The admiral's reach in the US Pacific Command stretches far and wide

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 February, 2009, 12:00am

While the Pentagon's Asia-Pacific commander was in Hong Kong, he was busy handing out a pamphlet explaining the US Pacific Command.

On one side is a map showing the vast geographic areas for which Admiral Timothy Keating's command is responsible. Besides a lot of sea, there is the whole of China and Mongolia, which also fall under his responsibility. We don't imagine China would be terribly happy with the map, which may be slightly disconcerting for die-hard mainland nationalists to look at. The brochure makes it look like all those countries are under the US Pacific Command. Is this what Admiral Keating meant when he said: 'We want a better relationship with China, and we want to reinforce other friendships?' The pamphlet added: 'US Pacific Command will be an engaged and trusted partner committed to preserving the security, stability and freedom upon which enduring prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region depends.' A Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, perhaps?