Manlio Dinucci (Il Manifesto, 25 May 2021)
The European Parliament froze the 20 ratification of the EU-China Agreement on investments in May, signed in December by the European Commission after seven years of negotiations. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority with 599 votes in favor, 30 opposites and 58 abstained. It is formally justified in response to Chinese sanctions against members of the European Parliament, decided by Beijing after its officials were subjected to sanctions on the charge, rejected by China, violation of human rights in particular of the Uighurs. EU lawmakers argue that, while Chinese sanctions are illegal as they violate international law, the European ones are legal because they are based on the defense of human rights sanctioned by the United Nations.
What is the real reason behind the screen of the "defense of human rights in China"? The strategy, launched and led by Washington, to recruit European countries in the coalition against Russia and China. The fundamental lever of this operation is the fact that 21 of 27 European Union countries are members of NATO under US command. In the front row against China, as against Russia, there are the countries of the East at the same time members of NATO and the EU, which, being closer to Washington than to Brussels, they increase US influence on EU foreign policy. Policy that basically follows the US one, especially through NATO.
However, not all allies are on the same level: Germany and France negotiate under the table with the United States on the basis of mutual convenience, Italy, on the other hand, obeys by keeping silent to the detriment of its own interests. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg can thus declare, at the end of the meeting with the French president Macron the 21 May: "We will support the rules-based international order against the authoritarian thrust of countries like Russia and China".
At dinner, that until now NATO has overshadowed as a "threat" by focusing its strategy against Russia, it is now placed on the same level. This comes in the wake of what they are doing in Washington. Here the strategy against China is about to become law. The 15 April, on the bipartisan initiative of the Democrat Menendez and the Republican Risch, the draft law S.1169 on Strategic Competition with China. The motivation of the law leaves no doubt that the confrontation is across the board: «The People's Republic of China is leveraging its political power, diplomatic, cheap, military, technological and ideological to become a strategic global competitor, almost on par, of the United States. The policies pursued increasingly by the PRC in these areas are contrary to the interests and values of the United States, of its partners and much of the rest of the world ". On that basis, the law establishes political measures, economic, technological, media, military and others against China, aimed at striking and isolating it.
A real declaration of war, not figuratively. Admiral Davidson, who is head of the Indo-Pacific Command of the United States, asked Congress 27 billions of dollars to build a curtain of missile bases and satellite systems around China, including a constellation of radars on space platforms. Meanwhile, US military pressure on China is increasing: missile units of the Seventh Fleet cross in the South China Sea, US Air Force strategic bombers have been deployed to the island of Guam in the Western Pacific, while US Navy Triton drones were brought closer to China by transferring them from Guam to Japan.
In the wake of the United States, NATO also extends its strategy to East Asia and the Pacific where - Stoltenberg announces - "we need to strengthen ourselves militarily together with close partners such as Australia and Japan". The European Parliament has therefore not simply taken another step in the "sanctions war" against China. He took another step to bring Europe to war.
(Il Manifesto, 25 May 2021)