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Peak China
American Thinker, by David Archibald

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Posted By:HedgehogInOz, 8/8/2014 11:42:15 PM

China has become wealthier in the last couple of decades but unfortunately is using some of that new wealth for military adventures against its neighbours. The neighbours aren’t happy. Over 60 percent of the people in countries bordering the South China Sea fear Chinese aggression and expect imminent war. If China keeps growing their economy that will only make them more capable militarily and more aggressive. [SNIP] That is why we can be forgiven for anticipatory schadenfreude as these nasty and aggressive countries overreach and become undone.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 8/9/2014 12:56:07 AM     (No. 9958783)

Based upon our experience in Europe over the past 100 years, we tend to look for nations with strong economies to become militarily aggressive. Germany and Russia come to mind. Russia is indeed a nation with a history of aggression--"the prison house of nations".

China, on the other hand has a several thousand year history of not being aggressive. China withstood the Mongols by absorbing them. Their major civil engineering work is the Great Wall, which is long enough to reach from New York to Los Angeles. A nation builds a wall to keep the neighbors out, not as a stepping stone for further conquest.

Any wars that China may have on its horizon would be wholly irredentist in nature. They simply want to get back what they consider to be rightfully theirs. Thus, Taiwan, Okinawa, Tibet, the Sprately Islands, parts of Mongolia, and so forth. The goal is not some new Chinese empire, but rather a resumption and continuation of their 5,000 year history.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/9/2014 2:21:37 AM     (No. 9958806)

Simply geting back what they think is rightfully theirs, #1? Makes them sound so reasonable.

What they think is rightfully theirs is beginning to look like much of the rest of Asia including just this year pretty much the entire South China Sea, whereas other folks, such as the Phillipines and the maps had not been aware of that previously; and dittos for the East China Sea vis-a-vis Japan and South Korea. And then there was the incident in 2013 involving the USS Cowpens and the "dangerous ship maneuvers" in 2009 involving the USNS Impeccable, USNS Victorious, and USS John S. McCain III. Not to mention all sort of intimidating missile system testing and advances.

They haven´t had to be "aggressive" with countries they somehow thought were rightfully theirs - such as the sovereign state of Tibet - they just sort of mowed it down, destroyed all but 12 of its over 6,000 monasteries and over 1.2 million Tibetans died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion. Many of the monasteries were used as target practice by the non-aggressive Chinese military. And I quote here from an official website, "A thousand years´ worth of priceless Buddhist literature, religious paintings and artifacts were either destroyed or have fetched millions of dollars on the international market in an effort by the [non-aggressive] Chinese to raise foreign currency and to wipe out Tibet´s rich heritage."

Thank goodness some conservatives still have their eye our nonaggressive friends the People´s Republic. Because a surprising number of people seem to be seduced or lulled by their apparent successes and strength.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: The Advocate, 8/9/2014 3:37:21 AM     (No. 9958821)

Chinese company just paid 1.2 Billion for old May Robinson site in Beverly Hills.
They want to build a mixed use development.
Also, they want to invest in movie industry according to Beverly Hills Courier.
Chinese are buying up residential properties in LA! NYC etc for their children when they attend college- 18 years from now.
Long term planning.
Military isn´t the only way to conquer- how about the Obama debt?

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