US worried by anti-Americanism in Chinese military: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 15:37

New York: As world`s two biggest powers - China and the US - try to thaw their frozen military ties, Washington is worried over reports that increasing number of younger Chinese officers in battle fatigues are being bought up on anti-American rhetoric.

The New York Times reported that the older Chinese officers "remember a time, before the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 set relations back, when American and Chinese forces made common cause against the Soviet Union."

"The younger officers have known only an anti-American ideology, which casts the United States as bent on thwarting China`s rise," it added.

The newspaper noted that this year the Chinese military had several reasons to be suspicious of US designs.

Beijing had not taken kindly to President Barack Obama`s meeting the Dalai Lama, and it was irked by Washington`s approval of a USD 6.7 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which China regards as its territory.

The Chinese military also didn`t take kindly to the US Navy conducting joint naval exercises with Seoul after a report blamed North Korea for sinking its neighbour`s submarine.

The naval exercises, which were carried out less than 400 miles from Beijing, were perceived by younger Chinese officers as "an encroaching threat”, according to NYT.

The United States "is engaging in an increasingly tight encirclement of China and constantly challenging China`s core interests”, Rear Adm Yang Yi, former head of strategic studies at the Chinese Army`s National Defence University, wrote in August in the People`s Liberation Army Daily, the military newspaper.

"Washington will inevitably pay a costly price for its muddled decision," he wrote, as reported by The Times. Analysts observed that some sort of interaction between the Chinese and American officers was recommended to diffuse the existing hostilities.

"The PLA (People`s Liberation Army) combines an odd combination of deep admiration for the US armed forces as a military, but equally harbours a deep suspicion of US military deployments and intentions towards China," David Shambaugh, a leading expert on the Chinese military at George Washington University, told The Times.

"Unfortunately, the two militaries are locked in a classic security dilemma, whereby each side`s supposedly defensive measures are taken as aggressive action by the other, triggering similar countermeasures in an inexorable cycle," he wrote in an e-mail.

"This is very dangerous, and unnecessary."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 15:37

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