European lawmakers of the Interparliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) called for a tougher approach toward China on Thursday during their third day of a visit to Taiwan.
“A realistic China policy must be willing to be tough.
“And I think we will get there,’’ Reinhard Bütikofer of the German Greens told a news conference.
” The comment came just one day before German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz’s visit to Beijing.
The delegation of European lawmakers, led by Bütikofer, exchanged views with Taiwanese counterparts on Wednesday and were received by President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday.
Tsai described the first-ever IPAC visit to Taiwan as “extraordinarily meaningful.
’’ IPAC is an international cross-party group of lawmakers from 29 countries that aimed to deepen collaboration on issues involving China.
“IPAC has helped coordinate democratic countries to respond to the growing challenges of authoritarian China,’’ Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said.
Taiwan is a self-governing democracy and had long seen itself as an independent.
Beijing rejects official contact between countries and Taiwan as it regarded the democratic island republic as part of China.
Tensions had intensified in recent months.
The conflict over Taiwan would also play a role in Scholz’s talks in Beijing.
Bütikofer said Scholz’s visit to China was controversial because “a lot of people are afraid that the chancellor will not do and say what should be done and said in Beijing.
Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich democracies will discuss how best to coordinate further support for Ukraine.
The discussion will take place on Thursday, when they meet in Germany following recent Russian attacks on energy infrastructure that have caused widespread power cuts.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to dominate the two-day meeting of U.
S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with his G7 counterparts in the western German city of Muenster.
Although, China’s increasingly assertive role in the world and protests in Iran will also be high on the agenda.
“This G7 meeting for us is coming at an important time,’’ a senior State Department official said, noting that the group “has been a vital coordinating mechanism’’ for policy approaches on the most pressing issues.
EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, earlier on Tuesday said during a visit to Kyiv that the European Union, together with partners, were exploring ways to increase help for Ukraine’s energy sector.
Ukraine needs specific equipment and tools to repair damage to its energy infrastructure, she said.
Foreign companies should be urged to prioritise the transfer of energy equipment to Ukraine.
The G7 meeting, hosted by Germany, which holds the group’s rotating presidency, will provide an opportunity for the world’s richest democracies.
The aim is to discuss recent developments in China and security in the Indo Pacific after Chinese President Xi Jinping consolidated his grip on power at a Communist Party Congress.
“The foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Taiwan and how the G7 can strengthen partnerships with countries in the region,’’ the British foreign ministry said in a statement.
President Xi Jinping says that China is willing to work with the United States (U.
S.) to find ways to get along for the benefit of both.
Local media reported ahead of a possible meeting by Xi with U.
S. President Joe Biden in Indonesia.
As major powers, China and the United States should strengthen communication and cooperation to help provide stability to the world, Xi said in a message to an event of the National Committee on U.
The two countries have been at odds over China’s policy toward Taiwan, China’s relationship with Russia and more recently, U.
S. efforts to prevent its semiconductor companies selling technology to Chinese companies.
China was recently infuriated by a string of visits by U.
S. lawmakers to Taiwan.
China said that the United States was sending “dangerous signals” on the democratically governed island, which China claims as its own.
Xi, who has just secured a ground-breaking third term as leader of the ruling Communist Party overseeing the world’s second-largest economy, has denounced foreign interference over Taiwan and recently said China would never renounce right to use force over it.
Biden on Wednesday said “the United State does not seek conflict with China”.
S. administration, following Xi’s securing of his third term over the weekend, has stressed the importance of keeping lines of communication open with China.
Xi and Biden are expected to attend a G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November, but no information has been officially released on the possibility of a meeting between them.
Boosting foreign currency remittance through U.
S. EB-5 Visa policy Participants at the information series on EB-5 investment project in AbujaBoosting foreign currency remittance through U.
S. EB-5 Visa policy A News Analysis by Ikenna Uwadileke, News Agency of Nigeria On Oct. 20 the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in collaboration with Invest in USA (IIUSA) hosted an interactive session on EB-5 investment project for Nigerians wishing to migrate to the country for investment.
The event with the theme “Pathway to USA Permanent Residency for You and Your Family) provided a platform to enlighten Nigerians on the importance of investors getting the right information on EB-5 opportunities.
The EB-5 program is a U.
S government-authorised visa category created by the Congress in 1990. Its main focus is to inspire foreign investment in job-creating enterprises in exchange for a U.
S. Green Card. The event also provided the U.
S. delegates the opportunity to further woo Nigerians on the need to invest in the U.
S. economy and repatriate their money to Nigeria.
The interaction was huge and offered Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on the benefits of having the right information towards investing in USA using the EB-5 window.
Panelists at the event revealed that 80 per cent investors from Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.
K. have applied for the EB-5 programme.
They told the audience that a large number of applicants have also come from Vietnam, India, Brazil, Mexico.
Mr Fife Banks the Project Manager, , urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from other developed nations in creating an attractive framework to drive the country’s visa policy.
According to Banks, an investment in an EB-5 project is not just a financial investment but also an investment in a better future, safety, freedom and opportunities for families and loved ones.
He said that one of the main benefits of the EB5 program is the opportunity to access the U.
S. education system for one’s children and wards.
“Green Cards give EB-5 investors the option to enroll their children in U.
S. public schools from elementary school through high school at no cost.
“Children who have experience in U.
S. classrooms will already be familiar with U.
“Such children will not have to go through as intense adjustment period as international students often do upon entering U.
” Banks said.
Banks also said that adult children could benefit from the EB5 Green Card programme, and encouraged parents to fund such wards’ projects to make them eligible for the EB-5 Green Card. “This is a good option for parents who do not want to immigrate to the U.
S themselves but have children who are married or over 21 years old.
“There are health benefits also.
It grants access to the U.
S. healthcare system.
S is home to some of the world’s best hospitals, top medical schools, and top medical research centers”, Banks said.
On her part, the Director-General of ACCI, Ms Victoria Akai, said Nigeria’s economy could benefit immensely from the policy.
According to her, Nigeria’s business community can repatriate up to two billion dollars into the economy if they leverage the opportunity.
“The more investors Nigeria has in the U.
S. the more opportunities we have to contribute to shaping policies that affect Nigeria and Africans in the U.
S. “According to World Bank statistics, in 2019 Nigeria had a total export of 53.6 billion dollars and total imports of 47 billion dollars, leading to a positive trade balance of about two billion dollars.
“Nigerians are being asked to come and invest in the U.
S. like other countries come to invest in Nigeria, make money, employ their citizens.
“Whatever profits we make in the U.
S., we are also allowed to repatriate it back to Nigeria.
“Eventually, in a year we should be able to repatriate up to one billion or two billion dollars to Nigeria,’’ she said.
According to Akai, many Nigerians seeking legitimate investments in the U.
S., are not connecting with the right people, or getting the right information to enable them effectively manage risks and guarantee success in their investments.
“As experts in the field of international trade and investment, we recognise the advantage of being true global citizens in the sense of global mobility.
“Investment opportunities, which also provide opportunities for citizenship, can help extend peoples’ economic impact and help them build beyond borders and also trade and live without little limitations.
“The process of investing in the U.
S. has been the potential to significantly increase repatriation of funds to Nigeria.
“Nigerian investors can benefit from various continental and trade agreements existing in the U.
S. such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),’’ Akai said.
Mr Aaron Grau, Executive Director, IIUSA, said that Nigerians could achieve permanent U.
S. residency for their families at a minimum of 800, 000 dollars in EB-5 investment.
Grau expressed hope for a cordial and lasting relationship between Nigerians and Americans to ensure that investors had good return for their money.
“Opportunities for citizens to sponsor other family members for Green Cards are all embedded.
Mr McKenzie Penton, Director Event and Business Development, IIUSA, said that the EB-5 project required a strict and regular in-flow of funds.
“One of the most important aspects of the programme is to demonstrate where the money one is investing is coming from.
“Whether it is your earnings, assets or even from friends and family, you will need to prove and show documentation for all sources of money in the investment and fees,’’ he said.
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The Chinese government on Tuesday protested the visit to Taiwan of a group of six German lawmakers.
In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry urged the group, led by Bundestag member Peter Heidt of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), to “immediately cease its interaction with the separatist pro-independence forces in Taiwan.
”The ministry urged the German lawmakers not to send “wrong signals” and to abide by the so-called One China Principle.
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory,” the statement said, adding that Taiwan is to blame for escalating regional tension.
Six lawmakers from the Bundestag’s human rights committee arrived in Taiwan on Sunday on a four-day visit – the second embarked upon by a German parliamentary delegation this month.
On Monday, the group was received by Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei.
Beijing rejected official contacts between countries and Taipei as it regards Taiwan as part of China.
It has also threatened to take Taiwan by force if necessary.
Taiwan is self-ruled and has long seen itself as independent.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to embark on a visit to China in November, together with a business delegation, in what would be his first visit to the country as chancellor.
Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen on Monday thanked Germany for supporting the island’s democracy on the international stage.
Tsai underlined Germany’s role as the current G7 chair and welcomed the Bundestag’s resolution backing Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly – one of the island’s many friction points with Beijing.
“Taiwan and Germany are partners sharing common values of democracy and freedom.
I’d like to particularly thank Germany for its support for Taiwan in international community,” Tsai said at a reception for six lawmakers from the Bundestag’s human rights committee.
The cross-party delegation, led by Peter Heidt of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a four-day visit.
“We have only just heard China’s threats through President Xi Jinping’s statement at the party congress,” Heidt said.
At the opening of the congress, Xi had reiterated China’s position that Taiwan is a part of China that should eventually be “reunited” with the mainland.
“I would like to reiterate that from the German perspective, the status quo of the Taiwan Strait could only be changed peacefully and by mutual consent.
“We should also continue to expand our good trade relations and continue to work together more closely in the field of science and, above all, remain in close contact at the political level,” Heidt said.
Heidt criticized Taiwan’s retention of the death penalty, describing it as a deeply inhuman form of punishment.
The abolition of the death penalty, which has been demanded by rights activists, has long been a topic of debate in Taiwan.
Polls continue to show majority support for capital punishment.
Tsai once described abolition as a “universal goal.
Japanese Defence Ministry, on Friday said Japan and the United States would conduct a joint military exercise from Nov. 10, as countries are increasingly wary of China’s growing military might and assertiveness.
The drill, dubbed Keen Sword, takes place biennially around Japan.
Some 36,000 personnel, 30 vessels, and 370 aircraft from Japan’s Self-defence Forces and the U.
S. military will participate in this year’s exercise, which will run till Nov. 19. Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that “by demonstrating Japan’s and the United States’ strong will and coordination, we aim to contribute to defending Japan and securing peace and safety of the region.
’’ The ministry said besides the two Pacific allies, Canada will be dispatching two vessels, while Australia and Britain will each send one warship to the drill.
Locations of the field training include Japan’s southwestern islands including Tokunoshima, which is closer to Taipei than to Tokyo.
At a Communist Party meeting that started on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating China’s plans to build a world-class military and said his country would never renounce the right to use force to resolve the Taiwan issue.
China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, while Taiwan’s government strongly objects to China’s sovereignty claims and says only the island’s 23 million people can decide its future.
Eritrea will participate in the 2022 Summer Paralympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russian Federation from October 2-9 under the theme "We are one in sport".
In the Paralympic Games in which 20 countries participate, Eritrea participates with three disabled athletes, including a woman in table tennis.
Eritrea participates at the invitation of the National Paralympic Games Committee of the Russian Federation to the Eritrean National Paralympic Games Committee.
The 2022 Paralympic Games incorporate table tennis, athletics, swimming, chess and handball, among others.
Eritrea became a member of the International Paralympic Committee on December 11, 2021 at the general meeting held in Taiwan.
Despite Chinese threats, Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values, visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday.
Klaus-Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five-day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China.
“This country is based on the rule of law, a haven of freedom in Asia,” Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home.
In Taiwan, the cross-party Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers, along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security.
Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable.
“This is not the way we understand international politics,” Willsch said of Chinese saber-rattling against the democratic island republic.
Willsch said their visit, the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019, shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality.
The Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October, followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year, Willsch said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin formalised the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Wednesday amid major battlefield reversals in recent days.
The reversal led to shrinking the amount of seized territory Moscow controls.
Russia has escalated its seven-month war with the annexation drive, a military mobilisation and warnings of a possible recourse to nuclear weapons to protect all of its territories.
Putin now signed off on a law formally incorporating the four regions, representing about 18 per cent of Ukraine’s territory, into Russia.
The state-owned TASS news agency reported on Wednesday morning.
The Russian leader’s signature was the final stage in the legislative process; the two chambers of Russia’s parliament had already ratified the plan.
Kyiv and its Western allies said Russia’s attempted annexation was an illegal land grab and would never be recognised with Ukraine saying its army would recapture any territory occupied by Russian forces.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday night that his military had made major, rapid advances against Russian forces in the past week.
This is taking back dozens of towns in regions in the south and east that Russia has declared annexed.
“This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centres have been liberated.
“These are in Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether,’’ Zelensky said.
Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured.
Reuters could not independently verify his statements.
Russia did not fully control any of the four regions it claimed Donetsk, Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson in the south.
The Kremlin has said it has yet to determine the final borders of the annexed territory.
Andriy Yermak, head of Zelenskiy’s office, reiterated the Ukrainian position on annexation.
Referring on Telegram to what he called a collective madhouse, he said, worthless decisions by a terrorist country were not worth the paper they were signed on.
Russian forces in the Donetsk and Kherson regions were forced to retreat in recent days, they dug in at new positions where they hoped to halt the Ukrainian advance.
Zelensky said Ukraine had retaken territory in the rapid advance Moscow maps showed shrinking controlled areas as South Korea, and the U.
S. fire missiles into the sea to protest ‘reckless’ North Korea test China has ‘destroyed’ tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait – minister Major UN powers question Pacific islanders’ called for nuclear legacy help This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centres have been liberated.
These were in Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions altogether, Zelensky said.
Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured.
Reuters could not independently verify his statements.
Lyudmila, 64, who sheltered for weeks in the basement of the Lavra monastery complex with other Ukrainians, speaks to journalists outside the church in Svyatohirsk.