June 25, 2019
We’re at the point now where every single country on earth that has the ability is trying to get the hell away from the United States. Because it has simply become too obvious that this country is spinning out of control, and nothing short of a Biblical Apocalypse can result from it.
Japan moving to become friends with China is a massive, massive thing. These countries have been at war with each other since the 7th century. And the Chinese and Japanese people can’t stand each other on an individual level.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have come a long way since their now-famous icy handshake in November 2014.
That painfully awkward moment between the two leaders led to the creation of a cartoon meme. Yet it was a symbolic first step in a long — and so far successful — process of tamping down soaring tensions between the Asian economic giants.
Now, they will be trying to keep that going when Xi heads to Japan on Thursday to meet Abe, ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka this weekend. It will be the first visit to the country by a Chinese president since 2010.
Analysts say reasons for the rapprochement include economic interdependence, a need to focus on the future and the emergence of an unforeseen wild card: the 2016 election of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose presence in Osaka looms large for both men.
“The greatest impetus for warming Sino-Japanese relations is their realization that China and Japan need to cooperate with each other more closely in the face of their changing relations with the United States, ” Victor Teo, an assistant professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong, told CNBC in an email.
Japan is a loyal U.S. ally and the countries are tightly bound economically. But Abe is wary of Trump’s protectionist “America First” tendencies and has — so far, at least — deftly avoided becoming a major tariff target.
Not so Xi, who has been forced to fight back in a damaging trade war launched by the Trump administration.
Japan is becoming friends with Iran and China, Turkey is becoming friends with Russia, Europe is trying their best to untangle themselves – everyone is just rushing to get the hell away from the US.
Donald Trump putting John Bolton in charge of his foreign policy has definitely been an eye-opener. But more than that, there is no possibility of anything getting better in the future. Even if Trump loses in 2020, all of the possible replacements (other than Bernie Sanders) are going to be way more belligerent and unhinged on the global stage.
Furthermore, these countries can simply look at what is happening to our country domestically – the mass immigration, the drug addiction, the trannies – and see that we’re running off the rails.
It’s like being friends with a guy who is sinking further and further into alcoholism, getting in fights with people, crashing his car, beating up his kids – and you just know that if you hang around too long, a disaster is going to happen, and you could end up being damaged by it.
Everyone is taking a step back.
Watching the show and hoping for the best.