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Intelligence committee chairman says US needs to be more aggressive with China over territorial claims

Chairman U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) (C) listens to testimony at the House Intelligence Committee on ''Worldwide Threats'', in Washington February 4, 2014

Chairman U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) (C) listens to testimony at the House Intelligence Committee on ”Worldwide Threats”, in Washington February 4, 2014

The United States must respond more aggressively to China’s territorial claims in Asia, an influential U.S. Republican said on Thursday, warning that failure to do so would bring “death by a thousand cuts.”

Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives‘ intelligence committee, said Washington should be less concerned with Chinese sensibilities when dealing with Beijing.

The congressman’s comments came as China and the United States concluded two days of talks in Beijing aimed at managing an increasingly complex and at times testy relationship.

“We need to be more direct; we need to be more aggressive,” he told a conference at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

“We need to empower our friends and our allies in the region to be more direct and more aggressive,” he added in comments reflecting Republican frustration with Democratic President Barack Obama’s cautious approach to China, a country that is both a strategic rival and major economic partner for the United States.

Rogers said China was taking advantage of security distractions elsewhere in the world to pursue its territorial claims incrementally, at the expense of weaker neighbors.

“It’s really death by a thousand cuts … when you start adding the totality of it and looking at those brewing clouds of conflict, this is as serious as it gets.”

Rogers accused China of “gluttonous, naked aggression” in pursuit of its territorial claims and said he expected to see as a response, “a serious escalation of our ability to expand cooperation” with U.S. allies and partners in Asia.

“This is our chance to push back, to change the calculus, to change the outcome … this is our chance to let China understand that they should not question American resolve when it comes to the freedom of navigation, the freedom of trade and commerce, in the South China Sea,” he said.

Ways to do this included increased sharing of intelligence and expanded military cooperation with China’s neighbors, Rogers said.

The Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the United States and china, now in its fifth year, ended on Thursday with little immediate sign of progress on Asian maritime issues or the thorny issue of cyber-spying. The two sides did agree to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism, law enforcement and military-to-military relations.

Washington says it has not taken sides on China’s territorial disputes, but it has been increasingly forceful in recent months in its criticism of China’s behavior.

Source: Reuters “U.S. Republican warns of ‘death by a thousand cuts’ from China”


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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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