The Chinese government has prospered in its relationship with the (feckless) west, and in particular, the US. To the Chinese leadership, the US is the “mysterious East”. As a professor and visiting lecturer at the People’s Public Security University in Beijing, I had some spirited discussions with hard core Chinese ideologues. Heads exploded when I attempted to explain the application of the Second Amendment and why it was critical that private American citizens be armed as to their preference. We agreed to disagree, but those concepts don’t square well in the ordered Chinese mind. As Kipling so wisely put it, “East is east and West is west and never the twain shall meet.” They (and the Russians) view the center of the United States as a vast irregular militia, armed to the teeth, and well outside of control of Washington. I agreed with them. It’s the way that the Founding Fathers wanted it. An armed society is a free society. Slaves are never armed. The Second Amendment is not about deer hunting.
“It must be stated that, there is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents China. Those are all facts recognized by the international community,” Geng said.
He also said that the one-China principle is the political foundation for China-U.S. relations. “We urge relevant US (sic) side to honor the commitment to the one-China policy as well as the three Sino-US joint communiques, and cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid any unnecessary disturbance to the bigger picture of Sino-US relations.”
“We are determined, confident and capable of containing Taiwan independence in any form and pushing forward the national reunification process,” said An.
|South China Sea|
I have no idea how the Trump Administration will address the Chinese militarization and seizure of the South China Sea as it’s own swimming pool. However I’m sure that will be on the table as well from a US perspective as the negotiations move forward.
Since President Trump has not formally taken office, there have been no discussions between his still-forming administration and US Allies in the region – principally Australia. The Philippines is still in play and could tilt in any direction.
India-Heart of Asia Conference (HoA)
Delegations from Over 30 countries and a dozen international organizations attended the conference on 4 December in Amritsar, Punjab State, in northwestern India. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “The three big issues of the conference were countering terrorism to create stability in Afghanistan, providing Afghanistan the connectivity to strengthen economic activities and the development which is essential for progress.
“We remain concerned by the gravity of the security situation in Afghanistan in particular and the region and the high level of violence caused by the Taliban, terrorist groups including ISIL / DAISH and its affiliates, the Haqqani Network, Al Qaida, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, East Turkistan Islamic Movement, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Jundullah and other foreign terrorist fighters. Acknowledging the support that terrorism derives in our region, we demand an immediate end to all forms of terrorism, as well as all support to it, including financing of terrorism. We recognize that terrorism is the biggest threat to peace, stability and cooperation in our region….”
“We strongly call for concerted regional and international cooperation to ensure elimination of terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, including dismantling of terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens in the Heart of Asia region, as well as disrupting all financial, tactical and logistical support for terrorism. In this regard, we call upon all states to take action against these terrorist entities in accordance with their respective national counter terrorism policies, their international obligations and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy 2006. Furthermore, we encourage early finalization of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism with consensus….”
“We reaffirm our recognition made in Islamabad last year that violent extremism facilitates, encourages and justifies acts of terrorism and violence and we undertake to introduce measures to curb the spread of violent extremism and terrorism. We recognize the necessity of taking serious measures to address recruitment of youth to extremist and terrorist networks. We realize that the radicalization of disaffected elements of the population, especially youth, can only be prevented by effective de-radicalization and counter-radicalization strategies involving all the HoA countries….”