Obama, who heads on after the weekend summit to Australia and Bali, is using his APEC chairmanship to try to shape the commercial rules for a region that could dictate America’s economic future. Transforming the once obscure Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into an Asia-wide free trade zone is seen as the cornerstone of that effort, and it now includes two of the world’s biggest economies, theUnited States and Japan.
Persuading Asian governments to accept new rules for state-owned companies and commit to reducing tariffs in agriculture will require hard bargaining and concessions from the United States on its own protectionist barriers. The elephant in the room is China, the world’s second largest economy which risks being left out in the cold if the trade zone takes off.
The United States wants a prominent role in Asia to counter China’s developing aggression
The U.S. move to “return to Asia” aims to gain more interests from Asia’s regional development and cement its dominant position in Asia. First, it should learn to get along with China. Its “return” to Asia has drawn people’s attention back to a possible confrontation between itself and China. Many Western scholars believe that the reassertion of the leading U.S. role in Asia is directed against China because only China’s rise can pose a potential challenge to its hegemony. Furthermore, a few Asian countries hope to take advantage of theUnited States, especially its military power, to strike a so-called strategic balance with China.
We have been discussing increased tensions due to ownership claims over long disputed islands and unrecovered raw material riches below the east and South China Seas for years. China is embroiled in territorial disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia,Brunei Japan, and India:
China has been making all these ownership claims while warning other Asian countries to stay away. Meanwhile they have supposedly been building their world war machine with “innocent” intentions. China accuses Japan of exaggerating it as a military threat: It is no exaggeration it is called truth and you better be concerned and China calls weapons modernization drive warnings alarmist “cock-and-bull story. Also US senators warn Beijing on South China Sea, China warns US to stay out of it
All this to no avail as China’s answer is always that her intentions are innocent “yeah like Hitler’s military buildup prior to WW2” We must all stop playing these games at this point and like it or not “share” if we are to survive into the future. Sadly we know the powers to be are not smart enough to do that. We are already in severe trouble with the condition of the world environmentally and due to power struggles getting ready to erupt in the Middle East and make things horrifically worse in many regards.
Being in a superior position puts one in a unique position of power and that power must be handled gracefully, with humility, responsibly, and not abused. That is something I taught all my sons and America under Bush did a lousy job of handling.
I am a little worried that China too is getting a little too heavy handed and abusive with her new position of power and beginning to take what she wants instead of being content with what she has which is what I constantly lecture has to be the case if we are to have a future. The time when man and the planet could handle war and colonialism is over, period or else!
We are Taiwan’s, the Philippines, and Japan’s protectors and now Vietnam’s. Vietnam is no real threat to China so what is up here? As China flex’s their military muscles in the area we are not supposed to worry. Just what are we supposed to think they are going to do with their advanced weaponry, missiles, stealth aircraft, aircraft carriers and the like.
Their threats are going to become more ominous until they cannot be ignored and it is too late. We have been here before. The world was not supposed to worry as Hitler built his arsenal and we know how that turned out. If peace is truly the goal then try something unique and share the wealth. We need peace to succeed as a world into the 21st century not more and never ending war.
To make the situation worse as we’ve discussed often, the US is pledged to defend Taiwan who “at least they say” will never unify under China. There is no way we can get militarily involved with China’s lust to rebuild Imperial China. Three years ago the US signed a deal to deliver a massive amount of advanced weaponry to Taiwan. The package includes a variety of U.S.-made weapons systems, including Patriot III anti-missile missiles, Apache attack helicopters, Harpoon missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles.This was 3 years agoSome deliveries are in process and some still being worked out.
China is not taking this lying down! We have covered East, South, and China sea disputes extensively
Knowing all of this I must once again express naivety. We are so kept in the dark as to any truth in any incident here and around the world. I had no idea or even thought in this context but President Hu Jintao’s call for a rejuvenation of the country 100 years after theXinhai Revolution that ended more than 2,000 years of dynastic rule in China is something new to me. Worse part is that this includes Taiwan too and China is not going to settle for no! China Urges Reunification at 100th Anniversary of Demise of Last Dynasty
President Hu calls on all of China’s sons and daughters to join hands to carry on with the work of the Chinese Republic’s first president,Sun Yat-sen, and realize his ideals of what he described as “China’s great rejuvenation.” China has not been building her military and flexing her muscles for nothing. China wants Asia period and not just supremacy. She is going to have her Dynasty once again United States be damned. I do not like this, once again we are putting ourselves right in the middle of a growing conflict or war.