China issued a warning yesterday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the possibility of Japan acquiring F-35B vertical takeoff fighters from the US to use on its aircraft carriers.
Last May, Abe announced revisions to the nation’s post-WWII pacifist constitution, which deemed Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) a strictly domestic unit. The move aggravated China and the Japanese left alike.
Later Japan announced an expansion of its missile shield program, protected by US-made Aegis launchers. This also perturbed China.
Less than two weeks ago, on an official visit to Bejing, a member of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press pool was badly beaten, leaving the South Korean press howling.
Moon had been elected as the anti-war liberal alternative to disgraced right-wing chaebol favorite Park Geun-hye. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee – a US puppet who seized power in 1961 and ruled the country until 1979.
Before she was impeached in December 2016 on corruption charges, Park had agreed to the installation of the US THAAD missile system. The US-led propaganda against North Korea has pressured Moon to assume a more hawkish posture and go ahead with THAAD. This has infuriated the Chinese.
Meanwhile, the US Treasury Department released satellite photos earlier this week ostensibly showing Chinese ships selling oil to Pyongyang in alleged violation of already existing sanctions since October. China voted with the rest of the UN Security Council in a unanimous vote last week to restrict 90% of North Korea’s fuel imports.
Add to this existing tensions in the South China Sea surrounding Taiwanese arms purchases from an especially cozy US Administration, and the ongoing Spratly Islands dispute and one can plainly see that US-China relations are deteriorating.
Trump’s bellicose national security speech was not helpful.
The Pacific Rim powder keg is fully loaded. As Chinese deputy UN ambassador Wu Haitao said, tensions on the Korean Peninsula are “spiraling out of control.”
Let’s hope a certain orange-faced augmented reality imbecile doesn’t overstep.
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com