South Asia and Beyond

U.S. Capitol Storming By Trump Supporters ‘Bonanza For China’: Analyst Cleo Paskal

NEW DELHI: “XI Jinping will be sitting with his popcorn and smiling”, says Cleo Paskal, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defence of Democracies on the U.S. Capitol being breached by President Donald Trump’s supporters while Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College’s votes for President and Vice President. She added: “China loves this, it’s very overtly being fomenting dissent in the U.S. through various political warfare means for a very long time. So, this is a bonanza for them.” The Associate Fellow, Chatham House also discussed calls to either impeach President Trump or invoke the 25th Amendment. The 25th Amendment deals with Presidential succession and disability and Section 4 addresses situations where a President is unable to do the job but does not step down voluntarily. Speaking to Amitabh P. Revi, Associate Editor, Strat News Global on the roots of the deep partisan divisions in America, Paskal said: “what’s needed is a situation where the violence against society is not tolerated on any side. That’s what it would take to begin to lower some of those seemingly condoned behaviours as well as do the investigations in a transparent manner so that people feel like their concerns are at least being heard.” One woman was killed after being shot in the riot. Cleo Paskal also discussed the Democrats gaining control over Congress for the first time in a decade after winning two Georgia run-off elections.

Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.



  • A topic of global concern and strategic relevance..discussed at length…

  • Well, these acts are short term gimmicks and democracy will prevail. Surely, it puts the weakness of the world mega democracies to the fore and portrays its vulnerable side. Notwithstanding, there are govt systems in place to enforce law and order and sooner the exciters will be put in their place.
    As per China loving the show is concerned, why China alone, the entire communist world and allies wants dollar retarding.

    The United States economic status as the world number one super power is suspect/ debatable with Carnegie inputs portraying more than 60% of its population able to make less than USD 2000 a month or so (figures can be rechecked). Its military power status is being closed in faster by China and reviving Russia…to be equalled by 2035. It’s democratic institutional values and pluralist polices are it’s forte.
    Hence, as the world looks up at the US, strategically and tactically both, it’s vital that these are put in the hind side asap and focus on making America great again by opening doors, unleashing barriers et al be made.

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