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China Develops "Comprehensive Cooperation" with South America
During Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Ecuador, Peru, where he also attended the APEC summit, and Chile, great progress was made toward coordinating the development strategies of those countries, which are to benefit from even greater Chinese investments.
At the Asia Pacific Economic Summit in Lima on Nov. 19-20, the Chinese President focussed on the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) China has proposed, which he hopes will be quickly implemented. That agreement is open to all countries that wish to participate, while President Obama's now as-good-as-defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership was explicitly aimed at excluding China, and at allowing the United States to lay down the rules of the game in the area.
That is not about to happen. The declaration issued at the end of the 21-nation summit reiterates the leaders' “commitment to the eventual realization of the... FTAAP as a major instrument to further deepen APEC's regional economic integration agenda.” The TPP, on the other hand, was not even mentioned in the main declaration but relegated to a brief mention in an annex on the FTAAP.
This is not the first time Xi Jinping has used the annual APEC summit to further major global initiatives. In 2014 in Beijing, where he first proposed the FTAAP, he also announced the New Silk Road initiative and urged the U.S. and other nations to join in. In 2015 in Manila, he announced the formation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, again announcing that it was open to the entire world.
Coinciding with the conclusion of Xi's tour of Ibero-America, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a broad-ranging policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean on Nov. 24, describing it as a "blueprint for the future" based on "new ideas, proposals and initiatives.“ The Foreign Ministry's last policy paper on this subject was issued in 2008.
As the world is undergoing "unprecedented historical changes, with multi-polarization and globalization gaining momentum," the document states, China stands ready "to promote the construction of a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation at the core, and forge a community of shared future." And, it adds, China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean are in "the new stage of comprehensive cooperation."
The document goes through how China plans to contribute to the economic development of these countries, with projects involving manufacturing, engineering, infrastructure building, science and technology and aerospace, to name just a few. In the latter area, it underscores the importance of space technology “as a driving force for the scientific, technological and industrial development of Latin American and Caribbean countries.” Cooperation in science and technology innovation includes nuclear energy, civil aviation, building R&D centers, high-tech parks and joint laboratories, among others.
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+++ 21. Dezember 2016 +++
Terror: Obama Issues Threats to Kill
On receiving the first reports, on Dec. 19, of the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov in Turkey, American economist Lyndon LaRouche declared: “Put Obama on the list of suspects.”