Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy aimed to contain China: Chinese official

China said Wednesday that the Indo-Pacific strategy backed by the outgoing Trump administration aims to “contain” Beijing, sabotage regional peace and stability, and maintain US hegemony in the region.

The strong Chinese reaction came after a declassified US government document backed a strong India as a “counterweight” to the Communist giant in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

The document was recently partially declassified by US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and has now been posted on the White House website.

“India’s preferred partner on security matters is the United States. The two work together to preserve maritime security and counter Chinese influence in South and Southeast Asia and other regions of mutual interest. India retains the ability to counter China’s border provocations, “said the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific.

Responding to a question about the release of the document, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here: “Some US politicians want to leave a legacy by declassifying the document.” “… but its content only serves to expose the United States’ malicious intent to use their Indo-Pacific strategy to suppress and contain China and undermine regional peace and stability,” Zhao said.

“In essence, this is a hegemonic strategy,” he said.

He said the US strategy “highlights the Cold War mentality and military confrontation, which goes against the mutually beneficial spirit of regional cooperation, goes against the aspiration of the regional population for peace, stability and development, and threatens the regional prospects for peace and development “. This US strategy should rightfully be thrown into the dustbin of history, Zhao said.

“The US side is obsessed with alliances, forming small cliques and resorting to despicable means like wedge driving, which has completely exposed its true face as a troublemaker that undermines peace, stability, solidarity and regional cooperation, “Zhao said.

China is committed to the path of peaceful development and a defense policy of a defensive nature, he said.

“Asia-Pacific is a region where Chinese and American interests are more closely intertwined and interact more frequently,” Zhao said.

“We hope that the United States will discard the zero-sum mentality of the Cold War, seriously respect China’s key interests and concerns, strengthen communication and dialogue with China, manage differences properly and help make Asia “I pacify a stage for mutually beneficial cooperation instead of an arena for great power rivalry,” he said.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has built military bases on artificial islands in the region also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam Beijing has prevented commercial activities such as fishing or mining exploration by countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, claiming that ownership of the territory belonged to China for hundreds of years.

The White House document says its goal is to prevent China’s industrial policies and unfair trading practices from distorting global markets and damaging the competitiveness of the United States.

The actions it recommends are to counter Chinese predatory economic practices that freeze foreign competition, undermine the economic competitiveness of the United States and foster the Chinese Communist Party’s aspiration to dominate the 21st century economy.

Another objective of the framework is to strengthen the capacity of emerging partners in South Asia, including the Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to contribute to a free and open order.

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