On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met at the Hikam Air Base in Hawaii for seven hours with Yang Jiechi, the chief architect of Chinese foreign policy.
These two had something to talk about.
According to The Washington Post, The “bitterly controversial relationship” between our two countries “reached its lowest point in almost half a century.”
Since Nixon left for China, relations have not been so bad.
Earlier this week, Chinese and Indian soldiers fought with stones, sticks and clubs. along the line of the Himalayan truce, which dates back to their 1962 war. Twenty Indian soldiers died, some of them crossing a cliff into an ice river in a battle with the largest casualties between Asian giants in decades.
Among the questions that the Chinese undoubtedly raise with Pompeo are the growing bipartisan slander against China and its ruling Communist Party by US politicians as they approach November.
The United States puts China in the dock for hiding information about the coronavirus virus until it spreads, lies about it, and then allows Wuhan residents to travel the outside world, isolating them inside China.
It has become a good policy in America to be tough with China.
There are many reasons.
Among them, a huge trade deficit with China, which led to America’s historical de-industrializationThe emergence of China as the world’s first industrial power and the dependence of the United States on Chinese imports for the vital needs of our national life.
Then there is systematic theft of intellectual property from US companies in China and Beijing posting thousands of spy students in US colleges and universities to steal security secrets.
Then there is suppression of christianitydenial of the rights of Tibetans and the opening of an archipelago of concentration camps in western China to “re-educate” Muslim Uighurs and Kazakhs with the goal of turning them into more loyal and obedient subjects.
Among the strategic problems of Pompeo: Chinese fortification of islets, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea and the use of its warships to expel Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino fishing vessels from their own territorial waters, which China now claims.
Another concern for Pompeo: China’s buildup of medium- and medium-range ballistic missiles, a nuclear arsenal that is not contained or not covered by the Cold War arms agreements between Russia and the United States.
Then there were those provocative flights of a Chinese aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait to intimidate Taipei and show Beijing’s hostility towards recently re-elected U.S. supporters. government on the island.
Finally, restrictions on the freedoms enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong are growing in China in accordance with the Basic Law agreed upon with the United Kingdom when the territory was returned to Beijing in 1997.
Also on the menu at Hickam was almost certainly new militancy from Pyongyang. This week, the North Region blew up a building in Qaesong, right in North Korea, where bilateral peace talks were ongoing between the two Koreas. With the explosion, there were threats from the north to send troops back to the positions that they had liberated along the DMZ.
The rhetoric of the North against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, emanating from the 32-year-old sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the rising star of the Kim Yo Jong regime, is heating up.
In a statement this week, Kim Yong Jong ridiculed the moon as an American lackey:
“We are firmly convinced that it is no longer possible to discuss North-South relations with such a slave partner who deals only with shame and suicide, saturated with deep-rooted failure.”
North Korean state-owned media published photos of the destruction of the joint liaison office. Pyongyang closes ties with Seoul, and the frustrated South seems to be growing and reciprocating.
The situation between the North and the South seems dead, and President Trump’s special relationship with Kim Jong-Un may not be far behind.
Rumors have been circulating about the resumption of nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests by the North, the suspension of which was one of Trump’s diplomatic achievements.
Whether Trump’s cherished trade deal with China can survive the growing icing between the two countries is still unknown.
The Chinese seem to be saying with their actions against India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan – this is what: your American friends and allies yesterday. We are tomorrow. The future of Asia belongs to us. Deal with it!
No one should want a hot war or a new cold war with China or North Korea.
But if Trump relies on his special relationship with Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping, his trade deal with China and his commitment to Kim to give up nuclear weapons for recognition, trade and help, he will have to think again.
In the foreseeable future, communist militancy from Beijing and Pyongyang seems on the cards, if not worse.