China once had a massive anarchist movement in the pre-Mao years.
China has neoliberals and neocons all-a-tizzy about various dangers allegedly posed by a third world country on the other side of the planet. The border between China and the United States is Japan and the Pacific Ocean on one side and Eurasia, Africa and the Atlantic on the other. American hawk nightmares of Chinese power projection are ridiculous, unless one believes the formerly communist clusterfuck economy of the Sino Empire has Star Trek technology.
Nonetheless, there are certain advantages China does have. It has a huge physical productivity, which its vampire economy of CCP and crony corporations leech off of – mostly through export licenses and tariffs/taxes collected along the port cities. This can be funneled into a variety of ends, most of them stupid, including a huge military industrial complex.
It is reasonable to assume that the Chinese are both competent engineers and used to utilizing large armies. In any land war confrontation with the ChiCom Empire would be a nightmare for any nation. They would run out of stockpiles and money very quickly if they mobilized everything – but if they selectively deployed their armies in waves, their ability to throw fresh troops and equipment at invaders should give pause to even the United States military.
The Chinese seem to be culturally xenophobic and content to accept buffer states rather than world domination. They do, however, pose a danger to the region by empowering and punishing regimes of materially inferior states around them. The CCP are definitely not the heroes in Chinese history, but they may have cleared the old medieval chaff away to the point where SinoAnarchism can make a come-back.
The bosses of the Eastern wing of global gangster capitalism apparently decided to take out an unreliable capo.
By Adrian Blomfield
The general behind Zimbabwe’s coup may have sought Chinese approval days before the army launched its takeover of Robert Mugabe’s government, it emerged on Wednesday.
Mr Mugabe remained under house arrest, still president of Zimbabwe if in name alone, a prisoner of once slavishly loyal generals who now hold the country’s fate in their hands.
As the former British colony faced a deeply uncertain future under military tutelage, a trip to Beijing by Gen Constantine Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces, last week has reignited concerns about rising Chinese influence in Africa.
The general held high-level meetings with officials from the Defence Ministry, and visited a school to observe a Shaolin Kung Fu class.
Although the Chinese foreign ministry insisted Gen Chiwenga’s visit was a “routine visit”, analysts have suggested that Beijing may have given the rebellious army chief its tacit blessing in advance.
The best analysis of the Trumpian approach to foreign policy I have seen to date.
By Pete Escobar
South China Morning Press
China, Russia and Iran are the three key players in what promises to be the Eurasian Century.
Donald Trump may be The Joker; The Fool; The Ace of Spades; the ultimate trickster. What nobody can tell for sure is how this shifty chameleon will seduce, cajole, divide and threaten these three countries in his bid to “Make America Great Again”.
Considering the composition of his cabinet, as well as his motormouth twittering, the world according to Trump sees radical Islam as the No 1 threat, followed by Iran, China and Russia.
The strategy of Henry Kissinger, Trump’s unofficial foreign policy guru, is a mix of “balance of power” and “divide and rule”. It will consist of seducing Russia away from its strategic partner China; keeping China constantly on a sort of red alert; and targeting Islamic State while continuing to harass Iran.
All this has the potential to backfire splendidly. Even a real “reset” with Russia, of the non-Hillary Clinton kind, is not exactly assured.
Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, may in fact be a cipher, a privileged ExxonMobil dealmaker, or a Trojan Horse for Kissinger’s views. Tillerson is a trustee of the hardline Centre for Strategic and International Studies think tank, along with Kissinger.