US to Build a New Cold War Camp against China
China signed a major investment pact with EU at the end of 2020 to implement its One-in-Three strategy as Chinese leaders have the vision to see that US new President Joe Biden wants to launch a new Cold War against China. In such a cold war, the US needs a cold war camp.
China certainly has its camp with lots of Asian countries as its members and Russia as China’s co-leader of the camp. As South Korea is not willing to and India dare no join US Cold War camp, the US will only have Japan alone in its Cold War camp in Asia. US major hope lies in EU.
Failure to have EU Join US Cold War
In early 2021, the US made great diplomatic efforts to have EU join its new Cold War against China but failed. EU members have lots of interests in Chinese market and may have better access to the market due to the investment pact China signed with EU at the end of 2020 in order to win over EU or at least prevent EU from joining US Cold War camp against China. If EU maintains its independence from the US, China and Russia’s Asian bloc will be one in the three powers in the world: EU, China and Russia’s Asia block and the US. In that case China’s Asia block is stronger than the US and Japan’s Cold War camp. However, if EU joins US Cold War camp, US camp will be much stronger than China’s Asia block.
EU certainly does not want to clearly take side with the US in countering China as it does not want to lose the benefits from China’s vast market. Moreover, China’s rise does not constitute any substantial threat but offers it with great opportunity. As a result, US Secretary of State Blinken was frustrated to say that he would not force EU members to take side between the US and China. In fact, he could not as the US lacks the strength to do so.
China-EU Pact May Fail due to China’s Counter Sanctions on EU
The US seems fortunate that in March 2021, EU joined the US, UK and Canada in imposing sanctions on China for alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang. China retaliated with counter sanctions that upset EU. It may cause its investment deal with EU to be ratified by the European parliament.
Reinhard Buetikofer, the chair of the parliament’s China delegation, said, “The fate of this deal is very much in question,”
However as the deal is vital for the success of Xi Jinping’s one-in-three strategy, on April 7, 2021 Xi had a phone call with German leader Merkel to win Germany over as he knows Germany’s great influence in EU.
Boycott Xinjiang Cotton and Counter Boycott
Due to the sanctions, EU boycotted Xinjiang cotton. Chinese people responded fiercely. They boycotted foreign well-known fashion brands in response of EU companies’ boycott of Xinjiang cotton. That will greatly facilitate the development of China’s national fashion brands on China’s vast domestic market. China is now anxious to develop its own national well-known brands but its negligence for decades of national intellectual property has enabled foreign well-known brands to flood their products on Chinese market. Foreign fashion brands’ boycott of Chinese cotton provides China with a golden opportunity to develop its own national fashion brands.
Chinese companies will use the cotton foreign companies boycotted to produce fashion products to replace the brand of goods boycotted by foreign companies. Lack of foreign brands will greatly facilitate the development of China’s national brands. Chinese people’s boycott may hurt some EU countries’ fashion industry.
Chinese President Xi Jinping took the opportunity to talk with German Chancellor Merkel on the phone. He gave her the advice that Germany had to maintain its independence from the influence of others. Xi was certainly trying to persuade Germany not to follow the US in fighting a Cold War against China. He got Merkel’s words that Germany, the most influential country in EU, will maintain its independence. As a matter fact, Xi has thus got Merkel’s words that Germany would not join US Cold War against China. After all China is Germany’s major trade partners and has signed a trade deal with EU to allow EU even better access to Chinese market.
Xi’s efforts will be followed up by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s virtual conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas to further improve China-EU ties.
Obviously, Germany also wants closer relations with China to benefit from China’s vast market. Right before the conference German Prime Minister Heiko Maas warned EU not to cut ties with China.
He said that EU needed to engage with China despite many differences instead of opting for a more isolationist approach.
He was quoted by media as saying, “In the EU, we have been describing China as a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time”. “In all these three dimensions we need strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing. De-coupling is the wrong way to go.”
In the virtual conference between China’s Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi and German Foreign Minister Maas on April 21, 2021, Wang Yi said that as major world economies, China and Germany shall jointly resist the so-called “de-coupling” adverse trend and jointly safeguard the smooth operation and stability of global industrial and supply chains.
Wang Yi pointed out that China did not approve of any re-drawing of ideological lines or engaging in new group confrontation and is even more opposed to engaging in “small cliques”, advocating “New Cold War” and even arbitrarily imposing unilateral sanctions based on false information
Wang said that China-Germany and China-EU cooperation is mutual beneficial and win-win in essence. It may realize mutual supplementation of advantages. He hoped that the German side would also maintain its opening-up to China, reduce its restriction to export of high-tech products to China and provide Chinese enterprises in Europe with fair, open and nondiscriminatory investment environment.
Maas is quoted by media as saying that de-coupling is not commensurate with any party’s interests. Germany is willing to maintain close coordination and communications on multilateral and international affairs to jointly deal with global issues and challenges.
Obviously Germany wants better relations with China independent from the US. With Germany’s weighty influence in the EU and with the benefits provided by the investment pact between EU and China, the US is unable to have EU join its new Cold War camp against China.
US Cold War lacks allies, but China’s one-in-three will prevail as it advocates win-win cooperation instead of confrontation whether within or out of China’s Asia block. China will be benefited by its closer cooperation with EU, especially in developing high technology.
Article by Chan Kai Yee
2021-04-22 HKT 09:46
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Germany’s Heiko Maas called for “strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing”. File photo: AP
Germany’s Heiko Maas called for “strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing”. File photo: AP
The European Union needs to engage with China despite many differences instead of opting for a more isolationist approach, Germany said on Wednesday.
“In the EU, we have been describing China as a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said ahead of a virtual meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
“In all these three dimensions we need strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing. De-coupling is the wrong way to go.”
Berlin’s warning against de-coupling is in line with Beijing’s long-held position against disengagement among nations, including with China, despite mutual differences.
Last month, China was hit by a round of coordinated sanctions from the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada over reports of forced labour in the far western region of Xinjiang, accusations that Beijing rejects.
Ties between China and Germany have generally remained stable since last year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said later in his meeting with Maas.
Wang also said major economies like China and Germany should jointly resist any de-coupling, and instead seek to uphold the stability of global industrial and supply chains, according to a statement from the foreign ministry in Beijing.
At the same time, China does not approve of any re-drawing of ideological lines, and is even more opposed to engaging in “small cliques”, and even arbitrarily imposing unilateral sanctions based on false information, Wang said. (Reuters)
Source: RTHK “Don’t cut ties with China, German FM warns EU”
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Trump was wise to want to withdraw US troops from Afganistan but failed due to pressures from US military. Now US new President Joe Biden is wise to resist the pressures and decides to withdraw entirely. US media The Washington Free Beacon asks the question “Will the government of Afghanistan survive America’s retreat?” in its column article “The Question Biden Won’t Answer” on April 6, 2021. Biden certainly knows the answer but is not willing to give the annoying answer.
The more appropriate question is: Shall the US keep troops in Afghanistan forever for its boys to die for maintaining the survival of a government that cannot survive on its own?
In spite of US great efforts for 2 decades, Afghnistan remains a poor small country not worth fighting for at all.
Now, the South China Sea and Europe are much greater issue involving lots of interests and US has treaty obligations to protect EU and Philippines’ interests there.
That is why the US sent its aircraft carrier battle groups to scare away Chinese navy, coast guard and fishing vessels in the South China Sea but failed. Russia at the same time massed troops along its border with Ukraine to threaten Europe. Obviously, Russia’s move aims at helping China’s move in disputed waters with US ally the Philippines. If the US fights China in the South China Sea, Russia will fight in Europe to divert US strength. US will thus be forced to fight two wars respectively in Asia and Europe, but it is not sure to be able to defeat either of the two.
As a posture to scare away Russia and enhance EU’s morale, the US plans to send two destroyers to the Black Sea, but that is far from enough for that purpose.
Biden is wise to withdraw US fleet from the South China Sea and scrap the plan to send warships to Black Sea. By so doing, he has avoided its fleet from being ambushed in the South China Sea and crushed by Chinese air and rocket forces.
What about Russia? Are 10,000 US troops stationed in Poland enough to resist Russian attack? Will two US destroyers in the Black Sea be enough to fight Russia? Now, it is certainly clear to Europe that it has to develop its own military to counter the threat. The deciding factor is China. If China supported Russia in invading EU, it would send its well-equipped large infanctry to Europe to support Russia. Then there will be no peace or stability in Europe for a long time.
Europe is lucky that China is not an aggressor as US and Western media describe. It has no intention to fight EU. In fact, what may China gain in invading EU. Nothing. But it may lose an important trade partner and source for coperation in developing technology.
So is it for Russia. The lessons of the Soviet Union remains fresh in Russians’ minds. For a democratic or socialist state, keeping satillite states is not profitable. Take Ukraine for example, The Soviet Union has to supply gas to it at very low prices and has to incur great costs to maintain its military there.
China certainly will not support Russia’s war in Europe. That is why Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video summit with French and German leaders on April 16, 2021 to mediate between Russia and EU in secret. The summit was conducted in an atmosphere full of the intention of cooperation. Xi has thus successfully played his role as China’s top diplomat for the implementation of his one-in-three strategy.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Free Beacon’s article and CCTV prime time report 习近平同法国德国领导人举行视频峰会 in Chinese (translation: Xi Jiping holds video summit with Frence and German leaders), full text of which can be respectively be viewed at The Question Biden Won’t Answer – Washington Free Beacon and https://tv.cctv.com/2021/04/16/VIDEYwLsgxrVKSGqPzprMq56210416.shtml?spm=C31267.PFsKSaKh6QQC.S71105.3.
By Reuters Staff
APRIL 7, 20218:28 PM UPDATED 13 HOURS AGO
BEIJING/BERLIN (Reuters) -President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that he saw “various challenges” in relations between China and the European Union and hoped the EU could “independently” make correct judgements, a Chinese government statement said.
The statement quoted Xi as saying during a phone call that the EU and China should respect each other and “eliminate interference”, adding that China is willing to work with the global community to promote “fair and reasonable distribution” of COVID-19 vaccines and opposes vaccine nationalism.
Last month, the EU imposed its first significant sanctions against Chinese officials since 1989 over alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. Beijing, which denies the allegations, hit back by blacklisting some EU lawmakers and entities.
The United States, Britain and Canada also sanctioned Chinese officials over Xinjiang, and the row threatens to derail an EU-China investment pact agreed in late 2020 after years of negotiations.
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Merkel and Xi had discussed international efforts to produce and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, deepen economic cooperation and steps to protect the climate and biodiversity.
She said the leaders agreed to deepen bilateral ties in Sino-German government consultations planned for late April.
“The Chancellor stressed the importance of dialogue on the full range of ties, including issues on which there are different opinions,” Demmer said, without giving details of the areas where Germany and China differ.
Reporting by Beijing newsroom and Michael Nienaber in Berlin; writing by Tom Daly; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Steve Orlofsky and Timothy Heritage
Source: Reuters “China-EU relations face challenges, Xi tells Germany’s Merkel”
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After COVID-19, U.S. and Top Allies Want Change in Their Political Systems, Poll Shows
BY TOM O’CONNOR ON 3/31/21 AT 10:00 AM EDT
Majorities in the United States and top allies France, Germany and the United Kingdom want changes to their political systems after all four were consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey has shown.
The survey, published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center and obtained in advance by Newsweek, showed that some 93% in France and the U.S., and 88% in the U.K. and Germany want some degree of change in their political systems, according to data gathered in November and December of last year.
Majorities among those in France and the U.S. sought dramatic action, with 47% in each calling for “major changes.” An additional 21% in France and 18% in the U.S. said their respective system “needs to be totally reformed.” Nearly half in the U.K. also chose one of the two more radical options as opposed to “minor changes” or “no change at all,” which was by far the least popular choice among the four countries polled.
“As they continue to struggle with a public health crisis and ongoing economic challenges, many people in the United States and Western Europe are also frustrated with politics,” an accompanying report began.
The authors went on to note there were “important differences across these countries’ political systems,” but they also noted that “the four nations also share some important democratic principles, and all have recently experienced political upheaval in different ways, as rising populist leaders and movements and emerging new forces across the ideological spectrum have challenged traditional parties and leaders.”
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Protestors demonstrate outside the French Senate against the Global Security Law authoring the use of cameras, video surveillance, and drones by the police, whilst also restricting the filming of the police during their operations, on March 16. More than a fifth of French people think their political system “needs to be totally reformed,” nearly half say it “needs major changes” and almost a third believe it at least “needs minor changes.”
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The U.S, which was surveyed at a particularly tumultuous time for national politics, immediately after major media outlets declared Democratic candidate Joe Biden the winner of the disputed 2020 presidential election, expressed particularly cynical views of the political system.
Those in the U.S. were the only population among those polled in which most, just over two-thirds, agreed that “most politicians are corrupt” in their country. Asked if “elected officials care what ordinary people think” did not apply to their nation, 56% in the U.S. agreed, second only to France at 58%, and above the U.K. at 52% and Germany at 32%.
The U.S. was the only one of the four countries polled in which a majority of the respondents were unhappy with their democracy. When asked if they were “satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country,” just under a third said “not too” satisfied and just under a quarter said “not at all.”
Among the three European countries, there was a significant difference in views toward democracy among those who were critical of or impressed by their country’s response to COVID-19.
Each group that felt their respective nation did a “bad” job throughout the coronavirus experience in France, Germany or the U.K. was mostly unsatisfied with democracy, and the opposite was true for those who believed their respective government did a “good” job handling the pandemic.
In the U.S., there was little difference. Both those who felt the country handled the pandemic well and those who thought the country did poorly fell under the halfway mark with respect to their satisfaction with democracy in the U.S.
U.S. respondents also stood out as the most eager to support the creation of “citizen assemblies where citizens debate issues and make recommendations about national laws” and to allow “citizens, not members of the national legislature, to vote directly to decide what becomes law for some key issues.”
These two ideas were popular among sizable majorities in all four countries, but the U.S. scored the highest in both at 79% in favor of assemblies and 73% in favor of referendums.
Nearly four months into 2021, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. has offered prospects of a return to relative normalcy. But economic woes, social ills and political unrest remain serious threats to the stability of all four countries as their governments attempt to placate populations still reeling from a year of turmoil.
Source: Newsweek “US, top allies want change in political systems”
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By Li Xuanmin
Published: Feb 19, 2021 02:00 PM
Talking about driving the global economic recovery at the upcoming G7 Summit without China, or even stressing the “China challenge” at the meeting, will be like “navigating in the sea without a compass,” giving the bloc’s diminishing contribution to the world economy and China’s increasing role as a global engine in the post-virus era, analysts said.
Among the G7 countries, European and Asian economies such as Germany and Japan are less likely to be roped into joining the US-led “counter China” alliance, analysts noted.
Such nations, taking into account the level of dependence their economies and industries have on the world’s second-largest economy, will trade off between their economic interests and how they maintain relations with their traditional ally, the US, whose reputation sank during Trump’s four years of mayhem.
The G7 virtual meeting is set to take place on Friday. According to the White House, US President Joe Biden, along with leaders from other G7 nations, will discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the world economy and “dealing with China” during the meeting.
“Biden will also discuss the need to make investments to strengthen our [the US’] collective competitiveness and the importance of updating global rules to tackle economic challenges such as those posed by China,” said the White House.
Analysts said Biden’s speech at the summit will aim to deliver a clear signal that the economies of the G7 industrial nations will develop in a robust manner and reclaim their leading roles in driving the world’s growth.
Also, Washington will attempt to form alliances with the other developed G7 economies to limit or even cut off China’s role in the post-virus economic recovery, and suppress China’s development in strategically important fields such as 5G and digital industries.
“This is not realistic. G7 nations, despite having an edge in technology and the international division of labor, only make up a part of the global economy, and their shares in the global economy are already shrinking,” Cui Hongjian, director of the Department of European Studies from the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Friday.
According to media reports, the bloc’s share now only represents 33 percent of the global GDP, while three decades ago, the share was closer to 70 percent. Meanwhile, China — as the only major economy to expand last year — is expected to produce 18.6 percent of the world’s total GDP in 2020, according to estimates by Statista.
Some analysts described US and other G7 nations as “strange bedfellows,” since their perceptions on China, in particular from an economic perspective, are likely to be drastically different, which could ruin the US’ hope of forming an alliance to curb China’s rise.
“Germany might be the first among the G7 economies to not echo the US’ call… China is Germany’s largest auto market; how could the nation abandon China’s sheer market size just for empty promises that the US may walk away from at any time?” a Beijing-based industry observer, who preferred not to be identified, told the Global Times on Friday.
China has been the largest trading partner of Germany — a major economy in the EU bloc — for four consecutive years. China and the EU also completed negotiations on an epic bilateral investment treaty last year.
Japan, which has seen booming trade flows with its neighboring China, may also not wholly agree with the US, the observer predicted. In November, China, Japan and other 13 Asia-Pacific nations signed the world’s largest trade agreement — RCEP. It became Japan’s first trade deal with China, its largest trading partner.
In addition to the US, Germany and Japan, the G7 also includes France, Italy, the UK and Canada. Friday’s virtual meeting will be hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Source: Global Times “Germany, Japan among G7 nations less likely to be roped into US’ anti-China alliance”
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By: Krissy Aguilar – Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
INQUIRER.net / 05:50 PM September 18, 2020
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday expressed gratitude to the United Kingdom, France, and Germany for rejecting China’s South China Sea claims before the United Nations.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga bansang ito dahil hindi naman po mabubura iyong panalo natin sa arbitral tribunal na iyan na nagsasabi na wala pong legal na basehan iyong kini-claim ng China,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.
(We are thankful for these countries because our victory in the arbitral tribunal that says China’s claim has no legal basis won’t be expunged.)
Despite this, Roque opposed anew calls to bring the sea row to the UN General Assembly saying the 2016 arbitral win is already “the victory” and “itself the act of being assertive.”
“Alam kasi ninyo hindi naiintidihan ng marami na iyong desisyon itself is the victory, iyong pagkakaroon ng desisyon itself is the act of being assertive dahil kung hindi naman natin pinursue iyong desisyon na iyan, iyong kasong iyan hindi magkakaroon ng desisyon,” Roque said.
“Black propaganda po iyan na mayroon pa tayong ibang dapat gawin, iyong sinasabi nila na dapat gawin sa UN General Assembly, puwede po iyan pero let’s be realistic. Hindi po natin mase-sway ang 197 member ng UN kung ang kalaban po natin ay Tsina dahil alam naman natin limited ang ating kakayahan,” he added.
(It’s black propaganda to say that we have to do other things, what they say that we should bring it to the UN General Assembly, that’s possible but let’s be realistic. We cannot sway 197 members of the UN if we are up against China because we know we have limited ability.)
China has consistently refused to acknowledge the 2016 ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague UN has that invalidated Beijing’s nine-dash line claim, which encompasses even the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. (This reblogger’s note: UN has announced that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is not a UN agency to deny the said court is UN-backed. If it was a UN-backed court, the Philippines might apply to the UN Security Council for imposition of the court’s arbitration decision.)
China’s reclamation activities and militarization in the heavily contested area have also raised concerns about the peace and stability in the strategic waterway.
Source: globalnation.inquirer.net “PH thanks UK, France, Germany for rejecting China’s claim over South China Sea”
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PUBLISHED THU, SEP 17 20209:24 PM
EDTUPDATED FRI, SEP 18 20202:23 AM EDT
Saheli Roy Choudhury
Geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing remain a concern for German chipmaker Infineon and the company preparing for increased competition in the semiconductor space out of China, CEO Reinhard Ploss said.
Infineon is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and is a top player in automotive, power and security chips.
In April, the firm completed its 9 billion euros (about $10.6 billion) takeover of U.S. semiconductor company Cypress and last month reported a net loss of 128 million euros for its fiscal third quarter.
SINGAPORE — Geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing remain a concern for German chipmaker Infineon and it is preparing for increased competition in the semiconductor space out of China, CEO Reinhard Ploss said.
Infineon is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and is a top player in automotive, power and security chips. In April, the firm completed its 9 billion euro (about $10.6 billion) takeover of U.S. semiconductor company Cypress and last month reported a net loss of 128 million euros for its fiscal third quarter.
“The geopolitical tension between the two superpowers (is) a big concern because we think we should not focus on countries, we should focus on the needs of our global society,” Ploss told CNBC during the Singapore Summit, which was held virtually this year due to the coroanvirus pandemic.
“This needs cooperation — so the tech dispute we have is definitely a concern of different reasons but we are able to cope with it,” he added.
U.S. and China’s bilateral relationship deteriorated in recent years due to a trade war and a race to establish dominance in crucial areas of technology including 5G and semiconductors. Washington has targeted Chinese tech companies like Huawei, ZTE and ByteDance on national security grounds.
In Huawei’s case, the U.S. put the company on a so-called entity list that essentially limits the Chinese telecommunication equipment maker’s ability to receive specific goods made in the U.S. Officials have been pushing other governments around the world to place restrictions on Huawei, arguing that the company will give data to the Chinese government for spying. Huawei has denied that it spies for China.
China’s semiconductor ambitions
Semiconductors play an important role in technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Most of the chips that China uses today are imported, which makes it reliant on foreign suppliers for advanced semiconductors. To reduce that reliance, China has stepped up efforts to develop its home-grown semiconductor industry by investing in local companies and some experts have said that Beijing’s willingness to outspend the U.S. may give it an advantage.
“Semiconductor always has been a key element for China, a major import element, and the strategy to become autonomous on this sector always had been present and (is) being followed very strictly,” Ploss said, adding that the current U.S.-China dispute has accelerated Beijing’s plans to develop the home-grown sector “very significantly.”
“We believe at this point, especially all the strength with the acquisition of Cypress will help us to make our business in China grow successfully but we always have expected an increased competition out of China and prepare ourselves for this. So this is nothing new,” he added.
Infineon has offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Wuxi.
Ploss added that Infineon’s investments, manufacturing footprint and research and development centers are located in places where the company sees high levels of trust toward the treatment of intellectual property, availability of talent and a stable social environment.
The company’s “core IP is in countries like Germany, Austria and others where we can 100% trust that IP is treated as we expect it,” Ploss said.
Source: CNBC “German chipmaker Infineon prepared to handle increased competition from China, CEO says”
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Published 8 hours ago on August 26, 2020
By EurAsian Times Desk
If there are any aircraft that are most sought-out for anywhere across the world, they are America’s elite set of F-35 fifth-generation stealth jets. Renowned for their stealth technology, the jets have enabled the US to stamp absolute air dominance as it provides the Air Force, Navy, and Marines a supreme jet that is simply unmatchable.
But what sets the F-35 a cut above the rest is its Electronic Warfare (EW) system, considered to be world’s most advanced system, coupled with its stealth technology, which makes use of its integrated stealth design, to make not only the most survivable combat aircraft ever built, but to make it invisible to detection or tracking by radar and other sensors.
However, despite US President Donald Trump reiterating the same beliefs of the fighter jets being “truly invisible and simply impossible to be seen with the naked eye”, a German defense contractor, Hensoldt has debunked such myths by stating that its newly invented radar system, named TwInvis, which reportedly it tracked the jets for nearly 100 miles.
According to a press report, TwInvis was set up at the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany, which was participated by two US Air Force F-35s, which were tracked by the radar system for over 93 miles (150 kilometers).
The passive radar system, which operates by studying electromagnetic emissions in the atmosphere, thinks radio station signals, Television signals, cell phone tower signals, and commercial radars, can detect aircraft moving through this invisible sea of signals by “reading how the signals bounce off airborne objects”.
However, it can only be used as an early warning radar by detecting a stealth fighter’s approach and is still not sophisticated enough to guide radar-guided missiles. Although, according to press reports, TwInvis can still provide enough location data for an infrared-guided missile to search for a target’s hot engine exhaust.
Moreover, the radar system could be refined with complementary systems to make it more effective in stealth detection, forcing adversaries to purchase even expensive passive systems.
The second contender for pinning a hole in F-35s ‘invisibility’ myth are Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missiles, which are considered by far the world’s most advanced air defense systems, boasting the ability to successfully intercept any stealth technology currently available in the world.
As reported earlier by the Eurasian Times, Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe explained – “You cannot operate an F-35 in the vicinity of an S-400. They won’t talk to each other, and what the two military devices will aim to do, certainly the S-400s against the F-35s, is to exploit the F-35’s capabilities.”
Ever since the deployment of Russia’s S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) within Russian borders in 2007, it has garnered an impression of being one of the most lethal air defense systems in the world and purchase orders from China, Turkey and India only added to its reputation.
Source: Eurasian Times “US’ F-35s Jets Not Really Stealth As German, Russian Firms Expose Its Loopholes”
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Elvira Pollina, Andreas Rinke, Francesco Guarascio
August 7, 2020
(Reuters) – France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
The move is a setback for President Donald Trump as Washington, which holds the rotating chair of the G7, had hoped to issue a common roadmap for a sweeping overhaul of the WHO in September, two months before the U.S. presidential election.
The United States gave the WHO a year’s notice in July that it is leaving the U.N. agency – which was created to improve health globally – after Trump accused it of being too close to China and having mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.
The WHO has dismissed his accusations. European governments have also criticised the WHO but do not go as far as the United States in their criticism, and the decision by Paris and Berlin to leave the talks follows tensions over what they say are Washington’s attempts to dominate the negotiations.
“Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO,” a senior European official involved in the talks said.
The German and French health ministries confirmed to Reuters that the two countries were opposed to the United States leading the talks after announcing their intention to leave the organisation.
A spokesman for the Italian health ministry said that work on the reform document was still underway, adding however that Italy’s position was in line with Paris and Berlin.
Asked about the position of France and Germany, a senior Trump administration official said: “All members of the G7 explicitly supported the substance of the WHO reform ideas.”
“Notwithstanding, it is regrettable that Germany and France ultimately chose not to join the group in endorsing the roadmap,” he said.
A spokesman for the British government declined to comment on the latest developments but added that Britain supported the WHO and urged a reform of the body “to ensure it remains flexible and responsive”.
The talks on WHO reform began about four months ago. There have been nearly 20 teleconferences between health ministers from the Group of Seven industrialised nations, and dozens of meetings of diplomats and other officials.
A deal by the G7, which also includes Japan and Canada, would facilitate talks at the G20 and United Nations, where any changes would have to be agreed with China, Russia and other major governments not in the G7.
It is unclear whether a G7 summit in the United States, at which Trump hopes leaders will endorse the roadmap, will now go ahead in September as planned.
U.S. officials have not said what reforms Washington has sought. But an initial reform roadmap proposed by Washington was seen by many of its allies as too critical, with one European official involved in the negotiations describing it as “rude”.
Despite changes to the original text, Washington’s push remained unacceptable, mainly to Germany, sources familiar with the negotiations said.
FUNDING AND “POLITICIZED MANAGEMENT”
In the weeks before the collapse of the talks, negotiators had told Reuters positions were getting closer as Washington softened its approach and European negotiators started to see the reform process as a means to make the WHO more independent from political pressure..
European governments had also began to make sceptical remarks about the WHO in public, with Germany’s health minister urging the WHO to hasten a review of its handling of COVID-19..
In private, some Europeans have supported a tougher line, with some criticising WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and what they see as politicised management of the pandemic.
“Everybody has been critical of Tedros,” a negotiator from a European G7 country told Reuters.
A German government source said: “It must … be ensured in future that the WHO can react neutrally and on the basis of facts to global health events.”
But European governments want to make the WHO stronger, better funded and more independent, whereas the U.S. withdrawal of funds is likely to weaken it – Washington is the single largest contributor, providing 15% of the budget.
Some Europeans see Trump’s criticism of the WHO as an attempt in the run-up to the U.S. election to distract attention from his handling of COVID-19, and Berlin’s ties with Washington have been strained by his decision in July to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany.
Plans to reform the WHO are unlikely to be definitively shelved, especially if Trump is defeated in the November election. European governments want Washington to remain a WHO member and a financial supporter, and they have shown an interest in boosting their own funding to the body.
Reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Jeff Mason in Washington, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; additional reporting by Marisa Taylor, Giselda Vagnoni, Guy Faulconbridge, Thomas Escritt and Tangi Salaun; Writing by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Timothy Heritage
Source: Reuters “Exclusive: Germany and France quit WHO reform talks amid tension with Washington – sources”
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