Lithium, Us news: China Eyes New Business Opportunities In Afghanistan – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2021/08/20/lithium-us-news-china-eyes-new-business-opportunities-in-afghanistan/

While Afghans hold many minerals and rare earths, they lack the infrastructure and equipment to mine it and sell to global buyers.Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.”

China has signaled that it will establish new diplomatic relations with Kabul after the stabilization of the situation.

There are many unknowns about the country’s future after the Taliban’s takeover, but Beijing could help Afghanistan reap new business opportunities if peace and order are restored, says Asia Pacific commentator Thomas W. Pauken.

Biden orders new sanctions against Russian-German pipeline as Merkel meets Putin in Moscow — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

Comment by tonytran2015: Is this the most urgent move now?

https://www.rt.com/russia/532668-biden-sanctions-nord-stream/

US President Joe Biden is ordering his government to place additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2, even as Russian and German
leaders are meeting in Moscow ahead of the gas pipeline’s completion.
In a letter to Congress sent on Friday, Biden argued that “certain Russian energy pipeline projects” would expand Moscow’s influence over EU energy resources and weaken “Ukraine and Eastern flank NATO and EU countries,” thereby threatening “the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

To that end, his new executive order “blocks the property and interests in property of foreign persons” who are “engaging
in certain activities or providing certain services to facilitate construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, among others.”

The State Department and Treasury will identify the specific persons and
entities, in line with the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA) of 2019, Biden said, and sanction them “unless a national interest waiver under section 7503(f) of PEESA has been issued for such persons.”


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‘Thanks to your efforts’:
Putin praises Merkel for improving relations as German leader visits
Moscow for final time as chancellor

The White House made the announcement as German Chancellor Angela
Merkel was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Nord Stream 2, which is expected to double the volume of Russia’s gas
exports to Germany, was one of the items on their agenda.

The new sanctions apply to the Russian companies Nobility and Constanta, an
insurer involved in the pipeline project, as well as to the supply ship Ostap Sheremeta, Bloomberg
reported, citing State Department sources. The waiver reference
suggests they will not apply to the Nord Stream 2 corporation and its
German chief executive; Biden made the exemption for them in May,
explaining that the pipeline was almost complete and futile efforts to block it weren’t worth endangering the alliance with Berlin.

This means the sanctions will be largely symbolic, as the pipeline is expected to be complete within a week or less. Once operational, it will
allow Russia to significantly increase the amount of natural gas it can
deliver to Germany directly, without depending on Ukraine or Poland for
transit.


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Putin pledges that Russia will comply with obligations on gas transit through Ukraine, says arrangement may continue past 2024

The US and Germany announced a “deal” in July
that would see Berlin compensate Kiev for potential loss of transit
fees and lobby Moscow to extend the transit arrangement through 2034.
Putin has said Russia will abide by its contractual obligations, but the
Russian government has made it clear that the US-German deal is not legally binding on Moscow.

The speech that shamed America: Its contemptible dishonesty would have made Donald Trump blush | The Wentworth Report

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The speech that shamed America: Its contemptible dishonesty would have made Donald Trump blush. By Andrew Neil.

It was the most contemptible speech by a U.S. president in modern times — a speech that shames America and leaves its global reputation in the dirt. …

His abject surrender to the Taliban was dressed up as political reality and common sense. His scuttle from Kabul, still ongoing, was depicted as geopolitical wisdom and a refocusing of U.S. priorities.

Any mistakes or problems were the fault of others, from Trump to the Afghan army.

But make no mistake: the person overwhelmingly responsible for the appalling scenes currently unfolding on our TV screens is the man sitting in the Oval Office.

The fall of Kabul and the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan is the most humiliating foreign policy disaster for America since the end of World War II.

It combines the cack-handedness of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, when President Kennedy’s attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro with a CIA-backed invasion force of Cuban rebels ended in farce and global embarrassment; and the devastating blow to U.S. prestige worldwide that followed the fall of Saigon in 1975, from which it took America a generation to recover. …

So dishonest:

Perhaps the most egregious bit of Biden’s speech was the way he framed the choice before him: either America cut and run (of course, he didn’t use these words but that’s what’s happening); or there had to be yet another massive U.S. military build-up which could see America in Afghanistan for another 20 years.

Biden put it that way because he knows there is no appetite among U.S. voters for further, deeper involvement.

‘How many more generations of daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not?’ he asked, knowing full well that the answer would be a resounding: ‘None!’

But his binary choice was as deceptive as it was cynical.

There was a third way — largely a continuation of an enhanced status quo.

For some time now, a small number of U.S. troops — around 2,500 — and their allies have worked with the Afghan military to contain the Taliban, with some success. The Afghans have done most of the fighting and there hasn’t been a U.S. casualty on the battlefield for 18 months. That’s right, not a single American body bag out of Afghanistan since February 2020. …

He claimed America could not occupy Afghanistan for ever. But the U.S. did not occupy Afghanistan. It merely had a small but vital military presence there. It no more occupied Afghanistan than it does South Korea or Japan or Italy or Spain, countries where it also has an important military presence. …

The Afghan military has borne the brunt of the action, suffering 45,000 fatalities in recent years (66,000 since 2001). It was unbecoming of President Biden to demean a foreign army which has incurred such a death toll in defence of its country while carrying out U.S. policy. …

So hypocritical — or did he just wise up and change his mind?

He claimed the U.S. was in Afghanistan only on a counter-terrorist mission, not for nation-building, implying he had no time for that. Yet, in 2001, as the U.S. intervention was under way, he attacked Republican resistance to nation-building and looked forward to a ‘relatively stable government in Afghanistan . . . which represents the ethnic make-up of the country and provides the foundation for future reconstruction of that country’. In other words, nation-building.

Two years later, he said: ‘The alternative to nation-building is chaos, a chaos that churns out bloodthirsty warlords, drug-traffickers and terrorists.’

The fact is, the counter-terrorism strategy of the U.S. and its allies has been a success. Afghanistan has not been a base for international terrorism for 20 years. And, in the process, some very worthwhile building of a civil society has been achieved. In 2001, before the Taliban fell and Al-Qaeda fled, there were one million pupils in Afghanistan, every one of them male. Today there are 9.5 million — and 40 per cent are female. …

In 2010, he told Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan, that the U.S. had to leave, regardless of the consequences for women.

Holbrooke records in his diary that, when confronted with America’s obligations to ordinary Afghans, he replied: ‘F*** that. We don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam. Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.’

Afghanistan Is The Thread That Will Start To Unravel Western Dreams Of A “New World Order”, by Michael Snyder | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

https://straightlinelogic.com/2021/08/18/afghanistan-is-the-thread-that-will-start-to-unravel-western-dreams-of-a-new-world-order-by-michael-snyder/

If the supposedly most powerful military in the world couldn’t defeat Taliban goat herders in Afghanistan, you’ve got to wonder about the globalists designs to rule the entire planet. From Michael Snyder at themostimportantnews.com:

The drama playing out in Afghanistan right now has enormous implications for the entire planet, because it represents a colossal defeat for western globalists. Ever since the end of World War II, western elitists have been tirelessly working to establish “liberal democracies” all over the globe, and the idea was that all of the “liberal democracies” could be increasingly integrated into an emerging one world system. Of course China, Russia, Iran and their allies were never going to fully go along with this plan, and that is one of the reasons why they are endlessly demonized by media outlets in the western world. The Chinese, the Russians and the Iranians all have their own ideas about what the future of the planet should look like, and none of them are good. But when it comes to world domination, the western powers were closer to achieving that goal than anyone else. Unfortunately for the western powers, the tide is now turning, and it appears that an era of tremendous instability is dead ahead.

U.S. globalists such as Henry Kissinger helped to popularize the idea of a “New World Order”, but in recent years western elitists have more commonly referred to it as “the Liberal World Order” or “the Liberal International Order”. The following is how the Liberal International Order is defined by Wikipedia

In international relations, the liberal international order (some times referred to as the rules-based[1] or the US-led[2] international order) describes a set of global, rule-based, structured relationships based on political liberalism, economic liberalism and liberal internationalism since the late 1940s.[3] More specifically, it entails international cooperation through multilateral institutions (like the United Nations, World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund), and is constituted by human equality (freedom, rule of law and human rights), open markets, security cooperation, promotion of liberal democracy, and monetary cooperation.[3][4][5] The order was established in the aftermath of World War II, led in large part by the United States.[3][6]

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Chinese media warn Taiwanese leaders against acting as ‘strategic pawns’ of US, calls Afghan crisis a ‘lesson’ for them — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/532246-china-warns-taiwan-afghanistan/

Beijing’s state-run Global Times newspaper has warned Taiwan
that the US “abandonment” of Afghan allies should be a lesson, as the
disputed island would be left to fend for itself and “collapse in hours”
in a war with China.
Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders must keep a “sober head” and advocates for secession from China should “wake up from their dreams,” the English-language newspaper said on Monday.

“From
what happened in Afghanistan, they should perceive that once a war
breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours,
and the US military won’t come to help,” Global Times said in an editorial. “As a result, the DPP authorities will quickly surrender, while some high-level officials may flee by plane.”

Just
such a scenario has played out in Afghanistan since President Joe Biden
announced in April that the US military would withdraw from the country
by September 11. Biden later moved the deadline up to the end of
August, but even before the process could be completed, the country’s
US-backed government collapsed. Taliban fighters overran Afghan security
forces in an overwhelming blitzkrieg, capped by their capture of Kabul
on Sunday, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with bags of
cash in tow.

“The best choice for the DPP authorities is to avoid pushing the situation to that position,” Global Times said.

They
need to change their course of bonding themselves to the anti-Chinese
mainland chariot of the US. They should keep cross-Straits peace with
political means, rather than acting as strategic pawns of the US and
bear the bitter fruits of a war.

The
article was accompanied by an illustration of a bald eagle, representing
the US, leading Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen toward a hole in the
ground. The newspaper likened the chaos in Kabul to the 1975 fall of
Saigon, when US embassy staffers were evacuated by helicopter, just as
happened again in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Global Times said the US
has a long history of abandoning its allies, from betraying imperial
France after the Revolutionary War and abandoning Kurdish allies in
Syria in 2019, to fleeing Kabul as Afghan defenses collapsed. “Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?” the newspaper asked, adding that while Tsai and other DPP leaders downplayed the Afghan crisis, “they must have known better in secret, that the US is not reliable.”



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Pentagon Special Forces nominee says US should ‘strongly consider’ training Taiwanese guerillas against ‘Chinese invasion’

The Biden administration clearly judged that the Afghanistan
occupation had become too costly, despite the country’s strategic
importance, and decided it could invest its resources more effectively
to maintain US hegemony, Global Times said. Taiwan’s geopolitical value
is no greater than that of Afghanistan, the newspaper added, and the US
would have to pay a “huge price” to intervene in a war with China.

“Once
a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island
with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than
it had for Afghanistan, Syria and Vietnam if it wants to interfere,” Global Times said. And relative to Afghanistan, the US would have a “deeper hopelessness” for victory. Notably, the newspaper repeatedly said “once a war breaks out” with China, and not “if.”

The
Global Times article was on the same wavelength as social media chatter
in recent days amid the US evacuation and Taliban advance. “This is a fiasco of epic proportions,”
Timur Kuran, a professor at Duke University in North Carolina, said on
Monday on Twitter, citing New York Times columnist Bret Stephens. “Every
ally – Taiwan, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Israel, Japan – will draw
the lesson that it is on its own in the face of its enemies.”

Other
observers, such as Newsmax host Steve Cortes, said Biden’s handling of
the Afghan crisis will embolden China to seize Taiwan. “China now knows that it has a free hand in Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” former assistant Treasury secretary Monica Crowley tweeted. “Compromised Biden really delivered.”

Taiwan
has been ruled by descendants of the Chinese nationalists who fled
defeat in the civil war on the mainland in 1949 and declared a “Republic of China”
in exile. Though the island has sought a level of independence and
self-governance from the mainland, Beijing maintains that Taiwan is
still Chinese territory under the ‘One China’ policy.



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Afghanistan was to cut its losses to focus on China, but the
repercussions from its exit will make that impossible

Russia, China circle the wagons. Iran is in it – © blogfactory

https://blogfactory.co.uk/2021/08/15/russia-china-circle-the-wagons-iran-is-in-it/

The Tehran Times reported on Wednesday that Moscow has conveyed to Tehran that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has reached a consensus on Iran’s admission as a full member of the grouping.

Russia, China circle the wagons. Iran is in it

China ‘Ready’ To Recognize Taliban If Afghan Government Ousted

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/08/14/china-ready-to-recognize-taliban-if-afghan-government-ousted/
Late last month the world beheld the unusual footage of Taliban commanders being warmly received by China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in the Chinese city of Tianjin. That trip included the Islamic terror group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in a rare visit widely seen as an attempt…

Fleet of Russian naval vessels in the English channel. – What Now News 24

https://whatnownews24.com/2021/08/14/fleet-of-russian-naval-vessels-in-the-english-channel/

Image Credit: Stanislav Karatanov

On Friday evening, … The Russian Northern Fleet reported about its vessels location.

Today, a detachment of ships and support vessels, headed by the large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet, passed the Pas-de-Calais and continues to move southward in the English Channel.

Russian Northern Fleet Statement.

Along with the anti-submarine ship, there is a Russian corvette military ship Gremyachchiy from the Pacific Fleet and a minesweeper vessel Vladimir Emelyanov from the Black Sea Fleet…

The news of the anti-submarine ship passing through English waters comes on the same month that Russian attack submarines conducted several deep penetration missions far underwater carrying hypersonic missiles. Recently, it was revealed that a large number of Russian Borei-class nuclear powered submarines dived beyond 500metres in an attempt to enter the Atlantic Ocean undetected. These submaries carry Zircon 3M22 hypersonic missiles that have speeds of 2.7km per second.

More details to follow.

Russia starts joint military drills with China. – What Now News 24

https://whatnownews24.com/2021/08/09/russia-starts-joint-military-drills-with-china/

On Monday, Russian and Chinese forces will start their 5-day joint military drill, dubbed the Zapad/Interaction 2021, with the aim of enhancing security in Central Asia. The exercise which will be held in China’s northern Chinese Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and will involve around 10,000 troops. Aircraft, artillery and other armored equipment will also be used during the drills...