What are US interests and ambitions in Asia?


US President since Barack Obama, as well as the US Congress, has viewed Asia as the heart of America’s political, security and economic interests. The Obama administration has made Asia a priority in its foreign policy on what was called “Asia Pivot”. Under Donald Trump, the United States has focused on challenging and containing China, which it sees as threatening and undermining US security, political and economic interests.

In recent years, China has sought to expand its naval presence, influence, and expand its economic ambitions in Asia and the world. The Donald Trump administration considered China as its biggest number one enemy and expanded its hunting grounds for interest to challenge China.

The Free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy was formed by bringing together the major enemies of China to curb Chinese influence, including the United States, India, Japan and Australia. Australia, however, is not the enemy of China. What Australia wants is to expanding its influence to ASEAN, connect to the major countries, and earn some important roles in International stages.

The Donald Trump administration has also set up a number of infrastructures to replace Chinese funding projects in countries that the Trump administration calls “predatory” or “debt traps.” What China needs is an interest, not a confrontation with the United States. On the other hand, China is well aware that confrontation or conflict with the United States will damage its interests. Although China does not want to confront the United States, the interests of the two countries will inevitably lead to confrontation. In fact, this confrontation has been going on through trade wars, strategic decoupling, technological barriers, and leading to many fields.US wants to maintain its supremacy in the region and the world.

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