David J. Lynch
April 23, 2014
President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia this week will be dominated by a country he’s not even visiting: China.
Each of the four nations on the president’s itinerary is involved in
territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China. And years of
military spending gains have boosted the capabilities of the People’s
Liberation Army faster than many defense analysts expected, casting a
shadow over relations between China and its neighbors and sparking
doubts about long-term prospects for the U.S. presence in the Pacific.
“There are growing concerns about what China is up to in the maritime
space,” said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic
and International Studies. “There’s a widely held view in the region
that the U.S.-China relationship is tipping toward being much more
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