Pre­pare for the Worst

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION - ERICK SAN JUAN

Pre­dic­tions for 2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster, don’t bode well for China. Al­though the Fire Rooster is the sign of dawn and awak­en­ing, it is said, “The union of the Fire el­e­ments with the Rooster’s Metal dur­ing 2017 will cre­ate great ten­sions, this will cre­ate an electric at­mos­phere that will in­ten­sify the ac­tions of the lead­ers of sev­eral na­tions and in the economies that will gen­er­ate even more de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. Fur­ther mi­gra­tion is thought to be caused by strong wars and cli­mate change. It is pre­dicted that some gov­ern­ments will take a tough line of man­date, there will be a lot of au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism and there will be many threats of var­i­ous kinds that could be the cause of more clashes be­tween na­tions.” (Source: China’s col­o­niza­tion of the Philip­pines by Perry Diaz)

Is this the rea­son why 2017 could be the year of the next global war based on the Chi­nese calendar and most prob­a­bly Pres. Xi Jin­ping of China will start it? What could be the driv­ing force that might start an­other war? Just ask i n g.

In my past ar­ti­cle where I tack­led the Chi­nese Dream that will be the force to push Xi to make China great again, here is what Perry Diaz said in his ar­ti­cle – “When Xi Jin­ping came to power in 2012, he im­me­di­ately pur­sued his “Chi­nese Dream,” which is the re­vival of im­pe­rial China that had main­tained Chi­nese hege­mony in Asia dur­ing the reign of the Ming Dy­nasty. “The great re­vival of the Chi­nese nation is the great­est Chi­nese Dream,” Xi said be­fore tak­ing of­fice.

Two years later, China started build­ing seven ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands on top of reefs and shoals in the Spratly ar­chi­pel­ago. Upon com­ple­tion, the Chi­nese built air­fields that could ac­com­mo­date large aircraft and deep har­bors where Chi­nese war­ships could dock.

With the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of these is­lands, which are less than 200 miles away from the prov­ince of Palawan, Chi­nese forces are now at the doorsteps of the Philip­pines ready to strike when the time is r i pe.”

Un­for­tu­nately this year might be ripe enough to an­nex the Philip­pines and Taiwan. Strate­gic an­a­lysts be­lieve that China needs an ex­ter­nal war to unite the Chi­nese peo­ple as Xi tries des­per­ately to stay in power while the un­happy mem­bers of the Chi­nese Polit­buro tries to re­place him.

“The weak­en­ing of China’s economy and its in­creas­ing bel­liger­ence are oc­cur­ring in tan­dem, and the pro­gres­sion from one to the other ap­pears to be re­lated. For one thing, a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing economy will un­der­mine Xi Jin­ping’s bold ef­forts to con­sol­i­date power, and the re­sult­ing dis­unity will surely make China’s ex­ter­nal pos­ture un­pre­dictable.

The coun­try could turn in­ward, but lash­ing out looks more prob­a­ble, es­pe­cially if Chi­nese lead­ers think the de­cline in the economy will close a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to achieve his­toric goals, like en­large­ment of Chi­nese con­trol over neigh­bor­ing lands and pe­riph­eral seas.

China’s economy is mov­ing in wrong di­rec­tions. In many ways, the rest of the world is bound to suf­fer as a re­sult.” (Source: Is China’s Economy Past the Point of No Re­turn? By Gor­don G. Chang)

We should be wary and help the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion re­al­ize that get­ting too close to China is not a good idea and will only put us all in dan­ger of a pos­si­ble an­nex­a­tion of China. Pres. Duterte seems gypped to be­lieve that the big­gest threat to his post is his Vice pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo and the ‘yel­lows’. He has to re­view the movie, “Star Wars3”, to re­al­ize his predica­ment. Plus Bong­bong Mar­cos is itch­ing to re­place VP Leni, pre­lude in get­ting Mala­canang as lever­age to global bankers and other coun­try claimants to their not so hidden loot kept at Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands as ex­posed by Panama Pa­pers.

And as what I have been warn­ing of the pres­ence of sleep­ers here, Perry writes “ac­cord­ing to a re­li­able source in Manila, most of the Chi­noys (short for Chi­ne­seFilipinos) are pa­tri­otic and loyal to the Philip­pine flag. How­ever, some of them are be­lieved to be pro-China “sleep­ers” ready to act when called upon by their PLA han­dlers. Some of them are sons of rich eth­nic taipans who sent them to China to study. Al­legedly, some of them took PLA of­fi­cer’s train­ing. It is also al­leged that units of the PLA have al­ready in­fil­trated the coun­try pos­ing as investors, casino op­er­a­tors and worst Chi­nese Triad un­der­world boss.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that prior to the out­break of World War II, thou­sands of Ja­panese na­tion­als were work­ing in the Philip­pines. Many of them were sleep­ers and once war broke out, they put on their mil­i­tary uni­forms and joined the in­vad­ing Ja­panese forces.

Mean­while, the anti-com­mu­nist forces in the Philip­pines have or­ga­nized them­selves as the “Save Our Sol­dier” Move­ment. In­ter­est­ingly, the acro­nym for “Save Our Sol­dier” is SOS, which is the in­ter­na­tional code sig­nal of ex­treme distress and an ur­gent ap­peal for help. The question is: Is the SOS Move­ment poised and ready to act if Duterte forms a pro-com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment? One can only sur­mise that the prob­a­bil­ity in­creased due to re­cent con­flu­ence of events.”

A very dan­ger­ous and fright­en­ing sce­nario that we hope will not hap­pen. God help us.

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