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“This is a discordant thought for U.S. military planners who are currently focused on fulfilling ‘Air Sea Battle’ strategies to counter China’s increasingly capable ‘anti-access’ threats in East Asia,” Mr. Fisher said.

“The Obama administration is seemingly oblivious to how Russia and China are building real future threats to U.S. security as it blindly pursues ideologically inspired goals of ‘nuclear disarmament’ and forces repeated cuts in U.S. military capability in order to fund its domestic agenda,” Mr. Fisher said.


The commander of the Air Force in the Pacific said this week that Russia has significantly increased naval and aerial spying in the region following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

“What Russia’s doing in Ukraine and Crimea has a direct effect on what’s happening in the Asia Pacific,” said Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle.

Russian long-range strategic bombers have stepped up missions near the coast of California and have circled the U.S. territory of Guam. The flights near Guam were intercepted by U.S. F-15 jets.

Gen. Carlisle, speaking Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said Russian strategic bomber flights around Japan and the Korean peninsula also have “increased drastically” in recent months.

“And there has been a lot more in the way of ship activity as well,” he said.

“It’s to demonstrate their capabilities and it’s to gather intel, obviously” on U.S. and allied military exercises in the region that are a major element of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the four-star general said.

The increase in Russian military activity appears related to Moscow’s activities in Ukraine, he said.

Gen. Carlisle also said China has been engaged in “assertive and aggressive” activities related to disputed maritime claims in the East China, South China and Yellow seas.

China’s unilateral imposition of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea was done with no consultation, does not follow international law and norms, and included an “undefined threat,” he said.

“Basically, [the threat] says, ‘You follow our rules, and you do what we tell you to do within that ADIZ, and we have the right to take special defensive measures,’” Gen. Carlisle said.

Mike Green, a former White House National Security Council Asia policymaker, said the increased Russian activity is “evocative of the Cold War.”

Gen. Carlisle was targeted by Chinese state-run media in August, when military commentators accused the general of engaging in “Cold War thinking” and seeking to “encircle” China with advanced military aircraft.

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