Trump Declassifies Sensitive Document On Strategy To 'Defend, Dominate, Deny' Indo-Pacific From China

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"Given everything else going on in a news cycle dominated by last week's Capitol Hill mayhem and Pelosi's push to impeach, there's been little notice given to the perhaps unexpected Trump administration declassification of a highly sensitive national security document that lays out the White House's strategy for countering China.

It was made public late in the day Tuesday, already generating headlines in Japan, Australia and other regional publications, even while major US media is relatively silent. Previously classified SECRET and not for release to foreign nationals, it details the Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, including to defend, dominate, and deny Chinese military expansion.

In releasing the full text, minus a few minimal redactions, the document has been made public a full thirty years early (according to standard declassification and public records procedures). National security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement announcing its public release that it provides "overarching strategic guidance" for US forces in the region and "demonstrates, with transparency, America’s strategic commitments to the Indo-Pacific and to our allies and partners."

The ten page document identifies the following as a top national security challenge: "How to maintain U.S. strategic primacy in the Indo-Pacific region and promote a liberal economic order while preventing China from establishing new, illiberal spheres of influence."

A central means in achieving this is to "devise and implement a defense strategy capable of, but not limited to":

denying China sustained air and sea dominance inside the ‘first island chain’ in a conflict;
defending the first island chain nations, including Taiwan; and
dominating all domains outside the first island chain.
These are among the most blunt strategic actions spelled out in the document that are sure to provoke the ire of Beijing and PLA military leadership."

Concerning key US regional partners the document calls for the US to "accelerate India's rise and capacity to serve as a net provider of security", implement "a quadrilateral security framework with India, Japan, Australia, and the United States" and further deepen "trilateral co-operation with Japan and Australia".

While pushing to keep US "diplomatic, economic, and military preeminence" in the region, it calls for the US to "align our Indo-Pacific strategy with those of Australia, India and Japan" as well as "a strengthened Association of Southeast Asian Nations" to counter Chinese influence.

US has declassified 2018 vintage of Indo-Pacific strategy
• Narrative was already (to an almost obsessive point) centred around China (and to a lesser extent Korean peninsula)
• Lot of emphasis on need for partnership with India, much less with Japan and South Korea pic.twitter.com/Td63mPm9bq

— Agathe Demarais (@AgatheDemarais) January 13, 2021
It's being met with mixed reactions among China watchers and geopolitical analysts. One critic who cites the good and bad for America's regional allies - particularly Australia - is Rory Medcalf, the head of the National Security College at the Australian National University:

"This means steady support for allies and partners, rather than the pursuit of some shaky all-round U.S. primacy," he said.

Some, however, said they saw little new in the document or how it would reassure American allies. Skeptics said that the decision to declassify now is an obvious push for policy continuity amid concerns that a Biden administration may not yet be committed to challenging China’s bid for dominance as strongly as Trump.

"It would be one thing if there was a secret unified field theory that explained the caprice of Trump’s Asia policy, but this is just a bunch of banal, bureaucratic buzzwords," said Van Jackson, a senior lecturer in international relations at Victoria University of Wellington. "The generous interpretation is that the administration is trying to tie Biden’s hands by releasing this now, but it seems like a poor strategy because there’s nothing in it that would constrain Biden."

But Medcalf said the declassified framework would have enduring value as the beginning of a whole-of-government blueprint for handling the U.S. strategic rivalry with China.

Medcalf noted further that "It’s surely no bad thing to salvage the few achievements of an otherwise grim era in American foreign policy, while laying down some markers for the incoming administration," according to The Japan Times.
SOURCE URL: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-national-security-advisor-robert-c-obrien-011221/

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  • Posted by bobsprinkle 3 years, 5 months ago
    ANYTHING that Trump can make public should be made public....AVAILABLE to the public!! Don't even bother trying to get anything from the FBI. The swamp will now (even more than before) not make anything they have available.
    ANYTHING on the BIDENS and CCP. Joe and Hunter will work with the CCP to hide and/or eliminate any negative info. Go on an EXPOSURE frenzy for the next 5 or 6 days.
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    • Posted by $ gharkness 3 years, 5 months ago
      I have become bitter to the point that anything President Trump can DO to make life difficult for the Demo-Stupids, I hope he does.

      They are going to make President Trump and all Republicans/Conservatives pay in every way they can. We need to punch back as hard or harder, for every blow.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 3 years, 5 months ago
    I'd like to see one other thing pursued: a prosecution of China under the Infectious Diseases Treaty for their non-compliance. If the US could get the other nations to admit that China was responsible for the spread of COVID-19 into their nations and the resulting havoc and economic damages, they could push for the remedy laid out in the treaty: extended economic sanctions. They are desperate for people to continue to purchase their knock-off goods. We could bankrupt and destroy China with a one year boycott.
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 3 years, 5 months ago
    I hope Beijing Biden is pissed. Trump did something else with troop movements that if Biden reversed it he’d look like an ass. Now we need Assange pardoned. And Snowden. And the Capitol Enthusiastic Tourists. Just because we all know it’s a crock of shat after the “Summer of Love”. I’d be impressed.
    I was not impressed when he intervened and released redacted classified material about JFK.
    If we can’t even drain the swamp from 60 years ago, how could we drain the swamp of today.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 3 years, 5 months ago
    Biden is a foreign affairs guy. He knows China is a problem. The purpose of declassifying this was probably to ensure the public will not allow him to back off. He probably won't anyway. Still a good idea. I'd like to see a LOT more declassified.

    Our government relations guys think Biden will stay tough on China.
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    • Posted by 3 years, 5 months ago
      Buy-dem will do whatever enriches his crime family the most. That includes additional acts of treason. He deserves the greatest punishment possible. Ditto for all the conspirators.
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      • Posted by $ Thoritsu 3 years, 5 months ago
        No doubt, but there is a some media survey of his policies, and he won't compromise himself to enrich himself.

        Trust, no. It may be different when they aren't throwing everything bad at Trump. However, maybe they'll try to keep Trump as a punching bag for a while...like Nixon.
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        • Posted by 3 years, 5 months ago
          He already has compromised himself.
          He will again, and the media will cover it up as best they can.
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          • Posted by $ Thoritsu 3 years, 5 months ago
            Hunter compromised him, and he thought it was hidden.
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            • Posted by mccannon01 3 years, 5 months ago
              I think this last go-around with Hunter shows they don't really have to hide anything. Just ignore or wash it over with a disinformation and deflection campaign. Going back further the Biden crime family antics of Hunter were pushed aside by impeaching Trump for just asking about it. IMHO, there will be a new Biden "Foundation" of some sort to launder Chinese money through and the CCP will get what it payed for - maybe even with our tax dollars.
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            • Posted by 3 years, 5 months ago
              That doesn't excuse his actions. He is guilty of treason. He knew of it. He profited from it. He withheld the truth about it. He denied it ever happened.
              He is bought and paid for. He will do anything to enrich himself and protect himself and his criminal family.
              Remains to be seen if he still has the mental capacity to do so, however.
              If he tries to bring down those who try to remove him from office he will be portrayed as a senile old fool who was guilty of treason.
              His son will even sell him out.
              Counting on Buy-dem to be rational about protecting America against the CCP is not rational.
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