Rosa Luxemburg Conference: Hands Off Russia and China!

Rosa Luxemburg Conference 2022
War and corpses – the last hope of the rich

Saturday 8th January
10.30am – 8.00pm Central European Time

The Rosa Luxemburg Conference is organised by the German daily newspaper ‘Junge Welt’ and supported by trade unions, left media and organisations.

No Cold War is proud to support the Conference.

The Conference will be streamed live in German, Spanish and English.

For further details click here.

You can read the programme for the Conference here.

Speakers include:

Rosario del Pilar Pentón Díaz, A Deputy of the National Assembly of Popular Power (the parliament of the Republic of Cuba)

Juan Ramón Quintana, Minister of the Presidency in the three governments of Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales.

Dmitri G. Novikov, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Jeremy Corbyn, Member of the British Parliament and former leader of the Labour Party

Rania Khalek, Lebanese-US journalist and political activist based in the Middle East


No Cold War Britain statement on Biden’s Summit for Democracy

Read below the latest statement from No Cold War Britain condemning Britain’s participation in US President Joe Biden’s so-called ‘Summit for Democracy’ taking place 9-10th December 2021.

The facts show the so-called Summit for Democracy called by the Biden administration on December 9-10 is in reality just the latest cold war initiative of the US administration. This summit, which aims to get other countries across the world to join in with Washington’s attack on China in the name of promoting “respect for human rights,” will be attended by Britain.

The facts show that US administrations, far from upholding democracy internationally, have a record of systematic violations of it. No other country approaches the US in a record of invading other states, support for anti-democratic coups and other forms of aggression against countries including unilateral economic sanctions.

It is sufficient to mention only the invasion of Iraq, the bombing of Libya, the coup against Allende, the decades-long economic embargo against Cuba in defiance of almost unanimous votes in the United Nations, to see that the claim by the US that its policies are motivated by “democracy” is false.

US foreign policy demands that countries subordinate themselves to the US. The US will support any country which subordinates itself to Washington, including those that have no form of democracy whatever such as Saudi Arabia.

It is particularly ludicrous and hypocritical for Britain to join a summit aiming to lecture China about “human rights” and “democracy” when Britain ruled as a colonial power in Hong Kong for more than 150 years.

From 1840, Britain waged two “opium wars” against China, forcing heroin onto millions of Chinese people at gunpoint over several decades. During the First Opium War, Britain occupied and colonised Hong Kong, which remained under British rule from 1841 to 1997. During the more than 150 years of British rule Britain never allowed an election of the Governor General of Hong Kong in any form.

During the Second Opium War, 3,500 British troops destroyed China’s Old Summer Palace in Beijing, burning the palace to the ground and stealing much of its contents. Many artworks from the palace, including sculptures, porcelain, jade and gold objects, are today kept in the British Museum in London.

Such foreign policy crimes have unfortunately continued into the 21st century. Over the past 20 years Britain has participated in the US’s War on Terror which has resulted in millions of people being killed, injured and displaced in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

The real focus of British foreign policy today, following the defeat of the US and its allies in Afghanistan, is to follow the US in its new cold war against China. This has included the sending of Britain’s largest ever aircraft carrier to the South China Sea and joining the new AUKUS military pact alongside the US and Australia aimed against China.

Britain is in no position to lecture China about “human rights” or “democracy.” The truth is that, in joining in with the US’s cold war attacks on China, Britain is pursuing a dangerous course that threatens world peace, stability and prosperity.

Instead of these attempts to create false divisions internationally as the US is aiming to achieve with its Summit for Democracy, the real struggle to advance human rights requires global co-operation to tackle shared threats facing humanity, including climate change, the pandemic, the economic crisis and averting nuclear-weapon proliferation.

The new cold war on China is a dangerous development, carrying the present and clear threat that this confrontation could lead to hot wars or even nuclear war, which therefore poses a great threat to human rights.


The Biden summit is not about democracy, it is about a new Cold War

It is clear that the ‘Summit for Democracy’ called by the Biden administration on 9-10th December is in reality just Washington’s latest Cold War provocation.

The truth is that the United States government has a long record of systematically violating both democratic and human rights across the world. Its record of invading other states, organising and supporting anti-democratic coups, and interfering in the affairs of other countries, is unequalled. The invasion of Iraq, bombing of Libya, attempts to overthrow the Venezuelan government, and decades-long economic blockade against Cuba, in defiance of the international community, are just a handful of examples which clearly demonstrate that US foreign policy is not motivated by a commitment to ‘democracy’ or ‘human rights’.

In fact, US foreign policy is conducted on the basis of violating national sovereignty, dominating other countries, and forcing states to subordinate themselves to Washington. Countries which pursue their national interests in ways that the US opposes are attacked regardless of their form of government. Meanwhile, countries with no form of democracy whatsoever, such as Saudi Arabia, are embraced as close allies.

Other countries joining the Biden administration’s Summit, themselves have long histories of colonialism and foreign domination. These states have participated in anti-democratic actions which have contravened international law and were unilaterally taken outside of the framework of the United Nations, such as the invasion of Iraq.

In short, no credibility can be given to the claim that this meeting is about ‘democracy’. Instead, the Biden administration aims to draw false divisions within the international community in support of its Cold War agenda.

This, unfortunately, repeats the posture taken during the recent COP26 climate conference, where developed countries of the Global North claimed that developing countries, in particular India and China, are primarily responsible for climate change. In truth, countries of the Global North are overwhelmingly responsible for climate change, with both their historical carbon emissions and current per capita carbon emissions being far higher than those of the Global South. In both cases, COP26 and this ‘Summit for Democracy’, Washington’s agenda is not supported by the facts.

Instead of creating false divisions and increasing Cold War-type hostility, what is instead required is international cooperation to achieve positive international action on the vital challenges facing humanity, including the pandemic, climate change, and strengthening democracy around the world by accepting the United Nations as the common international framework.


Say No To AUKUS: International Day of Action

No AUKUS Pact! No New Cold War!
International Day of Action – Saturday 11 December 2021

Peace movements in Britain, Australia and the US are organising an International Day of Action to draw public attention to the new AUKUS military pact between Britain, the US and Australia.

The deal will give Australia nuclear-powered submarines – the first non-nuclear state to get them. This is a dangerous escalation in the West’s on-going confrontation with China that risks nuclear proliferation and breaches the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The organisers of the International Day of Action are encouraging local actions to raise awareness about this new threat to world peace and would like to see activists across the globe condemn the anti-China military pact on social media using the hashtags #NoToAKUS and #StopAUKUS.

No Cold War is supporting the International Day of Action against AUKUS. For further details contact CND


Die Welt braucht Klimakooperation, keinen neuen kalten Krieg

Auf der Klimakonferenz COP26 ist es leider nicht gelungen, einen neuen Weg für die Menschheit einzuschlagen, um eine Klimakatastrophe zu vermeiden. Die UN-Wissenschaftler halten es für notwendig, die globale Erwärmung auf unter 1,5 Grad Celsius zu begrenzen – doch selbst wenn alle Zusagen der COP26 umgesetzt werden würden, wäre die Welt immer noch auf dem Weg zu einer Erwärmung von 2,4 Grad bis zum Ende des Jahrhunderts.

Die Premierministerin von Barbados, Mia Mottley, wies darauf hin, was für die Menschheit auf dem Spiel steht – insbesondere für den globalen Süden, in dem die Mehrheit der Weltbevölkerung lebt –, sollte sich der derzeitige Kurs der globalen Erwärmung fortsetzen:

“Für diejenigen, die Augen haben, um zu sehen, diejenigen, die Ohren haben, um zu hören, diejenigen, die ein Herz haben, um zu fühlen, sind 1,5 (Grad) das, was wir brauchen, um zu überleben (…), die Welt braucht unser Handeln jetzt, nicht im nächsten Jahr, nicht im nächsten Jahrzehnt.”

Die COP26 wurde weithin als »Greenwashingfestival des globalen Nordens« kritisiert, da die wohlhabenden, »entwickelten« Nationen versuchten, ihre Verantwortung für die Klimakrise auf den globalen Süden abzuwälzen, wobei insbesondere China und Indien im Visier standen. Dieser Versuch, die Schuld abzuschieben, ist nicht nur zynisch und beleidigend, sondern auch völlig falsch. Der globale Norden ist in überwältigender Weise für die Klimakrise verantwortlich, da er 92 Prozent der CO2-Emissionen, die die Aufnahmefähigkeit der Erde überschreiten, produziert hat.

Unterdessen versuchten die USA, die COP26 zu nutzen, um ihren neuen kalten Krieg voranzutreiben, indem Präsident Biden China vorwarf, zwar eine Führungsrolle zu beanspruchen, aber dann einfach nicht auf dem Gipfel »aufzutauchen«. Tatsächlich haben die USA bis heute mehr CO2-Emissionen verursacht als jedes andere Land und stoßen weiterhin viel mehr CO2 pro Person aus als jedes andere große Land. Im Jahr 2020 emittierten die USA 14 Tonnen CO2 pro Person – fast doppelt soviel wie China, das 7,4 Tonnen pro Person ausstieß, und fast achtmal soviel wie Indien, das 1,8 Tonnen pro Person ausstieß.

Der Ansatz des kalten Krieges in den internationalen Beziehungen der USA ist ein ernsthaftes Hindernis für die Lösung der Klimakrise. Der Jahreshaushalt des US-Militärs – des weltweit größten institutionellen Verursachers von Umweltverschmutzung – hat inzwischen die Marke von 750 Milliarden US-Dollar pro Jahr überschritten, angetrieben durch Washingtons militärische Aufrüstung gegen China. Unterdessen hat Präsident Biden in seinem Plan »Build Back Better« für das nächste Jahrzehnt nur 555 Milliarden US-Dollar für Klimaausgaben vorgeschlagen. Anstatt riesige Ressourcen für Militarismus und einen gefährlichen neuen kalten Krieg gegen China zu verschwenden, sollten die USA diese in die Finanzierung eines grünen Wandels in den USA umleiten und ihren Verpflichtungen zur Klimafinanzierung und Wiedergutmachung für die »Entwicklungsländer« nachkommen.

Nichtsdestotrotz bietet die Ankündigung einer Gemeinsamen Erklärung der USA und Chinas über die Verstärkung des Klimaschutzes in den 2020er Jahren eine potentielle Grundlage für die Erörterung und den Aufbau von Schritten zur Verstärkung des Klimaschutzes und der globalen Zusammenarbeit im nächsten Jahrzehnt. Die Einrichtung einer US-amerikanisch-chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe ist ein begrüßenswerter Schritt nach vorn, und sie sollte im Rahmen der UNO arbeiten. Diese Vereinbarung zwischen den USA und China kann nicht früh genug kommen.

Die in der Gemeinsamen Erklärung enthaltene Verpflichtung der beiden größten Volkswirtschaften der Welt, »verstärkte Klimaschutzmaßnahmen zu ergreifen, die in den 2020er Jahren im Rahmen des Pariser Abkommens ehrgeiziger werden«, mit dem Ziel, »den globalen durchschnittlichen Temperaturanstieg auf deutlich unter zwei Grad Celsius zu begrenzen und die Anstrengungen zur Begrenzung auf 1,5 Grad fortzusetzen«, ist sehr zu begrüßen.

Die Bedeutung, die die Gemeinsame Erklärung den »entwickelten« Ländern – die in der Vergangenheit am meisten zu den Kohlenstoffemissionen beigetragen haben – beimisst, damit sie ihre versäumte Zusage von 100 Milliarden US-Dollar pro Jahr für die Klimafinanzierung der »Entwicklungsländer« dringend einhalten, ist ebenfalls zu begrüßen. Darüber hinaus stellen wir fest, dass für die Anpassung an den Klimawandel und die Abschwächung des Klimawandels nicht nur weitaus mehr Finanzmittel benötigt werden, sondern auch den Ländern des globalen Südens geschuldet sind, die am wenigsten zur Klimakrise beigetragen haben, jedoch die schwersten sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und ökologischen Verluste und Schäden zu tragen haben.

Diese Gemeinsame Erklärung ist zwar nur ein Schritt auf dem Weg zur Erfüllung der allgemeinen Forderung nach strukturellen, wirksamen Klimamaßnahmen, aber sie bietet ein Modell der Zusammenarbeit, auf dem aufgebaut werden kann, um die dringenden Probleme der Menschheit anzugehen, darunter die Pandemie, die globale Armut und die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung. Die Welt braucht globale Zusammenarbeit und keinen neuen kalten Krieg.


Después de la COP26: El mundo necesita cooperación climática, no una nueva Guerra Fría

Lamentablemente, la COP26 no logró establecer una nueva ruta para la humanidad que evite una catástrofe climática. La comunidad científica de las Naciones Unidas considera necesario limitar el calentamiento global por debajo de 1,5 °C; sin embargo, incluso si se aplicaran todas las promesas de la COP 26, el mundo alcanzaría los 2,4 °C de calentamiento a finales de siglo. 

La Primera Ministra de Barbados, Mia Mottley, destacó lo que está en juego para la humanidad —en particular para el Sur Global, que alberga a la mayoría del mundo— si continúa la trayectoria actual del calentamiento global: 

Para quienes tienen ojos para ver, para quienes tienen oídos para escuchar, para quienes tienen corazón para sentir, 1,5 [°C] es lo que necesitamos para sobrevivir […] el mundo necesita nuestra acción ahora, no en el próximo año, no en la próxima década.

La COP26 ha sido ampliamente criticada como un “festival de greenwashing (maquillaje verde) del Norte Global”, ya que las naciones ricas y “desarrolladas” intentaron trasladar su responsabilidad sobre la crisis climática al Sur Global, apuntando a China e India en particular. Este esfuerzo por trasladar la culpa no sólo es cínico y ofensivo, sino totalmente falso. El Norte Global es el mayor responsable de la crisis climática, al haber producido el 92% de las emisiones de CO2 por encima de los límites planetarios seguros para la humanidad. 

Mientras tanto, Estados Unidos intentó utilizar la COP26 para avanzar en su nueva Guerra Fría, con el presidente Biden criticando a China por “no estar presente” en el tema. De hecho, Estados Unidos ha producido más emisiones de CO2 que cualquier otro país hasta la fecha y sigue emitiendo mucho más CO2 por persona que cualquier otro de los principales países. En 2020, Estados Unidos emitió 14 toneladas de CO2 por persona, casi el doble que China, con 7,4 toneladas, y casi ocho veces más que la India con 1,8 toneladas.

El modelo de Guerra Fría que Estados Unidos plantea en las relaciones internacionales es un grave obstáculo para resolver la crisis climática. El presupuesto anual del ejército estadounidense —la institución más contaminante del mundo— ha superado ya los 750.000 millones de dólares al año, motivado por el despliegue militar de Washington contra China. Mientras tanto, el plan “Build Back Better” (Reconstruir mejor) del presidente Biden sólo ha propuesto un gasto de hasta 555.000 millones de dólares para el cambio climático durante la próxima década. En lugar de malgastar estos inmensos recursos en un despliegue militar y en una nueva y peligrosa Guerra Fría contra China, Estados Unidos debería redirigirlos hacia la financiación de una transición ecológica en el país y cumplir con sus obligaciones de proporcionar financiación climática y reparaciones a los países “en desarrollo”.

​​A pesar de ello, el anuncio de la Declaración Conjunta de Glasgow EE. UU-China sobre el Fortalecimiento de la Acción Climática en la década de 2020 proporciona una posible base para debatir y dar pasos hacia el aumento de la acción climática y la cooperación global durante la próxima década. La creación de un grupo de trabajo entre EE.UU. y China es un paso adelante que se agradece y que debería funcionar dentro del marco de la ONU. Este acuerdo entre EE.UU. y China es urgente y necesario. 

El compromiso de la Declaración Conjunta de “tomar medidas climáticas reforzadas y ambiciosas para la década de 2020 en el contexto del Acuerdo de París” con el objetivo de “mantener el aumento de la temperatura media mundial muy por debajo de los 2 °C y proseguir los esfuerzos para limitarlo a 1,5 °C”, entre las dos mayores economías del mundo es muy bienvenido. 

La importancia que la Declaración Conjunta otorga a los países “desarrollados”  —que históricamente han contribuido con la mayor parte de las emisiones de carbono— para que cumplan urgentemente su promesa pendiente de 100.000 millones de dólares al año en financiación climática para los países “en desarrollo” también es bienvenida. Además, observamos que, para posibilitar la adaptación y la mitigación del cambio climático, no sólo se necesita una financiación mucho mayor, sino que se trata de una deuda histórica con los países del Sur Global, que son los que menos han contribuido a la crisis climática y, sin embargo, están sufriendo las pérdidas y los daños sociales, económicos y ecológicos más graves.

Aunque esta Declaración Conjunta no es más que un paso para satisfacer la amplia demanda de una acción climática estructural y decisiva, ofrece un modelo de colaboración que puede servir de base para abordar los problemas urgentes a los que se enfrenta la humanidad, como la pandemia, la pobreza mundial y el desarrollo económico. 

El mundo necesita cooperación global, no una nueva Guerra Fría.


After COP26: The world needs climate cooperation, not a new Cold War

The COP26 regrettably failed to make the breakthrough towards establishing a new pathway for humanity that avoids a climate catastrophe. The UN scientific community considers it necessary to limit global warming below 1.5°C — however, even if all COP26 pledges were implemented, the world would still be on course for 2.4 °C of warming by the end of the century. 

The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, outlined the stakes for humanity — particularly for the Global South, home to the world’s majority — should the current trajectory of global warming continue: 

For those who have eyes to see, those who have ears to listen, those who have a heart to feel, 1.5 [°C] is what we need to survive […] the world needs our action now, not in the next year, not in the next decade.

The COP26 has been widely criticised as a ‘Global North greenwashing festival,’ as wealthy, ‘developed’ nations attempted to offload their responsibility for the climate crisis onto the Global South, targeting China and India in particular. This effort to shift blame is not only cynical and offensive but wholly false. The Global North is overwhelmingly responsible for the climate crisis, having produced 92% of CO2 emissions above the safe planetary boundary. 

Meanwhile, the US attempted to use the COP26 to advance its new Cold War, with President Biden slamming China for ‘not showing up’ on the issue. In fact, the US has produced more CO2 emissions than any other country to date and continues to emit much more CO2 per person than any other major country. In 2020, the US emitted 14 tons of CO2 per person – nearly double the amount of China, which emitted 7.4 tons per person, and almost eight times the amount of India, which emitted 1.8 tons per person.

The US’s Cold War approach to international relations is a serious obstacle to solving the climate crisis. The annual budget of the US military — the world’s largest institutional polluter — has now surpassed US$750 billion per year, driven by Washington’s military build-up against China. Meanwhile, over the next decade, President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ plan has only proposed up to US$555 billion in climate spending. Instead of wasting huge resources on militarism and a dangerous new Cold War against China, the US should redirect them towards funding a green transition in the US and meet its obligations to provide climate finance and reparations for ‘developing’ countries. 

Despite this, the announcement of a US-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s does provide a potential basis for discussing and building steps towards an increase in climate action and global cooperation in the next decade. The establishment of a US-China Working Group is a welcome step forward and should work within the UN framework. This agreement between the US and China could not come soon enough. 

The Joint Declaration’s commitment to ‘taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement’ with the aim ‘to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C’, between the world’s two largest economies is very welcome. 

The importance that the Joint Declaration places upon ‘developed’ countries — which have historically contributed the most carbon emissions — to urgently meet their missed pledge of US$100 billion per year in climate finance to ‘developing’ countries is also welcome. Further, we note that, in order to enable climate adaptation and mitigation, far more funding is not only needed but historically owed to nations of the Global South — which have done the least to cause the climate crisis, yet are experiencing its most severe social, economic, and ecological losses and damages.

Though this Joint Declaration is but one stride towards meeting the larger demand for structural, impactful climate action, it provides a model of collaboration that can be built upon to address the pressing issues facing humanity including the pandemic, global poverty and economic development. 

The world needs global cooperation, not a new Cold War.


Evento online | Europa contra la guerra fría – ¡China no es nuestro enemigo! | 23 de Octubre

Únete al próximo evento online de No Cold War: Europa Contra la Guerra Fría – ¡China No es Nuestro Enemigo!


11h Londres | 12h Madrid | 13h Bucarest

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No Cold War reúne a 9 ponentes de distintos países para debatir por qué la nueva guerra fría liderada por EE.UU. contra China va en contra de los intereses de la humanidad y por qué Europa no debe secundar esta agresión.

Yanis Varoufakis (Grecia), ex ministro de Finanzas de Grecia

* Maite Mola (España), Vicepresidenta del Partido de la Izquierda Europea

* Vijay Prashad (India), Director del Instituto Tricontinental de Investigación Social

Kate Hudson (Gran Bretaña), Secretaria General del Campaña por el desarme nuclear (CND)

Victor Gao (China), Profesor de la Universidad de Soochow y antiguo intérprete de Deng Xiaoping

Madison Tang (EE.UU), CODEPINK coordinadora de campaña

Nabil Boukili (Bélgica), Diputado federal del Partido del Trabajo de Bélgica (PTB)

Cinzia Della Porta (Italia), Unione Sindacale Di Base (USB)

Maria Cernat (Rumanía), Editora de The Barricade

Sobre este evento

La administración estadounidense intenta atraer a Europa a su guerra fría contra China

En las últimas cumbres del G7 y de la OTAN, celebradas en junio de 2021, hemos visto lamentablemente a varios gobiernos europeos adherirse a la nueva agenda de guerra fría promovida por el presidente estadounidense Joe Biden. El comunicado de la cumbre de la OTAN identificó el ascenso de China como un “desafío sistémico” y una amenaza para la seguridad de la alianza militar occidental.

El anuncio en septiembre de que Gran Bretaña ha formado una nueva alianza militar anti-china junto a Australia y Estados Unidos -AUKUS- representa una intensificación de esta nueva guerra fría contra China. Durante este año también hemos sido testigos de cómo Gran Bretaña, Francia y Alemania han realizado maniobras militares provocadoras y agresivas enviando buques de guerra al Mar de China Meridional.

Mientras tanto, Estados Unidos también ha intentado impedir la firma del Acuerdo General de Inversión UE-China, un importante acuerdo para reforzar la cooperación económica entre ambas partes.

Esta nueva guerra fría contra China no sólo va en contra de los intereses del pueblo chino, sino también de los intereses de los pueblos europeos.

A medida que la nueva guerra fría se recrudece, China está siendo cada vez más demonizada en los principales medios de comunicación, tanto en EE.UU. como en Europa, lo que ha provocado un alarmante aumento del racismo anti-chino y de los crímenes de odio dirigidos contra las personas de origen asiático oriental y sudoriental. 

En el plano económico, si Europa se uniera a la ofensiva de la administración estadounidense contra China, destinada a frenar su desarrollo económico, sería un acto de autolesión económica. China es ya un importante socio comercial de la mayoría de los países europeos. Cualquier país que siga el enfoque de guerra fría de Washington sufrirá daños económicos: perderá puestos de trabajo, comercio, inversiones y acceso a tecnologías avanzadas.

En lugar de adoptar estas posturas de guerra fría, lo que se necesita es cooperación internacional para hacer frente a las verdaderas amenazas y problemas a los que se enfrenta toda la humanidad. Entre ellos se encuentran derrotar la actual pandemia del Covid-19, conseguir la recuperación económica y tomar las medidas urgentes necesarias para detener el inminente colapso climático. Todos estos problemas requieren una auténtica cooperación mundial para poder ser abordados y la nueva guerra fría contra China representa una verdadera distracción y un grave obstáculo para resolverlos.

La mayor amenaza es que la nueva guerra fría liderada por Estados Unidos se convierta en una mortífera guerra caliente contra China, lo que puede ser nada menos que una catástrofe total para toda la humanidad.

Únete al evento online ¡Movilicemos Europa contra esta peligrosa amenaza para la paz y la prosperidad mundiales!


Online event | Europe against the Cold War – China is not our enemy! Online event | 23 October

Join No Cold War’s next online event Europe Against the Cold War – China is Not Our Enemy!


11h London | 12h Madrid | 13h Bucharest

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No Cold War brings together 9 speakers from different countries to discuss why the new US-led cold war against China is against the interests of humanity and why Europe should not go along with this aggression.

Yanis Varoufakis (Greece), former Finance Minister of Greece

* Maite Mola (Spain), Vice-president of the European Left Party

* Vijay Prashad (India), Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

Kate Hudson (Britain), General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Victor Gao (China), Director of the China National Association of International Studies

Madison Tang (USA), CODEPINK campaign coordinator

Nabil Boukili (Belgium), Federal Deputy of the Workers’ Party of Belgium

Cinzia Della Porta (Italy), International Department of the USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) Trade Union

Maria Cernat (Romania), Journalist at Barricade Journal

About this event

The US administration is attempting to draw Europe into its cold war against China

The most recent summits of both the G7 and NATO in June 2021 unfortunately saw a number European governments accede to the new cold war agenda advanced by US President Joe Biden. The NATO Summit’s communiqué identified China’s rise as a “systemic challenge” and a security threat to the Western military alliance.

The announcement in September that Britain has formed a new anti-China military alliance alongside Australia and the US – AUKUS – represents a further serious escalation of this new cold war against China. This year has also witnessed Britain, France and Germany engaging in provocative and aggressive military gestures by sending warships to the South China Sea.

Meanwhile the US has also been attempting to prevent the signing of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, a major agreement to strengthen economic cooperation between the EU and China.

This new cold war against China is not only against the interests of the people of China, it is also against the interests of the people of Europe.

As the new cold war heats up, China is being increasingly demonised in the mainstream media in both the US and Europe, leading to an alarming rise in anti-China racism and hate crimes directed against people of East and South-East Asian heritage. 

On the economic front, for Europe to join in with the US administration’s offensive against China, which is designed to hold back China’s economic development, would be an act of economic self-harm. China is already a major trading partner of most European countries. Any country that follows Washington’s cold war approach will suffer economic damage – losing jobs, trade, investment and access to advanced technologies.

Instead of adopting such cold war positions, what is required is international cooperation to tackle the real threats and problems facing all of humanity. These include defeating the on-going Covid19 pandemic, building an economic recovery and taking the urgent action needed to stop impending climate breakdown. All of these problems require genuine global cooperation to tackle and the new cold war against China represents a real distraction and serious obstacle to solving them.

The biggest threat of all is that the US-led new cold war escalates into a deadly hot war against China – which has the potential to be nothing less than a total catastrophe for all of humanity.

Join the online event! Let’s mobilize Europe against this dangerous threat to world peace and prosperity!


Jeremy Corbyn condemns AUKUS

Jeremy Corbyn MP, the former leader of the Labour Party, has put out a strong statement opposing AUKUS and the threat of a new cold war and danger to world peace that it represents. Reproduced from Labour Outlook.

Since its announcement last week, AUKUS has faced growing international opposition, including from Governments often closely allied with the US, UK and Australia on the global stage, with France ending its contract to supply submarines to Australia.

It has also been met with incredulity from peace and disarmament groups across the world.

This international opposition reflects an obvious truth that real security won’t come from starting a new nuclear arms race or new Cold War.

AUKUS is a major new military alliance that makes Australia the key US ally in the region.

The agreement includes cyber warfare, artificial intelligence, and underwater capabilities, as well as long-range strike capabilities. In terms of nuclear weapons, AUKUS includes plans to set up an Australian nuclear powered submarine fleet, brokered with the US and Britain.

This is a dangerous development. Australia’s neighbour, New Zealand, is not participating in the pact, but is also clear that its “no nuclear” policy means that any Australian nuclear-powered submarines will be barred from its ports and waters.

Clearly explaining the position, New Zealand’s Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “all partners are well versed and very clear on our position on nuclear powered vessels and also nuclear weapons. Our legislation means no vessels that are partially or fully powered by nuclear energy is able to enter our internal borders.”

Earlier this year, the Tories committed to spending £24 billion on defence including even more resources on an expanded nuclear weapons arsenal of up to 260 warheads, against our obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT.)

Now they are breaking this treaty again by supplying weapons-grade uranium to Australia.

Kate Hudson of CND has said, “This is yet another breach of international law by our government, hard on the heels of the nuclear arsenal increase.”

The cost is enormous. There is unlimited money for weapons of mass destruction, yet at the same time the Government claims it can’t afford to keep the £20 uplift to Universal Credit or give nurses a decent pay rise.

Boris Johnson formally denies that Britain is part of a new Cold War with China, yet it is more and more commonly accepted internationally that the UK is the US’ major follower in pushing more hostile relations with China, despite the obvious danger of a cold war becoming an actual war – or series of proxy conflicts – in the future.

In fact, it seems the Government is the most hawkish component of the new alliance – a Stop the War Coalition press release has noted that “US officials have briefed that the UK government has been pushing hard for strong military involvement in the region as part of its push towards ‘Global Britain.’”

After Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and recent speeches, it was hoped by many that the end of the “war on terror” and its policy of regime change under the guise of “humanitarian intervention” would mean a new push for diplomacy and co-operation, but instead the fear is that resources will be re-directed to a military build-up in Oceania.

In 2020 the US spent more on “defence” than the next 11 countries combined, and a real test of Biden’s Presidency will be if he substantially cuts this spending rather than re-directs it.

In Australia opposition is growing, with former Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asked for clarity on whether the new submarines could be deployed in the midst of a conflict with China in the Pacific, as well as expressing grave concerns regarding Australia’s own nuclear NPT commitments.

Another former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, said AUKUS is a “further dramatic loss of Australian sovereignty” and warned that “if the United States military with all its might could not beat a bunch of Taliban rebels with AK47 rifles in pickup trucks, what chance would it have in a full-blown war against China, not only the biggest state in the world but the commander and occupant of the largest land mass in Asia?”

His concerns reflect the fact that Australia will now be dependent on American technology and know-how to maintain these submarines, in the same way that the UK is totally dependent on the US for “our” Trident nuclear weapons system.

In terms of Britain meanwhile, it is vital that we build up the opposition to AUKUS.

Particularly dangerous is that Boris Johnson seems to be hawking back to the days of Empire, turning back from the decision originally implemented under Harold Wilson’s Government to pull British troops from “east of Suez,” in recognition of the fading role of the empire. It’s astonishing that nearly 50 years later Boris Johnson is turning the clock back for reasons that can only be political.

In contrast to the Tory Government’s approach, the whole labour movement and all progressives must make the case clearly that real security will come from international co-operation to tackle the global crises of our time.

In particular, the massive resources being put into the new nuclear arms race could be put to use to tackle climate change, where the UK, US and Australia are three of the Governments that most need to put far more serious levels of resources into green stimulus at home and helping green development internationally.

Whether it be the deepening climate catastrophe, the Coronavirus pandemic which is still raging across the globe, the refugee crises across the world, or the horrendous levels of inequality and poverty that scar humanity, these common challenges can only be met by international co-operation and constructive engagement. Investing in clean water, sanitation, education and healthcare should be our priorities for a safer world.

Whatever the rhetoric of the new cold war warriors, this is the approach that can bring peace, justice and human rights to the world.