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‘This is not about China’: US to move majority of warships to Asia-Pacific

Sunday, June 3, 2012

 ‘This is not about China’: US to move majority of warships to Asia-Pacific

The US is set to reposition its Navy fleet with the majority of its warships to be assigned to the Asia-Pacific by 2020. But this military strategy has nothing to do with US-Chinese rivalry in the region, the defense secretary assures.

­The US would reposition its Navy so that 60 per cent of its warships would be assigned to the Asia-Pacificregion by 2020, compared to about 50 per cent now, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told senior civilian and military leaders from about 30 Asia-Pacific nations at an annual security forum in Singapore.

"Some view the increased emphasis by the United States on the Asia-Pacific region as some kind of challenge to China. I reject that view entirely," he said. "Our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible… with the development and growth of China.... MORE
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URL: http://www.rt.com/news/us-asia-strategy-panetta-822/

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