Here's what Rabobank had to say of the newly released Trump strategy:The #US has declassified a report outlining its strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, focusing on countering #Chinese dominance, including providing support to the #Taiwanese government. For background on #China-#Taiwan tensions (and the US role), read: China-Taiwan Tensions: The Delicate Status Quo is Fraying pic.twitter.com/rxB2ZNZ0zF
— TRT World Research Centre (@TRTWorldRC) January 13, 2021
Concerning key US regional partners the document calls for the US to "accelerate India's rise and capacity to serve as a net provider of security", implement "a quadrilateral security framework with India, Japan, Australia, and the United States" and further deepen "trilateral co-operation with Japan and Australia".To say that this will not go down well with China, or that China will not be happy that Australia and Japan helped drive this, is an understatement.
Of course, we now have the Biden administration: will there be a reversal of the parting of the ways? Consider the following Axios story, which certainly shows just how near the two have been up until now: “President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee will refund a donation from former Senator Barbara Boxer after the California Democrat registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm accused of abetting the country’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims.”
It's being met with mixed reactions among China watchers and geopolitical analysts. One critic who cites the good and bad for America's regional allies - particularly Australia - is Rory Medcalf, the head of the National Security College at the Australian National University:US has declassified 2018 vintage of Indo-Pacific strategy
• Narrative was already (to an almost obsessive point) centred around China (and to a lesser extent Korean peninsula)
• Lot of emphasis on need for partnership with India, much less with Japan and South Korea pic.twitter.com/Td63mPm9bq
— Agathe Demarais (@AgatheDemarais) January 13, 2021
"This means steady support for allies and partners, rather than the pursuit of some shaky all-round U.S. primacy," he said.
Some, however, said they saw little new in the document or how it would reassure American allies. Skeptics said that the decision to declassify now is an obvious push for policy continuity amid concerns that a Biden administration may not yet be committed to challenging China’s bid for dominance as strongly as Trump.
"It would be one thing if there was a secret unified field theory that explained the caprice of Trump’s Asia policy, but this is just a bunch of banal, bureaucratic buzzwords," said Van Jackson, a senior lecturer in international relations at Victoria University of Wellington. "The generous interpretation is that the administration is trying to tie Biden’s hands by releasing this now, but it seems like a poor strategy because there’s nothing in it that would constrain Biden."
Medcalf noted further that "It’s surely no bad thing to salvage the few achievements of an otherwise grim era in American foreign policy, while laying down some markers for the incoming administration," according to The Japan Times.But Medcalf said the declassified framework would have enduring value as the beginning of a whole-of-government blueprint for handling the U.S. strategic rivalry with China.
This is what I was thinking. Pissing piglosi off!Watch how fast Pelosi's husband dumps their investments in China. This will kill those in Congress who have money invested in China's shell companies and also means, no way for them to launder funds.
Trump is brilliant!
Not sure how I’d reply to that, but if I had said the same to you or any other poster in response to their message.....
Yeah, I bet Trump was the first person in history who diplomatically shook the hand of someone they despised.
In defense of Tammy, I must admit that I too have had a suspicion that Trump may be playing a masterful role in the plan to divide and conquer this once great NationWell, Bill and Hil were at their wedding, Donald and Melania's. There are other pictures of them hanging out, too.
I have shaken the hands of people that I would gladly go to court against. A handshake is nothing but a courtesy gesture.