Military Agenda: U.S. Using ASEAN to Weaken China

Strategy to contain both China and Russia in South East Asia – Published on Global Research.ca, by Kazi Mahmood, August 15, 2010. ( /13 )

Washington is using the Asean region for a bigger military purpose and this strategy is becoming clear to observers due to the U.S. push for greater influence in Asia. The show of force of the American navy in the recent ‘military games’ bordering the Chinese seas and the American tough policies towards North Korea coupled with its diplomatic penetration in Myanmar and Vietnam.

The show of force of the American navy in the recent ‘military games’ bordering the Chinese seas and the American tough policies towards North Korea coupled with its diplomatic penetration in Myanmar and Vietnam gave the Asean group an idea of the ‘global’ powers that Washington is capable of wielding. 

The United States is fermenting a long term strategy to contain both China and Russia in South East Asia but it is the hesitations of Beijing and Moscow to make use of their influence over the Asean grouping is helping Washington to consolidate its powers in the region.

There is no doubt that the Americans have found an easy target with China’s slow paced attempts at imposing itself in South-East Asia. It is also clear that a certain degree of ignorance and caution of the Asean nations with regards to the political and economic importance of both China and Russia is also helping the U.S. in its apparently single handed domination of the grouping and of the nations within the grouping.

With the U.S. successfully taming roping in the Vietnamese army – once its arch enemy in the region – to join the Nato forces in Asia, the signs of a probable Chinese defeat at the hands of the Americans in the Asean region is now more than apparent.

As of today, three Asean nations are confirmed participants in the American-Nato lead military carnage in Afghanistan where the Afghan war has slipped from being a war to capture America’s public Enemy number one to a war that will eliminate any opposition to America’s interests in Afghanistan and the Asian region as whole. This war has demonstrated to any resisting Asean members that opposing the U.S. will be a fatal mistake. Thus Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are official contributors of troops – whether they are cooks or medics – in the Afghan war … //

… In this connection, in the event that Russia indeed carries through with the reported sale of its S-300 weapon systems or other equivalent armaments to the aggressive, belligerent, and revisionist regime of Azerbaijan, Armenia should withdraw forthwith from the CSTO, of which it is the sole member from the region, or at the very least require full fair-market rent for the Russian base together with reimbursement for water, electricity and other relevant expenses.

And finally, the ultimate achievement of partnership between Russia and Armenia, and between Russia and the West, will necessarily entail an actual application of the Rule of Law — not only domestic but also international — and hence the recognition of the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh within its constitutional frontiers, as well as of Kosovo and Abkhazia.

Anything else is partisan politics, petty political gain and sui generis dissimulation, all of which might make sense for some and for the moment but at bottom run counter to the aims of peace, security, justice and democratic values for the critical landmass amid the seas. (full text).

(Raffi Hovannisian, independent Armenia’s first minister of foreign affairs, currently chairs the Heritage Party and represents it in Parliament).

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