Kerry “Not Convinced” On Pivot

28 Feb

kerryIs China or is the U.S. the aggressor in East Asia. The newly-installed secretary of defense, John Kerry, seems to think the U.S. is the culprit.

I’m not convinced that increased military ramp-up is critical yet. I’m not convinced of that. That’s something I’d want to look at very carefully when and if you folks confirm me and I can get in there and sort of dig into this a little deeper. But we have a lot more bases out there than any other nation in the world, including China today. We have a lot more forces out there than any other nation in the world, including China today. And we’ve just augmented the president’s announcement in Australia with additional Marines. You know, the Chinese take a look at that and say, what’s the United States doing? They trying to circle us? What’s going on? And so, you know, every action has its reaction. It’s the old — you know, it’s not just the law of physics; it’s the law of politics and diplomacy. I think we have to be thoughtful about, you know, sort of how we go forward.

Max Fisher is skeptical but hopeful.

If a goal of Kerry’s pivot-away-from-the-pivot is to improve ties with China, it looks like that plan might already be succeeding. But if it’s just about Kerry having more interest in the Middle East, where he has deeper experience, then that could be China’s gain.

I guess it depends on what one thinks one aircraft carrier, a new air force, and land-based missiles can do against the U.S. military. And, China does have North Korea.

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