Chinese foreign policy is to bully the US and other nations in the region, while our policy is to grin and take it.  In Asia, China is using intimidation and force to establish itself as the dominant military and economic power in all of the Pacific and beyond the Indian Ocean to the East coast of Africa.

In May, Communist China’s Secretary of State, Yang Jiechi spoke by phone with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan,  “If the US side insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong road, it will certainly lead to a dangerous situation,”

Yang told Sullivan that the United States should “have a clear understanding of the situation,” in a statement posted online by China’s Foreign Ministry. “China will certainly take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests,” he added.

In response, Sullivan’s office issued a brief statement saying their discussion, “focused on regional security issues and nonproliferation.” All but ignoring the bellicose threats coming from China.

On June 11, China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe was giving a speech at IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, one of Asia’s largest defense conferences,

“If anyone dares to secede Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight,” restating Beijing’s belligerent position about Taiwan. “We will fight at all costs. And we will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China.”

In July, Ely Ratner, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for Indo-Pacific security affairs appeared at a Washington DC conference by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to say that recent encounters between US and Chinese military ships and aircraft in the region appear to be a campaign of “coercion and harassment” that has escalated dramatically over the past five years. Ratner accused the Chinese military of various forms of misconduct, including aircraft intercepts at dangerously close ranges and releasing objects into the air that could compromise a plane’s engine. In the most recent incident, a Chinese fighter dispensed chaff or aluminum strips in an attempt to damage the jet turbines of P-8 Poseidon aircraft flying in international air space.

This increased activity “looks like a pattern and a policy,” Ratner said, “and not just a decision by an individual pilot.”
Since 2017 China has become increasingly hostile and aggressive with more and more incidents of harassment, interceptions, and threatening statements directed at the US.  In the first half of 2022, there have been reports of “dozens” of incidents.  The US response has been decidedly George McFly-like in the face of China’s Biff Tannon-like bullying.
The encounter he refers to occurred last week when a Navy P-8 Posideon was intercepted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force force J-11BH fitted with short and medium-range air-to-air missiles.  According to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, the interception range was “very close, very dangerous, pretty aggressive and very unprofessional.” The intercept took place 135 miles (200 km) east of Hainan Island. Kirby remarked that the Chinese fighter jet came within 20 to 30 feet (7 to 10 meters) to the P-8A Poseidon and did a barrel roll over the plane.
“The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly towards the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load,” he said. Then it “flew directly under and alongside the P-8, bringing their wing tips to within 20 feet, and then conducted a roll … over the P-8, passing within 45 feet,” Kirby remarked.
On July 28, President Biden had a telephone call with the Chinese Communist leader Xi Jinping that covered a series of topics, one of which was Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Xi warned President Biden that, “Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this.” The White House response was given by Presse Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who declined to acknowledge the threat to the United States saying, “I’m not going to speak to that statement, that comment that you just read out,” to a reporter who asked about the remark by Xi.
In that same call, President Biden claimed that he pressed the issue of genocide and enslavement of its Uyghur Muslims minority. In that same press conference, Jean-Pierre stated, “That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” she claimed. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another leader and called on PRC to cease its ongoing human rights abuses across China.”

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