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One Belt, One Road summit- China’s biggest diplomatic event this year

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

Asia Times

18th April, 2017

Leaders from around the world are eager to rub shoulders with Chinese officials at a summit in Beijing next month, as President Xi Jinping’s signature One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative gains momentum.

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Trump – two steps forward, one step back

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

18th April, 2017

While the international Press details the astonishing about-face by Donald Trump, Thierry Meyssan shows that it is nothing of the sort – far from having abandoned his ideal of peace, the President of the United States is raging and bombing, while taking great care to commit nothing irreparable.

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Britain could join US in Syria air strikes against Assad without parliamentary approval, Boris Johnson says

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

Still revelling in the glory of having been informed in advance of Trump’s airstrikes on Syria, the British leadership, characteristically, is placing it’s most fervent hopes on further military action against the man who stands between stability and the descent of Syria into the kind of chaos we engendered in Libya. I don’t know- they are simply incorrigible! We must hope that Trump turns out to be a disappointment to them for all his bluff and bluster.

Independent

18th April, 2017

Boris Johnson has said Britain could join US air strikes against the “monster” Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, despite a previous vote against intervention.

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‘Armada’ Trump claimed was deployed to North Korea actually heading to Australia

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

Whilst we are certainly getting a bang for our buck with America’s erratic new president his bark appears to be a lot worse than his bite. The truth is that we have another Hamlet-type figure in the White House. The fact that so far he has only lunged at Polonius behind the arras and launched misogynistic tirades against against queen Gertrude  and Ophelia should not lead us to assume automatically that he will not ultimately settle scores with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and their manipulator, Claudius.

Independent

19th April, 2017

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

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Trump’s NSA bluffed. No sunlight between China and Russia

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

“No matter Trump’s game plan to drive a wedge between China and Russia by exploiting Xi’s interest in a ‘new type of major country relations’ with US, it is preposterous that Beijing will allow any erosion to the Sino-Russian entente. The point is, for both China and Russia, their number one priority in world politics will be to push back at US hegemony and there is no daylight possible here between them for a foreseeable future.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th April, 2017

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced earlier today that the Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China Li Zhanshu will visit Russia on April 25-27 at the invitation of his counterpart, head of the Presidential Administration in the Kremlin Anton Vaino. The Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing that the two officials will discuss China-Russia relations “as previously agreed on by the countries’ leaders” and that the Chinese side is confident that the visit will further galvanize Sino-Russian ties. (TASS)

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Corbyn speaks out on Trump’s overnight blitz

Posted by seumasach on April 7, 2017

Labour List

7th April, 2017

This is the full statement published by Jeremy Corbyn in response to US air strikes on a Syrian air base in the early hours of this morning.

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What should Xi and Trump talk about?

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2017

“There is another way to take advantage of the trade surplus China enjoys: to make financing one of the requirements in the infrastructure projects that Chinese companies wish to take part in. China should be quite willing to do so as it has been actively financing various projects along the Silk Road.”

In other words, China can write down US debt in exchange for investments in US

Asia Times

3rd April, 2017

Later this week, China’s President Xi Jinping will meet US President Donald Trump in Florida at the unofficial White House. In view of Trump’s predilection for unpredictability and brash outbursts, some pundits thought Xi might be taking a risk if the impromptu summit does not turn out well.

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Moscow And Beijing bypass US Dollar, shift to gold trade

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2017

Zero Hedge

1st April, 2017

The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade.

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Iran’s President Rouhani visited Russia: Another step to multipolar world

Posted by seumasach on March 30, 2017

Strategic Culture

29th March, 2017

The significance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Russia on March 27-28 goes far beyond the bilateral relationship. Iran is one of the main actors in Syria and Iraq. It has an importance place in the geopolitical plans of US President Donald Trump. Its relationship with Russia is an important factor of international politics. The future of the entire Middle East depends to a great extent on what Russia and Iran do and how effectively they coordinate their activities.

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Did Rex Tillerson dance to China’s tune?

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2017

Asia Times

22nd March, 2017

For all his tough talk in Tokyo and Seoul, Rex Tillerson adopted a remarkably soft tone when he met China’s president and officials in Beijing during the last stop of his first Asian tour as US secretary of state last week.

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China-led AIIB approves 13 new members

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2017

Asia Times

23rd March, 2017

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Thursday it has approved 13 new applicants to join the bank, including Canada, a major ally of the United States, bringing its total membership to 70.

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