Daily Archives: December 23, 2020

2020-12-23: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2020-12-24). China opens anti-monopoly investigation into e-commerce giant Alibaba. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Dec 24 (efe-epa).- China's top market watchdog announced Thursday that it has opened an anti-monopoly investigation into e-commerce giant Alibaba. The "suspected monopolistic conduct" includes trying to make wholesalers choose a single platform between two competitors, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a brief statement. The news had an immediate effect on …

Sara Flounders (2020-12-23). Las vacunas mundiales de China: un cambio revolucionario. workers.org En Estados Unidos, con menos del 5% de la población mundial, existe poca preocupación por el destino del otro 95% del mundo que se enfrenta a la pandemia. Cuándo, cómo y bajo qué condiciones se distribuirá una vacuna en los EE. UU. es la mayor preocupación de los EE.UU. Las . . . |

Dean Baker (2020-12-23). Helping the NYT Understand Its Own Reporting: China Was not the Cause of the Worldwide Spread of Coronavirus. counterpunch.org The New York Times had a very interesting piece on efforts by China's government to conceal and downplay the threat posed by the coronavirus. The piece reports on a number of Chinese government documents and directives that sought to minimize the threat posed by the pandemic. However the paper seriously misrepresents the meaning of its

RT (2020-12-22). The unwelcome McCain: US destroyer 'expelled' from South China Sea weeks after being 'chased out' of Russian waters. rt.com Chinese naval and air assets joined forces to 'expel' the destroyer USS John S. McCain from the disputed islands in the South China Sea, Beijing announced. The US Navy claimed it was on another 'freedom of navigation' cruise. | The People's Liberation Army "expelled US destroyer USS John S. McCain after it trespassed into China's territorial waters off Nansha Islands in the South China Sea," Colonel Tian Junli, spokesman for the PLA Southern Theatre Command, said in a statement on Tuesday. | The PLA "opposes US actions which endanger China's sovereignty and security, as well as peace in the South China Sea," t…

teleSUR (2020-12-22). Venezuela Receives Chinese Medical Supplies To Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez on Tuesday welcomed the arrival of medical supplies donated by China to support the fight against the pandemic. | RELATED: | After pointing out that it was the ninth shipment sent by Chinese authorities, she recalled that over 274 tons of equipment, medical inputs, and medicines have been received so far this year. | Rodriguez also mentioned that Venezuela is nowadays a victim of U.S. bl…

Andrew Korybko (2020-12-22). US Cyber Spy Scandal: Pompeo Blames Russia, Trump Blames China. Why? globalresearch.ca The contradictory claims from Secretary of State Pompeo and President Trump blaming Russia and China respectively for carrying out what's been described by many as one of the most intrusive cyber espionage operations against America in history are confusing for …

Areeb Ullah (2020-12-22). Pakistan Returns $1bn to Saudi Arabia and Turns to China for Loan Assistance. asia-pacificresearch.com

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-22). US return to JCPOA right way for defusing tensions: China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) — In a tweet on Tues. China's foreign ministry spox named the US as the main culprit for the current tensions and urged Americans to return to the JCPOA.

D. Raghunandan (2020-12-21). The climate cloud and a thin silver lining. peoplesdispatch.org As many as 45 countries, among them 24 high-emission nations, announced additional cuts than those in their PA commitments by 2030, either at the summit, or over the past few months, despite the sharp economic downturn precipitated by COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-12-21). Haley Urges US to 'Wake Up' in Light of China's Ambitions to 'Dominate the World'. sputniknews.com US officials have often accused China of allegedly harbouring plans to overthrow the dominant position of the US in the world arena. Tensions between the two countries have existed for the past several years and rose greatly with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the US president claimed China was responsible for its spread.

Alan Macleod (2020-12-21). Trump Enacts Sweeping New Sanctions on China, Iran, Venezuela. Biden Promises More To Come. mintpressnews.com The new sanctions come even as an estimated 100,000 people have been killed by American sanctions in Venezuela alone as vital medical equipment and lifesaving drugs have been blocked from entering the country.

Leo Panitch (2020-12-21). Empire, socialism and November /w Leo Panitch. mronline.org First, whether the pandemic has fundamentally altered the geopolitical balance between the U.S. and other great powers, specifically China. And second, how socialists in the U.S. should approach the November elections. For Panitch, the two issues are intimately connected.

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-12-21). Bilateral swaps in China's global presence. mronline.org China's use of yuan-denominated central bank swaps, while enhancing its influence, is a source of support for developing countries in an unequal international order.

Shane Quinn (2020-12-21). The US-China Power Struggle, Two Decades of CIA Interference in Tibet. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the crisis in US-China relations, we bring to the attention of our readers this incisive historical analysis of CIA interference in Tibet by Shawn Quinn, first published in January 2020 | *** | America's position as the world's …

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-12-21). Today's China Espionage Scandals Revive the Gouzenko Hoax That Unleashed the Cold War. globalresearch.ca Today, a new coordinated psychological operation has been sprung to convince every living patriot across the Five Eyes sphere of influence that the enemy of the free world who lurks behind every conspiracy to overthrow governments, and western values is…China….