Global Ambitions and Decline- Emergence of the Interregional Asian Triangle and the Relegation of the US as a Hegemonic Power. The Reorientation of Europe
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10. Europe’s options - factors to be considered by the EU in evolving a suitable approach to the Asian trilateral axis 10.1. Economic interests and geo-political realities In his article published in the weekly Die Zeit of October 11, 2007, Günter Hofmann pointed to the absence of a German statement on US containment policy. He confronted German leaders with the urgent question as to how the government would like to respond to US containment strategy. Actually Hofmann addressed his question to all the members of the European Union. He also proposed that the Europeans pay attention to their relationship with China and Russia in their efforts to create a balanced cooperative relationship with the USA. Within the EU, a discussion was launched among its various members as to how to adequately respond to the new interregional Asian policy. In balancing its traditional transatlantic relations with a closer relationship towards the strengthening Asian triangle, the EU signaled that it did not intend following the US containment strategy towards China and Russia. The EU thereby challenged the hegemonic claim of the United States and consequently had to face a harsh reaction from the Bush administration. Possibly the USA retaliated by cooling off the US-EU relationship or by splitting up the various EU members into cooperative East Europeans and the United Kingdom on the one hand, and the rest of the – indignant – West European allies on the other, in the process playing one side off against the other. Of prime importance for...
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