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Peace activists to launch No Cold War Britain campaign with online event

PEACE campaigners will launch the No Cold War Britain campaign on Wednesday, calling on the British government not to join the United States in a self-defeating anti-China crusade.

Speakers will address the economic harm caused by belligerence against Beijing, the rise of anti-Asian racism and the shrinking prospects for solutions to global problems like Covid-19 and climate change if the new cold war is allowed to continue.

Calling on people to tune into the event from 7pm, Tricontinental Institute director Vijay Prashad said: “The conflict imposed on China is a distraction from the many compelling problems we face, at the heart of it all being the virus and the economic collapse that has come as a consequence. We need collaboration to deal with both.”

Writer, poet and broadcaster Anna Chen said US hostility was inspired by China’s economic rise, noting the country had lifted 850 million people out of absolute poverty.

“Billions are being spent on propaganda, economic war and actual weaponry to ensure the Chinese model doesn’t give the public any big ideas that there’s a better system that’s working for its own people. Britain should not nail itself to the USS Titanic!”

And Fiona Edwards of the No Cold War international organising committee described the new cold war as “an act of economic self-harm that will cost Britain many jobs … it’s aggressive and a waste of resources.”

“China is not, and never has been, Britain’s enemy,” Unite chief of staff and former Stop the War Coalition chair Andrew Murray said. “The British people will suffer economically, culturally and educationally if politicians pretend that it is.”

The No Cold War Britain campaign is holding its first event tomorrow, Wednesday June 16, at 7pm. Register at mstar.link/ChinaNotOurEnemy.

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