Friday, January 6, 2012

China warns US over new Asia-Pacific military strategy

BEIJING: China has warned the United States over its new military strategy, which includes a shift in focus to the Asia-Pacific region.

The plan for a new, "leaner" military was unveiled Thursday by President Barack Obama at the Pentagon. 

Xinhua, the Chinese government's news agency, cautioned the US military against acting "like a bull in a china shop," but said the new strategy could help China by creating a "peaceful environment" in the region.

The Xinhua editorial warned the US against "flexing its muscles":

Obama on Thursday announced a plan that will include about $450 billion in cuts to the military over the next decade, The New York Times reported.