The EyeOpener- China: Menace, Accomplice or Boogeyman?

BFP VideoWith the confrontation between Japan, Taiwan and China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea showing no signs of abating, all eyes in the Asia-Pacific region are once again on China's increasing naval might and military assertiveness. Seen as one piece in a larger puzzle, a picture begins to emerge that portrays China as a rising economic and military might, a potential future superpower competitor with the world's dominant power, the US. The pieces of this puzzle are many and varied, including China's growing expenditures on military, aviation, and naval technology, its development of cyberwar capabilities, its expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea and their attendant territorial disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam, and this latest squabble with Japan, which has given Beijing an opportunity to announce their intention of deploying drones in the region by 2015.

Seen in this light, China is a menace, and the growing US military presence in the region that we have been documenting on the EyeOpener in previous weeks is a necessary, perhaps even welcome counterbalance in the region.

This is a narrative that is being popularized in the mainstream press at the moment, but like all narratives, it leaves out certain key facts that give the story an altogether different inflection. Rather than China as a growing menace, the pieces of this puzzle reveal a China that is being set up to be the new boogeyman in a 21st century Cold War environment, or even a Chinese leadership that is a willing accomplice with leaders around the globe in the creation of a new, global system of governance that will rise from the ashes of future conflict.

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  1. Perhaps a similar phenomenon is happening with Iran as well…?

    http://news.yahoo.com/ap-interview-ahmadinejad-pushes-world-order-235145610.html

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