24 August, 2021

Serious provocation! The Japanese city of Ishigaki plans to land on the Diaoyu Islands, but also to erect the "Senkaku Islands" stele on the Diaoyu Islands

After the "renaming" farce, the Japanese city of Ishigaki is still provoking. The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported on the 24th that Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, announced on the 23rd the stone monuments made after the individual islands of the Diaoyu Islands (called the Senkaku Islands in Japan) were renamed as "included" in its administrative division. According to the report, the Ishigaki City Government also announced that it was planning to apply to the Japanese government to go to the island in an attempt to erect a stone monument with the words "Senkaku Islands" on the Diaoyu Islands.

NHK: Ishigaki City has produced a stone monument with a new name, and plans to apply to the Japanese government for the island

This farce will start in October last year. In October 2020, the Ishigaki City Council passed with a majority vote a motion to change the name of the Diaoyu Islands (the Senkaku Islands in Japan) "included" in the administrative divisions of the city from "Tengye Castle" to "Tengye Castle Senkaku".

NHK stated that in response to the so-called "administrative division name" change, the Ishigaki City Government has produced five stone monuments with the new names of the islands. According to Kyodo News, these monuments have "Yaeyama Senkaku Islands" and the names of the islands on the front, and "Tengye Castle Senkaku" on the back. The production cost is about 2 million yen (about 118,000 yuan).

Not only that, Ishigaki City even tried to erect these steles on the corresponding islands. The Mayor of Ishigaki City, Yoshitaka Nakayama, declared at the stone tablet press conference that “it is important for Japanese people to broadly understand the'Senkaku Islands'”. Generation".

Ishigaki City Government announced the stele (photo source: Japanese media)

In recent times, Japan has made provocative moves on the Diaoyu Islands issue one after another. A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council previously stated that the Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times. Compatriots on both sides of the strait have the responsibility to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Fundamental interests.

On the issue of China's Diaoyu Islands, China's position is clear and consistent. The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated on many occasions that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, and China has a sufficient historical and legal basis for its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. What Japan has done cannot change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China in the slightest, and China is unwavering in its determination to safeguard the territorial sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands.

The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are an inalienable part of China's territory, and the Chinese side has stated its position many times. In July this year, Japan released the 2021 edition of the "Defense White Paper" claiming that the Diaoyu Islands are Japanese territory. At that time, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands are an inalienable part of Chinese territory. He also stated that China's patrol law enforcement activities in the waters of the Diaoyu Islands are exercising its own power and are legitimate.

The US vice president "hahahahahahahahahahh" after being asked "why abandoning allies", netizens: still in the mood to laugh?

On the second day of his trip to Asia on the 23rd, US Vice President Harris talked about the so-called "cooperation with allies in the Indo-Pacific region" and continued maintenance of "freedom of navigation in the South China Sea" in Singapore. Harris is the highest-ranking official in the Biden administration to visit Asia recently. But unfortunately, Harris’s trip to Asia coincided with the crisis brought about by the Biden administration’s hastily withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US’s “disruption and abandonment” of its allies made many small and medium-sized countries more questionable “Is the United States reliable?” However, these doubts have not prevented the United States from "forming gangs" and "against China" in Southeast Asia. In this regard, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on the 23rd: "We have always maintained that exchanges between countries should be conducive to promoting mutual trust between countries and conducive to maintaining regional and world peace and stability."

US Vice President Harris boarded the USS Tulsa parked at Changi base and delivered a speech during his visit to Singapore on the 23rd.

Harris again mentions "Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea"

According to Reuters, Harris once again mentioned the so-called "cooperation with allies in the Indo-Pacific region" at a press conference after the meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the 23rd, and said that the United States will continue to maintain "freedom of navigation in the South China Sea." . At the press conference, Harris said: “Today we are here in Singapore to reiterate that the United States has a lasting relationship with this country and surrounding regions, and the common vision of establishing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” Then, Harris turned the topic to the South China Sea. Problem. She declared that the United States is committed to cooperating with allies in the Indo-Pacific region to maintain the so-called "rules-based international order" and "freedom of navigation", including in the South China Sea.

"Harris's trip to Asia is part of the Biden administration's fight against China's influence in the region." Reuters said that after meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the 23rd, Harris went to Changi Naval Base and boarded the mooring. The USS Tulsa there. On the 24th, Harris will meet with local business leaders to discuss supply chain issues and deliver a speech outlining the Biden administration’s vision for the region. Subsequently, Harris will be transferred to Vietnam, and she will become the first US Vice President to visit Vietnam after the Vietnam War.

"Voice of America" ​​quoted a senior US official who accompanied Harris on the 23rd as saying: "This visit will focus on three areas, namely security, economic partners and global health. She will talk about the threat of climate change and reiterate. Our country’s values ​​and rules-based international order, labor rights, and commitment to human rights.” The official said, “The Vice President will show in this visit that the United States has a permanent commitment to this region.” The official also stated that the United States regards "China's claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea" as "illegal", "which reflects the long-standing role of the United States in the local area."

The Associated Press stated that Singapore has a U.S. naval base and has a deep partnership with the United States. However, despite the declining relationship between the United States and China, Singapore is also seeking to maintain a strong relationship and a neutral position with China. According to reports, Xinmei will sign a series of agreements on defense, network security, climate, and response to the epidemic.

"Is America still reliable?"

Although Harris talks about "cooperation" all the way, what is embarrassing is that the focus of attention of major international media is that the chaos caused by the sudden withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan has caused many countries, especially small and medium-sized countries to question: "The United States is still reliable. Right?"

"U.S. Vice President Harris vowed in Singapore on the 23rd to'persistently participate' in Asian affairs and pledged that Washington will remain'responsible' for the region." Agence France-Presse stated that the sudden U.S. withdrawal has led to chaos in Afghanistan. The desperate sight of tens of thousands of Afghans serving the U.S. and NATO allies trying to escape has given the U.S. status as a global superpower and Harris’s trip to Asia. Layer shadows. When visiting Singapore, Harris repeatedly insisted that Washington can be relied on. She said: "The reason I am here is that the United States is a global leader and we take this role seriously." However, Harris avoided the question of whether the credibility of the United States was damaged by the defeat in Afghanistan, and she did not elaborate on the United States. How will you ensure that you can rely on.

In fact, when the Biden administration just proposed to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in May, Harris still claimed to be the "main player" in persuading Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in an interview with the media in order to gain credit. Agence France-Presse said that after the U.S. hastily withdrew troops from Afghanistan, the situation on the ground has fallen into chaos. Harris has not said a word on Afghan affairs, which has aroused a lot of criticism.

At the White House press conference before Harris’s visit, an American reporter asked: “Afghanistan withdrawal is very similar to the'Saigon Moment' 40 years ago. Is Harris going to talk about Afghanistan in Vietnam? How does the United States respond to criticism of abandoning partners and allies? The White House spokesperson did not respond to this question. When Harris' special plane landed at the Singapore airport, the first question of the reporters who rushed in was still a similar problem. In response, Harris burst into laughter, and then said: "Our top priority now is to ensure the safe evacuation of American citizens and Afghans who work with us." This video of Harris laughing in response to the Afghanistan issue immediately became The focus of social media Internet users' criticism, some netizens said: The United States has made Afghanistan like this, and Harris is still in the mood to laugh? What is she laughing at?

Xu Liping, a researcher at the Institute of Asia-Pacific and Global Strategies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and director of the Southeast Asia Research Center, said in an interview with the Global Times on the 23rd that although Harris’ visit to Southeast Asia is an established itinerary and has nothing to do with the timing of the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Looking at the effects of the US military withdrawal, the international community, especially small and medium-sized countries, highly doubt whether the United States can fulfill its promises and not abandon allies at critical moments. There is no doubt that in this context, Harris visited Vietnam and Singapore to dispel their worries and doubts about the United States. But whether these countries will believe Harris's rhetoric, Xu Liping said, it remains to be seen.

Harris' domestic approval rating plummeted also made her trip to Asia look less glamorous. According to the New York Post, the latest polls show that because Harris has remained silent on the tragic situation caused by the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Americans’ attitude towards her has deteriorated further. The WION website of the United States stated that after serving as the Vice President of the United States at the White House for just over six months, Harris became the least popular vice president since the 1970s.

Sino-foreign cooperation does not target third parties

Prior to Harris's visit to Southeast Asia, US Deputy Secretary of State Sherman had visited Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand, and Secretary of Defense Austin had also visited Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. According to the Wall Street Journal, for Washington, Vietnam, which has disputes with China in the South China Sea, is a "worthy partner in the fight against China's further expansion." Harris will promote the upgrading of U.S.-Vietnam relations to a strategic partner when he meets with Vietnamese high-level officials.

The US "Diplomat" website stated that Harris focused his visit on defending "free navigation" in the South China Sea, strengthening US regional leadership, and expanding security cooperation with Singapore and Vietnam. However, although the countries in the region want the United States to exist in the region, they have obtained significant economic benefits from their relations with China and are unwilling to be dragged into the struggle of the superpower.

The BBC stated that in order to gain support from Vietnam, the United States will strongly support Vietnam's fight against the epidemic. At present, Vietnam is ushering in the most serious wave of new crown pneumonia. According to the report, the 23 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States recently "brought an unexpected increase in the image of the United States in Southeast Asia." Harris will use this to propose deepening medical cooperation and open the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hanoi. (CDC)'s first regional branch.

The day before Harris arrived in Vietnam, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense announced on the 23rd that at the request of the Vietnamese army, a batch of new crown vaccines provided by the Chinese People's Liberation Army to the Vietnamese army were delivered to Vietnam on the same day. In response, Admiral Huang Chunzhan, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Deputy Minister of National Defense, said that the Chinese Ministry of National Defense's provision of new crown vaccine assistance this time fully reflects the spirit of unity and mutual help between the two armed forces. Since August, the People's Liberation Army has also provided vaccines to Cambodia, Myanmar and other countries. Xu Liping said that the cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries is more based on bilateral interests rather than targeting third parties. As long as we adhere to this strategic goal, our relationship with Southeast Asian countries will be more stable and longer-term.

(Original title: The US vice president "hahahahahahahahahh" after being asked "why abandoning allies", netizens: they have made Afghanistan like this, and are still in the mood to laugh?)

Major burst! The United States has "fired" everywhere again, this time targeting Russia! Britain and the United States may sanction Afghanistan, the central bank has been frozen, and the former minister delivers food in Germany

The United States once again waved its "sanctions stick."

The first is to impose sanctions on Russia. Recently, the US government announced the imposing sanctions on various entities and individuals in Russia on the grounds of the Navaline incident and the "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project.

On August 23, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that the US imposed unreasonable sanctions on normal cooperation between the two sovereign states in accordance with domestic laws, which fully exposed the US’s consistent hegemonic thinking and hegemonic behavior. To the opposition of the international community.

In addition, the United States may impose sanctions on the Taliban in Afghanistan. US President Biden said that he would consider supporting the British government's sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Prior to this, British Prime Minister Johnson stated that an online meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) will be held on August 24, during which the United Kingdom will promote sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, the Taliban are trying to find legitimacy and try to get the recognition of the international community. The Taliban declared to the outside world that they are willing to cooperate with all countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, of course. At the same time, the Taliban announced that they would amnesty Afghan President Ghani and allow him to return to Afghanistan as they wish.

According to the Russian Satellite Network on the 23rd, the EHA News website was quoted. The former Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Afghanistan, Said Ahmed Saud Sadat, is currently working as a pizza delivery man in Leipzig, Germany.

U.S. sanctions Russia again

Recently, the US government announced the imposing sanctions on various entities and individuals in Russia on the grounds of the Navaline incident and the "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced in a statement that on the first anniversary of the “poisoning” incident in Navariny, it imposed sanctions on nine Russian individuals and two entities involved in the Navariny incident and Russia’s chemical weapons program. The sanctions are mostly related to the Russian Federal Security Service. The statement also stated that the two scientific laboratories of the Russian Ministry of Defense that the US State Department announced sanctions participated in the research and development activities of Russian chemical weapons capabilities.

In addition, the US State Department submitted a report to the US Congress on the "North Stream-2" project that day, determined that two Russian entities involved in the project would be sanctioned, and listed two Russian ships as assets to be frozen.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said in a statement that the U.S. has so far imposed sanctions on seven entities involved in the "North Stream-2" project and 16 ships under its name. The latest sanctions target a work vessel and its owner and a construction company involved in laying the submarine pipeline.

In response, Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov criticized the U.S. sanctions against international law.

On August 23, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated in response to the Navalny incident that China has repeatedly emphasized that this is purely Russia’s internal affair, and relevant parties will make guilty inferences against Russia before the truth of the incident is ascertained. It is unfair, and it is even more unreasonable to impose unilateral sanctions.

Regarding the "Beixi-2" project, Wang Wenbin pointed out that the unreasonable sanctions imposed by the United States on the normal cooperation between the two sovereign states in accordance with domestic law are a violation of international law and the basic norms of international relations, and fully exposed the US's consistent hegemonic thinking and Hegemonic behavior is destined to be unpopular and will inevitably meet opposition from the international community.

According to data, the "Beixi-2" project is a cooperation project between the Russian gas giant Gazprom and five European companies. It will cost 9.5 billion euros to build a natural gas pipeline, starting from Russia and passing through the Baltic Sea floor. Germany can double the export volume of Russian natural gas to Germany and use it to expand the markets of other European countries. This pipeline will strengthen Europe's energy security in the coming decades.

Since the start of the project, the United States has been opposed to the "Beixi-2" project, calling it a Russian geostrategic project. Germany and Russia said that the project is purely a commercial project. The Russian government stated that the US obstruction of the "Beixi-2" project intends to squeeze the share of the Russian energy market and attempt to sell more US natural gas to Europe at high prices.

According to analysts, the latest US sanctions have almost no impact on the completion of the "Beixi-2" project. Russian President Putin stated that only the last 15 kilometers of the "Beixi-2" pipeline are left to be laid. The Washington think tank "Clear View Energy Partners" estimates that the project will be completed before September 3.

The Taliban in Afghanistan cannot escape sanctions?

The U.S. sanctions are great, and perhaps they don't stop there. On August 22, local time, US President Biden stated that he would consider supporting the British government's sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Earlier, British Prime Minister Johnson stated on social media that an online meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) will be held on August 24 to urgently discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Reuters quoted sources as revealing that Britain will promote sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan at the meeting.

An unnamed British government official and another Western diplomat said that if the Taliban violated human rights and allowed their territory to be used as a safe haven for militants, the United Kingdom believed that the G7 should consider (impose) economic sanctions and stop providing Aid.

Johnson's attitude may also be related to the radical behavior of the British people. On August 21, local time, thousands of protesters launched a march in central London to oppose the Taliban's power and protest the British response to the crisis in Afghanistan. The protesters not only gathered outside the Prime Minister's Office in Downing Street, but also occupied London landmarks such as Oxford Street and Hyde Park.

During the protests, British people released green and red flares on the streets, waved the Afghan flag, and held up huge banners: "The Taliban has not changed", "We want peace" and other slogans were printed on the banners.

In the evening of the same day, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair published an article saying that US President Biden’s withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan was “very stupid”. Regarding the U.S. troop withdrawal, he commented: "Abandoning Afghanistan and its people is tragic, dangerous, and unnecessary. It is not in their interests or in our interests."

Later, Biden responded to the reasons for the withdrawal in an interview with the media. He said that this 20-year war has killed 2,448 Americans and injured 20,722. If the war is to continue, it is necessary to increase the number of US troops stationed in Afghanistan. Taking into account national interests, it is decided to end the war.

Biden also said that even though the Taliban stated that they are seeking legality in order to be recognized by the international community, the United States will continue to be vigilant against "overseas terrorists."

Sources believe that the United Kingdom and the United States may impose sanctions on the Taliban from the lightest economic restrictions to the most serious "international blackout." If it reaches the point of dealing with Iran (means), the Taliban regime will be isolated from all foreign trade, and even the import of building materials will be banned. This will be a very fatal blow to the Taliban government rebuilt after the war, and international capital will hardly be able to enter Afghanistan. This will make Afghanistan’s future development very difficult.

China provides funding for the Taliban in Afghanistan? Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded

In fact, on the eve of sanctions, the United States has already imposed financial restrictions on the Taliban. According to the Spanish newspaper Nacional, the United States has frozen nearly 9.5 billion U.S. dollars in assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan to prevent U.S. dollar assets from falling into the hands of the Taliban. The head of the Central Bank of Afghanistan has stated that the central bank has foreign exchange reserves worth about 9 billion U.S. dollars including cash, gold and securities, of which about 7 billion U.S. dollars are stored in the United States.

The freezing of US dollar assets may lead to increased inflation in Afghanistan, rising food prices, and further supervision of national capital to prevent outflows. So, where will Afghanistan look for funding in the future?

On August 23, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin hosted a regular press conference. A reporter asked questions. The exiled Afghan Central Bank Governor Ahmed said in an interview that the Taliban may try to seek funds from China, Pakistan and other countries to replace it. Does the United States and China plan to provide funding for Atta?

In this regard, Wang Wenbin emphasized that the United States is an important cause and the biggest external factor of the Afghan issue and cannot be left alone. The U.S. has also repeatedly promised to help Avi to stabilize, prevent chaos, and rebuild peacefully. However, we have seen that the media continue to report on what the US is doing that is not authentic and has no bottom line. It is hoped that the U.S. will be consistent with its words and deeds, take concrete responsibility for the Afghan issue, and implement its commitments to Afghanistan’s development, reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance.

Wang Wenbin further stated that China has always pursued a friendly policy towards all Afghan people and has provided a lot of assistance to Afghanistan's economic and social construction for a long time. China Shiah will end the war at an early date and restore economic and financial order, and is willing to continue to play a positive role in the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan, help Afghanistan strengthen its self-development capabilities and improve people’s livelihood.

Earlier, the Taliban declared to the outside world that they are willing to cooperate with all countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, of course.

In addition, the Taliban also took the initiative to release goodwill to Afghan President Ghani and Vice President Saleh. According to a report by RIA Novosti on the 23rd, the Taliban’s senior leader Khalil Rahman Haqqani told Pakistan’s GEO television station that the Taliban had provided amnesty to Afghan President Ghani and Vice President Saleh. "We forgive Ashraf Ghani, Amrullah Saleh, and (security adviser to the President of Afghanistan) Hamdullah Mohib. We forgive everyone in our country, from generals who oppose us to ordinary people. People."

Published under Blog on 24 August, 2021.