BERLIN/BEIJING | | china

BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - German parliamentarians announce they will intensify their support for forces in China struggling against the central government in Beijing. The "Tibet Discussion Group in the German Bundestag" announced its plans to put the Tibet issue on the agenda in the aftermath of this year's Bundestag elections. Parliamentarians should become also more "involved" in the anti-Chinese activities of Tibetan activists, according to the discussion group's plan for the next legislature. Their main objective is to "enhance the public perception" of western China's Tibet autonomous region, where separatists are seeking to withdraw from Beijing's government control. Other German foreign policy organizations, such as the Friedrich Naumann Foundation affiliated with the Free Democratic Party (FDP), continue their support for the Tibetan "Exile Government" in Dharamsala (India). Accompanying the current Xinjiang campaign, these activities could soon again draw more public attention: The Dalai Lama is due to arrive for talks in Germany in July and the corresponding media coverage can be expected. Important Uyghur forces are seeking an open alliance with the Dalai Lama against Beijing - with German backing. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING | | usachina

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - EU political strategists are alarmed by US proposals for a closer cooperation between the USA and the People's Republic of China. According to the EU think tank European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) "fears" are revived "within Europe that it could be sidelined in a new world order." These fears are fomented by proposals by the former US presidential advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, for regular informal US-Chinese consultations on important global issues. Brzezinski would like to see this cooperation between Washington and Beijing at the same level as the meetings of the eight most significant industrial nations ("G8") dubbing it "G2" ("Group of Two"). The apparent global balance of power shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific is heightening the tone in anti-Chinese agitation that has always been quite harsh in Berlin. This agitation found its latest expression in the Xinjiang campaign, the EU's and Germany's reaction to the Uyghur massacre of nearly 140 non-Uyghur Chinese. This campaign is directed toward weakening the Chinese rival in its strategically important Western regions, thereby impeding China's further rise. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - German think-tanks are calling for the use of public internet forums to spread state propaganda and subversion. The publication of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) writes that virtual platforms, being used by millions around the world as a means of communication, could be applied as "instruments of revolt" against objectionable governments on the condition that "one has control over the debate" taking place in the corresponding media. This also opens possibilities for concerted support for expansionist German foreign policy activities. But the magazine also cautions against the dangers to government interests by an undesired mass mobilization over the internet. If "virtual networks" cannot be brought under control, writes the magazine, effective "counter strategies" must be developed. more…

GUMMERSBACH |

GUMMERSBACH (Own report) - Through its "academy", the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation, affiliated with the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) is directing the creation of a world-wide lobbying network. The Naumann-Foundation's "International Academy for Leadership" is located in Gummersbach (North Rhine-Westphalia). One finds among its Alumni not only politicians of the Honduran putschist PLH party but also high-ranking officials and opinion makers from Mexico, Pakistan, Malaysia, and numerous other countries. At the academy, the alumni received training in the development and implementation of strategic concepts and are encouraged to maintain contact with the German foundation even after the seminars - also via internet. The Academy is in constant contact with the Foundation's regional offices abroad, coordinating the FDP's local lobbying. The Naumann networks are already spanning all continents and include several thousand executives, including government officials. more…

BERLIN/HAMBURG/MUNICH |

BERLIN/HAMBURG/MUNICH (Own report) - The German media has been criticizing the peace treaty, ending World War I, signed in Versailles June 28, 1919. Ratified by the victorious allied powers, the USA, Great Britain and France on the one side and defeated Germany, on the other, the treaty is alleged to have violated the "right of self-determination", barring, "in violation of international law", the "entry" desired by "millions of Austrians and Sudeten Germans" into the German Reich. At the same time, the treaty's terms, which were "humiliating" and "harsh" for the German side, had to inevitably lead to demands for revision, which is why "a second world war had to follow the first". With such statements, the German media is rendering support to the claims raised for years by the so-called "associations of expellees" against Germany's eastern neighbors, while delegating the political responsibility for the Nazi war of conquest, expropriation and extermination to the WW I Allies. more…

BEIJING/URUMQI/MUNICH | | china

BEIJING/URUMQI/MUNICH (Own report) - Berlin is using the riots in the Xinjiang region in western China to launch strong attacks against Beijing. Claudia Roth, Chairperson of the German Green Party, is demanding that the People's Republic initiate "speedy and unconditional investigations" into the bloody conflicts. Influential media in Germany are declaring Beijing's minorities' policy to be a "failure", saying that China is confronted with an "explosion". Uyghur separatists, who, with their anti-Han pogrom started the bloody riots last weekend, have maintained close ties to Germany for years. Their Munich-based representative, the World Uyghur Congress, has been active winning western support for Uyghur secessionist policy. During its last general assembly, held last May in Washington, the organization planned its next steps. They also have the ear of the German Foreign Ministry. The World Uyghur Congress had called for anti-Beijing demonstrations preceding these riots. According to Chinese reports, the Congress is behind last weekend's bloody violence. more…

BERLIN/ASTANA/SIBIU | | rumaenienkasachstan

BERLIN/ASTANA/SIBIU (Own report) - The German Federation of Expellees (BdV) has announced a new PR-project to promote "Germandom" in East- and Southeast Europe. According to the Federation, an exhibition presenting the history of "German settlements in the East" will open in the Berlin Crown Prince Palace (Kronprinzenpalais) in mid-July. It will also focus on German speaking settlements in Russia ("Volga Germans") and on the Danube Plain ("Danube Swabians"), presenting their history as a model: "People were living peacefully side by side," asserts BdV President Erika Steinbach. German speaking minorities are today still living in numerous "Germandom" regions presented in the exhibition, and, from their privileged position, support German policy as well as German industrial expansion into East- and Southeast Europe. Berlin is lending assistance and strengthening their organizational structures also with so called "development policy" funds. Political radicalization is becoming apparent among members of these minorities, who immigrated to Germany and maintain close contact to the regions of their origin. For example, members of the "Russian Germans" - whose history is commemorated in the BdV exhibition - have begun to cooperate with the right wing extremist NPD. more…