Washington is holding out the olive branch to Beijing, signaling that it does not want to exclude China from the US-led liberal-institutional world order, US defense expert Dave Majumdar writes.
Incredible as it may seem, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is now holding the olive branch to Beijing, insisting that Washington is committed to working with China despite tensions simmering between the countries.
“While we have disagreements with China, especially over its destabilizing behavior in the South China Sea, we are committed to working with them and to persuade them to avoid self-isolation,” Ashton Carter stated in his speech delivered at the Center for a New American Security’s conference in Washington on June 20.
Commenting on Carter’s statement, Dave Majumdar, the Defense Editor of The National Interest, notes that while creating its security network in the Asia-Pacific, Washington is signaling that it is by no means trying to exclude Beijing.
“In fact, the United States wants China to join the American-led liberal-institutional world order as Beijing emerges as a global power,” Majumdar underscores.