Sharing Asia Is Not an Option

Since the end of World War II, the United States has been the dominant external military power and economic influence in Asia and the South Pacific.  With the rise of China, some allies -- notably Australia -- are feeling a strengthening tug-of-war between great powers.  This has led some to propose that America "share" Asia with China.  Such would be a foolhardy strategy that would threaten the core of Western civilization and the freedoms we enjoy. Two charts can illustrate the folly in sharing Asia with the communist police state of China.  The first shows the share of global GDP for this region compared to that of the USA.  The second chart provides military spending data for the same players. China's GDP is expected to surpass that of the USA in 2016/2017.  The GDP of developing Asia exceeded America's in 2008 and now stands at 26% of the global economy, projected to increase to over 30% by 2018 (compared to the USA's current share of <19%,...(Read Full Post)