Looks like the US is getting more worried about China becoming aggressive….but why?
China is accomplishing a lot by diplomacy and agreements than by military intervention….at least for now.
Looks like the Trump boyz are thinking about another use for the US military beyond their missions in the Middle East…..
This is a wet dream for Neocons after their wars are trying to wind down by Trump just before an election.
There’s a general consensus in Washington that Beijing is the number one threat to US global hegemony. This has led some administration officials to consider forming a NATO type alliance in Asia to counter a rising China.
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun recently suggested that the informal partnership between the US, Australia, Japan, and India could be the beginning of a NATO-style alliance in the Indo-Pacific.
The four countries, known as the Quad, already regularly hold military drills together in the Pacific. On August 31st, Biegun spoke at the US-India strategic dialogue and discussed the possibility of forming such an alliance with the Quad.
“It is a reality that the Indo-Pacific region is actually lacking in strong multilateral structures. They don’t have anything of the fortitude of NATO or the European Union,” Biegun said. “There is certainly an invitation there at some point to formalize a structure like this.”
On Friday, senior officials from the Quad held a virtual meeting, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Japan’s newly appointed Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on the Quad meeting. “The officials reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region based on shared values and principles and respect for international law,” the statement said.
First, I thought Japan could use its military only in a defensive mode since 1945….could this violate some international ruling?
Second, this idea was floated by a Dem representative, Moulton back in 2019…..but it was called a Pacific NATO…….so it is not an original idea for the Trump lackeys…..
You guessed it…..I wrote about it at the time……https://lobotero.com/2019/03/07/a-pacific-nato/
An Asia NATO would fly in the face of another agreement of Asian countries…..ASEAN……whose desires is for diplomatic and a renunciation of violence…
In their relations with one another, the ASEAN Member States have adopted the following fundamental principles, as contained in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) of 1976:
- Mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, and national identity of all nations;
- The right of every State to lead its national existence free from external interference, subversion or coercion;
- Non-interference in the internal affairs of one another;
- Settlement of differences or disputes by peaceful manner;
- Renunciation of the threat or use of force; and
- Effective cooperation among themselves.
Not something NATO is noted for….a peaceful settlement of disputes.
To me this smells like an idea the M-IC came up with incase they lose the wars profits from Middle East.
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