Who Is Running the China War?

It’s becoming increasingly easy to answer that question.  It’s the Pentagon.  And a big player at the Pentagon’s China War is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Corps Commandant Joseph Dunford, nicknamed Fighting Joe.

In addition to fighting China, General Dunford is also fighting Silicon Valley for insufficient enthusiasm in working for the Pentagon and excessive interest in playing footsie with China.

This week, China Watch looks at two high profile China gambits by General Dunford that he thinks or hopes are pretty good.

First, a publicized exercise in island seizing meant to put the Chinese on notice in the South China Sea.

Second, General Dunford publicly bringing Google to heel (with a little help from Donald Trump) over its lack of eagerness in working on military Artificial Intelligence projects with the Pentagon while exploring AI cooperation with China.

We also look at the emerging US project for sanctioning China for its transgressions against the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, and why the fate of Grindr is a key tell in the US battle against Chinese investment in the homeland.

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Show notes

5000 Ways to Die: America Tightens the Noose Around China’s Neck

Troops practice island-seizing in the Pacific amid US-China tensions

PLA opens missile base; S China Sea in range

China Won’t Yield ‘Even One Inch’ of South China Sea, Xi Tells Mattis

in South China Sea rivalries may be played out at disputed Mischief Reef, observers say

Overseas Contingency Operations: The Pentagon Slush Fund

Google’s CEO will meet with the US general who said the company is ‘indirectly benefiting the Chinese military’

Google’s AI work in China Spurs CEO Sitdown with Pentagon Brass

Pentagon Warns Silicon Valley About Aiding Chinese Military

US funds pull out of Chinese companies over Uighur detention in Xinjiang

Rubio, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration To Sanction Human Rights Violators in China’s Xinjiang Region

Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

Senate revives bill to sanction China over mass detention of Uighur Muslims

Rubio, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Legislation In Response to China’s Human Rights Abuses of Uyghurs

Grindr’s Chinese owner says no deal with US yet on sale, in response to potential blackmail concerns

National security officials fear gay dating app’s data could be used for blackmail.

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:

    I wonder if the Grindr thing could be used for trade négociation.

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