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U.S., Aussie, British China-Hands Demand Military Confrontation

U.S., Aussie, British China-Hands Demand Military Confrontation


Aug. 18 (LPAC)–Following the sound thrashing that John Kerry received at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Myanmar last week, where ASEAN rejected all efforts to confront China in favor of close collaboration in development, the various spokesmen for the Empire have dropped all inhibitions in demanding war.

American David Brown, a 30-year U.S. foreign service officer, published a call on Aug. 11 on the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website to “Counter to China’s Paramilitary Juggernaut.” This is the same CSIS which hosted Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the head of the House Intelligence Committee, in July to rant that “We must stop normal diplomatic approaches, be more direct, more aggressive, empower our friends – now is the time to confront China’s gluttonous, naked aggression.”

Brown claimed that the U.S. had mistakenly “bought into the notion that China would be a peacefully rising new superpower,” and that “it has taken time for the scales to fall from our eyes.”  He said this supposed China threat “can be broken if the United States leads a preemptive, cooperative counter to a Chinese show of force.”  He calls for the U.S. to “organize extended multinational, cooperation exercises in the waters between the Paracels and the Spratlys” (two of the contested island groups in the South China Sea), with the intention of preventing any Chinese activities in the region “simply by getting in the way.”

Australian strategist Carl Thayer (who notably headed a “Regime Change Project” at Australian National University in the 1990s), in a response to Brown’s proposal, went further to argue that the U.S. must “create circumstance where China would have to accept the status quo or escalate.” He openly states that the intention is to “deter China,” positing that the U.S. must engage Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to deploy naval forces in the South China Sea, so that “this strategy puts the onus on China to decide the risk of confronting mixed formations of naval vessels and aircraft involving the United States, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.”

One of the loudest voices in Asia speaking for the British view, Philip Bowring of the {Asia Sentinel}, was furious over the results of the ASEAN meeting in Myanamar, focussing his rage on Malaysia and Indonesia. “Malaysia and Indonesia,” he wrote on Aug. 12, “seem to imagine that the only thing that matters is staying in the good books of China in order to attract investment, trade and payoffs to venal politicians…. Apart from Vietnam, and belatedly the Philippines, the Southeast Asian littoral states follow policies which entirely fit with Chinese ones…. But politicians in Jakarta and KL [Kuala Lumpur] care little about the longer term, and their diplomats love to believe their own meaningless words about peace and regional cooperation.”

Indeed, to the British, discussion of “peace and regional cooperation” are a {casus belli}.

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