Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Schrodinger's One China Policy


  This needle of "One China Policy", while militarily supporting Taiwan, never got threaded. 
Nixon/Kissinger/Mao punted, and Deng Xiaopeng and Jimmy Carter happily punted again, later. 
  The Chinese Civil War, between Mao's forces and Chiang's forces, with the west/US backing Chiang Kai-shek, who lost to Mao, stalemated with Chiang moving his army and much of the national-treasure to Taiwan. Taiwan was the legal property of Japan from 1895 to 1945, granted by the Chinese government to Japan, in settlement of the Sino-Japanese War, which Japan won (helped by the US). "Formosa" had seen immigration from Chinese farmers for about 200 years prior to that, but had never been "CHINA", as now portrayed by the PRC. 
  Taiwan had been lost by Japan, to "China", at the end of WW-2, and "Nationalist China" took possession. It became more difficult to recognize Taiwanese sovereignty over mainland China as time passed. The opportunity to split the PRC from the USSR arose, and Kissinger/Nixon took it. The deal was that the PRC got a better economic deal from the US, than from the USSR, but that the physical status of Taiwan would not change. That could not be written in those words.
  Deng Xiaopeng was a forward-looking Chinese Nationalist, not an egoist, and resurrected the vision of Sun Yat Sen, who both Mao and Chiang followed, and who died young of cancer. He and Jimmy Carter, a non-egoistic American nationalist, were able to improve the deal for both countries, by leaving the issue of Taiwan alone.
  The issue of Taiwan is that it is functionally an independent nation, but that the PRC would be humiliated to acknowledge that openly. That truth cannot be spoken in "China". It would be suicidal for any Chinese ruler to grant Taiwan independence openly. Taking-Taiwan-Back is always a political safety-valve for national cohesion, like getting-revenge-on-Japan.
  Today, Taiwan makes critical computer chips that the whole world needs, a lot of them. There is not a ready replacement. The PRC cannot be allowed to commandeer that capacity by the US, Japan, UK, NATO, etc. That will not be allowed. That is the physical fact. Taiwanese chip manufacturing can be destroyed quickly, so the actual prize can be denied. The PRC face-saving would be very costly, and only a 50:50 possibility at the massive price of lives lost.
​  ​The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-5 in favor of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, which according to its text "promotes the security of Taiwan, ensures regional stability, and deters People's Republic of China (PRC) aggression against Taiwan. It also threatens severe sanctions against the PRC for hostile action against Taiwan."​ ...
..In addition to authorizing $4.5 billion in military assistance, $2 billion in loan guarantees, and boosting "war reserve stockpile" funding for Taiwan by hundreds of millions of dollars, the bill also grants Taiwan many of the benefits of being a "major non-NATO ally" without officially designating it as such...
..Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who introduced the bill with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said that the proposed legislation "makes clear the United States does not seek war or increased tensions with Beijing."
"Just the opposite," he claimed. "We are carefully and strategically lowering the existential threats facing Taiwan by raising the cost of taking the island by force so that it becomes too high a risk and unachievable."

​  ​President Joe Biden issued a surprisingly blunt response when asked in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview what the US reaction would be if China decided to invade Taiwan.
​  ​Biden answered "yes"
when asked whether American forces would defend the self-ruled island if it came under Chinese military invasion. "Yes, if, in fact, there was an unprecedented attack," he said in a sit-down with Scott Pelley, which aired in full Sunday night.
​  ​However, Biden was quick to reiterate that the US maintains a "One China" policy and doesn't currently support Taiwan's political independence. But he was asked again to clarify if, unlike in Ukraine, the US military would intervene directly in the event of a Chinese invasion, to which the president replied: "Yes."​ ...
..​China's foreign ministry was quick to slam the 60 Minutes comments, saying the US should stop sending "wrong signals" concerning Taiwan "independence":
​  ​"​​We are willing to do our best to strive for peaceful reunification. At the same time, we will not tolerate any activities aimed at secession," FM spokesperson Mao Ning said.

US Launched 251 Military Interventions Since 1991​  
The US military launched 469 foreign interventions since 1798, including 251 since the end of the first cold war in 1991, according to official Congressional Research Service data.​   ​https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-launched-251-military-interventions-since-1991-469-since-1798/5793867

​  ​Moscow has reiterated that its nuclear doctrine is self-explanatory, with top Russian officials repeatedly stating that the conflict in Ukraine does not meet any of its criteria. The statement followed US President Joe Biden’s threat of a harsh, “consequential” response should Russia use weapons of mass destruction.
​  ​“Read the doctrine, everything is written there,” Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti...
​  ​According to Russia’s nuclear posture, Moscow reserves the right to use atomic weapons only “in response to the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies,” as well as “in response to a conventional attack that threatens the very existence” of Russia as a sovereign state.

​  ​A "referendum" on joining Russia should be held “immediately,” the Civic Chamber of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) said on Monday. The body addressed the LPR’s leader, Leonid Pasechnik, as well as the republic’s legislature, urging them to speed up the process and hold the vote as soon as possible.
​  ​“The residents of Donbass made their choice back in 2014 at the self-determination referendum of the Lugansk People’s Republic, and all these years we have been waiting and believing that the second one will definitely follow, which will fulfill our dream of returning home – to the Russian Federation,” the deputy head of the Chamber, Lina Vokalova, stated.
​  ​Holding a vote is now crucial for the republic, as “the events of recent days have shown that the Kiev nationalists have crossed all the red lines,” she stressed.
​  “The Nazis mercilessly shell and stage terrorist acts against the civilian population of the Lugansk People’s Republic, seeking to scare us, and make us give up our dream and our ultimate goal – to join the Russian Federation,” Vokalova added.

​  ​This is valuable grain, and valuable fertilizer, in the hands of global for-profit enterprises​. "Ownership" is a secondary​ concern, right? 
There has to be some way around 300,000 tons of fertilizer being stripped out of those hands and just given-away to poor countries to feed people...
​  ​The UN's top official has pledged to help Russia donate some 300 tons of fertilizers stranded in European ports to developing nations.
​  ​“If Russia wants to provide fertilizers free of charge to developing countries, I believe the World Food Programme will be able to implement that desire,”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti...
..Putin previously criticized the grain deal, saying that while it was touted as a way to help poor countries deal with surging global food prices, in practice Ukrainian exports mostly went to rich EU nations.
​  ​The abundance of grain and other food products from Ukraine on European markets has apparently angered local producers, who are struggling to compete with the cheaper imports, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.
​  ​The EU previously had quotas and steep tariffs for Ukraine trade, protecting its own farmers and forcing Ukrainians to export most of their produce to other places. But the restrictions were lifted after Russia attacked the country in February, and European governments rushed to support Kiev with various forms of assistance.

Europe, More Than Putin, Must Shoulder the Blame for the Energy Crisis
​ ​ The same arrogant, self-righteous posturing from the West that fueled the Ukraine war is now plunging Europe into recession
The West is well practiced in waging economic war on weak states, usually in a futile attempt to topple leaders they don’t like or as a softening-up exercise before it sends in troops or proxies.
​  ​Iran has faced decades of sanctions that have inflicted a devastating toll on its economy and population but done nothing to bring down the government.
​  ​Meanwhile, Washington is waging what amounts to its own form of economic terrorism on the Afghan people to punish the ruling Taliban for driving out US occupation forces last year in a humiliating fashion. The United Nations reported last month that sanctions had contributed to the risk of more than a million Afghan children dying from starvation.

​Cutting off any nation that pursues its own national interests is the best way for the EU to preserve its inadequate funds.
​  The European Commission on Sunday proposed withholding $7.5 billion in funds allocated to Hungary, due to corruption concerns. The suspension is aimed at protecting the bloc’s budget, according to Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
  “Today’s decision is a clear demonstration of the Commission’s resolve to protect the EU budget, and use all tools at our disposal to ensure this important objective,” the commissioner told reporters...

​..​If approved, the funding cut will be the first punitive measure of its kind under the EU’s rule of law mechanism, which gives Brussels the right to impose financial penalties on member states if their actions are seen as violating EU values. Brussels triggered the unprecedented procedure against Hungary in April this year..
​.​.“A risk for the budget at this stage remains, therefore we cannot conclude that the EU budget is sufficiently protected,” he stated.

​Poland has Hungary's back, as Hungary has had Poland's back. Each pursues policies in their national interests, though they diverge on sanctioning Russia.
Protecting each other from unanimous EU censure has been important.

​Charles Hugh Smith points out that any system needs internal error-correction :  ​
  Peering Into the Crystal Ball, We See... Instability Leading to Collapse
  We can only choose one: open, dynamic stability (evolution) or autocracy (instability and collapse).
When the fundamentals of life change, every organism must evolve or die. This is equally true of human organizations, societies and economies.
  Evolution requires conserving what still works and experimenting until something comes along that works better. We call the fundamentals changing selective pressure and the process of experimenting with mutations / variations natural selection.

Canadian Report Calls for Discontinuing Mass V. for Those Under 60
The report, researched by academics and civil servants, active or retired, has as core recommendation to discontinue the injections for those under the age of 60.

COVID Vaccinations Now Prohibited in People Under 50 in Denmark
​  ​If you are under the age of 50, the Danish government says, then you are not allowed to take the shots. Previously, the Danish government prohibited the drug injections for everyone under the age of 18.

​Professor Anthony Hall: COVID as a “Political Gift”? Stillborn from COVID-injected Mothers, Heart Attacks in Children
​  The ethos of “never again” is conspicuously failing to arouse sufficient indignation to stop this unfolding crime against humanity.
  The requirements of getting Emergency Use Authorization for releasing COVID jabs to the public lay behind the sidelining of cheap, safe and effective remedies like Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. The requirement of moving beyond EUA to obtain permanent liability protection for the COVID shots necessitates pushing the tainted injections on children.

1,323 Athlete Cardiac Arrests, Serious Issues, 900 Dead, After COVID Injection

Ivermectin + SOC Cohort Does Significantly Better Treatment for COVID-19 than Standard of Care Alone​  
​..The Pakistani investigators report that the patients in the ivermectin study arm required a less time (8.39 days ± 2.04) to become COVID-19 negative than those patients not in the ivermectin arm (20.38 days ± 6.32), (p < 0.001). Executing a multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that patients in the ivermectin group were four times more likely to be discharged home than stepping up to ICU---the ICU step up rate for ivermectin was 3.7% versus 13.04% in the non-ivermectin group.

​Making Preparations (pictured in kitchen with running water)​

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