May 01, 2014 12:11 AM By Brahma Chellaney
The Daily Star
The deteriorating situation in Ukraine and rising tensions between Russia and the United States threaten to bury U.S. President Barack Obama’s floundering “pivot” toward Asia – the world’s most vibrant (but also possibly its most combustible) continent.
The U.S. has largely squandered its chance, allowing China to continue to broaden its territorial claims.
Indeed, over the last two years, America’s Asian allies and partners have received three jarring wake-up calls, all of which have delivered the same clear message: the United States cannot be relied upon to manage China’s rise effectively.
The first two wake-up calls highlighted the Obama administration’s unwillingness to do anything that could disrupt its close engagement with China, a country that is now central to U.S. interests.
Likewise, as China has stepped up efforts to upend the regional status quo in Asia – both territorial and riparian – the United States has dithered, doing little to reassure its jittery Asian allies.
To this end, the United States has addressed its calls for restraint not only to China, but also to its own allies.
At the same time, a showdown with Russia will compel the United States to court China more actively.
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