian-Pacific countries is one of fear and necessity. China, isolated geographically and politically, has taken recent actions in its foreign affairs that hint at bully behavior. China’s current dispute with Japan over a chain of uninhibited islands is one piece of evidence of China’s intimidation plan. China knows its military is much more powerful than any other in Asia, and as a force that now competes with America instead of obeying it, national proponents all over China cry yearn for dominance. The United States is declaring no war, and it would be highly unlikely that our government would even want one, but that doesn’t mean precautionary measures won’t be taken. In the midst of a once a decade power shift in China, the United States is fully aware of the near-boiling Chinese country, and is taking secure measures not only for the sake of the U.S., but for global politics as a whole.