19 August, 2021

When asked "Afghan fell from the plane", Biden's first reaction was...

The speed of change in the situation in Afghanistan is beyond the expectations of many Western countries. British Prime Minister Johnson even proposed that the decision of the United States to withdraw troops has accelerated the downfall of the Afghan government.

But after being'heartbroken' for "the consequences that have already occurred in Afghanistan and may continue to occur", US President Biden continued to defend his troop withdrawal decision on Wednesday (18th), while not admitting "intelligence, planning, execution, or judgment." The failure".

When the host mentioned the "Afghan falling from the plane" accident, Biden's first reaction was to interrupt the opponent, emphasizing that it was four or five days ago.

According to a report on the ABC news website on August 19, Biden accepted an exclusive interview for the first time after the drastic changes in the situation in Afghanistan. In the face of ABC News host George Stephanopoulos (George Stephanopoulos), Biden is still defending the hasty US troop withdrawal. But he claimed for the first time that he believed chaos was inevitable.

"So don't you think that the withdrawal could have been handled better without making mistakes?" the host asked him.

"Yes, I don't think there is a way to evacuate without causing confusion. I don't know how to do this."

US media commented that Biden's decision to withdraw troops caused chaos in Afghanistan. As many as 11,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Afghans "at risk" fled in a hurry. The scene of planes surrounded by crowds on the runway of Kabul Airport has sparked criticism from both parties of the Biden administration's hasty withdrawal of troops.

When the host mentioned those scenes, Biden showed a "defensive posture."

"We all saw those photos. We saw hundreds of people crowded into a C-17 transport plane. We saw Afghans falling..."

640 people "crammed" in the cabin of the US Air Force C-17 transport aircraft

"That was four days ago, five days ago!" Biden suddenly interrupted.

"Then what did you think when you first saw those photos?"

Biden's answer is, "This situation must be controlled" and "We did it."

Late on Tuesday, the United States said it had successfully evacuated 3,200 people from Afghanistan, including all personnel from the US Embassy, ​​​​except for the core diplomats at Kabul Airport. Officials also stated that they hope to be able to evacuate 9,000 people every day.

However, the US government currently does not provide safe transportation for American citizens in Afghanistan to the airport. With the stricter Taliban checkpoints, it is still unclear how many people can reach the airport safely.

So the host asked him: "When you see what happened in the past week, (do you think) this is a failure of intelligence, planning, execution, or judgment?"

Biden did not answer positively: "Listen, this is a simple multiple-choice question. When you hear the leader of the Afghan government take a plane to another country, you see the defeat of the Afghan army we have trained — as many as 300,000 people., Dropped the equipment and left... This is what happened (in the past week). That's how it is."

"So the initial question is, do we try to evacuate within the timetable we set? Or postpone it until September 1st? Or put in more troops?"

However, the "Washington Post" interpreted that, Biden expressed opposition to the host's "failure" statement, and then accused the Afghan government and the Afghan army of defeat.

However, German Foreign Minister Maas has admitted that the German Federal Government misjudged the situation in Afghanistan.

Mas said at a press conference on the 16th, “There is nothing to hide. All of us, the federal government, intelligence agencies, and the international community have misjudged the situation. The Afghan security forces retreated and surrendered so quickly that we, Neither our partners nor our experts had foreseen it."

Obviously, it has been "carefully supported" by the United States for 20 years. Why are the Afghan government forces still so "vulnerable"? The New York Times believes that this is partly attributable to Biden's decision to withdraw troops. Since then, the morale of the Afghan government troops has plummeted, often surrendering without firing a shot. Many people accepted the safe passage and cash provided by the Taliban (usually transferred by the village elders).

The article also mentioned that many US government officials are aware that "During the long US journey in Afghanistan, Biden hosted the last shameful performance as president, which will be recorded in the annals of history."

Canada, let go!

The 1000th day of illegal detention of Chinese citizen Meng Wanzhou is approaching.

August 26, 2021 is the 1000th day that Chinese citizen Meng Wanzhou was illegally detained by the Canadian government.

On December 1, 2018, Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of China's Huawei, was illegally detained by the Canadian government, an accomplice of the US government, due to the US government's frame-up.

This incident is a naked political persecution of Chinese citizens, and another example of the US government's unreasonable suppression of Chinese companies and an attempt to curb the development of China's high-tech industries. The Canadian government has an unshirkable responsibility for being a tiger.

Moreover, even if Meng Wanzhou produced a large amount of evidence to prove the false accusation by the US government, even HSBC, which was "frauded" by Meng Wanzhou in the United States, also disclosed evidence sufficient to prove that Meng Wanzhou was falsely accused by the US government, even in the trial. The Canadian judges in the Meng Wanzhou case all felt that Meng Wanzhou's case was "unusual." Canada still ignored these circumstances and insisted on advancing the so-called "extradition procedure", just wanting to "extradition" Meng Wanzhou to the United States as soon as possible..

The picture shows Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen who was persecuted by the United States and illegally detained by the Canadian government (middle)

The Canadian government's actions not only deviate from fairness and justice, but also seriously violate the human rights of Chinese citizens.

Some Canadian justice people also pointed out sharply that the Canadian government's performance in this matter was like a "robotic" controlled by the United States: the United States let Canada "jump one", and Canada immediately obediently agreed to "how high?"

Therefore, the "Global Times" decided to write and publish an open letter to protest to the Canadian ambassador to China Bao Damin.

At the same time, we implore you, China and netizens from all over the world who support justice and justice, support our participation in our action, and jointly sign this open letter and ask the Canadian government to correct their mistakes and immediately and unconditionally release Meng Wanzhou!

Click on the picture below to participate in this joint signing event:

Thank you!

(Attached: An open letter from the Global Times to the Canadian Ambassador to China Bao Damin)

Dear Ambassador Bao Damin:

August 26, 2021 is the 1000th day when Chinese citizen Meng Wanzhou was illegally detained by your government.

On December 1, 2018, at the request of the US government, your government illegally detained Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of China's Huawei. The reason you gave is that the United States accused Meng Wanzhou of “fraud” and required your country to extradite her .

But the US accusation against Meng Wanzhou was a stark political persecution from the beginning. It is another example of the US government's unreasonable suppression of Chinese companies and an attempt to curb the development of China's high-tech industry. Many people in the world, including your country, see this point very clearly. A large amount of evidence has clearly proved that the United States is the culprit who misrepresents the facts and falsely accuses Meng Wanzhou, and for this reason, it even does not hesitate to falsify the "evidence. "

People all over the world have witnessed a very ironic rare scene: HSBC, which was accused by the US as a "fraud victim", agreed to provide Meng Wanzhou with relevant materials to help Meng Wanzhou prove his innocence.

There is also an astonishing "gangbang": The then-US President Trump once ignored the "judicial procedures" of the United States and Canada and openly used Meng Wanzhou as a "bargaining chip" for the United States to blackmail China in terms of geopolitics .

However, the government of your country, which likes to advertise "emphasis on human rights" in the international arena, has been very obedient when faced with such naked political persecution of a Chinese citizen by the US government.

It is especially outrageous that even though Meng Wanzhou has produced a lot of evidence that the United States is lying, Canada still persists in advancing the so-called "extradition procedure" and is eager to rush her to the United States, the country that framed her for trial.

The Canadian government is acting as a betrayal and is an accomplice in the political persecution of Chinese citizens by the United States and bears an inescapable responsibility.

Therefore, the "Global Times" has launched a co-signing activity. When Meng Wanzhou was illegally detained by your country for 1,000 days, it invited China and the righteous netizens from all over the world to shout out to protest the Canadian government's role as an accomplice of the US government and the persecution of China. The ugly behavior of the citizens required the immediate and unconditional release of Meng Wanzhou.

The US invested heavily in chips against China, and the Japanese panicked first: We will be squeezed out of the market!

According to a Reuters report on the 18th, Japan is worried that the United States plans to invest billions of dollars in chip manufacturing to counter China, which may end the Japanese semiconductor industry that once dominated the world.

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According to data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, after the "lost 30 years" in the economy, Japan's industrial share in the global chip manufacturing field has dropped from 50% to 10%. Failed to maintain a leading position in cutting-edge production.

According to Reuters, driven by trade wars and security concerns, China and the United States have increased their support for chips ranging from smartphones to missiles. Japanese officials worry that Japan will be completely squeezed out of this market...

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry released a document earlier this year showing a thick red dotted line, indicating that it is expected that by 2030, the share of the Japanese chip industry may return to zero. This shows that Japan is worried about being excluded from the new world order in the field of technology. Outside.

Japanese officials worry that by attracting Asian chip foundry giants such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to enter the United States, some companies may follow suit. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's IT industry official Kazumi Nishikawa said that although this change may not happen immediately, it "may happen in the long run." He pointed out: "Although companies can build factories in Japan and export products, the closer the suppliers are, the easier the exchange of information."

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In order to retain these companies, Japan needs chip foundries to purchase the chips, machinery and chemicals it produces. It must also ensure a stable supply of semiconductors for Japanese auto companies and electronic equipment manufacturers.

Reuters pointed out that in order to maintain a leading position in the technology race, the government of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga approved in June a strategy developed by the Nishikawa team of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to ensure that Japan has enough chips to promote the future economy. Competing in growing technology areas, including artificial intelligence, high-speed 5G connectivity, and autonomous vehicles.

One of the initiatives is to turn Japan into a data center in Asia. Such centers will generate huge demand for semiconductors, which in turn will attract chip makers to build factories nearby.

However, the success of Japan's industrial policy will depend on funding. So far, the Japanese government has allocated 500 billion yen (US$450 million) to strengthen the technology supply chain, help companies solve the shortage of chips and other components during the new crown epidemic, and promote the transition to 5G. However, these inputs are only a fraction of similar inputs in other countries. For example, the US Senate approved a bill authorizing US$190 billion to invest in new technologies, of which US$54 billion is used for chip research and development, while the European Union plans to spend 135 billion euros (US$159 billion) to support the digital economy.

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In order to catch up with this investment, Japan will have to allocate a lot of public funds, and this aging country may need these funds for medical care and welfare. Japan’s former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari told Reuters that considering Japan’s financial situation, Japan’s investment will be difficult to match the United States, the European Union and China.

Published under Blog on 19 August, 2021.