U.S. Pacific Commander Willard: alert and pragmatic attitude toward China
Willard’s visit to China on several occasions.
vast stands of two sides of the Pacific powers – China and the United States. Between the two largest U.S. military cluster. This cluster is the leading military commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Robert? Willard. Some analysts said that the Sino-US relations, and sometimes the U.S. Pacific commander’s remarks than the United States Secretary of State’s remarks arouse public attention. Willard from the aircraft carrier pilots began, had long service in Asia. Compared with the former Pacific Commander Keating, Willard seems more elusive. He welcomed China’s future aircraft carrier visit Hawaii. Which the United States in the Yellow Sea and South China Sea after the escalation of conflict, Willard frequently in South Korea and the Philippines to China put relentless. Willard has been in the Hollywood blockbuster “Top Gun” had been a flight guidance, a guest over the Soviet pilots. Some analysts said Willard experienced the Cold War in the Pacific seem to have found a new battleground, over whether he will repeat in the Asia Pacific, “Top Gun”, remains to be seen.
Willard has been able to become the Pacific Command, because he has a real front-line combat and command experience. Willard has 3600 hours of flying experience and more than 850 times the number of aircraft carrier landing deck. In addition, he has a large area, large military command experience, prepared, familiar with U.S. military doctrine and strategic objectives. Most importantly, he had long term positions in the Pacific Fleet, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan served as the U.S. Seventh Fleet and Pacific Fleet commander, in the U.S. Navy in the “Pacific expert” said.
U.S. Pacific Command is the headquarters of U.S. forces in the theater world’s six largest, by Secretary of Defense to report to the President of the United States. The headquarters in charge of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pacific Air Forces, Pacific, Pacific Marine Corps United States Army and the four major combat forces. Among them, there are five Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier battle groups, 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft and 100,000 military and civilian personnel; Marine Corps, 8.5 million people, accounting for the U.S. Marine Corps military power 2/3. And the theater area covering half the earth’s surface, from the U.S. west coast to the western border of India, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, spanning 36 countries and regions. This area is power everywhere, the world’s largest army of a few pieces gathered here, the United States in the region has five permanent allies and 250,000 troops, can be said to have a vital economic and security interests. In a sense, not just the Pacific Command, military strategist, had a “diplomat.” More recently, Willard was kind enough to meet Japan’s Prime Minister, on Japan-US security and other issues.
as the Pacific Command, Willard’s role is to ensure the security of the region. He not only consider the interests of the United States itself, but also to protect U.S. allies and security partners in the region. With the rise of China, the two big countries of the potential conflict in the Pacific can not avoid the topic. As the current commander of Pacific Command, Willard often mentioned in the hearing, the Chinese military’s “ambition” and “threat.” Willard has published hard-line views, said the U.S. has offshore operations in China 150 years, “did not intend to make a change.” In May, he even said, “We look after the South China Sea, the East China Sea.”
At the same time, Willard has been the U.S. media as “engagement with China to send.” He has several times said that both the United States should regard China as a potential rival, should also come into contact with the Chinese as allies, the U.S. military to establish a mature relationship. Willard believes that as long as help the U.S. military and learn about the Chinese military, whether it is meeting with senior officers, or joint exercises, are to be encouraged. He is wary of China’s attitude can be described and pragmatic. He said that even military background, he also reluctant to resort to force. In 2001, Sino-US plane collision incident, he was as “Kitty Hawk” aircraft carrier fleet commander, to control the situation has played a positive role. Washington was the “new conservatives” want to “Kitty Hawk” faction cruise past the areas where demonstrations, and finally as “contact group” to resist, and it did not let the situation deteriorate further. Willard said he will push forward in the new location-US military exchanges, “China is not our enemy, we should work with China to promote a constructive relationship.”
Willard 1980s taught at the U.S. Naval Academy fighter ordnance. Tom? Cruise’s Hollywood blockbuster “Top Gun” that the Navy to this elite school background. Willard was flying for the film as a consultant, he not only flying head design, but also star in the Soviet fighter pilot, and Tom? Cruise plays a U.S. military pilots in the air battle opponents play. He played, code-named “Mouse,” the MiG -28 fighter pilot, the pilot issued by U.S. missiles hit. Willard said this “just for fun” for a lifetime of unforgettable memories, back to his blog named “Pacific rat.” He recalled that in line with the camera lens, they have to fly very low, have to play these tricks, which the pilot is still a certain risk. However, in order to establish the image of the navy, spread the military culture, he still feels worth it.
Willard at the same level of senior officials in the U.S. are called “blog the first person,” he quantity and quality of the blog articles are ranked first in the U.S. military generals. His blog has a human face than the official website to explain the private point of view, but unlike ordinary personal Web site, aside from his private life, the topic is around, such as military construction, state relations, humanitarian assistance, the status of women in the Navy, Pacific Council, and so on. Although Bo opened not long, but he basically updated every few days or a week. Bowen said he, the military should take advantage of new media. Bo since he opened, the feedback received many, many friends from foreign countries, which deepened in the new media of his “surge” in with the young “crew” with the navigation of the determination.
(“Global Times” September 10, 2010 18th Edition)
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