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Attacks On RNC Attendees Could Reflect A Far Worse Situation During 50,000 Plus March On D.C. Today

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I was stunned to see how dangerous the situation became shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his speech, the fireworks went off and the last night at the Republican National Convention (RNC) came to an end.

It could have been far worse if not for the Washington D.C. Metro Police Officer and other federal law enforcement officials keeping watch over the growing crowds of unstable protestors and rioters outside the White House.

Sen. Rand Paul was targeted walking back to his hotel, while being escorted by Washington D.C. police. In fact, an officer who was escorting Sen. Paul and using his bicycle as a barrier was assaulted by one of the rioters and it was caught on camera.

“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” said Paul. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”

I, like many others, stayed up late last night to watch President Trump speak. I heard some of the analysts pontificating “was it effective, was it too long, was it this, was it that.”

The Republican Convention by far was hailed an extraordinary success. The only thing, some analysts suggested, was the President’s speech could’ve been a litter shorter. I disagree.

First, if anyone can pull off a speech for more than an hour and half it’s President Trump but more importantly the later the RNC event went on the safer it was for everyone.

The crowds appeared to be smaller than earlier in the night. I believe the situation could’ve been far worse had the event ended hours earlier, so I for one am grateful for Trump’s long and inspiring speech.

As crowds begin to line up early this Friday morning in Washington D.C. protesting what they say is criminal justice reform and racial equality, we must remain vigilant. Innocent protestors, police officers, businesses and citizens going about their own business will get swept up in those that are sure to attempt to riot and destroy the city.

Worse, the fear that the situation could escalate to the point that someone could lose their life is very real. Don’t expect Washington D.C. leadership to do anything. The march in honor of George Floyd, who was killed during an altercation with a Minneapolis police officer is called the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington.

Interestingly, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service didn’t seem to have a problem with 50,000 plus people marching in close proximity and the the NPS isn’t mandating mask wearing or social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic.

It makes you wonder when the same Democrats who support this march, were the same ones who railed on Trump for having an outdoor event on July 4th at Mount Rushmore. It feels like COVID-19 doesn’t exist in the Democrat, anti-Trump, reality when it’s something the leftest liberals are planning.

Rev. Al Sharpton will be one of many civil right’s leaders to march on Friday. He says the march is also in remembrance of the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same spot.

If this is true then all those who are attending should abide by Rev. King’s non-violent protests. It’s the only way to honor one of America’s greatest historical icons.

According to reports the organizers of the march began planning the event in June after the funeral of George Floyd. But the situation could escalate, as police officers who are rightly concerned about the situation have to walk a fine line with those they know are going to attempt to unleash a riot in the city.

We’re lucky to have such an amazing Washington D.C. Metro Police force. The men and women in blue put themselves on the line everyday and the March expected today on Washington is going to be a nerve wracking experience for everyone.

All we can hope for is that it will be peaceful and won’t get out of control. Too many lives have already been lost and there is too much to lose in the future if this doesn’t stop.

We need Democratic lawmakers to get out there and make bold statements asking for peace and speaking out against groups like BLM and Antifa who are behind much of the rioting and destruction in our cities.

If Democratic leaders, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden don’t do this they are part of the problem and as responsible for the destruction of our city.

Those that don’t speak out. Those that instigate calls for violence should be held accountable for whatever destruction is headed our way.

I certainly hope for peaceful protests and a shift in what we’ve been witnessing throughout our nation over the past three months.

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China Expands Charm Offensive in Southeast Asia to Squeeze out U.S.

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Similar to what is happening in the Pacific, the US is facing a significant uphill battle to balance China’s rise in Southeast Asia. During the recent G20 and ASEAN summits in Indonesia and Cambodia, the Chinese Community Party (CCP) media upped its propaganda war against the United States over Southeast Asia. Outlets like Global Times and Xinhua claim that China’s interests in Southeast Asia are focused on mutual benefits, while the US is a malicious force in the region. The CCP press also claims that China is generously giving robust and purposeful aid to the Southeast Asian countries, while the US is neglecting them.

Claim #1: China’s Interest in Southeast Asia is Peaceful and Mutually Beneficial

China’s approach to Southeast Asia is benevolent and focused on mutual benefits, according to the CCP-run press. “China’s goal is to achieve a truly prosperous and peaceful ASEAN,” and “doesn’t interfere in ASEAN members’ internal affairs,” according to Global Times. “China focuses on pragmatic issues, such as promoting infrastructure construction, living standards, which are needed in those countries,” and “China is seeking a cooperative path toward common development,” according to another Global Times article. That same article quoted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as stating that China and the ASEAN countries “are good neighbors who will always be there for each other…”

One country that is particularly thankful for growing Chinese influence, according to the CCP press, is Indonesia. Indonesians want China to “lead…the world to a more peaceful and prosperous future,” and view Chinese President Xi Jinping “with an apparent sense of affability and affection,” according to Global Times. Marzuki Alie, former speaker of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia, praised China as “becom[ing] essential in improving global governance,” and that “the visionary concept of building a human community with a shared future proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping shows China is willing to work with other countries to create a peaceful and secure world with openness and inclusiveness,” according to Xinhua. And perhaps the most perplexing aspect of China’s “benevolence” in Indonesia is the “Peace Ark” – a hospital ship that has recently docked in Indonesia, but that is also a navy ship run by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to Global Times.

Malaysia has a favorable view of China as well, according to the CCP press. Koh King Kee, president of Center for New Inclusive Asia, a Malaysian think tank, stated that “China is the backbone of the global supply chain and acts as a ballast stone of the global economy in times of uncertainty,” according to Xinhua.

And in response to US concerns over rising Chinese influence in Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian dismisses the base as not targeting any third party, according to Global Times. Cambodia’s Minister of National Defense Tea Banh further claimed that the Chinese involvement in that base is benevolent, stating that the base helps Cambodia “in cooperating with friendly countries and help[ing to] maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity,” according to that same article.

Claim #2: The US’ Interest in Southeast Asia is Manipulative, Malevolent

In contrast to China’s benevolence, the United States “only wants [ASEAN] to serve as its pawn to counter China, and to fulfill its own hegemony goal, according to Global Times. At the G20 conference in Bali, the US takes a “hegemonic, unilateral and protectionist approach,” and “is preaching war and confrontation,” according to that same article.

The US and the West are merely using the G20 summit in Bali “to advance their own geopolitical agenda against Russia, therefore preventing the crucial meeting from tackling serious economic issues,” according to another Global Times article. “Such a geopolitical focus “will worsen this uncertain and unstable world,” according to Veronika S. Saraswati, China Study Unit Convener at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia.

According to another Global Times article, the US is using ASEAN “to drive a wedge between China and Southeast Asian nations in the future,” is attempting to “rope in the region via political, security, and value-oriented agendas,” and is trying “to buy off” Southeast Asian countries “by pledging to spend certain amount[s] of money.”

Claim #3: China gives Robust, Targeted Aid to Southeast Asia

CCP media taunts the extensive aid that China is giving to Southeast Asian countries. China has pledged $1.5 billion in “development assistance” to ASEAN countries in November 2021, and Chinese-ASEAN trade was about $878 billion in 2021, according to Global Times. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang claims that of the 160 “cooperation initiatives” that China has suggested with the ASEAN countries in the previous 10 years, over 99.5 percent of them have been implemented, as reported by another Global Times article.

Li also stated that China is planning to build emergency storage for medical supplies and rise within the ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) framework, according to Global Times.

Chinese state-run media is particularly touting China’s Belt and Road investments in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia and Laos. According to Global Times, the Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway will be operational in June 2023, and as a “flagship project of China-Indonesia cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative,” will be the first high speed train in Southeast Asia, according to Xinhua. China’s ambassador to Indonesia praised the project, claiming that the railway “will greatly reduce traffic jams, make travel more convenient for local people, improve local investment environment, boost businesses and tourism along the route, and accelerate the building of a high speed railway economic corridor.” The ambassador also mentioned that existing Belt and Road initiatives with Indonesia like the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park and the PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry Park, “have generated tax incomes, job opportunities and foreign exchange earnings, and provided Indonesia with opportunities for greater participation in global industrial chains of stainless steel and new energy.”

Meanwhile, Global Times asserts that the China-Laos Railway has generated at least $1.7 billion in trade and has transported almost 10 million tons of goods.

Claim #4: US Investment Lags Behind China

On the other hand, the CCP media claims that the US is lagging far behind Chinese investments in Southeast Asia. President Biden’s newly announced “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” with the ASEAN countries “…looks more like a symbolic act. The US is playing the catch-up game with China,” according to Koh King Kee, president of a Malaysian think tank, according to Global Times.

US and ASEAN trade, at $441 million in 2021, was almost half that of Chinese investment for that same time, according to Global Times. President Biden pledged to ask Congress for $850 million in aid for electric vehicles and clean energy to ASEAN countries, but this amount is “symbolic” and a “mere ‘drop in the bucket’,” according to Global Times. In May, Biden “announced a $150 million development and security package” for the ASEAN countries according to that same article, which pales in comparison to the amounts in aid that China claims it is giving those same countries.

According to Global Times, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned that US investment in ASEAN is “a drop in the bucket if compared to US support for Ukraine” during the Biden administration, which Global Times claims is “over $18.9 billion in security assistance.”

Conclusion

CCP media is waging a charm offensive targeting Southeast Asia. While China is investing heavily in these countries, the US has yet to devise a credible counter to such influence.

You can follow Steve Postal on @HebraicMosaic 

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