A relic from a bygone era? I could be, but I’m not a defeatist
As soon as a shot was fired, the Indians would lock themselves in their peninsula and the Japanese would do what they always do, negotiate under the table. That would leave the United States and the mugs like us to wage a military battle against the Chinese on their own.
India welcomes us all. India benefits from the impenetrable wall of the Himalayas to the north and the protection of two oceans around its distended peninsula. And it has a younger population as large as that of China. He is in an invincible position. And no power would try to defeat him – certainly not the Chinese.
Henry Kissinger has told me on several occasions that he and I share an important strategic vision. And that view, in Kissinger’s words, was that India “would never be part of the East Asian system.” A point of view that I have always firmly held.
It’s impossible to imagine the Indian Navy attacking Chinese military or civilian assets in the South China Sea – an area completely removed from the safety and courtesy of the landlocked Indian peninsula – despite the bizarre skirmishes every ten of us have. about years on its Himalayan border.
India is a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The other states include China itself, Russia and Pakistan. India will show up as big as life at the next Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, after she show up as big as life for America’s Quad Madness at the White House.
India, one of the founders of the non-aligned movement, has always been allergic to alliances, having no desire to put all its eggs in one basket, which it never will. But here we are in Australia, at the strategic casino, putting all our money on the dark, thinking the Indians will show up for a major showdown with the Chinese. As the Japanese know, in such a fight, China will wipe them out.
But the Shire Prophet strayed into all of this, unable to grasp the vector forces of the intricacies at play, while Australian foreign policy had the full capacity to handle China-US relations, such as we have been doing this successfully for decades. before.
On my own, I have convinced two US presidents to sit down every year with the President of China, the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of Indonesia and, in the case of China, persuade them to s sit next to representatives from Taiwan and Hong Kong. This is what I did in developing the APEC Leaders Meeting. Can you imagine Morrison or Payne or the growling Queensland cop doing such a thing? But now, according to Payne, I’m outdated, too far away, a relic of a bygone age. Well, I could be, but one thing I’m not – an Australian defeatist who, at the first sign of tension, would sell the country to another power.