Beijing Sends Biden a Warning

Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign,
the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America
First has made America alone.”

Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to
have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received
from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.

According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan
Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku Islands in the East China
Sea, islands Japan controls but China claims as its own.

“President-elect Biden gave me a commitment that Article 5 of the US-Japan
security treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands,” said a delighted Suga.
And what does Article V commit us to?

“Each Party recognizes that an armed attack against either Party in the
territories under the administration of Japan would be dangerous to its own
peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger…”

Message: The US will treat a Chinese attempt to take the Senkakus, tiny rocky
outcroppings in the East China Sea, as an attack on the USA, and America will
fight China to secure Japan’s right to keep the islands.

Biden has removed any ambiguity that may have existed and given Tokyo a US
war guarantee that covers the Senkakus.

The response of China’s foreign ministry was to angrily lay claim to the islands
they call the Diaoyus as “inherently Chinese” and to dismiss the U.S.-Japan
security treaty as a “product of the Cold War.”

This diplomatic clash comes as Henry Kissinger was warning the Bloomberg Economic
Forum: “America and China are now drifting increasingly toward confrontation,
and they’re conducting their diplomacy in a confrontational way. … The danger
is that some crisis will occur that will go beyond rhetoric into actual military
conflict.”

Kissinger continued: “Unless there is some basis for some cooperative
action, the world will slide into a catastrophe comparable to World War I.”

World War I was the worst calamity in Western civilization – until the next
war to which it led inexorably: World War II.

Last week, we also learned that during Chinese military exercises in August,
the People’s Liberation Army fired two missiles thousands of kilometers from
the mainland that struck a targeted merchant ship sailing in the South China
Sea. The missiles were the DF-21D and DF-26B.

Both missiles are known as “aircraft carrier killers.”

The US routinely moves its carriers through these waters to underscore our
contention that neither the South China Sea nor the Paracel and Spratly Islands
within belong to China as Beijing claims.

Consistent with China’s toughening policies toward its neighbors, four members
of the opposition in the Hong Kong legislature were ousted last week, which
led to wholesale resignations that have left Hong Kong’s governing council under
the total control of pro-Beijing hardliners.

The era of “one country, two systems” for Hong Kong, dating to the
transfer of sovereignty by Great Britain, appears to be over. The dissidents
and demonstrators who filled the streets just months ago appear to have been
routed, and the city’s future looks less like the Hong Kong of yesterday than
the Beijing of tomorrow.

These actions are consistent with the hard lines Beijing has taken on its “reeducation
camps” for Uighurs in Xinjiang and its border dispute with India in the
Himalayas.

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lately sought to round up like-minded
nations to stand up to China – Japan, Australia, India – there appears to
be a reluctance, rooted in uncertainty as to whether Communist China or democratic
America represents the future of Asia.

Trump’s “America First” policy asked the most basic of questions:

Are all these half-century old alliances, these commitments to go to war for
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, as in Joe Biden’s estimation,
assets to be nurtured and even expanded to cover more territories like the Senkakus?
Or are they liabilities that could drag us into wars the American people do
not want to fight?

While we reject China’s claim to all the reefs, rocks and islets in the South
China Sea and her claim to the Senkakus in the East China Sea, should we be
obligated to go to war over these tiny parcels of land, especially when their
legitimate owners are unwilling to fight for them?

Biden repudiates an “America First” foreign policy that puts US security,
sovereignty, liberty and vital interests above the interests of any other nation.

But what is it, then, that Biden puts first?

Globalism. A New World Order. A Crusade for Global Democracy.

Been there, done that.

Sixty years ago when Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy faced off, the foreign
policy debate was over whether the US should fight Mao’s China to defend the
tiny offshore islands of Quemoy and Matsu.

Kennedy thought not. Kennedy won.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Churchill,
Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West
Lost the World
. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features
by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

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