What’s So Aggressive About Those Darn Chinese?
Written By: Vito Published: 24/02/2021
On January 21st 2021, China, following the example of countries such as Iran, placed fresh sanctions on individuals who have served in the Trump administration after Biden’s recent inauguration. This included some of Trump’s closest allies and advisors, such as the former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trade advisor Peter Navarro, Steve Bannon, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton and his successor Robert O’Brien, Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger, and Former US Ambassador to UN Kelly Craft. The sanctions included the complete restriction for the listed individuals to travel to Hong Kong, Macao, and other parts of China, as well as forbid them to be able to engage in business in China. This comes after the US interfered with the internal affairs of Hong Kong during 2019’s anti-extradition law riots, and also having placed sanctions against companies who employed Uyghurs in Xinjiang. This also follows a recent decision by Twitter to take down a tweet from the Chinese Embassy which was promoting women’s liberation & rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
China’s foreign ministry elaborated that the US had “planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermining China’s interests, offended the Chinese people and seriously disrupted China-US relations”
Predictably, due to the grandstanding of American politicians, the Biden Administration have opted for unity between themselves and the Republicans. They followed in the footsteps of the previous administration and took shots at China for introducing the fresh sanctions when Joe Biden’s brand new National Security Council Spokeswoman Emily Horne commented; “American’s of both parties should criticize this unproductive and cynical move. President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China”.
It is becoming increasingly clear that America has lost the right to call itself ‘the most Democratic country on Earth’. Before the Coronavirus pandemic heavily impacted the socio-economic and politics of the America, the political hubris the USA outwardly projects had been one of America’s greatest strengths in terms of projecting it’s hard power onto the world, and it’s greatest weakness in terms of its domestic policies. This was evidenced by the leaked documents by Wikileaks, as well as Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance, and the greenlit ‘Operation Shotgiant’ which had the National Security Agency plant backdoors in Huawei’s devices and hacked it’s servers. These hacks facilitated the infiltration of the computer networks of Huawei customers in “high-priority target” countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and Cuba; as well as the spying on of email communications of people who worked in Huawei.
The gap between the rich and the poor has exacerbated with austerity measures, corporations reining over the government, and budget cuts continuing across education and infrastructure, bailing out and printing more money for the bankers instead of punishing them for taking over small businesses, as well as privatising healthcare with zero regulations Weapons manufacturers, think-tanks, and the media have been itching to find reasons to invade another country for profits. The facade of “liberating the barbarians” again being used, something that could lead to a refugee crisis similar to how the Obama administration and his allies were woefully unequipped to handle the self inflicted refugee crisis that led to right wing extremism and xenophobic voices. It was this, as well as the economic frustrations of those in the rust belt area, which allowed Trump’s populism to take hold in America and allow him to become the 45th President of the United States.
The United States military in 2020 have received around 700 million in defense bills out of the 1.4 trillion spending deal (China only spent 250 million, despite the larger geographical size and population), with both Republicans and Democrats seeming to have given each other the thumbs up, with the small caveat from the Democrats being that they didn’t like that some of the funding was going to the border wall that Trump had promised to his voters 4 years ago. What’s more is that the wars that the US started and the horror that they have unleashed more than 20 years ago will not end, and the deficit will continue to rise resulting in tax increases, burrowing public expenditure funding through war bonds, as well as more burden placed on the taxpayers.
In terms of human rights, the American Justice system is comprehensive, yet cannot offer retributive fairness to minorities and black people, whilst America likes to lecture other countries about locking “dissidents” up with their “camps”. America, statistically speaking, has the most incarceration per capita with 655 out of 100,000, more than China who has 4 times the population and is being scrutinized at every turn by the US and its allies through the lens of human rights, yet has 118 out of 100,000 incarcerated.
With the think-tanks paid by the weapons manufacturers and media organisations such as RFA and VOA, as well as publications such as NYT and the Guardian, scapegoating China is incredibly easy and effective to sell to their audiences. Intentionally hyping up misinformation about ‘Uyghur genocide’ – as well as the oppression of the Hong Kong protestors during the 2019’s anti-extradition bill – a narrative that has been thoroughly debunked by informed netizens as well as investigative journalist organisation the Grayzone with many referencing previous efforts to manufacture consent for intervention, such as the genocide claims to the Kuwait fake baby incubators levied against Iraq or the American man pretending to be a gay Syrian girl in Damascus
But you won’t find those same media and think-tanks empowering the indigenous communities with education and lifting them out of the poverty in their own countries by pressuring their governments and multinational corporations to stop exploiting their lands and poisoning their waters, as well as celebrating the dates when the settler-colonialists invaded and reduced the indigenous populations to a mere 5% of the populations in Canada. Australia is even worse when only 3.3% of the populations are indigenous. Meanwhile, in China, Uyghurs and Tibetans enjoy population and economic growth across decades.
An Australian think tank paid for by weapons manufacturers whose weapons were used to bomb Yemenis and Syrians likes to yell about alleged genocide in China while having no shame in celebrating and whitewashing the day when actual genocide was mounted against the Aboriginal people and forced them to rid of their own language and culture.
A classic strategy to take on countries that the US doesn’t like is to recruit rebels to take up arms with the goal of destabilising the regions, such as arming the rebels and even backing ISIS in Syria against the Syrian government, as demonstrated in a Wikileak email of Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Suilivan to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State, ignoring the casualties inflicted upon the people in the crossfire.
While China used Sanctions to prevent US government officials from entering China or doing business with China, by comparison the US has used sanctions as a way to gain advantages to punish countries who do not follow it’s liberal democratic model, such actions do no harm to the governments but instead have done to only hurt ordinary people – for example the recent sanctions on ‘Uyghur cotton’ overwhelmingly affecting Uyghur workers. Sanctions are often used as a last resort when the US has failed to invade and organise a coup, similar to the failed coup attempt in Venezuela where the US employed-PMC that were meant to put down Maduro were caught before they stepped foot in a small village.
In a talk at the Ron Paul Institute, Col. Laurance Wilkerson, a retired US army colonel who is also the former Chief of Staff to previous United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, admitted that “If the CIA had to mount an operation using those Uyghurs as Erdogan has done in Turkey against Assad, there are 20,000 of them in Idlib. For example, that is why the Chinese might be deploying military forces to Syria in the near future to take care of those Uyghurs that Erdogan invited [TIP] in. Well, the CIA would want to destabilize China and that would be the best way to do it, to foment unrest and join with those Uyghurs in pushing those Chinese in Beijing from internal places rather than external.”
Also as of note, Wilkerson is the same person who helped Colin Powell lie to the UN Security Council and convinced them about the fake anthrax and bioweapon “factories” used to justify invading Iraq, in which Wilkerson himself put together the task force during a week at CIA HQ and vetted all the information that came from various intelligence services around the world such as Jordan, Israel, Germany, and France.
Wilkerson is wrong on one point, China didn’t deploy military forces to Syria. The China-Syria relations have consistently been limited to trade and economic partnerships whilst Xi is president, and China has assisted Syria in rebuilding even whilst the Syrian Civil War continues, as well as, along with Russia and Syria, continued to ask the US, UK, and France in the UN to stop the sanctions against Syria over the alleged use of the chemical attacks by the Syrian government. (The OPCW, the organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has been accused of fudging the evidence of the alleged attack of the Syrian government as a pretext for the west to mount an attack against Syria with missile weaponry following Wikileaks releasing the documents from OPCW whistleblowers who have since been gagged for speaking out against the West’s narratives).
For many years, the remarks from the Foreign Ministries of China have mostly been reactive towards whoever pointed fingers at China for accusation of human rights against Tibetans, Uyghurs, and the people of Hong Kong as well as providing no transparency and accountability. As Trump became president, he has engaged in trade wars against China, blacklisted Huawei, as well as worked with the Trudeau administration with plans to extradite Meng Wenzhou to the US that has provoked the likes of Zhao Lijan, Hua Chunying being more proactive in their engagement of countering misinformation.
Chinese State broadcast networks such as China Daily, CCTV and CGTN have also started showing more context in regards to the accusations from western press, as well as various Human Rights Groups. For example, CGTN’s documentary showed that Xinjiang, an Uyghur autonomous region, has seen a rise in extremism leading to Uyghurs being radicalised as pawns of the East Turkestan Independence Movement, or later on as Turkestan Islamic Party, which has links and reliance on Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Al-Nursa in Syria, and performs violence against the people in places like Urumqi and Beijing. Rather than questioning why there would be large numbers of Uyghurs fighting against Syrians in Idlib and Aleppo, the western media are only interested in letting bad faith actors like Adrian Zenz and the World Uyghur Congress, which is funded by the same CIA cut out the NED that jettisoned the 2019 riots in Hong Kong, as well as various regime, changes around the world, to spread misinformation that China is destroying Uyghurs by systematically stripping them of their culture and language, and even locking them in camps.
There were also actual Uyghurs politicians and citizens from Xinjiang who have joined the discourse and offered their opinions and experiences regarding the accusations made by the west, but lately have been ironically suppressed by Twitter in it’s policing fashion, again showing the allegiance between social media companies and US foreign policy.
When Zhao Lijian posted an artistic recreation of an Australian soldier using a knife to slit an Afghan child holding a goat with the caption “Shocked by the murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, & call for holding them accountable.” Government officials from the 5 eyes countries have all expressed a collective outrage claiming that the picture is “doctored” with the Australian Prime Minister calling the tweet “Repugnant” and “Truly offensive”, as well as accusing China of attacking the Australian soldiers.
The fact of the matter is that the context behind the picture is based on the Brereton Report, in which the Australian SAS covered up allegations of unlawful killings, cover ups and a twisted initiation program. 39 Afghans were murdered by the Australian SAS in 23 incidents that were exposed and leaked by the Australian whistleblower and former British Army major David McBride. McBride was then charged with 4 offenses as well as breaking the Criminal Code Act. He is currently awaiting trial and if convicted, could spend up to 50 years in jail.
Asian diaspora in the west have been left out with little to no voice to call when defending themselves against rising physical and verbal racism, such as being told to shut up or “Go back to China”. Furthermore, the media have chosen to limit their coverage of violence against Asians, since the high profile case of the murder of Vincent Chin by 2 white racists that blamed him for taking their jobs (when in actuality more Japanese cars have been imported by American companies to get into the American market and also some have replaced their existing models, such as using Mitsubishi models to rebrand their own as Dodge), this has led to the Asian diaspora in America pushing for their own civil rights.
With the advent of the Coronavirus in America, violence and racism against Asians has been intensified. In America, more than 1700 reports of hate crimes were reported and collected by the organisation STOP AAPI Hate Crimes – for example an egregious case involving an old woman who is of Asian ethnicity were being set on fire by 2 men. In Canada, there have been reports of a year on year rise of 878% in hate crimes against Asians by the Vancouver Police Department. In the United Kingdom, anti-Asian hate crimes were up 21% during COVID-19. In Australia, similar hate crimes have also increased, with 377 cases of racism from April to early June, and more since then which left 90% of victims not reporting to the police, perhaps due to recent spats with China that have led politicians like Eric Abetz to question where the Chinese Australians’ loyalty lie.
Does the Biden’s administration’s gesture of banning the links between the Coronavirus and Wuhan, the origin of the outbreak, help with reducing the discrimination towards Asian Americans as well as Asians living in the west? Not much, after Biden won and the Democrats took control of the house and the senate, they are keen in taking on China economically, geographically, and politically; with it’s vassal states including India, Japan, and Australia to counter the economic and military rise of China – also continuing the Trump administration’s plan to arm Taiwan, which is prolonging tensions between China and the United States.
As someone who is of Asian ethnicity, I have observed the entire charade of the the western political system from Bush to Biden. I want to ask the western politicians, the western think-tanks, as well as the western media class, if they feel as if they are afraid of the so called wolf warriors from China that can bite back with their own fangs. Or were they afraid of the millions whom they have scammed with the promises of freedom and democracy with US installed governments, governments which did not provide the people with basic needs, as well as increased exploitation and violence like they have done in countries like Bolivia and Honduras, bombed and killed by their armies and trained cartels in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as misinformed the public with proxy intelligentsia funded by western agencies which has led to military interventions and more bloody conflicts. None of the leaders of the so called free countries have been brought to justice, since they have threatened the International Criminal Court with sanctions?
For example, the smart bombs that Saudi Arabia bought from Raytheon, one of the largest defense contractors, have killed 122 children and 56 women in the fight with Houthi rebels backed by Iran. An estimate of 50,000 people were killed by the war and 85,000 children may have died of hunger and diseases. The western media does not want to talk about this, since this would be categorized as genocide from the ICC as these countries have dealt with sanctions by Pompeo in his last few weeks as the Secretary of State. Also, if the United States and its allies cared about Muslims then they would have stopped supplying the weapons to their client states as well as withdrawn their troops around the middle east. Because of their actions, the US has caused many migration problems to Europe and other countries, which has led to a rise in xenophobia and right-wing populism across Europe, as well as unfavorable views of NATO due to their regime change interventions. The US military presence and bombings have done more harm than good in places such as Libya, Somalia, and Syria, while China, since Deng Xiaoping, has applied the three world theory to help countries in spite of their own political and economical models, and have continued to do so with the Belt and Road Initiative, even during the time when the Coronavirus pandemic lingers, China has provided material aid in the form of PPE, and more recently vaccines, whilst the west has hoarded resources and mishandled the pandemic.
It may seem like America has Biden as its knight in shining armor, but underneath, his administration still has the same chauvinistic undertones as the previous administrations, just with added “woke” virtue signaling characteristics. While Trump has played the wild card in regards to his protectionist policies and played a role in coup attempts in other countries at the same time, Biden will prefer that America can rely on its allies and vassal states to continually disrupt the progressions of countries that have opposed US hegemony such as China, Russia, Syria the South-Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. It is still within the interests of the ruling elites of the United States such as the weapons manufacturers, intelligence agencies, and media conglomerates to do over the people who they are supposed to serve.