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Are the US and Japan playing “two-man” roles?

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

02-01-2016 14:27 BJT

By Han Xudong, PreNational Defense University    

On January 6, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) disturbed the world by conducting its fourth nuclear test. In response, the United States had ordered a mobilization of troops in the Northeast Asia region. 

The US military presence in the region has expanded in a short time. Nevertheless, many still believe the military situation has not deteriorated to the point of war

In terms of the DPRK nuclear issue, there exist no circumstances in which military means would be the only solution, but negotiations and peaceful means can resolve the crisis.

Even South Korea is promoting five-party talks,instead of the six-party talks, which show that many countries want to resolve the issue through peaceful means.

However during U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to China, the Japanese media reported that Washington may launch air strikes against DPRK military installations at the end of February, and cited specific details. 

The world community and many Asia-Pacific nations were shocked. If proven true, peace, security and stability in the region would vanish. 

So, what was the strategic intent of the Japanese media’s disclosure when Kerry was visiting China?

Although Kerry’s visit to China was pre-planned, the public remains convinced that Pyongyang’s nuclear issue has been added to become one of Kerry's leading discussion topics during his China tour. 

How to persuade Beijing to accept Washington’s proposal seems to be an intractable problem for the U.S.  Washington recognizes it is futile to exert pressure on Beijing. 

Such actions reflect the US style as a major power. It achieves the objective of Kerry’s China tour, and displays Washington’s pressure towards Beijing.  

The Japanese media is providing more room for Washington to maneuver, so as to either prepare for an advance or retreat that would support building a stronger US-led presence in the Asia-Pacific order.  

China is a major power in the region. Washington’s military actions in the Asia-Pacific cannot ignore Beijing’s response.

Yet, it is known that any country's military plans usually do not go public. It is foolish for a superpower, such as the US to announce its specific operational plans. Beijing is aware of that salient point.

Despite Washington revealing its war plan, it appears that it’s a strategic objective to incite anger from Beijing.  If Beijing has a response to the plan, Washington could take it as its bargaining chip.

If Beijing ignores the plan, Washington would increase mobilization in the Asia Pacific instead of Northeast Asia that would accelerate deployment of US troops all over the world. 

Washington seeks to confine Beijing by inciting instability on the Korean peninsula, caused by the DPRK nuclear issue. 

Nevertheless, Beijing is striving to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. But, Washington believes that creating unrest would be problematic for Beijing.

The Pentagon revealing its war plan might add some psychological pressure to Beijing and yield more fruits in favor of Washington during Kerry’s China visit, but it further proves that the US is pursuing a military aggressive posture in the Asia Pacific.


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