advent of winter,
the six-years-ago articulated pivot of Asia has taken momentum in
the strategic seasons when Mr. Donald Trump has announced to set on an important diplomatic visit to the Asian countries newly relevant in the US policy pursuits.
Certainly, the diplomatic interaction is the
foremost factor in the international relations that highly affects the nation's policy-making calculus. Therefore, it is very relevant to assess the likely
impacts in the wake of the announced visit of the American president.
Accordingly, analysts have to observe several dynamic consequences. Firstly, EU
has reservations on the American Asia-centric tilt and considers it as adverse
to their strategic significance. Secondly, China
perceives the American pivot to Asia as a
strategy to contain it. Subsequently, there are two international actors that
are significantly affected; EU and China.
such circumstances, EU employs alternatives in its policy in order to mend the
hedges against the said setback. It has worked enormously to increase paces for
the friendly relations with Asians. It has forged relations with Afghanistan. EU
has enjoyed good relations with Pakistan,
concluding several agreements with Islamabad
on security, energy and human rights. New
Delhi is also enjoying closeness to EU in the wake of EUs
ambitions. Trade-related relations are the integral destiny of the new
Far East, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore are the trade partners
with EU. Similarly, EU also pursues South Korea for bilateral
relations. Currently, Japan
is the potential partner on trade, energy and security.
The second international
actor that is reacting remarkably in the wake of the US
pivot of Asia is China. Chins is spending enormously to bridge over
the shortcomings and is undertaking variety of mechanisms in order to meet the
strategic requirements in its competition with US. The said mechanisms are
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India,
China, and South Africa)
and OBOR (One belt one road) directly aimed at boosting its soft power.
To wind up, it is important
to observe that, like other nations in the Asian continent, China
would be the foremost nation that would engineer its all-possible tools in order to
protect its national prestige in the international political arena. For the purpose, it is struggling to accumulate soft as
well as hard power. That is why it is inferred that China would not yield flexibility
and would not compromise at any level. On the other hand, EU seems
to ensure every possible option that may sooth the American apathy regarding partnership
with EU. Therefore,
it is established fact that the single suspicion in the international relations results in
the weighty implications
regionally and internationally. That is why EU is leaning towards Asia.
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