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Xi-Ma summit has changed the status quo

Posted by seumasach on November 10, 2015

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

My good friend, a university mathematics professor and keen observer of Taiwan politics, pointed out to me that by virtue of the Xi-Ma historic summit having taken place, the goal posts of Taiwan’s status quo has already moved a step farther from independence.

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India’s Modi faces an existential choice

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015


Asia Times

8th November, 2015

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules India, has suffered crushing defeat in the provincial elections in the populous northern state of Bihar on the Gangetic plains. Almost all estimates forecast a neck-and-neck fight between the Hindu nationalist BJP and the opposition alliance of secular parties. However, the results were a landslide in favor of the opposition alliance, which won two-thirds seats in the 244-seat state assembly.

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UN chief, China, Germany, prioritize Syrian stability to resolve refugee crisis

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015


“He also noted that Berlin’s interests are “more in line with those of Russia and China than those of the US,” echoing what German political scientist Matthias Küntzel in 2009 referred as the emergence of a “new constellation” of powers with USA/UK/France on one side and Russia/China/Germany on the other.[8]

With the recent upgrade of Sino-British relationship to “comprehensive strategic partnership” and EU members clamoring to join China’s AIIB and ‘One Belt One Road’ initiatives earlier this year, the Beijing-Moscow-Berlin based constellation may actually be expanding.[9]

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

In 2003, Germany opposed US invasion of Iraq, and again in 2011 when US bombed the Gaddafi regime that tragically transformed Libya from a relatively stable country to a failed state.[1]

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World yuan-ization thanks to the City of London

Posted by seumasach on November 5, 2015


5th November, 2015

The Government of China promotes the internationalization of «the people’s currency» (‘renminbi’) through a policy of alliances that does not take ideological barriers into account. In a first moment the diplomatic forces of the yuan were concentrated in Pacific-Asia, but in a second moment, it became necessary to gain the support of the West. After the President Xi Jinping visited London, between the 19th and the 23rd of October, the bases of the «golden age» between China and the United Kingdom were established, with which both countries looked to push the yuan-ization of the world economy.

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David Cameron warned against Syria vote by Commons committee

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

Cameron’s plans were dead in the water from the moment the Russians intervened. However, unilateral, illegal action is not the only option: we could respond to Putin’s appeal for a UN authorised coalition against ISIL. Corbyn should be backing this and probably would do so but for his Russophobic leftist base.


3rd November, 2015

An influential Commons committee has urged David Cameron not to press ahead with a vote on UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Foreign Affairs Committee – which has a Conservative majority – said the prime minister should instead focus on efforts to end Syria’s civil war.


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US, Russia hold joint military training exercise in Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015


4th November, 2015

US and Russian fighter jets conducted a joint training exercise above Syria on Tuesday, according to an American defense official.  

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Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

As I have been saying: the Libya debacle will return to haunt Cameron

Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya to stop another Syria


4th November, 2015


David Cameron should complete the “mission” he started in Libya to prevent the country becoming another Islamist-dominated state like Syria, Egypt’s President will demand when he visits Downing Street on Wednesday.

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Syrian war ends West’s dominance of Middle East

Posted by seumasach on October 27, 2015

Russia is falling over backwards to provide cover for Western retreat in Syria. They are even prepared to include any people calling themselves the “Free Syrian Army” the Americans can come up with to join talks. Why not?


Indian Punchline

26th October, 2015

Three weeks and 5 days into the Russian military operations in Syria, Moscow has achieved the objective of compelling the major external players involved to rethink their established stance on the crisis. Unsurprisingly, new fault lines have appeared in Middle East politics. Last week witnessed a surge diplomatic activity to cope with the new fault lines.

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No China’s economy is not going to crash

Posted by seumasach on October 25, 2015

Here is an unusual article from the British left which actually praises the Chinese economic model. The points made seem valid although there is no discussion of the role of finance, an omission, I think, given Deng’s maxim that “whatever you do always keep control of the financial system”. John Ross is a supporter of Corbyn: hopefully Corbyn can also back the trend on the left of complete contempt for China’s achievements. We shall see.

– why China has the world’s strongest macro-economic structure

Socialist Action

5th September, 2015

A great deal of highly inaccurate material is currently appearing in the Western media about the ‘crisis’ of China’s economy – an economy growing three times as fast as the US or Europe. This follows a long tradition of similarly inaccurate ‘crash’ material on China symbolised by Gordon Chang’s 2002 book ‘The Coming Collapse of China’.

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NY Times says US divided over Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 24, 2015

Obama did not attend the meeting, which was led by National Security Adviser Susan Rice and “no formal decision was made,” The New York Times stated, adding that “advocates of a greater American role left discouraged.”

NY Times says US divided over no-fly zone, safe zone in Syria

Today’s Zaman

23rd October, 2015

The US administration is locked in a sharp new debate over whether to deploy its military forces to establish a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect civilians caught in the Syrian civil war, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

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New City of London project to go ahead

Posted by seumasach on October 22, 2015

It will be interesting to learn more about this new financial centre.

China Builder Revives $2.6 Billion London Project After Xi Visit


22nd October, 2015

Chinese developer ABP (China) Holdings Group Ltd. has brought in a unit of state-backed Citic Group as an investor in a project to transform London’s Royal Albert Dock into a financial center after the estimated cost surged and work was delayed.

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