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Russia says U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy is to contain China

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By ASHOK SHARMA

Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China.

Addressing a global conference in the Indian capital to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Asia-Pacific cooperation until now was centered on Southeast Asia.

The Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the United States, Japan and others was to reconfigure the existing structure, he said.

“Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive,” Lavrov said.

The United States says the Indo-Pacific engagement framework supports sovereignty, transparency, good governance and a rules-based order among other things. By using Indo-Pacific, the U.S. also wants to propagate the idea that it’s a region that stretches far beyond China’s backyard and the tiger economies of East Asia, and includes the Indian Ocean.

In 2018, the U.S. Pacific Command became the Indo-Pacific Command.

China’s assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea, through which a third of global shipping passes, have drawn rebuke from the United States and become a flashpoint for a region in which Southeast Asian nations Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all have rival claims.

On Wednesday, Lavrov also accused Western countries of not strictly following the United Nations charter for discussions based on sovereign equality of states, noninterference in internal matters, territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes.

“Western friends are using international law less and less. Instead, they have coined a new concept which they call as a rules-based world order,” he said.

He said that Russia was very much concerned with the situation in the Persian Gulf region and suggested that Gulf countries start thinking about a collective security mechanism as a confidence-building measure.

Lavrov said Iran had proposed a non-aggression pact to other Gulf states. Russia recently held military exercises with China and Iran in the region to see how to ensure safe shipping, he said.

Russia hopes the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus the European Union and Organization of Islamic Cooperation would participate in the collective security mechanism.

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Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China.

Given Xi (ruler for life) has publicly said Putin (ruler for life?) is his best friend, given the Russian Federation's expansions via its Eurasian Economic Union, given China's expansions via its Belt and Road, I think Putin also means China and Russia are being contained.

In the ongoing competition for which empire rules.

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The USA wants 4 things for all people.

1) democratic rule with representatives directly picked by the electorate

2) Freedom in general to include speech, travel, religion, sexual preference, no oppression for any non-violent group.

3) Open markets with the least govt interference possible. Fair competition for all businesses.

4) Happiness and prosperity for everyone.

We can understand why Putin and Xi might not like that? Other dictators have issues with those goals as well.

Some day, the world will be like that. I can see it.

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Like Germany in World war 1, choosing some uncompetencing allies (Austria-Hungary,Ottoman) in her team is  one of the cause  of her downfall! If the US believes India is a competence one, good luck for them!

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Russia for all its foibles has plenty going for it as master of the Arctic. In fact, with global warming, Russia is set to shine even more.

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Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China.

I don't think it's new. It's been that way since 1948 when the CCP, which was originally formed as branch of the Soviet Communist Party, outsted the Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan.

The Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the United States, Japan and others was to reconfigure the existing structure, he said.

Only China is trying to reconfigure the existing structure with their 9-dash line claim and building military bases on artificial islands. The US and it's allies are simply trying to prevent further terrotorial expansion.

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Russia should therefore seek a Pact with the US and put an end to this Global unfairness that continues to be perpetuated by Rivalries. Revise the all Global protectionist rules and make Corruption a Global Crime. League of Nations Part 3....

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