The Peoples (Communist and now capitalist) Republic of China is taking a big interest in the idea of Hawaiian independence. The Free Beacon reports the restoration of the Kingdom of Hawaii could also signal an end to the long standing U.S. military presence in the islands.
During World War II, the island chain played a critical role not only in starting the war, but ending it as well. The Pacific fleet was based in Honolulu on December 7th 1941 when the Japanese attacked (after having been at war in China for years) and despite the attack, the base was a critical logistical hub for U.S. Navy and Army forces fighting the Japanese.
From the Free Beacon report:
“China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.
Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands’ constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance.”
The news comes on the heels of reports the Puerto Rico independence movement got strong support at a recent meeting of LULAC; the organization of Caribbean and Latin American States which is dominated by socialist left governments who, oh by the way; happen to be in tight with China.
TeleSur reported on February 4th:
“This is a new international campaign to pressure the United States to respond to the claim of decolonization of Puerto Rican people,” (Juan) Dalmau (Secretary General of the Puerto Rico Independence Party) said during a press conference Monday. “What recently happened in CELAC marks the beginning of the end of colonialism in Puerto Rico.”
Though Puerto Rico is not part of CELAC, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega offered his speaking time to the independence leader. Berrios was designated a special adviser on international affairs to the government of Nicaragua, a partnership that is seen as important for the country’s independence movement. “
Notice the support for the Socialist Left Puerto Rico Independence Party came from none other than Daniel Ortega. Ortega a communist with a new coat; was once the leader of the Sandinistas guerilla group and somehow emerged as the democratically elected leader of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is working on a new canal to directly compete with the Panama Canal; and guess who is funding it? The People’s Republic of China. So is it a coincidence that the socialist left of Puerto Rico politics is being engaged by and given speaking time by the socialist left and former guerrilla leader of Nicaragua that is being helped greatly by China? Or was this another message to the Obama administration that China’s influence has now grown beyond the control of United States even in Latin America? A coincidence?
I don’t believe in coincidences. I do believe in Puerto Rico independence, but not from a socialist point of view. I am a die hard capitalist, free market conservative libertarian. Yet if China is willing to consider openly arming the Hawaiian independence movement, what will stop them from doing the same for the Puerto Rico independence movement?
Like Hawaii, Puerto Rico has several large (and mostly unused) former U.S. military installations. Can you imagine China supporting Puerto Rico independence in exchange for access to Roosevelt Roads and the former Ramey Air Force Base?
This strategy is taken right out of the American foreign policy textbook. Panama achieved its independence from Columbia thanks to support from the United States so the Panama Canal could be built. Now China is trying to help U.S. territories and outer-lying states to achieve independence, in order to get the U.S. military out of its way and set up the ground work for another major global conflict.