BERLIN/TOKYO/SEOUL | | japansuedkorea

BERLIN/TOKYO/SEOUL (Own report) - Berlin is expanding its military and arms industry cooperation with the People's Republic of China's East Asian rivals. A few days ago, the German and Japanese defense ministries signed an agreement to intensify their "cooperation in the defense technology sector." For years, the German arms industry has been seeking to enhance its standing on Tokyo's arms market, which is continuously expanding, primarily due to the power struggle with Beijing. Cooperation is also growing between the armed forces of Germany and Japan. The German Armed Forces Staff College in Hamburg recently concluded an agreement to this effect. Cooperation with the South Korean military is likewise being intensified. Seoul, one of the German arms industry's most important customers, has already placed South Korean warships at the disposal of the EU's operation in the war on piracy at the Horn of Africa. more…

PYONGYANG/SEOUL/BERLIN | | kvdrsuedkoreachina

PYONGYANG/SEOUL/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the armed confrontation at the maritime border between South and North Korea, Berlin has increased pressure on Pyongyang. The German foreign ministry announced, it had summoned the North Korean ambassador Wednesday and protested against the deadly shelling of the Yeonpyeong Island. The escalation at the disputed maritime border was a setback for German efforts to reach unification between North and South Korea. For years, Germany has been pursuing this objective. Berlin is not only hoping to have more influence on the Korean Peninsular - claiming that in questions of reunification their qualifications are unrivaled - but also to gain comprehensive geo-strategic advantages over China. North Korea, according to Chinese experts, serves as a "buffer zone" between the People's Republic of China and the US troops stationed in South Korea. On the other hand, for years, Germany has been furnishing South Korea with weaponry. South Korea is at the top of Germany's list of customers for its combat material - most recently in first place. more…

BERLIN/BRUSSELS | | chinasuedkorea

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Own report) - At various summit meetings taking place over the next few days, Berlin and Brussels will be continuing to pursue their efforts to gain influence in Eastern Asia. The prospects of the German industry landing lucrative business deals with China has led the German government to initiate talks on a further expansion of business relations between the two countries. The People's Republic of China is attracting a record amount of German investments and will soon be importing more German products than even the United States. Berlin is simultaneously pursuing its efforts to enhance its position in the countries bordering on China. A new EU Free Trade Agreement with South Korea, to be signed tomorrow, October 6, should create new opportunities, particularly for German companies - at the expense of the Italian industry. The Beijing/Tokyo territorial dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea, gives an idea of the escalation potential engendered in the West's encirclement of China. Tensions are also imminent between the EU and Myanmar. Berlin is trying to intensify pressure on Myanmar, which is of extraordinary geostrategic importance to China. Germany wants to include sharp criticism of the Myanmar government in the final declaration of the EU summit meeting with 19 Asian nations that is drawing to a close today. more…