China Fishes in Muddy Waters

Humans have a passion for order.  But somehow much of what they produce is chaos.  Chaos creates confusion, danger, which, if properly exploited, a source of opportunity and advantage.

The Chinese idiom for this is “fishing in muddy waters”.  The fish don’t see you, so you can sneak up on them and scoop them up.

Right now the United States China hawk community is trying to impose order—an anti-PRC order—on the disparate economic, diplomatic, and military policies of the U.S. itself, its allies, its assets, and its enemies.

China is trying to blur those lines, and encourage the system to trend away from order to, if not chaos, muddiness.

This was a good week for muddiness.

The U.S. midterm elections, the Iran sanctions roll-out, and developments in Europe and in the international order all delivered equivocal outcomes that the People’s Republic of China is poised to exploit.

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Show notes

Japan PM in China, first in seven years

Taiwan’s waiver on Iran oil shows good ties with U.S.: MOEA

China is reaping the rewards of undermining Trump’s Iran strategy

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Re-Imposition of Sanctions Pursuant to the May 8, 2018 National Security Presidential Memorandum Relating to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Exclusive: As U.S. sanctions loom, China’s Bank of Kunlun to stop receiving Iran payments—sources

China unexpectedly gambles on European SPV to sustain Iran trade

EU struggles to create Iran oil trade payment vehicle

How a U.S.  Fiasco in Macau Birthed North Korea’s Atomic Bomb

You Like the Iran Nuclear Deal?  Thank China

Beijing, Washington Avoid Sharp Confrontation on Iran

Xi to Face World Tired of Empty Promises at Big Chinese Trade Fair

Full Text: Joint Press Release of Third “1+6” Roundtable

China, WTO, and IMF speak up in defence of free trade at annual meeting in Beijing

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. P. Brooks McGinnis says:

    No More War

  2. Niall Morrissey says:

    Peter – insightful reporting as always. Interesting to see that the US aid now trying to “dissuade” countries is considers “friends” (I use the term euphemistically) to not buy Huawei products as they lose security threats. They must be much arm twisting happening as the work’s biggest bully tries to force its hand under the guise of what’s good for the planet.

  3. Niall Morrissey says:

    Corrected : Peter – insightful reporting as always. Interesting to see that the US is now trying to “dissuade” countries it considers “friends” (I use the term euphemistically) to buy Huawei products as they pose security threats. There must be much arm twisting happening as the world’s biggest bully tries to force its hand under the guise of what’s good for the planet.

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