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The US Weaponizes ‘Human Rights’ Against Nations Like China

By Caitlin Johnstone, Information Clearing House, d. 25/3 - 2021

March 25, 2021 "Information Clearing House" - The US, UK, EU and Canada have simultaneously implemented new sanctions against Chinese officials in yet another reminder that these nations consistently function as member states of a single empire on foreign policy, and that the Biden administration is continuing right where the Trump administration left off on anti-China hawkishness...

...In December 2017 Politico published an internal memo that had been sent the previous May to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by virulent neocon Brian Hook. The memo provided useful insight into what it looks like when a toxic swamp monster orients a political neophyte to the inner mechanics of the empire, explaining the way “human rights” are really just a tool to be cynically exploited to advance the goal of planetary hegemony like an old veteran explaining the backstory to the new guy in the pilot episode of a new TV series.

“In the case of US allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines, the Administration is fully justified in emphasizing good relations for a variety of important reasons, including counter-terrorism, and in honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs with regard to human rights,” Hook explained in the memo.

“One useful guideline for a realistic and successful foreign policy is that allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries,” Hook wrote. “We do not look to bolster America’s adversaries overseas; we look to pressure, compete with, and outmaneuver them. For this reason, we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to US relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral concern for practices inside those countries. It is also because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.”.

So if it wasn’t already clear to you that the US empire is faking its concern for the wellbeing of Muslim lives (and a quick glance at America’s actions in the Middle East should make that read like the punchline of a bad joke anyway), it should be clear to you now. Neither Washington nor its vassal states harbor any interest in protecting the interests of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, they are only using that narrative to, as Brian Hook put it, “impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.” This is exactly what a steadily escalating international sanctions campaign helps accomplish.

The illusion is that the US and its allies have seen evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity and taken action against China in the interest of human rights. The reality is that actions against China were already planned, and a narrative was used to justify them.

Meanwhile we ordinary people are watching two nuclear-armed nations escalate against one another with increasing aggression, with escalations against nuclear-armed Russia complicating things even further. This incredibly dangerous flirtation with the unthinkable is the most important thing happening in our world, and we should all oppose it tooth and claw...

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Kina og 14 andre nationer underskriver kæmpe frihandelsaftale

Bornholms Tidende d. 15/11 -2020 / Reuter

15 nationer i Asien og stillehavsregionen - heriblandt Kina, Australien og Japan - har søndag underskrevet verdens største frihandelsaftale.
Det skriver nyhedsbureauet dpa.
Handelsaftalen, der kaldes Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), er blevet underskrevet på et virtuelt topmøde i Vietnams hovedstad, Hanoi.
Aftalen er ifølge nyhedsbureauet AFP verdens største målt på de 15 nationers samlede bruttonationalprodukt.

Kina og 14 andre nationer underskriver kæmpe frihandelsaftale

15 nationer i Asien og Stillehavsregionen – heriblandt Kina, Australien, Japan og Sydkorea – har søndag underskrevet verdens største frihandelsaftale.

Det skriver nyhedsbureauet Reuters.

Handelsaftalen, der kaldes Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), er blevet underskrevet på et virtuelt topmøde i Vietnams hovedstad, Hanoi.

Frihandelsaftalen er ifølge nyhedsbureauet AFP verdens største målt på de 15 nationers samlede bruttonationalprodukt (bnp)...

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Caitlin Johnstone: The modern US war machine kills more like a python than a tiger

RT d. 27/8 - 2020

...“Cutting off China from its trading partners and sources of oil, natural gas and other resources could be the best, and least costly, way for the United States to defeat China in a major war,” Axe explains.

“In wartime, the US and allied fleets could blockade Russian sea trade, putting a choke-hold on the Russian economy that could force Moscow to end the war on terms favorable to Washington and its friends,” he writes.

Unspoken by Axe and Dismukes is the fact that both Russia and China are nuclear-armed nations, so direct hot warfare is something the US power alliance would want to avoid anyway.

Indeed, the articles present a vision for confrontation with Russia and China that is not just realistic but probable, and not just probable but currently underway. This is exactly the reason the empire-like network of allies loosely centralized around the United States has been so forceful about controlling crucial resources like oil on the world stage; it’s not so that the US can use the oil itself, it’s so it can control who will have access to it. It’s also why they’ve been working to surround both China and Russia militarily via military bases and NATO expansionism...

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Forsker i international udvikling: Vi må lytte til Kina, før USA og Storbritannien lokker os med i krig mod Iran.

Politikken d. 9/8 af Niels Hahn

En amerikanskledet krig mod Iran vil blive langt mere omfattende og kompliceret end krigene i Afghanistan, Irak og Syrien. Blandt andet fordi Kina har store interesser i regionen.

...Kina har for eksempel store interesser i Afghanistan, ikke mindst i forbindelse med olie- og gasudvinding, rørledninger, infrastruktur, bekæmpelse af terrorisme og det nye Belt and Road-initiativ, som er verdenshistoriens største infrastrukturprojekt.

Men for at de økonomiske relationer mellem Kina og Afghanistan kan udvikle sig, skal der være stabilitet i Afghanistan. Derfor er den logiske tænkning, at hvis Kina har behov for stabilitet, vil USA føre en ustabilitetspolitik med det formål at holde Kina ude.

Noget lignende gælder for Irak og Syrien. Disse lande er meget vigtige for Kina, og hvis de ikke var blevet destabiliseret af konflikter, ville de økonomiske relationer med Kina sandsynligvis være på et helt andet niveau i dag...

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Mike Pompeo: Danmark har hele tiden været ved vores side

Politiken d. 22/7 - 2020

...»Jeg er kommet her, fordi Danmark er en stærk partner. Det handler ikke kun om at danne fælles front mod Kina, som underminerer og er en trussel mod vores nationale sikkerhed«.

»Vi stoler på, at Danmark vil hjælpe os med den udfordring«, sagde den amerikanske udenrigsminister...

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China warned to prepare for being cut off from US dollar payment system

By Frank Tang in Beijing 24/1 2020

June 24, 2020 "Information Clearing House" - China must prepare for the risks of being cut off from the US dollar payment system in case the United States sanctions Chinese companies and banks, just like Washington did with Russian institutions, a senior Chinese financial regulator said on Monday.

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America vs. China: “A Clash of Civilizations”

Pivot to Peace d. 4/5 - 2020

Hillary Clinton famously said, “’I don’t want my grandchildren to live in a world dominated by the Chinese.”

During his tenure, President Obama launched his “Pivot to Asia,” moving 60% of US naval power to bases surrounding China, developing the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty specifically to economically isolate China, making Air-Sea Battle the official US doctrine explicitly to contain China militarily, and announcing boldly that his aim was to contain China’s economic rise.

Not surprisingly, China reacted with alarm. The Cold War was long over, China’s economic rise was a peaceful one, it had no aggressive intentions towards the US or anyone, and prior to Obama’s “Pivot to Asia,” relations had been stable and tension low, China argued. Such arguments from China, however, were dismissed by US leaders.

In January of 2018, the Trump administration put out a new National Defense Strategy naming China and Russia “revisionist powers” that need to be contained, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, “…great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.” Googling “China” and “existential threat,” now produces well over six million hits...

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Spydspids mod Kina

Det kræver demonstranterne i Hongkong

Demonstrationerne i Hongkong startede som en protest mod en ny udleveringsaftale for kriminelle mellem Hongkong og Kina. Nu er den helt skrottet. Men britisk jurist forstår i princippet godt Kinas ønske om at få udleveret mordere og voldtægtsforbrydere.

Siden marts har den tidligere britiske koloni været ramt af voldsomme demonstrationer, der tilsyneladende fortsætter.

Ifølge den danske afdeling af Amnesty International stiller demonstranterne i Hongkong en række retfærdige krav:

Stop for en udleveringsaftale for kriminelle mellem Hongkong og Kina.
Bystyrets leder, Carrie Lam, skal gå af.
Kina skal respektere aftalen med Storbritannien om at bevare kapitalisme og måden at indrette domstole på indtil 2047.
Der skal laves en uafhængig undersøgelse af politiets brug af magtanvendelse over for demonstranterne.
Anklager mod demonstranter, som er blevet tilbageholdt af myndighederne under protesterne, skal frafaldes.
Sigtelserne mod demonstranter for at have foranstaltet "oprør" og "optøjer" skal droppes.

Mandag meddelte den internationale faglige sammenslutning ITUC, at den støtter hongkongdemonstranternes fremsatte krav.

Herhjemme udtrykte også statsminister Mette Frederiksen sin forståelse.

– I mine øjne er det helt legitimt at kæmpe for grundlæggende rettigheder, sagde hun 29. august ifølge dagbladet JydskeVestkysten...

...Den tidligere chefanklager i Hongkong fra 1997-2009, briten Grenville Cross, mener ellers, at en udleveringsaftale til Kina er helt på sin plads.

– Det må få en ende, at en person kan røve en bank i Beijing, voldtage nogen i Shanghai eller sælge narkotika i Nanjing og derefter flygte til Hongkong uden at blive retsforfulgt, siger han til den amerikanske TV-station CNN.

Glenville Cross er i øvrigt ikke den eneste brite,der har arbejdet eller arbejder, ved domstolene i Hongkong. Der sidder stadig briter i retssystemet som et led i overgangsaftalen frem mod 2047.

Kina har siden 2006 udleveret 248 mistænkte til retssager i Hongkong, tilføjer han. Hongkong har ikke udleveret en eneste.

Kina har i øvrigt udleveringsaftaler med 55 lande, herunder ni lande i EU. For nylig blev 94 mistænkte kriminelle udleveret fra EU-lande til Kina.

Alligevel støtter EU hongkong-demonstranternes modstand mod udleveringsaftalen, bemærker den svenske ugeavis Proletären...

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Medier anklager:

USA finansierer protester i Hongkong

En stor del af de ngo'er og partier, der går forrest i protesterne i Hongkong, har i årevis modtaget millioner af dollars fra den amerikanske fond National Endowment for Democracy, skriver flere kritiske medier.

Arbejderen d. 3/6 2019

Flere medier skriver nu, at USA står bag mange af de protester, som tusinder af unge retter mod myndighederne i Hongkong.

Den amerikanske National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – som USA's udenrigsministerium hvert år støtter med 100 millioner dollars – har givet millioner til græsrodsgrupper og partier i Hongkong siden 1990'erne, afslører det dybdeborende netmagasin MintPress News i USA.

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Bag protesterne

Er USA i gang med farve-revolution i Hongkong?

Selv om præsident Donald Trump afviser, at USA står bag uro i Hongkong, er det en kendsgerning, at der er afholdt mindst otte møder mellem demonstranternes ledere og amerikanske politikere og diplomater.

Arbejderen d. 5/9 - 2019

Den 13. august 2019 tweeter USA's præsident Donald Trump, at han “ikke forstår", hvorfor USA har fået skylden for at stå bag de kaotiske protester i Hongkong.

USA støtter nemlig den almindelige fortælling om, at demonstranterne i Hongkong er "demokratiske" og et udtryk for "unge græsrødders" oprør mod Kinas kolonialistiske overgreb på dem.

Det engelsksprogede dagblad Global Times sår imidlertid tvivl om denne fremstilling.

Med ordet "farverevolution" hentyder avisen til mange af USA's forsøg på at gennemføre regimeskifte i lande som Ukraine, Egypten, Syrien, Libyen og Afghanistan ved blandt andet at støtte udvalgte ngo'er, grupper og partier i landene.

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