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Hello viewers, welcome to watchEconomic Review of the WeekProgram, I am the East.
mid-May,BidenThe leaders of eight of the ten ASEAN countries were received in a high-profile manner at the White House and called it a special summit. There is a reason to call it a special summit. The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and other countries are all important partners in the U.S. Indo-Pacific regional strategy. These countries all have sovereignty disputes with China in the South China Sea.
On the one hand, most ASEAN countries hope to have the United States as a backer to be the backer of the CCP’s rival in the Indo-Pacific region. It is easy to be distracted by changes in other international situations. Therefore, holding such a special summit in the White House will help draw ASEAN closer to the United States. Therefore, in theory, this is a special summit, which makes sense. of.
However, reality is not theory, and reality and theory are often opposed and at odds with each other.
First, Beijing is not Moscow, and ASEAN is not Ukraine. Now Europe and the United States are quite united in the Ukraine war. First, because Ukraine is a European country, and second, because Putin is beating. In the eyes of the current ruling Democratic Party, Putin and Trump are in the same group. To defend Ukraine is to defend democracy, Defending freedom and defending the rule of law is ideologically okay.
But ASEAN is different. Most ASEAN countries are not free and democratic countries, such as Vietnam, and it is not necessarily a democratic country just with citizen elections, such as the Philippines. Most ASEAN countries are under the banner of distinct nationalism. They don’t like the rule of law very much, and they prefer the rule of man. the country’s colonies.
Second, the diplomatic focus of ASEAN and Europe and the United States are very different. The Ukraine war is not important to ASEAN countries, and climate change is not important to ASEAN countries. Labor standards and environmental protection are not important issues. On the contrary, they will think that these issues are concocted by Western countries for self-protection. For ASEAN countries, low wages, less regulation, and making a fortune in silence are still the most affordable.
Third, although EU countries are wary of the CCP and hope that the United States will support the market in the Indo-Pacific region, they will not become the democratic partner of the United States as Biden hopes. ASEAN hopes to be non-aligned, to be able to make a fortune, and to be able to make a fortune in Washington and Beijing. A state of finding a balance between. What most ASEAN countries are worried about has nothing to do with the mainstream leftist diplomacy that actively promotes liberal democracy.
For example, the slump in tourism caused by the epidemic has made ASEAN countries overwhelmed. Thai tourists have dropped by 99%. Now central banks around the world are raising interest rates. Energy prices, food prices, and tourism are even worse.
So what do ASEAN countries need from the US? They need American military power, they need American stability instead of a foreign policy that is left and right, they need American markets, and they don’t want to talk about human rights or a green economy.
Obviously, it is impossible for the United States to agree to all the conditions of ASEAN. This is a question of trade-offs. But one thing is certain, it is feasible and feasible to develop free trade. What the CCP uses is trade means, and it is also necessary to use trade countermeasures, which may be the best. This is the opening statement for today.
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