Chris Faure for the Saker Blog
The US suddenly ordered China to end operations from its embassy in Houston, Texas (remember when they did the same to Russia). However, diplomacy is reciprocal and the Chinese so far refrained from a further provocative reaction. They are implementing a fair tit for tat measure, closing the US Consulate in Chengdu, keeping options open for further retaliation. They could have fanned the flames and closed the US Consulate in Hong Kong, or even a bigger one in Beijing, but kept to a fair reciprocal closure – so far.
More about the Consulate spat https://www.moonofalabama.org/
China responded to Mr Pompeo’s highly advertised ‘very important’ speech this week in short, not giving Pompeo that attention that he so craves. The Chinese stance is that Mike Pompeo maliciously attacked the Communist Party of China (CPC) and China’s socialist system, and he made remarks that ignored the facts, were full of ideological bias and turned black into white, which showed his Cold War mentality. From the Chinese Foreign Ministry: “Some US politicians have deliberately stirred up ideological disputes, talked about changing China, denied China-US relations, and provoked China’s relationships with other countries. Their purpose is to suppress China’s development and divert the public’s attention from their own country. These tricks cannot fool the Americans and international community.”
The US have stopped all basic diplomatic standards in a grab for their self-delusional rules-based international order. Just recently, Pompeo announced that they will not respect or accept any of the agreements in the South China Sea. He must be thinking that all of the ASEAN countries like him enough to drop their raft of regional negotiated agreements.
Despite Chinese accusations that the US opens their diplomatic pouches, which is in flagrant violation of all Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular relations, the most important is the following which shows that China is still keeping to fair diplomatic and pragmatic standard:
“It must be emphasized that China has no intentions to change the US in terms of its social system, and the US cannot change China either.”
Having followed the Russian reactions on these types of actions by the US toward Russia, we have become accustomed to the frustratingly pragmatic and clinically diplomatic methods of dealing with western bullying. The Chinese are different and they enthusiastically take part in the war of words that is reaching cold war status if one adds in the trade war announced by Mr Trump +- two years ago and which he thought would be ‘easy to win’. What we see now as reaction to the US provocation to China in the US social sphere, many ordinary Americans are deeply into the ‘crush China’ rhetoric which attempts to blame China for all of the US ills.
While it remains unclear if this can be written off completely to electioneering and election rhetoric, what does clarify is that the harm done is not easily fixed, no matter the reason. It is however quite breathtaking how far Pompeo will push this, hoping for retaliation which he can then use to prove himself and the current US administration right. It is beyond a level of comprehension that Pompeo and Co could really think that they will make war against China.
In this time of ‘rhetorical cold war of words’, Godfree Roberts who regularly writes on China for the Unz Review started a new weekly newsletter, Here Comes China, Skulduggery, Good News, Offbeat Opinions, chock-a-block full of what is happening in China.
Godfree has offered the first four newsletters free to Saker readers. From economics, to space, to China-Iran Trade and Military Partnership, to the cleanup and recovering of the Yangtze river, a Hong Kong section, the media war on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and an in-depth look at Human rights in China, this newsletter stands unique in its scope and its presentation of Western opinions and Eastern opinions.
Godfree’s new book on China is just about ready for release. The book is called:
Why China leads the world: Democracy at the bottom, Data in the middle, Talent at the top.
A preview: https://www.herecomeschina.com/why-china-leads-the-world-the-book/
I also want to draw the readers’ attention to a two part essay written on Mao, Mao Reconsidered, and published in greanvillepost.com. Part 1, Part 2
China Sitrep – 5 selected topics from the Here Comes China newsletter:
Trump Empowers CIA to Launch Cyberattacks
The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds of operations it conducts and who it targets–including Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, which are mentioned directly in the document. The finding allows the CIA to more easily authorize its own covert cyber operations, rather than requiring the agency to get approval from the White House. The “very aggressive” finding “gave the agency very specific authorities to really take the fight offensively to a handful of adversarial countries,” said a former U.S. government official. The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities. [MORE]
Belt and Road Finds New Life in Pakistan
China and Pakistan have signed deals for two hydro-power generation projects costing $3.9 billion in the disputed Kashmir region, and another to revamp the South Asian nation’s colonial-era railways for $7.2 billion — the most expensive Chinese project yet in Pakistan. The Chinese financing has helped rid Pakistan of an electricity deficit that left exporters unable to meet orders and major cities without electricity for much of the day. [MORE]
T.P. Wilkinson: The Yemen
The West encourages dissolution of state entities that could engage in normal relations with China or any other potential competitors. The Yemen is one of those long-term victims of British imperialism. When Britain nominally withdrew from Egypt, Nasser promoted his new government’s participation in his movement for Arab unity, opposed by British clients in Riyadh (the Saud family’s Wahhabi gangsters). The Saud family would like to have annexed the Yemen but could not without war against Egypt-against which the tiny mob had no chance. So David Stirling led a counter-insurgency funded by the British and Saudis to drive Egypt out of the Yemen and leave the country as a quasi-protectorate of Britain/US. Attempts to change that have been fought for decades but until a decade ago the client regime was well protected. Clearly chaos is profitable for the empire which between Somalia and Yemen prevent any stability in opposition to its interests. Not only do Somalia and Yemen lie close to the Suez route they also form part of the ancient East African trading basin that links Asia with Africa. As part of the overall strategy of Denial, this policy is aided by the designs of the mob in Riyad which lacks the population to occupy territories it would like to annex.
This section from Here Comes China is an in-depth analysis. I suggest you read it in the newsletter itself. Main points:
Islam is neither the Uyghurs’ native religion nor their only one but, in its Wahhabi form, has caused problems around the world, for which we can thank to two fervent Christians, Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who considered a united Eurasia, “The only possible challenge to American hegemony.” In 1979, months before the Soviet entry into Afghanistan, Brzezinski drafted and Carter signed a top-secret Presidential Order authorizing the CIA to train fundamentalist Muslims to wage Jihad against the Soviet Communist infidels and all unbelievers of conservative Sunni Islam and the Mujahideen terror war against Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan became the largest covert action in CIA history. Brzezinski’s ‘Arc of Crisis’ strategy inflamed Muslims in Central Asia to destabilize the USSR during its economic crisis and, when Le Nouvel Observateur later asked if he had any regrets, Brzezinski snapped, “What is most important to the history of the world? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe?”
Twenty years later, in 1999, the CIA’s Islam strategist, Graham E. Fuller, announced, “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Russians. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.”
Today, NED money supports the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) which calls China’s Xinjiang Province ‘East Turkistan’ and China’s administration of Xinjiang as ‘Chinese occupation of East Turkistan,’ runs articles like, “Op-ed: A Profile of Rebiya Kadeer, Fearless Uyghur Independence Activist,” and admits that Kadeer seeks Uyghur independence from China.
Faced with an armed insurrection, most states impose martial law or a state of emergency, as Britain did in Malaya from 1945 to 1957 and the US did with the Patriot Act, but China decided–despite popular outrage–to write off its losses and play the long game and founded The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a political, economic, and security alliance, with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, who stopped funneling money and providing corridors for Uyghur terrorists to move into and out of China. The SCO has since expanded to include India and Pakistan and Iran has begun the accession process, making it world’s largest security pact in both area and population and the only one whose membership includes four nuclear powers.
Forming the SCO was easier than assuaging public outrage. An unheard-of lawsuit by victims’ relatives accused the government of reverse discrimination so they stepped up security and published their objectives:
- restore law and order
- prevent terrorists from inflicting more violence
- use ‘high-intensity regulation’
- contain the spread of terrorism beyond Xinjiang
- purge extremists and separatists from society.
Neighborhood community centres–labelled ‘concentration camps’ in the western press–educate rural Uyghurs about the perils of religious extremism and train them for urban jobs.
In 2013 President Xi toured Eurasia and proposed the Belt and Road Initiative for three billion people, designed to create the biggest market in the world with unparalleled development potential, and built a gas pipeline to China from Turkmenistan through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan which, like China’s other western pipelines, power lines, and rail and road networks, runs through the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Beijing then moved jobs to Xinjiang and opened vocational schools to train rural youth in literacy and job skills and swore to protect its neighbors from terrorism in exchange for their pledge to reciprocate. To create jobs in the province Xi directed investment from forty-five of China’s top companies and eighty Fortune 500 manufacturers to Urumqi. Corporate investment increased from $10 billion in 2015 to $15 billion in 2017 and infrastructure investments of $70 billion in both 2017 and 2018 lifted the annual goods shipments past 100 million tons with a goal of hourly departures to fifteen European capitals. Half a million Uyghurs have relocated from remote villages to cities and, as a result, 600,000 Uighurs were lifted out of poverty in 2016, 312,000 in 2017 and 400,000 in 2018. The last poor Uyghurs will join the cash economy in mid-2020.
The PBOC, China’s central bank, is partnering with ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing to test the use of its sovereign digital currency, AKA Central Bank Digital Currency, CBDC. The regulator is working with Didi to apply digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) to the ride-hailing app, which currently serves a total of over 550 million users and is often described as China’s Uber. According to Didi, “the government seeks to support the development of the real economy sectors with innovative financial services.” Didi has more than 30 million daily ride-sharing orders and its bike-sharing daily orders reached 10 million. Meituan and Bilibilibili are also cooperating with banks in the digital yuan project. Meituan’s service platform has over 240 million consumers and five million local merchants, and Bilibilibili is China’s largest video-sharing website.
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Not hard to imagine a near term future where China, Russia, and Iran cut off diplomatic relations with the Zionist Axis of Evil altogether and label them a pariah state. I’ll give it ten years at the outside, assuming the US still exists as a coherent entity for that long, which I don’t think it will. It’ll be interesting to see who the Brits and the ME Zionist tribe turn to next for sponsorship. Maybe they’ll make another run at Russia as Putin gets on in years?
Overnight I hear that a US F-15 (the last gen fighter that actually works) made a run at an Iranian passenger jet. That’s always a good look in the “win hearts and minds” department. Just surprised they didn’t shoot it down and immediately blame it on the Russians or Chinese. The Zionist rats are getting more and more desperate by the day now.
They are well known to shoot down passenger airliners using their proxies and then defending the liers as they have recently done with the Ukrainian Nazis.
” Not hard to imagine a near term future where China, Russia, and Iran cut off diplomatic relations with the Zionist Axis of Evil altogether and label them a pariah state. ”
Whats hard to imagine is what will happen to Israhell ? Will Russia and China, knowing all of Israhell’s crimes, drag them before an international tribunal ? Will the Jewish domination of Russia and the Western world be disassembled ? Basically, if Israhell and world Jewry go unpunished, it wont matter whether Uncle Sam is defeated, as Israhell the virus, will just jump hosts.
Anyone know the story of the pathological liar called Pompeo? Like the story of Pinocchio, this one is also from Sicily. The gods cursed Pompeo for being such a liar. So for every lie Pompeo tells he gets fatter and fatter. And after so many lies Pompeo resembled a meat mountain and finally just exploded.
LOL! Love it! Maybe like Mr. Creosote of Monty Python fame he’ll explode one day? Just one more wafer thin mint, sir? You know the US has to search far and wide to come up with such cartoonish villains.
Actually, the author of Pinocchio was Carlo Lorenzini, who was born in Florence, and spent his childhood in Collodi, Tuscany, not Sicily. There is a park dedicated to the story of Pinocchio in Collodi.
True, but Sicily is a better punchline, if you get my drift?
Your government has been exploiting the world for the past three centuries. In war after war, your government has slaughtered millions and the propaganda machine feeds you Pompeo rubish of righteousness. A little learning is a dangerous thing you become ignorant by omission and neglect to see as others see you.
You have anti Chinese rhetoric from the US presidential administration. And US media.
And you have Godfrey and Jeff J Brown et al. with pro China rhetoric.
The truth is to be found in actions and in the people and real economy, real moral values, etc.
I am not in Russia, China or the US so I cannot say. But one does wonder.
The only observation I can make is that overseas Chinese and mainland Chinese have a different mindset, mainland being more reserved, less open.
Also, Chinese nationalist and Communist are two sides of same coin. They both start at Sun Yat Sen, a clear western agent. Follow the history of the opium wars against a native Chinese dynasty. The Qing were the last indigenous form of government. Nationalist Kai Shiek and Communist Mao were all used to further destruction of traditional Chinese culture and values. Including the final purge after a hundred years, the cultural revolution.
Saker and others, as students of Russia should see the similarities. Old culture, old values, not part of new culture, pushed the same as in US today.
The only question is whether Xi’s faction is like Putin’s faction and has changed the game internally. I cannot say.
Hint, look at treatment of families, god, morality, biological fathers. Black lives m are against these as per their website and Marxist rhetoric. The US university, government and corporate military complex is against these values. Russia is for these values as per recent referendum. So, what say China? Then we know if they are with Russia or part of the same.
And to note, obviously China is not monolitic and their are factions. Like US, Russia, India, Brazil, etc.
So let’s look at real values pushed on people from top down to see if China is in the camp of globalists or their own historical cultural values.
NB. Modern China has nothing to do with Confucius. Anybody that actually studies the old value system and culture of pre westernised China understands this. Unfortunately, I found only one academic online that studies this and they were obviously doing it as an anti China campaign like CIA Dalai Lhama or Falon Gong, etc.
But in real terms, ancient China, like India or Russia, is dead. The colonialists killed it. The way people think have changed in terms of their base cultural values of right and wrong. Lets hope that enough respect for god and morality survives.
Dalai Lhama (sic) isn’t a ‘CIA campaign’. The Maoists killed their own traditions not ‘colonists’. The Ch’ing were Manchurian so they weren’t considered to be ‘indigenous’ to China. ‘God’ is a part of the Abrahamic religions, Chinese religions are mostly ‘non-theistic’.
Well, the united states can and could live with for 90 years profit from a big lane of land grabbed from republic of Panama in 1903…thru 1997, whilst building there an ARTIFICIAL waterway. With an ‘agreement’ with Panama and an annual for a song equivalent fee…
But CHINA is not at all allowed to build three artificial islands in a piece of ocean, which is not anyone’s formal national territory -just an economic zone with arguable borders-.
Further the stupidity of washington claims Beijing cannot in consequence even negotiate these things for palatable money or for material advantages with the local maritime neighbors.
So the indispensables for their turn imply that they have the authority to
present and vocalize in the name of ´Philippines, Vietnam etc without ever
consulting these countries. “”Yes, we are the proxies for the asian countries”… and for their interests that will be best secured in washington than in Peking.
Well, the world in 2020 is not the same as back in2001 to believe in those
BS rains of arrogance.
“I do blame our own politicians for allowing the US to be exploited by the Chinese”
Sorry?? did I understand you here – that the US has been exploited by the Chinese?? These would be same Chinese to whom US exported it’s sweat shop production factories in order to get poverty struck Chinese peasants to work 12 hours a day in conditions no American would accept, for a few pennies, so the American Corporatocracies could make massive fortunes?
Or are you seeing that when China took this lemon and made lemonade, by learning to reverse the situation to it’s own advantage, this constituted Chinese exploitation.
Or have I misunderstood you?
Exceptional and Indispensable slobs need cheap, very potent opium to ease their minds. Payback time.
@Nussiminen: True, one of the very few old-school ‘industries’ that have a very bright future ahead of them, with time though they will become an integrated part of the Western Pharma-Industries.
There are now only a few open questions left, will Trump side with the ‘Great Reset’ people who currently hold the whole world hostage, the DemocRats undoubtly will, and what China, Russia will do to that effect. All the rest that comes from it will be mere footnotes. Absolute, and total fascism lies ahead on the walkway in the West, they are now taking off the gloves.
It’s hard to believe the Chinese aren’t aware that they were attacked by a bioweapon in December of last year. The US somehow knew that COVID-19 would infect Wuhan back in the second week of November and warned Israel about it…
That they didn’t warn us about it is another story entirely, but certainly China, having beat the virus while the USA was totally unprepared for it, must have been part of the AngloZionist Empire’s political calculation all along. It was also part of Trump’s strategy to blame the Chinese for it, the so-called China virus. Every move that the US and China make at this point has to be understood in light of this grim reality.
“It must be emphasized that China has no intentions to change the US in terms of its social system, and the US cannot change China either.”
I doubt even Pompeo believes the US can change China’s social system. He is simply using anything that comes to his mind (or whatever blob stands for mind in his equipment) to slander China in the hope of getting other countries to join him in his hate spree…
A most bizarre endeavour – and a pointless one.
Two salient quotes:
“It must be emphasized that China has no intentions to change the US in terms of its social system, and the US cannot change China either. It is beyond a level of comprehension that Pompeo and Co could really think that they will make war against China.”
In regard the the US social system I made a short video regarding ‘differences.
In relation to Pompeo I included him in a video as Brutus to Trump:
Some humour but mostly ‘below the belt’.
Godfree Roberts clearly knows what he’s talking about. Very informative, thanks.
The article mentions the Evil Empire’s (e.g. Brezinski, CIA’s Islam strategist Graham E. Fuller) longterm strategy to undermine, conquer (destroy, and enslave) Asia with help of CIA-controlled pseudo-Islam.
But a rising, increasingly sovereign (no longer CIA / NATO-controlled), Islamic Turkey, cooperating with (not undermining) China, Turkic Central Asia, Iran, and Russia, is completely foiling those Western (UAE / Saudi) plans.
No wonder Turkey – like China, Iran, and Russia – was and is constantly demonized and under attack from all sides and from within (such as the UAE / Saudi sponsored ‘Greater Kurdistan,’ aka ‘Israel 2.0’ project, and the NATO / CIA’s Islam strategist Graham E. Fuller-led July 15, 2016 coup attempt).
Along with China, Russia, and Iran, Turkey has become one of the Evil Empire’s most formidable opponents.
Erdogan doesn’t precisely convince as being anti-Empire, sucking off the latter as a compliant NATO stooge in the Empire’s designs on Syria. It could be said, however, that Erdogan is ”his own” imperialist with quite reactionary plans independent of those of the US Empire. His plottings are partly successful because:
a) Erdogan, just like Putin, correctly gauges Western putrefaction in general and the ensuing imbecilification in particular.
b) Erdogan, unlike the Outhouse of Saud, can hail Islam as a credible alternative to secularism which is still strong in Turkish society. The inauguration this Friday of the mosque Hagia Sophia proved Erdogan right.
c) Erdogan has a rock-solid mass base in Turkey.
Ergo: In comparison to the utter pathetic clowns masquerading as EU statesmen as well as the rambling specimina in the US, Erdogan has a genuine force of personality. He is capable of creating trouble so there will, quite likely, be more attempts on his life. But that doesn’t make Erdogan an anti-imperialist by any stretch of the imagination. What’s his business in Libya?
Someone has to be the adult in the room and for the last 5 years it’s either been Russia or China, don’t see any change to that coming soon especially with a dementia ridden Biden dribbling his way into the Whitehouse.
Islam is definitely the native religion of the Uighur. Their conversion to Islam began about a thousand years ago and was completed about three hundred years ago. They did briefly have a country called East Turkestan, and there is a good argument that their land was stolen by the PRC. However, because of a tsunami of propaganda from the US and its vassals, it is no longer possible to properly research or debate this subject.
Likewise the ‘Rohingya’, for exactly the same reasons (although they are a made up ethnicity).
The simplest way to untangle this mess is to start with a similar case and note the differences.
So, the Uighurs in the role of Cubans, while China in the role of USA, USA in the role of USSR. They get eaten now by the nearby empire, or ask the farther one for help and hoe it will stall long enough.
1. USA was and is mostly run by various Progressive sects, that are habitually ethnocidal.
While traditions of China tend toward genocidal.
2. Cuba could “adopt” something as alien as Communism however deeply or superficially it wanted, and no one would force them to do more. Because rhetoric aside, USSR only wanted free access to the place.
Uighurs may or may not resist being completely taken over by the Wahhabi/Salafi/whichever “moderate rebels” they would have to support in exchange for USA support.
So it looks like either way they are screwed much worse.
Well, mostly it’s not delusional. By and large, the situation is still the same as Moldbug described in 2008:
Therefore, when this approach will become fully delusional, we’ll notice, since there’s a reliable indicator for that:
It’s only delusional at the edges, where “international community” types suffer too much of wishful thinking about the proximity of Planetary Regime (© Holdren) and mistakenly apply their usual approach to Russia or China, in which cases it goes more or less the way it “should”:
— You… you are not acting like good minions of State Department!
— Lol, thank you, we will make sure to let our people know this. =)