Despite the United States claiming that its naval shift to the Asia-Pacific is not designed at containing China, Washington's strategy needs closer attention amid a tense maritime situation, analysts said.
The US will reposition its naval forces so that 60 percent of them will be in the Pacific by 2020, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on Saturday, giving the first details of a new US military strategy announced in January.
Currently, the US fleet of 285 ships is almost evenly split between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
When asked if the shift in strategy is a challenge to China, Panetta was adamant. "I reject that view entirely," he said.
China said it would improve the capability of its forces and has the capacity to "strike back" when "fundamental interests" are under threat.
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