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For Xi, a ‘China Dream’ of Military Power

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

2010-2013 may be seen in retrospect to mark the beginning of a prolonged confrontation between China and the USA seeing both the coming to power of Xi, according to this article under the influence of the 2010 book “China Dream”, and the publication in 2011 of Clintons essay Asia’ Pacific Century. I had always tended to regard the famous “pivot to Asia” with some skepticism seeing it as merely a response to US failure in the Middle East. However, Brexit has made me rethink since it seems essentially to be a realignment of the UK with the USA with regard to China. Cameron called for the referendum on the EU in early 2013 but subsequently the UK appeared to be entering into an unprecedented strategic partnership with China. However, Cameron’s role in this was viewed with evident skepticism by the Chinese and it was George Osborne who took the leading role culminating in President Xi’s visit to London last year. Osborne is the main victim of post-Brexit vote machinations as well as the leave campaign’s neoconservative leaders who seemed to be under the illusion that victory would bring them to power. Power has instead fallen to May who has already put dampeners on the China partnership and brought the UK out of the sphere of influence of Chinese soft power. Not for the first time in its history Britain has abandoned its own national interest in deference to that of US imperialism.

WSJ

13th March 2013

Soon after taking over as Communist Party and military chief, Xi Jinping launched a series of speeches referring to “The China Dream.”

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Is South China Sea FON issue prelude to another Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“The real cause of this controversy is the American scheme to cast China as the aggressor so that its flotilla of warships can parade around the South China Seas in name of exercising and assuring freedom of navigation.”

Asia Times

14th July, 2016

When the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague announced its findings on the dispute in South China Sea in favor of the Philippines over China, the most jubilant party was the United States.

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Resetting U.S.-China Relations

Posted by seumasach on November 11, 2014

“Chinese leaders have put forward a new model of “major-country relationship” between China and the United States, an intellectual framework for resolving one of the greatest puzzles in international history — how to avoid falling into the so-called Thucydides trap, the often-cited cycle of struggle between rising and established powers.”

NYT

11th November, 2014

President Obama arrived in Beijing on Monday for a meeting of the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation forum. He will meet with China’s president, Xi Jinping, at length on Wednesday. The occasion is a vital opportunity for the two presidents to reset the relationship between the nations.

 

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Ukraine crisis forces Eurasian evolution

Posted by seumasach on April 30, 2014

But, as well as a Eurasian revolution it must force a European revolution. Kerry latest speech imposes impossible demands on Europe: a rise in NATO spending per member and the opening of the European market to GM crops and fracking. Popular protests against austerity are going to have to focus on these issues, all the more so since it is now clear, in the light of the Ukraine fiasco, that the European leadership is compromised and  unable to lead Europe towards independent policy.

Francesco Sisci

Asia Times

30th April, 2014

BEIJING – It has not happened yet, but expectations are already enormous. A massive strategic and economic shift is expected to result from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to China in May. 

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U.S. response to Crimea worries Japan

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2014

Seattle Times

5th April, 2014

U.S. officials have distanced themselves from the Budapest Memorandum in light of Russia’s takeover of Crimea, calling promises made in Budapest “nonbinding.”

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Washington debates the pivot to Asia

Posted by seumasach on February 21, 2013

Walden Bello

Asia Times

21st February, 2013

Over the last two years, the Obama administration has executed what the president has termed the “Pivot to Asia” strategy, whereby the United States’ global military force posture is being reconfigured to focus on the Asia-Pacific region as Washington’s central front.

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Obama II – the purge and the pact

Posted by seumasach on November 30, 2012

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

28th November, 2012

Enjoying a legitimacy reinforced by his reelection, President Barack Obama is preparing to launch a new foreign policy – drawing the conclusions from the relative economic weakening of the United States, he has renounced the idea of governing the world on his own. US forces continue their departure from Europe and their partial disengagement from the Middle East in order to take up positions around China. From this perspective, he wants to weaken the developing Russo-Chinese alliance at the same time as sharing the burden of the Middle East with Russia. Consequently, he is ready to apply the agreement on Syria which was reached on the 30th June in Geneva – deployment of a UN peace force, composed mainly of troops from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, and maintenance of Bachar el-Assad in power if he is designated by his people.

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Post-US world born in Phnom Penh

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2012

Spengler

Asia Times

27th November, 2012

It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world’s population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States.

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