How ‘Operation China Threat’ demonised the Belt and Road Initiative—a Special Report
Now available in pamphlet form and as a single pdf file is the May-June 2022 Australian Alert Service series “How ‘Operation China Threat’ demonised the Belt and Road Initiative”, by Melissa Harrison. The four articles document the methods and motivation of the disinformation campaign against China’s BRI in Australia and around the world.
Since mid-2017 the Australian public has been targeted with propaganda, issued through mainstream media in coordination with national security and intelligence agencies and associated think tanks, to demonise China and the BRI. The distortion of the public perception of the Belt and Road Initiative is one part of a wider strategy for maintaining Anglo-American primacy in the Asia-Pacific region, through ever greater projection of US-UK military power, and through the City of London and Wall Street-controlled global financial architecture.
This series documents how under the BRI, China has revived the tradition of nation-builders like the Americans Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln, and their Australian co-thinker King O’Malley, who advocated using public credit to finance infrastructure development. China’s public investment approach is a threat to the post-World War II order, which especially since 1971 has enriched London and Wall Street banks and corporations, by enabling the looting and financial repression of developing nations. China’s alternative economic approach threatens the geopolitical power of the USA and UK, which rests upon the deregulated global financial system alongside military might.
The pamphlet includes two supporting articles:
- “Geopolitical elites fabricated BRI ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ narrative” reveals that baseless allegations about China’s lending for the BRI have been fabricated by “national security” proponents of British geopolitical theories that define international relations as a zero-sum game, in which the progress of one nation can only come at the expense of others.
- “Belt and Road opposition is a century-old “Great Game” shows that the demonisation of international infrastructure projects is not new. Predecessors to the BRI proposed by the USA, Japan, Russia and European nations were targeted for derailment by the same Anglo-American power structures that are viciously fighting the BRI today.
Who ended the Bretton Woods system and opened an age of infinite speculation?
The floating currency exchange-rate system, instituted with the end of the Bretton Woods agreements 50 years ago, decoupled finance from the real economy throughout the trans-Atlantic financial sector and its appendages, Australia included. Many financial woes of nations and much suffering of people stem from the decisions made then. The people who wrecked Bretton Woods took aim against the post-war order US President Franklin Roosevelt had envisioned, in which sovereign nation-states could each and all develop economically for the benefit of their populations.
Unique research and insights into who the wreckers were and how they operated is presented in the six articles from the Australian Alert Service assembled here.
- “The takedown of Bretton Woods and the rise of financial speculation”, AAS, 28 July 2021
- “Destroying Bretton Woods: The rise of the Neoliberals”, AAS, 4 Aug. 2021, reviewing Nicholas Shaxson’s 2018 book The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer
- “BIS: The sleeper cell that destroyed Bretton Woods”, AAS, 11 Aug. 2021, a look at the Bank for International Settlements, the central bankers’ bank the original Bretton Woods conference failed to dissolve
From a two-part Australian Almanac in the AAS of 8 and 15 Sept. 2021, “An age of infinite speculation: Who wrecked Bretton Woods, and why” (8 and 22 Sept. 2021):
- “The creation of the worldwide casino”, excerpted from our 2016 pamphlet The British Empire’s European Union: A Monstrosity Created by the City of London and Wall Street
- “Two varieties of monetarism: the Keynesian and ‘Austrian’ foes of real economic progress”, by Allen and Rachel Douglas, revealing the clique that pushed through “floating exchange rates” in the 1970s
- “The early economic forecasts of Lyndon LaRouche”, by EIR magazine editor Paul Gallagher, an edited transcript of his presentation to a conference on the 50th anniversary of the end of Bretton Wood
The BRI 'threat'?
A compilation of articles on China's historic Belt and Road Initiative:
- "BRI: reviving real economies for 8 years", AAS, 8 December 2021
- "Who made China and Russia the enemy, and why?", AAS, 26 August 2020
- "More refutations of ‘China debt-trap’ allegations", AAS, 22 May 2019
- "Why more nations will defy orders and join Belt and Road", AAS, 10 April 2019
- "Belt and Road, or bust! ", AAS, 31 October 2018
- "African nations applaud Chinese development assistance", AAS, 12 September 2018
- "Canberra’s plan to corrupt the BRI", AAS, 1 August 2018
- "Sri Lanka port controversy raises question, what have Western countries done?", AAS, 25 July 2018
- "China’s Glass-Steagall standard", AAS, 25 July 2018
- "Don’t believe the whispers about China in Africa", AAS, 13 June 2018
- "Why all the fuss over Chinese interference?What are we afraid of?", AAS, 6 June 2018
- "Who is out to control Africa’s mining sector?", AAS, 25 April, 2018
- "China shatters the era of the ‘economic hit men’", AAS, 28 March 2018
- "‘Washington Consensus’ indicted for genocide", AAS, 28 March 2018
- "Don’t miss the bigger agenda behind China’s BRI", AAS, 11 October 2017
- "Defence Department: China’s Belt and Road a ‘strategic threat’ to Australia", AAS, 24 May 2017
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