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China military condemns US-Australia military pact

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:35 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2011

BEIJING >> America's strengthened military pact with Australia is a figment of "Cold War thinking" that will destabilize the Asia-Pacific region, China's Defense Ministry said Wednesday, in Beijing's strongest criticism yet of a move widely seen as intended to counter China's rising assertiveness.

Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng's comments at a monthly news conference came short of the scathing attacks on the agreement from China's nationalist press and outspoken academics.

However, they reflected a harsher tone from the armed forces, whose expanding budget and reach have rattled many of China's neighbors and prompted them to seek strengthened alliances with the region's dominant military power, America.

"Military alliances were created by history. We think that all moves to strengthen and expand military alliances are a product of Cold War thinking that run counter to the era's trend of peace, development and cooperation," Geng said.

Despite that criticism, Geng said Chinese and U.S. defense officials will still meet for consultations Dec. 7. Gen. Ma Xiaotian, the People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of staff, and U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy will be co-chairs.

Ma will then go to New Delhi for China-India defense and security consultations on Dec. 9, Geng said.

The U.S.-Australia agreement, announced during a November visit by President Barack Obama to Australia, will send military aircraft and up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia for a training hub to help allies and protect American interests across Asia.

Beijing's previous official responses, issued by its Foreign Ministry, were a mild questioning of its appropriateness.

Chinese hardliners have called recent U.S. moves in Asia, including strengthened military ties with allies Japan and the Philippines as well as former enemy Vietnam, a new U.S. containment policy that must be resisted through more active diplomacy.

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soundofreason wrote:
Can just see her thoughts in the picture. "Is he done rambling yet?.......now?.......how about now?........done?"
on November 30,2011 | 05:42AM
sloturle wrote:
ww3 coming....
on November 30,2011 | 06:56AM
mitt_grund wrote:
So, we've "won" in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the people love us. Now it's time to move our troops to Iran, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, where they love us, too. China should know its true place, they work for us. Let's go and do what Britain did to China in the 19th century, force them to buy opium to cure our trade imbalance, and do it at the point of the gun like the British did. That will show them who has world dominion.
on November 30,2011 | 07:59AM
saveparadise wrote:
We are our own worst enemy! So many problems within yet we continue to extend our boundaries.
on November 30,2011 | 09:09AM
Halemaumau wrote:
Millions die if we do nothing and the world becomes a much more dangerous place for us history has proven that. In the 20th century alone ten's of millions have died, Sudan, USSR, Germany, NK, Congo, Cambodia, and in China nearly 80 thousand (1949-1969) all died at the hands of their governments.
on November 30,2011 | 09:05PM
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