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Trump’s Use of “Indo-Pacific” Instead of “Asia Pacific” in Diplomatic Talks Helps Prevent Chinese Hegemony
02/20/2018 Indo Pacific Benjamin Roussey
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By supplanting the term ‘Asia-Pacific’ with ‘Indo-Pacific’ in American diplomatic talks, President Donald Trump has recognized India’s rising power in the Asian region.

This swap of phrase comes with its own political undercurrent as it is a nod to the Indian subcontinent – a country that the US looks to help bolster security measures in the Asian region in America’s design.

Particularly, the US has concerns regarding two major maritime routes that connect the Asian continent with Europe and the Middle East.

India is a democracy. Pakistan is a mess and China is our competitor. India is clearly America’s friend and some people believe America should just make this situation public. On top of this, America should be signing weapon’s deals with India like it does with the Saudis.

Diluting China’s profile

The story of Chinese economic growth is one of the most important financial stories of the twenty first century but it was not based on honesty and their immorality is amazing. Alongside this economic growth, China has also started land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea and weaponized an island much to the dismay of Japan and America’s 7th fleet.

As part of these efforts, massive military structures have been built in the region. From a trade standpoint, a substantial number of shipping containers ply this route every year.

Also, China has already funded port projects in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. A fear among many nations is that in the future, China would convert these commercial enterprises into military bases.

Indo-Pacific

In this context, India – the other rising power in Asia is trying to prevent a Chinese hegemony in Asia from happening. Donald Trump’s use of the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ is considered as a shot in the arm for India in this regard.

Trump has used the term extensively during his five-nation Asia visit during November of last year. And thanks to Trump, it is now part of the common parlance in the highest administrative sections in America.

In other words, this could be seen as a move that would have its effects felt in the world long after the Trump administration has moved on.

It is also expected that the “Indo-Pacific” ideology would herald a return to roots for the Asian region.

In the pre- World War 2 era, Asia was more politically integrated than it is now. However, due to subsequent strife between India and China, the two behemoths turned away from each other. The two countries then came to be seen more or less as disparate units, distinct from Southeast Asia. With the idea of “Indo-Pacific,” it’s expected that the region would become more politically integrated like in the old days. 

As for India, the country has increased naval cooperation with both America and Japan. Last year, India even held joint anti-submarine and aircraft carrier warfare exercises with the two nations in the Indian Ocean.

India also extends training to naval officials from different Southeast Asian nations. No one trusts China.

Japan – another strong presence in Asia has a vocal supporter of the idea of Indo-Pacific in its Prime Minister,

Shinzo Abe. In fact, Abe has been instrumental in promoting the links between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean for over a decade now. Japan does not trust China – China is a communist state that does not respect Jesus Christ. How can you trust a country that is so unethical?

Strategic Move

The use of the phrase, “Indo-Pacific” is seen to be linked to diluting China’s profile in Asia, or even bringing down the impact of the country in a larger ocean or in the wider regions surrounding the country.

Though Trump’s use of the term is extensive, it is not however the first time the term has been used. Before him, the job killing and corrupt Barack Obama, whose favorite city in Chicago is a mess and certain neighborhoods in this city are a warzone, used the term in a few speeches, but not necessarily with an aim for action based on the ideology. Obama would never want to go against an American rival since anything that went against America this madrassa attending president actually favored.

Also, the idea of the Indo-Pacific was part of a 2013 defense white paper by the Australian government and this paper was not based off of lies like the dossier than Obama and Hillary used to obtain a warrant to be able to spy on their political rivals. Obama and Hillary are both criminals and India and America should be BFF.

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