Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 10:00:43 AM EST
Sunak China policy is aligned with the US and our allies Canada and Australia.
A promising young leader coming from the British Tory community ... tackling the economic and foreign policy mess left by his predecessors building on the promises of Brexit.
United Kingdom: Sunak launches first warning to China, Confucius Institutes banned | Oct. 26, 2022 |
Present in many universities across the UK, the institutes spread the knowledge of Mandarin but, according to British intelligence, they also serve as a cover for the activities of the Chinese Communist Party.
The new UK government is ready to enact a ban on the presence of Confucius Institutes in British universities. According to the newspaper "The Telegraph", according to which this measure would serve to honor one of the promises made by the new premier Rishi Sunak during the electoral campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party last summer. On that occasion, Sunak had stated that he would close the 30 Chinese cultural institutes, calling China "the greatest threat to the United Kingdom and the security and prosperity of the world in this century". These institutes, which are based in several universities across the UK, were set up to offer culture and language courses to international students but are also believed by the Chinese Communist Party's intelligence services to crack down on critical views on Beijing.
Attack on China has been a part of true Tory dogma for a long time ... how can we please the far+right wing of Conservative elites. Building fascism.
What Are Chinese 'Confucius Institutes' And Why Rishi Sunak Wants To Ban Them In UK | The Outlook - July 26, 2022 |
Confucius Institutes: The CCP in British Universities
Following the lead of UK's Henry Jackson Society ... search EuroTrib for its philosophy.
Khodorkovsky - The Interpreter - Henry Jackson Society (UK)
A warning word by Colman @BooMan in November 2005 ...
Via a commentator on dKos, I came across this little house of horrors:
The Henry Jackson Society is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote the following principles: that liberal democracy should be spread across the world; that as the world's most powerful democracies, the United States and the European Union - under British leadership - must shape the world more actively by intervention and example; that such leadership requires political will, a commitment to universal human rights and the maintenance of a strong military with global expeditionary reach; and that too few of our leaders in Britain and the rest of Europe today are ready to play a role in the world that matches our strength and responsibilities.
Their "principles" include forceful democratisation, an emphasis on military power, "the importance of unity between the world's great democracies, represented by institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the OECD, amongst many others"
Cambridge, 11th March 2005
The pursuit of a robust foreign policy was one of Henry ‘Scoop' Jackson's most central concerns. This was to be based on clear universal principles such as the global promotion of the rule of law, liberal democracy, civil rights, environmental responsibility and the market economy. The western policies of strength and human rights, which later hastened the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship, owed much to Jackson's example. The fundamental and enduring values of the modern democratic world eventually prevailed.
Yet perhaps we were too complacent during the immediate post-Cold War period. New threats to the very essence of liberal democracies challenged our resolve. Our failures in the former Yugoslavia (especially Bosnia) were more than just moral. Through their impact on the credibility of our international institutions, such as NATO and the EU, they had a profound effect on the national interests of western powers.
These fiascos showed that we had to engage, robustly and sometimes preventatively. The early interventions in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, although imperfect, provide an appropriate model for future action. But modernisation and democratisation often does not require a military solution. For example, the European Union has been instrumental in expanding its democratic `Grand Area' on the continent since the fall of the Iron Curtain. So has NATO, through the process of eastern enlargement, and various initiatives engaging the Soviet successor states.
We believe, therefore, that Henry Jackson's legacy is as relevant today as his policies were during the Cold War; indeed, perhaps it is even more important than at any time previously.
Their list of signatories is interesting: their list of patrons reads like a most-wanted list.
International Patrons of The Henry Jackson Society
Bruce P. Jackson -- President, The Project for Transitional Democracies
Robert Kagan -- Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
William Kristol -- Editor, The Weekly Standard
Vytautas Landsbergis -- Former President of Lithuania
Clifford May -- President, Foundation for the Defence of Democracies
Michael McFaul -- Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Senior Advisor, National Democratic Institute
Joshua Muravchik -- Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Richard Perle -- Former American Assistant Secretary of Defence
General Jack Sheehan -- Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic
Neocons: send 50,000 more soldiers to Baghdad to save Bush's legacy | by Jerome a Paris on Nov 12th, 2006 |
Robert Kagan and William Kristol get the red carpet treatment in tomorrow's Financial Times (Europe's main business paper), and get to publish a lengthy op-ed piece there suggesting that Iraq is still winnable, and basically acting as if the election this week had never taken place.
John McCain warmongering was the worst, but Joe showed no courage and voted for the Iraq invasion of March 2003.
Arrogant power: Rome and the US
Banging his head on the wall .. Roman Emperor Augustus and Germania:
”Give me back my legions!” Rome's most humiliating defeat -- and a lesson for America
So the extremists of 2005 that got the Western alliance to invade sovereign states under George Bush and Dick Cheney has become mainstream today. How gullible society has become in 2022.
Even the Greens have become a welcome arm of the neoconservatives and Jacksonites. A new generation ...
I could imagine Colman would be banned today, a society so dogmatic and censoring free thinkers it has become the biggest danger leading the West to more wars and self-destruct. Not only crypto currency and Twitter is imploding, so is the fabric of society by the orgy of nationalism. A train wreck in slow-motion.
The present EU Commission members are unfortunately all part of the problem, not the solution ... digging deeper in the quagmire. See my recent disrupt on Josep Borrell, a Spaniard who would fit well in the profile of the Henry ’Scoop’ Jackson Society.
Spaniard Borrell's Fascist Gaffe Us vs Them
Long read ...
Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations
On September 11, 2001, nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked two airliners, crashing them into the New York City World Trade Center and claiming 2,977 victims. A third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon building a few minutes later, killing 125 people. Washington's immediate reaction to the bombings was to declare war against the Afghan-based terrorists who were sheltered by the Taliban regime. This war began on October 7, 2001, with air bombing and special strike-force actions.
These attacks exposed the vulnerability of the country that had become the world's sole superpower following the breakup of the Soviet empire in 1989. The bombings triggered a series of developments that have led to geopolitical shifts that have affected the relationships among states and the balance of power in the world.
Hierarchical Order of Power
Pundits have debated whether the new century is destined to become the Chinese era or whether the United States will retain its global dominance. Recently, this debate faded from the public agenda as it became plain that both countries have exhibited substantial weaknesses along with their inherent strength. The United States is beset by war weariness, economic problems, and political dysfunction. China has failed to match its economic power with com- mensurate military strength, and its economic growth, overly dependent upon exports, has slowed down. Its repressive Communist regime also has failed to be embraced as a model by other nations of the world.
Instead of a world ordered by superpowers, an international geopolitical system that is emerging is polycentric and polyarchic. It is built on a hierarchical combination of great and regional powers. The major powers are first-order states with the capacities and ambitions to expand their influence beyond the regions within which they are located. Competing with major powers are the regional powers, or second-order states. Their geopolitical reach is regionally confined. The United States, China, the European Union, Russia, and Japan are major powers. Iran, Turkey, Australia, and South Africa are representative examples of regional powers. India and Brazil are at an intermediate stage. While their reach currently is regional, they have the potential to become major powers. In time, they gain enough strength and ambition to try to influence affairs throughout their regions by the application of military and/or economic muscle. Examples are Iran's actions within Iraq and Ethiopia's in Somalia.
A third order of states has also arisen--those with unique ideological or cultural capacities to influence their neighbors. Examples include Cuba and North Korea, whose military power is maintained by ideological rigor. Ukraine derives its third-order status from playing off its two adjoining major powers, Russia and the EU. Fourth-order states are generally incapable of applying pressure upon their neighbors, and those of the fifth order depend upon outside sustenance for survival.
This hierarchical system is dynamic, not static. States such as Nigeria and Venezuela, once regional powers, have lost these positions. Nigeria is torn apart by the conflict between its Christian south and Muslim north so that it possesses little geopolitical energy to influence its neighbors.
Three pillars of evil exploited by political parties to exert power in society ...
#anti-Semitism #Islamophobia #xenophobia
A former British ruler as a guest in the former British Empire speaking his mind ...
The Guardian Exclusive: Ex-PM said to have described China as 'coercive autocracy' in speech to Asian businesspeople and diplomats
Johnson's remarks came the evening before Sunak was due to hold a surprise meeting with Xi Jinping
at the G20 summit in Bali. The talks were cancelled, but would have made him the first UK prime minister to meet the Chinese premier in person for almost five years.
Downing Street had said Sunak wanted to recalibrate the UK's relationship with Beijing by trying to have a new "frank and constructive" dialogue. But it was interpreted by wary Tory hawks as a thawing of relations between Britain and the Asian superpower, after Liz Truss's more overtly hostile approach.
According to the former prime minister's spokesperson, he told the audience: "Let's look at Russia and China. The two former communist tyrannies in which power has once again been concentrated in the hands of a single ruler. Two monocultural states that have been traditionally hostile to immigration and that are becoming increasingly nationalist in their attitudes.
"Two permanent UN security council members that back each other up and enable each other and which are willing to show a candid disregard for the rule of international law, and two countries that in the last year have demonstrated the immense limitations of their political systems by the disastrous mistakes they have made."
One guest at the Singapore dinner told the Guardian: "Boris was typically funny and charming but he was also pretty belligerent in his criticism of a bunch of foreign governments, especially China and Russia, which he described as coercive autocracies. In Britain it would have been absolutely fine to single out China. But in Asia it wasn't."
Another added: "Boris was very, very critical. The speech was pretty shocking. People clearly people felt uncomfortable. He used very undiplomatic language about China, at a conference in Asia. A former British foreign secretary and prime minister should have known better."
Did anyone miss the entertainment by BoJo? 😂
How much 💰 did Mike pay Boris for this shit show? Bloomberg running for president as a Democrat? America and a one-party system with two right wings.
I'm afraid in the near future the only bit of China Trudeau can visit is the island of Chiang Kai-shek Taiwan, the former Dutch Formosa.