January 7, 2014

Premature Talk of Chinese Hegemony

Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald

The Associated Press

Talk of Chinese hegemony is premature, and reports of America's retreat are greatly exaggerated. Take Obama's decision to fly B-2 and B-52 bombers over Korea and the disputed islands in the East China Sea in March and November, respectively. It sent the right signal to Pyongyang and Beijing: intimidation invites a show of force. It also demonstrated Washington's indispensable leadership role in the region. So, too, did the response to last November's typhoon in the Philippines that left 4 million homeless and hungry. Not only did the US send an aircraft carrier and hundreds of marines to distribute food and water to remote areas but it also pledged $22 million in assistance. By contrast, the Chinese originally pledged only $100,000, less than the donation by furniture franchise...

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