China Newslinks 12 June 2019

12 June 2019 — The New Dark Age

Panda Diplomacy Much Better than Mafia Extortion of Collapsing West
https://journal-neo.org/2019/06/12/panda-diplomacy-much-better-than-mafia-extortion-of-collapsing-west-1209/

‘Make Russia Prostrate Again’ Is the Only Thing US Democrats and Republicans Can Agree on
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/06/12/make-russia-prostrate-again-is-the-only-thing-us-democrats-and-republicans-can-agree-on/

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Why Trump Now Wants Talks with Iran By Pepe Escobar

5 June 2019 — Asia Times

If Tehran blocks the Strait of Hormuz it could send the price of oil soaring and cause a global recession

Unlike Deep Purple’s legendary ‘Smoke on the Water’ – “We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline”, the 67th Bilderberg group meetings produced no fire and no smoke at the luxurious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel.

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US Forces Destroy Syrian Oil While Enforcing Sanctions By Steven Sahiounie

6 June 2019 — Global Research

Domestic oil tankers attacked resulting in casualties

The U.S. military attacked three Syrian oil tankers, destroying all and killing four of their drivers.  The tankers were carrying Syrian oil, pumped from Syrian oil wells, and driving on Syrian territory.  The U.S. justified the attack and murders while enforcing the U.S. sanctions against Syria, which prohibit the purchase or importation of any oil.  The oil was pumped from Syrian oil wells under the occupation of the U.S. ally in Syria and then sold to the Syrian government, for the needs of the civilians in the regions under Syrian control.

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China Holds Three Trump Cards In War Against US

28 May 2019 — Oriental News

Amid the escalating economic war between the US and China, discussions have intensified on how Beijing might stand up to the economic power of America, especially given that the global economy is increasingly dependent on the US dollar as the main currency for international trade, and the closing of US markets could do some serious damage to China’s export-oriented companies. China’s main foreign-policy publication, the Global Times, points to three trump cards that Beijing could use to at least level the playing field in its fight with the Trump administration and cause appreciable harm to the US economy, possibly forcing its opponent to temporarily scale back its ambitions.

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The Huawei shock By Nick Beams

23 May 2019 — WSWS

The actions by the Trump administration against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei have sent shock waves through the global economy and the international trading system. The decision by the administration to put sales of US products to Huawei on a “restricted entity list,” backed by Google’s withdrawal of access to crucial components of the Android operating system, mark a new stage in the “trade war” against China.

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Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil

23 May 2019 — Global Research

China’s Tanker ‘PACIFIC BRAVO’ loaded approximately 2 million barrels of Iranian oil

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

On May 5, Donald Trump announced a devastating 25%  tariff on Chinese commodity imports valued at 200 billion dollars.

According to Trump:

“China is cheating the system”.

“Dirty Bureaucrats in Washington have allowed China to take advantage of our great Nation for far too long”.

How has Beijing responded?

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The Politics of Starvation By Dan Lieberman

20 May 2019 — Counter Currents

President Donald Trump’s use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation.

After George W. Bush’s administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush’s aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an adversary without firing a shot. Gone to its extreme, economic warfare has the force of a neutron bomb; it disables the nation’s infrastructure and debilitates its population. Isolation from the international financial system, material embargos, and other sanctions reduce living standards and bring populations close to starvation The most serious aspects of economic warfare are major crimes and a form of terrorism.

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Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU

19 May 2019 — TRNN

Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China (inc. transcript)

The likelihood of a U.S. war with Iran is increasing, despite alternately isolationist and provocative messages coming from Trump administration officials.

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The Lunacy Of Waging A War On Iran From Which China And Russia Will Win

15 May 2019 — Moon of Alabama

The scare mongering about an attack on Iran continues. Bolton must be laughing his ass off how easy he can play the issue based on nothing. He simply counters any debunking of the alleged ‘thread from Iran’ by upping the ante. Yesterday a British general denied that any such threat exists in the area of his responsibility:
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