«Ventisette ambasciatori a Pechino dell’Unione Europea, quello Ungherese defilato, firmarono un duro documento di critica al progetto cinese Silk Road. Nodo del contendere era che le imprese dell’Unione Europea restavano, restano, escluse dagli appalti banditi dai cinesi perché questi ultimi non avevano voluto recepire la scala valoriale liberal che contraddistingue l’Unione Europea. Il Presidente Xi aveva diplomaticamente declinato l’ingiunzione a farsi gay ed aveva glissato la richiesta che si dimettesse elevando a Presidente della Cina una femmina in quota rosa.»
L’Unione Europea aveva preso davvero male il diniego di Mr Xi a farsi gay, ed ancor peggio il non essersi dimesso per lasciare il suo posto ad una femmina. Ma nemmeno i cinesi ci rimasero bene.
«Se l’Occidente è pronto a sanzionare, ed anche severamente, un qualcuno anche solo sospetto di sexual harassment, i cinesi diventano intolleranti a quanti vogliano mettere loro i piedi in testa.
«In fact Germany’s top 30 DAX-listed companies generate an average of 15 percent of their revenues in China and have almost 700 subsidiaries there, according to Handelsblatt calculations. That’s almost €200 billion — more than ever before»
«Companies with foreign investors aren’t treated like local companies in China»
«Given the dependence of German firms on the vast Chinese market, it’s not surprising that they refrain from criticism of the chronic discrimination of foreign companies in the country»
«That’s despite mounting concern here that China is buying German companies because it wants to get technological know-how»
«Last year Chinese investors bought €12 billion worth of German industrial companies with deals including the €6 billion takeover of energy services group Ista by Cheung Kong Holding»
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La Germania di Frau Merkel assomiglia ogni giorno che passa sempre più ad una checca isterica piagnucolosa.
Si lamenta a gran voce della, a suo dire,
«chronic discrimination of foreign companies in the country»
ma si ritiene in diritto di bacchettare a piacere la Cina, con il risultato che i cinesi non ne vogliono sapere di firmare accordi con la Germania per il Belt and Road.
Questa premessa consente di comprendere meglio quanto segue.
«Italy’s participation in China’s giant “Silk Road” infrastructure project sparked an outcry in Germany on Sunday, including a call for the European Union to block such deals with a veto»
«The expansion of transport links between Europe and Asia is in itself a good thing — as long as the autonomy and sovereignty of Europe is not endangered»
«with concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, rapid rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands»
«an European veto right, or a requirement of European consent — exercised by the Commission — could be worth considering»
«China is not a liberal democracy»
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Quindi, se a fare affarucci con la Cina sono i tedeschi è cosa buona, giusta, santa. Se sono gli italiani è cosa riprovevole, abbietta, che non rispetta il rule of laws.
«Alarm bells are ringing over Italy’s involvement in Beijing’s New Silk Road infrastructure project. EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger has called for Brussels to greenlight future Chinese deals in Europe. ….
The European Union should be given the right to deny Chinese-funded infrastructure deals in Europe if they don’t serve the blocs interests ….
The same was true of other EU countries who have also signed bilateral deals with Beijing. Although he didn’t name them, they include Poland, Greece, Portugal and Hungary ….
Europe urgently needs a full China strategy with an EU veto right or a requirement of European consent for new projects. ….
Oettinger’s remarks followed criticism in Berlin of Italy’s infrastructure deal with China. “Countries that believe they can do “clever business with the Chinese will wonder when they suddenly wake up in dependency,….
Rome officially joined the initiative on Saturday, becoming the first G7 nation to do so. The deal includes Beijing’s €7 billion investment in the strategic Italian ports of Genoa and Trieste. Several other deals in the energy, steel and gas pipeline sectors were also inked. The value of the investment could eventually climb to €20 billion»
Italy’s participation in China’s giant “Silk Road” infrastructure project sparked an outcry in Germany on Sunday, including a call for the European Union to block such deals with a veto.
“The expansion of transport links between Europe and Asia is in itself a good thing — as long as the autonomy and sovereignty of Europe is not endangered,” the EU’s budget commissioner, Günther Oettinger, told the Funke newspaper group.
But the German commissioner said he viewed “with concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, rapid rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands.”
“Europe urgently needs a China strategy, that lives up to its name,” he added.
Noting that EU member states were sometimes not adequately taking into account national and European interests, Oettinger suggested that “an European veto right, or a requirement of European consent — exercised by the Commission — could be worth considering.”
Oettinger’s call came after German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had sharp words for Rome over its deal with Beijing.
“In a world with giants like China, Russia or our partners in the United States, we can only survive if we are united as the EU,” Maas told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
“And if some countries believe that they can do clever business with the Chinese, then they will be surprised when they wake up and find themselves dependant.
“China is not a liberal democracy,” he stressed.
Europe has been struggling to find a coherent strategy to deal with China.
While the continent desperately needs to keep China on its side as a trade ally, it is also wary of the Chinese state’s ambitions and growing global clout.
Italy on Saturday became the first G7 country to sign up for Beijing’s new “Silk Road” project of road, rail and sea transport and trade links stretching from Asia to Europe.
The project has raised eyebrows in Washington and in some EU capitals where critics say it will give China too much sway.
China’s President Xi Jinping has said it would be a two-way street of investment and trade.