western leaders are wolves, and western peoples are sheep, and hopefully the wolves will die first

Faschingstein warns Beijing not to ‘exploit’ coronavirus for South China Sea disputes
RT Newsline, Apr 6 2020

Pindostan warned Beijing on Monday not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler, AFP reported. The State Dept said China had ramped up self-described research stations and landed special military aircraft in the dispute-rife sea. State Dept spox said in a statement:

We call on the PRC to remain focused on supporting international efforts to combat the global pandemic, and to stop exploiting the distraction or vulnerability of other states to expand its unlawful claims in the South China Sea.

Vietnam said last week that it lodged a protest with Beijing after the Chinese Coast Guard “hindered, rammed and sunk” a Vietnamese boat with eight fishermen on board near the Paracel Islands. Beijing last month accused Pindostan of a “provocative” act, claiming that the USS McCampbell missile destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands without China’s permission. Tensions have risen sharply in recent years between China and Pindostan, which has also alleged that Beijing has not promptly controlled the coronavirus.

Russia & China help NATO member states far more than NATO does
George Szamuely, RT.com, Apr 6 2020

NATO, struggling to justify its existence, has found a new role for itself as an indefatigable fighter against the COVID-19 pandemic. But so far, it has contributed significantly less to this fight than its supposed rivals. During a NATO foreign ministers meeting, held earlier this month by secure video conference, Sec-Gen Stoltenberg declared:

NATO was created to deal with crises. So we can help and our Alliance is playing its part.

NATO was on the case. But what exactly was it doing? Here Stoltenberg became vague: NATO would apparently offer “logistical, transport and medical help” to member states fighting the pandemic. Russia and China have of course been providing “logistical, transport and medical help” all over the world for weeks, but NATO makes it sound as if it alone is doing anything, and rushes to take credit for aid that in reality has nothing to do with the alliance. On Mar 30, a cargo aircraft from China landed in the Czech Republic to deliver respirators and face masks. NATO proudly announced:

This was the third such transport flight from China to the Czech Republic … under the NATO supported Strategic Airlift International Solution.

So, China delivers medical equipment, and NATO takes the credit? Recently, NATO member state Turkey was supposed to deliver medical supplies to NATO member states Spain and Italy. Once again NATO rushed to take credit. Stoltenberg was “proud to see NATO Allies supporting each other through our disaster relief centre.” Understandably, Stoltenberg didn’t address Spain’s complaint that Turkey had seized hundreds of ventilators and sanitary equipment that Spain had already paid for. The ventilators had reportedly been manufactured in Turkey on behalf of a Spanish firm that bought the components from China. Subsequently, Turkey ordered all domestic mask producers to produce exclusively for the Turkish state. Lack of cooperation among NATO member states has become endemic. In Pindostan, the Trump administration ordered health-care equipment firm 3M to stop exporting N95 respirator masks to Canada and Latin America. In response, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau threatened retaliation, saying:

We have an enormous number of products that are essential for Pindostan in their fight against COVID-19.

Canada, he said, provides Pindostan with doctors, nurses, testing kits and key ingredients for the N95 masks. Meanwhile, Germany accused Pindostan of engaging in “modern piracy” by diverting 200,000 facemasks that were destined for Germany while they were “on the tarmac” in Bangkok. France also complained when Pindostan seized a consignment of masks bound for France from China. The Groon reported:

The masks were on a plane at Shanghai airport … when the Pindo buyers turned up and offered three times what their French counterparts were paying.

Germany, in turn, had initially banned the export of medical masks and other protective gear to Italy. Though Germany did eventually relent, there was norelenting on Spain, Italy and France’s plea that coronavirus-incurred debt be shared out in the form of corona-bonds. Germany’s refusal infuriated the Italians so much that a group of Italian mayors and politicians bought a page in the FAZ to remind Germany that it had not been forced to pay back its debts after WW2. In stark contrast to the reluctance of NATO member states to do much for one another, China and Russia have been delivering aid all over the world, including NATO countries. Russia sent masks and ventilators to the United States; and ventilators, medical equipment and military virologists and epidemiologists to Italy. Russia also sent coronavirus testing kits to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, as well as to former USSR republics such as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus. Russia has also sent military doctors and virology and epidemiology specialists to Serbia. China also stepped up to the plate. It sent coronavirus testing kits as well as ventilators, masks and doctors to Italy; testing kits to Spain; and facemasks to Holland. It also delivered coronavirus testing kits to Palestine, and aid to Cambodia and Malaysia. Contrary to Stoltenberg’s claims then, the most striking feature of the coronavirus crisis is the absence of a NATO contribution to its solution. Pandemics are as old as humanity. Sooner or later, something like COVID-19 was bound to come along. Yet, despite all of the resources NATO had eaten up over the years, it has undertaken no emergency planning for a possible pandemic or a biological weapon attack. Its military hardware, vaunted command structures and constant military exercises are as useless today as they were in 2015 when Europe faced its last serious crisis. Of course, it was NATO itself that triggered the 2015 migration crisis. Its reckless intervention to overthrow the government of Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi threw the previously stable North African country into chaos and caused the massive flow of migrants into Europe. The same sequence followed the subsequent intervention of key NATO powers in the civil war in Syria.

In 2015, Europeans woke up to discover not only that their most urgent security problem was not Russia, Ukraine and Crimea (NATO’s obsessive concern), but Europe’s open borders, a problem NATO had done nothing to address and, worse, had exacerbated by fueling instability on Europe’s periphery. Yet NATO offered no explanation as to why Europe’s borders had remained so porous for decades. Similarly, in the face of a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe in 2015, NATO was unable to explain why, after supposedly fighting terrorism for the better part of two decades, it had done so little to safeguard Europe from the scourge of terrorism. In a speech delivered in Wellington, New Zealand, on Aug 5 2019, a few months before the COVID-19 outbreak, Stoltenberg declared that the greatest challenge the West faced was “increased competition between great powers” and that “a more assertive Russia is putting the rules based order under pressure.” Russia was everywhere, threatening everyone, “trying to meddle in and undermining the trust in democratic institutions.” And then there was “the rise of China.” China and Russia, Stoltenberg warned, “represent challenges for all of us, both NATO Allies and … many other countries.” So there it is. A few months before the onset of a global pandemic, the full ramifications of which we can today barely grasp, NATO was expressing alarm about Russia and China, the two powers that have done far more to help NATO countries out during this pandemic than NATO itself has. Meanwhile, Eurostan & Pindostan careen toward an economic catastrophe that will dwarf the 2008 crisis by several orders of magnitude. NATO’s contribution to solving that crisis will be as useless as its contribution to solving the 2008 crisis. What will it be? It will plead with member-states not to skimp on their contributions to a security organization from which they derive no security.

Rouhani: Friendly countries must pressure Pindostan to lift Iran sanctions amid pandemic
Press TV, Apr 6 2020

President Hassan Rouhani says friendly countries should exert pressure on Pindostan to lift its “cruel and one-sided” sanctions against Tehran at the current juncture that the Islamic Republic is diligently fighting the deadly new coronavirus pandemic. In a phone call with Pres Macron on Monday, the Iranian president emphasized that it is more difficult for Iran in comparison with other countries to battle the coronavirus when it is under the Pindo sanctions. Rouhani said:

The Pindo administration has not only violated international regulations by imposing illegal sanctions on Iran, but is also breaching health regulations ratified by the WHO in 2005 through its measures under the current circumstances.

The Iranian president once again expressed the country’s readiness to return to full compliance with its commitments under the nuclear deal, it clinched with major world powers in 2015 only if all sanctions against the country are removed. “The removal of sanctions and fulfillment of its commitments by Europe are a necessity, which has become more significant at the current specific situation,” the Iranian president pointed out. Pindostan reinstated its sanctions against Iran in May 2018 after leaving a UN-endorsed nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic and five other major powers. Since then, Faschingstein has forceded other countries to follow suit and mount pressure on Iran or face punishment. Pindostan has refused to lift sanctions on Iran and even tightened them several times in recent weeks, making it almost impossible for the Islamic Republic to access life-saving medications and medical equipment necessary in the fight against the deadly new coronavirus pandemic. Iran says the unilateral US sanctions have seriously hampered its fight against the pandemic. Presenting the latest update on Monday, Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour reported 2,274 new infections and 136 more deaths from the virus over the past 24 hours. In total, 60,500 Iranians have tested positive for COVID-19 while 3,739 have died, he pointed out, adding that 24,236 patients have fully recovered so far. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president welcomed an initiative by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to declare a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, expressing hope that it would also include the economic war on Iran. The UN chief on Friday renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties in conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Referring to countries beset with fighting like Syria, Libya, and Yemen, Guterres said:

The worst is yet to come. The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theaters of conflict.

Rouhani also described as “positive but insufficient” the initial steps taken to implement INSTEX, a trade mechanism set up by Britain, France and Germany in 2019 to protect companies doing business with Iran from Faschingstein’s sanctions. He emphasized that the mechanism should not be limited only to medical equipment and food, but must be also implemented in a way that would enable Iran to “use it to meet all our country’s requirements.” The three European signatories to the JCPOA unveiled the long-awaited direct non-dollar payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran following the Pindo withdrawal from the nuclear deal and in the face of the “toughest ever” sanctions imposed by Pindostan against the Islamic Republic.

It’s Pindostan, stupid!
Wang Wen, Global Times, Apr 6 2020

“It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton 43’s 1992 campaign used the phrase to show that the well-being of the economy was the key issue people cared about. It helped cement Clinton’s near miraculous victory over Bush 41. Now, I want to use a similar phrase to wake up the world and show that Pindostan is the key to defeating the pandemic. One hundred Chinese scholars, including me as the initiator, published on Thursday “An Open Letter to the People of Pindostan from 100 Chinese Scholars” in The Diplomat. It appeals for solidarity between China and Pindostan and calls for an end to politicizing the pandemic and demonizing other countries. On Friday, more than 90 prominent figures in Pindo security, diplomatic, business and academic circles also signed a letter calling on the Trump administration to work more closely with China to end the pandemic. The two letters echo each other. Boxtops and prominent figures from more than 20 countries have expressed their support for the Chinese scholars’ letter seeking solidarity and stopping of the blame game. It’s Pindostan, stupid! I care about Pindostan and its people, and my only intention is to warn them about the importance of following science-based protocols for self-protection. I use the phrase not because I dislike Pindostan or because I’m arrogant. I only want to wake up stupid Pindo politicians and media outlets that are still passing the buck and refusing to accept responsibility, and continuing to find fault with China. It’s the Pindo elites, stupid! The buck-passers should stop trying to shift the public’s focus and stop smearing China by suggesting it provided less than the most credible information and data. Is it even possible for China to deceive Pindostan and its vast intelligence-gathering apparatus? Complaints about China are not helping Pindostan control the spread of COVID-19, which is the country’s most urgent task. Given that Donald Trump has cooled his picking-holes-in-China rhetoric and is to focusing on COVID-19 prevention, the Pindo media and some politicians and boxtops, especially Sec State Pompeo, should be concentrating on how to get more aid from other countries. If they can’t do that, at the very least they could just shut up. It’s the Pindo society, stupid!

After months of self-isolation and social distancing practiced by 1.4 billion people in China proved so effective in containing the virus, I just can’t fathom why Pindo people are still hanging out in groups, gathering for church services, going to the beach and balking at wearing a face mask. Do they really not know that Pindostan is the world’s most highly COVID-19-infected country? Do they think they are somehow spiting a deadly virus by showing off their so-called freedom and individual rights? They should at least respect other people’s lives, and take a look at what people in China’s Wuhan have done in the past two months by self-isolating and protecting each other. It’s the Pindo mind-set, stupid! For decades Pindostan has led researches in the world’s academic circles, especially in international relations, focusing on national security, regional conflicts, economic ups and downs and financial crises. Researches into the impact of pandemics on human civilization have been lacking. Even in the 20th century with the rapid development of medical technology, more people died from infectious diseases than from wars. About 110 million people died in wars around the world, while infectious diseases have killed some 1.4 billion people. The US has fought a war on its soil for more than 150 years, but 1 million Americans have died from infectious diseases. If the US fails to fully come to grips with the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world war against the virus will never end. It’s time to change the paradigm of international relations. I hope the COVID-19 pandemic updates the mind-set of humanity. Our planet was formed some 4.5 billion years ago, with humans of today evolving about 200,000 years ago and civilization as we know it isn’t much older than 6,000 years. Humans seem to be progressing but have yet to get the upper hand on nature. Infectious diseases have caused the collapse of many ancient empires. About a third of Europeans died of epidemics in the 14th century, and the 1918 flu killed at least 50 million people around the world. Does anyone remember the WHO’s appeal from 20 years ago? It was estimated in 2009 that if the per capita health expenditure of the 60 most underdeveloped countries could increase from $13 to $38, then about 8 million people would be saved annually by 2015. The WHO’s call was basically ignored, but that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to act now. We need to start by changing the deep-rooted mind-set of existing governance paradigms and begin showing global solidarity.

Lack of Pindo leadership can’t stall global virus fight
Zhang Tengjun, Global Times, Apr 6 2020

The novel coronavirus poses the most pressing challenge to the current Pindo-led international order. Pindostan is suffering the most serious public health crisis in a century. In face of the pandemic, the Western world, headed by Pindostan, has not only failed to curb the spread of the virus, it has failed to demonstrate international leadership. The “Westlessness” discussed at the Munich Security Conference in February is once again being highlighted. The pandemic has thrown the international order into uncertainty, and Pindostan is playing a negative role. Even though the country has the highest number of confirmed cases, the Trump administration continues to pursue anti-globalization, and seems to be trying to politicize the virus-caused havoc and shirk its international responsibility. The Trump administration is facing three leadership crises. First, the Pindo government is ill-equipped to handle the domestic situations. In the early days of the outbreak, it downplayed the severity of the disease and wasted two precious months it could have used to prepare. As a result, massive outbreaks rage through the nation, triggering a public health disaster. The Boston Globe may be right to say Trump has “blood on his hands.” Second, Pindostan has turned a blind eye to its Western vassals. When the outbreaks in Europe continued to worsen, instead of offering assistance, the Trump administration suspended flights and personnel exchanges. Such behavior goes against Pindostan’s commitment to its vassals and erodes its leadership. Third, Pindostan has made little contribution to the global fight against COVID-19. Global cooperation is the only way to overcome the current difficulties. However, Pindostan still pursues unilateralism and protectionism. Without providing any substantial help, Pindostan even smeared China’s support of other countries for political purposes. The performance of the Trump administration during the pandemic once again demonstrates the diplomatic philosophy of “Pindostan first,” which sets domestic affairs as the country’s top priority and all actions basically need to serve the political goal of re-election. Trump hopes to obtain as much political benefit as possible during the election year. Thus, he shifts the blame to the Demagog Party and the media, and turns a deaf ear to the requests for help from Blue states like New York and California.

“Pindostan first” also means no country is allowed to challenge Pindostan’s leadership. During the pandemic Pindostan has shown little interest in international cooperation. This does not mean Pindostan will do nothing. Instead, it is doing everything to prevent any other country from becoming a leader in the global war against the COVID-19. What is more dangerous is that the Trump administration is attempting to turn the fight against the virus into a geopolitical and ideological competition. Trump called the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” while waging a public opinion war against China. The Pindo government slandered China’s political system and foreign aid. It is clear that Pindostan is using the outbreak as a strategy to undermine China’s image. Individualism is rooted in the modern international system, which originated from the Peace Treaty of Westphalia of 1648. In peacetime, Western countries talk about global governance and cooperation. However, in times of crisis, they always seek benefits for themselves at the expense of others. As a result, conflicts and wars never stop, and world prosperity and stability constantly face serious challenges. Basically, the Western world has been indulged in the concept of zero-sum game, and “Pindostan first” is the new manifestation. The international community has profoundly realized “Pindostan first” does great harm to the international system. Since Trump came into office, Pindostan has put its own interests above those of the world and frequently damaged legitimacy and representativeness of the existing international mechanisms. Now, the current global governance system is in the most vulnerable period since its establishment. The virus knows no borders or ideology. Solidarity and cooperation are the only way to survive the disease. Fortunately for the world, many countries have turned to China instead of Pindostan for help, and China has given active responses, demonstrating its responsibility as a big power. The international community should unite to win this battle together. The absence of Pindostan’s leadership does not amount to the end of the world.

Inequality plays unacknowledged role in Pindo virus outbreak
‘GT Voice’, Global Times, Apr 6 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Pindostan has become a disaster and a tragedy for urban and rural low-income groups. Income inequality and the unbalanced distribution of health system resources could increase the damage of the coronavirus’ spread in Pindostan and affect the lives of many people. The Trump administration should pay more attention to the poor with new cases of the coronavirus rapidly increasing in the country. In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 81% of the deaths so far have been black people, although black people make up only 26% of that county, the NYT said. It will still take time to calculate how many of those victims lived in households with incomes below the federal poverty line, but many believe low-income groups are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in devastating ways. Income inequality is on the rise in Pindostan. More than 6.6 million Pindos filed for unemployment in the week ended on Mar 28. Once unemployed, low-income Pindos have no savings to fall back on, and thus have to go out and find new jobs. The best way to protect people from the coronavirus is to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, but financial stress makes this difficult for the poor. This choice is far more accessible for middle-class and affluent people who have the option to work from home. Low-income groups are likely being infected at higher rates. What’s more, the disease is linked to a greater risk of death among low-income patients, because of the unbalanced distribution of medical resources. China has spent an average of $2.4k on each coronavirus patient. Drugs always cost more for patients living in Pindostan than in China. As the number of confirmed cases continues to grow in Pindostan, the poor may be unable to obtain essential health services. The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Pindostan neared 10,000 on Monday. Why has the epidemic spread so rapidly in Pindostan and led to a huge spike in deaths? Income inequality may be one reason behind the increased figures. A wide income gap between the rich and the poor has been a chronic illness of the Pindo economy. Now, the chronic illness is being exposed by the coronavirus outbreak. The next two weeks will be crucial in the fight against the deadly virus in Pindostan. But unfortunately, Pindo authorities have not yet done enough to protect the poor from the coronavirus. It seems Pindos are unaware of the role of income inequality played in the coronavirus outbreak. A wide income gap could cause serious consequences not only for the Pindo economy but also its national destiny.

Western countries should abandon silly mask prejudices
Shi Tian, Global Times, Apr 6 2020

A group of researchers in Denmark is launching an experiment which aims to find out whether wearing face masks helps in curbing the coronavirus pandemic. For 30 days starting from Apr 8, 3,000 test subjects will wear masks outdoors, while the other 3,000 will not. Wearing masks in public places has been strictly required for over two months in China, and it has proven highly effective by the outcomes China has achieved. Denmark has seen more than 4,000 COVID-19 cases and is facing an unpredictable situation in the coming 30 days, so a trial risking 3,000 people’s lives to verify a proven fact is more than ridiculous. This European country is not alone. Till now, most Western countries still refuse to recognize the effect of masks, and at a deeper level, China’s experience. On Friday, the Pindo government just began to recommend that people wear masks in public. But Trump repeatedly stressed it was “voluntary” and he himself would choose “not to do it.” And in many places in the Western world, masks were even portrayed by certain government boxtops and media outlets in a negative way. As a consequence, some Asian-looking people have suffered unjustified discrimination and violence because they were wearing masks. In the face of a deadly virus threatening so many people’s lives, any measure should be adopted and promoted as long as there is a chance that it will work. Moreover, wearing masks is not an unscientific folk prescription, but valuable experience that China gained at the cost of many lives. The attitude of these Western countries toward face masks only shows their extreme prejudice and arrogance. Their doubts about the masks largely stem from their distrust of China’s experience; fundamentally from their prejudices brought about by different political systems and ideologies. No matter what remarkable achievements China has made, some people in the West tend to question and deny them. However, it is not a time for ideological struggles. China and the West should be teammates fighting together against the virus and learn from each other. Some in the West obviously put ideology and politics above the health of their own people. Allowing themshelves to be dominated by prejudice at this critical time for world cooperation is simply pathetic. Their attitude also to some extent exposes the arrogance of some in the West. Some people always believe that the Western system is synonymous with democracy, freedom, and science. These words much found on their lips have seemingly given them a sense of superiority. But putting people’s lives at risk to demonstrate their pursuit of these concepts is not something that can be bragged about. At the current stage, the only priority should be protecting the health and lives of people. Western countries are now the main battlefield of the global fight against the pandemic. It is time for them to abandon their prejudices and arrogance and take the lives of their own people more seriously.

Challenge only beginning as storms lie ahead
Editorial, Global Times, Apr 6 2020

The crisis triggered by COVID-19 outbreak has only just begun: The pandemic and the international political situation bode further and more severe challenges. As a major country that was also among the first to bring the novel coronavirus under control, China must prepare to face an extremely complicated situation. The pandemic seems unlikely to end quickly. The epicenter has been shifting as coronavirus has spread across the globe. In addition, certain animals that are in close contacts with human beings are becoming new hosts for the virus. In all probability, the coronavirus will repeatedly strike at society. It may only be brought under control rather than eradicated. The numbers and rates of infections and deaths in China are smaller than those in Eurostan & Pindostan. However, assuming the pandemic continues for a lengthy period, those societies currently suffering high infection rates and death tolls may develop corresponding adaptability. At that time, the battle against COVID-19 will also change. China must therefore accelerate R&D of vaccines and therapeutic medicines so as to help all humanity win the next stage of the race against the coronavirus. After China had brought the virus under control, the country’s primary task appeared to be economic recovery. But as the shadow of the pandemic spreads across Eurostan & Pindostan, a global economic recession has become a foregone conclusion. Unprecedented turmoil beckons in the world’s economic structure. Timing the resumption of work in China is now connected with both public health and international politics. China has two major goals in resuming work. First, it is to maintain normal life by ensuring the basic functioning of the country’s economy, reducing the number of bankruptcies and guaranteeing employment as much as possible. Second, China must ensure economic recovery in order to maintain the country’s status as the center of the world’s manufacturing industry. These goals define China’s current strategic work. The COVID-19 pandemic will impact the world order and trigger turmoil. Nationalists and populists may have more room to fan the flames and China is likely to become the target of certain Western leaders to displace their peoples’ anger and disappointment. Impulsiveness and irrationality may replace due reflection in the West, and thus China may face much more serious risks in the arena of international politics. Comprehensive preparations must be made right now, especially in terms of strategic power that can force challengers to stay calm. China doesn’t have much time for this. Domestically, China’s most important work is to increase solidarity and coherence throughout society, which will need to withstand unprecedented pressures. Dissatisfaction manifested during this crisis must be attended to, while relevant problems must be solved to remedy hidden scars left since the outbreak of COVID-19. It should be noted that the unexpected changes in the global spread of the virus have continually updated the Chinese people’s understanding of the crisis and their evaluation of China’s epidemic prevention efforts. China is in a very advantageous position to solve problems by seeking truth from facts, and to build consensus and confidence throughout Chinese society. There are great uncertainties ahead, but China has brought the coronavirus under control and proven the strength of its capacity for national mobilization. The country also possesses the world’s most comprehensive national industrial base. China is completely able to overcome any challenge it meets, safeguard its strategic security, and protect its people’s interests.

2 Comments

  1. CuChulainn
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    wolves can be more sympathetic than sheep, at least when the sheep baa together for the wolves, and snitch on each other, and enforce the wolf’s justice

    https://spectator.us/lockdown-please-swedish/

  2. niqnaq
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Sweden is changing

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