Prominent Chinese military officers are speaking of an east Asia from which the U.S. has been forced out. And they're hoping to see that reality within 20-years.
Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, at the People's Liberation Army's National
Defence University, told Fairfax Media this week that American
strategic influence would be confined ''east of the Pacific midline'' as
it is displaced by Chinese power throughout East Asia, including
Colonel Liu's interpretation of one facet of what the new
Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, calls ''a new type of great power
relationship'' adds to the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding China's
On January 31 James Fanell, intelligence chief for the US Pacific
Fleet, which commands six aircraft carrier groups, told a San Diego
conference that China's ''expansion into blue waters is largely about
countering the Pacific Fleet''.
''And I can tell you, as the Fleet Intelligence Officer, the
PLA Navy is going to sea to learn how to do naval warfare,'' said
Captain Fanell. ''Make no mistake, the PLA Navy is focused on war at sea
and about sinking an opposing fleet.''
"It's the most dangerous strategic crisis that the US has faced, that
the world has faced, since the end of the Cold War,'' said Hugh White,
former deputy secretary of the Department of Defence, saying China and
Japan were drifting closer to a war that could draw in the US.
Colonel Liu, who has warned Australia not to support the Japanese
''wolf'' or American ''tiger'' in a military showdown, does not hold
the rank of general or act as an official spokesman.
But his views have been taken more seriously since his fiercely nationalistic book, The China Dream,
was allowed back onto the shelves after Mr Xi's elevation in November,
when Mr Xi began talking about his own nationalistic ''China Dream''.
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