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U.S. relations with the PRC

October 24, 2018

President Richard Nixon played what was called the “China Card” in a maneuver designed to play off the Soviet Union against the regime of Mao Zedong in the People’s Republic of China. Ultimately, the U.S. abandoned the Republic of China and recognized the PRC. Even after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, American policy toward the PRC did not change and trade with the PRC continued.

China’s short and long term goals, however, are counter to US interests and it seems that policy of the Trump Administration now seeks to constrain trade with the PRC. This Maoist regime has played the China Card against the U.S. and used economic growth to constrain internal opposition with new tightened controls using new technologies.

In the short term, the PRC wants to expand trade with the West. In the long term the PRC seeks control of the Republic of China on Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

Slowing down that effort is critical. 

The unanswered question is whether President Trump understands this or believes that his personal diplomacy with his “friend” President Xi Jinping can solve all problems. Either way, U.S. policy toward the PRC must change and American businesses seeking to expand in the PRC must understand that this is not the time to wager their company’s future on trade with, or investment in, the People’s Republic

Chicago, Illinois Republican Party leader, Joe Morris, writes about the dangerous intentions of the People’s Republic of China:

Events this week show that two major Asian powers — Japan, already firmly a U.S. ally, and India, increasingly so — share growing concerns about the expansion of China’s military presence in, and increasing militarization of, the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

On October 28 – 29, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will visit Japan and will there sign a “Maritime Domain Agreement” with Japan under which the two countries will authorize their navies to share information about the movement of Chinese warships and other critical events in their respective waters as well as in international waters.

The Indian Navy reports that at any given time, China has six to seven warships, including submarines, deployed in the Indian Ocean. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy reported it had spotted a Type 039A Yuan class Chinese submarine in the ocean for the first time in over a year.

These Chinese warships patrol the Indian coastline and are in a position to attempt to interdict, if policy-makers in Beijing so directed, the heavy flow of maritime traffic between East Asia and Southeast Asia, on the one hand, and Arab Gulf ports and the Suez Canal, on the other.  These maritime routes are crucial trade and energy links for both India and Japan, although as the United States increasingly becomes an oil exporter, trans-Pacific routes will also rise in importance.

Meanwhile, immediately before the Indo-Japanese summit, Prime Minister Abe will meet (October 26 -27, 2018) in China with Xi Jinping.


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