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New Argentina president to put deals with China under the microscope

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

The May government is only one of a series of new governments which are reviewing their relations with China. We now have Argentina, Brazil, the UK, , possibly Australia and, of course, the USA.

Dialogo Chino

27th November, 2015

Change is promised in a number of areas of government by Argentina’s new president-elect Mauricio Macri and foreign relations – in particular the country’s links with China – will be no exception. Macri has left open the possibility of reviewing, even cancelling, theraft of deals on energy and infrastructure signed by the two countries earlier this year.

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A Zimbabwe politician says all the Chinese in his country should be deported

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Quartz

16th May, 2016

A member of a Zimbabwean opposition party has called for all Chinese nationals to be kicked out of the southern African country.

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China’s defense minister stresses preparedness for “war at sea”

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Xinhua

2nd August, 2016

HANGZHOU, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has warned of offshore security threats and called for substantial preparation for a “people’s war at sea” to safeguard sovereignty.

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Why the DUP needs to stop gloating about Brexit

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Why the DUP needs to stop gloating about Brexit and put people before party for once

Belfast Telegraph

3rd August, 2016

The border was, in a sense, put to bed with the Good Friday Agreement. The constitutional question that had dogged our history and was central to the Troubles was neutralised in so far as all parties to the Agreement accepted the consent principle and that any change to the constitutional status quo could only come about by the consent of the majority of the electorate in Northern Ireland by way of a referendum agreeing to a united Ireland.

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UK heading for new financial crisis

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

“The Bank of England is asleep at the wheel again, and we will be back to beleaguered banksters begging for bailouts – and the taxpayer will be ripped off yet again, but bigger this time.”

Bail-outs are no longer permitted under EU regulations, drawn up by Michel Barnier, bete noir of the Murdoch press, so it will be interesting how they play this one post Brexit. In any case, the people should take to the streets to oppose any bailouts!

UK heading for new financial crisis ‘on grander scale than 2008’ with Bank of England ‘asleep at the wheel’, says AS

Independent

3rd August, 2016

The Bank of England’s annual stress tests of the UK’s banks, designed to ensure Britain’s lenders will not be at the heart of another destructive financial crisis, have been branded “worse than useless”, by a new report.

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Corbyn: stopping secret wars

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

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Once again on the meaning of Brexit

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Cailean Bochanan

2nd August, 2016

“Brexit means Brexit!” but what is Brexit? Well, now we know. It is the alignment of the UK with the policy which will dominate the next US presidency:  the strategy of containment or isolation of China.

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Hong Kong democracy campaigners demand return to British rule

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc? Three days after the Brexit vote a report comes in of “democracy” protesters in Hong Kong waving union jacks. Actually, I don’t think the one caused the other. Rather they are both caused by the US foreign policy shift to containment of China which will dominate the next presidency rather than cold war with Russia.

Telegraph

26th June, 2016

lly Chiu first gained public attention in Hong Kong when he waved the British colonial flag at protests three years ago.

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Japan defence review expresses ‘concern’ at Chinese coercion

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Asia Times

2nd August, 2016

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s annual defense review on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” over what it sees as China’s coercion as a more assertive Beijing flouts international rules when dealing with other nations.

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Three-quarters of Australians back naval challenge to China in South China Seas

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

It was once faith versus reason but now it’s identity versus reason and identity is winning hands down. Never mind that their relationship with China is a core economic interest for Australians, thev are prepared to jeopardise it on the basis of a pro-western, anglo-saxon identity.

Sydney Morning Herald

21st June, 2016

Three-quarters of Australians believe the country’s Navy should follow the United States in challenging Beijing’s expanding military activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea by carrying out so called “freedom-of-navigation” operations, a poll has found.

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Is Britain’s Theresa May reversing David Cameron’s China policy?

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

The coup in Brazil bringing into question both the BRICS and Mercosur, Brexit and the dismissal of Osborne, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission report on human rights in China, the Hague ruling on the South China Seas, the weakening of Australia-China ties, the renewed protests in Hong Kong including demands for secession: all these point to the policy of “containment” of China as the dominant theme of US foreign policy under the next presidency. Detente with Russia should be viewed within this context.

Asia Times

2nd August, 2016

Prime Minister Therese May’s decision to delay approving a new nuclear power station partly funded by China at Hinkley Point may be an indication that she will soon be dismantling many of  Cameron government’s policy plans. Hinkley Point being China’s first nuclear power project in the West, Beijing will lose its face if it is canceled.

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