The US Senate’s chief interferer in foreign affairs John McCain, after ending the conflict in Syria, has turned his wrinkled eye on Asia. Asia hasn’t got any wars at the moment has it? General McCain to the rescue!
After a meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe this week, McCain “urged the Chinese government not to start a conflict” over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
This statement seems remarkably conciliatory for a man who loves war above all other things, is John McCain going soft on us?
In his meeting with Abe, McCain said it is the policy of the US government to defend the Japan-controlled islands in the East China Sea from a potential Chinese attack. In contrast to the US government’s official stance that it takes no position on the sovereignty of the islands, McCain gave his personal view that the islands are Japanese territory and that they should be protected under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. In addition, McCain expressed support for Abe’s policy to revise Japan’s postwar constitution, which would permit Japan to upgrade its Self-Defense Forces into a fully fledged military.
That’s the war monger we know and despise! McCain has brought his expert, “knee-jerk invade-everyone” foreign policy expertise to the East China Sea and understood that what the region needs is two belligerent, heavily-armed powers instead of one.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese foreign ministry wasn’t too impressed by a twice-failed presidential candidate thrusting himself into regional politics like a fat kid stuffing in line at a buffet. Throwing shade like nobody’s business, spokesperson Hong Lei urged a “relevant US lawmaker” to stop making irresponsible remarks regarding the Diaoyu islands.
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