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China makes public its dream for Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing

In my post “China’s Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” on January 28, 2012, I said: “Decades ago, Japan shed lots of blood to fight for the establishment of its Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere but failed disastrously. However, it seems that China will succeed in establishing a greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere centred on China without firing one bullet if it succeeds in setting a North Korean model.”

In the sphere, China could exploit the cheap labour, natural resources and markets in less developed Asian countries and offer them its vast market.

At that time, such an idea was talked about amongst my friends. However, China’s efforts to set up a North Korea model failed, but it has set up free trade area (FTAs) with ASEAN and New Zealand and made efforts to set up FTAs with South Korea and Japan. That has indicated its intention in that respect.

However, China’s attempt was hindered by the US pivot to Asia that caused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to confront China. However, out of economic considerations, Vietnam has mended, and Japan has been trying hard to mend, ties with China. It is now the right time for China to enhance its efforts in making a reality its dream for the Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere

The term “Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere” is this writer’s invention, similar to Japan’s notorious Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere. Chinese President Xi Jinping certainly has the wisdom to invent a much better term.

Together with other APEC members, Xi has used the term Free Trade Area of the Asian Pacific (FTAAP), and is now making public China’s dream for what this writer called the greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, using the term “Asian-Pacific dream.”

SCMP says in its report “After ‘Chinese dream’, Xi Jinping outlines vision for ‘Asia-Pacific dream’ at Apec meet” on the event:

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered the world a vision of a Chinese-driven “Asia-Pacific dream” on Sunday, echoing his oft-quoted but never clearly defined “Chinese dream”.

“We have the responsibility to create and realise an Asia-Pacific dream for the people of the region,” the Chinese Communist chief told the opening in Beijing of the APEC CEO Summit, a gathering of business and political leaders that precedes the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ gathering.

For the US, the dream will be the establishment of the TPP it has been trying hard to establish. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says in its report titled “U.S. Blocks China Efforts to Promote Asia Trade Pact” on Nov. 2, 2014:

“Under U.S. pressure, Beijing dropped two provisions from the draft of an APEC communiqué to be released at the end of the leaders’ session, negotiators said. The statement no longer calls for an FTAAP (Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific) ‘feasibility study’”.

However, in spite of US hindrance, Xi has kept on vigorously promoting FTAAP. The contention between China and the US in APEC may become one for APEC leadership.

Source: SCMP “After ‘Chinese dream’, Xi Jinping outlines vision for ‘Asia-Pacific dream’ at Apec meet”
Source: WSJ “U.S. Blocks China Efforts to Promote Asia Trade Pact”

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  • China to Conclude Free Trade Pact with Australia Next Week dated November 9, 2014
  • China-South Korea Free Trade Area Facilitates FTAAP dated November 10, 2014

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


2 thoughts on “China makes public its dream for Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere


  1. Pingback: Why China will never be Asia’s dominant power | China Daily Mail - November 20, 2014

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