The US intervention in Asia-justified or not?
The recent Geo-political events in the Indian subcontinent have seen active US participation and opinions are divided whether it is justified or not. If we roll through the sequence of events, we’ll find happenings like-The US war against Afghan terrorists, drone strikes using Pakistan as launching grounds on many occasions, and the not so distant incident of the US Navy Seals carrying a military operation on Pakistan territory and the very recent US involvement in the south China Sea (much against the Chinese liking), or the developing US-Myanmar relations…and many such smaller political involvements.
The US role in Asian political environment has been increasing quite rapidly and several political ideologies have come both in favor and against this development. From US perspective, it has been justified by several arguments such as – The need to ensure security and integrity of their nation, has forced them to wage a war against terror and use of Indian subcontinent both geographically and politically was inevitable.
A US critic will come out with arguments that US in the viel of anti-terrorism actions is pushing its own political and economic motives. Many questions can be raised by critics-
Why is the US prolonging its stay in Afgan-pakregion, how come the US-Myanmar relations are burgeoning so quickly, What is the US role in South China Sea, where India and China are major players. Many uncomforting questions can be raised!
Both US-for and against opinions have led to development of an interesting geo-political scenario. Morever, the US hyper-activity in Asian political context is not without support of many Asian nations. Pakistan has been a keen US supporter but the recent US military operation on Pak territory, has made their relations somewhat sour. The US sees both India and China as fast-upcoming nations of the next century and is carefully managing its relations with both Asian super-power. While the Indo-US relations have gone from strength to strength, the same cannot be said about US-China relations.
From a neutral perspective, to straight-forward accept or reject US activism in Asia is a difficult task. The war against terror is global. So the US anti-terror actions spanning across continental boundaries can be justified on practical grounds by most parties. However, how right the US was in using Pak territory against their knowledge in the recent Navy Seal operation is still debatable. More engrossing is the US-Indo-China diplomacy. While Indo-China relations have gone for a battering recently(owing to Chinese activism and construction near India’s north-eastern borders), the US-China relations haven’t found sweetness yet(owing to US involvement in south china sea and its recent involvement in Myanmar political agenda). And in the mix is the Indo-US relations, which so far looks firmly collaborative. Myanmar too, it seems needs US involvement to help itself in making a transition from military-led to governance to total democratic setup.
It seems, most Asian players have one or the other US-connections and this seems to be the primary reason behind active US-participation in Asian political scenario. But the question – “Is the US deliberately trying to push issues related to Asian politics, in order to develop its influence over Asian nations and for gaining economic gains over Asian markets” still needs to be answered.
Rohit Kumar Singh