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The United States and China look like two punch-drunk prizefighters squaring off for a major championship fight. They have no good reason to fight and every reason to cooperate now that both their stock markets have been in turmoil.

Six hundred point market swings down and then up look like symptoms of economic nervous breakdown.

Factions in both nations are beating the war drums, putting presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping under growing pressure to be more aggressive.

Trump shoulders much of the blame for having started this unnecessary confrontation by imposing heavy duties on Chinese goods. The US president has turned the old maxim on its head that nations that trade heavily don’t go to war. The US and China, both huge trading partners, appear headed to military clashes, or even full scale war, if their governments don’t come to their senses soon.

Trump was clearly trying to bully China into major trade concessions and better commercial behavior. He is right about this. I’ve done business in China for over 15 years and seen every kind of chicanery, fakery and double-dealing imaginable. China learned from the French that the First Commandment is ‘Thou Shalt Not Import.’

The Japanese are no better. I recall Japanese health authorities telling my pharma firm that all our tablets had to be triangular shaped to make them nearly impossible to swallow.

Theft of technology is indeed rampant, as Trump asserts. But has he looked into CIA and NSA’s techno spying recently? They ransacked the Soviet Union during its last dying days. Much of our postwar missile technology was developed by German scientists spirited off to the USA. After the Sputnik launch in 1957, I recall seeing a German cartoon showing a Soviet and US satellite in orbit next to one another. One whispers to the other, ‘Now that we’re alone, let’s speak German!’

Meanwhile, US warships are patrolling the South China Sea and playing chicken with Chinese naval units and aircraft. It’s only a matter of time before a dangerous incident occurs that could spark a real shooting war. The Trump White House has been encouraging India to challenge China at sea and in the high Himalayas.

Beijing has pulled the rug out from under Apple sales in China, causing a near panic on the US stock market. In his quest for power and glory, Trump may have fatally wounded US financial markets. Apple was the shining example of fruitful cooperation between the US and China.

Trump’s confrontation with China was aimed at winning him votes in the US Farm and Bible belts. It’s ironic that over 80% of Trump backers who profess themselves evangelical Christians are cheering on his military adventure against China and, for that matter, North Korea. ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ got lost on the road to Iowa.

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China’s ruler, Xi Jinping, has gotten sufficiently annoyed with Trump to rekindle his nation’s strident claims to ‘renegade province’ Taiwan. In past years, the mighty US Seventh Fleet would have turned any Chinese invasion fleet into chow mein. US Naval officers used to claim they would make a Chinese amphibious invasion of Taiwan into ‘a million-man swim.’ Today, China has the technology, manpower and naval power to invade Taiwan, should it so choose.

While lacking the military proficiency of the US Navy, China’s new fighters, drones, anti-ship missiles and fleet submarines already pose a serious challenge to the US 7th Fleet. It would be foolish to underestimate China’s striking power.

In the midst of all these tensions, the US chose to get Canada to arrest the daughter of China’s leading high tech firm, Meng Wanzhou, on charges of trading with Iran. Trump appeared unaware of plans to arrest Meng as she was transiting Vancouver airport. There is a very strong suspicion that the rabid hawks in the White House, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, hatched this incident to keep the US and China in confrontation.

During the Bush administration, Bolton pulled off a similar machination to thwart a peace deal between North Korea and the US. Now the Chinese are humiliated and furious at Washington for the arrest of Mrs Meng, and the Canadians, who had no business getting involved in this fracas over Iran, are left holding the bag. Pathetic.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. In his heyday ,Churchill said of the US ; ” they will ultimately do the right thing after trying everything else “. All of Trumps nonsense clearly falls into this “everything elae ” category.

    Let’s hope Churchill was right. In the end he had a pretty good record.

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    , @mr meener
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  2. Alistair says:

    President Trump respects power but leads by his own guts feeling.

    The NeoCons Clan in the White House may be hatching a diplomatic incident to keep the US and China in confrontation, but the good news is that President Trump leads by his own guts feeling, he doesn’t get advice from anybody but from powerful dictators like Israeli PM, Netanyahu, Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin, Philippines Duterte, Saudis (MBS), and all other powerful dictators whom he respects, but Trump will not take the advice of his own intelligence services – CIA, much less from John Bolton who is a representative of the Military Industrial Complex and one of the mastermind behind the US invasion of Iraq; John Bolton is a NeoCon-Zionist, and president probably resents everything about him, but keeps him around to please the GOP’s top brasses; i.e. Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, etc. But just as Trump learned to love Kim Jong Un because North Korea is a potent Nuclear power, he will soon learn to love Nancy Pelosi too, because she has the power to impeach and indict him; Trump is a quick learner but leads by his own guts feeling.

    President Trump respects power, and he knows how powerful China is; notwithstanding the Chinese military power, Trump knows too well that if China is cornered and lost all incentives about doing business with the US, they could simply cash-in on their holdings of the US treasuries; though this may cost them a lot of money, but it could also bring the US economy to its knees along with a global recession and perhaps multiple proxy wars with China, president Trump knows that. Beside, unlike a war against Iran which can benefit Israel directly, a confrontation with China doesn’t help Israel, therefore, Bolton wouldn’t advise that, he only advises in the service of Zionists and Israel.

  3. Biff says:
    @Handicapper

    Let’s hope Churchill was right. In the end he had a pretty good record.

    Who was more racist? Churchill or Hitler?

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  4. Bronxite says:

    Perfidious Albion and Germany were each other’s largest trading partners prior to The Great War. Interesting how effective the UK’s so called Belgian atrocities by the Hun propaganda were, and a century later the UK/ Steele dossier similarly effective to achieve their (UK globalists) aims.

    Churchill had a lot of good wisecracks and sayings , but his bacon was saved by the USA, and not by his brainwaves such as Gallipoli (in WW1) and abandoning merchant ship convoys to German attacks (WW2) He helped lay the foundation for today’s UK, not nice.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  5. Alistair says:
    @Bronxite

    Perhaps Churchill was smart enough because he could got the US involved in WW1, and subsequently in WW2, which has resulted in the defeat of Nazi Germany, but Churchill had effectively surrendered the U.K’s sovereignty to the USA; in fact since 1944, the UK is effectively acting as an instrument of the US foreign policy – I guess it’s better to surrender to a friendly nation than to Nazi Germany, at any rate, it was a tarde off for the U.K.

  6. swamped says:

    The stock market is the worst possible measure of national economic welfare. A 600 point blip in a punch drunk Wall St casino market is of little interest to workers. Righting trade imbalances and reaching fairer agreements are of more pressing concern. Apple is a shining example of exploitation of labor by big capital under global trade deals. Voters in the farm and rust belts can cheer the president on in seeking to reverse these trends. As well as for seeking to avoid further military adventures with China and for that matter, North Korea; and turn the other page on the misadventures of previous administrations. Praise be!

  7. mr meener says:
    @Handicapper

    Churchill was a drunken bloated war monger who started both world wars under jewish orders. over 100 million dead Britain bankrupted and lost their empire. real good record

  8. wagelaborer says: • Website

    ”Old maxim”? I don’t think so. The idea that nations that trade don’t go to war was invented by Tom Friedman, pusher of globalism, as I recall. Before that, most everyone understood that trade wars are a traditional cause of war, right up there with fights over resources and land.

    We were headed for war with China ever since Obama’s ”Pivot to Asia”. And Obama, of course, was a big globalism pusher. Globalism, protectionism, no matter what, capitalists fight each other. Well, they get the peons to fight for them, but it is over resources and wealth, not bayonetted Belguim babies, or the stealing of ”intellectual property”.

    Doesn’t ”cultural appropriation” remind anyone of ”theft of intellectual property”?
    Claims that only one group is allowed to wear dreadlocks or kimonos, as well as that only one group can manufacture cellphone technology or Mickey Mouse purses, seem might similar, to me.

  9. Moi says:

    Trump has no control over his administration, nor himself.

  10. rosemerry says:
    @Biff

    Notice he lost the UK election just after the war.

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  11. anon[355] • Disclaimer says:
    @Handicapper

    Churchill had a pretty good record? He was a complete disaster on every possible level.

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