Washington’s Gamble: US Causes ‘Chaos in Asia’ by Trying to Counter China

from Sputnik News

The United States insists that its pivot to Asia is essential for maintaining regional stability, but many believe that Washington itself created “much of the chaos unfolding across Asia” as it tries to contain China and extend its influence in the region, Tony Cartalucci wrote for the New Eastern Outlook journal.

 Nevertheless, the US has been unable to prevent China from becoming a major regional power.

The expert emphasized that Beijing chose a different path to achieve this status. “It has not invaded its neighbors nor erected a massive, region-wide network of subversive NGOs to topple governments under the guise of ‘popular revolutions.’ Instead, it has gained power and influence through economic and industrial power.”

This has inevitably led to a power struggle between the two nations since the US does not want to settle for a supporting role in Asia. Tensions over islands and archipelagos in the South China Sea are a visible outcome of this process.

An aerial photo shows Thitu Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011
An aerial photo shows Thitu Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011

Cartalucci maintains the US will try to escalate tensions over the South China Sea but hopes that Beijing understands that and will instead “use its new capabilities to maintain safety, peace and stability in [Asia].”

Should China choose this option and be successful, “the entire purpose of Western meddling in Asia Pacific will be undermined and eventually collapse. The West will be resigned to playing a role proportional to its proximity to the region – or in other words – a negligible role,” the expert asserted. Cartalucci also warned Washington’s allies in the region against thinking that siding with the US would help keep China in check and urged regional powers to find a military and economic balance in Asia by themselves and without any outside input. “Above all, there needs to be a reluctance to allow the United States to pit the nations of Southeast Asia either against themselves or against China in yet another elementary example of imperial divide and conquer. … Beijing itself must recognize and defuse the tensions the United States is fanning the flames of,” he noted. BONUS>>> China Voice: U.S. provocations threaten to militarize South China Sea BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — The United States‘ provocative attempts to infringe on China’s South China Sea sovereignty are sabotaging regional peace and stability and militarizing the waters. The U.S. Navy is reportedly preparing to conduct “freedom of navigation” operations, sending warships within 12 nautical miles of Chinese islands in the South China Sea. The U.S. operations may take place within days, according to reports. Last month, in his response to China’s claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the United States “will fly, sail and operate wherever the international law allows, as we do around the world.” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said on Oct. 8 that U.S. warships patrolling close to artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea “should not provoke significant reaction from the Chinese.” Let us not forget that in October 1962, when the Soviet Union was building missile sites in Cuba — not even on U.S. soil — U.S. President Kennedy made it clear in a televised speech that the United States would not “tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place.” What on earth makes the United States think China should and will tolerate it when U.S. surface ships trespass on Chinese territory in the South China Sea? China will never tolerate any military provocation or infringement on sovereignty from the United States or any other country, just as the United States refused to 53 years ago. China’s stand on the South China Sea disputes is firm and clear. China’s sovereignty and claims of rights over Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters in the South China Sea have been formed over the long course of history and upheld by successive Chinese governments, and have adequate and solid historical and legal basis. Just as Article 15 of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea stipulates, delimiting the territorial seas of China and other countries in the South China Sea shall be in accordance with China’s “historic title” to the region. China has always been, in a constructive and effective manner, a firm upholder of the freedom of navigation as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea. And China has vowed to continue to do so in the future. China’s construction of civilian and public facilities on the Nansha Islands and reefs, which fall within the scope of China’s sovereignty, serves not only China but also coastal nations in the South China Sea. For instance, two lighthouses recently built on reefs in the region have helped guide passing vessels from around the world and significantly improved navigation safety. Contrary to U.S. claims, it will be the United States, as an outsider, that further provokes tensions in the South China Sea by sending soldiers and warships to Chinese territory in the name of “freedom of navigation.” This is not the first move by the United States to undermine the regional peace and stability that China has worked so hard for. Over the past several years, the United States has held frequent large-scale drills with its allies in the South China Sea, flexing their military muscles. According to the website of the U.S. Department of Defense, the country has deployed thousands of civilian and military officials, as well as a huge number of weapons, to the Pacific region. To destabilize the region and contain China, the United States has deliberately involved non-party nations, such as Japan, in the South China Sea issue and stirred disputes between China and other parties, including the Philippines. By no means will China let the provocateurs make waves in waters that should be characterized by peace, friendship and cooperation. Last year, the bilateral trade volume between China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) exceeded 480 billion U.S. dollars. Concerned nations have no alternative but to jointly deal with disputes in the South China Sea that pose a threat to the development and prosperity of parties in the region. On Sept. 18, in response to remarks made by the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific on patrolling the South China Sea, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said China, like the United States, upholds freedom of navigation in the waters. However, the spokesman stressed, China opposes any country’s challenge, in the name of freedom of navigation, to China’s sovereignty and security in the South China Sea. During a visit to Europe in March 2014, Chinese president Xi Jinping stressed that his country will “never stir up any trouble, but will resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights” when it comes to sovereignty and territorial integrity. Even though enhancing mutual trust and managing disputes through high-level visits and talks still remains the first option for China, the country will, without any doubt, adopt countermeasures against the United States if it doesn’t stop military provocations that infringe upon China. People with vision in Washington should and must see clearly China’s determination in safeguarding national sovereignty and regional security.

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