Us’ Indo-Pacific Strategy Report ‘not good for China

2022-07-16 0 By

On February 11 local time, the Biden administration released its first regional strategy report, the “US Indo-Pacific Strategy Report”, which vowed to put more effort into the Indo-Pacific region to contain what it called “China’s influence in the region”.In response to this, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin pointed out at today’s (14th) press conference that using the so-called “China threat” as an excuse to pursue the “Indo-Pacific strategy” itself is ill-intentioned and ill-conceived.”This so-called strategy of reverting to the Cold War mentality and bloc politics is nothing new, let alone promising. It will only bring division and turbulence to the Asia-Pacific region and will surely be greeted with vigilance and rejection by regional countries.”Wang Wenbin stressed.In fact, this is not the first time that the US has released the so-called Indo-Pacific Strategic Report.On June 1, 2019, the US Department of Defense released the so-called Indo-Pacific Strategy Report, which was the first systematic review of the Indo-Pacific Strategy in the name of the US Department of Defense.When talking about China, on the one hand, economic relations with China are directly linked to “security precautions against China”;On the other hand, it shows that the U.S. is preparing to increase its efforts to contain China with the Taiwan issue.The report is more like a summary of the Biden administration’s remarks on The Indo-Pacific over the past year, but it reveals a new trend of the Biden administration’s increasing pressure on China, which should be taken seriously.There is no doubt that the Indo-Pacific region is the most important focus of U.S. foreign policy today.Since taking office, the Biden administration has repeatedly stressed the importance of the “Indo-Pacific” region to the US and the world, and played up the so-called “China threat theory”.At the same time, it has further strengthened its “alliances”, including the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” (QUAD) with India, Japan and Australia, and the “Tripartite Security Partnership” (AUKUS) with Australia and the UK.Some analysts believe that the “Indo-Pacific Strategy Report” launched by the Current Biden administration is more closely related to the game of great powers in the Indo-Pacific region and the OVERALL control of the international order by the United States.There are both contents of “continuity” and “upgrading”.Sun Chenghao, an assistant researcher at the Center for Strategic and Security Studies at Tsinghua University, told Shenzhen TV’s Direct News that the three elements are consistent. First, the US continues to push for the eastward shift of its strategic center of gravity. Former US President Donald Trump first put forward the concept of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, and now Joe Biden is implementing it.2. Continue to respond to the rise of China. The United States believes that China is constantly expanding its influence in the Indo-Pacific region, which, to some extent, impacts the United States to maintain its position in the Western Pacific and the world.3, continue to maintain the regional and global strategy, the United States has seen the rise of the Asia Pacific region, so also hope to be able to take the development of the region “dividend express”, if always maintain the peace and stability and prosperity in the asia-pacific region development, so America will be more involved in the transaction, the region advantage.What has been upgraded is the exaggeration of the so-called “China threat theory”, pointing out that the so-called challenge from China is more comprehensive.The Biden administration has also made “subtle adjustments” in its attitude towards the Taiwan issue, forming a “standard standard” and increasingly generalized and internationalized “Taiwan issue”, proposing that all partners in the region should participate in safeguarding the so-called “Security across the Taiwan Strait”.In addition, Allies outside the region, especially European countries, are increasingly encouraged to step up their involvement in Indo-Pacific affairs.According to the report and the actual behavior of the Biden administration, compared with the Trump administration, the Biden administration attaches more importance to the role of Southeast Asia, South Asia and Pacific island countries, and “unprecedented importance” to India.In addition to regional issues, Biden also paid more attention to addressing global issues such as climate change and the epidemic.Sun chenghao pointed out that the indo-Pacific strategy is a broader strategy towards China, and suppressing China is the core goal of the US regional strategy.Compared with previous policies in the Asia-Pacific or Asia, the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” is more strategic. Its core goal has gradually shifted from extensive involvement in regional affairs to increasing competition with China and containing China’s development.The year 2022 can be said to be the year of implementation of the US Indo-Pacific Strategy.”During the Trump administration, the implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy has been all talk and no action has been taken.Since Taking office, Biden has been gradually implementing these initiatives.Mr Biden put more emphasis on “smart power”, such as diplomacy, to leverage support from the Indo-Pacific.Climate change, for example, is one of them, and Pacific island countries take it very seriously.”Sun Chenghao said.It is worth noting that the “economic pillar” is missing from the “US Indo-Pacific Strategy”.The Report released by the Biden administration includes the “Indo-Pacific Economic Framework” to be released in early 2022, covering digital trade and supply chains.It is seen as a hedge against China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.Does the US have the ability to “value every corner of the Indo-Pacific”?According to the report, the United States will “attach importance to every corner of the Indo-Pacific,” especially Southeast Asia, South Asia and Pacific island nations.There is a delicate calculation behind this, but also a big question mark.Shenzhen TV’s direct News noted that the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report is now shorter than the Trump administration’s, with only 19 pages of text.It’s short, but it covers a lot of ground.The problem is that every area is not “thought through” enough.Since it is a strategic report, it will not specify exactly how each step will be taken.According to Son, 19 pages are not enough to prove that the U.S. will turn its “concerns” into “practical actions.”Once the concrete implementation measures are put into words, they need to be put into action.The reason why there is no detailed description of the implementation plan is that there are obviously difficulties in follow-up.There is a possibility that the biden administration’s current initiative could be repealed once the administration changes.Its relative weakness requires the US to allocate global resources reasonably and “spend money and energy on the edge”, which also requires it to invest superior resources in key areas and “throw off the burden” or leave part of the task to Allies and partners in non-key areas.Examples range from the Obama administration’s “leading from behind” in the Middle East to the Biden administration’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.”The US side has made some nice words on the surface, but has not made detailed commitments on how to truly help the Development of Indo-Pacific countries.And it also means that there is some skepticism in the countries concerned about the sustainability of the ADMINISTRATION’s policies.”Sun Chenghao said.Can the US Indo-Pacific Strategy take shape as it wishes?According to Sun chenghao, the biden administration’s various policy trends indicate that it has become the core goal of the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” to work with Allies and partners to weaken China’s regional influence.However, there is a serious conflict between the U.S. strategy to suppress China and its regional strategy to make profits, which will only lead to a lose-lose outcome.The author | for the prince, shenzhen satellite TV reporter in Beijing