The United States is allied with Japan and also with China as our preferred trading partner. We have military bases in Japan and have since WWII. We’ve also been involved saving China’s butt from the Japanese, and later had the Chinese aiding our enemies against us. We’ve obviously had it out with the Japanese in WWII, and that just wasn’t very funny. Today, we are all trading partners. So, why aren’t we all working together to resolve the issues of ocean territorial disputes between Japan and the Chinese? niceasicminer
Now then, let’s fast forward to some issues of the present period, pressing issues of paramount importance. You see, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on October 13, 2012 titled; “China Row Hangs Over Japanese GDP” by Chester Dawson and James T. Areddy. Now then, after reading that article, I’d like to ask my readers a question, you see, I wonder if the reason the US is not engaging more in this issue is because we are the benefactors of a Chinese-Japanese dispute.
That is to say if China and Japan are at each other’s throats both nations are more likely to do business with us instead of each other. GM wants to sell more cars into the Chinese market, and if the nationalism anger in China against Japanese products continues, the Chinese citizens will by more US automobiles and fewer Japanese cars there.
Remember, President Obama needs General Motors to succeed to save political face also the Administration has been busy avoiding conflict with China. China holds a good bit of US Treasuries as well. A good number of the Fortune 500 have operations in China, and for sure they don’t need any problems right now. Certainly they too would like to avoid what the Japanese are going through as well. Perhaps you noticed that during the debates on international diplomacy and the Obama Administration’s policies that these topics of China were clearly and completely avoided.
President Obama is very good at voting present, and sometimes it pays off for national security interests, and our foreign-policy. Still, if we are not careful and we let things get too far along, and we come in to make a decision or pick a side later, rather than helping to negotiate a fruitful solution to the challenges, then we will inevitably make an enemy, whereas we could’ve headed off the problem at the pass much the prior.
We can’t just ignore these issues and expect them to go away, and yes we are involved as a global player and a trading partner of nearly all nations of the world, we cannot stick our head in the sand, pretend these problems don’t exist, and then still expect anyone to respect us as a superpower later. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.