Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia (Page 5 of 5)

Although the Russian government has been working on its own Asian Pivot, the Obama administration continues to treat Russia as an afterthought in most of its regional initiatives. Russia might be tempted to align closer to China to address common concerns about U.S. military policies and to get Washington’s attention. Russia and China recently announced that they would cooperate to counter U.S. missile defenses, which they see as aimed at negating their nuclear deterrent and global influence. They are also expanding their energy trade.

The main unresolved issue affecting the Obama administration’s Asian pivot, however, is how China will fit into the new framework. U.S. officials are divided regarding whether Beijing represents a potential partner or problem. The administration has yet to find a robust balance between deterring and engaging Beijing, as well as between assuring its allies and friends that the United States would neither abandon them to China’s growing might nor entrap them in an unwanted confrontation with Beijing. 

The Obama administration has tried to avoid confronting China directly by emphasizing general principles—freedom of the sea, peaceful settlement of territorial disputes, etc.—rather than pursuing policies designed explicitly to counter China. Nonetheless, PRC policy makers accuse the United States of stirring up trouble in their backyard. They complain about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S. missile defense deployments in Asia, and U.S. diplomatic interventions in Beijing’s maritime territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines, and other countries.  Outside the PRC, Asian leaders have generally welcomed the renewed U.S. security presence and its increasing role in the region, but they have also taken pains to avoid being seen as siding with Washington against Beijing. 

The Obama administration’s economic vision for East Asia, embodied in the TPP, also competes with that of China, which is actively lobbying countries to enter rival free-trade agreements that do not include the United States. For its part, the Obama administration has not formally excluded China from joining the TPP, but Beijing would need to revalue its currency, end subsidies to state-owned companies, better protect foreign intellectual property, and take other steps that China has either long resisted or proved unwilling to implement.

But perhaps the most serious challenge for the Obama administration’s Asian policy lies at home. The United States faces a tight fiscal environment that will constrain the resources Washington needs to implement its Asian pivot.

Even more than further increases in the Pentagon’s budget the United States needs to “rebalance the rebalance”—in other words, to augment the non-military elements of the pivot by increasing the resources available to the U.S. civilian national security agencies.

The current public preoccupation with military rebalancing—asking how many U.S. ships and planes will be in the Pacific—has given some Asians the misleading impression that the Pivot is essentially a grand redeployment of the U.S. military to contain China. Greater emphasis on the role of U.S. civilian agencies in the Pivot will help dispel this misperception and make it easier to gain support from cautious Asian leaders seeking a greater U.S. role in their region but not at the risk of antagonizing Beijing.

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a_canadian_observer
February 27, 2013 at 02:01

Actually I thnk these are some well known chinese products:

1. Tiananmen square massacre,

2. Physical and culture genocide in Tibet and Xinjiang,

3. Melanine-mixed milk for children,

4. Fake rice, fake eggs, gutter-recycled cooking oil,

5. Scheduled killing of prisoners to sale their organs

Just to name a few.

Kim's Uncle
February 26, 2013 at 02:51

@ red chinese dudes,

Go to any bookstores in the Western world or modern Asia and peruse the business shelf, and there you will find no books regarding Chinese companies or Chinese CEOs EVER!!!  That's the impact and influence of Chinese capitalism in the Western world!!  Additionally, go to any US business schools and there you will find not one Chinese company cited as a case model to study!  That's just the truth.  Mature economies do not rely on sub-contracting work by importing components from advanced countries to assemble products for re-export!  That is China.  I just wanted to educate you on your real China!  Like I said before, a developing country can grow tremendously from starting from rock bottom.  But that does not mean it can continue to grow once it achieve a certain level.  Western mature economy grow by creating and inventing things.  It also grow by productivity by improving and innovating processes.  That's not the case in China.  All those companies from China you listed are a joke in the West!       

Bankotsu
February 25, 2013 at 14:08

"No Henry Ford, William buffet, bill gates, Larry Ellison, Steve jobs, jeff bezos, etc.??? Just one? How feeble of China!"

But what is the use of these things if the economy is in decline?

Cyrus
February 25, 2013 at 06:29

Really? Hundred of Thousands with drones? where did you get that? Oh, btw I believe more has died in the hands of the Chinese Empire from Qin to the present CCP.

Cyrus
February 25, 2013 at 04:03

Yes to be fair those are well known brands.

Kim's Uncle
February 24, 2013 at 10:15

@ red Chinese dudes, still can’t name one Chinese entrepreneur/business tycoon that has created a business from scratch and built into an empire that is highly respected by the world’s consuming audience? No Henry Ford, William buffet, bill gates, Larry Ellison, Steve jobs, jeff bezos, etc.??? Just one? How feeble of China !

Dean
February 24, 2013 at 03:47

By stealing their IPs or forcing their technological transfers, by pursuing a self-interest  mercantilist economic policy: currency manipulation, export subsidy for unfair access to foreign markets, protectionist high tariffs for blocking  foreign exports into chinese market,  suppressing domestic consumption, & business discrimination in favor of chinese local companies, etc. This is what you called ' the art of business'? Shame on you, vic. The world calls it ' the art of big swindle of the global con, China'!

John Chan
February 24, 2013 at 02:31

@Kim,

Whenever you are provided with answers; you and the anti-China clique simply dismissed the answers offhand and used the opportunity to bash China more. You are not here to debate, but to discharge your hatred against China for whatever your personal reasons. Unless you can rein in your emotion and behave, you will be not be taken seriously.

John Chan
February 24, 2013 at 02:19

@Observer,

Coke = vanguard of American imperialism that uses thugs to bust unions fighting for reasonable salary.

Being = death merchant, part of the American MIC that makes profits on the misery of humanity.

Google = peeking Tom and CIA henchman that destroy privacy of human rights and liberty.

Exxon = environment destroyer

HP = dying dinosaur

Nike = label only, living on the blood and sweat of developing nations

Intel = a passé technology mammoth drowning in the sea of mobile technologies.

Bottom line = past glory cannot guarantee future success. Band name is a good will and a virtue reality, living in virtue reality is delusion.

coffeechamp
February 24, 2013 at 00:13

China will self-destruct soon because socio-economic disparity thanks to a fake communist regime hell bent on corruption. War is their only way to keep the country united. As for the US, stop outsourcing to china. Seriously, the quality sucks. Bring back at least 50% of manufacturing to home soil and outsource the rest to your allies.

ashleyhk
February 23, 2013 at 23:39

Jack Ma??

Great guy and awesome company

 

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