U.S. politics: Bolton’s resignation and fight against terrorism

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On September 10, national security advisor John Bolton handed over his resignation letter to president Trump in simple terms, “Dear Mr. President: I hereby resign, effective immediately, as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Thank you for having afforded me this opportunity to serve our country. Sincerely, John R. Bolton!”

Bolton tweeted earlier, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow’,” implying that he was not fired by the President.

Trump also had his tweets to tell about the resignation, “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

Trump is definitely a character not easy to work with. In less than three years, Donald Trump has dismissed dozens of officials including Steve Bannon, John Kelly, Michael Flynn, and Sean Spicer.

Peter Navarro and Mnuchin praised Trump’s trade policies on China and said his sanctions by tariffs are working. They slammed the pro-Beijing officials in Trump’s administration who we call “traitors of the United States”.

We don’t want to go into details behind Bolton’s resignation although it is clear that Trump and Bolton disputed over Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Their differences on China have not been brought up by mainstream media.

Bolton has been critical of Washington’s One-China policy. He tends to recognize Taiwan, or the Republic of China, an independent nation. He is regarded as the hawk among the hawks when it comes to dealing with Communist China.

Besides accusing China of intellectual property theft and other unfair practices, Bolton was apt to tougher actions to counter China’s arms buildup in the Asia-Pacific, especially the South China Sea.

It can be assumed that John Bolton disagreed largely with Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner and other pro-Beijing officials over White House’ foreign policies on China. John Bolton may have pushed Trump into more risky situations with his tough stance on the world’s major dictatorships.

Trump basically rules out military intervention in Taiwan and Hong Kong although he would say “all options are on the table.” He is a tough president always ready for more talks with Iran, North Korea, Russia and Communist China. That is his strategy in essence.

Sources said Monday evening John Bolton had an argument with President Trump. Bolton suggested military actions to eliminate Iran and North Korea right away and give CCP’s China a few more years for survival. But President Trump has determined to take down the Communist Regime of China within his terms of presidency and he must make it a priority to take on Beijing without delay.

Yesterday, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to consolidate and enhance sanctions to combat acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism by foreign terrorists.

The President made these remarks, “I have issued an Executive Order to modernize and expand sanctions to combat terrorism. The Order enhances our ability to use powerful sanctions to target terrorists and their supporters and deprive them of their financial, material, and logistical support worldwide.”

Trump said the United States will continue to aggressively use all levers of American power, including financial sanctions, to target terrorists and those who enable, facilitate, and finance their heinous acts.

Most Chinese people would like to see the Chinese Communist Party be added to Trump’s list of Terrorist Organizations and sanctions be imposed on CCP leaders and major Hong Kong government officials. Let’s wait and see when that would happen.

On Monday the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) co-chaired by Representative James McGovern and Senator Macro Rubio issued a statement for a scheduled hearing on September 17 as follows:

Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent and U.S. Policy Responses

Over the summer months, millions of Hong Kong’s citizens took to the streets to demonstrate against an extradition bill that would have put anyone in Hong Kong – including over 80,000 Americans and thousands of other foreigners living in the city – at risk of extradition to mainland China where abuses in the judicial system are well documented. Growing discontent about the Chinese government’s steady erosion of the “one country, two systems” framework and the lack of democratic progress intensified the demonstrations as the Hong Kong government refused to respond to protester demands for the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill.

The Hong Kong government’s increasingly heavy-handed tactics against protesters further galvanized clashes between protesters and authorities. Also alarming are the Chinese government’s disinformation campaigns and escalating threats of political retaliation and military intervention. Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms, as guaranteed in the Basic Law and the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, a binding international treaty, are more tenuous now than ever.

This hearing will examine developments in Hong Kong and the future of U.S.-Hong Kong relations in light of the ongoing demonstrations and the escalating tensions caused by police violence and threats by the Chinese government against Hong Kong’s autonomy. Witnesses will provide first-hand testimony about current events in Hong Kong, discuss the Chinese government’s role in Hong Kong’s political crisis, and offer recommendations for the U.S. Administration and Congress.

Witnesses:

Joshua Wong: Secretary-General, Demosistō and “Umbrella Movement” Leader

Denise Ho: Pro-democracy Activist and Cantopop Singer and Actress

Sunny Cheung: SpokespersonHong Kong Higher Education International Affairs Delegation (HKIAD)

Sharon Hom: Executive DirectorHuman Rights in China and Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York

Dan Garrett, PhD: Author, Counter-hegemonic Resistance in China’s Hong Kong: Visualizing Protest in the City (2014)

The hearing will be livestreamed on the CECC’s YouTube page.

By Winnie Troppie

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