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Autor: Ralf Ostner

Ralf Ostner Born 1964 in Frankfurt am Main, 1984 highschool in Bavaria - courses: physics and art / chief editor of the school newspaper. Studied physics (minor subjects: mathematics, chemistry), economic geography (minor subjects: macro and micro economics and sociology) and studied sinology (minor subjects: American studies, English studies). 1991 graduated as a state-certified translator in English and Chinese from the Language and Interpreter Institute / Munich (head of the Chinese department: Professor Zhang, former interpreter of Deng Xiaoping and Franz-Josef Strauß), followed by 5 years in Asia: China ( 1 1/2 years of travel through 12 provinces for a documentary for the Japanese television), India, Southeast Asia (including in Cambodia during the Bundeswehr's first foreign deployment, interviews with foreign Chinese, research in the Karen guerrilla region in Burma, support of an UN official during the uprisings in Nepal and at UN work in India), Australia (China Center, University of Canberra). Then 5 years as an interpreter, delegation manager and translator in Munich (Siemens, BASF, Burgmann, Bauer, Munich Trade Fair, HP Medica, Chinese and Taiwanese delegations, etc.). Evening studies at the University of Politics / Munich (focus: international relations). Degree as a political scientist (diploma thesis: German-Chinese relations 1989-2000 with special consideration of the SPD- Green government). Delegation accompaniment for Hu Ping, editor-in-chief of the Chinese dissident newspaper "Beijing Spring" (New York) and most prominent representative of Chinese liberalism during his tour of Germany (University of Munich, University of Mainz, Berlin / FU-Humboldt) while at the same time contacting Liu Liqun (author of the book " Transcending western thinking "/ today: Germany adviser to the Chinese government). Editor-in-chief of the student magazine UNIPOL. Projects at the Goethe Institute. FOCUS TV. Since 2000 translator (Chinese-German), graphic artist, freelance writer and blogger. Open source analyst. Journalist, guest columns on the website of the Chinese state television CCTV and at China Radio International. Guest contributions to the Axis of Good (Aches des Guten) and the Münchner Merkur (Munich Mercury). Blog posts on the website of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)- think tank of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ralf Ostner geboren 1964 in Frankfurt am Main, 1984 Abitur in Bayern--Leitungskurse: Physik und Kunst/ Schülerzeitung. Studium der Physik (Nebenfächer: Mathematik, Chemie), Wirtschaftsgeographie (Nebenfächer: BWL, VWL und Soziologie) und Studium der Sinologie ( Nebenfächer: Amerikanistik, Anglizistik). 1991 Abschluss als staatlich geprüfter Übersetzer in der englischen und chinesischen Sprache am Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Institut/München (Leiter der Chinesisch-Abteilung: Professor Zhang, ehemaliger Dolmetscher von Deng Xiaoping und Franz-Josef Strauß).Danach 5 Jahre Asienaufenthalt: China ( 1 1/2 Jahre Reise durch 12 Provinzen für einen Dokumentarfilm für das japanische Fernsehen), Indien, Südostasien (u.a. in Kambodscha während des ersten Auslandseinsatzes der Bundeswehr, Interviews mit Auslandschinesen, Recherche im Karen-Guerillagebiet in Burma, Unterstützung einer UNO-Mitarbeiterin während den Aufständen in Nepal und bei UNO-Arbeit in Indien), Australien ( China Centre, University of Canberra) . Danach 5 Jahre als Dolmetscher, Delegationsbegleiter und Übersetzer in München (Siemens, BASF, Burgmann, Bauer, Messe München, HP Medica, Münchner Filmfestival, chinesische und taiwanesische Delegationen ,u.a.). Abendstudium an der Hochschule für Politik /München (Schwerpunkt: Internationale Beziehungen). Abschluss als Diplom-Politologe (Diplomarbeit: Die deutsch-chinesischen Beziehungen 1989-2000 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der SPD-Grünen-Regierung). Delegationsbegleitung von Hu Ping, Chefredakteur der chinesischen Dissidentenzeitung "Pekinger Frühling" (New York)und prominentester Vertreter des chinesischen Liberalismus bei seiner Deutschlandtour (Uni München, Uni Mainz, Berlin/FU-Humboldt) bei gleichzeitigem Kontakt mit Liu Liqun (Autor des Buches "Westliches Denken transzendieren"/ heute: Deutschlandberater der chinesischen Regierung).Chefredakteur der Studentenzeitschrift UNIPOL . Projekte am Goethe-Institut. FOCUS TV. Seit 2000 Übersetzer (chinesisch-deutsch), Graphiker, freier Schriftsteller und Blogger. Open Source Analyst. Journalistische Tätigkeit, Gastkolumne auf der Webseite des chinesischen Staatsfernsehns CCTV und bei China Radio International. Gastbeiträge bei der Achse des Guten und dem Münchner Merkur. Blogbeiträge auf der Webseite des Thinktanks Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) des russischen Aussenministeriums.
China-peaceful rise or Sino-American clash?

China-peaceful rise or Sino-American clash?

Is there a peaceful rise of China or will there be a clash or a Sino-American war ? There are two academic representatives of both schools as Kishore Mahbubani and John Mearsheimer who were discussing this issue. These are the two perspectives on the coming escalation of the Sino-American conflict. Mahbubani says that a confrontation between the USA and China would be inevitable, but avoidable. In his opinion, the USA has to define who is its competitor and if it…

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Techwar between China and the USA: 6 G, D 10 and leapfrogging

Techwar between China and the USA: 6 G, D 10 and leapfrogging

The Trump-USA tries everything from trade war to pressure on allies or other countries to prevent China from becoming a high tech power as China plans it with its China Made 2025 plan. As China is leading in 5 G technology which will define digitalization like quantum computers, AI or blockchain technology, the US boycott for Trump has a high symbolic and strategic value. However Parag Khanna in his book „The future is Asian“ claims that the USA won´t be…

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Russia’s Constitution: Empire and Orthodoxy

Russia’s Constitution: Empire and Orthodoxy

Author: Former ambassador Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Hans-Ulrich Seidt, born 1952, is  fellow of the Berlin Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. From 2014 to 2017 he was chief inspector of the Federal Foreign Office and from 2012 to 2014 headed the Department for Foreign Cultural Policy and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. He was German ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Afghanistan. Before that, he worked at the German embassies in Moscow and Washington and at the…

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Russlands Verfassung: Imperium und Orthodoxie

Russlands Verfassung: Imperium und Orthodoxie

Imperium und Orthodoxie Autor: Botschafter a.D. Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Hans-Ulrich Seidt, geb. 1952, ist Berlin Fellow des Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. Er war von 2014 bis 2017 Chefinspekteur des Auswärtigen Amts und leitete von 2012 bis 2014 die Abteilung für Auswärtige Kulturpolitik und Kommunikation des Auswärtigen Amts in Berlin. Er war deutscher Botschafter in der Republik Korea und in Afghanistan. Davor arbeitete er an den deutschen Botschaften in Moskau und Washington sowie bei der deutschen NATO-Vertretung in Brüssel Zu…

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Short notice: World in turmoil

Short notice: World in turmoil

It is getting more and more chaotic, the US is sinking in a state of emergency, China is laughing, and the Sino-American conflict is escalating.Trump wants to expand the G7 to the G11 to include India, Australia, South Korea and Russia, which is then intended as an anti-China front. Merkel doesn´t want to have Putin-Russia on board, neither does she want have an anti-China front and, like the EU also no sanctions against China for Hong Kong. In addition, Merkel…

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Kurznotiz: Welt im Aufruhr

Kurznotiz: Welt im Aufruhr

Es wird immer chaotischer.Die USA versinken im Ausnahmezustand,China lacht sich ins Fäustchen.Der sinomaerkianische Konflikt eskaliert weiter.Trump will die G7 zur G 11 erweitern um Indien, Australien und Südkorea einschliesslich Russlands-gedacht ist das dann als Anti-Chinafront.Merkel will Putin nicht dabei, auch keine Anti-Chinafront und wie die EU noch Sanktionen gegen China wegen Hongkong. Zudem will Merkel nicht an dem Gipfel teilnehmen, um Trump Wahlkampfhilfe zu geben, zumal er diesen auch als Symbol für die Coronalockerungen darstellen wollte. Putin macht klar,dass Trump…

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Powerstruggle in the Assad family- the last hope of the West? For what?

Powerstruggle in the Assad family- the last hope of the West? For what?

„It seems that Western governments and liberals have not learned their lesson. They still want Assad been toppled and then a democratic, peaceful Syria would emerge. The new hope is an internal power struggle within the Assad family, especially by his cousin: „Leading the cast is the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad, but star billing has so far been taken by the president’s first cousin, Rami Makhlouf, who last week took to Facebook to do…

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Russian empire concepts at their limits?

Russian empire concepts at their limits?

My impression is that Putin has slowly run into a dead end. Alexander Rahr, Gazprom advisor for the EU and Germany attests that the concept of a Russian resource empire is in question at the latest with the oil price war. Karaganov’s idea of ​​Russia as a global supplier for international security seems to reach its limits in Libya if Russia does not want to engage in an imperial overstretch. Only the ICBMs are left, but also in question if…

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Potsdam Encounters (Potsdamer Begegnungen): War and Peace in Corona Times

Potsdam Encounters (Potsdamer Begegnungen): War and Peace in Corona Times

Author: Alexander Rahr It is not true that after Corona the world will be different – perhaps more peaceful. Even after the 9/11 terrorist attack and the global financial crisis, people believed that humanity would change mentally, address more pressing issues, and make the planet more cooperative, safe, and peaceful. None of this has happened and will not happen now. That is the quintessence of the last German-Russian expert conference in the course of the Potsdam meetings. Even if their…

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Potsdamer Begegnungen: Krieg und Frieden in Corona-Zeiten

Potsdamer Begegnungen: Krieg und Frieden in Corona-Zeiten

Autor:Alexander Rahr Es stimmt nicht, dass die Welt nach Corona eine andere – vielleicht friedlichere – wird. Auch nach der Terrorattacke von 9/11 und der Weltfinanzkrise hat man geglaubt, die Menschheit würde sich mental verändern, sich dringlicheren Problemen zuwenden und den Planeten kooperativer, sicherer und friedlicher machen. Nichts davon ist eingetreten und wird auch jetzt nicht passieren. Das ist die Quintessenz der letzten deutsch-russischen Expertentagung im Rahmen der Potsdamer Begegnungen. Auch wenn ihre Inhalte von deutschen Leitmedien aus unergründlichen Motiven…

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Nach Hongkong die nächste Taiwankrise?

Nach Hongkong die nächste Taiwankrise?

Mit dem neuen nationalen Sicherheitsgesetz stellt die KP China klar, dass sie für Hongkong nun das vertraglich vereinbarte Prinzip 1 Land, 2 Systeme abschaffen will und sich die Kronkolonie noch vor den zugesagten 47 Jahren gänzlich einverleiben will.Der letzte britische Gouverneur Hongkongs Chris Patten ruft nun dazu auf, Hongkong auf die Tagesordnung des kommenden G7-Treffens zu setzen. Gleichzeitig verschärft sich der Ton zwischen China und Taiwan. Die wiedergewählte Präsidentin Tsai Yingwen erklärte, dass 1 Land, 2 Systeme für Taiwan nicht…

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The next Taiwan crisis after Hong Kong?

The next Taiwan crisis after Hong Kong?

With the new national security law, the CPC made it clear that it now wants to abolish the contractually agreed principle of 1 country, 2 systems for Hong Kong and that the crown colony will be incorporated entirely before the promised 47 years. The last British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten is now calling to put Hong Kong on the agenda of the upcoming G7 meeting. At the same time, the tone between China and Taiwan is getting worse….

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COVID-19: Shaping a Sicker, Poorer, More Violent, and Unstable Western Hemisphere

COVID-19: Shaping a Sicker, Poorer, More Violent, and Unstable Western Hemisphere

Author: Dr. Evan Ellis Global Review had the honour again to get a contribution about the Covid Crisis in Latinamerica from Dr. Evan Ellis, Latinamerica expert of the US Army War College and former member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US State Department. The COVID-19 pandemic will have profound, and enduring negative effects on Latin America and the Caribbean, significantly impacting the security, interests, and strategic position of the United States. Department of Defense and other US senior…

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EU-Russian ecological cooperation needed despite and because of the Covid crisis

EU-Russian ecological cooperation needed despite and because of the Covid crisis

Authors: Ralf Ostner (Global Review) / Frithjof Finkbeiner (Member Club of Rome , Desertec, Plant-for-the-Planet) Many thought that due to the Covid crisis ecology and the ecological movement was dead and the idea of an EU-Russian ecological cooperation. Greta is back and still alive despite Covid. However Fridays for Future and the ecological movement is much more than Greta. The Youth had a symbolic poster demonstration in front of the German parliament and Merkel declared that she wanted to raise…

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Covid Demonstrations: The Republic Before the Storm?

Covid Demonstrations: The Republic Before the Storm?

As a result of the easing of the lockdown, there were nationwide Coronademonstrations. There are four motive groups: business people and restaurant owners who fear a lockdown for their financial existence. Groups who see their civil rights endangered including the new Corona party Resistance 2020 ( Widerstand 2020). Right-wing radicals and conspiracy theorists who want to overthrow the „Merkel dictatorship“, the „financial elites“, „the NWO“ in order to build up a dictatorship themselves. Esoteric and anti-vaccine groups. Some groups and…

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Coviddemonstrationen: Die Republik vor dem Sturm?

Coviddemonstrationen: Die Republik vor dem Sturm?

Infolge der Lockerungen kam es nun zu bundesweiten Demonstrationen. Dabei kann man vier Motivgruppen ausmachen: Geschäftsleute und Gaststättenbesitzer, die durch einen lockdown um ihre finanzielle Existenz fürchten. Gruppen, die ihre Bürgerrechte beeinträchtigt sehen. Zum dritten Rechtsradikale, und Verschwörungstheoretiker, die die „Merkeldiktatur“, die „Finanzeliten“, „die NWO“ stürzen wollen, um selbst eine Diktatur aufzubauen. Esoteriker und Impfgegner. Dabei überschneiden sich einige Gruppen und Apologeten und vermischen sich auch auf Demos. Der eigentliche Sturm aber kann kommen, wenn 10 Millionen Kurzarbeiter arbeitslos und…

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Was Nationalsocialism the product of distorted Hindu ideas by Germans?

Was Nationalsocialism the product of distorted Hindu ideas by Germans?

An Indian professor aired the thesis that Nationalsocialism was a product of the distortion of Hindu ideas by the Germans. The video is available here: As far as I know, the first traditional German grand narrative was taken from the mythological pagan writings of the pre-Christian Edda, the Nibelungen, the historical person of Arminius/“Hermann“ who defeated the Romans and the Kyffhäuser. At that time it had nothing to do with the Veddas or Hindu mythology or whatever. It was a…

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EU-Russian ecological cooperation needed despite and because of Covid crisis

EU-Russian ecological cooperation needed despite and because of Covid crisis

Many thought that due to the Covid crisis ecology and the ecological movement were dead and the idea of EU-Russian ecological cooperation was. However, Greta is back, Friday for Future had a symbolic poster demonstration in front of the German parliament and Merkel declared that she wanted to raise the EU climate benchmarks and use the billions of EU and European rescue and stimulus packages for a new Green Deal. This also offers Russia the potential to get EU support…

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COVID-19: a new Dimension in an ‘Undeclared Third World War’!!

COVID-19: a new Dimension in an ‘Undeclared Third World War’!!

Author: Maj Gen SB Asthana, SM, VSM (Retd) Period: Apr – Jun 2020 Key Points The outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated the destructive potential of virus as a weapon of mass destruction. The strategic competition amongst major powers has already pushed the world into undeclared third world war with changed dimensions and instruments. COVID-19 has changed the intensity, dimension and trajectory of Ongoing undeclared Third World War, with a possibility of change in global order after the pandemic. Backdrop In…

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How would Germany and Russia position themselves in the event of a Sino-American war?

How would Germany and Russia position themselves in the event of a Sino-American war?

One can agree with Carl Schmidt, namely to rethink things for the state of emergency and also to prepare mentally for worst case scenarios. An important question that comes to my mind again and again is how Germany will position itself in the event of a Sino-American war – itself and within the EU, especially since it is quite possible that Rumsfeld polarization will re-establish itself in old and new Europe. So far, this question has only been asked once,…

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