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Old 11-29-2022, 04:55 PM
 
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Good observation.
Can't repu you.

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Whilst Germany generally just tries to stay out of US led foreign policy and is quite isolationist, with most of it's efforts been in relation to home defence and economic growth.
Below is an extract of Oskar Lafontaine's speech where he ranted about their party of Greens, propaganda of fake news, abysmal lying, proxy war ... "In War, truth is the first casualty."

Sep 24, 2022
End of détente?
If you want Peace, you've to free yourself from USA.
~ youtube.com/watch?v=BQpEYn4bF8g


Oskar Lafontaine's new book with the provocative title "Ami, it's time to go - a plea for Europe's self-assertion" is available on Amazon. His thesis: an aggressive world power like the USA could not lead a defense alliance like NATO. He advocates a NATO without the United States and calls on Germany and Europe to serve their own interests instead of clinging to the superpower's coattails.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Oskar...kar+Lafontaine

Last weekend's demonstrations on a theme of "Ami go home."

Nov 27, 2022
At the US Consulate General in Leipzig, a protest was held by local residents with the slogan "Americans, go home"
~ youtube.com/watch?v=RQO2MVHEkW4

Nov 27, 2022
Today, Demonstration of thousands took place in Leipzig, Germany under the slogan "Ami go home "(Americans go home).
The protesters marched through the city center to the building of the US Consulate General, but the way was blocked by the police.
~ youtube.com/watch?v=Ck-nCGYw-iA

Streamed live on Nov 26, 2022
~ youtube.com/watch?v=v2tyB7tDRWU

Live from #leipzig on Saturday, November 26, where right-wing demonstrators have gathered for their 'Ami go home' protest. The march started on Simsonplatz, calling for 'German Sovereignty' and negotiations with Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Organizers wrote on their social media channel that they want 'peace, freedom, and sovereignty'. Counter-demonstrations are expected to take place in the city on the same day. The name 'Ami go home' refers to an East Germany anti-US Cold War slogan, objecting to the presence of American troops.
~ youtube.com/watch?v=Y5dhyUhw1J8

Leipzig 25.06.22
,, Ami go Home '' gegen Demo ,, Nazi go Home ,, Antifa ''
~ youtube.com/watch?v=wVeRT8XLUaA

Nov 24, 2022
Last Monday, stern TV reporter Sophia Maier was out and about with the riot police in Leipzig to find out what drives people onto the streets. Various groups met in a total of five registered demonstrations. The police had to intervene several times.
~ youtube.com/watch?v=13jG2AzXHnE
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Old 11-30-2022, 04:25 AM
 
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German and French Foreign policy is usually very different from US Foreign policy, and they are also the driving forces in relation to EU foreign policy.

Britain was probably the most aligned country in relation to US Foreign policy however even the British have developed strained relations with the US, due to the disastrous and pointless war on terror, which culminated with a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Other low points in US-British relations came about due to Obama's interference in Brexit, and this is a recurring theme in terms of the Biden administration, the rejection of any trade talks with Britain and other US interference in British domestic affairs such as the NI protocol.

Obama was critical of Britain and France, for doing too little in relation to attacking Libya in order to help displace the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, whilst the Obama administration went on to blame the British parliament, for derailing planned US intervention and action in Syria, the British Parliament having voted against military action in Syria in 2013.

The pressure to remove the US Ambassador in Washington Kim Darroch in 2019, was also another low point, whilst cases such as the Harry Dunn case (2019) have caused a lot of simmering anger in the UK, as has the UK/US extradition treaty in relation to cases such as Julian Assange. The Assange extradition case would even set a nasty precedent in relation to free speech and journalistic rights, and the Council of Europe which oversees the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights has already expressed their deep concerns.

The repairing of the damage done by Trump, is also very difficult, and many in Europe don't trust the US any more in terms of NATO, and believe it would only take another Trump like figure for the US to question Article 5 and to leave NATO.

So relations between Europe and the US are far from perfect, and could well become further strained in relation to a potential trade war, in response to Biden's protectionist Inflation Reduction Act, which amounts to $369 billion and includes vast taxpayer-funded subsidies for the production of US products including electric vehicles. Whilst in terms of Britain, why would you side with a nation that keeps going on about not doing a trade deal with you and has been very critical of you in recent years, and has very little regard for the lives of British citizens never mind the lives of British forces who died fighting US led wars in response to 9/11 or were murdered by terrorists that the US protected due to the likes of Biden.

It's also worth noting that prior to 9/11, US politicians such as Senator Joe Biden, prevented terrorist extraditions, as they were deemed political, and that the US did very little to prevent fund raising for certain terrorist groups.

However after 9/11 this all changed, and Britain did everything it could to help the US, including supporting US military operations and signing one sided agreements such as the 2003 Extradition Treaty, whilst the extradition of Assange is not deemed political by the Biden administration, so as Joe would say 'Go Figure'.

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Old 11-30-2022, 01:22 PM
 
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Germany depends more on China for its trade than the USA:


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American investment in China is only 2 percent of its foreign investment, while Germany’s investment there is 14 percent of its total foreign investment. According to the China-Europe Chamber of Commerce, the top 10 European companies (which include five German companies) are still heavily invested in China. German companies invested up to 10 billion euros directly in China between January and June of this year; before that, the highest six months of direct investment by German companies in the country since 2000 was 6.2 billion euros.

For the past six years, China has been Germany’s largest trading partner, with annual trade volume between the two countries exceeding 245 billion euros last year. Currently, the German government has made investment guarantees in China of up to 11.3 billion euros.

However there is an aim within the Germany Government to not so rely on China.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck vowed no more “naivety” in Germany’s trade dealings with Beijing. His ministry is working on a package of measures to make the Chinese market less significant for German companies, including abolishing state investment export guarantees to German companies operating in China, an end to small projects like promotional events in China or manager training, and others.

Germany’s economy ministry will also aim to reduce dependence on Chinese raw materials, batteries and semiconductor products. Finally, Berlin wants to scrutinize Chinese investments in Europe more closely. The German government will present a national security strategy at the end of this year, followed by the publication of a new China strategy.

It appears that Germany is looking to the United States for its China policy, albeit in a different fashion and less rigorously. But it remains the case that, like the United States, Germany is losing its competitiveness in the face of an increasingly powerful China.
https://www.gisreportsonline.com/r/c...any-relations/

Germany sure does look to it US policy, but only to the point where it serves German interests. Yet with Taiwan relations with Germany, it still has low key relations with Taiwan, and has expressed to the Taiwanese government to strive to reduce Germany increasingly dependence on the Chinese market, especially with raw materials that are used for renewable energy and for mobile phones, where China dominates worldwide the supply for it.

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Even so there was a low profile visit German government official Franziska Brantner arrived in Taiwan Tuesday for a two-day low-profile visit amid increasing official exchanges between Taiwan and Germany.

The itinerary to be followed by Brantner, parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, has been planned and arranged by German Institute Taipei, a source familiar with the matter said.

Brantner's trip to Taiwan is aimed at deepening bilateral substantive exchanges between the two countries and her itinerary has not been made public, according to the source.

Brantner on Monday shared on Twitter an article of hers published the previous day in the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. This outlines Germany's general economic strategy, emphasizing that the country must increase its international partnerships in raw material trade to lessen economic dependence on China.

Brantner said in the article that the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light long-standing vulnerabilities in global supply chains.

The supply of raw materials crucial for energy transition technologies and to build solar panels, wind turbines and batteries is dominated by a few companies in a few countries, she noted, adding that China controls more than 90 percent of the world's rare earth metals.

In order to foster Germany's economic resilience, the country should financially support companies seeking partners in global raw material supply chains with the aim of securing stable access to critical raw materials, according to Brantner.

The article stated that through "raw materials diplomacy," Germany will reactivate its relationship with "international raw material partners," particularly some raw material supplier countries that have invested heavily in China.

Joanne Ou (歐江安), spokeswoman for Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), told CNA that the ministry is happy to see frequent interactions and exchanges between Taiwan and Germany.

During Brantner's visit, Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Yui (俞大㵢) will host a banquet in her honor, according to Ou.

Brantner has repeatedly expressed her friendship toward Taiwan. When Lithuania was hit by China's retaliatory sanctions over the name of Taiwan's representative office in Vilnius last year, Brantner publicly expressed support for Lithuania and opposition to China's punitive economic measures on the country.

In August, Brantner also attended the 20th conference on economic cooperation between Taiwan and Germany with Taiwan's Deputy Economic Minister Chen Chern-chyi (陳正祺) via video conference.

In addition, the Berlin government confirmed that Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, will later this month meet with Taiwan's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Minister Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), who is on a visit to Germany, the Chinese language website of Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, reported Monday quoting a Reuters report.

It will be the first time a German minister has met with their Taiwanese counterpart.

(By Novia Huang and Evelyn Kao)
https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202211150029

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Old 12-02-2022, 08:00 AM
 
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China's new Super Embassy in London has been blocked by the Council and may now be subject to a public enquiry.

There's a picture of the planned new Embassy - Here

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A Chinese bid for a “super embassy” on the site on the old Royal Mint near Tower Bridge has been blocked amid fierce opposition and a growing political rift between Westminster and Beijing.

In a shock decision, Tower Hamlets council voted unanimously to reject planning permission for the new multi million pound development in the heart of central London, despite advisers recommending the new hub be given the go ahead. Councillors normally follow these recommendations.

The move will pile more pressure on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Housing Secretary Michael Gove, who have a six-week challenge period in which they could decide to call in the verdict.

Any public inquiry could take up to 18 months to resolve.

The decision by Tower Hamlets comes in the same week that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared that the “golden era” of good relations with Beijing was over and against a backdrop of the largest pro-democracy protests in China since Tiananmen Square.

Beijing’s new “super embassy” in London would be the largest of its kind in Europe and only around three miles away from Westminster.

Growing tensions between Britain and China make the "super embassy" decision highly politically sensitive.

A decade ago, David Cameron and George Osborne’s government welcomed Chinese investment and cultivated closer contacts with Beijing.

However, the Johnson and Sunak administrations have reversed this approach, stripping out Chinese technology from Britain's 5G network and expelling Chinese investment from our nuclear and semiconductor industries.

In the first major foreign policy speech of his premiership, Sunak this week said closer economic ties with China had been "naïve" and promised a new approach of “robust pragmatism.”

"We recognise China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism," he said.

Chinese ‘super embassy’ blocked in London in blow to Xi Jinping -The Telegraph
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Old 12-02-2022, 04:02 PM
 
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It appears Lithuania relations with China are the worst now for an EU member due to Lithuania policy of opening an trade office in Taiwan and Taiwan opening a trade office in Lithuania. The Lithuanian president goes further to accuse the Chinese Government of backing the Russians in the invasion of Ukraine.

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Lithuania Opens Trade Office in Taiwan as Ties With China Sour
Lithuania opened a trade office in Taiwan, potentially escalating tensions with China that have been simmering since the European Union member state drew a stiff rebuke from Beijing.

The opening on Monday comes a year after the government in Taipei opened an office in Lithuania’s capital. China responded by downgrading diplomatic relations with the EU Baltic state over the office’s explicit use of the name Taiwan, a democratically ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.

The new Lithuanian trade office carries the name Taipei, which may avoid a harsher reaction from Beijing. China has repeatedly voiced opposition to countries engaging in official contact with the government in Taipei.

“Today we can rejoice over the first achievements of Lithuanian cooperation with Taiwan,” Economy Minister Ausrine Armonaite said in a statement. “I have no doubt that our work with this promising market will intensify further after the opening of the Lithuanian trade office in Taipei.”

The dispute between China and Lithuania, a Baltic nation of 2.8 million, has helped roil relations between the world’s most populous nation and the EU as a whole. After Taiwan’s trade office opened, China withdrew its ambassador and faced accusations of halting the clearance of Lithuanian goods in its ports. China denied that it was blocking goods.

The standoff prompted the EU to raise the issue of trade hurdles with the World Trade Organization. Last month, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said China’s punitive action and its backing of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine showed that Beijing is the EU’s “systemic rival.” He made the comments in Brussels, where EU leaders were taking a harder look at relations with Beijing.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ith-china-sour
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Old 12-02-2022, 07:22 PM
 
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It appears Lithuania relations with China are the worst now for an EU member due to Lithuania policy of opening an trade office in Taiwan and Taiwan opening a trade office in Lithuania. The Lithuanian president goes further to accuse the Chinese Government of backing the Russians in the invasion of Ukraine.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...Beijing.<br />
Backing is a strong word to use, when every man and his dog choose to buy cheap gas and oil.
His rhetoric cannot force some countries to take side,
such as India, Indonesia, South Africa ... etc
If I have to guess, it must be that leaked 2014 conversation and
a foreign diplomat seen handing out buns (or apples ) to the protestors.

That Trade Office, apparently, does not issue visas.
With its chargé d'affaires office in Beijing currently empty, I wonder where to apply for a visa?
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Old 12-04-2022, 04:19 PM
 
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It appears Lithuania relations with China are the worst now for an EU member due to Lithuania policy of opening an trade office in Taiwan and Taiwan opening a trade office in Lithuania. The Lithuanian president goes further to accuse the Chinese Government of backing the Russians in the invasion of Ukraine.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ith-china-sour
That article you posted was dated November 7th, 2022.
The one below was published three weeks later, on November 30th.
Wind is changing. Everyone is war fatigue.

https://www.baltictimes.com/trade_wi...nian_minister/
2022-11-30
"It's impossible to completely eliminate China in a global world where all our value chains are intertwined. Despite being a communist country, it has invested heavily in high technology. I hope that trade with this country will recover," Ausrine Armonaite told the Lithuanian business news website vz.lt.
"Lithuania and the EU are taking steps to ensure that this happens, but a lot depends on them as well. After all, it was not Lithuania that sanctioned itself," the minister added.

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Old 12-04-2022, 09:07 PM
 
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That article you posted was dated November 7th, 2022.
The one below was published three weeks later, on November 30th.
Wind is changing. Everyone is war fatigue.

https://www.baltictimes.com/trade_wi...nian_minister/
2022-11-30
"It's impossible to completely eliminate China in a global world where all our value chains are intertwined. Despite being a communist country, it has invested heavily in high technology. I hope that trade with this country will recover," Ausrine Armonaite told the Lithuanian business news website vz.lt.
"Lithuania and the EU are taking steps to ensure that this happens, but a lot depends on them as well. After all, it was not Lithuania that sanctioned itself," the minister added.

That is not surprising. After all that country has a lot more to worry about Russia than China.
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Old 02-04-2023, 12:09 PM
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Biden is being strategic by reiterating that the United States will get involved militarily if Taiwan is invaded, while at the same time White House staffers do the PR thing of reiterating the One China policy. Beijing is feeling empowered lately as if the US is giving up its commitments to the ROC. It has not. If Xi wants to invade Taiwan, he is starting WW3 and dooming his regime to the same fate as Hitler’s Nazi Germany
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