History Made; Media Blind
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  • Eric J.

    Any idea who at the State Dept. is behind this Asian Awakening for US diplomacy? It’s going well enough and quietly enough that it seems to be no more than rubber stamped by Obama and Clinton. Neither of them would be willing to allow positive developments like these without front-page headlines (even if those headlines had the potential to scuttle the developments.)

  • Kris

    “the PLA and the Foreign Ministry are paying close attention as China’s biggest nightmare takes a giant step onto the world stage.”

    As I’ve repeatedly said, they seem to be objectively pro-nightmare.

  • Kansas Scott

    “Until then, we’ll do our poor best at Via Meadia to help readers watch history unfold.”

    That’s why we readers pay you the big bucks. (Seriously though, thank you for this continued level of insightful commentary).

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I would like to see much more US military equipment sales to India. Ships, subs, Patriot missiles, F-35’s, comm gear, etc… the first step in a defence alliance should be common equipment. It’s unfortuate that India can’t afford the best, and has gone with Russian quantity over US quality for so long. I would really like to see the world’s largest Democracy India, replace China as America’s 2nd largest trade partner after Canada.


    Over at the National Review Online, John Bolton remarks: “(T)he risk of massive cross-border refugee movements should have prompted intense U.S.-Chinese consultations about the inevitable succession crisis. Unfortunately, little appears to have been done, despite continuing, visible evidence of Kim Jong Il’s physical decline.” New ententes aside, it is worrisome there appears to be a lack of strategic communication with China on the Kim issue.

  • Anthony

    WRM, China and U.S. part of current world order framework facilitating international system…. Actually what appears to be happening is a strengthening of the international system – by which China benefits. Does it actually alter U.S. and China dynamics because trilateral talks were held?

    Asian games, triangular strategic talks are part of current world order framework with Pacific emphasis.

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  • Luke Lea

    “China’s biggest nightmare”? Really? I can think of some bigger ones. Maybe you meant China’s biggest foreign-policy nightmare.

  • Sorry for the accidental post. iPads can be touchy. I was saying from my Australian POV, there is an Anglo Sphere element at play here. There is also the fact that Indoeuorpean language is common to India and the West, while the Sinosphere is linguistically different. These natural divisions need not end in war, but they are natural cultural factors in the process of global convergence caused by world wide industrialization. The Islamist naysayers to that process will cause a lot more trouble, but knitting the west and Asia together in this way is a great long term strategy. The Chinese reacted correctly. It need not be an anti Chinese entente. Well spotted WRM. BTW, I think WRM’s hopes for better from the press are misplaced. They are largely intent on fitting events into tired ideological stereotypes, not promoting new understandings. They all have canned obits for dear leader and Steve Jobs, but they wouldn’t notice a shift in Grand Strategy if it bit them on the backside.

  • Jim.

    That’s why Via Meadia is as worthwhile as The Economist, and much more economical. 😉

    The fact that Time and Newsweek aren’t beating down your door to replace their regularly scheduled Lefties with your insightful commentary is the reason why they’re going bankrupt.

  • Agreed Jim. Interesting that this post about an actual strategic move with far reaching implications attracts about 10 comments while the one on the mere possibility of war with Iran produces heaps including a couple of feuding Persians and a “comma cop”. in some ways we get the media our reptile brain wants. OR you gotta love human nature!

  • ltlee

    All the mentioned powers and regional presence are either former western colonies or currently partially occupied by the US. Nah. The media does not miss anything. A certain mentality separating the colonized and the semi-colonized has been etched on the western mind for decades. Such linking up, in one form or the other, is anticipated long ago, not really ground breaking news. In contrast, peace or normality with North Korea will be ground breaking.

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