Pompeo, who is the US’s top diplomat, was explaining the thinking behind reducing US troops in Germany from 52,000 to 25,000.
“There will be other places – I just talked about the threat from the Chinese Communist Party, so now threats to India, threats to Vietnam, threats to Malaysia, Indonesia, South China Sea challenges, the Philippines.”PLA – the biggest threatThreat perceptions of countries change.
Ironically, at that very exact time, China was rapidly modernising to eventually become the world’s second-largest economy and a major military power.
Asia, the centre of the worldThe symbolic significance of the redeployment of US troops from Germany to Asia is huge.
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