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Don't help Russia's invasion, Biden tells China's Xi in video call

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China uses huge amounts of Russian energy, oil, gas and coal.

Every Made in China product you buy was assembled in a factory that was powered by Russian energy and most likely, even the plastic was molded from oil supplied by Russia.

Unless you totally sanction China, American dollars will still keep funding the Russian government, because the money you send to China, goes to Russia.

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Face to face by video, President Joe Biden laid out to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday the consequences the Chinese would face from the U.S. if they provide military or economic assistance for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But did he really? Chinese companies are already stepping in to replace payment systems left open by the departure of Visa and MasterCard. Others will take more time but surely there will be many other examples.

Biden has proudly stated many times he is a capitalist, not a socialist like Bernie Sanders. If China opens an automotive factory in Russia, will Biden slap harsh sanctions on China? Will his corporate backers let themselves be cut off from China's markets and manufacturing base?

Very, very doubtful.

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Biden has proudly stated many times he is a capitalist, not a socialist like Bernie Sanders. If China opens an automotive factory in Russia, will Biden slap harsh sanctions on China? Will his corporate backers let themselves be cut off from China's markets and manufacturing base?

Very, very doubtful.

Both China and Russia have been working to de-dollarize their economies for several years now. The invasion of Ukraine will speed up that process - already this week we've seen Saudi Arabia announce they're considering oil sales in Yuan. If global demand for the dollar falls there's going to be some real trouble.

And what's happening to Japan's massive investment in oil and gas projects in Sakhalin? A curious lack of comment from the government so far...

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two 'world leaders'..... at a 90° angle.....

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Mark my words that in 2024 when Biden wins again by beating Trump ( who will run again ), the Republicans will cry about election fraud and won’t certify the results! 

It doesn’t matter much who is elected. One person cannot go against the forces that actually run the US, under the facade of the democratic choice of the people.

① military industrial complex

② the oil and gas barons

③ Wall Street

④ the Fed and the USD

Not to mention whoever ends up as the President is their hand picked choice in the first place. The election is really for ①②③. The people think they have a say. Every vote counts. Get out and vote!

Thst is the reality unless you get a third party with Bernie Sanders that would look out for the middle and working class but so far there are only two parties.

The disagreement in the US is over what to do with China. You have:

a) those who think the US needs China and its market so the US should be more diplomatic

b) people who think that a China/Russia alliance is inevitable so that China should be tried like an enemy

c) those who think that China is still the real enemy and Russia is not as important.

With one party it is between a) and b) and moving towards a). The other party is pushing c).

The difference between between a) and c) is between ① vs ③ as to which will benefit the most. There is also ②④ vs ③ and so on.

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And a huge chunk in Europe, which would be goose-stepping down the street eating schnitzel today without them.

I'm of the opinion that it was more of a group effort, with the Soviet Union bearing the greatest military and civilian costs as is well-documented.

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And millions of Americans died saving Europe, you are welcome.

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US: You help us or we’re gonna sanction you! 

China’s: If you want to fight Russia then do it yourself. Don’t use Ukraine to fight Russia or involve us.

No one wanted to fight Russia. Russia started the fight and Ukraine is just in self-defense. The world is helping Ukraine.

No one else is to blame here but Putin and Russia - left overs of olden days should just die.

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JeffLee 08:50 am JST

Biden is speaking with a united world behind him.

You're dreaming, not even the US itself is united behind him.

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The number of Americans killed was 407,300

I think a big chunk of those were in the Pacific Theater

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Bass - just in case you forgot what you had written. It's still visible.

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Never threaten Xi or even India. These two are the future economy powerhouse (even though they are already there or almost there) and US and Europe will need them. Sure, the West can work with Saudi but be careful with their oily hands when they are around your neck, especially in their embassy.

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Biden's strength is magnified by the coalition he put together against Russia. All the last President did was say the US should pull out of NATO and tried to blackmail the Ukrainians for political benefit before finally giving aid.

We have the right person in charge. The last thing we need is another American President who licks Putin's boots and withdraws from our allies.

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China is fishing the feelings out to see how they will follow through on their plans for Taiwan. Stop advertising what aid is being given to the Ukraine nation for defensive weapons or information on where they’re holding off the Russians. This gives the Russians the information they need to bypass potential kill box zones and permits them to develop strategies to bypass the Ukraine’s defensive areas.

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The sad part is that China wants to help Russia militarily and economically, but it’s afraid of the economic consequences. China doesn’t care a bit about the pain and suffering being inflicted on Ukraine by Russia.

No moral compass. . . just money. That’s sad.

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Boy, oh Boy I'm looking forward to the JT story surely coming today reporting the New York Times bombshell admission that Hunter Biden's laptop emails are legit and authentic.

You know, those emails showing Joe Biden to be hugely compromised by his corruption involving Ukraine.

Perhaps noonish, JT?

Kind of a big deal...

Ill help you get started;

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/16/us/politics/hunter-biden-tax-bill-investigation.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/all-the-news-thats-finally-fit-to-print-hunter-biden-laptop-new-york-post-new-york-times-joe-biden-11647637814

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China came in second with the greatest civilian casualties in WWII. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the west still wants more Russians and Chinese dead.

Not wanted to be invaded by them is not the same as wanting them dead.

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@master - lol, gotcha

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I mentioned about China's recent attacks on two dissidents in the US. I wondered if Biden mentioned the 5 individuals (Chinese) arrested by the government for harassing or attempting harass dissidents.

U.S. charges 5 people with spying, harassing dissidents on behalf of China

https://news.yahoo.com/u-charges-5-people-spying-191219022.html

China is too scared to openly threaten Western countries and China's neighbors, right now. They are seeing what is happening to Russia with sanctions. They do not want to get slapped with their own. They are using this time to deal with their enemies in other ways while the world is distracted with Ukraine.

I also suspect China is responsible for some of ecological issues in the US like introduction of various invasive species indigenous to Asia being found. Why? To destroy the US's ability to produce food (attacking food security). Basically

We all know China as a country is petty and corrupt. They have no problem cheating to get ahead. From the telling of various myths and fables in Chinese culture, cheating and out smarting your enemy by lying has always been seen as a sign of greatness or intelligence in Chinese culture.

Sanction China and Ukraine is conflict will end! Besides they has still not paid for this pandemic that we all have been dealing with for the last 2+ years!

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And millions of Americans died saving Europe, you are welcome.

Millions of Americans conveniently forget that following the Pearl Harbour attack Germany declared war on the USA and was actively attacking and sinking their shipping within sight of their coast.

https://www.abroadintheyard.com/did-the-usa-save-britains-ass-in-ww2/

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Back on topic please.

“He who tied the bell to the tiger must take it off,” Xi said, according to a Chinese government readout.

I've been conjecturing that U.S.-led NATO took full advantage of the collapse of the Soviet Union, trying to expand its sphere of influence over the Middle and East European countries contiguous to old Soviet Russia while it was on fire and so a remote cause of the current Ukrainian crisis rests with the U.S. and its allies. 

Is this what Xi Jinping meant when he quoted an old Chinese adage, "He who tied the bell to the tiger must take it off"?

This article should have explored that aspect more in detail and quoted Xi Jinping more fully.

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People hating on America for people being allowed to have different opinions is just sad. All the best art, music, film, fashion, innovation, athletes come from America. 

I love my country, but I think we can more fairly replace "America" with "Democracies".

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Russia needs China, China doesn't need Russia. Everything China gets from Russia they could get from many other countries, which would be better for China.

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Endless reports going back more than a decade have predicted a Russian invasion of Ukraine. But these are of course not mentioned right now. We are being told that the invasion is 100% Putin’s fault. That is not so. But 100% of us are suffering, or are going to suffer for the failures of our leaders.

The US got too cocky after the fall of the USSR. Like with Freddy, Jason, or Bruce, the lesson to be learned, and the mistake America made, was thinking that that Russia was a defeated nation.

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China will never be the global leader because most of the world simply doesn’t like communism, repression, and the closed Chinese mindset that stifles…everything. Even Chinese people hate it.

People hating on America for people being allowed to have different opinions is just sad. All the best art, music, film, fashion, innovation, athletes come from America. That’s no coincidence. The country isn’t perfect, but people admire and prefer it over chinese and Russian culture any day of the week.

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Enough with the sanctions; either get involved directly militarily, or refocus the attention on US domestic matters.

"Get involved directly" means nuclear war. US and European cities laid to waste. Russian cities too. Millions, maybe tens of millions dead. Is that what you want? Anything short of that is "failure"? No room in your binary mind for anything short of all out war? Four weeks in and the Russians haven't managed to capture a single Ukrainian city. Kharkiv is about 30 km from the Russian border and the Russians can't get inside it. Resistanec is too great. In the last couple of days the Ukrainians have managed to push Russian forces back from surrounding some smaller towns. The US is in the process of delivering more anti tank missiles than Russia has tanks. Plus the Swedes sent 5000 and thousands more from other EU and NATO nations. Stingers too. Now the Czechs and some others are sending Ukraine their Russian made long range air defense missile systems like S-300. Russia has committed almost all of its front line Battalion Combat Teams to the Ukraine. And even if Russia decided to mobilize the great majority of what they consider to be reserves are former conscripts who haven't drilled in years. Russia doesn't have a reserve force that drills monthly and remains fully qualified like the US and most NATO nations have. They are reserves on paper but most haven't touched a weapon since their one year of conscript service all those years ago. The Russians have a small cadre of trained reserves, on the order of 5000 troops, but Russia's losses are greater than that, upwards of 7000. They are at a point of being unable to replace losses. The same is true on the material side. Russia only builds about 30 tanks a year. They have lost a hundreds so far. Russia bit off more than they can chew. They are not winning this war and if the NATO allies keep shoveling arms at the Ukrainians there is every reason to think they could win it. Russia cannot begin to arm its own troops as well as the west is arming the Ukrainians. And then there is the little matter of morale. The Russians don't want to be there. Whole units are refusing to fight. Better to isolate Russia economically and diplomatically and not get involved in combat. All that does is give Vladimir Putin an excuse to use nuclear weapons, and he would if pushed. The Russo Japan War led to the downfall of Tsar Nicholas. The war in Afghanistan led to the downfall of the USSR. The Ukrainian invasion could very well be the end of Vladimir Putin, without direct US combat involvement.

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Xi also discussed Ukraine in phone calls with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, contending the leaders’ views were “extremely close.”

I had to laugh…both deeply in the pockets of Chinese money neither of whom have any idea. Banana Republics!

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Biden and his team have done a masterful job of managing this clear unlawful invasion of another sovereign country by Russia. They've forged a new, must stronger relationship with our European and Pacific partners, aligned against the dictators and tyrants of the world - something that could never be said of the previous four years....

China believed Putin when he said he'd be in Kyiv within days and the entire country occupied within a week....and saw an opportunity to put further pressure on the US with little cost....and just like Putin, they miscalculated....

China only acts in its interests - and now that the cost of supporting Russia is much higher than they expected, they'll reduce their cooperation. They know that Russia's economy is now ruined, and will be for some time - and that Russians won't be buying all those Chinese-made goods you can find in Walmart...

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We all know that China is watching Russia's invasion of Ukraine carefully and paying particular attention to global reactions, and that's because China would like to do something similar with Taiwan. That's why arming the Ukrainians and pushing Putin back is so important. Pay now, or pay later. You betcha'! We're lucky that the Ukrainians are taking all of the hits for us and doing all of the hard dirty work because it could be you or somebody else tomorrow. We have to nip this problem in the bud right now and make it clear to these dictators that if they want to do business with us that there are certain guidelines to follow based on peace and respect for others. Peace and respect are basic human rights, and on that count you're either with us or against us.

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"And millions of Americans died saving Europe, you are welcome."

which I replied

"The number of Americans killed was 407,300."]then you post

"Ok, but 70–85 million people perished, or about 3% of the 2.3 billion (est.) So yeah, millions died."

But they were not all Americans and not all in Europe when they died.

That is the total for WW2 all people

My bad, I misspoke

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China is an independent sovereign state, it needs not kowtow to coercive enticement.

Beijing will have its own decision, no matter what, no matter when..

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Biden is speaking with a united world behind him. Not so Xi, not by a long shot. Xi realizes that in the end, he will have to get on side the world, rather than an isolated partner whose only real connection is their shared Marxist-Leninist past.

The financial markets rallied after this meeting. No wonder.

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Didn't watch it, but did Joe Biden read from a prepared speech again? Breaking wind again?

Some advice: when you want to ask someone for help, you don't threaten them beforehand. Yes, everything China does is 'provocative', but putting US military bases all around countries like Russia and China, setting up colonialist warmongering think-tanks and organizations like AUKUS and the amateur Quad, supplying money and arms to SA which beheads its own people and kills innocent Yemeni children and bombing the hell out of Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq isn't provocative? Gimme a friggin' break.

I hope oil-rich Venezuela, SA and UAE tell Joe and Boris where to go.

I remember the last time these two guys talked. Biden is all smiles and then the next day, the daggers were out. Two-faced.

USA can learn to live with other countries peacefully, or it can continue to sink (even faster). I couldn't care less. The amount of damage this warmongering, racist, hypocritical country has done is astounding, enabled by its white allies (who have been left high and dry many times). If Europe doesn't want Russia's oil and gas, then Chindia with its huge population will fill that gap. And more.

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The forked tongue of Xi says we don't want war. But we stand with and for brutality, violence and war crimes along side Putin.

Obama MKII....more talk, no walk. Even as women and children are being buried in rubbles.

Where is active leadership for the free world? I can only see leadership for genocide, war crimes, brutality and crimes against humanity.

Talk to Xi? Sigh...this is a regime that backed Pol Pot in killing millions. This is a regime that like Putin, attacked its neighbour Vietnam simply because Vietnam signed a friendship memorandum with Russia. Not to forget the great leap forward (into the grave for millions of Chinese).

This is a regime that prioritises the politics of repression over all else, even humanity. Stop talking with Xi, never been effective, never will be.

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@Mathew Hopkins

Being English rather than British my view on the US and its late arrival to WWII was that it was actually planned jointly with the UK and US governments.

It was better for them to invest time and money into creating the nuclear bomb because it was felt that was the only way to finish the war and the Germans were also trying to make one.

What happend after is where my dislike of the US Gov. comes. Firstly the US government ignored the calls from the UK to safeguard against Russia. Secondly they backed down on the agreement to hand over the plans on how to build a bomb. Thirdly they financed the rebuild in Europe but expected the UK to re-build itself and when eventually they understood the danger and handed us some money we had to pay it back. That loan lasted until 2007. For a so-called friend you do seem to treat the UK with a lot of contempt. Biden for example was backing Ireland and the EU over England because he somehow thinks he is Irish.

Why should they? The British did try to subjugate the US. Remember, another battle you lost call the Revolutionary War. Were you not taught that in your "English History" lessons?

Another reason why the Brit deniers cannot reconcile the fact the US save them from a German defeat.

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Don't help Russia's invasion, Biden tells China's Xi in video call

So ridiculous. As if Xi takes orders from Biden. Reality is that all these ill-advised sanctions that Western leaders have been putting on Russia drive Russia to a closer cooperation with China. Why sell oil, gas, coal and fertilizer to NATO aggressors when China and India are there as huge markets.

It is precisely what we should not do, but the the current ideologes in power and the NATO war machine are driving us into that direction.

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Biden has proudly stated many times he is a capitalist, not a socialist like Bernie Sanders.

He's a capitalist the same way most politicians are, and the same way Xi is a Communist. They are convenient labels they use to steal from the people and seize power. The US is hastening the demise of the dollar and economic collapse by weaponizing finance. Without the dollar as the world's reserve currency, the whole house of cards comes down. And the current actions will move nations away from the dollar faster than ever before. (That was the trend, but now they have made it an urgent trend.

I am sure the Chinese are delighted to be dealing with Biden, though I doubt any president could do much to change things. US policy took decades getting to this point and there is no easy way out now.

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Unless you totally sanction China, American dollars will still keep funding the Russian government, because the money you send to China, goes to Russia.

well then, maybe the world should start sanctioning China too.

Biden is speaking with a united world behind him.

Exactly!

Not so Xi, not by a long shot. Xi realizes that in the end, he will have to get on side the world, rather than an isolated partner whose only real connection is their shared Marxist-Leninist past.

Exactly. that little Xi male had better watch its step

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I'm of the opinion that it was more of a group effort, with the Soviet Union bearing the greatest military and civilian costs as is well-documented.

China came in second with the greatest civilian casualties in WWII. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the west still wants more Russians and Chinese dead.

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May I remind you, America is the strongest of all the countries in terms of military power, financial power, political power, and the list goes on. America talks with China to give them a chance to do the right thing.

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Biden what a whining little twerp.

After two hours discussion it appears he accomplished nothing but threats to China.

When China starts the take back of Taiwan the USA will only supply weapons to Taiwan .

Or try to supply weapons to Taiwan and get squashed in the process.

As we know the USA isnt effective at successful intervention in other counties conflicts and only makes matters worse !

China certainly doesn't need to answer to Biden and his childish history books rhetoric.

Ridiculous !

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Really tough watching Biden make threats against China after Biden's threats to Russia resulted in an invasion of Ukraine.

Talk about cringeworthy.

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While all the ally nations, Britain, Frace are grateful for American involvement in the European war but it is totally wrong to say millions died. 

The number of Americans killed was 407,300. UK deaths 383,700.

Ok, but 70–85 million people perished, or about 3% of the 2.3 billion (est.)

So yeah, millions died.

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Don't help Russia's invasion, help NATO with its economic subjugation of Eastern Europe and West Asia, Biden tells China's Xi, in video call.

Fixed

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In fact, Xi blamed the U.S. for the crisis

Is anyone disputing this?

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It’s funny to see so much obfuscation and nonsense. Why did Putin invade Ukraine? Because it gives him total control of the Black Sea, and extends his frontier much further, widening the buffer zone between Moscow and the rest of Europe.

Everyone knew that Putin had annexed Crimea to mount an invasion of Ukraine, yet there was no real Western resistance to this annexation. Ukraine’s past presidents have knew they were in Putin’s crosshairs, so they placated him.

The rest of the west minded its own business. Zelenskyy, offended by Ukraine being a Russian fief, decided to push for a more independent Ukraine. He began purging his government of people with Russian ties, he arrested two former presidents (one of whom was the runner-up in the last election), he shut down Russian-controlled newspapers, and 3 television stations with Russian ties

Zelenskyy was warned repeatedly by his advisers that this was likely to inflame Putin. When Zelenskyy made overtures to bring Ukraine into NATO, many people told him that Russia would invade before Putin allowed such a thing to happen.

Then we have the situation in the west to consider. European policies began the shutting down of nuclear power and the domestic production of coal and gas. Russia picked up the slack to the point that they supplied 40% of Europe’s gas, and 25% of its oil.

New policies enacted by the Biden administration led to a tenfold increase in Russian oil imports. With Russia as the world’s second-largest energy producer, and able to influence the world energy market to an unprecedented extent, Russia thought it had enough leverage to prevent a large western response to its invasion.

Then we add the current economic conditions in America and Europe. America has added 40% to its money supply in the last 13 months, this is in addition to what Trump added in 2020. Europe and Japan have also diluted their money supplies to fund stimulatory programs during the pandemic.

The result of these policies has been high inflation, which gives Russia even more economic leverage over the West. If there is another “Great Recession,” neither America nor Europe can simply start printing money or lower interest rates to prop up their economies. Our Western economies are arguably on the weakest ground since the Great Depression.

China is not going to support Putin in his invasion, nor will they dissuade him. They are busy preparing themselves for the adverse economic consequences which are likely to befall if Putin doesn’t complete his invasion quickly.

This entire situation is the result of a vacuum of leadership by all parties. Ukraine, America, and Europe set the stage, and they can’t claim ignorance or innocence. Endless reports going back more than a decade have predicted a Russian invasion of Ukraine. But these are of course not mentioned right now. We are being told that the invasion is 100% Putin’s fault. That is not so. But 100% of us are suffering, or are going to suffer for the failures of our leaders.

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I think a big chunk of those were in the Pacific Theater

And a huge chunk in Europe, which would be goose-stepping down the street eating schnitzel today without them.

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Millions of Americans conveniently forget that following the Pearl Harbour attack Germany declared war on the USA and was actively attacking and sinking their shipping within sight of their coast.

This is true. And disproves that the US saved Europe how, exactly?

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Leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE ignore calls from Biden. The world thinks Biden is a joke. Xi will not answer to Biden.

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Currently, many Russian and Ukrainian travelled to Mexico and are at Tijuana trying to cross over to US to seek asylum but only Ukrainian are allowed because of "humanitarian" ground. Are we missing something here? They are saving people selectively just like what Europe did when Syrian refugees came.

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The US got too cocky after the fall of the USSR. Like with Freddy, Jason, or Bruce, the lesson to be learned, and the mistake America made, was thinking that that Russia was a defeated nation.

Actually, that was never the thinking of America or the intel agency, they always predicted that Russia could in some form have a resurgence depending on which way the country would swing politically depending on who the leader is. I do think in many ways the left has underestimated Russia starting with the invasion of Crimea in 2014 and now Ukraine for sure.

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Biden is speaking with a united world behind him..

No such thing,In all probability he is the weakest US president ever, and with America first out of the way, every country is re-asserting its policy vis-à-vis US.

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The world is much happier 

Care to look around and tell me how and why the world is happier right now?

is anything better anywhere?

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but assigned no blame to Russia and said nothing of next steps.

Has an over/under been set on how many years The Alliance of Totalitarian States will remain in power before its members start to attack each other. At minimum it could last as long as the planet remains stuck under systems run by a hegemonic cabal that requires the burning of huge amounts of fossil fuels. The China/Russia/Iran/North Korea consortium may take control of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but so far have been unable to seize the sun. Is it possible for the vaunted western free market ( whatever that might mean) system of capitalism to come up with political and economic systems and technologies that are better for those in the middle and working classes, i.e the globe's average individual than the consortium's system of ultranationalist state capitalism, often called fascism.

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Biden, the leader of the rogue state of the USA, the biggest war mongering nation of all.

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The thing is that the US isn't going to be the one writing the history books for the 21st century.

And given how CLEARLY and FREQUENTLY and PERSISTENTLY China has stated that 'unilateral sanctions are illegal', there is precisely zero chance that China is going to cooperate with the American effort to break Russia of its independence through sanctions over something China, for some good reasons, sees as a Russian REACTION to American acts, even if it doesn't approve of the form of the reaction.

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At minimum it could last as long as the planet remains stuck under systems run by a hegemonic cabal that requires the burning of huge amounts of fossil fuels.

It wouldn’t matter because once we are all gone and these changes are perhaps one day implemented the same hegemonic cabal will still be in play just with a different new resource.

The China/Russia/Iran/North Korea consortium may take control of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but so far have been unable to seize the sun.

If they’re aligned and in sync, they will.

Is it possible for the vaunted western free market ( whatever that might mean) system of capitalism to come up with political and economic systems and technologies that are better for those in the middle and working classes,

Well, one solution is to ramp up oil production and to increase US oil independence as well as other natural resources from natural gas to coal to get the US back on its feet and then at the same time allow and encourage the private sector to come up and work on true reliable and dependable fuel alternatives.

We can walk and chew gum at the same time.

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@ Michael Machinda

Sorry but it's only the USA that thinks its the strongest in everything.

in an arrogant self righteousness and idealistic manner.

Its a delusional superiority complex.

USA is cool and has great movies - but that's all it really has.

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I'm of the opinion that it was more of a group effort, with the Soviet Union bearing the greatest military and civilian costs as is well-documented.

The Soviet Union (Russia) which would be wearing lederhosen today without the USA propping it up in the 2 years after Barbarossa.

....and doing this while defeating the Japanese Empire in the Pacific.

Not too shabby.

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He accused Putin for being war criminal and, then he talked with Xi, who killed innocent Chinese civilians who told the truth.

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Biden trying to tell China ( Xi ) what to do when he can’t even pass his own bills / legislation back in The US! Almost half of Americans don’t follow his pleas and have no respect whatsoever for their commander in chief! American politics wasn’t so bad and has some dignity but everything changed in 2016! Trump broke American democracy and trust in the election system and things will only get worse! Mark my words that in 2024 when Biden wins again by beating Trump ( who will run again ), the Republicans will cry about election fraud and won’t certify the results! Democrats will have themselves to blame for that because they didn’t do anything until now to stop the baseless claims of Trump regarding 2020 elections and it has become a norm within the GOP!

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They've forged a new, must stronger relationship with our European and Pacific partners

if it weren't so tragic, this ^^^ is just laughable on so many level. Stronger??? You think countries are going to line up to join the free world now? China, who Biden had wished would join the freeworld, eventually, has chosen instead to join hands with a brutal dictator, and not subtly either.

Xi is putting up a massive middle finger to the freeworld, and Biden is helping him wuth an audience. At this rate, Taiwan is going to be begging Xi to take it back rather than suffer Ukraine's fate.

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Looks like Biden has a photo of Xi on his wall, (which would be appropriate)

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sangetsu03Today  10:33 am JST

This entire situation is the result of a vacuum of leadership by all parties. Ukraine, America, and Europe set the stage,

Yes. It is surprising countries are acting so surprised.

This is one of the biggest failures of a US administration in history.

Enough with the sanctions; either get involved directly militarily, or refocus the attention on US domestic matters.

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US: You help us or we’re gonna sanction you!

China’s: If you want to fight Russia then do it yourself. Don’t use Ukraine to fight Russia or involve us.

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...China knew that Putin “was planning something” before the invasion of Ukraine, but the Chinese government “may not have understood the full extent" of what Putin had in mind.

Really?

Remember Russia has over 800,000 casualties, after the battle of Kursk. That's one battle.

Is China willing to support and back all that potential death and destruction?

If Putin looses 100,000 to take one country judging by Russia's past, He will think it was nothing.

I don't think China is willing to go along with that, or NK, or Iran, or India.

Putin's thinking long term, so I think we are in for a very long and truly bloody, protracted war if China and India support him outright. That has to be circulating at in the Chinese, and Indian government back corridors.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

The current issues of the entire world are Ukraine, Russia and China.

the President of the US who is supposed to lead to solve all of this?

there is no leverage to be had, those countries have all the leverage as they can reveal things that could lead to impeachment and prisons.

so Xi is in the driver seat and can brush off any threats. No way Biden is making China to not support Russia if they want to.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

China and Russia is one common threat. Might as well raise the white flag to Putin, at least innocents don't have to suffer.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

two 'world leaders'..... at a 90° angle.....

Joe, wake up, the only leader there is to your right.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Trying to start ww3

???

-18 ( +9 / -27 )

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