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Maybe it’s okay China canceled a summit with the EU
Hey everybody Peterson here coming to you from place in Colorado that it doesn’t really matter where I am because you can’t see the damn thing. Anyway, today is the fifth of July and within the last few hours, the Chinese have flat out canceled the upcoming summit with the EU Foreign Minister Borel.
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I’m not very
impressed by the quality of China’s leadership of late Chairman Zhi Jing Ping has established such a cult of personality that no one will bring him any information. He’s shot the messenger so many times and purge the system so thoroughly, that anyone across the entire country who was capable of independent thought and was willing to share independent thoughts,
is dead, imprisoned, exiled, or worse. And as a result, the government has become a one man show. If she doesn’t say that it’s going to happen, it doesn’t happen. And that means whenever there’s any sort of adjustment that is necessary for the ship of state at any level, everything gets frozen, either in a cult of personality, where it just becomes this allergenic scrim of blind, idiotic Chinese nationalism, or things just don’t happen at all. And that’s exactly what’s happening with the EU summit. And I think the best way to compare this is to what happened to the blinkin Summit. Now, Tony Blinken is the American Secretary of State, and a couple of weeks back, he went to China. And it was the first meeting of anyone of substance in the United States with anyone of substance in the Chinese system. Since before COVID. The Chinese have been in lockdown for most of that time. And during that time, he completed his cult of personality and his purges, and removed everyone who’s capable within the entire system. So it was really hard for the United States get any sort of read on what was actually going on in the country, because no one in China would say anything because no one in China knew anything or had any instructions. So but it was worth Blinken going to China just to kind of take the temperature of the regime and reading the tea leaves and and from what I’ve heard from folks in Washington, what happened was just there’s a complete stall in government policymaking right up to and including the foreign minister. And knowing that is really useful for the United States. If China is completely incapable of governance, then you should expect to see a mounting series of ever more serious foreign policy and internal policy, disruptions, mistakes and collapses. We’re seeing some of that we’ll talk about another one of those with the next video as regards to economic issues. But back to the Europeans.
The Europeans are in the process of trying to rejigger the relationship with China. And they’re trying to find a third way. The first way is what they’ve been doing so far, where they just kind of roll over and let the Chinese do whatever they want. The second one is the more American style, which is a little bit more in your face and more direct and confrontational but trying to find something in the middle. And it’s not clear that there is a path there. But you know, it’d be European thing is to try for a third way and everything anyway. Now, Borel,
the European foreign minister doesn’t go anywhere alone. There is a number of representatives of the commission, there’s representatives of the national governments, there’s a small fleet of bureaucrats. One of the things that most foreign powers find really problematic and frustrated about the Europeans is everything is about the EU bureaucracy and going through layers of approval that involves the French and the Germans and everybody else. And that’s before independent countries, put intelligence agents as part of the delegation, especially in the case of Germany, and France, and Sweden and the Netherlands and Denmark, and Romania, and Belgium. And I’m sure I’m forgetting a few of the the high points and Europeans are pretty good at this. But mostly, you’re talking to a small army of bureaucrats there to renegotiate every possible bit of minutiae that makes up the relationship. This is what makes Europe go the bureaucratic minutia that allows them to kind of act as a sovereign country, like a single country, but mostly is about creating a WeBWorK of relationships and inter linking bureaucratic regulations in order to stabilize the relationship. If you’re not European, this is frustrating as hell, if you are European, this is how we make the system work. And there is nothing about that system that works with a cult of personality where only one person can make the decisions. So regardless of what the goal of the Europeans were us here, there was no way that the Chinese system was capable of engaging with Europe competently, because there’s no way that one person could manage this sort of interaction. And in the case of the Europeans, they were going to bring everything and in the case of the Chinese they could negotiate nothing to say the Chinese were left with a very simple choice. Face the Europeans with an American style wall of just hostility, or canceled the me
Eating. And so they canceled the meeting. And this probably never gonna have another one again, because for the Europeans, this is how they normally operate. And for the Chinese, they are now completely capable of carrying out complex negotiations of any sort. And as long as that is the case, there’s no point in meeting in the first place. So it’ll be up to the Europeans, if they’re talking with the Americans or other foreign powers or among themselves, to figure out what happens to the bilateral relationship with the Chinese when the Chinese are not capable of engaging at all. That’s going to be a topic for another day. But anyway, next topic. We’ll talk about some of the economic things that the Chinese are doing in this mood of a cult of personality. All right, bye.
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