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American Military Suffering from Myopia in Asia?

By: Grant Newsham

Paramilitary police raise fists to the Communist Party of China flag ahead of the National Congress, Nov. 5, 2012. Reuters/China Daily

China’s military buildup and expansion has never evoked a consistent sense of threat on the US side.

Perhaps owing to being dominant for so long, American leaders sometimes appear so confident of winning in wartime that they are myopic about what happens during peacetime – the so-called “phase zero” in US military terms.

Consider Asia.  It’s not that US forces aren’t busy in the region, but rather there’s been a longstanding indifference towards China’s military buildup and its undermining of US alliances and commitment to Asia.

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