by Jeff Brown for the Saker blog
Love, hate, war, peace, the good, the bad and the ugly? Let’s see how Godfree Roberts’ crystal ball performed last week.
The day before US President Donald Trump (DJT) arrived in Beijing, November 8-10, for meetings with Chinese president Xi Jinping (XJP), I had Dr. Godfree Roberts on the China Rising Radio Sinoland show to make his predictions about what would transpire (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/07/trumps-visit-with-xi-godfree-robert-reads-his-crystal-ball-with-jeff-j-brown-on-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171107/). Godfree made two bold statements, one about Sino-American relations and the other about Korea. For the former, to paraphrase, Godfree said,
Xi understands that Trump needs a crowd pleasing victory back home and will deliver on that goal. China will use its very successful millennial tributary system to help Trump bring home the bacon, and DJT will tacitly integrate his presidency into this ancient diplomatic framework.
Godfree clearly hit a homerun here. Trump was telegraphing success before his arrival, even calling XJP “the King of China”, which is very tributary indeed (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-xi-jingping-king-of-china-president-general-secretary-asia-tour-a8021576.html). All the mainstream pundits who were gloating that Trump would walk away emptyhanded have egg all over their faces, as is often true with these ideological communism-socialism-China haters. Xi and Trump helped garner over a quarter of a trillion dollars in bilateral business deals (http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1110/c90000-9290824.html). The value of these deals is unprecedented in Sino-American relations and may be the second biggest on diplomatic record. The only bigger one that I’ve ever heard of was Xi’s and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s $400 billion gas/oil/pipeline deal (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-russia-gas/as-putin-looks-east-china-and-russia-sign-400-billion-gas-deal-idUSBREA4K07K20140521), which I wrote about recently (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/11/05/war-between-anti-west-and-eurangloland-heating-up-fast-china-rising-radio-sinoland-171105/).
Trump was also very vocal about how much he likes and respects XJP, while touting their mutual friendship (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/09/562989686/trump-touts-great-chemistry-with-chinas-xi-as-leaders-agree-to-closer-ties), as well as his admiration for the Chinese people and their civilization (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjMLQgd6bl4). DJT’s granddaughter even sang a Chinese song to “Grandpa Xi”, beamed into Beijing via satellite (http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119002/trumps-granddaughter-sings-xi-jinping-chinese). Trump was treated like royalty while in China (http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/07/politics/trump-forbidden-city-beijing-china/index.html) and continuously showed his appreciation for Baba Beijing’s efforts, from the welcoming ceremony to the two first couples’ private tour of the Forbidden City, to the state banquet there. A stratospheric quarter trillion dollars in deals were inked. Trump did well for his people, can claim a big victory back home and Xi represented his citizens honorably.
The whole affair had the feel of a Ming Dynasty state visit, with 600 years of technology layered on top. Thus, we can say Godfree’s prediction that Sino-American relations will start taking on the form of China’s win-win tributary system has serious merit.
The results over Korea were less clear. To be honest, in their joint press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjMLQgd6bl4), it looked like DJT and XJP more or less kicked the can down the road. Nothing of any great importance was announced, other than the two sides needed each other to solve the problem, it should all happen through the United Nations and military action was not the answer. Given the bellicose aggression the United States has been projecting in Korea, since the end of World War II (see footnote below), one could say that this was an important public acceptance of Asian realpolitik, from typically high handed, “we’ll do whatever the hell we want even if it’s illegal” imperial America. But, this is hardly a headline grabbing victory for Trump.
Then yesterday in Vietnam, Trump again announced that Baba Beijing was working hard on the Korea issue (http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119464/trump-says-china-helping-rein-north-korea-calls-xi). So clearly, behind the scenes, a lot is going on that the public is not privy to. This was confirmed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when he met with XJP at the end of September, declaring that America was in direct contact with DPRK (North Korea), undoubtedly through the good offices of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/30/u-s-direct-contact-north-korea-tillerson-says/719475001/).
Thus, Godfree’s hopeful prediction, and he admitted it was a long shot, that some kind of cross border cooperation would be announced did not come to fruition. But, I will make a bold prognostication myself: before Trump leaves the White House, either he or Tillerson will meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s what Trump wants. In his own inimitable way, DJT said exactly that in an official tweet yesterday,
This tweet is not a Freudian slip. Trump means it.
This is not the first time. In May, 2017, DJT said this about DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un,
If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it… Most political people would never say that… but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news (http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-meet-kim-jong-un-north-korea-2017-5).
I’ll say most Westerners would never say that. If this transpires, guess where it will happen? In China, of course. I think this is what Xi and Trump are working towards, with mucho behind-the-scenes help from the Russians, who also have some serious historical and border skin in the Korean game. They admitted as much last week (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/11/06/Report-Russia-offered-to-mediate-US-North-Korea-talks/1571509993824/). The problem is Eurangloland will go to war before allowing the Korean peninsula to peacefully reunite (http://thesaker.is/reporting-from-korea-during-the-2013-crisis-5-key-facts-the-west-ignores/).
You can say what you want, but as far as Asian-American affairs are concerned, DJT is working hard for his citizens, which is more than can be said about America’s previous presidents, going back as many administrations as you care to argue. Trump even came out and said exactly that (http://globalnewsempire.com/uscanada/trump-does-not-blame-china-for-unfair-trade/). Listen to his APEC speech in Vietnam (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). The last president who talked like this was Ronald Reagan and then further back, to John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKz72bTualE). Love ‘em or not, they all had something other recent presidents have lacked: vision.
One thing is clear. I don’t think we could have survived another four years of deep state, Wall Street elitism in the White House. As much as many people hate DJT, I shudder at the thought of uber imperial Hillary Clinton being president.
Conversely, you may not approve of Trump’s vision, but you know where he stands. He has clearly articulated his intention to defend his country’s interests and improve the lot of the American people, which is what any respectable leader should do, who is worth their salt. Sadly, sodium chloride has been sorely lacking in Washington and London since the 1980s, and in Paris since Nicolas Sarkozy was president.
After China, DJT went to communist-socialist Vietnam to meet President Tran Dai Quang. Trump’s delegation inked $12 billion in contracts. While comparatively puny to China’s leviathan showstopper, remember that Vietnam is economically like one province in China, and China has 34 of them, so this amount is about right. In their joint press conference, Trump said something jaw dropping that is utter blasphemy in deep state Washington-London-Paris-Tel Aviv.
…the United States is open to a free and open Indo-Pacific, where strong and independent nations respect each other’s sovereignty, uphold the rule of law and advance responsible commerce. We want our partners in the Indo-Pacific to be proud and self-reliant, not proxies or satellites. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liLd9DfI6nE&t=620s)
Trump clearly sees the diminishing marginal returns of the West’s imperial colonial model and in his mind, he hopes to change five centuries of one-sided exploitation, extraction, resource invasions, sacking, pillaging and genocide. Again, love him or hate him, but DJT has a vision that is antithetical to the deep state’s policy of total global domination and destruction.
Now the big question is: what happens when Trump gets off Air Force One in Washington tomorrow, after his successful Asian tour? How does he work through and around the Departments of Defense, Justice and State, the CIA-NSA complex, oil bankers, military contractors, prostituted US Congress and this murderous collective deep state’s equally corrupt mainstream media Myrmidons, without ending up dead like JFK (https://www.amazon.com/China-Rising-Capitalist-Socialist-Destinations-ebook/dp/B01LZ5KKNQ/), or framed and booted out of office, like Richard “I don’t want to go out like Jack” Nixon?
Trump knows why Jack and Dick met their fates. He knows speeches like the ones he gave this week in Asia about working with other countries, not as proxies and satellites, but in mutual respect and on a level playing field is tantamount to him signing his own death sentence. This helps explain why the Department of Justice’s Secret Service, which happily cooperated to help murder John and Robert Kennedy (https://www.amazon.com/China-Rising-Capitalist-Socialist-Destinations-ebook/dp/B01LZ5KKNQ/), has been sidelined by DJT’s own, loyal security team (https://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-maintaining-his-own-scary-private-police-force-alarming-security-experts). Smart man. People of influence who speak truth to imperial power usually end up in the morgue (http://drnissani.net/mnissani/revolutionarystoolkit/EncyclopediaOfAssassinations.htm and https://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/07/07/dead-bankers-society/).
And so it goes. This helps explain why Trump seems to blow so hot and cold. On November 11th, he declared that the whole Russiagate propaganda campaign is obviously fake news (well, DUH!), (http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-i-really-believe-putin-when-he-tells-me-russia-didnt-interfere-in-the-election-2017-11), then yesterday he backtracked and hedged that comment (https://www.rt.com/news/409608-trump-mixed-signals-russian-meddling/). He has JFK’s fate under wraps with his own loyal security detail. However, he has to throw the deep state Komodo dragons a piece of meat once in a while, if he hopes to not go out like Nixon, which is what these deep state saurians are trying to do, with all these trumped up – pardon the pun – fake allegations.
In closing, when analyzing all the background to these events, Donald Trump is a very brave man indeed, who is risking his life or his historical reputation for his vision of a post-Western imperial world order. It just so happens to be the same dream in China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Eritrea, etc., which gives me hope.
Jeff’s journalism about Korea