31 Jul '13, 3am

US deploying jets around Asia to keep China surrounded.

US deploying jets around Asia to keep China surrounded.

An F-16 launches during operational readiness exercise Beverly Midnight from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 15, 2013. Emerson Nunez/U.S. Air Force WASHINGTON — The United States Air Force will dramatically expand its military presence across the Pacific this year, sending jets to Thailand, India, Singapore and Australia, according to the service's top general in the region. For a major chunk of America's military community, the so-called "pivot to Asia " might seem like nothing more than an empty catchphrase, especially with the Middle East once again in flames. But for the Air Force at least, the shift is very real. And the idea behind its pivot is simple: ring China with U.S. and allied forces, just like the West did to the Soviet Union, back in the Cold War. U.S. military officials constantly say they aren't trying to contain China; they're working with the Chin...

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