Saturday, April 30, 2005

America Surrenders Power to the Chinese: China, US to enhance military exchanges

Before WWI diplomats were very busy. Everyone was making deals and treaties with everyone else. The King of England who took over after Victoria died of extreme old age was very busy, personally inking joint communications and concords of mutual support. Everyone emulated him. In particular, military matters were scrutinized and many deals, mostly hidden from view, were inked. The British were anxious to preserve their domination of the world and at the same time wanted to do this with minimum effort. They recognized the rising power of the USA and Germany and Japan but wanted to keep their premier position.

There was a very vibrant antiwar movement running along side all of this. The Boer war upset many Brits who thought that was enough rough housing for the time being. In France, the workers wanted to have the Internationalist Front and their slogan was "workers of the world unite!"

It all collapsed into WWI. One shot.

We are in a nearly identical phase right now:China, US to enhance military exchanges reads the top headline in the official Chinese news service in English today.

Senior Chinese and US military officials agreed to strengthen military exchanges and promote mutual trust in the coming year after holding their seventh round of consultation on defense at vice-ministerial level here on Thursday

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The Chinese side briefed US officials on the contents of a new edition of China's Defense White Paper and the Chinese military modernization while the US side informed Chinese officials of the plan for the redeployment of US military forces around the world.

Both sides agreed that China and the United States have common interests on many regional and global issues and therefore should strengthen coordination and bilateral exchanges, broaden common ground in order to maintain regional and global peace and stability.


This surprise move which, AS PER USUAL, didn't make any headlines in America, is a key moment in our history. We are basically surrendering Asia to Chinese domination. Public shows of defiance such as when Bush called the Chinese names and bragged he would use force to bring home our spy plane and our provocative display of war games with the Japanese fleet right in front of China's face have reaped this: near total surrender to the Chinese.

Make no mistake. This is a surrender. We will no longer secretly spy on them by flying planes right next to their military bases. They will no longer hold secret war games pretending to invade Taiwan. Taiwan will reunite quietly with China. We saw the first overt moves in this direction this week with the surrender of the Nationalist party to their bitterest foes. The currency boggle yesterday was a test of the new system. It worked.

The "peace and stability" part is very interesting. We are basically saying, it is OK for the Chinese to continue their pressures on Taiwan for reunification. And we won't threaten China with force. And we are not going to flaunt our power there anymore. Evidently, reading between the lines, I am guessing that we can't manouver in the China Seas without clearing it with the Chinese first.

Seems someone besides me has noticed that the USA pretty much lost the Great Game of Go. I wonder if the American people will be told this.

And a warning: in 1914 the web of agreements collapsed very spectacularily.
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