OPINION AND EDITORIAL
While Republicans are being urged to take strong and aggressive measures against Red China by Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida) the Oval Offices seems to continue a “chummy” relationship with the creators of COVID-19.
The Florida Republican isn’t the only senator looking to whack Beijing. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) joined calls for a WHO probe on Tuesday, including an examination of whether U.S. funding of the group should be revoked.
Meanwhile, it appears to some Internet observers that the Port of Corpus Christi (POCCO)), Texas has ignored the suffering of millions of Americans by selling a very large quantity of Liquid National Gas (LNG) to the People’s Republic of China (Red China). The LNG is carried by the ship M/V Palu LNG.
While most of the country remains under a national state of emergency, presided over by a “wartime president” (executing powers under Title 32), the POCCO (PORTOFCC.COM) is providing LNG gas to the so-called rogue Communist state that not only has jeopardized the world with their sloppy care-free foot dragging in containing the COVID-19 virus, but even now threatens the nation of 24 Million, Taiwan, with aggressive military incursions — namely Red China.
Some Members of Congress may wonder why POCCO is selling LNG gas to Communist Red China while simultaneously receiving a request for $20 Billion dollars submitted by the U.S. military to contain the Red China threat.
US military calls for another $20 billion to counter China
By Peter Symonds
7 April 2020
Far from easing international geo-political tensions, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged capitalism into a deep crisis and exacerbated pre-existing rivalries. Beneath nominal international co-operation, the preparations for war continue apace.
In an article on Sunday entitled “US Military Seeks More Funding for Pacific Region After Pandemic,” the New York Times featured a report by the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) to Congress calling for an additional $20 billion over the next five years to bolster its military capacities against China.
The report was mandated by Congress as part of the fiscal 2020 military budget reflecting the bipartisan character of its increasingly hawkish anti-China stance. Congress specifically required that INDOPACOM, in other words the frontline command, rather than the Defence Department, set out what it needed to maintain military superiority over China.
Even before the pandemic struck, anxieties had grown among US allies and partners about Washington’s capacity and willingness to uphold its regional security commitments in an era of flatlining defence budgets, “America First” policies, and rising Chinese military power.
Many countries, including Australia, were impressed by the Pentagon’s decision in the 2018 National Defense Strategy to refocus the military on great power competition in the Indo-Pacific after years of distraction in Middle Eastern counterinsurgency wars. But a good deal of scepticism remained about Washington’s ability to translate this new strategy into action.
Stricken warships, stalled deployments and Washington’s acute preoccupation with its own poorly handled humanitarian crisis will not reassure Indo-Pacific allies that the US is able to walk and chew gum. On the contrary, as the pandemic inevitably draws resources away from the Pentagon’s newly fashioned strategic priorities, US allies and partners will be watching closely to see just how strained America is in the midst of Covid-19.
….he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020
REPUBLICANS ASK, “IS TRUMP TOO CHUMMY WITH CHINA?”
The push for retaliatory measures by some of Trump’s leading Christian supporters underscores the dicey position in which he finds himself as the 2020 election closes in: forced to determine whether a laundry list of accomplishments, such as an intact trade deal with China, will carry him to reelection or if the deciding factor will be how voters score his handling of Covid-19. Part of that rests on whether his response to the Chinese government satisfies conservative evangelicals, a demographic that comprises much of his political base and which the Trump campaign has sought to grow in recent months.
“The ironic and disgusting thing about China is they get to both create demand and then fulfill demand,” said Gary Bauer, a Christian activist who was appointed by Trump to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
“I think there’s a growing acknowledgment in the U.S. and around the world that China’s communist rulers are bad actors and, in some way, there has to be some sort of reckoning for all of this,” he added.
This culture war theater had the useful effect for Trump of allowing him to continue to cast himself as an opponent of China while not fighting the Chinese government directly. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Trump has used the Asian country as a scapegoat that can take the blame for the failures of his administration to competently address the pandemic.
Yet there has been a wrinkle in Trump’s anti-China stance. Until recently, he and his administration have referred to Covid-19 as “the Chinese virus” or “the Wuhan virus.” This practice stopped around the time of Trump’s March 27th phone conversation with Chinese president Xi Jinping. The shift is likely a result not just of Xi’s objections to these slurs but also the fact that the United States is currently dependent on China for medical supplies. China is the only country in the world that has the productive capacity to supply quickly the ventilators and personal protective equipment on the scale demanded by a global emergency.
Republican lawmakers are launching an all-out assault on China over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, accusing Beijing of a deadly cover-up fraught with lies, propaganda and stonewalling.
But their posture is somewhat at odds with that of the Trump administration, which has of late adopted a more restrained approach to dealing with Beijing as officials in both countries focus more on addressing the public health crisis.
Scott has secured a commitment from Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to investigate the World Health Organization’s handling of the pandemic. The WHO is under fire for allegedly not taking a harder stance against Beijing even as it downplayed the crisis; the U.N. body is also accused of poor judgment for publicizing a preliminary Chinese finding suggesting that Covid-19 could not be transmitted from human to human. Since that assessment, the virus has spread across the globe, killing tens of thousands of people and bringing many economies to a near halt.
Leading US manufacturers of medical safety gear told the White House that China prohibited them from exporting their products from the country as the coronavirus pandemic mounted — even as Beijing was trying to “corner the world market” in personal protective equipment, The Post has learned.
Now, the Trump administration is weighing legal action against China over its alleged actions, a lawyer for President Trump said Sunday.
“In criminal law, compare this to the levels that we have for murder,” said Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to Trump’s re-election campaign.
“People are dying. When you have intentional, cold-blooded, premeditated action like you have with China, this would be considered first-degree murder.”
Many experts agree China has likely downplayed the impact of the outbreak, underreporting infections and deaths and trying to silence whistleblowers. U.S. officials have claimed China’s lowballing of the numbers early on gave the rest of the world a skewed understanding of how dangerous the virus was and led other countries to underprepare.
“The reality is that China’s been more transparent with respect to the coronavirus than certainly they were for other infectious diseases over the last 15 years,” Vice President Mike Pence told CNN last week. “But what appears evident now is long before the world learned in December, China was dealing with this, maybe as much as a month earlier than that.”
Even as they work more openly with the rest of the world, Chinese officials have further angered the Trump administration by promoting propaganda that falsely blames the U.S. military for the outbreak.
But the Washington Post reported that Trump and Congress ignored reports from US intelligence agencies starting in January that warned of the scale and intensity of the coronavirus outbreak in China. And Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro warned internally in a memo in late January that the coronavirus could develop into a “full-blown pandemic,” risking the health of millions and trillions of dollars in economic losses, CNN previously reported.Navarro warned in a second memo less than a month later that the risk of a pandemic was rising and urged the White House’s coronavirus task force to secure billions in supplemental spending. Both memos were first reported by The New York Times and Axios.
SHIP AHOY! LNG FOR CHINA
SINGAPORE (Reuters) –
Tankers carrying U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) are on their way to China after Beijing started granting tax waivers to some importers, shipping and trade sources said.
This is the first time since March 2019 that shipments have resumed after a long-standing trade war in which China raised tariffs on LNG imports from the United States to 25% last year.
Four LNG tankers are en route to China after loading cargoes last month in the United States, ship-tracking data from Refinitiv and data intelligence firm Kpler shows.
The tankers are expected to arrive in China between late April and early May, the data shows. One of them, SK Resolute has diverted at least twice but is now heading to Tianjin, China, after loading its cargo from the Cameron LNG plant in Louisiana.
The fourth tanker, Palu LNG, loaded from Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 25 and changed its destination to Tianjin on Monday. It is due to arrive at the Chinese port on April 21, Refinitiv data shows.
U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have resumed flowing to China for the first time since March 2019, after the Chinese authorities have granted tax waivers to several Chinese LNG importers, Reuters reported on Tuesday, quoting trade and shipping sources.
According to Refinitiv’s ship-tracking data cited by Reuters, four tankers that have loaded LNG at U.S. LNG export facilities are planning to dock in China, where life has started to gradually return to normality, and industrial activity and demand have slowly started to recover.
A cargo from the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana, two ships from
Sabine Pass, Louisiana, and one cargo out of Corpus Christi, Texas, are expected to reach China late in April or in early May, according to Refinitiv’s ship-tracking data.
CHINA ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES AND GENOCIDE BY LARRY KLAYMAN, ESQ.
Larry Klayman files genocide complaint in the Hague against China for COVID-19 “war crimes” while Laura Loomer conducts premature celebration in Tech Giant $1.5 B lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Investigative journalist and apparent China hater — Denise Matteau — issues demand that George Webb be killed by firing squad for espionage and treason after exposing Maatje Benassi as COVID-19 patient zero
PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
No vessels have sailed into the Port of Corpus Christi with sick crew members during the coronavirus pandemic, a port emergency official said Tuesday.
Corpus Christi’s port has operated continuously in the weeks since the virus began spreading in the United States and throughout Texas, said Danielle Hale, the port’s emergency management manager.
Port personnel have been working remotely and cleaning efforts at port facilities have significantly stepped up in that time to beat back the virus, Hale said.
To be continued…
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