Chinese military hawks have suggested arming Hawaiian separatists in a retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
Pentagon Consultant and author Michael Pillsbury said that Chinese military hardliners say they’re ready to arm small Hawaiian separatist groups whose goal is to restore Hawaii’s monarchy, which was ousted by the United States military over a 100 years ago.
“Beijing’s extraordinary sensitivity to American arms sales to Taiwan — even one bullet or a spare tire for a jeep — often provokes angry words,” said Pillsbury according to The Washington Times.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that communist China has tried to challenge the United States’ century old claim to the Hawaiian Island chain.
In 2012, Hillary Clinton revealed that Chinese officials had threatened to stake claim to Hawaii.
The former first lady and secretary of state Clinton said that the ownership of Hawaii came up during talks with the Chinese after she had argued about the Communist Party’s territorial activities in the South China Sea.
“At one point in one of my long discussions about this, one of my Chinese interlocutors said, ‘Well, we could claim Hawaii,” she said.
The inherent comparison made by the Chinese government between Taiwan (an internationally recognized government) and a small (thus far) politically insignificant (and completely nonviolent) group of Hawaiian separatists is illogical.
Firstly, of the statistically small amount of Hawaiians who wish to reestablish a monarchy (about 10 groups), how many would actually become violent if given arms?
And how would a coup against the United States government work on an island with more military bases than Walmarts?
Trying to rationalize the thinking of Chinese officials is a bit beside the point though.
The point isn’t really about Hawaiian separatists (though every American should be aware of the frightening imperialist history behind Hawaii becoming a state). It’s more about Beijing’s illogical track record of empty threats and lack of diplomacy in the Asian Pacific region.