I also proposed that Trump is focusing on the Asia pivot with his approach to Taiwan.
Trump's pick for Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, ex-Exxon Mobil and Trustee of the Kissinger/Brzezinki think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tillerson was 'recommended' to Trump by establishment swamp-dwellers.
Tillerson is currently going through his vetting.
Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, has set the stage for a potential clash with China, saying it should be barred from artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea.
Tillerson said China’s control and construction of artificial islands in waters claimed by neighbouring countries was “akin to Russia’s taking of Crimea”.
China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, building seven artificial islands on reefs and rocks and outfitting them with military-length airstrips and anti-aircraft guns.
“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” Tillerson said during his confirmation hearing to become America’s top diplomat. “They are taking territory or control or declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China’s.”
So Russia and China were coming together forming a bloc to threaten US hegemony.
But Kissinger's Trump is already driving a yuuuge wedge between them through courting Putin over the Russian Arctic, and he and Tillerson are going at China.
'No access': Rex Tillerson sets collision course with Beijing in South China Sea https://t.co/T23TLMP9YD— The Guardian (@guardian) 12 January 2017