International Press Review, by The French Saker

Source: The French Saker

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  1. Asia

China is still working hard this week to weave its new international network. Most of its investments are in infrastructure, which means China is seeking long term economic profitability within a long term diplomatic policy. This in sharp contrast with the way western countries are managing their economy and diplomacy in a search of short term profits, by the way letting its own basement crumbling

China pledges $11.5 billion to Mekong region countries: Xinhua (AFP, English, 21/12/2014)

China will provide more than $11.5 billion in loans and aid to neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, mostly for infrastructure and industrial capacity building, state media said Saturday.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged $1 billion in funding for infrastructure, $490 million aid for poverty reduction, and $10 billion in “special loans”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Xi satisfied with breakthrough of China-Thailand railway cooperation (Xinhua, English, 23/12/2014

China and Thailand signed two MoUs on railway cooperation and agricultural trade in Bangkok last Friday during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit.

The MoU on railway cooperation allows China to invest in two dual-track rail lines in Thailand that will span 734 km and 133 km, connecting northeast Thailand’s Nong Khai province, Bangkok and eastern Rayong province.

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A Different Reunification, by Dagmar Henn

 

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The continuous propaganda for Greater Germany proved it´s efficiency by the fact that developments in south-eastern Ukraine haven’t been seen as what they might well be — the reunification of an artificially divided nation.

At least that is what the events of October 3, 1989 in Germany were called.

And so we must ask ourselves : how can it be, that we Germans are supposed to have felt an indomitable will for reunification, even if the statehood that was to be reunited had existed for just 74 years (until 1871 there were many German statelets but not the German State) and had disappeared 40 years ago, with gigantic colateral effects upon the rest of the planet — and yet, nobody expresses the thought that citizens of the former Soviet Union, which existed for more or less the same time as the German Reich up to 1945, might harbour the same wish for reunification,  23 years after a split that took place against the will of the people?

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