China blocks US bases in Central Asia

14 May 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

1300-km long Tajik-Afghan border runs through difficult and dangerous terrain and is a major drug crossing area (File photo)

Ten months after the first meeting of the foreign ministers of China and the five Central Asian states, Beijing has followed through with a second session on May 11 at a gathering in Xi’an, China, hosted by Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The venue is symbolic. The ancient city of Xi’an used to be the ‘terminus a quo’ of the Silk Road. And, perhaps, the timing too, as this is also the 25th anniversary of the ‘Shanghai Five’ process, where China, quietly but steadily, began building up its economic, military, and diplomatic relations with Central Asia and presented itself as viable partner.

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Geopolitical Projection: US Claims China is an “Aggressor”

14 May 2021 — Land Destroyer

(Brian Berletic – NEO) – US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has, in a 60 Minutes interview, accused China of acting “repressively at home and more aggressively abroad,” emphasizing it as a “fact.”

He repeated unfounded claims that “1 million” Uyghurs are being interned in facilities in China’s western region of Xinjiang and referred to it as “genocide.”

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Did China Stage the Videos of People Collapsing in Wuhan?

26 April 2021 — Swiss Policy Research

“Coronavirus has people keeling over in streets” (TomoNews US, February 3, 2020)

Already in mid-March 2020, at a time when many people were still buying toilet paper, SPR argued that the coronavirus situation appeared to show aspects of a possibly real pandemic, a mass psychosis, and a psychological (i.e. propaganda) operation (the “three P’s”).

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Tanks and Think Tanks: How Taiwanese Cash is Funding the Push to War with China

22 April 2021 — Mint Press News 

In this Friday, April 13, 2018, file photo released by Military News Agency, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, second from left, inspects on a Kidd-class destroyer during a navy exercise off the northeastern port of Su’ao in Yilan County, Taiwan. Tsai boarded a navy destroyer to review military drills ahead of planned war games by rival China. (Military News Agency via AP, File)

Manufacturing Consent

Twenty years ago, a group of neoconservative think tanks used their power to push for disastrous wars in the Middle East. Now, a new set of think tanks staffed with many of the same experts and funded by Taiwanese money is working hard to convince Americans that there is a new existential threat: China.

by Alan Macleod

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China: Battles Lost, Wars Won: An Environmentalist’s Story

16 April, 2021 — Sixth Tone

After Friends of Nature director-general Zhang Boju saw his activism fail, he went another route.

Li You

This story is part of Sixth Tone’s five-year anniversary project Changemakers.

The future of China’s environment depends to no small degree on a windowless meeting room at the center of a tiny 21st-floor office in the country’s capital. Its walls lined with all manner of brainstorming notes, this is where nongovernmental organization Friends of Nature contemplates the next steps for its dozens of lawsuits.

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US’ China policy at inflection point

18 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

China-France-Germany climate summit, Beijing, April 16, 2021

Considering the US media build-up as President Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry set out for China, the 4-day visit turned out to be an uneventful affair. Perhaps, the chances of President Xi Jinping participating in the signature event in Washington — the Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23 hosted by US President Joe Biden — may have somewhat improved.

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Biden’s Russia-China Tactic Is To Wage War AND To Ask For Cooperation

17 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

It Will Fail

The policies of the Biden administration towards Russia and China are delusional. It thinks that it can squeeze these countries but still successfully ask them for cooperation. It believes that the U.S. position is stronger than it really is and that China and Russia are much weaker than they are.

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China and climate change: an exchange

13 April 2021 — MRZine

American, Chinese scientists identify new chemical pathway of air pollution in China

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In the Notes from the Editors to the March 2021 issue of Monthly Review, the MR editors questioned some of the arguments in Richard Smith’s book, China’s Engine of Environmental Collapse, as well as replied to Simon Pirani’s related criticisms (writing under his pseudonym of Gabriel Levy) of MR editor John Bellamy Foster on China and the environment. Both Smith and Pirani have written replies to our March editorial, which we are publishing here, along with our own rejoinder.

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US: Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean

10 April 10, 2021 — Indian Punchline

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones prepares to pull alongside aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (File photo)

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a “rare falling out between the two partners in the Quad grouping.” An anti-China analyst tweeted that it’s just a “botched PR exercise” on the part of Americans.

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