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US Senate passes $750 billion massive defence bill

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    reedak Well-Known Member

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    1. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $750 billion defense policy bill with provisions that target China on issues from technology transfers to the sale of synthetic opioids, pushing to counter growing Chinese influence around the world.....

    Among other provisions, the Senate NDAA requires detailed reporting from the Department of Defense to prevent transfers of sensitive technology to China or Russia, as well as reports on access to the Arctic. It also requires tighter screening of scholars seeking visas to the United States....

    2. As reported on March 16, 2018, the US has at least 6,550 nuclear weapons vis-à-vis China's 270. We can compare the US overwhelming nuclear superiority over China with the size of champion boxer and a baby lizard. So what's the US fuss in passing the massive defence bill to target China?

    Using an analogy, if the champion boxer screams in fright when he finds a tiny lizard in his hair, we may understand America's Sinophobia which can be described with two Chinese idioms -- "pa si" (怕死) meaning "afraid of death", and "pa shu" (怕输) meaning "afraid of losing".

    Such unwarranted fears show that the US views its current conflict with China not just as the so-called "trade war" but as a "life-and-death struggle" with a rising power. Neither has the conflict anything to do with Trump's so-called “unfair trading practices” nor US trade deficits.

    China would be courting death if it underestimates the US resolve to contain its rise on all fronts. Whatever we call the conflict, the US threats against China are neither a Trumpian joke nor a fleeting phenomenon.

    Taking note of the strong bipartisan support for Trump to crush China, it is neither a troll nor sheer exaggeration to speculate or “predict” ( “guess intelligently” ) that the Sino-US rivalry could last many centuries. :)

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