Obama Shifts Focus to China

In a huge revamp of its national defense strategy, US shifts its focus to China post a war-filled decade spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Barrack Obama in a special session at the Pentagon revealed the defense strategy. In a very carefully worded speech, which included no direct reference to china, he dwelled upon the future of the armed forces.

For somebody running for a second term in office, this is specifically not great time to draw the ire of the World media and the only competitor to its superpower status, China. In a very clever gesture, he claimed victory for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted the world to look ahead. The most important part of the strategy was the Asia-Pacific region and the vision to assert its supremacy in the region which has seen a marked change over the years. “This region is growing in importance to the future of the United States economy and our national security,” Leon Panetta, the Defense Secretary.

US in its strategy is counting on India as an geographical and economic back-up to take on the might of China. India also does not share a very cordial relationship with China after many border issues and also the latter’s close proximity to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The eight page strategy report indicates on hopes to improve on its Asia-Pacific presence through diplomacy, trade and security ties.

“And all of the trends, demographic trends, geopolitical trends, economic trends and military trends are shifting toward the Pacific. So our strategic challenges will largely emanate out of the Pacific region, but also the littorals of the Indian Ocean.”  said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.

The Government of China is yet to officially respond to the report, however media reports have indicated that China will not back down and will take a step for every step taken by the US.

The other sore point in the US-Chinese relation has been Taiwan. China still bombards the region with its land based missiles, whilst US being the official guarantor of the region’s security and chief arms supplier. US has been caught in the cross-fire, but is yet to act in haste.

As the battle for supremacy continues to play out in the decades to come, all one hopes is for peace and to avoid another full-blown cold war.

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