Experts refute Pentagon chief’s claim of China “self-isolation”
Posted on June 6th, 2016

Source: Xinhua |

BEIJING, June 6 (Xinhua) — Experts of Asian nations Sunday refuted China’s “self-isolation” claims by U.S. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter.

In his speech during the ongoing 15th Shangri-La Dialogue, which focuses on the security of the Asia-Pacific, Carter said Saturday that China could end up “erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation.”

“Carter’s remarks will not help build bridges between countries. What’s important to do at present is to have a collaborative approach, rather than harsh comments,” said Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, a visiting lecturer in International Political Economy for University of London in Sri Lanka Royal Institute of Colombo, on the sidelines of the dialogue.

“The remarks came with the U.S. pivot to Asia … the U.S. wants more presence here,” Asanga said, adding that “if you look at the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance facilities that the United States built in this area, you can see a serious increase of U.S. presence.”

Speaking of China, Asanga said other regional partners and China “share similar culture, it’s one community,” adding that China has never been isolated in history, nor will be in the future.

Wu Xinbo, executive dean of China’s Institute of International Studies at prestigious Fudan University, said that Carter’s remarks aimed to sell to Asian nations the U.S. idea to establish a NATO-like security network in the region that is underpinned by the U.S.-favored principles and its regional allies.

Wu also said that Carter’s comment seems more like “a self amusement” due to U.S. frustration over China’s increasing security exchanges with Asian countries.

China cannot be farther than “being isolated” in the region, Wu said. “Years of U.S. pressure have proved futile, and China is doing what it thinks necessary, so the U.S. has nothing else to do but saying ‘look, you are isolated.'”

Tea Banh, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, also said Saturday that he doesn’t think Carter’s claims are correct, since “the best way to solve disputes is through peaceful means and let related parties achieve mutual understanding via dialogue.”

Huang Jing, professor at the National University of Singapore, said that as China develops, Asia-Pacific countries had built close relations with not only the United States but also China, which proves Carter’s claims are “exaggerated.”

These claims are “misinterpreting China’s policies, and are not in line with the two countries’ consensus on forging a new pattern of relationship,” said Colonel Lu Yin, associate researcher from the Institute of Strategic Studies of China’s National Defense University.

The colonel noted that Carter’s remarks revealed logical paradoxes in the U.S. rebalance strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

“I don’t see it possible that without efforts from China, the United States can realize its rebalance strategy in the Asia-Pacific region as well as achieve common prosperity as envisioned,” said Lu.

3 Responses to “Experts refute Pentagon chief’s claim of China “self-isolation””

  1. plumblossom Says:

    the US is an imperialist country which does not know the meaning of the word conversation, dialogue, collaboration and peaceful development. The US is a greedy and selfish country which is devouring up all the world’s resources along with its partners in imperialism such as the UK, the EU, Canada, Sweden and Norway and is a threat to world peace. The sepoy India is following the US, its master and genuflecting in front of the US whenever it gets the opportunity, all the while barking and throwing its weight around at the likes of Sri Lanka, Nepal Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan. India should be ashamed of itself.

  2. plumblossom Says:

    The US is an imperialist country which does not know the meaning of the word conversation, dialogue, collaboration and peaceful development. The US is a greedy and selfish country which is devouring up all the world’s resources along with its partners in imperialism such as the UK, the EU, Canada, Sweden and Norway and is a threat to world peace. The sepoy India is following the US, its master and genuflecting in front of the US whenever it gets the opportunity, all the while barking and throwing its weight around at the likes of Sri Lanka, Nepal Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan. India should be ashamed of itself.

  3. Ratanapala Says:

    If China does not want to end up where US want it to, then it should commence helping neighbouring and friendly nations more proactively. If China and Russia came to help Sri Lanka in a more positive way Sri Lanka will not be in the mess it is today. One by one nations are being browbeaten to submission by Western Christian powers with the assistance of the Jihadist Middle Eastern oil giants.

    Immediately after the Eelam War in May 2009, China should have helped Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Administration to consolidate the war victory in a more positive way – not just money. Sri Lanka should have gone to increase the armed forces to prevent any likelihood of Tamil Racist Terrorism ever raising its ugly head. This would have taken care of the Indian factor. Sri Lanka is a country that fought longest war in Asia in the 20th Century, to eradicate terrorism . It was not just right to thinks that the job was finished for good at Nanthi Kadal lagoon. It just takes that much longer to bring things back to normal. In Europe Nazis are still hounded and imprisoned – this after 70 years of the war ending.

    Mahinda Rajapakse too relented and from May 2009 it was the slippery slope to oblivion for the armed forces. Gotabhaya is the only salvation for Sri Lanka. China and Russia should come to Sri Lanka’s assistance in a more proactive way. Otherwise it is on the cards for Sri Lanka to end up divided into pieces followed by unending civil war leading to destabilisation of the sea lanes around the south of Sri Lanka.

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