US in pursuit of Asian style NATO

The Shangri La dialogue at the beginning of the month showed a US push towards creating a second Asian flavoured NATO

US in pursuit of Asian style NATO

World Bulletin / News Desk

In an attempt to beleaguer China, the US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter called upon Asia Pacific countries to build a “principled security network” – meaning a series of partnerships that adheres to values and facilitates resource-sharing. He further warned that China was erecting a “Great Wall of self-isolation”. “The United States is fully committed to this principled security     network,” he said.

Taking a tough stand, Admiral Sun Jianguo said that China did not “make or fear trouble”.  “We were not isolated in the past, we are not isolated now and we will not be isolated in the future . . . some people and countries are still looking at China with Cold War mentality and prejudice. They may build a wall in their minds and end up isolating themselves”, said the admiral.

"Countries outside should play a constructive role in this regard, not the other way around. The South China Sea issue has become overheated because of the provocations of certain countries for their own selfish interests," Admiral Sun Jianguo told a security summit in Singapore.

Pentagon chief Carter also said Saturday that Beijing risks building a "Great Wall of self-isolation" with its military expansion in the contested waters.

But he also proposed stronger bilateral security cooperation with China to reduce the risks of a mishap.

Admiral Sun on Sunday repeated China's pledges to seek a peaceful solution but accused Washington of a "Cold War" mentality.

"I reiterate that our policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged. China has wisdom and the patience to resolve the disputes through peaceful negotiations. We also believe other countries concerned have the same wisdom and the patience to walk on the path of peace along with China," he said.

"Any countries not directly concerned are not allowed to sabotage our path of peace for selfish gains," Sun told the annual security forum known as theShangri-La Dialogue.

Rhetoric has escalated ahead of a ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague on a case brought by the Philippines against China, which has shunned the proceedings and says it will not recognise any ruling.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post has reported that China plans to establish an outpost on Scarborough Shoal, located 230 kilometres (140 miles) off the Philippines, which considers it part of its exclusive economic zone.

Beijing claims nearly all of the strategically vital sea and has developed contested reefs into artificial islands, some topped with airstrips.

Manila says China took effective control of Scarborough Shoal in 2012, stationing patrol vessels and shooing away Filipino fishermen, after a two-month stand-off with the Philippine Navy.

Carter declined to elaborate when pressed on Saturday over what "actions" Washington might take.

 

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