Expansion of US’ Pacific Command to US’ Indo-Pacific Command

Oriental Review has published an important article on 28 June 2018, regarding the expansionistre-designation of US’ Pacific command to US’ Indo-Pacific Command. The author of this article Leonid Savin is a geopolitical analyst, Chief Editor of Geopolitica.ru (from 2008), founder and chief editor of Journal of Eurasian Affairs (eurasianaffairs.net); and author of numerous books on geopolitics, conflicts, international relations and political philosophy.

Reference and some extracts of that article are as following (courtesy Oriental Review):-

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The Indo-Pacific: The Expansion Of A Geopolitical Presence

Accessed 29 June 2018

Oriental Review.org

The Indo-Pacific: The Expansion Of A Geopolitical Presence

Written by Leonid SAVIN on 28/06/2018

(Extracts)

  1. On May 30, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattisannounced that the Pacific Command was being renamed as the Indo-Pacific Command.

Thus the Pentagon’s largest (in a geographical sense) command has grown even more gigantic.

  1. The US media that specialize in the military have dismissed the idea that this rebranding has anything to do with the need to contain China and Iran. Although China has a coastline on the Pacific, Iran borders the Indian Ocean. But the more centralized decision-making will make it possible to react more quickly to any potential challenges or threats. So the Pentagon believes. And they have already begun to gradually translate their intentions (by suggesting that China and Iran are potential enemies) into reality.
  2. Although anti-Chinese sentiments are nothing unusual among the American establishment (as are anti-Iranian, anti-Korean, and anti-Russian attitudes), as can be seen by the most recent doctrines on national security, national defense, and the assessment of the country’s nuclear forces, this name change nevertheless reflects more profound shifts (or intentions).
  3. What is behind this decision, other than anti-Chinese and anti-Iranian rhetoric? The first thing that leaps to mind is the close cooperation seen today between the US and India in that region. And it’s true that Washington has recently been paying more attention to New Delhi, describing it as one of the future poles of regional security there, along with Japan, Australia, and other allies. (In that context, this Oriental Review article also contains a photograph of the meeting between Indian PM Modi and US’ Secretary Mattis just days after US renamed its Pacific Command as Indo-Pacific Command.)
  4. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented on the US command’s name change on June 3 at the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) conference in Singapore, noting that for India it seems quite naturalto group the Indian and Pacific Oceans into a single geographical expanse.
  5. At the same summit, the news was released that the US, Australia, Japan, and India, which have joined to form the “Quad” group, will now view those two oceans as a new strategic domain.
  6. It is revealing that the joint American-Indian-Japanese Malabar naval exerciseswere held June 11-16 near the island of Guam. In an official statement, the US Navyclaimed that the maneuvers were intended to emphasize war-fighting skills and to demonstrate maritime superiority and power projection. In view of the fact that Pakistan is rapidly emerging from the orbit of US influence, the Pentagon’s interest in India as a local base of operations is rapidly growing. And since India’s neighbors — Pakistan and China — themselves have certain territorial claims against that country (as it does against them), this factor is impacting the evolution of Indian-American relations.
  7. The US concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific strategy (FOIP) serves as an umbrella concept masking deeper intervention in the guise of large-scale cooperation. This strategy is simultaneously intended to both replace the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership on trade that Donald Trump rejected, as well as to lure ASEAN members over to the US side, or at least to ease them away from China’s expanding influence.
  8. It is the same situation with the term Indo-Pacific — here we see an easily discernible expansionist model, albeit one masked in the guise of cooperation.
  9. Now this region will become the Indo-Pacific. Although the US maritime presence is global, and every country in the world, in one way or another, falls under the responsibility of the various Pentagon commands, the official line justifying the US presence from the Horn of Africa to the Strait of Malacca will now be more assertive and direct.

Some of the inferences in the above-mentioned extracts, which are especially noteworthy, are:-

So the Pentagon believes. And they have already begun to gradually translate their intentions (by suggesting that China and Iran are potential enemies) into reality”;

this name change nevertheless reflects more profound shifts (or intentions)”;

What is behind this decision, other than anti-Chinese and anti-Iranian rhetoric? The first thing that leaps to mind is the close cooperation seen today between the US and India in that region”;

In view of the fact that Pakistan is rapidly emerging from the orbit of US influence, the Pentagon’s interest in India as a local base of operations is rapidly growing”;

It is the same situation with the term Indo-Pacific — here we see an easily discernible expansionist model, albeit one masked in the guise of cooperation”; and

the official line justifying the US presence from the Horn of Africa to the Strait of Malacca will now be more assertive and direct”.

 

Tags: #Indo-Pacific Command #Geopolitical Expansion in Indo-Pacific Oceans #US’-India Naval Cooperation #US’ anti-Iran and anti-China Maritime Strategy #Indo-Pacific