US Attacks "Closest Ally" UK For "Constant Accommodation" With China

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On the heels of a diplomatic spat between Hanoi and Washington regarding Russia’s use of a former US air base in Vietnam to refuel nuclear-capable bombers on the way to conducting “provocative” runs in the Pacific, we get yet another, larger, sign that it may indeed be the US that’s isolated and not (as Western media would have you believe) the Kremlin. The UK (Washington’s “special” friend) has announced it’s joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is essentially China’s answer to the Asian Development Bank over which Beijing feels the US has undue influence.  

The bank, which will fund infrastructure projects across the region and may indeed be part and parcel of China’s implicit attempt to establish a Sino-Monroe Doctrine, represents “an unrivaled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together,” according to Britain’s George Osborne. Unsurprisingly, the US doesn’t see it that way and although Washington was generously willing to concede that this was the UK’s decision to make for itself, US officials are clearly perturbed that Britain didn’t ask for permission: 

A spokesman for the National Security Council says the US will allow the UK to make its own decisions... 

“This is the U.K.’s sovereign decision.”

...but the next time David Cameron thinks about appeasing a country that is a possible threat to US hegemony, he really needs to ask first...

“[The decision was made with] virtually no consultation with the US.”


“We are wary about a trend toward constant accommodation of China, which is not the best way to engage a rising power.” — From FT, quoting a senior US Official

Washington was also quick to make clear just what the US’s “expectations” are going forward now that London has made a misguided decision to support an effort to improve infrastructure in Asia: 

“We hope and expect that the U.K. will use its voice to push for the adoption of high standards.”

Because this really is all about standards, as the US made clear last year when Washington may or may not have operated behind the scenes to discourage Australia, South Korea, and Japan from joining the bank. 

From NY Times

Washington has expressed reservations about the new institution, on the grounds that it would not meet environmental standards, procurement requirements and other safeguards adopted by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank for their lending projects.


But fundamentally, Washington views the Chinese venture as a deliberate challenge to those postwar institutions, which are led by the United States and, to a lesser extent, Japan, and the Obama administration has put pressure on allies not to participate…


South Korea and Australia, both of which count China as their largest trading partner, have seriously considered membership but have held back, largely because of forceful warnings from Washington, including a specific appeal to Australia by President Obama. 

But as one official from the rival Asian Development Bank told The Times: “This horse is out of the barn.” 

And that means in short order Australia and South Korea will likely be on board and at that point, the stigma the US has created around membership will have completely disappeared (if it hasn’t already), opening the door for other US “allies” to join despite the bank’s alleged “low” standards.

So again we ask: “Who’s really isolated?” 

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thunderchief's picture

The UK owned Hong Kong and was the main opium kingpin in the day, backed by the Royal Navy.

How dare the USA tell them how to do business with the Chinese..

Ignatius's picture

The initial US "war on drugs" (read: take over) began by outlawing opium as a lever to weaken the UK in the East.

ukspreads's picture

Having lived in the US for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed it, it's the American citizen I feel sorry for, after a succesion of totally inept or greedy Presidents Dictators in the last decade

Troll Magnet's picture


I thought our BFF was Israel?  I'm confused.

Max Steel's picture

US foreign policy appears to me to resemble a toddler having a temper tantrum while playing Whac A Mole. 


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Note: BFFs stand up for each other.

Poundsand's picture

Please... The UK is the master of changing horses.  You have to when you're a land of virtually no valuable resources, no good food, drink warm beer, yet still want to be the financial capital of the world.  Oh, and most of your women have teeth that looked like they came from the backwoods of Louisiana.

Bay Area Guy's picture

The last decade?  I think you're off by more than a few decades.  I was born in 1955, so I can't really say, at least from first hand experience, what presidents before then were really all about.  There are history books, but those get so tainted by the author's bias that they aren't necessarily reliable.  So, in order from Kennedy on:

Kennedy - Not in office long enough to really have a legacy.  I did like his committment to the space program

Johnson - Killed a lot of good people, both here and abroad.  Great Society legislation has turned out terrible.

Nixon - Decent foreign policy with Russia and China, disaster at everything else.

Ford - Joke of a caretaker president

Carter - Enough said

Reagan - "Deficits don't matter".  Enough said.

Bush Sr - Handled the S&L scandal decently as at least some banksters went to jail; bad foreign and domestic policy

Clinton - Pretty much set the stage for the 2008 collapse by encouraging homeownership for people that couldn't afford it; terrible at foreign policy; terrible choice in women too.

Bush Jr - Enough said; at the time he left office, he was a serious challenger to Carter for worst ever; on a side note, why Henry Paulson isn't in jail for his outright lies and conflicts of interest in 2008 is beyond me.

Obama - Bush on steroids in terms of idiocy in foreign policy; led by the nose on domestic policy; has successfully divided the country on many issues related to social policy; has easily beaten out Bush and Carter for worst ever

So, ukspreads, when you say the last decade, I think you must have meant at least the last half century and just mistyped.

roadhazard's picture

Nixxon did NOTHNG good. "Nixxon went to China", fuck that, if he'd have left them alone they would still be the worlds rice bowl and America would still have our factories, decent wages and a middle class. Plus he took America off the gold standard. Nixxon was the begining of the end of America.

Consumer Farm's picture

"Nixxon went to China"

Yeah but under who's orders, who went there first? (clue begins with K ends with issinger)

Perhaps just read the Documentation titles to get the gist

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Bay Area Guy Mar 13, 2015 1:26 PM

Maybe this is a feature of government, not a bug.  It's probably working as intended, but people aren't supposed to notice or care.

There is a vast divide in attitude towards authority between Americans and Brits (and Europeans) that most people gloss over.  Most Brit and Eurozone peasants accept the need for top down command and control types of systems and most of the political talk is about achieving a functional level of corruption.  American peasants, despite the last few years, have a deep distrust of authority across the board if they are being honest with themselves.  This is something the left-right falsehood has been used to blur.   Only recently have we been presented with the propaganda notion that the average reasonable American believes that having an overlord is a requirement of life.  But this Eurozone nonsense would never fly in the States- it is barely afloat over there in Europe. 

Rather than infecting America with aristocracy, America has infected Europe with freedom fever, even if it isn't quite apparent yet.  The War for Independence is part of a larger trend away from authoritarianism that has been ongoing for centuries, thanks to technology and the conquering of scarcity.  The oligarchs want to create the perception that they are needed because of terrible privation (which they caused), but people aren't being fooled this time.

The American oligarchy has overreached, I think.  They were tolerated as long as they stayed hidden.  As soon as the narcissists of the latest generation of oligarchs came out of the woodwork, the anger and resentment of the lower classes started rising,  It's amazing that the Baby Boomer Neo Cons are having a second round after Iraq and Afghanistan.  I don't think the voters who rotated into the Republican camp thought that would happen.

When Americans realize that we are no longer serfs and have been reduced to peasants, there is going to be hell to pay.

Dugald's picture


When Americans realize that we are no longer serfs and have been reduced to peasants, there is going to be hell to pay.

it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Real Estate Geek's picture

You let Slick Willie off too easy. He signed NAFTA, WTO for China, and initiated NATO's march eastward. He is a main reason we're in the mess we're now in.
I think he also repealed Glass-Steagel.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Yeah, Clinton's definitely near the top of the list of shitty presidents in my shit-o-meter. I just don't know if he rises to the evilness level of Bush and Obama or the incompetence level of Carter, however. Those three set pretty lofty standards of shitiness.

MsCreant's picture

Double posts happen all the time, if no one answered you, you can go in and hit edit, delete, and leave a period or hit the space bar and close it. Or post something else in your box. It is the source of a lot of humor around here. You will see triples and worse. Good luck.

ukspreads's picture

Thank you MsCreant, or is that Ms (Miss) Creant?

Somehow the twin of my post has disappeared - was that you?

Ferrari's picture

Thanks for the sympathy. We do need it, although I think most don't deserve it. I only disagree with the charge that these monsters are inept. They are not. They are doing the bidding of the masters who bought them. As far as We The People are concerned, they're just telling us how it is, how it will be, which criminal war or boondoggle we must accept. They are satanic criminals, who violate the Constitution every waking moment, but they are doing the job their masters pay them to do as well as they can.

ukspreads's picture

Having lived in the US for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed it, it's the American citizen I feel sorry for, after a succesion of totally inept or greedy Presidents Dictators in the last decade

Apologies - I don't know why this comment printed twice

froze25's picture

Those US officals will quickly realize that the Crown still runs the show and they will quickly silence the decent.  The slave does not question the master.

MsCreant's picture

Now that is seriously funny.

Luckhasit's picture

True.  But after the Chinese cleaned house, Britian's choices where leave or get kicked out. 

They chose to leave. 

blowing winter's picture
blowing winter (not verified) thunderchief Mar 13, 2015 9:22 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

venturen's picture

cue the annoucement that due to world events Obama has declared a third term as President for Life

froze25's picture

If that were to happen and I don't think it will.  The world as we know it would be drastically different.  In the end the police and Military are people too with families and they are not mostly democrats.  The Military rank and file are the most awake of any group.

Xibalba's picture

Military rank and file will do whatever the 'superiors' tell them to do....which would be to 'Fall in line, soldier!'  


Awake?  Sure... like a coma patient is 'awake'. 


magnetosphere's picture

uhh this already happened during the election of 1940

Parrotile's picture

Declare War (or at least "an immediate threat to the USA") and "temporarily" suspend the normal electoral processes (force majeure).

That'll certainly be worth a few more years at least (by which time "normal democratic process" may well be a distant memory for whoever's left alive).

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Lets just piss the whole world off and get it over with...oh wait....

Winston Churchill's picture

Just hedging their bets.

Even Cameroon can see the writing on the wall, and its in Chinese.

tbd108's picture

No. The rats are leaving the sinking ship.

MsCreant's picture

Winston, I am conflicted.

I get it that USA is on it's way out because of our fucktardery and general abuse of the $ and military.

I get it that China has had a lot of economic activity.

But they have been following the same damn Ponzi handbook we have. Plus they are willing to foul their own nest something awful to get the gains they have, build entire unneeded cities, abuse their workers with two dollar a week pay, etc. 

Why is China better? Why will folks jump on board that ship?

Al Huxley's picture

Probably because tbey're seen as the next winning team, and have something to sell the world besides lies, debt and military oppression.  I'm not promoting BTW, just offering a possible explanation.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Why is China better? Why will folks jump on board that ship?

Just a guess, but I think it might have something to do with China's policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries.

The US has a compulsive obsession with I-know-what's-best-for-you-so-you-better-do-what-I-say-or-the-bombs-will-fallism.

WillyGroper's picture

Cuz he who has the gold makes the rules.

Forward looking for decades instead of quarters beaten by a penny.

Found this dirty even Redshields wouldn't touch the GLD. Frank Venerosa.

Luckhasit's picture

China is the next come up so you gotta cozy up and cling to the coattails of newest rising star.  Africa is slated afterwards. 

The US, like your average everyday working girl has had her time of fame and popularity but as with age, unless she gained wisdom and knowledge, when her looks go so do her adoring fans and regular customers.

America is officialy the second prettiest girl at the dance.  And she doesn't like it one bit from the rhetoric coming from DC.

angel_of_joy's picture

...Why is China better? Why will folks jump on board that ship?

Because in China, the power is still controlled by politicians (aka the Party), as well as the Central Bank. The bankers have much less influence than in US, and there is no "independent" CB. As a result, they can declare a debt holiday anytime they choose to, cancel as much debt as they feel like, and start from scratch. They can also tell their banksters to fuck-off, even shoot a couple of the most troublesome. This is how a sovereign country used to be run, not so long ago...

Now, compare that with US !

savagegoose's picture

because Chinese wages are the world standard for every unskilled worker. ie in USA, europe, asia and sth america. and dont think factories that will all be  robots. so you better learn to fix robots.


armageddon addahere's picture

They are still on the upward part of the curve, the US has been on the downward side of the curve since the seventies. Just as the world abandoned the British when their empire faded out and the US took over, now it is time for the US to fade out.

froze25's picture

I am not so sure about that they are about to enter a world of finacial hurt and thier demographics for the country suck.  India I believe is the next big power house on the rise.  That is where I am placing my chips after the "Great Reset".

Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture

Yes, they have an implosion coming.  That's when they just pull the plug on their currency "peg" and go to a gold-backed currency.  There will be a period of contraction and pain, but that's what happens when you take your medicine.  They'll come out way ahead in the end, along with their close allies of the other BRICS and all the other countries that will end up jumping ship.

My point is... don't rule out China...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Well at least one of the worst losers knows when it's time to take a hard look in the mirror and part company with THE worst "loser" taking it down the toilet?...

Flush twice Prime Minister Cameron... I's a long way to the Thames and even longer to the Potomac if you keep fooling yourself as you have been for far too long!

Your sun set 80 years ago and you've been a fucking loser ever since just like your cousin is now!!!

The_Small_Lebowski's picture

somebody elses bitch now, bitchez!

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

“We are wary about a trend toward constant accommodation of China, which is not the best way to engage a rising power.” — From FT, quoting a senior US Official


UK, you've been kissing our ass for 200 years...are you saying we are no longer rising?

giggler321's picture

every man for him self on a sinking ship.  best friend is the guy with the life raft and if that's China it's ta, ta to old acquaintances.  Remember they start to feed on themselves at some point.

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) Mar 13, 2015 12:33 PM



Question: who do we blame for china for being a rising power??

Answer: it is a long list (but start with nixon/kissinger and work your way forward)

froze25's picture

It goes further back than that.  You have to look at who funded the Communist because that is what enabled them to take out the Boxers in the Boxer rebellion.  I believe you will find the same powers that enslaved the country through opium at the helm.

q99x2's picture

Feinstein would let Jihad John stay at her house if he gave her 50 cents. Democrats would open the borders to MS13 and Drug Cartels to try and get  a vote. Lindsey Graham would threaten to use the US military to take over the US. I blame it on the sun. There is something going on with the sun and it is making people crazy.

venturen's picture

you can't sell 50 Cent....that would be slavery