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Venezuela Invests in Chinese Mass Surveillance Companies

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Venezuela strongman Nicolás Maduro announced on Thursday that his government would invest into Chinese telecom powerhouses Huawei and ZTE to bring a 4G wireless network into the country.

The country has rampant food shortages, hyperinflation, and failing infrastructures thanks to its decades of socialist policies and is looking for whatever way to get by.

Now, it’s looking to turn to one of its biggest geopolitical allies in China for help.

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This announcement by Maduro looks like a response to the United States’ warning to other countries to not do business with Huawei.  The Trump administration also issued an executive order that bans U.S. businesses from working with foreign corporations that undermine U.S. national security, a move that is supposedly directed towards Huawei. According to American security experts, Huawei has used its technology for in tandem with the Chinese government to spy on the American military and steal trade secrets.

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New reports indicate that ZTE helped Maduro’s regime build a surveillance network that mirrors China’s “social credit system”, which punishes regime opponents by preventing them from travelling domestically or abroad.

Maduro declared on state television that “I have ordered immediate investment together with our Chinese brothers and China’s technology, the technology of Huawei, of ZTE, of all the Chinese corporations and all the Russian corporations so that we can elevate the capabilities of all the communications systems and make the 4G system a reality.”

Maduro criticized U.S. “aggression” towards Huawei. The Venezuelan leader views it as another front in the “economic war” being waged against his regime and other rogue states across the world through the use of sanctions.

Venezuela’s crisis has gone geopolitical, given its support from countries like China and Russia. As the U.S. maintains its hawkish stance on the South American country, Venezuela will likely drift into the Chinese and Russian geopolitical orbit.

 

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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