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US should discard its Cold War mentality | Updated: 2013-07-22 16:43

The Obama administration's strategy in the Asia-Pacific region is to start another form of the Cold War, said an article in the overseas edition of People's Daily (excerpts below).

The largest obstacle for building mutual trust in the Asian-Pacific is the increasing military presence of the US in the region. The Pacific has replaced the Atlantic as the main geopolitical arena for the US to maintain its hegemony.

But the Cold War era has gone. There is no direct confrontation today based on ideology as before.

Globalization forces the US to find new excuses, such as protecting its security.

The US intends to encircle and contain China's rise by building up its military power in Asia. Japan and the Philippine's provocative actions are part of the US scheme.

The US should know it cannot infringe upon the sovereignty of other countries or intervene in the internal affairs of other countries to protect its security.

If so, the US will ruin the stability of the region, which, in turn, will harm the US economy and security.

Participating in economic and trade cooperation in Asia will benefit all parties. US politicians should recognize the possibility of win-win cooperation and common development in the new era. The Cold War mentality of the zero-sum game is outdated today.

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