Ludwig von Gress
China (the Communist one) has long term strategic goals and abetted by the majority of the Western media pursues them relentlessly, forlornly watched by the self-castrated United States. Though it is likely that the Mao-Marxist Middle Kingdom will disintegrate within our children’s lifetime, the basic tenet of a prudent foreign policy ought not to be to hope for the best. In fact, in the context of the confused modern Asia, even that “best” scenario would usher in an unimaginable economic, political and human catastrophe via an unprecedented (at least within our memory of just the last few centuries) flood of refugees. Already today the “booming” and still intact China has more than a hundred million unemployed; all of them ready, willing, but so far not able to move in a search of greener grass, or for that matter, in search of any edible grass whatsoever beyond the bamboo curtain.
In the meantime, Chinese expand their influence in all directions; in the economy, into space, on the land and the seas. For example, already eleven thousand soldiers of Peoples’ Liberation Army are stationed in the Gilgat-Baltistan region of southern Kashmir in order to secure rail and road links between China and its naval ports on the Pakistan coast, which is practically the same number as USA has at present in the still non-pacified Iraq. The Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy, under a pretence of fighting Somali piracy off the eastern shores of Africa, established its presence there and the myopic West praise the “good world citizen” China for it. Yet ideologically, the pirates are the Communist’s comrades-in-arms; for to take by force what is not yours is, after all, the bedrock of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. The theft of intellectual property (sometimes called piracy) is one of the pillars of the Chinese economy; slave labour being the other. However, in true believer’s socialist eyes, theft is only if it is from the Communist state or its officials. That is perhaps why Communist China reacted so disproportionally when in October this year on the Mekong River the culprits of unknown nationality, presumably free-lance, non-Marxist pirates, intercepted two China registered boats carrying 900,000 amphetamine tablets and killed thirteen Chinese nationals on board. Earlier this year, in April, the river pirates captured three Chinese boats with 34 crew, with unknown quantity of drugs. No fuss.
This time however Peking demanded an investigation, shut down the riverine transport (116 out of 130 Mekong registered boats are Chinese), sent its patrol boats down the river well beyond its international borders and bullied the riparian states Burma, Laos and Thailand into a joint patrolling scheme, agreed to on the 31st October. The Chinese contribution would be only five small patrol boats, ostensibly under the command of the Yunnan Provincial Border Control Corps. Nobody takes that seriously. Five teeny weeny boats would not suffice and are not intended to suffice. The Mekong River is long and the boats would need many bases, maybe with airfields or at least heliports, to resupply them. And once a precedent is established, China will introduce its proper brown water navy to the whole length of the Mekong River. The flow of opium from the Golden Triangle and the flow of manufactured drugs from China to the round-eye devils will be safely under its control.
It also helps to consider the wider circumstances. Because the Chinese politburo managed to tame the Yellow River so successfully that it now flows only about 150 days a year, it has turned its kind environmental eyes to the Mekong River (estimated length 4,909 km). The proven experts plan a number of mega-dams, the biggest in the world naturally, regardless of vigorous protests from Laos, Cambodia (for a short while called by its Marxist dictators Kampuchea), Thailand and Vietnam, which happen to be downstream. Burma (still called by its semi-marxist dictators Myanmar), also downstream, depends on China’s goodwill and does not dare to protest. If that insane plan is implemented, the water will be delivered to the Mekong delta by a handful of tanker trucks once a year. It is estimated that a mere 50 million people depend on Mekong water for their livelihood, so do not expect any but token outrage from Greenpeace and other planet saving hypocrites.
In that context the diplomatic and military over-reaction of Communist China to a pirate incident on the Mekong river somewhat resembles the Gleiwitz transmitter charade in August 1939.