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U.S. Joe Biden Will Defend Taiwan

by Oui Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 at 06:34:51 PM EST

Making promises one cannot keep ...

NATO allies be ready for Article 5 in defense of the United States in IndoPacific ...


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Stoltenberg and the NATO doctrine ...

NATO's success over the decades has rested on our ability to change when the world around us changed.

After the Cold War, we ended ethnic wars in the Western Balkans, and helped spread democracy by welcoming the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to NATO.

Since 9/11, we have been on the front line in the battle against international terrorism.

And we adapted again in 2014, after Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, by implementing the biggest boost to our collective defense in a generation.

President Dwight Eisenhower spoke to the nation in a farewell address on January 17, 1961. The address, sometimes referred to as the "Military-Industrial Complex Speech", is considered by some to be one of the most significant speeches of the Eisenhower presidency.

War will shape the future of the US industrial base | FT Opinion - John Dizard | (Aug. 2021)

At the time, US society was demoralised and politically cynical, threatened by inflation and just emerging from the bottom of a severe recession. Schlesinger's defence research, development and equipment procurement budget was down by almost half from its Vietnam war peak.

Yet in my interview, Schlesinger emphasised that he was tilting the department's spending towards long-term R&D and procurement of long lead time parts, such as reactor housings for as-yet unfunded submarines, rather than immediately rebuilding the shabby state of the forces' "readiness".

That edge they helped create may now have been permanently blunted. The modern military industrial complex is a wasteful and sometimes corrupt oligarchy, which -- as recent events show -- is in need of a rethink.

Today's economists and politicians should be asking questions about where money and resources are allocated now and in the future, and how far spending priorities have shifted. The future of the US is tied to the future of the wars it involves itself in.

Decision to treat the Federal Republic of Russia as a Pariah State ... pure evil for the sake of creating the image of our enemy ...

Bucharest Summit Declaration

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest on 3 April 2008

We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, met today to enlarge our Alliance and further strengthen our ability to confront the existing and emerging 21st century security threats. We reviewed the significant progress we have made in recent years to transform NATO, agreeing that this is a process that must continue. Recognising the enduring value of the transatlantic link and of NATO as the essential forum for security consultations between Europe and North America, we reaffirmed our solidarity and cohesion and our commitment to the common vision and shared democratic values embodied in the Washington Treaty. The principle of the indivisibility of Allied security is fundamental. A strong collective defence of our populations, territory and forces is the core purpose of our Alliance and remains our most important security task. We reiterate our faith in the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.

Today, we have decided to invite Albania and Croatia to begin accession talks to join our Alliance. We congratulate these countries on this historic achievement, earned through years of hard work and a demonstrated commitment to our common security and NATO's shared values. The accession of these new members will strengthen security for all in the Euro-Atlantic area, and bring us closer to our goal of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: 'NATO should not have committed to membership of Ukraine and Georgia'

Smart Defense and the Future of NATO | Chicago 2012 |

The most pressing issue will be the war in Afghanistan. Following the May 1 signing in Kabul of the U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement by Presidents Obama and Karzai, alliance leaders will give consid- erable attention in Chicago to shaping the contours of a wider NATO-Afghan partnership post-2014.

Beyond Afghanistan, leaders will no doubt have many notable items for discussion: defense spend- ing in an age of austerity, NATO's Smart Defense initiative, the alliance's expanding global network of strategic partnerships, missile defense--the list goes on. How will NATO choose to invest in collective security? How can the Chicago summit promote a more capable alliance? How will the alliance integrate new partners into operations without diluting its potency and flexibility? How can NATO devise a strategy in line with its ambitions? Where should the alliance place its focus in light of America's strategic pivot toward the Asia Pacific?

The EU, Russia and the Quest for a New European Security Bargain | Clingendael Report - Nov. 2015 |

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin | NY Times - Apr. 19, 2014 |

Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council | Apr. 30, 2014 |

Kerry should experience a warm bath here as I have referred to the right-wing Atlantic Council and its harsh statements of containment for Putin's Russia in a New Cold War. The US wants to reduce its military presence in Europe and has set policy for NATO members to increase investments in its military: Navy, Air Force and Army. The Ukraine is an ideal nation to illustrate the "Imperial Danger" of the Russian Bear. A dangerous path to create division between new and old Europe, when did we take this path before? Rumsfeld in the lead-up to the Iraq War ...

Remarks at the Atlantic Council's "Toward a Europe Whole and Free" Conference

Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev | March 25, 2014 |

Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw | July 6, 2017 |

US Sanctions on the International Criminal Court | HRW - Dec. 2020 |

US economic sanctions against top International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and another senior official are "coercive acts" that attack the "international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally," the ICC said.

The ICC, a special multilateral court set up to try genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity cases, has become the latest issue to split Europe and United States under President Donald Trump.

How long can Europe withstand the craziness and high risk of hostilities from our overseas old friends?

The ICC welcomes the decision by the US Government ending sanctions and visa restrictions against ICC personnel | Apr. 3, 2021 |

Many leading nations do not abide by International Law, do not walk the talk ...

Book Launch: Standing up for Justice by Judge Theodor Meron | Leiden University |

Reality today in 2021 ...

ICIJ: Pandora Papers Treasure for EU Politicians

What the future brings?

Majority of countries oppose interference in China's internal affairs in name of human rights

My diary ...

Biden Reset of Diplomacy Solely with Allies

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Israel working both sides in Ukraine ... all oligarchs are welcome.

Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party

by Oui on Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 at 09:28:01 PM EST

EU summit piles pressure on Poland over rule of law

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The future of Europe is at stake in the fight for Germany's finance ministry | The Guardian Opinion |

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 12:50:06 PM EST
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Merkel, Putin & Obama: The changing balance of power

My very early diary on Chancellor Merkel in January 2006 ...

Amazing Chancellor Angela Merkel ¶ Takes Germans By Pleasant Surprise

by Oui on Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 at 11:05:10 PM EST
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed In Syria Drone Strike, Says US

The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was assaulted.

"A US airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar," said Central Command spokesman Army Major John Rigsbee in a statement.

There were no known casualties from the strike, he said, adding it was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.

"The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks," he said.

At the end of September the Pentagon killed Salim Abu-Ahmad, another senior Al-Qaeda commander in Syria, in an airstrike near Idlib in the country's northwest.

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 07:58:18 AM EST

The US Forces defend on Syrian territory oil and gas exploration to fund allied SDF Kurdish allies ...

Deir Al-Zor after Islamic State: Between Kurdish Self Administration and a Return of the Syrian Regime

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 07:59:55 AM EST
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Drone strike kills at least 1 in northwestern Syria | AP News - Sept. 20, 2021 |

Large parts of Idlib and neighboring Aleppo province remain in the hands of Syrian armed opposition, dominated by radical groups including the once al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. There are also over 4 million civilians living in the area, most of them displaced from previous bouts of violence in Syria's 10-year conflict. The Syrian government has vowed to restore control of all of territories outside of its control, but a cease-fire negotiated last year in Idlib has tenaciously held.

UN sends 39 truckloads of aid to Idlib in NW Syria | Anadola Agency - April 15, 2021 |

Turkey's initiatives power fridges of war victims in NW Syria

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 08:01:57 AM EST
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Chinese and Russian fleet assert Freedom to Navigate the Tsugaru Strait. Japan decided in the 1970s to set narrow territorial limits to let U.S. nukes pass.

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 11:58:29 AM EST

Taiwan Straits is no Tsugaru Strait; US warship passage will never be legalized: Global Times editorial

by Oui on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 11:59:04 AM EST
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Putin on NATO threat to Crimea and Black Sea Exercises

Putin: Russia must build up defenses in view of NATO moves | ABC News |

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday emphasized the need to strengthen the country's air defenses amid NATO's military activities near Russia's borders.

Speaking during a meeting with military officials and arms makers in the southern Russian city of Sochi, Putin specificially noted the deployment of NATO's U.S.-led missile defense components in Eastern Europe and increasingly frequent missions by NATO ships near Russian waters in the Baltic and Black Seas.

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Russia has bristled at the deployment of U.S. and other NATO ships near waters it claims as its own as tensions between Moscow and the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows after Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine and other irritants.

Allied Air Forces around the Black Sea set for another week of multinational exercise Castle Forge

by Oui on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 10:59:26 AM EST
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Joe Biden's Taiwan gaffes create concern in China and Asia

Once again, a White House spokesman clarified after Biden spoke that there had not been a change in US policy with regard to Taiwan, adding that defense cooperation continues to be conducted under the Taiwan Relations Act, which Congress enacted in 1979.

While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

This is worded quite differently from Article 5 of the NATO treaty. In the event of an attack on a member state, the NATO treaty explicitly provides for assistance from the other members, including the use of armed force. 

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Figures confirm that the US-Taiwan relationship is getting closer. "In fiscal years 2016 to 2020, the US sold approximately $16.7 billion worth of arms to Taiwan," Overhaus, of the SWP, wrote in Die Welt. "In fiscal year 2020, Taiwan was the largest customer of US arms, at $11.8 billion."

US discreetly training Taiwan troops, official says

by Oui on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 05:16:52 AM EST

The ROC had promised to return by the 1970s, but by then it was clear to many UN members its government no longer represented the hundreds of millions of people living across the Taiwan Strait in the now-communist controlled People's Republic of China (PRC).

The "Resolution on Admitting Peking," also known as Resolution 2758, called for member states to "restore" the rights of the People's Republic of China in Beijing as the "only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations." After years of trying at the behest of Chinese ally Albania, the resolution finally passed in the General Assembly.

Competing claims

Resolution 2758 calls for the UN to "expel forthwith the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek," a reference to the ROC's paramount leader who ruled in China and then Taiwan from 1928 until his death in 1976.

But personal rule by the Chiang family and Taiwan's draconian martial law period ended more than 30 years ago. Since its democratic transition in the 1990s, the vast majority of Taiwan's citizens see themselves as "Taiwanese".

A key difference between Taiwan now and when it lost its seat is that in practice it is also no longer claiming to represent territorial China, said Julian Ku, a professor in constitutional law at Hofstra University in New York.

The writing was on the wall for the ROC when in July 1971 US Secretary Henry Kissinger secretly visited Beijing, paving the way for former US President Richard Nixon's historic visit the following year.

By October 1971, the ROC was formally expelled from the UN and eight years later the US broke off diplomatic relations.

by Oui on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 06:08:31 AM EST

Chinese State Media Calls Biden Admin 'Most Incapable' in U.S. History Amid Taiwan Tension | Newsweek |

by Oui on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 06:10:12 AM EST
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Lost her way between US representation on economic and security matters in Indo-Pacific and the governor election in Virginia where Democrat heavyweight Terry McAuliffe is running for office.

US Vice President Harris to focus on security, economic ties on SE Asia trip | The Mainchichi Japan |

In an early preview of the goals for her trip to Singapore and Vietnam, Harris deputy national security adviser Phil Gordon said the vice president will emphasize the Biden administration's commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, with a focus on reinforcing regional security in the area.

"The vice president will meet with government officials, leaders, people in the private sector and civil society, and she'll focus on strengthening U.S. leadership, expanding security cooperation, deepening economic partnerships, defending the international rules-based order, in particular in the South China Sea, and standing up for our values as we do with all of our friends and partners."

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Author of recent article is deeply involved in trade development with China ... no negative reviews of CCP please. Much has been theorized about the governance of a nation and it appears the West is deteriorating its democratic foundations. Moving closer towards autocracy.

The Illiberal Tide - Why the International Order Is Tilting Toward Autocracy | Foreign Affairs - March 2021 |

Beyond neoliberalism and emerging markets | Brookings Institution |

The neoliberal policy agenda for emerging markets was flawed and incomplete in many ways. Its shortcomings stand out in five particular areas. First, neoliberalism did not pay sufficient attention to the risk of financial crises and to the devastating impact of such downturns on economies' long run trajectories. Second, neoliberals tended to dogmatically reject industrial policy, even though support for industries has at times proven very effective (particularly in Asia).3 Third, neoliberalism was largely indifferent to inequalities, considering distributional issues as (at best) a second-order concern. Fourth, the environment was under-prioritized, leading some countries to pursue economic policies that aggressively degraded environmental resources, which led to costly health hazards from polluted air and contaminated food, among other harms. Fifth and not least, neoliberal policy failed to grapple with how dysfunctional political processes could allow for the elite capture of the state, and how politics constrains economic policy options. These issues are important policy challenges in their own right, but are also instrumentally important to neoliberalism's primary objective of economic growth.

China's Taliban Conundrum

by Oui on Wed Oct 27th, 2021 at 08:24:57 PM EST
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China's Pax says subsidiary in US raided by FBI, Homeland Security

Pax Global Technology disclosed in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange that law enforcement seized items at a Florida office and warehouse

The disclosure comes after a cybersecurity blog reported about the raid and tied it to involvement in cyberattacks on US and EU organisations.

by Oui on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 07:32:22 AM EST
Japan Air Self-Defense Force #StrategicDeterrence B1-B bomber exercises

The Importance of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's "Persistent Denial Capabilities"

by Oui on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 11:53:04 AM EST
What was the delegation doing in Taiwan?

Glucksmann was with six other MEPs from the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes (INGE).

They said that the aim of their trip was to learn how the Taiwanese government counters disinformation from authoritarian regimes.

While there, the lawmakers also expressed concerns over the degeneration of democratic principles in the region, citing the "very comprehensive lesson from events in Hong Kong," which has fallen increasingly under the will of Beijing in the last couple of years.

"Any silent appeasement to Beijing's policy, it's like a repetition of former mistakes the world made long ago," Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius said.

by Oui on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 11:06:16 PM EST

Raphaël Glucksmann : «L'agressivité chinoise nous demande de soutenir Taiwan»

Related Reading ...

The China Plan: A Transatlantic Blueprint for Strategic Competition | The Atlantic Council |

Anti-China MEPs don't deserve too much attention from mainland: Global Times editorial

by Oui on Fri Nov 5th, 2021 at 11:07:05 PM EST
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Topics as Climate Change, Taiwan province and Afghanistan high on agenda?

Xi-Biden's rare long virtual meet concludes, 'injects certainty into bilateral ties'

The first face-to-face virtual meeting between the top two leaders lasted three hours and a half after they opened their talks on a friendly note. Chinese observers said that the meeting will inject certainty into the bilateral ties and is sending a signal that the two countries will cooperate in many areas despite they could not avoid fierce competition, and the fact that they are trying to manage competition is itself a positive sign for the world.     

A video released by China Central Television showed that Xi hailed Biden as an old friend in the opening remarks, saying that he was very happy to see his old friend and it's crucial for China and the US to work together in addressing common challenges.

Both China and the US are at critical stages of development, and the "global village" of humanity faces multiple challenges, the Chinese president said. 

Readout of President Biden's Virtual Meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China

British media view ...

Biden-Xi talks: China warns US about 'playing with fire' on Taiwan | BBC News |

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Calling as it is ...

by Oui on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 11:34:30 AM EST

U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan; China conducts military patrols | Politico |

US lawmakers' Taiwan visit a 'clumsy show' to be overwhelmed by China's reunification process | Global Times |

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