International pushback against Xi Jinping’s bullying. —@michaelauslin @HooverInst @Stanford.

Jan 17, 04:17 AM

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Michael Auslin, Hoover, in re: Miracle of miracles, our allies agree with us on China’s predatory behavior. Some were concerned that Trump would walk out on the TPP without a back-up plan, but that’s no longer as much of a worry. For the first time a US president has taken the Chinese threat seriously. Two fears; leaving TPP and all the human rights and other matters imbedded there; second, that Trump would get into a war with China. Now, Asian capitals are expressing favor for policies that focus on China’s deeds. As flummoxed as the Obama administration was, it finally saw that China was not backing off. Mattis. McMaster and his associate issued the clearest report I’ve seen. Xi is now clear that he intends to “absorb” Taiwan. We’re seeing a hardening on many fronts: countries around the world that have been eager recipients of Chinese aid see debt trap diplomacy. Also, the fifth-column Confucius Institutes. WSJ writes of Chinese espionage via Huawei. This is the other great front: the world waking up to telecoms espionage—Poland, the US, others. This is all long overdue; it strikes at the heart of China’s plans to extend its influence by 5G networks, reaching inexorably into our society and others. We're resetting the balance.