I’m not fond of CBS Sixty Minutes, these days, but this is from Sixty Minutes – Australia, and it’s a good report. “When China says that they want to be your economic partner, it means that they want to be your economic master.”
The Communist Chinese current move in the Pacific isn’t about a physical outcome, but a political one. Their goal it’s to limit or eliminate Washington’s influence over countries in the region, including, ideally, through the termination of their defense treaties and the Taiwan Relations Act, which commits the United States to support Taiwan’s defense. There is no politician that they will not bribe, no shady deal that they won’t engage in, to reach their stated outcome.
This doesn’t mean that China is looking to completely extricate the United States from Asian and Pacific countries: It’s OK if the US continues trading, or if U.S. companies invest there under Chinese supervision.
China’s goal is to constrain Washington’s influence to the point that it would no longer try, or would be unable, to convince regional governments to take measures against China such as banning Huawei fifth-generation technology.
Both U.S. allies and neutral countries in the Asia-Pacific already fear China’s growing power and its geopolitical demands. This is happening while the military balance is still in Washington’s favor. If China becomes more powerful, it will also become more threatening. With the exception of India, all other regional countries are dwarfed by China. If left alone, they would have to acquiesce to any and all demands coming from Beijing, as they would stand no chance of prevailing in a bilateral military conflict.
Some China watchers have told me that they see little possibility of a regional military conflict (shooting war) between the US and its allies and Communist China. I disagree. China’s reaction to the political pushback as a result of the Chinese Plague that rocked the world has been hysterical and resembles a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. They’ve been bribing and muscling their way around and some of the people who they bought aren’t staying bought. This means that military threats in the Pacific become the last resort in their efforts to “own” the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
President Trump has repeatedly said during his term in office that the Chinese and their unfair trade deals needed to be curbed, but it’s not until the Pandemic hit that he woke up fully to the military threat posed by Communist China. Corrupt old Joe Biden, contender for the US Presidency, has taken $1.5 billion in bribes (along with his son, Hunter) from China. Would he stay bought if he was president?