late wrote:That's what BRI, Silk Road and the Vladivostok agreements are all about.
There are a number of dimensions to this. One is Trump's incompetence. China was working with us to restrain NK. Thanks to Trump, NK is off the leash.
Trump's flailing has made a lot of countries, not just Asia, think they can't depend on us. Which has helped China enormously. The Silk Road is now planning on going all the way to the Nordic countries. Russia and China has put their historic enmity aside to work together to pursue common interests. Even South Korea is making it's peace with China.
This isn't a diplomatic setback, it's a collapse of Pax Americana. What's even worse, it has reduced our influence in China, and the rest of Asia, to find a peaceful solution to accomodate China's rise.
The pax Americana has started to crumble with the Iraq war and probably earlier. Nobody wants a rogue policeman. A rogue country is bad enough, a rogue superpower is fatal. With Trump that dark side, which has always existed, has just come into the open. We can drop the false narrative of the benevolent US superpower.
China has never contained NK, certainly not more than now. The Chinese always used NK to needle the West. That hasn't changed. Trump uses the US to promote his own ego. It's pathological and quintessential American.
A country of 1.4 billion will have a geopolitical role in the world, whether the US likes it or not. Trump is just accelerating China's rise, which would have happened anyways. You cannot stifle the economic development of a people. We all have a right to self-fulfillment.
South Korea (Korea as a whole) has always had great affinity with China. The Korean peninsula is part of China's sphere of influence. The US is only there because of the division. The empire can only thrive by divide and conquer tactics. There will be no peace as long as the US doesn't leave. That is as true for Asia as it is for Europe.
China beat the West at its own game. The US, instead of playing ball, now wants to bent the rules of the game in its own favor. Nobody can agree with that.
find a peaceful solution to accomodate China's rise.
There is no reason to assume that China's rise will not be peaceful. What is doubtful is that the US's decline will be peaceful.