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Munich security conference : Who belongs today to the powers of the super?

Many people come to Munich to talk to each other, instead of talking to each other, had a host Wolfgang Ischinger noted at the opening of the security conference. On Saturday, the fell. How cooperative or confrontational, the international situation developed, depends to a large extent from the United States and China and how they treat each other. Their top representative in Munich, Vice-President Mike Pence and Politburo member Yang Jiechi, on a common Podium. They spoke one after the other. And on top of each other.

Small hierarchy of major powers: How many listen to?

Delivers the world into a new Phase of dual rivalry? The many observers expect. The abbreviation for G is "2". Or it is an Era of competition of several great powers? There is not even Russia, not to speak of India and Europe.

quite the equal of you are not, and on the public interest. In the case of Pence, the room was filled with Yang. As according to them, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke, remained some of the squares empty.

According to Pence's words, the world is experiencing a new Phase of American strength. "America leads." This was due to Donald Trump. Nato members spend more for defense. The German-Russian Pipeline, Nord Stream 2 is out of the question - "due to our hard stance". Pence attacked Germany's dependence on Russian Gas and threatened. "We can't defend allies in the West, so dependent on the East."

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The wish is the father of the words

The alleged new strength of the United States takes you back Pence on Trumps strong leadership, and on the principle: "We do not deal with the world as it is - as we would like them to be." But then several examples where the wish seemed to be father of the words are not followed, the facts. The "Islamic state" (IS) had been defeated"". The US had liberated thousands of Iraqis, Syrians, Kurds. "In these hours, the last territory under the black IS flag is recaptured."

In Afghanistan, "the Taliban to the negotiating table, because America is so strong," claimed Pence. The Europeans have the impression that the United States come to terms with the Taliban, because they want to pull it off. The day before, defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen had criticized, that the United States is talking with the Taliban separately, without the Afghan government and its Nato-allies.

Iran is the main sponsor of Terror in the world"". That is why all States should join the new US sanctions against Tehran. "The Evil must be fought wherever it occurs," suggested Pence a bow to his visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp on Friday. "Iran declared it to the goal, to wipe Israel from the map."

North Korea was Pence's next proof of strength. The Regime "has threatened for years, the neighbors." Trump have ended: "no new nuclear testing, no new missile launches; the prisoners are US citizens came home." The next summit Trump-Kim will bring further progress.

Only in the case of China the sound conciliatory

In the case of China, it was the sound conciliatory. He had "great respect for President Xi". China "has a privileged place in our picture of Asia provided that it respects the sovereignty of its neighbors." In the trade dispute, an agreement was in prospect. This is also the result of "stability".

questions from the audience were not provided. Such a pathetic conclusion of the confession remained in the room. "The West will not break. Our values will prevail. Because freedom always wins."

opposition earned Pence weig late from its predecessor. Joe Biden, Vice President under Barack Obama, asked: "What's that for leadership? Can only lead, who has allies. Who disturbed his allies can't lead."

Yang Jiechi said, China's support for multilateralism, because of the "serve the cause of peace".Photo: REUTERS

The guest from China promotes multilateralism

Yang Jiechi more of an effort to win listeners for themselves. China's support for multilateralism, because of the "serve the cause of peace". In China, they have kept the United States a Power, which the multilateral System is also high. Because there is today in doubt. He moved as well, of course, is a red line: Yes to consultation and co-operation, but "no interference in internal Affairs".

China respect the rule of law, claimed Yang. He passed that Beijing adheres to the judgments of the International court of arbitration to rights of sovereignty in the China sea.

The "realization of the Chinese dream depends on cooperation," said Yang. He confirmed that the United States and China are on a good way to pacify its trade disputes with a comprehensive agreement.

In all the peaceful sounds, but also Beijing sees itself now as a super-power that threatens with violence if they see their interests threatened. China will defend its territory and vital interests, when you are attacked.

Hidden threats: America and Europe are expected to be out

hold As an example, he cited, "if under the pretext of the free movement of ship traffic in the territories of hurt." That sounds like a conflict, because these territories to interpret the neighbouring countries, the United States and the international courts other than Beijing. "Non-regional powers must respect the sovereignty of the Region," demanded Yang. In clear text: The United States and Europe should keep out of dispute in Asia.

Chancellor Merkel had demanded in the Morning, China also needs to participate in treaties to limit nuclear weapons. Yang said. The front of the INF would apply the Treaty to China, Beijing must scrap the bulk of his nuclear missiles.

Yang came back at the end of his long speech on multilateralism. China is the host of the G 20, reasons courts for copyright and development banks - in the case of wear, so for the "Good Governance" in the world. Those who work alone, creates something Useful, quoted Yang saying. "Anyone who works together multiplies the Benefits."

Lavrov makes 2019, a friendly face

Sergei Lavrov came. In recent years, his appearances criminal sermons adapted over the West. This time he spoke in a less strict tone and a friendly face. The complaint, however, remained the same: "The situation in Europe is very tense". Blame the West. Adenauer and de Gaulle, Kohl and Mitterrand had urged "a cooperative relationship with Russia". The had remained "empty intentions".

After that, it was not from the evil West, but of evil non-European powers, Europe, "Nato-centrism" force and a missile defense. "Europe has let in a pointless rivalry with Russia."

Moscow's offer: One economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok

New: Lavrov made offers of cooperation - of course, those in which Russia will not be suspended for great power, but the Status of a world power at eye level. "The presidents of the Eurasian Union and the European Union should negotiate a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok" - should read: Russia and the EU. Apparently, Lavrov does not believe that it is so. "The question is whether it will allow the EU", he described Europe as a vassal of the USA. The true obstacle: The EU is a free market economy, Russia is not - and is economical, around seven Times stronger.

offers to save the INF Treaty, or to peace in Ukraine, Lavrov made it.

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