The question is whether the United States will ever have a relationship with China that involves trust. There are reasons to suggest that it will never happen.
No. 1 is that China wants to be No. 1 in the world in every respect. The U.S., more than any other country, stands in the way because of America’s commitment to Far East countries such as South Korea and Japan.
The latest incident to indicate that China can’t be trusted is in the U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea that include the ban on importing products vital to the North’s economy and its military operations. China is the main trading partner with North Korea. Enforcing the sanctions is difficult. It is known that China has sent products to other countries that in turn sell them to North Korea.
The U.S. reported to the U.N. that 10 vessels violated sanctions that restrict trade with North Korea. South Korea even seized two of the ships. China in the U.N. was able to lower the number of ships that violated sanctions to four, according to news reports. China continues to make moves to evade the sanctions.
We don’t think China wants to go too far in aiding North Korea, because it does not want a war. China has said its position with North Korea is that if the North is attacked it will aid the North. China has not been able to convince the North to end its nuclear weapons buildup and to stop its threatening missile program.
No end is in sight in regard to the lack of trust in China-U.S. relations. China has had to slowly make concessions to its own people as to capitalistic practices and other freedoms. The fear of civil unrest and revolts is the reason. There are some tensions but the strong arm of the government so far has been able to handle the unrest.
If China would go to war, can it trust its own people to support such a move?
History teaches us that trust between countries can be evasive even with close allies.