Can We Coexist with Asia’s Communists?


Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for seven hours at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii with the chief architect of China’s foreign policy, Yang Jiechi.

The two had much to talk about.

As The Washington Post reports, the “bitterly contentious relationship” between our two countries has “reached the lowest point in almost half a century.” Not since Nixon went to China have relations been so bad.

Early this week, Chinese and Indian soldiers fought with rocks, sticks and clubs along the Himalayan truce line that dates back to their 1962 war. Twenty Indian soldiers died, some pushed over a cliff into a freezing river in the highest-casualty battle between the Asian giants in decades.

Among the issues surely raised with Pompeo by the Chinese is the growing bipartisan vilification of China and its ruling Communist Party by U.S. politicians the closer we come to November.

The U.S. has been putting China in the dock for concealing information on the coronavirus virus until it had spread, lying about it, and then letting Wuhan residents travel to the outside world while quarantining them inside China.

 

In America, it has become good politics to be tough on China.

The reasons are many.

High among them are the huge trade deficits with China that led to an historic deindustrialization of America, China's emergence as the world's first industrial power, and a U.S. dependency on Chinese imports for the vital necessities of our national life.

Then there is the systematic theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies in China and Beijing's deployment of thousands of student-spies into U.S. colleges and universities to steal security secrets.

Then there is the suppression of Christianity, the denial of rights to the people of Tibet and the discovery of an archipelago of concentration camps in western China to "reeducate" Muslim Uighurs and Kazakhs to turn them into more loyal and obedient subjects.

Among the strategic concerns of Pompeo: China's fortification of islets, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea and use of its warships to drive Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Philippine fishing vessels out of their own territorial waters that China now claims.

Another worry for Pompeo: China's buildup of medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, a nuclear arsenal not contained or covered by the Cold War arms agreements between Russia and the United States.

Then there were those provocative voyages by a Chinese aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait to intimidate Taipei and show Beijing's hostility toward the recently reelected pro-U.S. government on the island.

Finally, there are China's growing restrictions on the freedoms the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed under the Basic Law negotiated with the United Kingdom when the territory was ceded back to Beijing in 1997.

Also on the menu at Hickam was almost surely the new bellicosity out of Pyongyang. This week, the building in Kaesong, just inside North Korea, where bilateral peace talks have been held between the two Koreas, was blown up by the North. With the explosion came threats from the North to send combat troops back into positions they had vacated along the DMZ.

The rhetoric out of the North against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, coming from the 32-year-old sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the rising star of the regime, Kim Yo Jong, has been scalding.

In a statement this week, Kim Yo Jong derided Moon as a flunky of the Americans: "It is our fixed judgment that it is no longer possible to discuss the North-South ties with such a servile partner engaging only in disgrace and self-ruin, being soaked by deep-rooted flunkyism."

North Korea's state media published photos of the destruction of the joint liaison office. Pyongyang is shutting off communications with Seoul, and a frustrated South looks to be ginning up and reciprocating.

The North-South detente appears dead, and President Trump's special relationship with Kim Jong Un may not be far behind.

There are rumors of a renewal of nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests by the North, suspension of which was one of the diplomatic achievements of Trump.

Whether Trump's cherished trade deal with China can survive the growing iciness between the two nations remains to be seen.

What the Chinese seem to be saying with their actions -- against India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan -- is this: Your American friends and allies are yesterday. We are tomorrow. The future of Asia belongs to us. Deal with it!

No one should want a hot war, or a new cold war, with China or North Korea.
But if Trump was relying on his special relationships with Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping, his trade deal with China and his commitment by Kim to give up nuclear weapons for recognition, trade and aid, he will have to think again.

For the foreseeable future, Communist bellicosity out of Beijing and Pyongyang seem in the cards, if not worse.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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15 thoughts on “Can We Coexist with Asia’s Communists?”

  1. The point may be moot. If Biden is elected he already is working on selling out to the Chinese with his son in place and Bill Clinton sold much of our technology to them when he was in office. The Democrat socialist party has no allegiance to this country and wants it destroyed.
    The biggest question will be if Biden is elected when will the civil war start and who will fire the first shot. The best time would be just after the election when many leaders in office and in the military are still loyal to the constitution since most will be replaced as quickly as possible so the armed forces can be turned on our citizens,
    Obama, Soros, gates and the Clintons have all been planning this strategy before Trump was elected and he stopped it so plan B the corona virus was used since Fauci went to Wuhan under Obama’s direction to pay the Chinese millions to create something. Unfortuneately Trump never realized Fauci was a key player in this deception until to late otherwise economy would never have been shut down since swine flu was and still is much more destructive here.

  2. The jerks who brought CHINA into Western World Trade under NIXON are to blame for this mess. ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ was created by mixing capitalism with communism! What sort of fool believed that Chinese Communists would throw away ultimate power for capitalistic luxuries? If anything, TRUMP has torn the curtain back on the real intent of The Communist Chinese and their little surrogate North Korea. Now that this is all out in the open, re-addressing our relationship with the communists world-wide which has been extremely necessary, is finally going to happen. If WE the People must go back to a war-footing because of the behavior and actions of The Chinese, whom WE have been very nice to, then so be it. FREEDOM, and communism are diametrically opposed.
    If anything is “yesterday”, and on the dust-heap of history, it’s communism!

  3. “Can We Coexist With Asia’s Communists?”
    It’s a little late to be asking that question. They have already taken most of our factories and jobs. They have taken or stolen most of our trade and military secrets. We are totally dependent on Communist Red China for most of our pharmaceuticals, toys, and electronics,
    “Can we become independent of Communist Red China?” is the question we should be asking ourselves now.

  4. First we must survive with America’s communists.They’ve been out and about burning American cities in peaceful protests.

  5. There is one way dictators need to be treated, that is with a boot driven up their rear ends. Communist China believes they can rule the world, they are just as crazy as some other people believing the same thing. All we must be able to do is to do a 100% disinvestment of China and their products, take it economically on the chin. Rebuild our industrial base and let the “Unions” know they will not be tolerates since it was they, who allowed those jobs to leave the country in the first place.
    President Trump has done his best to talk things over with Communist China and North Korea he needs to go 100% hard line on China and North Korea today.

  6. Who sold America to China to gained World dominance? The American Politicians. It’s appears is too late for U S as China has taken over. The China virus is nothing but a biological warfare. Americans has been in jail in their own homes for over three months. I hope President Thrump can be able to safe the Country.

  7. Wow! WE can’t seem to co exist with the American communists ! The anti American democrat party, who are in this moment of time, are happily ,causing the American horror story !

  8. Yes, it started with Nixon but the Biggest Jerk who gave favorite status to China and started to export American technologies and jobs was CLINTON (who as an young hippy avoided the Vietnam draft and went to Russia Moskva to demonstrate with the communist’s to demonstrate against the war). During his election and reelection he received more than $120,000 donation from China and Russia!
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/07/chinese-illegally-donated-bill-clinton-reelection-campaign-media-downplayed/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/campfin/background.htm

    Who is a Russian and Chinese spy and enable the Chines Communist’s to steal American technologies and jobs?
    Most of you guys obviously do not follow the real news and know History, but just taking what the News media preaches. I GREW UP IN A COMUNIST CONTRY AND KNOW HOW THEY WORK! ONCE YOU GO TO RUSSIA FROM A CAPITALIST CONTRY AND DEMONSTRATE YOU ARE RECRUTED AS A SPY WITH MONEY AND LATER WITH BLACKMAIL AGAINS YOUR CONTRY!

  9. From antiquity, China has been the Central Nation of Asia. The period from the late 1800’s was marked by Western colonialism, the opium wars and the collapse of the Chinese Empire and ruling families. Following that was the Japanese invasion and the rise of Chinese Communism which, under Mao, brought famine and starvation followed by the Cultural Revolution that overturned almost everything that was left of Old China on the mainland. Shanghai and Hong Kong are British relicts, while Taiwan which today preserves Old China is in the US sphere of influence. We have our Monroe Doctrine which makes the Carribbean a US Territory, the Chinese now have the fortified reefs and islands in the China Sea as their equivalent Chinese industry was in shambles under Mao, we helped them rebuild, at a cost to our own industry which we are only now beginning to realize. But China is not our enemy. They are our peers and our competitors. The economic pendulum may have swung too far in favor of China, but the world is a better place with a strong, rich and happy China in it. I hope Pompeo and Trump see it this way also.

  10. Sure… after we’re led by Geo Bush and “crony corporations” deals into their enrichment via tariff-free “Free Trade Agreements” that were initiated by Nixon…. resulting in our building the world’s Chinese Communist Frankenstein Monster, we look toward a war that would end the entire world??? Damn The Greedy Traitors!

  11. We may be able to temporarily co-exist with communists, but our basic values are different and we will eventually fall out with them.

  12. Yes, it started with Nixon but the Biggest Jerk who gave favorite status to China and started to export American technologies and jobs was CLINTON (who as an young hippy avoided the Vietnam draft and went to Russia Moskva to demonstrate with the communist’s to demonstrate against the war). During his election and reelection he received more than $120,000 donation from China and Russia!
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/07/chinese-illegally-donated-bill-clinton-reelection-campaign-media-downplayed/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/campfin/background.htm

    Who is a Russian and Chinese spy and enable the Chines Communist’s to steal American technologies and jobs?
    Most of you guys obviously do not follow the real news and know History, but just taking what the News media preaches. I GREW UP IN A COMUNIST CONTRY AND KNOW HOW THEY WORK! ONCE YOU GO TO RUSSIA FROM A CAPITALIST CONTRY AND DEMONSTRATE YOU ARE RECRUTED AS A SPY WITH MONEY AND LATER WITH BLACKMAIL AGAINS YOUR CONTRY!

  13. Interesting but profoundly sad…….Trump has tried his best to neutralize the rigidity in the North Korean thinking but the facts of the matter are that the fat man from North Korean is a psychopathic maniac who will kill anyone, anywhere at any time he wishes and smile and laugh !! Somebody in their country has to have the ingenuity and courage to kill him….

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