The visit of the President of China, Xi Jinpingto his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, has raised the temperature of the Asian powder keg by several degrees. China’s expansionist policy, which looks towards taiwan in search of a long-awaited reunification from Beijing, has put the rest of the Pacific nations on alert before the loss of US influenceguarantor of peace in the aforementioned territory for decades.
In fact, the conflict seems inevitable for senior members of the US military. As detailed this Sunday The New York Timesseveral commanders in Washington believe that, in a date close to 2025this could explode.
It is not only the China question that is currently worrying the United States and its Pacific allies. The continual provocations of North Korea For some time now, they have also worried the Biden government. This same week, Pyongyang managed to successfully test a new underwater drone capable of causing radioactive tsunamis. All this while the US armed forces carried out important maneuvers that in the south of the peninsula with South Korea.
(North Korea launches underwater drone designed to “create a radioactive tsunami”)
Even Japan is going to put an end to its marked pacifist tradition. The Japanese government announced last December that it will double its investment in defense during this five-year period -it will go from 1% of GDP to 2%-, becoming the third military power in the Pacific, behind only the United States and China.
To this equation must be added the three-way operation between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia to promote the development of a nuclear submarine within the framework of the AUKUS alliance, all with the sole purpose of curbing China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific regions.
(This is how Aukus and Virginia are, the powerful nuclear submarines that Australia will have to stop China)
For the first time in 65 years, a US administration is going to share military intelligence to allow third countries, in this case Australia, to develop their own technology. Only six countries (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and India) have this technology in their arsenal.
All these new pacts, alliances and expansionary military spending policies also worry the ‘other side’. During their meeting in Moscow, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping expressed through a joint statement their “great concern” about the strengthening of NATO military ties with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
To this end, both Russia and China have opposed the deployment by nuclear powers of strategic weapons outside their borders and urge those that have already done so to withdraw them.
The US Executive officials themselves recognize The New York Times that tensions are rising, and will rise, as defense budgets soar over the next few years.
The United States and China are experiencing their most tense moment in years. Since the Government of Washington shot down a spy balloon that was flying over US territory last February, relations have been at an impasse. In fact, as a result of these events, the Biden administration suspended the visit to Beijing by its Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, although in recent times it has shown its intention to resume the meeting.
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