The US has missed the time to “pivot to Asia”


The return to the priority of the Pacific region is not happening as smoothly for Washington as originally planned, writes the website of the American Council on Foreign Affairs policy.

An increasingly pressing question is whether the transfer of military resources to the Indo-Pacific region will reduce Washington’s ability to protect its interests in Europe and the Middle East, given the conflicts blazing in both regions?

The answer in the publication: most likely, America has nothing to fear.

The text notes that "the decline of Russian military power in Ukraine" and the "realization that Moscow's armed forces are far less powerful than expected" make the task of shifting forces to Asia easier. In addition, the Europeans themselves are increasing their defense budgets and military-industrial complex.

Washington should continue to support European allies in areas where they struggle: logistics, intelligence, munitions and air defense

– says the text of the resource.

The situation is similar in the Middle East, where an alliance of regional allies of the United States has formed.

This represents a historic opportunity to move air and naval assets from Europe and elsewhere to new deployment locations in the Indo-Pacific region.

However, difficulties exist. And they are trusted by allies in Asia who are not sure of the United States' intentions.

After all, it was the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that derailed the very first US pivot to Asia. Besides economic benefits, the TPP was supposed to send a strong signal about the permanent presence of the United States in the region. Immediately after Washington’s withdrawal from this agreement, Beijing tried to take advantage of this omission, including through its own regional trade community. And over time, every country in the Indo-Pacific region has become dependent on trade with China and more vulnerable to Beijing's geo-economic coercion measures.

- stated in the publication of the resource.

In this regard, Washington will have to catch up with what it has lost over the decade and, perhaps, join already established regional trading communities.