Trump Regime Hellbent to Wreck Relations with China and Russia
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Once again, the Trump regime escalated war by other means on China and Russia.
Pompeo's State Department falsely accused China of "stealing (South China Sea) resources," bullying regional nations, "intimidating Taiwan, provoking tension" along its border with India, and "aggression in the Indo-Pacific region."
Aggression against non-threatening nations is longstanding US policy — polar opposite how China operates.
According to Reuters on Sunday, the Trump regime intends restricting exports of tech and other products to 89 Chinese firms with alleged ties to the country's military.
Banning tech exports entirely may follow in the coming days or weeks while Trump remains in office.
The latest move comes days after Trump's executive order prohibited US investments in Chinese companies his regime claims are owned or controlled by the PLA.
Along with targeting 89 Chinese enterprises, US export restrictions were imposed on 28 Russian entities.
Once they become effective in December, US firms wishing to export software, scientific devices, aircraft parts, and other tech products must be licensed by Washington.
Permission won't easily be granted. According to Trump's Commerce Department, applications for exports to Chinese and Russian firms designated "military end-users" most likely will be rejected.
Scores of Chinese companies along with lesser numbers of Russian ones have been blacklisted by the Trump regime — 117 more to join them.
In response to the latest hostile Trump regime action, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhou Lijian said the following;
Beijing "firmly opposes the unprovoked suppression of Chinese companies by the US."
Its actions are "in serious violation of market competition principles and international trade rules…"
"The US should stop extending and stretching the concept of national security to oppress foreign companies."
Asked about reports that Tony Blinken will be appointed Biden/Harris regime secretary of state, Zhou said:
"(W)e don't comment on the US internal affairs."
"Maintaining sound and stable development of China-US relations serves the fundamental interests of people in both countries, and meets the common aspiration of visionary people in the US and the international community."
"China is ready to strengthen communication with the US, expand cooperation, manage differences, and work for sound and stable development of China-US ties."
According to former US Commerce Department official Kevin Wolf, "creating a list (of blacklisted Chinese and Russian firms) is a provocative act."
Both countries will likely retaliate.
Earlier in response to calling various Chinese firms threats to US national security by the Trump regime, international commerce and trade expert Mei Xinhu said the following:
"Though it is obvious that some extremists in the US (war) department are eager to confront China by all means necessary…they should (be mentally) tested in hospitals as they are making decisions that will backfire and damage themselves," adding:
Given unstable conditions in the US, it's evident to the world community that China is a more reliable trade partner.
Another Chinese analyst on Sino/US trade said Trump's politicized actions aim to divert attention from domestic woes, a policy doomed to fail.
In response to the Trump regime's blacklisting of 28 Chinese firms in October, analyst Ma Jinua slammed its "negotiations plus sanctions" policy, seeking a bilateral advantage through hardball tactics.
If Biden/Harris succeed Trump in January, hardline US policies toward China are likely to continue.
Tactics may differ in some ways. Attempts to undermine China's growing prominence on the world will surely remain unchanged.
It's unclear if Biden/Harris will be able to undo enormous damage to Sino/US relations by Trump hardliners or if they'll want to move in a new direction.
The same goes for Russia.
All nations free from US control are on its target list for regime change.
Sino/Russian unity is a vital counterforce to US imperial adventurism.
Xi Jinping earlier called Vladimir Putin his "best and bosom friend."
Leaders of both nations regard each other as key strategic allies.
Sharing a multi-polarity worldview, they cooperate with each other on the world stage.
They're jointly implementing Beijing's hugely ambitious One Belt One Road initiative for greater regional integration and development, involving well over $1 trillion in longterm investments.
China is an economic powerhouse, Russia the world's dominant military power, its super-weapons exceeding the best in the West.
Russia is rich in what China needs most — oil and gas, technological expertise, industrial equipment, and state-of-the-art weapons.
Sharing a common border, both countries want them for defense, not offense like the US, NATO and Israel operate.
Both countries are rising on the world stage, the US declining because of its belligerence, arrogance, and unwillingness to change.
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