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Ruble and Yuan

by Cat Fri Mar 31st, 2023 at 10:19:49 AM EST

Ten days ago, 20-21 March, the presidents and delegations from China and the Russian Federation met in Moscow to agree. To what? one may yet wonder, given that G7 censors condemn the matter rather than disclose it. Which is a simple feat. For the Kremlin would apper to be the sole publisher of complete communiqués but for AfterShock.news duplication of documents. "Let's start from the end" (the economy, stupid), the culmination of means and motive, which definitively belie occidental fixation on Ukraine anathema and invidious sanctions against the rest.

  1. Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in the field of joint production of television programs.

  2. Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the establishment and organizational basis of the mechanism for regular meetings of the heads of government of Russia and China dated June 27, 1997.

  3. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening cooperation in the field of exhibition and fair activities.

  4. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening investment cooperation in the development and use of forest resources.

  5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on deepening investment cooperation between the subjects of the Russian Federation and the provinces of the People's Republic of China in the soybean industry.

  6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on industrial and infrastructural cooperation in the preferential regimes of the Far East of the Russian Federation.

  7. Protocol between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on strengthening cooperation in the field of fundamental scientific research.

  8. Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the field of consumer protection between the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Russian Federation) and the Main State Administration for Control and Regulation of the Market of the People's Republic of China.

  9. Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Russian Federation) and the Committee for Control and Management of State Property of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on Strengthening Cooperation in the Management of State Enterprises.

  10. A comprehensive program of long-term cooperation in the field of fast neutron reactors and closing the nuclear fuel cycle between the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" and the Atomic Energy Agency of the People's Republic of China.

  11. Memorandum of Cooperation between the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company" and the China Media Corporation.

  12. Agreement on the exchange of information and cooperation between the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Information Telegraph Agency of Russia (ITAR-TASS)" (Russian Federation) and the Information Agency "Xinhua" (People's Republic of China).
After Shock also duplicates kremlin.ru | Joint statement of the President of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the People's Republic of China on the plan for the development of key areas of Russian-Chinese economic cooperation until 2030, the scoping document, explicity pertains to the MOUs finalized by states' delegates;

kremlin.ru | Joint statement by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on the deepening of relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction entering a new era.; and

kremlin.ru | The President of Russia and the President of China made press statements presents a transcript. As is the custom, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs narrates President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin Jointly Meet the Press.

20 Mar
Prior to arrival in Moscow, Xi Jingping telegraphs mission priorities from Beijing to regional trade partners and NATO detractors.
fmprc | Forging Ahead to Open a New Chapter of China-Russia Friendship, Cooperation and Common Development"

There is a clear historical logic and strong internal driving force for the growth of China-Russia relations. Over the past ten years, we have come a long way in our wide-ranging cooperation and made significant strides into the new era.
UNSC (1945): FR, US, UK, CN, RU
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN, TL*
EAS (2005 East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; RU, CN,  AR, BR, IN, ID, KR, MX, SA, ZA, TR
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*
EaEU (2012 FTA): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU, VN*, CN*, RS*
UTLC (2018 TNC): CN, KZ, RU, BY

* observer, dialogue, or applicant member

— High-level interactions have played a key strategic role in leading China-Russia relations...
— Our two sides have cemented political mutual trust and fostered a new model of major-country relations. ...
— Our two sides have put in place an all-round and multi-tiered cooperation framework.
— Our two sides have acted on the vision of lasting friendship and steadily strengthened our traditional friendship. ...
— Our two sides have had close coordination on the international stage and fulfilled our responsibilities as major countries. China and Russia are firmly committed to safeguarding the UN-centered international system, the international order underpinned by international law, and the basic norms of international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. We have stayed in close communication and coordination in the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO], BRICS, the G20 and other multilateral mechanisms, and worked together for a multi-polar world and greater democracy in international relations. We have been active in practicing true multilateralism, promoting the common values of humanity, and championing the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.

Looking back on the extraordinary journey of China-Russia relations over the past 70 years and more, we feel strongly that our relationship has not reached easily where it is today, and that our friendship is growing steadily and must be cherished by us all. China and Russia have found a right path of state-to-state interactions. This is essential for the relationship to stand the test of changing international circumstances, a lesson borne out by both history and reality...

fmprc | Xi Jinping Arrives in Moscow for State Visit to Russia
The Russian side held a grand welcome ceremony at the airport.
President Xi Jinping delivered an arrival statement, extending warm greetings and best wishes to the Russian government and people on behalf of the Chinese government and people. He stressed that China and Russia are friendly neighbors connected by shared mountains and rivers. Our two countries have consolidated and grown the bilateral relationship on the basis of no-alliance, no-confrontation and not targeting any third party, and set a fine example for developing a new model of major-country relations.
Cai Qi, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, State Councilor and Foreign Minister and other officials accompanying President Xi arrived on the same plane. Zhang Hanhui, China's Ambassador to Russia, also came to the airport to greet the arrival.
kremlin.ru | Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Vladimir Putin: Dear Mr. Chairman, Dear friend! Welcome to Russia, to Moscow.

I am glad to have the opportunity to personally congratulate you on your re-election as head of the Chinese state. This was made possible because the Chinese people and their representatives appreciated your work over the previous decades.

In recent years, China has made a tremendous leap forward in its development. All over the world, this causes genuine interest, and we even envy you a little. China has created a very effective system for developing the economy and strengthening the state. It is much more efficient than in many other countries of the world, this is an obvious fact. Market mechanisms are combined with a fairly confident political course and bring visible results. I am sure that under your leadership, China will take further steps in its development in the coming years and will certainly achieve the goals you have set for yourself....
Xi Jinping: I am very pleased at your invitation to once again pay a state visit to Russia, especially immediately after my next re-election as the President of the PRC, and I chose Russia as the first country of my foreign visit.

You just remembered that exactly ten years ago, when I first became President of the PRC, I also chose Russia as the first country for my first foreign visit. You reminded me of this, and to this day these pictures are well preserved in my heart....

fmprc | President Xi Jinping Meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin
President Xi stressed that there is a profound historical logic for China-Russia relationship to reach where it is today. China and Russia are each other's biggest neighbor and comprehensive strategic partner of coordination. Both countries see their relationship as a high priority in their overall diplomacy and policy on external affairs. China always upholds an independent foreign policy. To consolidate and develop well China-Russia relations is a strategic choice China has made on the basis of its own fundamental interests and the prevailing trends of the world. China is firm in keeping to the general direction of strengthening strategic coordination with Russia. Both China and Russia are committed to realizing national development and rejuvenation, support world multi-polarity and work for greater democracy in international relations. The two countries should further deepen practical cooperation in various fields and strengthen coordination and collaboration on multilateral platforms such as the UN to boost their respective national development and rejuvenation, and be a bulwark for world peace and stability. 
The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the Ukraine issue. President Xi stressed that, on the Ukraine issue, voices for peace and rationality are building. Most countries support easing tensions, stand for peace talks, and are against adding fuel to the fire. A review of history shows that conflicts in the end have to be settled through dialogue and negotiation. China released a document on its position on the Ukraine crisis, advocating the political settlement of the crisis and rejecting the Cold War mentality and unilateral sanctions. China believes that the more difficulties there are, the greater the need to keep space for peace. The more acute the problem is, the more important it is not to give up efforts for dialogue. China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political settlement of the Ukraine issue.

President Putin said that Russia appreciates China for consistently upholding an impartial, objective, and balanced position and standing for fairness and justice on major international issues. Russia has carefully studied China's position paper on the political settlement of the Ukraine issue and is open to talks for peace. Russia welcomes China to play a constructive role in this regard.

The two Presidents said that they look forward to formal talks on the next day to draw up a new blueprint for China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in the years to come.

21 Mar
After the official welcoming ceremony, which took place in the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, the conversation between the head of the Russian state and the President of China began.
fmprc | President Xi Jinping Meets with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
On the morning of March 21 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at the Russian Federation Government House.
President Xi Jinping stressed that since last year, the all-round practical cooperation between China and Russia has maintained sound momentum of growth amid the complex external environment. China has remained Russia's largest trading partner for 13 years in a row. Our energy cooperation has continuously deepened, solid progress has been made on strategic major projects, and increasing people-to-people, cultural and sub-national exchanges have brought us even closer. It is important that both sides work together to scale up and improve the quality of our economic and trade cooperation, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and keep industrial and supply chains secure and stable. The two sides can fully leverage the role of major connectivity projects to spur growth, jointly safeguard our energy security, and expand bilateral economic and trade exchange. We can enhance cooperation in scientific research and innovation and promote sustained progress in our cooperation. We need to work for the continued success of the Chinese-Russian years of sports exchanges in 2022 and 2023 with more activities to be held in a well-planned way. China attaches high importance to seeking synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and stands ready to work with Russia and other EAEU member states to fully implement the Agreement on Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the EAEU and deepen regional cooperation at a higher level.
President Xi Jinping Holds Large-group Talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
On the afternoon of 21 March local time, President Xi Jinping had large-group talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow.
China is in the first year of fully implementing the guiding principles set forth by the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and will foster a new development paradigm at a faster pace, promote high-quality development, and advance Chinese modernization in all respects. Russia is pursuing its national development goals through 2030. The two sides need to step up communication and coordination for new and greater progress in practical cooperation. President Xi expressed his readiness to work with President Putin to provide guidance and instructions for the bilateral relations and practical cooperation to boost the development and rejuvenation of both countries.
kremlin.ru | Russian-Chinese talks
The package of documents signed during the visit includes an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the joint production of television programmes, as well as documents concerning cooperation between the National State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) and the China Media Group, and on the exchange of information and cooperation between Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency and the Xinhua News Agency.

The relevant ministries signed memorandums of understanding aimed at deepening cooperation in trade shows and exhibitions, in the management and use of forest resources, in soybean production, as well as industrial and infrastructure cooperation under preferential terms in the Russian Far East.

The Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Chinese Academy of Sciences signed a Protocol on Strengthening Cooperation in Fundamental Scientific Research. The Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Chinese Atomic Energy Authority also signed a Comprehensive Long-term Cooperation Programme on fast neutron reactors and closed nuclear fuel cycle development.

In addition, the relevant state agencies signed memorandums of understanding and cooperation regarding consumer protection and deeper cooperation in the management of state companies.

fmprc | President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin Sign Joint Statement of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation on Deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination for the New Era and Stress Settling the Ukraine Crisis Through Dialogue
After completing the talks, the heads of state made statements to the media. Later, a state dinner was held in the Palace of the Facets on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation in honor of the Chairman of the People's Republic of China.

kremlin.ru | Speeches at state dinner hosted by President Vladimir Putin in honour of President of People's Republic of China Xi Jinping

Vladimir Putin: Dear Mr. Chairman, Dear friends!
The "Book of Changes", which is a real code of wisdom of Chinese civilization, says: if people have a common soul, then their common strength is so great that it can cut the strongest metal, overcome any obstacle.

I am confident that Russian-Chinese cooperation has truly limitless possibilities and prospects, and we will continue to act in unison and strengthen our partnership for the benefit and interests of the peoples of Russia and China.

I propose a toast to the health of our friend, esteemed President of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, to the health of all members of the Chinese delegation, to the deepening of Russian-Chinese comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction, to the prosperity and well-being of the peoples of Russia and China!

Gan Bei! [To the dregs!]

Xi Jinping (retranslated) : Dear President Putin! Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear friends!

It is a great pleasure to pay a state visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation of President Putin, to arrive in Russia in three years. This gives me great joy. In this regard, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you, Mr. President, and dear Russian friends for the warm welcome.

Ten years ago, I made my first state visit to Russia as President of the People's Republic of China, and together with President Putin, we opened a new page in the development of Chinese-Russian relations.

Over the years, together in the spirit of equality, trust, mutual support, common prosperity, friendship from generation to generation, we have been making every effort to strengthen our political trust, expand cooperation, strengthen international cooperation and coordination. Together we have filled our relations with new content in accordance with the call of the new era.

In the face of changing world, time and history, China and Russia have managed to maintain strategic restraint. Together we confidently and calmly responded to the challenges of the time. Our relations have become stronger, more mature and We set an example—a model example—of relations between the great powers.
I propose a toast to the further development of Chinese-Russian relations of strategic partnership and interaction in a new era, to the prosperity, development and happiness of our peoples, to the friendship between our peoples from generation to generation, to the health of President Putin and all those present!

Let's drink to the bottom!

A Journey of Friendship, Cooperation and Peace that Attracts Worldwide Attention, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang on President Xi Jinping's State Visit to Russia
a valedictory about situational leadership

Xi Jinping is such a busy man, larger than life closes in on Mao Tse Tung.

Contrarily there is Xi Jinping, who after the recently held CCP meeting where he appears to have surpassed Mao Tse Tung electing himself President for life. 

"Cold warriors lived most obviously in the United States and the Soviet Union, but because the Cold War enveloped the world its warriors were everywhere. They included the Presidents of the USA from Harry S. Truman to George H. W. Bush, and their secretaries of state, among them John Foster Dulles, Dean Rusk, and Henry Kissinger.

Many other U.S. government officials were cold warriors: appointees such as George F. Kennan, Paul Nitze, and Jeanne Kirkpatrick, and elected representatives including senators William Knowland, Joseph McCarthy, and Hubert H. Humphrey.

There were members of the intelligence community (J. Edgar Hoover, Edward G. Lansdale, William Colby), prominent journalists who interpreted the Cold War to the American people (Walter Lippmann, James Reston), and theologians, among them Billy Graham, who saw the Cold War as a moral challenge to Americans.

The visit of Xi to Moscow got a very negative connotation in the Western media. As war propaganda goes, each and every negative aspect is highlighted, repeated and repeated some more beyond the 24 hours news cycle. Flying balloons anyone?

Amazing the timing of Xi and effort to balance peace ☮️ between Iran and Saudi Arabia ... the Shia - Sunni divided harmed the Islamic faith for centuries. The division was exploited by the U.S. and U.K. during the last one hundred years. [same for Israel's foreign policy] A few weeks ago Israel was ready to launch an attack on Iran with clear backing from Joe Biden.

Netanyahu - who did not hold political office when the recording was made - was dismissive of the United States, calling it easily manipulated.

"I know what America is," Netanyahu said.
"America is a thing you can move very easily,
move it in the right direction.
They won't get in the way."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 31st, 2023 at 11:30:32 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 31st, 2023 at 08:07:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
1 May 1974

Mao Tse Tung died in 1976. Before he did, presumably he, personifying authoritarian dictatoriship that western civilization abhors, instructed UN representatives of China to introduce a Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order. I'd like to believe that "first-world" democrats who periodically adopt "third-world" impostures will sacrifice 5 minutes in their busy, busy struggles for "critical material" supply chain security to read with ROW this design for "multipolar" political economy.

The "timing" of this UNGA resolution proceeded from Resolution 2758 (1971) which established "the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations." It coincided not only with US defeat by Viet Nam, but the OPEC oil embargo which crippled NATO industrialists and the final dissolution of US adhesion to the IMF's Bretton Woods value system.

Deng Xiaoping succeeded Mao as CPC chairman. The "right-side" of history attributes to him a radical break from tyrannical Mao (Deng Theory), because his role as messenger in 1974—like Resolution 2758—is largely ignored in western imperial epistemology. When chairman of the of the Delegation of the PRC, Teng Hsiao-Ping* aka Deng Xiaoping introduced 3202 (S-VI) to the Special Session of the UN General Assembly, 10 April 1974.

Prepared speech

...At present, the international situation is most favourable to the developing countries and the peoples of the world. More and more, the old order based on colonialism, imperialism and hegemonism is being undermined and shaken to its foundations. International relations are changing drastically. The whole world is in turbulence and unrest. The situation is one of "great disorder under heaven," as we Chinese put it. This "disorder" is a manifestation of the sharpening of all the basic contradictions in the contemporary world. It is accelerating the disintegration and decline of the decadent reactionary forces and stimulating the awakening and growth of the new emerging forces of the people....

UN audio recording (Mandarin), synopsis: "As Executive Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping evokes in front of the General Assembly a new and more moderate [!] Chinese Foreign Policy and pleads [!] for the establishment of a new international economic order."

YouTube documentary, "In 1974, Deng Xiaoping's speech at the United Nations shocked the world!"

So it goes. Again.

* translations don't write themselves, Mr Zelesk*

by Cat on Tue Apr 4th, 2023 at 12:25:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Never Seek Hegemony -- China's Voice at the UN General Assembly, 6 July 2021
In the 1970s, the United States and the Soviet Union stepped up their struggle for global dominance; the flaws in capitalism were coming to the fore; and developing countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, who had long been subject to oppression, became more eager than ever to fight for national independence and grow their economies.
On December 1, 2017, at the opening ceremony of the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting, President Xi Jinping reiterated China's commitment of never seeking hegemony or expansion no matter what stage of development it reaches. China will neither "import" models from other countries nor "export" the Chinese model or ask other countries to copy the Chinese practice.

This is a pledge China made to the international community and the code of conduct for international relations that it has always followed. Despite changes in the international landscape, China's commitment to "never seek hegemony" has never changed, and its original aspiration to "uphold peace" has never wavered. China has honored its words, as a major country is expected to do. China has not and will never betray the solemn commitment it made to the world at the United Nations.

Sports Day at St. Mark's Nursery, London, UK
This parent skipped school just in time to attend the festivities. The two's and three's were lined up in their smocks for a foot race. The teacher blew a whistle, and they were off.

"Run, Bunny, run," urged the parent. And so the child did until she stopped mid-field, cheeks flushed, and momentarily disoriented. Then Bunny's friend grab her hand and they crossed the finish line together. The crowd cheered, and everyone exchanged embraces.

"Why did you stop," Bunny's parent asked at the end of the day, when they walked home through Primrose Hill.

"I was waiting for Amie to catch up."

Parents are first teachers.
by Cat on Tue Apr 4th, 2023 at 01:51:41 PM EST
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china briefing | Joint Statement between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation on Deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination in the New Era - PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 22 Mar, abridged and annotated citations
The Moscow summit held between Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn to a close with both sides issuing a comprehensive Joint Statement. As always, these are somewhat ambiguous, meaning a certain amount of reading between the lines and certainly a well-grounded background into their relationship is required to create a reasonable analysis.

Western media has attempted to portray Putin as the "Junior Partner" which is largely accurate, although not exclusively. I have seen the two men on various platforms over the years, Putin does tend to refer to Xi as 'Chairman' while in return, Putin is referred to as 'President', implying Xi's seniority in the relationship. It is not, however, something Putin appears especially concerned about - there exists a certain amount of old-fashioned chivalry between the two.

Putin and Xi also get on - while Putin has been known in the past for the occasional joke and a laugh, Xi rarely does so. Yet I have seen Xi Jinping make mischievous comments about Putin's piano playing during a bit of forum banter. Clearly, there is a bond between the two, which should come as no surprise.

Anyway, on to the complete statement, which in Chinese [-language "narative"] is significantly more detailed than the truncated English-language version ["readout"] published here. The complete statement has been translated by Dezan Shira & Associates in Beijing and is reproduced below.

"With the unremitting efforts of both sides, the ["]China-Russia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination for a New Era["] has reached the highest level in history and continues to move forward.

"The two sides reaffirmed their compliance with the ["]Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation["] signed on July 16, 2001, and the ["]Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation["] signed on 20 June 2021, and to develop bilateral relations in accordance with the principles and spirit established in the ["]Joint Statement on International Relations and Global Sustainable Development in the New Era["] issued by the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation on February 4, 2022."

CDE [author's initials]: The preamble illustrates the long-standing yet evolving relationship the two sides possess.

euractive | Peace plans and pipelines: What came out of the Putin-Xi talks?, 23 Mar
bottom line: "The agreed summit language suits Putin's purposes, enabling him to continue fighting while saying he is open to talk peace."
bottom line: "Russia is still waiting on a deal and China has powerful leverage to secure advantageous price terms."
bottom line: "Russia is still waiting on a deal and China has powerful leverage to secure advantageous price terms."
CNBC | This map shows the massive gas pipeline that Russia and China are building (26.07.22)
State-owned energy companies, Russia's Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp., have been building the pipeline for about eight years
RT | Russia and China ironing out new gas megadeal (22.03.23)
... The [Power of Siberia-2] is part of a $400 billion, 30-year agreement between Russia's Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation, which was inked in May 2014
bottom line: "Short-term gains for Putin but a longer-term shift in favour of China."
bottom line: "China seeks to position itself as a mediator in the Ukraine crisis while sealing useful deals with Russia at a time when it is in a strong bargaining position vis-a-vis Moscow."
archived China-Russia East Route Pipeline AKA PipeChina cruising to the finish line (12.12.22), Putin orders a huge Far Eastern oil and gas project be re-organised (01.07.22)
by Cat on Sun Apr 2nd, 2023 at 07:40:35 PM EST
Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr "Strategic Concept" (as delivered)
ZDF: Thanks. Secretary General, I have a more general question on China. As the view on China changed, are you ready to change, or is NATO ready to change the [13 pp] Strategic Concept towards China?
Stoltenberg: No. The reality is that the Strategic Concept we agreed in Madrid reflects NATO's or, as I say, a new recognition of what China means for our security, because I think we need to realize that NATO has come a long way when it comes to China. In the Strategic Concept we had until last summer, China was not mentioned with a single word. Then, in the Strategic Concept we agreed in Madrid, in June last year, we made important decisions. We don't regard China as an adversary. But we stated clearly in the Strategic Concept that China's assertive behaviour poses a challenge to our interests, our values, our security....
"assertive behavior"
Qin Gang Meets with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna (2023-04-05)
Qin Gang said that beginning with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and General Charles de Gaulle, China and France have established and developed bilateral relations in the spirit of strategic autonomy. The more complex the world situation becomes, the more the two sides should adhere to strategic independence. Noting that the Chinese side attaches great importance to President Macron's visit to China, Qin Gang said that the Chinese side is willing to work with the French side to make this visit fruitful with outcomes and take the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership and practical cooperation in various fields up to a higher level.
Colonna said that France-China relations are of vital importance. France views its relations with China from a strategic and long-term perspective, appreciating China for the thoughtful arrangements for Macron's visit. She hopes that this visit will inject new vitality into bilateral cooperation in various fields. France adheres to its independent decision-making and the tradition of friendly and cooperative policy toward China. France is willing to work with China to comprehensively resume bilateral relations after COVID-19, constantly deepen cooperation in the fields such as economy and trade as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and jointly respond to global challenges.
President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with French President Emmanuel Macron (2023-04-06)
...President Xi welcomed President Macron's state visit to China after a lapse of over three years. He noted that over the past three years and more, despite a changing and unstable international landscape, China and France have worked together to maintain a positive and sound growth momentum in their bilateral ties. The two sides have maintained high-frequency and high-quality strategic communication in a hybrid format, supported each other in the fight against COVID-19, and seen robust growth in bilateral trade and important outcomes from cooperation in aerospace, aviation, agriculture, food and other areas. The two countries have also carried out close communication and coordination on such issues as climate change, biodiversity, and Africa's development....
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu Xiaoming Visits EU Headquarters (2023-04-06)
...and held talks respectively with Deputy Secretary-General Enrique Mora and Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific Gunnar Wiegand of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The two sides exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, China-EU relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Liu Xiaoming shared China's policy and position on the Korean Peninsula issue....

President Xi Jinping Holds Trilateral Meeting with French President Macron and European Commission President von der Leyen (2023-04-06)
...President Xi pointed out that the concurrent visit to China by President Macron and President von der Leyen demonstrates the positive desire of the European Union (EU) to grow relations with China and advances the common interests of China and the EU. In a complex and volatile world beset by the protracted Ukraine crisis, faltering global recovery, volatile financial markets and growing difficulties facing developing countries, China and the EU need to stay committed to dialogue and cooperation, uphold world peace and stability, foster common development and prosperity, promote human progress, and address global challenges together....
Xi Jinping: China Ready to Issue a Joint Call with France for Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis (2023-04-06)
On the afternoon of 6 April, President Xi Jinping held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, and they met the press afterwards.

President Xi reaffirmed China's commitment to facilitating peace talks and political settlement on the Ukraine crisis. China stands ready to issue a joint call with France for the international community:

To stay rational, exercise restraint, and avoid taking actions that might cause the crisis to further deteriorate or even spiral out of control;

To strictly abide by international humanitarian law, avoid attacking civilians or civilian facilities, and protect women, children and other victims of the conflict;

To earnestly honor the solemn pledge that nuclear weapons must not be used and nuclear wars must not be fought, oppose the use of biological weapons under any circumstances, and oppose armed attacks against nuclear power plants or other civilian nuclear facilities;

To resume peace talks as soon as possible, observe the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, accommodate the legitimate security concerns of all parties, seek political settlement, and foster a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture; and

To jointly address the spillover effects of the Ukraine crisis in food, energy, finance, transportation and other fields, and reduce the negative impact of the Ukraine crisis on the world, especially on developing countries.

Politico.eu.com | Macron fails to move Xi Jinping over Russia's war on Ukraine, 6 Apr
Chinese President Xi Jinping showed no sign of changing his position [to] Russia's war on Ukraine after talks Thursday with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

On the second day of Macron's state visit to China, Xi took his long-standing line on Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine -- saying that "all sides" have "reasonable security concerns"—and gave no hint [?] he would use his influence to help end the conflict.

"China is willing to jointly appeal with France to the international community to remain rational and calm," was as far as the Chinese leader would go, during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

First Post | full press conference with signing ceremony, A/V (FR, Mandarin), 00:37:45
France24 | full press conference with Xi, Macron, Merkel, and Juncker, A/V EN translator, 00:37:36
After reading his carefully scripted remarks while staring straight ahead, Xi at times looked impatient and annoyed as Macron continued speaking. Xi heaved a couple of deep sighs and looked uncomfortable as Macron addressed him directly[,] while apparently ad-libbing on the Ukraine war and about their joint responsibility to uphold peace.

The tone of the exchange contrasted starkly with a signing ceremony for various commercial contracts that immediately preceded the "press conference with Communist characteristics," at which the two leaders took no questions from the media.

At the press conference, Macron appealed to Xi to explicitly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

by Cat on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 01:20:34 PM EST
Geez ... signing the contracts and thereafter annoying your host ... Macron is en route to the airport? Or was the planning a third day for business meetings with Chinese counterparts.

The 12-point peace plan was not compatible with the military goal of NATO and especially the aggressive attack dogs of former Soviet bloc states Poland and Lithuania.

Yesterday Zelensky 🇺🇦 rubbed shoulders with Duda, his big benefactor itching to take part in hostilities to punish Russia. Letting UF pilots fly his Polish MIG-29s. As close as Poland 🇵🇱 can get.

#unity #WeAreNato #navalbattlegroups #TaiwanStrait.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 01:50:33 PM EST
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Polish minister for agriculture resigns over Ukrainian grain imports | Agriland |

Downward pressure on prices has been slowly mounting since Ukraine began using its land border with Poland to export duty-free grain to other EU countries, after its Black Sea ports were largely decommissioned by Russian blockades last year.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 03:52:38 PM EST
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Agriculture Minister Gechev Says Bulgaria Also Mulling Ban on Ukrainian Grain Imports, European Commission Warns against Unilateral Steps

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 06:14:17 PM EST
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EU Says Poland, Hungary Halts on Ukraine Grain 'Unacceptable' | Bloomberg |

Kyiv's eastern neighbors had agreed that grain from the war-torn country could be transshipped through their territory after Russia blockaded Ukraine's Black Sea ports for months following the February 2022 invasion. Exports from Ukraine's Odesa-region ports resumed in August but remain below usual levels. 

Although the grain was supposed to be shipped on from Europe to Africa and the Middle East, logistical bottlenecks meant some supplies started to pile up in eastern Europe. 

In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this month, Bulgaria and four EU states adjacent to Ukraine pushed for the bloc to increase financial support to farmers, consider buying the surplus grain for humanitarian aid or even restrict imports from Ukraine. 

"If current market trends continued, that would cause serious damage to Hungarian agriculture," Hungarian Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said on Saturday. Ukraine's lower-cost agriculture is undercutting Hungarian producers of poultry, eggs, honey, grain and oilseeds, he said.

Hungary called on the European Union to reconsider "the full duty-free treatment of Ukrainian goods and the functioning of the solidarity corridors."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 06:16:46 PM EST
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https:/www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-overhaul-legislation-genetically-modified-crops-2022-10 -20
by Oosterbeek on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 09:22:32 PM EST
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https://www.moonofalabama.org/2023/04/the-moa-week-in-review-not-ukraine-ot-2023-91.html?cid=6a00d83 41c640e53ef02b7517c4da6200b#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef02b7517c4da6200b
by Oosterbeek on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 09:30:23 PM EST
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Update on Foreign Investment in Ukrainian Agricultural Land

The moratorium on alienation of Ukrainian farm land has long prevented meaningful foreign investment into the Ukrainian agricultural sector. To somehow obtain access to agricultural land, instead of outright ownership foreign investors had to register Ukrainian companies that entered into lease agreements with landowners, most with a "right to buy" option if and when the moratorium will be lifted.

However, if the current amendments to the legislation will be approved, the lifting of moratorium will not allow any legal entities to purchase their leased land despite any provisions to the contrary in their lease agreements. To add insult to injury, the suggested taxes and other mandatory payments to the state, will decrease any profits generated from the leased land.

By way of background, at the end of 2012, the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) adopted Law №11315, further extending the moratorium on selling agricultural land until January 1st, 2016, right after the next Presidential elections. Under the draft law, privatization of farm land will benefit the Ukrainian government first and foremost, followed by select Ukrainian citizens. For instance, potential buyers of farm land can only be (a) the Ukrainian government; (b) regional state authorities; (c) the State Land Bank; or (d) Ukrainian citizens. Moreover, only the first three categories have the priority right to purchase any agricultural land that is offered for sale. All individuals who wish to own more than 100 hectares will need to obtain permission from GosZemAgenstvo (the State Land Agency). This is a highly controversial requirement because it allows government bureaucrats to decide which Ukrainian individuals can own large parcels of farm land.

The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture | Country Fact Sheet - Dec. 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 10:10:21 PM EST
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Ooops ...

This fact sheet provides details on the transnational agribusinesses that are increasingly investing in Ukraine, including Monsanto, Cargill, and DuPont, and how corporations are taking over all aspects of Ukraine's agricultural system. This includes circumventing land moratoriums, investing in seed and input production facilities, and acquiring commodity production, processing, and transportation facilities.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 16th, 2023 at 10:11:22 PM EST
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The United States Announces $100 Million Ukraine Agriculture Resilience Initiative (AGRI) - Ukraine
18 Jul 2022
...USAID seeks to raise an additional $150 million for the Initiative from fellow donors and the private sector with an overall target of $250 million. AGRI-Ukraine builds on a range of support USAID is providing to Ukraine's agriculture sector in the wake of Russia's full scale invasion, including providing over 8,000 Ukrainian farmers with seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and more, reaching approximately 14% of the country's registered agriculture enterprises, to help them deliver this year's harvest despite the devastation caused by Russia's invasion....
USAID Announces New Private Sector Partnerships to Help Ukraine Continue Feeding the World
4 Mar 2023
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced three new partnerships to help Ukraine overcome immediate and long-term export logistics challenges caused by Russia's full-scale war. USAID,
Grain Alliance,
Kernel, and
...The name of the company "NIBULON" consists of the first letters of the names of the cities of the founders: Mykolaiv, Budapest, London. The main activity of the established enterprise is the production and sale of hybrid seeds of corn and sunflower of foreign selections....
plan to make combined investments of more than $44 million to support storage and infrastructure expansion in Ukraine's agriculture sector. The investments are projected to increase Ukraine's grain shipping capacity by more than 3.35 million tons annually, bolstering Ukraine's economy and bringing much-needed grain to the global market.  
USTR | Ukraine - Country Commercial Guide (11.01.23)
...Despite the current challenges, the CS Ukraine holds a positive long-term view on sales prospects for U.S. agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturers in Ukraine...
The ["]co-investments["] include $8 million from the USAID Agriculture Resilience Initiative-Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine) and more than $36 million from these three private sector partners. The transshipment investments will increase grain export operations at three terminals: Izmail and Reni in Ukraine, both on the Danube, and Čierna nad Tisou in Slovakia. Kernel and Nibulon investments cover a range of expansion needs.
archived The Bystroye Canal: is Ukraine illegally dredging and how is this affecting the Danube Delta?
This includes design and construction to renovate berths at the Port of Reni and to expand the Port of Izmail operations capabilities. Grain Alliance will be purchasing a transshipment storage facility in Slovakia which will include building silos and procuring transport equipment such as trucks and railcars.
dimsumdaily.hk | Slovakia destroys 1,500-ton shipment of Ukrainian grain contaminated with EU-banned pesticide (15.04.23)
USAID's partnership with these three companies, two Ukrainian and all with deep ties to the local agricultural economy, will help support Ukraine and its people as the country continues to defend itself against Russia's unjust and unprovoked full-scale invasion. USAID has contributed an initial $100 million to AGRI-Ukraine, and, with these new partnerships, has leveraged more than $70 million in private sector investments. USAID seeks to leverage an additional $80 million from fellow donors, the private sector and foundations, with an overall investment target of $250 million.
by Cat on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 12:28:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 18th, 2023 at 01:05:17 AM EST
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EU Solidarity austerity subsidies ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 03:54:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 04:57:35 PM EST
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"strategic autonomy" fans

President Xi Jinping Holds China-France-EU Trilateral Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

President von der Leyen  notedthat the EU respects China's history and culture. Frank and constructive dialogue with China and continuous development of EU-China relations are crucial for peace and stability in Europe. The EU and China are each other's important trading partners and the two economies are highly intertwined. Decoupling from China is neither in the EU's interests nor the EU's strategic choice. The EU sets its China policy independently. It would like to restart the High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and advance steady and balanced growth of economic and trade ties with China for mutual benefit. The EU congratulates China for hosting a successful United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and commends China's efforts to cut carbon emissions. The EU stands ready to enhance communication and coordination with China to jointly meet global challenges and contribute to peace, stability and development in the world.
The three leaders exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis. President von der Leyen and President Macron shared the European perspective. They agreed that China did not create the Ukraine crisis, and said that they appreciate China's efforts to promote a political settlement and look forward to China playing a more important role. They also said that they are prepared to work with China to find a way to facilitate talks for peace.
Oui! vdL annex Statemens by European Commission President
by Cat on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 11:34:14 PM EST
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🌏 🤣 🤣 independently ... hahaha ... not sold out to big daddy USA? ... no defense of its own ... #wearenato ... 37 unified states with same moral values as Washington ... and Israel ... a factor of peace in the world ... Afghanistan .. Iraq - Libya - Syria - Ukraine ...
China's 12 point peace plan is nearly the position of Russia at the end of 2021 when substantive diplomacy should have prevented this war ... meeting with Zelenskyy ... Biden's puppet ... Xi won't stoop that low .,.

PS Is Lithuania also represented in the EU and by Brussels? Josep ... 🤣 ... Baerbock 😁

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 7th, 2023 at 12:46:53 AM EST
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reuters | Taiwan welcomes first official European Parliament delegation, 3 Nov 2021
..."We in Europe are also confronted with interference from authoritarian regimes and we came here to learn from you," added [MEP Raphael] Glucksmann, who is leading the delegation. He described Taiwan as "a laboratory and a hub for the FIGHT against foreign interference and the preservation of democracy"....
Politico.eu.com | EU lawmakers sanctioned by Beijing are due to visit Taiwan, 31 Oct 2022
... Trade, investment and technology are the focus for the delegation, which includes Reinhard Bütikofer, chair of the European Parliament's delegation on relations with China, as well as Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, a Dutch lawmaker. ...Ukrainian parliamentarian Mykola Kniazhytskyi, another member of the group visiting Taipei, sees similarities between his country Donbas and Taiwan....German, Czech, British, Belgian and Kosovan lawmakers also will be on the trip, as Taiwan is keen to pursue parliamentary diplomacy while most Western officials refrain from administration-level visits, out of their "one China" pledges with Beijing.
The EU's foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service [EEAS], recently issued a NEW! internal document calling on member countries to work on "de-escalation and dissuasion" with Beijing, in the hopes of avoiding a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan. Part of the worry stems from the fact that Taiwan accounts for nearly 90 percent of the most advanced microchips supplied to European companies and manufacturers.

U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have in recent weeks warned that China is "speeding up" plans for the use of force against Taiwan ....

president.gov.tw | President Tsai meets European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegation, 20 Dec 2022
...At this time, in the face of the global expansion of authoritarianism, Taiwan is willing and able to strengthen cooperation with our democratic partners around the world. That is why, at the beginning of this year, I announced the Taiwan-Europe Connectivity Initiative in the hope that Taiwan and the European Union can further deepen our partnership and jointly create a resilient democratic alliance....
scmp | Amid cooling TIES with Beijing, EU delegations land in Taiwan to talk defence, security, and supply chains, 9 Jan 2023 PROBE
...Led by the heads of their defence committees [!], the German and Lithuanian parliamentary groups visited the island on Monday for stays of four and six days respectively, Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.
According to the source, the delegates were also expected to visit Hsinchu Science Park, where the world's largest contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co [TMSC] is headquartered, to understand supply chain conditions in Taiwan.
[The visiting Lithuanian group] said among the major topics of interest to the group were discussions about the hybrid security threat now faced by Taiwan[,] Europe[,] and Taiwan's all-out-defence programme.....
by Cat on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 07:26:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 12:27:19 PM EST
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Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar: Oleksandr Merezhko
...Q: You worked at the Wilson Center during 2010-2011--pre-annexation of Crimea. During your time at the Center, did you foresee the events playing out in 2014, as well as in the present?

Merezhko: The truth is that I didn't and couldn't foresee it at that time. The reason for that was that I'm an international lawyer and I believed in international law. I believed that Russia would not dare to violate international law in such a brutal and cynical way. However, even at that time some of my colleagues, who knew the situation in Russia better than me, could foresee such events....

poll smoke!
IRI-USAID | MOOD OF THE AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA, biennial field surveys 2009-2013
Razumkov Center | Crimea in the Public Opinion of Ukrainians
A nationwide public opinion poll of Ukrainians was jointly conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre sociological service on August 16-22, 2018 in all regions of Ukraine, excluding the Ukrainian territory of Crimea occupied by Russia and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 2,019 respondents aged 18 years and older were polled. The theoretical sample error doesn't exceed 2.3%.

For comparison, findings from a previous nationwide survey conducted jointly by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre sociological service on May 11-16, 2016 were included.

The survey was conducted with the financial support of the MATRA project of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine.

A prevalent majority (69%) of Ukraine's population believes that the Crim

by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 12:52:54 PM EST
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"state-controlled" Politico.eu.com | French lawmakers will visit Taiwan, island's foreign minister says, 19 Apr
according to a Bloomberg report, which added the delegation is expected to travel Sunday [16.03.23].
...The visit would come after French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Les Echos and Politico published Sunday that Europe should avoid getting dragged into any potential confrontation between the US and China over Taiwan....
"The paradox would be that, overcome with panic, we believe we are just America's followers," Macron said.
[Taiwan FM Joseph] Wu did not specify which French lawmakers would travel to Taipei, and France's National Assembly and Senate did not respond to POLITICO's request for comment.
by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 08:26:28 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 10, 2023
Reuters: While displaying itself as a force for global peace, China is threatening Taiwan with military drills in the Taiwan Strait. How can China win the trust of the international community while conducting military drills?
Wang Wenbin: I can't see the logic in which you raised the question. I think your question makes no sense....
AFP: French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview yesterday that Europe should not be a follower of either the US or China on the Taiwan issue and that Europe should not become entangled in crises that do not concern it. Does China have any comment on the President's remarks?
Wang Wenbin: The Taiwan question is entirely China's internal affair....
NBC: Some observers say that the intensity and scale of China's military exercises around Taiwan is less than during or after Speaker Pelosi's visit, but the Taiwanese authorities said today that the intensity is the same. Which one is more accurate in your view and has China paid more attention this time to the diplomatic and international impact of the Taiwan-related exercises?
Wang Wenbin: I suggest that rather than follow the remarks by so and so from the US or the Taiwan authorities, perhaps you could give more attention to the statement from the spokesperson of the PLA Eastern Theater Command, which is more authoritative, accurate and helpful for your readers.
by Cat on Tue Apr 11th, 2023 at 12:59:06 AM EST
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Barron's | France says to give envoy 'stern rebuke', innernational law and conventions
Beijing's ambassador to France Lu Shaye triggered a furore by saying on French television that countries that emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union "don't have effective status under international law because there is not an international agreement confirming their status as sovereign nations".
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" and wikiwtf SSR declarations, proclamations, and "recognition"
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis [!] wrote on Twitter that "if anyone is still wondering why the Baltic States don't "trust China to 'broker peace in Ukraine', here's a Chinese ambassador arguing that Crimea is Russian and our countries' borders have no legal basis".
how a position paper became a peace plan became an unattributed quote in 30 days
... China meanwhile walked back the remarks, saying Monday that it respected the "sovereign state status" of all ex-Soviet countries...
archived Landsbergis 3, Landsbergis 2, Landsbergis 1, Landsbergis 0* Ukraine and Taiwan Are One

Politico.eu.com | Baltics blast China diplomat for questioning sovereignty of ex-Soviet states

archived Time to Bring Back the Polish-Lithuanian Union

* file in "set theory" jokes

by Cat on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 01:18:32 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on April 24, 2023
TASS: Last Friday, Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye took an interview from a French media. On the ownership of Crimea, Mr. Ambassador said that it depends on how the problem is perceived. Crimea was historically part of Russia and had been offered to Ukraine by former Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev. What is China's comment?
AFP: The Chinese Ambassador to France also claimed that the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics lacks solid basis in international law. Lithuania's foreign minister said that the Ambassador's remarks explain why countries like Lithuania lack confidence in whether China could play a constructive part in mediating for peace on the Ukraine issue. Does China support the Ambassador's remarks? Do you agree that the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics lacks solid basis in international law?
The Wall Street Journal: Just wanted to follow up on the comments made by the ambassador in France. Could you just clarify for us, do his comments reflect the position of the Chinese government specifically? Or will China retract the comment, as I believe some European leaders have called on China to do? Could you just be as specific as possible about the comments, specifically whether they were appropriate and whether the foreign ministry stands by them?
Mao Ning: I can tell you that what I stated just now represents the official position of the Chinese government.
Bloomberg: The transcript of the Chinese Ambassador to France's remarks appeared on the Chinese embassy's website. It was then removed. Do you know why it was removed and what part of Lu's comments were problematic?
Reuters: My question is similar to some that have been asked earlier about the Chinese ambassador in Paris. Does China recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state? 
Reuters: My question is related to the Ukraine/Crimea question again. Thank you very much for explaining China's decision on recognizing that former Soviet countries like Ukraine are sovereign countries. This seems different from what Ambassador Lu said in Paris. Does China stand behind everything that Ambassador Lu said in that interview with LCI?
Send warships to Taiwan Strait, Borrell urges EU governments, 23 Apr
by Cat on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 09:58:13 PM EST
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China's Xi talks with Ukraine's Zelensk* by phone, 25 Apr
"No details of the phone call were immediately released."
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 11:52:10 AM EST
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Chinese President Xi Jinping holds phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk*, 26 Apr
"Chinese President Xi Jinping holds phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk*."
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 12:12:05 PM EST
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fmprc | President Xi Jinping Speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the Phone
On the afternoon of 26 April, President Xi Jinping spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the phone at the invitation of the latter. The two sides exchanged views on China-Ukraine relations and the Ukraine crisis. 

President Xi noted that China-Ukraine relations, after 31 years of development, have reached a level of strategic partnership, boosting development and revitalization of the two countries. Xi commended President Zelenskyy for stating, on multiple occasions, the importance he attaches to developing the bilateral relationship and advancing cooperation with China, and thanked the Ukrainian side for its strong assistance to the evacuation of Chinese nationals last year. Mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity is the political foundation of China-Ukraine relations. The two sides need to look to the future, view and handle the bilateral relations from a long-term perspective, carry forward the tradition of mutual respect and sincerity, and take the China-Ukraine strategic partnership forward. China's readiness to develop relations with Ukraine is consistent and clear-cut. No matter how the international situation evolves, China will work with Ukraine to advance mutually beneficial cooperation. 

by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 01:27:38 PM EST
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Does Zelenskyy want peace? Or is he strung as a puppet to U.K. and America ..

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 01:43:32 PM EST
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Not a single mention of peace?  ☮️ China's belt & road connecting Ukraine with Russia .... likely a long tunnel instead of a road.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 02:00:13 PM EST
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Ukraine never before sent an ambassador to China. m'k.

I expect that lucky Ukrainian to acquit him- or herself with all the sophistication of the delegations loitering in Europe and the UN.

by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 02:14:11 PM EST
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Ukraine's ambassador kisses the ring, Mr Facebook, ONE CHINA.
...Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Taiwan question is entirely China's internal affair. The Taiwan question and the Ukraine issue are different in nature and are not comparable at all....
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 03:45:35 PM EST
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Notwithstanding possible UA:EN translation errors, it's surreal.
President of Ukraine had a phone call with the President of the People's Republic of China, 26 Apr
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call with the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

During a productive hour-long conversation, the heads of state discussed a full range of topical issues of bilateral relations. Special attention was paid to the ways of possible cooperation to establish a just and sustainable peace for Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reaffirmed Ukraine's unwavering position on adherence to the "One China" policy and thanked the President of the People's Republic of China for China's support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The President expressed gratitude to the Chinese side for the humanitarian assistance and noted that Ukraine properly cares about the safety of Chinese citizens in our country.

The parties discussed ways to strengthen the Ukrainian-Chinese partnership.

"Before the full-scale Russian invasion, China was Ukraine's number one trading partner. I believe that our conversation today will give a powerful impetus to the return, preservation and development of this dynamic at all levels," the  President of Ukraine emphasized. This should be facilitated by the resumption [!] of the work of the bilateral intergovernmental commission and the appointment of the Ambassador of Ukraine to China.

In this regard, the Head of State called on China to play an effective role in the settlement of the security issue around the ZNPP.

"This will be in line with the essence of the Budapest  Memorandum," he emphasized.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy briefed the Chinese leader on the situation at the front:...

The Head of State specifically focused on the devastating consequences of the Russian invasion, emphasizing the abduction of twenty thousand [!] Ukrainian children by Russia....

The President of Ukraine outlined the content of the Ukrainian Peace Formula [!] and informed about the ongoing diplomatic work on the organization of the Global Peace Summit.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed hope for China's active participation in efforts to restore peace....

The parties emphasized the importance of efforts to establish peace.

The Head of State separately emphasized the importance of all states refraining from supporting Russia in the war. This should apply to military-technical cooperation, including the supply of weapons....

The President of Ukraine emphasized the readiness of our country to remain a guarantor of global food security. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that Ukrainian ports are currently hostage to Russian aggression and are blocked by the aggressor state, and our export routes are blocked with them.*

In this context, the parties expressed joint support for the need for proper implementation and continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed about the implementation of the Grain from Ukraine global humanitarian program.

The leaders of Ukraine and China agreed to maintain a regular dialogue.

* except, for example, for the 6.7M mt exported to China, 5.1M to Span, 3M to Turkiye, 2M to Italy, and 1.7M to Netherlands? JCC Cargo Destinations with NEW! animated shipping routes

Now there is an opportunity to give new impetus to relations between Ukraine and China - address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 26 Apr

I spoke with the leader of China today. It was a long and quite rational conversation. It is usually said that such conversations open up opportunities. Now there is an opportunity to give new impetus to our relations - Ukraine and China.

There is an opportunity to use China's political influence to restore the strength of the principles and rules on which peace should be based. Ukraine and China, as well as the vast majority of the world, are equally interested in the strength of the sovereignty of nations and territorial integrity... In compliance with the main security rules, in particular, the inadmissibility of threats with nuclear weapons and the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world. We are equally interested in ensuring that the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is finally fully secured and that nuclear power plants are never used for military purposes again, which is exactly the kind of cynical use Russia is trying to make the norm.

It is very important that China shares our view of freedom of navigation and trade. I briefed Mr. Xi Jinping on our efforts to restore seaborne food exports. And I heard words of support for our Black Sea Grain Initiative and its extension, as well as support for our humanitarian efforts, in particular the Grain from Ukraine program.

Of course, an essential part of the conversation is our views on ways to restore a just peace. I presented the Ukrainian Peace Formula, its specific points. We agreed to continue our communications.

[ellipses in original -mcs]

critical reviews
Andriy Yermak and Valerii Zaluzhny had a phone call with Jake Sullivan and Mark Mille, 27 Apr
President and Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom discussed enhancement of defense support for Ukraine, 27 Apr

by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 01:15:05 PM EST
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The President of Ukraine outlined the content of the Ukrainian Peace Formula [!] and informed about the ongoing diplomatic work on the organization of the Global Peace Summit. After capitulation ...

To the victor the spoils and surrender dictates ...

Posted on another thread ... here

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 05:38:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 08:23:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 08:18:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Apr 29th, 2023 at 02:59:47 PM EST
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"state-controlled" media translation
ukrinform | China's neutral position on war "important" for Ukraine - official
"Is China a beneficiary of the war? It seems to me that there are many economic beneficiaries of the war, not just China, but it is fundamentally important for us that China does not interfere in this war and continues to take the neutral position it is taking today," Podolyak said. According to him, China is taking advantage of the situation with the closure of European markets for Russia, getting certain benefits off of this. At the same time, the official noted that China is not investing in Russia in terms of military technology or weapons.

"It is important for us that China adheres to this neutral position and does not invest in the war, does not support Russia," the advisor said.
"I would assess the very fact of the conversation as absolutely positive because China has certain reasons to see itself as a much more powerful state than Russia today and to claim the position that Russia used to occupy in the global political environment. And, of course, this is important for us from the point of view that President Zelensky was able to convey principled positions on the nature of the war, on how this war should end. And this was publicly voiced, this position was recorded that there can be no compromise of 'territory in exchange for peace'," Podolyak said.

Try to act surprised. I promise you, Zelensk* isn't the least interested in a ceasefire, Here is Podoliak's considered opinion from 28 Feb in Chinese peace principles for the war in Ukraine, countries which failed to support Ukraine
by Cat on Sat Apr 29th, 2023 at 10:01:26 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Xi tells Zelensk*: China won't add 'fuel to the fire' in Ukraine, 26 Apr
In first phone call between the leaders since Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion, China's president says 'now' is the time to resolve the crisis.
and insisted the time was ripe to "resolve the crisis politically"
he suggested that Kyiv should pursue "political resolution" through dialogue
In a fuller statement, Zelensk* said that during the call "particular attention was paid to the ways of possible cooperation to establish a just and sustainable peace for Ukraine."
Xi, for his part, used the call to reject the West's criticisms of China amid worries that Beijing was preparing to provide Moscow with weapons.

"China is neither the creator nor a party to the Ukraine crisis," he said, as reported by state media Xinhua. "As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and a responsible great power, we would not watch idly by, we would not add fuel to the fire, and above all we would not profiteer from this."

by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 11:31:18 PM EST
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Joe McDonald I
Why? WHY?

Joe McDonald II
China's < reckless eyeballin' > Ukraine Plan

by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 07:02:57 PM EST
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China says it will send peace envoy to Ukraine. 2 hrs ago
Chinese leader Xi Jinping told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a phone call on Wednesday that his government will send a peace envoy to Ukraine and other nations, state media said, after Beijing said it wants to act as mediator in Russia's war with the country. A government statement reported by state TV gave no indication whether the Chinese envoy would visit Russia.

"China will send a special representative of the Chinese government on Eurasian affairs to Ukraine and other countries to conduct in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis," the statement said.

China, Ukraine leaders speak for first time since war began. 19 min ago
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* said he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a "long and meaningful" phone conversation Wednesday, their first known contact since Russia invaded Ukraine more than a year ago. The phone call lasted nearly an hour and was a significant development that came two months after Beijing, which has long been aligned with Russia, said it wanted to act as a mediator in the war against Ukraine [FALSE] and after Xi visited Moscow last month.

Zelensk* was upbeat about the phone call, which offered him the chance to try to drive a wedge between Moscow and its key ally Beijing. Russian President Vladimir Putin is eager to keep Xi close as a counterweight to the United States, which has sided with Ukraine.

"I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine's ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations," Zelensk* said in a Facebook post without elaborating. His office said more details of what was said would be published later in the day.
[uh oh]
The White House said it did not have advance notice about the call but described it as a positive development, allowing Xi to hear Ukraine's view of the "illegal, unprovoked invasion."

"We think that's a good thing," White House National Security Council spokesman John KIRBY said.

China tries to act as mediator in Russia's war with Ukraine. 5 min ago
Xi told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* in a phone call that a Chinese envoy would visit Ukraine and "other countries" to discuss a possible political settlement, according to a government statement reported by state TV. It made no mention of Russia or last year's invasion of Ukraine. It also gave no indication of whether the Chinese envoy might visit Moscow. The Xi-Zelensk* phone call was long anticipated after Beijing said it wanted to be a mediator in the war.
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 03:25:27 PM EST
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One never knows beforehand until you do open the Chinese fortune cookie ...

China also calls on assurances for security of Russia ... expansion of NATO has gone too far and threatens the Russia Federation. Back to square one of December 2021.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 04:26:11 PM EST
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400 years of "humiliation" ended with independence and gaping partitions.
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 06:10:35 PM EST
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France24 | French, Chinese Presidents Address the Press, 6 Apr, A/V, tri-ling translator, 00:21:40
XI: [We] reiterated the importance of sovereignty and territorial integrity of other nations as the fundamental priciples that we uphold. We are going to ensure that development benefits both of our countries. Just a few moments ago, President Macron and I witnessed a signing of a number of agreements for co-operation, for aeronautics, civil nuclear power, green development, new technologies, and these are all pivotal areas for future development and growth of our respective nations. We focused on other key areas such as carbon neutrality, and training—carbon neutral training programs. We would like to reiterate that China is going to continue to open up it's country to the world, to foreign countries and to new opportunities. France is a key driver in developing our further relationships as we have seen in the past. France will be a guest of honor in future relationships and future events, when we focus on striking a balance, because we need to ensure that companies working in the Chinese borders can do so normally. That is why France will be part of future trade discussions. The coming year will be the year for Franco-Chinese tourism. As part of that we will continue to drive exchanges between our nations, be it for education or tourism. Our shared objective is to ensure the Olympic Games in 2024 can go ahead as planned, and we will ensure that that can happen. Also, we will uphold our efforts to focus on a multifaceted approach to multilateralism, multilateralism that came out of the Cold War. We will also work together in the lead up to the United Nations Conference  on the High Seas to ensure the conference will go ahead. This also marks the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of relationships between China and Europe, and we will strive to bolster that in all areas. And with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, we will hold tri-partite meetings between France, China, and the European Union. The objective of said meeting is to focus on strategic autonomy that Europe is striving for. The aim is not just to follow, or to be subject to, the will of others. The aim is to ensure all parties can move forward autonomously.

As for the crisis in Ukraine, China continues to make an appeal for peace and a political solution to be found. With France we call for restraint for all international partners, because if not, the situation will become a situation out of control. We need to ensure that civilians and civilian facilities will be protected. We need to ensure that nuclear weapons are not used, and we condemn the use of biological warfare as well. We are against the use of bombing civilians, and we want everyone to ensure that the solution that comes out of this is a long-term, stable solution. We seek to work together to seek to protect the future relations with Ukraine in all domains—financial, economic, agricultural. (Applause) We also seek to draw attention to, draw light [to], the fact that developing nations also suffer from the fallout of this crisis, and we need to tackle that. Thank you very much.
Macron: Thank you very much, President, ministers, abassadors, journalists. I'd like to thank you foremost for welcoming us here today, some three years after my initial visit where we both met in Shanghai. Over these past three years we continued to maintain open channels of communication  despite the pandemic. Given all that has happened, I would like to thank you for meeting us here in Beijing and [unintelligible]. I would like to thank you for meeting me here today in light of the upcoming tri-lateral meeting between yourself, myself, and the president of the European Commission. This is just another milestone in a long journey of relations that started with Juncker and Merkel years ago. Our co-operation is one that is building on history of co-operation that dates back to our respective understandings of Silk Road. Now, we are striking a form of balance, and I would say that the times that we have just lived accelerated change, accelerated co-operation. Now, I feel that we have come to a form of understanding. France and China as permanent members of the UN Security Council—because of history, the love for independence, and the fact that we believe so deeply in that as a principle—work together to build or preserve a sense of global order that has withstood the test of time.

We work to ensure peace and stability, and we have the ambition to tackle very modern issues. To talk of peace and stability, well, there are very many topics that we could discuss today and tomorrow, especially when focusing on what is happening in the Middle East—the coming together, the coming closer of Saudi Arabia and Iran—which is a welcomed change. We could also speak of Lebanon and the sensibility that needs to be brought into the region. We could also talk about the situation in North Korea, but to speak of peace and stability today obviously means we have to speak of war, war that is being waged by Russia in Ukraine. You just spoke of that, and if I could just touch on that as well. This brings to an end decades of peace on the European continent. This is a war that affects us all, as you mention, because a permanent member of the UN Security Council decided to violate the very charter that governs that council. Therefore, through diplomatic means we have sought to remind Russia of its obligations and its duties, to remind it of the fact that territorial boundaries are part and parcel of sovereignty, and we have pushed to defend the UN Charter. We take very seriously the matter of nuclear powers, and you understand that France agrees in saying that nuclear warfare should not be part of any way forward, and there are certain treaties to that effect. We need to ensure that no countries, who do not have nuclear weapons, be given such capability, because that would go against a number of commitments made by yourself, that we have made, and that many other countries of the world have made. Another point that you have just reminded is, that there is a humanitarian issue at stake here. Russia is violating certain humanitarian law, especially when they target children. Therefore, [we] speak out against this action and speak out against impunity.

We, therefore, need to defend a number of items, and that is what we can talk about, because we need to build [a] sustainable, long-term view. We can only have that if we have Ukrainian people and also if we can have the Russians at the discussion table. I feel that Europe needs stable security for the future, and the stability piece cannot be possible, if we are busy dealing with situations like what is happening in Ukraine. We can consider that Ukraine is a European country and, therefore, we cannot consider stability on a continent insofar as we still have a country that has been invaded by one of its neighboring powers. So, what we have discussed is a number of principles. I agree with a number of principles that we have already discussed. I hope that in a very near future we will be able to have a much more demanding conversation between each other and with Russia so we can remind Russia of these principles. We wish to do so through our diplomatic avenues, because this is a matter of sovereignty and territorial integrity for Ukraine. That is the only condition for long-term, sustainable peace. We need to ensure that there is long-term stability even if there may be a short-term escalation of the situation.

We have a number of shared ambitions. We have the forum for the new Silk Road. This one which will be present is the UN High Commission forum that will be held in Costa Rica. Also, in 2019 we signed a number of important declarations and statements on biodiversity. We are ready to bear the fruits of that at the COP[15] summit in Montreal. This March, the BBNJ agreements. So, we have a number of commitments and agreements that we have made together for example the fight against evolution of [unitelligible]. All of this is part of a road map leading up to [unitelligible]. This is what we want to continue building upon. We have co-ordinating very closely in light of the United Arab Emirate COP28. So we have ambitions. We also have a global financial compact. I would like to make special mention of the considerable role that China plays, especially when it comes to reforming international financial institutions and coming up with a new response for the poorest nations of the world because they need, too. We need to provide solutions for them because they are the ones most hard hit by inequality but also the most hard hit by climate change fallout. We will be meeting with a number of agents and come forward with responses adequate for those nations.

We will be meeting with President von der Leyen which is a multilateral meeting that we'll be having, but we also have bilateral relations. I think our bilateral relations are highly indicative of our friendship. We are fighting for European sovereignty, strategic autonomy, one that is better serve our greater project. It is also one of our greater principles in France. I feel like France has a very clear strategy and our bilateral roadmap is very much relevant within that context. We are will be continuing high-level dialogue as you mentioned in the various formats. We have today signed a number of agreements instituted a large area of work—the strategic areas of research, innovation, a civil nuclear-powered contribution where we will be looking at a complete of the entire industry and the impact that it can play. We have transport and sustainable aviation fuels, the contribution of French companies to the various efforts, There is the AFD, France's foreign aid development and all the work it is doing to fight against climate change, leveraging the expertise from French companies. I feel that we can have greater reciprocity, a new balance, even for trade. We have done much over these past few years— agriculture, food—we will take it even further. We have the minister of agriculture. We have the minister for the seas to just highlight how important France, continental France and its overseas territories, sees these issues. There are so many different domains through farming that we can focus on be it  beef, fish, or other. These agreements cover roughly twenty of our companies. We are kicking off new research for sustainable farming practices as in ways of shoring up greater food security. We also have agreements for aeronautics, health, cosmetics, finance. I'm sure that we will be able to speak before the French-Chinese Council for Business, created just recently.

The dialogue that you were talking of, Mr. President, is one that we want to ramp up in the coming years, because it is a matter of exchange, exchange of people and ideas. You spoke of the Cosmo Festival, that is the highlight of our relations. There is also next year 2024 which we will give for French-Chinese tourism. It will be a way for highlighting our heritage, our arts, our cultural sector. We have here today a number of representatives from our cultural sector. It is also about exchanges between our theaters and museums, all about cultural institutions, one that I am sure you believe in greatly and which we also believe in. That is a form of co-operation that we can to put forward. We want to get back to the same level of air transit as we had pre-COVID. We will do so by focusing on your visa programs, but we want it to be reciprocal, because it is a two-way road. That two-way road is so essential for both of our countries. So this is the model.  

There is one that you and I have discussed at great length on multiple occasions. A topic that comes back time and time again is the matter of human rights. It is one of France's amazing principles. It's not because we have differences that we talk about them. We need to do so respectfully. It's not about giving lessons. It applies to both France and China that we can always garner great results from any relationship when you build on one of respect but not one of superiority, trying to give lessons. We want to focus on one of friendship and respect with our future relations. I dare not speak much longer, but we have major international issues at stake. European autonomy, bilateral relations, as you can see we have quite alot on our agenda. I would like to reiterate how important it is to continue to discuss [how to] avoid any form of escalation in our current world and show that we've worked in the interest of our peoples, that we need to live up to the task that is ahead, and that is why it is so important we both talk about time of our schedules for today's visit and tomorrow's vist. Today's discussions are about agreements for the future. Times are very worrying. Times are quite tragic, and it is up to us not to give in to the easy way out, assume responsibility, and focus on peace to avoid escalation. I know, you, too, believe in this. You believe in it, and I am here to say that France believes in it as well. (Applause)

by Cat on Fri Apr 7th, 2023 at 05:41:44 AM EST

Macron's briefing a long read with substantial repeats ... tough to agree in the essence of security for Europe when not discussing security of the Russian Federation.

Macron and Xi clearly differ on the path to peace in Europe.

Xi pressures Putin and Russia, assuming Emmanuel pressures NATO and moving US Congress together with leadership in Oval Office. Won't happen anytime soon.

Banned words in press briefing NATO, Quad and Taiwan. Likely Macron is still hurting from Biden's decision on AUKUS, moving the nuclear submarines contract to friendly U.K., outside of the EU. Macron is clearly in a hard place ... Xi expressed faith in Macron as in China patience is a virtue.

France and Germany (also a banned term?) need to step up their business interests in  China and SE Asia ... the U.K. and the Netherlands are bound by the U.S. alliances.

Is there a Q&A session after the statements? This briefing was early in the day as more talks followed. Interesting ... looking for reactions from across the big pond. 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 7th, 2023 at 11:15:00 AM EST
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Macron's briefing a long read with substantial repeats ...

Yes. This became abundently obvious to me while I trancribed France24's EN language translation of the presidents' remarks. I've yet to read a G7 press account or transcript that accurately represents them. In the body of this post (above), I note—before I had even located an EN "press conference" recording—how Politico's "journalists" editorialized their speeches:"Xi heaved a couple of deep sighs and looked uncomfortable as Macron addressed him directly[,] while apparently ad-libbing on the Ukraine war and about their joint responsibility to uphold peace."

DICTION CORNER ad-lib (improvised text); Mad Libs (arbitrary text)

To which I could not help but to add plausible conditions of Macron's limbic, verbose executive summary of "high-level" consultations with Xi over an extended period of time prior to arrival, annually since Election 2017: coke or jet lag?. Perhaps both.Could it be that M After all, air space over the Russian Federation, now closed to flights TIED to "unfriendly" governments, has added considerable time, expense, and inconvenience to tourists departing the bowels of the Price Cap Coalition for points far east. Could it be that the Kremlin was slow to grant an exmption to Air Élysée? Suffice to say, his oral defense of independent foreign relations was disorganized.

Macron and Xi clearly differ on the path to peace in Europe
That topic is not addressed. What fmprc documents is, Macron and Xi agree to cultive a political settlement of the "Ukraine crisis". Moreover, Xi relates adverse effects of that crisis to developing countries in general, Africa in particular. I have yet to read a G7 press account that mentions this concern.

Banned words
The often repeated demand that Xi condemn Russia, that Xi arranged to meet—if not Macron then some other NATO figurehead—in order to accept an oath of allegiance to persons and a "Strategic Concept" not present simply by evoking "influence" is deranged. Which might explain why von der Leyen raised Taiwan to illustrate EEAS respect for One China sovereignty, then promptly dropped it into her "anti-coercion" bag.

Is there a Q&A session after the statements?
I transcribed F24's EN recording in its entirety. I haven't found another recording including Q&A or recordings of any other sessions. G7 press representations of events appear to agree that FR ministry and corporate representatives comprised Macron's 30- or 50-person entourage. Other than that, I noted in the body of this post (above) that Politico reported one true fact: "the two leaders took no questions from the media".

by Cat on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 10:18:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Apr 8th, 2023 at 02:40:35 AM EST
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fmprc | Xi Jinping Holds an Informal Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, 7 Apr
Wang Yi and Qin Gang, among others, were present at the events.
fmprc | Xi Jinping Attends and Addresses the Closing Ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the China-France Business Council, 6 Apr
Wang Yi and Qin Gang, among others, were present at the events.
by Cat on Tue Apr 18th, 2023 at 03:37:40 PM EST
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dailysabh aa.com | Gold for waste plastic? Yes, in Indian Kashmir, 22 Apr goldbug behavioral eCON: "positive" v "negative" re-inforcement d/b/a *-externality "accountability"
"People need some sort of motivation to do certain work, and this plan worked very well," [Farooq Ahmad Ganai] said.
Banned but still in use

Since 2006 [!], the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh has passed a series of orders banning the use of polythene and single-use plastics in the region. On the ground, however, there has been an increase in the use of polythene and plastic, and heaps of waste are being dumped on roadsides or near river bodies.

According to a policy document issued in 2018 [!] by the regional housing and urban development department, the region generates over 3,000 metric tons of waste each day, with plastic waste accounting for more than 40% of garbage, and this will likely increase if steps are not taken to implement the rules for solid waste management in the region.
Shafkat Nazir, an advocate who filed a petition seeking the implementation of solid waste management rules in the region, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that it is unfortunate that the authorities are derailing the implementation of the rules despite many directives issued to them.

by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 at 03:13:43 PM EST
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Once again After Shock hosts the official text of the People's Republic of China and the French Republic from which G7 press pulls fragments. This copy is prepared for autotranslation in any language.

The fmprc publication of the Joint Statement Between the People's Republic of China and the French Republic is here (English, Français, Español, and Русский translations). The preamble anticipates the purposes of the meeting.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, will pay a state visit to the People's Republic of China from April 5 to 7, 2023. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the two heads of state reviewed the solid foundation of Sino-French relations and the friendship between the two peoples, and exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations, China-EU relations and major international and regional issues. 9, 25 March 2019 and 6 November 2019, to open up new prospects for Sino-French cooperation and seek new momentum for China-EU relations.

The rest of the agreement is too long to reproduce. Specific UN facilities, SDR funding, IPCC conventions, BRI and G20 economic priorities enhance bilateral commitments, glossed in summary docs (above). The JCPOA is the focal point of UNSC political and diplomatic settlement is Iran. Nothing in the document could be construed to pertain exclusively to intervening in the "Ukraine crisis," much less governments of the Russian Federation and the US.

I. Strengthening political dialogue and promoting mutual political trust
II. Jointly promote world security and stability
III. Promote economic exchanges
IV. Restart people-to-people and cultural exchanges
V. Coping with global challenges

This pastiche assembled by Politico.eu.com, China and France call for peace in Ukraine and vow deeper military dialogue, is rubbish.

by Cat on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 05:24:21 AM EST
Great stuff ... thx Cat for digging finding the essence of the State visit.

I can't find any reason for VDL tagging along a distance behind Macron for her visit ... representing the EU. Did she have the interest of Europe and it's Four Freedoms in mind?

From this year forward, I will call her Lady AC ... spokeswoman Atlantic Council. A sad moment for the EU ... I do not see recovery in Europe's future. A poor choice for EU leadership, the former German defense minister under Angela Merkel.

Where are Charles Michel and Josep Borrell?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 06:46:33 AM EST
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Michel drive-by in [DECEMBER 2022] left no impression.

It subsequently appears that Macron won a [European [Council] of Europe] draft round.
reuters | China's EU ambassador says EU leaders may visit China by mid-2023, 26 Feb 2023
EU "embargo" Einstein brackets

... Fu Cong said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel may visit China [again] in the first half of 2023, China's state-backed Global Times reported.

The two sides have taken divergent positions on the year-long war in Ukraine, with EU diplomats criticising China's refusal to describe the conflict as an invasion or to call for a Russian withdrawal from Ukrainian territory.

archived This war is not a conflict (04.03.22)
Fu said in the interview that EU anger with China over Ukraine was "very irrational" and that China did not want the issue to affect the development of [commercial] ties [!!1!] with the bloc.
aggressor and "agressee"
After the Chinese foreign ministry published on Friday a position paper [is neither a plan nor a "nonpaper"] expounding its stance on the war, the EU's < wipes tears > top diplomat in China Jorge Toledo told reporters in Beijing that parts of the paper were concerning....
March Madness
In Beijing, Spanish PM urges Xi to speak with Ukraine's Zelensk*, 31 Mar
...Sanchez declined to say what Xi had said about the issue.....
lamoncloa.gob.es | Pedro Sánchez meets Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing and the two countries sign four cooperation agreements
...The meeting proved to be very useful to address the many investment opportunities there are for both China and Spain in sectors such as the manufacture of electric vehicles, an area in which our country is already the fourth largest recipient of investment globally....
cockroach alert Borrell will visit Beijing next week; that is, theoretically, w/e 15 Apr

April China Briefing
France-China Relations: Trade, Investment, and Recent Developments (Updated), illustrated
EU-China Relations - Trade, Investment, and Recent Developments

by Cat on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 06:07:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 12:23:15 PM EST
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Oleksandr Merezhko, chair UA parliament ... the counterpart to Russia's Dugin?

Ukraine Lawmaker Questions Kyiv's Strategic Partnership With Beijing | VOA - Aug. 30, 2022 |

Macron has started to use the term "the crisis in Ukraine", which is promoted by Russian and Chinese propaganda.

Rubbish, Macron confers to Russia's war of aggression ...

Emmanuel Macron castigates Russia, "a country that colonizes its neighbor"

... où il a dénoncé auprès d'étudiants le conflit amorcé par Moscou. "Cette guerre, c'est une violation manifeste de notre droit international".

#makepeacenotwar ☮️

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 01:55:35 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 12, 2023
At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will pay a visit to China and hold the 12th round of China-EU High-level Strategic Dialogue from April 13 to 15. At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will pay an official visit to China from April 13 to 15. During the visit, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will co-chair the sixth round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security.
AFP: French President Macron has continued to receive criticism for saying that Europe should follow neither the US nor China when it comes to Taiwan. Former US President Trump yesterday accused Macron of pandering to China. You previously stated China's stance on Taiwan, but would you be willing to comment specifically on Macron's remarks and the controversy surrounding them?
Wang Wenbin: As a journalist from AFP, you are particularly interested in President Macron's visit to China, which I think is understandable. Not long ago, French President Emmanuel Macron paid a successful visit to China, during which the two sides reached important common understandings. The visit injected new impetus into China-France and EU cooperation. 

It comes as no surprise that President Macron's view that Europe should develop more strategic autonomy and avoid getting entangled in bloc confrontation has attracted some criticism, especially from the US. From our perspective, certain country is reluctant to see other countries being independent, and often seeks to coerce others into doing its bidding. But the truth is, strategic autonomy will bring more respect and friends, while coercion and pressure will only cause more resistance and opposition.

euractiv | On China trip, EU's top diplomat aims to project EU unity after Macron remarks, 12 Apr Nancy Blinkinitis
***The planned visit has been postponed as EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell has tested positive for COVID-19.

Amid the controversy caused by French President Emmanual Macron's China trip, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell is was expected to present a unified EU front on China policy during his visit later this week. Borrell is was expected to travel to Beijing from Thursday (13 April) to Saturday for the annual EU-China strategic dialogue with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang....

China's Position on the Afghan Issue (2023-04-12), 11 Points of Light
by Cat on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 07:50:06 PM EST
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My impression is, Josep was hit by the China virus ... Xi's secret weapon 😂

It it is up to Annalena to show off EU unity in Beijing #wearenato

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 08:47:03 PM EST
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and it will not be a pretty sight.
by Cat on Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 11:50:29 AM EST
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Beyond the G7 juggernaut barrelling through the Ukraine crisis to Taiwan tension, China's consultations with UN functionaries is a thankless, possibly futile, mission. While All Eyes were glued to the frontier of EU "strategic autonomy", the fmprc debriefed the US liaison in Guterres' office.

Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on the Middle East Issue Zhai Jun Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Qin Gang Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo

ROW attention to UNSC responsibility for Afghanistan "issues" surfaced here:  
Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 11 Apr
Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 12 Apr

by Cat on Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 06:19:12 PM EST
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euractiv | Biden debriefs [sic] China visit in sperate [sic] calls with von der Leyen, Macron, 21 Apr Friday Morning Paranormal Coaching
US President Joe Biden held separate calls on Thursday (20 April) with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and with French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed their recent trip to Beijing, the White House said.
whitehouse | Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France, 20 Apr
whitehouse | Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, 20 Apr
Élysée.fr | President Macron spoke by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden., 20 Apr
Commission PR, EC president PR, 20 Apr
by Cat on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 10:46:01 AM EST
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https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/04/dutch-special-envoy-to-ukraine-quits-after-pro-russia-comments /


by Oosterbeek on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 12:33:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 06:04:52 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com editorial standards and policy
In his trilateral meeting with Macron and von der Leyen last Thursday in Beijing, Xi Jinping went off script on only two topics—Ukraine and Taiwan—according to someone who was present in the room.
As is common in France and many other European countries, the French President's office, known as the Elysée Palace, insisted on checking and "proofreading" all the president's quotes to be published in this article as a condition of granting the interview. This violates POLITICO's editorial standards and policy, but we agreed to the terms in order to speak directly with the French president. POLITICO insisted that it cannot deceive its readers and would not publish anything the president did not say. The quotes in this article were all actually said by the president, but some parts of the interview in which the president spoke even more frankly about Taiwan and Europe's strategic autonomy were cut out by the Elysée.
by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 01:40:25 PM EST
Last week, G7 presses played fast and loose with remarks attributed to unnamed "state-sponsored" China dailies (identified "Xinhua" if at all), purportedly quoting CN officials on the sidelines the tripartite conference. I collected a sample of "state-sponsored" reportage to which one might refer for comparison with the imagination of European journalists.

GT | Macron's fruitful visit shows resuming all-level exchanges 'main tone' of 2023 China-EU ties
Time to untangle the 'Ukraine knot' in China-EU relations: editorial
GT | Macron's fruitful visit shows resuming all-level exchanges 'main tone' of 2023 China-EU ties

..."China-EU relations had been kidnapped by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and by the Taiwan question, but we have dismissed some misunderstandings now and dispelled some concerns during the meetings with European leaders," Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Friday.

After China released a 12-point position paper on political settlement of the Ukraine crisis and the Chinese leader visited Russia, it has become much clearer to Europe that the US won't resolve the crisis but will only fuel the fire, Wang said. He added that Europe felt disappointed by this and now pins its hopes on China, which it believes can play a positive role in helping resolve the crisis....

chinadaily | Beijing supports EU's role in Ukraine political settlement
chinadaily | Political settlement vital in Ukraine
...China welcomes France putting forward specific proposals on a political settlement of the conflict, and it stands ready to support it and continue to play a positive role, Xi said....A joint statement by the two countries released on Friday highlighted that China and France will work together to promote world security and stability. ...The joint statement noted that the two countries will strengthen political dialogue to enhance political mutual trust. They will continue the mechanism of the yearly meeting between the two heads of state. France reiterated upholding the one-China policy....

xinhua | Xi holds talks with French president on cooperation, China-EU relations, Ukraine crisis
...[Macron] pointed out that he was taking a large delegation to China to seek closer cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, and France is ready to work with China on the third Belt and Road [BRI] Forum for International Cooperation that China will host.

Addressing the closing ceremony of a meeting between Chinese and French entrepreneurs, Xi said China-France economic and trade cooperation has not only boosted the economic development of the two countries and improved people's well-being, but has also enhanced confidence and stabilized expectations for global economic recovery....

xinhua | Xi, Macron hold informal meeting in China
...China will never handle the Ukraine issue out of selfish interests, but always stands for fairness and justice. All relevant parties should shoulder their responsibilities and make joint efforts to create conditions for a political settlement, Xi said. China welcomes France's concrete proposal for a political solution to the crisis, and stands ready to support it and play a constructive role, Xi added.

Macron said France also believes that a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis needs to take into account legitimate concerns of all parties. France attaches great importance to China's international influence and is willing to work closely with China to facilitate an early political settlement of the crisis....

xinhua | China, Europe closely tied in economy for brighter future
...A good number of French bosses have "jumped on the plane" to resume contact in person with their business partners in China and returned with full confidence in the potential of the Chinese market, according to a front-page article published by Le Figaro Economie on Monday....
by Cat on Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 05:07:32 PM EST
OIC (1969 NGO): AZ, AE, IR, IQ, BD, TR, TN, SN, SL, GA, GW, QA, KW, ML, MR, YE, JO, ID, PK, AF, UZ, BH, AL, UG, BN, BJ, TM, BF, TJ, TG, TD, DZ, SA, SS, SY, SR, SO, OM, GM, GY, GN, PS, KM, KG, KZ, CM, CI, LB, LY, MV, MY, EG, MA, MZ, NE, NG
BOAO (2001 NGO): AU, JP, BD, BN, CM, CN, IN, ID, IR, KZ, KG, LA, MY, MN, MM, NP, PK, PH, KR, SG, LK, TJ, TH, TM, UZ, VN; (2016) NZ, MV, IL

asia.nikkei | Bangladesh finds way to pay Russia for nuclear plant: with yuan, 17 Mar taka (BDT)

... "Because of the sanctions against Russian banks," [.BD Ministry of Finance Economic Relations Division sec Uttam Kumar] Karmaker said, "we couldn't process payments in U.S. dollars. Russia asked us to settle the payments in their currency, rubles, but that was not feasible. So we both opted for yuan."

Rooppur, when completed, will be capable of generating 2,400 megawatts of power. It is to be a crucial element of Bangladesh's plans to generate more energy and reduce its reliance on coal. The new arrangement, which should help ensure the project moves forward, comes amid growing calls from Global South nations and others to move away from the dollar and reduce the dominance of Western-led financial institutions.

Under the pact, Bangladesh will resolve payments with Russia via a Chinese bank, likely drawing on Dhaka's own reserves of yuan. Russian beneficiaries will receive funds through China's Cross-Border Interbank Payment System (CIPS), a yuan-driven alternative to the dollar-dominated SWIFT system....

archived EU starts talks on 11th round of Russia sanctions, China Imports Uranium from Ally Russia, Hungary moves ahead with construction, Russia's Rosatom starts building, Ruble and Yuan and SWIFT, INSTEX, SFPS, and CIPS in Ruble and Rupee, Mon Feb 28th 2022

RT | India's new foreign trade policy aims to smash dollar's hegemony, 14 Apr BJP - G20 hyperbole and carry trade

Though India has been working overtime to push the rupee for its global trade, the realities are far from ideal, as the currency has considerably weakened in the past year. In the case of India-Russia bilateral trade, which has been rapidly growing since the Ukraine conflict started, New Delhi has found a viable alternative.

India [INR] and Russia [RUB] have decided to route goods through third countries such as the UAE, which enjoys healthy ties with both the nations, and also because the emirates' currency—the dirham [AED]— is pegged to the dollar, and as a result, the dirham enjoys global stability. Both nations have come to the understanding that this is the best way to engage in bilateral trade and also avoid trading in rupees, rubles and dollars.

parity watch
BDT:RMB, 1:0.06
BDT:RUB, 1:0.77
BDT:USD, 1:0.009

AED:INR: 1:22.33
AED:RUB, 1:22.29
AED:RMB, 1:1.87
AED:USD, 1:0.27

by Cat on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 05:36:34 PM EST
gov.br | Brazil signs agreements worth BRL 62.5 billion with China and the UAE - and Lula highlights the country's role on the international stage, 17 Apr
G20 FOR PEACE - Answering journalists' questions on the subject, Lula stated that the nations of the world that do not want war should unite to try to restore peace between Russia and Ukraine. "We rapidly established the G20 to try to save the economy during the 2008 economic crisis. Now another G20 must be created to end the war and establish peace. This is my intention and I think we'll succeed at this great effort. We're meeting a group of people who'd rather talk about peace than war, and I think it'll work out," declared the president.


OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*
G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; RU, CN,  AR, BR, IN, ID, KR, MX, SA, ZA, TR
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*, TN*
gov.br | Joint Communiqué between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the People's Republic of China on the Deepening of their Global Strategic Partnership - Beijing, 14 April 2023
8. Both parties have agreed to continue the fruitful cooperation held between the two countries within the G20 framework. China expressed its support to the Brazilian G20 Presidency, to begin on 1 December 2023, seen as an opportunity to strengthen the priorities of developing countries within the group. Brazil and China share the view that the G20 is the main forum for dialogue and structural cooperation on economic, trade, financial and development issues. Both countries will work for the group to contribute more and more to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
GT | Yuan settlement with Brazil to boost trade, deepen cooperation: president of BraCham, 10 Apr
by Cat on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 10:12:37 PM EST
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bloomberg | Russian Arms Sales to India Stall on Fears Over US Sanctions, 21 Apr
fishing expedition
India's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of External Affairs, Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India didn't respond to phone calls or emailed requests for comment. The Kremlin and Rosonboronexport, Russia's state arms sale company, also didn't respond to texts and emailed requests for comment.
by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 05:03:24 PM EST
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Compensating wealthy fossil fuel corporations through an outdated EU treaty ... thanking Brussels 🥹

EU exit from climate-killing energy treaty looms | DW News |

Denmark joins a spate of EU nations including Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands who are exiting the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an investment pact weaponized by big emitters to sue governments -- most recently for phasing out fossil fuels.

With the European Commission having stated on February 7 its intention to coordinate a withdrawal of the entire bloc from the archaic pact -- ratified in 1994 to protect energy investments in post-Soviet states -- more countries are expected to join the eight EU members now in revolt. 

EU countries are the target of 90% of ECT disputes. This litigation threat has hamstrung climate policy to the point where the EU can "wave bye-bye to carbon neutrality targets," according to Yamina Saheb, a climate expert and former ECT employee.

When the Netherlands, for example, legislated a 2030 coal-fired power phase-out in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, German energy giants Uniper and RWE sued the government under the treaty.

In the closed-door arbitration court where ECT disputes are settled, RWE demanded €1.4 billion ($1.55 billion) compensation from the Dutch government   -- despite RWE susequently agreeing to its own 2030 coal phase-out in exchange for the right to mine lignite under Lützerath in western Germany. 

That case is ongoing, though Uniper withdrew its claim as part of a bailout agreement with the German government. 

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 09:52:25 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 10:36:15 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 17th, 2023 at 10:39:43 PM EST
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bloomberg | Macron Wants China's Help to Bring Russia, Ukraine to the Table, 18 Apr blind spots
French President Emmanuel Macron is looking to reverse a string [!] of disappointing diplomatic forays by approaching China with a plan that he believes could potentially lead to talks between Russia and Ukraine.
fpmprc China stands ready to issue a joint call with France for the international community
chinadaily China welcomes France putting forward specific proposals on a political settlement of the conflict
Macron has tasked [sic] his foreign policy adviser Emmanuel Bonne to work with China's top diplomat [QIN GANG?], Wang Yi, to establish a framework that could be used as a basis for future negotiations, according to people familiar with the plans.
archived Wang Yi Has a Phone Call with French President's Diplomatic Advisor Emmanuel Bonne (23.03.23)
Macron has tasked [sic] his foreign policy adviser Emmanuel Bonne to work with China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, to establish a framework that could be used as a basis for future negotiations, according to people familiar with the plans....

On his recent trip to China, the French president fell short of his goal ...

It's not clear < wipes tears > if Macron has support for his plan from Kyiv and its allies, many of whom have dismissed cease-fire proposals that would allow Russia to keep territorial gains. ["]Many nations["] are also skeptical that China can serve as a neutral intermediary given its "no-limits friendship" [sic] with Russia. The countries have repeatedly pledged to strengthen ties,

20-21 March, "Joint statement by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on the deepening of relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction entering a new era", etc
including a call on Monday to boost cooperation between their militaries.
RT | Russia reveals details of snap Pacific Fleet drills (17.04.23)
archived "We talked about this with the head of parliament, Chairman [of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu], most recently in Vladivostok." (15.09.22), Russia To Launch [Vostok] Exercises With China, India (1-9 Sep 2022)
An official from Macron's office confirmed the plan for Bonne to speak to Wang ...

Spring Offensive

Any future negotiations would be dependent on several conditions, including a successful Ukrainian spring offensive that would put Kyiv in a position of strength during any talks, according to The People™.

Some European officials worry that dangerously high expectations < wipes tears > have been placed on any Ukrainian counteroffensive, which may not be decisive enough for Kyiv to liberate all the territory Russia has occupied. A more realistic target is a 30 kilometer (20 mile) or so advance in the south that would put Ukraine's most capable artillery within range of Russian supply lines and create the conditions for a deeper push in 2024, < wipes tears > Bloomberg previously reported.

This means Ukraine's allies [G7 NATO, Price Cap Coalition?] would need to ramp up support to enable future offensives to win back more occupied territory or that any potential ceasefire negotiations before that time could see Russia remain entrenched in significant swathes of Ukrainian territory.

kyivindependent | Bloomberg: Macron wants China to help bring Ukraine, Russia to negotiating table
During his visit to China in early [5-7] April, Macron said that he believed China had a major role to play in "building peace."

However, he also acknowledged in an interview with French financial newspaper Les Echos [!] in early April that for any negotiations to take place certain "milestones" had to be established.

President Volodymyr Zelensk* spoke by phone with Macron on April 15 to discuss the French president's recent visit to China and the situation on the frontline.

UWC | ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY: "I spoke today with French President Macron. The conversation lasted for almost an hour and a half. We had time to go through all the key security issues on the agenda—very important for us, in Ukraine, and in Europe in general....It is precisely why there is a Ukrainian Peace Formula, which is absolutely realistic and quite concrete, and it was also discussed in detail with Macron today, as well as the international events we are preparing for this year, in particular, the Vilnius NATO summit..."
Macron has previously said that he sees a major role for China and that thanks to its relationship with Russia it could "bring Moscow back to reason."
yahoo! ukrayinska pravda bloomberg | Macron wants to bring Ukraine and Russia to negotiating table in summer with China's help
Bloomberg's sources have said that Macron has tasked his foreign policy adviser Emmanuel Bonne to work with China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, to establish a framework that could be used as a basis for future negotiations, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French strategy envisions talks between Russia and Ukraine happening as soon as this summer if all goes well, said The People™, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

An official from Macron's office confirmed the plan for Bonne to speak to Wang but declined to comment on the details, adding that France's allies have been informed of any French initiative.

In response to questions, China's Foreign Ministry said [WHEN?] it was unaware of the source of the information and "difficult to verify the authenticity."

On his recent trip to China, the French president fell short of his goal to convince Xi to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* -- the two still haven't spoken since the war broke out more than a year ago.

usnews reuters | Kremlin Says Brazil's Ukraine Plan Deserves Attention, Hasn't Seen Any Proposal From France
Bloomberg reported earlier that French President Emmanuel Macron was looking to approach China with a plan that could form the basis for talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
Lula has proposed establishing a group of countries not involved with the war to broker peace, telling reporters on Sunday he had discussed the idea with the leaders of China and the United Arab Emirates.
World POWs messaging system gob.br, 17 Apr
Various countries and world leaders, including China's Xi Jinping, France's Macron[,] and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, have tried to position themselves as possible peacemakers, nearly 14 months into the war.
The Kremlin said it had seen the reports but had not been in touch with France on the issue. "We are not aware of the existence of any French plan, we have not received anything from the French side," Peskov said [WHEN?].
situation on the frontline
sputnik | Putin Travels to Kherson Region to Meet Russian Troops, Pays First Visit to Lugansk - Video
and Zaphorizh*
by Cat on Tue Apr 18th, 2023 at 03:29:20 PM EST
mfa.gov.lv | A shipment of mineral fertilisers chartered by the World Food Programme leaves Riga for Kenya, 21 Apr
On 21 April 2023, the [UN] World Food Programme [WFP] sent a shipment of mineral fertilisers from Riga Port, heading for Kenya. This is the first cargo from about 200,000 tonnes of fertilisers of Russian origin owned by companies subject to the European Union's restrictive measures and stored in the territory of Latvia.
a euphemism meant to disguise third-party enforcement of punitive sanctions, or restraint of trade, between principal parties of a transaction not bound by third-party legal authority.
The World Food Programme is planning to deliver some more shipments of the currently sanctioned mineral fertilisers [sic] from captured at Latvia port authorities in order to give support to countries that need those products most.

As reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier, on 6 December 2022 the Cabinet passed a decision to respond to a request from the United Nations to reduce the negative consequences of Russia's war against Ukraine racketeering and help address remedy the food crisis in Africa and Latin America. The Latvian Government decided to facilitate the donation of argicultural goods to third-countries by a third-country, with support from the UN World Food Programme, of mineral fertilizers owned by companies sanctioned by the European Union.

Together with its foreign partners and international organisations co-conspirators, Latvia continues [obv. FALSE] providing support for the countries that have been affected by the food crisis triggered by Russia's war on Ukraine G7 racketeering.

DICTION CORNER restraint of trade
usage: G7 restraint of trade worldwide has enriched arms manufacturers and impoverished agricultural and "energy" producers within their jurisdictions, ostensibly in order to hasten the economic destruction of the Russian Federation and stimulate demand for commodities of Ukraine-origin.
by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 at 02:22:06 PM EST
US, Ukraine Allies Consider Near-Total Ban on Exports to Russia, 20 Apr
Some of Ukraine's key allies including the US are considering moving closer to an outright ban on most exports to Russia, a potentially significant tightening of ["]economic pressure["] on President Vladimir Putin over his war.

Group of Seven officials are discussing the idea ahead of a leaders summit in Japan in May, according to people familiar with the matter, and the aim would be to include European Union member states in the crackdown. The proposal is still being debated and could change, the people said.
Even with the existing ["]curbs["], Russia has managed to import some sanctioned US and European components via third countries. That is putting an increased focus by the G-7 and EU on tackling sanctions circumvention, especially enhancing the monitoring of so-called dual-use goods that can serve either a military or civilian purpose.

That effort has involved applying ["]diplomatic pressure["] on other third countries, expanding restrictions to all goods that have been found in Russian weapons in Ukraine, and ["]targeting["] companies that may be helping Moscow -- intentionally or otherwise -- to get around ["]restrictions["]. Earlier this month the US sanctioned dozens of ["]entities["] in 20 countries it accused of helping Moscow evade sanctions.

by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 at 02:41:58 PM EST
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scmp | Taiwan's export orders log biggest fall since global financial crisis, but turnaround seen by 2024, 20 Apr you betcha!
...Export orders declined by 25.7 per cent in March to US$46.58 billion, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Thursday.

The seventh-straight month of falling orders reflects ongoing weak consumer demand in Europe, the US and mainland China, according to economists.

"Unless imports of Taiwanese semiconductor chips by the US and Europe increase, the year-on-year contraction should continue in the first half of 2023," said Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China with ING [1762]....

archived 13 months running, our sanctions don't affect...
by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 at 03:46:30 PM EST
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foreignpolicy | Ukraine's Spring Offensive Is Waiting on Weapons, 20 Apr
...The spring thaw has brought top-of-the-line [!] German Leopard tanks to Ukraine and the promise of U.S.-provided Abrams tanks arriving in their wake. But in the corridors of Kyiv, there is concern that it's too little, too late. U.S. officials will admit—on the record, even—that Abrams tanks are months away from arriving as the Pentagon looks at its stocks to see what it can send. And worse yet, the Leopard tanks arriving from eight different countries fire different [calibre] rounds, meaning that Ukrainians can't buy munitions for their newly tricked-out [34" rims, yo!] ground forces [sic] in bulk. Until the cavalry arrives, Ukraine remains a paper Leopard [!].

Sasha Ustinova, a Ukrainian lawmaker < eyebrow >, told Foreign Policy that the U.S. military delivered far less than what Valeriy Zaluzhny, Ukraine's top general, has asked for from the Pentagon. But U.S. military aid is only coming in dribs and drabs [techTalk!], with the Biden administration nearing the end of funding for weapons left that it can pull off of Pentagon shelves [sic] to give to the Ukrainians. Ustinova said that Ukraine hoped to begin the offensive in April, but the lack of weapons has pushed the launch ["drop"?] date back indefinitely....

archived here it comes... in The cost of doing business with IMF reserve currencies

moar trash talk from Foreign Policy "journalists": China's Space Dream Is a Legal Nightmare
"By building spaceports [?] overseas, Beijing wants to flout the current rules, and write its own."

by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2023 at 04:37:22 PM EST
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UN food relief agency 'stands ready' to help EU shift glut of Ukraine grain, 24 Apr plot holes
Martin Frick, [McCain's mouthpiece and US] director of the WFP Global Offices in Brussels and Berlin, told POLITICO.
Romania and Poland lift ban on Ukrainian grain while awaiting EU decision (16.04.23)
Talks to lift bans on tariff-free Ukrainian grain fail, despite new pitch from Brussels (19.04.23)
Officials from the European Commission [EC] met with representatives from five Eastern European countries on Sunday to discuss proposals to address a vast influx of Ukrainian grain and other food products after four of them -- Poland, Hungary, Slovakia[, Romania,] and Bulgaria -- imposed import bans.
archived solidarity lanes' initiative July 2022, "Please take these [agricultural] products to Africa, EC to reconsider EU-Ukraine agri-food trade liberalisation Jan 2023, "Stop the genocide of agriculture" Mar 2023
[10 G7 sanctions pkgs protesting] Russia's invasion of Ukraine and blockade [sic] of its Black Sea ports left Ukrainian grain exports stuck inside the country [NL, PL, LT, SK, BG?], driving up global [US-denominated] prices and pushing countries in the Global South [FKA starving Africans] reliant [?!] on Ukrainian grain toward hunger.
archived U.S. alerts that Russian ships carry stolen Ukrainian grain, no way of verifying these allegations June 2022, increasing the danger of [HOLODOMOR] in Africa Dec 2022
The EU quickly lifted tariffs [on Grain from Uktraine] and set up transit corridors [FKA "solidarity lanes"] through Eastern Europe. As a result, [Ukraine grain exports] imports into these countries have shot up [PRICES PLUNGED!] -- much to the anger of farmers.
"The club of five" has entered the room.
"Shipping grain to some of the world's poorest people is critical in this global food crisis.
archived The global food crisis ends at EU27 borders Feb 2023
We have been transporting grain from Ukraine via the Black Sea and stand ready to work with the European Commission and member states to find solutions," Frick said in emailed comments.
archived November 2022 starving Africans
"WFP's need is significant, and we have the experience to handle the complex logistics in moving large quantities to countries in need," he said.
G7 calls for extension of Black Sea grain deal, 23 Apr
G7 agriculture ministers "recognized the importance" of the deal, following a two-day meeting in Miyazaki, Japan. "We strongly support the extension, full implementation and expansion" of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, they said in a communiqué.
...We recognize the importance of the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, President Zelensk*'s Grain from Ukraine Initiative and the UN and Türkiye-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI). In this context, we strongly support the extension, full implementation[,] and expansion of BSGI. We condemn Russia's attempts to use food as a means of destabilization and as tool of geopolitical coercion and reiterate our commitment to acting in solidarity and supporting those most affected by Russia's WEAPONIZATION OF FOOD. We will continue to design our restrictive measures sanctions against Russia to shield population in need from unintended consequences by ensuring food and fertilizers are carved out....
archived News to me
But Russia is threatening to walk away from the agreement unless its demands are met,
archived Ukraine Rebuffs Russia's Offer of a 60-Day Extension Mar 2023
portending a return  to the full-scale maritime blockade [FALSE] that halted Ukraine's grain exports [obv. FALSE] in the [12?] months after Moscow's full-scale invasion in February last year. The Kremlin has warned that ship registrations [inspections?] would only continue until May 18.
archived December 2022 price cap mania on the Black Sea
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday warned on Telegram [23.04.23] that if the G7 moved to ban exports to Russia, Moscow would terminate ["or modify"?] the grain deal. The G7 countries are reportedly considering a near-total ban on exports to Russia.
8 heads of the G7: JP, CA, EU, FR, DE, IT [!], UK, US
+ (NGO) Guest countries : IN (G20), ID (ASEAN), UAE (COP28)
+ Guest orgs (abbrev): UNFCCC, OECD, IEA, IRENA, ERIA, IUCN, WBCSD

April 16-18 G7 Foreign Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano
• Official document: G7 Foreign Ministers' Communiqué

April 15-16 G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Meetings in Sapporo
Outcome documents: G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers'Communiqué
• Related Outcome Documents (reported by Guest orgs)

by Cat on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 05:13:07 PM EST
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"The coalition of frontline countries" has entered the room with mechanisms but no measures.
Ukrainian deputy agriculture minister Markiyan Dmytrasevych acknowledged the struggles of the war-torn country's Western neighbours at a hearing in the European Parliament on Monday (24 April).

While the deputy minister stressed that farmers in neighbouring countries must be able to "continue work as comfortably as possible," he noted that the Ukrainian farmers cannot stop selling their grain as it's the "only way for them to survive".

oh. To whom are Ukrainian farmers selling their grain...if not starving Africans?
Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi, will participate virtually at the start of a discussion on the market situation at the meeting of EU agriculture ministers on Tuesday (25 April).

At the same Parliament hearing, [the European] Commission['s] experienced representative Michael Scannell - in his last innings [!] for the Commission [EC] after 29 years as the EU executive Deputy Director-General in charge of Directorates E, G and H - acknowledged that there has been "leakage" [FKA glut, deluge, dumping] into the EU market of imports [sic] intended for third countries.

"We're going to have to act there," he said, adding that, while the action is being undertaken, "more needs to be done to achieve our goals," he said, calling this a "very sensitive phase where we need to cooperate more closely."

by Cat on Tue Apr 25th, 2023 at 09:10:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 25th, 2023 at 10:17:17 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Grain debacle makes mockery of EU support for Ukraine, 27 Apr

o. Why is that? ask starving Africans

instead of calling the the gang of five Eastern member states to order, the Commission has indulged them by proposing temporary "preventative measures" to ensure that Ukrainian maize, wheat, sunflower and rapeseed don't get stuck on their territories.
o. right. NO ONE escapes teh blockade!
The five capitals have also proposed that Ukrainian grain be purchased by the EU in cooperation with the Cindy's World Food Programme (WFP), which is already distributing food aid as part of a U.N.-brokered arrangement that allows safe passage for Ukrainian exports through Russia's Black Sea blockade. That idea has, however, been put on ice for the time being, according to EU officials.
by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 08:36:24 PM EST
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euractiv | Ukraine warns grain import bans play into Russia's war propaganda, 28 Apr
Fuck the EU. Fuck starving Africans.
"The breaking of the basic EU PRINCIPLES by individual member states should be tackled by the European Commission without damage to Ukraine and the countries-recipients of Ukrainian agro-products," [Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Olha] Stefanishyna said.

"The flow of Ukrainian agro-export is a matter of SURVIVAL for the Ukrainian economy, heavily impacted by the full-scale Russian war of aggression—so, OUR COMMON PRIORITY should be an extension of the suspension of import duties, quotas, and trade defence measures on Ukrainian exports to the EU," she added.[...]
Before Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Kyiv was already benefiting from the elimination of the vast majority of EU tariffs, in some cases with transition periods, under the EU-Ukraine free trade agreement applied since 2016.

"The Ukraine-EU Association Agreement has to be THE ONLY LEGAL BASIS for finding sustainable solutions in that regard and relevant consultations will be urgently requested by the Ukrainian side," Stefanishyna said.

by Cat on Sat Apr 29th, 2023 at 03:12:30 PM EST
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bloomberg | Yuan Overtakes Dollar as China's Most Used Cross-Border Currency, 26 Apr, illustrated
The local currency's share of China's cross-border payments and receipts rose to a record high 48% at the month end from nearly zero in 2010, according to research by Bloomberg Intelligence citing data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange [of China]. The dollar's share declined to 47% from 83% over the same period, the figures showed.
archived I am not going to recall the many times I've duly noted SWIFT, CIPS, SFPS, UPI "messaging systems" and onshore | offshore FX value disclocations, EME banks that have established settlement in local currencies for trade in commodities, including but not limited to, gas and petroleum products since PUTIN's FULL-SCALE INVASION OF UKRAINE. I'll cut to the quick in this story.
The ratio is calculated based on the volume [Q] on all types of transactions, which includes securities trading through the links between mainland China and Hong Kong's capital markets. It doesn't represent transactions used by the rest of the world -- the yuan's share in global payments was little changed at 2.3% in March, according to SWIFT
which cannot track bi-lateral interbank "transactions used by the rest of the world", if EME regulators choose not to report to localized settlements to SWIFT regulators. This data point is a useless metric; it doesn't even express economic value:volume, eg. USD inflation. G7 has lost the plot of their own demise. No wonder they've dispatched shylocks compliance officers to intimidated borrowers who accept "discounts". Further, the more EME allocations of reserve currencies diversify and grow, the less likely their central banks will utilize SWIFT. A decade from now, EME odious debt service will be the only use for SWIFT and WB/IMF credit checks.  
archived April 2023 price cap mania never accepts failure
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 07:43:36 PM EST

DCMA | Universal Monetary Unit is here to help you help us lock rates, hide fees, and efficiently freeze you assets!

IMF Spring Meetings 2023: 30 Mar - 15 Apr schedule

At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the joint Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee, which discuss progress on [loan products] of the World Bank Group and the IMF. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world's financial markets....
for example, Analytical Corner: Drivers of Capital Flows to Emerging Markets, 11 Apr
...motivated by the recent period of capital outflows amid sharp monetary policy tightening in the US. Capital flow episodes across EMs are analyzed with a structural dynamic factor model to assess the comparative importance of supply and demand factors in driving capital flows to and from EMs, and of global versus country-specific shocks. Global supply forces are central drivers, shaping the yields and --to a lesser extent-- the volume of flows....
prnewswire | The Digital Currency Monetary Authority (DCMA) Launches an International Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), 10 Apr
Universal Monetary Unit (UMU), symbolized as ANSI Character, Ü, is legally a money commodity, can transact in any legal tender settlement currency, and functions like a CBDC to enforce banking regulations and to protect the financial integrity of the international banking system.

Banks can attach SWIFT Codes and bank accounts to a UMU digital currency wallet and transaction SWIFT-like cross-border payments over digital currency rails completely bypassing the correspondent banking system at best-priced wholesale FX rates and with instantaneous real-time settlement.

In an IMF interview with Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor at the International Monetary Fund, he states "Cross-border payments can be sooooo slow, sooooo expensive, and sooooo risky. In today's world of payments, counterparties in different jurisdictions rely on costly trusted relationships to offset the lack of a common settlement asset together with common rules and governance. BUT IMAGINE IF a multilateral [institution] existed that could improve cross-border payments--at the same time transforming foreign exchange transactions, risk sharing, and more generally, financial contracting."

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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 02:48:18 AM EST
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