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US ‘constantly’ destabilizing other countries across the world

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The United States has been “constantly” involved in destabilizing other countries across the world and there is “overwhelming” evidence attesting to this destructive role, says an American analyst.

Keith Preston, chief editor of, made the remark in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on China’s denunciation of Washington’s one-sided approach to world politics and its adversarial attitude towards Beijing.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on the sidelines of a Group of 20 ministerial meeting in the city of Nagoya in southern Japan on Saturday that the US is the “world’s biggest source of instability.”

Wang detailed how Washington’s policies were making waves across the international stage, saying, “The United States is broadly engaged in unilateralism and protectionism, and is damaging multilateralism and the multilateral trading system.”

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“There is no question that the Chinese foreign minister is correct when he says that the United States is the world’s greatest source of international instability. The evidence for that is overwhelming,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.

“If you look at the foreign policy objectives of the United States as they have been pursued over the last 20 years or so, and even when you go back much further than that, we see that the United States has constantly created instability throughout the world by a wide range of measures. The most obvious examples would be the outright of invasion of various nations by the United States as well as these efforts towards regime change that the United States has carried out around the world or through direct military action by the United States itself or whether through the arming of insurgents and rebels in various nations,” he added.

The American analyst went on to say that, “The United States has used all of these tactics as a means of destabilizing foreign nations.”

Preston pointed to the coup in Bolivia, US-backed militants in Syria, support for the aggression of Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and increasing hostility against Iran as obvious examples of Washington’s role in plunging world countries into chaos.

“The United States has certainly created a great deal of instability in different levels, political, military and economic instability and that’s going on as well,” he noted.

Last year, US President Donald Trump began imposing tariffs and other trade barriers on China after accusing it of “unfair trade practices.” So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on about $112 billion of Chinese imports, which makes for more than two-thirds of the consumer goods it receives from China.

The punitive action has resulted in a trade war, which even domestic American politicians have come to call bleak and damaging to the countries and the global economic flow.

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Washington has also mounted pressure on China’s Huawei — the world’s leading supplier of telecoms networking equipment and the number-two global smartphone vendor — under the pretext that its equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic.

It has also tried to force its allies to reject Chinese superfast 5G communication technology, especially from Huawei.

Though the company has repeatedly denied the accusation, Washington said in May that it would blacklist Huawei from the US market and from buying crucial US components.

The United States and China appear keen to de-escalate their conflict, at least temporarily, to avert a recession and boost growth in 2020.

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  1. “Preston pointed to the coup in Bolivia, ”

    While I haven’t paid close attention to the recent events in Bolivia, it appears to me that it was Morales who committed a ‘slow-motion coup’, tried to illegally get a third and then a fourth term, and tampered with the results of the election to accomplish this.
    It didn’t work, but why would we call stopping this fraud a “coup”?

    If in 2024, Trump gets a 7-2 Supreme Court to declare that the 2-term limit is unconstitutional, and commits massive election fraud in order to stay in office, are people like Preston going to accept this, and to declare that any attempt to resist these actions amounts to a ‘coup’?

    Let’s be careful about what we oppose, and what we support.


    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – An Americas regional forum on Wednesday published details of “deliberate” and “malicious” steps to rig Bolivia’s October election in favor of then President Evo Morales, who has resigned and left the Andean nation in political crisis.

    A nearly 100 page report by the Organization of American States (OAS) described several violations, including the use of a hidden computer server designed to tilt the vote toward Morales.

    A charismatic leftist and Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Morales stood for president despite a 2016 referendum that voted down a proposal to allow him to run for a fourth consecutive term. A court packed with loyalists gave him a green light to run indefinitely.

    “Given the overwhelming evidence we have found, we can confirm a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will of the voters,” the OAS report said.

    OAS findings included “deliberate actions to manipulate the result of the election” that make it “impossible to validate” the official results, the report said.

    Morales fled to Mexico shortly after the OAS’ initial report in early November. He described the allegations of vote rigging as a political hit, saying the OAS was “in the service of the North American empire.”

    Bolivia’s Congress in late November passed legislation to annul the contested elections and pave the way for a new vote without Morales, a major breakthrough in the political crisis.

    Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former conservative lawmaker, has also pledged new elections.

    At least 30 people have died in clashes between protesters and security forces since the Oct. 20 election. Most have died since Morales stepped down on Nov. 10.

    Reporting by Dave Sherwood; editing by Grant McCool

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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