Below is one of the best articles that I have read in awhile, addressing the processes by which China seeks to push its economic dominance around the globe. While reactive measures by individual countries have been effective in the short-term, the impacts are short-lived. It’s clear, the best and most effective way to balance excessive power, even our own, is to lean into diplomacy where countries effectively work together, comprehensively packaging needs, and balancing power. The globe today, with all of its economic, military, and health among other interdependencies, is no where to act alone. Enjoy the article.
by Anthony Vinci
On their own, few countries are powerful enough to stand up to bullying by China, and the existing security alliances upon which the world’s major democracies depend weren’t built to address the economic threats now emanating from Beijing. This spring, shortly after Australia called for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19, the Chinese ambassador to that country threatened an economic boycott, declaring that the Chinese public could go without Australian wine and beef, among other products. Since China is Australia’s largest export market, this was no small threat. Subsequently, China blocked imports from major Australian meat producers and placed tariffs on Australian barley. More and more, China is using its massive economic weight to threaten countries that challenge its actions, criticize its leaders, or express sympathy for people whom it considers dissidents or separatists. more