USA, EU, Russia, China clash, world
At the UN last week, the collective Occident supported Nazism by voting 52 votes against 105 for the rest of the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Canada, France and their allies rejected the draft UN resolution presented by Russia on the fight against neo-Nazism, a militarized form of racist nationalism and associated forms of intolerance.
This motion against racism was seen by the West as an action against Ukraine since the Zelenskyy government supported neo-Nazis. Zelenskyy opposed the use of the ethnic Russian language and made Nazi Holocaust facilitator Stepan Bandera a national hero; Ukraine’s armed forces are over 25% made up of the Azov Battalion, which has engaged in continuous attacks on ethnic Russians for the past eight years and was among those trained and armed by the United States. United, which was given by President Putin as the reason for invading Ukraine.
Space stations. China has launched the Tiangong space station and accepts participation from candidate countries but not from the United States. The United States had previously blocked several apps from China for use of the International Space Station, or ISS, for more than a decade. The ISS is a joint activity of Russia, Japan, Germany, the United States, etc., and was due to be decommissioned in 2024. The United States accuses China of excluding countries and the satellite from failing to conform to “international standards”; Tiangong is a Chinese-built project and uses Chinese language.
Virus. Boston University has admitted to having synthesized a variant of the virus. Combining the spikes of deadly species of Covid with the highly infectious yet mild Omicron variant, to achieve a highly infectious resulting virus that elevated 80% of infected mice that died, up from zero. The lab defended its study, saying it only involved mice and that the lab had Level 4 safety protocols. US health officials have not officially denounced this verified virus modification, as they do so if other countries are even suspected of attempting such research.
Meanwhile, the UN and US still refuse to investigate the 26 biolabs for storing banned microorganisms and allegedly conducting gain-of-function research in Ukraine. This was initially denied by the United States, but later admitted, by State Department Undersecretary Victoria Nuland, that it was funded by the United States. Why 26 laboratories, and in a single country? In Ukraine, where Hunter, son of President Biden, was given very well-paid positions to do very little?
Lie for untested vaccines to sell billions. Pfizer CEO disappeared from scheduled hearing and dispatched staff J Small who admitted they had not yet tested vaccine for protection from transmissibility before selling billions doses and take advantage of billions of dollars, pushed by the US and EU around the world as needed to protect against transmission of the then-covid variant, while criticizing other vaccines. Submission of documents by Pfizer showed that more than 90% of the words were obscured. No information on indirect side effects is published. No responsibility is pushed.
Sixty-year Cuban blockade. Two weeks ago at the UN, 185 countries voted to demand an end to the 60-year US blockade of Cuba, a country that poses no threat to the United States. Two countries opposed, the United States and Israel, with Ukraine abstaining. The majority vote was for lifting the blockade for 30 years, ignored by the United States. The blockade has destroyed prospects for the Cuban economy and even prevented access to health care and supplies during Covid. Doesn’t the United States believe in national self-determination?
Smart phones. The US ban crushed Huawei’s mobile phone business. By preventing him from selling in the West and blocking his access to Google, he crushed the phone that was world No. 2 when it was on track to reach No. 1 in sales, overtaking Samsung and Apple . It fell to No. 10 and could disappear. The attempt to create Huawei’s own operating system did not take off in the market; the company lost more than $20 billion in sales due to comprehensive US sanctions on phones, software and hardware. Sales have fallen from over $120 billion to less than $100 billion as a group, but Huawei continues to build on its other core strengths.
ICT infrastructure network systems. After being banned by the United States in all its allied countries, Huawei is rebuilding its markets as a leader in 5G and network ICT, controlling more than 3,300 patents and already developing 6G, still far more powerful than the 5G. France, which removed more than 3,000 antennas already installed, returned to discuss potential business with Huawei in intercontinental optical cable installations.
Trade sanctions against Russia. Resulting in large surpluses for Russian trade due to high oil prices, the US and EU therefore attempted to set a price cap of around $40, when the market was at $90. US oil companies profited over $100 billion in one quarter, selling to EU allies at four times the price of US gas domestically. The Russian economy was damaged but returned to more stable inflation, and the ruble strengthened even beyond pre-war values.
Europe is suffering from the highest inflation in decades at over 10%, severe devaluation, energy costs over 400% higher and likely entering recession. Europe’s economy will be damaged for years as industries leave for Asia and the United States as well, courtesy of its allies.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and OPEC all refused to increase oil production as demanded by the United States, causing a breakdown. The United States threatens to cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but South Korea is aggressively selling off its rapidly growing arms exports. These countries are also now considering allowing oil trading in currencies other than the US dollar, which could reduce the power of the US to print the dollar to buy goods from the rest of the world, without the US States have to produce goods in return.
Trade war with China. The United States and the world are buying from China more than ever, as the rest of the world’s production and logistics are hampered by all the international sanctions imposed by the United States, even affecting America’s own exports to China. The chip ban slashes US companies’ chip sales to Chinese companies by more than one hundred billion US dollars.
Apple, Tesla and other major US companies recently announced expansions in China. China in 2021 saw a massive increase in its trade surplus with the world, to over $450 billion, and then again in 2022, despite its lockdowns. Biden was forced to consider lowering tariffs on Chinese goods, due to pressure from American businesses, as part of the bid to curb inflation.
Germany goes to China, against all American warnings, a crucial non-compliance for the first time for Scholz, with German captains of industry Volkswagen, Siemens, etc., in an attempt to mend barriers with the China, wanting to avoid the destruction of German industry heading into recession and even shutdowns, as the Germans realized that the United States didn’t care much if German industries went into massive decline.
‘Political trust is easy to destroy, hard to rebuild’ – a gentle reminder from President Xi Jinping to Scholz, after which China booked a $17 billion order for more than 140 planes from Airbus, a Franco-German joint venture . German industries have also laid bare their plans for massive manufacturing expansion in China.
War is taking place today in every conceivable dimension, as the U.S. National Security Strategy called for all-out war, via “integration across domains, regions, spectrum of conflict” except in the direct army. The Philippines has traditionally been part of the domain, the spectrum of action of the United States.
Philippine policy makers should study the decisions and outcomes of different examples around us, on many more dimensions and search for options than our institutions are used to integrating. This is an expertise of IDSI. “A smart person learns from his mistakes; a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”
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