LYONS and FISHER: Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

As was mentioned here only a few days ago is already being considered.

A regional security alternative should replace a weakened U.S. Pacific presence

China’s new president, Xi Xinping, has discarded former leader Deng Xiaoping’s cautious foreign policy of “bide our time, hide our capabilities,” by mounting increasing military challenges to America’s Asian allies and to U.S. leadership.

China’s bullying tactics in the East China Sea and South China Sea will only increase with its expanding military might despite President Obama’s much-heralded pivot to Asia. The pivot is not enough. Washington must elevate regional military cooperation if China is to be deterred. Continue reading