søndag 25. juli 2021

Biden’s China containment plan comes into view

The Joe Biden administration is bidding to win back estranged allies and counter Beijing’s rising influence through two new big initiatives that if implemented as envisioned will more starkly divide the region into pro and anti-China camps. US officials are now hammering out the details of a major proposed pact on digital services, one that would seek to set rules for cross-border flows of information, digital privacy and artificial intelligence standards in Asia. The pact would explicitly exclude China.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will seek to rally support for the new US Pacific Defense Initiative (UPDI), which aims to enhance the Pentagon’s logistical, surveillance and strategic asset deployments to counter China’s growing naval assertiveness. He is expected to lobby for the initiative during an upcoming trip to Southeast Asian capitals.