China Following in the Footsteps of the Kaiser’s Germany

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  1. Steven Hoffman says:

    As has been well documented, the Kaiser’s difficult upbringing and withered hand (which he did his best to hide) produced a martial, belligerent personality that looked for incidents in which to assert Teutonic hegemony wherever and whenever it could. One could make the argument Wilhelm II had a nearly pathological need for aggressive “masculine” associations, constantly surrounding himself with the company of military officers, tirelessly hunting game in the Black Forest (sometimes bagging dozens of animals in a single day.) His late to the game Imperialism was led by military adventurers, often cruelly dealing with native populations, which he felt a duty to “civilize”.

    I’m reasonably confident (and hopeful) that President Xi possesses none of the irrationality that inhabited Kaiser Bill’s actions and that Chinese leadership only wishes simply greater dominion over “their” part of the world a la the Monroe Doctrine that serves as our purposes in the Western Hemisphere


  2. Chemiker says:

    As AFK Organski pointed out 50 years ago, it is population and organization that produces power. The physchobabble about Wilhelm’s arm explains nothing of substance. Archduke Ferdinand and Czar Nikolas did not have withered arms and had happy marriages. They were fools out of contact with reality.

    China is attempting to become an empire, just as did Japan, Germany, and Greater Russia. We can hope that PRC does not develop an organizational capability.


  3. Greye Dunning says:

    China is neither our friend nor our enemy. It is a trading partner. As such it is important that the trade be done on a far more level playing field. Trump is correct about this.

    As a regional power China is moving to protect the sea lanes already well protected by the U.S. Navy as well as others. This “show of force” is a bit troublesome because of China’s economic situation. As history shows clearly, there is nothing like a war to stimulate consumption of raw materials and industrial production.

    I respectfully disagree with Mr. Hutchinson’s view that China will be OK economically. They have massively over expanded in many areas including commodities and real estate. The vast majority of both are sitting idle. This does not bode well for domestic employment, domestic consumption or fair international trade.

    Current “globalist” thinking is that in some way the U.S.A. is responsible for the irrational economic behavior of other countries. I completely disagree. We are not. Only 13% of our economy is export dependent and an even smaller percentage of that to southeast Asia. China needs to solve its own internal problems.

    Respectfully submitted June 11, 2016

    Dr. Greye Dunning, Ph.D.


  4. bob mackenzie says:

    DR. Dunning seems to think having every new born baby in the US saddled with a debt of about 60.000 dollars to cover an irrational printing press is sensible. China is operating in a self interested manner in the shadow of American hegmony and money manipulation. One American dollar printed at will can buy almost 7 chinese haung.


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