In Beijing China’s defense ministry attacked the US for undermining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region through stepped up deployments and strengthened alliances. Spokesman Yang Yujun was speaking to reporters on the release of the ministry’s annual white paper.

Analysts inside China’s army and government say America’s so-called pivot towards Asia is clearly intended to contain their nation. Recent gestures by the US – including displays of force in response to North Korean tensions, and joint exercises with the Philippines amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea – are seen as a furthering of the strategy.

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