Asean are not the pieces on a chess board and the Americans are moving them together to form a united front against China like the socalled League of Nations 8 western powers invading China. Would the Asean countries be made to fight a war against China for the interests of the Empire? The heightened tension would be great opportunities for the Americans and their war industries to start selling weapons that the Asean countries would now need to defend against an enemy the China chose for them.
China is now the biggest trading partners to many Asean countries and investing heavily in them. Would Asean trade the economic benefits for war that would only lead to the destruction of their economies and the killing of their people?
In Sunnylands the Asean leaders would have to choose between a military super power and an economic super power, to chose between war and peace, to choose between economic growth or instability and destruction.
To the Americans, the best thing for Asean is tension and war with China. After 60 years of peace and stability, would Asean be foolish enough to want to court war and destruction for the benefits of the Americans and the Empire? Every summit, meeting, conference with the military power is about war. Every meeting with the economic power is about trade and investment.
It is not so right to say between the devil and the deep blue sea. It is more between war and peace, between destruction and construction, between wasting money in buying weapons or infrastructure development and trade.
Would Asean leaders be tempted by the devil to bring destruction to their countries and people?