Disinfo: Washington, London, Brussels will create an anti-Chinese coalition in order to break China

Summary

Realising the inevitability of a Cold War with China, which is likely to include sanctions, mutual espionage, and possibly even forceful forms of confrontation, the Western expert community is looking for some magical way to defeat Beijing.

Almost all the options for “strangling the Chinese dragon” discussed in Washington, London, or Brussels presuppose the creation of some kind of broad anti-Chinese coalition in order to collectively isolate, neutralize and break China in approximately the same way that was used to successfully fight the USSR.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, unfounded statement, with no evidence to support the claim. The article refers to the UK's "D10 initiative".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s involvement in Britain’s 5G network. The UK is pursuing forming an alliance of 10 democracies to create an alternative pool of suppliers of 5G equipment and other technologies to avoid relying on China. A so-called 'D10', or 5G club of democratic partners, will be including G7 countries – UK, US, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, and Canada – plus Australia, South Korea, and India.

The D-10 is not an anti-China alliance. Instead, by narrowly focusing on the two defensive issues all democratic powers broadly agree they have a problem and cannot solve on their own—5G and critical supply chains—it is a platform that could relatively quickly get off the ground. Moreover, the D-10 is attractive to both foreign-policy “restrainers” as well as “competitors” alike, as actively reducing these two strategic vulnerabilities and heated public concerns can work to lessen future tensions with Beijing.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, China, UK, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Brussels, The West

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