Business As Usual

From the Editors

In January 2017 a new president will be sworn in who will continue with President Obama’s South East Asia pivot policy with the objective of confronting China. That a US and NATO war with China is inevitable is evidenced by the over 400 US bases surrounding China which, as Pilger points out, are supposed to act as a noose around China, presumably designed to choke China’s regional aspirations.

Mr Trump, has already demonstrated to the world that he intends to continue President Obama’s brand of invidious international relations that employs the most refined rhetorical ethic to disarm perceived opponents in global international relations. His call with President Tsai of Taiwan was intended to give a clear signal to China that it’s business as usual, and President Xi should not expect any improvement in tensions over the South China Sea.

President Tsai was elected with the support of US and European NGOs whose agenda was to help elect a pro-United States leader in Taiwan. The Taiwan government is obviously aware that there will never be any hope of the creation of any independent state that is recognised by the main land. China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province. China and the Taiwanese regime both know that China will not invade and Taiwan will not declare independence.

A government in Taiwan led by President Tsai that is willing to work within the parameters of United States foreign policy and enrich Taiwan’s pro-independence elites whilst offering itself as a willing pawn to the United States bid to retain hegemony in the South China Sea is a policy that may rapidly denude President Tsai’s power base, because it will further impel China to cultivate powerful friends within Taiwan who want regional peace and who will be better funded than President Tsai was during the last Taiwan presidential elections by the United States and other NATO actors and their favoured NGOs who act as the United State’s agents of discontent and change.

China simply has more money to invest in its own political agenda and more at stake in Taiwan than any other non-regional player. The bottom line is that China will not invade Taiwan. Should China ever decide to go ahead and invade Taiwan the United States will do nothing. You can bet on it.


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