• In the Second Wave

    In the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, politicians and businessmen speak of defeat in China's favor in the "competition of the systems."

    BERLIN (Own report) - Under the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic's second wave, politicians and business representatives in Berlin concede defeat in the "competition of the systems" in China's favor. "In the fight against the pandemic, Europeans and Americans have not made a good impression so far," noted CSU General Secretary Markus Blume. It is becoming evident "that, in fighting the crisis, the Chinese system was superior to western systems," acknowledged Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser. US media refer to a new "divide" between the transatlantic West, on the one hand, and East and Southeast Asia on the other. Whereas infection rates have remained rather low, for example, in Japan, South Korea and Singapore for quite some time, even tending to zero in China, they are again surging in Europe and North America. Germany's former President Horst Köhler reported back in February that Europe's haphazard handling of the pandemic has provoked "amazement" in African countries. Recent surveys show that the EU's fight against the pandemic is also viewed as a failure in East Asia and is tarnishing the image of the mighty West. Read more

  • Berlin: In the Underground War against Russia and China (III)

    Commentary by Hans-Rüdiger Minow

    When, during the war on Korea, a nuclear strike against Peking (and Moscow) had been relocated (site of deployment Guam, max. 34 Mark 4 atomic bombs), the successor of the Nazi espionage (Organization Gehlen) in Munich, ensured direct contacts with the Kuomintang. Following the dropping of the atomic bombs, Kuomintang troops were supposed to march, as occupying forces, through contaminated terrain towards Peking. To support the offensive of Kuomintang tanks, considered necessary by Chiang Kai-shek, Gehlen could offer specialists from Munich: from the Reichswehr and Nazi military. They had accumulated experience - in the suppression of riots and strikes during the Weimar Republic and subsequently during extermination operations and Nazi massacres in the East ("Operation Barbarossa"). Gehlen extended the bloody trail of war crimes committed in Europe to China. Read more

  • The Race for 5G

    The EU is falling behind in the global 5G race. This could be aggravated through the announced de facto ban of Huawei.

    BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - Germany and the EU are falling behind in the global race for the development of 5G networks and are risking additional losses by banning Huawei. EU Commission statements and a brief analysis from corporate circles confirm that the Union is not only failing to achieve its own 5G goals, but is also losing ground vis-à-vis its competitors. Until recently, eight 5G base stations per million capita were deployed in the EU, in the USA, 63, in China, 86, in South Korea, nearly 1,500. The Corona crisis as well as the Chinese Huawei group's de facto ban from the development of the German 5G networks, reportedly agreed on by the German government, could cause additional setbacks. According to the agreement, companies that produce 5G components have to prove their "trustworthiness." The assessment will be decided on the basis of intelligence information. Huawei's ban could easily delay the 5G deployment by 18 months, resulting in a backlog in 5G implementation and billions in losses. Read more

  • Berlin: In the Underground War against Russia and China (II)

    Commentary by Hans-Rüdiger Minow

    In the underground war against Russia and China, material constraints determine the order of precedence: Russia is a neighbor and geographically much closer. Logistically it seems to be manageable, as far as the western region's technical density is compatible with that of Germany (road, rail and flight standards), militarily containable, once threat potential to Moscow can be permanently deployed at its borders, and economically exploitable, if the reserves of raw materials can be procured from the Far East (also by sea), at a low price. However, the further Berlin reaches beyond Moscow, the more complicated the underground becomes. Read more

  • Business Rather than Decoupling

    EU/China: Progress in negotiations of investment agreement. German Minister of State rejects "US demonization of China".

    BERLIN/BRUSSELS/BEIJING (Own report) - The EU and China intend to reach an accord on a bilateral investment agreement before the end of the year. This is the main result of yesterday's video conference between the European Union's leaders and China's President Xi Jinping. The bilateral negotiations, therefore, have been making significant progress and their conclusion before the end of the year seems realistic. German enterprises, in particular, are very interested in the treaty. Unlike media reports to the contrary, the majority of these enterprises are not leaving the People's Republic of China due to current political tensions, but in many cases are even "strengthening" their presence, as the European Chamber of Commerce in China notes. Whereas EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Josep Borrell warns against "Chinese expansionism" and demands that the EU close ranks against Beijing, the Minister of State in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Niels Annen, pleads for "maintaining dialog" with China: independence from the USA should be preserved in the conflict with Beijing. Read more

  • Germany's Pacific Past (I)

    The most savage German massacre in the colonial war in China took place 120 years ago today - in the small town of Liangxiang.

    BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - Today, 120 years ago, in the small city of Liangxiang, German troops committed the most savage massacre in the colonial war in China. Under the pretext of fighting insurgents, soldiers from two battalions of marine infantry opened fire on residential areas in the small city of Liangxiang southwest of Beijing and, after conquering the town, summarily executed all its male residents. The number of inhabitants was estimated at between 3,000 and 4,000. The Liangxiang massacre was followed by many more in the course of suppressing the "Boxer Rebellion." In Berlin's opinion, the norms of the laws of war apply only to "civilized" nations, since China and its population were not considered as such; they were not binding in the German colonial war. The German troops' murder-by-arson in China bears clear resemblance to the German Empire's colonial warfare in Africa. In view of Berlin's new "Indo-Pacific" offensive, german-foreign-policy.com reminds of Germany's murderous colonial past at the Pacific. Read more

  • In the Transpacific Cold War

    China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Berlin. USA intensifies economic sanctions and military provocations.

    BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - US aggression against China, increasing almost on a daily basis, has accompanied Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Europe, which ends today. Wang is holding talks today in Berlin. He is seeking to prevent a transatlantic concerted front against Beijing and has warned during his trip against "a new Cold War." The Trump administration has significantly expanded its sanctions against Huawei and threatened Chinese Internet companies with a ban on their business activities in the USA. It has recently also imposed sanctions on subsidiaries of the state owned CCCC construction company, nicknamed the "Huawei of infrastructure" by US politicians. CCCC is playing an important role in construction projects within the framework of the New Silk Road. The USA is also increasing its military provocations. Berlin has just reaffirmed its rejection of the "decoupling" from Beijing, demanded by Washington. Wang's visit in Europe has also been accompanied by systematic orchestrated protests intended to hamper cooperation, with German Greens playing a key role. This can only favor US aggression. Read more

  • The "Coalition of the Determined"

    For the EU to assert itself in the power competition between the USA and China, foreign policy makers are calling for a "core European" vanguard.

    BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign and military policy makers are pushing for an EU global policy offensive and suggest that a small number of member states should lead the way forward as a "coalition of the determined." If the mandatory unanimity rule is maintained in EU foreign policy decisions, the Union will not prevail in the global power competition, according to a recent statement by the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS). Berlin and Paris must initiate a "core European" vanguard, because German foreign policy makers fear losing influence in the conflict between the USA and China. China is a "systemic rival" to be vigorously opposed in some respects, and at the same time, it is economically an "important partner," Michael Roth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared. The United States, however, "as an economic rival is growing tougher," according to Johann Wadephul, foreign policy maker of the CDU. Wadephul warns of an escalation of transatlantic conflicts and US efforts to take over important high-tech EU companies. Read more

  • NATO Setting Sights on East Asia

    The western alliance is assuming a stronger posture in relationship to China. US experts call for NATO operations in the Pacific.

    BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - NATO should systematically expand its military exercises and operations into the Asia-Pacific region, an expert of Washington's Atlantic Council think tank proposes in the intensifying debate on the posture the western war alliance should assume in relationship to the People's Republic of China. China's "presence in the Arctic, in Africa and in the Mediterranean" calls for a response, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Think tanks suggest that NATO should more closely monitor Chinese investments in the European infrastructure, because "civilian roads, ports and rails" under construction with Chinese participation "are an integral part of NATO's plans for military mobilization." NATO is also strengthening its relations with "global partners" such as Japan, South Korea and Australia. For the first time, Australia's defense minister participated at the meeting of the NATO Ministers of Defense that ended yesterday. The Atlantic Council is also suggesting the establishment of a NATO military headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

  • The Green Cold War

    Transatlantic parliamentary alliance launched against China - with substantial involvement of a German Green politician.

    BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - Politicians from the German Green Party are playing a leading role in a new transatlantic anti-China alliance of legislators. Anti-Chinese hardliners, Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez, are considered the driving forces in the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), launched last Friday, currently involving members of twelve parliaments. Officially, the organization seeks to forge a common western policy toward China. A concrete aim appears to be the implementation also in Europe of the US sanctions policy against Beijing. IPAC is mobilizing legislators, there where national governments are still rejecting the sanctions. In the wings of the Munich Security Conference, last February, Reinhard Bütikofer, a Green Party member of the EU parliament had already proposed the creation of such a legislator pressure group. He is now acting as IPAC co-chairman. The alliance, which is calling for the development of "security strategies" against China, has an Ex-CIA specialist on its advisory board. Read more