Tuesday, March 29, 2005

China Military Expansion Worries U.S.

By HRVOJE HRANJSKI, The Associated Press, Tuesday, March 29, 2005; 2:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A month after assuming command of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon on Tuesday voiced apprehension about China's military expansion and its intentions toward Taiwan, while promising "whatever assets we may have" to Southeast Asian allies fighting terrorism.

Fallon said his priorities as head of the largest of nine U.S. military commands - an area stretching from the U.S. West Coast to across the Pacific and Indian Oceans - would be fighting the war on terror and building regional military cooperation so "we can put ourselves in a position where we can respond quickly."

He also noted China's increasing military presence and the repercussions for Taiwan -the second-most dangerous flashpoint in the region after the Korean Peninsula.---------

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