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Huanqiu, People's Republic of China

Did U.S. 'Frame' Strauss-Kahn Over IMF Economic Forecasts?


Did the United States 'frame' Dominique Strauss-Kahn because of IMF forecasts of U.S. economic frailty and Chinese strength? According to this analysis from China's state-controlled Huanqiu, it's reasonable to infer that statistics released while DSK ran the IMF, showing U.S. dollar weakness and forecasting how China's economy would surpass America's by 2016, drove Washington to 'throw' DSK into a U.S. prison.


By Gao Chong [高虫] and Yu Miao [雨苗]


Translated by Sarah Chan


May 20, 2011


People's Republic of China - Huanqiu - Original Article (Chinese)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn looking tense at his bail hearing at New York State Supreme Court, May 19. After putting up $1 million in bail, a $5 million insurance policy promising that he wouldn't flee, and agreeing to video surviellance, electronic surviellance and an armed guard outside his door, he won release.

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On the 14th of this month, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken away by American police. It is said that he's been charged with seven counts of rape, false imprisonment and other crimes. If convicted, he will have to spend 74 long years in an American prison.


At 62, Strauss-Kahn is a world-class economic bigwig who also may have become a political star by winning the French presidency. We believe that the sudden need to bring him to "account" in the United States can be regarded as a well-planned conspiracy - instigated by the U.S. government and president. The reason is simple: Who told Dominique Strauss-Kahn to persistently hurt the fundamental interests of the United States? Let's take a look behind the scenes of the DSK incident.


According to recent IMF forecasts, China's GDP in 2016 will be $18.2 trillion, while the GDP of the U.S. in 2016 will be only $18.06 trillion. In other words, the two countries will face a reversal of rank by then and China will stand at the top of the world economic ladder, making China "number one in the world by 2040," a full 24 years ahead of schedule.


When it comes to the Sino-U.S. confrontation, this news from the IMF, published against the backdrop of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, was a sensitive topic. Such a "declaration" was undoubtedly a blow to the United States. And Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the now former chief of the IMF, "cannot deny his responsibility."


The analysis is as follows:


First of all, let us admit that the United States remains the most developed nation in the world today. However, one must add the clause "the most rogue country," because in the eyes of many, this is a nation that borrows money without a thought of repaying it. Recently, in order to borrow more money, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner used his "silver tongue" to deceive Congress into raising the U.S. debt ceiling. The U.S. national debt is therefore about to break $14.29 trillion, which has all along been the focus of the U.S.-China economic dialogue. No one thought the U.S. would take the "drastic" measure of casting aside economic issues and seek to discuss human rights to cloud the issue.


At the time [May, 2010], the IMF's sudden forecast was equivalent to sounding the global alarm on the U.S. dollar, or to put it another way, using data to reveal the trend of influence between the U.S. and China. In order to maintain the status of the U.S. dollar, Washington moved to take revenge on Strauss-Kahn. It is fairly safe to infer that by throwing DSK - a man who dared speak the truth - into the prisons of their country, there has been an attempt to keep his mouth shut. Meanwhile, this also dealt a heavy blow to French Socialist Party prospects in the 2012 presidential election, making it far easier for the U.S. to cultivate a "loyal" French government. With this smear in place and DSK's image fatally ruined, IMF forecasts made under his management will also be looked on with suspicion.


So returning to the scene discussed at the beginning of this article: the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, operating around the clock, developed a psychological profile of DSK in order to frame and discredit him. The New York police, who made no mention that prostitutes exist in their country, immediately framed DSK by saying he violated a "hotel maid."   



And of course, one can't help wanting to talk about the man Strauss-Kahn. He lives in France - a place overflowing with romance and emotion. In this country, where the number and type of relationships on has have little bearing on who is chosen to lead, politicians engage in behavior that would be inconceivable in other places.


Based on the principle that one of presumed innocent until proven guilty, unless U.S. federal law stipulates that prostitution in DSK's New York hotel is illegal, and if there is no evidence that DSK "violated" an innocent person, the U.S. government is doing a good job convincing people of this DSK "conspiracy theory."



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