cassowary wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:06 pm
It is America that is saving us from becoming vassals of an odious Socialist dictatorship that kills innocents and harvest their organs.
I hope it is true Cass but I have my doubts.
The PRC built a military base on an artificial island it created in the Scarborough shoals - just off the Philippines coast and an obvious geostrategic threat to that country . In his first year in office Trump made it clear to the Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte (dirty Duterte?
) that the US would not go to war
with China over ownership of the Scarborough shoals.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chin ... SKCN12K0AS
If the Philippines, an old ally of the United States, cannot rely on the US to stand by it over a matter so important to its geostrategic/defense security as that , even at risk to the US itself, then I question whether the rest of us can afford to do so either.
It is one thing for the US to organise multinational flotillas of warships ostensibly to assert the right to freedom of navigation in contested waters but that is just the sort of showmanship that would never impress the top policy men in Beijing. These would see through the ruse for the face-saving exercise that it is.