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Bye-Bye, Taiwan – And You Might as Well Take the South China Sea With You When You Get Absorbed September 28, 2011

Posted by geoff in News.
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It’s kind of neat watching all this unfold: the US runs around in circles while the Chinese methodically advance their agenda. Item 1 on the agenda: 1) Unification with Taiwan – which this author points out is now inevitable, given the Obama administration’s noodle-like backbone in standing up to the Chinese:*

President Obama’s refusal to sell modern fighters to longtime ally Republic of China (Taiwan) dooms that country, frightens our allies, and robs America of needed jobs. Worse, it tells Communist China that America’s foreign policy and her democratic principles are for sale.

Dang that’s succinct.

Items 2 and 3 on the Chinese agenda also came up today: 2) Take control of the South China Sea, and 3) Diminish US influence in Asia. Some hardliners in China wrote an op-ed in the official rag:

Asian countries should be on guard against the “danger” of feeling they can “do whatever they want” because of the U.S. military presence in the region, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily said in a commentary.

“Asia remains a fertile ground for a Cold War mentality,” the commentary said. “Asia is advancing, will never return to the Cold War, and China must have an important role in the future of Asian security.”

Pretty clear statement of, “We’re running things now, so don’t be crying to the US when we streamroll you in the South China Sea.” Meet the new boss, more inscrutable than the old boss.

*As an example of the Obama administration’s firm hand in foreign policy, consider this Wikipedia entry, which discusses the South China Sea controversy:

In July 2010, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the Peoples Republic of China to resolve the territorial dispute. China responded by demanding the US keep out of the issue. This came at a time when both countries have been engaging in naval exercises in a show of force to the opposing side, which increased tensions in the region. The US Department of Defense released a statement on August 18 where it opposed the use of force to resolve the dispute, and accused China of assertive behaviour

Very impressive.

Comments»

1. Cathy - September 28, 2011

Geoff, are you and Michael still fighting about China?

2. geoff - September 28, 2011

Geoff, are you and Michael still fighting about China?

Of course. He, like a lot of people, believes that China’s fundamental economic weaknesses, large investments in the US, and demographic decline will save us. I believe that waiting for them to fall on their face is a risky strategy, and that as a totalitarian country, they’re not as vulnerable to those issues as we are.

But while we argue, China executes her plan and keeps gaining ground.

Michael - September 28, 2011

as a totalitarian country, they’re not as vulnerable to those issues as we are.

You’re right about that.

I’m confident that a totalitarian political system can’t coexist for the long term with a capitalist economy. That’s where China is at right now. It can’t last. There is too much inherent stress.

However, a lot of damage can be done in the short term. Anybody remember Nazi Germany?

3. BrewFan - September 28, 2011

When I think of China I think of this verse from scripture, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” China is so corrupt that they will collapse internally. I don’t deny they can do some regional damage but they are really not a strategic threat to the U.S. either economically or militarily (imho).


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