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Archive for November 7, 2022

Newsline: Peaceful Diplomacy Becomes Common Sense

An expert consensus on an urgent need of a negotiated settlement of Ukraine’s crisis is emerging. It is believed that starting talks aimed to work out a diplomatic end to the Ukraine war now will make a peace deal easier to reach. It’s time to bring Russia and Ukraine to the negotiating table, Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in New York Times opinion piece on Nov. 2. It is time for the United States and its allies to get directly involved in seeking a diplomatic endgame, he wrote. It is likely that war will end in some messy compromise involving a negotiated settlement, and acknowledging this shouldn’t be a thought crime, according to Rich Lowry’s Politico opinion piece. The recent letter to President Joe Biden from 30 House progressives led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was advocating talks between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine. Although it was retracted, ”: Rep. Ro Khanna defended as a manifestation of common sense. It’s time for urgent talks about how to keep this terrible war from becoming something vastly worse, wrote David Ignatius in Washington Post.

Newsline: Chinese Ambassador Warns Switzerland Against Sanctions

Switzerland should avoid following the European Union by imposing sanctions on China if it cares about Swiss-Sino relations, the Chinese ambassador to Bern told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. “Anyone who really cares about the friendly relations between the two countries and who makes responsible policy will not agree to the sanctions,” China’s ambassador in Bern, Wang Shihting, told the NZZ am Sonntag. “If Switzerland adopts the sanctions and the situation develops in an uncontrolled direction, Sino-Swiss relations will suffer,” he added. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-11-06/chinese-ambassador-warns-swiss-sanction-us-and-ties-will-suffer) The head of the Swiss agency that implements economic sanctions said in a newspaper interview in July she expects the neutral country to adopt any punitive measures the EU launches against China if it invades Taiwan. Last year, the EU imposed its first sanctions against Beijing since an arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Switzerland has not yet decided to follow the EU’s lead.

Newsline: China’s top climate diplomat calls on rich countries to support poor nations

China’s top climate envoy has called on wealthy nations to offer more support for developing countries that have the most to lose from climate change. His comments came at the start of the United Nations’ climate conference in Egypt, where delegates from nearly 200 countries are preparing to discuss issues including compensating poorer nations for damage linked to global warming in the next two weeks. “I hope the conference this time will meet the demands of developing countries as much as possible, as it is held in Egypt, a developing country,” said Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy for climate change. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cop27-chinas-top-climate-envoy-093000602.html) He was speaking on Sunday at an event in China’s pavilion at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh. Xie said he hopes this year’s summit can address the needs of developing countries in the areas of emissions reduction, financing, adaptation and capacity building, and that there will be progress in addressing their losses for damage caused by climate change.