Trump’s term ended in chaos, the wall fell and everyone pushed it, and the “political legacy” was almost lost. But he still desperately wants to leave something…
Just a week of countdown to step down, the Trump administration suddenly declassified a secret document of “Indo-Pacific Strategy” in advance on January 12 local time.
This 10-page “Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework” was compiled in 2018. It expounds the strategic policy of the United States for China, India, North Korea and other countries in the region from 2018 to 2020.
Unsurprisingly, China is the ” top priority” and even appears the expression of “defending Taiwan”. U.S. media Axios said that the release of the document “uncovers the geopolitical and national security challenges that the Biden administration will inherit”.
The confidentiality level of documents is “Secret” and “not for foreign nationals only”. Australian media pointed out that the White House violated the usual practice and declassified this type of document 30 years in advance.
Observer Network noted that both the Australian and Japanese media obtained the document earlier than the White House’s release.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Asahi Shim., one of Japan’s five major national newspapers, made exclusive reports at 8 p.m. on the 12th and 4 a.m. on the 13th (in their respective countries) respectively. ABC quoted White House sources as saying that Australia has a great influence on the document, and so does Japan.
Regarding this document, Zhao Lijian, spokesman of our Foreign Ministry, responded today (13th) that some politicians in the United States tried to leave the so-called “legacy” by declassifying the relevant documents, but the content of this document precisely exposes the sinister intention of the United States to suppressing China and undermine regional stability through the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
The United States should promote the Asia-Pacific region to become a “big stage” for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the United States, rather than the “arena” of the zero-sum game of the big countries.
At the time of regime surrender, the White House suddenly released secret documents.
On January 12th local time, the White House National Security Council (NSC) released the secret document of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework.
Robert C., Trump’s national security adviser. O’Brien) wrote a public statement with the publication of the document.
The document has provided overall strategic guidance for the implementation of the 2017 National Security Strategy in “the most populous and economically active regions of the world” over the past three years, the statement said. The document was approved in February 2018 and implemented in various implementing agencies.
“This document is now published to communicate with U.S. citizens, as well as our allies and partners, about the lasting commitment of the United States to maintain the long-term freedom and openness of the future of the Indo-Pacific region.” The statement declared.
Not surprisingly, this document puts China at the top of the U.S. strategy in the region very “candidly”.
Among them, an important strategic goal for China that the United States wants to achieve is to “use military force to deter China for the United States and its allies and partners; at the same time, to build the ability and concept of defeating China in various conflicts.”
In order to achieve this goal, the action plan drawn up by the United States includes but is not limited to:
1. In the conflict, China’s air and sea supremacy rights within the “first island chain” were denied.
2. Defend countries and regions in the First Island Chain, including Taiwan.
3. Gain dominance in all areas outside the First Island chain. In addition, the United States also plans to strengthen the presence of the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region and help allies improve their defense.
It is also worth mentioning that from the strategic goal of the United States towards China, it can be seen that the intention of the United States to smear China, carry out ideological invasions, and defame China’s image in the world public opinion is obvious.
For example, one of the strategic goals of the United States towards China is to “enhanced U.S. participation in the region while popularizing what is called ‘China’s oppressive actions and global influence’ to governments, enterprises, universities, Chinese overseas students, new media and ordinary citizens.”
For example, in order to prevent China from “disturbing” international markets and damaging the competitiveness of the United States, the actions taken by the United States include “building an international consensus that China’s industrial policies and unfair trading methods are harming the international trading system.”
In addition to China, the document also proposes to “accelerate the rise of India” and make it a “main defense partner”.
The United States believes that India is the “cornerstone” of the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
The document said that in the core conflict between China and India, such as the border dispute in the Himalayas, the United States needs to increase its help and intelligence sharing with India.
The United States mentioned that it should carry out strategic coordination with Australia, India and Japan to form a “four-sided security framework with the United States as the core” and “deepen the trilateral cooperation with Japan and Australia”, while “encouraging South Korea to play a greater role in regional security issues”.
For North Korea, the goal that the United States hopes to achieve is to persuade North Korea that the only way to survive is to give up nuclear weapons.
The United States also wants to strengthen its relations with ASEAN countries and “encourage ASEAN countries to speak with one voice”.
Reality is very skinny.
However, the American media “Axios” noticed that although the document written three years ago put forward an “ambitious” strategic concept, the reality is after all different from fantasy.
First of all, the United States mentioned in the plan to strengthen its participation in ASEAN countries, but in fact, the United States withdrew from the region step by step under Trump’s leadership, withdrew from the TPP, and the president refused to attend the ASEAN summit.
Secondly, the United States hopes to counterbalance China’s position in the region by demonstrating the benefits of “American democratic values”. But as a result, under the so-called “democracy system” that the United States is proud of, riots broke out in the U.S. Capitol, killing five people.
In addition, although the United States is interested in India, Axios pointed out that “the relationship between the United States and India is complex”. During the Cold War, India refused to stand directly in the Western camp and chose the Non-Aligned Movement.
At the same time, the United States often favors Pakistan, India’s old enemy in South Asia.
Japanese and Australian media get documents in advance
Before the release of secret documents at the White House, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported the incident in advance at 8 p.m. Beijing time on the 12th.
Australian experts said that according to the practice, the document will not be published until 30 years later.
ABC quoted Rory Medcalf, dean of the National Security Institute of the Australian National University, as saying, “I think this is a signal of the consistency of the U.S. government, indicating the relationship that the U.S. government, or U.S. officials, wants to reach with Asia-Pacific countries, and the U.S. hopes. How to control the power of China.
The report quoted White House sources as saying that Australia has a great influence on the document, and so does Japan.
The relevant U.S. source said that this is a gesture (advancedly) to reassure American allies, including Australia, that “we [the United States] do not gradually disappear in the Indo-Pacific region, but attach more importance to it.”
ABC said that at the end of the Trump regime, this “unusual” early public showed that those who operate American policy want to ensure that the strategic framework is clear and clear at the open level.
Japan’s Asahi Shim. reported the document at 4 a.m. Beijing time on the 13th.
He also emphasized that the document “the United States clearly stated that it would defend Taiwan and support the modernization of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the Taiwan army.”
The Asahi Shimbun said that the purpose of releasing the document may be to make the Biden regime continue to take a hard line towards China and inherit the concept of “free and open indo-Pacific (FOIP)”.
The report stressed that the document regards Japan as “the key country of regional integration”, “the pillar of regional integration, technological progress and regional security”, and hopes to “improproVE Japan-South Korea relations”.
White House sources told Asahi that the U.S. “Indo-Pacific strategy” is “the will of the United States that transcends partisanship and hopes to develop (inherit) the next regime.”
The report also said that the background of the “exced” early disclosure of secret documents is whether Biden will inherit the “free and open Indo-Pacific Concept (FOIP)” made by the Trump regime. According to the United States, Biden used the phrase “prosperity and security of India and the United States” in his call with Yoshihiro Kan last November.
Asahi Shimbun believes that Biden has not yet formulated a specific policy towards China and has not appointed a senior official in charge of Asia. (Note: Observer Network noticed that after the report was issued, foreign media revealed that Biden planned to nominate Kurt Campbell, a foreign policy expert, as the director of Asian affairs, after Biden took office. To the newly created position.)) The release of this document at this time can be seen as Trump’s “pressure” on Biden to continue to maintain a tough strategy towards China.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: This is a “Villybar Strategy” and has made at least three mistakes.
Regarding the document declassified by the United States 30 years in advance, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that some American politicians tried to leave a so-called “legacy” by declassifying the relevant documents, but the content of this document just exposes the sinister intention of the United States to suppress China and undermine regional stability through the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”. The United States should promote the Asia-Pacific region to become a “big stage” for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the United States, rather than the “arena” of the zero-sum game of the big countries.
Zhao Lijian said that this is essentially a “wei hegemony strategy”. There are at least three mistakes made in this document:
First, the cold war mentality is prominent and the military confrontation is strong, which violates the spirit of mutual benefit and win-win in regional cooperation, does not conform to the people’s aspires of the countries in the region to seek peace, promote stability and development, seriously threatens regional peace and development prospects, and should be swept into the garbage heap of history.
Second, it seriously violates the serious commitments made by the U.S. government to China on the Taiwan issue. There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. China has the determination, confidence and ability to defeat any form of external interference and “Taiwan independence” secessionist attempt, and resolutely defends national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Any attempt by the United States to make China in Taiwan is futile.
Third, maliciously distort China’s surrounding policies and exaggerate the “China threat”. After all, a lie is a lie. Fair is in the hearts of the people.
Zhao Lijian said that the Asia-Pacific region is the region with the most dense intertwined and frequently interacting areas between China and the United States. The United States should abandon the zero-sum thinking of the cold war, earnestly respect China’s core interests and major concerns, strengthen communication and dialogue with China, properly control differences, and promote the Asia-Pacific region to become a “big stage” for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the United States, rather than the “arna” of the zero-sum game of great powers.