Game of Thrones: China Pushes Back
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  • Anthony

    Obviously, China too has a grand strategy for the Asia-Pacific region: to protect and maximize its prospects regarding both economic and strategic regional interests. Indeed, The Game of Thrones provides backdrop to structural imperatives of international system.

  • ” the United States is building a Pacific entente to counter—though not to contain—the consequences of China’s economic growth and military posture in the region.”

    What’s wrong with the word contain?

    Anyway the biggest consequence of China’s economic growth is the corruption of American corporate culture. Corporations split the profits with the Party (let’s not kid ourselves) and both sides turn a blind eye to the realities of Chinese society.

    Anybody remember Wei Jingsheng’s Fifth Modernization. That was 34 years ago and nothing has changed.

    Again, that old Jewish joke: the devil approaches a Hollywood mogul and promises him anything in the world if he will sell him his soul. The mogul replies, “What’s the catch?” (My Jewish girlfriend told me that one.)

    For mogul substitute “architects of US trade policy with China. ” (We can’t really blame the corporations; based on the rules of the game they do what they gotta do to survive in the marketplace. It’s the ones who changed the rules that sold our soul to the devil.)

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “China doesn’t think the time is right for a flashy, high profile confrontation, but it hopes to win a long game of attrition in which the power of its market and its presence will gradually push American efforts aside.”

    This is wrong; if China had the power they would have already used it. The fact is China lacks both the economic power, military power, or soft power to order the American’s out, and the other nations in the region are not going to give up their America Cards, certainly not when China is trying to throw its weight around. And so we see China’s pitiful attempts to bully favorable trade agreements with Australia, Japan, and South Korea, in contrast to the far-reaching free trade agreement being negotiated between America and everyone except China.

    China is swiftly becoming the sick man of Asia, and only a few see it coming at the moment. China’s power has already peaked and any talk of a Chinese long game, needs to recognize that China’s long game will have to be built on declining relative power.

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