The Philippines can either make-or-break my proposed maritime containment strategy for China. Therefore, the Philippines can either totally align with the United States as it did during the Cold War or it will have to be Finlandized to prevent it from becoming a conduit for Chinese influence.
“Washington cannot lose its head on this matter. This isn’t Hitler marching into Poland in 1939. This is more akin to the Agadir Crisis in 1911. The Agadir Crisis was an outgrowth of German and French competition for greater influence in Morocco. The crisis was ultimately settled by slow negotiations which ratcheted down tensions. Of course, this event was one of those moments in history which set the proverbial stage for a far nastier event—the First World War—but the Agadir Crisis itself was small and ameliorated with shrewd diplomacy between the affected powers.”
The recent row between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sent the mainstream analysts and media spasming again. Fears of the end of the U.S.-Australian alliance abound. These fears, like so many fears today, are groundless. The alliance is strong. The reasons? China, the U.S. Navy, and Australia’s maritime trade. Understand this dynamic and you understand why the U.S. and Australia are virtually inseparable. Read more to learn why