“Rogue state” is a self-deluding Western foreign policy term that has helped China eschew responsibility for enabling North Korea’s aggressive nuclear weaponization, and it is time to call China a sponsor of lawless North Korean behavior that it has a duty to reverse, including irresponsible nuclear proliferation. Other Western terms for North Korea have included “outlaw” and “renegade” – terms that focused responsibility on the Kim Dynasty and minimized China’s role as North Korea’s top trade, aid, and political sponsor. Outlaw, rogue, and renegade replaced Cold War terms such as proxy, client, and satellite in the lexicon of U.S. administrations eager to put the 20th Century Cold War behind them.
A few months ago we discussed some of China’s actions in both the East China Sea near Japan and the PLAN ship movement in US territorial waters. This article will describe a few of the more recent Chinese actions in contested waters, (specifically the South China Sea) what it means for the region, as well as what it means for the US. China has been busy. In addition to the continued building up of artificial islands and reefs in contested areas, the country has added assets to other islands. The PLA has set up radar and airstrips on the Spratly Islands. This is problematic since these could be used for military purposes although China claims it’s for civilian use. A more troubling development is on the Paracels where it is believed they now have surface-to-air capabilities on Woody Island. In recent weeks Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters as Japan was holding military drills with India and the US. In addition, last week saw China protest over Japan’s scrambled jet response to its fighter jet patrols of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
View image | gettyimages.com By Joel Post, Fellow, American Leadership and Policy Foundation Saturday Night Live is well-known for its political satire. One of the most popular skewerings in recent times had Tina Fey impersonating then Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, declaring that she could “see Russia from [her] home.” Indeed you can see Russia, and […]