Does the United States have a cold war strategy to create an ‘Asian NATO’ to contain China’s military? According to Dai Xu, author of the book C-shaped Encirclement, writing in China’s new flagship state-controlled newspaper, the Global Times, current U.S.-South Korea exercises in the South China and Yellow Seas makes it imperative for Chinese ‘dignity’ to show the Americans the ‘red line’ beyond which it may not cross.
For the Global Times, author Dai Xu writes in part:
Looking at American history, it’s clear that the United States has been continually engaged in war, and looking for enemies is the norm in terms of its social development. In the absence of war, there’s no way to stimulate the U.S. economy; without a rival, it’s impossible to concentrate the country’s attention. The United States has embarked on the road of war beyond the point of no return.
The U.S. is conducting its tenth consecutive military exercise in the Yellow Sea, and has announced its willingness to intervene in the affairs of the South China Sea. On the face of it, through such exercises, the U.S. seems to be targeting Chinese dominance of the air and sea and directly threatening it. Moreover, the U.S. is trying to persuade Japan, Korea, Australia, India, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into forming a kind of “Asian NATO.” Thus, the United States will have two NATOs – one in the east and one in the west. Of course, the purpose of these two NATOs is to create a global empire, and China will be the first to be threatened, because this undercover Asian NATO will be distributed along China’s soft underbelly similar to the “encirclement” seen during the Cold War, and which scholars have called the “first and second island chain.”
China is destined to stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S. on the world stage, and cannot always put up with American provocations. If China is to stop the advance of the United States, then it must draw a clear red line against American attempts to surround it. … The U.S. must respect China’s concerns on security issues. China has never relied on America’s adversaries to threaten U.S. security; consequently, the U.S. has no right to repeatedly engage in unscrupulous activities that threaten China’s security. For groups who dare threaten China’s state power, that power will warn them and strike back. For China to be a responsible world power, it must first of all maintain its own dignity.
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