Clinton warned Pindostan would ‘ring China with missile defense’
David Brunnstrom, Reuters, Oct 14 2016
FASCHINGSTEIN – Hillary Clinton said in a private speech to bankers three years ago that Pindostan had warned Beijing it would “ring China with missile defense” unless it did more to rein in North Korea’s missile program, according to hacked emails. According to a purported Clinton campaign document attached to an email published by Wikileaks, Clinton said in a speech to Goldman Sachs on Jun 4 2013 that the message to China had been:
You either control them, or we’re going to have to defend against them.
It was not possible to confirm the authenticity of the leaked email. The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of hacked emails. The State Dept on Friday declined to comment on “alleged leaked documents.” When asked whether such a message had been delivered to China, an official said it was not department policy to comment publicly on diplomatic discussions. Although Clinton’s reported comments raised a stir in Asia, they are consistent with Pindo efforts to convince China to help restrain North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which so far have borne little fruit. According to the hacked email, Clinton said in the speech, which was delivered after she left her position as Sec State, that Faschingstein could not accept a situation in which North Korea developed an ICBM able to carry a miniaturized warhead. She said this not only could threaten vassals Japan and South Korea, but also theoretically could reach Hawaii and the West Coast of Pindostan. According to the email, Clinton said:
We’re going to ring China with missile defense. We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area. So China come on, you either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them.
China has been angered by plans announced this year by Pindostan and South Korea to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to protect against the threat posed by North Korean missiles. Pindostan claims THAAD is not aimed at containing China, but Beijing is concerned that the system’s powerful radar would compromise its security. Jackass Kerry said in February that Pindostan had made clear that the way to prevent THAAD deployment was to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. According to the leaked emails and in other paid speeches, Clinton also praised Pres Xi as a “more worldly, somewhat more experienced” politician than his predecessor Hu Jintao, and one who had worked to assert his authority over the People’s Liberation Army. Clinton said she also told her Chinese counterparts that Pindostan had as much a claim to the Pacific as China, given that Pindo forces had ‘liberated’ it in WW2 (my sneer quotes – RB). China had “a right to assert themselves,” but Pindostan needed to “push back to create a balance” to prevent China taking a chokehold on sea lanes and countries bordering the South China Sea, she said.