China on Wednesday mentioned the Indo-Pacific technique advocated by the outgoing Trump administration is aimed to “contain” Beijing, sabotage regional peace and stability and preserve US hegemony within the area.
The sturdy Chinese response got here after a declassified US authorities doc advocated a robust India as a “counterbalance” to the communist big within the strategic Indo-Pacific area.
The doc was just lately declassified partially by US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and now has been posted on the web site of the White House.
“India’s preferred partner on security issues is the United States. The two cooperate to preserve maritime security and counter Chinese influence in South and Southeast Asia and other regions of mutual concern. India maintains the capacity to counter border provocations by China,” mentioned the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific.
Replying to a query on the discharge of the doc, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed a media briefing right here: “Some US politicians want to leave behind a legacy by declassifying the document.”
“…but its content only serves to expose the malign intention of the United States to use its Indo-Pacific strategy to suppress and contain China and undermine regional peace and stability,” Zhao mentioned.
“In essence, this is a strategy of hegemony,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the US technique “highlights the Cold War mentality and military confrontation, which goes against the mutually-beneficial spirit of regional cooperation, runs counter to regional people’s aspiration for peace, stability and development, and threatens regional prospects of peace and development.”
This US technique ought to rightly be thrown into the dustbin of historical past, Zhao mentioned.
“The US side is obsessed with ganging up, forming small cliques and resorting to despicable means such as wedge-driving, which fully exposed its true face as a trouble-maker undermining regional peace, stability, solidarity and cooperation,” Zhao mentioned.
China is dedicated to the trail of peaceable growth and a defence coverage that’s defensive in nature, he mentioned.
“The Asia-Pacific is a region where Chinese and American interests are most tightly entwined and interact most frequently,” Zhao mentioned.
“We hope the US side will discard the Cold War zero sum mentality, earnestly respect China’s core interests and major concerns, strengthen communication and dialogue with China, properly manage differences and help make the Asia-Pacific a stage for mutually-beneficial cooperation instead of an arena for major power rivalry,” he mentioned.
China claims nearly the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing navy bases on synthetic islands within the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Beijing has impeded industrial exercise like fishing or mineral exploration by nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, claiming that the possession of territory belonged to China for a whole bunch of years.
The White House doc mentioned its goal is to stop China’s industrial insurance policies and unfair buying and selling practices from distorting world markets and harming US competitiveness.
Actions advisable by it are to counter Chinese predatory financial practices that freeze out overseas competitors, undermine US financial competitiveness, and abet the Chinese Communist Party’s aspiration to dominate the 21st century financial system.
Another goal of the framework is to strengthen the capability of rising companions in South Asia, together with the Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, to contribute to a free and open order.