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October 23, 2017

Asian Pivot and Its Consequence

By Muhammad Irfan

This article explains the reactions of EU and China in the wake of US tilt to Asia after US president's plan to visit Asia in November.



With the 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.

Under 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 interactions.

In the 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.

Authors Bio:

Muhammad Irfan has authored many books. He is an internationally recognized scholar. He has presented his papers in national and international conferences. He is also a freelance journalist and contributes to both national and international print media.