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EU-China Talks in Paris open Space H-T. Coop as EUParliament Votes on Space in STB eve of BRX Summit

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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*Paris+Strasbourg+Brussels/Angelo Marcopolo/- Stronger than expected Announcements on emblematic Space High-Tech Cooperation with China, anchored on a larger Will for a Multilateral Global Governance, with Europe and China firmly involved, Marked the Spring 2019 Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, these days in Paris,

while, almost at the Same Time, EU Parliament in Strasbourg was Voting on an Inter-Institutional Agreement about EU's Future Space Policy and even the Creation of a specific EU Agency,

shortly before the forthcoming EU - China Summit on April 9, in Brussels.

Both Moves come shortly after a premonitory "Eurofora"'s Question/Reply Topical exchange with EU Commission's vice-President Jurki Katainen, Earlier this Month in Strasbourg, about current Prospects for EU - China Cooperation on Space, on the occasion of the adoption, then, of a wider Draft EU "Strategy" on China in general, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionvpresidentonchinaandspace.html).

But, how "Deep" will really be EU - China Cooperation, at least, on the most "Burning" Global Issues, when, in addition to "Peace", and "World" Trade or other matters, are Added also key References to "Humanity", particularly at a moment when even basic BioEthical values are at stake ? (See Infra)... 

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- "Our two Countries have Decided to Develop their Cooperation on Space, in the areas (not only) of Satellites" (as until recently), (but also) and "of Outer Space Exploration", announced Chinese President Xi Jinping, at a Press-point after a key bilateral France-China Summit, Yesterday in Paris' Elysée Palace, (on the Anniversary of 55 Years since De Gaulle recognized officially China, starting Diplomatic Relations).

- Since "our (Beijing's) Satellites have landed at the Hidden Side of the Moon" recently, "and we are preparing a Space Station" asap, therefore, "we are Ready to cooperate with France in these areas", Xi added in concreto.        

+ He was reacting positively to a Deal and a Proposal announced Earlier by French President Macron in this direction :

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- "On Space, after having Launched, on October 2018, our 1st Joint Observation Satellite (for Oceans+), We (China and France) have Concluded, Today, a Strategic Partnership on Astro-Physics, Environment Monitoring, Climate, and Space Exploration", had ambitiously revealed Macron.                                                         

- In this regard, the French President "Congratulated" China for its "Succesfull Landing at the Hidden Side of the Moon", recently, and stressed France's Will to Develop Partnership not only on Earth, but also around all other Celestial Bodies" too, as he characteristically highlighted.

This Macron's formula obviously opens towards Wider Perspectives, i.e. not only at the Moon (Comp. Supra), and/or at Planet Mars (where the EU has already a Project with Russia soon), as well as accross various other Space Objects flying inside and/or Beyond our Solar System, (as, f.ex., that Key big Asteroid that USA's NASA has recently crossed and observed in detail, for the 1st Time in History, before Flying Further across our Galaxy, making the Big Headline News Globally at New Year's Eve)...

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+ The Next Day, speaking at an Exceptional Joint, wider, Multilateral Event, including the Conclusions of a Conference on "Global Governance", Together with French and German Leaders, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, as well as EU Commission's President Juncker, the Chinese President, significantly, expressed anew his Will to Advance EU - China Cooperation in the Key area of Space too :         

- "In the New Context" of "Major Challenges", with "Deficit(s) in (Global) Governance", "Trust", and "Peace" (including "protracted Coflicts", Islamist "Terrorism", "even against Women and Children", etc), as he denounced, Xi pleaded for "a concept of Common Security, cooperative and sustainable", where "Globalisation and (High-Tech) Innovations should  Benefit All Peoples of the World", hy "adopting a Higher View and  working to Strengthen our (EU - China) Cooperation", particularly by "Deepening" it in "areas such as ...Air-Space" etc., (as well as "accelerating" in "Digital, Artificial Intelligence", etc).

- Space's traditionally Emblematic prominent Worldwide Image, High-Tech innovative content, and notorious offspring Utilities Both for Security-Defense and Civil Economy boost, Fitted particularly Well in the Wider Strategic Context of China's declared Wish to Stand by an even Stronger Europe, in the middle of a "Multi-Polar World", as he stressed earlier, vowing that "China will resolutely Support the European Integration".

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- German Chancellor Angie Merkel, inter alia, after pointing to the "EU Presidency by Germany on 2021", during which she announced a new "EU - China Summit", she pleaded also for a "ReinForced Multilateralism", particularly at forthcoming "Reforms of UNO, WTO, etc", and including the "Triangle EU - China - USA", (since the success or failure of the current "USA-China" Trade "Talks" may Affect also Europe, as she warned).

+ In this context, Merkel added that, in her view, peaceful International "Competition" per se, may have also "Positive" aspects, since it Stimulates all players to "prove their Capacities", mainly through High-Tech "Innovations", (where Space would naturally be ideal for such a purpose).

(By the way, the current Political Will for an even Stronger Franco-German Integration, from EU up to UN matters, seems undeniable, as, inter alia, it results also by the Fact that French Foreign Minister Minister Drian, after this Elysée's Conference on "Global Governance", is due to go straight to Berlin, in order to participate in Tomorrow's Meeting of the German Government, before Flying to New York, where France and Germany are due to Start, for the 1st Time, a Joint 2 Months-long Presidency at UNO's Security Council, according to the recent Treaty of Aachen).

++ Experienced EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, timely went on to add, at this juncture, his feeling that "China and Europe should Do something Big Together", nowadays, as he Stressed from the Outset, (even if most of the rest of his intervention focused mainly on Economy and Business' cooperation aspects).

+++ Meanwhile, by another again Timely "Coincidence", USA's new President, Don Trump, as if he seized the ball set flying by Merkel on the Positive aspects of Competition via High-Tech Innovations, in the Wider Context of the MultiPolar World ambiance Nowadays in Paris, (Comp. Supra), reportedly Extended recently even Further his declared Wish for NASA to Boost "Space Exploration", with an Exceptionally Big Budget, and Urged, inter alia, for a Prompt realisation of his Aim to put "Men on the Moon" Sooner than some had earlier scheduled (2024)...

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++++ Almost in Parallel, at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, by one more Coincidence, its Committee on Industry, Energy and Research (ITRE), chaired by the Polish Scientist, former EUP's President, Jerzy Buzek, Voted on Monday Evening to Adopt a "partial Agreement, resulting from Inter-Institutional Negotiations", between MEPs, EU Heads of State/Government, and EU Commissioners, for the Establishment of EU's "Space Program", as well as the Creation, for the 1st Time, of an "EU Agency for Space programs", (due to go well Beyond the pre-existing ESA, which always was, in principle, Independent from the EU).

This was done on the base of a relevant Report, drafted by mainstream Italian MEP Massimiliano Salini, from the same Political Group of ChristianDemocrats/EPP as also his compatriot, the current President of EU Parliament, Antonio Tajani, (himself a former EU Commissioner also ...on Space : Comp. f.ex., relevant Tajani's reply to "Eurofora"'s Question, f.ex., at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajaniindustrygalileo.html, etc). Italy was (by a series of converging "Coincidences"...), this time, the 1st EU Country that Xi Visited in his 2019 European Trip, before Concluding in Paris' Multilateral meetings.

=> Boost EU's capacities for an "Autonomous Access to Space", and "Strengthen EU's Space Diplomacy, encourage International Cooperation to raise awareness of Space, promote EU Technology and Industry", as well as "foster ...reciprocity and fair competition at International level", were among the Amendments Voted and Adopted by MEPs in the ITRE Committee of EU Parliament in Strasbourg Yesterday (Monday) evening, (Comp. Supra).

+++++ The Next Step : EU - China Summit in Brussels, may Attract a Wider Interest, up to Top Level, on April 9, since, almost at the Same Time, EU Council has decided to hold also an Exceptional Heads of State/Government's Summit just 1 Day Earlier there, on "BREXIT", (on Monday, April 8).

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+ "Humanity"...

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>>> Moreover, Significantly, China's President Xi Jinping, during the above-mentioned Paris' events (Comp. Supra), also added, in his Concluding Statements, a stern Warning about the Fact that, Nowadays, "Humanity faces Major Challenges".

=> Therefore, plearing for "a New Form of International Relations", Xi, characteristically, Advanced even Further than his favorite (de Gaulle's) "Multi-polar World" issues, and vowed that the "Final Aim" should be an "Harmonious Cooperation of All Humanity".

+ This appeared to Join also French President Emmanuel Macron's initiative, to Invite the Chinese President, earlier this week, "at a Monument inspired by Ancient Greece", as he noted, "for a European ReNaissance" (Heading of his Recent public Call for the forthcoming EU Elections of May 2019 : See, f.ex. ...), because "I believe in the force of Symbols !", as he indicated :

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>>> Macron pointed by that at an Emblematic Historic Monument in South-Eastern France's Mediterranean Coast, known as "Villa Kerylos", built at the Begining of the 19th Century by Franco-Germano-Swiss Archeologist, Lawyer and Politician Theodor Reinach, who Designed it according to "what represented" for him "the very Essence of a Civilisation with an essentially Human face, like that of the (Ancient) Greeks" :

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- "A Model ... and a set of ...Values that ancient Greece has passed on to us (Modern Europe). The Greek Spirit was for him both Dream and Reality", stressed, later-on, his GrandSon, Fabrice Reinach.

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    Indeed, "Villa Kerylos", (nowadays a Museum managed by "Institut de France"), a Superbe 3 Floors' big Home with Garden at the Mediterranean Seaside, was thoroughly Designed and Furnished according to Plans reportedly found at "Delos", an Historic Island in the Middle of the Aegean Sea, which had notoriously served, during the Best Century of the Ancient Greek Civilisation, as the HeadQuarters of ...the 1st International Organisation  (a kind of ONU's precursor !) for Peace, Trade,  etc., throughout Many Nation-Cities, among the Eastern and Western Coasts of the Aegean, as well as its Islands, starting from shortly after the Ancient Greeks, United all Together, had just Succeeded to Defend Europe's External Borders at the East, towards Asia, (where Turkey is located nowadays).

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=> But Xi's above-mentioned, crucial References to "Humanity", (and Not Only to nowadays "World"), added to Macron's Initiative with a "Symbol" for the "Renaissance" of a "Civilisation with a Human face", (Comp. Supra), added to Merkel's "ChristianDemocrat/CDU" background, and, perhaps, even to Juncker's (another "ChristianSocial/EPP" politician), wish to do "Something Big Together", (Ibid), given Today's Context, may also Point at a probable Joint Concern, (which was Not Yet explicitated in these Top Talks, ahead of the forthcoming EU-China summit in Brussels, on April 8), about a much Needed common Action to SafeGuard the Humankind also from some UnPrecedented and Serious Threats currently Threatening, for the 1st Time in History, even its own Biological and BioEthical Existence as a Species :

- I.e., particularly after the Recent Birth of 2 Genetically Manipulated Babies in China, whose DNA had Scandalously undergone a Heritable "Gene Editing" affecting even their Next Generations by Artificial Interventions, from a Technocrat of Chinese Origin, but Educated, Guided and Publicized by some USA''s Networks mainly from the Former President Barack Hussein Obama's "Socialist/Liberal"("Democrat") Lobbies, (See, Facts mainly, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/heritablegenemaniptrumpxihumanity.html , + ..., etc).

>>> Given the Serious Risks against Health, and even More to provoke, by Altering the GermLine, an irreversible and dangerous Division among Humans, across Different and/or Diverging Races, possibly Fabricated Artificially by some Technocrats in the foreseable Future, which could lead even to an Extinction of the Human Race as such, progressively Downgraded to a level Similar, more or less, to a kind of Animals, as many World-Famous Writers or Film Directors have already Warned since long,

=> the Chinese Government reportedly Condemned such a Dangerous practice, which is also OutLawed by the PanEuropean Convention on BioEthics (Biology, Medicine and Human Rights), known as "Oviedo Treaty" of the CoE, while New USA's President, Don Trump, (a Conservative), recently felt a need to Stress that Human Embryos ("the UnBorn Children") are "Created at the Image of God", for Christians, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/usachinaontradeandbioethics.html, etc), as EU Parliament was holding, earlier this year in Strasbourg, a Plenary's Public Debate, with the participation of EU Commission, where MEPs asked for a "Global Ban" of such abhorrent practices, (See: ..., etc), in Parallel with a relevant Motion for a Resolution reportedly pushed mainly by the Biggest Political Group in EU Parliament, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, as its vice-President Pons told "Eurofora", (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppvpresidentandmepsongermlinemanipban.html, etc).

 - Will all this Alert also EU Council's Leadership, timely and adequately before the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 8 in Brussels, so that such Crucial Nowadays' Issues affecting all "Humanity", (according to President Xi's Words : Comp. Supra), can be seriously Discussed and Efficiently settled, (before it becomes too late) ?

At least, on the occasion of both China's recent Landing at the Dark Side of the Moon, and EU's New Space Program, coinciding with Xi's nowadays Visit to Italy and France, including the Symbolic Ancient Greek Civilisation Monument of "Villa Kerylos", eve of a Franco-German + EU Commission meeting in Paris on Global Governance, where "Humanity" was a Key Word more that Twice, (Comp. Supra),

- People can only Hope that such a North Mediterranean Wind might Help also incite the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 8 in Brussels, to Inspire itself from the Introductory Words of World Famous American Rock Group "Pink Floyd"'s most Popular Long Play Disk, precisely titled :

..."At the Dark Side of the Moon", and Starting by the Call :  - "... DoN't be Afraid to Care !"...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLOth-BuCNY

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I.e., as EU Council's President Donald Tusk from Poland, certainly Remembers : Similar to a Key Phrase by former Long-Time Pope John-Paul II, also from Poland, who Fought up to his Last Days in Life to Safeguard some elementary Human Values in BioEthics, including against Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, at an International Level, mainly via UNO+...

+ An Interesting point also for the Forthcoming Debate and Vote, in CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, of a new Report on CoE - UNO Cooperation betweeen UNO and the 47 Member Countries-strong (including Russia+) PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, during its Plenary Session of this Spring, Later on Mid-April 2019.

 

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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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