July 27, 2020 at 6:11 am #205299
Gold hit an all-time high as tit-for-tat consulate closures in China and the United States rattled investors.
“US President (Donald) Trump used to say China’s President Xi Jinping is a great leader. But now Pompeo’s wording is becoming so aggressive that markets are starting to worry about further escalation,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi Securities.July 27, 2020 at 6:16 am #205300
The Mekong River has become a new front in U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say.
“This is becoming a geopolitical issue, much like the South China Sea, between the United States and China,” said Witoon Permpongsacharoen of the group Mekong Energy and Ecology Network.
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy described China as “hoarding” water in its 11 dams on its upper portion of the 4,350-km (2,700-mile) river, harming the livelihoods of millions of people in downstream countries.July 27, 2020 at 7:05 pm #205335AnonymousInactive
The USA will look for all kinds of pretext to avoid being challenged by China. They have never had a powerful enemy like China, more powerful than the soviet union, Germany and japanJuly 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm #205338
Trump is pressing Australia to increase freedom of navigation exercises in the South China SeaJuly 28, 2020 at 4:33 pm #205387AnonymousInactive
https://www.rdwolff.com/boombust_closure_of_chinese_consulate. Richard Wolff on closure of Chinese consulateAugust 1, 2020 at 7:17 am #205482
Having effectively banned Huawei and its technology and legally harassed its CEO, Trump now attacks Tik Tok on what many consider spurious groundsAugust 1, 2020 at 9:09 am #205484AnonymousInactive
They were able to ban Huawei in the USA, Canada and England, but it is very popular in Latin America, and 5G is being implemented in several countries in Latin America including Mexico and Chile. They can not control the whole world anymore. China has its internet system, its GPS, its own Facebook, and it is the leader in fibre optic technologyAugust 4, 2020 at 11:05 pm #205548Matthew CulbertKeymaster
Pilger’s take on present China -USA tensions is worth a read.August 6, 2020 at 5:33 am #205567
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has outlined the steps he wants US companies to take to deal with “untrusted Chinese apps”.
The measures go far beyond President Donald Trump’s current push to force the sale of TikTok to an American firm.
Pompeo says apps like TikTok and WeChat pose “significant threats to the personal data of American citizens”.
The scope of those measures has now been extended much wider and includes Chinese technology giants such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent, which have a presence in the US.August 18, 2020 at 9:46 am #205912
A useful essay
“…Strengthening democracy in China and beyond will not be achieved through direct attacks on the CCP’s authoritarianism, especially when the United States has ignored (if not actively supported) similar abuses from Brazil to India and Saudi Arabia. Instead, we must build a movement of transnational solidarity to neutralize the nationalism and authoritarianism unleashed by our global economic system. Only then can we begin the difficult work of forging a better world.”August 23, 2020 at 1:29 pm #206033AnonymousInactive
And then many peoples are claiming that Donald Trump is antiwar since he took office he has been provoking others nations, creating conflicts with other nations, imposing embargo and blockades in others nations, and he has been continuing the wars started by prior presidents, dropping bombs, using more drones than Obama, and killing ministers and military from others nations. If that is not war, what can it be calledhttps://revcom.us/a/661/absurd-and-dangerous-fantasy-that-donald-trump-is-not-a-war-mongerhttps://revcom.us/a/661/absurd-and-dangerous-fantasy-that-donald-trump-is-not-a-war-monger-en.html://revcom.us/a/661/absurd-and-dangerous-fantasy-that-donald-trump-is-not-a-war-monger-en.htmlAugust 27, 2020 at 6:41 am #206155
The United States has blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military efforts in the South China Sea, its first such sanctions move over the disputed strategic waterway.September 2, 2020 at 12:09 am #206295
In the latest military display of power two U.S Air Force B-1B bombers took off from Guam and made a low-level pass over the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its escorting fleet, which was exercising nearby in the Philippines Sea.
Since late January, American B-1B and B-52 bombers, usually operating in pairs, have flown about 20 missions over key waterways, including the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.
These missions, military analysts say, are designed to send a crystal-clear signal: The United States can threaten China’s fleet and Chinese land targets at any time, from distant bases, without having to move America’s aircraft carriers and other expensive surface warships within range of Beijing’s massive arsenal of missiles.
“A single B-1 can deliver the same ordnance payload as an entire carrier battle group in a day,” said David Deptula, dean of the Washington-based Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General. “Depending on where they are, ships can take weeks to get in place,” said Deptula. “But by using bombers, they can respond in a matter of hours,” he adds.
With the combination of bombers and long-range missiles, the United States is trying to turn the tables on the PLA. Over more than two decades, China has assembled a force of ground, sea and air-launched missiles that would make it deadly for warships of the U.S. Navy and its allies to approach the Chinese coast in a conflict. This Chinese strategy is specifically tailored to threaten U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups and the network of bases that form the backbone of American power in Asia.
In an earlier show of force, Chinese fighter jets crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait in only the third such incursion across the median line since 2016 while U.S. Secretary for Health, Alex Azar, was visiting Taipei on Aug. 10.
The PLA launched one of its so-called carrier-killer missiles, the DF-26, in an exercise in the South China Sea following the deployment in July of two U.S. aircraft carriers to the area, China’s official military media reported in early August. And a U.S. defense official told Reuters that on Aug. 26, China launched four medium-range ballistic missiles that hit the South China Sea between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands.September 17, 2020 at 12:54 pm #206631
Already possessing a military capability that dwarves China’s the US plans to boost its weaponry.
The US plans to expand the US sea fleet to more than 355 ships, from the current 293.
US secretary of defence, Mark Esper, has announced a plan to expand the US Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircraft to confront the growing maritime challenge from China.
Esper reiterated that China is the top US security threat and that the Indo-Pacific region is the “priority theatre” for the US military.
“Not only is this region important because it is a hub of global trade and commerce, it is also the epicentre of great power competition with China,” he said.
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Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister has called for the international community to help defend his country against an intensifying military threat from China, fearing “a real possibility” of war.
Wu’s comments echoed earlier calls by President Tsai Ing-wen for a coalition of countries to take a stand against “authoritarian aggression” as China ramps up military and economic pressure in the region.
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