eastwind journals 09 eastwind journals are the personal journalistic writings of Bernie Lopez, and are not part of the healing ministry. Any views or comments are his own and does not reflect those of the ministry. _____________________________________________________________ NO NEED FOR A US-CHINA CONFRONTASI Bread and Bullets Don’t Mix By Bernie Lopez ‘eastwind journals’ column Opinyon Magazine, advance copy Related photo
THE FEARED DONG FENG DF21-D MISSILE OF CHINA
SPEED MACH 10, RANGE 3,000 MILES
NO KNOWN AMERICAN DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR THIS.
Mixing bread and bullets is the greatest blunder of American foreign policy. Military dominance alienates America from economic exchange. America will not dare extract the rich resources in the Afghan and Pakistan mountains after it has mutilated the communities there and catalyzed a lot of anger and hatred. Any American mining firm there will surely be bombed. The Chinese, on the other hand, have recently entered into the biggest mining venture in Aynak, Afghanistan, with a second one coming up in Hajigak. Bread and bullets don’t mix.
Obama is continuing this American foreign policy of bread and bullets. He announced that the focus of the US is now the vibrant Asia Pacific economies through the APEC. That is the bread part. The bullet part is a strengthening of the US-Australia military alliance with the establishment of new American bases in the northern territory. This is because their new bases there will be out of reach of the new Chinese anti-carrier Dong Feng missile system DF-21D with a speed of a staggering Mach 10 and a range of 3,000 miles. There are no known US defense systems for missiles with this speed, although some say it is over-rated.
If the US would simply get rid of the bullet part in foreign relations with China, it can get out of its present recession. China can save the US from an emerging depression by being a trading partner. It would be the biggest trade alliance that would foster rapid global growth, this Sino-American convergence. The EU, Japan, Asia Pacific can polarize towards this economic pillar.
But why is America blind to this reality? Why do they look at China as an enemy rather than an ally? It is an unfortunate existing mindset. The US is ruled by the Pentagon and Wall Street in tandem, who view China as a competitor rather than a cooperator, a military foe rather than an economic partner. Those who control American foreign policy must have a change of heart. But like Israel dismantling its nukes, China as partner seems to be a ridiculous notion.
To show how warped the American mindset is, SCOTTtheBADGER writes, “Alas, Evil always wins, unless Good Men do something to stop it”, referring to the Dong Feng. Americans look at China as ‘evil’ when the Dong Feng was actually only a defensive reaction to American saber rattling in the South China Sea. The US deployed seven carriers as a show of force during the confrontation over Taiwan. Invisible American submarines have been hugging the China shoreline at will for decades, but not anymore. China developed ocean detectors and submarine missiles. Who is really the evil force? Who drew first blood in the escalaton game?
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