Washington's 2011 National Military Strategy, unveiled by the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Navy Admiral Michael Mullen on Feb 8, is aimed at reshaping US forces and reflects the military's assessment of the future security environment and mission shifts.
The new strategy of the United States concentrates less on Iraq and Afghanistan and pays more attention to the Asia-Pacific region. That suggests the US will gradually end its military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and shift its focus to Asia Pacific. Some media outlets say this shift in focus means the US will make greater efforts to address the rise of China, which could lead to confrontation between the two militaries. But I believe we should not come to such an arbitrary conclusion.
The China-US military relationship is an important part of their overall bilateral ties. Strategic positioning in the field of security is related to the development of the China-US military relationship as well as their overall bilateral ties.
During his state visit to the US in January, President Hu Jintao reached a broad agreement with US President Barack Obama to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Hence, the two countries' military ties should serve this goal.
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Yang Yi is a rear admiral and former director of the Institute for Strategic Studies of the People's Liberation Army National Defense University.