Indo-Pacific power dynamic in radical shift

Thursday, 27 May 2022 — Indian Punchline

A Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber takes off during a 13-hour joint air patrol with China in Asia-Pacific region, at an unidentified location (image released by Russian MOD on May 24, 2022)

The joint air patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on Monday by an air task force composed of Russian Tu-95MS capable of carrying nuclear weapons and Chinese H-6K strategic bombers couldn’t have been a knee-jerk reaction to US President Joe Biden’s Asia tour, leave alone his provocative remarks conjuring up an apocalyptic US-China war over Taiwan.

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CSTO won’t be drawn into Ukraine war

Sunday, 22 May 2022 — Indian Punchline


The leaders of the member states of Collective Security Treaty Organisation met in the Kremlin, Moscow, May 16, 2022

There should be no surprise that the summit meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) hosted by Russia at the Kremlin on May 16 fell short of articulating against the “collective West” over the Ukraine conflict. The same pattern as in the 2008 Russo-Georgian war is repeating. Russia is not dictating policies and is going along with the consensus opinion. The contrast with the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation couldn’t be sharper.

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How China’s 1942 Yan’an Forum Inspired the Culture of National Liberation in the Third World

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 — The Tricontinental

Contact: Tings Chak

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research releases a new dossier on the legacy of the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art eight decades later.

On 2 May 1942, hundreds of China’s top writers, artists, and communist leaders gathered to discuss the most urgent cultural questions of the time. Dossier no. 52, Go to Yan’an! Culture and National Liberation, explores the history and enduring legacy of the three-week forum as well as the text that Mao Zedong published the following year summarising the fruit that it bore, entitled Talks at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art. Why did tens of thousands of artists and writers make the long journey to the remote city of Yan’an, what were the intellectual debates of the time, and how did the cultural developments help bring the Chinese people and nation to revolution?

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Indo-Pacific strategy adrift in an illusion

Friday, 13 May 2022 — Indian Punchline


US President Joe Biden and leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a special summit, Washington, May 12, 2022

The Chinese daily Global Times featured a political cartoon marking the US-ASEAN summit meeting in Washington on May 12-13. It showed the US President Joe Biden seeking help from a bus load of ASEAN officials to give a push to his battle tank hopelessly stuck on slush and mud and is sinking.

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The Little-Known International Charter At The Center of Ukraine War and China’s Future Defense

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 —  Internationalist 360°

Jacqueline Luqman

The U.S. talks about “rule based order” because international law is not on its side. The 1999 OSCE Charter explains why the Biden administration would rather make up a new phrase out of whole cloth than live up to agreements it signed.

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India’s dilemma over West vs. Russia

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 — Indian Punchline

The information war over alleged killings in the town of Bucha near Kyiv underscores the high stakes in smearing the Russian operation in Ukraine. Pentagon has distanced itself saying it has no independent  information.

There is a notion among some mainstream Indian strategic analysts, including some who held top positions in the security establishment in past regimes that what is unfolding in Ukraine is quintessentially “a war between Europeans over the European security order.”

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Watch: Michael Hudson and Patrick Bond: Is China Socialist or State Capitalist? + Is China’s Trade Predatory or for Mutual Benefit?

Wednesday, 29 March 2022 — Dandelion Salad

China IndustryImage by AK Rockefeller via Flickr

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
theAnalysis-news on Mar 14, 2022

Will China resist financialization and lead the way on climate policy, or is it a form of capitalism that will not reduce inequalities much further and isn’t serious about phasing out fossil fuel? Michael Hudson and Patrick Bond in a discussion about what we can expect from the CCP.

Note: this was recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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China’s diplomacy on a roll in Kabul

Tuesday, 20 March 2022 — Indian Punchline

China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) with Acting Prime Minister of Interim Government Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, March 24, 2022

Last Thursday, the Acting Foreign Minister of the Taliban interim government Amir Khan Muttaqi made a stunning remark to greet the visiting Chinese Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Kabul when he said, “This is the most important high-level delegation received by Afghanistan.” It spoke volumes about the quiet success of Beijing’s diplomacy to turn the tables in the Hindu Kush.

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Say hello to Russian gold and Chinese petroyuan

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 — TheAltWorld

The Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union and China just agreed to design the mechanism for an independent financial and monetary system that would bypass dollar transactions.

It was a long time coming, but finally some key lineaments of the multipolar world’s new foundations are being revealed.

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China’s signposts post-Ukraine

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 — Indian Punchline

China’s Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave a press conference for the Fifth session of China’s 13th National People’s Congress on foreign policy issues, Beijing, August 7, 2022

Traditionally, the Chinese foreign minister holds press conferences on the margins of the sessions of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The press conference by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday marking the fifth session of the 13th NPC had added significance due to the confrontation between the US and Russia, an epochal event.

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Watch: US-funded Uyghur “Right Org” Hires Advocate FOR Genocide in Xinjiang

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 — TheAltWorld

The US accuses China of “genocide” in its western Xinjiang region. However, China had been reacting to US-sponsored separatism including a years-long campaign of deadly terrorism and militancy.

So-called “human rights” groups funded by the US government are in fact separatist organizations sponsored by Washington hiding behind the smokescreen of human rights advocacy.

One, Campaign for Uyghurs, includes members who have openly called for separatism as well as ethnic cleansing against non-Uyghurs.
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China pushes back against the US in the Pacific

Monday, 7 March 2022 — TheAltWorld

Beijing has warned the US against creating an Indo-Pacific version of NATO and supporting Taiwan

While China has made it clear that there is no direct correlation between Ukraine and Taiwan, noting that Taiwan is an integral part of China, its silence on Russia’s use of force should give pause to those who may doubt Beijing’s willingness to resort to similar action when it comes to defending its own territorial claims.

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Forcing the choice: Which side of history are you on?

Sunday, 6 March 2022 — TheAltWorld

Russia and China are making a show of power to force a withdrawal in the boundaries of US hegemony.

It has become increasingly obvious that the West has had no diplomatic strategy to deal with the Ukraine crisis beyond cranking-up Psyops into a hysteria. Western leaders did not appreciate early enough the wider geostrategic inflection point brought about by the Putin-Xi Beijing Declaration, or the determination with which it would be implemented. Rather, Europe followed the usual reflexive Merkelism (named after the former German Chancellor) of avoiding making any hard decisions; papering-over strategic schisms with a dash of cash; adding plenty of fudge, and then a kick of the can down the road.

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Washington bears ‘special responsibility’ for Russia-Ukraine situation

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 — Global Times

Global Times editorial
Illustration: Liu Rui/GT
Illustration: Liu Rui/GT

The military conflict between Ukraine and Russia will enter its sixth day on March 1.

The war has created new divisions and confrontations on a global scale. It also makes the situation of the battlefield, the European and even the global situation more complicated and uncertain. But we must note that under current circumstances, the door for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian issue is not completely closed.

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The U.S. is preparing war with China and Russia at the same time

Monday, 28 February 2022 — MROnline

| Russian Tanks | MR Online

This was originally written for a Chinese audience and adapted and published in Guancha. —Eds.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics on 21 February means that tensions in Eastern Ukraine are likely to continue to rise, which is exactly what U.S. foreign policy wants to promote. Three days ago, Foreign Policy published an article on its website titled “Washington Must Prepare for War with Both Russia and China.” According to the article:
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Watch: How You Can Debunk Atlantic Council’s Anti-China “Uyghur Genocide” Lies in 5 Minutes

Monday, 21 February 2022 — The New Atlas

(The New Atlas) – The Atlantic Council has released a report claimed across the Western media to provide additional evidence of “genocide” in China’s western region of Xinjiang. However, in less than 5 minutes of research it is possible to expose the report as propaganda built on existing, baseless claims coupled to known information about the World Bank and other institutions funding activities inside China.
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India, China in Europe’s crisis

Monday, 21 February 2022 — Indian Punchline

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the Munich Security Conference via video link, Feb 19, 2022.

The remarks by China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday constitute the first full statement on Beijing’s stance regarding Russia’s current tensions with the West and its sub-plot surrounding Ukraine.

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The Maoist ‘Exceptionalism’ at the Heart of China’s COVID Strategy

Sunday, 20 February 2022 —MROnline

| China Covid | MR Online

by Daniel Alan Bey

Arguably the best known contemporary proponent of Chinese exceptionalism in the English-language is Martin Jacques, best known for his 2009 bestseller When China Rules the World, a tour-de-force in the repackaging of orientalist tropes for the 21st-century. By framing China as a historically and culturally unique “civilisational-state,” Jacques has spent the past decade or so reinforcing the idea that China is so radically different from most other entities in world history that the only possible way to possibly understand it is through an unabashed cultural relativism. This has lead him to conclude that China’s ability to successfully stamp out successive outbreaks of COVID-19 has been due to its cultural superiority, more specifically its Confucian traditions.

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