According to the Singapore Defense Ministry, the Unites States is expected to deploy one or two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), each with a crew of about 25. Those ships will call on ports in the region and initiate exercises and exchanges with the various navies. The waters near Australia are also included in the U.S.area of oversight.
On June 4, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates vowed that the U.S. would maintain a “robust presence” across Asia, that presence to include new shallow water high-tech LCS weaponry. Gates states that the United States is dedicated to the protection of
American allies, and to the safety of shipping lanes. The shipping lanes near U.S. ally Singapore are among the busiest in the world. China is loudly complaining of “encirclement and interference” by the U.S. in matters that “do not concern it”.
The Chinese Embassy has been quite outspoken. A report from that embassy on March 13 had to do with protests from the United States White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon, that on March 9, China’s ships harassed a U.S. Navy Surveillance vessel, The Impeccable, in international waters in the South China Sea. China called the report untrue and unacceptable. They cite the premises of the EEZ and charged that The Impeccable of engaging in activities within the 200 mile limit off China’s coast without permission. They urged the U.S. to take effective measure to prevent recurrence of similar incidents.
In August of 2010, Indonesia's Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a research professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, mentioned that the ASEAN is aware of the “Inherent promises and dangers” that China presents and believes the best course in dealing with China is to “engage and integrate it fully into the regional order.” In an odd switch and exchange, Jakarta is the chair of ASEAN this year.