WSWS’ defense of china is even more dogmatic than those who attack it

G7 summit issues threats against China and Russia
Robert Stevens, WSWS, Jun 13 2021

Draghi, Morrison, Merkel, Ramaphosa, Moon Jae-in, Johnson, Biden,  Macron, Trudeau,
Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Cornwall, Jun 12 2021. (Photo: Leon Neal/AP)

The governments of the world’s wealthiest nations (the US, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada) ended three days of deliberations at a G7 summit in Cornwall, England on Sunday. The G7 powers played up “multilateralism” and downplayed the deep differences that emerged inside the G7 under Trump. Yet they were able to agree only on a summit communiqué that was tantamount to a threat of war against China. The 25-page summit communiqué backed the Wuhan lab theory provocation, insinuating that China was seeking to conceal its production of the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory and then allowing it to escape. They wrote:

As G7 countries, we acknowledge our particular role and responsibilities in international efforts to strengthen the global health system, and commit to harnessing our unique strengths to support this. We place particular emphasis on … investigating, reporting and responding to outbreaks of unknown origin. We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China.

Almost 4m lives have been lost to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with well over 1m in the G7 nations, based on conservative figures compiled by the world’s governments, with nearly 176m infected. The demand that China “come clean” would therefore alone provide a casus belli for aggression against China. But things did not stop there. Point 49 of the communiqué points to trade war between the imperialist powers and Beijing. Asserting:

We recognise the particular responsibility of the largest countries and economies in upholding the rules-based international system and international law. We commit to play our role in this, working with all partners and as members of the G20, UN and wider international community, and encourage others to do the same. We will do this based on our shared agenda and democratic values. With regard to China, and competition in the global economy, we will continue to consult on collective approaches to challenging non-market policies and practices which undermine the fair and transparent operation of the global economy.

It ends with the threat:

We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.

Xinjiang is home to China’s Uighur population and has been the chief focus of accusations of human rights abuses by Washington and other capitals. Point 60 declares the ambitions of the imperialist powers to confront China militarily on its own doorstep, stating:

We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo Pacific, which is inclusive and based on the rule of law. We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues. We remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions.

The militarist subtext of such statements of “concern” over China’s supposedly “unilateral” moves to consolidate its dominance of global seaways was epitomised by Biden and Johnson posing on a Cornish beach with one of the UK’s new £3b aircraft carriers, the Prince of Wales, and other warships in view behind them. The UK’s other carrier, the Queen Elizabeth, is the lead ship in a carrier strike group including a US destroyer and Marines that is heading towards the South China Sea, where it will carry out military exercises. Additionally, the G7 pledged to combat China’s One Belt One Road initiative, through which it is undertaking numerous global infrastructure projects to facilitate trade, with the launch of a US-led Build Back Better World (B3W) development project. Russia was also the target of hostilities. Point 51 states:

We reaffirm our call on Russia to stop its destabilising behaviour and malign activities, including its interference in other countries’ democratic systems. We call on Russia to withdraw military troops and materiel at the eastern border of Ukraine and on the Crimean peninsula. We remain firmly of the view that Russia is a party to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, not a mediator.

Biden arrived at the summit declaring that America is back. What this translates to for the world’s population is an escalating danger of war. As Biden told US troops stationed at RAF Mildenhall, America’s “one truly sacred obligation” was to “prepare and equip” its armed forces. Last month, the Biden administration released its budget proposal for the coming year centred on a record military budget of $753b, including $24.7b for nuclear weapons modernization. Germany, France and Britain have all ratcheted up military spending, with the Johnson government increasing its nuclear warhead stockpile by a massive 40%. The obscenity of the multi-trillion-dollar war drive was thrown into stark relief by the summit’s determined refusal to do anything to seriously combat the escalating threat of the pandemic. While busily spreading the lie of a Chinese lab origin, the G7 governments are intent on continuing to allow COVID-19’s ever more deadly variants to spread unchecked while they funnel the world’s resources into the bank accounts of the oligarchs and transnational corporations. The cost of vaccinating the world’s population has been put at just $66b, but this will not be raised by the world’s richest nations. The G7 would only agree to donate a tiny fraction of the vaccines needed. 1b doses will be made available, but with the majority not distributed until the end of 2022 and with little infrastructure in place to do so. This equates to less than 10% of the 11b doses urgently needed globally to fight the pandemic. Even this headline pledge is a lie. The US offer to donate 500m doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech SE vaccine is in lieu of $2b it pledged to the global vaccination program COVAX, with the US total funding amounting to just $5.5b, less than 1% of its military budget.

Nothing must cut across the accumulation of profits by the major corporations. In the face of growing public repugnance at the superrich glutting themselves during the pandemic and multi-trillion-dollar corporate bailouts, the G7 made a meaningless pledge to establish at some unspecified date “an ambitious global minimum tax” on corporations. But the communique reassured all concerned that this would still be as low as “15% on a country-by-country basis.” The summit was heralded as a return to business as normal after the fractious relations between the major powers during Donald Trump’s presidency, but it was dominated to an extraordinary degree by rising interimperialist tensions, including between the UK and EU over post-Brexit trading arrangements. Despite Biden’s efforts to bludgeon his rivals into line, by the summit’s end, commentators were stressing that Trump’s departure has not fixed US-European relations, or the deep internal political crisis in the US, which saw Trump launch an attempted coup on Jan 6 to try to seize the US Capitol and block the certification of Biden’s election victory. Several noted that Biden will be 82 if he contests the next 2024 election, rapidly reaching the end of his political career. Former EU ambassador to Washington David O’Sullivan asked:

Is this an interregnum between Trump 1.0 and Trump 2.0? Nobody knows. I think most people are of the view that we should seize the opportunity with this administration to strengthen the [G7] relationship and hope that this can survive beyond the midterms and 2024.

The fundamental question posed by the G7 summit is how is the growing war danger, the threat of the pandemic and the mounting social catastrophe facing humanity to be combated? Over the last decades, the very same forces driving the imperialist powers into conflict and towards war are creating the conditions for working class opposition to develop. Analysing the “Globalization of capitalism and the renewed upsurge of the working class” in a Jun 7 WSWS perspective, David North noted:

In history there is such a thing as retribution. For all the crimes committed by capitalism against the working class over the past 40 years, the ruling class, in the very process of attacking the working class and vastly enriching itself, has overseen a vast expansion and integration of the capitalist system of production. The most significant and revolutionary outcome of this process—driven by staggering advances in science and technology—is the massive growth in the global working class.

This gigantic social force must now be mobilised through the building of the International Committee of the Fourth International, based on a revolutionary socialist perspective against social reaction, militarism and war.

Empire of Clowns vs. Yellow Peril
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, Jun 14 2021 (via

It requires major suspension of disbelief to consider the G7, the self-described democracy’s most exclusive club, as relevant to the Raging Twenties. Real life dictates that even accounting for the inbuilt structural inequality of the current world system the G7’s economic output barely registers as 30% of the global total. Cornwall was at best an embarrassing spectacle, complete with a mediocrity troupe impersonating “leaders” posing for masked elbow-bump photo-ops while on a private party with the 95-year-old Queen of England, everyone was maskless and merrily mingling about in an apotheosis of “shared values” and “human rights.” Quarantine on arrival, masks enforced 24/7 and social distancing of course is only for the plebs. The G7 final communiqué is the proverbial ocean littered with platitudes and promises. But it does contain a few nuggets. Starting with ‘Build Back Better’ or B3 showing up in the title. B3 is now official code for both The Great Reset and the New Green Deal.

Then there’s the Yellow Peril remixed, with the “our values” shock troops “calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms” with a special emphasis on Xinjiang and Hong Kong. The story behind it was confirmed to me by a EU diplomatic source, a realist (yes, there are some in Brussels). All hell broke loose inside the exclusive G7 room when the Anglo-American axis, backed by spineless Canada, tried to ramrod the EU-3 plus Japan into an explicit condemnation of China in the final communiqué over the absolute bogus concentration camp “evidence” in Xinjiang. In contrast to politicized accusations of “crimes against humanity,” the best analysis of what’s really going on in Xinjiang has been published by the Qiao collective. Germany, France and Italy (Japan was nearly invisible) at least showed some spine. Internet was shut off to the room during the really harsh “dialogue.” Talk about realism: a true depiction of “leaders” vociferating inside a bubble. The dispute essentially pitted Biden (actually his handlers) against Macron, who insisted that the EU-3 would not be dragged into the logic of a Cold War 2.0. That was something that Merkel and Mario ‘Goldman Sachs’ Draghi could easily agree upon. In the end the divided G7 table chose to agree on a Build Back Better World or B3W “initiative” to counter-act the Chinese-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The White House, predictably, pre-empted the final G7 communiqué. A statement later retracted from their website, replaced by the official communiqué, made sure:

The US and our G7 partners remains deeply concerned by the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labor of vulnerable groups and minorities and supply chains of the agricultural, solar and garment sectors, the main supply chains of concern in Xinjiang.

“Forced labor” is the new mantra handily connecting the overlapping demonization of both Xinjiang and BRI. Xinjiang is the crucial hub connecting BRI to Central Asia and beyond. The new “forced labor” mantra paves the way for B3W to enter the arena as the “savior” human rights package. Here we have a benign G7 “offering” the developing world a vague infrastructure plan that reflects their “values,” their “high standards” and their way of business, in contrast to the Yellow Peril’s trademark lack of transparency, horrible labor and environmental practices, and coercion methods. Translation: after nearly 8 years since BRI, then named OBOR (One Belt, One Road) was announced by President Xi, and subsequently ignored and/or demonized 24/7, the Global South is supposed to be marveling at a vague “initiative” funded by private Western interests whose priority is short-term profit. As if the Global South would fall for this remixed IMF/World Bank-style debt abyss. As if the “West” would have the vision, the appeal, the reach and the funds to make this scheme a real “alternative.” There are zero details on how B3W will work, its priorities and where capital is coming from. B3W idealizers could do worse than learn from BRI itself, via Professor Wang Yiwei. B3W has nothing to do with a trade/sustainable development strategy geared for the Global South. It’s an illusionist carrot dangling over those foolish enough to buy the notion of a world divided between “our values” and “autocracies.” We’re back to the same old theme: armed with the arrogance of ignorance, the “West” has no idea how to understand Chinese values. Confirmation bias applies. Hence China as a “threat to the West.”

More ominously, B3W is yet another arm of the Great Reset. To dig deeper into it, one could do worse than examining Building a Better World For All, by Mark Carney. Carney is a uniquely positioned player: former governor of the Bank of England, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, adviser to PM Boris “Global Britain” Johnson and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and a trustee of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Translation: a major Great Reset, New Green Deal, B3W ideologue. His book, which should be read in tandem with Herr Schwab’s opus on Covid-19, preaches total control on personal freedoms as well as a reset on industry and corporate funding. Carney and Schwab treat Covid-19 as the perfect “opportunity” for the reset, whose benign, altruistic spin emphasizes a mere “regulation” of climate, business and social relations. This Brave New Woke World brought to you by an alliance of technocrats and bankers, from the WEF and the UN to the handlers of hologram “Biden,” until recently seemed to be on a roll. But signs in the horizon reveal it’s far from a done deal. Something uttered by B3W stalwart Tony Blair way back in January is quite an eye-opener:

It’s going to be a new world altogether… The sooner we grasp that and start to put in place the decisions [needed for a] deep impact over the coming years the better.

So here Blair, in a Freudian slip, not only gives away the game (“deep impact over the coming years,” “new world altogether”) but also reveals his exasperation: the sheep are not being corralled as fast as necessary. Well, Tony knows there’s always good old punishment: if you refuse the vaccine, you should remain under lockdown. BBW, incidentally, accounts for a heterodox category of porn flics. B3W in the end may reveal itself as no more than toxic social porn.

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