Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
China has defeated the strategic alliance of Japan, the United States, Australia and India.
The four countries, under the initiative of then Prime Minister Abe of Japan, formed a strategic dialogue to “deepen ties between the democratic nations in the region and prepare for China’s emergence, especially China’s military.”
Singapore chimed in and there was also a joint naval training exercise in the Bay Of Bengal.
Things are different now.
1. Abe is gone. The alliance was his idea.
2. Japan’s new PM Fukuda wants to talk with China.
3. Australia’s Mandarin-speaking PM Rudd has also vowed to improve ties with China, to not provoke the new global powerhouse.
The United States doesn’t get to play naval games anymore.
Japan’s Fukuda was in somewhat of a pickle in that he could not back down because it was his country’s idea from the outset. However, when Australia’s Rudd said they were out, Japan found an escape route.
Meanwhile, India can only hope for improved bilateral talks with anybody.
China meanwhile can glory in a victory over this ‘strategic alliance.’