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    China Warns U.S. On Pentagon Plan

    US President Barack Obama, flanked by military officials, speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining Defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, January 5, 2012. Standing alongside Obama is Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno; Commandant of the marine Corps General James Amos and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Obama unveiled a strategy on Thursday for a leaner US military focused on countering China's rising power while signaling a shift away from large ground wars against insurgents.
The plan calls for preparing for possible challenges from Iran and China with air and naval power while downplaying any future massive counter-insurgency campaigns like those in Iraq and Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    China's state media warned the U.S. on Friday against "flexing its muscles" in Asia after President Obama unveiled a Pentagon plan to shift focus to the region. In an editorial, the Xinhua news agency said militarism will only "endanger peace," but admitted that increased U.S. presence in the region could be a boost to stability and prosperity. Obama said Thursday his administration will refocus on Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East, with a "leaner" force that will cut spending by $450 billion and troop numbers by 10 to 15 percent.

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