Post-Trump Syria and Pacific: Why China and Russia should be worried

Not long ago, Russia’s air power was battering opponents of Assad regimes on the ground while Iran-backed militias were reclaiming large swath of territory from US-backed pro-democratic forces on routine basis. Russia, Iran, Assad and Hezbollah began to sense a pyrrhic victory over foes after Obama-led administration continued to make series of military and strategic mistakes as the bloodbath entered 2017. The pathological fantasies pertaining to abrupt rupture of unipolar world started to emanate from inaction of Obama-led administration. The extreme rights in Russia were quicker to understand the changes across globe and adjusted their propaganda and policy accordingly.

Adding insult to the injuries of inhabitants of Pentagon, Obama inflicted significant damage on America’s only super power image by crafting and then ignoring the so-called red line in Syria i-e the use of chemical arsenal. Despite presence of overwhelming evidence that Assad used chemical gas to perish his foes, Obama remained at ease by merely resorting to rhetorical condemnation. Events were virtually reaching at point of no return.

But then, American voters dropped a bombshell on the whole world.

Trump’s presidency came as a bolt from blue. In the initial stage, the giddiness of Pentagon’s innate foes notably Beijing and Kremlin was hard to conceal as they vehemently endorsed the Trump’s unexpected rise to power. At time, when Putin was cementing his image as ‘Iron man’ following series of military and diplomatic victories in the Middle East and Europena regions, China’s XI began to craft plots aimed at swinging contest for power in Pacific in Beijing’s favour. With aim to inflict ‘century of humiliation’ on world, China clandestinely erected fortress on disputed islands.

ButTrump has something different in stores to offer. America under its new president is expanding military muscles in both Syria and Pacific regions like never before, thus inflicting significant damage on military and diplomatic interests of both China and Russia while prompting tensions at the same time.

By hurling missiles at military facility in Syria, Trump served a crystal clear message to both Assad and Putin that use of unchecked and brutal power wouldn’t go unpunished anymore. Following the missile attack, US erected a highly-trained and heavily armed Kurd militia Syrian Democratic Force which later liberated Aleppo from terrorists and cleared vast swath of territory from ISIS. Though, Turkey and US are now at odds in Syria at present, the stalemate is gradually shifting in US’s favour.

Moving to Pacific region, US has doubled its presence in this year’s Cobra Gold exercise, one of the largest multinational military drills in Southeast Asia while Senator John McCain has tabled a new $7.5 billion Asia-Pacific Stability Initiative plan to boost military might in the region. With such aggressive gestures, President Trump is virtually shifting away from his predecessor’s “rebalance to Asia policy” towards“heavy leverage over regional players policy” {a coinage of new term against backdrop of recent development}. The momentum for the US “leverage over regional players policy” is likely to strengthen in the days to come.

Events thus far unequivocally prove that unlike Obama, Trump does not like fabricated conundrums rather prefers conclusive and practical actions when it comes to dealing with military and diplomatic matters.

With America having enough skin in the game, Beijing and Kremlin have all reasons to be worried.

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