Lucy Craft interviewed a bunch of smart, smart folks - Andrew Horvat, Miyake Kunihiko and Michishita Narushige -- for a report on President Barack Obama's Senkakus declaration and the significance of rebalancing for Japan.
And she also talked to me. (Link - audio)
Out of my depth again.
Rebalancing is what it says it is. It is taking U.S. attention away from regions where leaders and elites spend too much of their time thinking about how to destroy human life to the region of the world which has been working the hardest to improve the sad lot of humanity. Forces within China, tempted by the weakening of the international system by the many stupdities of America's great national nightmare (a.k.a., the G. W. Bush Presidentcy), wish for understandable but selfish reasons to throw a wrench into the workings of this the greatesst prosperity engine in human history.
The U.S. and its allies wish only to offer the suggestion, "Chinese patriots, think this through first. Cogitate upon whether what you dream of doing is really worth the pain."