Diplomat: William Martel: Grand Strategy of the Authoritarian Axis
Council on Foreign Relations Asia Unbound: Will Piekos: China as a Responsible Power: “Known by the Company You Keep”
With the Islamic Middle East gradually going up in flames, any internal disruptions in China could be left to spiral out of control, forcing the Chinese Communist Party to accelerate any timetables it has for itself to challenge America and its East Asian allies, starting with Japan. To this end, writes William Martel, China’s leaders have been reaching out to other authoritarian regimes across this planet, extending as far out as Venezuela. The resulting strategy is based on the following principles.:
1. Oppose and resist the policies and actions of America, its allies, and the United Nations.
2. Undermine the values and influence of the West.
3. Promote and legitimize authoritarianism to counter freedom and democracy.
4. Encourage self-doubt and even fear of attacks from authoritarianism in the 21st century.
5. Protect fellow authoritarian states at any cost.
When Hillary Clinton called for Russia and China to “pay a price” for supporting Syria, those two countries hit back together. Ironically, to my mind, these regimes have their own reasons for distrusting the Islamic upheavals, most likely if, by whatever means, the populations of North Africa and the Middle East reach some level of democratic self-governance. China has bought diesel submarines from Russia and sold anti-ship ballistic missiles to Iran, opening up some lines of questions about expanded connections with Syria. Ironically, if the democratic and free countries of this world rallied around the United States, the momentum could shift back toward us, by building confidence in free societies, expanding energy developments, and avoiding any perceptions of weakness and indecision. China could end up clashing with various Muslim factions over Syria soon enough, whether on the ground within those countries or at the United Nations, with the effect of tying its attention down, I might think. A different headache might come from China’s own backyard.:
Wall Street Journal: Ian Storey: The Great Game, Burma Edition
Assuming that the “authoritarian axis” theory holds up, we may have to count Burma out. Burma’s former military leaders appear to be more inclined toward civilian control, and they’re also looking to expand cooperation with American military units on various humanitarian issues, which should always be a good thing to my mind. We’ll certainly want to monitor China’s movements here in order to solidify this supposed pivot toward East Asia. Between this network of alliances in Southeast Asia and the upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, I find China’s weaknesses more worrisome than its strengths.
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