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American Alliances in the Pacific

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The United States of America has become increasingly unsatisfied with its commitments to the European Union and the old alliance network that defeated the Soviet Union during the Cold War from 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and, finally, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990.

Since the election of George W H Bush from 1989 until 1993 United States has continually voted in presidents that are becoming more Pacific-focused and more disengaged with Europe’s affairs.

When George W Bush became president-elect in 2000 and served in office from 2001 until 2008, he began with policies more focused on the Pacific and deescalating tensions with the Russian Federation.

However, with the United States becoming embroiled in the war on terror and the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, the United States became refocused on Europe and conflicts in the Middle East.

The USA fighting the war on terror meant that the American policymaker focused primarily on the Middle East region, which enabled bad actors like the Russian Federation to invade Georgia in 2008 and the expansion of Chinese soft and military power in the Pacific.

With the end of the war on terror in 2021, the United States can now manoeuvre without the concerns of Iraq and Afghanistan due to the Americans being dependent on supplies that could only be shipped to forces based in the region through the Russian Federation.

Barring the Ukraine war, the Americans and their Western allies in NATO, who are supporting the Ukrainian war effort by supplying technical aid, military resources, financial resources and other United States, are now free to counter the Chinese threat to America’s position as the global hegemony.

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AUKUS Alliance

AUKUS, also styled as Aukus, is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, announced on 15 September 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region. Under the pact, the US and the UK will assist Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines.

As part of this alliance United States starting in 2023, will regularly have its nuclear submarines visiting Australia. United States is also investing an additional US $2.4 billion in submarine industrial bases over the fiscal year 2023 to 2027 to increase construction capacity.

Also, as part of the AUKUS alliance, the British and the Americans will train Australian sailors and British ships, and American navies will patrol the Australian seas.

However, it’s essential to add that the Americans will make up most of the alliance’s capabilities. It’s important to remember that since the Second World War, England has been increasingly decreasing their naval capacities in favour of running its socialist-based healthcare system, which would not be possible without the American back security agreements.

This is because the money the United Kingdom spent on its NHS is the equivalent of spending the United Kingdom had to maintain its global navy before the start of the Second World War in 1939.

The United States can build alliances and further its international interests because its allies lack military strength, enabling these nations to invest in their national development at the expense of the United States due to providing protection.

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US and Japan Alliance

Despite the turbulent history between the United States and Japan, having fought against each other from the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, until the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing between 129,000 and 226,000 Japanese people and ending the Second World War in the Pacific.

With this bloody history of conflict and regional rivalry between Japan and the USA, as well as the ending of the American occupation of Japan in 1952.

The alliance between these two nations has grown because of the bad blood between China and the Japanese and other regional powers, which is much greater than any hatred the Japanese may still hold against the United States of America.

Currently, the Japanese and the Americans are developing defences and weaponry involving supersonic weapons. Raytheon Technologies and NORTHROP GRUMMAN are presently engaged in the development.

The Japanese announced in 2022 their plans to increase military spending by 20%, which will lead to 2% of their gross domestic product being used for the military, again showing Japanese commitment towards defence spending.

With this stated, it is advantageous to be aware of Japanese imperial history and the bad blood regarding international relations they have created due to past territorial ambitions.

It still is very much the Americans holding up the alliances in the Pacific because the United States has only existed since winning the War of Independence from 1775 until 1783, meaning that the United States has yet to develop centuries and millennia of bad blood with its neighbours.

In contrast, the Japanese invaded the Philippines, mainland China, and South Korea. The Chinese have invaded Japan and Vietnam multiple times; this kind of history of conflict is repeated repeatedly around the globe.

It can be strongly emphasised that the United States in 1945 had not pissed off many nations; however, until that point, it was only really three nations United States that had historically bad relations with they being the British Empire, the Mexicans due to the United States taking half of Mexico’s lands and finally the Soviet Union being United States chief rival between 1945 until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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Sources and Bibliography

The Council on Foreign Relations The AUKUS Alliance Has a Lot More to Offer Than Submarines link

The bulletin Counting the Dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki link

History Channel Pearl Harbor link


Britannica American Revolution link

The Council on Foreign Relations The AUKUS Alliance Has a Lot More to Offer Than Submarines link

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