Abe has also repeatedly stressed the need to maintain a rule-based regime in regional waters, especially the South China Sea…
Abe has also repeatedly stressed the need to maintain a rule-based regime in regional waters, especially the South China Sea and the East China Sea, where Beijing’s independent behavior has worried many.
White House’s own FOIP concept, based on New Delhi as a critical partner, is also seen through the Lens for Strategic Competition with Xi’s Administration.
First discovered by former US prime minister Rex Tillerson in late 2017, the plan focuses on navigation freedom in the Pacific waters – a direct challenge to Beijing’s land diggers in the South China Sea. US infrastructure spending on southeastern technology, energy and infrastructure, considered as an alternative to the belt and road, is also an important part of the strategy.
“Although the Indo-Pacific region proposed by [Indonesia] has not been occupied by any country, Shinzo Abes FOIP has, on the other hand, been adopted by Trump’s administration,” said the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
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9659002] Although Southeast Asian Nations share many of the concerns the United States and Japan have about Beijing, ASEAN has always been inclusive (and) uncomfortable with security alliances, “said the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.