TikTok – How The White House Helped U.S. Investors To Raid A Chinese Company

2 August 2020 — Moon of Alabama

In 2017 the Chinese company ByteDance bought the Shanghai-based video app Musical.ly in a $1 billion deal and relaunched under the name TikTok. The app allows its users to create and share short videos with special effects.

It was a great success and the app now has more than 80 million active users in the U.S. alone. The Chinese version Douyin is separate and has even more.

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Australia ‘decouples’ from US China policy

29 July 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

“Shared values but independent thinking”:  Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (L) & US State Secretary  Pompeo, Washington, Jul 29, 2020

The Asian chancelleries have a great deal to mull over after the extraordinary joint press conference by the US and Australia following the AUSMIN meeting of their foreign and defence ministers in Washington, DC, on July 28. It is improbable that the Ministry of External Affairs in South Block missed out on the event.

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It’s Pearl River all over again!

29 July 2020 — theplanningmotivedotcom

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Why the US needs to launch a pre-emptive strike

The window for preserving US economic and financial hegemony is closing rapidly, concertinaed by the pandemic. The IMF data released 24th June, which is continuously being revised, gives a 9% reduction in US GDP relative to China this year. In fact, that reduction could be nearer 20%, effectively ending the reign of the US economy as the world’s largest, when measured by $GDP. 

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With US support, Taiwan planted deception about warning World Health Org of Covid

17 July 2020 — The Grayzone

Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen Marco Rubio WHO China

Taiwan’s claim that it provided early warning to the WHO about Covid and “human-to human-transmission” has been exploited by the Trump administration to attack the multi-lateral body and turn up the heat on China. There’s just one problem: it’s totally false.

By Ajit Singh

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US attorney general explains the real reason Washington is hostile to China

19 July 2020 — What’s Left

Stephen Gowans

In a major speech, US Attorney General William Barr dwelled at length on the threat Chinese-owned firms pose to corporate America’s domination of the global economy, but said little about Chinese policy on Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea, the usual reasons Washington cites for its growing anti-Chinese animus. 

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Russia, China keep the ‘dragon in the fog’

9 July 2020 — Indian Punchline

Hong Kong is still active as the spy hub of the East

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

An quasi-alliance rooted in dynamic economic partnership — trade touched $110 bn last year — and intensifying cooperation and coordination in the foreign policy arena takes a big leap forward, as the two countries join hands to strengthen their political systems. Beijing’s interest to highlight it speaks for itself.

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Current Situation in South China Sea and Vietnam’s Policy

8 July 2020 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

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“We see that, with the changing world order, the rivalry between the current centers of power continues to intensify and so does the battle for leadership in the future.  Unfortunately, the threat posed by the novel Coronavirus has not reduced these geopolitical tensions, exacerbating them instead. We would like to reiterate that, from our point of view, the COVID-19 pandemic has become an additional catalyst speeding up these changes…”

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US lobbyists set the Indian narrative on China border

8 July 2020 — Indian Punchline

Special Representatives of India and China on border dispute A.K.Doval (L) and Wang Yi (R) reached a ‘positive consensus’ over de-escalation and disengagement in Eastern Ladakh, July 5, 2020

M.K. Bhadrakumar

The civilian-military relationship is a complex matrix. In ‘wartime’, this is more so when civilian leaders who never held a killer’s weapon in their palms are called upon to take decisions on the passage of arms. Of  course, there are strong-willed leaders who force their will. Bismarck was one such leader — Stalin another — who lacked real military service.

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The US is alone in its ‘trade war’ on China

1 July 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

Salman Rafi Sheikh

With everyday passing, it is becoming clear that the US-China trade deal will eventually unravel, paving the way for a long-term standoff, even if not a full-fledged ‘cold war’, between the two super powers. As recent remarks made by the US National Security Advisor (NSA), Robert O’Brien, showed, the US is planning ‘more steps’ to ‘correct’ its relations with China. The series of steps, to quote him, “are just the start as America corrects 40 years of a one-sided, unfair relationship with China that has severely affected our nation’s economic and, recently, political well-being. Just like the tariffs that were imposed by the President on unfair trade practices early in his Administration, there is more to come.”