Daily Archives: September 16, 2021

2021-09-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-09-16). US, Britain, Australia announce major military pact against China. wsws.org The fault lines of a disastrous new world war are rapidly emerging as the Biden administration forges alliances in the Indo-Pacific against China which the US regards as the greatest threat to its global hegemony.

Sebastian Smith (2021-09-16). Australia gets N-powered subs in US, UK partnership. asiatimes.com The United States announced a new alliance Wednesday with Australia and Britain to strengthen military capabilities in the face of growing rivalry with China, including a new Australian nuclear submarine fleet and cruise missiles. The announcement of the alliance — made in a video meeting by President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and …

Tom Clifford (2021-09-16). An American General Has Suggested that His Country Could Attack China. globalresearch.ca

Editor (2021-09-16). U.S. media support tech regulation—unless it comes from China. mronline.org Recently, U.S. media have been aghast at legislation affecting China's tech sector.

Melvin Goodman (2021-09-16). The Dangerous Exaggeration of the Threat. counterpunch.org Threat perception is central to decision making regarding war and the use of force; alliance politics; and the role of deterrence. Exaggerations of threat make war more likely and weaken the ability of an alliance to function effectively and rationally. Since the end of World War II, the United States has consistently exaggerated the threat, particularly with regard to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Once again, the United States is embarking on a campaign of exaggerated threat perception as politicians and pundits exaggerate the "threat" of a so-called "resurgent" Russia and a so-called "aggressive" China.

Joshua Cho (2021-09-16). How US Media Misrepresent the Wuhan Institute of Virology's Laboratories and Safety Protocols. orinocotribune.com By Joshua Cho — Sep 15, 2021 | Even if we were to accept all the accusations against the WIV regarding their alleged subpar safety standards, none of it has any relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic unless it can be shown the WIV possessed SARS-CoV-2 in its lab before the outbreak, and there is no evidence of that. | While many people have already criticized the lack of evidence and scientific basis for the hypothesis that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory, both critics and proponents of the lab-leak theory appear to have uncritically accepted false or unproven premises regarding work done at t…

WSWS (2021-09-16). Concerns over financial stability behind Beijing's moves against Alibaba. wsws.org The intervention against so-called fin-tech companies follows a call from top levels of the government and the ruling Communist Party for news laws to regulate the digital economy.

ecns.cn (2021-09-15). Senior Chinese official stresses making China better known globally. ecns.cn A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has encouraged foreign publishing professionals to help people around the world better understand China.

ecns.cn (2021-09-15). Origins-tracing should not be blame game. ecns.cn Earlier this year, with China's full cooperation, an international group composed of WHO experts from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia and other countries unanimously concluded "laboratory leakage in Wuhan is extremely unlikely" in the first phase of COVID-19 origins-tracing. This conclusion has been supported by more and more evidence since its release, and it has become consensus in the academic world.

Ekaterina Blinova (2021-09-15). How China's Realpolitik Approach to Venezuela, Iran & Afghanistan Upends US' Geopolitical Game. orinocotribune.com By Ekaterina Blinova — Sep 13, 2021 | China is dealing a blow to Washington's sanctions strategy by stretching a helping hand to developing states labelled by the US as "pariahs" which have been subjected to tough restrictions. This shows that the world has reached a point of no return along with the accelerating decline of the US, says Asia Pacific commentator Thomas W. Pauken II. | The value of tough US sanctions against Venezuela's oil sector will substantially decline if China steps in to fill the void, energy observers say, citing Bloomberg's September report that China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), o…

Staff (2021-09-15). Kashmir Plunged Into Internet, Phone Blackout After Death of Resistance Leader. truthout.org One of the most important resistance leaders in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the site of the world's longest and most militarized conflict, has died. Since 1947, Kashmir has been divided between India, Pakistan and China, all nuclear powers. India and Pakistan have fought multiple wars over the region, which both claim as theirs. The majority of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir, however, claim their right to self-determination, with many supporting the creation of an independent Kashmir. Th…

WSWS (2021-09-15). US expands military presence in Micronesia targeting China. wsws.org The Pentagon's push into Micronesia is part of the wider militarisation of the Pacific by the US and other imperialist powers, as the drive to war against China accelerates following the Afghanistan debacle.

Alfred W. McCoy (2021-09-15). The Winner in Afghanistan: China. counterpunch.org The collapse of the American project in Afghanistan may fade fast from the news here, but don't be fooled. It couldn't be more significant in ways few in this country can even begin to grasp. "Remember, this is not Saigon," Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a television audience on August 15th, the day the

Anonymous103 (2021-09-15). Differences Over China Breaking Close Relationship Between Poland And Lithuania. southfront.org Illustrative ImagePoland opts to not participate in Lithuania's provocations against China. | Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Lithuania and Poland, which in recent years fostered a growing and prosperous relationship rooted in Russophobia, is now beginning to show signs of strain as Warsaw refuses to engage in Vilnius' newfound hostilities against Beijing. Following foreign policy initiatives in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on September 6, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau was noted for trying to find what interests still connects the two countries together | Lithuania's F…

Editor (2021-09-15). Can China's 'red line' eco strategy be a model for biodiversity? mronline.org Authorities have set aside millions of square kilometres of land and sea as protected areas. It's an ambitious plan but compliance still an issue, environmental group says.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-15). US Keeps Accusing Other Countries Of Being Behind Enigmatic Microwave Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative ImageIn a recent report, researchers concluded that generic symptoms are being manipulated to create a narrative about the existence of a new disease. | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. | Washington continues to insist on the existence of a "syndrome" that affects its diplomats in Cuba and China. In addition to the complete lack of scientific evidence in the alleged cases of reported health problems, there is a strong conspiratorial content in the accusations against the Cuban and Chinese governments — which, according to…

WSWS (2021-09-15). New book details Trump's efforts to instigate war with China as part of January 6 coup attempt. wsws.org The new revelations shatter all attempts to downplay the significance of the events of January 6. Moreover, they emerge just days after Trump used the 9/11 anniversary to deliver fascist rants to police and firefighters in Manhattan.

_____ (2021-09-15). The U.S. is Turning Oil-Rich Nigeria Into a Proxy for Its Africa Wars. strategic-culture.org Under the cover of counterterrorism, AFRICOM is beefing up Nigeria's military to ensure the free flow of oil to the West, and using the country as a proxy against China's influence on the continent. | By TJ COLES | Last month, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

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