TEHRAN (Iran News) – China’s Strategy Is Not “to War” with the U.S. A short search in the internet and monitoring all actions of former U.S. President Donald Trump during his four years in office, from the standpoint of the U.S. Republicans and also actions during the past three months of the White House with its new resident President Joe Biden from the standpoint of Democrats which have been taken against People’s Republic of China, indicates the reactions of the U.S. Administrations regarding these reports which have been prepared and handed over to the executive bodies by the U.S. Department of State, all intelligence offices, think-tanks and existing data banks in the country either secretly or openly for provoking politicians against China.
A climate which has been painted in these four years and a quarter between the two states means that the U.S. as flag-bearer of the West in the conflict with China sees inevitable its rivalry and hostility with this country. On the other hand, they consider insignificant the impact of these two countries on the common trend in running their overseas economies from the strategic aspect and they do not assess these impacts because of their international stands and their roles in legislating the international rules.
Of course what is obvious in the current climate of the world community is that Americans mostly fan the flames for creating tension and some sort of crisis. For example, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his recent remarks has assessed his country’s relations with China “increasingly adversarial” and in one of his interviews has said that he wants to deal with Beijing in any interaction or confrontation from a position of strength. Indeed, these types of remarks of the U.S. Secretary of the State are considered as a hidden reflection of the national security strategic guidance of the country that some part of it has been published and it has presented the U.S. approach as an anti-Asian one.
Although in this guidance it has been said that the U.S. in some fields like climate change, infectious disease, stability of world economy and also in the issues like North Korea and Iran can have close cooperation with China but verbally and in the remarks in the media, the U.S. is competing for a better position in the economic and political scenes with China and in operational field with India, and actually in Asia. On the sidelines of the effective reflection of competition and collaboration, there are also several disputable issues between Beijing and Washington which can lead to the increasing trend of adversary between the two states.
If we want to determine the priority in competition, cooperation and adversary in the ties between the U.S. and China, it should be said that currently competition comes first which is marching towards increasing adversary and the cooperation between them is in the lowest level of the priority. Of course the type of China’s behavior has been less in media spotlight and the country has shown more restraint and this does not mean that China has done nothing in direction of protecting its interest.
What is seen through a simple assessment is that China has supported the Philippines more openly in the past one year, has resisted against the adoption of UNSC’s resolutions against the Myanmar government and at the same time it has boosted its strategic relations with Pakistan and also recently signed or actually made public its 25-year cooperation agreement with Iran.
In fact, the Beijing government has resorted to the similar action taken by the U.S. in recruiting allies from the regional states for encountering China’s policies and it has started to recruit more strategic allies in competition with the U.S. in Asia. In such a condition, this strategy is shown by the American as a propagation strategy that the competition for supremacy has caused the hostility between the two countries to grow upward. So it should be said despite a new administration taking power in the U.S., the tension in relations of the both states not only has not decreased but also has been set on collision course and on more confrontation comparing to the time Trump was in office.
Therefore, it should be expected the ties between Tehran and Beijing to move in direction of more tension in the future and issues for cooperation between them like climate or infectious diseases will not let the strategic competition between the U.S. and China remain covered. Although China is currently moving on course of competing with the U.S. with a precautionary approach but one point should be mentioned that China government comparing to last year has to some extent come out of its precautionary mood in recruiting ally and it is objectively seeking providence in recruiting allies in encountering the U.S. policies.
What should be assessed as a futuristic analysis is that China due to its enormous forex reserves in the U.S. will not spearhead the production of hostility or at least in Biden’s four years in office will try not risk and adventurism in creating tension and will be more cautious than the U.S. in regulating precautionary criteria. Perhaps this precautionary policy has forced the U.S. to take initiative in propaganda war.
One should see how much the soft trend and turtle move of China in the West Asia would restrict the Western policies and especially the U.S., and it will be faced with more diligent action of the White House.