Biden/Harris to Continue US War on China by Other Means?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It’s virtually certain, how hegemon USA operates against all nations it doesn’t control — demanding everything, offering little in return, along with repeatedly breaching promises made.
It destroys bilateral relations instead of cementing them.
Both right wings of the US war party are militantly hostile toward China.
It’s all about the country’s growing political, economic, industrial, technological, and military prominence on the world stage.
The US dominated the post-WW II 20th century.
For years, perhaps decades, especially post-9/11, it’s been a nation in decline because of its imperial arrogance, unipolar mentality in a multipolar world, endless wars by hot and other means against invented enemies, ruinous military spending at the expense of vital homeland needs, and unwillingness to change.
In stark contrast, China and other nations are rising.
China is heading toward becoming the world’s leading economy in the years ahead.
US efforts to undermine the country politically, economically, technologically and militarily failed.
Continuing this hostile agenda ahead won’t likely be more successful than so far.
Yet it shows no signs of slowing, Biden/Harris highly likely to continue Trump’s anti-China policies when he’s out and they’re in.
On Monday, Biden — or his double — called for coalition partners to ally with US war on China by other means, saying the following:
“As we compete with China to hold China’s government accountable for its trade abuses (sic), technology, human rights and other fronts (sic), our position would be much stronger when we build coalitions of like-minded partners and allies that make common cause with us in defense of our shared interests and our shared values (sic).”
His above remarks and similar ones indicate he’ll at least largely continue Trump’s hostility toward the country.
Cooperation between and among nations is mutually beneficial.
Going the other way is what wars by hot and other means are made of.
US policies toward China are counterproductive yet are pursued anyway.
Looking ahead, they’re likely to harden further, not ease, as China continues making strides toward surpassing the US as the world’s largest economy in the coming years.
Biden’s choice for secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier said “we’re working with allies and partners” to challenge China and Russia.
Instead of continuing US confrontational policies toward China, former US diplomat Charles Freeman urged rebuilding what’s been deteriorating for years.
It won’t be easy, he said — impossible if the US continues to be confrontational.
Turning things around “require(s) dealing with each other pragmatically issue by issue rather than deriving cooperation from broad principles or presuppositions,” said Freeman.
“We must unravel the problems we have created for each other strand by strand.”
“If we pursue ‘grand bargains,’ we will just waste each other’s times.”
“We must rebuild cooperative relations brick by brick.”
Doing it requires a willingness of both nations to want cooperative relations rather than the other way around the way things are now.
China very much supports this approach. The problem lies in Washington, hostility toward Beijing pursued by Republicans and Dems alike.
There’s virtually nothing positive to look forward to when Biden/Harris replace Trump.
The same goes for relations with all nations free from US control.
It seeks dominance over the world community of nations, wanting them ruled by pro-Western puppet regimes, serving US interests.
This aim assures confrontation over mutual cooperation.
The latter is nowhere in sight between the US and China, Russia, Iran, and other sovereign independent countries.
Freeman stressed the following:
“Americans and Chinese inhabit the same planet.”
“We are its two largest and most powerful countries.”
“It is said that to whom much is given, much is always asked.”
“The world, as well as our own citizens, expect our leaders to engage with each other to advance common interests and manage areas of disagreement.”
“In the end, we have no alternative to doing so if we wish to sustain our peace and prosperity.”
“This assures that there is a basis for a return to a more balanced relationship than the one we now have but we will have to work imaginatively and hard to realize it.”
Indeed the above remarks make perfect sense — pursuing mutually beneficial policies to get along cooperatively over tearing at each other’s throats.
China, Russia, Iran, and other nations the US is hostile toward very much prefer this approach to the other way around.
The US does not. It’s pursuit of dominance over other nations in lieu of cooperative relations puts Freeman’s approach out of reach.
Nothing ahead suggests a positive change in US policy.
Confrontation with independent nations is likely to continue and perhaps harden ahead, not go the other way.
It ignores reality stressed by Freeman, saying:
“(N)either China nor the US can dominate” the other.
“We must both rediscover the merits of polite consideration of the interests and self-esteem of others and lead by appealing to them on this basis rather than offending them.”
The above reality falls on deaf ears in Washington.
Its rage for dominance dismisses cooperative relations with other nations as intolerable.
Therein lies the problem that’s been unsolvable and unchanged throughout the post-WW II period.
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