China & the U.S.

Destabilising the East

Print edition : July 11, 2014

A Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed Senkaku/Diayou Islands, a 2011 photograph. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama arrivesat the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, on May 28 to deliver the commencement address. Obama said before his visit to Japan that if hostilities broke out between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, the U.S. was bound by treaty to come to the defence of its long-time ally. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. He said teh U.S.' "rebalance to the East" was no longer a mere goal, but a reality. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

With its policy of “rebalance to the East”, the U.S. is trying to use the long-simmering territorial disputes between China and its neighbours to stoke up tension in the East Asian region.
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