Barely covered by Western media, the situation in the Pacific Rim is not improving. The U.S. has been disengaging from other regions and focusing its energy in this area of the world, and this has created considerable tensions among the countries of the region. A few weeks ago, Beijing was infuriated by the announcement that South Korea will start using a U.S. missile system in 2017.
On Saturday the official newspaper of the Communist Party, the People’s Daily, did not spare any criticism, even making an open and real threat against the United States. The editorial stated: “you will pay.”
This is not a threat to be taken lightly. Beijing feels surrounded, almost all the countries on its borders are “against” the giant — although Manila can be a wildcard for Beijing — despite its attempts to bring back to Pyongyang some sort of diplomatic decency. The risk of incidents is stagnating in an area prey to social transformations that foment nationalism, increasing the risks. My attempt to make sense of it: In this area, where social transformations are fomenting nationalist movements, the risk of incidents increases.