Thu, 02 Dec 2021

by Xinhua writer Guo Yage

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- America's oldest ally France has decided to recall its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after Canberra scrapped a deal to acquire French-designed submarines and turned instead to U.S. nuclear-powered submarines.

The decision, the first of its kind in France's history taken vis-a-vis those two countries, has laid bare once again a cynical and perfidious United States.

Paris' indignation is palpable and completely understandable. It is never easy to take a stab in the back by a treaty ally and still smile. The betrayal this time is even harder to swallow when Washington under President Joe Biden has promised that "America is back" and will restore the alliance after four years of strained ties.

It appears the United States is back to take the advantage of its allies in a different way. While Donald Trump, the former U.S. president, pushed around America's allies all at once, the current White House seems intent on knocking them down one at a time.

History is replete with examples of the United States shoving aside its allies when necessary.

In 1986, the U.S. administration stepped in to block the sale of a Silicon Valley computer chipmaker to Japanese electronics conglomerate Fujitsu Ltd. on so-called "national security" grounds, in order to maintain America's role as a global power in high-tech.

Washington's crackdown on French transportation company Alstom in 2014 then served as an astounding example of how the United States has managed to abuse long-arm jurisdiction to dismantle its allies' multinationals under the guise of fighting corruption.

To increase control over its allies through trade agreements, the United States forced Canada to give up its sovereign right to sign trade agreements with other countries independently, and to accept the unreasonable demands from the United States to include a "poison pill clause" in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was later signed in 2018.

Furthermore, America's repeated threat to punish German companies building the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, a project Germany and some other European countries want so badly for energy, has fully exposed the world's sole superpower's sinister intention to realize its own geopolitical aims without considering the interests of its allies.

Additionally, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States even intercepted its allies' medical supplies and hoarded vaccines and other urgently-needed protective equipment.

The submarine deal incident has once again demonstrated that the United States has always put its self-interests above the shared values and interests of its allies. Thus, America's allies are no more than Washington's servants, who need to cater to the United States at their own expense whenever the masters in Washington see fit.

Just as leading French daily Le Monde said in an editorial, "the United States comes first, whether it's in the strategic, economic, financial or health fields. 'America First' is the guiding line of the foreign policy of the White House."

With the latest submarines deal adding to America's legacy of perfidy and ego, the time has come for those allies to ponder whether to maintain a blind loyalty to the United States and suffer at the hands of its self-serving policies.

The wound on the back of Paris is still bleeding. It might be a chance for America's other allies to seriously entertain the idea of strategic autonomy for themselves.

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