The United states have moved troops into Australia this move is in line with their new geo political focus on Asia. The pieces of the chess board once again have been moved and global tensions take another step up.
We are looking at historic movements and maybe a redrawing of the world maps. As the U.S slowly loses its economic power and china gains the mistrust between these two countries continues to grow. These are the world’s two biggest economic and military powers when they start to butt heads we all need to worry.
Both countries have been moving around the globe and cultivating ties with leaders and developing their commercial interest. China has been quick to move into Africa and the U.S is playing catch up, can you say “kony”.
As for the U.S they continue to encircle China and make more in roads into the Asean region. The U.S troop deployments in the region of Asia-Pacific are as follows:
Australia – 198 China – 76 Japan – 39,222 Philippines – 142 Singapore – 163 South Korea – 28,500 Thailand – 142.
Countries in which the U.S. has a military presence.(2007)
(blue) More than 1,000 US personnel
( Light blue)More than 100 US personnel
(Orange)Use of military facilities
China has warned the US against “flexing its muscles” after switching focus to the Asia-Pacific.
It has been said any US militarism could create ill will and “endanger peace “in the region.
Obama speaking to the press made these comments: “We’ll be strengthening our presence in the Asia-Pacific, and budget reductions will not come at the expense of this critical region.”
Critical region since when WW2, Vietnam, Korean war! Sounds like more expansionism. To Beijing, this must look like a containment strategy designed to curtail China’s growing power.
Obama said: “The world must know – the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats.”
The US currently has the largest military budget in the world annually spending $663. Billion this compared to china, they have the second at $ 106 billion. Both countries are pushing hard with the development of military technologies are we seeing an arms race that could lead into the next “cold war”?
Then we have the specter of the Middle East, China with the backing of Russia have come out in support of Iran they have boycotted a number of UN votes off the back of findings from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moscow and Beijing both signaled concern that boxing Iran into a corner will dim any chance of diplomacy and this has the potential to spark a wider conflict in the Middle East.
One must also remember the geographical position of Iran and it neighbors. China already has many military bases in these regions and has recently built a new naval base at Gwadar, Pakistan. This bases position at the opening of the straits of Hormuz is extremely strategic especially if hostilities do break out and the Iranians follow through on their threat to close the straits.
So we head into an uncertain future with the prospect of a full scale global conflict looking more likely. This will continue over the next months or years unless we as a people signal that we do not support it.
The sixties and the anti-war effort should have shown us that when a government is involved in war or makes moves towards war people can force change. If we sit idly we must also shoulder the responsibility for any conflict, let’s not let that happen.
As we can see the Military foot print of the USA is huge and you can understand why some countries are worried. We have seen maps like this before, they were the property of a little German fellow with a distinctive moustache.
Peace to all.If we are to have a war let’s have a war on ignorance using the weapon of knowledge.