Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 64

The Asian 'Pivot'

EPPIn 2011, the Obama administration announced a 'pivot' to Asia in its geopolitical strategy for imperial domination of the world. This includes an increased US military and naval presence in the region, with troops in Australia, new bases in Southeast Asia, record arms sales to regional "allies", and economic integration through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the APEC forum and ASEAN. In what has been called an "integrate, but hedge" strategy toward China, the US is actively seeking to provide incentives for China to join in the US-constructed world order, while backing up its incentives with threats and intimidation. The Asian 'pivot' is not simply about "containing" China, but about containing the rising giant in order to provide a reason for China to more fully integrate with the Western-dominated global order. This episode provides a glimpse at the Asian 'pivot' and a couple of the key strategic thinkers behind it.

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