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    U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Here's another reason why it was a bad idea to have been over aggressive in the UKraine with regards to Yanukovych rejecting the EU deal. That's something we should have left for the Europeans to do. It appears that we have opened a can of worms. Do we really want to go to war with China too over some small islands that the Japanese claim? It's time for a serious rethink of our foreign policy.

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    U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

    Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama's diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China's intentions might be, but Russia's annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims.

    "The net effect is to put more pressure on China to demonstrate that it remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the problems," Russel, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Russel said the retaliatory sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union and others should have a "chilling effect on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea annexation as a model."

    This was especially so given the extent of China's economic interdependence with the United States and its Asia neighbors, Russel said.

    Russel said that while the United States did not take a position on rival territorial claims in East Asia, China should be in no doubt about Washington's resolve to defend its allies if necessary.

    "The president of the United States and the Obama administration is firmly committed to honoring our defense commitments to our allies," he said.

    While Washington stood by its commitments - which include defense treaties with Japan, the Philippines and South Korea - Russel said there was no reason why the rival territorial claims could not be resolved by peaceful means.

    He said he hoped the fact that the Philippines had filed a case against China on Sunday at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague would encourage China to clarify and remove the ambiguity surrounding its own claims.

    Russel termed the deployment of large numbers of Chinese vessels in its dispute with the Philippines in the South China Sea "problematic" and said that Beijing had taken "what to us appears to be intimidating steps."

    "It is incumbent of all of the claimants to foreswear intimidation, coercion and other non-diplomatic or extra-legal means," he said.

    In Asia, China also has competing territorial claims with Japan and South Korea, as well as with Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan in potentially energy-rich waters.

    Obama is due to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines from April 22, when he is expected to stress his commitment to a rebalancing of U.S. strategic and economic focus towards the Asia-Pacific region in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

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    The US should work with Europe to restart the Missile Defense Shield in Poland. Russia crossed a line and blatantly broke international law. As the US and the EU have only essentially wagged their finger at Russia and imposed moderate sanctions, of course the world must now be concerned with those nations that may replicate the action. The US should send a strong signal with the EU that those who disrespect international law will be alienated from the global community, and I personally (though I never thought I would say this) agree with Dick Cheney, that the missile defense system needs to be put back on the table.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by 24107 View Post
    Most definitely. At most some meaningless sanctions, as any real economic measures would, at this point, hurt the US economy as well.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Most definitely. At most some meaningless sanctions, as any real economic measures would, at this point, hurt the US economy as well.
    Also if I'm not mistaken Russia and China have a defense pact, so down the line a clash with both is a very real possibility.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by 24107 View Post
    Also if I'm not mistaken Russia and China have a defense pact, so down the line a clash with both is a very real possibility.
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization composed of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan is an organization began in 1996 in order to ally these nations against the West. Essentially Russia and China have both expressed a desire to balance the US's power and influence in the world and have joined together in order to do so.

    What we should asks ourselves is whether this is inevitable. The US is the first society to reach hegemony since Rome and throughout history balance of power has always again been established. I wonder how much longer the US can maintain its perch at the top and think it may only preserve it through war. But can we really afford that?

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Really?

    Threatening China with economic sanctions?

    I'd like to see that!

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    I really don't think it's wise for the US to take positions that will encourage China and Russia to cooperate more in the area of defense. It would give China something rather interesting to do with all those US dollars that it has.

    Not wise.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Really?

    Threatening China with economic sanctions?

    I'd like to see that!
    Yeah, that would be interesting. Just think what would happen if China banned all US exports, froze all US assets in China, and Russia and China both started selling all the US treasuries that they could. That would be beyond ugly for both sides.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by 24107 View Post
    Exactly.

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