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September 27 2019

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NYT: China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.

«The private account by the Malaysian diplomat, reviewed by The New York Times, contradicted China’s contention that the Uighurs were voluntarily attending the re-education centers.

“Delegates could actually sense fear and frustration from the students,” the Malaysian wrote after his December visit with a dozen other diplomats from mostly Muslim nations. “China may have legitimate reasons to implement policies intended to eliminate the threat of terrorism, especially in Xinjiang. However, judging by its approach, it is addressing the issue wrongly and illegitimately, e.g. preventing Muslim minors from learning the Quran.”

The diplomat referred to two cities in Xinjiang — once-bustling Kashgar and Hotan — as “zombie towns,” saying the streets were virtually empty and that China was probably “using the threat of terrorism as an excuse to ‘sanitize’ Uighur Muslims until they become acceptable Chinese citizens.”

The report was never made public. At the time, Malaysia was working hard to repair relations with China over a troubled infrastructure deal. It has also become increasingly dependent on China for purchases of palm oil, its biggest export.

“The $100 billion in annual bilateral trade is enough to focus the minds of Malaysian policymakers,” said Shahriman Lockman, a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur. “China is too big a market to lose.”»

October 05 2013

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he supported some aspects of the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic efforts at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, but some of what transpired was ‘not fitting,’ ISNA news agency reported. Khamenei did not elaborate on what aspects of the diplomatic push he found disagreeable. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who has attempted a diplomatic thaw with the West, spoke last week by telephone with US President Barack Obama in the highest-level contact between the two countries since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iran’s Supreme leader says aspects of diplomatic push at UN “not fitting” (RT News, Oct. 5 2013)

October 02 2013

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The US has announced that three Venezuelan diplomats have 48 hours to leave the country, according to a statement made by a State Department spokesperson. The move was explicitly in response to the decision by the government of Venezuela to expel three American diplomats, among them the country’s Chargé d’Affairs, Kelly Keiderling. In turn, the US will now expel Venezuela’s head of business affairs, Calixto Ortega, along with Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida from its Houston consulate, and Mónica Alejandra Sánchez Morales, who is currently assigned to the country’s Washington embassy. President Maduro this week accused US embassy officials of meeting with far-right opposition members in Bolivar state and encouraging acts of sabotage against the country’s electrical system, which suffered a massive blackout impacting some 70 percent of the country in early September. The US embassy in Caracas rejected Venezuela’s allegations of conspiracy, saying the diplomats’ trip to Bolivar state was a ‘normal diplomatic engagement...and should come as no surprise.’
US expels three Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat (RT News, Oct. 2 2013)

September 24 2013

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August 11 2013

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サウジアラビアがスーダン大統領のイラン訪問を妨害

from IRIB Japanese Radio (2013年8月5日):

サウジアラビアが、イランを訪問するスーダン大統領の搭乗した飛行機の領空通過を妨害しました。

スーダン政府は、「スーダンのバシル大統領は、イラン新大統領の宣誓式に参加するためイランを訪問する予定だったが、サウジアラビアは4日日曜、バシル大統領の搭乗した飛行機がサウジアラビア上空を通過する許可を与えなかった」と表明しました。
バシル大統領の搭乗した飛行機は、スーダンの首都ハルツームへの帰還を余儀なくされました。
イラン外務省のアラーグチー報道官は、これに関して特定の国名を挙げずに遺憾の意を表明しました。
サーレヒー外務大臣はスーダンのケルティ外務大臣に電話連絡し、イラン新大統領の宣誓式に一部の理由により参加できなかったバシル大統領にイラン大統領の感謝の意を伝えました。
ローハーニー大統領の宣誓式は各国の政府関係者やイランの要人の参加のもと、4日午後国会で開催されました。

July 22 2013

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With “Zero Tolerance to Gringo Aggression,” Maduro Cuts Off Venezuela-U.S. Talks | venezuelanalysis.com

“My policy is zero tolerance to gringo aggression against Venezuela. I'm not going to accept any aggression, whether it be verbal, political, or diplomatic. Enough is enough. Stay over there with your empire, don't involve yourselves anymore in Venezuela,” he [Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro] said.

The announcement comes after controversial statements from Samantha Powers, President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. envoy to the United Nations, who testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday that she would fight against what she called a “crackdown on civil society being carried out in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.”

In a statement written on Friday that marks the last communication between the two countries, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua wrote, “The preoccupation expressed by the U.S. government regarding the supposed repression of civil society in Venezuela is unacceptable and unfounded. To the contrary, Venezuela has amply demonstrated that it possesses a robust system of constitutional guarantees to preserve the unrestricted practice and the respect of fundamental human rights, as the UN has recognized on multiple occasions.”

July 20 2013

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Fight the Power: Venezuela's Maduro Responds to Obama's Nominee for UN Envoy | venezuelanalysis.com

“And the U.S. government says they want to have good relations? What tremendous relations they want,” [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro stated.

Following his victory in the 14 April presidential elections, Maduro called for closer relations with the US. In June, his foreign minister Elias Jaua met US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry described the meeting as the “beginning of a good, respectful relationship”.

After the talks, Jaua told Telesur that the Maduro administration is open to a more positive relationship “based on the premise of mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs and the proper treatment of disagreements”.

“If this is respected then we can move forward in relations with US,” Jaua stated. Today [Jul. 19 2013], Jaua announced that the government had issued a letter of protest to the US embassy in Caracas. According to Jaua, the letter asked if there is still “willingness” in Washington to improve relations, “as expressed by the Secretary of State John Kerry”.

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@evagolinger: Due to US ambassador-nominee Samantha Power's offensive statements, Venezuela govt says dialogue w/US "is over"

  • Venezuela ends rapprochement talks with Washington over US ‘meddling’ (RT News, Jul. 20 2013)

    “The Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela considers the diplomatic processes initiated in Guatemala over,” the Foreign Ministry said. They took issue with the statements of the US candidate for ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, who expressed “concern” over Caracas’ management of human right issues on Wednesday before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    She added that if she were elected, she would fight against repression in Cuba and in Venezuela. Venezuela responded with ire, harshly contesting any attempt by the US to interfere in its internal policies.

    "Power says she'll fight repression in Venezuela? What repression? There is repression in the United States, where they kill African-Americans with impunity, and where they hunt the youngster Edward Snowden just for telling the truth," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro following Power's comments.

    “The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will never accept meddling in its internal affairs. We reject the fact that a nominee for the post of UN ambassador has interference in Venezuela on her agenda,” said Elias Jaua, the Venezuelan minister of foreign affairs.

    The statement went on to say that Caracas wished to build “good relations with the US” based on mutual respect for sovereignty and self-determination. However, Power’s statements contradict the stance outlined by US Foreign Minister [sic] John Kerry.

    “[Venezuela] has fully demonstrated that it has a solid base in its constitution that guarantees the preservation of the practice and respect for Human Rights,” said Jaua. Furthermore, he said the world continually expresses concern about US rights abuses, referencing Washington’s failure to close Guantanamo and the practice of drone attacks.

July 16 2013

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MercoPress (Jul. 15 2013)

July 12 2013

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US’ Double Standard on Extraditions Contributes to its Increasing Isolation | The Americas Blog

Revelations of extensive NSA spying on several Latin American countries have further weakened U.S. relations with neighbors south of the border. Colombia, Mexico and Argentina are demanding answers, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala condemned the spying, and the Brazilian Senate has called on U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon to testify about the U.S. surveillance of millions of Brazilian citizens. ...

June 26 2013

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I would bet that Mr Snowden will be sleeping in Ecuador sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that Ecuador has difficult diplomatic relations with Washington. A major US oil company has polluted the environment in Ecuador, poisoned and killed a number of citizens. And the US refuses to be forthcoming with regard to bringing this company to justice. Supposedly Mr Snowden will be transiting through Havana and we all know the difficult relations between Cuba and the US. So I should say Mr Snowden should sleep soundly tonight.
— Gerald Horne (via RT Op-Edge)

May 19 2013

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‘West must unite against China’s bullying’

Calling China’s bullying [against those who meet Tibet’s exiled leaders] “a test” of European and transatlantic political will, he [Edward Lucas, International Editor of The Economist] calls for Europe and the US to adopt a common position, something on the lines of “we will meet with anyone we choose to, regardless of diplomatic bluster.”

“China can afford to pick off individual countries, punishing them with a ban on high-level meetings and visits, or even trade and investment sanctions. But it cannot do that to the entire West,” Lucas argues.

The author, who has covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet empire, notes that the “burden of responsibility and solidarity lies particularly heavily on the countries that have living memories of communist rule and foreign occupation.”

He writes that former captive nations such as the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and others who cared about freedom in Europe during the Cold War “should care about Tibet now, for the same reasons.”

Lucas calls upon European leaders to arrange meetings with Tibetan representatives “publicly and proudly” and publish photos of the meetings.

“Once everyone is doing so, the ability of the Chinese embassies to feign outrage, and to impose punishments, is greatly limited. Instead of letting timidity ratchet down towards defeat, collective action ratchets resistance upwards towards victory,” Lucas writes.

October 25 2012

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米通商代表部のカトラー代表補が来日。TPP参加表明の調整か。野田は米国大統領選後の年明けに、ご祝儀として売国の参加表明か。民主党の離党予備軍は、 出るとしたら年内だ。国民にとって意味のある離党と、意味のない離党がある。野田の悪政を多数与党として支え、選挙直前に出るのはやめるべきだ
— 兵頭正俊 (via Twitter)

August 04 2012

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オスプレイ:何故低空飛行訓練をするか。「オスプレイの日本国内低空飛行訓練で、地上の人の安全に低空飛行制限の航空法適用除外と政府答弁書を閣議決定」、誰の目からみても、米軍利益を日本人の安全より重じることは問題。こんな屈辱を何故今閣議決定するか。理由ある。米軍ヘリはアフガンなど見てもわかるように、低空から狙撃。海兵隊は今日アフガン等に展開。実戦準備をするには低空飛行訓練の必要性あり。多分日本人を敵と想定し架空射撃。そのために低空飛行訓練が必要。米軍日本人の安全なんて視野外。如何に実戦に結びつくかを最優先。そして隷属の日本政府は承認
— 孫崎 享 (via Twitter)

January 31 2012

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【Twitter】 ナショナリズム

from @magosaki_ukeru:

  • かつて読売新聞OBが嘆いた「自分はやや右翼的。しかしナショナリズムを左翼に取られている」。何を言っているか。例えば普天間基地。本来沖縄住民側に立ち、「ヤンキーゴーホーム」と言うのが右翼のはず。

  • 米軍と右派との関係を見て見よう。岸信介、佐藤栄作、どちらも右派に属する。しかし岸信介は占領体制の続行を改めようと安保改定にかかった。そして米軍の撤退とその根拠の行政協定取り組みに取り組もうとした。では佐藤栄作はどうか。

  • 1965年8月佐藤首相は沖縄を訪問しました。沖縄は米軍の占領下にあります。佐藤首相は那覇空港に到着するや「沖縄の復帰が実現しない限り、我が国の戦後は終わっていない」と演説。この台詞は外務省と全く打ち合わせなし。外務省仰天。1964年米国は北ベトナムへの北爆開始。沖縄の基地からB52が越に飛び、爆撃。沖縄の米軍基地の重要性が増している時。当然米軍、米国反対。佐藤首相は早期返還、本土並み、核抜き主張。

  • 1968年1月下田駐米大使は打ち合わせに一時帰国、6日首相官邸に。ここには首相、保利官房長官、木村外務大臣が集結。下田大使は「核抜き」返還が難しいと説明。そして下田大使は「“本土並み”という条件なら早期の決着は可能ですが、“核抜き”の条件が入ると、早期の決着は極めて困難になると考えられます。どちらをとるべきや」と首相に問う。長い、息づまる緊張。結局佐藤首相は「下田君、やはり核付きの返還なんて考えられんよ。あくまで核抜きでいこう」と裁断。

  • 米国に言うべきことはいう。そういう政治家が日本にいたのです。それも一般には米国に追随していると見られる岸信介や、佐藤栄作が一番毅然としている。なんだろう。今は普天間基地程度の最低県外を述べると、「日米がこんなに危機を迎えたことはない」という台詞に日本国中がびくついた。

June 18 2011

mr-absentia

【孫崎享@Twitter】 福田首相の辞任と米国

from @magosaki_ukeru:

  • 福田首相の突然の辞任は米国の圧力だったのか? 2008年9月1日福田康夫首相は突然辞任を表明した。福田氏の退陣理由は「国民生活の為に、新しい布陣で政策実現を期してもらいたい」で、何故突然辞めたか不明である。首脳会談時アフガンをめぐりブッシュ・福田間対立の存在が明らかに。

  • 17日朝日「米ブッシュ大統領、サミット時にアフガンへ陸自派遣要求」「ブッシュは首脳会談で福田氏に “アフガンに中身のある支援をする必要がある” と強い調子で要求。 “陸自のCH47大型輸送機か軍民一体の地域復興チームを担当するか” と具体的に求めた。しかし福田氏は “陸自の大規模派遣は不可能” と返答」さらにウィキリークスは C O N F I D E N T I A L TOKYO 001983 を17日発表。米側はサミット後の7月15,16日 WILKES を東京に派遣しCH47大型輸送機を含む日本のアフガン協力プランを提示。

  • 首脳会談後も米国は執拗に陸自のアフガン派遣を求め、福田氏がこれを断る構図が続いている。従って福田氏の辞任に陸自のアフガン派遣についての米側要請が関係している可能性が高いが、さらに証拠が出るか今後のウィキリークス等を注視したい。

  • すでに洞爺湖サミット時にブッシュ大統領が福田首相に陸上自衛隊のアフガニスタン派遣を断り相当の緊張があったこと、およびその後も米側圧力があったことを見た。今私は確信する。福田首相は自分の首と米側要請拒否を引き換えにしたのだ。ウィキリークスは次を報じている。

  • サミット後の7月15日16日 WILKES 東アジア担当国防次官補が訪日し、関係者に日本のアフガニスタン構想を提示。その主張 “福田首相は拒否をしたが陸自のCH47大型輸送機派遣等は重要。米次の構想を提供。

    1. C-130(輸送機)およびCH-47(ヘリ)派遣
    2. 軍民いずれかの地域復興チームへの派遣
    3. 40床からなる医療ネットワークの設置
    4. 2億ドルのアフガン選挙資金への貢献
    5. 200億ドルのアフガン軍、司法機関強化への貢献、加え日本指導者および国民がアフガニスタン支援の重要性にコミットすること”
  • この提言に外務省幹部は一週間から三週間の間に回答と回答。6月17日付在京大使館発の電報では「福田内閣内の不統一では米側要請に答え、運用上および法律上の措置をとるのを妨げ」と判断。福田首相「国民生活のために新しい布陣で政策実現を期してもらいたい」と述べ辞任。

  • 多くの日本人にこの説明は意味不明。皆唐突な政権放出の福田首相を非難。ウィキリークスで実態判明。福田首相は自分の首と自衛隊の派遣と巨額の資金提供を引き換えにしたのだ。意味不明に見えた「国民生活のために」は重要なメッセージを内蔵していたのだ。

May 26 2011

mr-absentia

【孫崎享@Twitter】 普天間問題

from @magosaki_ukeru:

  • 25日社民党外交・国防部会で普天間問題、特にウィキリークス情報を踏まえ説明。論点の一つは普天間基地の県外移転を目指す鳩山首相の意志を外務・防衛がサボタージュした点。特に高見沢防衛省局長は米側に対して「日本側の新提案に米側反応の要なし」 「米政府は民主党政権に受理されるようあまり早期に柔軟さを見せるべきではない」と助言し、外務省員も「普天間移設問題では民主党政権に対して過度に妥協的であるべきではない」と述べた点。

  • ではこの時期米国に柔軟性を示す可能性があったかなかったか。実は充分に存在した。2009年1月から10年10月まで大統領の安全保障補佐官ジョーンズは辺野古移転に懐疑的。社民党阿部知子議員が、会議後手交してくれた5月上旬の訪米時のジョーンズ発言:私は日米両政府が辺野古移転を初めて合意した時から、その計画が実現する姿を想像することも出来なかった。日本が本当に大浦湾を埋め立てるとは思えなかったのだ。私は海兵隊時代大浦湾、辺野古で泳いだし、ダイビングも、サーフィンもした。いつか私が家族を連れて大浦湾を訪れる時、私はそこに滑走路をみたくない。あの美しい大浦湾を見せてあげたい」。

  • 辺野古反対派米国の中枢にいたのである。それだけに高見沢防衛省局長等が米国に「あまり早期に柔軟さを見せるべきではない」と助言し、外務省員が「妥協的であるべきではない」と述べたのは国を裏切る様な発言。普天間移転は辺野古でなく決着する可能性は充分あった。それを辺野古に固執し鳩山首相追い落としを実施した官僚とは一体何者か。実態を問うべし

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