A US Navy ship, the USS Freedom, has arrived in Singapore as part of US plans to increase its military presence in the region. She joins the US 7th Fleet, which is responsible for more than 48 million sq miles (124 million sq km) in the Pacific. By 2020, 60 per cent of the US Navy’s assets will be deployed to the Asia-Pacific as its forces leave Iraq and Afghanistan.
China has made clear its concern and creating tension in the East and South China Seas is part of its counter strategy. It’s also reinforcing its blue water presence through Burma, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. India has become a strategic American ally in exchange for international acceptance of its nuclear weapons program. North Korea factors the US policy into its current brinkmanship, while the crisis on the peninsular illustrates the effectiveness of the American security umbrella.