WORLDVIEW: Pelosi and Trump join hands on China

Nancy Pelosi attack Huawei’

 
954Views 6Comments Posted 18/02/2020

By Jonathan Power

In Munich this past weekend at the Security Conference the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, nailed her anti-Chinese colors to the mast. Despite being a liberal on many issues and the leader of the fight to impeach President Donald Trump, she has joined forces with Trump in preaching that the West must not allowed itself to be penetrated by Huawei’s 5G phone technology, (which is cheaper than any Western counterpart).

 But she appeared to have no response to a former Chinese ambassador to the UK who asked what was wrong with Huawei seeking Western markets when Microsoft, Google, and Facebook were such big players in China. The Chinese government didn’t feel its security was threatened by them. He could also have added that if they do anything that the Chinese government doesn’t like China is always able to deal with it- it has blocked out on Facebook texts critical of the government and the voices of Chinese dissidents. Likewise, the US could take countermeasures with a Huawei system if necessary.

 Why this obsession with China’s supposed malevolence in trade matters- which Trump’s two Democratic Party predecessors also had and Democrat Nancy Pelosi has today? Credit Suisse reports that the tally of quotas and other non-tariff barriers against foreign goods shows that China has one-third of America’s.

 The leadership from the top over the last three American presidencies has steadily pushed US public opinion from being friendly towards China in the direction of hostility.  Intellectual property theft is a widely used reason for giving China a hard time. Yet in a recent survey made by the US-China Business Council, intellectual property protection ranked sixth on a list of pressing concerns among American companies that trade with China. In 2014 China created its first specialized court to handle intellectual property cases. In 2015 plaintiffs brought before the court 63 cases. The court ruled for the foreign firms in all 63. China itself is clearly against the theft of business secrets.

 How many people outside China are aware of the responsible way China acts internationally? Take the UN for example. According to the respected journalist Fareed Zakaria, writing in this month’s Foreign Affairs, “Beijing is now the second-largest funder of the UN and UN peacekeepers. It has deployed 2,500 peacekeepers, more than all the other permanent members of the Security Council combined. Between 2000 and 2008 it supported 182 of 190 Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on nations deemed to have violated international rules or norms”.

 This is a very different China than the one projected by many Western politicians and journalists. Usually, China is reported as being an impediment at the Security Council, using its veto fast and furiously.

Non-intervention
 China has not gone to war since 1979. It has not used lethal military force abroad since 1988. Nor has it funded proxies or armed insurgents anywhere in the world since the early 1980s. Believe it or not but it’s true that with this record of non-intervention China is unique among the world’s great powers.

 China has had no permanent military presence outside China until recently when it finished building its first overseas base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa to protect the shipping of its oil through the unstable political waters of the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. (It’s China that takes the largest portion of Gulf oil.) The US has 84 bases and military presence around the world. China is angry when there is yet another incident of US spy planes flying through Chinese airspace or very close to it. China does not fly through US airspace. Its flights are on the other side of the world.

 When it comes to the issue of its military expansion into the islands and atolls of the South and East China Seas China makes the point that this was historically in its area of influence and that even today the US falls back on the Monroe Doctrine, which deems Latin America to be off-limits to the great powers of Europe.

 All this is rather different from the days of Mao Zedong. He was reported as saying, apropos of nuclear war, “If the worst came to the worse and half of mankind died the other half would remain while imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist.” Mao said that although the West had “nuclear teeth” it was in fact “a paper tiger”. This kind of rhetoric has long gone. Indeed, on most issues, China is a paid-up member of those who want to settle disputes calmly and sanely.

 We should have learned from the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West the consequences of painting a big power black. There were the evils of the McCarthy witch-hunt of American dissidents, which ruined many professional lives. There was the bloody and counterproductive Vietnam War and countless other military interventions that nearly all ended in failure, at the cost of the deaths of hundreds of thousands, mostly innocent, people. Between 1947 and the end of the Cold War the US attempted regime change around the world 72 times. There was the frightening development of large arsenals of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, which were nearly launched on more than a handful of occasions.

 The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asserted that the US and its allies must keep China in “its proper place”.  This wasn’t the kind of rhetoric of Richard Nixon with his opening to China half a century ago. Nor was it that of Jimmy Carter who gave full recognition to China. The clock needs to be wound back.

 The US needs to negotiate with China in better faith than it has in recent years. And stop the slagging off.

 



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George Klk

Panama | Accuracies and inaccuracies of commentary explained for critics. Yes, its true that I did not give a more precise historical view of the facts. It was intended to be general without specific historical dates and actual events. I will try to be more accurate and specific but it was general statements not trying to explain every detail. The U.S. was in a position to provide the foreign allies at war with Germany the supplies needed such as military vehicles, I am not sure what kind of weaponry but I do know that the U.S. absolutely came out with new technologies. Such as, microwave ovens that first began with the development of radar to detect war planes. Almost every kind of invention was improved after the war in areas like communications. Computers became part of the picture with smaller electronic components like microchips and basically... if the foreign nations are afraid of losing their gold to Germany in the event they lost the war and had the United States hold it for them well... What does the United States do with...ALL...that...GOLD? The United States has the...GOLD...will tend to...(keep it). The U.S. now has to use a diplomatic strategy...what that is I do not know but the U.S. does have the...GOLD!!! The U.S. supplies to foreign allies and now...GOLD...and...ALL that technology. How did the U.S. come up with the investment for...ALL...that technology!!! When the foreign allies wanted their...GOLD...back, the U.S. might have said... We used it to help you...WIN THE WAR WITH ALL THAT NEW TECHNOLOGY. Anyways...it goes like this, you want supplies it cost money...GOLD!!! All of it? I don't know. Former president Richard Nixon could provide that answer...Google. The U.S. advanced and China was there to produce wonderful products - $$$ for the U.S. market. The U.S. products (inventions) for China was good...China copied and stole U.S. inventions... remember...ALL...that gold that went into it, now China has the U.S. generous manufacturing plant in China with...ALL...that U.S. Intellectual Property (FOREIGN GOLD INVESTMENT). I AM JUST LOGICALLY PUTTING THE LITTLE FACTS TOGETHER. Most of the time, the facts help explain the current situations of global affairs. There is always that errant bit of facts that throws it off a little but generally it all fits together. The rest...you get the idea, unless of course you want me to continue with some really detailed numerous bit of facts covering the entire comment. Believe it or not, this talk about U.S. imperialism goes back to the early wars of the 1900's. Britain needed allies to win a war against the Turk's Ottoman Empire. We can easily call this Turk's Global Imperialism! But no, it is U.S.A. Global Imperialism! Now, it is about comparison unless of course, I gave a lesson on Turkey's history. This is why, I generalize some points, but the points are a little bit broad and needed more information or lots of information. For the most part...the current information provided should be sufficiently accurate. What does China do with...ALL...that information? Hey, Russia, let's form our own global coalition against the United States!!! They're stupid enough to give us...ALL...their technology. We will have those U.S.A. corporate executives eating out of our hands!!! Russia between you and I (China) we can dominate global affairs in 20 years...(our life time)! Let the world fight their wars and we will control their economies and political offices. <> The United States never saw it coming...Why? Well...the U.S. says...we don't like what you're doing, so here's a sanction, that will teach you! The U.S. starts to say to Russia...hey, let's bygone be bygone. Let's say we make friends. How about a reset button...(Hillary Clinton)…and we can be great...pals! Mean while, Russia breaks the nuclear agreement and produces more advance nuclear weapons. Russia of course blames the U.S. for breaking the nuclear agreement. Jonathan Power on U.S. Imperialism? It takes more than some diplomatic differences based on political leaders character, paranoia, blaming and...reset button by a female politician with a... Russian no nonsense leader! I am not really well versed on the subject of Global Imperialism, but I do know the United States gets shafted as some global ambitious nation attempting to rule the world as a dictator which is contrary to the U.S. government Constitution! Paragraphs...come what may?

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KE

This article is so full of erroneous information, so one-sidedly slanted, that one has to wonder if this is mere ignorance or intentional propaganda. Don’t believe this, or at least research the claims - few are accurate.

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Cicero3

George: You'd have better readership if you'd write in bite-sized paragraphs, leaving a space between them. Jonathan Powers puts the purported military threat from China in context.

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George Klk

Panama | U.S. Imperialism: Underlying historical facts. The U.S. had new technologies that resulted from the early world wars. The U.S. did not enter the wars of foreign nations, mainly supported allies with supplies. The U.S. fought back against the dictator Adolf Hitler and formed a peace keeping organization. The U.S. and opposing allies began to form, establishing the power principles of rights. The U.S. technologies was guarded jealously but spy networks formed and it leaked. The U.S. and opposing foreign nations began gather intelligence information. THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS THE BASIC PREMISE FOR THE WORLD NATION'S...[IMPERIALISM]. World advanced technologies increased and the world befriended the United States... FREE ADVANCED SHARING OF U.S. TECHNOLOGIES AND FREE ACCESS TO U.S. MARKETS!!! The U.S. had an...[EXTRAORDINARY HONORABLE INVITATION TO DO BUSINESS WITH CHINA]! China took advantage of the United States begging desperation to do business and China demanded no tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. China demanded...ALL...INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS...as a condition to do business in China. The United States finally became aware of China's agenda for...WORLD MARKET DOMINANCE!!! WORLD MARKET DOMINANCE using an incremental knowledge base of an information bank. The U.S. [MICROCHIPS] exploded for the Chinese covert agenda and manifested to...Huawei!!! Sure...China plays nice guy as 'peace keepers' and so on but...that is mainly an ethical principle! The U.S. forced responsibility with world affairs is due to its...HIGH TECH AND MANUFACTURING! The U.S. exception to the rule is currently with China' and its low wage manufacturing and quality. China advanced U.S. technology allowed its...ALLIANCE WITH RUSSIA as a FUTURE GLOBAL POWER! China and Russia became an...IMMEDIATE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES! The U.S. suffered from generous appeasements and blow back to its own technologies. The U.S.A. IMPERIALISM is not the U.S. random jungle warfare but who gets... China and Russian warfare technologies of mass killing weapons!!! PANAMA...Where does Panama fit it into this [global power affair]? PANAMA...Does not need a standing high tech militarized standing army. PANAMA...Does not have the militarized high tech scientists for clandestine operations. PANAMA...Does have an unusual and extraordinary relationship with...China!!! PANAMA...Government has an unusual and extraordinary [MAJOR CHINA BANK] in Panama!!! PANAMA...Government has an unusual and extraordinary non-transparent agreements with China! PANAMA...Favors an unusual and extraordinary relationship with China...China can do no wrong!!! Venezuela Nicolas Maduro enjoys the benefits of unusual and extraordinary power from China and Russia at the expense of mass starvation and exodus of million of Venezuelans!!! Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has [KILLED] 9,000 protesters in his rise to power...(a bus driver). PANAMA has an unusual relationship with...Venezuela dictator: Nicolas Maduro! PANAMA appears to want to grant NICOLAS MADURO WORLD LEGITIMACY...DICTATORSHIP! Conclusion: Jonathan Power has not elaborated on U.S. Imperialism from a true historical perspective to expound on the basic facts. These basic facts affects not just a few nations but a global high tech militarized power house for warfare and nuclear arms weaponry for political global leverage. (Unable to paragraph, only possible with Facebook). Author: George Klk.

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Stick

This article is a mis-representation of the relationship between Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. To stop China from it's quest to take over the area of cell phone technology, is a non-partisan issue. There is no Republican, nor Democrat when it comes to one country cornering the market.

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Stick

This article is a mis-representation of the relationship between Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. To stop China from it's quest to take over the area of cell phone technology, is a non-partisan issue. There is no Republican, nor Democrat when it comes to one country cornering the market.

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