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Pacific Commander Says U.S. Pivot to Asia Doesn’t Target China

August 29, 2012

The U.S. strategic pivot toward the Asia-Pacific is not targeted at China, U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral Samuel Locklear said at a meeting with a senior Chinese military official.

The U.S. wants to strengthen cooperation with China in the region, Locklear said at the meeting in Hawaii yesterday with Cai Yingting, the People’s Liberation Army deputy chief of the General Staff, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Cai said the two countries’ militaries should “deepen pragmatic cooperation,” Xinhua said. The two countries’ conflicts should be handled “with foresight,” Cai said, according to Xinhua.

After U.S. President Barack Obama spelled out a new U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific in November, China in March said it would increase its defense spending 11.2 percent to about 670 billion yuan ($106.4 billion). The Pentagon’s proposed 2013 budget was $525 billion.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Nicholas Wadhams in Beijing at nwadhams@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net


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