Opinion | Ties, lies and U.S. spies are brewing in the beautiful island nations
By Augustus K. Yeung
"What's cooking?" asked the curious Pacific islanders.
"The Communist Chinese are coming," fueled the American CIA, aiming to create chaos before Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, set foot on the Solomon Islands.
You see, the American CIA team is already there scheming, and ready for business.
Anyone who has been keeping an eye on the CIA since the Vietnam War, the above dialogue is not surprising at all. They are everywhere: where the U.S. government wants to go, they are already there to "stir the pot".
Competition is normal, even predatory, read Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, and you will be well-informed about human nature. However, jealousy is always unwise and counterproductive. If you don't want it, why stop other people from having it? Shakespeare knows why.
Listen to this oriental wisdom: For thousands of years, traditional China has always been an agricultural country. Therefore, there is this experience-based Chinese saying: "No one would fight over inarable lands; however, once someone shows an interest, it sets in motion the competition."
Such is the strange situation in the Pacific Island nations, which graphically illustrates the wisdom in the Chinese saying. "[In] a region where unexploded bombs from World War II are still killing innocent people, as recently as last year, anything that undermines stability intensifies anxiety and stirs opposition," according to an article in The Times. ("China seeks a sweeping deal with Pacific Island nations". The New York Times. Friday, May 27, 2022)
Leaving Bombs Behind Since WWII, US Still Not Clearing Them! Why?!
From China's perspective, the U.S. has all the time in the world since the end of World War II to retrieve and defuse the bombs they left behind at the time when they were bombing the Japanese Imperial Army occupying the Pacific region.
Given the pristine nature of the region, don't the Americans know that leaving the unexploded bombs there and still killing islanders there today is a security threat to all human beings? The economic implication is that, however beautiful the Pacific islands may be, it's unfit for tourism, unless and until the region has been rendered bomb-free.
Now that Beijing is striking up diplomatic ties with these Pacific Island nations, the U.S. is getting jealous and feeling anxious.
In response to this changing situation, what has the U.S. been saying? A pack of lies, telling the islanders that China is going to station armed forces there, etc., threatening the security of the region!
China has not made any move. What's on its mind is the responsibility of removing the bombs left behind by the American military: So long as these bombs stay, the island can likely be hell once the bombs are set off!
Such is the harsh reality China must expect. Ironically the Americans are not giving any thought to this imminent hazard that the dangerous situation imposes. But it has been there for decades!
It is an open secret that the CIA has been in operation throughout the world for decades. It has been documented that it is still operative in Eastern Europe, working against the Russians by giving information to the Ukrainian military, sending them up-to-date ammunitions and artilleries, etc., sinking its flag ship and killing hundreds of sailors in the Black Sea.
Isn't This Man Inspired by or Related to the American CIA?
Returning to the Pacific scene, the CIA operatives, euphemized as "intelligence" officials, are believed to be in covert operations; they don't have to do physical harm to the Chinese, not yet; they can either induce or coerce locals, politicians, high-level government officials, or even a president to spread lies that can explode on the incoming Chinese diplomats. Here's an example.
The Federated States of Micronesia headed by President David Panuelo, have a defense agreement with the United States and an economic cooperation agreement with China. Granting China greater access, to the seas, lands, customs systems and digital networks of their countries, Mr. Panuelo argued, "increased the chances of China invading Taiwan and going to war with the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand." (How farfetched!)
"Whoever wins in such a conflict, we will once again be collateral damage as we become stuck in the crossfire of the bigger countries," he wrote.
What does this man know about Taiwan? Was this "president" paid or pressured by the CIA, or spies?
The agreements signed or to be signed by China and the 10 Pacific Island nations include assistance for dealing with climate change, for development, and for sophisticated police laboratories, and promises of at least 2,500 government scholarships over the next five years.
The educational giveaways reflect how Chinese diplomacy has evolved to become more sophisticated throughout the Pacific in recent years.
Instead of just offering loans for infrastructure, roads and bridges, China now emphasizes its ability to provide vocational and other kinds of training – something that the United States and its main allies, New Zealand and Australia, do not offer at the same scale, if at all.
Related to that, the proposed Pacific agreement also includes the promise of an even more direct link to Beijing: This year, the documents state, China promises to start a new training program for young diplomats from Pacific Island countries. It's part of a capacity building plan that also includes seminars on Chinese governance.
Anyone who's familiar with China's dealings with some African countries should know that Beijing is being meticulous: China's money may just end up in the pockets of corrupt officials; a lesson that China has learned. Now Beijing tries to train the islanders to be good and effective diplomats who know how to govern their counties, hence providing them lessons on good governance.
It is amazing that China's sincere attempts to establish mutually beneficial ties with these white-power-forsaken countries can lead to some people fabulously spreading lies, and even employing spies--to discredit and defame China.
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The author is a freelance writer; formerly Adjunct Lecturer, taught MBA Philosophy of Management, and International Strategy, and online columnist of 3-D Corner (HKU SPACE), University of Hong Kong.
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