Strategic narcissism has distorted the way America has treated the Chinese Communist Party, according to former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. His reflections on China are in his Battlefield Memoirs: Fight for the protection of the free world that’s coming out this year. A long passage from these briefs appears in the May issue of Atlantic Canada.
Lieutenant General McMaster of the retired army served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump from February 2017 to March 2018. He accompanied Donald Trump and then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a trip to China in November 2017.
This voyage is described in an extract published in the Atlantic Ocean.
China does not need the United States
In this section McMaster returns to a particular meeting where the distinguished Chinese leader Li Keqiang Trump explicitly stated that China had surpassed its needs in America. According to McMaster, Li has continued to ignore American complaints about unethical business practices in China [VIDEO]. In one passage, McMaster said, as did Chinese leader Trump, that consumers across China will soon see China as a producer of the most technologically advanced products, and that nothing more is expected of America than supplying food, fuel and raw materials to China. In an excerpt from the Atlantic slip, McMaster concludes that a new rapprochement with China is necessary.
MacMaster was Professor of History at the American Military Academy from 1994 to 1996 and drew on the insights of other American scholars to extract his memoirs. Hans Morgenthau, advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, came up with the concept of strategic narcissism. The term sums up the tendency of American politicians to overestimate the importance of America in the minds of people in other countries, McMaster said.
One of the consequences of this narcissism is that China will do more and more by American standards, the general withdraws in an excerpt published in the Atlantic Ocean.
Strategic empathy for China
What is needed now is strategic empathy, said McMaster in a passage in the language of Zachary Shore, professor of national security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
It meant trying to see China and the world through Chinese eyes, with a Chinese sense of history, McMaster explained in excerpts. He also pointed out that China was a great imperial power until England lost the Opium War in 1842 and that the communist leaders were determined to restore that greatness.
One would expect the Chinese government to become increasingly aggressive in its attempts to place itself economically and politically at the centre of the world, McMaster said in an excerpt from his memoirs. The retired general further argued that greater American resistance to China would be welcomed by countries that feel threatened by China, but also by countries in China that have seen the government become less tolerant of freedom of speech.
Welcoming students from China
In an excerpt of his panties, McMaster remarked that according to Chinese law all citizens are obliged to make themselves available to the government’s secret service. However, MacMaster urged Western countries to consider allowing more Chinese students to study at their universities. Chinese who deal with foreigners are more likely to take a critical look at their country, he said in an excerpt published in the Atlantic.
McMaster was in the U.S. Army for 34 years. He became a national security advisor shortly after Michael Flynn resigned in February 2017. McMaster resigned in March next year.
He’s been replaced by John Bolton.
Mr. McMaster is now a researcher at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. His memoirs were originally scheduled for the 28th. April 2020. The HarperCollins website reports it on the 15th. September 2020 will be published. It can be ordered in advance in the online bookstores.
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