plane incident of a different sort is quietly being played out between
the Chinese and US governments even as The Six Nations gear up for
talks that may lead to temproary peace or disasterous war on the
one of the 124 Consulates and embassies around the world with Marine
Security Guard (MSG) detachmentrs, the US Consulate in Chengdu is
also slotted to receive high-tech surveillance and security equipment
to complement the soldiers and the barricaded walls that surround
the complex. It seems a flight from the US to Chengdu carrying this
equpiment was held at Chengdu Shuangliu airport for a day while
Chinese authorities tried to convince the US that an "inspection"
of the cargo was necessary before it could be delivered. The plane
promptly flew back and quiet talks are underway, as the US tries
to get its military hardware into China without giving the Chinese
a chance to "inspect" and/or copy the technology.
MSG consists of 1100 men and is spread across the globe protecting
US interests one of the largest of these detachments is in
Cairo, with over 27 Marines. Karachi also has a reinforced detachment
of 36 Marines. In battered "weak" or "unstable"
states, these detachments may go unmolested as the countries in
question have little option but to resort to shadowy force, which
will then bring down Imperial wrath.
with China, the US is dealing with a rival in the political and
economic spheres with enough confidence to demand an inspection
without fear of an effective reprisal. The stalemate over the protection
of Consulates in China could go on forever what does China
really have to lose?
for currency reevaluation and yet another study depicting the Chinese
missile threat to Taiwan only harden China's resolve to be troublesome.
Chinese media love to point out the "hegemonic" tendencies
of the lone superpower, holding them up to cilvilized, gentlemanly
ridicule as the methods of a fearful bully.
the Pentagon put pre-emption into the Korean limelight, the People's
Daily jumped all over it, calling such actions "detrimental"
and "unwise." With weapons increasingly becoming the face
of US policy, nations such as China which routinely use force
to quell riots by destitute and desperate peasants (just as the
National Guard did with miners in Colorado and weavers in New England
at the turn of the century) are able to mask their own lack
of credibility and scrape a little more of the same off of the crumbling
such as the one facing the Consulate in Chengdu are a direct result
of a foreign policy infused with the doctrine of intervention and
poisoned by unilateral ideals and the actions of our leaders, whose
motives have little to do with the values they espouse. Such a foreign
policy helps China continue making big money through foreign investment
and economic based instead of security based alliances
with the nations of the world.
what can the US say in return, when Wall Street is "protected"
by armed soldiers?
reevaluation becomes a joke: a final pouting jab at a country which
has no intention of reevaluating, no matter what the benfits of
a stronger currency may be in the long run for China.
India recognized Chinese language on the issue of Tibet, it was
a major political and di-plomatic victory over the US.
Yet another played out bargaining chip has been reduced to a backwater
pawn by intra-Asian negotiations.
slow waning of US power has little to do with values or culture,
as the original core values of the American people are sound. It
has to do with a small minority who see basic carrot and (a very
big) stick diplomacy as the key to maintaining the status quo.
future Administration officials should recognize is that the predictions
of an Asian century, even if they prove partly unfounded, will most
likely manifest themselves in an extremely rich China with leverage
over the ASEAN countries, mind control over the Indians, peace-maker
credibility in NE Asia and an increasingly pervasive image as a
money hungry, nationalist but ultimately non-militaristic/non-expansionist
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