War 'Made America What it is Today'

Is war what America is really based on? According to this op-ed article from China's military-controlled Jiefang Junbao [People's Liberation Army] newspaper, sending troops into battle is the 'very essence of American culture and strategic thinking,' and Washington's latest plans pit China, India and Japan against one another, chiefly to prevent any one of them from emerging to challenge the U.S.

By Li Bingyan

July 8, 2006
Chine - Jiefang Junbao - Original Article (English)


The main purpose of widening our understanding of the United States is to see more clearly the strategies and tactics that America adopts in pursuit of its scheme to create a unipolar world.

According to Dr. Lu Dehong, an expert on issues pertaining to America, since its founding more than 200 years ago, the United States has begun or taken part in over 240 wars and military operations abroad. Hence it can be said that war is what made the United States what it is today.

Perpetually looking for enemies, playing up crises and sending out troops to take military action has become the core and very essence of American culture and strategic thinking.

Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has been looking for new enemies and has sought to squelch the emergence of a nation similar to the former Soviet Union, which could inhibit its plans for a unipolar world. To accomplish this, the United States needs to create a situation of parity among different regions so that they will delay and restrict one another.

In the early period of the 21st century, the U.S. is pursuing this policy of regional parity principally in Asia; because Asia contains Japan, Russia, India and China, any one of which could become the other pole in the multi-polar world of the future.

In accordance with this analysis, the current U.S.-Japan alliance is an alliance by which the U.S. holds Japan very close. In order to pursue a balance of power in Asia, the United States needs to allow Japan to play a maximum role, and one that is under Washington's effective control.

Currently, India's position is rising steadily as a strategic player and a major power. American is attempting to use India as a bargaining chip to contain China, so that the moment China's pace of development slows, India will replace China, and will then have to bear the pressure of U.S. hegemony.

Russia remains a major power and sooner or later will rejuvenate itself. This is precisely why, right after achieving NATO's eastern expansion and stationing its troops in central Asia, the U.S. poked its nose into Ukraine's general election, and pushed ahead with "color revolutions" in other central Asian countries.

Meanwhile, China's development has attracted global attention, and the chorus of voices talking about a rejuvenated China has grown louder, both here and around the world. Hence, China is regarded as an "emerging power" in Asia.


As mentioned previously, American's "regional parity" strategy is designed to use policy differences to achieve a "check and balance" among regional powers and impede their rise as major powers. Hence, what lies before us are a series of opportunities and crises; the crises will arise out of the opportunities.

Development brings challenges, and challenges will be brought about by development. In the face of such a situation, we cannot but continue to develop and bravely rise to meet those challenges.

In order to build a unipolar world, the United States has struck out everywhere, resulting in an ever-growing battlefront and the accumulation of ever-more contradictions. If things go on this way, the U.S. will eventually prove the old Chinese adage: Becoming too large brings its own troubles. Biting off more than one can chew, the large will certainly decline.