[ Editor’s Note: The US tight rope walk with its China policy continues. As John Mearscheimer has covered over and over in his interviews, China is the US’s only peer competitor, and hence he thought the war with Russian using Ukraine as cannon fodder to be a huge inappropriate waste of resources that should be saved for China.
This is a tricky concept to get one’s head around. The US and NATO still hugely dominate China’s military power. But that will slowly change as China has the economic engine now to drive its domestic economy and divert necessary resources to build a credible military to eventyally protect itself from the US.
That is why countries with large enough economies rushed into building nukes as quickly as they could to have a credible deterrent. On the seas US Navy roams where it wants and a peer level counter navy would take a generation, or two, to build.
So we see China, to a degree, following Russia’s tact of focusing on technology for state of the art weapons, quality versus quantity. And the term ‘mini-nukes’ is no longer whispered anymore. VT published the history of them, and their use, as reasonable options for using the big ones, until they also began to be used, disguised as truck bombs or ammo dumps going up.
So here we are with an arms race still rolling on, which to a degree is a no win situation for countries because there is no end to having enough, but certainly a win-win for their domestic defense industries.
For example the Ukraine war has been a Santa Claus come early for Western countries having cleared inventories of conventional weapons which have to be quickly replaced with new orders, where in the US situation this is done with endless borrowed money that no one expects to ever be paid.
If anyone sees any possible good outcome from this insanity please share it in the comments… Jim W. Dean ]
First revealed … Might 03, 2022
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make a long-awaited speech outlining the administration’s China technique Thursday in Washington, an individual conversant in the plans informed POLITICO. However don’t count on something daring.
…The upcoming speech will kick off a month of intense administration engagement with Asia, together with subsequent week’s U.S.-ASEAN Particular Summit in Washington, Biden’s journey to South Korea and Japan and the primary in-person assembly Might 24 of leaders of the Quad, together with Japan, India and Australia.
The administration’s problem is to make sure buy-in for the technique — which hinges on constructing and reinforcing alliances and partnerships in Asia and past — to counter U.S. perceptions of China’s rising diplomatic, financial and navy affect undermining Biden’s conception of a “rules-based worldwide order.”
…“The China Technique is mainly ‘Trump-plus with sophistication’ however with companions and allies,” mentioned a China skilled conversant in the technique’s contents who requested for anonymity with a view to converse freely.
… “Our relationship with China can be aggressive when it must be, collaborative when it may be, and adversarial when it have to be,” Blinken mentioned in March 2021.
Biden outlined his overarching imaginative and prescient in his first speech to Congress a 12 months in the past. “We’re in competitors with China and different international locations to win the twenty first Century,” he mentioned to a standing ovation.