Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press conference in Beijing in 2012 CREDIT AP
Hillary Clinton threatened to “ring” China with defensive missiles if Beijing did not rein in North Korea, leaked emails detailing a private speech she made three years ago claim.
The US democratic presidential candidate also blamed the Chinese military for being Pyongyang’s biggest ally, according to the hacked emails, which were revealed by Wikileaks.
The former secretary of state’s comments reflect ongoing frustrations in Washington that China has been failing to use its influence as North Korea’s biggest trading partner and ally to encourage the regime to cease its nuclear weapons programme.
The threat of an increased US military profile in the region would cause alarm in China, which expressed anger in July after Seoul’s decision to deploy a US anti-missile defence system to counter threats from North Korea.
Pyongyang conducted its fifth nuclear test earlier this year, and Beijing claims its influence is limited with the country’s leaders.
“You know, we all have told the Chinese if they (North Korea) continue to develop this missile program and they get an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) that has the capacity to carry a small nuclear weapon on it, which is what they’re aiming to do, we cannot abide that,” Mrs Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference in June 2013, according to the leaked data.
“Because they could not only do damage to our treaty allies, namely Japan and South Korea, but they could actually reach Hawaii and the West Coast theoretically, and we’re going to ring China with missile defence.
“We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area. So China, come on. You either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them.”
Mrs Clinton also said: “The biggest supporters of a provocative North Korea has been the PLA (People’s Liberation Army).”
The speeches emerged in emails from her campaign chairman’s personal account.
The validity of the emails – which offer a glimpse into how she might act if she becomes the US president – have not been verified or denied by the Clinton team, according to US media.
Other excerpts show that Mrs Clinton told Chinese officials that she opposed Beijing’s expansive claims over the strategically important South China Sea.
She said that China’s claims over the disputed waters were based on “pottery shards from, you know, some fishing vessel that ran aground in an atoll somewhere”, and that by that reasoning, the US could claim the Pacific Ocean.
“We liberated it, we defended it. We have as much claim to all of the Pacific. And we could call it the American Sea, and it could go from the West Coast of California all the way to the Philippines,” she allegedly said.
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.
Those were fun times, weren’t they? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing Mrs. Clinton’s intention to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. Only the Clinton State Department Used the word for “overcharge” instead of the word for “reset.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as U.S. Secretary of State with a Russia in military resurgence. The button meant “Reset to the Soviet Union and the Cold War” to Putin’s Moscow government, we suppose. (AP Photo)
Putin and Hillary Clinton. AP Photo by Mikhail Metzel
Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Bragged About Being Invited to Putin’s ‘Inner Sanctum’
In paid remarks to private groups, Clinton boasted of having a personal relationship with Putin, according to excerpts released by the organization Wikileaks this weekend. Democratic operatives, including vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, have neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the Wikileaks document.
In a speech to the Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago in October 2013, the Wikileaks document cites Clinton as telling a story of bonding with Putin over the conservation of tiger populations.
“I said, ‘You know, Mr. Prime Minister, we actually have some things in common. We both want to protect wildlife, and I know how committed you are to protecting the tiger,’” Clinton reportedly told the audience. “I mean, all of a sudden, he sat up straight and his eyes got big and he goes, ‘You care about the tiger? I said, ‘I care about the tiger, I care about the elephant, I care about the rhinoceros, I care about the whale.’”
Then, she said, Putin invited her to what she described as his “private inner sanctum.”
“So we go down the stairs, we go down this long hall, we go into this private inner sanctum. All of his, you know, very beefy security guys are there, they all jump up at attention, you know, they punch a code, he goes through a heavily-armed door,” she reportedly narrated. “And then we’re in an inner, inner sanctum with, you know, just this long, wooden table, and then further back, there’s a desk and the biggest map of Russia I ever saw. And he starts talking to me about, you know, the habitat of the tigers and the habitat of the seals and the whales.”
Earlier that year, Clinton reportedly dismissed the possibility of Putin’s military buildup being a threat to the United States. “I last saw [Putin] in Vladivostok where I represented President Obama in September for the Asia Pacific economic community,” she allegedly said in remarks at Sanford Bernstein. “I sat next to him. He’s an engaging and, you know, very interesting conversationalist.”
“We talked about a lot of issues that were not the hot-button issues between us, you know, his view on missile defense, which we think is misplaced because, you know, we don’t believe that there will be a threat from Russia,” she continued.
Clinton reportedly discussed the possibility of a “more positive” relationship with Putin.
“And finally on Afghanistan and Russia. Look, I would love it if we could continue to build a more positive relationship with Russia,” she reportedly said in a June 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs, claiming that Russia was “helpful” in Afghanistan. In that same speech, Clinton said that, while Putin was “asserting himself in a way now that is going to take some management on our side,” she still hoped the U.S. could “have a positive relationship with Russia.”
At the time, Putin had “asserted himself” in Georgia five years previous, usurping parts of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and had reportedly begun planning for the subsequent invasion and colonization of Ukraine.
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