BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING | | china

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - German foreign policy experts are predicting a massive arms buildup in East Asia and are not ruling out the possibility of US military aggression against China. According to a recent analysis provided at a symposium at the Federal College for Security Studies (BAKS) in Berlin, the United States is reinforcing its "military presence in the region" and is in the process - with the help of its allies - of laying a "preventive ring of fire" around the People's Republic of China. The symposium's participants, including high-ranking members of the German military, were sounding out which position the larger Asian nations would now take toward Beijing and if their respective military strategies include a confrontation with China as a possible or probable prospective scenario. The results constitute an interim balance sheet of western efforts to win allies against the Chinese rival. For years, Berlin, whose activities were not specifically handled at the BAKS' symposium, has been engaged in a massive arms buildup of the People's Republic of China's potential adversaries, including South Korea, which, occasionally over the past few years, has ranked the world's best customer of German war material. The German Bundeswehr has been supplementing the arms buildup of the respective countries with military cooperation programs. more…

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BERLIN/TUBINGEN (Own report) - The organizer of Germany's most significant security policy symposium, the Munich Security Conference, is now appearing as an academic scholar at German universities. Wolfgang Ischinger, who openly calls for wars of aggression, in violation of international law, is offering a seminar this semester on "crisis diplomacy" at the University of Tubingen. NATO's war of aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 will also be a topic during his course. When Ischinger was State Secretary in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he had played a decisive role in the diplomatic preparations and the propagandistic underpinning for that operation. Also being handled are the "relations to Russia," a theme to which he dedicated his inaugural lecture in Tubingen. He makes a plea for a close European-Russian "security partnership" with the objective of defending the western way of life against "threats" posed by "failed states" and "uncontrolled migration." The climax of the Tubingen seminar will be a visit of several days, to Berlin planned for this week, whereby the students will be brought together with "political decision makers." This was also the primary focus of Ischinger's course on "crisis diplomacy" in 2009 at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Among his guest lecturers at that time, was Gen. Klaus Naumann, who, during the 1999 war on Yugoslavia, was Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. more…

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI/BERLIN | | libyen

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI/BERLIN (Own report) - The serious tensions developing among the countries attacking Libya are enhancing Germany's future chances of influence on this North African country. Following rather frankly expressed annoyance on the part of Italy, France is also dropping out of war alliance and is surging ahead with negotiations with the Gadhafi clan. The fact that Paris is no longer insisting on Moammar al Gadhafi's total withdrawal, has provoked heavy protests not only in London but also in Washington. The British press sees a looming split in NATO on the question of Libya. These cracks in the war alliance are to Berlin's advantage. In the case of the rebels not being able to make a clean sweep in the near future, Berlin can hope to become, in the intermediate and long term, a lucrative mediator between Tripoli and Benghazi. Collateral benefits are also beckoning in Africa. Whereas the African Union is calling for a negotiated solution in Libya, Berlin is recommending itself as a power independent of the USA and a possible partner, even in conflict situations. It is wrong to believe "that we could never have our own opinion (...) [other] than the Americans," explained Berlin's Africa Commissioner, immediately before the Chancellor set out on her trip to Africa, in the hopes of enhancing Germany's position on the African continent. more…

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government welcomes South Sudan's secession, which became official last Saturday and announces close cooperation with this new country. Germany will continue to support the government in Juba in its efforts to create its state structures, declared the German Chancellor and the Foreign Minister. Since the 1990s, Germany has been playing a major role in this natural resources rich region's preparation for separation and secession from Khartoum. Earlier, the German government in Bonn had for decades been engaged in close cooperation with the Sudanese central government, which, during the cold war, served as a partner against the influence of the socialist countries in the Arab world and in Eastern Africa. For its loyalty, Khartoum had been rewarded -since the end of the 1950s - with intensive police and military aid. West Germany furnished firearms and heavy war material, which had been used in the civil war against the South Sudanese secessionists. Not until the end of the cold war and the beginning of the conflicts with the Arab world in the 1990s, did the governments in Bonn and Washington discover a geostrategic interest in weakening their earlier ally in Khartoum. The most recent result has been the secession of South Sudan, coerced by the West. more…

RIAD/BERLIN | | saudi-arabien

RIAD/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is continuing to pursue its arms buildup of the dictatorships on the Arabian Peninsular with its planned delivery of 200 combat tanks to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, which has already been receiving combat aircraft ("Eurofighters") as well as French/German produced command and control operation centers, as well as other military equipment, holds sixth place on the customer list for German combat material - NATO customers included. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) even holds second place - immediately behind the United States. Saudi Arabia, which has been producing under license the German-origin G3 assault rifle, has now been furnished a factory for the production of the G3's successor - G36 assault rifle - under license from the Heckler and Koch gunsmith company in Southern Germany. The buildup of arms in Saudi Arabia and the other dictatorships at the Gulf is not only being implemented on the premise of the arms business' seeking to maintain a top position on the global arms market - Germany is the third largest weapons vender in the world. There are also geostrategic reasons: Since the breakup of Iraq, Iran has the potential to become the leading power in the resources rich region of the Persian Gulf. Its local rivals are being called upon to block this development, so that western hegemony will continue to reign over the Middle East. more…