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Never be a fool or tool of the USA or major powers advocating and provoking wars and conflicts. Whereas, only weak, poor and corrupt regimes bite on such dirty, filthy and diseased baits.Though and through playing dumb and deaf, the world knows too well that China over the thousands years of peaceful coexistence and especially during the periods of resuscitating and resurrecting China post-WW2; it, ( the CCP or CPC as the western influenced world wishes to demean it as though communism is wilder than western cowboy systems ), has never encroached upon others unlike the USA which in its aftermath and gratified WW2 victory has always been white-lying, coercing, plundering, robbing and stealing from others who were and are weaker in military and economic terms using explicated pretexts of governing global peace. Many examples of real life destructive events and misdeeds were demonstrated by the USA as seen in the Korean Invasion, Vietnamese Invasions, Iraqi War of WMD, Syrian War, Afghanistan War, Ukraine- Crimea skirmishes and all Mid-East conflicts. It is hoped that the world places wake up and stay awake to remember all these heinous, wicked and evil works of the USA and its allies. In essence, it is all about US’s hegemony and hypocrisy in its practical means to stop others from getting better than or ahead of it, economically and technologically. China has thus  become US’s scapegoat to blame or punching bag because no other nation besides China has the power and imaginations of its highly innovative and enriched masses ( especially of the well educated middle class citizens of China ) to match the USA in every form sooner or later; if not ahead.Within the USA, its domestic troubles are booming like boomerangs hoovering ever so dangerously with daily shootings and killings, diseases and illnesses beyond means and racism runs furiously afoul. Hence, BLM and numerous other racially violent groups are mushrooming in hates and hatreds ( inside the USA, creating such beautiful scenes is a famous expression of US top politician, Madam Pelosi, whilst current president Trump is dreaming of making America Great Again with violent, deaths and destruction ).Extremely cautious notes here are: In any shooting war against China by any other nation in this world or the loudly called “Indo-Pacific Alliance”echoed strongly by Aussie politicians, the end results will be very dreadfully painful and disastrous for all parties involved. That is, the more nations are involved the worst effects will be felt because all participants will receive the same devastating end effects of wars ( alias, new coronavirus death tolls in effect x 1000 times at least ). All nations ( especially those in ASEAN, East Asia & South Asia groups ) ought to be well aware of the lasting consequences should a shooting war breaks out from such Indo-Pacific Alliance. This is a hypersonic age of technologies and nuke wars are just at a finger-tip out of any uncontrollable heart pulse. Believing in it that any shooting war against China will never ever going to benefit any party or nation ( globally too ). It is thus assumed that national heads of each ASEAN, East Asia and South Asia groups have implanted or implanting these very gloomy and doomy scenarios in their heads and chests clearly, deeply and solemnly. Never be a fool or tool of the USA or major power advocating and provoking wars and conflicts. There is no more those notorious "Eight Nations Alliance" to invade and plunder China again ever; hence meaning the USA and allies will never win in their shooting expeditions against China in this era ! 

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Reported News: China  alienates its Washington allies as its relationship with the U.S. worsens, analysts say  PUBLISHED MON, JUL 27 20202:20 Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished fellow from the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, agreed. “China’s biggest strategic error was to alienate its number one friendly constituency in the United States, which was the American business community,” he said during the conference.  Article such as the above published in Singapore by key speaker, Kishore Mahbubani, is ridiculously biased and lopsided to the West because :1.   It is not and has never been China's fault to alienate any business community of the USA. 2.  American Business Community follows and obeys the commands dictated by White House folks, inclusively involved President Trump and several heinous senators and Pomp the low-fly liar.3.   China is not as naive as certain Singaporean politicians and academic gurus such as Kishore Mahbubani who spoke through his nose.  China knows too well hurting and alienating any global business communities ( large and small ) will be harmful to itself; and as such  will not attempt from China's side to alienate American business community of any sort. In contrast, major business bodies in the USA and American politicians ( both Rep and Dem ) are notorious in many senses by embargoing and sanctioning China while depriving the latter of the freedom in the USA to conduct businesses.4.   Many Chinese businesses have been severely disrupted by the American President and his allies namely one of them, the Secretary of State, Pomp the low-fly liar. All should be aware or ought to know that China has been denied of Chip Makers and electronic chips for telecommunication gears out of the blues and jealousies that an Asian kind could march ahead of them, the American Business Community and White House folks. Thus, Huawei and ZTE have been their main targets to be hit hard, ruthlessly and nastily, in a notorious way to contain China and slow down its growth developments. 5.   Accusations of Covid-19 misdeed in covering up mounted by the Trump Admin in particular is and has been absolutely devastating painful and harmful to bilateral relationship. The Trump Admin led by Trump and Pomp has failed extremely badly, miserably and horribly in mishandling the horrific spreads of Covid-19 inside their own turfs which is now hitting more than 4.4 millions American victims while the death toll is amounting by at least 1000 per day having to-date copped more than 150,000 known deaths inside the USA.6.  The South China Sea affairs have always been the East Asian affairs between certain members of ASEAN and China for many long decades. The US Admin initially admitted that it remained neutral but changed its mind many times when it sees / senses that the November Re-Election campaign is hanging on the steep cliff by a thin hairline thread. So, it engineers a China’s Threat Conspiracy program to distract American voters hoping to cause a major pro-Trump swing-over. 7.  Trade deals aren’t too attractive to both China and the USA and the latter is trying to cry foul. China’s exports are being hit with extremely high tariffs, historically. So much so that US Trump claimed great victory by historical standard / record; but realized he and his team had been naively blind and stupid because their imposed clamp downs on China’s goods aren’t good enough to starve off angers at and on home turfs whilst economically is so disturbing to American businesses. It proves that China had never robbed American jobs; alas, it is always a self inflicted wounds of American White House folks. Blaming China is the easiest way out !8.  Black Lives Matter ( BLM ) rose to become a traumatic nightmare in the USA because of unshackled racism and slavery in practice between Colored and White folks in the USA for 2 centuries at least. Trembling in this nightmare, the Trump Admin suddenly energizes to hammer China’s with students expulsions and cancellations of visiting visa(s) of students and business folks as well as banning all CCP members and families ( averaging 100 millions x 3 excluding their friends and relatives ) . 9.  China is not alienating any US party; whereas, the US Admin must of course absorb the blames of its own failures instead of blaming others for the continuing deterioration in bilateral relationship affecting its massive economic and job losses.        Lastly, those so-called top gurus from from the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore ought to reflect upon themselves first of all to weigh the gravity of unwanted insults against China. They can play their games to suit the tastes of its “ precious clients - the USA Military “ but by opening up their fat mouths to hurt China and Chinese pride bears short and long term detrimental consequences. Note: Huawei being in East Asia was not awarded Singaporean 5G network development despite of its superior and proven technology while its cost factor is surely more favourable too. Why ? Kowtowing to 5-Eye’s pressures led by the US Trump Admin is pretty obvious and disgraceful.

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Article from NST Malaysia:"THE United States-China rivalry is heating up. Every week seems to need a "Breaking News" update. The latest is the Houston-Chengdu tit for tat as one called for the closure of the other's consulate.This will only get worse. The worry is Southeast Asian nations, which have nothing to do with their rivalry, are being caught in the middle. Neither country can blame the other for all that is wrong. Both are at fault.The US and China must take their fight elsewhere. Let's take the fault of the US first. The US has a China problem. This was obvious when President Donald Trump went on a "Wuhandunnit" war dance, blaming China for all that was wrong with Covid-19. From bats to pangolin and everything in between were said to have Chinese characteristics.When this didn't work, Trump blamed the Chinese lab in Wuhan for manufacturing the virus. Like in many things else, he provided no evidence at all for saying it. A little introspection on the part of Trump would help.The fact is the US president and his administration mishandled the pandemic and when it got worse, he needed a scapegoat. China, being not faultless, was a convenient sacrificial lamb.The US' China problem isn't just about the pandemic. It has spread from trade through Hong Kong to the plight of the Uighur in Xinjiang, not to mention the stormy waters of the South China Sea.China, too, has a US problem. Take the storm brewing in the South China Sea. China can stop the US from interfering in its dispute with the Southeast Asian nations if it stops muscling its way in the South China Sea.Consider two examples. On April 2, a Vietnamese fishing boat in the Paracel Islands was rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed waters, according to Vietnam's Foreign Ministry website. The vessel picked the Vietnamese fishermen out of the sea, but that is not the point.In April, too, a Chinese government survey vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, is said to have entered the exclusive economic zone of Malaysia and began a survey there. It was accompanied by a Chinese coast guard vessel, according to a Channel News Asia report.The US and Australia didn't allow much time to pass. They quickly despatched warships (the US) and a frigate (Australia) in the name of a joint exercise to tell China that they are ready, able and willing to calm the waters of the South China Sea.China should know that its show of power in the South China Sea will invite similar power display by others, even from as far away as the US. What's more, an alliance of the West will come together in the event of a war.There is no alliance of the East to speak of. Even if there is one, would they support China? There is only one way to make sure that the rivalry doesn't end up in war.China must show the world that it is, like most of the rest of the world, a party to a rules-based order. And in the case of the South China Sea, the United Nations Conference on the Laws of the Sea 1982 is it. Anything less will end up in a war of words, or worse, in a battle of bullets. """ The US' China problem isn't just about the pandemic. It has spread from trade through Hong Kong to the plight of the Uighur in Xinjiang, not to mention the stormy waters of the South China Sea. "First of all, NST Leader should be able to recognize the condemned terrorism effects caused by foreign agents and / or nations in particular those USA and UK forces operating separatism and dysfunctional effects upon Hong Kong ( China ) .  The terrors and chaos had thrown back financial and business glory of Hong Kong where freedom and democratic agenda had been enjoyed among people therein until more than 2 millions youngsters ( majority of them ) were brainwashed by the west ( 5-EYE nations led by the USA and UK jointly ) to wrestle with their own city, nation ( Hong Kong ). It is hoped that such foreign induced terror tactics of the west will neither penetrate nor happen in Malaysia, a multi-racial nation which had experienced occasional political and racial chaos too. Secondly, as predominant Islamic in culture and belief, Malaysia, ought to be able to see the truth and admire the Xinjiang's Islamic culture squarely which was and is never been destroyed nor held back by China ( or CPC as the west wishes to quote ) . The progressiveness there in Xinjiang has multiplied harmoniously many times than a decade or two ago after fending off radical diehard jihadists who started to roam, plunder and murder in every way they perceived fit in their screwed up mindsets ( badly distorted by western forces similar to how Islamic hero Osama B Laden was trained and funded by western forces namely the US CIA ).  It is for certainty that Malaysia could and can see things in the proper Allah Islamic ways but not in those ways who are holding high up " avowed Christian ways of the USA and other western forces wanting wars and conflicts always "  ).Thirdly, the South China Sea affairs are truly pure affairs of the regional nations within the boundaries of some ASEAN and China. The USA, UK and Australia ( western forces of 5-EYE alliance ) have absolutely no part in it whilst all concerned parties are negotiating and progressing to form a working East Asian alliance of goodwill and cooperation ( whatever cooperative entity it may be named ) to share among all as well as to benefit all parties. In contrast, western forces are attempting fiercely, viciously and vigorously to sway the mindsets of the negotiating parties to challenge China instead. Foolishly, Vietnam took the notorious lead to challenge the negotiations by violent means at sea; and had to pay a price, unfortunately. Malaysia should be brighter and smarter being an Islamic nation to see and practice the facts of the matter for the sake of peace and stability while sharing prosperity with China being its formidable trading partner ( view Chinese market appetite ). The USA has bribed certain ASEAN nations with free of charge military drones and gun boats for the matter to speak with shames and disgraces. Nothing is for free, after all, has always been the cultures of western forces / economies. Osama B Laden, Saddam Hussien, and Mohd Gaddafi had all been virtually murdered after absorbing free handouts from the west ( in the end, nothing is free, except a free passport to hell gates ).       " There is no alliance of the East to speak of. Even if there is one, would they support China? There is only one way to make sure that the rivalry doesn't end up in war. "Lastly, China has been embargoed by the west, particularly the USA for more than 100 years. At that “bamboo curtain era” was a very painful period of sacrifices when and where a New-China ( under CPC ) was not permitted to purchase anything more than “nuts and bolts” from the western or developed economies. China can go on its own especially now with its achieved 2nd-world largest economy plus with its backdrop of more than 1.4 billion Chinese people inside China alone who are getting wealthier, brighter and smarter and more intelligently nationalistic too ( Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, etc..etc…etc… and countless others are in the making ). Malaysia may not be able to see nor visualize China’s humongous national and global developments but China’s BRI, AIIB & BRICS can say something concrete and have all taken off to good starting points. Not just talking only !

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Who cares the most about people? The Chinese onslaught against and upon the COVID-19 was never easier. The successful containment of it is a meritorious achievement due to confident and speedy actions of the CCP’s top brasses led by President Xi. Decisively and courageously lockdowned the entire city of more than 7.5 million people that ensured nothing else moved for over 76 days ( all businesses, dealings & transportation were truly shut out and down ). Who else in this world would dare to enforce such rules upon discovering the onset of this coronavirus attacks for people sake, so affirmatively ? Whereas, American politicians including President Trump, Pomp, Marcos & others were preoccupied watching with amusements and delights in the hope that millions of Chinese folks inside China would be infected and/or killed by this coronavirus. In the good name of Heaven , fortunately their expectations and wishes did NOT come true; whereas, karma(s) resulted in at least 112,000 killed and more than 2,000,000 badly injured by COVID-19 to-date in the USA. In fact, it was their complacent attitudes and irresponsibility(ies) of all hopeless American politicians that had allowed COVID-19 to happily spread and mutilate among their people while devising plans ( with so much time wasted ) to shift blames in order to bash China for the sake of captivating audiences and voters in their November 2020 election. These US politicians do NOT care much about people first and critically unsure as to why majority of Americans who died from COVID-19 attacks are Black Americans. Does it mean COVID-19 is so terribly racist too or the Black Americans are too poor to be regarded ? Why are there so many Black Americans enlisted in the US Armed and Police Forces ? That’s their only guaranteed way to get a decent paid job and paid education relative to the Whites.

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Well said, Mr Borris Johnson : Post-Brexit needs more rowdy youngsters to scrub public toilets whilst thousands of older folks are dead or dying; esp. in old folk homes from coronavirus ! UK apparently is admitting its interference in HK riots; thus feeling guilty and obliged to take in as many as 2.5 millions HK rioters ( lazy and spoiled wanting free handouts ) to replace those innocent deaths from coronavirus. A fair deal ! This admission is very important in the eyes and ears of the world and inexcusably admitting that all the 5-EYE nations have been colluding from day one of the riots and chaos in HK; and were / are their most heinous and ruthless covert works, ever did collectively. How did they start off ? Using the most unsuspecting churches and schools ( of Catholicism and Christianity ) to prepare the most gullible and naive youthful mindsets for more than 23 years. They preach and support the teachings of violent radicalism and street rascalism in HK to rock HK very wildly in ways to agitate and insult Beijing. That is why HK had never been able to revise and implement new and newer versions of Article 23 to enforce appropriate and deserving Law and Order Ordinance on purpose with willful means to kill HK and compromise the safety and living standard of innocent HK folks. In the midst of the HK destruction, US Congressional idiots and many other political BSs in the 5-EYE nations were taking part in persons and/or acting as cheerleaders. Yet, they dared call themselves the greatest democracies in the world and of the best in Human Rights and Freedom practices. Bless them well while holding the Bible in the air ! Western saying, “ Every Dogie Has Its Day “ is spot on ! The “I Can’t Breathe “ protests in the USA today demonstrate just one of the fragility(ies) of western democratic systems that encompass double or triple standards in practices; namely hypocrisies at their best. Seen here today, all 5-Eye nations have NOT been spared and more violent protests will take hold for a while yet; whist coronavirus is attacking them all feverishly hard." BORRIS: "I raised it on the Five Eyes call yesterday -- the possibility of burden sharing if we see a mass exodus from Hong Kong," Raab told lawmakers, referencing the intelligence-sharing alliance between the five powers.Britain has said it will offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China persists with its national security law, a commitment Johnson detailed in a column for The Times and the South China Morning Post newspapers on Wednesday."Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life -- which China pledged to uphold -- is under threat," Johnson wrote. "If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative."About 350,000 people in Hong Kong currently hold British National (Overseas) passports, which allow visa-free access to Britain for up to six months. Another 2.5 million people would be eligible to apply for one. "

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Is the USA really preparing for wars to hide from sky cameras ?The USA Military under Trump Admin is more aggressive than previous administrations that histories are reflecting although the cursed WMD Iraqi foully fabricated war record cannot be beaten nor forgotten since it is a very dangerous precedence set forth by the US Bush Military in warring aggression(s). It is being rumored in western media that Trump Admin is drum beating up the next "WMD China" maelstrom by demonizing China in this current Covid-19 pandemic. US Military is spending big on hypersonic weapons of WMD at at least 20 times the speed of sound Mach17-20 to match or better than Russia while canceling all previous military and open skies agreements being stitched decades ago. Is the USA really preparing for wars to hide from sky cameras ? In any scenario, China must never sleep on such developments. Whereas, China must triple up capacities and capabilities in developing self-sufficiency and independence to counter adverse circumstances which have been placed across to China. The USA does not want China to be a friend nor a strong opponent in international affairs because the latter was a beaten down poor and weak Chinese nation; but such US’s bullying tactics must not deter China’s determination to advance on all fronts. The USA has introduced more ACTS of aggression against China’s interests and Chinese people who depend on global businesses, notably HUAWEI, to grow although domestic population coupled with friendly nations can sustain nominal growth even without the USA nor its participation in the businesses of China.

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NOT ENOUGH TO PREVENT NEW AND STRANGE VIRUSES TO SURFACEExcellent news indeed that China is banning or already started to ban wild animals consumption by people in China and hopefully this will be followed thru to all other countries. Wherever animals ( other than humans ) were hunted, killed and eaten, this act must all be banned by the International Communities of all nations on Earth. However, inside China, this isn't a good news for dog lovers and China itself because majority of so-called dog lovers are NOT true lovers of dogs and cats ( "pets" ). They treat pets with no respect and they do not learn how to enjoy with pets by cleaning them all properly and providing nutritious pet foods. Most horrible things are they do NOT walk their pets with proper care to ensure their pets' droppings are picked up and trashed in proper bins. Although some would pick up with paper tissues and/or plastic bags but then these guys would simply find a quiet spot to dump them. This act is a sort of virus population growth of all kinds ( experienced and unknowns such as SARs, COVID-19,…more … ). The other disturbing act is allowing their pets to bark loudly across balconies. China is made up of more than 1.4 billions head counts. Practically all urban lives are housed in multi-high apartments / flats. It is something that the Chinese authorities have to think deeply as COVID-19 is killing and infecting like HELL has broken loose, globally ! On top of this, so-called pet lovers aren't walking pets on streets and busy parks with compatible collars and leashes on. Dog victims have been known to be severe and fatalities occurred as often seen and reported globally. Chinese authorities must do their jobs properly as well by strictly enforcing rules and regulations on top of strict “spying” on human cum pet behaviors on cameras ( brave enough to challenge bullshitters of Human Rights Activists whilst millions are infected by viruses and other diseases ?) . If anyone breaks the rules and regulations as stipulated officially, then authorities have the right to confiscate the pets as well as imposing fines of no less than CnY5000.00 per offense; and aggregate upward on more similar offense.

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The radical movement ( terrorism in effect ) in HK is deeply in critical crisis level though such causes can be blamed on foreign "dark hands" involvements for more than 25 years in the secretive making dating back to the handover date. On hindsight, the HK judiciary system should have been one that aligned to China's mainland system similar to relatively tiny Singapore and Malaya in which both achieved their total "Merdeka" from the British Crown. Of course, there was be a relatively short period to fine tune the system which was well laid in place originally by the colonial power, Great Britain. All parties are palatable and comfortable in such developments where educational systems were pointing more toward Britain than other nations at that time. The problems in HK are abusive by ways of the souring and departing British Empire under C Patten. Collusions were setup with the USA agencies to disrupt changes which were deemed to be favorable to China, its system of governances and Chinese people. These cohorts are farsighted while several rounds of HK top local LEGO folks were inactively performing, either driven blindly or setup to be "idle politicians to be wealthy". Points of discussion : 1. Real estate properties were driven up sky high when HK's GDP was running at about 20% annually. 2. Vacant lands were granted to the wealthy groups at will without longer term plan to provide spaces for the working class folks. Hence, groups and guys like LKS, Kwoks, Swire, Jardine, and others became filthily rich and powerful figures in HK who are able to lobby for their own advantages. More and more high rise buildings came about and prices kept soaring sky high which eventually cornered ordinary working class folks over the edges of housing cliffs ( how many can offer to buy or rent any nest more 50 SqM in HK ? ). 3. These groups of wealthy guys rather spent and wasted huge sums investing in the UK and other western nations even at great losses; for example LKS's sons lost $billion in the UK telco businesses. All these guys made their huge billions in mainland China through HK and Macao but invested and/or lost them mostly outside of HK, Macao and Mainland China. So unChina; aren't they? 4. The huge contrast is seen between Singaporean legendary Mr Lee Kuen Yew and HK wealthy politicians ( those said enriched guys too ). In Singapore, even though it is quite pro-American and pro-British systems, its philosophy aligns with its idealism and thoughts about local welfare for its people first. High low-cost or affordable homes / units were constructed to ensure people have comfortable lifestyle quite similar to the richer folks ( affordable prices tied to lower borrowing costs of funds as well as supplementable by retirement money ). People are happily satisfied and its nation lives on well-to-do whereas HK is in a terrible rocky situation ! Selfishness and lacking love are disastrous. 5. Education is fundamentally the most important art piece of any national system. HK has been led to a learning system that is lopsided to a neo-western democratic oracle similar to cult ( example the US "KKK" ) education. Primary to college levels are bent on "liberal studies" as compulsory subjects where the only learning handouts are prepared by teachers and lecturers. Such willful implanting technique has screwed up the upbringings of kids and youngsters of HK where national love is not recognized since there is no national ( Chinese ) history being pursued nor taught. Imagine how blind sighted can HK students and graduates be to this end --> burning of national flags, hoisting foreign flags, marching with foreign flags, etc...etc...etc … ! 6. Religious freedom and practices have also skewed to the west, typically the Christian churches. Pastors and heads of churches in HK joined radical protesters on street marches while hymning along boldly. Christianity or any religion is supposed to preach about LOVE and RESPECT thy neighbors; but hatreds and hates were instead instigated to destabilize governments, destroy public & private properties and disrupt public conveniences of all sorts. Barbaric is NOT Love nor Respect. It is estimated that 30,000 young kids cross the border from mainland to HK for education. In this regard, there was / is NO cry of Chinese mainlanders robbing HK places or emptying Milk Powder. WHY? Not strange because it is a heinous longer term setup by HK cult-like groups and foreign "dark hands" who hope to implant HK curses upon the mainland. Chinese authorities need to be very cautious and proactively manage a cut-off plan (example banning cross border to HK for education ). The Greater Bay Development Project comprising of more than 20 major towns and cities have a combined population of 70 million folks ( well-to-do folks and hi-tech businesses ):If HK youngsters cannot or unable to read and see the vast opportunities in front of their noses; then, what else can they see better in HK or more fantastic in UK or greater in the USA or more awesome in Australia ?

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Indeed, it is an interesting time to read, listen and see what is meant by the meanings of western propagated ' National Security Threats ' . Western 5-Eyes and Japan embarked on such drummed up threat by firstly hitting ZTE China Telecommunications with hefty fines in the USA and then followed by banning businesses of Huawei China ( not just telecommunications hardware but included its solar equipment as a supplier ) . Another western critic is alleging that even Chinese made power supply plugs and cords could be spying too for the Chinese government !! Huawei China has its absolute right to sue both the Canadian and US governments including their agencies for fouled plays and discriminations on the international scenes. Now, these hypocrites are drumming up propaganda against the teaching and / or practicing of Confucius thoughts in the 5-Eye nations plus in Germany being cited as well. It is being alleged that the schools and temples of Confucius are government spying machineries of the Chinese Central Government. In contrast, China has not criticized nor demonized those hypocritical nations of their Jesus Christ churches ( Catholic or Christian ) and their various activities inside China ( provinces of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan inclusively ) . Churches are harboring alien spies inside China ? PLEASE READ a very captivating report or article which is typically accurate and true as follows: Western 'democratic' hypocrisy By Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk - March 2, 2019 @ 11:52pmTUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad made an important point recently with regard to democracy promotion in the Middle East. He did not mince his words, saying that democracy in the Middle East cannot be promoted over the dead bodies of Yemenis, Syrians and Iraqis. Most citizens in the developing world are aware that with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, liberal democracy and market capitalism are being actively promoted by the West to all corners of the globe as a package to utopia. What is hypocritical about democracy promotion by the West is that their policymakers find it convenient to ignore that it took more than a century for democracy to consolidate there. What is more, many Western countries still fail to protect the rights of minorities in their society. Even though the patron saint of democracy in the West, the late Harvard professor, Samuel P. Huntington, had cautioned that democratic consolidation required cultural requisites, Western leaders still insist on exporting democracy to fragmented societies. There is no doubt that constitutional government with the maximum participation of as many citizens as possible is the political objective at which we ought to aim, but the world today needs such drastic political and social changes urgently. The discussion of democracy promotion by the West must include debates on Islamophobia and the incompatibility of Islam and democracy. A coterie of experts on Islam has been assembled by the West and their main task, it seems, is to assert that “traditional” Islam is incompatible with democracy. This is a revival of the orientalist discourse, where the othering of the political system in Islamic and non-white societies is taken as an accurate representation of what is known as oriental despotism. What is less known is that discussion on Islamophobia is premised upon epistemic racism and its derivative Eurocentric fundamentalism. Western social theories’ discussions on human rights and democracy seem to suggest that non-Western traditions have nothing of value to the human rights and democratic discourses. Non-Western epistemologies that define human rights and dignity in different terms than the West are considered inferior and are excluded from global conversations about these questions. If Islamic philosophy and thought are portrayed as inferior by Eurocentric thinkers and classical social theory, then the logical consequence is that they have nothing to contribute to democracy and human rights and should be not only excluded from global conversation, but repressed as well. The underlying Western-centric view is that Muslims can be part of the discussion as long as they stop thinking as Muslims and take the hegemonic Eurocentric liberal definition of democracy and human rights. Any Muslim who attempts to address these questions from within the Islamic tradition attracts suspicions of fundamentalism.Western social sciences propose that Muslims are irrational and fatalistic and therefore, no knowledge can come from them. What is the epistemology that underlies the latter proposition? The orientalists’ epistemic Islamophobia often repeats the German sociologist Max Weber verdict on Islam in that it is only Christian tradition that gives rise to economic rationalism and thus, to Western modern capitalism. Islam cannot compare to the superiority of Western values in that it lacks individuality, rationality and science. Rational science and its derivative rational technology are, according to Weber, unknown to oriental civilisations. These statements are problematic because historical facts have shown the influence of scientific development in the Islamic world. Rationality was a central tenet of Islamic civilisation. While Europe was in obscurantist feudal superstition during the Middle Ages, the school of Baghdad was the world centre of intellectual and scientific productivity and creativity. Weber’s and the orientalist’s view of Islam reproduce Islamophobia, where Muslims are seen as incapable of producing science and of having rationality. The incompatibility of Islam and democracy has, at its foundation, the epistemic inferiorisation of the Muslim world views. Today an artillery of experts in the West talks with authority on Islam with no knowledge of the Islamic tradition. The lies repeated over and over again in Western press end up like in Goebbels’ Nazi theory of propaganda, being believed as truth. The circulation of these stereotypes contributes to the portrayal of Muslims as inferior, violent creatures, thus its association with terrorism. Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk is the director of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia

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