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The Danger of War With China is Real and Insane - Larry Wilkerson

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The Danger of War With China is Real and Insane - Larry Wilkerson

China and the U.S. must work together to solve the climate crisis, but the power of the militaries and national security states on both sides is making that impossible. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins Paul Jay on podcast.

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Paul Jay

Hi, I'm Paul Jay and welcome to podcast.

Recently, a past Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said that war between the US and China is possible before the November elections. The current Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, says that's overstated, but said that a conflict is no longer inconceivable. In a recent document from BlackRock, the massive financial services firm that is massively influential in making government policy almost everywhere, said in a research document, quote, "The pandemic added fuel to the geopolitical dynamics already underway. The post coronavirus world is likely to be characterized by four key themes. First, the world is increasingly becoming bifurcated with the U.S. and China at opposite poles, intense rivalry looks set to affect nearly every dimension of the US-China relationship. Regardless of the US election outcome, other countries will increasingly be pushed to choose sides. Decoupling is focused on, but not limited to the technology sector. This means investors need exposure to both markets, as the center of gravity of global growth is moving to Asia. Second, the pandemic is poised to accelerate de-globalization as it magnifies nationalist and protectionist trends. The crisis adds to existing pressures such as global trade tensions and populism. This threatens to disrupt the web of global supply chains at the expense of efficiency. It may lead to on-shoring the production of strategic goods," that's from BlackRock. That's advice to their investors. One thing is certain, as the US-China relationship deteriorates if the U.S. and China don't cooperate in fighting the pandemic and the climate crisis, we're pretty much doomed, even if by some miracle we avoid nuclear war as inherent to the geopolitical and economic realities, the rivalry is we must find a way to overcome it.

Now joining us is Lawrence Wilkerson. He's a retired United States Army colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Larry is a distinguished adjunct professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary. Thanks for joining us, Larry.

Larry Wilkerson

Good to be with you, Paul.

Paul Jay

So, first of all, what do you make of what the two Australian, former and current prime ministers are saying about Australia? One saying it's really dangerous, and the other one says, yeah, maybe not that dangerous, but dangerous. And I'm talking about actual conflict, armed conflict, between the United States and China.

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