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Mozambique seeks $3.2 billion to recover from cyclones
from where? from whom?

cholera cases jump to 139 a day after outbreak
High winds and dense clouds hamper military rescue
"debt trap" marketing, 2017
[T]here is no basis -- in either Mozambican or English law ...
re-balance summer/winter production peaks
Desertec PR

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 01:45:29 PM EST
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US reporter/stenographers, having discovered that anyone can dial a Chinese website, are losing their minds. Evidently, at least two news journals, funded in whole or in part by China government, have finally revealed, in one or two editorials, the belligerence of the nation. Fragments from these editorials recur in US circulation, scantily clad with newly acquired "talking points" called from USGS data center estimates.

The government is willing and able to embargo rare earth elements (REE), produced and refined in China. As occurred with 2008-2014 KSA-driven oil boom and bust, analysts are incapable of relating profit motive and marketing strategy, much less pricing market power to political economy.

Interest in the credit position of US farmers has crashed. Comprehension of domestic and global supply chain intervals is still mostly dead. US Americans are ill-equipped either to interpret long-term investment planning and decisions, and US gov possess insufficient information to evaluate those of rivals, adversaries, or enemies.

archived Mommy, what's a long march?
Xi Jinping calls for ne 'Long March' in dramatic sign that China is preparing for a protracted trade war

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 04:26:41 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 31st, 2019 at 02:17:05 AM EST
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Happy Vanuatu Day!

27 May: China, Vanuatu vow to strengthen BRI cooperation
"At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai, is visiting China from May 26 to 31. ... Li welcomed Salwai with a red carpet ceremony in Beijing on Monday morning." (enc: video)
28 May: Chinese president meets Vanuatuan PM
"China is willing to deepen agricultural technology cooperation with Vanuatu, support the development of its competitive industries, and continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Vanuatu, he said. ... Salwai said Vanuatu admires China for its insistence on equal treatment of countries no matter they are big or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, and appreciates China's sincere help to his country according to its actual needs."
29 May: China not seeking 'sphere of influence' in Pacific, Xi says
"Vanuatu and China denied reports last year that Beijing wanted to establish a permanent military presence there. ... A top U.S. official said on Friday Pacific Island countries that have diplomatic ties with Taiwan should maintain them in the face of 'heavy handed' attempts by China to reduce Taiwan's overseas contacts."

PSA 12 Dec 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 31st, 2019 at 06:27:09 AM EST
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Six Chinese nationals arrested in Vanuatu: media
Authorities in Vanuatu have arrested six Chinese nationals following Chinese complaints they were operating an internet scam from the Pacific island, media reported on Saturday.

Chinese law enforcement officials arrived in Vanuatu shortly before the late Thursday raid

lower overhead than HK
The arrests come at a time of concern in some quarters about growing Chinese influence in the Pacific. The United States and its ally, Australia, are particularly wary of Chinese diplomatic and economic inroads in the region.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 06:06:26 PM EST
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"China backs Hong Kong chief, slams protesters for violence"
Its coverage of the protests and the publication of a harsh editorial in [one of] the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times may indicate it is prepared to take a tougher line against the demonstrators.
The violence has embarrassed some Westerners who have long shown partiality to Hong Kong demonstrators. But some others attributed the violence to a lack of response from the Hong Kong government to opposition demands. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, despite widespread criticism of the violence, claimed that the Hong Kong protesters "have inspired the world" and their courage should not be ignored.

"These violent assailants in their arrogance pay no heed to Hong Kong's law, no doubt arousing the anger and sadness of all people of the city of Hong Kong," the editorial said.
Protesters whacked away at thick glass windows until they shattered and then pried open steel security gates before they swarmed into the legislature and vandalized it. Many wore yellow and white helmets, face masks and the black T-shirts that have become their uniform.

Police initially retreated as the protesters entered, avoiding a confrontation and giving them the run of the building. The protesters later vacated it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside.
The extradition proposal has heightened fears of eroding freedoms in Hong Kong, which Britain returned to China on July 1, 1997.

with improvements
Lam disputed protesters' complaints that officials had not responded to them, saying the government explained that by suspending the bill with no timetable or plan to revisit it, the legislation would die at the end of the current legislative session in July 2020. For the other demands, she said releasing arrested protesters without an investigation would not uphold the rule of law.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 09:00:51 PM EST
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Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred
The office said it would firmly support the Hong Kong government's prosecution of those behind the "atrocities."

The Global Times, a mouthpiece publication for Beijing, published commentary criticizing the "mob-like behavior" that it said no Western government would allow.

In the West, police enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward vandalism and the destruction of government property. This recent round of rioting will forever be a stain upon Hong Kong's image as a reliable hub for international finance and commerce.

As a media organization headquartered in Chinese mainland, we were dismayed and shocked beyond belief while watching the legislature building under siege. We were also very concerned about the safety and well-being of the Hong Kong community.  

In light of the autonomy already in place, law and order are the internal matters of Hong Kong and meant to be handled by the local government. However, with a general and common sense understanding of how justice functions,

"Chinese society is all too aware that a zero-tolerance policy is the only remedy for such destructive behavior," the Global Times said. "Otherwise, and without this policy, it would be similar to opening a Pandora's Box, upending social disorder."

The assault on the Legislative Council building Monday came as hundreds of thousands gathered for the latest in a series of protests of a contentious proposal that would allow extradition of Hong Kong residents to China.

We believe that neither Hong Kong nor the Chinese mainland will allow this type of mob culture to flourish. Problems and disputes are to be resolved through constitutional devices currently in place and readily available to all members of society. Using violence to hijack a society like Hong Kong's is the greatest evil of the modern era.
Joshua Wong, a leader of the pro-democracy movement, said the protests will continue. He defended the behavior of those who smashed their way into the council chamber, saying they destroyed "signs of tyranny" but preserved antiques and even paid for "cans of drinks even though no officers" were present.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 09:58:19 PM EST
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1 arrested after protesters damage Hong Kong legislature [typo?]
HONG KONG (AP) -- Police said they have arrested at least 13 people for Monday's pro-democracy protests, including one man accused of storming into Hong Kong's legislature building in a break-in involving hundreds of protesters who vandalized offices and the main chamber.
m'k. 13 out of "hundreds of thousands"
The local man surnamed Poon was arrested in Mong Kok for assaulting police, criminal destruction, misconduct in public places and forced entry of the Legislative Council Complex, police said late Wednesday night.

The 12 others, including 11 men and one woman, were arrested in connection with a different protest that took place Monday morning.

Police also announced two other [!] sets of arrests Wednesday.

They said five [5] men and one [1] woman were arrested for various incidents during a public meeting on Sunday, when supporters of police staged a large rally. Some clashed with anti-government protesters and members of the news media. They were charged with possession of offensive weapons, assault causing bodily harm, common assault and fighting in a public place.

Also Wednesday, police said eight [8] people had been arrested for posting personal data about police officers on the internet as massive protests against the government and police were held in recent weeks.

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Protesters are demanding an independent investigation into the crackdown, which was harsher than usual for Hong Kong. Police have said it was justified after some protesters turned violent.
Mueller is free.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 07:27:33 PM EST
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UK summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong dispute
"I ordered chamomile, not darjeeling, Ming."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 09:09:25 PM EST
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m'k. AP reporting branched to pathos.
Protesters say storming of legislature born of desperation
files exclusive interview with student leadership, cannot "independently verify" all three (3) fatalities, (2 suicides) attributable to HK revolutionary struggle for democracy. Syndication developing ...
In Hong Kong, colonial flag still a symbol of prized values
undermines democratic leadership strategy and goals
I have never visited HK. I've had no desire to visit HK, but I've made the acquaintance of migratory "Hongkongers" in NYC and London, UK. Incredulouw, yeah, I did a brief tour of HK public data beginning with GINI calculations since 1980, GDP and trade balances (HKMA:USD), historical industrial policy, HK SAR demographic and net migration estimates. Provisional conclusion: AP story unexpectedly yet deftly summarizes British SOP, residual economic impairments. Democracy indeed is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 07:19:51 PM EST
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Hong Kongers with UK passport seek right to stay [in UK]  - video
So yeah, I checked out current uk.gov advisory on qualifications and relief, too. Sad.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2019 at 07:38:02 PM EST
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meaningful vote on 'no-amendment' deal with freedom fighters, Beijing developing ...

Lam says Hong Kong bill is 'dead' but unclear if demand met 'face time'

Leaders of the monthlong protest movement vowed to keep up pressure until the legislation is officially revoked.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 06:03:26 AM EST
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anticipated and published "future partnership" position of China government
REUTERS | China white paper says latest U.S. tariffs won't fix trade issues

China releases white paper on its position on economic and trade consultations with US
(HTML, section index)
China's State Council Information Office, "China's Position on the Economic and Trade Consultations." (MSFT *.doc), 19 pp

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 at 06:00:15 PM EST
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IMF welcomes Mozambique's debt relief deal
"On Friday the country's finance ministry said it had reached a restructuring deal in principle with holders of its defaulted 2023 bonds and that the new arrangement would not offer creditors instruments linked to future gas revenues"

Mozambique's top court says state-guaranteed Eurobond illegal
"$1.4 billion of undisclosed borrowing that prompted the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut financial support, triggering a currency crisis and a sovereign debt default"

International partners pledge $1.2 billion to help cyclone-hit Mozambique recover, 'build back better'
"UNDP said the Mozambique Government is establishing a Disaster Management Fund that includes a contribution to its capitalization of 0.1 per cent of the State budget, as well as contributions from partners. Regular external audits will be conducted to ensure transparency and accountability."

archived 2017
debt-for-development swap
& "tuna bond" creditors

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 5th, 2019 at 12:45:42 AM EST
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