Washington is betwixt and between when it comes to constructing a strategy for dealing with Beijing.
Over the course of my lifetime, the United States has supported Chinese Nationalists during the Chinese Civil War; fought ‘commies’ in Korea; reached a ‘Nixon goes to China’ rapprochement, playing a ‘China card’ against the Cold War USSR; and watched an incredible Chinese economic surge, making Beijing the manufacturer for the world.
Now Chinese military construction and verbal aggression appear directed at obtaining pre-eminence in East Asia, disconcerting U.S. allies in the region and challenging the United States’ long taken-for-granted hegemony.
The U.S. needs a put-China-back-in-the-box foreign policy approach.
That mentality has resulted in our much-discussed ‘pivot’ on Asia. Unfortunately, it has led us to—if not drowning in Pacific complexities—a pudding without any theme that would equate to coherent, coordinated, allied policy toward dealing with China.
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