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Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response to 'new American threat'

Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response  to 'new American threat'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese leadership is taking very seriously Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement that after curtailing its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington would focus more of its energy and resources on the Asia-Pacific Theatre. Panetta said in Tokyo last week that despite overall cuts in the Pentagon budget, “we are not […]

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China puts Asian neighbors on notice about relying on U.S. security umbrella

Asian countries should be on guard against the “danger” of feeling they can “do whatever they want” because of the U.S. military presence in the region, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily said in a commentary. The opinion piece said it was understandable that some Asian countries may be uncomfortable with China’s rise and emphasized […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

By John J. Metzler  KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — A rhetorical conflict has roiled the waves of the South China Sea,  the strategic resource-rich region bordered , and in part claimed in various parts, by six South East Asian states.   But while Beijing is shoving its political agenda into the disputed waters, the United States correctly fears […]

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PLA generals throwing their weight around at home and abroad — the South China Sea in particular

PLA generals throwing their weight around at home and abroad — the South China Sea in particular

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The flare-up in sovereignty disputes between China and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea is unlikely to lead to military conflict between the two Asian neighbors. This is despite that fact that in the wake of the war games conducted by the Vietnamese Navy near the disputed islets, Prime […]