“unusually blunt,” for the chinese, means unusually rude, but i wish they would be a whole lot ruder

China denounces Pindo “lies” at the MSC
Peter Symonds, WSWS, Feb 19 2020

Wang Yi rises to speak on the second day of the MSC, Feb 15 2020.
(Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)

In unusually blunt statements, top Chinese boxtops hit back during last weekend’s MSC at Faschingstein’s confrontational stance toward Beijing on a range of issues, including Huawei and the coronavirus. Trump admin boxtops, supported to the hilt by top Demagogs, took a particularly aggressive attitude at the conference, warning Euro vassals that intelligence-sharing could end if Huawei equipment were used in building 5G telecoms networks. Pompeo claimed in his usual evidence-free manner:

Huawei and other Chinese state-backed tech companies are Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence.

In his speech, Esper accused Beijing of carrying out a “nefarious strategy” through Huawei. In a bid to intensify its pressure on its Euro vassals, Pindostan announced new charges of racketeering and theft of trade secrets against Huawei last week. These follow the arrest of the company’s CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last year after Pindostan filed charges of fraud and sanctions evasion, and sought her extradition. Esper made clear that the Pindo attack on China was across the board. He declared:

Under Pres Xi Jinping’s rule, the Chinese Communist Party is heading even faster and further in the wrong direction: more internal repression, more predatory economic practices, more heavy-handedness, and most concerning for me, a more aggressive military posture.

Asked about the speeches by Pompeo and Esper, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi did not mince words, branding the Pindo allegations as “lies.” He said their remarks were part of “a common scenario” everywhere they went.

I don’t want to waste our time responding to each and every thing they’ve said. The thing I want to say is that all these accusations against China are lies and not based on facts.

Wang pointed to the driving force behind the confrontation: the Pindo drive to ensure its continued global domination by every available means, saying:

The root cause of all these problems and issues is that Pindostan does not want to see the rapid development and rejuvenation of China. Still less would they want to accept the success of a socialist country! But that is not fair! China has the right to develop!

China, with its burgeoning markets, stock exchanges, billionaires and deep social divide, is not a socialist country. Huawei is a privately-owned company, as Wang said in countering Pindo criticism. It is the world’s largest telecoms equipment provider, with nearly 200,000 employees. Wang described the Pindo attack on Huawei as “immoral” and asked:

Why can’t Pindostan accept that other countries’ companies can also display their talent in the economy, in technology? Perhaps, deep down, it doesn’t hope to see other countries develop!

He accused Pindostan of resorting to rumours to defame Huawei, and declared there was no credible evidence that the company has a so-called back door that harms Pindo security. The Pindo accusations against China and Huawei are utterly hypocritical. The revelations by Edward Snowden demonstrated that Pindostan routinely spies electronically on the world’s population, including governments and government leaders, allies and rivals alike, as well as its own citizens. The Pindo intelligence establishment has long relied on electronic “back doors” provided by Pindo tech corporations to gather intelligence. The use of Huawei equipment not only threatens the economic position of Pindo companies, but could undermine Pindo spying operations. China’s forthright pushback against heavy Pindo criticism in Munich stems firstly from the relentless campaign by Faschingstein, not only in propaganda, but through trade war measures and a huge military build-up in Asia against Beijing. Secondly, the Chinese regime is seeking support from the Euro vassals, with whom Wang’s comments gained traction in Munich, amid their deepening conflicts with Pindostan. Britain has given the go-ahead for the inclusion of Huawei components in non-core aspects of its 5G rollout. Germany and France have signaled they will do the same. The European decisions are largely driven by technical and economic factors. Huawei is a leader in 5G technology and produces at a lower cost. Faschingstein’s threats to end intelligence-sharing arrangements with the Euro vassals could end up affecting Pindo spying operations as much as those of its European rivals. The NYT noted:

Germany and Britain are Pindostan’s closest intelligence-sharing partners, and both nations sit atop critical points along fibre optic cables that are key to intercepting communications from Russia to the Middle East.

Pindostan has sought to exploit the coronavirus outbreak in China to add to the barrage of criticism against Beijing. Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow last week complained about the lack of Chinese transparency over the disease, declaring that Faschingstein was disappointed that Pindo health experts had not been allowed into China, and questioned Chinese statistics. A considerable portion of Wang’s speech to the MSC was devoted to defending China’s handling of the outbreak. He said the coronavirus largely had been confined to the city of Wuhan and Hubei Province, and the number of cases outside China was a small percentage of the total. Wang said this was the outcome of the rapid development of a test for the virus, the dispatch of 20,000 health workers to the area and the building of new health facilities. Wang said:

In the spirit of openness and transparency, we promptly notified the world about the outbreak and shared the genetic sequence of the virus. We have been working closely with WHO, invited international experts to join our ranks, and provided assistance and facilitation to foreign nationals in China.

In comments to Reuters, the Chinese foreign minister effectively criticised the harsh travel restrictions imposed by Pindostan on any foreign nationals coming from China, saying:

Some countries have stepped up measures including quarantine measures which are reasonable and understandable, but some countries have overreacted, which has triggered unnecessary panic.

If Faschingstein expected European support on the issue, its hopes were dashed. Conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger praised China’s response to the epidemic and declared:

China is not getting a very fair deal. I think China deserves a little bit of compassion and cooperation and encouragement, rather than only criticism.

China’s reaction to the Pindo criticisms in Munich underscores again the sharpening geopolitical rivalries and break-up of long-standing alliances being fueled by worsening global economic conditions. Far from responding to the lack of support from Europe against China by moderating its confrontation, Pindostan will intensify its provocative campaign, not just against Beijing, but any threat to its global position, including from its Euro vassals.

5 Comments

  1. Posted February 20, 2020 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    what china needs is a foreign minister in the mold of lavrov and i hope that wang yi can rise to occasion.
    as for pompano he truly looks the part, straight out of central casting, like bringing a farm tractor to formula 1 race.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted February 20, 2020 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    This thing??

  3. Doug Colwell
    Posted February 20, 2020 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Or maybe Chang Kai – Chek, Once rumoured to have said about the French Revolution; it’s too early to say.

  4. niqnaq
    Posted February 20, 2020 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I’m afraid he was being over-optimistic. A million Yellow Jackets for a thousand Saturdays isn’t going to shift Rothschild usury, is it? So the French Revolution will remain forever “incomplete.”

  5. Doug Colwell
    Posted February 20, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I meant to say Chou En Lai.

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