BERLIN/BEIJING | | china

BERLIN/BEIJING (own report) - The Chinese military's modernization is stimulating the interest of high-ranking German military policy institutions. The Federal College for Security Studies, a Bundeswehr think tank has announced that in June it will hold a conference on the theme "An Arms Race in Asia?". The objective of the conference is to make an inventory of Chinese military modernization and of the East Asian regional balance of forces. "How are the major regional powers (USA, Russia, Japan, India) reacting to the Chinese combination of growing military capabilities, on the one hand, and recently, renewed offensive claims to power, on the other?" asks the college. Leading experts are predicting serious conflicts and growing tensions, for example in the South China Sea. Rivalry between China and the USA is to be expected above all. The leading media has begun speaking of a "Chinese 'Monroe Doctrine'", saying that China has "become a geopolitical countervailing force to the USA in the west Pacific and in eastern Asia."The US - Chinese dispute also sets the framework for Germany's foreign policy. more…

NAYPYIDAW/BERLIN |

NAYPYIDAW/BERLIN (own report) - Following elections in Myanmar, western government advisors are proposing a new policy to gain influence in this strategically important country. For years, Berlin, in accordance with other Western capitals, has been pursuing the policy of harsh confrontation against Myanmar, to strengthen its pro-western opposition. The "Union Solidarity and Development Association" (USDA) won a landslide victory in last November's election. The USDA is considered the political wing of the ruling military regime. Western think tanks, including the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the International Crisis Group, are calling for using contradictions within Myanmar's ruling circle and strengthening Western influence by dividing the elite. A policy of rapprochement should set the stage. EU delegates are currently negotiating the lifting of sanctions against Myanmar. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (own report) - In the midst of hefty protests, the Hungarian government is preparing to pass a new constitution oriented on German ethnicist policy. The document conjures up the "notion of the unified Hungarian nation," beyond the borders of the Hungarian Republic, to include Hungarian-speaking minorities of the neighboring countries. It bases itself on the mythical "Holy Hungarian Crown," "which embodies the constitutional national continuity of Hungary", while removing republic from the official name of the nation, as the designation of the form of state. Critics accuse the ruling Fidesz Party, of using its two-thirds parliamentary majority to constitutionally impose permanent ethnic conservative standards upon all of Hungary. This does not impede Berlin from continuing its close cooperation with Budapest. Just last week, the German Foreign Minister praised his Hungarian counterpart, for Budapest's very successful fulfillment of its functions chair of the European Council. Intensive cooperation is also planned within the framework of the so-called Danube Strategy, which is to be adopted during the Hungarian incumbency as chair of the EU Council. From Berlin's standpoint, which is itself following an ethnic based foreign policy, Budapest's ethnic escapades are no obstacles. more…

BERLIN/PRETORIA |

BERLIN/PRETORIA (own report) - German military circles are pleading for the systematic rearming of African navies to protect German-European interests. "Threats and risks in African waters are having a growing affect on Europe," writes the journal MarineForum, published by the German Naval Institute (DMI). Maritime piracy, smuggling and oil piracy are increasing along the African coast and this will have to change. The journal is referring to a strategy paper published jointly by the Chiefs of European Navies. They are demanding that African countries enhance their naval capabilities, so that in the future they would be capable of independently handling the above named threats. A while ago, South Africa, for example, had already begun to rearm its navy and fight piracy in neighboring waters, thereby providing relief for European trade. However, it is also pumping money that could otherwise be used for combating poverty into the coffers of German companies, to purchase warships from the German arms industry. The Chiefs of European Navies affirm the readiness to support systematically this development in Africa. more…

Abidjan/Paris/Berlin | | cote-d-ivoire

Abidjan/Paris/Berlin (own report) - The West has pressured the United Nations into becoming an active party to the fighting in the Ivory Coast civil war and is assisting the establishment of the general interventionist "Responsibility to Protect" or "R2P" concept, also being promoted by Berlin. Since the beginning of the week, as confirmed by a UN spokesperson, not only French but also UN troops have been combating the Ivorian presidential guards. The objective is to overthrow the ruling government to put the pro-western partisan Alassane Ouattara into power. Ouattara's alleged electoral victory last fall was based on phantom polling results of 90 percent. Last week, his militia, on whose side the UN is now fighting, committed a massacre of hundreds of civilians. The United Nations claims to have entered the war on the side of Ouattara's militia, to protect the civilian population, thereby implementing the "Responsibility to Protect" concept, which western powers, including Berlin have been promoting for years. The concept consists of a general right of intervention in cases of alleged or actual brutality against the civilian population. It has also been applied to legitimate NATO's intervention in Libya's civil war. more…

BERLIN/RIYADH | | saudi-arabien

BERLIN/RIYADH (Own report) - With the help of business deals with Arab dictatorships, the German-French EADS Corp.'s armaments sector will double its sales. This was announced by Stefan Zoller, the CEO of the sector. According to Zoller, who is German, this branch of the corporation, which changed its name last autumn from "EADS Defense and Security" to the more PR-compatible "Cassidian", will seek its clients mainly in threshold countries because EU arms budgets are stagnating. Alongside India and Brazil, according to Zoller, the countries receiving the most attention over the next few years will be Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Cassidian has already been engaged in Saudi Arabia for two years with the reinforcement of its border security - a project costing billions with the participation of the German federal police. Because the regime in Riyadh had insisted that its border guards be trained in how to handle border security facilities and equipment, German police officers had to also be flown in. According to reports, Cassidian is financing this mission. The deal is being processed through the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) a "development" agency. more…

ABIDJAN/BERLIN | | cote-d-ivoire

ABIDJAN/BERLIN (Own report) - In spite of the risk of a bloodbath in the Ivory Coast, the West - Berlin included - is maintaining its support of Alassane Ouattara, the alleged winner of the presidential elections. Ouattara, a former high-ranking IMF functionary and a partisan of the West, has declared war on his rival, Laurent Gbagbo. His militia has begun their march on the capital, Abidjan. Ouattara is operating from a luxury hotel in the capital and is totally dependent upon the United Nations, which is protecting and bringing him abroad to political consultations, and under whose protection and with western backing, he has made his declaration of war. Observers are warning that in light of the ethnization of the conflict, it could result in genocide. The west's playing with fire aims at deposing the incumbent president, who, at least verbally, upholds the anti-colonialist tradition, to install one of their partisans as the head of government. Ouattara proved his loyalty years ago, when he, as Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast, provided access to important infrastructure facilities to European companies. more…