Much is being talked about how US President-elect Donald Trump foreign policy will unfold in the Middle East where America is leading the coalition to fight ISIS ,some critical decisions about Pacific where China, a close ally of North Korea is determinant power will also have a bearing on US-China changing relations. With Trump devising new terms and conditions for the military alliance between US-Japan-South Korea after January 20th whereby these countries will have to put their defence expenditure ,China with its massive military built up in South China Sea will aggressively confront US to dictate terms to bring North Korea for the resumption of six-party talks .
Meanwhile, China is opposing unilateral sanctions on North Korea outside the framework of Security Council resolutions.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula reached a high level in 2015 when Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and a string of ballistic missile launches and as a response South Korea is about to complete the deployment of an advanced US missile defence system by May 2017 . The tensions will further rise as Russia, China and North Korea termed the action of US and Seoul as provocative. But Park Geun -hye impeachment has created political uncertainty in South Korea.
If Trump is thinking of having normal ties with Russia and using Moscow card to browbeat China then he is bound to fail as because Russia-China ties are far deeper than US-Russia understanding though Putin had in someway helped Trump win the US Presidential elections .
Admiral Harry Harris ,head of the US Pacific Command ,warned China that Washington would not accept Chinese control of the South China Sea , despite Beijing’s having undertaken rapid development of artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.
Harris further added “We will cooperate where we can but we will be ready to confront where we must and the US fought its first war following our independence to ensure freedom of navigation”.
Trump may have to tackle China by involving countries having ties with both the countries and will have to take into confidence his own intelligence agencies,especially the CIA as well as moderate Republican and Democratic members of Congress.
By : Arti Bali Senior Journalist