September 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm #206634Bijou DrainsParticipant
Iran, China, Russia, et al. appear to be starting to circle the ageing and weakening beast that is the US empire, the US still have the technology, do they still have the heart for the fight. A bit like the later stages of the Roman Empire.September 17, 2020 at 5:31 pm #206636
Strange … but i reach the very direct opposite conclusion, BD
Iran is being encircled by the new Israeli Gulf-State alliances, which informally includes Saudi Arabia
China being encircled by Japan, all the Asean nations, plus Australia, upgrading buying new armaments
Russia by an expanding NATO incorporating and reinforcing Poland, the Baltic States…British and American troops are stationed in them these days
It is America’s enemies that are being gradually encircled.
I certainly don’t see the US as militarily weakening even if diplomatically they do suffer the occasional defeat in the UN.
It remains the major global power and exercise that as we see with their policy of sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, ensuring that despite EU etc disagreeing, actual trading businesses abide by them due to the threat of being blacklisted.
Biden will follow Trump’s anti-China policy according to all the think-tanks, support for Israel will continue, even if Netanyahu might not be the favourite prodigal son. Biden’s foreign policy will be to protect America’s imperial interests and as we saw with Obama that means actually going to war or engaging in proxy wars. Trump is the lesser evil when it comes to militarism.
I understand China’s great strides in becoming the Number One economy – but at the base of it is its own enormous domestic market and sales to America which it managed to tap into but which India, another potential powerhouse has not
I think it would be a great error to underestimate the US and its bellicose nature of its peoples. Belief in its Manifest Destiny remains strong (a plug for a future article by me for next week Dissident Voice) All parties Democrat or Republican accept American exceptionalism – it can do whatever it wants wherever it wants.September 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm #206637
China has defended its controversial policies in the Xinjiang region, saying millions of workers have benefited from “education and vocational training”, increasing job opportunities and combating poverty.
“Xinjiang has built a large knowledge-based, skilled and innovative workforce that meets the requirements of the new era,” the report reads.
It says the training provided includes written and spoken Mandarin, labour skills and “knowledge of urban life”. The report says people from rural areas have started their own businesses or got jobs in factories after receiving state support.
The US government announced import restrictions on products coming out of the area. Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary told reporters at the time. “This is modern-day slavery.”
Swedish clothing giant H&M said it was severing ties with a Chinese yarn producer amid accusations that the company was using “slave labour” from Xinjiang.
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the US government announced import restrictions on products coming out of the area. Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary told reporters at the time. “This is modern-day slavery.”
They did not have the same opinion when Mao Tse Tung and Richard Nixon made the first commercial, diplomatic, technological, and industrial production agreement. Now that the capitalist ruling class of China is an independent class and able to challenge USA world hegemony, and China became the world factory, they have recognized that the Chinese workers are slaves, but the USA workers are modern slaves too, and they have the choice to elect their own slave mastersSeptember 18, 2020 at 8:06 am #206649
China says it is conducting live-fire military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to “protect its sovereignty” as a top US official visits Taiwan.September 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm #206691AnonymousInactive
What about China conducting military exercise near New York, California and the Gulf of Mexico? Two Russian militaries Tupolev TU 160 landed in Caracas and the USA was going crazy even that they were thousands of miles ( 3,314 miles ) away from their national border. The pacifist commander in chief of the USA does not know that there is an agreement between Taiwan and China of One China only?September 29, 2020 at 2:02 am #207318
China has begun five military exercises simultaneously along different parts of its coast, the second time in two months it will have such concurrent drills against a backdrop of rising regional tensions.October 6, 2020 at 9:47 am #207802
<p class=”story-body__introduction”>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday met with his counterparts from Australia, India and Japan in Tokyo to discuss how to counter China.</p>
The “Quad meeting” comes as all four countries seek to form a front against China.October 10, 2020 at 1:00 am #208091
Chinese military spokesperson said on Friday that the U.S. destroyer John McCain had entered waters around the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea claimed by China without China’s permission.
“We demand the U.S. immediately stop such provocative actions, (and) strictly control and restrict military operations in the sea and air,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson also said it would take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security and to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
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Chinese ownership of British businesses should be subject to a national security review by the UK government to assess the impact of Beijing’s growing economic power, according to the former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith.October 13, 2020 at 1:48 am #208163
USA is moving ahead with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, and has sent notification of the deals to Congress for approval,
Reuters reported that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the US export process.
<p data-inc=”1″>Notifications were for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin Corp called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing Co called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.</p>
Notifications for the sale of other weapons systems, including large, sophisticated aerial drones, land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles and underwater mines, to deter amphibious landings, have yet to reach Capitol Hill, but these were expected soonOctober 19, 2020 at 12:26 am #208314October 20, 2020 at 5:13 am #208366
Australia will take part in large-scale military exercises off the coast of India next month.
Mike Pompeo called on Asian allies to unite against China’s “exploitation, corruption and coercion” in the region.December 3, 2020 at 11:08 pm #210403
Geo-political realities face Biden
John Ratcliffe, the US top US intelligence official says China is the “greatest threat to democracy and freedom” since World War Two. The Director of National Intelligence said China had replaced Russia and counter-terrorism as the main focus focus of US intelligence activities.December 3, 2020 at 11:43 pm #210404MovimientoSocialistaParticipant
The did not say the same thing when Richard Nixon went to China and establish commercial and diplomatic relationship with Mao Tse Tung and when China had contradictions with the Soviet Union, and they approved the technoligical sharing with China
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