Beijing Leadership Adopts Hard Line on South China Sea
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  • Luke Lea

    I Googled the term “bureaucratic infighting” and got these results:

    I was struck by how many of the top hits involved foreign affairs, America’s in particular. You don’t suppose similar things go on in China do you?

    Not that there is anything reassuring about that.

  • Luke Lea

    From an interview with Roderick (“Rod”) MacFarquhar:

    “HAQ: A lot of Western scholars think the private sector entrepreneurs will be another pro-democracy force in China.

    RMF: That’s a line that’s being purveyed – peddled, I would say – by a number of people: by politicians wishing to justify their relations with China; by businessmen wishing to do business with China; and some scholars. The fact is that there is no indication that Chinese businessmen have any interest in having a democratic system until their own interests are at stake. And on the whole, businessmen are competitive, so they will very rarely come together to demand anything. You have to have a highly developed system, with people knowing each other for many years – as for instance in Wall Street, where these people banded together to defend themselves because they were all under attack. But the Chinese communist government has a very cozy relationship with businessmen. It supports them and allows them into the Party, which gives them more access to power. So I don’t think there is any indication that private enterprise leads to democracy, which is a fallacy that has been used as an excuse for not criticizing China and just going out and having relations [with it].

    I think the United States and the West in general should have relations with China, and they should be as good as possible. There should be interaction and a conjunction of interests, especially between the United States and China. But I don’t think it should mean that the US government should abandon its own values. It must continue this apparently fruitless human rights dialogue, at which they talk past each other once every one or two years. I think there should be a relationship but it should be a critical relationship on both sides. If China has no hesitation about criticizing the United States, why should the United States have any hesitation about criticizing China?”

    Read the whole thing here:

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Let’s give war a chance. America can use Chinese belligerence to bring all of China’s neighbors into closer association with the US, where they can be influenced into adopting more American Culture.

    America’s strategy has always been to make them more like us, and this should be seen as an opportunity to advance our strategy.

  • Kris

    “The video says that China enjoys maritime rights over ‘a vast area’ of the South China Sea, though it does not specify how much.”

    [mob film]

    “How much?”

    [Knees him in the groin.]

    This much. Any other questions? I didn’t think so.”

    [/mob film]

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