China and America are two powers but the relationship is complex. It is a fact that America never opposed China in any significant manner. In fact, it has kowtowed to the dragon at most times. A recent statement by the Philippine president Roberto Duterte is revealing. He said that America was not serious against China and pointedly asked why the Americans did not send 5 aircraft carriers into the South China sea early on and nip the trouble in the bud of occupation of the Spratly islands. Obviously, there is no answer, for the Americans have given way to the Chinese.
This is not a new phenomenon and right from the time of Mao Tse Tung, the Americans have pussy footed China. There has been a strange reluctance to engage or confront it. In 1964 China went nuclear. It also announced that its nuclear arsenal would be a deterrent for the USA. It considered the USA an imperialist power. Donald and company are shouting from the rooftops that the nuclear power of North Korea will be dealt with a iron hand. A carrier group the Carl Vinson is moving towards N Korea and making ominous noises. A bombing is on the cards.
A look back to 1964 will show that the American did nothing when China went nuclear in 1964. Other than some silly statements by Johnson, the then-president of the USA just sat on its haunches. There was no hysteria, like the one is built up against the regime of Kim Jong. Why? In my travels of the length and breadth of the USA, I have not met one American who asked why the USA never bombed their nuclear facilities. Yes, I ask why China was not bombed and now a hue and cry is made about Korea which is 1/50 th size of the USA. Frankly, there is no logic.
Even Donald Trump has played the poodle to President Xi in his resort in Florida. He tried to placate the Chinese leader and asked for sanction to bomb Korea. What a joke. A leader of a superpower asking for permission to bomb North Korea. Readers must remember that Donald will only bomb Korea in case he gets a green light from President Xi.
Donald also forgot all his earlier rants against China that he would get the occupation of the Spratly island rolled back as well as that it was a currency manipulator. What a far cry from a man who changed colors overnight. Donald is not the first US president and one can recollect that Richard Nixon flew all the way to China to bow to emperor Mao. It was like the old age when China was the center of the world. Trump is defeated and gone but his successor Joe Biden is also in the Chinese mesh. His son has dubious connection with China and the recent Alaska meeting was called by Biden for what purposes we do not know and he got a bloody nose.