With the continuous spread of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in the United States, especially the large-scale spread of the epidemic within the US military, the United States continues to conduct frequent military activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense on October 19, the United States, Australia, India and Japan plan to hold the “Malabar” naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal in November .
According to the analysis of the Russian Satellite News Agency, if the exercise is held, it means that the militarization trend of the so-called “quartet alliance” created by the United States is strengthening.
Frequent interactions between the United States, Japan, India and Australia want to build a new military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region
The “Malabar” military exercise is a maritime military exercise jointly held by the United States, Japan and India. It is held once a year. Australia plans to participate in the exercise this year.
According to media reports, the exercise subjects of the “Malabar” military exercise are highly targeted in actual combat, including maritime interception, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, and live firing against surface threats.
The navies of the four countries also attach great importance to this military exercise and will dispatch their respective elite forces to participate in the exercise.
On the 6th of this month, the four foreign ministers’ meeting of the United States, Japan, India and Australia was held in Tokyo. The four parties discussed the regional situation.
The Indian media previously claimed that if Australia was invited to participate in the “Malabar” military exercise, it would mean sending a “heavy signal” to China.
Regarding Australia’s participation in this year’s “Malabar” joint military exercise, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded at a regular press conference on the 20th, saying: “We have noticed the relevant situation.
China has always believed that military cooperation between countries It should be conducive to regional peace and stability.”
Military expert Cao Weidong said that the interaction between the United States, Japan, India and Australia is becoming more frequent and is part of the US military strategy.
Cao Weidong : “The United States requires some neighboring countries to serve as US military allies or serve the interests of the United States. In this way, the United States, Japan, India, and Australia are connected as a quadrilateral, and it hopes to use this so-called ally. To serve the interests of the United States and to control this area.”
The United States’ recent small moves are frequently intended to disrupt the Asia-Pacific
In fact, the recent frequent activities of the US military around China, the frequent arrival of military aircraft in coastal reconnaissance, and the conduct of targeted military exercises by warships in the South China Sea and the East China Sea have become increasingly provocative against China. On August 24, local time, the U.S. Department of Defense released a video recording the entire process of a U.S. military’s P-8A patrol plane flying into the Vietnam Sea.
On the 9th of this month, according to the spokesperson of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Nandong, the USS “McCain” guided missile destroyer broke into China’s Xisha territorial waters without the permission of the Chinese government. The southern theater organized naval and air forces to track and monitor them, verify and identify them, and warn them to leave.
Cao Weidong believes that the frequent military operations of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region have both the intention of disturbing the regional situation and the consideration of political purposes.
Cao Weidong : “The United States has recently continued to conduct maritime and air military operations around our country, especially in the South China Sea. What is his purpose? It is because the countries surrounding the South China Sea signed the “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea”.
It calmed down. The countries involved in the South China Sea hope to resolve the disputes in the South China Sea in a peaceful way. However, the United States hopes to use its own military power to stir up new waves here, which means that the countries surrounding the South China Sea will continue to be supported by the United States and China.
Fighting against each other, or fighting each other, is one of its attempts. Another is to serve the U.S. politics and the U.S. election. Because the domestic epidemic situation in the United States is not well controlled, so in order to divert attention, Foreign countries are making trouble everywhere.
In fact, it hopes to have some small frictions and collisions with China or the neighboring countries in the South China Sea, and take the opportunity to exaggerate the existence of US military power and the strength of the US military.”
Inadequate response to the epidemic has reduced U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region
In fact, although the United States has made frequent military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, its ineffective response to the epidemic has greatly reduced its influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Australian think tank Roy International Policy Institute released the 2020 “Asia Power Index” report on the 19th of this month.
Although the United States is still the most influential power in the Asia-Pacific region, the way the United States has responded to the epidemic has caused it to lose its reputation. The lead over China a year ago has now been halved.
The German weekly “Focus” commented on the 19th that from Obama to Trump, the United States has “turned its diplomatic focus to Asia,” but now its strength in this region has fallen sharply. This is the failure of the US strategy to “contain China”.
The Nikkei News Agency published a commentary saying that certain countries support some of the goals set by the United States, but it does not mean that they will choose between China and the United States to support the United States. In fact, most Southeast Asian countries are likely to remain neutral so as not to confront any party.
Deutsche Finance Network stated that the key for the United States to maintain its strength in the Asia-Pacific is to develop the economy, continue to innovate and solve domestic problems, rather than contain China’s rise. Otherwise, the two big countries will be harmed, and the global economy and politics will also be placed in instability.
Military expert Cao Weidong pointed out that the United States wants to win over Japan, India and Australia, and it is probably only wishful thinking to build a NATO-like organization in the Asia-Pacific region to contain regional powers.
Cao Weidong: “It is very difficult for the United States to organize a’NATO’ in the Asia-Pacific. First of all, the military power of Japan, India, and Australia is far from comparable to those of the old NATO countries, and these countries have a lot to do with this issue. Consider the balance of powers.
Another one is among these four members. In fact, everyone’s minds are different. For example, Japan, Japan and the United States are very iron military allies, but Japan wants to use the power of the
United States to engage in autonomous defense. So India has to bow its head and cooperate with the United States accordingly, but it has a grudge about the United States wanting to dominate here. As for Australia, it joins in to show its special status.
When these countries have their own hearts. When thinking about it, even if such a small group is formed, it cannot carry out blockade and containment, and it does not have a very powerful force.”