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Author: ceciliazhang    Time: 2018-7-17 13:53:52     Title: Which countries can be considered friends of the US?

(Global Times) Which countries can be considered "friends" of the US? Nowadays, the answer is probably: no one. Even Washington's traditional allies may need to think twice before giving their answer. "I think we have a lot of foes," said US President Donald Trump Sunday during an interview with CBS News. Apart from naming Russia a "foe in certain respects" and China "a foe economically," Trump complained that "the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade."

Amid endless quarrels with other NATO members about defense spending, Trump wrapped up his tour in Brussels, during which he also accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia for Berlin's pipeline deal with Moscow.

Trump's political philosophy is getting increasingly obvious: Since those countries have benefited a lot by unfairly taking advantage of the US, one must offer enough benefits to Uncle Sam before becoming a friend of Washington, and this friend must not get stronger, because the ultimate goal of Trump is "America First" and only America can be great again.

Take the EU for example. Trump has long articulated his frustration with the US' supposed unfair share of NATO's costs and how little his allies spend on their militaries. He also said that Brussels is treating the US unfairly on trade. His logic is simple - how can he possibly spend big money to boost EU security and strength to challenge the US' status of being No.1 in the world? Oh, please. Not to mention that Europe hasn't stopped buying oil from Russia despite sanctions. It irritated Trump.

Trump wants all the world to import more from the US and buy as many "Made in America" products as possible. Yet how can that be possible? "There has never been a better time to diversify," said Joe Pickerill, spokesman for Canada's trade minister, on Twitter. However, the New York Times put it bluntly that "diversification is the polite way of saying that America's friends and allies believe we [the US] have become an unreliable partner, and they are now looking elsewhere."

According to The Nikkei, British chip design house Arm Holdings will sell a 51 percent stake to Chinese investors and "cedes control of China operations to a local joint venture." It means when the US is banning chip sales to China, its ally, the UK, is taking over chip orders from the Middle Kingdom.

After Washington withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, quite a few countries sped up their trade negotiations with other nations. Tokyo is promoting the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. Seoul is turning to Russia for a free trade agreement (FTA) in the service and investment sectors. The EU also initiated negotiations for a FTA with Australia.

An increasing number of countries have started to reduce their dependence on the US. They realized that when Trump is striving for more benefits for the US, he is playing a zero-sum game. In such a case, who are still willing to be the US' friends?

Since nearly every country is considered by the US as a foe now, will they sit idly by to be crushed by Washington one by one? Or will they unite against Trump's protectionism? I think the world has already stood at the starting point of the second path.



Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-17 14:45:17

Multilateralism must triumph over Trump's unilateralism; Trump is out to destroy the multilateral world trading system, other countries must push back!
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-17 15:08:19

The US has no friends, only foes!  Too bad, it got a lousy TV reality host for president!
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-7-17 15:23:56

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Author: Motika    Time: 2018-7-17 18:45:03


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Author: Mishao    Time: 2018-7-17 19:14:57

Iy's true the US has no friennds, but it started decades ago, and bit by bit they have reached this stage. A guy like Trump was inevitable, things are going to get a worse-a lot worse.
Author: Liononthehunt    Time: 2018-7-17 19:52:34

seneca Post time: 2018-7-17 15:23
Wishful thinking and premature glee. Although the presidents, chancellors and prime ministers of USA ...

China won't involved itself in what you called splittist activities, absolutely no need for that.

Four more years for Trump in power after his first term, the inherent schism within the west would pull apart the whole western camp that is virtually built on quicksand.

And truth be told, S. Africa would also be happy to see it happen, so prosit, my friend!
Author: HailChina!    Time: 2018-7-17 21:57:51

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Author: GustyWind    Time: 2018-7-18 04:11:18




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Author: 1584austin    Time: 2018-7-18 08:11:34

President Grump has criticised so many issues the UK have atm but still he will be considered a friend.

If your friend criticised you as much you'd tell him to Foxtrot Oscar
Author: loverain6449    Time: 2018-7-18 08:59:25

i think that presdent should know how to be a better man in the future
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-19 11:53:29

seneca Post time: 2018-7-17 15:23
Wishful thinking and premature glee. Although the presidents, chancellors and prime ministers of USA ...

"It is China that has few friends - if any."

Laughable!! There are more heads of state, heads of governments and business laeaders heading to China than to any other country, including the US! Either you are blind, or choose to look the other way!
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-19 11:55:10

Mishao Post time: 2018-7-17 19:14
Iy's true the US has no friennds, but it started decades ago, and bit by bit they have reached this  ...

A system that allows Trump to get into office is a lousy system!
Author: robert237    Time: 2018-7-19 12:26:14

pnp Post time: 2018-7-18 19:55
A system that allows Trump to get into office is a lousy system!

True.
You have to remember the constitution of the USA was written primarily be rich slave owners
before the invention of the steam locomotive.
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-19 12:55:22

This post was edited by pnp at 2018-7-19 12:55

To robert; I got an alert that you have replied, but can't find your reply!  What's going on?
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-19 13:46:47

robert237 Post time: 2018-7-19 12:26
True.
You have to remember the constitution of the USA was written primarily be rich slave owners
...

Finally your post appeared!  Yes, Constitution long out of date, need to revise it to keep out clowns and liars and the likes of Trump from office, he is a disaster!
Author: robert237    Time: 2018-7-19 13:49:19

pnp Post time: 2018-7-18 20:55
To robert; I got an alert that you have replied, but can't find your reply!  What's going on?

Every post has to be vetted and approved now.
It's a disadvantage to western propagandists who always resort to personal insults and off topic remarks
when their arguments fail. We just have to live with it.
Author: Ted180    Time: 2018-7-19 23:43:49

Even with its many faults (racial, shortcomings in social policy, excessive power of the wealthy, a certain lack of modesty), the USA remains the ultimate friend of all true democracies. Its current crisis will be resolved.
Author: robert237    Time: 2018-7-20 11:38:27

Ted180 Post time: 2018-7-19 07:43
Even with its many faults (racial, shortcomings in social policy, excessive power of the wealthy, a  ...

The USA can't even be a true democracy itself.
The current president won the election with approx. 3,000,000 fewer votes than Hillary.
The vote of someone living in Wyoming has about 4 times the value of the vote of someone
living in California.
This is because of electoral college, a glaring flaw in the ancient constitution of the USA.
Add to that the fact that the only candidates for high office the voters have to choose from
are all funded by the super rich.
You can also add in that communism is technically illegal in the USA.
Look up "The Communist Control Act of 1954" if you don't believe me. It's still on the books today
and can be used at any time if communism ever because a real thread to the present oligarchy of the USA.

So the USA is far from a democracy. It's really a capitalist oligarchy.

Author: robert237    Time: 2018-7-20 11:39:02

The USA can't even be a true democracy itself.
The current president won the election with approx. 3,000,000 fewer votes than Hillary.
The vote of someone living in Wyoming has about 4 times the value of the vote of someone
living in California.
This is because of electoral college, a glaring flaw in the ancient constitution of the USA.
Add to that the fact that the only candidates for high office the voters have to choose from
are all funded by the super rich.
You can also add in that communism is technically illegal in the USA.
Look up "The Communist Control Act of 1954" if you don't believe me. It's still on the books today
and can be used at any time if communism ever because a real thread to the present oligarchy of the USA.

So the USA is far from a democracy. It's really a capitalist oligarchy.
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-7-20 17:04:20

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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-20 17:14:47

robert237 Post time: 2018-7-20 11:39
The USA can't even be a true democracy itself.
The current president won the election with approx. 3 ...

Agreed, in a true democracy Trump would be out of the race long ago! The archaic Electoral System works  in his favordespite having less of the popular votes than Hillary!  In a true democracy he would be is illegitimate!
Author: Mishao    Time: 2018-7-20 23:21:54

Good response Robert-it's on the nose!
Author: Ted180    Time: 2018-7-21 07:07:02

seneca Post time: 2018-7-20 04:06
The USA also was the only dependable friend the Asians had during the worst time when Japan was  ...

Great fan of the USA that I am (even with the current Trump disaster), I think you are too generous about the US "sacrifice" in the war against Japan. It was China that made the real "sacrifice". The US managed that war with so little loss.
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-21 12:18:59

seneca Post time: 2018-7-20 17:04
Not correct.

It is an open system that allows a man to be elected even though he may not be of ro ...

Yeah, a mad man, or a mentally unstable man, or someone who wants to undo all past agreemenst and instal his own stamp on America because of his inflated ego, can get elected to the highest office under that system! Scary!
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-21 12:20:30

seneca Post time: 2018-7-20 17:06
The USA also was the only dependable friend the Asians had during the worst time when Japan was  ...

Move on please, stop harping on decades old stories, we need better friends in these turbulent times!
Author: Motika    Time: 2018-7-23 15:22:32

Only friend of USA is Wall Street !
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-7-23 15:56:23

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Author: emanreus    Time: 2018-7-23 21:53:56

Motika Post time: 2018-7-23 15:22
Only friend of USA is Wall Street !

Which is run by Israel
Author: Saul    Time: 2018-7-23 23:22:35

Canada is still a friend of the USA, even with the current president, because we know he is only there for a term or two.
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-24 11:05:12

seneca Post time: 2018-7-23 15:56
And how is the dictatorial collegiate adopted by China superior? They have managed to be run by th ...

Results speak for themselves, less of your anti China rants; China has become the world's second largest economy in just three decades, no Western country has ever achieved that;  European countries took more than 100 years to reach developed country status, and now sliding back again!
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-24 12:11:50

Saul Post time: 2018-7-23 23:22
Canada is still a friend of the USA, even with the current president, because we know he is only the ...

Americans should make it a term, two is too long to put up with his nonsense!
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-7-24 16:08:57

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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-24 16:25:48

seneca Post time: 2018-7-24 16:12
So wait for Donald Trump's results to fall into our laps. In Mao's times, the only results were pe ...

" In Mao's times, the only results were people were starving "

As usual, you like to talk about the dead while ignoring the present!
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-24 16:27:29

seneca Post time: 2018-7-24 16:08
I think he is doing quite fine. Remember Asia's wax figures have elected to become presidents for  ...

Of course you would say that because you are not under his rule.  In a previous post you said somethig similar but added that you won't want him to be your president!  Hypocrite!
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Author: Saul    Time: 2018-7-24 20:03:03

pnp Post time: 2018-7-23 23:11
Americans should make it a term, two is too long to put up with his nonsense!

One term would be OK with me
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-25 11:19:40

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seneca Post time: 2018-7-24 17:06
Donald Trump is the most effective US president at the time as this one. We need him. The Asian wa ...

Mr Opposition, you just want to make noise here!  You like to oppose for opposition sake, even in the face of facts which say otherwise.  Even Trump's supporters are now moaning and groaning over the tariffs costing them heavily, not to mention the rest of America who feel the same, incluing consumers who have to pay higher prices for imported products!  Even a vape manufacturer was seen moaning over Trump's tariffs cutting into her vry slim margin, may even end up in losses.  Only armchair critics like you continue to support Trump from a distance, not having to live with effects of his stupid policies!
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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-27 13:33:54

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seneca Post time: 2018-7-27 13:28
Mr Pipi the self-appointed Mr Knownothingbutmouthoffallthetime,

I don't care what Donald Trump' ...

Understandable, from a China basher!  You don't care about many lies Trump told and how he flips flops; agreed to stop imposing tariffs on China and vice versa, then flip flopped.  And now he has agreed to do zero tariff with EU; can he be trusted?  But of course, all you care about is bashing China!
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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-27 14:00:07

seneca Post time: 2018-7-27 13:46
From a hater of Chinese babies, CHinese children, Chinese women, Chinese men, US American people,  ...

"Why are you fixated on Mr `trump's lies? "

That's because Trump's lies create havoc round the world!  Yes all politicians lie, and some who are not politicians also lie, eg. Seneca, but they don't matter, except to themselves!
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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-7-27 14:08:34

seneca Post time: 2018-7-27 14:04
I dunno what you are on about. The only havoc I have been noticing is the flood of alerts to y pos ...

That's because I have to reply to a flood of yours!
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-7-27 14:10:26

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Author: WENGEWANG    Time: 2018-8-6 09:23:31

canada, australia, britain, singapore, japan, south korea, israel, poland, colombia
Author: WENGEWANG    Time: 2018-8-6 09:27:38

saudi arabia too
Author: pnp    Time: 2018-8-6 11:46:39

This post was edited by pnp at 2018-8-7 12:42
WENGEWANG Post time: 2018-8-6 09:23
canada, australia, britain, singapore, japan, south korea, israel, poland, colombia

That's a very short list compared with the the list of China's friends!
Author: emanreus    Time: 2018-8-6 16:02:38

re:   "Which countries can be considered "friends" of the US? Nowadays, the answer is probably: no one."

  Wrong, ALL 5 eyes are 'friends' as long as there is ONE Chinese alive...
Author: emanreus    Time: 2018-8-7 21:12:16

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pnp Post time: 2018-8-6 11:46
That's a very short list compared with the the list of China's friends!

RE: "canada"

  Not any longer, after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador for meddling in their affairs plus the Kingdom ordered about 16,000 Saudi students to study elsewhere.
  Word is out that their big neighbor opened the gates to let them in.

But wait, there's more;  Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth some 15 billion USD might also shift to their southern 'friend'.


  The Saudis are, after all, the largest arms purchaser in the world.
      Canada’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia was ordered out of their country in 24 hours.   The Saudis are recalling their ambassador in Canada as well.

     New trade and investment transactions between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been frozen.



Author: WENGEWANG    Time: 2018-8-7 21:35:46

how dare canada have a mind of its own
Author: Saul    Time: 2018-8-7 21:40:53

emanreus Post time: 2018-8-6 03:02
re:   "Which countries can be considered "friends" of the US? Nowadays, the answer is probably: no o ...

ONE Chinese alive...or one Russian.

5 eyes sounds so ominous, just an agreement between countries, not much different than NATO, just closer friends.

If China was as small as the 5 countries, you would probably have something similar.


Author: Saul    Time: 2018-8-7 21:50:33

emanreus Post time: 2018-8-7 08:12
RE: "canada"

  Not any longer, after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador for meddling in th ...

16,000 Saudi students
Accompanying family members bring the number to 20,000 or more.


The Saudi students – and their tuition – will be placed in study programs in other countries with similar education systems, such as the United Kingdom or the United States, the Saudi official said.


Tuition and living expenses for foreign students vary by province and education program. A full-time Saudi student without Canadian citizenship attending a major school such as the University of British Columbia or University of Toronto would pay $30,000 to $80,000 for tuition and living expenses, depending on their area of study and whether they live on campus....ouch



Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth some 15 billion USD might also shift to their southern 'friend'.
(Never should have made the deal to begin with)
Roughly 3,000 jobs and millions of hours’ worth of manufacturing would be at stake if the deal were axed by either side.

Author: pnp    Time: 2018-8-8 10:36:46

emanreus Post time: 2018-8-7 21:12
RE: "canada"

  Not any longer, after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador for meddling in th ...

Canada should learn from China; don't interfere in a country's internal affairs, then everything is fine, trade and education will not suffer!  Canada has lots to lose, interferring in Saudi internal affirs!
Author: emanreus    Time: 2018-8-8 13:42:01

pnp Post time: 2018-8-8 10:36
Canada should learn from China; don't interfere in a country's internal affairs, then everything i ...

Them so called lads and gals in a leading governmental position only care 'bout themselves...
The Country, the lads or ladettes, 'you may forgive my old English'  they wouldn't be bothered about as long as they figure their media will portrait them in a glowing light above everyone else
     Let us watch how they react to their Southern brother gleefully absorbing them $ running soutwards


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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-8-8 13:49:43

seneca Post time: 2018-8-8 13:46
What is there to "learn from China"? China is just pontificating and grandstanding about not inter ...

Yes, everyone has the right to criticise everyone else, but what's the price?  Canada is paying dearly for poking its nose into Saudi affairs!
Silence is Golden!
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Author: emanreus    Time: 2018-8-8 14:02:25

seneca Post time: 2018-8-8 13:49
…as well as all civilised nations who are curently none too happy with the USA. But even when the ...

You're so right, Ikeep saying that local people should educate themselves before they splash out their hard earned cash...

Fools gold is what's blinding them
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-8-8 14:05:52

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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-8-8 14:14:20

seneca Post time: 2018-8-8 14:05
So Canada should be complicit in the arch-cobservative male chauvinist Saudi rulers' oppression of ...

Who gave Canada the god given right to poke its nose into the internal affairs of another country, with its hollier than thou attitude?
Author: seneca    Time: 2018-8-8 14:54:26

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Author: pnp    Time: 2018-8-8 15:21:17

seneca Post time: 2018-8-8 14:54
Your question is inappropriate. Who gives YOU the privilege to browbeat Canada for voicing its v ...

You are complicit in Canada's interference in Saudi internal affairs!
Author: Saul    Time: 2018-8-8 20:32:28

pnp Post time: 2018-8-8 01:14
Who gave Canada the god given right to poke its nose into the internal affairs of another country, ...

The family lives in Canada.

Would your .govt speak up for you??

Author: GustyWind    Time: 2018-10-10 03:31:51



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