Softly, Softly: Beijing Turns Other Cheek — For Now | Via Meadia

The cascade of statements, deployments, agreements and announcements from the United States and its regional associates in the last week has to be one of the most unpleasant shocks for China’s leadership — ever.  The US is moving forces to Australia, Australia is selling uranium to India, Japan is stepping up military actions and coordinating more closely with the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea, Myanmar is slipping out of China’s column and seeking to reintegrate itself into the region, Indonesia and the Philippines are deepening military ties with the the US: and all that in just one week. If that wasn’t enough, a critical mass of the region’s countries have agreed to work out a new trade group that does not include China, while the US, to applause, has proposed that China’s territorial disputes with its neighbors be settled at a forum like the East Asia Summit — rather than in the bilateral talks with its smaller, weaker neighbors that China prefers.

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I’mma have to cogitate on this for a while. But I will say this is the first competent foreign policy I’ve seen out of the Obama Administration. I wonder who was responsible?

5 thoughts on “Softly, Softly: Beijing Turns Other Cheek — For Now | Via Meadia”

  1. “I wonder who was responsible?” Somebody screwed up. The guy or gal who is responsible for making sure no good foreign policy advice reaches the president must have fallen asleep at the switch.

  2. Intelligent, well thought out policy- definitely not from anyone in this administration. I believe that only Zombie Ronald Reagan could have crafted such a bold & wily move.

    1. If it were the zombie Reagan he would have ran one Carrier Strike Group through the Taiwan Strait from the south end and one from the north end. Maybe with a leak about possible tactical nukes aboard one or more ships.

  3. Subjet: Cheeks
    Theory: China turns other cheek
    Reality: US bent over and and spreading cheeks
    Conclusion: I’ll let the wiser minds prevail, they can draw their own conclusions.

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