America’s China Problem

(From LobeLog/Foreign Policy)

By Yu Bin

A specter is haunting the U.S.a specter of a steadily rising China challenging the US-dominated international economic and security system created 70 years ago at the end of World War II.

At the end of March, 57 nations around the world joined the­ China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as its Prospective Founding Member (PFM). Almost all of China’s neighbors signed up, including all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and all of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Around the world, 14 members of the G20 group and all of the BRICS nations of emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa) were on board. Washington was virtually isolated when the G7 European nations (Britain, France, Germany, and Italy) and half of the 28-member European Union rushed in, despite US opposition. The Philippines, which is leading the anti-China crusade in the South China Sea (SCS) dispute, publicly withdrew itself from the US-led and China-excluded talks for the Trans Pacific Trade (TPP) and signed up for AIIB.

No sooner had the AIIB closed its door for PFM than the South China Sea (SCS) issue flared up. Throughout April and May, calls were growing louder inside the Beltway to “punish China” for its island building activities in the disputed SCS and to assert the U.S. freedom of navigation (FON) in the region with US military aircraft and ships. Immediately after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s mid-May visit to Beijing, where he promised the host that Washington was “not taking position on the territorial dispute,” a U.S. Navy P8-A surveillance plane was flying close to several China-held reefs in the SCS, with a CNN camera crew on-board to dramatize the U.S. opposition to China’s operations in the area.

In early June, President Obama joined the choir of alarmists by blaming China for “throwing elbows and pushing people out of the way.” This rather moderate criticism of China, however, was more than offset by the widely publicized U.S. accusation of Chinese spying and cyber-attacks. Philippine President Aquino went as far as to compare China’s stance in the SCS to that of Nazi Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II. Meanwhile, Japan is poised to dispatch its powerful navy to the SCS 70 years after it was forced to withdraw on surrendering to the Allies in August 1945. Welcome to the brave new world of speaking loudly and nastily against China while carrying a big stick. Read more

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  • Alex Wijaya

    China will use its main advantage, economy, to challenge the US. While the US will use its main advantage, military, to contain China. It is up to Asian countries to choose whose way is beneficial to them. I don’t think military will contribute positive element to the rise of Asia today.

  • manofsan

    China is putting military bases on the artificial islands it has built. Therefore you may wish to consider that, when you feel that military won’t contribute anything positive to rise of Asia.

  • China Lee

    China consumed 29% more total energy than the US in 2014 | BP

    China: 2,972 MTOEs (ie. Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent)
    US: 2,299 MTOEs

    Source (BP 2015 World Energy | Primary Energy Consumption p. 40):

  • The_Spanish_Inquisition

    China is the LAST claimant nation to do so, and there is currently NO evidence if military use of these islands

    How does flying surveillance aircraft with propagandized TV crews on board – or B52 bombers over the Diaoyu Islands – help stabilize this situation, much less resolve it?

  • The_Spanish_Inquisition

    From 2009 – 2012 China used more concrete than the USA did in the entire 20th century. Google it

  • China Lee

    Your paraphrase has a typographical error.

    The correct quotation is: “China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. used in the entire 20th Century.” (from The Washington Post article)

  • manofsan

    The public have a right to know – except in China, of course.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    Compared to Uncle Satan’s more than one thousand overseas bases, and its Special Forces death-squads operating in over 100 countries.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    Anyone who knows the unbroken 200 year history of US belligerence, aggression and genocide and the vicious psychopathology and twisted religious delusions that propel it, knows with absolute certainty that the ruling US elite will NEVER tolerate any power reaching even equivalence with it. And very much less so when that power is non-Western. War is absolutely certain.Foreign Policy magazine has openly published an article recently stating, unequivocally, that accommodation with China, ie live and let live, is ‘impossible’.