The Obama administration ‘pivots’ to Asia, reinforcing its regional alliances, shoring up its hegemony and putting pressure on its allies to shoulder more of the costs. By 2020 it will have 60 per cent of its navy – six aircraft carriers plus ‘a majority of our cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships and submarines’ in the Pacific, that is, primarily with China in its sights. A stepped-up Indian Ocean role is also currently on the drawing board.
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