Gen. Hayden: China Sending Neighbors Into Arms of the U.S.
An U.S. sailor raises the American flag on the USNS Safeguard at Tien Sa port in Da Nang, Vietnam on July 15, 2011. The port call was part of naval exchange between the United States and Vietnam, taking place amid high tensions between Vietnam and China over conflicting claims in the South China Sea. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
January 23, 2012
| Asia and the Pacific
Ex CIA chief Michael Hayden says China overplayed its hand in recent moves to dominate the South China Sea, and drove a number of countries to strengthen relations with the United States. “Everybody in that region is now saying, ‘Where are the Americans? We would like the Americans to be here,’ says Hayden. “The Chinese can’t view that to be a positive development. But they did it. They created it.”In November, President Barack Obama announced that 2,500 marines would be stationed at a base in Australia, and that the United States would maintain a stronger military presence in the South China Sea. Chinese leaders called the deployment a provocation and moved to assert China's dominance in the region.
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