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New Chinese leader Jinping's call for "1 Heart and Mind with the People" to open CoE link ?

Written by ACM
Thursday, 15 November 2012
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- New China's leader Xi Jinping's call to have "1 Heart and Mind with the People", as he stressed while meeting the Press at the conclusion of a crucial CPC's Congres in Beijing earlier this morning, which adopted Changes in its Constitution and a Report pointing at "Democracy", "Rule of Law" and "a Mechanism" to "Check the exercice of Power", might boost China's links with the CoE, reviving a pioneer suggestion, by the current President of its PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly, French ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jean-Claude Mignon, to create a special status for Beijing inside Strasbourg's Organization for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law, (See "EuroFora"s previous, relevant NewsReports : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/china.html  + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euchinaculturaldialoguecoeassemlynewchairmignonandchina.html ).

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China is today the only Permanent Member at the New York headquarted UNO's Security Council, which hasn't yet got a special Status within the CoE, since USA, Canada, Japan and even Mexico negotiated and obtained such special "Observer" links to Strasbourg when Russia became a full CoE Member, already from 1996, associating PanEuropean and Global Multilateral Diplomacies together. But PACE's President Mignon has recently reiterated, speaking to "EuroFora" immediately after his election, earlier this year (2012), his initial 2008 idea to create an adequate CoE - China permanent link in Strasbourg, where Beijing's Government has already started, since several years, to regularly send some particularly experienced and well qualified diplomats in an important Consulate General.

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    A Resolution of CPC's 18th National Congress on its revised Constitution, stresses, in particular, that "making (of) People's Democracy more Extensive, Fuller in scope and Sounder in practice, and improving the socialist system of Laws with Chinese characteristics, are objective requirements for keeping to the socialist path of making Political advance ..., carrying out political Structural Reform both actively and prudently, and strengthening efforts to build a socialist country based on the Rule of Law".


    Jinping also pointed, earlier, at the importance of the Report presented by Hu Jintao and approved by CPC's 18th Congress, which includes the requirement not only "to ...promote Reform of the Political structure and make People's Democracy more Extensive, Fuller in scope and Sounder in practice", but even to "ensure ...the position of the People as Masters of the country and Law-based Governance; .....enhancing the vitality of the Party and country and keeping the People fully Motivated", by "expand(ing) Socialist Democracy, improv(ing) the system of socialist Consultative Democracy, ...Community-level Democracy, accelerate the building of a socialist country based on the Rule of Law, establish a sound Mechanism for conducting Checks and oversight of the exercise of Power", (i.e. something strikingly similar to the European "Controle de Légalité des Actes Administratifs", etc), according to the official text.
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Speaking to Journalists today, that he met together with all the 7 freshly elected Members of CPC's Politburo's Standing Committee, (including Li Keqiang, reportedly due to become Prime Minister), Jinping made a landmark reference to the "5 Thousand Years" of Chinese "Civilisation's evolution", that famous Greek Emperor Alexander the Great had vainly dreamed to unite with all other Ancient Civilisations known at his time when he arrived up to the Silk Road (3rd Century BC), long before the  Italian merchand from Venice, Marco Polo, succeeds a Round Trip between Europe and China on the 12th Century AC, uniting them for ever with his famous Book on the "wonders of the World", full of innovative Ideas which notoriously helped to boost Europe's Technological Development, and even facilitate Spanish explorer Colombo's discovery of America, soon afterwards (14th Century AC), before Maoism inspires part of the "Non-Aligned" International Movement and Budhism the Anglo-American "Hippie" mode during the 1960ies, followed by the Chinese "Cultural Revolution's" debates on the pro and cons of various Socialist Regimes' contradictory developments, as well as the World-wide Respect that today's basically Peaceful and Economically dynamic and cooperating China inspires, particularly during the current search of the best ways out of the recent Global Crisis in a more Democratic, Multi-Polar World.

 

Xi Jiping, who studied Chemical Engineering and worked also in Agriculture etc., before embracing Politics, is reportedly linked both with Protagonists of the Historic 1949 Revolution (including his own father : an important Politician, pushed aside at a stage of the "Cultural Revolution", but rehabilitated during Deng Xiaoping), and with Shanghai, (China's most "International" City, similar to New York, Geneva or Strasbourg, etc, currently visited anew by "EuroFora"s Scientific Advisor, Dr. Constantin Marcopoulos), where he served as Head of the CP, while he also met recently a Delegation from Shanghai, (for which he reportedly wished "a new situation"), led by Yu Zhengsheng.

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Among Western Leaders, he has already met with former US President GWBush and Russia's Medvedev in the Past, and one of his most recent meetings was, on August 2012, with German Chancellor Angie Merkel (a former Scientist on Physics, married with a Professor of Chemistry), while French President Hollande has just anounced that he accepted his invitation to visit soon China,  (comp. recent statements of Hollande's Diplomatic Sherpa to "EuroFora" on China, during the latest EU Summit in Brussels : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchpresidentsdipomaticadvisoronchina.html ).

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 - Thanking and encouraged by the "Trust of CPC's Members" and the "great expectations of the People" from the new 7-Member strong Leading Team, Jinping promissed to "strive to be worthy" of that "important responsibility", "and fulfill our mission".  Pointing at China's Historically "indelible Contribution to the progress of Human Civilization", he reminded, however, that "in Modern times, ...China endured untold Hardships and Sufferings, and its very survival hung in the balance", while countless ...patriots rose up one after another and fought for the renewal of the ...Nation, but all ended in Failure, as he said, until CPC  "made great Sacrifices and forged ahead against all odds", for 90 Years,"rallied and led the ..People in transforming the poor and backward, old China into an increasingly prosperous and powerful New China, thus opening a completely New Horizon for a great renewal". "Our responsibility Now is to rally and lead the entire Party and the People of all ethnic groups in China in taking over the "Relay Baton" passed on to us by History, and ...stand rock-Firm in the Family of Nations, contributing even more to the Humankind", as he said.

- Praising the "Beauty", "Harmony" and "Culture" of the "Homeland" built "in the long course of History", by " the Chinese People, ...working with diligence, bravery and wisdom", Jinping observed Today's "People's desire" for  "better Education", "stable" and "good Jobs", "Income", "Social Security", "Medical and Health Care", "Housing" and "Environment", as well as "sound Growth" and "a more enjoyable Life", and promissed to "rally and lead ... in making continued efforts to Free up our Minds, carry out Reform and Opening up, further release and Develop the Productive forces".

As a Journalist observed, immediately after that Press encounter, it's mainly about "Continuing to Develop Production, but without losing Contact with the People", while on-going Debates with Western and Chinese Experts focused also on how to "bridge the Gap between Rich and Poor", fight Corruption, etc.

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- Indeed, "under the New Conditions, our Party faces many Severe Challenges, and ...Pressing Problems within the Party that Need to be resolved, particularly Corruption, being Divorced from the People, ...Formalism and Bureaucratism caused by some Party Officials", Jinping denounced, launching a call to "make every effort to solve these ("Major") Problems", until when "we must stay on Full Alert", as he warned, because "the Party must Supervise its own conduct".

- For that purpose, CPC must "maintain Close Ties with the People", because "it's the People who have Created History",  "who are true Heroes" and  "the Source of our Strength", since "United as one, we'll create an awesome Power" able to " certainly overcome all difficulties", if we "serve the People with Dedication", "share the same destiny ...and ...work together and diligently with them for the public good, so as to live up to the expectations of both History and the People", conscious of the fact that "our Responsibility is heavier than Mount Tai, and our Road Ahead is Long", as Jining warned in Conclusion.

 

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(Mount Tai, between Beijing and Shanghai, is the most important among China's 5 "Sacred Mountains", a UNESCO World Heritage site, with more than 3.000 Years History of worship, and Higher than 1.500 m.. Traditionaly associated to Sunrise/Dawn, Birth and Renaissance, but also to Innovation, Unity, Stability and Peace, Emperos used to pay hommage to Heaven and to Earth at its Top and at its feet, linked by a long path curved in stone).

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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