by Christopher Black
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer
based in Toronto.
is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases
and recently published his novel
"Beneath the Clouds."
writes essays on international law, politics and world
events, especially for the online magazine
On June 4th the Chinese government issued a travel alert
for Chinese tourists thinking of visiting the United States, a day
after it issued a similar advisory to Chinese students thinking of
studying in the U.S. over concerns for their safety and security.
Chinese in the U.S. are
reporting harassment and interrogations by U.S. immigration
authorities and many now have the impression they are not welcome in
Global Times, speaking on
behalf of the government stated,
"The Chinese people
find it difficult to accept the fact that they are being taken
The U.S. boasts too
much superiority and has been indulged by the world. Due to
its short history, it lacks understanding of
and respect for the rules of countries and laws of the market.
The Americans of the
early generations accumulated prosperity and prestige for the
U.S., while the current U.S. administration behaves like a
wastrel generation by ruining the world's respect for the U.S.."
It seems to me they are
being generous to the U.S. since the "early prosperity" of the U.S.
was built on the backs of slave labour, extermination of the
indigenous peoples and theft of their lands, colonization and
exploitation of other countries, including China, and two hundred
years of continual warfare to secure the resources and markets of
first the western hemisphere, then the world.
Their "prestige" comes
out of the barrel of a gun.
The U.S. economic and
military aggression against those nations that refuse to obey
American demands to serve their interests ever increases and never
A few days ago Mike
Pompeo stated, with feigned innocence, that the U.S. was
willing to talk to Iran "without preconditions" when the real
conditions Iran faces include an almost total embargo of its trade
and threats of immediate attack by U.S. forces, including nuclear
The Iranians quickly
rejected this hypocrisy...
In the Balkans the
U.S. and its NATO war machine have again stirred up problems in
Serbia where, in the NATO occupied province of Kosovo-Metohija,
Serbs and Russians were detained and beaten up by Albanian
security forces designed to put further pressure on Serbia to
fall into the NATO camp so that the NATO machine will have
complete control of the Balkans to complete the encirclement of
situation of the Palestinians becomes even worse as the U.S.
plans the final solution for them-their disappearance as a
people to be absorbed as citizens of other states, while Israel
continues its aggressive expansion and acts as agent of the U.S.
bully in the region.
The threats against,
But the principle
preoccupation of the U.S. is still
On May 30th
the U.S. Department of Defense released its strategy paper for the
Indo-Pacific region in which, after several pages of lies about its
role in the world as savior and benefactor, set out America's
intentions to dominate China and Russia.
It is another item of
evidence that the United States government and its allies are
conspiring to commit crimes against peace by planning, initiating
and waging wars of aggression against those nations.
These designs by the
American leadership reflect not only the desire of the owners of
capital in the U.S. to dominate the world.
They also reflect the
Americans' preoccupation with themselves as "exceptional" people, as
the "exceptional" nation, above all others, answerable to none,
which has been a characteristic of their culture since its
The aggressive objectives of the successive American governments
were and are not accidents or mistakes arising out of immediate
political circumstances but are a deliberate and necessary part of
American foreign policy.
From its inception the
American political leadership has claimed to unite the American
people with a consciousness of their mission and destiny to dominate
the world. War is seen as inevitable or highly probable to
accomplish these objectives where intimidation and bribery fail.
To accomplish its objectives the United States has done all it can
to disrupt the world order established after World War Two when
world nations joined together for world peace in the United Nations
Charter in 1946.
Within 3 years the U.S.
set up the NATO military alliance to threaten the Soviet Union, soon
waged wars across south east Asia and overthrew governments the
The rise to power of
Trump has resulted in the
United States withdrawing from a series of treaties designed to
reduce the threat of war and of nuclear armaments, or promote free
trade, in order to free the United States from its obligations under
the treaties involved to allow it to pursue its objectives using any
They have rejected
international law and diplomacy in interstate relationships and now
rely on threats and violence.
Indo-Pacific Strategy Report, of
June 1, 2019 begins with the claim that,
strategic competition, defined by geopolitical rivalry between
free and repressive world order visions, is the primary concern
for U.S. national security.
In particular, the
People's Republic of China, under the leadership of the Chinese
Communist Party, seeks to reorder the region to its advantage by
leveraging military modernization, influence operations, and
predatory economics to coerce other nations."
Time and again the Report
ascribes to China the actual behavior of the United States for is it
not the United States that has sought to reorder the world since it
became a world power; has it not used all these methods and more to
coerce other nations? The world knows it.
Yet once again their
sense of being exceptional makes them blind to their stupefying
arrogance and hypocrisy.
The Report then warns that,
"We will not accept
policies or actions that threaten or undermine the rules-based
international order - an order that benefits all nations.
We are committed to
defending and enhancing these shared values".
What they mean by "rules
based international order" is not the order of international law as
accepted by the world governments in the United Nations Charter and
other international agreements but a U.S. imposed international
order, an order that does not yet exist except in the fantasies of
these gangsters-but which they never stop trying to impose on the
world, an order of militarism, fear, and tyranny for the rest of the
The balance of the Report sets out their strategy of building up a
"networked region" that is, a U.S. controlled system of vassal
states to prepare for war with China by prepositioning ammunition,
equipment, logistics supplies, transportation networks, intelligence
sharing and rapid deployment of forces to threaten China.
The vassal states,
...are all patted on the
head for assisting the United States and promised they will be
rewarded with peace and prosperity so long as they accept their
subservient role to the saintly United States.
Other southeast Asia
nations are referred to as potential "partners" for the future as
they try to brag that they have,
...on their side when all
they have are courtesy arrangements and cooperation on a low level
that all nations have with each other.
Their vision of their
influence is greater than the reality.
But the three targets remain the same for according to the Report,
China is a
Russia is a
"Revitalized Malign Actor"
the DPRK, keeps
its status as a "Rogue State",
...all of which the
Americans claim are intent on challenging their fictional "rules
There then follows, in
each case, paragraph after paragraph of distortions of the facts
about the nature and behavior of these three nations so that one
feels compelled to break into laughter when reading these ludicrous
labels that seem to come from a very bad 1950's Hollywood film
But finally, after all the verbiage, they get down to it and set out
their real objectives by referencing the U.S. Defense Strategy of
2018 which sets out the four pillars of their hegemonic designs:
1. Defend the
This is a curious phrase we have been seeing the past number of
years in American parlance, this concept of ‘homeland," but in
contradistinction to what is never stated.
Well, the to the rest
of the world, of course, which they now consider their lands as
well, their outlands, and so the need for a phrase to identify
the U.S. as the "homeland".
What could more
display their colonial mindset than the use of this phrase?
2. Remain the
preeminent military power in the world
This is a threat to the world, to humankind, and can only be
maintained by the pauperization of its own people.
3. Ensure the
balances of power in key regions remain in our favor
Meaning that they intend to keep playing one nation off against
another and create chaos where necessary, to play both sides
against the middle, whatever it takes so that the United States
maintains the ruling hand.
4. Advance an
international order that is most conducive to our security and
And here we have their principle objective, meaning that,
despite all the rhetoric about shared values, shared goals and
friendships with its vassal allies, the world is meant to enrich
and serve the United States.
To make sure the world
knows of their power and what they are willing to do with it the
"In the region, U.S.
INDOPACOM currently has more than 2,000 aircraft; 200 ships and
submarines; and more than 370,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines,
Airmen, DoD civilians, and contractors assigned within its area
concentration of forces in the region are in Japan and the ROK.
A sizable contingent
of forces (more than 5,000 on a day-to-day basis) are also based
in the U.S. territory of Guam, which serves as a strategic hub
supporting crucial operations and logistics for all U.S. forces
operating in the Indo-Pacific region.
Other allies and
partners that routinely host U.S. forces on a smaller scale
include the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, and the United
Kingdom through the island of Diego Garcia".
Other bases are planned
in Australia and New Guinea.
In describing its relations and military cooperation with its vassal
allies it places special emphasis on Taiwan and uses language that
in direct terms violates the One China Policy of China, which the
U.S. pays lip service to.
It is tantamount to a
declaration that Taiwan is a U.S. protectorate instead of an
integral part of China.
"The objective of our
defense engagement with Taiwan is to ensure that Taiwan remains
secure, confident, free from coercion, and able to peacefully
and productively engage the mainland on its own terms."
So when U.S., Australian,
French, or British naval forces claim they are traversing the
Straight of Taiwan as an exercise in "freedom of navigation" we know
that what they are really doing is using force to divide China, to
treat it as if it were still the weak China of the 19th century when
American gunboats until as late as 1949 ran up and down the Yangtze
River as if they owned it; to slap it in the face, to dare it with
The situation has become so tense that the Global Times on
June 6th in an op-ed by Wei Jianguo, said,
"China is able to
withstand U.S. maximum pressure, due to the country's economic
resilience, and Chinese people's resolute determination.
Suffering from a
century of humiliation, the Chinese nation has been accustomed
to such pressure, as shown in the War of Resistance against
Japanese Aggression, as well as the Korean War or the War to
Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.
The unity of Chinese
people is a vital reason for the country's fundamental victory
The Peoples' Daily
"America is the enemy
of the world."
Russia and China, in
their defence, are intensifying their economic and military
cooperation but the threat remains and is increasing.
The answer may lie in the
fact that the U.S. strategy is ultimately self-defeating. The more
they try to dominate the world, the more intense the resistance
Even their alliances are
coming apart at the seams as the thieves bicker about their share of
But the question remains,
what to do about this
enemy of the world, this outlaw power...