China Plays Defense…and Offense Against America

China held its annual Belt and Road bash in Beijing.   Xi Jinping carefully and effectively parried Western attacks on China’s signature strategic initiative.

It also looks like the PRC will dodge US efforts to push it into a corner on Iran sanctions by throwing Iran under the bus once again.

Both the Belt and Road Forum and China’s emerging position on the US demand it cut oil purchases from Iran provide important signals on the PRC’s progress in its grand strategy to withstand US economic and financial warfare and build an alternate economic system keyed on China and the RMB Yuan instead of America and the US dollar.

And the PRC unexpectedly bested the US Navy at its favorite game of maritime lawfare in the Taiwan Strait.  For now, anyway.

And Avengers: Endgame.  Because sometimes you just gotta.

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Show notes

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network

China’s Global Power Play

Full text of outcome list of 2nd BRF

How China should respond to US’ Iranian oil request

No wind-down for China on stopping its Iran oil buys: Trump officials

Like the Iran Nuclear Deal?  Thank China

The Deep State Plan to Sabotage Korean Peace

Exclusive: In rare move, French warship passes through Taiwan Strait

China said navy warned off French warship in Taiwan Strait

US warships and PLA jets: what’s really behind the Taiwan Strait provocations between China and the US

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

‘Avengers: Endgame’ shatters records with $1.2 billion opening

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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Comments

  1. Steven Hobbs says:

    Hey Peter,
    Thank you for another excellent post. This mercurial WH resident has no charge for the long game with PRC. Just wondering when the equity class will catch up.
    Best,

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