US strategic policies outreach raft

US strategic policies outreach raft

Future of global politics rests on Asia: Clinton

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD: The United States, among growing global tensions pouring out of old unsettled political and territorial disputes, added almost annually by scores of new ones, on Tuesday laid bare for the first time her all-sector thrust on Asia-Pacific, a geographic vastness which is going to be the “key driver of global politics” in American estimation in next ten years.

“One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment – diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise – in t he Asia Pacific region”, declared US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her latest Foreign Policy Magazine Op-Ed write-up. “The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not (in) Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action”.

Defining the strategic pull of Asia-Pacific region Hillary Clinton says it is “stretching from the Indian subcontinent to the western shores of the Americas, the region spans two oceans – the Pacific and the Indian – that are increasingly linked by shipping and strategy. It boasts almost half the world’s population. It includes many of the key engines of the global economy, as well as the largest emitt3rs of greenhouse gasses. It is home to several of our key allies and important emerging powers like China, India and Indonesia.” But in this string of countries Pakistan appears nowhere.

Outlining nature of Washington’s futurist role in the region Clinton is over categorical saying: “The time has come for the United States to make similar investments as a Pacific power, a strategic course set by President Barack Obama from the outset of his administration and one that is already yielding benefits”. Replying a set of US domestic criticism on globally expanding role, Secretary Clinton comments: “These impulses are understandable, but they are misguided. Those who say that we can no longer afford to engage with the world have it exactly backward – we cannot afford not to. From opening new markets for American businesses to curbing nuclear proliferation to keeping the sea lanes free for commerce and navigation, our work abroad holds the key to our prosperity and security at home.”

Answering doubters whether the US is going to stay longer or roll back from Asia she said: “Beyond our borders, people are also wondering about American’s intentions – our willingness to remain engaged and to lead. In Asia, they ask whether we are really there to stay, whether we are likely to be distracted again by evens elsewhere, whether we can make – and keep- credible economic and strategic commitments, and whether we are back those commitments with action. The answer is: We can, and we will.”

Dilating more elaborately on US’s econo-strategic role Secretary Clinton unfolds Washington’s resolve: “Harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority for President Obama. Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade and access to cutting-edge technology. Our economic recovery at home will depend on exports and the ability of American firms to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia.” “Just as Asia is critical to America’s future, an engaged America is vital to Asia’s future”.

About alliances the Secretary observed: “Our treaty alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand are the fulcrum for our strategic turn to the Asia-Pacific.” Further: Our outreach to China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Pacific Island countries is all part of our broader effort to ensure a more comprehensive approach to American strategy and engagement in the region.”

Regarding US-China ‘partnership’ Hillary Clinton asserts: “And today, China represents one of the most challenging and consequential bilateral relationships the United States has ever had to manage. This call for careful, steady, dynamic stewardship, an approach to China on our part that is grounded in reality, focused on results, and true to our principles and interests”. About her own role vis-à-vis China Secretary Clinton said: “Over the last two-and-a-half years, one of my top priorities has been to identify and expand areas of common interest, to work with China to build mutual trust, and to encourage China’s active efforts in global problem-solving.” Secretary Clinton also hinted at the forging grander links with multilateral institutions like ASEAN, APEC, etc. as part of fuller engagement.

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