A wild ride: the United States tries to sow discord in the Asia-Pacific region

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General Mark Milley testifies before the Senate Armaments Services Committee on his nomination as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S. July 11, 2019.Pictured: Xinhua

High-level US officials, ranging from politicians to military leaders, are launching a new brainwashing tour in the Asia-Pacific region.

During his trip to Indonesia on Sunday, Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Chinese military had become “significantly and noticeably more aggressive” as the number of interceptions by aircraft and Chinese ships in the Pacific region with the United States and its allies have increased.

Also on Sunday, Western media reported that US Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy planned to visit the Solomon Islands in August, in a bid to fend off Chinese influence.

Milley’s visit to Indonesia is the first by a top US general since 2008. The timing seems delicately arranged given that Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s China tour began on Monday. Sherman and Kennedy’s upcoming visit to the Solomon Islands is filled with utilitarian mentality. For decades, the Pacific Islands did not receive high-level diplomatic attention from Washington, but right after China signed an agreement with the Solomon Islands, Americans began visiting the island country one after the other. others.

Whether it’s Milley’s visit or Sherman and Kennedy’s, they all share one goal – to demonize China and, if possible, turn the countries of the region against China. But countries in the region are well aware of what rhetoric such as “China is getting more aggressive” means – when the United States reaches too far, China’s self-defense is portrayed as aggression, when the United States goes to extremes in provoking China through tactics such as reconnoitering, the justified interception of China is called a “threat”.

When US officials travel around the Asia-Pacific region, telling people how dangerous China is, while acting like an innocent party, Washington treats countries in the region like fools. Widodo’s visit to China right after Milley’s remarks could be a coincidence. But to some extent, it shows that Indonesia is not buying US rhetoric or taking its side.

While moving closer to ASEAN members, the United States has recently been putting more effort into the Pacific islands. When Western media cover Sherman and Kennedy’s Solomon tour, they tend to point out that both politicians’ fathers fought in World War II in the region, and that the United States is now in a battle for influence. modern with their strategic rival, China.

This comparison is a bad abuse of history. During World War II, the fathers of Sherman and Kennedy fought against the expansion of the Japanese Empire and the ambitions of the fascist Axis powers for world hegemony. Today, American politicians have abandoned the spirit of their fathers and are doing the exact opposite, pursuing their own hegemony and privilege. In the case of the Pacific countries, they ask the countries of the region not to accept Chinese aid for local development, even when they do not have the capacity to do so on their own and the States States cannot offer any help, Shen Yi, a professor at Fudan University, told the Global Times.

It is the United States that seeks to dominate the Pacific region and even the world. In other words, the United States is playing the role that Japan once played during World War II.

China is helping the Solomon Islands and other countries in the region in their development, including building infrastructure, and China would be willing to see the United States participate. “If the United States sees the islands as its own sphere of influence, it has more reason to invest there,” Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times. Unfortunately, the United States owes them too much throughout history. Fallout from US nuclear test in region continues to wreak havoc; The United States would overthrow local regimes once they failed to obey; and when it comes to local economic and social development, the United States has done nothing, according to Song.

Seeing that it has less and less to compete with China, the United States becomes desperate, and the most practical tool it has left is to promote the “China threat”.

The United States wants to see as much tension as possible in the Asia-Pacific region, but it has a principle when stirring up trouble: the bad guy has to be China, not the United States. That’s why the Pentagon has suggested that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is “not a good idea” – if Pelosi makes the visit, the bad guy would be the US. . This is not in accordance with the American playbook. What other option does the US have when China is not aggressive? Demonize China, publicize the idea throughout the region, try to turn China’s neighbors against it.

But not all countries are fooled. People can see that when China provides practical cooperation, all the US talks about is containing China. When China exports infrastructure products, the United States exports arms and wars. For a time, Western domination meant poverty and stifled the foreign policy of other countries.

The facts clearly show who is aggressive and dangerous. The more the United States attacks China, the more the world senses the weakness and lack of confidence of the United States.

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