Trump Administration And Its ‘Chinese Threat’: Election Meddling, Hacking, Economic War

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Trump Administration And Its 'Chinese Threat': Election Meddling, Hacking, Economic War

Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China arrive on their armoured vehicles at Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015 (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

US President Donald Trump once again threatened to impose another round of tariffs on China. He also claimed that alleged Chinese meddling in US politics is “a bigger problem” than 2016 alleged Russian election meddling.

In an interview with CBS he was asked if he wants to push China’s economy in a depression, he said “no.”

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” he said. He also added that more tariffs might be possible.

So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties. The total import is about $500 billion.

He was also asked about the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 elections. He answered swiftly and returned to the Chinese matter. “They meddled, but I think China meddled too,” Trump commented.

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia. He didn’t provide evidence in the interview of China’s involvement in the last election or its involvement in the current election cycle.

Trump accused China of planning to meddle in the November mid-term elections during his chairmanship of the UNSC meeting on nuclear proliferation. He did not provide evidence back then as well.

The Chinese meddling narrative has flooded mainstream media recently.

On October 12th, the US Department of Justice announced that it had arrested and charged a Chinese intelligence officer with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies. Yanjin Xu, a senior operative with China’s Minister of State Security, was arrested in Belgium on April 1 and extradited to the US on October 9th.

“This indictment alleges that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade secrets and other sensitive information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace,” Assistant Attorney General Demers said.

Prior to that, on October 4th, Bloomberg published a story with the headline “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies.” It claimed that Chinese spies had inserted a covert electronic backdoor into the hardware of computer servers used by 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising US technology supply chain.

First, Apple, Amazon and Supermicro issued denials. Apple’s top security officer told Congress that the company had found no evidence to support the claims made in the report. Then the UK National Cyber Security Centre weighed in, saying that it had “no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Apple.” The US Department of Homeland Security said much the same.

Supermicro also said that it had “never been contacted by any government agencies either domestic or foreign regarding the alleged claims.”

Media hysteria over it hasn’t subsided, though. Bloomberg even extended its story, claiming that a “major US telecommunications company” had discovered manipulated Supermicro hardware in its network and removed it in August.

Elizabeth Economy, Director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations said that “it is a full-frontal assault by the US on China.”

“There is a general sense in Washington that China is simply too big now, it’s simply too large as a country and as an economy, to allow it to continue to violate all sorts of expected international trade and investment norms,” she said.

Hua Po, a political commentator in Beijing, agreed that trade was only the “superficial” source of friction. According to him, the actual reason for US concern was the Made in China 2025 Plan. According to the plan, China has set a goal of rapidly ensuring that a majority of its industry is sourced internally and not imported.

Hua also said that even if the trade issue is resolved, other problems between China and the US continue to exist. According to him, Trump seemed interested in fighting “a new Cold War.”

On October 14th, China’s ambassador to the US said that he and other diplomats in Washington did not know which advisers Trump turns to when forming policy on trade. Fox News asked him if he thought the president was guided by “moderates or hardliners.” His answer was short “You tell me.”

Diplomats, Cui said, “don’t know who is the final decision-maker. Of course, presumably, the president will take the final decision. But who is playing what role? Sometimes it could be very confusing.”

Fox published a column by Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, in which he linked policies meant to protect US business to the emergence of China as a major military threat.

Politico also reported that US trade representative Robert Lightizer was implementing “a clear but ultra-high risk battle plan to smash China.” According to Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s closest allies, the plan is to wrap up NAFTA talks, then “take the tariffs off the table” in an accord with the EU. “Then we focus on China,” Graham said earlier this month, after speaking with Trump. “The goal of President Trump is to unite the world against Chinese business practices that are outside the norm.”

By the time this happens it might be too late though, there are tensions brewing in the South China Sea, with mostly US forces constantly provoke China.

Currently, the entire US-China situation seems to be moving toward an escalation. Relations are rapidly deteriorating, and the Trump administration is claiming to take further steps in the trade war. If China resists the pressure, this diplomatic and economic pressure would further regionalize the world. China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and the EU will have to create an economic model that would be resistant to US pressure. The first steps have been made, with the remaining signatories on the Iran Nuclear Deal announcing that on September 24th they agreed on a new payment system that avoids the dollar and conventional channels.

Turkey, Russia, China and India are already openly moving towards making payments on their mutual contracts, especially in the military field. These payments happen in national currencies. They are also boosting their regional cooperation.

The US is aimed at increasing its global control is instead undermining it with its sanction policy.

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  • Merijn

    The DEEP STATE SAYS:

    RUSSIA did it… CHINA did it… IRAN did it… SYRIA did it… LIBYA did it… YEMEN did it… AFGHANISTAN did it… IRAQ did it… BHUTAN did it… CONGO did it… PAKISTAN did it… NAMIBIA did it… SOMALIA did it… INDIA did it… VENEZUELA did it… CUBA did it…TURKEY did it… ALIENS did it…

    We don’t Buy Your Bullshit anymore DEEP STATE… FUCK OFF!

    • occupybacon

      Chinese meddling in US politics is known since Bill Clinton, I believe Russian meddling was a psyop to cover the deep state meddling with China.

      • Bob

        Chinese meddling!? In 2014 US/CIA tried for a color revolution in Hong Kong called ‘umbrella revolution’ – take a guess who bought & shipped all those yellow umbrellas. Let alone the back story – and NGO’s – based out of US embassy in Hong Kong. Meddling – try an outright attempt at localized regime change,

        • occupybacon

          No, actually Hong Cong was granted autonomy by China til 2047. But the Chinese government already meddled in the Hong Cong elections by force. China is changing regime in Hong Cong against the people’s will. The umbrellas strike was presented on Russian channels in the same year as the Ukrainian uprising. Probably that’s why they forgot that Hong Cong should be still independent but it’s not.

      • Sinbad2

        Exactly, Monica Lewinsky was really a Chinese Jew.

    • BMWA1

      You hot it on tenth try, yes, all of this Kongoese influence.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, wankeeboy needs an enemy, otherwise this dumb fooks would be running in circles.
    If they dont have one, they invent one, and all this screaming about Medling is childish, if there is One country that medles, its the banana rpublic, whom owns the inyourFacebook, ( yup, do you know His real name, suckerbergs, do you, its Rothchild, muhahaha, like Gates) Twatter and Goolag, yeah, and so on.
    When the “largest” (acordingly to the wankkikes knowledge of the world) country on earth, with the largest army most and deadly armed, …… Nicaragua, hir, hir, hir, was considered as an nightmarish dangerous threat to the Pirates on Potomac, they labaled Nicaragua as an National threat, to the Impisses on the Potomac, and then they had to attack Nic. for saving their own people, right Trump.
    So they went in an slaughtered everybody until their got their own string puppet on place, yeah, sweeeet, right.

    Intresting in this days of yapping bullshit about Germans/Joooos, where I have to correct the nonsense about making things out of human skin, the only people I know of that have done that and is proud of that, slaughtering women and then cut their brest of to make purches, is Amercians.
    Nowhere else than in the land of the meek and the lame.

    yeah, what could possibly go wrong.

    peace

  • Tommy Jensen

    China wants to wipe USA completely of the world map.

    Therefore hundreds of thousands Chinese now work inside America in small and big business and meet in Chinese restaurants every week where they draw their plans against us.
    In the right moment they plan to poison all noodlesoups to kill Americans and bomb American cities with their hypersonic weapons because they hate democracy and our freedom.
    This is not something that we just think, this is actually something we know from high level Intelligence sources with a deep knowledge of Chinese culture and Chinese secret societies.

    • Sinbad2

      Durka dur.

    • Oscar Silva Martinez

      Damn!!!, that sounds like a movie, specially the noodles part!!!

  • Peter Moy

    The increased tariffs on Chinese exports to the US are really helping US manufacturers President Trump. You need to check the latest trade numbers Einstein: Chinese exports to the US in the first nine months of 2018 , compared to 2017, have INCREASED 6.5 %. The increased tariffs have also led to higher prices! (Just wait for the ridiculous, insane, downright stupidity of consumers on the so-called Black Friday shopping day on November 23 – the day after the US Thanksgiving Day holiday. You will see some brain-damaged madness that brings out the worst in people.)

    • Sinbad2

      Yes but those higher prices paid by Americans, go to the US Government, soon the US will have enough money to allow the Navy to attack some defenseless country.
      So it’s all in a good cause?