Welcome to the 2020s.
We’re off to an early start. Cold War 2 is now officially underway.
The United States is shit stirring in Hong Kong and Xinjiang while Congress is squaring up against China. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accusing the United States of racism. Macron doesn’t want the European Union to become the junior partner of the United States in Cold War 2. This doesn’t bode well for a renewed era of global superpower conflict!
“The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s persecution of its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on Chinese officials and export bans.
Passing in a 407 to 1 vote, the House version of the bill amends an earlier Senate bill to place restrictions on the export of devices that could be used for surveillance of the Muslim Uighur group or restrict their communications.
It calls on President Trump to condemn the abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, according to Reuters. …”
“When did Cold War II begin? Future historians will say it was in 2019. …
Yet it was not until 2019 that the Trump administration’s confrontational approach to China was effectively embraced by members of the policy elite on both sides of the partisan divide. With remarkable speed, Mr. Trump’s hostility went from foreign policy idiosyncrasy to conventional wisdom. Even Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, began calling for a tougher line toward Beijing. …”
“Of all the angry responses to President Trump’s decision to sign bills supporting the Hong Kong protest movement, the oddest one of all is an online campaign to label America as racist.
It’s coming straight from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the form of Lijian Zhao’s Twitter feed. Zhao is the deputy director general at the ministry’s Information Department, so this is obviously an officially sanctioned move by Beijing.
Early Thanksgiving morning, Zhao launched into a six-part tweet thread listing accusations and data about racial disparities in the U.S., with a shot at President Trump for added measure. …”
“President Donald Trump seems to think a new cold war is at hand. His national-security strategy statement identifies China as an adversary bent on dismantling a U.S.-centered global order and forging a new one in its own favor. This point of view is catching on outside the administration, too. Earlier this year, the Committee on the Present Danger relaunched once again. First organized in the late 1940s to push for a massive military buildup and revived in the 1970s to promote a more confrontational approach toward the Soviet Union, the group now seeks to mobilize Americans for an existential struggle against China. …
The Chinese today are not seeking to destroy Americans’ way of life, as the Soviets were said to be doing in the 1940s. Indeed, the Chinese accept fundamental aspects of our capitalist marketplace, and they have similar interests in halting climate change, fighting terrorists, and combatting pandemics. China should be regarded as a serious rival as well as a crucial partner. But despite recent tensions, the rivalry is entirely less dangerous than the one with the U.S.S.R. after World War II—and the potential partnership so much more important to the welfare of both nations and to the global commons. …”
Recent actions by Russia:— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) December 3, 2019
?Interfered in U.S. elections
?Major upgrades to nuclear arsenal
?Invaded Ukraine and Georgia
?Aggressively invested in the Middle East
?Development of new weapons
?Violated INF treaty
We can’t allow Russia to continue down this dangerous path. pic.twitter.com/BBpRQz3A80
Mitt Romney wants to restart the Cold War with Russia too.
“SEN. MITT ROMNEY: I would suggest the goal of having a collaborative co-existence with Russia is not something they are pursuing, and they have a very different intent.
We need to be clear-eyed about Russia’s intentions. Russia has no intention of halting its malign activity—activity that is not conducive to a peaceful world. We must develop a comprehensive strategy, instead of just ad hoc sanctions, that diverts Russia from its current path.
We need to have a very dramatic strategy. Go back to the George Kennen strategy in the days of the Cold War. I’m not suggesting we go back to the Cold War, but I am suggesting we develop a comprehensive strategy that diverts them from the course they are on. …”
Diversity is a weakness.
It is revealing that the United States is already trying to exploit China’s divisions in Xinjiang and Hong Kong while China has responded by trying to exploit America’s racial divisions like the Soviets. Isn’t it interesting how both sides know which button to push?
China has a lot more to work with on that front than the United States thanks to the past 70 years of liberalism. The American cultural elite which is widely loathed by much of the population has spent the last two generations undermining and destroying every pillar of national cohesion and making this country dependent on China in all kinds of ways especially in financing our government. There are 1.45 billion Chinese compared to 325 million Americans. 91% of Chinese belong to a single ethnic group while barely half of Americans are White.
Who do you think will win this conflict? Cold War 2 will end when liberalism collapses in the West like communism fell before it in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc.