Monday, 26 June 2017

National Review: Trump Should Copy Reagan and End Détente — with China

National Review: Trump Should Copy Reagan and End Détente — with China

by Therese Shaheen

"Beijing knows it’s in bad shape, more than the U.S. seems willing to acknowledge. As far back as 2007, Chinese premier Wen Jiaobao articulated what became known as “the four Un’s”: The Chinese economy, he said, was “unbalanced, unstable, uncoordinated, and unsustainable.” Guess what? It’s gotten worse, and more obviously so, in the decade since.

What should the U.S. do? First, acknowledge that modern détente, like its Cold War predecessor, is contributing to belligerence, not cooperation, this time from Beijing. President Trump should adopt Reagan’s stance toward Moscow and discredit Beijing’s system as weak and unsustainable. A frostier, less accommodating U.S. policy toward the PRC, one that draws attention to its weaknesses and inconsistencies, would lead to better outcomes. Particularly in the areas of foreign-policy obstructionism (North Korea) and adventurism (bogus claims to sovereignty in international waters), Beijing cannot long withstand U.S. resolve and confrontation.

That means more than just taking a hard line on China’s interventionist trade policy. Washington should also demonstrate its intent not to let Beijing become a peer naval power in the western Pacific, through increased defense spending and a steady naval presence of our own, and by confronting Beijing’s disregard for maritime laws in its claims to sovereignty over international waters. The U.S. and its allies also should isolate China in its continued support of North Korea, proceeding with an aggressive missile-defense build-up for Japan and South Korea and imposing sanctions, unilateral if necessary, on North Korea and possibly even China."

China is an evil empire and should be treated as such by the USA.

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