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NATO Summit: Confronting China, Russia, and the World

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

The failure to mention India as a “partner” is excellent news suggesting that the “Asian NATO” project is dead in the water. Perhaps that is also why China is being less targeted?

Rick Rozoff

Antiwar

14th June, 2021

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended its summit in Brussels on June 14 and issued a communiqué listing achievements since the last summit and a blueprint to take the military bloc to its next one in 2022. The representatives of the thirty-nation alliance also endorsed the 67-page document used to prepare the summit’s discussions and decisions, NATO 2030: United for a New Era. In turn the summit tasked NATO with elaborating a new Strategic Concept to replace that adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.

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Why the EU is lining up against China

Posted by seumasach on June 3, 2021

“The United States is pursuing its plan to transform the Atlantic Alliance from a super-army against Russia to one against China. The European Parliament has just quietly placed the European Union on this political line, even before the governments have taken a decision.”

Manlio Dinucci

Voltairenet

1st June, 2021

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An Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2021

American Greatness

This is certainly a significant statement. They are right to see in identity politics a threat to the Republic, as it is, indeed, to any body politic. But rather than being a product of Marxism, it precedes the influence of Marxism. It’s presence was notable in the revolutions of 1848 and in the works, for example, of John Stuart Mill:

“While the importance of moral and national pluralism to John Stuart Mill and later liberals has been the subject of recent debate, little attention has been paid to Mill’s arguments that class and gender ascription fundamentally construct individual identity. Mill argues that the analysis of society in terms of its constituent groups and the power relations between them requires the representation by groups of their own identities and interests in politics — and thus lays the liberal foundations for modern identity politics.” John Stuart Mill and the Social Construction of Identity

Both identity politics and the largely property-based rights espoused by the generals are both a product of the marked individual/society dilemma characteristic of Anglo-Saxon thinking. Didn’t the supreme individualist, Thatcher, say that there was no such thing as society? The real significance of the general’s statement comes in their rather threatening response the the China “threat”. The dark side of upholding American rights is starting wars with authoritarian nations which, by definition, deny these rights. As the in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, drawn up by H.G.Wells under the auspices of the Sankey Commission(both Wells and Lord Sankey were part of the Cecil/Milner Round Table circle) “It is the duty of every man not only to respect but to uphold and to advance the rights of all other men throughout the world.” In their case, the motivation was to impose a Anglo-American New World Order according to the premise that the “history of the western peoples has a lesson for all mankind”. Here, the generals, in accusing China of seeking world domination reveal their own still-enduring aspirations towards the same.

10th May, 2021

Our nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a constitutional republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of socialism and Marxism versus supporters of constitutional freedom and liberty.

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‘Getting tough on China’ more rhetoric than reality

Posted by seumasach on May 4, 2021

Ken Moak

Asia Times

29th April, 2021

“With regard to Chinese “aggression” in the Asia-Pacific, the West and Japan have cherry-picked information to fit the narrative. The People’s Republic of China did not invent its territorial claims, they were inherited from the previous Nationalist government. The claims were supported by the US under the 1946 Cairo Declaration framework, demanding that Japan return all territories it annexed from their historical owners. 

Furthermore, China was exempted from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), implicitly recognizing the country’s territorial claims within the “nine dash line.””

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Why did the US exit INF Treaty? What you’re not being told

Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2019

Darius Shahtahmasebi

RT

6th August, 2019

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is halfway through his tour of the Asia-Pacific region. The tour’s timing, coming just weeks after Esper was officially sworn in, affirms the notion that the Pentagon’s top priority is China.

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Japan will pour $200 billion into global infrastructure

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2018

Whereas the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue(QUAD) aims to counter Chinese influence under the auspices of the USA, the result may not be all that Washington hopes. Note that Japan in mimicking China’s global infrastructure projects by investing in, amongst other places , Russia. The Quad may turn out to be a vehicle for Japanese strategic autonomy in a world where an economically and politically the USA is no longer capable of leadership.

Asian Review

9th June, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to invest $200 billion in the coming five years to build roads, power plants and ports around the world.

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‘Quad’ version of Belt and Road feels like a South China Sea Watch

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

24th February, 2018

The Quad – comprising the United States, Japan, India and Australia – was set up a decade ago, ostensibly as an Asia-centered security cooperation mechanism. Funnily enough, Beijing always suspected it actually represented a containment strategy.

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Australia is implementing its own “foreign agents” legislation modelled off of the US’.

Posted by seumasach on December 20, 2017

“Per the first pair, any diminishment of China’s powerful economic influence in Australia – particularly in terms of commodity purchases, investments, real estate deals, and wealthy foreign students – could theoretically be replaced by the US or its allies, though not on the same qualitative level and not without self-inflicted damage to the island nation.”

This is an understatement: Australia is geared to exporting raw materials to the world’s foremost productive economy. The USA cannot replicate China’s role in this respect and, as for US allies, well, who are they? Merely assuming, as the latest national security doctrine does that India and Japan are US allies doesn’t mean that they are US allies. After all, is the UK, the country Trump refuses to visit, a US ally? Clearly, the Australian “security state” is biting back but can it trump Australia’s fundamental interests? Australia’s own little Brexit will likely be as ephemeral as Brexit itself.

Andrew Korybko

Oriental Review

Australia is implementing its own “foreign agents” legislation modelled off of the US’.

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US show of force over North Korea

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2017

“Relations between the world’s biggest economies have soured after an initial honeymoon between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The US last month sanctioned a regional Chinese bank, a shipping company and two Chinese citizens over dealings with North Korea, which could be a precursor to greater economic and financial pressure on Beijing.”

WA Today

30th July, 2017

Seoul: The United States has sent two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

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Xi Jinping delivers robust defence of globalisation at Davos

Posted by seumasach on January 18, 2017

It is precisely the fact that China is now leading globalization which has led to growing anti-globalization sentiment and rhetoric amongst Western elites. Up till now they have never been concerned about people being”left behind by globalization”. Brexit Britain and Trump’s America now seem to think they can “contain” China. This is a delusion: China has already forged deep ties globally with its win/win approach a welcome contrast to the West’s “winner takes all” approach

FT

18th January, 2017

China’s president launched a robust defence of globalisation and free trade on Tuesday, drawing a line between himself and Donald Trump just three days before the US president-elect’s inaugural address in Washington.

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‘Australia woos U.S., Canada after rejecting Chinese bids for Ausgrid’

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

“While China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and a major investor, Canberra cooperates closely on intelligence matters with Canada and the United States.”

As with Brexit the message is clear: never mind trade and investment, lets cement security ties with the Americans. Australia can now take it’s place in Oceania, an extreme right-wing neo-feudal remake of Orwell’s dystopia alongside kindred spirits such as Brazil’s Michel Temer and our own Theresa May. The end of globalisation is the talk of the town now that it is being led by China.

Asia Times

14th September, 2016

SYDNEY (Reuters) – North American bidders will not need an Australian partner to bid for Australian electricity distributor Ausgrid, an advisor on the potentially A$10 billion ($7.46 billion) deal said, after the government rejected sole offers from Chinese interests.

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