i will say it now and i will say it again, louder each time: the fear about 'chinese data gathering' or whatever is nothing but resuscitated yellow peril
we're moving towards — in some ways already are in — a multi-polar world where the us can no longer pretend to be the sole superpower like they could for a spot in the 90s and 00s, and the foreign policy establishment is going into a panic mode spiral over it
every story about 'russian hacking' or 'chinese spyware' is because they're afraid — afraid because the empire must imagine that all of its rivals — that is, everyone who could potentially rival it, if they wanted to — would also like to be the empire, given the chance. that russia and china's foreign policy is nothing like the us's & won't be is irrelevant
when you see the entire world as a game of domination, then another nation trying to assert the least bit of power over its sphere of influence seems like an existential threat
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