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Remember Communist China

August 11, 2017

On June 24, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. The decision of President Harry Truman to resort to the  United Nations in order to organize a peace-keeping force was contrary to the thinking of U.S. Military.

The United States had used nuclear bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. That brought the war with Japan to a conclusion.

President Eisenhower is reported to have supported the use of atomic bombs against North Korea and China, in order to end the Korean War.  President Eisenhower’s threat was causal to North Korea’s cessation of hostilities. After 54,000 Americans were killed in the Korean war, an armistice was reached in March 1953.

Donald Trump was eight years of age when those events occurred, but it seems the President remembers that the PRC was once called “Communist China” and is interested in reconsidering the balance of power in Asia established in 1953.

A sea change occurred when President Richard Nixon visited Communist China in 1972 and used what he called the “China Card” to play off the Soviet Union against the People’s Republic of China.

The card played was a gambit that put the Soviet Union on notice that unity of Communist nations could be divided by actions taken by the United States. Nixon’s opening led ultimately to moves by PRC leaders to reform the Chinese economy while at the same time retaining control by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China.

Rapid change in personal life and in the life of nations, however, is disruptive and the democracy movement in China was a sign of turbulence to come.

In retrospect, the decision by Deng Xiaoping to use military force to repel the Tiananmen demonstrators in 1989 sealed the fate of Chinese who hope for recovery from Communism.  The murders of Tiananmen demonstrators bought close to thirty years of consolidated power by the Communist Party of China. During that time, China’s Communist Party aided North Korea’s ambitions and placed a noose around the necks of South Korea and Japan.

President Donald Trump doesn’t like having that noose hung around the neck of the United States and has responded with his own threats, even though everyone agrees that war with North Korea would lead to the destruction of North Korea and millions of deaths in South Korea and possibly Japan.

What are our alternatives?

A solution does not require much more than transformation of Communist China into a semblance of a market economy as occurred in the former Soviet Union.

The non-Communist world had to wait seventy five years from the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1916 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Mao Tse-tung took control of China in 1949.  It will be 75 years from that event to 2024.

Maybe we should do what we can to assist that transformation and patiently wait for the murderous Communist regime in the People’s Republic of China to die of natural causes.

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