Feb 20, 2021
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Sergeant Biden: who ate our breakfast?

Washington’s attempt to gather troops of European mercenaries

If you believe Reutersthen the first telephone conversation between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on February 18 was like a meeting on the parade ground of an American army sergeant and a recruit. “Haven’t you learned to salute me yet?” – the sergeant turns purple, imposing a disciplinary penalty in the form “New target restrictions on sensitive technology exports to China”… That is, sanctions.

However, the PRC chairman is no stranger to politics, and the tone of the two-hour conversation between the leaders of the two great powers clarifies a lot. Judge for yourself. Si “Offered mutually beneficial cooperation”and Joe named China “The most serious competitor” and promised to punish for it. Xi expressed the hope that “Opportunities will now focus on improving China-US relations”… Joe expressed “Fundamental concerns about coercion and injustice in trade practices, as well as respect for human rights, including China’s repression in Hong Kong, treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, and increasingly aggressive actions in Asia, including Taiwan.”… Si “Replied that Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan are issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity” China. Joe stressed that “It is an American priority to keep the freedom and openness of the Indian-Pacific region, where the United States and China are the main strategic rivals.”… Xi said that “Confrontation will be a disaster”, So what “The two sides must reconstruct concepts to avoid wrong decisions”… Joe, after two hours of communication with the head of one of the largest economies in the world, told the American senators that “If we don’t move, they (Chinese) will eat our breakfast “… Well, and further, in the same vein …

However, there is a sign that the usual American rhetoric is only rhetoric. That the “hegemon” has become toothless and with his “roar” covers up the uncertainty that the state of affairs can be changed. This becomes evident from the analysis of publications, which analysts noted the appearance of Biden in the White House. So, at Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) think that “The US can no longer rely on the size and gravitational pull of its economy or the influence of its private sector to convince states to operate in an economy according to their own rules and systems.”… An example of this is China, which has already overtaken the United States as the main source of investment and the main consumer of Asian exports. In recent years, two trading agglomerations have emerged in Southeast Asia at once, excluding the United States from their circle: the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The Biden administration understands that the only way to pull the country out of the pit of the crisis, which was spurred on by the public psychosis around the coronavirus, is by returning to the Asia-Pacific (Indo-Pacific) region, which has become central in the global geopolitical game. But … command everyone follow me America can no longer do it. It was Beijing that could have spent over $ 100 billion on transport, energy and digitalization projects to integrate Asia and connect it with Europe through its Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese-built subway in Jakarta, the seaport in Cambodia, the optical cable network in Pakistan, and the power plant in Bangladesh speak of how much Beijing can do. And what can the US offer Asia?

According to the Japanese edition Asia Nikkei, the largest division of the National Security Council specialists in Biden’s team was the Indo-Pacific Directorate, led by Kurt Campbell (Kurt Campbell)… 20 employees of this directorate will develop “A bold and forward-looking strategy”, which should ensure the return of the United States to the Indo-Pacific region, bursting there on the shoulders of its European partners.

The time has come for the United States and its European allies to form a joint strategy for relations with China, according to Washington. Both European and American firms are united in gaining greater access to the Chinese market and having more freedom there. Foreign affairs… As for the Comprehensive Investment Agreement concluded last December (Comprehensive Investment Agreement) between the EU and China, it doesn’t really care about Washington. The agreement must be approved by each of the EU member states, and agreement in this community is very rare.

In the center of joint (“transatlantic”) efforts, according to Washington, should be the economy, technology, human rights and climate. At the same time, the United States takes into account the “diversity of tastes” in the European Union and the complexity of cooperation within it, therefore, they propose to create coalitions of those who want to participate in this or that business, “Forming temporary groups of countries focused on specific problems”… Building such coalitions will require “Wise leadership from Biden” and mutual assistance of the participating countries to each other “In the face of China’s economic pressure”

In fact, this is an attempt to assemble detachments of European mercenaries who will “storm” the targets set by “Sergeant” Biden. It is still unknown how his European colleagues will react to this. Who knows whose breakfast Europe will eat tomorrow?

Cover photo: REUTERS / Mike Segar

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