Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Reuters — Trump secretary of state nominee: China should be denied access to South China Sea islands


Collison course. Bets on who shoots first?
But Tillerson also stressed the "deeply intertwined" nature of the world's two biggest economies.
"We should not let disagreements over other issues exclude areas for productive partnership," he said.
Uh huh. This should be fun to watch.

Reuters
Trump secretary of state nominee: China should be denied access to South China Sea islands
David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick

See also

On being proactive.
And because of its wealth and geographic security, [the US] can afford to commit serious foreign-policy blunders and still recover.
Until the nukes arrive.

The National Interest
Resisting America's Unstoppable Urge to 'Do Something' Can the next secretary of state resist the urge?
Aaron David Miller, vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Richard Sokolsky, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff

3 comments:

Noah Way said...

Trump is surrounded by Deep State stooges.

Ryan Harris said...

Negotiation 101. The weakest position is always non-negotiable and the strong positions are contingent on the success of the weaker positions.

This is how China approaches everything (Taiwan one-china is agreed before everything else, Not meeting with Dalai Lama is agreed before trade and cooperation on everything else). China understands the position well.

The US is completely powerless on the Spratlys (US Weak) so China has to make concessions to get trade and Taiwan (strong) and the rest.

This is how Merkel is approaching UK -- open borders are the requirement (weak) to get the trade (strong).

Bob said...

China is really touchy when it comes to Taiwan. What would Sun Tzu do?