U.S. being led on a merry chase in Asia: expert [People’s Daily]

BEIJING, June 3 — The United States might not benefit from its strategy of using disputes between China and Vietnam to contain the former, an international relations expert warned.

Dong Chunling, an expert with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said in a commentary carried in Tuesday’s China Daily that U.S. culpability is evident in flaring up conflicts between China and Vietnam from territorial disputes to frictions and bloodshed.

The United States is obviously trying to use the dispute between China and Vietnam, as well as the other territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea, to contain China, Dong said.

Although the strategy has been well-implemented, the United States might not benefit from it, Dong said, adding that the United States itself is also a victim of its folly, not just Asian countries.

Following is the full text of Dong’s commentary:

After the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs Daniel Russel’s visit to Vietnam on May 7, the disputes between China and Vietnam have flared up again.

With the open support of the United States, Vietnam held news conferences in which it raised its tone against China and sent ships to interrupt the legitimate drilling operations of a Chinese company near the Xisha Islands; it even connived in domestic protests against Chinese enterprises, which finally resulted in Chinese citizens being killed and injured and huge damage to Chinese enterprises in Vietnam.

In the evolution from territorial disputes to friction then to bloodshed, the US culpability is evident. It is obviously trying to use the dispute between China and Vietnam, as well as the other territorial disputes in the South and East China seas, to contain China.

Although the strategy has been well-implemented, the US might not benefit from it.

First, it has lost the moral high ground. The US has constantly told the world that its rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific is aimed at maintaining regional order and stability, not containing China. But what has happened in Vietnam — violence, social unrest, even bloodshed — has shown this for the lie it is.

The Asia-Pacific has not been more peaceful or stable since it has become the focus of the United States’ strategic attention; on the contrary, it is becoming increasingly unstable the more the US meddles in regional affairs.

The region was on the path toward greater integration and common prosperity, and it was considered the engine of the global economy before the US implemented its rebalancing policy; now the integration process has been derailed and people are discussing the possibility of the region being the spark for a third world war.

Second, Asian countries are not the only victims of the United States’ wrongheadedness, the US too is a victim of its folly. Having suffered from the 2008 global financial crisis, the US faced a sluggish recovery, bad international credit and lack of public confidence in the government process…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/0603/c90883-8736050.html

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See related article with similar content: “Expert: US Should be Blamed for China-Vietnam Row” [People’s Daily] – http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/0603/c90883-8735949.html

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