Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Diplomazia, Regno Unito, Stati Uniti

USA, Gran Britannia ed Australia. Accordo per dotarla di sottomarini atomici. Ira di Europa e Cina.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-17.

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Usando il consueto tatto diplomatico, Stati Uniti, Gran Bretagna ed Australia hanno sottoscritto un trattato per dotare questa ultima di sottomarini atomici. Verosimilmente, clausole riservate consentiranno l’imbarco di missili dotati di testate atomiche multiple americane.

Questo è un notevole salto qualitativo.

Se è vero che i sottomarini atomici siano un ottimo deterrente, sarebbe altrettanto vero ricordare come siano armi offensive.

La reazione cinese è stata immediata e severissima.

Ma la Francia, che vede svanire una commessa miliardaria, sta grondando rabbia impotente da tutti i pori. Macron è una irrilevante nullità.

Similmente, l’Unione Europea è furibonda di non essere nemmeno stata avvisata: hanno saputo il fatto dai giornali.

Questo è il suggello del continuo sgretolamento dell’Unione, il cui peso politico, economico e militare è oramai nullo.

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«China, France denounce U.S. nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia»

«U.S. and allies look for ways to push back against China»

«Security alliance ‘severely’ damages regional peace»

«France accuses Biden of acting like Trump with ‘brutal’ decision»

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«France, which loses its own submarine deal with Australia, called the plans brutal and unpredictable»

«The partnership ends Australia’s 2016 deal with French shipbuilder Naval Group to build it a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion to replace its more than two-decades-old Collins submarines»

«China on Thursday denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region»

«Under the arrangement, dubbed AUKUS, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines»

«I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies»

«One U.S. official said the partnership was the result of months of engagements by military and political leaders during which Britain – which recently sent an aircraft carrier to Asia – had indicated it wanted to do more in the region»

«U.S. officials said nuclear propulsion would allow the Australian navy to operate more quietly, for longer periods, and provide deterrence across the Indo-Pacific»

«→→ EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the new partnership, on which the EU was not consulted, showed the need for a more assertive European foreign policy ←←»

«”We must survive on our own, as others do,” Borrell said as he presented a new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific region. “I understand the extent to which the French government must be disappointed.”»

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Questa è la realtà dei fatti.

L’Unione Europea e la Francia di Macron contano meno dello zero. Nemmeno avvisati.

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China, France denounce U.S. nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia.

– U.S. and allies look for ways to push back against China

– Security alliance ‘severely’ damages regional peace, China says

– France accuses Biden of acting like Trump with ‘brutal’ decision

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Washington/Canberra, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China on Thursday denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region.

Under the arrangement, dubbed AUKUS, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.

France, which loses its own submarine deal with Australia, called the plans brutal and unpredictable.

The United States and its allies are looking for ways to push back against China’s growing power and influence, particularly its military buildup, pressure on Taiwan and deployments in the contested South China Sea.

U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not mention China by name in the joint announcement and senior Biden administration officials, who briefed reporters ahead of time, said the partnership was not aimed at countering Beijing.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the three countries were “severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts”.

“China always believes that any regional mechanism should conform to the trend of peace and development of the times and help enhance mutual trust and cooperation… It should not target any third party or undermine its interests,” he told a regular briefing in Beijing.

Johnson said the pact was not meant to be adversarial and said it would reduce the costs of Britain’s next generation of nuclear submarines.

“Now that we have created AUKUS we expect to accelerate the development of other advanced defence systems including in cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and undersea capabilities,” Johnson told parliament.

The partnership ends Australia’s 2016 deal with French shipbuilder Naval Group to build it a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion to replace its more than two-decades-old Collins submarines, a spokesperson for Morrison told Reuters.

France accused Biden of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump.

“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do,” Le Drian told franceinfo radio. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”

The three leaders stressed Australia would not be fielding nuclear weapons but using nuclear propulsion systems for the vessels to guard against threats.

“We all recognise the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term,” Biden said.

“We need to be able to address both the current strategic environment in the region, and how it may evolve because the future of each of our nations and indeed the world depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead,” he said.

Morrison said Australia would meet all its nuclear non-proliferation obligations.

‘STRONG ROLE’

One U.S. official said the partnership was the result of months of engagements by military and political leaders during which Britain – which recently sent an aircraft carrier to Asia – had indicated it wanted to do more in the region. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed the focus on the Indo-Pacific but said Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines would not be allowed in its territorial waters.

Singapore said it had long had relations with Australia, Britain and the United States and hoped their grouping would contribute to peace and stability.

Japan said the three countries’ strengthening of security and defence cooperation was important for peace and security.

A U.S. official briefing before the announcement said Biden had not mentioned the plans “in any specific terms” to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a call last Thursday, but did “underscore our determination to play a strong role in the Indo-Pacific”.

U.S. officials said nuclear propulsion would allow the Australian navy to operate more quietly, for longer periods, and provide deterrence across the Indo-Pacific.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the new partnership, on which the EU was not consulted, showed the need for a more assertive European foreign policy.

“We must survive on our own, as others do,” Borrell said as he presented a new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific region. “I understand the extent to which the French government must be disappointed.”

Biden said the three governments would launch an 18-month consultation period “to determine every element of this programme, from workforce, to training requirements, to production timelines” and to ensure full compliance with non-proliferation commitments.

Among the U.S. firms that could benefit are General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc (HII.N).

General Dynamics’ Electric Boat business does much of the design work for U.S. submarines, but critical subsystems such as electronics and nuclear power plants are made by BWX Technologies Inc (BWXT.N)

U.S. officials did not give a time frame for when Australia would deploy a nuclear-powered submarine, or how many would be built.

A U.S. official said Washington had shared nuclear propulsion technology only once before – with Britain in 1958.

“This is frankly an exception to our policy in many respects… We view this as a one-off.”

Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia, Stati Uniti

Xi e Biden hanno avuto una telefonata di novanta minuti. Evitare i conflitti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-12.

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È un Joe Biden screditato in patria ed all’estero per la débâcle in Afghanistan, attanagliato tra una crescente inflazione ed una stagnazione economica, stagflazione, che ha preso l’iniziativa di telefonare a Mr Xi. Ma non è più il Joe Biden tracotante della prima telefonata di febbraio.

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Afganistan. Biden, lo zimbello del mondo. I media lo abbandonano irati. Terrorismo.

Afganistan. La débâcle americana è peggio del Vietnam. È devoluzione dell’America.

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                         Xinhua.

«Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning took a phone call from his U.S. counterpart, Joseph R. Biden, and the two leaders had candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-U.S. relations and relevant issues of mutual interest»

«Noting that China and the United States are respectively the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country, Xi pointed out that whether they can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world»

«the basis of respecting each other’s core concerns and properly managing differences, the relevant departments of the two countries may continue their engagement and dialogue to advance coordination and cooperation»

«For his part, Biden said that the two countries have no interest in letting competition veer into conflict, and that the U.S. side has no intention to change the one-China policy»

«avoid miscommunication, miscalculation and unintended conflict, and get U.S.-China relations back on track»

                         Reuters.

«U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes on Thursday, in their first talks in seven months, discussing the need to ensure that competition between the world’s two largest economies does not veer into conflict»

«The conversation focused on economic issues»

«Xi said that if “core concerns” on both sides were respected, diplomatic breakthroughs could still be made»

«The Biden administration, preoccupied by a chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, has signaled that ending America’s longest war will give U.S. political and military leaders the space to tackle more pressing threats from China’s rapid rise»

«→→ But Beijing has been quick to seize on the U.S. failure in Afghanistan to try to portray the United States as a fickle partner ←←»

«The senior U.S. administration official told reporters before the call that Washington had been disappointed that Chinese officials appeared only willing to read talking points during recent high-level talks»

«Even so, the official said Biden had not planned to raise the prospect of U.S. retaliatory action or “costs” if China refused to co-operate on a range of issues, including investigations into the origin of COVID-19»

«We also think that essentially Beijing’s actions are quieter than their words»

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Tutti i colloqui di pace sono sempre auspicabili e benvenuti, ancorché ottengano solo piccoli risultati.

In fondo, la Cina richiede soltanto di essere trattata in via paritetica, nel pieno rispetto dell’altrui sovranità, senza indebite ingerenze nelle politiche interne.

Il resto viene di conserva.

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Xi holds extensive strategic communication with Biden

Beijing, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning took a phone call from his U.S. counterpart, Joseph R. Biden, and the two leaders had candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-U.S. relations and relevant issues of mutual interest.

Noting that China and the United States are respectively the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country, Xi pointed out that whether they can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world, and it is a question of the century to which the two countries must provide a good answer.

With the international community facing many common challenges, China and the United States need to show broad vision and shoulder great responsibilities, he said, adding that the two countries should look ahead and press forward, demonstrate strategic courage and political resolve, and bring China-U.S. relations back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible for the good of the people in both countries and around the world.

On the basis of respecting each other’s core concerns and properly managing differences, the relevant departments of the two countries may continue their engagement and dialogue to advance coordination and cooperation on climate change, COVID-19 response and economic recovery as well as on major international and regional issues, Xi said.

In the meantime, the two sides may tap more potential of cooperation to inject more positive dynamics into the relationship, he added.

For his part, Biden said that the two countries have no interest in letting competition veer into conflict, and that the U.S. side has no intention to change the one-China policy.

The U.S. side, he added, is prepared to have more candid exchanges and constructive discussions with China to identify key and priority areas where cooperation is possible, avoid miscommunication, miscalculation and unintended conflict, and get U.S.-China relations back on track. Enditem

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Facing stalemate in ties, Biden and China’s Xi discuss avoiding conflict in call

Washington/Beijing, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes on Thursday, in their first talks in seven months, discussing the need to ensure that competition between the world’s two largest economies does not veer into conflict.

The U.S. side said the “proof will be in the pudding” as to whether the stalemate can be broken with ties between the superpowers languishing at their lowest point in decades.

In a statement, the White House said Biden and Xi had “a broad, strategic discussion,” including areas where interests and values converge and diverge. The conversation focused on economic issues, climate change and COIVD-19, a senior U.S. official told reporters.

“President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” the White House added.

Occasional high-level meetings since Xi and Biden’s first call in February have yielded scant progress on issues ranging from human rights to transparency over the origins of COVID-19.  

In the months since, the two sides have lashed out at each other almost constantly, often with vitriolic public attacks, sanctions on officials and criticism over not upholding international obligations.

Chinese state media said Xi had told Biden that U.S. policy on China imposed “serious difficulties” on relations, but added that both sides agreed to maintain frequent contact and ask working-level teams to step up communications.

“China and the United States should … show strategic courage and insight, and political boldness, and push Sino-U.S. relations back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible,” state media said, citing Xi.

Asian currencies and share markets strengthened, as investors speculated that the call could bring a thaw in ties between the two most important trading partners of regional economies.

Xi said that if “core concerns” on both sides were respected, diplomatic breakthroughs could still be made in the area of climate change, adding that the issue could add “positive factors” to the relationship.

During a visit to China by Biden’s top climate envoy John Kerry last week, senior diplomat Wang Yi said climate change was an “oasis” in China-U.S. relations but it could not be separated from broader disputes.  

‘PROOF WILL BE IN THE PUDDING’

The Biden administration, preoccupied by a chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, has signaled that ending America’s longest war will give U.S. political and military leaders the space to tackle more pressing threats from China’s rapid rise.  

But Beijing has been quick to seize on the U.S. failure in Afghanistan to try to portray the United States as a fickle partner.

Last month, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington should not expect China’s cooperation on that or other issues if it was also trying to “contain and suppress” China.  

The senior U.S. administration official told reporters before the call that Washington had been disappointed that Chinese officials appeared only willing to read talking points during recent high-level talks.

The official added that the U.S. side saw the leaders’ call as a test of whether direct engagement with Xi could end what had become a stalemate in ties.

“This is about seeing if there is an ability to engage more substantively than we’ve been able to … the proof will be in the pudding,” the official said after the call, describing the tone as candid, but respectful.

But the official also acknowledged that the United States’ ability to change China’s behavior may be limited, and that Washington must largely focus on shoring up competitiveness and rallying partners and allies.

Successive U.S. administrations have complained that Beijing has sought to use endless dialogue as a delaying tactic, frustration with which ultimately led Washington to end an annual U.S.-China dialogue mechanism.

Even so, the official said Biden had not planned to raise the prospect of U.S. retaliatory action or “costs” if China refused to co-operate on a range of issues, including investigations into the origin of COVID-19.

Beijing denies the U.S. accusation that it has not co-operated with the pandemic source investigation.

The U.S. official said it would require a “training period” for the Biden administration to convince Chinese leaders, who are preparing for an important Communist Party congress next year, that Beijing’s stance would not pay dividends.

“We also think that essentially Beijing’s actions are quieter than their words,” the official said. “Their responses to our actions have actually been largely symbolic and frankly their hard line rhetoric isn’t really working.”

Pubblicato in: Cina, Commercio, Diplomazia, Geopolitica Asiatica

Myanmar. La Cina riannoda salde relazioni politiche ed economiche. Oceano Indiano.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-02.

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Negli ultimi trenta anni la Cina si è evoluta da paese misero a primaria potenza politica, militare ed economica.

La ricetta di simile sviluppo è semplice, financo banale: trattative bilaterali su base paritetica e nessuna interferenza negli affari interni dei paesi contraenti.

È l’esatto opposto di quanto propugna il credo liberal, che erge i suoi seguaci al rango di giudici universali inappellabili, che condannano e sanzionano chiunque non si sottometta alla loro ideologia.

Il risultato finale di tale visione del mondo è stata la débâcle in Afghanistan, che ha fatto perdere ogni credibilità nell’America e la ha declassata da grande potenza ad un mesto ruolo locoregionale.

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«China’s special envoy for Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang visited Myanmar last week for talks with its military rulers, as a new route spanning the Southeast Asian nation opened up connecting Chinese trade flows to the Indian Ocean»

«As opposed to most Western countries that have condemned the army for ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, China has taken a softer line and said its priorities are stability and not interfering in its neighbour»

«During his Aug. 21 to Aug. 28 visit, Sun met military ruler Min Aung Hlaing as well as foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin and Minister for the Union Government Office Yar Pyae and “exchanged views with them on the political landscape in Myanmar”»

«We will work together with the international community to play a constructive role in Myanmar’s efforts to restore social stability and resume democratic transformation at an early date»

«China supported Myanmar working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to implement a five-point consensus aimed at resolving the crisis and “opposes undue external intervention”»

«it was possible Myanmar’s other big neighbour India could decide to follow suit»

«China’s embassy in Myanmar announced the opening of the new trade route linking Yangon’s port on the Indian Ocean to the Chinese border province of Yunnan and by rail onwards to Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan»

«Successful testing of the new Indian Ocean route is an important breakthrough in strengthening China-Myanmar trade relations»

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Poter utilizzare il porto di Yangon, significa per la Cina disporre di un accesso sicuro sull’Oceano Indiano, a poco meno di mille kilometri di strada ferrata dal centro logistico di Chengdu. Accorcia di circa sette migliaia di kilometri la lunghezza delle rotte marittime con la Cina, evitando il passaggio attraverso lo stretto di Malacca, posto a 1,956 kilometri di distanza in linea di aria.

La Cina non si cura minimamente di cosa stiano pensano glio ccidentali. Proprio per nulla.

Non solo.

Per il Myanmar genera una occasione unica di generare posti di lavoro qualificati, qualificare il porto di Yangon, generano altresì un indotto di tutto rispetto economico.

Poi, a Cina aveva già provveduto a costruire una linea ferroviaria ad alta velocità tra Chengdu e Lincang.

Chinese High-Speed Rail Network Reaches Myanmar’s Border

«The opening of the Chengdu-Lincang line will further mainland Southeast Asia’s historic reorientation toward the north.

Lost among the torrent of disheartening news from Myanmar was a report on the official opening of a new rail line bringing China’s high-speed railway network to the country’s border with Myanmar. The recently completed railway runs from Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, to Lincang, a prefecture-level city in Yunnan province opposite the town of Chinshwehaw in Myanmar’s Shan State. ….

the railway’s opening ceremony on August 25 that the border would function as an important node of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and would work to write a new chapter in the history of friendly “paukphaw” relations between Myanmar and China.

The new rail line is just the latest in a flurry of transport links that have bound Yunnan province, once a sparsely populated frontier region at the outer reaches of the Chinese empire, into China’s dense highway and rail network. It also reflects the long process of China’s deepening integration with Myanmar and the other nations of mainland Southeast Asia.»

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China envoy visits Myanmar as new route to Indian Ocean opened.

China’s special envoy for Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang visited Myanmar last week for talks with its military rulers, as a new route spanning the Southeast Asian nation opened up connecting Chinese trade flows to the Indian Ocean.

As opposed to most Western countries that have condemned the army for ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, China has taken a softer line and said its priorities are stability and not interfering in its neighbour.

During his Aug. 21 to Aug. 28 visit, Sun met military ruler Min Aung Hlaing as well as foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin and Minister for the Union Government Office Yar Pyae and “exchanged views with them on the political landscape in Myanmar”, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday.

“We will work together with the international community to play a constructive role in Myanmar’s efforts to restore social stability and resume democratic transformation at an early date,” Wang told a regular news briefing in Beijing, when asked about Sun’s trip.

China supported Myanmar working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to implement a five-point consensus aimed at resolving the crisis and “opposes undue external intervention”, Wang said.

Opponents of Myanmar’s junta have accused China of supporting February’s military takeover that has sparked daily protests leading to hundreds of deaths and thousands displaced by fighting between the army and hastily formed militias.

Beijing has rejected such accusations and said it backs regional diplomacy on the crisis.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s National Unity Government made up of opponents of military rule did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Chinese visit.

But members of the shadow government have previously urged countries to deal with them rather than the military.

“China seems to be endorsing the junta by the way it is conducting diplomacy,” said Sai Wansai, a political analyst from the Shan ethnic minority, who said it was possible Myanmar’s other big neighbour India could decide to follow suit.

Separately, China’s embassy in Myanmar announced the opening of the new trade route linking Yangon’s port on the Indian Ocean to the Chinese border province of Yunnan and by rail onwards to Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

“Successful testing of the new Indian Ocean route is an important breakthrough in strengthening China-Myanmar trade relations,” the embassy said on its Facebook page.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Geopolitica Asiatica, India

India. Colloqui formali ai massimi livelli con i Taleban in Doha, Qatar.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-02.

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«Indian foreign ministry said that India’s ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met with the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, in Doha»

«Mittal and Stanikzai discussed the safety, security and early return of Indian nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan as well as New Delhi’s concerns around Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism»

«There is a practical necessity of engaging with the Taliban given that it would be one of the most — if not the most — important political stakeholder in Afghanistan»

«The Taliban had requested the meeting, which took place at the Indian embassy in Doha»

«The Indian ambassador also raised New Delhi’s concerns around Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism»

«Reports said that India has invested $3 billion in multiple infrastructure and trade projects and has undertaken over 400 projects in Afghanistan»

«India’s meeting with the Taliban was a “necessity” that was in some ways dictated by the evolving political realities in Afghanistan»

«Outreach at lower levels had already begun but this is the first official, explicitly-stated Indian outreach to the Taliban»

«China has also stepped up its diplomatic efforts to engage with the Islamist group»

«If eventually the Taliban succeed in bringing together an inclusive government, with various stakeholders, then there is no reason why India would not move forward with a new momentum in its engagement»

«the issue of recognizing the Taliban as the legitimate power in control of Afghanistan won’t emerge anytime soon»

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È del tutto naturale che gli stati siano guardinghi nei confronti dei Taleban, osservando i loro comportamenti in politica estera.

«most of the countries would be waiting and watching as to what the Taliban actually do on the ground»

Ma sarebbe altrettanto naturale almeno il semplice prendere atto della loro esistenza ed iniziare ad avviare colloqui sui temi di reciproco interesse.

La Realpolitik presenta sempre dei vantaggi reciproci.

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India holds first formal talks with the Taliban in Qatar

–  Indian foreign ministry said that India’s ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met with the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, in Doha.

– It was the first time an Indian diplomat formally met the group and marked a drastically different approach from New Delhi compared to when the Taliban were last in power in the 1990s.

– Mittal and Stanikzai discussed the safety, security and early return of Indian nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan as well as New Delhi’s concerns around Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism.

– “There is a practical necessity of engaging with the Taliban given that it would be one of the most — if not the most — important political stakeholder in Afghanistan,” said Harsh Pant at the Observer Research Foundation.

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India announced its first formal diplomatic meeting with the Taliban on Tuesday — their first official talks since the group seized power in Afghanistan as the U.S. withdrew its forces from there.

The Indian foreign ministry said India’s ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met with the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai. The Taliban had requested the meeting, which took place at the Indian embassy in Doha, according to the ministry.

Mittal and Stanikzai discussed the safety, security and early return of Indian nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan as well as travel prospects for Afghan minorities who want to visit India, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The Indian ambassador also raised New Delhi’s concerns around Afghanistan being used as a base for terrorism.

“The Taliban Representative assured the Ambassador that these issues would be positively addressed,” the foreign ministry said.

Days before Tuesday’s meeting, Indian media reported that Stanikzai said the Taliban wanted to continue Afghanistan’s political, economic and cultural ties with India. It was reportedly the first time a member of the Taliban leadership spoke about the future of India-Afghanistan relations since the group captured Kabul.

The Taliban’s return to power would likely impact Afghanistan’s neighbors, amid rising concerns of regional instability, refugee inflows and the prospect of Afghanistan becoming a haven for terrorist activities again.

New Delhi did not have diplomatic relations with the Taliban when they were last in power in the 1990s, in part because of the militant group’s ties to Pakistan.

But India had forged close ties with the U.S.-backed civilian government in Kabul over the last two decades and provided Afghanistan with development assistance. Reports said that India has invested $3 billion in multiple infrastructure and trade projects and has undertaken over 400 projects in Afghanistan.

Analysts say India’s commitments and the recent shift in power has left New Delhi in a tough strategic state.

‘Practical necessity’

India’s meeting with the Taliban was a “necessity” that was in some ways dictated by the evolving political realities in Afghanistan, said Harsh Pant, head of the strategic studies program at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.

“There is a practical necessity of engaging with the Taliban given that it would be one of the most — if not the most — important political stakeholder in Afghanistan,” Pant told CNBC. “Outreach at lower levels had already begun but this is the first official, explicitly-stated Indian outreach to the Taliban.”

India reportedly made efforts in June to engage with the Taliban as the U.S. withdrawal deadline loomed. China has also stepped up its diplomatic efforts to engage with the Islamist group.

“If eventually the Taliban succeed in bringing together an inclusive government, with various stakeholders, then there is no reason why India would not move forward with a new momentum in its engagement,” Pant said.

He said the issue of recognizing the Taliban as the legitimate power in control of Afghanistan won’t emerge anytime soon.

“For the foreseeable future, it would largely be an engagement to assess where Taliban might be going with their agenda,” Pant said.

“I think most of the countries would be waiting and watching as to what the Taliban actually do on the ground.”

Pubblicato in: Commercio, Diplomazia, Medio Oriente

Israele. Attivati i primi voli commerciali con il Marocco.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-03.

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«Two Israeli airlines have launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations»

«The Israeli flight departed from Tel Aviv to Marrakech with about 100 Israeli tourists, the company said, adding that Israel’s national carrier El Al sent its first direct flight to the same destination»

«the new direct flights would “help advance fruitful tourism, trade and economic cooperation and diplomatic agreements between the two countries.”»

«Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize relations in late 2020 as part of the US-brokered “Abraham Agreement”»

«Morocco was one of four Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, that established diplomatic relations with Israel»

«the United States agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim to the long-disputed Western Sahara region, although the Biden administration said it would review the decision»

«Morocco’s 1975 annexation of Western Sahara is not recognized by the United Nations»

«Many Israeli Jews have ancestry that traces back to Morocco, which is still home to a small Jewish community of several thousands»

«El Al …. plans to operate five flights per week between Israel and Morocco»

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Le notizie che riportano progressi nel processo di pace in Medio Oriente sono sempre benvenute.

L’instaurarsi degli scambi di ambasciatori è stato il primo passo, ma l’inizio dei collegamenti da Tel Aviv a Marrakech ha anche un ulteriore aspetto piacevole: apre la strada ad un flusso turistico di circa cinquecento turisti la settimana. Per il momento.

È un segno della crescente fiducia reciproca, che permetterà ai due popoli di conoscersi e stimarsi sempre meglio.

Poi, il Marocco ha molte attrattive turistiche degne di nota.

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Israeli airlines launch first direct flights to Morocco

Two Israeli airlines have launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations.

Jerusalem – Two Israeli airlines launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco on Sunday, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations.

The Israeli flight departed from Tel Aviv to Marrakech with about 100 Israeli tourists, the company said, adding that Israel’s national carrier El Al sent its first direct flight to the same destination.

Israel’s tourism minister, Joel Rajozov, said the new direct flights would “help advance fruitful tourism, trade and economic cooperation and diplomatic agreements between the two countries.”

Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize relations in late 2020 as part of the US-brokered “Abraham Agreement”. Morocco was one of four Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, that established diplomatic relations with Israel.

As part of the deal, the United States agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim to the long-disputed Western Sahara region, although the Biden administration said it would review the decision. Morocco’s 1975 annexation of Western Sahara is not recognized by the United Nations.

Many Israeli Jews have ancestry that traces back to Morocco, which is still home to a small Jewish community of several thousands.

El Al said in a statement ahead of the departure of its first flight that the company plans to operate five flights per week between Israel and Morocco.

Avigal Sorek, CEO of El Al, said, “We hope that now many people can get to know Morocco better, to experience and be excited about this special country that is deeply rooted in Israel’s heritage, culture and experience. Is.”

Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia, Stati Uniti

Cina. Un j’accuse ferocemente e brutalmente rude, e vero, contro gli Stati Uniti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-27.

Leonardo. Uomo Irato. 001

«China would not accept the United States taking a “superior” position in the relationship»

Biden attacca nuovamente la Cina e questa replica al vetriolo.

Cina. Giugno21. Import +36.7%, Export +32.2%, anno su anno.

BlackRock. Gli assets hanno passato i 9.5 trilioni di dollari. Da quando è in Cina.

Cina. Xiaomi sorpassa Apple ed è seconda nel mercato mondiale degli smartphone.

Cina. 2021Q2. Pil +7.9% anno su anno, +12.7% negli ultimi 12 mesi.

Cina. Criticata ferocemente perché usa sui social le tecniche imparate da Facebook e Google.

China’s Wechat deletes university LGBT accounts

Cina. Il 60% delle imprese europee fugge da casa e sta investendo lì. – Bloomberg.

Cina. 2020. Investimenti esteri +81% YoY. Superano quelli negli Usa.

Cina. Si avvia alla maggioranza nelle Nazioni Unite.

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«The China-U.S. relationship is in a stalemate, fundamentally because some Americans portray China as an “imagined enemy,” said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, urging the United States to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy»

«Xie made the remarks on Monday during talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to north China’s port city of Tianjin from July 25 to 26»

«For quite some time, when talking about conflict with China and challenges facing the United States, the “Pearl Harbor moment” and the “Sputnik moment” have been brought up by some Americans»

«It seems as if by making China an “imagined enemy,” a national sense of purpose would be reignited in the United States»

«→→ The hope may be that by demonizing China, the United States could somehow shift domestic public discontent over political, economic and social issues and blame China for its own structural problems ←←»

«It seems that a whole-of-government and whole-of-society campaign is being waged to bring China down. It is as if when China’s development is contained, all U.S. domestic and external challenges would go away, and America would become great again and Pax Americana would continue to go on»

«The U.S. policy seems to be demanding cooperation when it wants something from China; decoupling, cutting off supplies, blockading or sanctioning China when it believes it has an advantage; and resorting to conflict and confrontation at all costs»

«Do bad things and get good results. How is that even possible?»

«China wants to work with the United States to seek common ground while shelving the differences»

«→→ The U.S. side needs to change course and work with China on the basis of mutual respect and embrace fair competition and peaceful coexistence with China ←←»

«The U.S. side’s so-called “rules-based international order” is designed to benefit itself at others’ expense, hold other countries back and introduce the law of the jungle»

«→→ This is an effort by the United States and a few other Western countries to frame their own rules as international rules and impose them on other countries ←←»

«The United States is the “inventor and patent and intellectual property owner” of coercive diplomacy»

«The Chinese believe that one must not do to others what one does not like to be done to himself»

«It is the United States who has engaged in broad unilateral sanctions, long-arm jurisdiction and interference in other countries’ internal affairs»

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Per tradizione ultra millenaria la diplomazia cinese è oltremodo cauta e misurata negli enunciati.

Mr Xie Feng, Vice Foreign Minister, ha invece parlato usando parole inusitatamente dure nei confronti della Harris-Biden Administration. Per dirla in modo conviviale, ha vuotato il sacco, mettendo gli americani spalle al muro.

Più che una nota diplomatica, le parole di Mr Xie Feng suonerebbero come un ultimatum, che potrebbe anche precedere delle severe contromisure cinesi.

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China urges U.S. to change misguided mindset

TIANJIN, July 26 (Xinhua) — The China-U.S. relationship is in a stalemate, fundamentally because some Americans portray China as an “imagined enemy,” said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, urging the United States to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy.

Xie made the remarks on Monday during talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to north China’s port city of Tianjin from July 25 to 26.

For quite some time, when talking about conflict with China and challenges facing the United States, the “Pearl Harbor moment” and the “Sputnik moment” have been brought up by some Americans, Xie said.

Some international scholars, including some U.S. academics, perceive this as comparing China to Japan in the Second World War and the Soviet Union in the Cold War. It seems as if by making China an “imagined enemy,” a national sense of purpose would be reignited in the United States. The hope may be that by demonizing China, the United States could somehow shift domestic public discontent over political, economic and social issues and blame China for its own structural problems, he said.

It seems that a whole-of-government and whole-of-society campaign is being waged to bring China down. It is as if when China’s development is contained, all U.S. domestic and external challenges would go away, and America would become great again and Pax Americana would continue to go on, Xie said.

                         BILATERAL TIES.

In terms of the United States’ “competitive, collaborative and adversarial” rhetoric, Xie said this is a thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China.

The Chinese people feel that the real emphasis is on the adversarial aspect, the collaborative aspect is just expediency, and the competitive aspect is a narrative trap, he said.

The U.S. policy seems to be demanding cooperation when it wants something from China; decoupling, cutting off supplies, blockading or sanctioning China when it believes it has an advantage; and resorting to conflict and confrontation at all costs, he added.

“It seems that the United States only thinks about addressing its own concerns, getting the results it wants and advancing its own interests. Do bad things and get good results. How is that even possible?” Xie said.

What the world needs most is solidarity and cooperation, for humanity are passengers in the same boat, according to Xie.

“The Chinese people cherish peace,” said Xie, adding that what China hopes to build is a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, equality, justice and win-win cooperation, and a community with a shared future for mankind.

“China wants to work with the United States to seek common ground while shelving the differences,” he said.

The U.S. side needs to change course and work with China on the basis of mutual respect and embrace fair competition and peaceful coexistence with China.

“After all, a healthy and stable China-U.S. relationship serves the interests of both sides. And the world expects nothing less from the two sides,” he added.

The U.S. side’s so-called “rules-based international order” is designed to benefit itself at others’ expense, hold other countries back and introduce “the law of the jungle,” Xie said.

This is an effort by the United States and a few other Western countries to frame their own rules as international rules and impose them on other countries.

The United States has abandoned the universally-recognized international law and order and damaged the international system it has helped to build, he said. “It is trying to replace it with a so-called ‘rules-based international order.'”

“The purpose is to resort to the tactic of changing the rules to make life easy for itself and hard for others, and to introduce ‘the law of the jungle’ where might is right and the big bully the small,” Xie added.

COERCIVE DIPLOMACY.

The United States is the “inventor and patent and intellectual property owner” of coercive diplomacy, Xie said.

The Chinese believe that one must not do to others what one does not like to be done to himself. The desire to seek hegemony or territorial expansion is simply not in the Chinese DNA, according to Xie.

“China has never coerced any country,” he said, adding that China responds to foreign interference with legitimate and lawful countermeasures, and the aim is to defend the legitimate rights and interests of the country and uphold international equity and justice.

China has never gone to others’ doorsteps to provoke trouble. Neither has China ever stretched its arm into the households of others, still less has China ever occupied any inch of other countries’ territory, he said.

“It is the United States who has engaged in broad unilateral sanctions, long-arm jurisdiction and interference in other countries’ internal affairs,” he said.

The U.S. notion of “engaging other countries from a position of strength” is just another version of the big bullying the small and “might is right.” This is pure coercive diplomacy, he added. Enditem

Pubblicato in: Cina, Diplomazia

Cina. Si avvia alla maggioranza nelle Nazioni Unite.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-02.

Cina 014

La politica di non ingerenza nelle questioni interne degli altri stati e quella del rispetto delle altrui leggi e tradizioni sta dando alla Cina un grande ascendente in sede internazionale, ed ora la rende in grado di gestire l’Assemblea Generale della Nazioni Unite.

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Ukraine withdraws from Xinjiang-related anti-China joint statement.

«The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations Office in Geneva on Friday said on its official website that it has withdrawn its signature on a joint statement on the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region»

«Earlier on June 22 during the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Canada, on behalf of some countries, delivered a joint statement criticizing China in the name of Xinjiang-related issues»

«On the same day before the delivering of the Canada-led joint statement, Belarus delivered a joint statement on behalf of 65 countries, saying that the countries oppose politicization of human rights and double standards, and oppose unfounded allegations against China out of political motivation»

«According to the Chinese Mission to the UN at Geneva, recently over 90 countries have, through various means, voiced their support for China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong or Tibet related issues at the on-going 47th session of the UN rights body»

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Mentre due decenni or sono l’enclave liberal socialista occidentale poteva fare il bello ed il cattivo tempo nelle istituzioni internazionali, adesso è riuscita a rendersi invisa alla maggior parte delle nazioni che aderiscono alle Nazioni Unite, ossia del mondo.

Le principali ragioni consistono nella sua pervicace credenza di essere autorizzata a voler imporre il proprio credo ideologico, che solo i liberal propugnano; di intromettersi costantemente negli affari interni di stati sovrani; di sanzionare chiunque non la pensi come lei; di propalare sul conto altrui menzogne alle quali solo lei presta fede; di depredare sistematicamente gli stati che siano nella sua orbita.

Nulla quindi da stupirsi che persino l’Ukraina la abbiano abbandonata, platealmente.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Ong - Ngo, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Tutti i liberal europei vorrebbero cacciarla via, ma non sanno come fare.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-28.

Budapest 001

Il problema ungherese è simile giuridicamente a quello tedesco.

Unione Europea vs Germania. Conflitto tra le due supreme corti. Verso la implosione.

«→→ The courts are at loggerheads about the question as to who has the last say in matters relating to European law, Karlsruhe or Luxembourg? ←←»

«→→ The most likely reason is that the lawyers concerned are entering the court room with different sets of presuppositions ←←»

«This approach is based on the principles that states are sovereign, that they treat each other on equal footing and that they refrain from interfering in each other’s internal affairs»

«Violation of the principle of non-interference may constitute a reason for war»

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Ungheria. Donato il terreno per la erigenda Università cinese in suolo magiaro. Povero Soros.

Hungary’s parliament passes anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

Ungheria. Orban abbandona sia il PE sia il gruppo PPE.

Ungheria. Viktor Orban. Non rinnovata la licenza alla Klubradio broadcasting.

Eurocrati pronti a spaccare l’Unione sul rule-of-law. Piano B. Europa senza Polonia ed Ungheria.

Budget e Recovery Fund. Slovenia si schiera con Polonia ed Ungheria.

Ungheria. Orban mette in costituzione che il matrimonio è tra un uomo ed una donna.

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I liberal socialisti europei odiano a morte Ungheria e Mr Viktor Orban, che hai loro occhi si sarebbe reso autore di orribili oltraggi. Rivendica la sovranità nazionale; ha scacciato dall’Ungheria Soros e le sue ngo, ivi compresa la sua università; a scritto nella costituzione che il matrimonio è tra un maschio ed una femmina; vieta la propaganda lgbt nelle scuole e nella società civile; più una altra lunga serie di posizioni antitetiche all’ideologia liberal.

Non potendolo uccidere, vorrebbero almeno scacciarlo dall’Unione Europea. Ma una cosa è il desiderio ed una del tutto diversa è la concreta possibilità operazionale.

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Can the EU expel Hungary?

Even in the event that Rutte’s fellow EU leaders agreed, Hungary’s place within the bloc is not in peril. There is no legal mechanism in the EU’s treaties to expel a member state. The much-discussed Article 7 of the treaties removes a member states voting rights within the EU Council, the forum through which ministers and leaders of member states decide the political future of the EU.

However, invoking Article 7 and suspending the voting rights of a member state requires a unanimous decision in the council, meaning that all 26 leaders (Hungary, the subject of the vote, would not have a say) would need to vote in favor. The chances of this happening is very unlikely. The political leadership in many member states — most notably Poland, which is currently the subject of Article 7 proceedings for its assault on the nation’s courts — simply doesn’t want to set a precedent for Article 7 actually being used.

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«There is no legal mechanism in the EU’s treaties to expel a member state»

«However, invoking Article 7 and suspending the voting rights of a member state requires a unanimous decision»

«The chances of this happening is very unlikely»

Quante parole inutili!

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Geopolitica Europea

Belarus. Dopo Cipro, Austria blocca le sanzioni EU sulle banche.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-21.

Belarus Bielorussia 001

L’Unione Europea ha raggiunto alla fine un accordo.

«- Sanctions to hit potash, oil and finance

– Tougher measures follow blacklisting of individuals

 Lukashenko so far impervious to foreign pressure

The European Union is set to ban new loans to Belarus after reaching a deal on Friday for economic sanctions on Minsk as punishment for forcing down a flight to arrest a journalist, the Austrian foreign ministry and three diplomats said.» [Reuters. 2021-06-19]

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«Austria has been blocking new EU sanctions on loans to Belarusian banks so that Austrian lenders can keep making money with the oppressive regime there»

«Austrian diplomats upheld their objections in the latest round of talks in the EU Council in Brussels on Thursday (17 June)»

«They [the Austrians] want to water down the language to such an extent that the banking sanctions have almost no real impact»

«It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles»

«Austria advocates, in this respect, a ban on securities trading and money-market instruments, which would represent a drastic measure»

«It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus»

«It is in our common interest that Belarus is not pushed even further into the sphere of influence of Russia»

«Europe is preparing to blacklist another 78 Belarusian regime cronies and eight regime-linked firms next week»

«Whatever Austrian diplomats say, Austrian banks have, in any case, been keen to profit from Belarus’ misery»

«Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus»

«Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, even has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank, which also loans money directly to regime-owned enterprises»

«the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board ….  »

«They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold»

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Unione Europea. Cipro blocca le sanzioni europarlamentari alla Bielorussia.

Unione Europea in coma. Cipro blocca nuovamente le sanzioni alla Bielorussia.

Bielorussia. Kolesnikova. Le fake news non arrivano da quel posto.

Belarus. Punto della situazione. I tempi sono mutati. – Cnn.

The brazen arrest of a Belarusian activist has terrified dissidents all over the world

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Cerchiamo di ragionare, nei limiti del possibile.

«It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus»

È comune sentire che gli austriaci siano dei filantropi disinteressati, i quali hanno a cuore esclusivamente il benessere  del popolo bielorusso.

Esattamente come tutti sanno la loro incondizionata adesione all’Europa, per cui non vogliono spingere il Belarus nelle braccia della Russia.

Ma! C’è sempre un ‘ma’ usato nel più britannico senso.

«Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus»

«Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank»

«the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board ….  »

La conclusione sarebbe invero semplice.

«It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles»

«They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold»

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Le grandi affermazioni filantropiche e l’invocazione degli ‘human right’ mimetizzano solitamente sordidi affari.

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Austria blocking EU sanctions on Belarus banks

Austria has been blocking new EU sanctions on loans to Belarusian banks so that Austrian lenders can keep making money with the oppressive regime there.

Austrian diplomats upheld their objections in the latest round of talks in the EU Council in Brussels on Thursday (17 June).

“They [the Austrians] want to water down the language to such an extent that the banking sanctions have almost no real impact,” a diplomat from another EU country told EUobserver.

“It’s a clear case of putting financial interests before principles,” a second diplomat added.

“It’s 26 [member states] against one, so I think they’ll have to capitulate in the end,” a third EU source said.

When asked about the case by press in Brussels on Thursday, the Austrian finance minister, Gernot Blümel, claimed to know nothing about it.

But the Austrian foreign ministry did issue a statement to this website.

“Sanctions should also cover the financial sector. Austria advocates, in this respect, a ban on securities trading and money-market instruments, which would represent a drastic measure,” it said.

“It is of high importance for Austria that financial sanctions do not target the population of Belarus,” it added.

“It is in our common interest that Belarus is not pushed even further into the sphere of influence of Russia,” it said.

The new economic sanctions are also going to hit Belarus’ oil, fertiliser, and cigarette industries and are meant to be ready before the EU institutions’ summer recess.

They are likely to be mirrored by Canada, the UK, and the US, which are in close talks with the EU.

And Europe is preparing to blacklist another 78 Belarusian regime cronies and eight regime-linked firms next week.

The moves come after Belarus hijacked a passenger plane flying from Greece to Lithuania to kidnap an opposition activist.

But they are also a reaction to wider brutality, including torture of political prisoners, which Belarus president Aleksander Lukashenko unleashed after rigged elections last August.

Meanwhile, Austria’s line – about the welfare of Belarusian people and pushing Belarus toward Russia – were described as typical canards by one of the EU sources.

“It’s impossible to impose any economic sanctions without causing some job losses and it’s Lukashenko, not the EU, who is moving his country closer to Russia by his actions,” the source said.

Whatever Austrian diplomats say, Austrian banks have, in any case, been keen to profit from Belarus’ misery.

Even as banks from other EU states began to voluntarily pull out of the Belarusian market last year, Austrian ones increased their share, sources said.

Austrian banks are now responsible for some 90 percent of interbank loans in Belarus, two EU sources told this website.

Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank, for instance, even has a Belarusian subsidiary, called Priorbank, which also loans money directly to regime-owned enterprises.

When asked if it was worried about its reputation, a Raiffeisen spokeswoman told EUobserver: “We are very concerned about the developments in the country [Belarus] and hope for a peaceful solution”.

“If the EU takes further measures, we hope that they are targeted and don’t harm private companies and worsen the economic situation of the civilian population,” she added.

When asked if Raiffeisen had been in contact with the Austrian government on Belarus sanctions, she also said: “Like any other international company of our size, we regularly communicate with the government”.

But the bank is, in any case, very friendly with Austria’s ruling ÖVP party, amid an ongoing investigation by Austrian prosecutors into allegations of improper party funding.

And it is equally friendly with Lukashenko, given that the head of Belarus’ top oil firm, Belarusneft CEO Alexander Lyakov, sits on Priorbank’s board, in just one of several personal connections to the regime.

And for all its “concern” for a “peaceful solution” to the Belarus crisis, Raiffeisen is despised by the opposition there.

“They [Raiffeisen] are the shit-flushers in the world of banks. They dive in shit for gold,” one Belarusian opposition leader, who asked not to be named for the sake of his personal safety, told EUobserver.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Russia, Stati Uniti

Summit Putin – Biden. Stupefacente commento dei liberal americani. – Reuters.


Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-18.

Escher__Il_Cubo_

È cosa molto utile il cercare di capire come la pensino, e come lo abbiano percepito, le parti che si sono confrontate nel summit.

Reuters compendia molto bene il modo di vedere dei liberal democratici. Per usare una vecchia battuta, nella corsa Mr Putin è arrivato penultimo, mentre Joe Biden è arrivato secondo.

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«Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner»

«President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.»

«Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics»

«But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.»

«Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer»

«Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States»

«Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China»

«”the Russians don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.»

«It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries»

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Joe Biden, noto filantropo altruista, avrebbe premurosamente fatto presente a Mr Putin che la Russia è soltanto una potenza locoregionale, una specie di Alto Volta dotato di qualche arma atomica, oppressa dalla ingombrante presenza cinese: gli Stati Uniti non considerano quindi la Russia come un competitore.

I russi dovrebbero aderire alla Weltanschauung liberal e smetterla di cercare di interferire con i problemi interni degli altri paesi.

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Pigliamo atto di questo modo di pensare.

A nostro personale avviso, si potrà conoscere il reale prodotto di questo summit solo dalle future azioni di ambo le parti.

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Analysis: Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner

Washington/Geneva, June 17 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.

Aides said Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics.

But Biden could struggle in a parallel attempt to stop the rot in U.S.-Russia relations and deter the threat of nuclear conflict while also talking down Russia, some observers said.

“The administration wants to de-escalate tensions. It’s not clear to me that Putin does,” said Tim Morrison, a national security adviser during the Trump administration. “The only cards he has to play are those of the disruptor.”

Officials on both sides had played down the chances of major breakthroughs at the talks, and they were right. None materialized.

But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.

Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer.” That deepened a diplomatic rift that saw both countries withdraw their ambassadors from each others’ capital.

Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States.

Speaking after his meeting with Putin, Biden said Russia wants “desperately to remain a major power.”

“Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China,” Biden said before boarding his plane out of Geneva, quipping that the Russians “don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.

Biden also pointed to the troubles of Russia’s economy and called out Putin on Russia’s detention of two Americans, and threats toward U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

American businessmen “don’t want to hang out in Moscow,” he said.

Matthew Schmidt, associate professor at the University of New Haven and a specialist on Russian and Eurasian affairs, said Biden was seeking to undermine Putin’s importance on the global stage.

“The strategy is very simply to push Putin’s buttons, but with some real facts,” Schmidt said. “Backlash will happen anyways, regardless.”

Putin, a former agent in Russia’s KGB security agency, lived through the fall of the Soviet Union, a humiliation for the nation that he has sought to right with increasingly aggressive foreign policy, as seen in the Crimea move and Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Biden arrived at the lakeside villa in Geneva where he met Putin on Wednesday on the back of meetings of the G7 group of nations and the NATO alliance.

A senior administration official said Biden’s approach to Russia was more likely to be successful because Biden met Putin straight after rallying allies around the principle of upholding a “rules-based international order” at a G7 meeting in Britain and talks with NATO members in Brussels.

“There was strong alignment on the basic proposition that we all need to defend … this order, because the alternative is the law of the jungle and chaos, which is in no one’s interest,” the official said.

At home, Biden’s Republican opponents quickly criticized Biden for failing to block a major Russian-backed natural gas pipeline being built in Europe.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, a frequent Republican critic of Biden, said he was disturbed to hear the president suggest Putin would be troubled by how other countries view him.

“It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries,” the South Carolina senator said.

Reporting by Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington and Humeyra Pamuk and Steve Holland in Geneva Editing by Kieran Murray and Lincoln Feast.