It seems like China has stepped up the offensive. The Sunday Times of Great Britain came out of the woodworks and reported that Japan has allegedly been paying 10,000 GBP per month to the iconic British think tank, the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). The reason for payment has been “to hype up China threat among British high-level politicians”.
However, China doesn’t seem to understand that even these intellectuals that work alongside think-thanks in the geopolitical world also need money to feed their families and lifestyle. Regardless of their integrity, one can assume that the think-tank has a biased position against China favoring Japan.
Media reports from The Sunday Times indicated that the HJS was compensated to produce false information and propaganda by the Japanese Embassy in London. Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind confirmed he was contacted by the HJS in August 2016 and indicated he’d like his name in the article, “How China could switch off Britain’s lights in a crisis”. The article Rifkind asked to be included in involves the UK-Chinese nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C.
Japan feels discombobulated that Chinese state-owned companies have submitted billions in partnering with British corporations in an effort to increase profits and mutual benefits. China has invested approximately 18 billion GBP in the design and development of the Sino-British nuclear plant which ultimately will lead to further development of new nuclear plants along with further investment and benefits that will funnel into China rather than Japan.
It seems like Japan’s international assignment is to gain an edge against China by manipulating world intelligence agencies to produce false information. Japan ranks third in the world economy; that in itself creates a psychological effect of Japan’s international order and position in the world. Japan still wants to shape countries and governments with respect to their own investments that will generate future revenue and growth for their own economy.
Japan’s proportional formula is to undermine China not only in Europe, but the highway between Europe and Asia. Japan had to raise funds for the malleable media to adhere to Japan’s ambition and assertiveness in the European markets. Both nations are in for a fight in winning trade deals with the United States, despite of the fact that Japan and China have a larger bilateral trade worth with each other.
In geopolitics however, it is sometimes best to remain silent, and this is what Japan has indirectly done. China decided to take the higher ground by stating that Japan’s actions are “a clear violation of social standards and morals”. The People’s Daily of China mentioned, “Japan’s pettiness is humiliating the entire East Asia region and that such silence would be unimaginable if China and Russia were found to have been involved in similar scandals.”
British think-tank HJS did not sell its moral integrity. As an intelligence agency it simply fostered its own insecurities in the Asia Pacific region of who should dominate. It’s not based on objectivity and/or science; it’s based on what Napoleon said, “To know a nation’s geography is to know its foreign policy.”
It’s a geopolitical drama of two wealthy nations governed by the notion that familiarity breeds contempt. For example, in December 2016 Donald Trump issued a statement that Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, agreed to invest $50 billion in the US. This type of investment was coalesced in part by Saudi Arabia that has a huge stake in Softbank in order to become less dependent on oil. Not to be outdone, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma promised Trump that he’d create one million jobs in the US allowing American multinational companies to tap into the expanding middle class market of China.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stated, “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came into office, at the same time, extraordinary opportunity.” However it’s not only a shocking experience to countries, but also to US multinationals. The competitive forces are working the same way as the geopolitical world.
To illustrate, Ford Motors cancelled plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico and will instead add 700 new jobs in Flat Rock, Michigan. Similarly, Fiat Chrysler plans to invest $1 billion in the US Midwest with the addition of three new Jeep plants in Michigan. Kissinger’s assessment may be correct, not only do foreign nations have a hard time understanding Trump, even US multinationals have to change their philosophical role in establishing cheaper labor and higher efficiency in the US.
Let’s say Xi Jinping decides to host Trump in his home country of China with all the pomp and ceremony that a man like Trump is used to. Who knows what might happen, Trump may very well just pull a rabbit out of his hat and come back to the US with a trillion dollar cheque in trade deals mutually beneficial for both nations. Japan not only has to follow suit, but must ante-up to show their dominance over China.
What’s amusing is that Japan’s elite conspirators decided to throw a geopolitical wrench against China in an effort to determine their rank within the Donald Trump administration. China believes there’s a hidden agenda within Trump’s administration; sometimes if the cheque is big enough there’s enough friendship to go around for every country in the Asia Pacific region.
The Chinese central command assumes that the British people are angry with respect to the think-tank accepting bribes from the Japanese Embassy. The truth is that the British population has no clue how a think-tank actually operates.