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It is getting ugly, extremely ugly.

It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war.

But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed.

The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on Earth. His name is Peter Navarro.

Not that the president is ‘innocent’. Under him, the White House has become a haven of bigotry, of anti-Chinese racist sentiments. Here, not only China, but also Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia are hated. It was already converted into the global headquarters of the combat against the much more logical and humane, socialist, systems.

Red warning lights are blinking. All indicators are pointing downwards; economic ones, social ones, as well as medical. More disastrous is domestic policy of the Empire, more aggressively it behaves towards the world. U.S. warships are repeatedly being deployed, near Taiwan and the South China Sea. They are right near the territorial waters of Iran and Venezuela.

And the insults, terrible insults, are flying.

Trump and Navarro are abusing China publicly, with no shame. There is no diplomacy, and no restrains. Nation which just a few months ago stood alone, facing an unknown enemy, battling and at great cost but rapidly defeated the pandemic, all over its vast territory, is now smeared day after day.

All this is being done shamelessly and arrogantly.

The world is watching. Part of it in disbelief and outrage, and the other part lethargically and submissively, as always.

On April 19, 2020, the New York Post reported:

“White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday called on China to prove that a Wuhan laboratory played no role in the coronavirus pandemic — and accused the nation of hoarding personal protective equipment and profiting off the outbreak.

Navarro took aim at China on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” accusing the country of taking several actions that worsened the ongoing crisis and “led to the deaths of many people worldwide.”

“First of all, the virus was spawned in China. Second of all, they hid the virus behind the shield of the World Health Organization. The third thing they did was basically hoard personal protective equipment and now they’re profiteering from it,” Navarro said.

U.S. President Trump, perhaps taking Navarro’s advice, has already cut all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), something until recently unimaginable, considering that the Planet is in the middle of a war with the virus, and the WHO is at the frontline of it. But the WHO is being accused of “colluding with Communist China”, which this administration increasingly sees as its greatest enemy.

One day later, on 20th April, 2020, Reuters carried a report about Peter Navarro’s accusation of China for withholding data on COVID-19:

“One of the reasons that they may not have let us in and given us the data on this virus early, is they’re racing to get a vaccine and they think this is just a competitive business race, it’s a business proposition so that they can sell the vaccines to the world,” Navarro told Fox Business Network.”

“But we’re going to beat them. We’re going to beat them because of President Trump’s leadership. We’re going to beat them because HHS has already got a five-company horse race,” said Navarro, referring to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The attacks against China are bordering on hysteria. Trump and his advisors appear to be thoroughly desperate.

And this extreme desperation, this fear of losing a grip on power, all over the world, is extremely dangerous for the survival of humanity.

China, but also Russia, have been extremely patient. They use diplomacy, instead of threats and insults. They are observing the behavior of the U.S. leaders with certain amusement, as if it was the behavior of a spoiled child who is throwing a tantrum. But their patience has boundaries. Once the U.S. attitude begins harming the lives of Chinese or Russian citizens, two big and independent countries will be forced to act. And the U.S. is pushing, as if, paradoxically, the confrontation was the only chance for its survival.

It is pushing, provoking, on all fronts: from the South China Sea and Taiwan to Hong Kong, from Venezuela to Iran, from insulting China and Russia, to a bizarre battle already being fought on the COVID-19 front.

One scratch, one tiny error in the Iranian territorial waters, or in the South China Sea, and the fragile peace may go up in flames. Nerves are stretched.

The world had been tolerating, uneasily but tolerating, the aggressive behavior of Washington, for years and decades. But now, with the COVID-19 confusion, and with the imminent global economic and financial collapse, almost all countries are extremely edgy. This is not the same world as we knew it to be just a year ago. Trump, Navarro and the others in their ‘camp’ should pay close attention, if they want to avoid a global tragedy.

Unfortunately, they do not seem to be trying to avoid a conflict. They are trying to provoke one, by all means!

 

This has to be repeated, again and again: You cannot call China, a country which was first attacked by the coronavirus, and which defeated it, alone and with great determination and sacrifice, “a country which infected the world”, or “a country which is profiteering from the crisis”. That would be insane, incorrect, and thoroughly vulgar.

If anything, China has helped almost the entire world to fight this pandemic. It also quickly shared expertise, and helped those nations which have been hit the most, with both advice and invaluable medical equipment.

Statements such as those of the White House trade adviser Peter Navarro calling on China to prove that a Wuhan laboratory played no role in the coronavirus pandemic, are extremely irresponsible and dangerous, and could easily lead to dire consequences.

ORDER IT NOW

Many experts worldwide, actually believe that it was the U.S. that brought the virus to China. Earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted one of the theories, which says that it was the US military that brought the new coronavirus to the central city of Wuhan.

But in the end, the Chinese officials decided not to point fingers in the direction of Washington, at least for now, as these are extremely explosive topics and exceptionally volatile times.

The United States, however, has misread these wise and conciliatory moves of the Chinese government and the Communist Party, as weakness. It has turned the tables around, and began the lowest imaginable set of ideological attacks, obviously convinced of its invincibility.

Eventually, Washington crossed all the lines. And now it has become almost certain that its propaganda salvos will not go unanswered.

 

The attacks against China are unjust and racist.

They smell of cultural supremacy and of a superiority complex.

The Western world in general, and the United States in particular, have brought death and destruction to hundreds of millions of human beings, all over the world. Washington has no moral mandate to lecture any country on our planet, particularly not China, which has no history of imperialism or harming humanity.

“Hiding facts”, or using chemical and biological warfare is something that is in line with Washington and its ‘foreign policy’. China has no chronicle of such behavior.

One should just recall Indochina, Iraq, Cuba and many other places, to see what Washington is capable of.

Both Trump and Navarro are thoroughly ignorant about China. Navarro’s lack of knowledge about the country he keeps smearing and provoking, has been exposed even by countless members of the (otherwise obedient) U.S. academia.

For both Trump and Navarro, China is the most convenient political and economic punch bag. It is governed by the Communist Party, it is greatly successful, both economically and socially. And it owes its success to the enthusiasm and hard work of its people, not to colonialism or imperialism, not to the plundering of other nations. Therefore, it is offering a totally new alternative model to our planet. And alternatives are not allowed, by Washington, London and Paris.

In summary: to the neocons and Western supremacists, China is the greatest nightmare. It clearly shows that different world is possible.

 

The old fundamentalist ideological theology of the West reads: “If you cannot compete with it, smear it; destroy it!”

By now, it is all way beyond even pretending there is something like fairness and ‘objectivity’. How Washington behaves, has nothing to do with the concern for our world, and for the people inhabiting it.

It is all raw, brutal and bad-mannered. It is all about dominance; about not losing that dominance.

Trump, Bolton, Pompeo, Navarro, Bannon… many others. They are present-day crusaders. Fighters for the white race, and the Western “culture” of expansionism. Their deeds are not often defined in this manner. But there is hardly any more honest way to describe what are these individuals trying to achieve.

 

And the present pandemic? What is happening around us is predominantly not about saving lives. The fight against COVID-19 has become an ideological war, a murky economic war, not a war for the survival of millions of human beings.

Again, and again, China, Russia as well as Cuba have clearly demonstrated where they stand. Their airplanes brought hope and desperately needed help. Grateful Italians sung the Chinese national anthem. Many in the U.S. began paying attention to Russian humanitarian airlifts. Cuba sent its legendary medical brigades to some of the hardest hit areas of the world.

The response from the West? Ungrateful, repulsive cynicism. Even some Italian reporters opted for writing sarcastic pieces questioning the Russian and Chinese altruism.

U.S. politicians were quick to begin disputing the fact that Russian aid to New York was fully free, or at least half free, in some cases.

While Trump was snatching the deliveries of Chinese medical equipment bound for Germany and other countries, from transit airports in Thailand and elsewhere; while he was trying to literally bribe a German pharmaceutical company, so it would produce COVID-19 vaccine exclusively for the United States, while the EU showed no solidarity with Italy and other members when the solidarity was most needed, China, Russia and Cuba displayed grace under pressure, behaving like human beings, like responsible members of the international community.

That, precisely that; this tremendous contrast between two world systems, during the hour of great global crises, had to be covered up by Washington, so, god forbid, the world would not notice that there is something essentially wrong with the North American and European imperialist regime, and its extreme, fundamentalist capitalism.

People like Mr. Navarro or Mr. Trump cannot see the world in any other way, anymore; only through the paradigm of profits, control and supremacy. Instead of cleaning their own house, and improving their regime, they rather smear and attack those who are building a much better world.

 

We are still not sure, what real danger COVID-19 represents. We cannot precisely calculate the mortality rate, or spread of the pandemic. We can only guess how many millions of lives will be ruined by the global economic downfall.

But we know what a confrontation between U.S. and China or between U.S. and Russia would bring.

We also know what Washington’s novel Cold War combatants are counting on: that Beijing and Moscow (but also Teheran, and others) will accept anything; that in order to save the planet, they will always back up, trying to de-escalate tensions with the West. After all, it has been like that, up to now.

But lines are being crossed.

The recent statements, insults uttered by Trump and Navarro, accusing China of spreading the virus, or even manufacturing it in its labs, are pushing Beijing too far. It is like defying logic, and then spitting in the faces of the true victims, and those heroes who fought and died at the frontline in Wuhan, for their city, their country, and the world.

Such lies, such insults can never be forgiven.

ORDER IT NOW

What next? Washington may now impose more of the insane sanctions, then bring its NAVY to the South China Sea, or near Taiwan, and keep funding rioters in Hong Kong, as well as Uyghur terrorists in Syria… It is actually precisely what it is doing right now.

But watch out! Trump and his people are playing with fire. They are not almighty, not anymore. A few weeks more of this, and they may inherit the storm, such a terrible storm, that it could make even COVID-19 look like a gentle breeze.

 

[Originally published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook – a journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Five of his latest books are “China Belt and Road Initiative”,China and Ecological Civilization” with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin America, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website, his Twitter and his Patreon.

(Republished from New Eastern Outlook by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Thank you for this very interesting read.

  2. As Brandon Smith notes:

    With the US blaming China and the Chinese blaming the US, the truth is being lost in the fog of propaganda. The truth being that BOTH sides and the WHO made this pandemic possible, and that the elites on ALL sides have something to gain. The end game they desire is global governance, a one world digital currency system and a rationale for full spectrum surveillance of the citizenry. The pandemic allows them to have all of this, unless the people take action to fight back and disrupt their plans.

    If you examine the chain of events, the amount of give and take between China, the WHO, and other governments including the US government and the fact that the globalists are about to get everything they want from this catastrophe, I do not think it is outlandish to suggest that perhaps this virus was unleashed deliberately and that globalists in multiple nations are working together to achieve a specific outcome.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/smith-crisis-wont-stop-until-globalists-are-removed-power

    WHO chief Tedros has a long history of being financially funded BOTH by Chinese interests AND by US top billionaire Bill Gates

    Half a century ago, UK economist Antony Sutton proved that the whole USA-Soviet ‘Cold War’ was fake, the USA was transferring tech to Moscow the whole time during the 1950s, 1960s etc, often through Israel, to create the ‘Best Enemy Money Can Buy’

    And now, China and the US have a similar ‘rivalry’, hurling accusations at each other … despite deep below-the-radar connections, once again through Jewish interests such as the Chabad centres in China, with their hotlines to Moscow and ‘Putin’s rabbi’ Berel Lazar and to Jared Kushner in Washington DC Chabad; Trump’s political funder Sheldon Adelson in Macau etc, continuing links going back to the Jewish aides to Chairman Mao, one European Jew even becoming a member of the top ruling Chinese politburo!

    • Disagree: Biff
  3. Biff says:

    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro calling on China to prove that a Wuhan laboratory played no role in the coronavirus pandemic,

    It’s impossible to prove a negative. Nobody on earth should ever take this guy seriously – failed logic disqualifies him immediately.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  4. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Biff

    Ah, so you’re a Chinadidit skeptic, a conspiracy theorist? What will it take, you anti-Exceptionalian? Some fresh baking soda in his vile vial and sending Colin Powell to the UN?

  5. d dan says:

    If the “intelligence” agents work hard enough, may be they can find the Iraqi WMD weapons in Wuhan labs, right?

    OK, I am confused. If that happens, which country should they invade, China or Iraq?

  6. antibeast says:

    Methinks Trump, Navarro, et al, are desperate to win the reelection in November 2020. Blaming “Commie Chinaman” for the Covid-19 pandemic is their reelection strategy even though Trump and his followers were dismissing it as “fake news” as late as mid-March.

    US military intelligence agencies have already publicly confirmed that 1) there was no leak or viral outbreak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and 2) Covid-19 is not a man-made virus from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    Additionally, scientific evidence in the form of epidemiological studies have already disproved the “Out-of-Wuhan” theory as the predominant strains in Wuhan are different from the predominant strains in the US West Coast while the US East Coast has similar strains as in Italy but different from that in Wuhan.

    Lastly, Trump, Navarro, et al don’t want to attack the Wall Street globalists directly but may do so during Trump’s second term.

  7. Thank you for posting more Communist Chinese propaganda. God knows we don’t get enough of it from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, NY Times, Washington Post…

    • Troll: Mary Marianne
  8. “It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war.”
    The situation is even bleaker than the author suggests. It is not a new Cold War we face. The original was a period of peace (or relative peace). In keeping with the cycle of history we are now in an age of war, leading ultimately to global war – nuclear holocaust.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  9. @Che Blutarsky

    I agree it’s a very one-sided account. It’s good to get a pro-China point of view, but this is a little out of control.

    For example, there are reasons to criticize the WHO and its relationship with China.

    And before China was helping the world, the world was helping China, by sending it much-needed medical equipment.

    https://www.factcheck.org/2020/04/factchecking-ad-about-donating-our-masks-and-supplies-to-china/

  10. @peter mcloughlin

    There were plenty of nasty wars during the Cold War: Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, several Arab-Israeli wars, and many smaller conflicts throughout Latin /South America and Africa. The death toll of the more recent ones has been far less.

  11. You seem to dislike the United States.

  12. Slimtall says:
    @Che Blutarsky

    All one has to do is look at western history, and look at the death and destruction they have unleashed on the word. Invading and stealing resources, killing anyone that got in their way. Name a worst offender then America, with that manifest destiny doctrine, kill anybody that gets in her way.

    • Replies: @stlonginus
  13. @Slimtall

    It was the B’nai B’rith-ish empire before the U.S. What’s the common denominator? You get one guess because it’s that simple.

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