Strategic Distrust Discussed by a China Insider
A new think tank monograph--click here to read more--confirms what Foreign Confidential™ (formerly China Confidential) has been saying for seven years: China sees the United States as a declining--but still dangerous--power. Increasingly, what's bad for the U.S. is regarded by the powers that be in Beijing as being good for China.
Comment: It does not have to be this way. The Obama administration's "pivot" has made matters worse. The worsening relationship practically rules out meaningful cooperation with regard to the two greatest threats to U.S. national security and world peace--nuclear-armed North Korea and its proliferation partner, nuclear-arming Iran.
Ironically, the Democratic administration and its Republican critics share a common view of the entire world as a U.S. sphere of influence. In the name of "democracy promotion" and so-called humanitarian interventions, Washington is unnecessarily challenging two global powers and, even more ironically, driving two former rivals for leadership of the Communist world--a world that no longer exists--into their strongest-ever partnership.
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