There's news from China, and it's rather intriguing, and if true, significant at that. It was shared by a regular reader here, Mr. S.D., and, while lengthy and in a somewhat clumsy English translation from the Chinese, is worth pondering:
There are so many intriguing possibilities suggested by the article that one scarcely knows where to begin, the reference to "old man politics" being one, a reference dimly recalling the disastrous period of early 20th century Chinese history and the dominance of the warlords, the final emergence of the Khoumintang under Chiang, and their defeat by the Communists and Mao. Or, similarly, it also suggests the predominance of certain clans throughout Chinese history, the deal-making and peddling of the Chinese Central Committee and Politburo, and so on. But whatever dragon is lurking behind the prose, the article does suggest there are serious factional divisions and interests in the powerhouse of the Orient, and that the massive military exercises were designed in part either to forestall a coup, or possibly cement a counter-coup.
As you might guess, this fuels some high octane speculation. The current Chinese premier, Mr. Xi Jinping, has been quite active in the promotion of China's role within the BRICSA bloc, and such a vigorous foreign and international financial and trade policy - the most recent example of which is China's agreement to trade with Argentina in yuan - can speak either to a domestic weakness, or for that matter, to a domestic strength on Xi's part. And this vigor, in concert with Russia's determination under Mr. Putin to avoid further Western rape of that country, has solicited the inevitable calls for "regime change" - and hence more covert operations shenanigans - in Russia itself.
The implication here is that such "regime change" might be on the table for Xi Jinping's China, particularly since that nation seems determined to adhere to (1) its national sovereignty over its currency and (2) its use of what is essentially debt-free money. It is China's successful ability in promoting its currency to international use that constitutes a serious threat to the monetized debt-money system of Western privately-held central banks. In other words, if there is one nation just begging to become the target for western "nation building" and "regime change," then it is Mr. Xi's China, and this could be based or fostered upon exploitation of conventional Chinese factional interests and divisions. Mr. Xi, by holding such exercises, appears determined to negate any influence of that Western system via the Shanghai bankers.
That promotion of the yuan on the international stage is being supplemented by something else, and the article suggests what it is, and this one had to have had the alarm bells and claxons sounding loudly in usual corridors of the Western Anglosphere power elite. Here it is:
"This series of military exercises began during a time of a relative relaxation of tensions in East Asia. Compared to some recent periods, the South China Sea and East China Sea were relatively calm. China’s drilling platform 981 retreated from off Vietnam’s shore. Since last December, the activities conducted by Chinese ships and military planes in the waters off Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands by Japan) were substantially reduced.
"Following the two incidents in which Chinese fighter jets flew “unusually close” to Japanese Self-Defense Force airplanes in May and June this year, the conflict between China and Japan has not escalated.
"In late July, China invited Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese prime minister and former president of the Liberal Democratic Party, to secretly visit China. Fukuda also met with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Xi Jinping to discuss how to improve Sino-Japanese relations, aiming to achieve the goal of holding a summit attended by the heads of China and Japan. (It is expected that they can meet as early as November this year when the APEC summit is held in Beijing.)"
In other words, there are still people very highly placed in both countries that are seeking some way to ease the tensions between China and Japan, and to attempt to bury the hatchets and heal the many wounds left over from World War Two.
A Sino-Japanese rapprochement would be the last thing the Anglosphere would wish to see occur, even if it only involved a friendly exchange of bows between Emperor Akihito and Mr. Xi, and hence, both countries would, in my opinion, seem to have become targets for "regime change." As I blogged during the Fukushima crisis, the attempts of the then-Japanese government to mend fences with China were rather rudely and abruptly brought up short, in a context that included threats from the then US Secretary of Defense. The current revelations of secret visits of former Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda would thus, if true, seem to put the current rearmament policies of Mr. Abe into a different light, for as I suggest, Mr. Abe is - like his counterpart in Berlin - having to walk a diplomatic tightrope, appearing to bow to Washington pressure, yet, position Japan into a more favorable position of strength should it ever become necessary to oppose Washington's dictats, while not alienating China while doing all the rest! A visit from fellow Liberal Democratic party member and former Prime Minsiter Yasuo Fukuda would seem, in context, to be an appropriate emissary through whom to communicate secret and personal reassurances from Tokyo to Beijing.
In other words, there's a delicate minuet being danced between Washington, Tokyo, and Beijing, and perhaps we are looking at the first indications of the good old "covert operations-regime change" card being played in China, or to put it more accurately, the first indications on China's part that it was aware of the game, and getting up from the table. Time, of course, will tell.
But as I keep trying to remind people: covert operations are a game that two can play, and the Chinese are capable players.
See you on the flip side...