Washington does not give the real reasons why it wants to sanction China

By Rachel Marsden

According to media reports, the US is considering sanctioning China as a deterrent to a possible attack on Taiwan. Washington always justifies economic sanctions by pointing to a military or security threat to the United States or one of its allies. Then you actively work to prove the legitimacy of that threat—or create an illusion of it.

One such case involved US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei last summer, which was an unnecessary provocation to China at a time when the US was actively arming, training and funding fighters against Russia involved in the Ukraine conflict. The same blueprint is being used to escalate tensions against Washington’s geopolitical enemies that has been used around the world, from Latin America to the Middle East.

The formula is simple. Find and support opposition groups or governments—either within the target country itself or right on its borders—that are willing to comply with Washington’s mandates in exchange for benefits—or promises of them. When the target country responds, it is labeled by the West as “repression” or “crackdown,” both of which conveniently open the door to deploying various tools in the Western arsenal of global hegemony — all in the name of defending freedom and democracy. And of course human rights.

Washington was fully aware that Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan carried a high risk of provoking a Chinese military response. Any such reaction would have been exploited by the West – which Beijing no doubt understood when it refused to take the bait. But that hasn’t stopped the US from pushing ahead with punitive sanctions anyway, as if China’s restraint hadn’t just been tested and proven, or official US policy hadn’t officially recognized that Taiwan is indeed part of China. Washington appears determined to use its long-standing defense agreement to sell arms to Taipei to make it appear as if Taiwan is a separate country that must defend itself against China, when in fact it is not regulated by the United Nations, recognized as such by the United States or international law.

And now Washington is building a narrative in which Taiwan becomes the new Ukraine — the rowdy little guy who stands up to the giant next door and who needs Captain America to rush to his rescue. Those optics have allowed Washington to sell $1.1 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, following an earlier $2.37 billion shipment in 2020, as part of a total order volume of 14 billion US dollars has not yet been fulfilled.

Noisy Reuters President Joe Biden’s administration is also working on a sanctions package that would hit China’s consumer goods manufacturing sector, citing the complexities of global supply chain interdependencies with the US economy. It seems that sanctions are always the end game for Washington, just as military interventions in foreign countries are ultimately about stimulating the US economy through the military-industrial complex or promoting US economic interests.

Sanctions are also tilting the global economic playing field in Washington’s favor by preventing nations whose companies want to do business with the US or in US dollars from doing business with US-sanctioned countries. Even the EU, a close US ally, is regularly forced to abandon trade relations or trade ambitions – for example with Russia, Iran or Cuba – under pressure from US sanctions.

The impact of anti-China sanctions on the EU would be devastating, especially given the economic hit the Union has already taken from anti-Russian sanctions. Russia cut off its own cheap energy supplies because Washington incited it to show solidarity with Ukraine. China is one of Germany’s most important trading partners, and Berlin is on the brink of deindustrialization due to the impact of anti-Russian sanctions on its industrial sector.

At the same time, Washington has happily issued exceptions to the sanctions for US companies. For example, even in the case of sanctions against Moscow, the US is issuing a range of transactional authorizations and general licenses to protect some US companies from the harsh economic measures such sanctions entail, according to a report by LexisNexis. However, the path to an exemption from US sanctions for foreign companies is less clear. With Russian oil, for example, the EU needs Washington’s goodwill if it wants to continue importing US-sanctioned Russian fuel.

So, in essence, Washington can use sanctions to control and dictate trade in the EU and beyond. Unless, of course, enough countries are fed up and are looking for an alternative system. This is what appears to be happening in the wake of Western sanctions on Ukraine, with Russia, China, Iran and the Global South deepening cooperation that could ultimately bypass the Western financial sphere.

It’s hardly surprising that the talk of China sanctions comes after a recent US State Department visit to Mexico, where Mexico’s semiconductor manufacturing was showcased as part of a $50 billion investment package. The US wants to make it easier for the USA to become independent of semiconductors, which they import from China every year with a value of around one billion US dollars.

The US is always working to protect its own interests – as every country should. But Washington is clearly ready to pull out all the stops to maximize its global competitiveness. Perhaps one day his allies will begin to follow suit and strictly do what is best for themselves and their own citizens, even if it means decoupling their interests from those of Washington.

Translated from English.

Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and presenter of an independently produced French-language program aired on Sputnik France. Her website can be found at rachelmarsden.com

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