Common denominator of online “Milk Tea Alliance” isn’t “democracy,” it’s US government funding.
August 18, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – ATN) – China is one of the most important economic, political, and military partners of virtually every nation in Asia-Pacific.
It is driving economic growth and infrastructure development at an unprecedented pace and is poised to irreversibly displace US ‘primacy’ in the region.
To counter this the US has not only openly waged a trade war with China while pursuing a campaign of political subversion within China itself – in Hong Kong and Xinjiang – it is also attempting to topple governments in Southeast Asia that have decisively pivoted toward Beijing.
Most recently this has manifested as protests in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand.
While the US waits for its proxies to work their way into power in the real world – it is leveraging US-based social media platforms to give them uncontested control online in the form of the “Milk Tea Alliance.”
What is the “Milk Tea Alliance”
Reuters in an article uncritically re-posted in the Bangkok Post titled, “Pro-democracy Milk Tea Alliance brews in Asia,” claims that the “Milk Tea Alliance” consists of “student protesters” in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand and seeks to create “solidarity” among “pro-democracy” movements in the region.
Of course Reuters never mentions that there is nothing truly democratic about the movements in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Thailand and that the only true common denominator among all three is US government funding.
|Image: “Milk Tea Alliance” signs at a Thai protest includes the flag of the US-based pro-Taiwanese independence movement “World Taiwanese Congress.” This is similar to the likewise US-based US NED-funded “World Uyghur Congress” which seeks to carve off Xinjiang from China’s territory. The protests in Thailand and Hong Kong are also confirmed to be funded by the US NED.|
Reuters – in a bid to describe the “alliance” – actually interviewed Joshua Wong – now fully exposed as a proxy of US government interests and a vector for US political interference in China’s territory of Hong Kong.
Wong would claim:
The innovative idea of Milk Tea Alliance will enhance more students to push forward global solidarity which might confront hardline crackdown.
In reality – the “Milk Tea Alliance” is an online propaganda tool similar to those used by the US State Department during the 2011 “Arab Spring” to help create the illusion of wider support for otherwise foreign-funded subversion.
Reuters would explicitly note how US-backed protest leaders in both Hong Kong and Thailand were working together.
Wong tweeted support for the Thai protesters, while users on LIHKG, a social media forum used by Hong Kong demonstrators, also called on people to highlight the call of the Thai protesters for greater democracy and the departure of Prime Minister and former junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha.
“The show of solidarity between different pro-democracy groups in Asia reflects a greater intensity and camaraderie,” Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak, 22, one of the Thai protest leaders, told Reuters.
Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak is the founder of the so-called “Student Union of Thailand” (SUT) leading current protests which is openly buttressed by an army of fronts posing as NGOs and funded directly by the US government via the notorious regime-change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The article also admitted:
Some Thai students have shown support for Hong Kong activists as Beijing has tightened its grip and for the Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the face of increased Chinese rhetoric over what China views as a breakaway province.
Besides attempting to create synergies between various US-backed regime change operations, the “Milk Tea Alliance” is also used to amplify agendas originating directly from the US State Department itself.
Popular subjects of the “Milk Tea Alliance” include repeating US State Department talking points regarding the South China Sea – a subject the actual governments of the region have refused to support the US on.
Reuters would admit:
There have also been shows of interest from the Philippines, because of a dispute with China over the South China Sea, and India after border skirmishes with China since May.
The “Milk Tea Alliance” is meant to pose as a ‘voice from the region’ backing and justifying US interference and its desire to confront and contain China – when no actual government in the region will.
The Reuters article admits the support is superficial and unsustained – with the purpose being to boost the profile of protests the public is otherwise uninterested in. While there are most certainly genuine users involved in the “Milk Tea Alliance” there is clear evidence “bots” are also being used.
Just ahead of Hong Kong and Thailand’s protests even the Western media noticed a large army of fake Twitter accounts assembling. This army of bots is now being used to artificially boost the activities of the “Milk Tea Alliance.”
It is the very definition of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” but Twitter and Facebook have faithfully protected it – since it is coordinated inauthentic behavior done on behalf of the US State Department and its interference overseas – not in opposition to it.
The “Milk Tea Alliance” is yet another example of why nations need to develop their own alternatives to US-based social media platforms which have been admittedly used as tools for US-sponsored regime change and to manipulate people, not connect them.
It is also an example of how the US is attempting to create a region-wide front to destabilize and destroy Asia just as it destabilized and destroyed North Africa and the Middle East in 2011. It is perhaps time Asia begins creating its own united fronts to combat this blatant and malign foreign interference.