Yasna wrote:We are talking about great powers here. Japan, Korea, and Taiwan came under the influence of the US at a time when China was at rock bottom around the end of the century of humiliation. China of this era was not a great power, since it had few to none modern weapons and its economy was minuscule. It is hard to imagine that China would have tolerated the US intervening in its backyard if it had been a great power at that time.
Yeah, but they weren't,
That's what I just said, and it's the reason your analogy is garbage. So why are you reiterating it as if it helps your argument? Bizarre.
, and Russia isn't exactly in great shape either at the moment.
Not in great shape, but still a great power that is capable and willing to shape events in its backyard.
I don't know, but I bet those countries won't ally with China any time soon. For one thing, it would need to change its political system.
There is a lot of middle ground between the current status quo and some scenario where all East Asian countries are allied with China.
Well, I feel like you're engaging in apologetics for Russia, as if the blame fell on the Western powers for provoking Russia and making it feel threatened.
And I feel that you are an uncritical cheerleader for the US and NATO, who seems to think that countries like Russia, China, and Iran have no legitimate reason in the world to push back against American hegemony.
Ein Buch muß die Axt sein für das gefrorene Meer in uns. - Kafka