News or not New news

 Here we are wondering what the next moves will be re the incursions of the Chinese. People are very angry and worried as well. It is impossible to get accurate stories from the English language newspapers both here or in China. Probably also impossible to get honest reporting from BBC, CNN, Wash Post, or NYTimes too. There is a huge discrepancy between news I get in English & news KL gets in Vietnamese, plus a day or two time lapse.

I read in today’s newspaper about demonstrations at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, but there are not many people and nearly all are Vietnamese. It would be more effective if there was a whole spectrum of nationalities protesting, and thousands of people marching. The stakes here are not, in my opinion, just Vietnamese sovereignty but rather the independence of the whole region. Just today Thailand declared martial law and while the army is denying a coup attempt, the instability of yet another country in the region plays well into the scenario of a total takeover of the countries of Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and now Thailand. Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar would collapse like an overcooked strand of spaghetti were china to look sideways at them.

Unless the USA acts swiftly and decisively to stop China, the whole of SE Asia can fall into the swamp of Chinese aggression. China has the manpower, the money, and the plan and only the USA has the power to stop them. The question becomes, “Does America have the WILL to act?”

I want to thank my friend Al for pointing out that this particular blog was a mess of worthless repetition. I had written it on a malfunctioning iPad, and would not have noticed if he didn’t call it to my attention!

Bill

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2 thoughts on “News or not New news

  1. In the Globe and Mail, Canada’s widely read newspaper, we get very little reports of the incursions; actually it is almost a non news item. Perhaps it is not as serious as the papers in Vietnam are making it. Kind of stirring up old animosities. Probably will have to wait and see. From a practical point of view, it seems unlikely to me that China wants trouble with Vietnam. I do believe their big concern is Taiwan which they want back; I can see that as trouble in the future. First, though, China will want to get its economy going again, and will continue to reign in the corruption that is widespread. So even Taiwan is not going to be a trouble spot in the near future. That is only my opinion.

    Dorothy Shoichet

    • I disagree. I believe the situation in Ukraine attracted the attention and China took advantage of the diversion. China wants control of the Eastern Sea. They need to wrest it from Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Only Vietnam does not have a treaty with the USA. China feels if they can establish a strong foothold, the other countries will have no recourse and will have to accede to China’s incursion. The fact that the USA has done nothing speaks volumes about America’s ignorant foreign policy. While the USA is still involved in Afghanistan it cannot open a new front in Asia against China. It is very very serious. What would Canada do if China planted a one billion dollar oil drilling platform 30 miles off the coast of New Brunswick and sent over 100 ships to drive off anyone trying to fish in the waters or anyone coming near the platform? Would Canada say, “Oh, no big deal.”? I don’t think so.

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