Monthly Archives: April 2018

Updates related to the Asian front

 

When it comes to Asia, the first few months of 2018 have still been mostly dominated by 2 significant international talking points, which are obviously far from being some kind of new topics on the board – these are namely the North Korean nuclear program and the seemingly everlasting civil war in Syria (which has pretty much become a lost cause for the West). However, somewhere on the horizon, we also have some modest signs of a looming trade war between USA and China, though I wouldn’t personally be too concerned about this at the moment, because at least so far, this case has actually more to do with some “diplomatic signals of discontent”, initiated by the US president Trump, than with any significant intentions to enter a period of confrontation between the 2 largest economies in the world.

Well…as a matter of fact, we did have another major development coming from China, given that Xi Jinping has now been officially released from the “burden” of having to honour the 2 presidential term limits (5 years each), which therefore, essentially, paves him the way towards becoming the most uncontrollable ruler of China PR, since Mao Zedong himself… Though nevertheless, while virtually everyone in the Western political “mainstream” seems to be determined now that Vladimir Putin possesses some obviously dictatorial characteristics, being the president of Russia in the context of an obviously flawed democracy…then at the same time, it’s viewed perhaps just as a “minor source of inconvenience” when the notoriously undemocratic state of China has now officially sanctioned the possibility of a full-blown dictatorship, which doesn’t have anything to do with the will of the people whatsoever…

“But hey, China is still so different from Russia, because we could get so much money and other benefits from there” – that would seem to be the most obvious explanation to this current hypocritical phenomenon of intense emotional subjugation to China, which the Western world is vehemently demonstrating… And from that perspective, if one would set aside the lure of money even just for a second, it would feel like a vital breath of fresh air, if someone at last (besides North Korea, from an utterly ironic sense), in the form of Trump, has finally dared to cause perhaps some minor inconveniences to the highly deceptive authoritarian state of China…

At the same time, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has, all of a sudden, almost become an international pop star, whom everyone wants to meet with (surely the Chinese and the Americans, perhaps also Russians) which isn’t anything harmful per se…but one should definitely bear in mind the question: “What has suddenly caused such an apparent change of heart by the North Korean ruler?” Could it really have been the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea? Well..for a change, I wouldn’t even completely rule out such a seemingly naive type of a reason (as an important source of influence)…because, after all, Kim Jong-un wants to feel respected and acknowledged…and given the utterly unprecedented positive media coverage, which North Korea received from PyeongChang (thanks to Kim’s high ranking sister and the massive delegation of cheerleaders), it would be an absolutely adequate idea to suggest that perhaps Kim Jong-un was stunned enough by that whole experience (including the exceedingly accommodating attitude shown by the South Korean officials, regarding the northern neighbour’s last gasp bid to take part of the olymipc games at all)…

Well, he definitely was stunned to some extent, so the only question remains, was it really “enough”.. ? Probably not…but at least it surely gave him something to think (and apparently cheer) about…