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  • London says no to a big Chinese Embassy, in a blow to Beijing ties

    12/02/2022 3:07:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | December 2, 2022 | Frank Langfitt
    Local officials in London overwhelmingly rejected plans for a massive, new Chinese Embassy on Thursday. The decision over the long-planned project is a bitter setback for the Chinese government, which currently operates its embassy out of a townhouse in central London. It also comes as a once-promising "golden era" in relations between the two countries has deteriorated in recent years. In turning down the Chinese government's plans, councilors in the London borough of Tower Hamlets cited the need to protect 14th century ruins inside the proposed embassy grounds as well as concerns about potential terrorist attacks, public protests and traffic...
  • China Signals Disinterest in Providing Weapons to Russia for Brutal Ukraine Campaign

    03/15/2022 3:13:05 AM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 14 Mar 2022 | y Paul D. Shinkman
    ...In an opinion piece posted Monday morning criticizing the Biden administration’s move as “too arrogant,” Chinese commentator Hu Xijin nonetheless offered that, “as a major military industrial power, Russia does not need to ask China to provide substantial military assistance for the limited scale war in Ukraine.” “Moreover, China is not obligated to promise nor to export arms to Russia,” Hu said in a video circulated by the state-sponsored English-language Global Times, for which he was executive editor until December. Though not a direct mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, the news agency is aligned with its views and seen...
  • The Crawdad Diplomacy of Joe Biden

    03/02/2022 10:24:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | Mach 2, 2022 | Bill Addington
    When I was a kid, growing up in the foothills of the Appalachians, one of our pastimes was crawdad hunting. It usually happened when the weather was scorching hot and contrary to popular belief it gets hot and humid in the mountains. Once there weren't enough kids around to play stickball, or our bikes were down for repairs, the creek beckoned. Mom and Dad warned us time and again to stay out of the creek, but keeping an eye on me and my brother was a full-time job in and of itself. Growing up out in the country certainly had...
  • Biden Sends Harris to Ukraine & Russia as Peace Envoy [semi-satire]

    02/21/2022 8:02:07 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 February 2022 | John Semmens
    Firmly convinced that Russia will invade Ukraine unless he can stop them, President Biden has tasked Vice-President Harris with "soothing the savage breasts of these potential combatants." Biden says he is optimistic for her prospects of success. "She is a woman known for her feminine wiles," he pointed out. "Despite her lack of significant contributions to the public good in all the jobs she's had in the public sector and the unfavorable impression most ordinary people have of her, she has risen to the second-highest job in our government. She also has a very positive endorsement of her skills from...
  • Boris Johnson to fly to Ukraine, hold crisis talks with Putin

    01/29/2022 9:55:06 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 47 replies
    Nypost ^ | 01/29/2022 | Jon Levine
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will fly to Ukraine next week and hold crisis talks by phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his office said. In recent months Putin has amassed a force of more than 100,000 soldiers at the border and regional tensions have escalated sharply.
  • US officials step away from Iran nuclear talks after pushing for tougher stance

    01/25/2022 4:24:15 PM PST · by Nextrush
    New York Post ^ | 1/25/2022 | Mark Moore
    Two US officials involved in negotiations over renewing the 2015 Irn nuclear deal have stepped back from the talks and a third has left the team altogether amid internal discord over how firm the White House should be with Tehran, according to a report. Richard Nephew, the State Department's deputy special envoy for Iran who pushed for a tougher approach, has not been part of the talks since early December, Wall Street Journal reported Monday. A State Department spokesman told Reuters late Monday that Nephew was no longer in the envoy role, though he was still at the department. Two...
  • As China’s Shadow Lengthens, The United States Must Help Taiwan Prepare To Defend Itself

    12/10/2021 9:35:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 10, 2021 | Josh Hawley
    U.S. defense leaders have allowed China’s military might to grow unchecked while they prattle on about critical race theory and climate change. That increases the risk of war over Taiwan.The Chinese Communist Party is open about its imperial ambitions. Chinese leader Xi Jinping calls explicitly for “the transformation of the global governance system”—which means China in charge of the Asian Pacific and, ultimately, the world. America must act now to stop it. Our economic prosperity, no less than our national security, depends on it. A China that bestrides the Pacific would make today’s supply chain woes look pleasant. A China...
  • In Africa, Blinken sees limits of US influence abroad

    11/21/2021 11:27:45 PM PST · by blueplum · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 21 November 2021 | MATTHEW LEE
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Traveling across Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saw firsthand the limits of America’s influence abroad. Blinken confronted authoritarianism, growing threats from newly energized extremists, and persistent challenges posed by COVID-19 and climate change, all of which have stubbornly resisted various U.S. interventions. And, nowhere on his three-nation tour last week — to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal — was he able to escape obvious signs of the intense competition between the U.S. and China:...
  • In spite of the Chinese Communist Regime’s Bullying, The World Is Gradually Shifting Toward Taiwan

    11/17/2021 8:44:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/17/2021 | Antonio Graceffo
    News AnalysisIn the past, countries allowed Beijing to dictate their relationship with Taiwan, under threat of economic sanctions. Gradually, free democracies are increasing their engagement with the island nation, in spite of the Chinese regime’s bullying.Over the past few years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has become more and more belligerent, while attempting to dictate the foreign policy of other countries. An increasing number of nations, however, have been defying China’s demands, and voting their conscience, in spite of threats or reprisals from Beijing.Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with the Dalai Lama in 2008, which angered the Chinese regime....
  • Veep Mystified by Criticism of Her French Accent [semi-satire]

    11/12/2021 11:54:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 November 2021 | John Semmens
    Vice-President Kamala Harris was video taped using a French accent when she spoke with scientists at the Institut Pasteur in Paris this week. She was widely mocked on social media for this affectation and professed herself "mystified by how cruelly I am being treated." "I thought it was polite to speak in the other person's language," Harris said wiping away a tear. "It's a show of respect. All the French scientists I spoke with seemed happy that I was using their tongue. They smiled and nodded. We were all speaking French. Their accents were the same as mine. We were...
  • No, Governor Stitt. A Mexican Consulate in Oklahoma City is not OK.

    11/07/2021 1:05:39 PM PST · by River Hawk · 18 replies
    US Incorporated ^ | November 5, 2021 | Allan Wall
    Mexico is planning to open a new consulate in Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt just returned from a trip to Mexico, where he discussed the proposed consulate with Mexican officials. But the installation of a Mexican consulate in Oklahoma is a very bad idea, and Oklahomans should oppose it.
  • Report: Sudanese delegation visited Israel this week

    10/09/2021 2:03:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/10/21 | Elad Benari
    A Sudanese delegation made up of senior security and military officials visited Israel earlier this week to discuss relations between the two countries, the Al-Arabiya network reported on Friday. No details were provided about the meetings. Sudan became the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump Administration in October, 2020, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The agreement between Israel and Sudan was announced days after then-US President Donald Trump officially removed Sudan from the list of nations that sponsor and finance terrorism. However, despite the agreement, no...
  • Peres Center chief praises 'historic' pro-Israel (e)vent in Iraq

    09/27/2021 4:24:27 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/9/21
    Chemi Peres, Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, on Saturday, participated virtually in an event in Erbil, Kurdistan, alongside 300 Sunni community leaders, activists and members of the armed forces, calling for normalization with Israel. Organized by the New York-based Center for Peace Communications (CPC) this was the first such event of its kind. Addressing the plenary, Peres used the platform to call to advance the vision of his father, the late Israeli President and statesman Shimon Peres, of normalization and peace across the region. Calling the event historic and inspirational, Peres described the event as an...
  • “An Insult to Our Country”: Based Jamaicans Call Pride Flag at US Embassy an Imperialist Symbol of Hostility to Their Culture and Values

    08/21/2021 11:14:29 AM PDT · by River Hawk · 50 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Aug. 20, 2021
    Some Jamaicans are beginning to actively demand the removal of the rainbow “pride flag” from the US Embassy in Kingston. A TV news report out of the Caribbean island nation features interviews with protesters who object to the flag as a symbol of cultural imperialism, specifically as a hostility to Christianity and the Jamaican way of life. “You have to understand what that multicolored flag represents,” said a spokeswoman for the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society. “It represents normalizing perverse sexual behaviors and lifestyle choices, behaviors and lifestyles that lead to disease and death. Our Christian duty is to...
  • Calling Putin a Killer With No Soul: Does Sleepy Joe Biden Want to Start a War?

    06/14/2021 8:22:45 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 24 replies
    In March last year I made the following comment ranking the three leading candidates at that time for the presidency: "D. FORIEGN POLICY and NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY 1. Trump. He negotiates. He knows how to build. 2. Biden. How can you protect or represent a nation when you might forget its name? 3. Sanders. You cant protect a nation and bankrupt it at the same time." Biden;s attack on Putin, calling him a bully and a killer, deeply concerns me. Anyone who wants America to talk tough with Putin will be pleased. But is it the job of an allegedly Catholic...
  • Xi Jinping wants isolated China to ‘make friends and win over the majority’

    06/04/2021 7:21:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/02/2021
    China’s president has called for better international communication to repair the country’s coronavirus-hit image and win a battle of narratives with the US and its allies. Xi Jinping’s remarks at a study session of the Politburo, the ruling Communist Party’s top echelon, on Monday came amid a deepening feud with Washington and with negative perceptions of China at record high levels in many parts of the world. It is not the first time Xi has called on party cadres and state-controlled media to “tell China’s stories well” to the world and present the country in a positive light. Do you...
  • Biden’s Weak Posture Toward Iran Invites More Aggression In The Middle East

    05/19/2021 5:31:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 19, 2021 | Ali Safavi
    Ever since the new administration has taken office, the Iranian regime has resorted to what it does best: terrorism and extortion.The Middle East is in turmoil again. From Kabul to Riyadh, and Beirut to the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, people are frightened and forced to hear the horrifying blasts of emergency sirens that had long been silenced. If one were to search anywhere other than in Iran for the detonators of these blasts, they would be wrong again. An explosion in front of a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan two weeks ago killed dozens of innocent people, embarrassed the Afghan...
  • Kamala’s first foray into international diplomacy does not go well

    05/09/2021 4:59:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    American ^ | May 9, 2021 | Andrea Widburg
    The most relentless slander the Democrats leveled against President Trump was that he was a racist. Any person with marginal intelligence looking at the record knew this was a lie but the Democrats, thanks to their media lackeys, made it stick. Their promise was that international relationships with the non-racist Biden-Harris administration would be so much better. When Biden gave Kamala “Ms. Diversity” Harris responsibility for dealing with the southern border, they celebrated. Six weeks into that brief, though, Harris’s first act was to offend and incense the Mexican president. Ruh-roh! One of the most baffling things for the Democrats...
  • It’s No Surprise China Employs The Anti-American Propaganda Of Systemic Racism

    03/22/2021 7:05:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 22, 2021 | Sumantra Maitra
    The Chinese side knows that wielding the same self-loathing ideas the ruling class teaches in American universities will hurt Americans most.It’s a cliché to claim every setback as the official end of unipolarity, but if there were ever to be a date for historians to mark the televised humiliation and official end of American hegemony, it would be the very public verbal slapping of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan by the Chinese ambassador on U.S. soil.The U.S. and China leveled sharp rebukes of each others’ policies in the first high-level, in-person talks of...
  • 'China's Most Beautiful Interpreter' Becomes an Internet Hit After Alaska Summit

    03/21/2021 10:32:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    AsiaOneserpico ^ | MARCH 21, 2021 | Mimi Lau
    The popularity of a Chinese interpreter has soared because of her cool handling of State Councillor Yang Jiechi’s 15-minute opening remarks at the start of talks between senior US and Chinese officials in Alaska on Thursday (March 18). Zhang Jing stole the show for her part in the first face-to-face talks between high-level officials from the two countries since US President Joe Biden took office in January. The two-day meeting in Anchorage concluded on Friday (March 19). Chinese media reports referred to her as “China’s Principal Interpreter” and “China’s Most Beautiful Interpreter”. Her name has become one of the top...