By Han Xudong, National Defense University
The United States has recently deployed more strategic forces to the Asia-Pacific region, due to a so-called "hydrogen bomb" test in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Washington will claim its protecting security in Northeast Asia, and deterring possible Pyongyang provocations.
These forces include strategic bombers, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, dubbed "killing machines." Can strategic forces deployment really play a containment and deterrent role?
Can Washington ensure peace and security in Northeast Asia? Well, that's not likely.
Ever since the 1898 Spanish-American War, the US has sought reasons to get embroiled in oversea affairs, especially on military matters.
After World War II, Washington had deployed its military reach into the Middle East, but never found the right reasons for doing so. After Saddam Hussein of Iraq had annexed Kuwait, Washington had stationed its military forces in the Middle East on a large and permanent scale.
Today, as the US has adjusted its global strategic focus toward the Asia-Pacific that will alter its overseas military deployment in the same direction as well.
For various reasons, Washington cannot find excuses to deploy strategic arms to the Asia-Pacific on a large scale.
DPRK's "hydrogen bomb" test is opposed by Asia-Pacific countries, particularly the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan have consulted with the US on matters relating to deployment of strategic weapons.
The US can now accelerate its deployment of strategic weapons to the region. Washington may set up permanent strategic arms bases in the region. If so, that would meet the ongoing demand of Seoul and Tokyo.
Washington has engaged in "double-standards" to deal with international issues, based in accordance with its national interests.
Osama Bin Laden's rise and fall is a prominent example. The US deployment of "killing machines" will not be the exception. Washington's actions would deteriorate the military situation of the Asia-Pacific.
The US favors a deteriorating security situation in the Asia-Pacific, so that South Korea, Japan and other countries would request US deployment of its "killing machines" to the region.
The Asia-Pacific may give rise to a vicious circle where such acts reinforce more military deployment that stimulates further conflicts.
US military deployment to the Asia-Pacific could be in this pattern: the Pentagon's stable presence would be in Okinawa, Guam and other places, which are located far away from the Korean peninsula, while its mobile deployments would be in South Korea and Japan, which are signs to give assurance to its allies and also intended to prevent possible threats against US allies in the region.
Washington had already evacuated American ground troops based north of Seoul, with force contraction as an excuse. But, the real aim is to prevent a possible DPRK ground strike hitting them first.
Suppose US strategic weapons had suffered from unpredictable threats or damage on the Korean peninsula, the strategic losses would be immeasurable.
Therefore, US strategic deployment in the Asia-Pacific may appear as mobile deployment nearby, but stationed deployment in a far away area. "Killing machines" are all weapons with nuclear strike capabilities.
The long term existence of these weapons in the region would cause an imbalance of the regional nuclear force structure. Accordingly, such aggressive military deployment by the US will not benefit regional peace and stability in any manner.
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