Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Before we look at my answer to this ethnocentric question, the link below provides some pertinent details about the progress in the current Trump-declared trade and propaganda war. In addition to these commentaries, note that the IMF has issued a forecast for China establishing that China will have positive GDP growth in 2020 as opposed to the 5.7% contraction (that’s negative growth) forecast for the US. Even before the pandemic, China had increased its trade with the world by $1.34 trillion and showed a big surplus in 2019, while the US showed a deficit, even after all the rhetoric about the US slapping down China and eliminating the US deficit. The lesson we should be learning here is that talk is cheap but in economics, it’s the numbers that count.
Oh, and yesterday, the DOW dropped 1,800 points.
HOW DO WE REVERSE CHINA’S ECONOMIC DOMINANCE OVER THE US AND THEIR EFFORTS TO END OUR ROLE AS A VIABLE WORLD POWER?
Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
When you use the word “our” in this context, you identify your nationality. However, may I remind you that there is a huge percentage of non-Americans here and that this is not a US-centred forum. A little etiquette is therefore in order.
Before anyone can answer this, you would need to show:
How China is dominating the US except by the free market principles that are the most cherished principle of American economic theory?
Why it is important for us citizens of various countries, not just you Americans, to have a strong America that has so far murdered millions in your wars and continues to sanction innocent citizens of our countries, making it more difficult for us to get food and medicine?
When you can show why it is important for the US, which routinely murders and starves us, to dominate in the world and not China, which has never waged war on us and never imposed sanctions on us to starve us and deprive us of medicine and fuel, then we can talk.
So far your side has done a lot of ineffective things to maintain your hegemony, including imposing sanctions on your friends and allies in Europe and murdering 4,000 Europeans in your Kosovo war. And under Trump you have used sanctions to kill an important gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, which was intended to supply our friends in Europe with affordable energy. Your excuse was that this affordable energy represented a “risk” to our “energy security” but the EU and Germany agree that it was a cheap trick to force Europe to buy your overpriced fracked LNG. China has never done this to us. Why should be favour you over them?
And you demanded that your ally the UK deny China the opportunity to take part in the rollout of 5G in the UK under the shaky pretext that this would give them the ability to spy on Britain – for which there is not a shred of evidence. But it was the US, not China, that was caught eavesdropping on the cell phone conversations of Chancellor Merkel a few years back. Why should we trust you more than China?
And speaking now on behalf of our friends in Syria, they desperately need fuel, but you have embargoed this commodity. How would you like to spend all winter without fuel to heat your home? And they need an income, but your troops have blocked the oil fields in the oil-rich region of Deir Ezzor. This oil belongs to the Syrian people but has been stolen by your people without any basis in law. Should we care about your country maintaining its dominance so that you can continue to steal our resources and starve us? China has never done this to us.
You have done likewise in Venezuela, directly harming the people of that brave nation. It was the Chinese, along with Iran and Russia, that helped restore the electric grid and supplied them with much-needed fuel. Do you think they want you to dominate the world?
So first, please tell us what’s in it for us if we support your continued world dominance. Will you stop slaughtering us with your wars and starving us with your sanctions?
Let us better understand how to help you.
Two blockbusting items today:
I had written here that I suspect Egypt will help defeat the terrorists and the Turks that import them if the going gets rough for Khalifa Haftar. I had provided a list of reasons for those suspicions. Now solid evidence of this emerges:
Egypt is building a new military base at its border with Libya to thwart terrorist attacks.
Here is some good news from the site Bulgarian Military.
I had read pessimistic commentary from the Russian-language press criticizing Putin for his relationship with Erdoğan and complaining that he was letting Turkey get the upper hand. That critic must now eat crow. The following report tells the story. The MiGs had appeared in Libya a few days earlier and it now seems evident that they were acquiring coordinates for an imminent attack on the GNA-Turkish convoy that they completely destroyed. I had no doubts that Russia would eventually prevail, but there was no hint of their plans in the Russian or Western press, and that was because Russia never tips its hand about an upcoming operation like this.
MiG-29s destroyed a huge Turkish convoy of military and GNA forces (video)
By Editorial Team On Jun 7, 2020
TRIPOLI, (BM) – A few hours ago, unknown combat aircraft inflicted a powerful blow to the huge military convoy of the Turkish military, militants and forces of the Government of National Accord [GNA], who tried to storm the city of Sirte, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
Read more: 24/7 BulgarianMilitary.com – All about Libyan civil war
According to the source, we are talking about many MiG-29 fighters that were previously seen on the territory of Libya.
On the presented video frames you can see that a massive military convoy consisting of dozens of vehicles, which included several hundred people, was eliminated by an air strike. The military convoy was completely destroyed by airstrike, which disrupted the offensive operation on the position of the forces of the Libyan National Army, while, apparently, the speech. We are talking about multiple air strikes, as evidenced by the destruction of enemy equipment at large distances from the shooting point.
“Twitter” account “Last Defender”, which published the shots of the destroyed military convoy preparing the attack on the Libyan Sirte, expressed confidence that we are talking about MiG-29 fighters, which is probably due to the fact that these combat aircraft significantly exceed the capabilities of the air defense systems that are in service with the GNA forces, and if other combat aircraft were used, the latter would almost certainly have been shot down.
Among other things, a few days ago, the Twitter account of the Syrian Military Capabilities reported that the Russian MiG-29 fighters transferred to Syria were performing mysterious flights to North Africa, apparently thereby covering the Libyan National Army after the latter suffered a series of devastating defeats, having lost two air bases and a large number of weapons.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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