China Cold War: The Age of Anxiety and Collateral Damage

The U.S. cold war against China has been around longer than the general public realizes.  It actually started in the closing years of the Obama administration, when Chuck Hagel was pushed out as Secretary of Defense and Admiral Harry Harris, a diehard China hawk, took the reins at PACOM in 2014.

Now Cold War 2.0 isn’t a cute little baby anymore, it’s an unruly adolescent, and that’s making some people nervous.  Not just in China, where they’re supposed to be nervous; also in the US business community, and in Taiwanese society, and in the Uyghur diaspora, to mention the three areas we’ll cover this week.

China Watch looks at how the long held China hawk dream of China containment is banging US business, how Taiwan’s tilt toward the US and Japan is pushing Taiwan public opinion in the opposite direction, and what happened to the Uyghurs?  They’re getting disappeared from the China-bashing media event du jour, wall to wall coverage of the security crackdown in Xinjiang.

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Show notes

Chuck Hagel’s Demise…James Fanell’s Rise…and Australia!

DOJ orders two Chinese state-run media organizations to register as foreign agents

New round of U.S. China tariffs raise fears of an economic cold war

X-Men: The Last Stand

‘It’s Going to Be a Mess.’ Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Says U.S.-China Trade War Could Last 20 Years

China’s intensified oppression alters status quo: President Tsai

Full text of ROC President Ma Ying-jeou’s remarks in meeting with mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Taiwan’s [2012] presidential election: a referendum on the 1992 consensus

Taiwan after the KMT: Interpreting the 2016 Election

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu highlights Taiwan’s strategic importance at the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue

New heights reached in deterioration of cross-straits diplomacy, official ties [in Chinese]

August 2018 Republic of China Mainland Affairs Council Survey of Popular Attitudes on Cross Strait Relations

Special China Watch reports on Korea

Perhaps no foreign affairs issue in recent history has been so thoroughly misunderstood as the backstory of U.S. engagement with North Korea.  That’s because U.S. machinations relating to North Korea are about as dirty, unsuccessful, and embarrassing as can be imagined.

Here’s your chance to understand the context of U.S.—North Korea relations: a trio of special reports I have prepared on the untold story of U.S. duplicity and failure on North Korea.  Unknown, that is, to Western observers who rely on the selective historical memories of American policy makers and pundits; but deeply known and felt reality to North Korean and Chinese policymakers for whom U.S. bad faith and betrayal is the default setting in Korean affairs.

The Deep State Plan to Sabotage Korean Peace (full episode available on Youtube)

John Bolton’s presence on the White House staff is a red flag to Chinese and North Korean policymakers.  That’s because John Bolton’s core competency is sabotaging the stated and perhaps genuine intentions of the President of the United States to pursue peace on the Korean Peninsula, and substitute “active measures” to promote regime change. 

One of the most consequential failures in modern U.S. diplomacy (or anti-diplomacy) if you prefer, was a disastrous foray into financial secondary sanctions targeting North Korea during the George W. Bush years when John Bolton ruled the North Korea regime-change roost.  The sanctions gambit—targeting a tiny, China affiliated bank in Macau—backfired and literally birthed North Korea’s first atomic bomb.

It’s history that the Chinese and North Koreans know deep in their bones, even as the U.S. government tried to deny and ignore the reality of the fiasco.  To understand the deep distrust and reflexive caution of Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping in dealing with the United States, you need to know about the Banco Delta Asia gambit of 2005.

This is a non-paywalled China Watch offering posted on the Newsbud youtube channel per the link.  Please circulate it among your friends and encourage them to subscribe to Newsbud and get the full story of America’s North Korea boondoggle.

Shame in San Francisco: At the Olympics, South Korea Says “Enough” to a Century of Japanese and U.S. Betrayal

My Asia Brief audio report on the history Americans don’t know… but drives current events on the Korean peninsula.  Resentment at the sacrifice of Korea to U.S. Cold War ambitions and the Japanese alliance runs deep…and Koreans in the North and South are finally able to do something about it.

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

The Korean War was a desperate and dubious battle in which the US was ready to try anything and everything to overcome its strategic and tactical disadvantages.  Biological weapons, nuclear weapons…and Douglas MacArthur’s plans for a strategic breakout via escalation of the Korean conflict to a regional war.  Everything was on the table.

Douglas MacArthur made the first US attempt to parlay a Korean crisis into an existential confrontation with the People’s Republic of China.  With the US milsec establishment, his ideas are more popular—and dangerous—than ever.  My documentary uses first hand testimony and declassified archives to finally reveal the truth behind this long-suppressed event.

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  1. Excellent analysis once again Peter, thanks!

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