China: big bully in the South China Sea
by Don Hank
China is claiming vast amounts of water in the South China Sea and this claim is a nuisance to our allies, esp the Philippines, and to Vietnam, which, ironically, could become an ally under these circumstances.
The international tribunal in The Hague just declared China’s claims illegal. It was a no-brainer since no country has ever in history claimed thousands of square miles of ocean far removed from its territorial waters.
So what does China say about the court decision? So What? That’s what.
So why is China doing this?
Because it can.
And why can it?
Because back in the 70s, Kissinger and Nixon got this hare-brained idea to give China “Most Favored Nation” status, or in other words, to treat it just like any other friendly nation, even though it was anything but friendly. In short, the hare-brains made China fabulously rich but without changing its mind about us in the least. Their government still hates our guts.
So why would anyone in their right mind do something so stupid?
That’s easy. Even before the Neocons like Zbigniew Brzezinski and the majority of the last batch of GOP candidates decided that Russia was the number one enemy (wtihout explaining why), there had always been a fear of Russia taking over the world. It started in the 1800s when England — the most expansionist state in all of history — began propagandizing against Russia calling it “expansionist.” Haha! Get it? Wait, it wasn’t a joke! The notion stuck and is alive even today, when the US, currently the most expansionist country in the world, has taken to routinely calling Russia expansionist. Plus ça change….
Now there were two large powerful communist states in the world in the 70s, but somehow, these hare-brains in the White House thought that if the US made China rich, it would become a faithful ally against Russia. I explained this in greater detail here if you care to check it out.
So now, our stupidity has led to a huge crisis, with China, the ally who wouldn’t be one, threatening the entire Pacific Rim, building islands and putting military bases on them to keep everyone else out. Thank you, Kissinger and Nixon.
So what is the answer?
Ok, we made China rich, right? By giving this avowed enemy free trade status. It turns out Trump was right. We need to eliminate that status right now, drastically cutting back on purchases from China and bringing manufacturing back to the US. There’s no point in sending more warships into that area and causing confrontations when we hold the Chinese purse strings. Don’t expect Obama or Hillary to do this. They’ll just pretend to confront China while giggling up their sleeves, the way they are doing in Syria and Iraq.
Trump says he would cut China trade.