在演讲中，欧巴马多次直接提到中共。他强调：中国的经济崛起和军事扩张让邻国忧心忡忡。无人制止的地区性侵略 —— 在乌克兰南部、南中国海、或是世界上任何地区 ，将最终影响到我们的盟国，并且有可能卷入我们的军队。面对网络攻击，我们正致力于制定并执行通行规则，以保障我们的网络和公民的安全。
Obama’s Speech at West Point vs. the CCP’s International Situation
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, on May 28. He stressed that the leadership and the military power of America has rarely been stronger than the rest of theworld, and will be true for centuries to come.
He also exclusively mentioned the Chinese Communist regime’s military reach, cyber attacks, and South China Sea disputes.
What international climate is Beijing faced with following the ‘honeymoon’ between Russia and China in regards to economy and military? The following is our experts’ analyses.
Obama said next year he intends to make sure America is out front in constructing a global framework to preserve the planet. After the combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the landscape has changed. From Europe to Asia, America has become the hub of alliances.
In his speech, Obama repeatedly referred directly to China. He said: “China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors". “Regional aggression that goes unchecked— whether in southern Ukraine or the South China Sea, or anywhere else in the world— will ultimately impact our allies and could draw in our military". “We have a serious problem with cyber-attacks, which is why we’re working to shape and enforce rules of the road to secure our networks and our citizens".
Western media analyzed Obama’s speech as meaning America is ready for China’s aggression.
Li Yuanhua, former Professor of Capital Normal University: “The United States is expressing its attitude clearly with the Communist totalitarian state. Obama is stating the firm attitude of the U.S.’ defending the world peace against the aggression of the CCP."
Since May, the escalated tension in the South China Sea with the drilling rig and the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat has led Vietnam to accuse China of serious violations of sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction. It also contravened international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
The U.S. also strongly opposed China’s provocative act. At a meeting in Hanoi on May 27, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Benjamin Cardin and the Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung discussed measures to boost relations between the two countries as well as the tensions in the South China Sea.
Hua Po, China affairs analyst: “The U.S. is concerned with the CCP’s conduct in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. The Pacific rebalancing strategy of the U.S. is also challenging the CCP. The cunning CCP is intending to have America focus on Europe and to halt its Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy."
Russia and China have had a very warm exchange in May, including the large trade in energy, the third maritime drill, and a signed Joint Declaration. The Communist Chinese media touted China-Russia relations.
Hua Po: “Its (CCP) huge financial aids to Russia will embolden Putin in the balancing act with America and reduce the U.S.’ pressure on the CCP. The intention is to direct the fire towards Russia, which will be a favor in disguise to the CCP."
The CCP’s decades of diplomatic visits have been accompanied with business delegation composed of hundreds of people. Its massive financial aid to African countries while ignoring domestic opposition also earned the CCP foreign policy’s reputation as ‘money diplomacy’.
Li Yuanhua: “In fact, the CCP’s upstart attitude in its diplomacy has been a way to secure its ruling legitimacy. It lacks respect from the international community and opposes the universal values of a normal society. Its conduct has offended many."
The West is clear of the CCP’s tactics. In his speech at West Point, Obama said, “The United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it— when our people are threatened, when our livelihoods are at stake, when the security of our allies is in danger". He added, “Here’s my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will."
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