© AFP 2019 / Lillian Suwanrumphaa Classic example of diplomatic failure is when the head of the American delegation at the international meeting wants to see the ten foreign heads of state and government, and they don’t come.There are three of them on the call responded, including the Prime Minister — the polite host of the meeting (Thailand), and even the leaders of Vietnam and Laos. And seven of them were Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines — sent instead of itself Ministers.It’s not just a Protocol of American arrogance to think that if you represent the USA, then you need to unit presidents and Prime Ministers, even if you are just a nobody known Advisor to the President for national security Robert O’brien. Although the General decline of American diplomacy, this story says, and she was alone.But even the absence of most of the audience due to the fact that she probably knew what the American would say (usually diplomats agree in advance the main parameters of serious meetings). And knew, including that O’brien invited all ten leaders of the countries of South-East Asia “special summit” with President Donald trump to Washington next year.
And this is again Protocol rudeness. The fact that trump himself had to come to Thailand (where the action occurred), the event called the East Asia summit. Or to send instead of themselves the second person in the administration, Vice-President Michael Pence. So did the other guests, Russia, China, South Korea and so on (the owners of the summit — the ten Southeast Asian countries included in the grouping of ASEAN). Instead comes a person with unclear influence in the US administration to say, in translation from diplomatic to, the following: we are not here to you, you instead come on in, if that.But the Protocol is, in the end, only a form of courtesy. How about the content and meaning of US policy in the region? But this content is quite clearly stated that the O’brien for his low rank in the audience. In fact, his speech was reduced to attacks on China regarding territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China sea, but these accusations are tired of the participants of ASEAN under the previous administration.But for a funny story under the heading “superpower received a flick on the nose” is the overall picture of the failure of the entire American policy in Asia as a whole. The fact that in Thailand, even at its summit, composed of the ten ASEAN countries (on the eve of the East Asia summit), their leaders talked about what to do in an unacceptable situation of growing confrontation between the US and China. The ideal situation for ASEAN — when you trade with both partners, rather than trying to deal with one so as not to annoy the other. And many of the leaders of “tens” at its summit are reminded that it is not China that fight started. In General, demand from ASEAN to break up with China and joined exclusively to the USA is a very bad policy, but because it’s what the US carried out.And in addition the United States and torpedo what, in fact, the ASEAN leaders gathered in Thailand, the idea of regional comprehensive economic partnership (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership — RCEP). It has long been to build a trade bloc involving China and no where USA. The countries of Southeast Asia need it in order to show that our valuable partners, no America will not undermine relations with them.As American diplomacy is trying to undermine the idea of RCEP: blur (on paper) the concept of Pacific cooperation and to offer instead a “Indo-Pacific”. That is, to include India and other South Asia where South Asia this fits with great difficulty.
In Thailand was made by another member of the U.S. delegation, trade Minister Wilbur Ross, and threw the audience a striking statistics that show how important America for the newly invented “double” of the region. Trade the US with it have grown to two trillion dollars last year, more than Europe; investment up to 1.6 trillion dollars, and all that “more than China”.In a similar situation, the British scientist and writer Andrew lang said about one of the enemies: “he uses statistics like a drunk uses a streetlight — for support, not as a source of light.”And the light in this case is applied to a simple situation: India and other difficult to fit in the Pacific region. And now the main event of a series of summits in Thailand was the fact that India still cannot log in the above-mentioned RCEP, while the remaining 15 participants leave the door open. But — will sign an agreement on RCEP between next year anyway.While everyone in Asia knows that India is working so not in order to please the United States and to harm the agreement, in which China participated. Just its economy can not withstand too rapid integration with other regions, requires a long period of protection.Then there is that clumsy American diplomacy and even commits fraud, recording a merit that no merit is not. And all other Asia sees it.And gathered in Bangkok actively discussed became aware of the details of “intermediate” economic agreement the United States and China, which should have been signed in Chile on the summit of a different, albeit similar organisations — APEC, but the summit was canceled. And it turns out that the agreement is at best a truce in the trade and any other confrontation, but the overall fight, hated for the Pacific region and undermine its economy, will continue. And then there might be a lot of sense from the “special summit” US and ASEAN in the next year?SOURCE