For the now geo political scene, we see first the Golan Heights, now the South China Sea – The United States used to patrol this regularly to ensure “freedom of navigation” for all the nations who claim part (or all) of the sea and the islands within it. Now it is being reported that it has called its aircraft carriers home and left the competing states to sort it out for themselves: hoping, of course, that they won’t.
If the Chinese are doing something, it must be because they are in league with the Russians economically and in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is seen as a rival to NATO.
It must be nice to live in a world of constantly self-fulfilling arguments; indeed politics attracts people who can only live that way. But the real world is more complicated, and no one’s problems are addressed by pretending otherwise.