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China Warns US to Back Off in Pacific Region

As China’s military moves and North Korea’s bluster shifts the Obama administration’s attention to Asia, China issued the U.S. a thinly veiled warning: back off.

That message came through in a defense white paper released yesterday by the Chinese military. While noting that the U.S. is “adjusting its Asia-Pacific security strategy,” the paper said China had a duty to protect its sovereignty at a time when it is engaged in territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China and East China Seas.

While strengthening military ties with all three of those countries has become a part of the U.S. foreign military strategy, China believes the efforts to enhance military deployment and strengthen alliances in the region are not conducive to upholding peace and stability, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said at a press briefing in Beijing.

“We hope that the relevant parties would do more to enhance the mutual trust between the countries in the region and contribute to peace and stability in this region,” he said, according to Bloomberg News.

The statements came as the Chinese expressed condolences and condemnation for the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a Tuesday press briefing that China is firmly opposed to any attack aimed at common people, according to the Xinhua news agency.

“We extend our deep condolences and sincere regards to the victims and their relatives,” she said.

Hua said one female Chinese student was injured in the accident and that the Chinese Consulate General in New York has sent personnel to visit her in hospital.

The Chinese white paper accuses the Japanese government of “making trouble” over disputed islands in the East China Sea claimed by both countries — a claim that angered Japan. 

Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said China’s assertions were “unacceptable.”

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11 thoughts on “China Warns US to Back Off in Pacific Region

  1. Larry Young says:

    Or what…. they're going to unleash their ONE aircraft carrier? Worse, they could call in our debt and claim the security they hold on our debt as their land — Our National Parks…

  2. Patrick Fallon says:

    thre brothers have been saying there wee going to nuke us and China is telling us to back off North Korea only will do what China tells them to do.

  3. James Edwards says:

    Why are we continuing to trade with our next enemy? The Chinese Military, which has alot of pull in the Chinese political arena, already views the U.S. as their number 1 enemy. Lets get on with a European Free Trade Agreement and cut China off at the knees before it is too late.

  4. Pravitus Gadabout says:

    Gee, Buy Chevrolet! They are moving alot of their operations to China. (That's the thanks Americans get for their bailout).

  5. Charles Bundy says:

    Time to brush up on my mandarin.

  6. Timothy Cook says:

    The US can't have its cake and eat it too. In the early 20th century, a rising US engaged in numerous interventions in the Caribbean and Central America in order to protect its national interests. Now China wants to do the same. Allowing the Chinese to police east asia is not the end of the world, it may cause to temporarily dislike the chinese but this will pass as the benefits of Chinese hegemony become realized just as the benefits of American hegemony once were. It is natural to mistrust the Chinese because they are foreign, but if one sees it from their perspective their interests are largely rational and and non-destructive. China wants its own Monroe doctrine, and preventing them from having it is hypocrisy.

  7. Chuck P Fresco says:

    now the other shoe drops, its like-China- they play NK for their goals.

  8. Don't trust the chinese – they are nuts!

  9. Sandra Brooks says:

    I'm not scared China!

  10. DashTrans Freight says:

    You better be

  11. DashTrans Freight says:

    it is too late

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