The diplomatic crisis in the relations between the United States and Communist China helped America count its true allies. A number of nations have decided to side with neither, thus refusing to condemn Beijing espionage, a report reveals.
That Balloon Really Spike US-Chinese Rivalry
The Chinese spy balloon incident heightened tensions between the world’s top two powers – after the People’s Republic of China decided to demonstrate audacity and arrogance by sending espionage airships into America’s airspace.
On February 4, the US military finally destroyed the surveillance airship, but China has been piling cheekiness on top of impudence. It keeps claiming it was just an adrift air balloon and is accusing America of violating international law by shooting its flying object.
The entire episode helped other western or pro-western nations to raise the alarm over Chinese spying balloons over their territories.
Also, it has demonstrated which countries are China’s open or secret friends – a list, which, for all practical purposes, may also count in those trying to “sit on the fence” and be on good terms with both the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
A number of those nations, which for various reasons are refusing to pick a side in the “balloon” tensions and/or to condemn Communist China, were revealed in an NBC News report.
The U.S. and China are pushing countries to pick sides over the downing of a surveillance balloon — but some are saying no. https://t.co/u0rtMAOQF6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2023
Liberal NBCNews describes evil enemy China’s aggression and determination to dominate all nations as “ballooning rivalry” between the US and China. NBC will still be calling China a rival when it bombs Hawaii and Guam
— Foreign Confidential (@ForeignC) February 18, 2023
The U.S. and China push countries to pick sides in their ballooning rivalry, but some are saying no – NBC News
Scroll down to China’s response. According to them it was irrational and didn’t stay within pacts. This is very unsettling. Not a commercial air https://t.co/9FOD7ZxzpX
— Gail Capshaw (@Gail_Capsh) February 18, 2023
Some Want Just the Benefits Without Taking a Stand
The mainstream media outlet’s report outlines how US allies have been drawn into the Sino-American dispute over the spy balloon.
European nations, such as Romania, have scrambled jets over reported espionage airship sightings. Britain has taken up the issue in security debates. Japan and South Korea have seen their political elites united over the Chinese threats.
At the same time – while many nations, for instance in Africa, might not be expected to strongly take sides on the issue – there are others at the dispute’s forefront which have kept quiet.
The most important countries in that regard are those of Southeast Asia, even as they are next door to China and have been complaining of its aggressive influence.
The report quotes Singapore-based scholar Collin Koh as saying some of the nations in question may have had Chinese spy balloon sightings, but are unwilling to “talk about it” so as not to get involved in the US-Chinese rivalry.
It is noted that even Taiwan, which is an informal US ally and constantly faces the threat of a Chinese Communist invasion, “largely” downplayed the Chinese spy balloon threat.
Another international relations scholar, Australia-based Susannah Patton, told NBC News, that some of the nations in Southeast Asia might actually lack the “capability to prevent” China’s balloon surveillance operations.
Another nation in the region, Vietnam, which collaborated militarily with the US in the past couple of decades, expressed hopes the US-Chinese dispute would be resolved through dialogue.
At the same time, Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Foreign Minister, even decried the US government’s decision to cancel Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned visit to China over the spying balloon.
According to Brookings Institution researcher Madiha Afzal, many nations would like to have the benefits of relations with both America and China and view the world as a multipolar place, not one led by either of the biggest powers.
The CCP spy balloon incident indicates that the US has no idea about the intelligence of the CCP, its military layout around the world, its military technology, strategy, and tactics! The CCP won this asymmetric war 100%, this would be the most glorious moment of Xi’s lifetime pic.twitter.com/XXfJL4W7Z3
— Golden Whistle (@WhistleGolden1) February 9, 2023
Biden Chuckles About CCP Spy Balloon, Doesn't Seem To Even Care About National Security
Translation: Spying is so vast around the world, who cares if theirs more. pic.twitter.com/HLZzdOC48y
— Red Voice Media (@redvoicenews) February 10, 2023