Inside the Ring: Report Faults Pentagon’s Asia Rebalance

Harry B. Harris, Jr.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, shows a photograph of an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea / AP


A Pentagon-sponsored study has found that efforts to refocus U.S. policies and forces on Asian security are faltering because of an increase in Chinese high-technology weapons and instability in the Middle East.

"Militarily, the Pacific Command has fully embraced the rebalance, but the anti-access challenge is worsening and China’s tolerance for risk has exceeded most expectations," said the report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The report concludes that the Asia rebalance "may be insufficient" to secure U.S. and allied interests in the region.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.