Each year, the USA is selling billions of dollars weapons and military equipment to South Asian countries. In addition, the USA along with its close allies are regularly conducting huge and costly military maneuvers in South Asian international waters. Moreover, some of the South Asian countries are the host of the U.S. military bases since some decades ago. All these events, which impose huge burden on South Asian countries in different terms, would occur, in order that the U.S. allies in that part of the world be able to defend themselves against the so-called potential 'aggression and hegemonic expansionist behavior' of both North Korea and China, each from different angles and scales.
Up until this point, we might close our eyes to the truth or untruth, fairness or unfairness of these accusations by claiming that the U.S. is a super power and by these types of moves, the country would try to preserve and maintain the security and interests of itself and its close allies in South East Asia against any potential threat; in this particular case: China and North Korea.
This issue would, however, would be controversial, when we briefly explore the details of renewal nuclear cooperation agreement between the Obama administration and China. According to this deal, China would be allowed to buy new American-designed nuclear reactors, technology to reprocess plutonium from used fuel and reactor cooling system technology, as the media reveal. Some of these modern equipment and new technologies, as experts claim, might/can be used in nuclear military
This issue raises some serious questions, which Obama administration and the U.S. close allies in South East Asia should carefully pay attention to them. These questions are as follows:
1- Is China a serious threat (in different terms) for U.S. and its close allies in South East Asia or not?
2- If China is a serious threat for U.S. and its close allies, then why on earth is the Obama administration intending to sell modern & sensitive nuclear equipment and technology to China?
3- If China is not a serious threat (as the nuclear deal between U.S. and China also clearly shows), then why should the South East Asian countries spend billions of dollars for U.S. made weapons, military equipment, the U.S. military bases and costly military maneuvers regularly / annually in order to defend themselves against China?
4- If China is not a serious enemy as this deal and the broad economic relationship between China and U.S. also illustrate; then, shouldn't we mainly demilitarize the South East Asia? Or should we artificially fabricate an enemy somewhere around the globe including in South East Asia in order to have a fat market for our military weapons and equipment?
5- More importantly is the close relationship and cooperation between various governmental and private Chinese sectors with their counterparts in some countries such as Iran, Pakistan and North Korea. How would Obama administration give a guarantee to the international community that some of these highly important nuclear equipment and technology would not be transferred from China to those unstable and revisionist states somehow, somewhere in the future?
6- Should we call this completely economic driven move of Obama administration a 'double-crossing foreign policy' or not? A type of 'the end justifies the means'.
Note: No wonders some of the leaders in the Middle East do not trust Obama administration anymore, That's why some of them didn't attend the current Camp David summit organized by the White House. Without any doubt, i can say part of the current conflicts in various parts of the Middle East stem from chaotic foreign policy of Obama administration.
M. Sirani 12.05.2015