The Great Pacific Panic

As a trend that is to predictably go on with this administration, a lack of support from the United States shall result in fractured relations with its allies in Asia. Having said this, and knowing they can’t stand on their own, our partners across the Pacific will eventually abandon America while seeking out new partners. The likelyhood of this is increased especially knowing the United States is on the decline politically, economically and militarily. Culture-wise, countries such as Japan and South Korea have more in common with the Chinese than the United States.

In the future, we will see a trend in which traditional allies are to shift alliances from the US and into Chinese sphere of political and economic influence, as well as military umbrella. Administrations such as the ones we have today in the White House make the choice much clearer for those already pondering whether or not to switch sides. America has chosen to start distancing itself from traditional friendly partners and embrace traditional enemies, or cave into their demands.

In addition, those that know their geopolitics or international relations know there is no such thing as “allies” in the real world, only interests.

The United States is not supporting key regional allies and friends currently engaged in maritime and other disputes with China amid growing aggressiveness by Beijing, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Thursday.

Adm. Samuel Locklear III, U.S. Pacific Command commander, told reporters at the Pentagon that China’s pressure on Southeast and Northeast Asian states is “complicated” by historical differences and the search for energy and other resources.

“The U.S. position … is that we don’t take sides on territorial disputes,” Locklear said. “There’s many of those around the globe, not just in the South China Sea. But we do want them resolved peacefully, without coercion, and that we call on all the parties there, including the Chinese, to ensure that as they approach these problems, that they do so in a way that avoids conflict, that avoids miscalculation.”

China has stepped up pressure on several allies of the United States in Asia in recent months, including Japan and the Philippines.

Full article: The Great Pacific Panic (Washington Free Beacon)

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