* according to Paul Craig Roberts, who is an American economist and author. He formerly held an office in the United States federal government as well as teaching positions at several U.S. universities. He is an opponent of recent U.S. foreign policy. He worked as an analyst and adviser at the United States Congress where he was credited as the primary author of the original draft of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. He was the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan and – after leaving government – held the William E. Simon chair in economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for ten years and served on several corporate boards. A former associate editor at The Wall Street Journal, his articles have also appeared in The New York Times and Harper's, and he is the author of more than a dozen books and a number of peer-reviewed papers.
Paul Craig Roberts: US needed an enemy - so it chose China!
Peter Klevius: I'd rather say China's growth put a spotlight on US dollar fraud of 1971. When China became the new Japan - only some ten times bigger - US started losing its techno monopoly which in turn forced it to print more dollar (paid by the rest of the world) which then caused inflation, which in turn makes US stick to its main asset, creating conflict and wars. So ultimately it's China that is the main target for US to survive - and continue its $-freeloading on the rest of the world. Already when Xi came to power 2012 some US analysts connected the future dots. Hence the US declaration of China as the main enemy and "a hostile country". Trump at first didn't realize the precarious state of the US-China relation, but when he was told he immediately went "China, China, China".
By supporting NATO you not only contribute to the worst and most dangerous evil of our time, but also shoot yourself in the foot because when the crippling of China is US main goal, then that would also mean lower quality of life around the world or even WW3 - while $-freeloader rogue state US would still be sitting at the top of the ruins like a draconian Phoenix bird arising from the ashes.
This is why the world has to stop demonizing China's manufacturing, trade and wealth building, not only at home but all around the world - and see US as the evil demon it really is since at least the 19th century when it started its militaristic warmongering, meddling, pressure campaigns and wars in East Asia.