January 17, 2005


The New World Order: The ancient walls of China will never hold back China from becoming the major world power in the 21st century. (Martin Walker, Jan 17, 2004, UPI)

The tectonic plates of geopolitics have just shifted. On an issue of major strategic concern to the United States, the European Union has decided to flout American concerns and side with China, and Britain has put its vaunted special relationship with the United States to one side, and has gone along with its fellow Europeans. A new world order is coming.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw heads to Beijing this week to kowtow before the Middle Kingdom, and tell his Chinese hosts that Britain's long opposition to removing the European embargo from selling arms to China is about to end.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair explained personally to President George W. Bush that Britain could no longer hold out against the majority opinion in the European Union, and the ban that was imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 would have to be lifted. [...]

But Bush was not mollified by the British explanations, and U.S. officials see this as a grim augury for future EU-U.S. relations, just as Bush is heading over to Brussels next month for a trip that was supposed to mend fences, to smooth over bygone rows over Iraq and start off the second term with a new determination to strengthen Transatlantic ties.

The British went ahead despite explicit warnings from U.S. officials that there was a strong risk of retaliation by Congress, both by clamping down on technological cooperation between U.S. and European arms manufacturers and limiting access to the U.S. arms market.

Britain would suffer most, with BAE (British Aerospace) and Rolls-Royce the two biggest foreign suppliers to the Pentagon, with broad security clearances that deem them to be virtually American companies.

The Americans are not the only ones offended by the British and EU decision. After his talks in Beijing, Jack Straw will then fly to Tokyo for talks with Japan, which is preparing to defend the southern remote islands off Kyushu and Okinawa from possible invasion amid rising security concerns about China, according to papers published Sunday by Kyodo News.

So on one side is Europe and China and on the other is us, Australia, India, Taiwan, & Japan? Let's get it on!

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2005 11:15 PM

Arrant nonsense. How many CBG's does China have? How many SSBN's? Let them add theirs to those held by the Euroweenies.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 18, 2005 5:36 AM

You'd think they know that arming China will only increase the likelihood of nuclear war. And if they do, it sure shows them up as bigots because the people dying will be Chinese.

Posted by: Randall Voth at January 18, 2005 8:56 AM

What about the rest of our hemisphere? Where are they? The Monroe Doctrine has kept them safe from attack for lo these many years. Will they kick us for our good intentions and side with the other side of the globe? I'd say it would be a distinct possibility.

Posted by: erp at January 18, 2005 9:33 AM

Yawn! Another China is going to dominate article. Yet, the same article says India is also coming along. So, China versus the US and India. How is that going to turn out? And how can Europe help China? By sending the mighty British and French fleets? By sending the 20,000 French troops that are capable of overseas action?

Posted by: Bob at January 18, 2005 10:43 AM

Now. Bob, you know the frogs don't usually take US head on, they have their underlings do it for them.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 18, 2005 10:54 AM

Can Europe screw Taiwan any more than it has been all these years?

Apparently so.

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