Misinformation wars intensify-Don’t Trust What you see

Misinformation wars intensify-Don't Trust What you see

Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine

Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow’s position in the crisis.

Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia.

He said the “nature and root cause” of the crisis was the “game” between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union.

He said external intervention by different powers accelerated the crisis and warned that Moscow would feel it was being treated unfairly if the West did not change its approach.

“The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration,” Qu was quoted as saying.

His comments were an unusually public show of understanding from China for the Russian position. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues, but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.

Qu’s comments coincide with talks between the United States and its European allies over harsher sanctions against Moscow.

Qu said Washington’s involvement in Ukraine could “become a distraction in its foreign policy”.

“The United States is unwilling to see its presence in any part of the world being weakened, but the fact is its resources are limited, and it will be to some extent hard work to sustain its influence in external affairs, ” Qu was quoted as saying. Full story

The world is starting to see that the emperor is actually fat, bald, ugly, has foul breath, and he is naked.  The landscape is changing.  The two top players of the future are now cementing their allegiance. This is a truly profound move for China as they are overtly illustrating their support for Russia.  The hands of time are moving in a different direction. Change is in the air, and the new masters are moving in for the kill.  Expect both Russia and China to be significantly more bellicose in the weeks, months and years to come.  The title of the next book for any serious author should be “the fall and decline of the U.S. Empire”

China defends its South China Sea activities as restrained

China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an “aggressive” effort to assert sovereignty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the country’s activities on shoals and in surrounding waters it claims are “reasonable, legitimate and legal” and that its attitude has been one of “restraint and responsibility.”

China says it has historical claims to a huge swath of the South Sea China that overlaps the claims of several neighbors including Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines, and it objects to what it considers U.S. meddling. The U.S. says it has a national interest in the peaceful resolution of the disputes in the region.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper cited China’s expansion of its outposts, including for the stationing of ships and potential airfields, at a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington on Thursday. His comments underscored U.S. concerns about land reclamation activities that could fuel tensions between China and its neighbors.

Clapper described China’s claim to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea as “exorbitant.”

Hong said China hopes the U.S. can be more “circumspect” regarding the issue. “No other country has a right to make unfounded accusations,” he said at a daily ministry briefing.  Full Story

Whether China has a legitimate claim or not is a separate story. What matters now is that China is openly challenging the U.S. and this is something the U.S. will have to get used to. These challenges are going to increase in frequency and intensity.  The good old days are about to end.

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