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5/27/2011

The perpetual strawman for whacking

‘Only US can balance China’, why not ‘Only China can balance the US?’ Why is it necessary to keep the Americans interested in the Western Pacific to balance the influence of China and not keeping the Chinese interested to balance the influence of America? The inherent biased of a WOG or a western biased viewpoint of international balance of power is obvious. China is the perpetual strawman for whacking. ‘You can take Japan, Korea, Asean, and even include Taiwan and India, but you cannot balance China. It is too big. Only with the US and its superior technology can you balance China.’ Why not, ‘You can take Japan, Korea, Asean, and even include Taiwan and India, but you cannot balance the US. It is too big. Only with China and its superior technology can you balance the US?’ This western view has always placed China as the rogue nation, or the nation that is dangerous and all out to bully the smaller nations. In reality, the rogue nation is always the US. Look at the wars and the bullying of smaller nations across the world map. Who is bullying the smaller countries? But if one eats too many hamburgers and potatoes, one’s is gonna look at China like a potato or a hamburger, or think like a potato or hamburger.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please do give your comments or opinions on why the leader of a red dot state keeps on asking US to counterbalance China. I really don't understand why. Is there any real deep problem between China and the red dot state . It appears there is deep hatred for China that some one must really want US to create problems around China so as to destabilise China and if possible to disintegrate China. And if China is weakened or destroyed will Singapore be happy and will the world be better. I doubt so. On the contrary I think the whole world will revert back to the easy savage plunder ot the same old white imperialists where white men will again reign supreme as masters and the non whites as slaves.
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5/27/2011
The perpetual strawman for whacking
‘Only US can balance China’, why not ‘Only China can balance the US?’ Why is it necessary to keep the Americans interested in the Western Pacific to balance the influence of China and not keeping the Chinese interested to balance the influence of America?

The inherent biased of a WOG or a western biased viewpoint of international balance of power is obvious. China is the perpetual strawman for whacking.

‘You can take Japan, Korea, Asean, and even include Taiwan and India, but you cannot balance China. It is too big. Only with the US and its superior technology can you balance China.’ Why not, ‘You can take Japan, Korea, Asean, and even include Taiwan and India, but you cannot balance the US. It is too big. Only with China and its superior technology can you balance the US?’

This western view has always placed China as the rogue nation, or the nation that is dangerous and all out to bully the smaller nations. In reality, the rogue nation is always the US. Look at the wars and the bullying of smaller nations across the world map. Who is bullying the smaller countries?

But if one eats too many hamburgers and potatoes, one’s is gonna look at China like a potato or a hamburger, or think like a potato or hamburger.
Posted by Chua Chin Leng aka redbean at 11:53 AM 0 comments Links to this post

Anonymous said...

Wondering what the Chinese leaders will be thinking with a good friend like this.

Anonymous said...

its not entirely true Mr Red bean. Moving into the 21th century, the lines between nation states are not quite as stark as compared to the cold war era. To keep a complex story short, it is about a faction of the USA against another faction of the Chinese communist, with lots of sub-plot and self-interest thrown in, messy stuff. These factions may not speak for the whole country, therefore citizens of either one. Governments of the 21th century see a weakening of their power vis a vis the super wealthy elites, aka The real players behind the scene. They move governments! Scary. My take is that China do not need to fight America...all they need to do is just cultivate the super rich Americans and they will eventually betray their own country and countrymen so as to preserved their wealth due to greed and align themselves with the right wing super rich of the chinese elite, and this in turn works for the interest of the chinese communist party. America will implode by itself. Sad. You know, we can say all the "bad things" about the western imperialist but the west was "naive" enough to believe in highfalutin ideals like democracy, one-man-one-vote, human rights, the rule of law, blah blah blah. Also, the fact that the western general public can move their government in a legit kind of way without having run over by T-72s speaks volume of the power balance equation, still giving a ray of hope in a rather pessimistic take of the 21th century. Singapore - for a tiny red dot, we are at ground zero.

Anonymous said...

Few decades ago it was the Soviet Union in the shoes of China.

Eventually the Soviet Union was bankrupted trying to compete militarily with the US, which was in those days, filthy rich. Nobody could touch Uncle Sam in terms of wealth.

Now, they are trying to antagonise China into doing another Soviet Union, but alas the US, being a bankrupt country now, needs to drag its poodles into the dogfight.

China seems not willing to take the bait so far. Maybe, unlike the US in the Middle East, China listens and learns from the mistakes of others.

Anonymous said...

what about the possibility of this buying time for China and Asia to learn to live and prosper together
(with the yankees in their assumed role of sheriff to keep the place at peace)? maybe also good that China has some check imposed on it so that it would not go a little off tangent in treatment of its own people? anyway, China, of all countries, would know is in its best interests. As proclaimed, they are around for several thousands of years of continous civilisation, not for nothing?