Mekong in the programs of the US Department of State
The new approach can be called “the conquest of Asia according to Biden”. His famous “This is the end of the era of large military operations to rebuild other countries” in relation to Afghanistan does not mean at all that the US has calmed down in its claims to hegemony. The convulsive exodus of Americans from Kabul is the trigger for a new US foreign policy. The US President’s reasoning about “great savings in manpower and resources” only means that these “manpower and resources” will be used in a different way.
Kamala Harris’s Asian trip told something about this: now the United States will try to incite any government on China, as well as on Russia, to throw any conflict on these states, to incite which the saved “forces and means” will be spent, writes the well-known analyst Tony Cartalucci : “Washington began to try to recruit China’s neighbors into several united fronts, using the well-known disputes over the South China Sea or baseless accusations of“ human rights violations ”in Chinese Xinjiang. However, few people know Washington’s desire to use the Mekong River and the Chinese dams upstream. “…
It is really strange that Washington is so concerned about the water resources of Southeast Asia thousands of kilometers from the Potomac. However, if you understand that the Americans do not care about the people living along the Mekong, the mysteries disappear: all that remains is what the Americans call “containment of China.”
The longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong, is half owned by China and then flows into Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. This is where the US State Department unfolds.
State Department program Mekong-USA Partnership and Friends of the Mekong (MUSP) in the past 10 years has cost America $ 4.3 trillion. On the official website of the program there is no answer to the question of what this colossal money was spent on. The programs outlined there for health care, economic growth, maintenance of peace and security, human rights, education, social services and humanitarian assistance are all for those who are ready to make a mistake. From under this fog, a calculation quickly emerges, which Tony Cartalucci defines as “Blocking the influence of China, blocking economic cooperation with China, creating opposition political groups friendly to the United States and blocking the infrastructural development of the region”…
For example, the program USAID guarantees in the Mekong proclaims: “Mekong Safeguards provides legislators, governments, financiers and contractors with information and tools to apply environmental, social and governance standards for infrastructure development in the Mekong subregion. This helps MUSP countries make decisions at the local level, increase transparency in such infrastructure decisions and enhance the role of the private sector as an engine of development. “… This dust in the eye is worth $ 153 million. These millions are received by the American creators of “information and tools”, while the inhabitants of the region receive nothing. “For the United States, this is just one of many distant regions where it is looking for opportunities to counter the growing power of China.”…
Take Vietnam: in 1997, its exports to China were only 4.5 percent, while imports of Chinese goods were 9.5 percent. Today, China is the main Vietnamese trading partner: Hanoi sends 21.45 percent of its exports there (to the United States – 19.26) and receives 36.36 percent of imports from there (from the United States – 4.07). What did Kamala Harris suggest during her visit to Hanoi? Join the United States in attacks on Vietnam’s main trading partner, calling into question its economic and political ties with Beijing, with which Hanoi shares 1,297 kilometers of a common border.
Let’s take other “assistance programs” from MUSP: $ 837 million for “economic growth” includes a Vietnamese clean energy and electric car project in exchange for Vietnam’s refusal to build coal-fired power plants in cooperation with China. In return, the United States is ready to finance power plants using liquid natural gas, much more expensive and, of course, American.
And here’s another – a program for the exchange of data on water consumption (Mekong Water Data Initiative), by which Washington provides program participants with information leading to such decisions regarding water use projects that are not feasible without the involvement of the US, EU, Japan and the World Bank.
And the program “Series of Political Dialogues” (MUSP Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue Series) sponsors “civil society” sponsored by the US government, as well as the European Union and the UK to support US foreign policy goals in the region.
Floating market on the Mekong
There is also a Program to Assist Regional Health Systems in Detecting and Responding to Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Pathfinder Health Program)… It allows solving emerging problems at the local level, bypassing governments, through YOU SAID… The goal is to take control of local communities along the banks of the Mekong, make them “Political cadres who will voice protests to their government against cooperation with China”…
And this is only at first glance primitive. This is how the United States helped Afghanistan for 20 years, prepared “color revolutions” in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East …
The result of all this is that those living along the Mekong will remain in poverty, dependent on Western funding. And at the same time they will be ready to oppose cooperation with China, accusing it of all local troubles. Thanks to its control over the information space of Southeast Asia, Washington can manipulate public opinion, building it “for itself”.
Out of 50 programs offered MUSP and aimed at “Strengthening cooperation and solving common interests and common problems”, none is in the interests of states on the banks of the Mekong. Americans nurture the fifth column of the Mekong.
Meanwhile, these days the first freight train with goods from Vietnam arrived in Belgium along the New Silk Road – through China and Russia. Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative allowed Hanoi to reach from Hanoi to Liege. 23 containers of textiles, leather and footwear have opened a window to European markets, making Vietnam’s most important infrastructure project a reality.
Cover photo: Chinese Mekong
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