This photo taken on September 28, 2023 shows the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
Despite rhetoric such as a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” the United States’ true intention to provoke a new Cold War in the Asia-Pacific cannot be concealed.
Written by Yi Shin
In May 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at George Washington University: “We cannot rely on China to change course. “We will create a strategic environment that is
Well, this is nothing new. From the “pivot to Asia” to the Indo-Pacific strategy, the United States seems obsessed with changing the strategic environment in China’s neighborhood. The Biden administration is determined to succeed in a “defining decade” of competition with China and is taking this geopolitical game to a whole new level.
Unity of the anti-China alliance
On October 9 and 10, the United States, Japan, and South Korea conducted joint maritime exercises around the Korean Peninsula for the first time in seven years, followed two weeks later by the first-ever trilateral air exercise.
The two military exercises, both of which recognize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as an enemy, were one outcome of the Japan-U.S.-South Korea summit held at Camp David, where they announced deepening military and economic cooperation. , condemned China’s “dangerous military actions.” and aggressive behavior. ”
Unlike the Trump administration, President Biden values the role of America’s allies, so much so that he now remembers how to collude with them to form an exclusive bloc to contain China.
The Trilateral Summit at Camp David is another example of the United States’ attempt to establish a new multilateral military group in Northeast Asia, a “mini-NATO.”
Although US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel has touted that the deepening of the trilateral relationship will “change the strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific,” in reality, the US Indo-Pacific strategy is nothing more than a synonym for “bloc politics.”
With the strategic goal of encircling China, the United States has been busy in recent years linking other countries to its Indo-Pacific strategy. From promoting the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity and strengthening the Five Eyes to strengthening the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and AUKUS and strengthening bilateral military alliances, the United States is reshaping the strategic environment around China. By doing so, they are desperately trying to maintain their hegemony both within and outside the region. .
Despite the rhetoric of a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” it cannot hide its true intention to provoke a new Cold War in the Asia-Pacific.
incite conflict and conflict
The United States has a long tradition of intervening and causing problems in regional affairs. Both countries have been handling the situation calmly for quite some time, but in the past weeks and months, the Philippines has clearly stepped up its provocations against China in the South China Sea. Any discerning person can easily see that Manila is backed by Washington.
While China strives to maintain peace, the United States is causing ripples in the South China Sea. The United States is supporting and even emboldening the Philippines’ violations by inciting standoffs, sending warships, and reaffirming its defense commitment to the Philippines.
The United States has called on China to respect freedom of navigation as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and prides itself on its role as a champion of the “rules-based” order. Ironically, the United States is the only major country that has not yet ratified the treaty. For the US government, international rules were never a tool for self-discipline, but a weapon for attacking other countries.
Convincing countries with rubber checks
After the “Build Back Better World” initiative faltered, the US and its G7 allies renamed the program the “Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment,” claiming it would fund infrastructure in developing countries. , the way it was presented was not.
Throughout its history, Washington has never cared about helping developing countries. The promises made under this program are empty promises for the best. To benefit from loans, recipient countries must accept conditions defined by Western values and choose sides with China and the United States.
In contrast, China’s intentions are transparent and forthright. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an essential driver for the common development and prosperity of regional countries, providing better infrastructure and increased connectivity, a key element of a positive regional environment. I am aiming to do that.
China respects words with actions. Over the past decade, we have translated into practical action the principles of friendship, honesty, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness in neighborhood diplomacy. Despite the turbulent global situation, China sought to cooperate with neighboring countries to maintain the region’s hard-won peace and tranquility and develop Asia into the most vibrant growth force.
Asia-Pacific’s history has taught us that openness and inclusiveness are the only viable ways forward. “Shaping the strategic environment around Beijing” is reversing the wheels of history for Washington’s selfish strategic interests, and is unpopular with regional countries and doomed to failure.
Editor’s note: Yi Xin is a Beijing-based current affairs commentator.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Xinhua News Agency.■