America, China, and the Battle for the “Indo-Pacific”

03/10/20184 Comments

Goodbye, Asia-Pacific! Hello, Indo-Pacific?

That’s right, the old “Asia-Pacific” label is so last decade, guys. It’s time to start calling that part of the globe the “Indo-Pacific.” Who cares if it’s geographically nonsensical? America’s military planners and their think tank lackeys are starting to change their nomenclature, and you should too!

The term entered the vernacular last year when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used it in his “Remarks on ‘Defining Our Relationship With India for the Next Century.'” It was immediately parroted by all the usual propaganda outlets, including the mouthpiece of the globalist establishment,

So why bother? What was wrong with “Asia-Pacific” as a descriptor, and why now the shift to “Indo-Pacific?” When questioned about the change in terminology during Trump’s Asia tour last year, a White House official told India’s Economic Times that the phrase “captures the importance of India’s rise.”

There may be some truth to the narrative of India as a rising power. It has, after all, surpassed China as the fastest-growing economy in the world, and foreign investment figures indicate that boom might not be stopping any time soon. But if you get the sense that Washington’s sudden inclination to rename an entire region to reflect this rising importance is not merely about goodwill for the Indian people, then give yourself a prize. It has everything to do with Washington’s interest in India’s potential use as a pliable vassal state that can be used as a roadblock against the rise of the region’s other great power: China.

Learn more about the mounting tension between Asia’s fastest rising powers (and how Uncle Sam is only too happy to drive the wedge between them) in this week’s Corbett Report Subscriber newsletter.

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