Comments on: Obama isn’t the only one with a passive-aggressive foreign policy Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: MonitorLizard Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:23:20 +0000 Ian, Obama isn’t the only passive-aggressive leader?” (Then you go to the actual article which is entitled: “Obama isn’t the only one with a passive-aggressive foreign policy.” You are perhaps a little mixed up? It’s hard to tell which subject you intended to elaborate on. His personality disorder or his policies? I’m sure you’re making a bundle writing these things.

By: Wantunbiasednew Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:08:28 +0000 Mr. Bremmer is too seasoned and gifted expert in geopolitical strategic issues too believe in any sentence of this article.I would only comment about Chinese or Xi Jinping “inconsistency”.
China keeps a real low profile in any East and South China Sea disputes. Due to domestic policy purposes (circa about 1.4 billion citizens) it is not able to keep it any lower. Japan Senkaku/Daoyu issue and ADIZ ? Japan has ADIZ for 40 years, China for 12 months. Rocky islets issue was kept dormant by China at all costs until revived by Japan on order from Washington. Without that move would any Asia pivot had any sense ?
Vietnam has 20 oil rigs in disputed waters, Chinese were only major country absent in this area.
Yes, Chinese politicians are well aware of 2 facts:
1. Time will solve any disputes to Chinese favour, just because of future enormous size of Chinese economy in less than 20 years.
2. There are much more important issues at home, like urbanization of 500 million citizens, building 1000 nuclear reactors or 500 (15 000 miles) new lines of metro,
but due to domestic audience sometimes they have to act.

If one day you spot 5 nuclear submarines emerging on Potomac river, you cannot insist these are just visiting Chinese/Russian tourists afraid of flying, but have to act. Just an example to illustrate how desperately Chinese politicians are trying to keep low profile vs their domestic audience.