The Relationship Between The United States And China Is Officially Going Down The Tubes

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Abstract Geometric World - Public DomainWhat happens when the two largest economies on the planet start fighting a trade war with one another?  Well, we are about to find out.  As you will see below, the U.S. has gone “nuclear” on China in a trade dispute over steel, and the Chinese response is likely to be at least as strong.  Meanwhile, events in the South China Sea have brought tensions between the Chinese government and the Obama administration to a boiling point.  The Obama administration strongly insists that China does not have a legal right to those islands, and in China there is now talk that it may ultimately be necessary to confront the United States militarily in order keep control of them.  Most Americans may not realize this, but the relationship between the United States and China is officially going down the tubes, and this is likely to have very significant consequences during the years to come.

 

Let’s start with the trade war that has erupted.  About a week ago, we learned that the Obama administration had decided to “go nuclear” on China by imposing a 522 percent duty on cold-rolled steel from China that is used in certain kinds of manufacturing…

In some regard, China has reason to be angry: the US unleashed what is nothing short of a nuclear bomb in its rapidly escalating trade war with China, and recently imposed duties of 522% on cold-rolled steel used in automobiles and other manufacturing,  In doing so it has rendered Chinese exports to the US unsustainable and will force even more excess Chinese production to remain landlocked within China’s borders, making the domestic glut, and price collapse, that much worse.

Subsequently, it was announced that a 450 percent duty will be imposed on corrosion-resistant steel from China

Corrosion-resistant steel from China will face final U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties of up to 450 percent under the U.S. Commerce Department’s latest clampdown on a glut of steel imports, the agency said on Wednesday.

Needless to say, the Chinese are less than amused, because these “shock and awe” trade duties were clearly designed to punish China.

And of course the truth is that China has been abusing us for years, so there is definitely a case to be made that they deserve even harsher treatment.  However, we need to keep in mind that the Chinese will retaliate for this.  And when they retaliate, it will likely be quite painful for us.  But for the moment, they are just issuing vague threats

China’s Commerce Ministry said it was extremely dissatisfied at what it called the “irrational” move by the United States, which it said would harm cooperation between the two countries.

“China will take all necessary steps to strive for fair treatment and to protect the companies’ rights,” it said, without elaborating.

Meanwhile, events in the South China Sea continue to push the United States and China toward conflict.  Let me summarize a few of the most important things that we have seen over the past month…

-In early May, Chinese authorities refused to give permission to the U.S.S. John C. Stennis battle group to make a routine port call at Hong Kong.  The Chinese had not turned away a U.S. aircraft carrier in almost a decade, and many believe that this was in direct response to comments that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had made regarding China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

-Subsequently, the Obama administration sent the U.S.S. William P. Lawrence sailing within 12 nautical miles of the disputed islands in the South China Sea.  This was the third time that Obama has sent naval vessels cruising by those islands, and it provoked an extremely angry response from China.

-Just last week, two Chinese fighters and a U.S. spy plane nearly collided in mid-air approximately 50 miles away from Hainan island.  This incident made headlines all over the planet.

Most Americans seem to believe that the Chinese are our “friends”, but in China the perspective is completely different.

The Chinese consider the United States to be their number one long-term strategic adversary, and they have been working feverishly to prepare for a future conflict with us.

For example, China just conducted a successful test of a new hypersonic glide vehicle that we do not have any defense against.  The following comes from the Washington Free Beacon

China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.

The test of the developmental DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle was monitored after launch Friday atop a ballistic missile fired from the Wuzhai missile launch center in central China, said officials familiar with reports of the test.

The maneuvering glider, traveling at several thousand miles per hour, was tracked by satellites as it flew west along the edge of the atmosphere to an impact area in the western part of the country.

In addition, just today there were global headlines announcing that China is poised to send subs carrying nuclear missiles into the Pacific for the first time ever

The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.

Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but insist the move is inevitable.

They point to plans unveiled in March to station the US Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea, and the development of hypersonic glide missiles potentially capable of hitting China less than an hour after launch, as huge threats to the effectiveness of its land-based deterrent force.

Let us hope that a full-blown shooting war with China does not erupt any time soon, but the reality is that we are already locked in a conflict with the Chinese on a number of different levels.

In a recent piece, XKeyscore summarized some of the ways in which China is already seeking to gain the upper hand…

Economic warfare: purchase and/or sale of U.S. treasury bills, Yuan manipulation, government subsidized output (consumer goods), and trade/tariff manipulation.

Cyber-warfare: Engaging in data theft, backdoors, viruses, hacking

Cyber-kinetic warfare: The creation and deployment of Stuxnet-type viruses, and hacking which lead to physical damage of infrastructure such as power grids, nuclear facilities, hydroelectric and telecommunications systems.

Socio-political warfare: establishment of “Confucian Centers” in the US and around the globe, and the funding of US universities in exchange for roles in university policy-making processes, which often in turn promote communist ideology.

Territorial: China runs port operations in many of the worlds largest and most strategically valuable ports and SLOCs (Sea Lines of Communication). The best example is the Panama canal. Both ends of the canal are controlled by China.

To most Americans, our rapidly deteriorating relationship with China is not much of an issue right now, and very few of our politicians are even talking about it.

However, I am fully convinced that this is an extremely ominous development, and that it will have very, very serious implications for our country during the years to come.

So what do you think?  Please feel free to join the discussion by posting a comment below…

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • Piglet

    [And of course the truth is that China has been abusing us for years.] Indeed, they have lent the US government well over a trillion dollars. How dare they?!

    A bit off topic… Perhaps someone can explain why our economic system is so superior to that of the Chinese that we have to borrow massive sums from them to get by. (No, we don’t have “free enterprise,” we have crony capitalism.)

    In talk of Chinese actions you won’t read how these are counter moves to what the US has been doing for years to surround both China and Russia with bases (aka “lily pads”). An example is on the South Korean island of Cheju off the south coast of the mainland. The government drove people off their lands in order to build a new naval base. This was supposedly to defend against North Korea, although it was about as far as one could go away from North Korea and still be in South Korean territory. The unstated intention is for the base to be used by US forces. (Saying the base was necessary to defend against the North Koreans made as much sense as claiming anti-missile defenses were being put in Eastern Europeans countries to defend against Iranian missiles, when the Iranians had no beef with Eastern Europe and didn’t have missiles that could go anywhere near Eastern Europe anyway. The real idea is to be able to launch an attack on Russia while minimizing retaliatory action.)

    Cheju Island sits alongside Chinese commercial shipping lanes, and the actual reason for the new base is to host American warships that will be able threaten that shipping. The Chinese weren’t dumb enough to believe that nonsense about building a base to defend against the North Koreans that are nowhere near there. Only geographically-challenged Americans buy such baloney.

    Americans who call the South Korean embassy to complain about what was being done to the citizens of Cheju Island were told, “Call your own government. They are the ones who are forcing us to do this.”

    But you probably haven’t read about these and other actions in our own controlled media.

    • apeiron

      When the USSR dissolved I was thinking ‘great, now we can pull up the Cold War trip wires, bring our troops in , have a peace dividend & establish new trade relations’…I was hopeful of a peaceful & prosperous future in the early 90’s … how naive of me.

      • Seen2013

        When the USSR dissolved, NATO should have went with it, but some ‘geniuses’ in the Pentagon and CIA opted turn NATO into an offensive to the point that they believe another cold war or even picking a fight with Russo-Sino would be a good idea.

        There’s one problem for the Cold War 2.0 advocates; the Russians and Chinese believe the Soviets lost for failing to directly challenging the wielder of the world’s reserve currency that granted the US the edge in winning the Cold War. So, Russo-Sino have been working since at least 2009 actively forming trade pacts with military components that ultimately lead to war.

        Compliments of globalization of the global economy inspired free trade agreements as NAFTA and CAFTA and by past precedent likely to include TPP, TPIP, and TISA, both Russia and China along with the BRICS as a bloc have been modernizing ever since.
        Germany and India are the wildcards, and I gather if blows come; Germany is the nuclear given it is predominantly Europe’s export hub and the primary path of reinforcing Poland if need be.

        Given China’s relationship to Saudi Arabia and Saudi-US relations isn’t that good, I wouldn’t bet on the US Dollar remaining the world’s reserve currency status for much longer and once that goes old school places over 80% of GDP largely imploding.

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  • Mr. Cipher

    Trade wars lead to real war.

    • Robert

      Yep.

  • Jorma

    I know I’m in a minority on this one, but after years inside the DoD I have had it with Chinese. Only a tenth of what they really do to the United States makes it to mainstream news. So if there is one country I say bring it on, let it be the CHICOMS.

    • Jim Davis

      Yet the DoD still HIRES CHICOMS to work on defense projects even though they rob us blind of our technology. Yet another reason to vote:

      TRUMP 2016!

      • Hopefully we’ll make it unrealistic to buy Chinese steel and open back up all our US Steel Factories and go back to PRODUCING rather than CONSUMING.

    • Gay Veteran

      bring it on??? you need to march down to your local Navy recruiting center and SIGN UP

  • K

    Notoce there have been some fairly large power outages lately. I mean the non-weather related ones. Usually they explain such outages in more detail. Lately they just say equipment failure. Wee a computer is a piece of equipment. Chinese hacking?

    • naturalnews censors

      I heard Phoenix had several blocks go out Thursday. It wasn’t hot like normal so the ACs weren’t overloading.

      • K

        Yes, or consider the recent Seattle outage. Officially caused by a raccoon. And it may have well been a raccoon.But the question is. Why did landline phones fail at, and around the airport at the same time? Power never went down at the airport. If you wanted to test a hack. Night you not do it during a larger event?Thus allowing it to go mostly unnoticed.

        • TheLulzWarrior

          “Muh consperasee teories!”

  • MaxRockatansky33

    DC is playing with fire angering Peking. Let’s not forget that Chinese economy (GDP PPP) surpassed US economy some time ago and now it’s one trillion $ larger. And US oves China 2 trillion $.

    • TheLulzWarrior

      They hope that this will harm the Chinese economy more than the US one.

  • Vizar

    Scr$w China. My Grandfather spent 3 years in a Chinese POW camp during Korea. I say, we frigging nuke Beijing first and ask questions later is they try to use that stupid glider weapon to kill Americans.

    • jsmith

      You do realize of course if the missiles start flying, that you might get to see a mushroom directly out of your kitchen’s window. Just duck and cover!

      • Vizar

        Yes, but China has nukes as do we. We have more. They attack us I say we blanket nuke them so that mushroom stays away from my windows (perhaps yours). China respects strength! They have for thousands of years. Why do we maintain thousands of nukes for fun and kicks?

        The Chinese WILL understand us when we say we will flatten your land if you DARE attack us.

        GROW a pair.

        • jsmith

          I guess you just will not understand the concept. The concept being that when the missiles start flying, there won’t be too much left on this planet to say we win!

          • Vizar

            The missiles are there. We have already used them (ok bombs) twice. The US nuclear arsenal is 7100 warheads to China’s 290. Russia has 7900. Research it. What I am saying is that the US could obliterate Russia and China, Russia can obliterate us. Any leader that says he WILL use a tactical nuke to end an attack has power. Putin has already said that. So should the US in the South China Sea and to protect Japan and Taiwan.

          • Gay Veteran

            protect Japan from what???
            stupid war-mongering neo-con moron

        • TheLulzWarrior

          “We have more.”

          Keep believing that!

          • Vizar

            Actually we do, a LOT more. Google it.

        • Gay Veteran

          moron, ever hear of nuclear winter?

          • Vizar

            Thanks for the high-road comments Gay. If you think the powers that be will not be using nuclear weapons in the future. Dream on friend.

        • eagle keeper

          Remember Alfred E. Neuman and the magazine MAD? Stood for Mutually Assured Destruction. If they do decide to destroy the world, where are going to live? Just like the idiots that smoke cigarettes. If you destroy your body, where are you going to live??

          • Vizar

            North Korea anyone?

  • DJohn1

    I suggest the next step the Chinese are likely to play is the take over of Taiwan. This will be military in nature.
    If and when China goes military instead of economic war then it is all over.
    Those cheap retail goods at the various dollar operations and WalMart goods from China will come to an end.
    Meaning our lifestyle will also come to an end. Figure five times the cost for the same goods made here.
    The idea is that China will send troops over Mongolia Russian soil to the Berring Straits and invade both Alaska and Canada. In return, Russia takes over Alaska and China invades Canada.
    Eventually human waves of soldiers will reach our northern borders.

    That is only if it does not become a nuclear conflict.
    Both Russia and China are convinced they could win a nuclear conflict with the United States right now.
    Who convinced them of that I do not know. I do know that no one will win a nuclear conflict.
    Basically it means the extinction of the Human Race long term.
    It also means the weapons held in secret by everyone will come out in the open in any world conflict. Basically that means the majority of the Human Race will die.

    Those left will be likely not to be entact genetically meaning mutated people reproducing mutated children or sterile.
    Cancers will be rampant.
    Personally I do not see this as a profitable endeavor.
    The four horseman will be turned lose in the sickness, poverty, warfare, starvation, and other curses to come.
    Warfare has always served as a way to take out the old and bring in the new. It destroys the rich as well as the poor. New people rise to the top of things. New technology usually follows.
    What I do not see is China coming out of any such conflict ahead.
    I see Russia coming out ahead. Only if they stay neutral.
    Really do not see that happening. Right now they are in bed with the Chinese. If the USA is no longer in power, then they become enemies instead of bedfellows. Simply because they will be the surviving powers of the world. The partners in crime here will turn on each other.

    In theory. In fact, the USA is likely to decimate China.
    Meaning to the South of Russia will be a huge radioactive desert.
    Possibly made up entirely of a sheet of radioactive green glass.
    Only the powers that be know just how lethal such weaponry is and how well hidden it is within the framework of civilization all over the planet.

    For instance, I nicknamed one potential weapon the lawnmower.
    That is because this weapon decimates an army with laser technology. So if you have a sitting army of billions of people the lawnmower does not burn up like normal weapons do. I have no special knowledge of such a weapon. I only know it is possible with current technology on the open market right now. I also know it is quite possible to automate it.

    Anything I can visualize is 20-30 years behind the actual tech available to the military here. The tech jump between 1939-1945 was huge. It was all available in1932. It simply was not in production.

    Where are such weapons? More than likely they are in orbit around the planet. There is no such thing as adequate defense against such weapons.
    Neither do huge populations mean much in today’s world.
    I visualized a submersible tank years ago. Meaning the army comes right out of the water from tanks placed by cargo planes.
    This is all science fiction. Just like it was in 1932. It did not take long for 1932 science fiction to become reality.

    • TheLulzWarrior

      Eventually, genetic engineering will make humans far more resistant to radiations.

      Hillary and Merkel administration doesn´t use the treatment on their soldiers while the Chinese regime does..

      • Wallace B…

        “Eventually, genetic engineering will make humans far more resistant to radiations.”

        Only if it turns humans into Tardigrades lol

  • jsmith

    All this demonizing of China. What the heck, these Chinese are acting just like the Americans. What nerve! For hundreds of years we thought of the Chinese as yellow coolies, and now that they have gotten the upper hand on us economically due to our own politician’s and corporation’s greed we blame them! Don’t blame the Chinese for taking advantage, which by the way we used on them in the past
    , but blame our termites in Washington.

  • Robert

    Oh my goodness. What if the Chinese stop exporting Xmas lights? What will people do without the annual gaudy show?

    The world stood by when the Japanese raped China. China will never let that happen again. The Japanese had better get offensive arms and quick. Japan is a has been state. Taiwan belongs to China. Get used to it.

    The dear Aussies will one day have a giant Chinese fleet arrive off their coast. Australia has no chance of remaining sovereign. New Zealand either if China wants them.

    China’s big threat is India. That is what they are arming for.

    China’s turn has come. They are already in many places.

    • CharlesH

      I hope I can still get my gaudy yet colorful lawn gnomes – can’t have enough of them! ;))

  • rmc9

    Obeyme just can’t get us in a world war fast enough…martial law is what he wants…any way he can get it.

  • TripWire

    But since it was good for corporate America, Banking, and Government to send U,S, jobs oversea’s. I say FU. Send all the scum bag politicians into battle and leave the Chinese people and Americans alone. You assholes figure it out.

    • eagle keeper

      Unfortunately we have sent all the good paying manufacturing jobs offshore a long time ago. The only thing left are service sector jobs to export and really have little or no global economic value. Unions have seen to that some time ago. Detroit is one shining example of what good unions do for any economy.

  • tacoma

    There is no question that the U.S. government is preparing for war with China, and by extension with Russia.

    The war will be total – military, trade, currency, technology, cyberspace, cultural.

    China and Russia want no such war. But as the U.S. goes down the tube war is the game. History is full of such examples – war when the home country is in big trouble. Blame the enemy for everything. The Pentagon is working overtime to create hotspots, trigger points to justify military escalation. This makes the generals very happy.

    The people of the U.S. of course will be the ones doing the dying, not those who started the war, run the war, make the war machines. The warmongers will convince the people that this is just a little game and America will not only win, it will become Great Again! This was how Vietnam War got going. How the invasion of Iraq got going. This was even how Hitler got going with his ‘little’ wars.

    War with China and Russia will wipe out the United States. Or are Americans too stupid to realize even that? How many are willing to die for political hubris? 100 million?

  • CharlesH

    The arrogance and hubris of American leaders will be the downfall of this great country.

  • eagle keeper

    The events unfolding between China and the U.S. are once again predicted in scripture. It is another sign we are near the end of the age. Scripture tells us that mankind will attempt to destroy the earth with fire. Probably referring to nuclear weapons. However Jehovah God will have that authority. He will at a time of His choosing send Jesus back to earth to set up His kingdom. So no we will not see a global nuke war. As much as some would like for that to happen, Jehovah has other plans for the end of the age.