Sunday, June 10, 2012

Behind the Presence of 60 Percent of the American Navy Fleet in the Pacific Ocean

Joint maneuvers of the Japanese, US and Australian navies have begun. Three days of US, Japanese and Australian naval maneuvers began Wednesday (6/6) in the waters of Kyushu in the southeast of the country. The three-day maneuver involved three warships, warplanes and submarines. This is a joint military exercise of the three countries since 2007. In addition, Japanese media also reported the arrival of four Indian warships to the waters of the country to conduct war training with Japan.

The Japanese navy commander considered this war training as the right opportunity to garner cooperation between Tokyo and its allies in the region. He hopes that this maneuver can strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The increasing war maneuver in the Western Pacific Ocean region and near Chinese waters occurred when the United States Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta on his safari to Asia confirmed that Washington in the entire Laut Teduh region has very urgent interests. Therefore, he confirmed the Pentagon's plan to place 60 percent of its fleet in the Pacific Ocean. He added that Washington plans to hold periodic war games with Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia in the region to protect its interests.

Along with various joint war maneuvers with regional countries, the US also places its military on its base in regional countries with various excuses such as humanitarian assistance. This policy seems more aimed at making conditions in the region increasingly insecure. Therefore, the escalation of US military movements in the region and its efforts to hold regional important countries increasingly add to existing concerns.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned US policy of extending military presence and placing Washington's anti-missile system. The US attitude, according to Lavrov, is contrary to the wishes of the majority of countries to create multi-poles on the international stage.

Not only Russia, China also reacted strongly to the US decision to place more of its navy in the Pacific Ocean. According to observers, the US is trying to control the world's important waters to succeed in its ambition to dominate the world. Besides wanting to control the Pacific Ocean, America also dreamed of taking control of the Malacca Strait. Given the strategic position of the strait where half of world trade through the Malacca Strait, the security of the region is the warmest issue in the region.

On the other hand, the White House took advantage of this concern by persuading the regional state to hold joint war maneuvers with Washington to control conditions in the region in accordance with the wishes of the United States.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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