14 July, 2021

The Chinese agency in Haiti has spoken quickly, and the United States is considering sending troops

After the Haitian President Moise was attacked and killed in his apartment, the China-Haiti Trade Development Office quickly issued a consular reminder that the Chinese Commercial Agency in Haiti urged Chinese overseas Chinese traveling to the sea to pay close attention to the local security situation, strengthen precautions, and plan travel carefully. If you need help in an emergency, please call the consular insurance number of the Commercial Agency in Haiti.

According to the Global Times quoted Reuters on July 13, the White House said on the 12th local time that the United States is still reviewing Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph's request for troops to help ensure the safety of the country's airports and other infrastructure.

The US White House Press Secretary Psaki said on the same day that the political leadership in Haiti is still unclear, and it is vital that the leaders of the country come together to formulate a united path forward.

When talking about Haiti's request to send troops, she said: “This is still under review.” When asked whether this possibility was ruled out, Psaki replied “No”.

The report also mentioned that US President Biden told reporters later that day that the government is "closely monitoring" developments in Haiti.

On the 9th local time, Haitian Election Minister Pierre said that they have requested the support of the US military to protect Haiti's ports, airports, gasoline facilities and other critical infrastructure. Joseph confirmed on the same day, "We definitely need help, and we have sought help from our international partners."

Since the United States invaded Haiti twice in 1915 and 1994, and the first military garrison lasted nearly 20 years, the British "Guardian" pointed out that any US military presence may be highly controversial.

Foreign media said that after Moise was assassinated, the Haitian political situation immediately fell into chaos. Agence France-Presse said that for Haiti, which is already facing political, economic and security crises, the assassination of the president will only complicate the problem and plunge into confusion over who should lead the country now.

After Moise was assassinated, Haitian Prime Minister Joseph immediately announced that he was temporarily acting as the country's leader.

However, President Moise had signed the appointment before the attack, with former government minister Ariel Henry as the new prime minister. Henry said in a telephone interview with Reuters that because of the president's appointment decree, after Moise was assassinated, he was the legitimate leader of Haiti and he should form a new government.

In addition, the Senate of the Haitian Parliament recently appointed the Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, as the interim president. However, because 20 of the 30 members of the Senate have expired, and currently only 10 members remain in their terms, the resolutions of the Senate have no legal effect.

"My father is Biden!" The son of US President Biden was in trouble again, and the White House made an emergency voice.

According to domestic media citing foreign media reports on July 13, Hunter Biden, the son of US President Biden, has now become a full-time artist. Recently, some media broke the news that Hunter was about to auction his paintings, and the highest price for a single work was as high as $500,000. Once this news came out, it caused a huge heated discussion in the United States. Some people say that the reason Hunter's paintings can be sold at such high prices is that they are "Biden's son ." However, the White House said that Hunter has the freedom to pursue art.

According to reports, after a period of silence, Hunter decided to start a career in art. And plans to hold a solo exhibition in Los Angeles this fall. According to an art dealer, Hunter's paintings can be sold for a minimum of US$75,000 and a maximum of US$500,000. The price depends on the size of the work. At the same time, the dealer also said that after Hunter's paintings are sold, they will keep the buyer's information confidential and will not disclose any information about the buyer.

Many people are dissatisfied that Hunter's paintings can sell for as high as $500,000. According to a US media report on July 8th, although Hunter's work has been praised by many artists, there are still many critics who believe that Hunter's work is not worth the high price of US$75,000 to US$500,000. Some critics even said that as an "artist" with no experience and experience, the reason why he can sell at such a high price may be because he bears the title of the son of US President Biden.

It should be noted that, in the face of the outside world's doubts about Hunter, the White House urgently stepped up to "refute the rumors." White House spokesperson Psaki said that the children of the President of the United States have the freedom to pursue artistic careers and will not lose that right because they are the children of the President. In addition, Psaki also said that the White House has signed an agreement to keep the buyer's identity confidential, so as to prevent outsiders from trying to influence the Biden family .

It is worth mentioning that many politicians do not buy into the rhetoric of the White House. Walter Schaub, who served as the head of government ethics under Obama, said that the White House's confidentiality of the buyer's identity cannot guarantee whether the so-called " anonymous buyer" will contact Biden by contacting Hunter. Some people even think that most buyers or foreign powers will bribe the Biden family by buying the works of Biden's sons to achieve a certain goal.

In fact, this is not the first time Hunter has "cheated". The most fresh one is the famous "Tongwumen" incident. On October 14, 2020, according to the New York Times, Biden's son Hunter introduced the then US Vice President Biden to Ukrainian businessmen and asked Biden to provide the company with some help. It is worth mentioning that the businessman also promised Hunter to become a director of the company and provided him with a monthly salary of 50,000 US dollars. However, it is said that Hunter received far more than 50,000 US dollars.

After the incident was exposed, a huge public opinion arose in the international community. Some people believed that Hunter used his father Biden's "convenience" for his own benefit. In view of this, some analysts believe that, as the children of celebrities, it is understandable to use their parents' reputations to gain benefits, but the key lies in whether there is any illegitimate relationship of interest, that is, whether there is an exchange of "power" and "money" between the government and business.

deal! The first lady of the United States will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, Biden will not go

According to a report from the US Chinese website, on the 13th local time, the White House said that the First Lady Jill (Jill Biden) will lead the US delegation to attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2021.

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Screenshot of Jiji News Agency report

According to reports, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to be held on July 23. This will be Gil's second foreign visit as the first lady, and it will also be her first solo visit. In June this year, Jill accompanied US President Biden on a visit to Europe.

The White House has previously stated that Biden will not attend the Olympics, but is evaluating plans in recent weeks to determine whether the first lady will attend.

According to reports, this is not the first time Jill has led an Olympic delegation. In 2010, the Bidens led the American delegation to participate in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. At that time, Biden was the vice president and Jill was the second lady.

Due to the new crown epidemic, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will be completely different from previous Olympics. Japanese officials announced last week that due to the rising number of confirmed cases of the new crown, Tokyo will enter a new state of emergency, when spectators will be banned from entering stadiums to watch matches.

Jill, like other White House officials, has been vaccinated against the new crown. The White House is expected to announce more details about this trip in the next few days.

Since Biden assumed the presidency of the United States in January, Jill has been an important "messenger" for the White House. She has visited all over the United States to encourage vaccination against the new crown and promote the economic agenda of the White House.

China builds a cement watchtower to observe the Indian army! The Indian army can only erect a wooden pole to "a tooth for a tooth"...

India's “Telegraph” said on the 13th that an Indian security agency source said that China had built a concrete watchtower equipped with camera monitoring facilities in the center of the camp in the “Ladakh area” to observe the activities and deployment of the Indian army.

The person added that “the Indian army also used a tit-for-tat to erect a wooden pole equipped with a digital camera” as a countermeasure. An anonymous source told the Global Times reporter on the 13th that the use of monitoring equipment to ensure the effective implementation of disengagement-related agreements is agreed between China and India.

The report quoted an anonymous official from the Ministry of Interior of India as saying that the watchtowers and outposts erected by the Chinese side overlook the areas controlled by the Indian army. "This is a very worrying issue" and "and they continue to deploy in high-altitude areas more than 4,000 meters above sea level." Personnel and equipment". Another Indian intelligence agency official believed that India and China "have an unwritten tacit understanding in recent decades", that is, no permanent or semi-permanent construction will be built within 10 to 15 kilometers on both sides of the actual control line. Building, "However, the Chinese watchtower guarded by armed men is clearly a permanent building."

India's “Tribune” revealed that India and China recently exchanged the agenda for the next round of military commander-level talks, but the two sides did not agree on a specific date for the talks, but it is expected that the time may be finalized soon . An anonymous source told the Global Times reporter on the 13th that India hopes that both sides can take this talk to promote progress in disengagement along the line of actual control.This person believes that the two parties had reached an agreement during the previous period of disengagement between the north and south of Pangong Lake. The use of monitoring equipment to ensure the effective implementation of the agreement was mutually agreed. Therefore, it is difficult to interpret China's move to set up a watchtower as "worrying". "This is evident from the low-key response of the Indian military and government."

After India and China reached an agreement on disengagement, the Indian media has from time to time played up China's so-called actions in the border area. The Telegraph quoted a number of retired Indian military officials on the 13th as saying that the Modi government's position on the border issue with China was “too weak” and failed to achieve its goal of restoring the border area to its original state before the confrontation.

The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said recently that the current situation on the border between China and India is generally stable, and the two sides are negotiating to resolve relevant border issues. In this context, the words, deeds and military deployments of relevant military and political officials should help ease the situation and increase mutual trust between the two sides, not the other way around.

The relationship between these two countries is "toxic"?

The website of Argentina's "Twelfth Page" published an article entitled "Haiti and the United States: A Toxic Relationship" on July 11, by journalist Aldana Bales. The article stated that the relationship between the United States and Haiti has been tricky. The full text is extracted as follows:

In 1915, after the assassination of the then President of Haiti, Jean Verbrunn Guillaume Sam, the United States sent troops to the country under the pretext of assisting Haiti in maintaining order and achieving stability, and stayed there until 1934. Today, after a similar presidential assassination, the Haitian interim government has sought support from the White House during the crisis, bringing the focus back to Washington's foreign policy towards Port-au-Prince.

The crisis triggered by the assassination of President Jovenel Moiz of Haiti is worrying that this will open a new chapter in the bilateral relationship between the United States and Haiti that has never been beneficial to the latter.

The relationship between the United States and Haiti has been tricky from the beginning. The Volks website recently published an article that this Caribbean country began to seek independence at the end of the 18th century, and the United States supported France at that time. Fearing that the slave uprising in Haiti would become a role model for slaves on American territory, it took the United States decades to recognize the independence of Haiti, much longer than France.

Then, in the 20th century, interventions emerged. Haiti is one of the first countries on the continent that is no longer a European colony, but it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere today. In the 1990s, the US military once again intervened in Haiti, ousting the military government of the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Today, the United States is a major donor to Haiti, a country that has been highly dependent on foreign forces and international organizations, especially since the devastating earthquake in 2010 .

▲On July 7, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a soldier is on duty next to the residence of Haitian President Moise. Xinhua News Agency

After the assassination of Moise, Haiti's interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph asked the United States to send troops to the country, but this request did not receive a good response in Haiti, and the legitimacy of Joseph's own takeover of power was also questioned.

In recent years, the United States has chosen to stay out of the situation in Haiti. After Moise officially came to power in 2017, it coincided with Trump's entry into the White House. The main reason Trump supported Moise during his administration was that the latter chose to oppose Venezuela and the Maduro regime. However, the US regime changed in early 2021, and the new Democratic government only acknowledged Moise's claim that there is still a year in power. The Haitian opposition claimed that Moise's term had ended.

After Biden took office, his focus was mainly on coping with the new crown pandemic, and he paid more attention to the foreign policy toward China and Russia, and put the policy toward Haiti in a secondary position. However, the news of Moiz's assassination forced the White House to turn its attention to the Caribbean. Biden said in a statement after the assassination: “The United States expresses its condolences to the people of Haiti. We are ready to help and continue to work hard to build a safe Haiti.”

The White House, which was forced to respond more vigorously to the Haiti crisis, recently insisted that "the United States will continue to monitor the development of the situation and consult closely with its partners" in order to "support the Haitian people after the president's assassination." White House spokesperson Psaki said that the government will also dispatch personnel from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to Port-au-Prince "as soon as possible" to assess the situation. "Strengthening the capabilities of the Haitian security forces is a key priority for the United States. This was true before the assassination, and it is still true today," she said.

The White House also announced that it will allocate 5 million US dollars to "strengthen the ability of the Haitian National Police to cooperate with the community in combating gangs." However, as Biden is more focused on withdrawing those soldiers who have been stationed in Afghanistan for 20 years, sending troops to Haiti is obviously not in the plan.

Refusing to release Meng Wanzhou, can Canada still dare to attack China? Zhao Lijian's super-burning anti-kill is so happy

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, on July 12, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian hosted a regular press conference. Some reporters asked questions. Recently, the Permanent Missions of Canada and Australia in Geneva organized the title "Strengthening International Cooperation and Opposing the Use of Arbitrary detention" video conference stated that arbitrary detention aimed at coercing foreign countries is unacceptable. what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue?

Zhao Lijian said that when it comes to "arbitrary detention," the Meng Wanzhou incident is a typical case. Canada has detained Chinese citizens who have not violated any Canadian laws so far, and has openly acted as an accomplice to the United States in suppressing Chinese high-tech companies and Huawei. Arbitrary detention aimed at coercing a foreign country. The HSBC internal documents recently submitted by Meng Wanzhou to the Canadian court once again fully proved that the US's alleged fraudulent accusation against Meng Wanzhou was purely out of nothing and fabricated out of thin air, which further exposed the nature of the political persecution of the Meng Wanzhou incident.What Canada should do now is not to shout empty slogans, but to recognize its own mistakes, immediately stop arbitrary detention of Chinese citizens, and let Meng Wanzhou return to China safely as soon as possible.

According to previous reports, the trial judge in the Meng Wanzhou extradition case of the High Court of British Columbia in Canada issued a judgment on July 9th, refusing to accept the documents obtained by Meng Wanzhou's defense team from the Hong Kong Bank of Hong Kong as new evidence.

Meng Wanzhou's defense team believes that these documents can show that the "Case Record" provided by the United States to Canada is false and misleading, and is obviously unreliable in many statements. The "Case Record" is the basis for the US to submit extradition to Canada.

The only key evidence in the extradition case is the "Case Prosecution Record" submitted by the United States, stating that HSBC executives did not know the relationship between Huawei and Xingtong. HSBC only relied on Meng Wanzhou's PPT and statements to conduct risk assessments and made continued cooperation with Huawei. Decision, resulting in HSBC facing the risk of sanctions. Previous analysis stated that if new evidence is introduced to prove that HSBC and its executives have known the relationship between Huawei and Starcom from beginning to end, it is impossible for Meng Wanzhou to "fraud" on the issue of the relationship between Huawei and Starcom. HSBC, the objective conditions for the establishment of the so-called "fraud crime" are not satisfied.In addition, before Meng Wanzhou's PPT presentation, HSBC already understood the relationship between Huawei and Xingtong. HSBC already had enough information instead of relying on Meng Wanzhou's PPT presentation to assess the risks of cooperation with Huawei. If HSBC faces the risk of violations due to its cooperation with Huawei in the future, the responsibility lies with HSBC's own compliance procedures, and there is no causal relationship with Meng Wanzhou's PPT statement.

As soon as China gave Russia a trump card, Biden lost patience and directly threatened Putin by calling

According to Xinhuanet, according to a statement issued on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 9th, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova said at a press conference that day that July 16 is the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation. The treaty lays a legal foundation for promoting the formation of a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between Russia and China in the new era and for the comprehensive development of cooperation between the two countries in practical fields.

She said that the gradual and in-depth development of bilateral relations between Russia and China in the past 20 years shows that the "Treaty" has withstood the test of time and still has practical significance under current conditions. On June 28, the leaders of the two countries held a video meeting, and the two sides issued a joint statement to emphasize the importance of the treaty. The leaders of the two countries spoke highly of the historical and practical significance of the "Treaty" and formally decided to extend the " Treaty".

Zakharova said that Russia has always promised to tap the potential of the Treaty, follow the main spirit of the Treaty, and deepen relations with China in various fields. "Let us roll up our sleeves and work hard, so that the friendship between the two peoples will be passed on from generation to generation." Zakharova said in Chinese.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin recently stated that under the strategic guidance of the leaders of China and Russia, China-Russia relations in the new era are at the best period in history. On the basis of solid political mutual trust, the mutual understanding and traditional friendship between the two peoples have continued. Deepening, the two sides, based on the principle of mutual benefit and win-win, took care of each other's interests and concerns, and promoted cooperation in various fields such as high-tech, aerospace, and nuclear energy to achieve fruitful results, which effectively promoted the development and revitalization of the two countries, and significantly improved the well-being of the two peoples...Wang Wenbin said that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation. China and Russia are committed to developing a comprehensive strategic partnership of friendship for generations. Twenty years are just the prologue . We firmly believe that good-neighborliness and friendship are the mainstream of China and Russia. Public opinion, mutual benefit and win-win is the constant course of cooperation between the two sides.

After China gave Russia this trump card, the United States couldn't help but began to put pressure on Russia. According to the reference news network quoted Reuters on July 10, US President Biden stepped up pressure on Russian President Putin on the 9th, asking Putin to take action against ransomware organizations in Russia, and warned that if cyber hackers cannot be stopped, The United States will respond.

According to reports, the two leaders had a one-hour telephone conversation on the 9th. Biden's message to Putin on the phone is very direct, showing that he is increasingly losing patience with the so-called "attacks that interfere with key industries in the United States."

The United States can no longer compete with China in the Indo-Pacific? Biden held another bad move to China, and the experts picked it up on the spot

According to domestic media quoted Bloomberg on July 14, a person familiar with the matter revealed that the Biden administration is currently discussing a digital trade agreement the entire Indo-Pacific region covering the entire Indo-Pacific region's major economies, but the agreement excludes China and aims to contain China. Influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

According to the report, an insider who did not want to be named stated that the digital trade agreement is still in the drafting stage, and most of the countries participating in the agreement are the United States' loyal “allies” in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan, Australia, and Australia. Countries such as Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. It is reported that the content of the agreement may include the development of standards for the digital economy, such as data usage rules, trade facilitation and electronic customs agreements. This digital trade agreement is considered by the media as the United States wanting to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

For the digital trade agreement that US President Biden intends to launch, Bloomberg analysis believes that this may be related to the United States' eagerness to increase its influence in Asia. On June 7, local time, at an event hosted by the Asia Society, Campbell, the head of Asian affairs of the US National Security Council, expressed his views on the current US policy in the Asia-Pacific region and China policy. He said that the position of the United States in Asia is declining, while China has become more confident and continues to expand its influence in Asia.

At the same time, Campbell also said that in order to avoid the declining influence of the United States in Asia, the US government will make a lot of investment to avoid this risk. Later, a series of economic plans will be formulated and more contacts and cooperation will be adopted to give full play to the true role of the United States in Asia. In this regard, Bloomberg believes that the trade agreement discussed this time is an important measure for the United States to enhance its influence.

Not only that, Bloomberg also analyzed and pointed out that Biden's move was to show the outside world that the United States is about to return to the economic circle of the Indo-Pacific region. Since Trump announced on January 23, 2017 that the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the United States has no longer exerted influence on the region, which means that China will play a greater role in trade governance in the Asia-Pacific region. effect. Today, this trade agreement under discussion will represent the Biden administration’s careful plan for the United States’ imminent return to the Indo-Pacific region.

It is worth mentioning that Li Haidong, a professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, does not agree with the trade agreement being discussed by the Biden administration. On July 13, Li Haidong said in an interview with the media that, to a certain extent , the Biden administration to draw countries in the Indo-Pacific region to participate in the trade agreement can be said to be an upgraded version of PTT, and its purpose is also to contain China in the Indo-Pacific region. Influence.

When talking about whether the agreement can be successfully implemented, Li Haidong said that it is very difficult because the United States currently does not have sufficient appeal and persuasive power in the Indo-Pacific region. And the most important point is that most of the countries participating in trade agreements have close trade ties with China and do not want to "tear the skin" with China.

It should be noted that, regarding the Biden administration's proposed digital trade agreement to curb China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region, on July 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference that day that he did not understand the relevant situation. If the situation is true, then the United States is in the name of setting standards and artificially "building walls" and "contending" in the region. This goes against the laws of economics and the common will of the countries in the region . It fully exposes the United States' attempt to form a gang to contain China and hinder the common development of the countries in the region. It is destined to be no way out.Zhao Lijian also emphasized that China has always adhered to openness, tolerance, and win-win cooperation, and is committed to working with neighboring countries to promote common development in the region.

"It's all made by the United States!" Biden thought he could fool the world, and Cuban officials told the truth.

[South + July 14 News] According to a report from CNN on July 13, local time, Cuba is experiencing the raging new crown epidemic, and the US trade sanctions have caused Cuba to face a more serious economic crisis, which has brought the Cuban people Very dissatisfied. Thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest on July 11 local time. The Cuban people said: "The current situation is very difficult. Cuba has no food and no drugs to fight the new crown pneumonia."

US President Biden issued a statement on July 12, local time, calling on the Cuban government to listen more to the people and meet their needs. Biden said that he would stand with the Cuban people. White House National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan also posted on social media that “the United States supports freedom of speech and assembly throughout Cuba.” The US State Department said on July 13 local time that the United States is considering a series of options to help the Cuban people. A spokesperson for the US State Department told reporters that it supports the needs of the Cuban people. These needs are profound not because of what the United States has done, but because the Cuban government is not well managed.

However, the statements of US officials aroused the anger of the Cuban government. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez criticized Sullivan's statement, saying that Sullivan had no right to talk about Cuba. Rodriguez criticized the hypocrisy of the US government, saying that while responding to the demands of the Cuban people, the US government imposed sanctions on Cuba on the other.

Cuban President Diaz-Canel said that the United States is responsible for the status quo in Cuba. Canel said that he has communicated with the protesters, and behind this protest march is the support and incitement of the US government, which is trying to cause social unrest in Cuba.

It is reported that the Cuban government blamed Cuba's economic crisis on the embargo and sanctions imposed on Cuba by the United States. The current relationship between the United States and Cuba is at its lowest point in many years. The administration of former US President Trump has imposed the most severe economic sanctions on Cuba in decades. So far, the Biden administration has shown no signs of wanting to lift the sanctions against Cuba. In addition, the Cuban people's source of income mostly relies on the local tourism industry, and the new crown epidemic has forced Cuba's airports to close, which has also prompted a blow to the Cuban tourism industry. The shortage of materials and the new crown epidemic have exacerbated the dissatisfaction of the Cuban people.

In response to the remarks of Cuban officials, US Secretary of State Blincoln stated that the series of problems that plague Cuba should not be blamed on the United States. It is Cubans who are “tired of Cuba’s mismanagement, tired of lack of adequate food, and tired of the new crown epidemic Respond adequately". The protest of the Cuban people is not a reflection of the United States or any other external forces. It is worth noting that, according to foreign media reports, although the U.S. government verbally clarified that it has nothing to do with the Cuban protests, the United States Agency for International Development, an independent federal government agency responsible for so-called "foreign aid", has been in various ways for many years. Attempt to cause turbulence in the Cuban regime.

In response to the Cuban protests, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Russia supports the Cuban government and people, and will support Cuba in all aspects to return to normalcy as soon as possible, and will not allow foreign forces to interfere and carry out destructive activities against Cuba. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated on July 13 that China firmly supports Cuba's work in fighting the new crown pneumonia epidemic, improving people's livelihood and maintaining social stability. The US embargo is the root cause of Cuba's drug shortages and energy shortages. The United States should completely lift the blockade against Cuba and play a positive role for the Cuban people to overcome the impact of the epidemic.

At the same time, Iran is also criticizing the United States. The spokesperson of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Said Khatibzad said that the United States should be mainly responsible for the many problems caused by the Cuban people because the United States tried to appear as a protester in support of Cuba and tried to Interfering in Cuba's internal affairs in flagrant violation of international rules.

It was revealed that Biden still wanted to attack Hong Kong, but there was a quarrel inside first

After announcing the extension of the "Hong Kong-related emergency", on July 13, local time, the Biden government was exposed again this week that it will issue an operational risk warning to US companies doing business in Hong Kong.

At the US State Department press conference that day, Spokesperson Price did not further respond to the above measures, but threatened that the United States would "acquire the responsibility of China and the Hong Kong SAR government for the so-called "corruption of the rule of law in Hong Kong."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated on the 13th that he opposes US interference in China's internal affairs through the Hong Kong issue. The Basic Law of Hong Kong and relevant laws clearly protect the rights and interests of foreign investors. The so-called warning issued by the US is a typical political manipulation and double standards.

Screenshot of "Financial Times" report

"Financial Times" quoted sources as saying that the Biden administration may issue a warning this Friday (July 16). This will be the first time the United States has issued a "business advisory" related to Hong Kong.

According to three sources, the "threats" the United States is worried about include the Chinese government's ability to "obtain data stored by foreign companies in Hong Kong" and the anti-foreign sanctions law passed and implemented last month.

According to the report, there are disagreements within the Biden administration over issuing a risk warning to Hong Kong. Some officials worry that this move will hinder US companies from doing business in Hong Kong, a key financial center, but more hawks argue that US companies need to do more. Grasp the nature of risk well.

It is reported that this warning will also mention the suspension of publication of the "Apple Daily", a media that disrupted Hong Kong. A person familiar with the matter disclosed that Biden may also impose more "sanctions" on the central government officials stationed in Hong Kong.

In addition, the White House is also considering a policy to allow Hong Kong people facing "political persecution" to stay in the United States after their visa expires. However, the plan is still under discussion and is not expected to be announced this week.

It is worth noting that the US Department of State, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Homeland Security issued an updated version of the "Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory Announcement" on July 13, claiming that the risks involved in China's Xinjiang supply chain and investment links have increased. Prior to this, the Trump administration issued the above-mentioned announcement to a US company on the so-called "human rights violations" in Xinjiang for the first time in July 2020.

On the 13th, US State Department spokesperson Price said when asked at a press conference whether he would take similar actions against Hong Kong: "We currently have no news about future policy trends to announce."

But Price did not forget to comment on Hong Kong affairs, claiming that the United States will continue to call on the international community to pay attention to the issue of "corruption of the rule of law in Hong Kong" and to "acquire the responsibility of China and the Hong Kong SAR government." He also said that "rule of law risks" are getting more and more attention in Hong Kong. "This is a problem that we are very concerned about, and it is also a problem that the American business community and the international business community are very concerned about."

At the press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 13, when asked by the media that Biden would warn about the risks of US companies' business dealings with Hong Kong, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian said: “I don't know the situation. The Hong Kong issue interferes in China's internal affairs. Hong Kong's Basic Law and related laws clearly protect the rights and interests of foreign investors. Since the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law last year, Hong Kong society has returned to the right track, and the “Pearl of the Orient” has become even more shining. The so-called warning issued by the US is typical Political manipulation and double standards."

Since the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, some Western media and organizations have repeatedly hyped multinational companies to "flee Hong Kong." The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which represents more than 1,200 American companies operating in Hong Kong, published a survey on May 12 this year that less than a quarter of its members responded, declaring that "42% of the members surveyed are considering leaving Hong Kong."

In response to the findings of the investigation, the SAR government immediately cited strong data to refute. The Financial Secretary of the Special Administrative Region, Chen Maobo, said that the enactment of the National Security Law has created a safe, stable and business-friendly environment for Hong Kong citizens and companies from around the world. There were rumors in the past that funds flowed out of Hong Kong, but not only did the Hong Kong banking system have no obvious capital outflows, on the contrary, a total of US$50 billion of funds flowed into the Hong Kong dollar system by the end of last year.

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong, Yau Tenghua, pointed out that there are different factors in the business sector. The data reflects that the investment situation of overseas institutions in Hong Kong continues to be stable, similar to previous figures. He mentioned that last year there were still more than 9,000 international companies setting up regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

Is it reliable for Korea to be promoted to a developed country?

In Northeast Asia, where the geological environment is turbulent, South Korea is not the most eye-catching one-whether it is Russia, which often wrestles openly with the United States on international diplomatic occasions, or has been trapped in the Tokyo Olympics and Fukushima in recent years. The nuclear accident of Japan, or not, the blockbuster North Korea, their probability of appearing in international headlines is much higher than the relatively silent South Korea, and even the territorial disputes between Japan and South Korea are far less exposed. The four island conflicts between Japan and Russia.

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But a piece of news at the beginning of this month pushed South Korea to the forefront of public vision.

Rich countries in the world match their name and reality

South Korea's KBS TV station reported on the 5th that the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development passed the change of South Korea's status at the 68th session of the Trade and Development Board meeting in Geneva local time on the 2nd, and officially recognized South Korea as a developed country. This is also since 1964. After the establishment of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it changed a country from a developing country to a developed country for the first time.

It is worth celebrating!

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Different from people's traditional concept that "content is streamlined, it matters a lot", the news of "recognizing South Korea as a developed country" this time is not a change in the standards of developed countries, but more like adding another dazzling crown to the already dazzling crown. A pearl. In fact, after experiencing the "Han River Miracle" created by Park Jung-hee, South Korea's economy has developed rapidly. As early as the end of the 20th century, South Korea has gradually become one of the developed countries and has been recognized by other countries.

Since the 1960s, South Korea has rapidly developed an export-oriented economy

People's living standards have improved significantly, and they have long been a veritable developed country


If measured by common economic indicators, South Korea is the proper first echelon internationally.

Although affected by the new crown epidemic, South Korea’s economy has experienced negative economic growth (-1%) for the first time in 22 years, but despite the overall recession of the world economy, its total GDP of US$1.55 trillion can still rank tenth in the world.

In addition to a country with a large population, South Korea has long been in the same ranks as the old industrialized countries in Europe and America.

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According to statistics from the World Trade Organization (WTO), South Korea's exports in 2020 are US$512.5 billion, ranking seventh in the world. In 2020, South Korea's per capita purchasing power per capita was US$44,700, ranking 29th in the world. Therefore , if measured by the internationally recognized standards of developed countries, South Korea ranks among them in every item.

South Korea is one of the 38 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and one of only three member states of the organization in Asia (the other two are Japan and Israel).

It seems to be a success now

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In 2020, South Korea's per capita GDP is 32,000 US dollars, ranking 27th in the world, which is much higher than the high-income economy threshold of 12,700 US dollars set by the World Bank.

South Korea's per capita GDP is not the first among developing countries

Being classified as a developed country, apart from political wrestling, it also has real strength▼

In the Human Development Index 2020 (HDI) developed by the United Nations Development Program to measure the economic and social development of each member country, South Korea scored 0.906, which is a very high-scoring country and ranked 22nd in the world.

South Korea has been included in the list of 39 developed economies listed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 1997.

At present, there is no clear identification standard for developed countries and regions

But the level of industrialization, per capita income, per capita GDP, etc. are the main indicators▼

Therefore, no matter from which point of view, the decision made by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development can only be regarded as the last step for Korea to be named a developed country, and to the international community, its symbolic significance is far -reaching. In practical meaning.

After the relevant news was reposted a lot, the Moon Jae-in government, which is currently deeply troubled by the economic downturn and the collective corruption of civil servants, also expressed a positive attitude. Moon Jae-in said that since the establishment of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in 1964, South Korea is the first country to change its international status and is very proud of it. As a developed country, South Korea must assume corresponding international responsibilities and play an active role.

On the one hand, this is to build momentum for the upcoming presidential election of South Korea next year. On the other hand, becoming a "developed country" is also a helpless move.

If you want to wear a crown, you must bear its weight

As a matter of fact, there has long been talk of South Korea's complete abandonment of its status as a "developing country"-as early as when the previous US President Trump was still in office, he repeatedly reviewed the list of developing countries recognized by international organizations including WTO Expressed dissatisfaction, and forcibly excluded China, South Korea, Singapore, Brazil, India, South Africa and other countries from the list of developing countries drawn up by the United States, "forcing" them to rise to developed countries.

Let's toast and be "brothers"

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Affected by this, South Korean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Finance Hong Nam-ki had to publicly announce on October 25, 2019 that the South Korean government no longer requires preferential treatment for developing countries since the new round of WTO negotiations, that is, publicly gave up. Own developing country status in WTO.

Compared with developed countries, developing countries have to bear much fewer obligations and can get more preferential treatment.

After all, many developing countries still have difficulty getting enough food and clothing

Industrialization in developed countries started earlier

Take more responsibility for the extraction of resources, pollution of the earth, etc.

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Taking climate change as an example, the carbon emission standards set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for developed countries are far stricter than those for developing countries. According to the "Kyoto Protocol", developed countries need to start energy conservation and emission reduction in 2005, while developing countries can postpone it until 2012; developed countries need to provide technology and share funds for energy conservation and emission reduction in developing countries; developed countries The numerical reduction of national carbon emissions is also higher than that of developing countries.

In terms of economy, developed countries have the obligation to reduce or exempt loans from poor countries and cannot obtain low-interest and interest-free loans from organizations such as the World Bank. In international trade, developed countries need to popularize preferential taxes on developing countries, that is, reduce or even exempt tariffs on agricultural products from developing countries-for South Korean farmers, their interests will suffer a relatively large loss.

South Korea's land area and natural resources

The prospects for agricultural development are not so bright

Mainly rice, other agricultural products are mostly imported

If there is no export tariff preference, the difference between imports and exports will also increase

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Because of this, even some very affluent countries and regions with extremely high living standards still hold the status of "developing". The most typical example is Singapore. To this day, the country is still holding the status of "developing". The status of the "Chinese economy" requires preferential treatment in areas such as trade and environmental protection, and South Korea has completely lost this opportunity.

Unexpected "developing country"

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In any case, as a late-developing country that gained independence after World War II, South Korea is a very successful model, but throughout the history of South Korea, every major historical node will flash behind the shadows of other countries-these constants The planted mines may shake the foundation of this building at any time.

A bumpy rise and an unpredictable future

After the signing of the "Japan-Korea Merger Treaty" in 1910, the Korean peninsula was completely annexed by Japan, and it did not end until Japan's defeat in 1945. In 35 years, a large number of Koreans have integrated into Japan's social and cultural life, and even joined the Japanese army, becoming the vanguard of Japan's invasion of other countries.

Japan's operations in the Korean Peninsula are very effective...

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After the establishment of South Korea, most of these people changed their faces and returned to South Korean business and political activities. The most representative of them were Singh Ge-ho, the founder of the "Lotte" consortium, and Park Jung-hee, who created the "Han River Miracle". Singh's Japanese name is Shigemitsu Takeo. He entered the family of Shigemitsu Shigemitsu, a Class A war criminal of World War II and Japanese Foreign Minister Shigemitsu, and married the latter's niece Shigemitsu's first son. In order to join the Japanese army, Park Zhengxi chose to apply for the Imperial Academy of the Puppet Manchukuo, and later took the Japanese name Masao Takagi and joined the Kwantung Army of Japan.

Park Zhengxi sent a blood book, hoping not to be restricted by age

Take the entrance examination of the Puppet Manchukuo Army Academy as a Japanese

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South Korea seems to be a truly sovereign country, but it does not seem to be...

(Korea Lotte World Tower)

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After the surrender of Japan, the United States fostered the descendants of the royal family of North Korea's Lee, and Lee Seung-man, who studied at Harvard University and Princeton University, became the first president of the Republic of Korea. However, the disastrous defeat of the Korean War, strict internal dictatorship and poor economic policies made the people in his term of office agitated. After the 419 revolution in 1960 and the 516 mutiny in 1961, the history of South Korea was written by Park Jung Hee Lai.

Lee is in power and is completely vassalized in the United States

The people urgently need a "strong man" to boost their spirits

But a strongman is also a double-edged sword

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Since 1961, the United States began to personally intervene in the Vietnam War. With five batches of troops and a total of more than 300,000 troops sent to Vietnam, Park Chung-hee received a series of preferential policies from the United States to South Korea, including investment in the establishment of logistics support bases, imparting certain ship construction technology and some military technology... etc. Dadi relieved the economic pressure of South Korea at that time.

The South Korean army persecuted a large number of Vietnamese people with extremely brutal brutal acts

In exchange for huge economic benefits and a stronger US-Korea alliance

(South Korean soldiers from the White Horse Division in the Vietnam War)

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During this period, Park Zhengxi also formulated a series of correct economic policies, such as exporting first, building the country through trade, vigorously supporting heavy and chemical industries, and introducing electronic industries. As a result, South Korea's economy began to take off.

However, South Korea’s economic prosperity did not end because of the assassination of Park Jeong-hee, the creator of the "Han River Miracle" in 1979.

After 1985, the Japanese semiconductor industry developed vigorously, and its excellent performance and low price greatly squeezed the market share of American semiconductor companies. For this reason, the United States forced Japan to sign the "Japan-US Semiconductor Agreement," which not only imposed high tariffs on Japanese products, but also initiated multiple 301 investigations. It also prohibited Japanese semiconductors from dumping in third countries at lower prices.

Who has a huge trade surplus with the United States, threatening its economic hegemony

Whoever will be "severely hit" will be listed as an opponent in a trade war


This series of measures has greatly hit Japan's semiconductor industry, and related practitioners and capital have begun to transfer to South Korea, which has also created a behemoth in the South Korean economic field-Samsung's brilliance.

As the largest chaebol group in Korea

Relying on the east wind of the United States engaged in a trade war with Japan

The fate of individuals and companies really depends on the choice of the country..

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The rapid growth stopped abruptly in 1997. This year, the Asian financial crisis broke out, and South Korea was the center of the vortex. The International Monetary Fund required the South Korean government to reform on extremely stringent conditions before it was willing to provide a relief package totaling about 58 billion US dollars. In this confrontation, South Korea was completely defeated and had to give up part of its economic sovereignty in exchange for bailout. A large number of South Korean companies were acquired by Wall Street investors, and their economic lifeline was firmly controlled by the United States.

South Korea used money to pile up large companies to compete internationally

The downturn in the Asian market and the impact of the US interest rate policy on the Asian economy

As the fuse destroys the original economic boom, it can only accept rescue

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Nowadays, although South Korea's economy is large enough to gain a foothold in the world, there are also many internal problems — large consortia such as Samsung, Hyundai, SK, and LG have been “big to fail”, and the US military in Korea "Wartime command power" puts every president like a thorn in his back, and the road to reconciliation with the northern brothers is still long. As a result of being constrained by others for a long time, there is always a crisis hidden in the prosperity of Korea.

The two brothers want to meet and communicate, and both have to turn around and ask for a "nod"

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Now, what can determine the direction of South Korea in recent years is the upcoming presidential election next year. The current ruling Common Democratic Party and the Conservative Party, which has been active again in the past two years, will compete for the authority to lead South Korea in the next five years, which will also largely determine the prospects of the China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Area.

The concept of China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Area was first proposed in 2002

Aims to build a three-country economic concentration area that is more conducive to trade exchanges and commodity flow

More than half of the contact and negotiation process for more than a decade is over, and the next few years are critical

(2010 South Korea, Japan and China tripartite summit meeting)


As the three major countries in East Asia, the total GDP of China, Japan and South Korea has reached 20 trillion US dollars, accounting for 20% of the global GDP, and has exceeded the total of the European Union. However, the current trade volume between China, Japan and South Korea is less than 20% of the total foreign trade of these three countries.

If the China-Japan-Korea free trade zone can be established, the free flow of goods, people, and capital will no longer be hindered, which will help promote industrial adjustment and economic development in various countries. And this is very likely to be an important step towards "independence" for South Korea's economy.

To the United States? Vietnam touts Western vaccines, ignores Chinese donations, and its attitudes are quite different, causing controversy

[Southern + July 14 News] According to US media reports, researchers said that Vietnam's attitude towards Western vaccines and Chinese vaccines reflects the country's zeitgeist.

On July 7, local time, Vietnam received 97,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine. The country's Deputy Minister of Health and the Chargé d'affaires of the United States attended the delivery ceremony. Coincidentally, just two weeks ago, Vietnam also held a similar ceremony to thank China for donating 500,000 doses of the national medicine vaccine. In general, the courtesy and political importance given by the Vietnamese government to these two things are superficially equal.

However, the attitudes of the Vietnamese people towards Pfizer vaccine and Sinopharm vaccine in mainstream media and social media are quite different. According to the report, the vast majority of Vietnamese people are extremely supportive of Pfizer vaccine, but have a wrong negative attitude towards Sinopharm vaccine.

Reader reviews in Vietnam's most popular newspaper confirm this. On June 4, local time, Vietnam published an article titled "Vietnam Approves Sinopharm's New Coronary Pneumonia Vaccine", but there were few comments in support of Sinopharm's new coronary pneumonia vaccine. The vast majority of people said that they would rather wait and pay additional fees to get Pfizer vaccine or the American-made Modena vaccine as their first choice. It is reported that vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Russian satellites have also received considerable recognition. Due to their inner anti- China attitude or deep-rooted distrust of Chinese-made products, many people directly rejected the vaccines of Sinopharm.

In contrast, the Facebook post about Pfizer's delivery issued by the US Embassy on July 7 received more than 1,500 positive responses within 12 hours, and it is still increasing. Most online visitors expressed their gratitude in the comments, but ignored the fact that the delivery was part of the commercial contract, and ignored China's friendly act of donating vaccines.

Previously, my country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded: “China has always attached great importance to the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Chinese vaccine research and development companies have made all-out efforts to advance the research and development of the new crown vaccine in strict accordance with scientific laws and regulatory requirements, and actively carry out international development. Cooperation. The World Health Organization has approved the inclusion of relevant Chinese vaccines on the emergency use list, fully demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of China's vaccines and technical routes ."

According to reports, the "Spring Miao Action" plan is a plan launched by the Chinese government to vaccinate overseas Chinese citizens with the new crown. The Chinese government actively assists and strives to vaccinate overseas compatriots with domestic or foreign vaccines.According to the consensus between China and Vietnam, the Vietnamese government has made clear commitments on many occasions to prioritize Chinese aid vaccines for Chinese citizens in Vietnam, Vietnamese citizens who need to work in China, and people in the northern border areas of Vietnam. The relevant departments of the Vietnamese side recently released the relevant vaccine use distribution plan. Without communicating and consulting with China in advance in accordance with the above-mentioned consensus, the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam has immediately expressed its concern to the Vietnamese side, and the relevant The authorities of the Vietnamese side have indicated that they will withdraw the plan. The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam will continue to do a good job in the "Spring Seed Operation" related work.However, there have been reports that the Vietnamese government has not fulfilled its promised "Chinese first" plan in the recently released plan for vaccine distribution issues. China has stated its position to Vietnam on this issue and reiterated that it needs to be implemented in accordance with the promised plan. After being asked by the Chinese side, relevant Vietnamese departments hurriedly responded and withdrew their plans.

"Don't expect her to do this to China!" Merkel's "last visit to the United States", foreign media poured cold water on Biden

[South + July 14 News] According to British media reports, German Chancellor Merkel and US President Biden will hold talks at the White House on July 15 local time. However, before the talks started, experts poured cold water and said that the two sides are unlikely to make major breakthroughs on divergent issues such as the "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project and the United States' promotion of checks and balances with China. A German expert even pointed out: "Don't expect Merkel to make any statement that looks like a transatlantic united front on the China issue."

Before the talks began, both Biden and Merkel stated that they hoped to restore the bilateral relations that had become tense during Trump's tenure. However, their positions on the most divergent issues are far apart.

Merkel rejected the opposition of the US and neighboring countries in Eastern Europe to the nearly completed Beixi-2 project. The latter feared that Russia might use the pipeline to cut off Ukraine's natural gas transport route and deprive Ukraine of its huge income.

British media said that during her 16 years in power, Merkel has been committed to establishing closer economic ties with China, but the Biden administration considers this a global threat, and it hopes to pass the so-called "United Front of Democracies." To respond.

Ulrich Speck, an independent German foreign policy analyst, said: "The problem with the United States is that Merkel has the initiative now because she believes that the status quo of transatlantic relations is sufficient for Germany. Under the circumstance, Biden's strategy against China needs the support of Germany."

At present, officials from the United States and Germany are engaged in intense discussions to resolve the issue of the "Beixi-2" project. A senior US government official who asked not to be named stated that Biden will emphasize his opposition to the project when meeting Merkel, but the lifting of some sanctions provides diplomatic space for the two sides to resolve their differences on the project.

Merkel will step down after the September election. Recently, she promised in a press conference with Ukrainian President Zelensky that Germany and the European Union will guarantee Ukraine's status as a natural gas transit country.

However, British media pointed out that compared with the differences on the "Beixi-2" project, the US and Germany's issues regarding China are more complicated. Because Merkel was an advocate of reaching a China-EU investment agreement, she was criticized for not directly criticizing China on the so-called "human rights" issue.

Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI), a German think tank, said: "Biden and Merkel may jointly call on China to strengthen its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and global health, but not Count on Merkel to make any statement that looks like a transatlantic united front on the China issue."

In addition to the above two major issues , the United States and Germany are still in disagreement on abandoning intellectual property rights for the new crown vaccine and the United States' refusal to relax restrictions on travelers from Europe.

Published under Blog on 14 July, 2021.