by John Pilger
The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well
under way. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in
Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.
The great danger this beckons is not news, or it is buried and distorted: a drumbeat of
mainstream fake news that echoes the psychopathic fear embedded in public consciousness
during much of the 20th century.
Like the renewal of post-Soviet Russia, the rise of China as an economic power is
declared an "existential threat" to the divine right of the United States to rule and
dominate human affairs.
To counter this, in 2011 President Obama announced a "pivot to Asia", which meant that
almost two-thirds of US naval forces would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific by
2020. Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle China with missiles,
bombers, warships and, above all, nuclear weapons. . . .
In 2014, under the rubric of "information dominance" - the jargon for media
manipulation, or fake news, on which the Pentagon spends more than $4 billion - the
Obama administration launched a propaganda campaign that cast China, the world's
greatest trading nation, as a threat to "freedom of navigation". . . .
This is the Pentagon line, a historic departure for any state calling itself a
democracy. The ascendancy of the Pentagon in Washington - which Daniel Ellsberg has
called a silent coup - is reflected in the record $5 trillion America has spent on
aggressive wars since 9/11, according to a study by Brown University. The million dead
in Iraq and the flight of 12 million refugees from at least four countries are the
consequence. . . .
The Japanese island of Okinawa has 32 military installations, from which Korea,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq have been attacked by the United States. Today,
the principal target is China, with whom Okinawans have close cultural and trade ties. .
Across the East China Sea lies the Korean island of Jeju, a semi- tropical sanctuary
and World Heritage Site declared "an island of world peace". On this island of world
peace has been built one of the most provocative military bases in the world, less than
400 miles from Shanghai. . . .
Five years before his great revolution in 1949, he sent this secret message to
Washington. "China must industrialise." he wrote, "This can only be done by free
enterprise. Chinese and American interests fit together, economically and politically.
America need not fear that we will not be co-operative. We cannot risk any conflict." .
The world is inexorably shifting east; but the astonishing vision of Eurasia from China
is barely understood in the West. The "New Silk Road" is a ribbon of trade, ports, pipelines and high-speed trains all the
way to Europe. The world's leader in rail technology, China is negotiating with 28
countries for routes on which trains will reach up to 400 kms an hour. This opening to
the world has the approval of much of humanity and, along the way, is uniting China and
Russia. . . .
Jeff J. Brown, "China Rising:
Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations," Punto Press Publishing (June 23, 2016)
Pepe Escobar, "BRICS Against Washington Consensus,"
Asia Times, July 15, 2014
John Pilger, "War by Media and Triumph of Propaganda,"
counterpunch.org, December 5, 2014
Stephen Kinzer, "China is a psychological problem,"
bostonglobe.com, December 5, 2016
Patrick J. Buchanan, "Fake
News and War Party Lies," counterpunch.org, December 2, 2016
Anthony DiMaggio, "Fake News and Propaganda: It's Nothing New,"
counterpunch.org, December 6, 2016
Justin Raimondo, "Trump,
Taiwan, and the Chinese Paper Tiger," antiwar.com, December 9, 2016
[China will never bow to the double standards of the United States. We have intervened
in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Chile and
Grenada to maintain our sphere of influence in Central and South America and the
Caribbean. Our schoolmarm-like rebuke of China over its assertion of regional hegemony
takes audacity to a new level.--Bruce Fein, "Our
war with China another Vietnam War in the making: The South China Sea gambit,"
washingtontimes.com, January 27, 2017]
Simon Tisdall, "China U-turn is latest sign Trump may turn out to
be a paper tiger," theguardian.com, February 10, 2017