Xi nach den Taiwanwahlen: Einheitsfront Marsch!

Xi nach den Taiwanwahlen: Einheitsfront Marsch!

Neben ein paar Kriegsschiffen als, Warnung an William Lai, der als schlimmerer Sezessionist als Tsai Yingwen angesehen wird, wird jetzt wieder das Anti-Sezessionistengesetz von 2005 herausgeholt. Kampf an  alle Fronten, vorerst mal besonders mit der Einheitsfront .Unklar bleibt aber ,was die denn noch mehr tun könnte als sie bisher schon tat. Sie war ja schon immer sehr aktiv. Vielleicht Massenproteste organisieren wie es sie gerade in Europa gibt?

 Sinologieprofessor un Chinaexperte Hans van Ess meinte noch:

„Tja, das ist schon eine interessante Entwicklung. Erst mal eine Warnung an Lai. Ich frage mich, wie die „regional elections“ in Taiwan jenseits der Präsidentenwahl bewertet werden. Keine Flugzeuge erstmal anscheinend, aber Schiffe, die um die Insel schwimmen. Wer weiß.

“Xi calls for strengthening patriotic united forces as security authority warns secessionists

By Wang Qi and Liu Xuanzun

Published: Jan 16, 2024 09:52 PM


The united front work should strengthen the patriotic united forces in Taiwan, and oppose the separatist acts of „Taiwan independence“ forces, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said in an article published in the flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee on Tuesday. 

Also on Tuesday, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) warned in a WeChat article that the Anti-Secession Law is „a sharp sword hanging over the heads of Taiwan secessionists,“ stating that the sword is only targeting secessionists instead of Taiwan compatriots, in order to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Chinese mainland experts believe that the two articles highlighted the mainland’s differentiated treatment of the Taiwan compatriots and the Taiwan secessionists: to encourage the patriotic united forces and to contain „Taiwan independence“ forces. In the future, the mainland will be more precise and targeted in combating secessionists and will not give up any prospect of reunification in a peaceful way.  

The article by Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, was published in this year’s second issue of the Qiushi Journal. The article stressed the importance of improving the Party’s united front work in the new era, and provided a set of new concepts, ideas and strategies to enhance and improve the united front work from 12 aspects. 

United front work in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan region and among overseas Chinese should be improved to rally support, Xi said in the article.

United front work should implement the Party’s overall strategy for resolving the Taiwan question in the new era, develop and strengthen the patriotic united forces in Taiwan, oppose the separatist acts of „Taiwan independence“ forces, and promote the complete reunification of the motherland, Xi noted. 

According to Zheng Jian, a professor of Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University, „consolidating and developing the broadest patriotic united front“ was clearly put forward in the report of the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, with multiple supporting policies and measures launched afterwards. 

Rallying support from Taiwan people, which the mainland has been consistent on in its policies, will not be halted despite that the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Lai Ching-te won the regional leadership election, Zheng said, noting that the mainland will still promote the construction of the demonstration zone for cross-Straits integration and development in Fujian Province. 

Remarks from Xi show that the mainland seeks to differentiate DPP authorities and secessionist groups from Taiwan compatriots, Wang Yingjin, director of the Center for Cross-Straits Relations Studies at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The mainland will resolutely suppress and contain the „Taiwan independence“ secessionist forces, but for the Taiwan people and groups from different sectors who support the 1992 Consensus, the mainland still welcomes cross-Straits interaction and integrated development, Wang said. 

The mainland has not given up on continuing to push for peaceful reunification, Wang said, adding that the mainland will think more about how to strike at „Taiwan independence“ secessionist forces in a targeted manner without hurting the Taiwan people and win over their hearts and minds.

Stern warning 

On the other hand, the article released by MSS involves more warnings, as Lai, the diehard secessionist, did not show any kindness to the mainland even in his post-election speech. 

The article introduced the Anti-Secession Law adopted in March 2005, after DPP’s Chen Shui-bian was re-elected to a second term as Taiwan regional leader in 2004. The article compared the law to „a sword hanging over the heads of the Taiwan secessionists,“ to deter their acts of splitting the country, and to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, rather than against the ordinary people in Taiwan.

The article stressed three circumstances stipulated in the law that allow the state to employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the event that the „Taiwan independence“ secessionist forces should act under any name or by any means to cause the fact of Taiwan’s secession from China, or that major incidents entailing Taiwan’s secession from China should occur, or that possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted. 

The article concludes by saying that the DPP has only the self-interest and completely disregards the interests and well-being of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, and there is only one end, which is to be shattered to pieces and fall from grace.

By stressing the Anti-Secession Law at this moment, the MSS is warning Lai, who is regarded as a more stubborn and diehard secessionist than Tsai Ing-wen, that „do not think that you can do whatever you want after being elected,“ Zheng said. 

Even if Lai pursues progressive secession, it will not go far as well, as when the mainland decides that the possibility of peaceful reunification is completely exhausted, then naturally it will hit the red line of Anti-Secession Law, Zheng noted.

According to Wang, after Lai takes office, the cross-Straits relations are expected to get worse, with increased uncertainties and risks.

„The Chinese mainland will definitely contain Taiwan secessionists from all aspects, including military, diplomatic, economic, political… And we’re not going to be soft on this,“ Wang remarked.  

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday welcomed Nauru’s decision of severing „diplomatic ties“ with the Taiwan region, which was announced on Monday. 

On Tuesday, the defense authority on the island of Taiwan said in a press release that it had detected 15 aircraft and three vessels of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) around the island over the past day.

Among the 15 PLA aircraft, a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft and an unmanned aerial vehicle entered the island of Taiwan’s self-proclaimed air defense identification zone, while the other 13, consisting of main combat and supportive aircraft including J-10C fighter jets, operated in the western side of the Taiwan Straits, according to a map attached to the press release.

The PLA holds patrols and exercises around the island of Taiwan on a regular basis, so the recent PLA activities are not related with the regional election on the island, but aim to enhance combat readiness and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity from any „Taiwan independence“ secessionist activities, a Chinese mainland military expert who requested anonymity told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Should Lai make further „Taiwan independence“ moves after his election, it cannot be ruled out that the PLA will make further countermeasures that send warnings to secessionists and external interferences forces, enhance its capabilities in resolving the Taiwan question, and push forward the progress of national reunification, analysts said.

From PLA’s military operation to the Ministry of National Security’s law enforcement, the mainland is waving a dragnet of full coverage against secessionists, said Zheng. „Secessionists will have to pay a price, and patriotic promotion of reunification will be supported.“

Xi calls for strengthening patriotic united forces as security authority warns secessionists – Global Times

Oder plant man über parlamentarische Opposition der KMT und TPP hinaus auch noch Massenproteste bis hin zu einer Art Sturm auf Capitol Hill und Einnahme Taiwans von innen oder dann mittels Hilferuf der taiwainessiche Compatrioten vor Sezeesionsisten, die ann von der herbeigerufenen Volksbefreiungsarmee befreit und gerettet werden müssen—so nach afghanischem Drehbuch 1980 oder ala Breschnewdoktrin? Vielleicht hebt mn sich das aber als letzte Option auf, wenn man militärisch stark genug ist und die geopolitische Situation und innenpolitische Lage in den USA günstiger.

Nach Japans Gratulation in Richtung Taiwans neugewählten Präsidenten  erzürnt nun auch Bongbongs Gratulationsaddresse an DDP-William Lai neben den neuen philippinischen outposts im Südchinesischen („provocation“) die KP China. Man sieht das Ein-Chinaprinzip.verletzt. Wie war das denn bei früheren Wahlen und beim Wahlsieg Tsai Yingwens?Hat Biden eigentlich gratuliert Da hörte man bisher keine chinesischen Beschwerden dies bezüglich. Ist die Frage,ob man gratuliert oder wie man gratuliert?  Oder gilt: Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi?

“Philippine President should read more to develop a proper understanding of the Taiwan question: Chinese FM

By Zhang YuyingPublished: Jan 16, 2024 09:00 PM


China suggests Philippines‘ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr read more to develop a proper understanding of the ins and outs of the Taiwan question, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated on Tuesday, in response to Marcos‘ comments on the Taiwan regional election results, with Chinese experts noting that there is disagreement within the Philippines on how to handle relations with China, and Marcos might be considering how to use the situation across the Taiwan Straits as a bargaining chip toward China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks during a regular press conference on Tuesday, after President Marcos on Monday congratulated Lai Ching-te, and expressed the desire for close collaboration in the years ahead, Reuters reported.

Mao said Marcos‘ remarks gravely violate the one-China principle and the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, seriously go against the Philippines‘ political commitments to China, and blatantly interfere in China’s internal affairs. China strongly deplores and firmly opposes this and has immediately lodged strong representations to the Philippine side.

Mao said that Assistant Foreign Minister Nong Rong summoned the Philippine Ambassador to China Jaime Florcruz to lodge serious démarche and urge the Philippines to present a responsible response to China. „The election result of the Taiwan region cannot change the dynamics and direction of cross-Strait relations and cannot hold back the prevailing trend that China will and must achieve reunification,“ Mao said.

The spokesperson warned the Philippines that it should refrain from playing with fire on the Taiwan question, earnestly abide by the-one China principle and the joint communiqué of establishing diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines, immediately stop the wrong words and deeds on Taiwan-related issues and stop sending any wrong signal to „Taiwan independence“ separatist forces.

Also on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines opposed Marcos‘ statement, stating that the one-China principle is the political basis for the establishment and development of diplomatic relations between China and 182 countries, including the Philippines. It is also a universally recognized norm for international relations and the consensus of the international community.

The Philippine side made a solemn commitment in the Joint Communique, and successive Philippine governments have followed the one-China principle since then. „The Philippine leader’s remarks run counter to the one-China principle and contradict the statements of the Philippine government, sending wrong signals to the ‚Taiwan independence‘ separatist forces,“ the spokesperson noted.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said that it reaffirms the principles contained in the Joint Communique made by the two countries in 1975, and that the Philippines is committed to one-China Policy.

„The contradiction between the Philippine president’s remarks and that of the foreign ministry shows that there is disagreement within the Philippines on how to handle relations with China,“ Gu Xiaosong, dean of the ASEAN Research Institute of Hainan Tropical Ocean University, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Marcos‘ remarks violate the one-China principle, which China firmly opposes, Gu said, noting that the statement made by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs means that it still hopes to develop friendly and good-neighborly relations with China, and clearly knows that the Taiwan question is at the core of China’s interests and a red line that cannot be touched.

„Some Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, have relatively close relations with Taiwan region because of long-standing economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges,“ Ge Hongliang, deputy director of the College of ASEAN Studies at Guangxi University for Nationalities, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Ge noted that specifically in the case of the Philippines, it cannot be ruled out that Marcos has his own perception related to the Taiwan question, as the Philippines follows the US‘ strategy and cooperates with its actions on this question. Therefore, it is possible that the Philippines wants to use the situation across the Taiwan Straits as a bargaining chip toward China.

Chinese experts urged the Philippines to not go too far on the wrong path related to the Taiwan question, and hope that China and the Philippines can develop friendly relations and jointly manage the situation in the South China Sea to maintain regional peace and stability.

Tja, der Bongbong Marcos jr. ist so wirklich nicht nach Pekings Geschmack. Ob sie sich Duterte zurückwünschen, der damals in Pekong mit Xi die Philipinen als dritten großen Pol in einer multipolaren Welt mit China und Russland ankündigte, in der späteren Amtszeit etwas zurückruderte, da beide ihn wohl nicht mal als richtigen Juniorpartner , nicht als pares inter parem, sondern eher als eien etwas vorlauten, aber nützlichen asiatischen Pygmäen ansahen, zumal Russland inzwischen selbst eher zum junior partner oder Tankstelle Chonas abgestiegen oder hofft Peking vielleicht auf Dutertes Tochter in Zukunft ?

Was sagen denn die anderen philippinischen Parteien dazu? Bei den philippinischen Kommunisten dürfte dies aufgrund ihre antiamerikanisch-prochinesischen Ausrichtung klar sein, aber bei den anderen?

Jedenfalls fürchtet die KP China jetzt nicht nur einen Prozess vor dem internationalen Gericht, sondern vor allem einen Patrouillenmechanismus Bongbongs mit anderen Staaten.

“Philippines continues S.China Sea provocations

By 

Chen Qingqing

Published: Jan 17, 2024 09:37 PM


Amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines persists in its provocative actions and maneuvers despite repeated warnings from China. Manila intends to forge a military agreement with Japan in early 2024, while simultaneously preparing a court action against China concerning alleged „destructive environmental activity“ in the South China Sea. This legal action comes in the wake of the Philippine military chief’s statement about developing islands in the South China Sea region to enhance their suitability for troops.

Some Chinese experts believe that the Marcos Jr. government’s policy toward China has been constrained by multiple factors including domestic political struggles and the US‘ Indo-Pacific strategy. Although the possible court action may not have a substantial impact in practice, it could carry symbolic weight to increase international pressure on China regarding the South China Sea. And with support and encouragement from the US and Japan, the Philippines could continue provoking China through various means, experts warned. 

Philippine prosecutors are preparing a case against China that will be filed before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands, for destructive environmental activity in the South China Sea, the Manila Times reported on Tuesday. 

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said the Philippine government had been gathering evidence for years, but the documentation only gained momentum „in the last few months“ of 2023.

Also on Tuesday, Japanese media reported that the Philippines hopes to sign an agreement with Japan allowing the deployment of military forces on each other’s territory in the first quarter of 2024. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Canada are also working on a memorandum of understanding for enhanced defense cooperation, the Japan Times reported. 

Those moves came after Manila’s military chief Romeo Brawner told reporters that The Philippines will develop islands in the South China Sea amid heightened tensions between the Philippines and China to make them more habitable for troops, toward which the Chinese Foreign Ministry voiced strong opposition on Tuesday, saying that „China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Qundao and the adjacent waters.“

From the current actions taken by the Philippines regarding the South China Sea, it seems unlikely that the Marcos Jr. government’s stance will change. The influence of the US plays a significant role, and the Marcos government faces considerable constraints, Ge Hongliang, deputy director of the College of ASEAN Studies at Guangxi University for Nationalities, told the Global Times on Wednesday. 

Defense cooperation between Japan and the Philippines will further contribute to Japan’s involvement in the South China Sea, including broader regional security aspects, Ge said. „This could potentially lead to heightened military competition among major powers in the South China Sea region, increasing security risks in the area as a whole.“

The recent developments involving China and the Philippines in the South China Sea are caused by the Philippines‘ change in policy and position, refusing to honor its commitments, violations of international law and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, and deliberate infringement of China’s sovereignty and provocations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference on December 26, 2023. „The responsibility lies with the Philippines,“ she said. 

Also, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned that relevant countries should halt their irresponsible moves and respect regional countries‘ effort to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea.

„Matters between the Philippines and China should ideally be resolved through bilateral discussions between the two parties, and external countries should avoid interference,“ Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Wednesday. 

Involvement by extra-regional nations can complicate the situation further, especially when they insert themselves into issues between the Philippines and China, potentially pursuing their own interests through the Philippines, Song said. 

„Such involvement can only lead to more trouble, given the already tense regional situation. If this continues, it could escalate tensions further,“ he said. 

With the support and encouragement of the US and Japan, the Philippines might continue provoking China through various means, experts warned. This could include legal means, such as highlighting the invalid South China Sea arbitration case, initiating new legal arbitrations, or establishing a South China Sea patrol mechanism with multiple countries. 

„Also, vowing to undertake infrastructure projects on disputed features like China’s Ren’ai Jiao, which are provocative actions, the Philippines may expand its military capabilities despite financial constraints,“ Song said. 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202401/1305582.shtml

Der letzte Verweis auf die faninazellen Kosten von Bongbongs Aufrüstung scehinen darauf hinzudeuten, dass China wie in Taiwan nun wahrscheinlich seine Einheitsfront wieder in Gang setzen qird, um auf den Philipnen Proteste von antimaerikanischen, pazifistsichen und prochineischen Kräften samt die philipnische KP und auch möglicherwiese die Dutetere- Anhänger mobilisieren will au der Straße und im Parlament, die dann so dir üblichen Friedensbewungsslogan „Kindergärten und Butter statt Kanonen“, vielleicht auch „Krieg oder Frieden“ wie in Taiwan oder eben nach Muater Putins in Deutschland, wo das Geschäft Coronaleugner, AfD,Pazifisten, Linkspartei , Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht  die alte Friedensbewegung samt alten Moskautreuen  DKP und Teile der SPD (möglicherweise auch Scholz und andere Ostpolitikveteranen) in traditionneler Manier erledigen zu bereit sind.Und auch der unvermeilcihe Gazprom- Ger Schröder forderte zuletzt Abrüstung statt Aufrüstung, während seitens Masala von Ausrüstung gesprcoehn wird, wenngleich Pistorius von „Kriegstüchtigkeit“ spricht und die DGAP diese in 6 Jahren für erforderlcih hält.

Auffällig ist, dass die Global Times momentan Taiwan und die USA gar nicht so im Focus hat ,wenngleich immer die Indopazifikstrategie der USA, immer wieder dezent als Rahmen erwähnt wird sondern momentan vor allem  Japan und die Philipinen, beginnend von der beiden Grußaddressen an DDP-William Lais,zu Bongbongs outposts im Südchinesischen Meer. Scheinbar vor allem störend scheint die weitere Integration der asiatischen Militärs. Sei es der Bongbong unterstellte  Patrouillenmechanismus mit anderen Staaten im Südchinesen Meer, hier die Vertiefung der australisch-japanischen Militärzusammenarbeit, sei es nun im maritimen Indopazifik und Japans Küste bis Nutzung Australiens für japanische Raketentests. Zudem wird ein Bruch der japanischen japanischen Verfassung ausgemacht und alle friedensliebenden, also pazifistischen, antiamerikanischen und prochinesische Japsen aufgefordert,  dagegen vorzugehen. Scheinbar hat da Chinas Einheitsfront nun nicht nur in Taiwan jetzt einiges zu tun, insofern es mal wieder nicht zu militärische Drohmanövern kommt und sei es vor den Senkakuinseln, wenngleich Peking ja schon früher die Drohung, ausgesprochen hätte, dass Australien.nun auch in die Zielplanung chinesischer Atomraketen aufgenommen worden sei.In diesem Falle scheint man erst einmal die mehr regionale Integration asiatischen Militärs  als momentanen Stein des Anstosses zu empfinden. AUKUS momentan auch nicht in chineisschen Schlagzeilen.

Interessant wird das ja in der Kombination..Zum einen die neue japanische enemy base strike capabilities-also Japan nutzt die SDF nicht nur für Abwehrgefechte zu See, sondern will auch Mainlandchina angreifen. Dann die neue Taiwanrakete,die das erste Mal auch Nordchina und Peking erreichen kann. Und dann auch unter Yoongs Killchain in Südkorea neue Rajete,die nicht nur Nordkorea, sondern auch „chinesische Ziele“treffen kann.Das Werbevideo des US-Herstellers ,das dies publik machte und wircaugf Globl Review verlinkt hatten, wurde interessanterweise inzwischen gelöscht, da es wohl zu offenherzig aussprach,was Sache ist .Seltsamerweise erwähnen dies die Chinesen gar nicht, blieb es bisher bei Beschwerden gegen das amerikanische Raketenabwehtrsystem THAAD. Umgekehrt hat China ja erklärt, dass Australien jetzt offizielles Zielgebiet seier ( Nuklear) Raketen ist und entwicklet nun Nordkorea auch ICBMs und Raketen, die Südkorea, Japan,die USA und auch Australien erreichen können, sollen, zumal miz offizieller russischer Hife. Und mal abwarten ,ob Putins Militärabkommen mit Iran da auch wie in Nordkorea ausfällt und China sich dann wohweislich im interessierten  Hintrergrund hält, wobei unklar ist, ob ,das nichti in seinem Interesse liegt, passiv oder aktiv ,ja China das  gar unterstützt .Dadirchvwerden etwaige Raketenschläge und Kriege von seinem Territorium ferngehalten. Also CRINK oder RINK?

Frühere Beschwerden über eine „Asian NATO“ oder Ausbreitug der NATO nach Asien wie während der Diskussion um die Eröffnung eines NATO-Verbindungsbüros wie es schon mal Ian Brzezinski vorgeschlagen hatte und scheinbar auch bevorstand , scheinen nicht mehr tagesaktuell. Wurde es nun eröffnet oder nicht? Zumindestens hat man nichts mehr darüber in westlichen, ,japanischen Medien oder der Global Times gehört.

Aber da NATO gerade selbst mit sich beschäftigt ist, etliche osteuropäische ,ungarische, türkische NATO- Mitglieder auch nicht befürworten würden. Da man erst mal mit Ukraine un Ostfront genug abgedeckt ist, Trump sogar die Auflösung der NATO überlegt, ist an Ausweitung nach Asien nicht zu denken.

“Action of Japan and Australia is bringing the Asia-Pacific into danger: Global Times editorial

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 17, 2024 12:12 AM

Illustration: Liu Xiangya/GT

Illustration: Liu Xiangya/GT

According to Japanese media, Japanese government sources stated on January 15 that Japan and Australia are discussing potential military cooperation in case of simultaneous contingencies in their nearby regions. They also mentioned increasing the sophistication and frequency of joint drills between the Self-Defense Forces and the Australian military and Tokyo has also asked for Canberra’s cooperation in using Australia’s vast continent as a testing ground for Japanese missiles that are under development, „apparently with China’s growing maritime assertiveness in mind.“

This reflects the step-by-step implementation of the Australia-Japan Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation signed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in October 2022. It is also a result of vigorous facilitation and promotion by the US. Japan and Australia are becoming two pawns in the US Indo-Pacific Strategy, or more specifically, in the strategy to contain China. This can be likened to the sharp claws of a feline extending from concealed pads.

Following Washington’s instructions and deployment, the two countries are overtly strengthening military interactions and cooperation with the explicit goal of countering China. The impact of this approach on the regional situation is inevitably disruptive and detrimental, poisoning the regional peace environment, intensifying tensions, and exerting significant efforts to push the Asia-Pacific region into security dilemmas or traps.

The revealed development, particularly Japan’s intention to conduct long-range missile launch tests in Australia, is indeed noteworthy. Japan lacks strategic depth domestically and does not have the conditions for testing medium to long-range missiles. It also faces the restricts of the constitution. Utilizing Australia’s territory for this purpose is undoubtedly advantageous for Japan. Australia is breeding an inexplicable „sense of insecurity“ under the malicious instigation and misleading of the US, blindly cooperating with and supporting Japan’s dangerous actions instead of taking precautions. This is very regrettable.

If this comes to fruition, it would represent a fundamental and substantive betrayal and breach of the Constitution of Japan. Many peace-loving individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, including a significant number of Japanese citizens, have long been strongly concerned about and vehemently opposed to such actions. Japanese media has described the US-Japan-Australia defense relationship as „changing the rules of the game.“ However, the development of long-range missiles by Japan goes beyond merely „changing the rules of the game.“ For countries that have previously suffered from Japanese militaristic aggression, it is more akin to lifting the seal on a demon.

Japan enacted a peace constitution after being defeated in World War II and pursued a principle of „exclusive self-defense,“ establishing an image of a „peaceful nation“ and embarking on a „peaceful path“ to help Japan quickly gain recognition and trust from countries affected by World War II and integrate into the international community. The rapid recovery and development of Japan’s economy after World War II are closely related to this. However, when Japan deviates from the path of peace, recognition and trust of the international community immediately turn into vigilance and suspicion, further becoming obstacles and restrictions on Japan’s development path.

Medium to long-range missiles are undoubtedly significant offensive weapons. In late 2022, Japan passed „three security documents,“ which clearly stated Japan’s commitment to policies such as having „enemy base strike capabilities,“ including various types of long-range offensive missiles and the „integrated air and missile defense“ system used in conjunction with the US military. From this news, it can be seen that Japan is moving forward along the planned route of the new security documents, and ahead of this path lies a huge crisis.

This road is not only full of dangers but also causes great harm to the people and the economy. Japan’s defense budget for the fiscal year 2024 will increase by 16.5 percent compared to the previous fiscal year, reaching a historical high. The Asahi Shimbun commented that such a large-scale budget „has completely exceeded its own needs and is in an inflated state.“ The high defense expenditure will undoubtedly squeeze out more financial resources related to people’s livelihoods, negatively impacting the lives of Japanese citizens.

Since the intensification of global geopolitical tensions, Japan has been distorting the concept, turning regional countries‘ expectations for peace into tacit approval or even support for its military development. Facts have proven that Japan’s actions are seriously stimulating the escalation of regional tensions. As victims of Japan’s past militaristic aggression, Canberra and the South Pacific countries should in no way contribute to the growth of Japan’s military ambitions.

Australia, located in the southern hemisphere, could have been free from the disturbance of geopolitical conflicts. There is absolutely no need to let military weapons from other countries cast a shadow of war over this land. In December of last year, Australian defense minister refused to send warships or aircraft to the US-led Red Sea coalition, citing „our strategic focus is our region.“ If Australia truly feels responsible for its surrounding region, this should be reflected in actions that maintain peace and reduce the risk of war. And Australia should demonstrate strategic autonomy through practical actions.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202401/1305532.shtml

Vorerst stehen also erst einmal nicht die USA im Zentrum der Kritik, zumal Biden ja gerade trotz einiger Spannungen momentan eher eine gewisse Entspannung in den sinoamerikanischen Beziehungen eingeleitet hat, nach Xis Treffen mit Biden auch den „Spirit of San Francisco“, wie schon bei dem Treffen zuvor den „Spirit of Bali“ beschwört und vielleicht Trump auch kein Wahlkampffutter liefern will zumal die USA momentan eher noch im eskalierenden Nahostkonflikt engagieren, wo Iran, Houthi, Hamas, Hisbollah immer mehr zu einer gemeinsamen Front zusammenwachsen, wie dies auch schon Hisbollahführer Nasrallah in seiner Freitagrede unter Zitierung von Irans Oberstem Geistigen Führer Khameini angekündigt hat und Putin nun auch noch ein Militärabkommen mit dem Iran angekündigt hat und man nach dem Putin- Kim- Treffen und Schoigus Besuch in Nordkorea nach dessen jüngsten massiven Drohgebären nun auch Schlimmeres in Nahost befürchtet. Deswegen scheint sich Xi und seine Global Times erst mal die US- Verbündeten und asiatischen Proxys vorzunehmen und nicht den Großen Bruder, Wie gesagt: Quod licet jovi, non licet bovi.

Man schlägt den Sack, doch meint den Esel. Nach der Warnung, dass eine weitere Integration der taiwanesischen Behörden und Rüstungsindustrie in die neue US- amerikanische National Defence Industry Strategy gefährlich werden könnte, scheint man vorerst einmal die weitere Integration der asiatischen Regionalmächte untereinander, vor allem jetzt der Philipinen, Japans und Australien torpedieren. Zumal unter Zuhilfenahme Chinas Einheitsfront und seiner „5. Kolonnen“.Vorerst gibt Xi erst mal die Parole aus: Einheitsfront Marsch!

Und als erstes marschiert bei der Einheitsfront statt fauchendem chinesischen Drachen erst mal die Knuddelfront.

“Be wary of the politicization of ‚giant pandas returning to the US‘: Global Times editorial

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 16, 2024 12:05 AM

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian as well as their 3-year-old son Xiao Qi Ji. Photos: CFP

Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their 3-year-old son Xiao Qi Ji. Photos: VCG


The topic of „giant pandas returning to the US“ has become a hot issue in American public opinion in 2024. China’s relevant statements have received high attention and enthusiastic interpretations. Several cities in the US, such as San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, have shown efforts and actions to attract giant pandas. The fondness of many Americans for giant pandas has even sparked some hidden psychological reactions among some American elites. Some American media outlets are politicizing this topic, which deserves our vigilance.

The love and enthusiasm of the US for Chinese giant pandas primarily stem from local initiatives and public sentiment. In the effort to have giant pandas reside in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed initiated communication with China several months before the APEC Leaders‘ Meeting last year, and later expressed willingness to host these „cherished diplomats“ in a letter she sent to Chinese president. Michael Froman, president of Council on Foreign Relations, personally asked whether Washington can host a giant panda in a conversation with Liu Jianchao, head of the International Department of CPC Central Committee, during his visit to the US. The hopes for China-US relations lie with the people, and the foundation lies in the grassroots, as it’s evident from the case of the giant pandas.

Many Americans eagerly anticipate the „return of giant pandas to the US,“ but not everyone shares this sentiment. In recent years, the unhealthy atmosphere against China in the US has led to many politicized interpretations of matters related to giant pandas. Those who do not wish for giant pandas to return to the US are not necessarily expressing a stance against the giant pandas themselves; rather, they view giant pandas as a politicized symbol and a representation of China’s soft power. Their intention is to sever any ties that could bring the peoples of China and the US closer emotionally. Giant pandas, beloved by the peoples of both China and the US, and even people worldwide, easily become a target for them. Their aim is to destroy the positive aspects between China and the US.

In China, there are also some people who are unwilling to see the „giant pandas return to the US.“ However, unlike those Americans, these Chinese people’s concerns stem from their compassion for giant pandas and worries about the poor care they receive in American zoos. This is understandable. Last year, when the emaciated appearance of the giant panda Ya Ya at the Memphis Zoo in the US was reported back to China, it sparked strong concerns and even accusations of abuse toward overseas cooperative institutions in terms of facility construction, feeding and care, disease prevention and control measures. The concerns are reasonable. Ultimately, Ya Ya was brought back to China.

Although various pieces of information also indicate that the Memphis Zoo had made many efforts to take care of the giant pandas and had no motive to abuse Ya Ya, the negative impact of this incident objectively exists. It needs to be emphasized that the opinions and concerns of Chinese netizens are not based on hostility toward American politics or society, but on the fact that Ya Ya was not well taken care of, which evokes a simple sentiment. If any American zoo wants to lease giant pandas, they need to learn from the Ya Ya incident and make the Chinese side believe that they can provide suitable living conditions and environment for the giant pandas.

There has been a saying that China took giant pandas as a diplomatic tool to open the door to China-US relations. This is incorrect. Instead, it should be said that giant pandas are a symbol of friendly or normal relations between China and the US. This is because only when both sides have established a baseline of trust, can there be a history of panda exchanges, where pandas travel across the ocean to the US, promoting cultural exchanges and fostering a heartwarming story between the people of China and the US.

The US is the country with the most cooperation in giant panda conservation research with China. Giant panda conservation is one of the most successful areas of animal cooperation between China and the US. Now, giant pandas have become „remarkable ambassadors,“ which is inseparable from the joint efforts of several generations of scientists from China and the US. This is the broader significance of China-US cooperation.

Today, the exchange of pandas continues the tradition of cultural exchange from the past, while also placing more emphasis on international cooperation in giant panda conservation and research. The adorable giant pandas are, to some extent, a message of peace and friendship that China conveys to the world. The more of such messages, the better.
Be wary of the politicization of ‚giant pandas returning to the US‘: Global Times editorial – Global Times

Werden die Pandas jetzt auch Thema des US-Wahlkampfs? Wie steht denn dann Trump zu deren Rückkehr in US-Zoos? Lehnt er das als kommunistische Pandadiplomatie,Reengagemet und gegen Decoupeln ab oder muss er auf de Tierliebe der US-Bevölkerung und den Pandaknuddelfaktor Rücksicht nehmen? Oder wird er es erst gar nicht zum Thema machen oder weiß er gar nicht davon und projeziert die Global Times zuviel wishful thinking ihre Pandadiplomatie, der Bedeutung, Bekanntheit und Wirkung ihrer Pandas rein? Zumindestens auch eine Aktion ala „Winning hearts and minds“und „Goodwill“für einen „Spirit of San Francisco“ bei der US- Bevölkerung.

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