Australia's Self-Inflicted Economic Woes Continue

April 15, 2021 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Australia had until recently been enjoying economic growth alongside the rise of China. This all changed when Canberra began following Washington's lead, antagonising China, and in what would snowball into a costly, self-inflicted economic crisis. 


Today, Australia not only faces mounting barriers to trade erected by China in response to Australia's systematic antagonism, but now is seeing what had been temporary trade disputes transform slowly into a Beijing strategy to permanently eliminate dependency on Australian imports. 

Once set into place, the ability for Australia to return to previous levels of lucrative trade with China will be unlikely. 

Australia's Self-Inflicted Economic Ruination 

In 2018, Australia buckled under US pressure to ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from nationwide 5G infrastructure contracts citing still unfounded "national security concerns."

The BBC in an article titled, "Huawei and ZTE handed 5G network ban in Australia," would claim: 

"...the Australian government said national security regulations that were typically applied to telecoms firms would be extended to equipment suppliers.

Companies that were "likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government" could present a security risk, it said.

Even the BBC and the Australian government were clear to use the word, "could present," versus the demonstrated security risk US-made hardware poses as revealed by the Western media itself in articles like MIT Technology Review's, "NSA’s Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a “Problem from Hell”," which would note: 

In 2011, General Michael Hayden, who had earlier been director of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, described the idea of computer hardware with hidden “backdoors” planted by an enemy as “the problem from hell.” This month, news reports based on leaked documents said that the NSA itself has used that tactic, working with U.S. companies to insert secret backdoors into chips and other hardware to aid its surveillance efforts.

Quite clearly then, the threat of compromised hardware is not the real reason this ban has been leveled against Chinese companies since similar bans have not been used to target US-made hardware. Instead, the most likely motivation fits in with Washington's wider strategy of encircling and containing China, including the blunting of its economic rise as a whole, and the sabotage of individual Chinese companies poised to overtake their Western rivals. 

West’s Propaganda War vs. China Continues

April 10, 2021 (Brian Berletic - LD) - The West continues a malicious propaganda war against China, but China is pushing back.   

In the latest row, the BBC’s John Sudworth fled mainland China to Taiwan as Xinjiang locals began organizing legal action against his campaign of slander aimed at justifying economic sanctions and boycotts - ruining the lives of the very people the West claims it cares about. 


A look at John Sudworth's work for the BBC reveals a transparent propaganda campaign based on disinformation spread by US government-founded "foundations" based in Washington DC with admissions throughout BBC articles that none of their claims can ultimately be proven. 

References:

RT - Beijing accuses BBC of spreading fake news and blasts reporter for ‘running’ from China as Xinjiang citizens plot legal action:
https://www.rt.com/news/519704-china-bbc-reporter-sudworth-xinjiang/
BBC - BBC China correspondent John Sudworth moves to Taiwan after threats:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56586655
BBC - China’s ‘tainted’ cotton:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/nz0g306v8c/china-tainted-cotton
Adrian Zenz - Coercive Labor in Xinjiang: Labor Transfer and the Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities to Pick Cotton (PDF):
http://newlinesinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/20201214-PB-China-Cotton-NISAP-2.pdf
The Grayzone - Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” leaked docs reveal:
https://thegrayzone.com/2021/02/20/reuters-bbc-uk-foreign-office-russian-media/

Brian Berletic, formally known under the pen name "Tony Cartalucci" is a geopolitical researcher, writer, and video producer (YouTube here, Odysee here, and BitChute here) based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook and more recently, 21st Century Wire. You can support his work via Patreon here. 

America's Predictable Betrayal of the 'Iran Nuclear Deal'

April 10, 2021 (Brian Berletic - NEO) - Despite campaign promises made by now US President Joe Biden to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal - Washington's return to the deal has predictably stalled. 


In February 2021, AP would report in its article, "Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuke deal," that: 

The Biden administration says it’s ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign” that sought to isolate the Islamic Republic.

The US had unilaterally withdrawn from the 2015-2016 deal brokered under the Obama-Biden administration in 2018 under US President Donald Trump. The deal was deemed "defective" and much more stringent conditions were demanded by the US with crushing economic sanctions under a policy of "maximum pressure" imposed until Iran capitulated. 

Despite Biden's attempts to distinguish his administration from Trump's, his promise to return to the deal was conditional, requiring Iran to recommit to the deal's conditions before the US lifts sanctions - and only after additional conditions are discussed - and until then, sanctions and other mechanisms of political pressure will be applied to Tehran. 

In other words - Biden's policy is exactly the same policy pursued by the Trump administration. 

Desire to Overturn "Trump's Policy" an Admission it was the Wrong Policy 

Biden's apparent desire to return to the table with Iran is in itself an admission that the Trump administration's decision to leave the deal was a mistake. 

The US - as self-proclaimed leader of the international community - would be expected to demonstrate good leadership by not only admitting to its mistakes, but assuming responsibility for them - returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal unconditionally and approaching additional concerns only after the original terms of the deal were back in place - with Iran in full compliance, and US sanctions lifted as promised under the original agreement. 

What is Australia’s Problem with China?

April 8, 2021 (Brian Berletic - LD) - Australia continues to double down on its growing trade and political row with China. 


It is costing the Australian economy significantly, and backing it into a strategic corner only greater belligerence toward China and subordination to US regional ambitions will remain as options.

I explain in this video the deadend this represents as a foreign policy, and the foreign special interests encouraging Australia's current government to move the nation in this direction.

References: 


Nikkei Asia - China determined to build iron ore hub in Africa as Australia goes Quad: 

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Markets/Commodities/China-determined-to-build-iron-ore-hub-in-Africa-as-Australia-goes-Quad

Reuters - Africa's miners and winemakers toast China's row with Australia: 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-china-trade-idUSKBN2AA0SO

ABC Australia - Australia to produce its own guided missiles as part of billion-dollar defence manufacturing plan: 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-31/government-weapons-facility-guided-missiles-made-in-australia/100039990

Australian Strategic Policy Institute - Funding: 

https://www.aspi.org.au/about-aspi/funding

Australian Strategic Policy Institute - Funding (PDF):

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ad-aspi/2021-03/ASPI%20by%20the%20numbers%2019-20.pdf?7zWjlTgji6uCH5SOC14LFLjAcsyOckue=


Brian Berletic, formally known under the pen name "Tony Cartalucci" is a geopolitical researcher, writer, and video producer (YouTube here, Odysee here, and BitChute here) based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook and more recently, 21st Century Wire. You can support his work via Patreon here. 

West's Information War Continues

April 8, 2021 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - YouTube has recently deleted the latest channel used by Iranian state media's PressTV. The move follows attacks on the Iranian media outlet by US-based social media giant Facebook earlier this year. 


PressTV's own take on the deletion in its article, "Google renews attack on YouTube account of Iran’s Press TV," would note: 

Google has for the seventh time targeted Iranian broadcaster Press TV, blocking the English-language news network’s access to its official YouTube account without any prior notice.

The US tech giant shut YouTube accounts of Press TV late on Tuesday, citing "violations of community guidelines."

Iranian state media is only the most recent target of US censorship and information warfare, with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter having also recently de-platformed government accounts in Myanmar as well as a concerted effort by these same networks to either de-platform or undermine the credibility of Russian and Chinese state media.  

The use of ambiguous justifications like "violations of community guidelines" which themselves can be ambiguous and open to interpretation, helps demonstrate the political nature of what is clearly a campaign of censorship. 


YouTube and other US-based social media platforms, still dominating the global social media industry, attempt to portray targets of what is clearly politically-motivated censorship as "fake news" or somehow engaged in dangerous "disinformation," while the accounts of Western-based media organizations actually involved in very real disinformation, often times in promotion of sanctions and warfare having a direct impact on millions of lives, remain online and in good standing. 

Western Monopoly Challenged 

Beyond social media, the UK had recently ousted Chinese state media, CGTN, which was met by Beijing in turn shutting down BBC broadcasts in China. 

More recently, China-based BBC reporter John Sudworth would flee to Taiwan, fearing legal actions for his outrageous, one-sided propaganda regarding Xinjiang.

The BBC's own article, "BBC China correspondent John Sudworth moves to Taiwan after threats," deliberately attempts to portray Sudworth as a victim of "threats" rather than a foreign agent involved in political interference under the guise of journalism finally facing legitimate legal actions.