The US’ Indo-Pacific Initiative and Its Impact on China
Since President Trump took office, the term of “Indo-Pacific” has evolved from a mere geographical and geopolitical concept to a policy initiative. The Indo-Pacific Initiative calls for a closer economic, cultural and strategic links between the Asia-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean region. It is claimed that this new initiative, based on the rapid progress of regional integration in the Indo-Pacific area, reflects the overall aspirations of the countries in the area. In fact, it is intended by the US and its western partners to counterbalance the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative put forward by the Chinese government. Behind this new initiative is the Cold War mentality, which has proved to be against the overall trend of current world development. The impact of the Indo-Pacific Initiative on China is multi-faceted. As a positive effect, the new initiative helps to confirm that China’s presence in the Indian Ocean region is lawful and legitimate. As such, China, while disproving the Cold War mentality of containment, can take this chance to enhance its presence in the Indian Ocean region by engaging more actively in the regional affairs under the framework of the Indo-Pacific Initiative.
KeywordsThe Indo-Pacific The US The PRC
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