Vince Dhimos answered a scary question that is the product of the current US Establishment’s anti-China propaganda campaign. This question by a grassroots American highlights the extreme danger of conducting political campaigns aimed at creating extreme hatred of foreigners among the public. This year, while many have expected the Democrats to offer an alternative to Trump, such is not in the cards – Biden is promising to out-Trump Trump and be even tougher on China (as I pointed out here). Does he want a more-stupid trade war than we have seen so far? More-stupid anti-China rhetoric? Nuclear war? At any rate, it might be a good year to build a bomb shelter in the back yard. And I’m half-serious.
After threatening Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, is it time NATO comes together to destroy China?
Vince Dhimos Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
Hong Kong is threatened by the US, which, with its NGOs and even the US diplomatic mission in HK, supports the rioters, who throw Molotov cocktails at police and destroy millions of dollars’ worth of real estate, with Washington’s blessing. Note that these are NOT Beijing officials, they are officials of the local autonomous authorities. The damage to the city and the injuries and death of HK citizens are supported wholeheartedly by the US sicko Establishment and news media, who disseminate slanted news making it look as if Beijing is to blame for the Hong Kong unrest. It is a lie because it’s an autonomous region and no PRC officials are present there. (Ironically, the riots in the US today mirror the situation in Hong Kong, and the fact that the US, stolidly behind this chaos in Asia, is now being visited by the very same kind of chaos and destruction is an irony lost on the average American. If only community colleges offered thinking classes free of charge to the mentally needy!).
Taiwan is a victim of bad strategy on both sides. Realistically, this island cannot claim to host the government of the whole of mainland China. Jimmy Carter had the power to change this situation and forge a new political settlement that would have taken into account the situation between Taiwan and Beijing by acknowledging the separate existence of the PRC and Taipei governments and avoiding calling Taiwan the unrealistic name of Republic of China. Instead, he simply caved in to the PRC’s One-China policy and hence its demand to de-recognize the Republic of China since, as they reasoned, there can only be one China. All Carter would have had to do is recognize that an island state could not speak for all Chinese and declare that Taiwan was a separate but sovereign government and give it a name befitting its situation as an island state and not the government of China per se. He foolishly accepted the One-China concept of Beijing, according to which, supposedly, the Republic of China could not exist. But it didn’t have to be that way. There could have been a legitimate Chinese state on Taiwan and another on the mainland, provided Taiwan did not pretentiously claim all of the mainland as if had, absurdly, in the past. Bowing to Beijing, Carter chose instead to de-recognize Taiwan, and to this day we have an untenable distortion in world affairs that threatens Taiwan and world peace. In other words, there could be a US embassy in a state called Taiwan with the US acknowledging that Taiwan and the PRC are separate but sovereign. This would have resolved an enormous distortion that now might lead to war and keeps Asia on tenterhooks.
To put it succinctly: The US has de-recognized Taiwan based on the flawed One-China logic, ie, that there can be only one China and since Taiwan insists it represents all of China, it must be absorbed into the PRC. Of course, this One-China principle is nonsense. After all, since they speak French in Belgium (much of it anyway), France could absorb Belgium on that basis. But that would make no sense and neither does it make sense to let the PRC absorb Taiwan just because it embodies the Chinese culture and language. Unfortunately, the US has never taken that more reasonable position and made it clear to PRC that it does not accept the One-China principle. By de-recognizing Taiwan and pulling its embassy out of Taipei, it gave in to the PRC logic right from the start in 1979. On this basis, it is only reasonable for the PRC to expect the other shoe to drop and for Taiwan to be annexed. No wonder they’re claiming what the US practically admitted was theirs! And Carter is reputedly a peace maker?
Getting back to the misguided question I am attempting to answer, the idea of NATO destroying China is a childish but dangerous dream of US propaganda victims. Any attempt to invade China would lead to a nuclear war that would involve both China and Russia and leave the US and much of Asia in ruins. None of these states would ever be the same again and none would ever be “great” in the Trumpian sense. The world economy would also collapse.
Egyptian armed forces add Italian-made air defences.
It looks to me as if some countries, like India and Egypt, while buying large quantities of Russian arms, are diversifying their arms purchases in order to avoid getting in trouble with the Washington bully. Buying Russian arms is always susceptible to sanctions because the US thinks the whole world should ONLY buy American overpriced underperforming weapons. So smart countries like India and Egypt diversify, buying some arms from Western countries not under sanctions but buy the bulk of their weapons from Russia. This is a clever way to “sanction” the US by NOT buying US arms and buying European arms instead. This way they hope to avoid sanctions but do not succumb to US bullying – because the main reason for the sanctions is to force countries to buy American.
Israeli defence forces launch missiles strikes inside Syria
Israel is clearly acting as a proxy of the US. These missile strikes are very frequent, yet you almost can’t learn of them from the US press.
The other US proxy is Turkey.
So far, Russia is keeping Turkey at bay in Syria and Libya, but for political reasons, it is almost helpless to counter the Israeli aggression.
I suspect that if the US dollar is dethroned as the primary world reserve currency, thereby weakening the US both geopolitically and militarily, Russia will become somewhat more firm with Israel. Perhaps these dangerous strikes will stop.