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Covid-19: NGOs denounce the "shameful" inaction of the UN Security Council
© Johannes Eisele, AFP The UN Security Council in New York. Several NGOs including the International Rescue Committee, the International Crisis Group and Save the Children on Tuesday deplored the "paralysis" of the UN Security Council in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. A resolution for a cease-fire in the world is slow to be adopted.
Brussels / Beijing. Despite the Chinese violation of international law, Europeans cannot bring themselves to take concrete measures against Beijing. The EU-China summit in autumn is also said to be maintained.
The EU condemns China's security law for Hong Kong, but unlike the United States, does not consider sanctions. At the deliberations of the EU foreign ministers on Friday, only one member country raised the issue of punitive measures, said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. In a statement, the EU expressed deep concern about what the People's Republic would do. It is not in line with China's international obligations and Hong Kong's constitution.
Coronavirus: For Donald Trump, it is the "incompetence" of Beijing which caused a "world mass killing"
The verbal escalation continues between the two great powers © Doug Mills / CNP / AdMedia / SIPA The American president at the White House, May 18, 2020. PANDEMY - The verbal escalation continues between the two big powers Donald Trump against Beijing, episode 67. The American president attacked China again on Wednesday , believing that his "incompetence" against coronavirus had caused a "world mass killing".
"There is a lot we want to talk to China about," said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). The EU-China summit planned for September is a good opportunity for this. Borrell emphasized that the EU's values must be preserved while at the same time defending economic interests. He did not say which EU country could imagine sanctions. It is said to be Sweden.
China's People's Congress approved plans for the controversial security law in Hong Kong on Thursday. Critics call the "end of Hong Kong" the Communist Party's plan to punish all "subversive" and "separatist" activities - if necessary with their own security forces.
The United States was the only country on the eve of the People's Congress vote to build a credible threat: Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke of withdrawing Hong Kong's previous status as a preferred trading partner because the former British colony had lost "its high degree of autonomy from China" . As a next step, President Donald Trump could now impose roughly the same punitive tariffs on Hong Kong that apply to mainland China.
China continues to increase its military budget
© John SAEKI Evolution of the Chinese defense budget since 2006 in billions of yuan China announced Friday a slight deceleration of its military spending for 2020: still far behind that of the States United, however, they remain solid (+ 6.6%) despite the gloomy economic context inherited from the Covid-19. The defense budget is scrutinized by many Asian neighbors of Beijing, with whom it maintains territorial disputes.
Joshua Wong, international face of the protest movement, described economic punishments on his Twitter account as the "most sensible step" to ensure Hong Kong's autonomy. The pro-democratic camp accepts that the average population would suffer economically from the conflict. In the past year, the demonstrators had targeted the city's economy with street blockades during commuter time in order to increase the pressure on mainland China. Beijing still depends on Hong Kong as an international financial center.
The Communist Party will hardly be intimidated by this. Beijing finally becomes highly allergic to “interference in internal affairs”. The People's Congress, which ended on Thursday, had one message above all to the world: The People's Republic of China would in future be more confident in pursuing its national interests. However, the specific contents of the national security law for Hong Kong are still unknown - such as how the vaguely worded sentences such as "activities of foreign forces to intervene in Hong Kong affairs" are actually defined. First of all, the legislative proposal must now be drafted by the Standing Committee of the People's Congress. According to the propaganda organ "Global Times", this can take half a year. Then, however, implementation should take place quickly, because a loophole in the Hong Kong constitution can circumvent the approval of the Legislative Council of the Special Administrative Region, which is normally required.
Why China’s Move to Rein In Hong Kong Is Just the Start
China’s move to strip away another layer of Hong Kong’s autonomy was not a rash impulse. China’s move to strip away another layer of Hong Kong’s autonomy was not a rash impulse. It was a deliberate act, months in the making. It took into account the risks of international umbrage and reached the reasonable assumption that there would not be a significant geopolitical price to pay.
This would create a dangerous precedent for Hong Kong civil society. The Communist Party could in future regularly try to smuggle laws past the Hong Kong parliament. The country's own security forces, which are supposed to allow the national security law, would also run the risk of arrested activists being dragged to mainland China.
All of this would mean a breach of the Sino-British handover agreement Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping signed on December 19, 1984. This stipulates that the former colony will enjoy extensive autonomy and rule itself by 2047.⇥ with material from dpa
VW is subject to a “Dieselgate” dispute before the US Court of Appeals .
Volkswagen must fear further sensitive fines in the USA in the “Dieselgate” affair. An appeals court ruled that, despite settlements that had already been settled, additional penalties from two districts of the states of Florida and Utah were permitted. © Photo: Swen Pförtner / dpa VW has to fear sensitive fines in the «Dieselgate» affair.