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3 governments join in USA’s promotion of conflict with China

Biden, alongside Morrison, Modi and Suga, continues conflict with China, Independent Australia, By Vijay Prashad | 29 March 2021  The U.S. is determined to maintain its dominance over the world and is unlikely to forfeit that without a fight, writes Vijay Prashad

ON MARCH 12, the heads of government of four countries, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the United States President Joe Biden, met for a virtual meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad.

Modi’s opening remarks illustrate the emptiness of the public agenda; he called the Quad “a force for global good” with no details beyond a list of areas of collaboration, which were “vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies”. There was no direct mention of China during the meeting.

In the details relating to the launching of “an ambitious new joint partnership that is going to boost vaccine manufacturing,” a more disturbing agenda revealed itself. The vaccines are meant for Southeast Asia, which is a core area of U.S. contest against China, and the “emerging technologies” refers to the U.S. desire to substitute products from its own high-tech firms and supplant the attractiveness of the Chinese high-tech industry.

The goal of the Quad is to deepen the military and economic pressure against China.

The Quad was created in the aftermath of the tsunami of 2004 and then deepened by President Barack Obama as central to his “pivot to Asia“. But it did not take off until the U.S. Administration of Donald Trump began to rely upon this grouping to tighten pressure on China. It is for that reason that in late 2020, Trump gave the heads of governments of Australia, Japan and India the highest U.S. military decoration, the Legion of Merit.

These three partners are key players in the U.S. Government’s pressure campaign against China.

U.S. primacy in the region

In early January 2021, the U.S. Government declassified a 2018 document prepared for the Trump Administration, called the ‘U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific’. The text clearly states that the U.S. objective in Asia is to:

‘Maintain U.S. primacy in the region.’ 

The idea of “primacy” has a long history in U.S. foreign policy, going back to the early days after World War II. The United States government, in a series of documents, stated that it would seek to be the leading power in the world and it would shape the creation of global institutions to benefit the United States above all else. 

The drafters of the 2018 policy from the U.S. National Security Council noted that the “threat” from China was not from its military.

Rather, the United States worried about Chinese developments in:

‘… cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence and bio-genetics.’

The U.S. Government’s objective, according to the document, was to maintain ‘American industry’s innovation edge vis-à-vis China,’ which does not mean only to enhance U.S. industry, but also to prevent China from getting access to technology and finance.

The war in the Pacific promoted by the U.S. is not irrational.

As this document further points out:

‘Loss of U.S. preeminence in the Indo-Pacific would weaken our ability to achieve U.S. interests globally.’

President Joe Biden’s Administration, which inherits this document, will not set it aside.

All signs show that Biden will continue to push the general line that the U.S. must undermine Chinese scientific and technological development; this goal will be achieved not by the encouragement of U.S. industry but by military threats and by the attempted use of U.S. alliances to exclude Chinese firms from doing business in other countries………,14939

March 29, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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