The United States is a Pacific power, just like China, Japan, and all of the others. In fact, it is the preeminent power in the Asia-Pacific. It should embrace its Pacific heritage and ensure that its interests are respected as China attempts to complete its historic rise to glory. Beijing insists that they have a right to reclaim “what was theirs” before the Westerners laid their empire low. The United States was not one of the powers that helped to destroy China. Also, unlike the Europeans, the United States does have a major maritime border with the region and has long had an outsized role in Asian affairs. Therefore, Washington has a right to ensure its historic standing in the region is respected as well. If China cannot countenance this fact, then Washington must do what it can to make it understand this reality.
The recent row between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sent the mainstream analysts and media spasming again. Fears of the end of the U.S.-Australian alliance abound. These fears, like so many fears today, are groundless. The alliance is strong. The reasons? China, the U.S. Navy, and Australia’s maritime trade. Understand this dynamic and you understand why the U.S. and Australia are virtually inseparable. Read more to learn why