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27.03.2021

"No, the Quad won't be an 'Asian NATO'"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/no-the-quad-wont-be-an-asian-nato/

Entwickelt sich der Quadrilaterale Sicherheitsdialog, bestehend aus Australien, Indien, Japan und den USA (kurz: Quad), zu einer asiatischen NATO? Mahima Duggal analysiert: "Since its revival, the Quad has decidedly gained synergy: regular ministerial level consultations (…) have spurred it into an active regional mechanism. (…) The Quad states have also shown increasing synergy through a shared commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. (…) Yet beyond such overt gestures, there has been very little true expansion of the Quad format. (…) All states continue to adhere to different definitions of 'Indo-Pacific,' which in turn impact their regional policies."

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17.03.2021

"China building chopper base facing Taiwan Strait"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/china-building-chopper-base-facing-taiwan-strait/

Satellitenbildern zufolge baue China in der Provinz Fujian eine neue Hubschrauberbasis, schreibt Dave Makichuk. "According to a military expert quoted by Taiwan News, these images show a sprawling helicopter base being built (…) that could only have one purpose - to threaten Taiwan. (…) He added it could be regarded as a product of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'desperate desire to resolve the Taiwan issue and expand the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) combat power.' Ho suggested the base was yet another challenge to the existing international order and is intended to disrupt the US' first island chain defenses and 'even directly challenge the US military.'"

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13.03.2021

"US Army's laser machine gun can 'vaporize' targets"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/armys-laser-machine-gun-can-vaporize-targets/

Das US-Militär entwickele sogenannte "Tactical Ultrashort Pulsed Laser for Army Platforms", berichtet Dave Makichuk. Es handele sich dabei um Laserwaffen, die manche Ziele "pulverisieren" können. "Researchers are designing it to reach a terawatt for a short 200 femtoseconds or one quadrillionth of a second, IndustryTap reported. In that small duration of time, it would be able to vaporize a drone. (...) In the future, an army could use it as a standalone system or integrated onboard ground vehicles, ships, and aircraft."

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13.03.2021

"Quad summit next step towards an Asian NATO"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/quad-summit-next-step-towards-an-asian-nato/

Richard Heydarian berichtet über das Gipfeltreffen der sogenannten "Quad"-Gruppe, das in der vergangenen Woche virtuell stattfand. Dabei kamen Australien, Indien, Japan und die USA zusammen. "The 90-minute event, conducted virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, paves the way for a de facto 'Asian NATO' amid growing concern over China's increasingly assertive behavior in recent years. (…) The summit promised an intensified degree of strategic cooperation among the four participants, cutting across traditional and non-traditional security realms. Crucially, the Quad powers agreed to new initiatives such as the 'Quad Vaccine Partnership' as part of a coordinated effort to counter China's 'vaccine diplomacy' through expanded public health assistance and distribution of as many as one billion Covid-19 vaccines to Asian nations."

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10.03.2021

"Biden's Yemen stance could spell the end for MBS"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/bidens-yemen-stance-could-spell-the-end-for-mbs/

Im Februar kündigte die US-Regierung an, die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte militärische Offensive gegen Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen nicht länger zu unterstützen. Diese Entscheidung könnte die Position des saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) gefährden, argumentiert Melkulangara Bhadrakumar. "(…) (T)he Saudis could be staring at a quagmire in Yemen (…). MBS's reputation risks further damage unless a face-saving formula can be found to withdraw from the war with reasonable guarantees that the Houthis will not seek revenge."

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10.03.2021

"Efforts reported to defuse US-China cyberwar scare"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/efforts-reported-to-defuse-us-china-cyberwar-scare/

Die Regierungen von China und den USA seien allem Anschein nach bemüht, Spannungen zu reduzieren und einen potenziellen Cyber-Krieg zu verhindern, erläutert David Goldmann. "US industry analysts believe that China instigated the 'Hafnium' hack to demonstrate its ability to damage the American economy with plausible deniability, rather than taking overt retaliatory measures that predictably would provoke a general escalation. (...) US industry officials are urging the Biden Administration to avoid escalation with China and Russia, which might lead to a cyberwar with an unacceptable level of damage."

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02.03.2021

"Turkey's footprint spreading far and wide in Africa"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/03/turkeys-footprint-spreading-far-and-wide-in-africa/

Die Türkei habe in den vergangenen Jahren ihre diplomatischen, humanitären, sicherheitspolitischen und wirtschaftlichen Bemühungen auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent vertieft, konstatiert Jonathan Gorvett. "That agenda has become increasingly assertive as Erdogan has taken more direct control of Turkish foreign policy, seeking to expand his nation's global reach. (...) This includes West Africa, where Turkey has made a major impact recently, sending food aid to Gambia and Covid-19 medical aid to Niger and Chad. (...) Since 2017, the Horn of Africa country has also been the location for Turkey's largest overseas military base - TURKSOM."

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25.02.2021

"Kim Jong Un says 'sorry, not sorry'"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/kim-jong-un-says-sorry-not-sorry/

In den vergangenen Monaten habe der nordkoreanische Machthaber Kim Jong Un öffentlich auf die große Not der eigenen Bevölkerung verwiesen und eingestanden, dass wirtschaftliche Ziele nicht erreicht wurden, bemerkt Markus Garlauskas. Einen Politikwandel stellten diese Äußerungen jedoch nicht dar. "Though the strong emotions behind these statements may be quite real, they are not real apologies, in the sense that they are not an admission on Kim's part that he has done anything wrong. They are also very much in line with the continuing evolution of Kim Jong Un's more 'down to earth' style of communication rather than indicating any change in policy."

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16.02.2021

"Rheinmetall rising: German arms giant renews focus"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/rheinmetall-rising-german-arms-giant-renews-focus/

Im Zuge einer strategischen Neuausrichtung werde das deutsche Unternehmen Rheinmetall seine Automobilsparte reduzieren und mit dem Verteidigungsbereich zusammenführen, erläutert Dave Makichuk. Ziel sei es dabei, den Verkauf von Rüstungsgütern - insbesondere ins Ausland - zu stärken. "As Armin Papperger, chief executive of Rheinmetall AG, explains: "We're giving Rheinmetall a clear and uniform profile. Merging Automotive and Defence opens up a new and important chapter in the history of our company. (…) The revamped corporate structure gives all of a chance to widen our technological spectrum and expand our position in global markets. (…)'"

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12.02.2021

"France wades into South China Sea against China"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/france-wades-into-south-china-sea-against-china/

Frankreich bestätigte, ein Atom-U-Boot und ein Marineunterstützungsschiff ins Südchinesische Meer entsandt zu haben, schreibt Richard Javad Heydarian. "The move came just weeks into the administration of US President Joseph Biden, who has warned of a new era of 'extreme competition' with China and emphasized the necessity for a joint response along with like-minded allies in Europe and Asia. The growing involvement of international powers from the Indo-Pacific and beyond (…) belies Beijing's persistent claim that maritime tensions in Asia are caused solely by US overreach."

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11.02.2021

"Libya's interim govt changes nothing for Russia and Turkey"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/libyas-interim-govt-changes-nothing-for-russia-and-turkey/

Der geopolitische Wettstreit zwischen Ankara und Moskau in Libyen werde sich fortsetzen, prognostiziert Nikola Mikovic. Daran würden auch die Wahl einer libyschen Übergangsregierung und eine mögliche Rückkehr der USA in die Region unter der Biden-Administration nichts ändern. Russland und die Türkei "(...) will be heavily involved in the ongoing peace and political processes, as well as preparations for December elections (…). Already entrenched in the region for years, Russia and Turkey (but also Iran and China) are expected to keep spreading their influence".

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25.01.2021

"Continuing with Trump's China policies is folly"

https://asiatimes.com/2021/01/continuing-with-trumps-china-policies-is-folly/

Ein zu hartes Vorgehen von Seiten der USA gegen China sei eher hinderlich als vorteilhaft für amerikanische Interessen, betont Ken Moak. "In light of former president Donald Trump's failure to stifle China with trade, technology and geopolitical wars, following the previous administration's footsteps on China would be folly (…). The 'getting tough on China' stance failed and will likely continue to do so because the posture was based on fake news. The Asian giant did not commit a fraction of the 'sins' that the US accused it of doing."

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10.11.2020

"Russia seizes primacy in post-war South Caucasus"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/11/russia-seizes-primacy-in-post-war-south-caucasus/

Mit der Vermittlung der Waffenruhe in Bergkarabach habe Russland eine strategische Vormachtstellung in der Region eingenommen, schreibt Richard Giragosian. "After a rather embarrassing public failure by Russia to conclude a basic and temporary cessation of hostilities that fell short of a full ceasefire, the sudden announcement of a Russia-backed 'peace deal' for Nagorno-Karabakh represents a real win for Moscow for several reasons. First, the terms of this new agreement grant Russia the most important of Moscow’s objectives: a dominant military presence on the ground. (…) A second dividend for Russia stems from its enhanced leverage over the Armenian government. (…) And third, the Nagorno-Karabakh agreement was very much an individual Russian initiative, meaning it was not pursued through the framework or cover of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by the United States, France and Russia."

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13.10.2020

"Erdogan defiance of Putin bodes a bloody October"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/erdogan-defiance-of-putin-bodes-a-bloody-october/

Die Intervention Ankaras in Bergkarabach sei auch eine türkische Herausforderung Russlands, meint der armenische Sicherheitsexperte Richard Giragosian. Das schnelle Scheitern der unter Vermittlung Moskaus vereinbarten Waffenruhe habe dies bestätigt. "With Turkey openly supporting its Azerbaijani protege Ilham Aliyev in waging war to retake the Armenian enclave, Russia has been left exposed as unprepared for such a brazen challenge to its power and position. (…) Despite the Russian investment of diplomatic capital, the cessation of hostilities agreement that resulted from the marathon Moscow summit lasted little more than three hours. (…) From this perspective of a looming confrontation between Russia and Turkey, it now seems clear that Azerbaijan and Turkey remain committed to continuing the war. With an expanded battle space for an unprecedented deployment of air power and assets, the month of October will be even more bloody and deadly if the war is allowed to continue."

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25.07.2020

"No end in sight for US-China consulate tit-for-tat"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/no-end-in-sight-for-us-china-consulate-tit-for-tat/

Peking hat auf die Schließung des chinesischen Konsulats in Houston mit der Schließung des US-Konsulats in Chengdu geantwortet. Frank Chen erläutert die Hintergründe der Maßnahme, der weitere folgen könnten. "Following US President Donald Trump’s threats to close more Chinese consulates, with the San Francisco outpost getting a special mention, it is also believed that Beijing is preparing to fight back. Beijing may shut Washington’s shop in the northeastern city of Shenyang if the US moves to target Beijing’s people in San Francisco. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing broadsheet Wenweipo also noted on Friday that refusing to renew the visas of Americans at the city’s consulate could also deal a further blow to Washington. The paper said that even though it would be irrational to close the US consulate in Hong Kong, Beijing could, through the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s office in the territory, tighten visa vetting to 'halve' the number of American diplomats there."

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20.07.2020

"US tech giants exposed if China takes Taiwan"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/us-tech-giants-exposed-if-china-takes-taiwan/

Eine "Übernahme" Taiwans durch China hätte auch auf wirtschaftlicher Ebene erhebliche globale Folgen, schreibt Scott Foster. "Books and articles have expounded on the political, military and geostrategic aspects of the problem, with intriguing maps of the first and second island chains blocking China’s access to the Pacific Ocean. But these analyses about Taiwan’s fate often ignore one of the most worrying aspects of the problem: American reliance on Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing. As David Arase, professor of international politics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, notes, 'Even an unsuccessful invasion of Taiwan would cause a supply chain disruption.' (…) TSMC is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced dedicated semiconductor foundry, with about half of the global market for contract chip manufacture. (…) We can imagine what might happen if Taiwan were absorbed by the People’s Republic of China, if Communist Party 'observers' were added to TSMC’s top management and if a Party committee were implanted within its organization."

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14.07.2020

"North Korea’s first sister forges ahead"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/north-koreas-first-sister-forges-ahead/

Der politische Aufstieg der Schwester von Kim Jong Un in der nordkoreanischen Machthierarchie ist einem südkoreanischen Bericht zufolge weiter vorangeschritten. "New evidence suggesting that Kim Yo Jong has been promoted far beyond her former role of first sister and personal assistant to Kim Jong Un keeps cropping up. The latest is a report by the Seoul-based news organization Daily NK that she has been bumped up from alternate member to full member of the Political Bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee. (…) Daily NK is known for doing most of its reporting by speaking on cellphones to people inside North Korea. Its report, if true, tends to confirm my speculation that concludes a July 15 Asia Times analysis of the outlook for the succession to ultimate power in the family dynasty in case Kim Jong Un should die. It would be one more bit of support for my gut view that Kim Yo Jong has been chosen as successor to Kim Jong Un, in case he dies before his own son is old enough to rule – and that she is, for the time being, the regime’s pick to serve in a capacity very close to co-ruler."

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11.07.2020

"A second ISIS wave is lurking in the dark"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/a-second-isis-wave-is-lurking-in-the-dark/

Faisal al Yafai warnt vor einer "zweiten Welle" weltweiter Terroranschläge des "Islamischen Staates". "Both on the battlefield of ideas and on the real battlefield, a second wave is certainly coming. That wave will crash first across West Africa, where clashes between militant groups and national armies are taking place in every country of the Sahel region. (…) It may have fallen off the front pages of Western media after losing its last sliver of territory in March 2019, but make no mistake, ISIS remains a potent force. In the past 15 months, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks in places as far afield as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria – not as the inspiration for those attacks or as commanders issuing the orders from afar, but as actual perpetrators. The threat of extremist ideas proliferating online is as deadly as ever and with the demise of the ISIS proto-state, that threat is even magnified in some ways."

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01.07.2020

"China, India standoff more than a war over rocks"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/07/china-india-standoff-more-than-a-war-over-rocks/

Bertil Lintner zufolge geht es beim Grenzstreit zwischen China und Indien im Himalaja vorrangig nicht um Territorium, sondern um strategische Interessen. "China, it seems, is keen to send a message to India’s neighbors on who now rules the roost in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly at a juncture when India and many of its allies and partners – not the least the United States – struggle to contain Covid-19 outbreaks at home. But while it is understandable that an increasingly assertive China wants to flex its growing muscles while the West is preoccupied with health crises, regional analysts are left to wonder why Beijing appears to be simultaneously shooting itself in the foot by antagonizing other regional countries. Some analysts believe China is flexing its muscles, not just on the Himalayan border but also in the South China Sea and over Taiwan, as a sort of new Cold War litmus test to gauge which nations are willing to openly criticize Beijing’s more assertive posture and which remain reticent."

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30.06.2020

"Afghan bounty claim to reset US-Russia relations"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/06/afghan-bounty-claim-to-reset-us-russia-relations/

Der frühere indische Diplomat M.K. Bhadrakumar vermutet, dass die Berichte über angebliche russische Kopfgeldzahlungen für getötete US-Soldaten das Ziel haben, die Beziehungen der USA zu Russland weiter zu vergiften und Moskaus Einfluss auf die Friedensverhandlungen in Afghanistan zu begrenzen. "(…) it is one of those situations where evidence and proof do not really matter. It is the controversy itself that matters, the dust it raises on the political and diplomatic turf. The focus is on whether Trump actually knew months ago about this intelligence assessment of a Russian bounty and, equally, why the White House National Security Council did not act on it by punishing Russia with more sanctions. (…) The Afghan security agencies presumably played a key role in the unearthing of the unholy Russia-Taliban nexus. Ashraf Ghani’s government in Kabul was never friendly toward Moscow and had all along resented Russia’s attempts to muzzle its way into the intra-Afghan peace talks. (…) The Times controversy will ensure that Russia is kept out of the intra-Afghan peace talks that are due to start in the near future. (…) In the final analysis, what the Times controversy underscores is the deeply entrenched hostility toward Russia across the political aisle in Washington and within the 'Deep State' and the strategic community at large."

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27.06.2020

"Philippines challenging China in South China Sea"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/06/philippines-challenging-china-in-south-china-sea/

Die Philippinen haben Richard Javad Heydarian zufolge vor, sich Chinas territorialen Bestrebungen im Südchinesischen Meer mit stiller Unterstützung der USA entgegenzustellen. "Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials are now lobbying President Rodrigo Duterte to resume stalled energy exploration in the sea to shore up the nation’s sagging energy security and reassert sovereign claim to seabed energy resources contested by China. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pushing for Chinese compensation for Filipino fishermen who nearly drowned during an incident last year in which a Chinese militia vessel sank their wooden boat, named F/B GimVer 1, in waters near the contested and energy-rich Reed Bank. The distinct and firm shift in the Philippines’ stance vis-à-vis China also reflects the still-strong influence of the country’s defense and foreign policy establishment, which has been skeptical of Duterte’s Beijing-friendly stance from the outset of his tenure."

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26.06.2020

"US to blame for new freeze on Korean peninsula"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/06/us-to-blame-for-new-freeze-on-korean-peninsula/

Ein einflussreicher Berater des südkoreanischen Präsidenten habe seine Zurückhaltung aufgegeben und die US-Regierung für die erneute Verschlechterung der Beziehungen zu Nordkorea verantwortlich gemacht, berichtet Andrew Salmon. "Moon Chung-in is a special advisor to President Moon Jae-in – no relation – on foreign affairs and national security. He was previously a key behind-the-scenes player in previous South Korean administrations that conducted the 'Sunshine Policy' of engagement with North Korea. Respected as one of the most experienced and incisive players in inter-Korean affairs, Moon is also eagerly sought-after due to his outspoken voice. In a meeting with Seoul-based foreign correspondents on Friday, he did not disappoint on either count. He said North Korea’s recent aggression toward South Korea was probably due to Pyongyang’s frustration at Seoul’s inability to follow through on commitments. Seoul cannot deal with Pyongyang because it is beholden to international sanctions and its relationship with Washington, Moon said. Diplomatic and bureaucratic professionals in Washington, Moon said, have not only failed to leverage the goodwill generated between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, but have deliberately dragged relations into the deep freeze."

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17.06.2020

"Modi on a precipice after China’s soldier killings"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/06/modi-on-a-precipice-after-chinas-soldier-killings/

Der indische Premierminister Modi sei nach dem Zusammenstoß chinesischer und indischer Truppen im Himalaja unter politischen Druck geraten, schreibt Sumit Sharma. "News of the killings sent shockwaves across India with public opinion building for action against China. Some want India’s revenge to begin with canceling projects for Chinese companies and cutting the extensive imports that give China a bilateral trade surplus of about US$53 billion. (…) The Chinese challenge comes at a tough juncture for India but less so for Beijing, some experts suggest. With 355,000 Covid-19 cases, India is the fourth-worst affected country after the United States, Brazil and Russia. China has largely managed to contain the spread of the virus with fewer than 85,000 cases. India’s economic growth has slowed after a 75-day lockdown. (…) In an attempt to get a national consensus, Modi called a meeting of all political parties for June 19. Indian governments have typically taken all political leaders along when deciding on issues such as external aggression. The response to Pakistan’s occupation of higher mountains at Kargil in Ladakh in 1999 was also decided by a consensus of all parties."

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25.05.2020

"China’s domestic politics hamstring its diplomacy"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/chinas-domestic-politics-hamstring-its-diplomacy/

Denny Roy meint, dass die chinesische Führung in ihrer außenpolitischen Reaktion auf die Corona-Pandemie eine diplomatische Gelegenheit verpasst habe. Hauptgrund sei, dass Peking seine internationale Strategie innenpolitischen Erwägungen unterworfen habe. "On balance (…) China’s pandemic diplomacy in the first half of 2020 has clearly failed. (…) The reason for its failure is that China’s international pandemic outreach was an extension of Chinese domestic politics, specifically the insecurity of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the regime’s emphasis on promoting the image of paramount leader Xi Jinping. (…) The phenomenon of domestic politics influencing foreign policy is certainly not unique to China. But the peculiarities of the PRC political system, especially in the Xi era, create additional baggage that may keep China from punching its weight as a potential global leader."

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05.05.2020

"Nationalism trumps cooperation in virus vaccine race"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/nationalism-trumps-cooperation-in-virus-vaccine-race/

Alan Boyd weist darauf hin, dass die Entdeckung eines COVID-19-Impfstoffs mit enormen Profiterwartungen verbunden wäre. Gegenwärtig führe China dieses nationalistisch geprägte Wettrennen um den Impfstoff an. "China has emerged as the leading contender to produce a Covid-19 vaccine as concerns grow that nationalism and commercial interests could frustrate efforts to ensure equal access to an eventual treatment. With three vaccine candidates approved for human testing — from consortia led by CanSino Biologics, Sinovac and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products — Beijing may have the biggest say in that process. (…) Across the Pacific, meanwhile, US President Donald Trump announced an extraordinary national campaign last week involving drug companies, government agencies and the military, code-named 'Operation Warp Speed', to get an approved American vaccine in production by January. Remarkably, the costs of the research will be underwritten by taxpayers, thus shielding private pharmaceutical firms from financial risks incurred, a strategy that mirrors the military-commercial axis employed by China. Health agencies are worried that both countries will give any vaccines to their own populations first, even if there is a greater need elsewhere."

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21.04.2020

"How Singapore lost its grip on Covid-19"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/how-singapore-lost-its-grip-on-covid-19/

Singapur galt international lange als Erfolgsgeschichte im Kampf gegen Covid-19. Mit der Ausbreitung des Coronavirus unter schlecht bezahlten ausländischen Arbeitskräften im Stadtstaat habe sich dieses Bild jedoch dramatisch gewandelt, schreibt Nile Bowie. "Not unlike the two economic realities inhabited by Singapore’s transient workers and its citizens and permanent residents, the outbreak itself has been likened to a tale of two infections. When a record 1,426 new cases were reported on April 20, only 16 cases involved Singaporeans and residents with the vast majority of the infections occurring in foreign worker dormitories. 'Singapore is running two epidemic curves at the moment, there’s outside the dorms and inside the dorms,' said Dale Fisher, a senior infectious diseases consultant at the National University Hospital. 'One is skyrocketing up just like New York and Italy did, and the other one is plateauing down in low double-figures.'"

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13.04.2020

"Confucius is winning the Covid-19 war"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/confucius-is-winning-the-covid-19-war/

Pepe Escobar stellt die angeblich "gelassene" Reaktion von Millionen Asiaten der "Furcht, Panik und Hysterie" gegenüber, die die Corona-Pandemie im Westen ausgelöst habe. Er macht dafür weniger politische als kulturelle Gründe verantwortlich: "Berlin-based, South Korean-born philosopher Byung-Chul Han has forcefully argued the victors are the 'Asian states like Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore that have an authoritarian mentality which comes from their cultural tradition [of] Confucianism.' (...) That’s a reductionist view and plenty of nuances should apply. Take South Korea, which is not 'authoritarian.' It’s as democratic as top Western liberal powers. What we had in a nutshell was the civic-mindedness of the overwhelming majority of the population reacting to sound, competent government policies. (…) I offer, as a working hypothesis, that the Asia triad of Confucius, Buddha and Lao Tzu has been absolutely essential in shaping the perception and serene response of hundreds of millions of people across various Asian nations to Covid-19. Compare this with the prevalent fear, panic and hysteria mostly fed by the corporate media across the West."

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23.03.2020

"How China brought the world to a standstill"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/how-china-brought-the-world-to-a-standstill/

Nach Ansicht von Gordon Watts kann kaum ein Zweifel daran bestehen, dass China für die schnelle globale Ausbreitung von Covid-19 mitverantwortlich ist. Nun wolle Peking die Gelegenheit nutzen, die durch die Pandemie entstanden sei. "'Beijing’s late, inadequate and skewed information disclosures accelerated the virus’ global spread. China’s manipulation of information continues to hamper response efforts. Now, as the world wrestles with the pandemic, and its human, economic and social costs, Beijing is maneuvering to 'seize the opportunity' that the crisis presents,' a report by Horizon Advisory, a consultancy in Washington and New York which tracks Chinese government and economic activity, revealed. ''At present, the Covid-19 situation has been contained in China; most regions have resumed work and production … It is possible to turn the crisis into an opportunity – to increase the trust and the dependence of all countries around the world of [the] 'Made in China' [concept],'' Han Jian, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, wrote earlier this month, according to the Horizon study, compiled by co-founders Emily de La Bruyere and Nate Picarsic."

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10.03.2020

"Turkey used buses, beatings to push migrant wave"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/turkey-used-buses-beatings-to-push-migrant-wave/

Die türkische Regierung steuere den Zustrom von Flüchtlingen und Migranten an die Grenze zu Griechenland, um die EU je nach Verhandlungslage gezielt unter Druck zu setzen, schreibt Ahmad Zaza. "Turkey’s refugee population, namely Syrians welcomed at the height of its support for the rebellion next door, are now seen as both a burden and a tool to be used in negotiations. For the past two weeks, Ankara has encouraged or coerced its migrant population to seek entry to Europe’s eastern flank, Greece. (…) Erdogan’s administration, which accuses Brussels of not holding up its end of the bargain, is looking to negotiate a better deal in the wake of renewed violence in Idlib. Turkey’s tactics of the past two weeks offer a window into what it could be willing to do to achieve that."

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04.03.2020

"Putin may be compelled to hand Idlib to the Turks"

https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/putin-may-be-compelled-to-hand-idlib-to-the-turks/

Anlässlich des Moskau-Besuchs von Präsident Erdogan hält Stephen Bryen es für möglich, dass es zu einem russisch-türkischen Deal kommen könnte, der Ankara faktisch die Kontrolle über die syrische Idlib-Provinz überträgt. Für die Assad-Regierung wäre dies "verhängnisvoll". "If the Russians let the fight continue there is little doubt that the Syrian army will be defeated in Idlib, a major blow to the Assad regime. It will also be a clear setback to the Iranians and Hezbollah, whose fighters are also under Turkish attack and have suffered an unknown number of casualties. But Russia has little choice. (…) Turkey has already shown its willingness to pour front line troops into the Idlib conflict. Therefore, it is not exactly a cease fire that is on the table in Moscow. Rather, what is on the table is a major concession giving control of Idlib to Turkey. No matter how the deal is packaged, if that is the outcome it could be fatal for Assad’s government. If Assad is incapable of defending his territory and has lost the practical support of Russia in defending his borders, his government could collapse as Assad’s supporters will start running for cover or deposing him to cut a deal with the opposition forces in the country."

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