Campaigners unite to oppose Washington’s new cold war against China

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Wednesday 16 June will see the launch of a campaign to oppose the new cold war between the US and China. There will be a number of speakers at the No Cold War Britain meeting. They will talk about Britain’s role “as a junior partner” in this conflict and the threat it poses both to world peace and to economic stability. As the event page explains:

This event comes as Britain sends its largest ever warship to the South China Sea in a deliberately aggressive and provocative move.

No Cold War’s launch statement calls Washington’s “increasingly aggressive statements and actions” towards China “an obstacle to humanity successfully dealing with extremely serious common issues which confront it such as climate change, control of pandemics, racist discrimination and economic development”.

Three speakers from the 16 June event told Phoenix Media Co-op why it’s so important to oppose this new cold war.

‘Dangerous, aggressive, and a total waste of resources’

Tricontinental Institute director Vijay Prashad said:

In the midst of a pandemic, the only way forward is for the states of the world to collaborate with each other rather than to intensify competition. The conflict imposed on China is a distraction from the many compelling problems we face, at the heart of it all being the virus and the economic collapse that has come as a consequence. We need collaboration to deal with both.

Writer, poet and broadcaster Anna Chen insisted:

America could have worked together with China but instead throws huge resources at waging Opium Wars 2, dragging in many of the same perpetrators who gained from that 19th century imperialist atrocity.

She continued:

Britain should not nail itself to the USS Titanic, capsizing our global lifeboat in a horrific war as a cynical diversion from Brexit chaos and catastrophic Covid mishandling.

Fiona Edwards from the No Cold War international organising committee, meanwhile, stressed:

The British government’s decision to join the US’s new cold war against China is both dangerous for the entire world and against the interests of the British people. It is both aggressive and a total waste of resources for Britain to send its largest-ever warship to the South China Sea.

Instead of wasting billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction and supporting the US’s military build-up against China, Britain should genuinely pursue dialogue and global cooperation with China to tackle the immense problems facing humanity.

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