Institutional Delegation to China and Japan Urges that “Cool Heads Prevail” on Both Sides
Nov. 4, 2012 (LPAC)–Assistant Secretary of State for Asia Kurt Campbell told a conference in Washington Thursday that he and Hillary Clinton had given semi-official backing to a bipartisan delegation of senior retired diplomatic and intelligence officials to visit Japan and China, with the message that “cooler heads must prevail” in the growing crisis between the two great powers of Asia, ostensibly over a territorial dispute regarding three tiny islands in the East China Sea. It means that a group within the institution of the Presidency, wants to slow or halt Obama’s drive to thermonuclear war in the Pacific. Campbell said that the delegation, headed by Richard Armitage, and including two Democrats and two Republicans, told Japan that, while the U.S. would honor its treaty agreements with Japan, a military conflict would be disastrous for all, and must be avoided through careful diplomacy. He said that the message to China was similar.
Asked by EIR if China were not justified in its concern that the U.S. expansion of military capacities in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia, its proposed expanded ABM system around China, and its apparent backing for Japan and the Philippines and others in provoking conflict over territorial issues with China that were long dormant, would lead to a military conflict between the U.S. and China, Campbell strongly asserted that the U.S.-China relationship was the most important in the world for the coming period and must be based on cooperation, adding that the China-Japan relationship was also crucial for continued peace and development in Asia.
However, Campbell insisted that the pivot to Asia (now called the “rebalancing”), and beefed-up U.S. military deployments in the region, should not worry China–demonstrating a continued blindness in even the best of this administration to the immediate threat of global war.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that, according to sources, the Armitage report on the visit to Japan and China says that “surprisingly poor communications and serious misunderstandings between China and Japan increase the risk that the territorial dispute could escalate if their ships collide or there’s some other mishap.”
A senior U.S. intelligence source, briefed on the delegation’s visit, confirmed that the Japanese had been pressed by the group to back off from any further provocations, but that they also were given reassurances that the United States would honor its bilateral defense treaty obligations in the event of a Chinese provocation. The Chinese were similarly told that the United States does not want to be dragged into a Sino-Japanese crisis over disputed islands, but that the United States was obligated, by treaty, to defend its ally Japan.