This topic is expected to get a little controversial. With the American President delivering what could be interpreted as a hostile statement to China last year in the Australian Parliament House, hinting at strengthening Western presence in the Asia Pacific region. Could this be a case of too little too late, grasping at straws, or ulterior motives to expand and conquer (culturally and economically) For decades the West has had the opportunity to increase welfare, aid, and support to the poorer nations in the east. It wasn't until quite recently that China, the most dominant power in Asia Pacific started their wheels of mass industrialization. This (arguably) was triggered and had since slowly gained momentum after 1997 when they assumed control of one of the economically advanced cities at the time from Britain, Hong Kong. The rapid advancement in this dormant superpower has undeniably changed the balance of power. Compound this with the fall of western economies, and the world suddenly has a renewed interest in what will happen as time progresses. America has accused China of not being fair by not aligning their foreign trade policies, keeping the Yuan low, and not taking intellectual property rights seriously enough. Interesting, considering that they make no apologies for Apple preventing the sale of Korean Samsung products. China simply states they are managing a very different economy and must progress cautiously as failure to do so will plunge half their nation into rapid poverty which will be only be compounded as investments move offshore. Consider the history of Western Influence.. On one hand, it's a case of wherever they go, they seem to always have some sort of vested self interest, be it economical, strategic or (less so) humanitarian. It is suggested and widely speculated that they plunge a target country into so much debt that it is impossible for them to repay it, and as such is forced to surrender land, resources and other crucial infrastructure. Therefore giving rise to cheap labour and low cost manufacturing, only to be shipped to western, wealthy nations to enjoy, which in turn drives up their own economy and standard of living as well as enabling newly established offshore branches to drown in profits while providing the locals with work to pay for their food and shelter, with dreams of a holiday or a nice pair of shoes. On the other hand, Where ever the West has exerted their assistance to other nations, they have brought liberation from oppression, introduction of a more democratic form of government, civil freedom and human rights. The country for the first time in their history has experienced peace and freedom of choice, access to technology, education and ability to work and earn money to pursue their own goals and dreams, overall adding to the value of life for the otherwise impoverished society/nation. Some say it's one or the other, others say its a bit of both. it's all in the details. Does the West have any right to express an interest in Asia Pacific, given that historically the region was basically ignored. Millions have suffered and died from famine and disease while the West had enjoyed excessive indulgences with extreme amounts of waste. With the power of China growing at a rapid rate, is it pure coincidence that America and their allies want to make a strong presence in the region? Why now, during an economic crisis? The ultimate question of course is, what gives any nation the right to enforce their way of life onto others at a cost? What works in one part of the world, does not necessarily work in another. In the Modern world, wars aren't waged with men with guns. It is far more effective to turn your enemies onto themselves by inciting rebellion and unrest, destabilizing their government, (or economy through sanctions and other subtle tactics) give reason for intervention, and instilling a new government that can be controlled and manipulated. If that fails, unmanned drones that are capable of causing mass casualties are far more cost effective than feeding battalions of soldiers and fancy toys.