PATRICK LAWRENCE: More Futile Pacific Overtures
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November 16, 2022
I’ve given up being amazed at how stupidly the Biden administration conducts its diplomacy with China and, by extension, Asia altogether. I spend my time now being amazed at how stupid these people assume the Chinese and other Asians to be.
Nearly halfway through his term in office — and let us hope there is not another after this one — the man from Scranton finally met Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday to discuss the single most important relationship between any two nations anywhere in the world.
This first face-to-face encounter since Joe Biden began his presidency comes after nearly two years of diplomatic drift during which the U.S. has escalated the threat of open conflict, incessantly provoked the Chinese on the Taiwan question and the administration’s bench of incompetents makes one mess after another. All the while Beijing has been consolidating an extensive range of ties with non–Western nations in the declared cause of a new world order.
I do not see that anything of moment got done when Biden and Xi met just prior to the Group of 20 session in Bali this week. A great deal could have been accomplished, of course, given the worsening state of the bilateral relationship, but Biden proved once again not up to it. He seems to have figured the Chinese side would be too stupid to notice that he and his administration are effectively paralyzed, a herd of deer caught in headlights.
I remember watching video coverage of the March 2021 meeting in Alaska between the two foreign delegations from the US and China. I was shocked by Blinken’s condescending and insulting manner and speech. I remember thinking “how could these people fancy themselves as professional diplomats?” They were even worse than Pompeo, which is difficult to imagine.
November 18, 2022 at 5:21 PM #498110Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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has not indicated what their red lines are and are incapable of enforcing them….Yet US administration after administration keeps ignoring them…And Lawrence expresses that he hopes this administration won’t be in office again, it’s not like other administrations would do anything differently**….Failure after failure for decades – and the same failed ideologies are pushed over and over. Previous major faux pas’ (Iran, Vietnam, + too many examples to enumerate) have been ignored due to the media, mass culture, etc. when problems (resources, climate change, income inequality, etc., etc.) were less acute…..But now that Russia-China have made economic transitions, and are emerging to expose the fraud and seize the initiative…
**Went to a dinner party last night where I thought we were on the safe subject of Civil War History and failure(s) of so many Union generals….Somehow this became a segue into geo-political failures and how Russia was losing the war in Ukraine – when I pointed out that Russia was winning and the ‘unfortunate but necessary’ intervention was for Russian defense, (citing Anthrax bio-weapons, etc.), and how Biden had called for Russian regime change….response was Russian election interference, Putin calling for Biden’s removal, all of which I noted were false claims – then immediately the conversation was cut off…Such a scenario is exemplary of current mass culture where anything like expressing an alternative to the mainstream pov – debate over a foreign policy position is not allowed…Support Ukraine or shut up…But this scenario does not have to be about NATO-Russia – one could substitute US-Taiwan or US economy – etc., etc. Agree with the ignorance or shut up….
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall
November 18, 2022 at 7:08 PM #498118soryangParticipant
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@passionateprogressive I was going to remark that I thought there was remarkable consistency with the prior administration’s policy toward China. I’d even go further and say that the US attitude toward China and Asia in general, really hasn’t changed much since the heyday of US imperialism under Theodore Roosevelt.
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