Friday, January 22, 2010
Hillary Clinton's January 21 speech signals a major escalation of Sino-American tensions. Internet-driven regime-change. January 12, Google
charged attacks targeted Northrop Grumman, Adobe Systems and Juniper Systems, and email accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Google threatened to undo internet censorship programs. It might "well mean having to shut down Google.cn
Financial Times questions motives. US had not shut Pakistan for same and worse.
The event laid bare “the degree to which China and the United States are engaged in daily cyberbattles, a covert war of offense and defense on which America is already spending billions of dollars a year."
China is a rising strategic competitor. Afghanistan is bordering Tibet. US attacks into Pakistan, China's main ally. weapons sales to the Taiwanese. US alliances with India, Australia and Japan
The US demanded that Beijing increase the value of its currency, undermining
export competitiveness and costing jobs, US officials have pushed for punitive tariffs
Clinton speech goes to the broader agenda. "representatives of our International Visitor Leadership Program on internet freedom from China, Colombia, Iran, Lebanon and Moldova"—all countries hosting or targeted by US intelligence efforts—were also present
Clinton attacked Chinese Internet censorship which is only a cover for a global mandate to destabilize governments. Clinton praised the Twitter and Internet organizing behind US-backed "color revolutions,"
June 2009 Green Revolution which tried to overturn Ahmadinejad.
"In Iran and Moldovam online organizing is a critical tool. The result is to protest suspicious election results
Clinton reserved the right for “revolutions” anywhere in the world: create mobile phone applications to "allow people to rate government ministries," and "also to ferret out and report corruption." US would raise its differing views with China "candidly and consistently" in the coming period. She issued
warning: asymmetrica information is the causes of interstate conflict
The risk of war unless the CCP allows pro-US tendencies in Tibetan or Xinjiang, and religious and pro-democracy activists. This is a threat to use "color revolution" methods against Beijing
Chinese officials had played down. Vice-Foreign Minister He Yafei told Xinhua, the issue is not be linked to US-China relations. In the lead-up After Chinese People's Daily. US Internet plans a "shot in the arm for US hegemony."
Washington with a stranglehold on Internet infrastructure using Twitter and other to destabilize regimes in Iran and Libya. The bulk of the information flowing from the US, loaded with aggressive rhetoric against those
that do not follow their lead, "Countries disadvantaged by the unequal and undemocratic information flow have to protect their national interest
political stability, conduct of economic and social life." censors news of popular protest
There is massive discontent in China, could come under the control of political forces hostile to the CCP, “mass incidents” —that is, protests, strikes or riots, typically repressed by mass police or paramilitary actions—reached 120,000 in 2008, up from 90,000 in 2006 and 74,000 in 2004
2009 could be 230,000. 77 major “mass incidents” in 2009, 30 percent spread by the Internet and mobile phones.
Clinton's speech amounts to a threat that the State Department might try to seize upon and direct protests to undermine the Chinese government—as it already has done in Eastern Europe, the ex-USSR and the Middle East.
One does not have to be a supporter of the Beijing Stalinist regime to realize the reactionary character of such plans. The "color revolution" regimes have all proven to be unpopular and anti-democratic pawns of Washington, with Yushchenko being voted out in the recent Ukrainian election. In China—an enormous state, riven by internal ethnic, regional and class divisions—such a policy by the US would pose the risk of unleashing large-scale violence and civil war.