WWIII may not be the best place for this as I hope it will not come to but there have been several threads lately with parts of the information that I
deem important, some with information that I don't have and some that does overlap and other pieces that I feel are important that I haven't seen.
I am trying to not step on those author's toes with this thread and apologize in advance if any feel that I am. I feel that there are important
connections that I have responded to in threads but I had not taken the time to pull out all the pieces and play connect the dots. So, I am trying to
do that now. I think we may already be in the early stages of serious conflict. While the U.S. may escape map changes and actual "on our soil"
warfare, I do not believe that will be true of the world.
Rare Earth causes EU/US tension with China
This is highly disappointing and the EU continues to encourage the Chinese authorities to revisit their export restrictions policy to ensure there
is full, fair, predictable and nondiscriminatory access to rare earth supplies as well as other raw materials for EU industries," EU trade spokesman
John Clancy said in an e-mailed statement.[/
China mad about Dalai Lama
BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Sunday of "grossly" interfering in its internal affairs and seriously damaging
relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House
"This action is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, hurts the feelings of the Chinese people and damages Sino-U.S. relations,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement released in the early hours of Sunday.
"Feel Good" visit
actually underscores tensions
Mullen's visit to China was the first of its kind in four years. It was intended to build on efforts to increase communications and exchanges
between the two in hopes of easing growing tensions over China's growing military might and economic clout.
Chen, who visited the U.S. in
May, stressed that China remains well behind the United States in military capability and said its military growth is purely for defense.Mullen on
Friday said he was not convinced.
drills during Vietnam/China tension just another source of conflict
"It's too early to say where China is going with all of this," he said. "They say it's defensive. We'll see."
US-Vietnam naval drill begins against China's wish
DANANG, Vietnam — Former enemies Vietnam and the United States began a joint naval drill on Friday, despite Chinese objections after weeks of
escalating tension in the disputed South China Sea.
So as we can see, there is an awful lot of tension out there; entirely aside from the matter of the U.S. debt which most of us already know is a
matter in which China has a vested interest.
But, could it really come to war? Aren't these monster nations far too large and powerful to actually go at it? There are arguments on both sides
of that one. But more importantly, I think we need to look at it from something of a Cold War perspective and see the moves that are made in terms of
spheres of influence and proxies. And, just as in the cold war there is always the possibility that things could burn out of control.
I feel rather strongly that the U.S. is backing India as its proxy. The big meeting last fall, expensive, but deemed important enough for attendence
by all manner of high ranking business and government figures. Everyone wanted to know what they were doing over there. And, I think they were
preparing. Since that meeting we have experienced the Arab Spring. Change of the first order or further destabilization of an entire area of the
world? A resource rich one at that.
So, our stake in India?
India's June purchase of U.S. Aircraft
This month, India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the purchase of 10 C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft from the United
States for use by the Indian Air Force, in a deal worth $4.1 billion
The Air Force, currently the largest beneficiary of India’s rising
military budget, is in the middle of shifting its focus from being a purely Pakistan-centric force, to one that will be capable of simultaneously
meeting the twin threats posed by an insecure Pakistan and an increasingly belligerent China.
So India, like Vietnam and the other South China Sea countries feels that China is becoming "belligerent". Interesting. In another ATS thread it
was noted that a Chinese General had discussed that China has colonial aspirations. And they would almost have to in order to take care of their
population. India's population will be larger than China's within twenty five years. How likely is it that these two powers will remain peaceful?
The Kashmir region (claimed by China, Pakistan, and India) has been a prickly situation for decades. Resources will be an even greater one moving
And, interestingly, on Kashmir: just as the U.S. begins to distance itself from India's long standing rival
China helps Pakistan in Kashmir
Chinese fiscal assistance is allowing Pakistan to begin rebuilding its energy infrastructure in its portion of the contested Himalayan state,
which it labels “Azad Kashmir,” heavily damaged during last year’s flooding.
WOW! That's odd. China rebuilding land it claims for one of the countries that denies that claim! It looks like if India is going to be our first
proxy than China is throwing in with Pakistan. India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers afterall. That makes the fight somewhat fair.
Except that India is updating its airforce as per the above. Hmm. If China was truly going to use Pakistan as a Proxy against our Indian proxy it
seems that they would want to do something about that.
China agreed to GIVE Pakistan planes! How Nice of them!
Pakistan — China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza
Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
And we went in and got OBL, then cut off aid to Pakistan.
And, just as the cherry on top China is hugely interested in Africa.
China largest investor in Africa because they need the
“Statistics are hard to come by, but China is probably the biggest single investor in Africa,” said Martyn Davies, the director
of the China Africa Network at the University of Pretoria. “They are the biggest builders of infrastructure. They are the biggest lenders to Africa,
and China-Africa trade has just pushed past $100 billion annually.”
Notice that trade figure. It also helps to make the U.S. a less important market.
And, of course, given that huge investment in the continent, they don't appreciate Western Powers interferring there.
China on Libya
China's strongest condemnation yet of assaults on the forces of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece
of the ruling Communist Party, and showed how the conflict could become a fresh point of contention between Beijing and Washington.
And, so once again our tale turns to conflict between China and the West. I just don't think it's a pretty situation.
I do not want to be fearmongering though I am certain some will see it that way. I just think that conflicts many of us consider to be decades in the
distance, if they materialize at all, could actually be closer at hand.
I can sum up my feelings here by stating that "objects in mirror may be closer than they appear".
Thanks for listening.