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NIMA ALKHOSHID @15:24: We know that Olaf Scholz, Janet Yellen, and right now Antony Blinken have been visiting China, and they were trying to convince Chinese that to not support Russia in this conflict in Ukraine. When you see this type of political behavior on the part of the United States, do you think they sent, they support Taiwan against China, does it make sense to you?
DMITRY ORLOV: Well, I think that there are two games being played. One is a sort of posturing game on the part of [US] American and European politicians, where they act important by flying to China and being recieved. The real content of the discussions and the real protocol of the meetings is not really discussed in America or western press. Basically, it tries to show their people in the best possible light and a completly different game is being played by the Chinese, which is strictly a humiliation game. For instance, Ursula von der Leyen flies to Beijing and is sent through passport control, because the European Union is not a country and diplomats are from countries. So she's not a diplomat, and she's not an official of any recognized country. So she gets to go through passport control. You know, that was a really nice gesture.
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OpEd | Xi's Europe visit shows the EU needs an economic intelligence service, 3 May
As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to touch down in Paris for his first visit to Europe in five years on Monday, European intelligence agencies are abuzz with activity.
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Economic security agenda with no economic intelligence
The challenge of supply chain resilience reveals the difficulty of building a European economic security agenda without economic intelligence.
EU, US to share data on semiconductor market distortion (05.04.24)
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To effectively address this challenge, the European Commission must aggregate and analyze strategic information on a scale surpassing that of individual member states and private entities. This would establish the Commission as a pivotal player in supply chain resilience decisions, benefiting all Eu countries and European businesses. However, this endeavour faces obstacles, including the need for the European Commission to prove to member states and EU companies that it can be trusted to keep sensitive information ["trade secrets"] safe....
EU says information from three Chinese EV makers insufficient, 4 May
If the Commission concludes that the provided information from sampled [?] companies BYD, SAIC, and Geely is insufficient, it could use evidence available elsewhere to compute tariffs, a move that can inflate [the price of EV imports to European MSRPs] ....
ibid rich in symbolism
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 05:17:46 PM EST
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lefigaro | Je viens en france aves trois messaged de la Chine, 5 May
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Carrying Forward the Spirit that Guided the Establishment of China-France Diplomatic Relations, Working Together for Global Peace and Development, 5 May
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The year 2024 is of special significance. I will visit France bringing with me three messages from China.

— China will work with France to carry forward the spirit that guided the establishment of their diplomatic ties, build on past achievements and open new vistas for China-France relations.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of China-France relations....

— China will open even wider to the world and deepen cooperation with France and other countries

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the People's Republic of China....

— China will strengthen communication and coordination with France to uphold world peace and stability.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
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by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 06:19:07 PM EST
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fmprc | Xi Jinping published a signed article in the French media, 6 May
On May 5, 2024 local time, on the occasion of a state visit to France in Paris, President Xi Jinping published a signed article entitled "Inheriting the spirit of the establishment of diplomatic Relations between China and France and promoting world peace and development" in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The full text of the article is as follows:

Inherit the spirit of establishing diplomatic relations between China and France and promote the development of world peace
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by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 07:03:24 PM EST
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fmprc | Arrival Statement by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People's Republic of China At Paris Orly Airport, France (05.05.24)
During my visit, I will have an in-depth exchange of views with President Macron on the development of Sino-French and China-EU relations under the new situation, as well as current major international and regional issues. I hope that through this visit, we will consolidate the traditional friendship between the two countries, enhance political mutual trust, build strategic consensus, deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and use the torch of history to illuminate the way forward, create a better future for Sino-French relations, and make new contributions to world peace, stability and development.
F24 | Macron set to press China's Xi on trade, Ukraine during Paris visit, 5 May
Xi's choice of France as the sole major European power to visit indicates the relative warmth in Sino-French relations since Macron made his own state visit to China in April 2023 and acknowledges the French leader's stature as an EU powerbroke
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The leader of the one-party Communist state of more than 1.4 billion people, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, was welcomed under umbrellas at a drizzly Paris Orly airport by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. Tuesday will see Macron take Xi to the Pyrenees mountains to an area he used to visit as a boy for a day of less public and more intimate talks.
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"The two core messages from Macron will be on Chinese support to Russia's military capabilities and Chinese market-distorting practices," said Janka Oertel, director of the Asia programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "However, both messages are unlikely to have a significant impact on Chinese behaviour: Xi is not on a mission to repair ties, because from his point of view all is well."...
RFI | China's Xi Jinping visits France to work through global crises, 5 May
China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in France for a rare state visit that marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to urge the Chinese leader to reduce trade imbalances and to use his influence with Russia over the war in Ukraine.

"We want to obtain reciprocity of exchanges and have the elements of our economic security taken into account," Macron said in an interview with French newspaper La Tribune on Sunday.
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by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 06:58:52 PM EST
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Espresso or tea?. Tension tells the tale of the NEW! spy balloon.

"The future of our continent depends very clearly on our capacity to continue to develop a balanced relationship with China," Macron said at a three-way meeting with Xi and EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen [?] on Monday.
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Von der Leyen was more specific in her criticism of Beijing's trade practices, saying that China's "overcapacity" in certain economic areas, such as steel production and electric vehicles, led to "unsustainable unbalances."

The EU Commission president also threatened to "make full use of the bloc's trade defense instruments" if necessary. "Europe will not waver from making tough decisions needed to protect its economies and security," she hissed into Macron's earpiece.

In a break with the usual protocol of state visits, Xi's official car stopped at the entrance of the Elysée Palace, compelling the French president to cross the courtyard to greet the Chinese president. Together they climbed the steps of the presidential palace, before briefly shaking hands.

archive 'bring Russia to its senses'
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Xi will later be treated to a ceremony at the Invalides monument in Paris, a state dinner at the Elysée Palace, and on Tuesday, a visit to the French Pyrenees.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on May 6, 2024
Xinhua News Agency: From May 4 to 5, President Xi Jinping's Special Representative and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zheng Jianbang attended the 15th Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] in Banjul, the capital of the Gambia. Could you share more information with us?
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CCTV: At a seminar held by a US think tank, Mark Lambert, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and China Coordinator said that Resolution 2758 does not endorse, equate to, or reflect an international consensus on the one-China principle and has absolutely no bearing on countries' sovereignty choices with respect to their relationships with Taiwan. He said the resolution did not preclude Taiwan's meaningful participation in the UN system and other multilateral fora and did not constitute a UN institutional position on the political status of Taiwan. What's your comment?
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Shenzhen TV: It's reported that the UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, Alena Douhan, will visit China soon. Do you have more to share on that? 
Lin Jian: At the invitation of the Chinese side, the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan, will visit China from May 6 to 17. She will have exchanges with relevant government departments, companies, industry associations, social organizations and so on in China. China stands ready to have constructive engagement and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect with UN human rights mechanisms, including the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, to contribute to the healthy development of the global human rights cause.###
by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 03:22:22 PM EST
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Iraqi oil - major players laughing all the way to the bank | by Jerome a Paris - Dec 24th, 2005 |

So, to sum up the US actions in Iraq re oil:


    • Iraqi oil is cut in half, and taken off the market;

    • prices shoot up

    • oil exporters like Russia and Saudi Arabia get rich

    • they buy European stuff

    • they buy US debt and assets

    • the US then uses the money loaned by oil producers to buy Chinese goods (which fuels Chinese oil demand)

Imagine if the $250 bn spent in Iraq had been used otherwise:


    • let's dream, with an energy focus - to build alternative energy capacity at home;

    • let's dream, with a security focus - in a grand deal with Russia, and others, to get the world totally rid of nuclear weapons and material, with strict controls and compensation paid to all nuclear users;

    • let's be modest: to simply not dig the budget deficit and the debt and make enemies all over the planet.

    • let's be cynical: give half to ExxonMobil and Halliburton and co - it would still be more than they are getting now, with less "collateral damages"

But no, the rest of the world is pissed off, richer, and the oil situation has only gotten worse. Nice job.

 
However to set the future, in 2008 Cheney & cabal declared war on Russia ...

NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War - Part 2 | by Oui @BooMan |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 05:37:31 PM EST
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Die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und China - auf dem Weg zu einer fairen und auf Gegenseitigkeit beruhenden Partnerschaft | EPP Group EU - 10 Mar 2021 |

Support for a multipolar world and a rules-based international order remains a cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy. President Xi Jinping has repeatedly spoken out about the importance of the multilateral world order, including in a notable speech in Davos in 2017:

    "It is true that economic globalization has created new problems. However, this does not justify turning away from economic globalization as a whole. Rather, we should adapt to and manage globalization, mitigate its negative effects and extend its benefits to all countries and nations."

 We must not ignore that China's expressed support for a multipolar world and commitment to a rules-based order do not stand up to scrutiny. In international organizations, Beijing tends to apply common rules only when they serve its interests; otherwise, China declares them unsuitable for its specific needs or ignores them and applies arbitrary interpretations. The developments surrounding the WTO, the WHO and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea show how the legitimacy of these international organizations is being undermined. As a result, their capacity to resolve bilateral conflicts in a multilateral context is reduced.

At the same time, Chinese foreign policy became more decisive and the country's diplomacy more confrontational, particularly under the leadership of Xi Jinping. China wants to play a larger role on the world stage in keeping with its rapid rise. Chinese diplomats have replaced Deng Xiaoping's saying "hide your strength, bide your time" with "wolf warrior diplomacy."

Damn ... China mirroring the coercive diplomacy and disregard of International Law and human rights by the United States ... taking down protest, free speech and dissent with military might. We should sanction China in a stern manner.

Von der Leyen after meeting with Xi: complex EU-China relationship

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 06:50:22 PM EST
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Ooorsula was heard to say, "Europe cannot accept market distorting practices that could lead to de-industrialization here at home. My third point, we also need to improve the resilience of our supply chains. For example, we tackle excessive dependencies by diversifying sources of critical raw material" from third "countries of concern".
by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2024 at 07:41:25 PM EST
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ChatGPT | In Nicolas Schmit, does Ursula von der Leyen have a challenger or a running mate?, 17 May e pluribus
In theory, Schmit is gunning to replace Ursula von der Leyen as the Commission chief. In practice, he has little chance of doing that.

Seven (7) incumbent executive VPs.
Seven (7) fresh face candidates.
Who will pass through VDL's open door?

Only Martin Selmyr knows for certain.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 05:29:17 PM EST
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4 is a crowd. Macron, Xi, and von der Leyen round table chat for Xi's two-day state visit. PHOTO AFP

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not join Mr Macron and Mr Xi in Paris due to prior commitments, sources said.
by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 09:49:07 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Von der Leyen makes foreign influence a key campaign topic , on the stage of the Royal Danish Playouse
She promised to set up "a European Democracy Shield," if reelected for a second term, to fight back against foreign meddling.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 05:35:35 PM EST
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Copenhagen Democracy Conference

VDL @9:46: So it is now time to take our action to the next level. We must be as ambitious as the threat is serious, and this is why, if I'm elected as presdent, the commission will put forward a European democracy shield as one of the key priorities of the next commission. This should be an ambitious European project that focuses on the biggest threats from foreign interference and manipulation. Allow me to give you some of the first elements of the European democracy shield. The first is about detection, because nothing is as powerful as powerful as unweiling information manipulation. This requires first and foremost a free media, and in addition, we need to build up public expertise in order to detect information manipulation. This means, on one hand, better information threat intelligence sharing from the various agencies that are dealing with this at national levels, but it also means new common capabilities at European level. There are very good examples on national level. Take the Sweden Psychological Defense Agency. [...] The second element is about treatment. We have already made progress with the DSA, the Digital Services Act. So once we have detected malign information of propaganda, we need to ensure that it is swiftly removed and blocked. [...] Now as things divide—evolve—we have to assess if this is sufficient, and of course I'm referring to artificial intelligence. [...] And finally, it takes resilience. As technology evolves, we need to build up societal immunity around information manipulation, because research has shown that pre-bunking is much more successful than de-bunking. Pre-bunking is basically the opposite of de-bunking, in short, prevention is preferable to cure, perhaps, if you think of information manipulation as a virus. Instead of treating an infection once it has taken hold—That is de-bunking—It is much better to vaccinate so that the body is inoculated. Pre-bunking is the same approach, because disinformation relies on passing it on to others. It is essential that people what malign information's influence is and what the techniques are behind it.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2024 at 01:21:08 PM EST
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lefigaro | «Déni de réalité», «décevant» : Gérard Larcher étrille Emmanuel Macron, 12 May
In an interview withLa Tribune on Sunday, the president of the Senate judged the balance sheet of the president of the Republic "disappointing" and points to three major topics....
archive Macron Says We need to Be Lucid in Will Ukraine Develop Into a
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2024 at 09:55:05 PM EST
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F24 | Macron and China's Xi break protocol for one-on-one visit to the Pyrenees, 7 May
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The two couples, who travelled on separate flights from Paris, also took separate cars to the mountains and arrived amid thick fog—missing out on the view. After watching traditional dancers perform under the snowy peaks, they ate locally grown ham, lamb, cheese, and blueberry pie. Xi said he would give the ham some publicity and also praised the cheese.
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French and Chinese companies concluded some agreements on Monday ranging from energy, finance, and transport on the sidelines of Xi's visit, but most were agreements to cooperate or renewed commitments to work together, and there were no significant deals.

In a sign of some progress, China will allow imports of pig origin protein feed as well as pork offal [US-Eng. chit'lins] from France effective immediately, according to statements from Chinese customs and the French farm ministry. European hopes of an Airbus plane order to coincide with Xi's visit appear to have been dashed, with the two sides agreeing only to expand co-operation.

2023 | Air France-KLM says new order from Airbus will help reach sustainability targets
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A European diplomat said Xi was the "winner" of the visit, having "cemented his image as the 'ruler of the world' where westerners are begging him to solve European problems in Ukraine".
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French cognac makers rallied on Tuesday as Xi presented what Macron described as an "open attitude" towards a trade dispute between the two countries.###
usnews ChatGPT | Chinese Leader Xi Visits the French Pyrenees
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French President Emmanuel Macron made a point of inviting Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Tourmalet Pass near the Spanish border, where Macron spent time as a child visiting his grandmother. It is meant to be a reciprocal gesture after Xi took Macron last year to the residence of the governor of Guangdong province, where the Chinese president's father once lived.
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The mountain meetings come after a grandiose state visit by Xi on Monday that included a ceremonial welcome at the monument housing Napoleon's tomb and a state dinner at the Elysee Palace with celebrities and magnates.
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Xi left France from the Pyrenees on Tuesday evening by plane, in a departure ceremony that included military fanfare.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on May 7, 2024
Reuters: President Xi Jinping will visit Serbia soon. Will President Xi visit the site of the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that was bombed by NATO?
Lin Jian: As the visit proceeds, more details will be released. You may follow our updates on that. 

On NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, let me say that 25 years ago, the US-led NATO forces illegally attacked the sovereign state of Yugoslavia without the authorization of the UN Security Council, killing thousands of innocent civilians, including three Chinese journalists. The Chinese people will never forget this barbaric atrocity committed by NATO and will never accept such tragic history repeating itself. Each year, commemorative events are held by Serbia and the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.   

by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2024 at 08:16:30 PM EST
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President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron Holds a Restricted Meeting in Hautes-Pyrénées illustrated
On May 7 local time, at the special invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, President Xi Jinping flew from Paris to Hautes-Pyrénées for a visit in this department in southwestern France....
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 02:29:39 PM EST
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wapoo | Hungary and Serbia's autocratic leaders to roll out red carpet for China's Xi during Europe tour (06.05.24)
As mainstream European leaders have pursued more protectionist policies to limit Beijing and Moscow's reach on the continent, the governments of nationalist conservative leaders Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia have courted economic ties with China, inviting major investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, energy and technology.

reuters | China's Xi Jinping visits Serbia on anniversary of 1999 NATO bombing (07.05.24)
"The friendship between China and Serbia which is soaked in blood that the two peoples spilled together has become a joint memory of the two peoples and will encourage both parties to make together huge steps forward," Xi said.The Belgrade streets were decorated with Chinese flags and placards as thousands of police officers were deployed to secure Xi and his 400-member entourage, the highest-level visit by a foreign leader in years.

wfmz | China and EU-candidate Serbia sign an agreement to build a 'shared future', 8 May

scio.gov.cn | Xi arrives in Belgrade for state visit to Serbia
After meeting in Belgrade, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Serbian President Vučić announced they would "deepen and elevate the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Serbia," and "build a new era of a community with a shared future between China and Serbia."
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Xi arrived in Serbia to a warm welcome on Tuesday evening from France, where he had a high-stakes state visit dominated by trade disputes and Russia's war in Ukraine. Thousands of people chanting "China-Serbia" and waving flags were bused in from across Serbia to attend a welcoming ceremony for Xi on Wednesday in front of the Serbia Palace, in the new part of Belgrade where the talks were held. Serbia's populist president addressed the crowd from a balcony, calling Xi an "ironclad" friend. He said his visit to Serbia was "historic" because it opened the path for even closer ties.

"We are writing history today although it doesn't seem so to many," Vučić said. "We thank President Xi. He hasn't come to Europe in five years and he has again chosen our little Serbia."

Arrival Statement by H.E. Xi Jinping  President of the People's Republic of China  At Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, 8 May

It gives me great pleasure to pay a state visit to the Republic of Serbia at the warm invitation of President Aleksandar Vučić. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to extend heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the friendly government and people of Serbia.

China and Serbia enjoy profound traditional friendship. Our bilateral relationship has stood the test of changing international environment and become a fine example of state-to-state relations. Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016, the bilateral relationship has realized leapfrog development, and achieved historic results. The two countries are bound by rock-solid political mutual trust, and have seen fruitful results in high quality Belt and Road cooperation.
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by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 03:35:13 PM EST
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Final Report to the Prosecutor by the Committee Established to Review the NATO Bombing Campaign Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia | ICTY The Hague |

China demanded the United Sates make further investigations be made into the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, which occurred last year at the height of during NATO's air war against Yugoslavia.

Beijing says the U.S. explanation of the bombing - that targeters mistook the embassy for a Yugoslav military target located nearby - is "very difficult to believe".

Beijing's dismissive response came despite repeated U.S. apologies and the C.I.A.'s punishment of seven officials, including the firing of one employee blamed for incorrectly targeting the embassy.

Beijing is insisting that ties between Beijing and Washington can not fully recover until they get an explanation they find satisfactory.    

On May 7th last year, NATO's bombing of the Serbian capital Belgrade reached a new intensity.

But as Belgrade rocked with explosions, a U.S. B-2 bomber unleashed its laser-guided bombs upon a target whose destruction shocked the world.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 05:02:21 PM EST
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25 Years Later: How a US Stealth Bomber Strike on China's Belgrade Embassy Shook the World

The strike symbolized the height of the unipolar moment of the post-Cold War era - and forced potential U.S. adversaries to shore up their defenses.

At NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre in Vincenza, Italy, an American colonel was widely cited by Western media outlets near the end of the year for admitting to the intentional strike, stating: "That was great targeting ... we put two JDAMs down into the attaché's office and took out the exact room we wanted ... they won't be using that place for rebro [re-broadcasting radio transmissions] any more."



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 05:03:42 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 05:04:21 PM EST
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Greetings rich with symbolism in Presstv, Euronews, and NEWS WIRES

fmprc |Embarking on a Golden Voyage in China-Hungary Relations, 8 May

In May when the fragrance of flowers and grass on the Great Hungarian Plain fills the air, I will pay a state visit to Hungary at the invitation of President Tamás Sulyok and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. This will be my second time to come to this land of beauty and abundance in a span of 15 years.

Over the past 15 years, I have met with visiting Hungarian leaders on many occasions. We have forged a deep friendship. I very much look forward to returning to your country to renew our friendship and work with my friends on a new blueprint for China-Hungary relations and cooperation in the new era....

F24 | China's clean car manufacturers find a European foothold in Hungary, 9 May
jobs saved or created
Years of under-investment in electric vehicle technologies and supply chains have left European carmakers struggling to keep up with their Chinese competitors. But even as the EU debates putting up trade barriers against electric vehicles imported from China, Chinese automakers are investing hundreds of millions in setting up their very own European factories in Viktor Orban's Hungary.
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In the city of Debrecen in the south of Hungary, a lithium-ion battery plant worth €7.3 billion is being built over a 221-hectare stretch of former farmland in the Southern Industrial Park special economic zone.
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Chinese EV manufacturer BYD announced late last year that it was building its first European plant in the southern city of Szeged—a €500-million investment that will sprawl across some 300 hectares. BYD, whose European managing director announced Thursday is considering building a second European factory in 2025, is the first major Chinese carmaker to have set up a European production base. The company has said it wants to be the leading EV manufacturer in Europe by 2030.
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These policies only intensified following the 2010 election of Viktor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The spread of economic turmoil across the EU also served as a stark reminder of the risks of relying solely on western European capital to fund Hungary's development. Soon after his election, Orban began to promote what he called his "Eastern Opening" policy, building on his predecessors' outreach to Asia to bring in multinational corporations from Japan, South Korea and, now, China.
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dw | China's Xi meets Orban in Hungary, 9 May
Hungarian President Tamas Sulyok received Chinese President Xi Jinping in Budapest on Thursday with a ceremonial welcome before agreeing on a "comprehensive strategic partnership." Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, was at the ceremony , where Xi and Sulyok walked down a red carpet and listened to the Chinese and Hungarian national anthems. Orban said that the two countries had always been friends and that Chinese companies were securing tens of thousands of jobs in Hungary.
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wapoo | Hungary and China sign strategic cooperation agreement during visit by Chinese President Xi, 9 May dont-say-inflation-reduction-act
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In a video obtained by the AP, the [Hungarian] lawmaker, Márton Tompos, said that the men, all wearing red baseball caps, confronted him to make sure that no flags or symbols referencing China-claimed Tibet or Taiwan would be hung on the route of Xi's motorcade.
NEWS WIRES (09.05.24)
...On the streets of Budapest, Hungarians were divided over the visit.

"Money does not smell, as they say, so other countries would welcome the kind of investment that is going to happen here, even in Western Europe I assume," said 52-year-old security manager Laszlo Toth. But Tibor Hendre, head of the Tibet Support Association, said he was worried that Hungary was "getting into... a debt trap, from which we cannot really escape".

Software engineer Dezso Bereknyei, 46, said that "financial benefits" appeared to be driving the cooperation, and were "coming before environmental protection".

"They told me that they were volunteers for the Chinese embassy here, and they said they wanted to make sure that there weren't Tibetan or Taiwanese flags, because that wouldn't be nice," Tompos said. The men wouldn't let his colleague proceed "until he showed them that it was an EU flag," he added.###

Other minor conflicts broke out during the day between Tibetan protesters and some of the red-capped Chinese nationals, who attempted to prevent activists from displaying Tibetan flags by obscuring them with their own Chinese national flags. One activist, Tenzin Yangzom, a campaign coordinator for the International Tibet Network, criticized Hungary's government for "allowing the Chinese police to be operating on Hungarian streets."

"This is not China, is it? This is Hungary, it's a free country, you have freedom of speech," she said.

ChatGPT | Xi Jinping uses cold hard cash to keep Viktor Orbán close, 9 May €16B
In an open letter to Hungary that in places reads more like a love note than an official government missive, Chinese President Xi Jinping reflected on a friendship "as mellow and rich as Tokaji wine."

As sweet as Hungary's wine is, its partnership with China is far more profitable, both politically and economically—and it's setting up Hungary to be a dominant player in the continent's shift to electric vehicles.
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Hungary is seeing a deluge of investments along the EV production chain. CATL, the world's largest battery manufacturer, invested more than €7 billion in a 100-gigawatt battery plant in Debrecen.

"The greenfield project in Hungary will be a giant leap in CATL's global expansion," said company founder Robin Zeng in announcing the deal.
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"The people living in Debrecen are very, very unhappy with this, and they are protesting a lot," [China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe researche Ágnes] Szunomár said. The deal gives CATL land previously used for agriculture, and "they believe that it is going to be harmful for the environment. The manufacturing process itself is polluting the waters, polluting the air, and taking away lots of opportunities for those people."

So far, that resistance has done little to quench Orbán's enthusiasm for Chinese money.
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reference
Tenzin Yangzom
International Tibet Network
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 03:38:11 PM EST
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budapesttimes.hu | Szjjarto: Hungary-China summit yields 'results worthy of historic visit', 10 May
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Szjjarto said talks between the Chinese president and Prime Minister Victor Orban had been "extremely". He said the two sides expanded an earlier list of joint projects under the Belt and Road initiative aimed at developing East-West connections, and would start preparations of a HUngarian-Chinese project to build a railway ring around Budapest. The ring, he said, was needed to make transport between large Chinese investments in the eastern parts of Hungary and western markets more efficient and sustainable.

"Similarly, we will start preparations for an express rail link aimed at providing fast and civilised access from central Budapest to the airport," he said. He also noted that seven large cities in China were no accessible from Budapest by way of a daily 19 direct flights. Preparations for the development of a nationwide network of charging points for electric cars will also get under way, the minister said.
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Also cooperation will be extended to nuclear energy, he said. "We have now agreed with the Chinese government on drafting a cooperation agreement covering the length and breadth of the nuclear industry to ensure both countries' access to cheapest, safest, most efficient way of producing electricity," Szijjarto said.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2024
Xinhua News Agency: Can you brief us on President Xi Jinping's visit to Hungary?
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reference
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd (CATL)
Biyadi (BYD)
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 04:08:04 PM EST
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Joe's price tag response ...

Quid pro Quo

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 14th, 2024 at 11:25:06 PM EST
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