By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Tensions are mounting in East/South East Asia over American attempt to challenge China by using the South China sea and misusing the countries of the region against China.
Though collaborating on many international issue s as veto members of UNSC, China is annoyed with USA over several issues, the latter’s strive to control now the South China Sea.
That has been back bone policy of Americans in all regions,for decades now. They only serve the imperialist capitalism.
Over the past four years, the US has ramped up a diplomatic offensive and military build-up in Asia aimed at undercutting China’s strategic, political and economic influence. China has not taken this American ‘misadventure’ kindly at all.
Now the US government shutdown and possible default has raised questions throughout the Asia-pacific/East Asia region about the Obama regime’s commitment to its so-called “pivot to Asia.” Obama’s decision to cancel his Asian tour, amid the continuing government shutdown in Washington, has only underscored the inability of the US to match China’s economic promises.
While underlining the US economic weakness, the comments made in Beijing doubted US economic viability. China also expressed fears in Chinese ruling circles about the impact of a default that would threaten the $1.28 trillion worth of US bonds that China currently holds.
Following the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit and ASEAN talks, leaders of East Asia converged in Brunei on 10 October to debate over some of tricky issues.
US Secretary of State John Kerry In his speech to the East Asian Summit again stressed Washington’s “continued commitment to the region and claimed the US had a “national interest” in ensuring “freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and sought to exploit maritime disputes to drive a wedge between China and members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Kerry, like his predecessor Madam Clinton did, insisted that all countries had an interest in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation and the principle of unimpeded lawful commerce. Kerry in the summit deliberately fuelled the on-going dispute between China and the Philippines; tacitly backing the latter’s decision to take its claims to the UN for non-binding arbitration.
USA says all claimants in the region have a responsibility to clarify and align their claims with international law. Kerry declared that they can engage in arbitration and other means of peaceful negotiation,” Beijing has opposed the Philippine legal case, declaring that it would never agree to cooperate with it.
Rejecting Beijing’s insistence that the disputes be resolved bilaterally, Washington wants multilateral discussions between China and South East Asian countries.
Americans have divided the ASEAN group of nations on maritime issue. The US actions encouraged the Philippines and Vietnam to take far more aggressive stances toward China, resulting in a series of maritime incidents and a divided ASEAN.
Beijing insists that countries like USA that are not parties to the disputes should not get involved in South Asia Sea disputes, declaring that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been an issue and will never be one.
China has been on a diplomatic offensive throughout South East Asia as Chinese leaders Xi and LI have visited the region.
US ally Japan also intervened in the South China Sea conflicts, saying that he maritime disputes should be resolved in accordance with international law and pledged Japan’s continuing cooperation with ASEAN in what he described as a “common problem. Tokyo has ramped up tensions with China over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, boosted the military budget and moved to modify the country’s constitution to allow aggressive military action. Japan Premier Abe has also made a deliberate orientation to strengthening Japan’s ties in South East Asia, at China’s expense, making visits to every country except Cambodia and Laos.
Chinese leaders have emphasized the importance of trade and economic ties, and urged the negotiated resolution of territorial disputes. Xi announced the formation of a $50 billion regional infrastructure bank and signed a raft of investment and currency deals in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Obama’s decision to cancel his Asian tour, amid the continuing government shutdown in Washington, has only underscored the inability of the US to match China’s economic promises.
Hence china wields upper hand in the region.