Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to China to attempt to reset relations. He’s getting flack from both sides, and I won’t talk about that, but I do want to bring up three things…
China has descended into a cult of personality thanks to Xi Jinping. He’s ridded the government of anyone capable of conscious thought, so whatever he says = law. In a situation like this (where one man is trying to do EVERYTHING), it’s impossible to have meaningful diplomatic relations.
We have a dying super-power on our hands, and if America’s mitigation plan is to ignore them…there will be no options to manage the fallout. Blinken’s visit, at the very least, is a step towards figuring out what those options might be.
At its core, Blinken’s visit is about intelligence gathering. When you have a leader like Xi (who doesn’t talk to or trust anyone), it’s incredibly difficult to get information. So the only decent way to get info is through a trip like this.
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