The U.S. Provokes Tension in the Asia-Pacific

Washington is creating hotbeds of instability around the world. The Asia-Pacific region is no exception. RISS senior expert Maria Zelenkova analyzes the newly released Indo-Pacific Strategy of the U.S. According to the expert, the U.S. seeks to undermine the effective regional cooperation mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This deepens fault lines between China and the U.S. and forces regional countries to take sides.

Russia is interested in the Asia-Pacific region to remain an anchor for peace, stability and good neighborliness. Pursuing this approach, Moscow is actively developing ties with interested states in the region, such as Vietnam, which made significant efforts last year to strengthen ASEAN.


  • The U.S. seeks to establish a U.S.-centric security system in the Asia-Pacific and reshape the regional power balance through a wide range of partnerships and alliencies.

  • ASEAN is in the throes of U.S.-China rivalry. The increased efforts by the U.S. and its allies to contain China in the Asia-Pacific undermine regional stability. Besides, the South China Sea disputes are gradually simmering up to the strategic level between the U.S. and China. It deprives some ASEAN maritime member states involved in territorial disputes of the possibility to influence the dispute settlement.

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