Nixon åpnet døren til Kina i 1972 under «den ildrøde sommeren», eller Mùa hè đỏ lửa i Vietnam, kjent i Vesten som påskeoffensiven. Etter nesten 50 år er det interessant å se hva kineserne har fått til.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) on August 30, 2018 published an article of Reuters on the growing challenge of China to the West in the Pacific area. Concessionary loans and gifts by China are closely watched. For excerpts see below:
The US, Australia, France and Britain plan to open new embassies in the Pacific, boost staffing levels and engage with leaders of island nations more often in a bid to counter China’s rising influence in the region, sources have said.
The battle for influence in the Pacific matters because each of the tiny island states has a vote at international forums such as the UN and they also control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
…Australia, New Zealand and the US have said they would increase economic aid and expand their diplomatic presence to countries in the region….
[A] US official said Washington needed to have adequate representation in the Pacific…
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