Warmonger Awarded the Nobel “Peace” Prize, Again

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Above: Infographic which identifies part of the funding for Maria Ressa’s “Rappler”. http://www.getrealphlippines.com

18-10-2021: The Nobel Peace Prize arguably lost any semblance of legitimacy when Henry Kissinger, the architect of the US Empire’s war on Vietnam, was awarded it in 1973.[1] Following this travesty, former US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, barely a year into his first term. A week after receiving the award, he sent 30 000 more US troops into Afghanistan,[2] and went on to carry out a coup in Honduras, bomb Libya to smithereens, and wage an unspeakably barbarous 10-year proxy war on Syria.[3] Today, the farce continues with the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize being jointly awarded to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. Muratov is an editor of Novaya Gazeta, which is critical of the Kremlin in Russia, albeit with dubious motives. Despite this, the Russian government congratulated Muratov for his years of journalistic work.[4] Maria Ressa, on the other hand, is a more open purveyor of Washington’s drive to war against the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Who is Maria Ressa?

Maria Ressa is painted by the Western corporate media as a heroic, principled opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who in turn is falsely portrayed as an authoritarian dictator who bows to Beijing. Little could be further from the truth. As the New Atlas points out, Maria Ressa is a US citizen who is funded by the US government,[5] who is consistently pushing the interests of the US state department in its efforts to isolate and eventually bring down the PRC, the most populous nation on Earth. This is done under the familiar guise of calls for “democracy” and “human rights” – which in this case is code for the restoration of capitalism in China, and the installation of US satellite states which are antagonistic or hostile to China, in South East Asia. Ressa is a dual Filipino-American citizen and until 2012, she was the bureau chief of the CNN in Jakarta and Manila for almost 20 years.[6]

In 2012, Ressa became the founder and CEO of Rappler, a so-called digital media company which later became the most prominent critic of the Duterte Administration. In reality, Rappler is a tool of the US State Department, which funds its operations. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – the public face of the CIA – admits to funding Rappler to the tune of $180 000 just in the year 2020.[7] Indirectly supporting Rappler, and Ressa herself, is the innocuous sounding International Press Institute (IPI). Making a mockery of its slogan of “defending press freedom since 1950”, the IPI is in fact jointly funded and organised by the very forces of Brussels and Washington. The IPI openly lists its sponsors as including the NED, the European Commission, Qatari Royal Family backed Al Jazeera media, and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).[8] The OSCE is a mere political arm of NATO – the primary military alliance of US/EU imperialism.

Fomenting war in the Asia-Pacific

Rappler is also funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of Ebay, who plays a similar role to regime change specialist George Soros. The Omidyar Network funds a bevy of news organisations outside the US specifically to run pro-Western information warfare campaigns against governments targeted by Washington. These include the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ).[9] The ICIJ is currently known for the Pandora Papers, which, not surprisingly, does not name a single corrupt figure from the USA – but plenty from Russia, Latin America and elsewhere. Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa are not innocent parties carrying out honest investigative journalism – far from it.

While Rappler continuously denounces the Duterte Administration for developing trade and investment ties with China,[10] which cannot but benefit the Philippines, Rappler is the most vociferous in its not so subtle urging of war on China. In fact, under CEO Maria Ressa, Rappler stridently criticises President Duterte for NOT going to war against China. Rappler repeatedly asserts that the Philippines must assert its disputed claims in the South China Sea – which it terms the “West Philippines Sea”.[11] Rappler even couches its demands for war under the guise of blaming Duterte for trying to start a war! To the chagrin of Ressa, President Duterte has repeatedly emphasised that the Philippines does not have the capacity, nor the desire, to go to war with China.[12]  Ms Ressa can claim that she is standing for “human rights” and “democracy” until the cows come home – but in practice she is pressing for what would be a catastrophic US backed war on China in the Asia-Pacific. Some peacenik!

Both the government of the PRC and the Philippines enacted nonsensical and harsh lockdown measures in response to the fraudulent Covid “pandemic”. President Duterte can certainly be criticised for this, even though he stated that he “hates lockdowns”.[13] The conservative bureaucracy of the Communist Party of China, however, imposed scientifically unjustifiable lockdowns and other risible restrictions in order to stabilise and prop up Western imperialism. Workers of the world cannot forgive such a betrayal. Stalinism wrongly assumes that the Western ruling classes can be persuaded to live peacefully alongside a heavily deformed workers’ state such as the PRC. It is prepared to go to any lengths to bring this about – up to and including the imposition of the largest health sham in history.

Despite the active co-operation of Beijing, Washington and the EU will never accept the rule of the working class – however tenuous – over 20% of the world’s population. The PRC’s predominantly state owned and planned economy means it vastly outperforms the West – in science, technology, telecommunications, artificial intelligence and more. Thus, imperialist war against Red China can only be averted if the workers of the West disarm them through socialist revolution. The PRC requires a proletarian political revolution, to initiate workers’ democracy and complete the gains of 1949. Key to this task is the formation of genuine Marxist vanguard parties, East and West, to build internationally integrated planned economies and to permanently end the danger of a devastating Pacific war.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[1] https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1973/kissinger/facts/ (17-10-2021)

[2] https://www.vox.com/2014/10/6/6895363/nobel-prizes-winners-controversies-explained (17-10-2021)

[3] https://journal-neo.org/2016/08/28/syria-the-obama-conviction/ (17-10-2021)

[4] https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/2021/10/08/who-is-dmitry-muratov-nobel-winner-and-voice-of-russias-independent-media/ (17-10-2021)

[5] https://newatlas.report/2021/10/11/nobel-peace-prizes-maria-ressa-a-us-citizen-funded-by-the-us-government/ (17-10-2021)

[6] https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/former-cnn-southeast-asia-bureau-chief-maria-ressa-wins-nobel-peace-prize/491304/ (17-10-2021)

[7] https://www.ned.org/region/asia/philippines-2020/ (17-10-2021)

[8] https://ipi.media/journalism-takes-centre-stage-in-vienna-at-the-2021-ipi-world-congress/ (17-10-2021)

[9] https://politics.com.ph/exposed-find-out-how-rappler-financier-pierre-omidyar-uses-media-to-advance-western-agenda (17-10-2021)

[10] https://www.rappler.com/business/charts-how-duterte-love-affair-china-shaped-philippine-economy (17-10-2021)

[11] https://www.rappler.com/nation/duterte-repeats-threat-war-china-refuses-assert-west-philippine-sea-right (17-10-2021)

[12] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1464844/go-to-war-with-china-over-west-ph-sea-it-will-be-a-massacre-says-dutert (17-10-2021)

[13] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/06/23/2022941/duterte-says-he-hates-lockdown-will-resume-nationwide-visits-military-camps (17-10-2021)

It’s a Shutdown, not a “Pandemic”

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10-10-2021: The dictum of “two weeks to flatten the curve” has to go down as one of the biggest whoppers in history, right up there with the lie that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” in 2003. We are now approaching two years of political repression – lockdowns, facemask and vaccine mandates, tracking and tracing, border closures etc. – based on increasingly hysterical shrieking about “following the science”. Yet from start to finish, Covid ideology is chock full of postulates that are so absurd that a child could expose its contradictions. Whether or not they have actively protested against such nonsense, the overwhelming majority of working and self-employed people eagerly yearn for an end to draconian state dictates and a return to some semblance of normality in their lives.

Lockdowns were about the economy, not “healthcare”

There never was, and is not now, a “pandemic” of “Covid”. Even a cursory glance at basic statistics will reveal that “Covid” mortality mirrored all-cause mortality, the average age of “Covid death” was above average life expectancy, and hospitals were not at all overwhelmed.[1] So what were lockdowns all about? It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the ruling elite decided to use a fake pandemic to partially run the economy into the ground with the (vain) hope of restarting or re-boosting private production for private profit. It matters not that millions of workers were hurled into unemployment, nor that millions of small businesses were reduced to bankruptcy. In a capitalist depression, big finance capital still comes out a clear winner – regardless of the destitution wrought upon the rest of society.

Lockdowns created mass despair to the overwhelming majority, yet the billionaires were smiling all the way to the banks they probably own. In the USA during March 18 and June 4 in 2020, the wealth of America’s billionaires surged by $565 billion – while 42.6 million Americans filed jobless claims.[2] In the United Kingdom (UK), the lockdowns created 24 more billionaires than had previously existed, taking the total to 171 – the highest ever.[3] In Australia, the nation’s seven richest billionaires increased their net wealth by 69.3 billion dollars (AUD) during the lockdowns.[4] How did this happen? Mostly through shares, commodity prices and other assets, which soared in value. The stock markets in the West are set up to do just that, regardless of whether the physical economy is operating.

While billionaires clinked their wine glasses, many workers were thrown into the hell of lost working hours, lost jobs, and relocating to find work. One study showed that workers worldwide lost $37 trillion in earnings, with women and young people taking the largest hits.[5] A study by the International Labor Organisation found that the equivalent of 255 million full time jobs were lost during 2020, which represents a figure four times the amount lost during the “Global Financial Crisis” of 2009.[6] The lockdowns represented the most colossal transfer of wealth from the have-nots to the haves in history. It is beyond laughable to claim that this was an unfortunate by-product of necessary health measures.

Deliberate shutdown

The lockdowns were a deliberate move to partially shutdown as many economies worldwide as was possible. There is no clearer example than the case of Belarus. Its President Alexander Lukashenko stated in an interview that the World bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had offered him a bribe of $940 million in exchange for “Covid Relief Aid”. The only condition was that, in return, Belarus would: impose extreme lockdowns, force people to wear facemasks, enact strict curfews, impose a police state and crash the economy.[7] To his credit, Lukashenko refused and Belarus never locked down. Not surprisingly, while the Belarusian Football League and the Victory Day Parade was never cancelled, Belarus had one of the lowest rates of “Covid death” in all of Europe.[8]

The lockdown woke left cannot conceive that the ruling class would partially close the economy or self-inflict a depression. They bleat that people lost their jobs and the economy slowed down “because of Covid”. With indignance they exclaim that capitalists seek to make profit by exploiting the working class, and so they would “never” themselves actuate economic conditions where they might lose some of their takings. These simpletons display a token grasp of the ABCs of Marxism. Do they not recall the many occasions throughout history where unscrupulous employers have shutdown production at their industry, and locked out their entire workforce? In order to drive down the wages and conditions of their workforce, industrial employers are often prepared to provoke a strike, or to literally lock the gates of their workplaces so that workers cannot enter. Such employers figure – correctly – that they have more than enough cash reserves to “starve out” the workers.

Working people rely on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly income. Large capitalist employers, on the other hand, have all kinds of cash and assets built up over years and decades of accumulating capital, built off the backs of their workers. They can easily sustain a few months, six months or a year, of no operation. If they eventually re-start while forcing workers to work for less, they figure they will be better off overall. In the same vein, the global capitalist ruling classes appear to have calculated that the losses they sustain through one or two years of lockdown will, in the end, benefit them. After all, now they have a workforce which is terrorised not only about “Covid”, but the prospect of losing income altogether. A workforce which makes no demands, and is ideologically submissive, is their ultimate.

Co-leader of the Russian Revolution L Trotsky remarked that in a severe crisis the nation stops going forward. If at the dawn of capitalism it was the Luddites who destroyed the machines, at the dusk it is the capitalists themselves who destroy their own creations.[9] This above all is the marker which indicates that bourgeois society has reduced itself to folly. In response, socialists should demand and fight for a six-hour workday, to create employment for all who require it. Workers urgently need a Leninist vanguard party, to help counter capitalist absurdity and found a rationally planned economy.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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E: workersleague@redfireonline.com


[1] https://off-guardian.org/2021/09/22/30-facts-you-need-to-know-your-covid-cribsheet/ (09-10-2021)

[2] https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/04/amid-covid-19-and-nationwide-protests-americas-billionaires-got-79-billion-richer/ (09-10-2021)

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/may/21/number-of-billionaires-in-uk-reached-new-record-during-covid-pandemic (09-10-2021)

[4] https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/12/29/rich-richer-billionaires-pandemic/ (09-10-2021)

[5] https://www.businessinsider.com.au/workers-lost-37-trillion-in-earnings-during-the-pandemic-2021-1 (09-10-2021)

[6] https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/225-million-jobs-were-lost-worldwide-in-2020-thanks-to-the-pandemic-report-finds-1.5281152 (09-10-2021)

[7] https://fort-russ.com/2020/09/belarusian-president-lukashenko-says-imf-offered-a-billion-usd-bribe-to-impose-covid-19-lockdown/ (09-10-2021)

[8] https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3543 (09-10-2021)

[9] https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/whitherfrance/ch01.htm (10-10-2021)

AUKUS: The Anglosphere Prepares for War on China

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05-10-2021: The war on Covid is fast transforming into a war on China. The Anglospheric formation of AUKUS (Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America) is just the latest confirmation of already occurring facts on the ground. No one is buying the line that AUKUS “does not target a particular country”. No one is buying the line that AUKUS is just an alternative deal for Australia to build eight nuclear powered submarines, junking the 90 billion dollar conventional submarine building deal with French company Naval Group.[1] In reality, AUKUS is an alliance for multi-pronged war against the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the worlds most populous nation. The PRC’s largely collectivised and planned economy has already surpassed the USA in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP – the amount of goods that can be obtained for a certain amount of currency),[2] and is well on track to overtake the USA in economic performance overall. The PRC’s rapid expansion contrasts sharply with the decades long economic decline of the Anglo imperialist nations now comprising AUKUS.

France jettisoned

Unable to compete economically, the AUKUS powers are bent on doing everything they can to destroy, or at least degrade, the PRC’s economic rise. Some have wondered openly why the governments of the West don’t just co-operate with China, engage in trade and mutually beneficial cultural, scientific and educational exchange? This might be possible if imperialism – the expansionist policy of privately owned finance capital – did not exist. Others wonder especially why Australia would even risk its ties with the PRC, which is overwhelmingly its largest trading partner. Even with the hostile provocations from the Australian government towards the PRC in recent times, approximately 39% of Australia’s exports are sent to China, while around 27% of all Australian imports were taken in from China.[3] In the case of a US led war with China, all of this could cease, sending Australia’s economy into an even deeper tailspin than that caused by unjustifiable “Covid” lockdowns.

While it is true that a deep economic depression for Australia could be just one result of an AUKUS led war on China, the Australian ruling class calculates that its billionaires would ultimately rake in billions more IF they are able to somehow overthrow the Chinese state and return China to the colonial “100 years of humiliation” it endured prior to its liberation through socialist revolution in 1949. Ever since then, the Western powers have not stopped for a minute with efforts to encircle, contain or break up the Chinese “civilisation state”. The Korean War and the Vietnam War in their time were aimed squarely at the PRC, in the same way that US/UK funded destabilisation in Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang is today. Washington and London hardly blink in sidelining Paris if it means constructing another front against Beijing via ultra-provocative “Freedom of Navigation Operations” in the South China Sea. 90 billion dollars for a French company is chump change compared to what Western imperialism would reap if the PRC – the world’s most powerful deformed workers’ state – is no more.

China eclipsing the West

Just a glance at the economic, scientific and technological achievements of the PRC in recent decades reveals the growing gap between themselves and the West. In fact, advances in the PRC virtually proceed in an inverse proportion to the decline of their counterparts. Already the world leader in the construction and operation of high-speed rail, the PRC is currently in the process of laying Vacuum tubes for their Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains. Once operational, these trains could reach speeds of 1000 klm/hr, and reduce the 2200 kilometre journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou to a mere two hours.[4] While there is some high-speed rail in the UK, both Australia and the USA are yet to construct even one kilometre of high-speed rail.

In the crucial STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education sector, the PRC’s vast investment in its higher education system is reaping tangible benefits – while there are multiple crises in the University sectors in the AUKUS nations. China overtook the US in the number of STEM PhD graduates produced in 2007, and by 2019 was producing 47% more. By 2025 it is estimated that the PRC will be producing 77 000 STEM PhD graduates per year, compared with an estimated 40 000 per year in the USA.[5] Both Australia[6] and the UK[7] are facing an ongoing STEM skills crisis, with ongoing critical shortfalls in STEM related positions. In both countries some in these fields point to gender related stereotypes as justification, but this is far from the main reason. It is much more to do with the critical underfunding of Universities by Western governments. The capitalist state must guarantee the right of capital to make a profit, so if the private sector demands access to “the education sector”, i.e., privatisation, their respective governments oblige. By contrast, in the PRC profit is not the predominant goal of production, so its government can prioritise state investment in education, which then redounds on the development of its own scientific and technological industries.

Washington is most concerned with falling behind China in the field of quantum computing. The central government in Beijing has already pumped 10 Billion dollars (US) into the PRC’s National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences.[8] One result is the announcement by the University of Science and Technology in China (USTC) that its quantum computer had performed a calculation 100 trillion times faster than the worlds most advanced supercomputer, which they claimed surpassed Google’s Sycamore by a factor of 10 billion.[9] Quantum computing is the key to improving the processing speed and power of computers, and China’s state backed Universities are taking on and eclipsing Google, Microsoft and IBM in the West. This is one reason why the AUKUS alliance names artificial intelligence, cyber capabilities and quantum computing as essential areas of co-operation,[10] while the sharing of nuclear-powered submarine technology has garnered most of the headlines.

Covid co-operation

Though Washington, London and Canberra would never let on, the basic reason why the PRC is outperforming the West is because the socialist mode of production is a higher socio-economic formation vis-à-vis capitalism. No one is claiming that the PRC is a classless society, but neither is it one which operates on the sole basis of production for private profit. The PRC is a transitional society half-way between capitalism and socialism, and as long as the state which emerged out of 1949 remains intact, the AUKUS powers will never control it. At the same time, the PRC remains a bureaucratically deformed workers’ state, which is distorted by the multi-class forces which gave it its birth AND the pseudo-Marxist vulgarisations of Stalinism – the theoretical basis of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Notwithstanding the reverence which Maoism historically commands within China, the conservative caste ruling the PRC strictly abides by the twin policies of “socialism in one country” and “peaceful coexistence”. These class collaborationist nostrums result in the CPC doing literally anything to preserve “socialism” within its borders, which means capitalism everywhere else.

Covid co-operation between the PRC and the very imperialist powers that have now formed AUKUS is just one example of the working-class betrayal the CPC commits on a daily basis. Some leftists who view themselves as anti-imperialist fall for the false narrative that “China effectively contained Covid”. In reality, the CPC carried out display lockdowns, invasive testing and some vaccinations in order to help prop up and assist Western imperialism. To preserve “socialism” in their own state, a Stalinist bureaucracy will not hesitate to enact repression against its own workers so as to help capitalism in the West through a period of crisis. Sometimes the bureaucracy of a deformed workers’ state such as the PRC will lean on its own workers to aid imperialism, while at other times the bureaucracy of the PRC will lean on imperialism to aid its own workers. Nonsensical fake pandemic co-operation with the West is a prime example of the former, while military and political self-defence against AUKUS is a notable example of the latter.

If this sounds like a contradiction, its because it certainly is. The conservative leadership of the PRC perform a delicate balancing act between the needs and interests of its own working class, and the never-ending demands of Western imperialism to “open up”, i.e., do away with the very element which guarantees its independence – its workers’ state. All bureaucracies have little or no loyalty to political principles, they are primarily about self-preservation. The CPC bureaucracy is no different. However, to the extent that the CPC leadership protects the socialistic character of its state, workers of the world have an obligation to defend it. This stands especially in the case of an attack by the AUKUS powers. At the same time, the need for a proletarian political revolution in China – the restoration of the rule of elected workers’ councils comprised of all those committed to defending the gains of 1949 – remains critical. To a large extent, this is bound up with a political breakthrough such as a victorious proletarian revolution amongst one or more capitalist bastions in the East and West.

Regional provocations and sabotage

The AUKUS imperialists cannot, of course, land troops on the shores of the Chinese mainland and invade with the hope of overthrowing the state. The PRC is nuclear armed, although its stockpile of nuclear warheads is estimated at only 300, compared to the US with around 6000.[11] So AUKUS is simply another web being weaved by imperialism to ramp up isolation type pressure on the PRC in addition to alliances such as the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, US).[12] While an all out war between AUKUS and China may not eventuate, it may not be the goal of the Pentagon. The 2016 report by the Rand Corporation “War with China: Thinking through the Unthinkable” states explicitly that economic ruination of the PRC may be a preferable outcome. As a war on China led by the US would take place in China and not on US soil, Rand estimated that GDP losses in a “limited” war would be in the ballpark of 30-35% for the PRC, and only 5-10% for the US.[13] As the ultimate goal of the total overthrow of the PRC remains out of reach, Washington may settle for sabotage.

Moreover, a “limited” shooting war with China would only augment other forms of hybrid war Wall Street is behind. It is an open secret that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), funded by the US Congress, in turn funds the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).[14] Separatist terrorism in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the North West of China is fostered by the West with the clear intention of derailing important hubs for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as (they hope) breaking whole chunks away from the PRC. In 2019, imperialism attempted to break Hong Kong away from the PRC, through the direct funding of over 37 000 NGOs from the US and Europe.[15]  Despite this backing, the ultra-violent anti-China “pro-democracy” Blackshirt protests never gained anything like majority support amongst the people of Hong Kong.

To complement the US state backed efforts to destabilise or break away internal parts of China, Washington is simultaneously fomenting political chaos in South East Asian nations bordering the PRC. Throughout 2020 and into 2021, the US government has been behind increasingly violent “pro-democracy” demonstrations in Thailand.[16] The aim is to disrupt or prevent the growing economic, military and political ties the Thai government is, not surprisingly, developing with the PRC. In neighbouring Myanmar, the so-called “pro-democracy” opposition has formed a “National Unity Government” (NUG), with its spokespeople openly calling for money and support from US President Joe Biden![17] At least the government of Cambodia was alert to a similar process taking place within its borders. In October 2017, the Cambodian Supreme Court simply dissolved the “opposition” Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) for treason to the state.[18] The CNRP was being funded by the US government in an attempt to overthrow Cambodia and break its economic ties with China.

Any war on China would be catastrophic and could escalate into a nuclear confrontation. If that eventuates, it may well be the last war, a war which ends humanity. Needless to say, the imperialists who are threatening such devastation need to be removed as far away from the levers of power as is possible. In other words, the imperialist powers – including AUKUS – must be disarmed through a combination of social revolutions in the West, and proletarian political revolutions in China and other deformed workers’ states. The forging of genuine Leninist vanguard parties, linked internationally, is key to preparing the masses for this huge task. A world without war is possible if the labouring majority of humanity can find the path to upend a global capitalism which is careering out of control.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[1] https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/australia-france-relations-australia-confirms-withdrawal-from-france-submarine-deal-2542576 (02-10-2021)

[2] https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3085501/china-overtakes-us-no-1-buying-power-still-clings-developing (02-10-2021)

[3] https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/australias-trade-goods-china-2020 (02-10-2021)

[4] https://anti-empire.com/china-to-start-laying-experimental-vacuum-tube-railway-track-for-1000km-h-maglev-trains/ (02-10-2021)

[5] https://asiatimes.com/2021/08/us-falling-further-behind-china-in-stem-phds/ (03-10-2021)

[6] https://earnpadapp.com/2021/09/29/australias-chief-scientist-urges-for-diversity-in-stem-to-help-fill-the-countrys-skills-shortage (03-10-2021)

[7] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/ready-and-enabled/stem-skills-shortfall (03-10-2021)

[8] https://techwireasia.com/2020/12/is-china-leading-the-quantum-computing-race (03-10-2021)

[9] https://thechief.io/c/news/china-claims-its-quantum-computer-is-100-trillion-times-faster-than-any-supercomputer/ (03-10-2021)

[10] https://www.ussc.edu.au/analysis/explainer-what-is-the-aukus-partnership (03-10-2021)

[11] https://spectator.org/china-nuclear-weapons (03-10-2021)

[12] https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/09/17/uk-us-australian-nuclear-sub-deal-is-another-western-attempt-to-isolate-china (03-10-2021)

[13] https://journal-neo.org/2021/09/27/us-war-plans-with-china-taking-shape (03-10-2021)

[14] https://newatlas.report/2021/09/23/de-listed-anti-china-terror-group-rises-from-the-dead (03-10-2021)

[15] https://iacenter.org/2019/08/12/international-action-center-statement-u-s-role-in-hong-kong-protests (03-10-2021)

[16] https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2021/02/violent-us-backed-hong-kong-style-mobs.html (03-10-2021)

[17] https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/dr-sasa-myanmar-opposition-joe-biden/ (03-10-2021)

[18] https://www.aseantoday.com/2018/02/the-breakdown-of-cambodias-national-rescue-party/ (03-10-2021)