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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells UN that “war is not in the Chinese genes”

China called for diplomatic solutions to many world crises as well as touting the achievements and promises inherent in One Belt–One Road.

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It was a serendipitous occasion that while the order of speakers at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly is chosen at random, that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was scheduled to speak directly after his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavov.

This gave the world the opportunity to see just how united Russia and China are on the most important elements of modern geo-political affairs and peace keeping issues.

Foreign Minister Wang opened his speech by praising the role of the United Nations for preventing full-scale wars which dominated the first half of the 20th century.

He then praised the development of the multi-polar world which he characterised as the domineering force in modern global cooperation.

Wang stated that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “win-win” model of coopeation is a key to helping build a more peaceful world and one where prosperity is shared more evenly and fairly across nations.

Below are the key issues covered by Wang Yi

Syria and terrorism

The Chinese Foreign Minister praised the work of international partners in both the Geneva and Astana peace formats for Syria. He further stated that a “holistic” approach is necessary to fight international terrorism and that such measures should not resort to double standards nor must the world associate terrorism with any one ethnic group or religion.

This was a stark contrast to Donald Trump who singled out so-called “radical Islamic terrorism” during his UN speech.

Palestine 

Wang placed a great emphasis on the ongoing quest for Palestinian statehood, justice and human rights. He stated that. He said that it was a bad sign that after 70 years on the UN’s agenda, that Palestine was still not able to realise its restored statehood.

Wang said that the international community owes Palestine a just solution and that illegal Israeli settlement building should be stopped immediately.

He also said that new talks on the UN endorsed two-state solution must restart immediately.

North Korea 

Wang Yi began his discussion on North Korea by reminding his audience that in 2005, China, Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and the United States came together to formalise agreements on the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. These agreements entailed a commitment from Pyongyang to cease its production of nuclear weapons materials and a commitment from the US to normalise relations with the DPRK.

Wang stated that notions that the situation has dramatically changed since then are fallacious and that it is as important now as ever to work constructively in this format.

The Chinese Foreign Minister said that Beijing calls on North Korea not to “go further along a dangerous direction” while calling on the US to honour its commitments from 2005. Wang stated that China opposes nuclear weapons in either Korean state.

He concluded this segment of the speech by saying that the US and North Korea ought to compromise and meet half way in order to facilitate peace and stability in East Asia.

One Belt–One Road 

Wang praised the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing which was held in May of 2017 as it resulted in “270 deliverable agreements between nations”.

He stated that the One Belt–One Road initiative helps to connect different civilisations which helps countries learn from one another and benefit from one another without compromising the unique character of every civilisation.

He stated that next year China will host an international import exposition which will help highlight the work being done by partners along One Belt–One Road while injecting fresh impetus into sustainable development goals.

A call for peace 

Wang Yi stated that “China is always a fore for peace”. He then praised China’s historic role which has avoided colonialism and one which never resorted to forcing its own policies on others, something associated with the western powers. Wang stated that “aggression is not in the Chinese genes” and that China will constantly vote for peace from its permanent position on the UN Security Council.

Wang affirmed China’s commitment to multilateralism on all fronts, including in efforts to battle climate change such as the Paris Agreement which the US has withdrawn from under Donald Trump.

Wang said that China will always respect the equality of all nations and that globalisation should never be understood as a competition between “west and east”. Instead all countries must follow the same rules and not dominate others using force or the “law of the jungle”.

While Donald Trump used his speech to decry socialism, Wang stated that the past five years of development for China have been “momentous” thanks to the guiding policy of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. He said that socialism with Chinese characteristics has not only guided China’s internal development but has haled made China an “anchor for world piece”.

CONCLUSION

In many respects, Wang Yi’s speech was deeply similar to that of Sergey Lavrov, who spoke just before him. Both Foreign Ministers rejected the militarisation of the Korean conflict, both affirmed a position in favour of a just settlement for Palestine, both emphasised a commitment to positive interactions and a respect for the rule of international law in a multi-polar world and both expressed commitments to peaceful initiatives for international cooperation.

In this sense, the ‘eastern’ side of the multi-polar world spoke with a clear and unified voice.

 

 

 

 

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

Vladimir Rodzianko

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

Stay tuned for updates…

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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