There’s a line in Michael Pillsbury’s The Hundred-Year Marathon that reads, “It’s easy to win a race when you’re the only one who knows it has begun.” Sam, the Red Chinese know we’re in a conflict; do you?
Other ideas are also being discussed, said Michael Pillsbury, a Trump adviser and director of the Hudson Institute’s Center on Chinese Strategy, including whether Chinese access to the big American platforms of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook could be limited. (The platforms are blocked in China, but are powerful vehicles for Chinese propaganda globally.)
Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the conservative Hudson Institute who informally advises Trump, said the decision was in line with an administration strategy Trump authorized months ago to more aggressively challenge China’s influence on the world stage.
Another author, Michael Pillsbury, echoes Kissinger’s view that China is playing the longest geopolitical game ever conceived, far longer and more subtle and comprehensive than any campaign a Western nation has ever undertaken.
“So this is the problem with action against China. We have the rhetoric,” Pillsbury told Just the News during an interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast. “If we had widespread understanding that we are about to enter a Chinese-led world order, and then we are about to become a little brother to our Chinese leader, if that were widespread, I think you would see a different attitude.”
The Obama administration had already started reappraising the wisdom of trying to unilaterally keep engagement functional when along came Trump and his posse of China hawks (such as Peter Navarro, Steve Bannon, and Michael Pillsbury) who had long warned that an increasingly aggressive, autocratic, and well-armed China was both inevitable and a threat to U.S. national interests.