Buchanan Fears Chinese Intentions And Provides Free Traders With Ample Artillery
Pat Buchanan, the most prominent isolationist, fears the intentions and economic development of China. And he is miffed over what he sees as the US facilitating their development. Meanwhile, as China does everything right to become a "Great Power", the US does everything wrong in its relationship with China.
The story of China and America is the story of the ants and the grasshopper. We spend every dime we earn. The Chinese are forced by the regime to sacrifice the present for a future their leaders envision.
So the problem among many, per Buchanan, is our trade relationship with China. One of the dastardly things China is doing with American greenbacks they receive from trade is:
First, she uses the dollars to create ties of dependency in Free Asia by buying more from these nations than she sells to them. Australia, whose natural resources are pouring into China, is becoming dependent for her prosperity on China.
Second, she invests her dollars strategically in energy projects outside of China and in nations America has declared off-limits: Sudan, Iran, Burma.
Are these "ties of dependency" akin to China's trade relationship with the US? Buchanan hints that by being the main purchaser of a country's goods, one is making the seller subservient. If so, then what is the foreign policy disaster in making China so "subservient" to the US? Or do trade embargoes enhance one's bargaining posture? It may with a small country. But China FINALLY has an economy we would be loathe to ignore.
Buchanan's second point may give us pause but how are we to influence that without having our current trade relationship? We will be more influential through business contact than through military encounters.
Buchanan then draws historical allusions between China today and a nemesis of the past, Kaiser's Germany. Buchanan writes:
As the Kaiser's Germany built a High Seas Fleet to rival the Royal Navy, so China builds up a military to rival ours in Asia. As the Kaiser saw British-backed plots to isolate and surround her, so China sees the United States organizing Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the old Russian provinces of Central Asia against her. Encirclement -- in her eyes.
While China may be viewing America's actions and alliances with a wary eye, it seems to be an odd response given our current trade "imbalance". I never thought the way to isolate someone was to openly trade with them to such an extent.
Buchanan is suspicious of China's goals, potentially seeking world domination, and I may even share to some extent the same questions, however I cannot accept that isolation of such a formidable power can result in better world conditions.
BTW: None of this is meant to exonerate China over its serious human rights violations.