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U.S. pivot to Asia: Strategic struggle

Kaneohe Marines are part of a major U.S. refocus on the Asia-Pacific, which is seen as a hedge against China. Some say it’s setting up a power struggle that could grow into a cold war.

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2012

~~<p>When 200 Hawaii-based Marines arrived in April at the frontier port and military outpost of Darwin in northern Australia, the argument grew about the Obama administration&rsquo;s vow to increase the U.S. military presence in Asia.</p>
<p>China had already expressed anger months earlier about what it called President Barack Obama&rsquo;s move to &ldquo;harm China,&rdquo; and its risk at getting &ldquo;caught in the cross-fire&rdquo; of what some predicted would become a new cold war.</p>
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When 200 Hawaii-based Marines arrived in April at the frontier port and military outpost of Darwin in northern Australia, the argument grew about the Obama administration’s vow to increase the U.S. military presence in Asia.

China had already expressed anger months earlier about what it called President Barack Obama’s move to “harm China,” and its risk at getting “caught in the cross-fire” of what some predicted would become a new cold war. Login for more...



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