Congrats to Ronny Tong in being awarded the GBS (Golden Bauhinia Star medal – the highest honor in Hong Kong SAR) 祝贺湯家驊荣获金紫荆星章 Ronny is a true patriot, the older brother of fellow UH TIM Alumni Raymond Tong.
For those who think that the United States is pumping Ukraine with weapons for the sake of democracy and Ukrainian interests, I will share interesting information with you. 對於那些認為美國為了民主和烏克蘭利益而向烏克蘭輸送武器的人，我將與您分享有趣的信息.
The Australian edition of National Review writes that three large American multinational consortia have bought… 17 million hectares of Ukrainian agricultural land.
For comparison, there are 16.7 million hectares of agricultural land in the whole of Italy. So it turns out that three American companies have bought more useful agricultural land in Ukraine than there is in all of Italy.
The entire area of Ukraine is 600,000 square kilometers, 170,000 square kilometers have been bought up.
What are these companies? Cargill, Dupont and Monsanto, the latter is last officially German-Australian, but with American capital. Their main shareholders are American Vanguard, BlackRock and Blackstone.
BlackRock is a fund that manages $10 trillion in assets, Vanguard manages $6 trillion, and Blackstone manages $881 billion. These are companies that create the future of civilization. So hunger, apparently, has already been prescribed to the planet .
“Take a look at Qing (Manchu), and Yuan (Mongol) dynasties that once became rulers of China who identified themselves as Chinese not Mongol or Manchu, they adopted Chinese Civilization, Language and Culture.
A civilization-based state like China (the only one that has lasted 5,000 years and still going strong), and unlike the Roman Empire, does not use brut forces to conquer and rule. China may have ups and downs but it will never vanish like the Roman Empire. Unlike AngloSaxon nations such as the United States which proclaims “in God We Trust” when its elites are really just using God to brainwash people to rule.
Civilization is something you adopt, grow up with, translates your daily life through foods, rituals such as Chinese New Year, Moon Festival, remembering your Chinese roots, not to shame your family name and so on, with no preaching or brainwashing needed. It is observed by all 56 races in China united as one nation under one civilization.
For the same reasons, 50 millions overseas Chinese holding foreign passports from more than 100 countries identify themselves as Chinese held together by Chinese civilization and not by their passports.
That is why throughout modern Chinese history, when China needs help, overseas Chinese always responded readily, no exceptions.
There is no nation, ethnic group or races could imitate or copy the Chinese.
That is why Henry Kissinger said don’t make China the US enemy, the US will not win.
That is also why Napoleon said when China wakes up she will shake the world.
Throughout 5,000 years of Chinese history, unlike the AngloSaxons, Chinese don’t go out to take colonies, no slaves, no robbing of poor nations, no stealing of weaker nations natural resources, no gunboats policy, won’t interfere with the internal affairs of any nations, etc. That is just part of the Chinese civilization and culture.
When US accuses China with all the fake news and propaganda it is merely looking at herself in the mirror. For all the horrific things Americans have done it assumes that China would do the same. How wrong and foolish could that be!?
‘Unprecedented, foolish, dangerous’: Paul Keating attacks Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan. Paul Keating is the only Australian PM with common sense. 史無前例、愚蠢、危險”：基廷抨擊佩洛西計劃的台灣之行。 保羅·基廷是唯一有常識的澳大利亞總理。 The Sydney Morning Herald By Eryk Bagshaw July 25, 2022
Former prime minister Paul Keating has accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of inflaming tensions with Beijing and risking a military conflict by planning to visit Taiwan next month.
Pelosi, who sits behind President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in American political seniority, would be the highest-level serving US official to visit Taiwan since the White House established diplomatic ties with Beijing in 1979.
Paul Keating has accused Nancy Pelosi of inflaming tensions with Beijing. Paul Keating has accused Nancy Pelosi of inflaming tensions with Beijing.
Keating said in a statement on Monday evening that it was hard to imagine “a more reckless and provocative act”.
“Across the political spectrum, no observer of the cross-straits relationship between China and Taiwan doubts that such a visit by the Speaker of the American Congress may degenerate into military hostilities,” he said.
“If the situation is misjudged or mishandled, the outcome for the security, prosperity and order of the region and the world (and above all for Taiwan) would be catastrophic.”
China views neighbouring Taiwan as a province of the mainland even though it has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party. It has vowed to unify the island with China by 2049 and has engaged in a decades-long campaign of hybrid warfare to undermine the country’s defence systems. On Monday, Taiwan ran air raid drills in Taipei to guard against missile strikes – one of hundreds of measures it takes each year to prepare for the threat of invasion from the mainland.
Keating has been critical of US and Australian policy toward Beijing, arguing that Taiwan’s future was a civil matter for China, and it was not “a vital Australian interest”. But that argument has been resisted by the Coalition, Labor and Taipei which have developed stronger unofficial ties in the past decade through trade offices, while officially maintaining Australia’s “one-China policy”.
Due to the sensitivity of travelling to Taiwan – which neither America nor Australia officially recognises diplomatically, no serving president, vice president or prime minister has visited the democratic island of 24 million people.
Biden last week publicly rebuked Pelosi’s plans for the trip. “The military thinks it is not a good idea right now,” he said.
‘Playing with fire’: Why might Taiwan be the next global flashpoint? Keating said a visit by Pelosi would be “unprecedented – foolish, dangerous and unnecessary to any cause other than her own”.
“Over decades, countries like the United States and Australia have taken the only realistic option available on cross-strait relations. We encourage both sides to manage the situation in a way that ensures that the outcome for a peaceful resolution is always available,” he said.
“But that requires a contribution from us – calm, clear and sensitive to the messages being sent. A visit by Pelosi would threaten to trash everything that has gone before.”
How long can an empire keep losing wars without losing power? As Andrei Martyanov asks “where are the tangible results in what throughout human history has served as the most important test of power: victories in wars?” This is a question America has been violently, rudely asking for decades, and the answer has long been ‘no’. Now it’s just becoming obvious.
Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, all draws or losses. America is capable of destroying things, but not achieving strategic objectives, or even having a strategy beyond destruction for profit. In Afghanistan, America deployed for 20 years, spent trillions of dollars, and still somehow lost to some of the poorest people on Earth. All the blood, all the treasure, it was all for nothing. It was all just human sacrifice on the altars of their war gods, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
In Ukraine, NATO trained a large Ukrainian force and flooded the place with billions of dollars in weapons. And it’s all getting ground up in Putin’s cauldron. America screamed propaganda about how dangerous Russia is to the world, but then did nothing about it besides profit from the suffering of Ukrainian people. Now they just look impotent.
An empire can’t take L after L like this and not one day be deemed a loser. America’s military actually sucks, and Andrei Martyanov called it in 2018, in his book Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning. In that book, he talked about the current conflict with Russia before most of us perceived it happening (though it was happening).
From the film Patton. “The vast majority of the Germans simply didn’t know why General Patton rated a film. For Russians, the film raised the inevitable question of why so much pathos would be generated about a general who commanded a single army at the Western Front in the last year of WWII” World War II
The last war America really ‘won’ was World War II, and they didn’t really win it. As Carl von Clausewitz said about actual victory:
“What do we mean by the defeat of the enemy? Simply the destruction of his forces, whether by death, injury, or any other means — either completely or enough to make him stop fighting…The complete or partial destruction of the enemy must be regarded as the sole object of all engagements… Direct annihilation of the enemy’s forces must always be the dominant consideration.” By this measure, the USSR did 80% of the winning of World War II. The brutal, methodical grinding up of the Wehrmacht was accomplished on the Eastern Front, not the Western.
“For most of the war, 75–80 percent of the Wehrmacht had to be deployed in the East, a preponderance dictated by the sheer size of the front, and 80 percent of German war dead perished there: about four million of the five million German soldiers killed in World War II.” (WWII Museum)
This is the bloody point of war, not retreats like Dunkirk or finding random privates named Ryan. The point is killing your enemy in such numbers that they submit to your will. And the USSR did most of it.
Americans especially have no idea about that side of the war. As a schoolchild in America, however, I was not taught about the Soviet contribution at all. The Americans swooped in, kicked ass, Hitler was bad, the end. The Soviets somehow randomly ended up in Berlin, around the same time, walking in the back door.
As Martyanov said (quoting a 2015 survey) “an overwhelming majority of the American public, 55%, think the US contributed the most to the defeat of Germany with only 11% thinking it was Soviet Union, as one of many similar polls testify. If those astonishing numbers are not the result of propaganda, one is then forced to contemplate how, other than due to propaganda, such a complete obliviousness to the basic facts of WWII could have been achieved.”
And it is indeed propaganda. Americans have made countless movies about finding random privates, hidden art, and minor generals like Patton. The British made movies about their retreats, speeches, and code-breaking. These are all interesting stories, but none of them are the real story of war, which is encountering the enemy and killing them in numbers.
The Russians knew this quite viscerally and thus the stories they tell their schoolchildren are quite different. As Robert Skidelsky wrote in the intro to a book on Russian textbooks, “The Russians believe, quite rightly, that it was they who bore the brunt of the fighting and the horror. They also claim, in my view rightly, that it was they who defeated the Germans with rather minimal help from the Western Allies.”
This is undeniably true, but even when it is acknowledged in the west, it is portrayed as mindless human sacrifice, with no regard for human life. As wildly racist American war hero George C. Patton said:
“The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European but an Asiatic and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinaman or a Japanese and, from what I have seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other amiable characteristics, the Russian has no regard for human life and is an all-out son of a bitch, a barbarian, and a chronic drunk.”
This of course sounds wildly racist, but western attitudes towards Russia haven’t changed. In 2016 the Boston Globe said “Putin’s Russia is a poor, drunk soccer hooligan.” You get Economist covers like this all the time: