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LECTURE: U.S. Pivoting to Asia: Is there a real change in the American Foreign Policy towards China and the Asia- Pacific?
December 2013 @ 18:00 - 20:00
U.S. Pivoting to Asia: Is there a real change in the American Foreign Policy towards China and the Asia-
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6 pm KWZ, Room 0.603
G.W. Bush’s policy towards Asia-Pacific region was often perceived and described as neglectful. Occupied with other regions, especially Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush couldn’t devote enough time and energy to develop U.S. relations with countries in East Asia and the Pacific or regional organizations.
Deeper research show, however, the policy wasn’t as unfavorable, as characterized in both dimensions – in case of U.S. relations with countries of the region, we should look at improving relations with People’s Republic of China, stronger alliance connections with Japan and Australia, as well as solution of nuclear problem of India. In case of regional organizations – after many negligence of the first term (and a risk of being excluded from the region in case of successful development of the East Asia Summit), we could observe many beneficial initiatives. Barack Obama entered the White House bringing hopes of greater engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region, what was reinforced by his advisors’ premises of U.S. foreign policy (Kurt Campbell). Also his engagement with regional powers (Strategic and Economic Dialogue with China), regional organizations (membership of the U.S. in the EAS, support for the TPP) made his term Pacific presidency. It was reinforced by the H. Clinton’s statement that the 21st Century is America’s Pacific Century . The presentation tries to show certain real and sham dichotomies in the American foreign policy towards Asia and the Pacific, including the role of the People’s Republic of China in the ‘American pivoting’.