How Biden's 'Strong Military Presence' in Indo-Pacific Sets Thucydides Trap for US and China
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17:36 GMT 29.04.2021Get short URL
by Ekaterina Blinova
The US will "maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific," President Joe Biden emphasised in his 65-minute address to a joint session of Congress on 28 April. The rationale behind this military buildup is "not to start conflict – but to prevent one," he asserted. How could Washington's new strategy play out in the region?
Speaking in front of Congress on Wednesday, Joe Biden emphasised the necessity of the military buildup in the Indo-Pacific while outlining the White House's new China strategy: "In my discussion with President Xi, I told him that we welcome the competition – and that we are not looking for conflict," he said, pledging to "defend American interests, target China's "unfair trade practices" and apparent "human rights" violations.
Pentagon's Strategic Shift
"Biden's remarks represent a recognition in the US foreign policy establishment that the leading challenge to the United states is the rise of China," notes John Rennie Short, political analyst and professor of public policy at the University of Maryland.https://sputniknews.com/us/202104291082764433-how-bidens-strong-military-presence-in-indo-pacific-sets-thucydides-trap-for-us-and-china/