China to be surrounded by US stealth jets by 2017 A US B-2 stealth jet The United Statesâ€™ presence in the Asia-Pacific is about to be much more impressive: by 2017, the US is expected to have all but surrounded China, its number one economic rival, with fleets of the most advanced stealth warplanes in the world. According to recent reports from some of the Pentagonâ€™s top-brass, Uncle Sam will be essentially surrounding the United Statesâ€™ top competitor in only five yearsâ€™ time. By 2017, the Air Forceâ€™s F-22s and B-2s, as well as a fleet of the Marine Corpsâ€™ F-35, will all be deployed east. News of the long-term plan stems from a report by Wiredâ€™s David Axe this week, who notes that several recent interviews with Defense Department officials suggest that the Obama administrationâ€™s â€œstrategic pivotâ€ plan in Asia announced earlier this year hasnâ€™t been ignored just yet. In June, the Pentagon revealed plans to restructure the US military so that 60 percent of its warships would be in the Asia-Pacific by 2020. At the time, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the decision was not meant to intimidate China, but was rather a common sense response to make sure Americaâ€™s resources were divvied out where they might be most needed. â€œSome view the increased emphasis by the United States on Asia-Pacific as a challenge to China, I reject that view entirely,â€ Panetta said this summer. As recently as November, the secretary said of Asia, â€œWeâ€™re going to continue to invest in the region,â€ but that â€œItâ€™s going to take a lot of work and a lot of focus.â€ Now only weeks later, the pieces are already being put in place. Speaking of the B-2 bombers last month, 8th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Wilson told Air Force Magazine that fleets â€œwill rotate to forward operating locations all over the world in small numbers for a few weeks at a time,â€ with those operations â€œbeginning with a short Pacific deploymentâ€ in early 2013. That news takes on a whole new light following an address from Sec. Panetta at the National Press Club in Washington last week, where he announced â€œnew deployments of F-22s â€¦ to Japanâ€ and confirmed that the Pentagon is â€œlaying the groundworkâ€ for F-35s to be in Japan by 2017. â€œ[W]e still have to maintain our global leadership and presence by building innovative partnerships and partner capacity across the globe and using these innovative rotational deployments as a way to do exercises and training with other countries, developing their capabilities so that they can help provide for their own security,â€ Panetta said. Writing for Wiredâ€™s Danger Room, Axe says, â€œWhen the deployments are complete in 2017, Air Force F-22s and B-2s and Marine Corps F-35s could all be within striking range of Americaâ€™s biggest economic rival at the same time.â€ â€œWith Beijing now testing its own radar-evading jet fighters â€” two different models, to be exact â€” the clock is counting down to a stealth warplane showdown over the Western Pacific,â€ he says. When the Pentagon first discussed its â€œstrategic pivotâ€ earlier this year, Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I-Connecticut) dismissed rumors of an eventual skirmish, saying, "China and the US are so tied together economically and another Cold War is not in the interest of either that ultimately common sense will prevail." Regardless, the Obama administrationâ€™s current plan will position more than half of the United States Navy to the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the decade. â€œIncreased US involvement in this region will benefit China as it advances our shared security and prosperity for the future,â€ claimed Panetta. China to be surrounded by US stealth jets by 2017 — RT *********************************** It appears that the US is not taking China's aggressive moves in the South China Sea lightly where they have tried to browbeat most of the nation, to include Japan. The basing of the aircrafts in Japan is an indicator that things will not be taken lightly, and what is more ominous is that the new PM of Japan, Abe, is a hawk and is not the type that can get intimidated with sabre rattling. With the density of the US Navy, Marines and the USAF, the US is putting their money where their mouth is. China will have to re-look her aggressive attitude in the South China Sea. Notwithstanding the claims of Panetta, the US is surely tightening the noose around China.