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Mon Nov 8, 2021, 08:04 PM

39. The best and the brightest syndrome here

... from two authors from the academic/think tank echo chamber. They encourage every cliche and misperception concerning China in one essay. China’s collapsing, it’s in danger of losing its legitimacy, it’s the aggressor, the neighboring states in Southeast Asia are aligned against it, etc. Taiwan is the PRCs “rival.” In another absurd contention, rearming Japan will “help.” It’s also China that will start a war because its window of opportunity is “closing.” China is painted as an aggressor in the most obvious example of US projection of its own worst qualities onto the “other.” Besides Beckley’s other institutional affiliations, his association with Tufts marks him as a militarist.

Brands seems to be in the arms lobbying think tank category. There is so much distortion and misrepresentation in the essay, it is a masterful piece of propaganda. Each and every US disaster in the far east has been preceded by such a package of delusional characterizations of the targeted other.

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