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G20/T20 for Global Solutions Initiative

by Oui Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 07:38:59 AM EST

Will America and its proxies succeed to divide and more war talk, or will the East succeed in staying on basics of cooperation, multilateralism, sovereignty and autonomy of nations.

Statement by China-West Dialogue for G20 Summit in Indonesia

The Indonesian G20 Summit is a Test for Global Governance and Global Leadership in the Face of Geopolitical Conflicts

1. The Challenges Facing the G20 as a Global Leadership Forum

Rarely in history has there been a moment like this in which global challenges have superseded national domestic challenges to such an extent.

The acceleration of the impacts of climate change, the lethal connectivity of infectious diseases, global supply chain disruptions, energy and food insecurity, inflation and debt, combined now with war and nuclear risks, cumulatively constitute existential threats to humanity.

G20 leaders meeting in Bali Indonesia on November 15 and 16 not only have to come up with institutional and policy responses to these geopolitical risks and systemic global challenges but also to demonstrate to publics that there are ways to exercise agency and responsibility over them. Global governance needs to prevail despite geopolitical tensions. And, global leadership needs to rise to the occasion to dismiss doubt.

Leadership involves action but also communication and connection. G20 leaders not only have to act but they must also connect with their societies. "Policy-speak" must translate into "people-speak" in order to convey empathy and for the real challenges to be understood.

This G20 summit could be a turning point for the G20 proving that the Leaders' summit is indeed capable of being a forum for both global governance and global leadership.

However, the fundamental danger currently in this moment is that in the absence of clear leadership and decisive action, societies will feel that governance itself is threatened and that responsibility and agency are out of the reach of politics and institutions.

This could not only put democracy and other forms of governance at risk domestically but put collective global governance at risk internationally. All G20 leaders need to come to Bali prepared to lead and communicate, not to hold back, nor to privilege other forums.

World Policy Forum: Towards an intellectual backbone of the G20

The Global Solutions Initiative provides an intellectual backbone for the Group of Twenty (G20) through its support of the Think20 (T20) process each year. This intellectual backbone builds bridges between the policy recommendations of successive G20 Presidencies, between researchers and policymakers, between researchers and private sector implementers and between successive generations of thought leaders.

The distinctiveness of the Global Solutions Initiative lies in its research-based solution orientation to transnational problems, spanning visions and recommendations. Furthermore, the Global Solutions Initiative generates recommendations that serve to recouple economies, polities, and the environment with social prosperity.

Let the G20 in Bali, Indonesia -- world's most populous Muslim nation --- be the beginning of the end of U.S. bullying the united nations of this planet into submission. That era of sadness should be left in the dustbin of history. Bury neo-colonialism. End the expansion drift of American pure capitalism to save the planet. End all wars.

Related reading ...

  • Francis Fukuyama Postpones the End of History | The New Yorker - Sept. 2018 |  
  • Capitalism is killing the planet - it's time to stop buying into our own destruction | The Guardian - Oct. 30, 2021 |
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    You cannot stay on the war narrative dictated by the White House and NATO. The confrontation of the West with Russia and China is a choice of economics ... preserving American hegemony and wealth of the oligarchs.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 11:43:38 AM EST

    h/t Cat Starving Africans

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 11:46:34 AM EST
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    The shortfall in nitrogen fertilizers worldwide has little to do with trading restrictions on Russia. It's mostly about price, which is almost wholly defined by the price of the gas used to produce it.

    As a result, farmers in Europe, Africa and elsewhere are applying much less chemical fertiliser, because they can't afford it. Since the price of gas in Europe has halved since its peak (storage is full and it's not cold yet), European fertiliser factories which have been sitting idle have restarted production.

    The longer-term problem is that agriculture has got to stop depending on fossil fuels.

    It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

    by eurogreen on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 01:03:28 PM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 01:13:05 PM EST
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    No what?
    Agriculture should not stop depending on fossil fuels?
    World shortage of fertiliser is REALLY a result of Russia's shipping difficulties?
    Or wtf?

    It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
    by eurogreen on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 03:10:28 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 10:19:56 PM EST
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    How very similar is the attitude today to expand US hegemony to inflict serious damages on the adversaries ... savages and mercenaries of evil empires. May American exceptionalism be victorious.

    Official Website U.S. Government -- Indian Wars Campaigns

    Miami, January 1790 - August 1795. In the late 1780's a confederacy of hostile Indians, chiefly Miamis, in the northern part of present-day Ohio and Indiana restricted settlement largely to the Ohio Valley. Three separate expeditions were required to remove this obstacle to expansion.

    Late in 1790 a force of 320 Regulars and 1,000 Kentucky and Pennsylvania militiamen under Brig. Gen. Josiah Harmar moved north from Fort Washington (Cincinnati) and was badly defeated in two separate engagements on 18 and 22 October 1790 in the vicinity of present-day Fort Wayne, Indiana. Congress then commissioned Governor Arthur St. Clair of the Northwest Territory as a major general, and he collected a force of about 2,000 men consisting of two regiments of Regulars (300 men each), 800 levies, and 600 militiamen. This force advanced slowly north from Fort Washington in September 1791, building a road and forts as it progressed. On the night of 3 - 4 November 1791 some 1,000 Indians surrounded 1,400 of St. Clair's men (one Regular regiment was in the rear) near the headwaters of the Wabash. The force was routed, and St. Clair, having lost 637 killed and 263 wounded, returned to Fort Washington.

    Congress reacted to these disasters by doubling the authorized strength of the Regular Army in 1792 and appointing Anthony Wayne to succeed St. Clair. Maj. Gen. Wayne joined his troops near Pittsburgh in June 1792 and reorganized his Regulars to form a "Legion" composed of four sub-legions, each a "combat team" consisting of two battalions of infantry, a battalion of rifles, a troop of dragoons, and a company of artillery. After intensive training the Legion moved to Fort Washington in the spring of 1793 where it joined a force of mounted riflemen, Kentucky levies.

    Early in October 1793, after peace negotiations had failed, Wayne's troops advanced slowly along St. Clair's route toward Fort Miami, a new British post on the present site of Toledo. They built fortifications along the way and wintered at Greenville. In the spring of 1794 a detachment of 150 men under Capt. Alexander Gibson was sent to the site of St. Clair's defeat where they built Fort Recovery. At the end of June, more than 1,000 warriors assaulted this fort for ten days, but the Indians were effectively beaten and forced to retreat. Wayne moved forward in July with a force of some 3,000 men, including 1,400 levies from Kentucky, paused to build Fort Defiance at the junction of the Glaize and Maumee, and resumed pursuit of the Indians on 15 August. At Fallen Timbers, an area near Fort Miami where a tornado had uprooted trees, the Indians made a stand. On 20 August 1794 the Indians were thoroughly defeated in a two-hour fight that was characterized by Wayne's excellent tactics and the able performance of his well-trained troops. Wayne's men destroyed the Indian villages, including some within sight of the British guns of Fort Miami.

    Jay's Treaty (1794) resulted in the evacuation of frontier posts by the British. By the Treaty of Greenville, 3 August 1795, the western tribes of the region ceded their lands in southern and eastern Ohio, and the way was opened for rapid settlement of the Northwest Territory.

    On 15 December 1890, bureau police killed Sitting Bull, a leader in the Ghost Dance movement, while trying to arrest him. Government attention then focused on Big Foot and his band of a few hundred Ghost Dance followers. The 7th Cavalry found him on 28 December and escorted him and his people to the Army camp at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. On the morning of 29 December, an effort to disarm the band led to a shot being fired. It may have been an accidental discharge as a soldier tried to confiscate a weapon, but whatever the source, it led immediately to heavy and indiscriminate firing from soldiers and some return fire from the Lakota. In the ensuing action, many Lakota men, women and children sought to escape via ravines that cut through the area. The soldiers also employed artillery despite the presence of numerous noncombatants. The main firing lasted about an hour, though intermittent shots rang out into the afternoon. When it was over, more than two hundred Lakota (perhaps as many as three hundred), including women and children, were dead. Army casualties totaled 25 killed and 39 wounded, some of whom likely were hit by friendly fire in the confused situation. A few small skirmishes ensued in the region, but by mid-January the violence was over. The Army conducted an investigation of the incident but never determined culpability.

    @BooMan there were some prolific writers ... one of them wrote under pseudonym Ghostdancer ...

    Earlier writing @BooMan ...

  • Ode to Ghostdancers Way
  • Mitakuye oyasin! | by ghostdancer way | May 13, 2008 |

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    Some courageous writing here @ET ...

    Is the White House an American iconic image built by the hands of slaves? | by Democrats Ramshield on Jul 29th, 2016 |

    Certainly when Germany's Spiegel magazine wrote this issue, it also touched off a draconian firestorm. How much more time we'll have to go by before we're able to talk about that issue. The average white American family has a net worth of about $150,000 whereas African American families have a net worth of about $11,000 on average, so they swell the ranks of Precariat.

    Where does this leave the American democracy? Of course there is the fact that the genocide against Native Americans is never realistically taught in schools or talked about in the media either. This of course can be no accident. Some young Americans today think the Trail of Tears is a rock group, and they don't understand what happened at Wounded Knee. How it is we can all be proud Americans, but we don't necessarily have to all be proud of everything America does in order to be good Americans and respectable citizens of the world.

    Most people around the world don't understand why Native Americans have been so upset with the Washington Redskins football team name that this actually refers to Native Americans who were part of a head bounty being either scalped or decapitated, leaving behind a red blood soaked corpse.

    This is sadly the true origin of the word "Redskin".

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 06:36:18 PM EST
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    Cherokee and The Trail Where They Cried

    ARGeezer's paternal great, great grandmother was Cherokee and came over the Trail of Tears, but stopped in Arkansas.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 06:37:55 PM EST
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    Earlier today I read the military strategy pronounced by NATO Secretary General in Finland last June ... follows below. It thought dawned on me from a history of endless Westerns I watched in the late fifties and sixties. The feeling I got, what drives American expansionism and feeling of superiority today with a military organization like NATO. Where does it end ... in the speech of Jens Stoltenberg a total defeat of the enemy. Cutting though the bull$hit of war propaganda and some niceties.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 06:39:10 PM EST
    Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Kultaranta talks in Finland | 12 Jun. 2022 |

    The last time I visited Finland, we - and that was actually last fall - you and I, we discussed how to strengthen the close partnership between NATO and Finland. But I did not imagine that the next time I was going to visit Finland you would have applied for a membership in our Alliance. 

    What caused this dramatic change was President Putin's war against Ukraine, which has shattered peace in Europe. It is really a game changer. Not just for European security, but also for the global order.

    We may have been shocked by Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine. 
But we should not be surprised. 
NATO shared intelligence and warned about a potential invasion for months.
It is part of a pattern. 

    And now, this cruel war against a peaceful neighbour. 
    NATO is not part of the war. 🤥🤥

    In response to the war, NATO has two fundamental tasks. 
One is to provide support to our close partner Ukraine.
To uphold its right of self-defence, a right enshrined in the UN Charter.
We have done that actually for many years.
And since the invasion, we have significantly stepped up our support to Ukraine, and so has Finland, including with military, economic and humanitarian aid.

    Our aim is to ensure that Ukraine prevails, as a sovereign and democratic state in Europe.

    The other task for NATO is to prevent the war from escalating. NATO's main responsibility is to protect our people. That is why we are strengthening our defence, especially in the east of the Alliance, on land, at sea, and in the air. This is deterrence. Not to provoke, but to prevent a conflict. And to preserve peace.

    [NATO Stoltenberg earned 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥 - Oui]
    Türkiye is an important Ally, with a strategic location, playing a key role in the Black Sea, bordering Syria and Iraq, vital for our fight against ISIS.
Türkiye is also the NATO Ally that has suffered more terrorist attacks, including at the hands of the PKK.

    We are now working together, in a constructive spirit, to find a united way forward.
    I therefore welcome the contacts you, Sauli, have with President Erdoğan.
I also remain in close dialogue you, Sweden, and with our Ally Türkiye.

    All Allies agree that NATO's door is open, that enlargement has been an historic success, and that we must continue to stand together as we face the greatest security crisis in a generation.

    SAULI NIINISTÖ [Finnish President]: But nevertheless, if we talk about world order, we see a large scale, and Russia behaving like it does. Do you see that Russia is just by itself? I mean, surely, having a warfare against Ukraine, but in its thinking that the world should somehow be changed. And I think if that would be the case, it must be taken very seriously?

    JENS STOLTENBERG [NATO Secretary General]: My answer to that question is fundamentally, yes, they want another world order. They don't want a world order, which we have agreed to in many different documents, agreements and institutions. And perhaps the starting point of that world order was enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act - the Final Act that is very close to all things, of course, which actually stated some basic rules on how to behave and how to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations, in Europe in particular. We all know that, of course, we can discuss borders and the historic reasons for those different borders in Europe and elsewhere in the world. But we agreed there, and we have agreed again and again that these borders should be the fundament for how we work together and how to find solutions by diplomatic means together. Another key principle in the Helsinki Final Act, and again, repeated again and again in many other documents, was the right for every nation to choose its own path, including what kind of security arrangements they wanted to be part of. So then to say that this is a provocation and a threat that countries like the Baltic countries or now then Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership is, by itself, contradicting the basic principles in the Helsinki Final Act. And I will always, or often, use an example that if you accept that big powers can say that if small powers or small nations do something they don't like, that's a threat, and they can use power to hinder that to happen. Well, I'm very glad that that was not the case back in 1949 when Norway applied for membership, or actually Norway was a founding member, but, actually, the capitals in the major countries like Washington, London, Paris actually said, well - Norway at that time was the only country bordering Russia or the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union didn't like that - but these capitals US, UK, France and the others, they said, `Well, it's for Norway to decide and accepted our membership of the Alliance. So, yes, when a country like Russia, or President Putin, so clearly contest and violates those principles, not only in words but also in deeds, by using brute military force, because the whole invasion of Ukraine is violating the world order I believe in, where we respect the sovereignty, the integrity and the free decisions of independent countries, then I think the only answer to your question is that, yes, they want a different world order. And I regret that, because I have to be honest that I remember the years after the end of the Cold War, and I also remember working with President Putin as Prime Minister of Norway, that I believed it was possible to actually get Russia on board, to make Russia part of a new order where we actually work together, where we trust each other and we were able to overcome the grievances and hatred from the past. I'm not able to tell exactly when I changed my mind. But of course, after the illegal annexation of Crimea, many things changed. And then it became even worse after the annexation now. So, well, then, our responsibility is to ensure that he doesn't succeed. But also, as I said, that this war doesn't escalate and become a full-fledged war. And that is not an easy task. It's a difficult task, an important task, and we can return to that later on, I guess. But how to reconcile the need to be strong and firm but without ending up in escalating is one of the big challenges we face as NATO, but, of course, also in close partnership with Finland as a future member.

    JENS STOLTENBERG: So first to the question of whether peace is possible. Yes, peace is possible. The question is what kind of peace? Because if Ukraine withdraw its forces and stop fighting, then Ukraine will cease to exist as an independent, sovereign nation in Europe. If President Putin stops fighting, then we'll have peace. So the dilemma is, of course, that peace is always possible. Surrender can provide peace. But as we have seen, the Ukrainians, they don't accept peace at any price. They are actually willing to pay a very high price for their independence. And again, Finland is a country that really knows the price for peace and also the price for independence and being a sovereign nation. And it's not for me to judge how high price the Ukrainians should be willing to pay. I mean, we pay a price because we provide support, we see the economic effects of the economic sanctions. But there is no doubt, as you said Sauli, that the highest price is paid by Ukrainians every day. And therefore it's for them to judge, not for me, what is the price they are willing to pay, for peace and for independence? So, that's, in a way, the moral dilemma. Peace is possible, but the question, how much are you willing to forsake to pay for getting that peace? The absolute best way to achieve peace in Ukraine is for President Putin to end this senseless war. We have to remember, every morning, every day, every hour during the day, there is one man, one nation that is responsible for that - and that is President Putin. Then we have difficult dilemmas, difficult choices, but it is President Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine that has created those dilemmas. And they can be solved by .... from his side by ending the war. Then, one more thing on this, is that as President Zelensky has stated many times, this war will end at the negotiating table. The question is what kind of position will the Ukrainians have when they negotiate a solution? Our responsibility is to make that position as strong as possible. We know that there is a very close link between what you can achieve at the negotiating table and your position at the battlefield. So our military support to them is a way to strengthen their hand at the negotiating table when they, hopefully soon, will sit there and negotiate the peace agreement. So that was `peace is possible' - that's not the question anyway, the question is: what price are you willing to pay for peace? How much territory? How much independence? How much sovereignty? How much freedom? How much democracy are you willing to sacrifice for peace? And that's a very difficult moral dilemma. And it's for those who are paying the highest price to make that judgement. Our responsibility is to support them. Then, on escalation, I think it's extremely important that we remember there is a danger of escalation. Also, as you said this morning, a horizontal escalation, we always see a kind of vertical escalation - more fighting, more suffering, heavier weapons in Ukraine - but escalation beyond Ukraine. And NATO has been very aware of this risk since the beginning, actually before the invasion, because we have to remember that when the invasion came, we were very prepared. In one way, we have been prepared for this eventuality since 2014, with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the Cold War, with the battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, more defence spending, higher readiness, new command structure and all that. And then it was, actually, when we met, I remember we met, we discussed the possibility of an invasion of Ukraine. We had very precise intelligence on the nation. Russia absolutely denied. We had the meeting in the NATO-Russia Council in January, I think it was, where that was the last serious effort from our side to find a negotiated way out of this. Russia said, `We have no plans whatsoever to invade.' They actually sent out pictures, days beforehand, showing some battle tanks moving over this bridge [...] the strait between Azov and the Black Sea, saying that they were actually withdrawing their forces. Then they invaded. And then, that morning, we activated NATO's defence plans and deployed significant additional troops, because we were prepared, and now we have 40,000 NATO troops in the eastern part of the Alliance. Why did we do that? To prevent escalation

    SAULI NIINISTÖ: Okay. Yes. Making peace is not an easy task. I think that we, like I reminded you, told you about, the Second World War and the Finnish position when we had to make the peace. But nevertheless, losing Karelia, Petsamo too, but specifically Karelia, well Finns actually, I guess, never have forgotten it, and it took decades that people had in their minds all the time that a very, very wrong thing was done to Finland and Finnish people. So from that basis, I guess we understand that it is very difficult for Ukraine after all these victims, after all this fighting, to give up their land, not even partly. So that makes it difficult. But seeing that Russia would lose all its holdings is not maybe at all, at this point, foreseeable, who knows? But all this tells that gaining peace is absolutely difficult.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 07:59:48 PM EST
    Decay in American Leadership | Jan 1, 2016 |

    Opinion piece in The Guardian ...

    A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare

    In one of his last interviews, the historian Tony Judt lamented his "catastrophic" Anglo-American generation, whose cossetted members included George W Bush and Tony Blair. Having grown up after the defining wars and hatreds of the west's 20th century, "in a world of no hard choices, neither economic nor political", these historically weightless elites believed that "no matter what choice they made, there would be no disastrous consequences".

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 08:01:09 PM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 11:16:37 PM EST
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    Dutch News item this evening ... blaming Russia for Nord Stream explosions ... spreading NATO disinformation, fear and war rhetoric. Military be damned.

    Norway has raised the alert of the army. Russia can target its oil rigs | Kjaerra |

    Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre pointed out that due to heavy military losses in Ukraine, the Russian regime is resorting to "other" means, including suicide missile and drone attacks against Ukrainian cities and energy infrastructure.

    According to him, this shows that the Kremlin is under increasing pressure and does not hesitate to threaten to use nuclear weapons and blame the West. "We see clear signs that Russia wants to divert attention from the battlefield. The regime has a clear desire to create discord and unrest in Western countries that support Ukraine's struggle for freedom," he declared.

    According to him, events such as sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea or an attempt to paralyze rail transport in Germany and various intelligence and influence operations create fear, although it is not yet possible to say who is obviously behind it. them. .

    Drones on oil rigs

    He recalled the arrest of a man in Tromsø, suspected of having worked for Russian intelligence, or recent incidents of mysterious drones around Norwegian airports and oil and gas facilities.

    According to experts, the strategically important export of Norwegian raw materials to Europe can currently become yet another target for Russian hybrid business.

    Security analyst Thomas S. Warrick z the prestigious American Atlantic Council believes that Russia may have long ago engaged in a hybrid war against Norway and by extension Northern Europe, including Germany, in order to take full advantage of the energy crisis in the coming winter.

    According to Warrick, who worked in the counter-terrorism division of the US Department of the Interior, this is the most likely explanation for the combination of two recent events - the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and the many reported cases of drones in Norwegian oil and gas platforms at sea a week earlier, but which did not receive much publicity.

    He warned that the West, including the United States, must therefore now initiate immediate countermeasures aimed at defending Norwegian and Northern European energy infrastructure against a possible "hybrid winter war" that could break the support of Kyiv's Western allies.

    He called the drone flights particularly worrying. Remember that unidentified unmanned machines have been observed at six offshore facilities of Norway's largest oil and gas producer Equinor and at three facilities operated by other companies.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 09:07:10 PM EST
    by Cat on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 10:40:58 PM EST
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    For ole times' sake ...

    Vice President Biden's Travel to China, Mongolia, and Japan, August 16-24, 2011

    While in China, the Vice President met with Vice President Xi and other Chinese leaders, including President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao, to consult on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.  The Vice President also visited the city of Chengdu, in China's Southwest.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 08:28:06 AM EST
    Long-awaited scene between China and the US gives the world relief: Global Times editorial

    President Xi profoundly pointed out the three layers of common interests between China and the US. It is in our mutual and fundamental interest to prevent conflict and confrontation and achieve peaceful coexistence. It is in our mutual interest to benefit from each other's development. It is also in our mutual interest to promote post-COVID global recovery, tackle climate change and resolve regional issues through China-US coordination and cooperation. "Under the current circumstances, China and the US share more, not less, common interests."

    Quite a few public opinions have noticed that the venue for this meeting is the Chinese delegation's residence in Bali, and the hotel where the US delegation is staying is about 10 minutes' drive away. Furthermore, this meeting was proposed by the US. In fact, it is not difficult to find that each time the continuous deterioration of China-US relations happens, it is due to the unilateral provocation by the US.

    As the saying goes, "whoever starts the trouble should end it." Only if the US takes the right attitude and practical actions can China-US relations return to the right track. During the meeting, US President Biden expanded the previous "Five Noes" commitment made by the US leadership (i.e. to not seek a new Cold War; to not seek to change China's system; that the revitalization of its alliances won't be against China; to not support "Taiwan independence"; to not look for conflict with China) and proposed that the US respects China's system, and does not seek to change it; the US does not seek a new Cold War, does not seek to revitalize alliances against China, does not support "Taiwan independence," does not support "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," and has no intention to have a conflict with China; the US side has no intention to seek "decoupling" from China, to halt China's economic development, or to contain China. We hope that the US can implement President Biden's commitment instead of always saying one thing and doing another. This is both about sincerity and integrity.

    China-US relations cannot deteriorate any further. In dealing with the huge and complicated bilateral relationship, it is impossible to solve all problems with just one meeting. 

    State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a keynote speech titled the Right Way for China and the United States to Get Along in the New Era at Asia Society's headquarters in New York

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 03:24:19 PM EST
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    As far as I have seen, there are no negotiations in any form occurring  ... there were contacts between top CIA and FSB In Turkiye and by phone between top militarily brass in the Pentagon and Kremlin. The White House is adverse to negotiations or diplomacy and only willing to engage in surrender talks.

    The grain deal needs renewal through negotiations ... initiative of a UN representative.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 08:42:15 AM EST

    The Pullout From Kherson -- Si tacuisses, ...| MofA |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 12:56:57 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2022 at 01:00:15 PM EST

    Most media manage to censor statements by Russian leaders ...

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

    Mr Minister,
    Dear friend,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 17th, 2022 at 07:56:00 AM EST
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    Canada takes a hostage
    boycotts some G-20 meetings in Mission of EU on Road to Failure
    w/e 12 Nov: Britain and the EU call on allies to snub Russia at G20
    "Both plan to confront Moscow at the Bali summit over its illegal invasion of Ukraine but will stage walkouts when its delegates speak"
    by Cat on Thu Nov 17th, 2022 at 04:11:59 PM EST
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    by Cat on Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 12:29:09 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 29th, 2022 at 06:56:14 PM EST

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