US Announces $113 Million In Initiatives In Indo-Pacific To Counter China

Posted August 02, 2018

What Happened: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced five new initiatives meant to deepen the United States' economic engagement with countries in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the U.S. State Department.

"When Secretary Pompeo said 'we seek partnership and not domination, ' and 'strategic partnership and not strategic dependency, ' the administration is basically telling the Chinese communists that their fantasy of expanding Chinese communist control and influence, when communism is dying as an ideology worldwide, is nothing but a hallucination", Xie said. "We'll form real partnerships with these countries, and we will benefit America for sure, but we'll benefit each of the nations in the Indo-Pacific by engaging in this way", he said in response to a question.

"Like so many of our Asian allies and friends, our country fought for its own independence from an empire that expected deference", Pompeo told the US Chamber of Commerce business group.

The Trump Administration had been using the term "Indo-Pacific" in diplomatic circles for a broader and democratic-led region in place of "Asia-Pacific".

"We have a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and it doesn't exclude any nation", Hook said, "and we welcome contributions by China to regional development".

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"I would say past year and a half of this administration has been a great deal of focus on deepening economic, security and diplomatic ties between the United States in India".

The investment will be seen as a drop in the ocean compared with the vast funds China has sunk into the Belt and Road initiative, but analysts say it is a sign that the United States intends to boost its engagement with Asian economies.

His comments come amid projections of massive growth potential for the Indo-Pacific - a region that stretches from India's west coast and through Southeast Asia.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is seeking partners, not domination, in the Indo-Pacific.

These two examples suggest what Pompeo needs to do to refine the Indo-Pacific economic vision: Clarify how the United States will work with others to make a greater impact.

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Senator Mark Warner, co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, would provide Congressional perspective on how it's important for the United States public and private sector to be engaged in the Indo-Pacific region.

"It is a made in China, made for China initiative", he said. The scale of the Belt and Road Initiative - trillions of dollars - means that USA assistance will not be able to match up.

He added: "Our way of doing things is to keep government's role very modest, and it is focused on helping businesses to do what they do best".

The Chinese state-sponsored initiative has constructed billions of dollars worth of ports, roads, bridges, railways and communication networks but is regarded by critics as a strategic play that is not always in the interests of the countries receiving the infrastructure.

His comments reflected criticisms from the United States, along with European allies and Japan, that Beijing's ambitious initiative to fund infrastructure and economic development projects around the globe lacks transparency.

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