U.S. experts said the balance of power in the South China Sea to China a strong shift
PLA South China Sea Fleet at sea combat exercise
LONDON March 11 news: According to Hong Kong Asia Times reported on the 10th US-China Economic Security Review Commission last month on China’s activities in Southeast Asia and the United States in the region influence held a hearing. The Committee Chairman Larry Hazel ? Walter said, as China’s growing naval power, particularly its aircraft carrier fleet is expected to soon put into service, the South China Sea region’s military balance will shift a strong Chinese side.
According to reports, five members from the United States Congress, two government officials and 10 experts delivered a speech at the hearing. At a time when the U.S. commitment to re-focus its foreign policy in Southeast Asia on the occasion. US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Chairman Larry Hazel ? Walter stressed during the meeting of the Chinese economic influence in the region increased, pointing out that China’s massive investment in resources exploitation project aims “to promote China’s sustainable economic development.” He pointed out that Beijing also offers low-interest loans to support infrastructure projects, especially in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
Walter Hazel pointed out that China’s substantial increase in investment in the South China Sea regional economy, while China has also recently expanded with the Southeast Asian countries, interaction in the security field, including arms sales and joint military exercises. “China and Southeast Asia, the high-level military exchanges between the rise.” The hearing will be held before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission members have visited Taiwan and Vietnam, to discuss China’s increased influence in Southeast Asia-related issues. In Vietnam, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission members found that, although the security relationship has been strengthened, but China’s South China Sea territorial disputes in the presence of an increasingly self-confident stance more and more anxious to Hanoi.
Walt Hazel said: “With the improvement of Chinese naval power – including in the near future the construction of an aircraft carrier – the South China Sea region’s military balance between the amount of a strong will on the Chinese side transfer. have a number of countries to respond to this, Vietnam has recently announced the purchase from Russia six advanced submarines and 12 aircraft program is the proof. the region’s oil reserves and natural gas reserves will only exacerbate this trend. “
? U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs, a member of his outspoken criticism of China is rising regional influence, said China “in the Asia Pacific region seeking to expand their influence and domineering, especially in Southeast Asia. “In all countries in Asia, Myanmar may be the best country in relations with China. China weapons in exchange for the Government of Myanmar through natural resources.
visiting scholar at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Alan ? Frost said: “Southeast Asian governments pay close attention to China’s rising military power, although China’s recent behavior makes them much at ease, but some countries are still in China The ultimate goal was uneasy, however, and Southeast Asian countries did not set up anti-China alliance, choosing instead to China ‘embed’ to in their territory under their control of the organization. “
” They believe that the China into the complex within the agreement and the Commission can act to encourage peace and cooperation to further promote regional stability, but for safety reasons, many ASEAN governments are reaffirming or strengthening its military relations with the United States. “ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Frost stressed that ASEAN leaders seek to maximize their presence in the region and the world’s collective voice. “They think, let the Chinese leadership as the role of regional organizations, other countries can attract more attention, make a more attractive conditions for exchanges with ASEAN countries.”
According to U.S. Department of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David ? Hill said Washington intended to go as soon as the U.S. ambassador stationed in Jakarta, ASEAN, East Asia Summit on how the United States to play a role in the issues. Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies, director of Southeast Asian Studies, Ernest ? Powell stressed that: “Southeast Asian countries want the U.S. to speed up the pace and want to develop to improve their strategic interests in the region, Southeast Asia can be achieved only so long-awaited balance. “
Powell said, sometimes over-rely on the strength of the Chinese will, including the strong performance of the South China Sea or the policy of China to Cambodia last year put pressure on people. Southeast Asian leaders believe that these are all Chinese on the outer soft on the inside of the new foreign policy under the guidance of hit the iron fist instance. The same 15 years ago, Southeast Asian countries are still the most concern is to maintain a balance between the major countries.
U.S. think tank Center for Naval Analyses (CNA Corporation), senior consultant Bronson ? Boxiwaer that “the United States in Southeast Asia’s development is very balanced.” But he demanded that the U.S. will focus on humanitarian issues in the southeast (such as Myanmar) to the critical security issues (such as the South China Sea) transfer. Boxiwaer said: “Now Obama has reversed the Bush Administration came to power during the anti-American wave of U.S. Pacific Command has created a dense network of military relations, especially in the Southeast Asia area,” he said: “We Beijing is not clear whether it is ‘eating’ the South China Sea, but to prevent Chinese control of this sea, to ensure the U.S. armed forces and the energy supply in this area of ??the channel, for U.S. allies in Southeast Asia is very important in terms of to maintain the U.S. position in Southeast Asia is also self-evident meaning. “(Compiled: Spring)