Once Overjoyed Just To Shake Xi Jinping’s Hand, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry Now May Realize They’ve Been Completely Outmaneuvered By China

US President Barack Obama arrives for the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Saturday, September 3, 2016. Photograph by Damir Sagolj, Reuters

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While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton began what was called the “U.S. pivot to Asia.” In this photo, Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. on September 5, 2012. Today Hillary Clinton is running to become the next President of the United States and China’s former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been promoted to the number three leadership within the Chinese Communist Party. China seems to be in control of most of the South China Sea and is pressuring all U.S. allies from Japan to Australia to Singapore to ally themselves with China or face consequences. In 2012, Hillary Clinton was a big advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After Donald trump said the TPP was not a good deal for American workers, Hillary Clinton became against the TPP.

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By John Francis Carey
Peace and Freedom Commentary

June 6, 2016

Meetings of heads of state are almost always joyous affairs. Just to get two world leaders in the same room is a major accomplishment.

The U.S.- China relationship for the last nearly eight years has been dominated by China’s leader Xi Jinping — while U.S. President Barack Obama and his two Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, have mostly watched.

Early in these relationships, the U.S. side looked hopeful and anticipatory as representatives of the number one and number two major economies of the world met. Barack Obama was the charming leader of the free world and Xi Jinping was a new Chinese leader who had gone to college in the United States. America eagerly spoke of economic cooperation, human rights and rule of law in the way new American administrations do — trying not to sound preachy as they preach.

In John Kerry’s early meetings with Xi Jinping, one can clearly see the joy and hope of a potential breakthrough for the U.S. and China.

Certainly President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped for a breakthrough with China — but they also recognized China’s darker side and instituted the “pivot toward Asia.”

At President Obama’s behest, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was tied up during most of his state department service in a multi-year negotiation effort with Iran — even though Kerry’s own State Department named Iran as one of the world leaders in state sponsored terrorism.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had months to watch and learn what makes John Kerry tick, during this period. Now they are using that intimate knowledge of Kerry and his boss, President Obama, to the advantage of Russia and China in every move now.

U.S. Navy sailors held by Iran, January 2016. Kerry thanked Iran.

As the Obama administration edges closer to the end of its time now, there has to be a growing realization that China has not agreed to one proposal made by the U.S. side.

China has portrayed the “pivot” (later called “The Asia Rebalance”) as an ugly U.S. effort to “contain” China.

In the South China Sea, China parked is largest relocatable oil rig (Haiyang Shiyou 981) near Vietnam — which resulted in encounters between the two Asian nations that were something of an omen to what China was really about in its sea strategy. Despite a brief period of anti-China riots in Vietnam, China was unmoved. Before long, China had massive ocean dredging equipment carving up coral reefs to build up shoals and sand bars in areas claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. Despite protests from the U.S., and to a large measure the Philippines, China never blinked.

Instead of China making any effort to appease critics, China said it has owned most of the South China Sea for centuries. The claims, China said, are “indisputable.”

The Philippines took its complaints to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague — in an effort to get an unbiased ruling by an outside party — the United Nations.

China refused to participate, saying it would only deal with each nation one by one, in a bilateral way.

So much for international organizations and their influence upon China.

Flash forward to today.

China has engaged in what the U.S. side says is “dangerous airmanship” or a “dangerous intercept” by making close passes with Chinese fighter jets near U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.

But this was nothing compared to Vladimir Putin’s two day airshow near USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in April 2016.

An undated U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft making a very low pass close to the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew near the destroyer in what one U.S. official described as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. REUTERS/US Navy/Handout via Reuters

Now China has airstrips, fighter jets and anti-air missiles on at least a few of the islands China has claimed in the South China Sea.  At last weekend’s Shangri-La Dialogue, Admiral Sun Jianguo of the PLAN said China has no plan to change its conduct in the South China Sea — or anywhere else, it seems.

The Wall Street Journal’s Chun Han Wong wrote:

Disagreements were evident again on Sunday. At Asia’s largest security conference in Singapore, Beijing’s highest-ranking delegate spoke forcefully against U.S.-led criticism of China’s activities in the South China Sea, particularly its refusal to accept a coming tribunal ruling at The Hague that could contradict its maritime claims in the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Today, as John Kerry and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew kicked off the latest round, the 8th round, of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing; one photo says it all.  John Kerry doesn’t look hopeful when he meets the Chinese leader any more.

China watchers say the U.S. has been “outplayed” at every turn by China. Now China seems more hopeful. It has staked out a huge chunk of the “maritime commons” of the South China Sea as its own — and has gotten away with it.

At the Shangri-La Dialogue, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned China that the U.S. would “act” if China continues its work on Scarborough Shoal near the Philippines.

China may pull back from Scarborough Shoal — but not because of any fear of the United States. After almost eight years of the disastrous Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy, China (and Russia) just don’t believe American threats to use force. Many foreign policy experts say — ever since President Obama made a “red line” for chemical weapons and Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and then didn’t enforce it with action — China and Russia have believed that this White House will not use the power it clearly has to enforce U.S. foreign policy in any meaningful way.

But its more than that. Its the response to Benghazi, where the American Ambassador and three other Americans were murdered. The U.S. administration blamed a video — and did nothing.

It’s Russia’s taking of Crimea and much of eastern Ukraine — while the U.S. and others stood by.  And many other impotent responses by the U.S.

It’s Hillary Clinton’s brainless use of a home email server. Don’t think for one minute that Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping think Hillary Clinton is “smart” or that her excuses are valid. Her actions, and the President’s acquiescence, only signals weakness and stupidity.

China and Russia also know Hillary Clinton is responsible for the U.S. debacle in Libya.

John Kerry doesn’t have much to smile about any more when he meets Xi Jinping. Kerry has been beaten. And he knows it.

China’s President Xi Jinping (right) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (left) during the joint opening ceremony of the 8th round of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues in Beijing June 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS


President Xi (centre) pictured with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry (right) at the opening of the two-day talks in Beijing. “Who’s your Daddy?” Photo: Reuters


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