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One wonders whether Mr. Bannon, as well as Mr. Bolton, and others, truly left the White House, or whether they were reassigned to some concealed but more effective positions at home and abroad.
In July 2018, Bannon declared:
"We are at war with China. We're winning."
Just a few days earlier, he spoke to CNBC and put it really bluntly:
"Trump knows he needs to unite the West against the rise of a totalitarian China... How it ends is in victory. Victory is when they give all full access to their markets."
The usual Western dogma: full surrender, unconditional obedience, falling to the knees. Religious submission to capitalism, and to "Western values". And all that hypocritical chatter about "totalitarianism", "freedom" and "rights".
China said "no", by words and deeds. No surrender, no slavery.
What followed was predictable: direct, relentless propaganda attacks against Beijing, the triggering of a Western-sponsored 'rebellion' in Hong Kong, the further arming and radicalization of the Uyghurs, provocations in the South China Sea, and an assault on one of the flagships of China's high-tech industry: Huawei.
Steve Bannon's statements and actions had been monitored and analyzed by several media outlets, including RT, which reported on 22 May, 2019:
"Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon gave an impassioned account of what is driving the US war on Chinese tech firm Huawei... and trade has little to do with it. The US wants to destroy its competitor, for good.
"Bannon, often credited with putting Trump in the White House, said that driving Huawei out of the US and Europe is far more critical than any trade deal with Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday."
The report then concluded:
"Bannon's threats went beyond Huawei. He called for Chinese companies to be restricted from accessing capital markets 'until [they agree to] fundamental reform.' While his outlook of fundamentally clashing civilizations is often viewed as extreme, his comments are actually in keeping with Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission, who said that companies that want access to US markets need to first prove they 'share Western values.'"
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