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National Interests: Priorities and Security

Trump's Indo-Pacific Strategy as a threat to national interests of China and Russia in the region

Vol. 14, Iss. 6, JUNE 2018

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Received: 26 February 2018

Received in revised form: 15 March 2018

Accepted: 2 April 2018

Available online: 15 June 2018


JEL Classification: F51, F52, F53, F63

Pages: 1166–1180


Morozov Yu.V. Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

ORCID id: not available

Importance U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirms that the USA will implement the so called Indo-Pacific Strategy. Such statements on the U.S. strategy in Asia Pacific make the global community to analyze them so as to identify threats and challenges Russia and China need to expect.
Objectives In this research, I analyze official documents of the USA and statements of the White House representatives, viewpoints of political experts and diplomats concerning Trump's strategy in Asia Pacific. I also outline some aspects to be addressed in order to curb the threats.
Methods The research relies upon a horizontal and comparative analysis of official documents and opinions of the Russian and foreign experts in Asia Pacific affairs. I also conduct the content analysis of the U.S. and Russia strategies in the region and compare the respective outcome with probabilities and challenges for Russia and China.
Results The article shows issues for the USA, China and Russia to confront in Asia Pacific. I determine how the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy influences the national interests of Russia and China and what trends it demonstrates. Threats posed by the U.S. strategy can be repelled only by concerted efforts of Russia and China under the auspices of the SCO.
Conclusions and Relevance The article evaluates the U.S. strategy in Asia Pacific and identifies how it may affect national interests of China and Russia in the region. I emphasize the need to protect the national interests of the SCO countries through concerted efforts of all the member States, without counting on the USA and its political and military allies. The article outlines cooperation aspects of China and Russia as part of the SCO.

Keywords: Indo-Pacific strategy, Asia Pacific, regional policy


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