Finagling in the Philippines and Baloney in Barcelona: America’s War on China Grinds On

When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Manila last week, he made the statement:

As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our mutual defense treaty.

Was this a big deal?

Zack Cooper of the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute said:

Yes! “Extremely significant policy shift

Walter Lohman of the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute said:

No! “Not really a shift. It’s a restatement of policy not clearly articulated since Clinton admin. Long overdue.

The true answer involves a stealth plan by the Pentagon and the Philippine Ministry of Defense to circumvent the administration of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and upgrade the US-Filipino military relationship in preparation for an armed clash with the People’s Republic of China.

Also in this episode: Is the world—and America—waking up to the Huawei lie?  The US campaign to bumrush a ban against PRC telecom giant Huawei hits some serious headwinds in Europe.

And the identity of America’s most abject and loyal ally—whom I have chosen to codename “kangapoodle”-- is revealed!

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Show notes

Timely assurance from oldest ally

Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China by Marites Danguilan Vitug

Scrapping Mutual Defense Treaty with U.S. an Option--Lorenzana

A Chance to renew the US-Philippines defense alliance

Locsin: No need to review Mutual Defense Treaty

Palace: ‘No need’ to review defense treaty

Top level US officials to review US-PH defense treaty

Germany tells US to verpissen off about Huawei 5G

Huawei Now Just Trolling US By Dredging Up Edward Snowden

The Great Lanyard War

Experts say US anti-Huawei campaign likely exaggerated

Europe is better off policing Huawei than banning it

How Huawei Won Barcelona

Kirin 980-HiSilicon

Australia will stand firm on Huawei ban if US retreats: Foreign Minister

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. Walid Hammami says:

    We need to factor in the upcoming US recession. This will weaken the US for some time. This is where the Chinese will move in to improve their position and might even extend the recession for the US by continuing to play the trade war game.

  2. tallsexyblonde says:

    Good stuff Peter.

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