“8-Day Trip Emphasizes Role of Pacific Rim in U.S. Policy” (TIMES, 11/19/11)


     How interesting to read that “the United States is turning its focus to the booming Asia-Pacific region” when an “ever more powerful China…has been increasingly assertive” there!

     The region in question, in particular the South China Sea, is a lot closer to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) than it is to the United States of America (USA), hence it would seem that the latter is the more assertive one.  Chinese ships have been plying the waters of east and southeast Asia at least from the Song Dynasty (960-1279), centuries before the USA was a sovereign nation.

     All the News That’s Fit to Print should have demonstrated more objectivity in reporting this information about oil and gas resources that are of interest to the USA as it withdraws slowly from another such energy source in southwestern Asia.  The PRC “asserts” itself; the USA turns “its focus to,” indeed!

     Meanwhile, U.S. Marines will be stationed in Darwin, Australia, which is closer to the PRC than it is to the USA.  Couldn’t that be considered “assertive”?

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