Kerry’s remarks on China are ‘outrageous’: Jim W. Dean
…by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor …with Press TV, Tehran
An American journalist says US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks about China are “outrageous” and part of Washington’s psychological operations strategy against Beijing.
You can listen to the 2:45 minute interview on Press TV here.
On Thursday, Kerry said the US firmly opposes the “use of intimidation and coercion” by China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, adding the US takes its interests in the Asia-Pacific region very seriously.
“The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously. We know that America’s security and prosperity are closely and increasingly linked to the Asia-Pacific,” the top US diplomat said.
“I was really shocked to hear Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks today because they were just totally outrageous,” said Jim W Dean, managing editor and columnist at Veterans Today, in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.
“I’d like to say that I was surprised by what he said but I’d have to call it, I’d come up with the term these are Alice-in-Wonderland-type comments which have become routine coming out of US foreign policy. It reminds me of my favorite line in the Alice in Wonderland books that goes ‘When I use a word, it means whatever I want it to mean, nothing more and nothing less,’” he added.
“What we have going on is form an intel psyops [intelligence and psychological operations] perspective on this. He (Kerry) is just using the classic tactics of charging your adversary with aggressive behavior that you are actually engaged in so that anything you say in response makes them look like they are defensive and folks won’t even take a look at the US as actually the one that is the aggressor here,” Dean said.
China recently announced plans to build lighthouses on several islands in the region and last year declared an Air Defense Zone over the waters.
Dean said that whatever the Chinese are doing is “a totally defensive reaction to the US aggression because they are not about to let the US get a lot of that military power close to China where they can put missile bases in, supply ammunitions and planes so that we can threaten cutting off the supply lines and energy coming from the Persian Gulf, and they can also cut off China’s waterborne exports.”
He also described the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia strategy “an economic containment strategy” in which the US military “is being used actually for preemptive trade wars.”
This is the United States, not China, that has hundreds of military bases overseas, Dean said. “China is not threatening energy supply lines and trade routes to the US, it’s the US doing that to China.”
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