World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 23 Mar, 2021 07:30 am

Europe sides with the US in imposing punitive sanctions against China

Europe sides with the US in imposing punitive sanctions against China
The demonisation of China follows the modus operandi of US imperialism over the past three decades as it has prepared for one criminal war after another in the Middle East, the Balkans and Central Asia.

” The European Union has cynically jumped on board the US “human rights” wagon as a means of extracting concessions from the US as the Biden administration seeks to “revitalise” relations with Europe that soured under Trump.” With the latest round of sanctions barely announced, the Biden administration hinted that more is to come.” Less than three months in office, the extraordinary rapidity with which the Biden administration is ramping up the US confrontation with China, as well as Russia, has even surprised some hardened US propagandists.The speed with which the Biden administration is ratcheting up its anti-China propaganda, alongside the expansion of its military forces in Asia, flows from a sense in Washington that time is running against it.

In a deliberate escalation of geo-political tensions, the European Union joined the US, as well as Britain and Canada, in imposing coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials on Monday for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province.The sanctions follow a fractious meeting between top US and Chinese officials in Alaska.

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