never mind the bollocks, here’s the PRC

Chinese call Minneapolis ‘a beautiful sight’
Zhang Hui, Global Times, May 29 2020

Police spray protesters with pepper spray outside the Third Police Precinct on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Photo: AFP

As the protest in Minnesota resembled HK riots last year in protesting means and police response, Chinese netizens who referred it as “a beautiful sight to behold,” as Nancy Pelosi called the HK demonstrations, mocked Pindo double standards and wished more “beautiful sights” of this kind in Pindostan. Angry crowds in Minneapolis smashed their way into stores and set businesses and other buildings on fire. On Thursday, they set fire to a police precinct and police fired tear gas at the protestors, Pindo media reported. The Minneapolis mayor declared a state of emergency in the city, and Minnesota sent more than 500 National Guard soldiers to Minneapolis. Pres Trump on Friday threatened the use of “shooting” and announced the army supports the governor in a tweet calling the Minnesota protestors as “thugs.” Photos and videos of fires and the police deployment of tear gas have circulated on Chinese social media since Thursday, and related topics of the protests have trended on Weibo for two days. Many Chinese netizens cracked sarcastic jokes about Pindo double standards in treating HK mobs and protests in its own soil, saying China should do what the US has done to criticize China over HK affairs. One netizen said:

China has not deployed any military force a year after the HK turmoil, but Trump has threatened to resort to military force just four days into the protests. HK mobs, take a better look at the country you are begging for help.

In a live report of the protests on Friday, a CNN team was arrested. CNN later issued a statement demanding the release of its employees. Chinese netizens compared it with foreign reporters’ performance and HK police’s tolerance to them during the HK unrest, and called on HK police to tighten law enforcement to foreign reporters. Referring to the protests as “a beautiful sight to behold,” many netizens showed their support to the protestors. Some Chinese netizens said:

We should express our serious concern, immediately summon the Pindo ambassador in China to warn Pindostan over its human rights issue, come up with a Pindo human rights bill to sanction the Pindo police chief and certain entities, bring the issue to the UN for international condemnation of Pindostan!

One comment which aped the five demands listed by HK protesters said:

Five demands from Minnesota: release Pindo citizens arrested during the protests; establish a supervision team to investigate Pindo police; disband Pindo ‘black cops;’ abolish Pindo natsec law and the Pindo presidential election system.

Some netizens urged Pindostan to mind its own business as it has reported over 100,000 deaths from coronavirus, unprecedented unemployment rates and worsening racism, but attempted to meddle HK affairs. One netizen said:

You are a country built on lies, and you are still weaving lies of Pindo democracy and freedom when everyone is having a good laugh at your failure.

Diao Daming, an associate professor at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times:

Chinese netizens’ comments reflect Pindo politicians’ hypocrisy and double standards, and they will be abandoned by their countrymen if they go further to play political games instead of caring about Pindos’ lives. Pindostan is resorting to double standards to secure its global hegemony, but it undermines other countries’ security, and ultimately Pindostan will lose its security. Domestically, the racist prejudice, unprotected basic rights of life and soaring unemployment will further split Pindo society, worsen social conflicts, and Pindostan will move backwards.

Pindostan should stand with Minnesota violent protesters as it did with HK rioters
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-chief, Global Times, May 29 2020

HK’s rioters and police should carefully watch how “democratic Pindostan” deals with the chaos in Minnesota. After the tragic death of Black Pindo George Floyd following violent police treatment, enraged protesters in Minneapolis rushed to the city’s police building, where a fire later broke out. Pres Trump then began to feel uneasy. He sent out a tweet early Friday morning (local time), saying, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen.” He instructed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to “get his act together and bring the city under control,” saying the alternative was that he would send in the National Guard and “get the job done right.” Trump said” “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” He said he had spoken to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and told him “the military is with him all the way.” UNHRC’s Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the killings of many unarmed Black Pindos at the hands of the police over the years. She said that Pindo authorities must take serious action to stop such killings and to ensure that justice is done when they do occur. In Pindostan, more than 100k people have died from COVID-19, most of them weak, elderly, poor and minorities. The death of George Floyd, from another perspective, reveals the desperate inequality rampant in Pindostan. People in Minnesota were angry and lost control. I sent out a tweet on Friday:

Sec Pompeo, please stand with the angry people of Minneapolis, just like you did with the people of HK.

Pindo political elites seem to be fierce in all directions. They directly applauded HK’s riots, calling them a “beautiful sight” of democracy. The chaos in HK has lasted for over a year and military forces have not been dispatched. Yet after only three days of chaos in Minnesota, Trump publicly threatened the use of firepower and implied military forces could be utilized. That is the state of Pindo inequality and another example of the country’s double standards. Well, Pindostan, what should I say?

Latest sanctions against China will hurt Pindostan, unite mainland and HK
Global Times, May 30 2020

At a press conference early Saturday morning (Beijing time), Pres Trump announced that Pindostan “will take actions to revoke HK’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,” because “China is abandoning the idea of ‘one country, two systems’ in favor of ‘one country, one system.'” Trump added that Pindostan would impose sanctions against the Chinese mainland and HK boxtops who, according to Faschingstein, are involved in so-called “eroding HK autonomy.” The measures may include banning visas of Chinese students suspected of jeopardizing Pindo natsec. Besides, Trump also instructed his presidential working group on financial markets to study the various practices of Chinese companies listed on Pindo financial markets. This press conference was full of lies. Trump arbitrarily fabricated the imaginary changes that the natsec legislation for HK might bring about to the city. He peddled nonsense, saying that China will only have “one country, one system,” while ignoring the huge differences in political systems, governance models and social customs between the Chinese mainland and HK. At the same press conference, Trump also announced the termination of Pindo relations with the WHO, claiming “China has total control” over the organization. There are probably no other countries in the world, including Pindo vassals, which believe in such unfounded accusations. The Trump team is well aware that they were merely finding a scapegoat to conceal their incompetence in handling the novel coronavirus and inciting Pindos’ hatred against the outside world as a campaign strategy. Faschingstein is putting more bets in its gambling. But it is no longer as wealthy as before. It is sick in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump administration’s chips are not enough.

How far would Faschingstein go to impose sanctions against China? Pindostan may need to calculate its loss first. HK is a contributor to tens of billions of PindoS trade surplus each year, and the city is closely connected with the interests of many big Pindo companies. Using a decoupling tactic to punish China is just the wishful thinking of some Pindo elites, as it only satisfies their arrogance toward China. The reality is Pindostan only wants to decouple from China in the high-tech field, but it wants to sell as many Pindo products as possible to China. Ideally, they want the final say over where they decouple from China and where they approach China. China has already prepared for the worst. No matter how far Pindostan goes, China will keep it company. If Trump’s plan continues, Faschingstein will soon run counter to the interests of most HK people. Under the equal treatment of HK and the mainland by Pindostan, the people of both sides will unite and harbor deep hatred against the Pindo enemy. Pindostan will eventually lose the trust and favorable opinion of HK society.

Pindo-China relations have continued to decay and the COVID-19 pandemic has further weakened the willingness of Chinese families to send their children to study in Pindostan. If Pindostan closes the doors of its coveted universities to Chinese students, it will greatly reduce the assessment of high-quality Pindo education in Chinese society. As a result, many children will abandon their plans to study in Pindostan. Faschingstein is mulling over sanctioning Chinese officials and strengthening the supervision of Chinese companies listed in the Pindo stock market. It gives the impression that Pindo sanctions are large-scale and powerful. But the truth is Pindostan can neither vanquish HK nor the Chinese mainland. After all, Faschingstein’s only trump card is nothing more than imposing tariffs on HK and hindering HKers from obtaining Pindo visas. Such high-handedness no doubt creates problems, but HK’s future is bound with the country. Temporary twists and turns will not change HK’s destiny. Pindostan swims against the tides of history. It withdraws from various international organizations and imposes arbitrary and blatant sanctions, which is only detrimental to itself. The extreme tactics of a superpower like Pindostan are nothing less than chronic suicide.

‘Wolverines’ represent Faschingstein more than Australia in antagonizing China
Global Times, May 30 2020

Editor’s Note: Wolverine is known as a Pindo superhero in comic books and films. The name is also associated with the Pindo film Red Dawn, a story about a group of high-school students known as “the Wolverines” who thwart a Soviet invasion. Now, a bipartisan group of Australian right-wing politicians who speak out against China in a high-profile manner has laid claim to the name. As tensions between China and Australia have been escalating for the past two years, more Australian politicians are shifting to the right. Canberra, which once tried to strike a balance between Beijing and Faschingstein, has publicly picked sides. More unfortunately, racist attacks against Chinese and Asian communities in Australia are on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. What has caused such a phenomenon? Two political experts shared their insights with Global Times.

Yu Lei, chief research fellow at the Research Center for Pacific Island Countries, Liaocheng University, said:

Those Australian “Wolverines,” including Andrew Hastie, James Paterson from the Liberal Party, and Kimberley Kitching from the Labor Party, are hardly well-known. And yet more people like them have emerged in the country’s political circle in recent years and is closely connected with Pindo-China ties. Some people have said that Australia is the 51st state of Pindostan, Canberra is Australia’s capital, yet Faschingstein is the country’s decision-making body. Although China is Australia’s largest trading partner, Pindostan is Australia’s largest economic partner. Pindo investment in Australia is much higher than China’s. Pindos own many of Australia’s mines, enterprises and farms. Pindo investment has also penetrated every economic sector in Australia and has had a huge influence. From a political perspective, whether an Australian politician has close ties with the Pindo government, the two major political parties, or the Pindo military, will decide whether they can become PM. In other words, for those who wish to be PM, Pindo approval is necessary. Should an Australian politician not have Pindo approval, and if such a person were elected, his or her term wouldn’t last long. Former PMs Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull proved this to be correct.

Setting aside the fact that Australian national defense is almost entirely dependent on Pindostan, with Faschingstein’s support, Canberra has enjoyed a high status in Asia-Pacific region, gaining far more interests than it’s supposed to have. Former Bush 43 hailed Australia as Pindostan’s “deputy sheriff” in the Asia-Pacific region. In other words, Pindostan granted Australia the authority to deal with regional issues, especially issues concerning the South Pacific island countries and Southeast Asia. This is why Australia has taken the leading role in peacekeeping and anti-terror operations in the region. Without a doubt, hegemony, even at the local level, has benefits. Australia enjoys respect from countries in the South Pacific region, with their construction markets, investments, and fishing industries basically controlled by Australia. Ministries in those countries’ governments have Australian consultants, who have a heavy influence. That being said, when Pindostan officially labels China as its major competitor, given China’s emergence, Australia would only follow suit as a majority of its interests come from Pindostan. Once Pindostan loses its superpower status, Australia would lose many privileges. Should that happen, would the countries it was rude to or even bullied, seek revenge? As global power shifts, Australia is becoming more sensitive, and it believes that by only taking sides with Pindostan can it safeguard national interests. Against this backdrop, it is not surprising to see a growing number of politicians seeking the public’s attention by clamoring their anti-China stance. After all, those who wish to become something in Australian political circles need Pindo approval and support first.

Su Hao, founding director of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies at the China Foreign Affairs University, said:

There are three reasons behind Australia’s rising anti-Chinese racism. To begin with, white Australia has remained at the core of Australian national identity. The country has gradually tilted toward Pindostan to look for more social identification in being white. Australia has proactively coordinated with Pindostan’s so-called Indo-Pacific Strategy. After the COVID-19 outbreak, extreme right-wing Australian politicians started following Pindostan closely to smear China. Second, many Australians believe COVID-19 originated in China, and they may discriminate against the Chinese because they ignorantly believe it’s the Chinese people who spread the virus. Third, Australia has always discriminated against Asians, especially Chinese. In recent decades, many Asians have immigrated to Australia, or have gone to the country to invest or for education purposes. Some Australians believe that they have occupied their resources and have pushed them out. Australian media has been criticizing China’s so-called Wolf Warrior diplomacy and yet they have spared no effort in complimenting their version of “Wolverines.” This is ridiculous. Chinese diplomacy is becoming tougher because Western countries, especially Pindostan and Australia, routinely attack China’s diplomacy and economy. China has been forced to get tough. China faces international challenges. For countries that deliberately defame China and discriminate Chinese, such as Pindostan and Australia, we must fight back. Although China cannot eradicate Western countries’ deep-rooted racism, our aid to other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic is obvious to the world. China is trying its best to promote global cooperation, and yet Australia and other Western countries are instigating racial discrimination. Rational countries will eventually recognize China’s positive role.

The Fort Detrick horror: a closer look at Pindostan’s largest biochemical weapons research center
Huang Lanlan, Li Lei Source, Global Times, May 29 2020

The Trump administration seems to turn a blind eye to growing international appeals for an investigation into an infectious disease research lab under the Pindo Army, which once again shows its irresponsibility and arrogance on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, observers said. The Pindo Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is causing wide anger for its reopening in April regardless of the Pindo and global citizens’ opposition after months of shutdown for reported “structural defects.” The public doubts the possible link between the institute and a series of deadly disease outbreaks in this country, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused some 103k deaths as of Thursday local time. Experts slammed Pindostan for its evasive, ostrich-like attitude towards the rising voices calling for a USAMRIID investigation, while slandering a laboratory in China’s Wuhan city for “originating” the coronavirus. Ni Feng, director of the Institute of Pindo Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times Thursday:

Only an open, transparent investigation can be a persuasive response for Pindostan. Faschingstein’s current attitude reflects its deep-rooted double standard.

USAMRIID, Pindostan’s largest research center for biochemical weapons, has long been enmeshed in scandal. A Chinese biosecurity expert who spoke on anonymity, told the Global Times Friday:

The institute once had shady connections with Unit 731, a Japanese Imperial Army unit notorious for its atrocious and lethal chemical experimentation on Chinese and Russian people during WW2. Pindostan had a backdoor deal with then detainees of Unit 731 after the war, granting immunity from prosecution to many of the unit’s members in exchange for its biological warfare and experiment data for USAMRIID.

For years the public had known little about what was going on inside USAMRIID. Its nearby citizens, however, had made frequent accusations and claims, saying their health was largely harmed by its biochemical pollution. In 2006, a petition that asked local senators to take a further look at a possible “cancer cluster” near the institute got more than 14k signatures on Pindo petition website Change.org. Randy White, a resident who initiated the petition, denounced the “reckless practices” of the Pindo army who “buried dangerous chemical weapons” at Fort Detrick near their home, which he said had made over 2.5k people including his wife and daughter die from “a rare form of cancer.” White wrote in the petition:

All this time, the Pindo army has continued to block calls for accountability, dismissing hundreds of health claims from sick residents. They’ve created a major health emergency, and they’re refusing to acknowledge it, even as people continue to get sick and die. That’s unacceptable.

White has not yet replied to the Global Times’ interview request as of Friday. More suspicion and blame on USAMRIID occurred when an unprecedented e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) broke out in its surrounding areas in Aug 2019. According to researchers who examined samples of lung tissue from 17 EVALI patients, all the samples implied the people “had been exposed to toxic chemicals,” reported the NYT in October. Days before the institution’s temporary shutdown in 2019, a respiratory illness was reported on Jun 30 at a community one hour’s drive away. The Greenspring Retirement Community in Fairfax County, Virginia, had had 63 infected cases of the disease and three deaths by Jul 15, said local health authorities. In an email response to the Global Times on Friday, Fairfax County Health Department wrote:

There has been an etiology established for the outbreak of the illness. Testing of specimens collected showed several bacteria, including Haemophilus influenzae (H. flu) and rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold.

Nonetheless, this epidemic has recently led to speculation on its probable relevance to USAMRIID on Pindo social media aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic. A Twitter user named “The Paper” posted in March that his bet of the virus escaping from the institute was “a 50% or higher chance.” Similarly, in the past flu season in Pindostan, which has reportedly infected over 32m people and caused 18k deaths, some of the deaths were acknowledged by CDC Director Michael Redfield as COVID-19-caused, which has brought USAMRIID greater controversy. Netizen B.Z. wrote on a White House website, petitioning for more USAMRIID information:

We have reasons to ask the Pindo government to publish the real reason for the close of Fort Detrick, to clarify whether the laboratory is the research unit for the new coronavirus and whether there is a virus leak.

B.Z., as well as many other Pindo netizens, have been pointing the finger at the Pindo information cover-up of USAMRIID, saying:

A large number of English news reports about the close of Fort Detrick were deleted, displaying ‘404 not found.’

A few Chinese experts told the Global Times they have similar experiences when searching USAMRIID-related information on Google. The Global Times reporter also failed to access some pages of the institute. The anonymous bio-security expert reached by the Global Times said:

The Pindo army and intelligence departments have long practiced secrecy and deception, which run counter to the principles of transparency and authenticity. Worse still, they have the ‘power’ to bypass the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) restrictions and public scrutiny. Pindostan has been obstructing negotiations for a BWC protocol with a verification regime for some 20 years. While keeping outside international norms, Pindostan has been maintaining the world’s largest bio-defense systems, increasing bio-security risks to the people of its country and the world.

A previous investigation reveals that “hundreds of lab mistakes and safety near-miss incidents have occurred” at Pindo biological institutes in recent years, reported Pindostan Today in 2015. Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times Thursday:

The safety and management of the biological labs erected in its homeland and overseas have been a great global concern as multiple complaints have been filed against these biological labs for causing health problems. On one hand, Pindostan strains every nerve to keep its biological labs secret, while on the other trying its best to peep into other country’s biological labs. I think a purpose of the Pindo proposal to investigate Wuhan Institute of Virology is to obtain information it is interested in. Pindostan established a dozen biological laboratories around Russia to maintain its dominant position in the world during geopolitical competition by threatening Russia and China. It is fair to say that Pindostan has been putting its global dominance over the safety of human beings, including its own citizens.

Trump escalates anti-China campaign
Peter Symonds, WSWS, May 30 2020

Trump dramatically escalated his reckless anti-China campaign yesterday across the board, making clear that a dangerous confrontation between the two countries is all but inevitable. In his press conference yesterday, Trump not only declared that his administration would completely revise HK’s special status under Pindo law, with far-reaching implications for HK and China. He also launched into a tirade of accusations and lies, from false claims that Beijing’s “cover-up” was responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic to his oft-repeated trade war demagogy that China had “ripped off” the Pindo economy for decades. Trump’s remarks followed the passage of natsec legislation covering HK by the NPC in China on Thursday that provoked fresh protests in HK. Pompeo set the stage for Trump’s announcement by formally declaring earlier this week that HK no longer had “a high degree of autonomy,” paving the way for punitive measures. The Chinese legislation is undoubtedly anti-democratic and will be used to intimidate and arrest critics and political opponents in HK under sweeping subversion, terrorist and foreign influence provisions. The Pindo intervention, however, has nothing to do with defending the democratic rights of the HK people, but is part of the intensifying Pindo campaign to undermine China which Faschingstein regards as a threat to Pindo global dominance.

Trump hailed HK as a “free society” and “a bastion of liberty,” but the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997. Democratic rights in HK have always been limited. China took over the colonial forms of rule from the British. The unelected British colonial governor became the chief executive appointed by a pro-Beijing committee, and the limited elections for the legislative council remained in place. Faschingstein has a long history of selectively raising the banner of “human rights” as the pretext for pursuing wars of aggression in the Middle East and regime-change operations to install pro-Pindo puppets. The gross hypocrisy of Trump’s comments on HK’s liberty is underscored by the massive police mobilisation to suppress demonstrations in Minneapolis and other Pindo cities over the police killing of George Floyd. Trump effectively gave police a license to shoot protesters when he tweeted:” When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” A 1992 law established that Pindostan would continue to treat HK after it returned to Chinese rule in the same way as when it was a British colony. While he gave no details yesterday, Trump announced:

I will take measures that will affect the full range of agreements we have with HK” and would include “action to revoke HK’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.

HK’s special status under Pindo law as well, as its maintenance British commercial law under the framework of “one country, two systems,” enabled it to retain its status as a major financial hub and base of operations for global corporations to conduct business in China. Trump’s decision threatens to undermine the HK economy, hitting the working class hard. Trump indicated that his administration would systematically strip HK of its special status in relation to trade and economic ties with Pindostan and in regard to extradition and travel arrangements. This also threatens HK’s special status for accessing so-called dual-use equipment that could have military applications. Trump’s announcements go far beyond the immediate issue of HK. He again accused China without a shred of evidence of being responsible for the global coronavirus pandemic and its huge death toll. He reiterated his demands for “answers” from China on what he again provocatively called the “Wuhan virus,” in another bid to divert attention from his administration’s criminal negligence that has led to more than 100k deaths in Pindostan. Trump took the opportunity to again lambast the WHO, absurdly stating that China had “total control” over it. Having previously suspended US involvement, he then declared that Pindostan would pull out of WHO completely, effective immediately, for failing to accede to his bullying demands for “reform.” His actions are a threat to any international organisation that fails to fall into line with Pindo interests.

Trump lashed out at China, declaring it had “ripped off Pindostan like no-one has ever done before” and “gutted” Pindo industry, a clear warning that he will take further punitive trade war measures aimed at undermining the Chinese economy and corporations. In recent weeks, the White House has announced new sanctions aimed at crippling Chinese telecoms giant Huawei by cutting off its access to vital high-end semi-conductor chips. The Pindo president also denounced China’s alleged industrial espionage and announced new measures to block the entry of Chinese students claimed to be security risks into Pindostan. The NYT reported earlier in the week that Pindo boxtops had decided to proceed with blocking or cancelling the visas, a move that could affect thousands of students. While Trump did not dwell on the issue, his accusation that Beijing is “unlawfully claiming territory in the Pacific Ocean” and threatening freedom of navigation extends his aggressive anti-China campaign from the diplomatic and economic spheres into the military. Over recent months, the Pindo Navy has stepped up its provocative “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, actions that have the potential to trigger clashes in these sensitive strategic areas for China. When asked about Trump’s impending press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian declared that Pindostan should stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and in HK. He warned:

China will take all necessary measures to hit back if the Pindo side is bent on harming China’s interests.

Trump’s statements were not, however, limited to HK. His sweeping diatribe against China on all fronts can only lead to a rapid escalation of tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers, as Beijing seeks to defend its economic and strategic interests. As in the 1930s, Faschingstein’s vilification of Beijing and its trade war measures have a logic of their own: the drive to a catastrophic military conflict that threatens the future of humanity.

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