Monday, October 16, 2017

Asia Unhedged — War of words shakes China’s policy circles over response to possible Korean war

The CP analysis says details of the Zhu-Jia face off recently surfaced in the Singapore daily Lianhe Zaobao. The island nation’s largest Chinese-language newspaper said the pair represented two distinct schools of thought on the security implications for China stirred by the North Korea crisis.
“On one front, a conservative ‘leftist’ school sees the US and South Korea using Pyongyang’s nuclear program as a pretext to reduce China’s strategic space,” CP said in a summary of the Lianhe Zaobao piece.
“A more liberal ‘rightist’ school on the opposing front emphasizes the threat North Korea poses to China, urging closer cooperation with the international community. While neither school is unified, their views regarding the origins and consequences of North Korea’s nuclear program are starkly divided,” CP added....
The "leftist" view is based on understanding US foreign policy experts and military strategists concerning US hegemony.

The "rightist" view is about China assuming a leadership role in the international community based on "fitting into" the global order, with a view of influencing it as China grows in economic power.

In my estimation the leftists are probably being more practical here, in that the Western liberal order is used as a subterfuge for advancing Western positions, neoliberalism, neo-imperialism and neocolonialism being different facets of the same position that represents itself as being based on "Western values."

Asia Times
War of words shakes China’s policy circles over response to possible Korean war
Asia Unhedged

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