What hectic moves of US troops imply

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Navy and Coast Guard ships sail in formation with Australian, Canadian and Japanese ships in the Coral Sea, July 11, 2019, during Talisman Sabre. (Photo US DoD)

By Ri Hak Nam

By conducting joint military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region and Indian Ocean together with the followers, US forces show brisk moves.

They also recently performed the joint military exercise "Talisman Saber 2019" in Australia. Mobilized were more than 34,000 troops, 30 vessels and 200 planes. Military forces of Britain, Japan, New Zealand and Canada also participated. In the coastal areas landing and attacking drills went along.

Earlier than this, the US forces held the joint military drill "Pacific Vanguard" in the Pacific Ocean with South Korea, Australia and Japan. In the Indian Ocean they conducted a joint military exercises with France, Australia, and Japan.

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The USS Antietam and the USS Blue Ridge sail with South Korean, Japanese and Australian navy ships in the Philippine Sea, May 24, 2019, during Pacific Vanguard, an exercise that focuses on improving capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. (Photo Wikimedia Commons)

Going around countries, US military's high-ranking figures are speaking about consolidating relationship of military alliance. US Defense Secretary Esper went on a tour to Australia and Japan, meeting with target countries' senior figures to discuss the issue of strengthening military cooperation.

Foreign media say that it should not be ignored that the US military moves are coincided with a time when the voice of US hardliners to curb China comes out louder than ever.

It is not accidental.

In the article titled "Japan, France, Australia, and the US, in the Indian Ocean, first joint drill", The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported:

"Including the Japanese destroyer Izumo and the French Naval nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle,  a total of 10 ships participated. The aim is to curb China that is strengthening access to the ocean."

A high-ranking person of the US 7th Fleet stated that the joint military exercise "Pacific Vanguard" aimed at coping with various events in the region effectively, and strengthening the joint operational capabilities in the Indo-Pacific war theater with allies.

What does this show?

It suggests that there is no change in the US strategy to overpower potential rivals in the Asia-Pacific region and gain control over the region. It also shows that the US is trying to achieve its purpose based on the collective military force mobilized from its followers rather than sole action on its own.

The fact is so. The US says about cooperation with China whenever it has a chance.  But action is different from it. The US puts spurs to itself to overpower China by force.

The representative example is that the US, under the pretext of preparation for the threat from someone, placed the high altitude interceptor missile "THAAD" in South Korea. The detection range of the radar that is a key component of this system covers major areas of China.

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US air defense artillery's THAAD deploying drill in Camp Humphreys in April. (Photo USFK Facebook)

China has warned on several occasions so far that deployment of THAAD in South Korea would constitute a threat to China. But the US put THAAD in South Korea at last. Recently the fact was revealed that USFK performed a so-called THAAD deployment training at the base in Phyongthaek, Kyonggi Province.

Deeming "THAAD" in South Korea to be a harm to China's security interests, China strongly demands its pull out. The US ignores China's demand and intends to increase the number of THAAD missile.

US Defense Secretary in his way to Australia said that he wanted to do so to the reporters that raised the question whether he was considering deployment of missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. The New York Times, an American newspaper, conveyed experts' arguments that there could be a chance that American new missiles would be deployed in Japan or South Korea to curb China.

Public opinions comment that China's response will grow intense as long as the US does not change its strategy of enlarging military pressure on China by stages.

(This is a full translation. Readers can find the original text in Rodong Sinmun, August 18, 2019.)