Monday, July 21, 2014

U.S. China-Bashing Countered by Scholars

The following is a report on a CSIS conference designed to prepare for a US war on China. It is published in the current EIR. A second  article, by Helga LaRouche, titled
The New Silk Road Is Creating A New, Just World Economic Order, on what China is actually doing to benefit the entire world, will be in my next e-mail.   Mike Billington
CSIS Conference
U.S. China-Bashing
Countered by Scholars
by Michael Billington
July 14—Leaders in Congress and the Washington
thinktank Center for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS), among others, have rapidly escalated their war
hysteria against China. The CSIS, which occasionally
promotes reasonable strategic positions, went into hy-
perbolic extremes of China-bashing in a July 10-11
conference on “Recent Trends in the South China Sea
and U.S. Policy.” The persistent underlying assumption
of the panelists (with the exception of two Chinese rep-
resentatives and a Malaysian spokesman), was that
China, under President Xi Jinping, has become a serial
aggressor, threatening peace in Asia and, to some
speakers, the entire world’s peace and prosperity.
    There is a certain perverted irony in CSIS’s sponsor-
ship of a conference in the U.S. capital, defining China
as one of the world’s most dangerous aggressors, due
primarily to their drilling for oil and building facilities
on contested islands in the South China Sea, with nary
a mention of the Obama Administration’s multiple
criminal wars of aggression against nations that pose no
threat to the United States, threatening global war by
the massing of U.S. and NATO forces and anti-ballistic
missile systems along the Russian and Chinese borders,
adopting a first-strike doctrine against China, known as
Air-Sea Battle, carring out drone killings worldwide
without any legal or political oversight or justification,
and spying on every nation on Earth—to name but a
few of Obama’s impeachable crimes.
    In fact, while 80 Congressmen from both parties
sent a letter to Obama demanding that he stop his
newest illegal war—yet another war in Iraq—CSIS
chose to invite Republican hawk Rep. Mike Rogers (R-
Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,
who is calling for immediate U.S. air strikes against
Iraq, to open their “confront-China” conference. He did
not disappoint.
    China, said Rogers, after 20 years of investing in its
military prowess, believes that “now is the time, while
the world is distracted,” to expand at the expense of its
neighbors. “This has to change,” Rogers inveighed.
“This is death by a thousand cuts,” creating “brewing
clouds of conflict—this is as serious as it gets.” He
praised the U.S.-Philippine agreement to allow U.S. air,
sea, and land forces to occupy bases in the Philippines;
he praised Japan’s decision to scrap the postwar pacifist
constitution, and to prepare to join in a U.S. war in Asia;
he praised Vietnam for sending military ships to disrupt
a Chinese oil rig near the Paracel Islands, which are
under Chinese control; but, he said, “This is not enough,
it is getting more serious every day. This could lead to
outright conflict—we’re on that matrix.”
    Rogers added that the U.S. “must aggressively
pursue deterrence,” and provide Japan with “state of the
art weaponry.” We must stop normal diplomatic ap-
proaches, “be more direct, more aggressive, empower
our friends—now is the time to confront China’s glut-
tonous, naked aggression.”
    Incredibly, Rogers charged that China is not only
strategically dangerous, but that it is responsible for de-
stroying the economies of the region—in fact, of the
whole world! China, he said, “uses its power to bully,
intimidate, and destabilize the economy of the world.”
    This points to the real target of this exercise. China,
together with Russia, India, and other Eurasian nations,
including all of the Southeast Asian nations other than
the Philippines and Vietnam, are engaged in collabora-
tion with China in massive infrastructure develop-
ment—in energy, rail, water, space, nuclear, and more,
even while the U.S. and Europe are in economic freef-
all, pumping trillions of newly printed dollars and euros
into bailing out the gambling debts of the trans-Atlantic
banking system, while massively cutting investments
into the real economy. Obama and his British/Wall
Street controllers would rather have war than accept
Eurasian growth and new international economic insti-
tutions, such as those coming into being at the BRICS
meeting in Brazil this week, while the West collapses.
                China’s Response
    To the credit of CSIS, they did invite two prominent
Chinese scholars from Tsinghua University to address
the conference: Jia Bingbing, a law professor who de-
fended China’s legal position regarding the contested
territories, and Chu Shulong, a political science profes-
sor. Professor Chu provided a cogent and damning
analysis of the U.S. intentions and actions in the South
China Sea, notably directly contrasting them to the “last
Democratic Administration” under President Bill
    Under Obama, Chu said, the policy in the
South China Sea is not actually about the South
China Sea, but is part of the “larger strategic
framework” of the Asia Pivot, or Rebalancing,
pronounced by Obama in 2012. In the past, U.S.
policy in the region included economic issues,
human rights, and strategic concerns—but now, it
is “almost all strategic, dependent on troubles,
disputes between Asian countries.” When the
Philippines or Vietnam construct things on the is-
lands, or send warships to the islands, “the U.S. is
silent—only China is the bad guy in Asia.”
    Chu noted that there is much talk about inter-
national law, but that “the U.S. will not join the
International Criminal Court, or the UNCLOS, or
even some human rights conventions—the U.S.
wants international law for others, but ignores it
for itself when it wants to, including Iraq and other
    Of course China is building its navy, Chu said, as a
maritime country with rapidly expanding trade. But is
there a reason, he asked, “for the massive build up of
U.S. military forces in the South China Sea, which
threatens China? Is this not coercion?”
        The Empire’s Toadies
    From British Commonwealth member Australia,
where the U.S. is setting up extensive air, sea, and land
military facilities directed at China, Cabinet Minister
Malcolm Turnbull went further even than Congress-
man Rogers. Speaking at Australian National Univer-
sity on June 20, Turnbull claimed China has no friends
in Asia! “It has really no allies in the region, apart from
North Korea,” he said. “And the consequence has been
[that] now China’s neighbors are drawing closer to the
United States than ever before.” Ironically, Chinese
President Xi’s visit to Seoul in early July demonstrated
that China is closer to U.S. military ally South Korea
than it is to the North, while nearly all the nations of
Southeast Asia and Central Asia, including India, are
strengthening their cooperation with China.
    U.S. Secretaries of State and Treasury John Kerry
and Jack Lew, along with Adm. Samuel Locklear, head
of the Pacific Command, were in Beijing July 9-10 for
the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dia-
logue. Despite the Obama Administration’s growing
confrontation with China, the U.S. military has insisted
on maintaining close relations with China—Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey has re-
peatedly warned against the “Thucydides Trap” (be-
lieving that because China is a rising power, it must
necessarily lead to conflict with the U.S.), and Admiral
Locklear invited China, for the first time, to the recent
Rimpac naval exercises in the Pacific, and has invited
them to return next year.
    Otherwise, the Dialogue provided far less an ex-
change of ideas than what is required by the current
state of the global war danger. Kerry again demanded
that China submit the territorial issues to international
arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS)—a Convention which the U.S. has
itself refused to ratify, based on the claim that it would
entail a loss of sovereignty! Yet, China has signed the
Convention, and is following its rules precisely, includ-
ing that arbitration is only allowed when both parties to
a dispute agree to it.
    In fact, the Philippine spokesman at the CSIS con-
ference, after extended denunciations of China’s re-
fusal to submit to supposedly impartial international
arbitration, admitted in his closing statement that he
had met with the Chinese 120 times, and that China has
repeatedly called for “joint development” of the
region—which the Philippines rejects. Clearly, Obama
doesn’t want development—he wants imperial “divide
and conquer” conflict.

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