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From CNSNews

by Patrick Goodenough

China Urged to Respond to U.S. Defense Cuts by Strengthening Long-Range Strike Capabilities
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China should respond to Washington’s new “leaner,  meaner” national defense strategy by “unit[ing] with all possible  forces” and “strengthen[ing] its long-range strike abilities” to deter  the United States, a Chinese state media outlet said Friday.Recognizing that Iran’s policies are a restraint to the U.S., Beijing  also should avoid treating Tehran in accordance with the values of the  U.S., the Communist Party-affiliated Global Times added in an editorial commenting on the strategy unveiled by President Obama at the Pentagon Thursday.
The Chinese government has yet to officially react to the strategy,  which involves a shift to smaller and more agile military deployments  focusing on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.
The document, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,  refers to potential attempts by “sophisticated adversaries,” using  capabilities including electronic warfare, missiles and air defenses, to  deny U.S. forces access to and freedom to operate in certain areas.
“States such as China and Iran will continue to pursue asymmetric  means to counter our power projection capabilities,” it says, adding  that the U.S. will invest as necessary to ensure that it is able to  continue operating in such areas – “sustaining our undersea  capabilities, developing a new stealth bomber, improving missile  defenses, and continuing efforts to enhance the resiliency and  effectiveness of critical space-based capabilities.”
Although the document does not specify the areas concerned, Beijing  and Tehran have challenged U.S. freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz respectively, two of the world’s most vital waterways. The U.S.  military refers to the strategy being pursued by antagonists as  “anti-access/area-denial.”
Elsewhere the new defense strategy says that China’s emergence as a  regional power will over the long term “have the potential to affect the  U.S. economy and our security in a variety of ways.”
Although the U.S. and China have a strong interest in building a  cooperative relationship, it says, “the growth of China’s military power  must be accompanied by greater clarity of its strategic intentions in  order to avoid causing friction in the region.”
“The United   States will continue to make the necessary investments  to ensure that we maintain regional access and the ability to operate  freely in keeping with our treaty obligations and with international  law.”
On Iran, the document says military policy in the Gulf region will  emphasize security “to prevent Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon  capability and counter its destabilizing policies.”
“To support these objectives, the United States will continue to  place a premium on U.S. and allied military presence in – and support of  – partner nations in and around this region.”

‘U.S. cannot stop the rise of China’
In the editorial, Global Times said China should respond soberly to the new development.
“Since [China] has become a firm strategic target of the U.S., its  efforts to improve Sino-U.S. relations have proved incapable of  offsetting U.S. worries over its rise,” it said. “China can only use its  strength to gain friendship from the U.S. from now on.”

“Dealing with the U.S. containment attempts should be one of China’s  diplomatic strategic goals,” the editorial continued. “China should  unite with all possible forces and keep certain strategic initiatives  against the U.S.”
Global Times noted that the strategy document identifies China’s “anti-access capabilities” as a target.
“China should come up with countermeasures,” it said. “It should  strengthen its long-range strike abilities and put more deterrence on  the U.S. The U.S. must realize that it cannot stop the rise of China and  that being friendly to China is in its utmost interests.”
The editorial interpreted as significant the U.S. document’s references to Iran.
“The U.S. strategic adjustment highlights Iran’s importance to China.  Iran’s existence and its stance form a strong check against the U.S.,”  it said. “China should not treat Iran following U.S. cultural, social  and political values.”
China’s biggest advantage when dealing with the U.S. is its rapid economic development, the editorial argued.
“The U.S. can hardly provoke China in the economic field, unlike its  developing military strength which gives excuses for the West to  suppress China. The more the two focus on economic competition, the more  the situation will tilt China’s way.”
“China should try to avoid a new cold war with the U.S.,” the article  concluded, “but by no means should it give up its peripheral security  in exchange for U.S. ease in Asia.”

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