US Vice President Kamala Harris concluded her Asia tour, the main purpose of which was to confront other countries with China.
Harris visited Southeast Asia with an anti-China plan.
US Vice President Kamala Harris visited Southeast Asian countries this week – Singapore and Vietnam.
The purpose of the visit was to bring together the countries of the region, mainly for the anti-China project of the ASEAN * bloc. That goal fits into the US National Security Strategy, which states: China is a “strategic threat” to the United States.…
Washington has recently been steadily strengthening Europe against Russia. However, in the Asia-Pacific region (APR), such projects are more difficult, as many people are attracted to Chinese goods, loans and investments.
The only thing that can unite others against China is China’s territorial claims to the South China Sea.
Why does Kamala Harris go to Singapore and Vietnam?
Harris’s trip took place against the backdrop of chaos in Afghanistan. The resemblance to the Saigon crisis of 1975 certainly played a role at this point, so Harris showed no signs of arrogance during the visit.
Singapore was chosen because of the long-standing alliance between the two countries. Singapore and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which Singapore provided the United States with access to its airports and seaports and provided them with logistical support. With about 80 percent of Singapore’s population being Chinese, the city-state serves as a bridge between the United States and the opposition in China.
The United States has long wanted to make Vietnam an ally that could transform from a “comprehensive” to a “strategic” partnership that Hanoi maintains with Beijing. However, the last three US administrations have so far failed to achieve this goal.
Nevertheless, Vietnam has sharply criticized China for conducting military exercises on the disputed Spratly Islands. Hanoi considers both Spratly Island and Paracel Island to be “an integral part of Vietnam.”
Harris brings gifts to Vietnam and bullies China.
In Singapore, Harris said:
“We know that Beijing continues to exert pressure, claiming the vast majority of the South China Sea. These illegal claims have been rejected by a 2016 arbitration tribunal decision, and Beijing’s actions undermine the rule of law.” The sovereignty of nations is at stake. “
In a press conference with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Kamala Harris called on Vietnamese authorities to put pressure on Beijing.
She backed up her calls with gifts – 1.7 million doses of the corona virus vaccine. It also signed two agreements:
- Establishing a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam that will be responsible for the entire region.
- Construction of a new US embassy
The US embassy construction project has a budget of 1. 1.2 billion. It covers an area of 3.2 hectares and is considered a symbol of future Vietnamese-American relations.
Hanoi has refused to change the nature of its relations with Washington.
Hanoi did not want to change the nature of relations with the United States. Vietnamese officials have announced that Hanoi and Washington may be friends, but not to compete with other countries.
The former director of the institute said, “Gathering forces to fight China, the United States considers Vietnam a very important link in this front, especially on the issue of the East China Sea (South China), a common voice in ASEAN. Leave.” The Ministry of Public Security’s Strategy and Science, Associate Professor, Maj. Gen. Lee Wan-kung told Bonghian.
The United States is turning to Vietnam to address security and defense issues rather than economic issues.
“They need to go through Vietnam to strengthen their ties with ASEAN, Japan, India, Australia, etc.,” the experts noted.
Vietnam also needs the United States. Vietnam’s trade surplus with the United States is about 50 50 billion. In addition, Vietnam will not call for favorable conditions for US high-tech, direct investment and imports of Vietnamese goods to the United States.
“In terms of security and defense, cooperation is needed for the benefit of both sides, not against a third country,” Li said.
The expert added that Hanoi is pleased that the United States continues to support Vietnam in safeguarding its legitimate interests and maintaining peaceful dialogue based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Is.
It is clear that Hanoi, trying to sit between the two chairs, wants to avoid a direct confrontation with Beijing.
China’s advice to US: Don’t underestimate your dominance.
Of China The Global Times. It is written that the United States will not be able to wrap Vietnam around its finger because Hanoi will not give up its interests in relations with Beijing in favor of Washington.
The Chinese embassy in Vietnam responded to US Vice President Kamala Harris’ aggressive remarks by saying, “Don’t underestimate your dominance.” Allegedly, the newspaper wrote.
“The Chinese government’s position on the South China Sea issue is consistent and clear. China has no intention of making new claims, nor will it relinquish its inherent and legal rights,” the embassy said. .
The Global Times. Neither Vietnam nor the world will ever forget the horrific war crimes committed by the United States during the Vietnam War:
“The United States used 15.35 million tons of bombs and landmines in Vietnam, sprayed chemical agents such as 80 million liters of orange defoliate, causing the largest, longest, most serious chemical agent destruction in human history. Hui, 4.8 million Vietnamese are affected, and at least 1.5 million children are born with birth defects.
Gregory Lokshin, a leading researcher at the Center for the Study of Vietnam and the ASEAN Institute for the Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Pravda. It will be difficult for the United States to form an anti-Chinese alliance.
“It’s not working, it’s not already working. All the counties in the Asian region have their own interests and relations with China. China is their main trading partner. They have never been against China for any particular reason. Will not be ready to stand, “the expert told Pravda. Cry
ASEAN countries: China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, as well as 10 Southeast Asian countries – Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
** The South China Sea (East Vietnam Sea) is a resource-rich region, an important commercial shipping with an annual turnover. China claims almost all of the sea and its islands, as well as territorial disputes with Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that China did not have preferential access to the South China Sea. Beijing ignored the decision.