Fri. May 27th, 2022
Should We Embrace Our Differences or Embrace Our Shared Humanity? asks
Britney Zhao, a 15-year-old student from China currently studying in England.

Precipitated by over three-decades of the US-NATO deliberate but creeping expansion US-NATO towards the borders of Russia the Ukraine War continues to get fuel for its fire from the US three months after it started.

The US congress has just received a proposal from President Biden for $ 33-billion more aid for Ukraine to fight while the U.S. loses the fantastic $ 8-trillion profit of the US arms industry-finance complex of that it had gained earlier the in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, China continues to light the candle in the midst of the darkness of war that the US has spread over the world in the past decades. China has been bringing the light of hope and reconstruction to past victims of the devastating misadventures of the US war machine.

One of these is Syria who signed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) MOU with China on 12th January 2022 and Afghanistan who also laid out the red carpet to the BRI in September 2021 right after the US had left it in August that year.

What’s the significance of the BRI? 

The BRI is a multi-trillion-dollar global program of economic, infrastructure, telecommunication, power and industrial development and network integration projects to spur productivity and facilitate trade and commerce, especially in developing nations that are bolting i into the dynamics of global geo-economics. Economies devastated by conflict and war especially need to lock into this.

Huge chunks of the globe colonized in 1914:

Colonial powers shrunk to basically their homelands in 2008:

Contrast in the global outlook

This is the contrast between what the two major powers of the world are doing today and have been doing the past decades since the turn of the 21st century .. I have been writing consistently and almost singularly on this contrast for the past years to drive home the point to Filipino readers that China has a very distinct message that is offers to the world a message and a gift of peace through prosperity building for all nations.

After 500 years of conflict and conquest of each other and then of the rest of the world in their Age of Imperialism and colonialism that climaxed in the 20th Century’s “Cold War” struggle, the US and its allied Western nations had triumphed in and proceeded to establish its “unipolar world” where no “peer competitor” was to be allowed to even dare to compete for global hegemony – at least as seen from their eyes.

Led by China, the rest of the world rose at the turn of the century to put a stop to that rampaging US unipolar world. However, instead of returning to the dispute on which one power will rule, the rising new nations chose to propose and pursue the many-centered power structure – the multi-polar world – and proceeded to build the initial institutions: the BRICS alliance, the renaissance of the U.N. and the regional trade bodies like the RCEP.

The Ukraine War prism

After twenty years of the Afghan War, the U.S. suddenly called it quits there.

However, but no sooner had the guns of war cooled when the U.S. precipitated the next major war using the rise of the Ukraine as its stage and proxy, revving up the war materiel machinery to feed the Ukraine’s bottomless pit of needs for arms, ammos, artillery, war drones, armored vehicles in a new “endless war” whose goal was not of victory or settlement but fighting for fighting’s sake.

On top of the spiraling US-triggered war to weaken, but not defeat Russia and entangle it in a “forever war” that wouldn’t succeed anyway, the US also launched an ill-calculated “sanctions war” against Russia.

However, the Russian economy quickly shrugged off this “sanctions war” rebounded from the unintended consequences of being dragged in to the world economy through a furious inflationary vortex of oil, gas, fuel, fertilizer and vital mineral ore price hikes.

What the world witnessed in the Ukraine War has compelled major sovereign nations to reject the US option of supporting the war and sanctions, embracing instead the path of peace, peace talks, dialogue led by Asian and BRICS states steered by China, India, Brazil, South Africa and other like-minded nations who represent 70% of the world’s population and the geopolitical perspective of the South.

Ukraine’s ”Forever War’, failing

The expressed wish of the US and some of its radical allies in this Ukraine War for a “forever war” is unlikely to happen: in other words, Russia will succeed in closing the war sooner than the US can imagine. It certainly won’t be an Afghan War of twenty years.

The first reason to be optimistic is that the Ukraine War is happening right on the borders of Russia and Russians are fighting for their “existential” fate; hence morale and re-supply to the front is no obstacle.

Secondly, there’s no place to hide for Ukrainian fighters and war re-supplies flown from and trucked in from the US and EU allies through border states into Ukraine. Ukraine’s geography of wide plains (it grows wheat aplenty) offers no hiding places from missiles and drones, and all resupply of arms and equipment are easy pickings for Russian missiles and warplanes that command the skies. Russia’s nukes also keep US and EU total aggression at bay.

Russian strike on base close to Poland sends stark message to NATO as US-led military alliance trying to funnel supplies to Ukraine while avoiding direct conflict with Moscow.

 As the rebound of the Russian Ruble to better than pre-war levels, shows, the US economic sanctions are not effective.

In contrast, Russia’s classical defense of its economy, which use dirigist mercantilist policies that focus on building its physical economy and prioritizing basic needs of its people, is working.

These are similar to China’s policies that perform better than the “virtual” reality of the financialized(?) economy of the US and EU (except Germany, but this is constrained).

China grows 4.8%, US shrinks

As China shows in its 2022 First Quarter economic data, the dividends from a nation focusing on peace is prosperity. China’s economy grew by 4.8%, better than the projected 4%, despite lingering Covid-19 effects and lockdowns, the repercussions of the Ukraine “sanctions” war, and the threats of direct sanction on China by the US and its few allies on the European continent. as China shows in its 2022 First Quarter economic data

Loss from the constant war mode of the U.S. showed in its own economic showing, or lack of showing, when its First Quarter GDP declined at negative 1.4%.

This has prompted global banks and financial institutions like the Deutsche Bank to predict a “major recession” coming for the U.S. between now and 2023 that is likely to drag down US Dollar hegemony further and decisively by 2023. This really points to one thing: Forever Wars is passé and self-defeating in this age.

China set to surpass U.S. as world’s biggest economy by 2028, says Reuters report.

Ironically, “Forever Wars” will, be put to an unceremonious end by advances in nuclear weapons technology Russia has achieved and where the U.S. had lagged.

In particular, China has kept up with the technology of hypersonic speed missiles, while the US is seen to be a year or two behind – which is forever. Economic development and permanent peace and prosperity of mankind is the only future worth focusing on now.

The Philippines and China hold up the light

The Philippines made a major contribution to world peace this past half-decade when President Rodrigo R. Duterte shunned subservience to the Lord of the Forever Wars, the U.S., and turned to the values of genuine independence through the promotion of dialogues for peace and cooperation with all nations and particularly to the rising carrier of the torch of peace and development – China.

After the six-year term of President Duterte, I can confidently say that the Dogs (or puppies) of War or the Amboys in the Philippines, have been muzzled effectively by the facts and the truth about the China’s beneficent intentions for the Philippines, for ASEAN, for Asia and the world.

China just needed these past six years to prove its wholly benevolent intentions towards the Philippines.

The next six years under the presidency of BBM should prove even more fruitful for Philippine-China relations.

The Philippines’ role in international and UN affairs to promote global development and peace shall be blooming just as his father did when opening relations with China, Russia and the socialist bloc of that time.

In helping China hold up the candle, we will assist Russia to resolve its crisis with Ukraine, and keep the world guided by the light of peace. #

One thought on “China Lights Candle in US-Led Darkness”
  1. Filipinos can look forward to a future of continous recovery from the devastations created by interest groups in line with American hegemonic intentions. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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