The problem as always is the US and it’s insatiable appetite for dominance and extending it’s spheres of interest. The US has engulfed all that their eyes can see in a bid to incorporate anything that Russia or China might find of interest. The problem is, that Russia has offered to protect Crimea without slaughter and regime change and China has achieved by non murderous and without regime change, the broadening of it’s “spheres” of influence and the US will not tolerate any moves by other nations of doing what they see as their prerogative.
In a Sputnik article last month (repubished here) Pepe Escobar sets out a useful appraisal of the conflicting interests of China and the USA in the South China Sea. It’s a well informed piece and I recommend it wholeheartedly …
… though not unconditionally. Escobar begins:
The South China Sea is and will continue to be the ultimate geopolitical flashpoint of the young 21st century – way ahead of the Middle East or Russia’s western borderlands.
Given that I agree with pretty much everything that follows this opener, am I nitpicking in my objection? You tell me.
I travel frequently to Vietnam and agree that territorial rights in the South China Sea, the narrow context of Escobar’s piece – the broader context being Sino-American rivalry – are a sensitive issue for the reasons he sets out. These are as follows. One, western colonialism is responsible for…
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