1997 Neo-Con report describes containing and collapsing China.
June 25, 2011
Neo-Con degenerate Robert Kagan penned a fairly insightful 1997 piece in the Weekly Standard titled, “What China Knows That We Don’t: The Case for a New Strategy of Containment,” where he discusses the prospects of an effective containment strategy coupled with the baited hook of luring China into its place amongst the “international order.” The entire piece is a spectacle to behold, where Kagan, and apparently the audience he is writing for, believes America has the right to manipulate, contain, and arrange the world’s nations on behalf of the “international order” as it pleases.
Kagan, in regards to the “international order” writes, “The present world order serves the needs of the United States and its allies, which constructed it. And it is poorly suited to the needs of a Chinese dictatorship trying to maintain power at home and increase its clout abroad. Chinese leaders chafe at the constraints on them and worry that they must change the rules of the international system before the international system changes them.”
Further into his article Kagan concedes that the West’s goal is to collapse China’s government. He writes, “Some new China hands agree that the Chinese regime is vulnerable and believe that increased ties will hasten the day when political liberalization finally catches up with economic liberalization. By embracing the Chinese, by exporting our Western ways through our Western goods, we will bring them down. By helping them expand their economy, we will exacerbate the contradictions of “authoritarian capitalism” and force their resolution in favor of more democratic forms.”
Kagan continues, “There’s a contradiction in this argument, one that suggests the new China hands are either naive or disingenuous. How can a policy of engagement that has as its explicit goal the eventual collapse of the regime appeal to China’s leaders? Can the United States win their friendship by saying, ” Engage with us so we can bring you down”? Chinese leaders are more aware than anyone that there are contradictions in their system, and they will not be comforted to know that America’s policy of “engagement” contains the hope that they will be swept away by an uncontrollable tide of liberalization.”
The game the West has played against China has saturated the pages of their policy, their speeches and public statements to such an extent that there is a real possibility that many in China truly believe they are the “international order’s” chosen ones. There is also the very real danger that the networks and influence China is building regionally and globally can be toppled and co-opted by covert destabilizations similar to what is unfolding throughout the Middle East.