Germany and the Process of Military-Political Formats System Rebuilding by the U.S. in Indo-Pacific Region

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2023-67-6-61-70
Ph. Trunov,
Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAS), 51/21, Nakhimovskii Prosp., Moscow, 117418, Russian Federation.

Received 19.12.2022. Revised 28.02.2023. Accepted 03.04.2023.

Abstract. The article notes the dynamic evolution of confrontation between the USA, their partners and China during the early 2020s. The sides of the confrontation have also begun to discuss the rules which can prevent the uncontrolled escalation. But it did not mean the termination of the military potentials’ races. The White House has rebuilt and expanded the system of military-political formats in the Indo-Pacific region. The policy first of all includes the establishment of AUKUS (2021, September) and the “Blue Pacific Alliance” (2022, June). Accordingly, the USA have been trying to stimulate the European partners to make military contribution to the containment of the PRC. In this regard, the article pays special attention to Germany. The paper compares its present and possible military contribution to the deterrence of Russia and containment of China, the unpreparedness for the active usage of NATO in the second case. This unreadiness was a rather important element of German efforts for the strategic anchoring to the Indo-Pacific region. The USA had tried to encourage the FRG to change its approach. The result of this policy on the track of NATO was limited, mostly declarative. The system of military-political formats created by Washington has another meaning. The structures have been used not only for the containment of the PRC, but also for the regulation of European countries’ policy in the Indo-Pacific region in a direction favorable to the U.S. The article concludes with two possible scenarios of the future German political-military strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.

Keywords: AUKUS, Partners in the Blue Pacific, NATO, military block, Far East, Bundeswehr, confrontation, PRC


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For citation:
Trunov F. Germany and the Process of Military-Political Formats System Rebuilding by the U.S. in Indo-Pacific Region. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2023, vol. 67, no. 6, pp. 61-70. EDN: AQFBZY

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