Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Clinton, other candidates competing on hard-line stance against China, Russia

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The 2016 US presidential candidates, including Hilary Clinton, are competing against one another by using strong language against China and Russia in order to receive campaign funding from wealthy neoconservative groups, a political analyst from Virginia says.

“The way that American politics works is that the candidate with the most money almost always wins, at least at the national level,” said Keith Preston, chief editor and director of AttacktheSystem.com, a website dedicated to encouraging revolt against domestic and foreign US government policies.

“The candidate that has the most money wins about 90 percent of the time,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.

“What Ms. Clinton is trying to do is stake out a position for herself as far as picking a hard-line stance against Russia and against China for the sake of gaining the financial backing of all of the neoconservative billionaire plutocrats,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of Republicans, about 15 or 20 candidates that are all trying to outdo each other in terms of how hawkish they can be on foreign policy and how tough they say they’re going to be on Iran or on Russia or whomever and Ms. Clinton is trying to get on that game as well,” he added.

Preston made the comments after Democratic presidential candidate Clinton criticized both China and Russia for threatening its neighbors and undermining American interests.

Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday, Clinton accused China of trying to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.”

Preston said “as far as what she’s saying about China and her accusations against China of hacking into Americans computers and conducting espionage in the United States, that is an absurdity when you look at the fact that the United States national security apparatus maintains the most expensive electronic surveillance system anywhere in the world.”

Clinton also addressed the crisis in Ukraine and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of harboring territorial ambitions.

“Russians have not acted aggressively against the United States or any legitimate American interest, in fact, ….the opposite is happening,” Preston said.

He reiterated that “the United States is currently trying to encircle Russia,” adding this is clear by looking at the “military bases the United States has placed throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe.”

AHT/AT

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