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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 01:08:19 PM EST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opening remarks during a meeting with Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi on the sidelines of the G20 summit

Mr Minister,
Dear friend,

Thank you so much for your attention to my health. It is true, the "hospitalisation" was yet another piece of Western fake news.

Although I would like to clarify: yesterday I did not rest but prepared for today's meeting, despite my informal clothing.

I am glad to meet with you again, for the tenth meeting this year. The leaders of Russia and China also maintain regular contacts. Their latest meeting was held in Samarkand, on the sidelines of the SCO Heads of State Council meeting. They reaffirmed the tasks that we are working on at this new stage in our relations.

I also want to congratulate you, this time in person, and our Chinese friends present here on the successful 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). We were all glad to hear that Mr Xi Jinping, the long-time friend of the Russian nation, was unanimously re-elected as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. The re-election confirmed his incontestable political authority and support for his political course.

We are confident that, after the renewal of the party and state leadership following the congress and the upcoming session of the National People's Congress, the continuity of approaches towards our overarching partnership and strategic cooperation will be ensured. There is no doubt that we can take advantage of new opportunities to fully realise the potential of our bilateral links.

Also, I would like to personally congratulate you on being elected to the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. This is an acknowledgement of your achievements. As a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, I understand the scope of responsibility at this level very well.

I am glad to see you and I am certain that today, we will successfully discuss the tasks set by our leaders.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 01:09:08 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 01:09:56 PM EST
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"world multi polarization"

Time for Reinforcement of the Independent Value and Constructive Synergy of Sino-Russian Relations

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 01:11:41 PM EST
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EU moves toward [not] new official Russia policy: Isolation, 15 Nov
The most notable updated principle? "Isolating Russia internationally, imposing and implementing restrictive measures against Russia and preventing their circumvention."
oh. Ostratacizing Russian arts and nationals lawfully present in EU, bid-rigging commodity prices worldwide, "freezing and seizing" personal property  as well as punitive sanctions against anyone on planet doing business with RF eNTitiEs on land or at sea?
In some ways, the tweak is a mere reflection of the on-the-ground reality. Since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the EU has focused on adopting and then enforcing sweeping sanctions targeting much of the country's economy, imports and exports.
Other than isolation, the document's top principles include "ensuring accountability" for any Russian war crimes and "supporting EU neighbors" -- largely a reference to the Balkan countries, several of which are seeking EU membership. It also references "working closely together with NATO allies," "supporting civil society" in Russia and "enhancing the EU resilience," a nod to the bloc's energy reliance on Moscow, the rise of cyberattacks and the proliferation of digital disinformation. EU top diplomat Josep ["Jungle Gardner"] Borrell may address the subject at a press conference later on Monday.

The new draft barely resembles the one the EU has ["]technically["] been working off of since 2016. That document included a number of principles that no longer apply: Ending a conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine in the country's east, selectively engaging Russia on issues like counterterrorism[,] and supporting people-to-people contacts.

Rishi Sunak ditches plan to class China as a `threat' to UK security, 15 Nov
"If you look at the U.S. national security strategy that was published just a couple of weeks ago, and if you look at how they describe their view of China and how to deal with it, I think you'll find that it's very similar to how I've just described it," he said. "The Canadians, the Australians -- their versions of that strategy all say similar things."
Strategic Competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC). The most comprehensive and serious challenge to U.S. national security is the PRC's coercive and increasingly aggressive endeavor to refashion the Indo-Pacific region and the international system to suit its interests and authoritarian preferences. The PRC seeks to undermine U.S. alliances and security partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, and leverage its growing capabilities, including its economic influence and the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) growing strength and military footprint, to coerce its neighbors and threaten their interests....

Russia as an Acute Threat. Even as the PRC poses the Department's pacing challenge, recent events underscore the acute threat posed by Russia. Contemptuous of its neighbors' independence, Russia's government seeks to use force to impose border changes and to reimpose an imperial sphere of influence.  Its extensive track record of territorial aggression includes the escalation of its brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine. Although its leaders' political and military actions intended to fracture NATO have backfired dramatically, the goal remains. Russia presents serious, continuing risks in key areas. These include nuclear threats to the homeland and U.S. Allies and partners...

He also refused to say the U.K. should send arms to Taiwan, as Truss controversially vowed to while she was foreign secretary. "We're considering all these things as part of the refresh of the integrated review," he said.
by Cat on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 05:58:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 16th, 2022 at 05:36:48 PM EST
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Trudeau getting under Xi's skin

I'm afraid in the near future the only bit of China Trudeau can visit is the island of Chiang Kai-shek Taiwan, the former Dutch Formosa.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 17th, 2022 at 07:56:00 AM EST
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Canada takes a hostage
boycotts some G-20 meetings in Mission of EU on Road to Failure
w/e 12 Nov: Britain and the EU call on allies to snub Russia at G20
"Both plan to confront Moscow at the Bali summit over its illegal invasion of Ukraine but will stage walkouts when its delegates speak"
by Cat on Thu Nov 17th, 2022 at 04:11:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 12:29:09 AM EST
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