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Why are we threatening this? Is who manages Mischief Reef or Scarborough Shoal a matter of such important U.S. interest regarding justify war in between us and China?
In his final state of the nation speech Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte safeguarded his rejection to challenge China over Beijing’s seizure and stronghold of his country’s islets in the South China Sea.
“It will be a massacre if I go and fight a war now,” stated Duterte. “We are not yet a qualified and able enemy of the other side.”
Duterte is a realist. He will not challenge China to obtain his lost territories, as his country would be crushed. However Duterte has a hole card: a U.S. warranty to fight China, should he stumble into war with China.
Consider. Previously this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken ensured Manila we would invoke the U.S.-Philippines mutual security pact in case of Chinese military action against Philippine assets.
“We likewise declare,” stated Blinken, “that an armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels or airplane in the South China Sea would invoke U.S. shared defense commitments under Short article IV of the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty.”
Is this an American war assurance to combat individuals’s Republic of China, if the Philippines engage a Chinese warship over among a challenged half-dozen rocks and reefs in the South China Sea? So it would appear.
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between us and China?
Tuesday, in Singapore, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reaffirmed the American commitment to go to war on behalf of the Philippines
, ought to Manila effort, militarily, to obtain its stolen residential or commercial property. Said Austin:”Beijing’s claim to the large majority of the South China Sea has no basis in worldwide law. … We remain dedicated to the treaty obligations that we need to Japan in the Senkaku Islands and to the Philippines in the South China Sea.” Austin went on:”Beijing’s unwillingness to … respect the rule of law isn’t just taking place on the water. We have likewise seen aggressiveness versus India … destabilizing
military activity and other types of coercion versus the people of Taiwan … and genocide and crimes versus humankind versus Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.”The Defense secretary is publicly implicating China of crimes versus its Uyghur population in Xinjiang equivalent to those for which the Nazis were hanged at Nuremberg. Austin
has actually also informed Beijing, yet again, that the U.S. is obligated by a 70-year-old treaty to go to war to protect Japan’s claims to the Senkakus, half a lots rocks Tokyo now occupies and Beijing declares traditionally belong to China. The secretary also presented the matter of Taiwan, with which President Jimmy Carter broke relations and let lapse our mutual security treaty in 1979. There stays, however, ambiguity on what the U.S. is prepared to do if China moves on Taiwan. Would we battle China for Taiwan’s independence, an island President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger stated in 1972 was” part of China”? And if
China neglects our protests of its”genocide”and “criminal offenses against humankind” versus the Uyghurs, and of its human rights violations in Tibet, and of its crushing of democracy in Hong Kong, what are we prepared to do?
Sanctions? A decoupling of our economies? Conflict? War? Enjoy the current Videos on Our Buchanan-Trump YouTube Playlist! This is not an argument for threatening war, but for an avoidance of war by providing higher clearness and certitude as to what the U.S. response will be if China neglects our protests and remains on its present course. A few of us can still remember how President Dwight Eisenhower declined to step in when Nikita
Khrushchev ordered Russian tanks into Budapest to drown the 1956 Hungarian revolution in blood. Instead, we invited Hungarian refugees. When the Berlin Wall increased in 1961, President John F. Kennedy phoned the reserves and went to Berlin
to make a well-known speech, but did nothing.” Less profile, more nerve!” was the action of Cold War hawks. But Kennedy was saying, as Eisenhower had actually said by his inaction in Hungary, that America does not go to war with an excellent nuclear power such as the Soviet
Union over the right of East Germans to run away to West Berlin. Which brings us back to Taiwan. In the Shanghai Communique signed by Nixon, Taiwan was yielded to be
a”part of China.” Are we now going to combat a war to avoid
Beijing from bringing the island house to the”embrace of the motherland”? And if we are prepared to fight, Beijing must not be left in the dark. China should know the dangers it would be taking. Cuba is an island, throughout the Florida Strait, with historical ties to the United States. Taiwan is an island 7,000 miles away, on the other side of the Pacific. This month, Cubans rose against the 62-year-old Communist regime secured upon them by Fidel and Raul Castro. By what yardstick would we threaten war for the independence of Taiwan however continue to endure 60 years of totalitarian repression in Cuba, 90 miles away? Do You Value Reading Our E-mails and Site? Let us know how we are doing– Send us a Thank You Via Paypal!
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