British state-of-the-art aircraft carrier "Queen Elizabeth" has sailed from Britain Portsmouth, traveling to the expedition of seven months towards the Indian Pacific Ocean on May 22 with the encouragement of Queen Elizabeth who landed on the ship
(photo) . The aircraft carrier will be equipped with 18 state-of-the-art fighter F35Bs, and the strike group will include British surface ships and submarines, as well as US Navy destroyers and Dutch frigate ships. French destroyers are expected to join in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
The British government suggested that the purpose of the dispatch was " to show our intention to face the threat to the Indo-Pacific region and the international order" ( Defense Minister Ben Wallace) This is suggested to siege China. Media is reporting that the aim is to restrain the strengthening of China . "
This move reverses the hands of the clock to the 19th century, when British Navy gunships headed for China and imperialist countries such as Britain, France, the Netherlands, and the United States colonized East Asia one after another. It can give people the feeling of turning. Indeed, Britain, which has left the European Union (EU), has set up a "global Britain" and is trying to support the declining US hegemony. France, the Netherlands, and Germany are also cooperating with global NATO, the global expansion of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The U.S., Europe, and NATO will shift their military power to non-Atlantic regions, with the Western Pacific and East Asia beginning to lead the world economy, led by China, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) led by China and Russia.
The era of 19th-century imperialism, which was the very exploitation and exploitation of bare wealth, is long gone. Revival is impossible. However, the United States is willing to let go of the international order it has built by itself , symbolized by the Bretton Woods system (IMF, World Bank system), which is Pax Americana itself after World War II . In addition to Germany, which became the leader of the EU 76 years after the defeat of the previous war, Western Europe, centered on Britain, France and Germany, is trying to maintain the modern era pioneered with the United States and the order based on its political and economic philosophy. Is the firm intention of the West today , symbolized by the dispatch of "Queen Elizabeth" .
The western Pacific Ocean later this year will become a "gorgeous theater" for multilateral combat training with the Chinese army as a hypothetical enemy . "Elizabeth" is the leading actress in the war drama that attracts the attention of the world instead of the Tokyo Olympics .
Japan's position has also changed. The brunt of Perry's arrival at Kurofune( a fleet of ship of the United States Navy ) was decisive for the communist China from the Western powers. The Japanese government claims the territory of the Senkaku Islands, effectively occupies the South China Sea, and regards China, which is trying to annex Taiwan to accelerate its marine expansion into the western and southern Pacific Oceans, as a lieutenant, and this is led by the United States. It is being at the forefront of a move to oust with its allies .
So far, it is a common point of view of many theorists.
The author's point of view is as follows.
Japan is the only East Asian country that has been boosted by the former Western powers and turned to China. Both South Korea and the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations are turning their backs on Japan's move. On the contrary, the persuasion of both the Abe and Suga administrations has created antipathy.
The main quads are the United States and Australia. The US and Australian governments are pushing Japan into saying, "The leader of the Pacific version of NATO should be Japan" and "Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency." Therefore, Biden chose Suga as the first person in the face-to-face summit meeting, but he did not do what he wanted and crushed Suga's men.
Japan's national power declined in the "lost 30 years". Thirty years ago, per capita GDP was at the top of developed country clubs and OECD member countries, but today it has fallen to the lowest level, which is a definitive proof. The outlook for Japan's economy in Post-Corona, which has an unprecedented budget deficit, is endlessly covered in darkness. Where is the US / NATO's intention to ask Japan to more than double its defense costs and significantly expand its armaments?
The 19th century phenomenon and its theatricalization in the western Pacific, symbolized by the dispatch of "Queen Elizabeth," are not directed solely at China. Japan emerged as a military threat in the United States and Europe 100 years ago. Japan, which lost everything in the defeat of the war against the United States, joined the major developed countries (G7) with miraculous economic growth 30 years later, and this time it became a serious threat to the United States and Europe due to its economic power. The defeat in the economic war was the bursting of the bubble economy and the "lost 30 years." If Japan is celebrated as the "Pacific NATO lord" by the great powers of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Dutch, it will soon be dropped from the portable shrine and seriously injured.