Rice visit aimed at pacifying edgy Beijing over U.S. Pacific buildup

China is getting edgy over a new U.S. military strategy aimed at projecting force around the globe and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice's visit last week was an attempt to calm Beijing down, analysts said.

Rice's trip on Thursday and Friday came as the US military was rolling out an unprecedented deployment of naval power to the Pacific Ocean in what is officially being termed a military exercise, they said.

"It is an unprecedented show of force and a return to gun boat diplomacy," Andrew Tam, a security expert at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, told wire services. "The US is sending the message that any threat to peace and stability in Northeast Asia will not be tolerated.

[Source: Japan Today, Tokio, 12Jul04]

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