First Pacific President of the United States and the end of the anglosphere

Первый тихоокеанский президент Америки и конец англосферы

The original on the website of The Financial Times

When supporters of leaving the EU draw the future of Britain outside the EU, they often point to the anglosphere in the composition of the English-speaking Nations, which became the legacy of the British Imperial past. Therefore, the statements of Barack Obama about the British referendum last week can become a powerful blow to the supporters of Breccia. It turns out that the US President being most powerful man in the anglosphere, strongly urges Britain to stay in the EU.

Some supporters of Breccia in desperation, began to claim that Obama has for the UK any special dislike. The mayor of London Boris Johnson put forward the theory that “Kenyan partly the origin of the President” explains his views.

In fact, any explanation Obama’s statement is not needed. The United States in its policies have long advocated Britain’s membership of the EU.

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But supporters of Brexia set his sights on something more ambitious. Despite the turned into a ritual statement about the special nature of the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, something has changed in the years of the Obama presidency. Namely, both Washington and London began to pay more attention to the emergence of Asia, which forced both countries to revise their attitude to the world and to each other.

The origin of Obama still plays a certain role in this. But in this case it is not important that he was the first African-American President, and the fact that he’s the first Pacific President. Obama grew up in Hawaii in the Pacific ocean, and as a child spent several years in Indonesia. He’s like no President before him, understands the importance and the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific region.

Exemplary foreign policy initiative Obama is “turning America towards Asia”. Despite the confusion and chaos in the middle East and in Ukraine, the us President persistently, firmly and resolutely committed to diplomatic, economic and military resources to Asia.

During Obama’s visit to London was a lot of talk about whether they want the United States to conclude a separate trade agreement with Britain in case of its exit from the EU, or more attention will be paid to the Transatlantic trade and investment partnership the US and the EU. Obama made a loud statement that the UK would be at the end of the queue wanting to sign a separate trade deal with the United States. But the reality is that the main shopping priority of America is not Britain and not the EU, and Asia. The TTIP negotiations will go on for several years, and the agreement on the TRANS-Pacific partnership between the US and 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have already been signed and is awaiting ratification.

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Some British and Europeans hope that Obama leaves office the US will pay less attention to Asia and will again turn towards the Atlantic. But this is unlikely. Any American President that cares about the strategic priorities of the United States, probably will do the same conclusion as Obama. His most likely successor, Hillary Clinton is a firm believer in “the reference to Asia”, as it is clearly written in 2011 in an article titled “America’s Pacific century”.

The British have no particular reason to complain of the employment of America’s Asia-Pacific region, as Cameron’s government implements its own reference to Asia, making it even to the detriment of relations with the United States. David Cameron led a high-level trade delegations have repeatedly visited Asia, where his presence in Britain was a founder member of the Asian infrastructure investment Bank with headquarters in Beijing, making it contrary to the wishes of the American government. One of the representatives of the Obama administration complained (correspondent, Financial Times) on “permanent assignment” Britain to China.

Of course, Britain and America share deep historical and cultural ties. Doubting this can see how much high-ranking representatives of the foreign policy establishment went to Oxford. Obama’s adviser on national security Susan rice (Susan Rice), bill burns (Bill Burns), who worked as a Deputy Clinton at the state Department, as well as one of her closest advisors, Jake Sullivan (Jake Sullivan) — they are all graduates of the University of Oxford.

Such ties help Britain to find the right doors in Washington. But in the future even when the educational elite will subside. American financier Stephen Schwarzman (Stephen Schwarzman), inspired by the Oxford Rhodes scholarship, has just set up its own scheme of scholarships, in which seeking great achievements Americans and other students will go to study in Beijing at Tsinghua University. The arguments of Schwartzman is quite reasonable: it is important that future American leaders better understand China.

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The emergence of Asia is also changing the nature of Canada and Australia, who also are key members of the traditional anglosphere. The volume of trade of Australia with China and Japan in value terms is 10 times more than with Britain. The population of the largest city in Canada Toronto today, about 35% consists of Asians. And in Vancouver on the Pacific coast, the figure is over 40%.

However, those Brits who are nostalgic for the anglosphere and dissatisfied with Obama’s decision to put London at the end of the line”, could think about what benefits they still get from the cultural influence of the United States. Perhaps the traditional anglosphere is in the running state. But in Brussels appeared anglosphere of a different kind, because English became the common language of the EU institutions.

Gideon Rachman

“The Independent

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