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Biden continues anti-China campaign, US escalates tensions over Taiwan

 Biden continues anti-China campaign, US escalates tensions over Taiwan

This week, the Biden government is taking US imperialism's offensive against China to new heights on three interrelated fronts: in Europe, in the US Congress and in Taiwan, one of the most explosive points of growing measures more aggressive Washington against China.

Biden continues anti-China campaign, US escalates tensions over Taiwan
Democratic US Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, left, chats with Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois during a meeting with President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, second from right, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, June 6, 2021.

This week's escalation is set against the backdrop of mounting anti-China slanders by the New York Times , Washington Post and all American broadcast networks, as well as President Biden, who ordered an investigation by intelligence agencies. on the fabricated claims of the "Wuhan laboratory" that China is responsible for the global disaster of COVID-19.

By entrusting this task to the CIA and its related agencies, it is evident that the Biden government expects the intelligence services to poison public opinion against China and to propagandize in favor of punitive sanctions and military intervention against Beijing.

Biden is advancing on one of the anti-China fronts this week on his first trip overseas as president. He is traveling to Europe for the G7, NATO and EU summits, the main objective of which is to try to force the European capitalist powers to fully align themselves with the sanctions and other increasingly economic measures. more aggressive Washington against China.

The Financial Times noted Tuesday that Biden made the request in February when he told the Munich Security Conference that the United States, Europe and Asia must "push back against economic abuse and coercion of the Chinese government ”.

It is a code name to systematically and by all means block the growing Chinese capitalism, including economic sanctions and military action, so that it never calls into question the world supremacy obtained by the American ruling class. thanks to victory in World War II.

According to the Financial Times , Biden had already secured the cooperation of the governments of Japan, South Korea and Australia, but now he was faced with his "most delicate task so far: trying to to coax a suspicious Europe to work more closely with Washington on China ”.

The White House has already convinced the European powers to prevent the European Parliament from ratifying the EU's investment treaty with Beijing, signed just before Biden took office, and to impose punitive measures on China, allegedly because of the treatment of Uyghurs in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang.

Biden wants European summits to go further, including stepping in to cancel or thwart China's Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure projects across Eurasia, blocking Chinese tech companies, and joining China. US confrontation with China in the South China Sea, where the UK, France and Germany are already sending warships for military exercises.

The second front this week is in the US Senate, where a massive anti-China bill is about to pass. The 1,445-page U.S. Innovation and Competition Bill, co-authored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Todd Young, provides more than $ 200 billion to fund a war economic directed mainly against China, but also against other rivals of the United States in Japan and Western Europe.

Among other things, the bill opposes international bank loans to China for "Belt and Road" projects, retains grants to US colleges and universities that partner with government-funded "Confucius Institutes" Chinese to teach Chinese language and culture, allocates $ 600 million to strengthen the US military presence in the South China Sea and prioritizes the defense of Taiwan.

Taiwan is the third front. On Sunday morning, a bipartisan contingent of three U.S. senators attended, apparently to announce the donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the island, which experienced a major outbreak of the virus last month. In reality, the purpose of the visit is to further undermine the “one China” policy and to continue preparations for war targeting the Chinese mainland.

The three senators - Tammy Duckworth and Christopher Coons, both Democrats, and Dan Sullivan, Republican - arrived in Taiwan aboard a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, not a civilian plane. They said Washington was donating 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine but did not announce when.

The trip was not a humanitarian mission. The three senators first traveled to South Korea for meetings Friday and Saturday with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense to discuss the US-South Korean military alliance. The visit to Taiwan was a carefully orchestrated part of that same trip, intended to deepen Washington's military cooperation with its allies in the region, which includes placing US missiles within striking distance of major Chinese cities.

The three senators met with President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, who took advantage of the visit to once again attack Beijing and blame it for Taiwan's inability to provide enough vaccines to its people. . Taipei has accused Beijing of interfering in an agreement between the island and German company BioNTech for vaccines, a charge the Chinese government denies.

The decision to use a military plane for the trip did not go unnoticed in Beijing. Since Washington and Taipei do not have official diplomatic relations, cooperation between the armies and the governments of the United States and Taiwan poses a challenge to the “one China” policy according to which Taiwan is Chinese territory.

Attempts to undermine this diplomatic standard began under Donald Trump and are being accelerated by the Biden administration, which even invited a Taiwanese diplomat to Biden's inauguration in January.

After World War II, Taiwan, a Japanese colony from 1895 to 1945, was returned to China, which was then ruled by the Kuomintang (KMT) of Chiang Kai-shek. After being defeated in the Chinese Revolution of 1949, the KMT took refuge in Taiwan, where it was protected by the United States and allowed to present itself as the legitimate government of all of China, even occupying one of the five permanent seats of the United Nations Security Council.

From 1971, under President Richard Nixon, the United States entered into negotiations with Beijing as part of a tactical maneuver to shake the Soviet Union. This led to Washington's recognition of Beijing as the legitimate government of all China and the severing of official relations with Taiwan in 1979. The move to Beijing also allowed Washington to exploit mainland China as a source of labor. cheap labor, as Beijing accelerated the process of restoring capitalism in the 1980s.

However, with the development of China, which has become the second largest economy in the world and an economic competitor of the United States, Washington is trying to use its own economic and military power to put pressure on Beijing and force it to accept American hegemony. In the region.

While countries like the United States have cornered vaccines this year, China has offered doses to countries in the region, prompting accusations of "vaccine diplomacy" from Washington and Tokyo. . Beijing offered its own vaccine to Taipei, which rejected it.

The actions of US imperialism clearly risk unleashing a major war with China that would eventually engulf the entire world. Biden is stepping up American efforts, begun under Obama and intensified under Trump, to undermine Beijing in order to offset its own relative economic decline.

Biden's White House is also seeking to deflect internal class tensions outward, especially over the catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the ruling elite, with each response driven by concern for profit. large companies at the expense of nearly 600,000 lives, even according to official statistics.

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