Hubris will do it every time.
The Chinese have just made a
serious strategic blunder.
They dropped the mask and showed
their scowling face to Asia, exposing how the
Middle Kingdom intends to deal with smaller powers,
now that she is the largest military and economic force
in Asia and second largest on earth.
A fortnight ago, a
Chinese trawler rammed a Japanese patrol boat in the
Senkaku Islands, administered by Japan but also claimed
by China. Tokyo released the ship and crew, but held the
His immediate return was demanded
Japan refused. China instantly
escalated the minor incident into a major confrontation,
threatening a cut off of Japan`s supply of
materials, essential to the production of missiles,
batteries and computers.
Through predatory trading, China
had killed its U.S. competitor in rare-earth materials,
establishing almost a global monopoly.
The world depends on China.
Japan capitulated and released the
Now Beijing has decided to rub
Japan`s nose in her humiliation by demanding a full
apology and compensation.
Suddenly, the world sees, no longer
as through a glass darkly, the China that has emerged
from a quarter century of American indulgence, patronage
and tutelage since
The Chinese tiger is all grown up,
and it`s not cuddly anymore.
And with Beijing`s threat to use
its monopoly of rare-earth materials to bend nations to
its will, how does the
Milton Friedmanite free-trade ideology of the
Republican Party, which fed Beijing $2 trillion in trade
surpluses at America`s expense over two decades, look
How do all those lockstep
for Most Favored Nation status for Beijing, ushering
her into the World Trade Organization and looking the
other way as
China dumped into our markets, thieved our
technology and carted off our factories look today?
The self-sufficient Republic that
could stand alone in the world is more dependent than
Japan on China for rare-earth elements vital to our
industries, for the necessities of our daily life, and
for the loans to finance our massive trade and budget
How does the interdependence of
nations in a global economy look now, compared to the
independence American patriots from Alexander Hamilton
Calvin Coolidge guaranteed to us, that enabled us to
win World War II in Europe and the Pacific in less than
Yet China`s bullying of Japan is
beneficial, for it may wake us up to the world as it is,
as it has been, and ever shall be.
China now claims all the Paracel
and Spratly islands in the South China Sea, though
Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan
and Brunei border that sea. To
reinforce her claim, a Chinese fighter jet crashed a
U.S EP-3 surveillance plane 80 miles off Hainan
Island in 2001. Not until Secretary of State Colin
apologized twice did China agree to release the
China`s claim to the Senkakus (the
Diaoyu Islands to the Chinese) was emphasized last week.
While these are largely volcanic rocks rather than
habitable islands, ownership would give a nation a
powerful claim to all the oil, gas and minerals in the
East China Sea.
China has repeatedly warned the
United States to keep its warships, especially carriers,
out of the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. On the mainland
opposite, Beijing has planted 1,000 missiles to convince
Taipei of the futility and cost of declaring
When the U.S. Navy launched
exercises with South Korea after the sinking of South
Cheonan by the North, China threatened the United States should
it move the 97,000-ton carrier
into the Yellow Sea between Korea and China. The carrier
stayed out of the Yellow Sea and remained east of the
In addition to her claims to
sovereignty over all the seas off her southern and
eastern coasts, China occupies a large tract of Indian
land in the Aksai Chin area of India`s northwest.
Thousands of square miles were
by Beijing in the 1962 war with New Delhi—and
In 1969, China and the Soviet Union
battled on the Amur and Ussuri rivers over lands Czar
Alexander I seized at the end of that bloodiest war of
the 19th century, the Chinese civil war known as the
Leonid Brezhnev reportedly sounded out the Nixon
White House on U.S. reaction to
Soviet use of atomic weapons to effect the nuclear
castration of Mao`s China.
China`s claims to her
lost lands in Siberia and the Russian Far East have
not been forgotten in Beijing, and remain on Chinese
How should America respond?
As none of these territorial
disputes involves our vital interests, we should stay
out and let free Asia get a good close look at the new
Then explore the depths of our own
dependency on this bellicose Beijing and determine how
to restore our economic independence.
Ending the trade deficit with China
now becomes a matter of national security.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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