Rohrabacher Blasts Obama China Pivot, Calls for Security Pact in Asia
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, Tuesday criticized the Obama administration’s “much ballyhooed strategic pivot to Asia,” calling it “no strategy, merely an empty slogan.” To be serious about the U.S. stake in Asia, he said in a congressional hearing, an organization of security and cooperation in the region should be created.
“Allowing China to continue to harass and threaten its neighbors,” he said in a joint hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommitee on Asia and the Pacific and the Armed Services Subcommitee on Seapower and Projection Forces, “is not in our national interest nor does it advance the cause of world peace.” The hearing dealt with Maritime Sovereignty in the East and South China Seas.
“The strong message we have sent recently as it pertains to China is we are cowards,” Rohrabacher complained. “We are weak in the face of the world’s largest human rights abuser. We offer buzzwords.”
The congressman urged the creation of an Asian security pact composed of democratic nations to counter the growing menace of Beijing’s bellicosity.
“The time is long overdue,” he said, “for us to develop something along the lines of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for Asia for the strategic pivot to be anything more than a cliché. In addition to our longstanding agreements with Japan (whose defense buildup we should encourage) and our economic associations with countries in the region, we must be clear that Chinese military aggression and territorial expansion must be deterred through alliances, exercises, and resolve. As it stands now, the administration is advertising our weakness and indifference in cowering before an international bully.”