The U.S. knows from its experience in defeating Germany, Japan, and the Asian Tigers that a decisive way to slow a competitors growth rate is to get it to reduce its level of investment. The problem for the U.S. is that it has no means to force China to reduce its level of investment.
Sevim Dağdelen publicly speaks out against the war in Ukraine and is calling for peace talks to end the conflict, instead of fuelling it further with arms shipments.
The real threat posed by Nord Stream 2 to the US is that it reduces US influence over its imperialist rival, Germany, and over an independent Russia.
Since WW2, control of energy supplies has been critical to maintaining the subordination of Japan and Germany to the United States.
After the recent general election, Germany will see its first coalition government since 1957 which includes more than two parties, and the first Social Democrat (SPD) led government since 2005.
Although the SPD won the election, it only gained a meagre 25.7% vote share; a long way from its high point of 40.9% in 1998.
A preview of the German election taking place on Sunday 26 September – opinion polls, and policies of the key parties.
The election of Armin Laschet to the leadership of the CDU is the opening shot of 2021 in the campaign to elect a new German Chancellor to replace Angela Merkel in the federal election on 26 September 2021. Over the coming months there will be intense pressure within Germany, and from the United States, over who will be the CDU/CSU candidate for Chancellor.