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Japan may host Australian nuclear subs – envoy

Japan may host Australian nuclear subs – envoy
Tokyo wants to cooperate with the AUKUS alliance between Australia, the US and the UK
Australia’s acquisition of nuclear submarines is critically important for regional security, and Japan is ready to offer its expertise and facilities, the country's ambassador to Canberra told the ‘Advancing AUKUS’ conference on Monday.

Shingo Yamagami called Australia Japan's most important military ally, beside the United States.

While not directly calling China a threat, the envoy said Tokyo was “a frontline state facing challenging circumstances in the dangerous neighborhood of Southeast Asia,” explaining to the audience at the National Press Club in Canberra why “AUKUS matters to us a lot.”

Back in 2021, the US, Australia, and the UK announced the creation of the so-called AUKUS security pact, which envisages providing Canberra with conventionally armed and nuclear-powered submarines, thus significantly boosting its naval capabilities.

Last month, Australia signed a separate agreement with Japan to deepen their security cooperation, including joint military training and intelligence sharing. “This makes Australia Japan's most important defense and security alliance... outside of the United States,” ambassador Yamagami said.

“In the future, Japan may also be playing host to Australian nuclear submarines,” the envoy said according to remarks he later shared on Twitter. “Japan for many years has played host to visits by US Navy nuclear submarines... So measures are already in place to receive them should they come.”

“Japan's co-operation with AUKUS holds great potential… Such submarines will increase regional deterrence,” he added.

China has repeatedly criticized the AUKUS alliance, arguing that its projects pose grave risks to regional stability and nuclear security. This view has to some extent been echoed by Russia. In August, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu warned that AUKUS could “detonate” the entire Asia-Pacific region, since the pact has the makings of becoming “a military-political alliance.”

On Sunday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov brought up AUKUS as an example of Washington and its allies trying to militarize the Asia-Pacific region. Those actions are not just “obviously aimed at containing China” but also “resisting Russia’s interests in the Asia-Pacific,” the minister said.
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The ‘garden versus jungle’ worldview of the EU’s top diplomat is not only racist, it’s delusional
Josep Borrell’s neocolonial comparison fails to notice the West’s decline, caused by elites like him
Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy and security chief, gave an important speech to the European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges, Belgium in mid-October.

Being amongst fellow members of the global elites, Borrell felt able to set out his views on the relationship between Europe and the West and other nations with an unusual degree of honesty and candour.

“Europe is a garden” declared Borrell. “We have built a garden. Everything works. It is the best combination of political freedom, economic prosperity and social cohesion that the humankind has been able to build – the three things together.”

But, warned Borrell ominously, “The rest of the world is not exactly a garden. Most of the rest of the world is a jungle, and the jungle could invade the garden.”

How then was this unwelcome prospect to be avoided?

The solution was simple, according to Borrell – EU ambassadors, who he designated as “gardeners,” had to “go to the jungle” and impose on it the ideological, political, and economic agendas of the globalised West.

The “garden” could not sit by idly and do nothing, cautioned Borrell. “A nice small garden surrounded by high walls in order to prevent the jungle from coming in is not going to be a solution. Because the jungle has a strong growth capacity, the wall will never be high enough in order to protect the garden,” Borrell explained.

“Europeans have to be much more engaged with the rest of the world otherwise the rest of the world will invade us by different ways and means,” Borrell advised.

Borrell’s speech was immediately criticised by a few left-wing politicians in Europe, as well as some non-European states, most notably the UAE, on the grounds that it was “racist” and “rooted in colonialism.”

Those criticisms are valid as far as they go, and Borrell grudgingly offered an apology of sorts – saying “I am sorry if some have felt offended.” Nevertheless, he stood by his basic metaphor, reiterating that “Regrettably, the world in which we live today looks more and more like a ‘jungle’ and less and less like a ‘garden’.”

But much more serious criticisms can be legitimately levelled at Borrell’s crass worldview – censures that go well beyond the obvious fact that it simply reeks of nineteenth century Euro-centric prejudices.

First, let us start with Borrell’s extraordinary Pollyanna-like assertion that in Europe and the West “everything works” and that the “garden” nations are havens of political, economic, and social stability.

This pronouncement will no doubt have come as a surprise to many citizens in Europe and the West.

Has Borrell not noticed the recent rise of powerful right-wing political movements in a number of European countries? Is he not aware of the recent election results in Italy and Sweden?

Have Borrell’s advisors not informed him of the political instability that has engulfed the United Kingdom in recent months, let alone the crisis in democracy that has crippled the United States for the past two years?

Has Borrell not noticed the dramatic recent rise in energy prices; rising inflation; rising interest rates; long-term wage stagnation; and the looming economic recession that is predicted to engulf many Western nations in the near future? Has Borrell not seen the tens of thousands of demonstrators marching in European capital cities in recent months? Is he unaware of the effects that EU austerity programs have had in many of the bloc’s member nations in recent years?

Does Borrell really believe that the “garden” nations will sail through the upcoming European winter unscathed?

Has Borrell never heard of the so-called ‘culture wars’? Has he not noticed the collapse of liberal institutions and values throughout the West in recent decades? Has the immigration crisis that has bedevilled Europe in recent years, and has recently engulfed the United Kingdom, not yet been brought to his attention?

Borrell, of course, pointedly fails to mention that all of the problems listed above have been severely exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In fact, Borrell does not seem to appreciate that the increasing political and economic instability within the “garden” nations makes it increasingly difficult – if not impossible – for them to pursue his misguided foreign policy agenda.

Obviously, the view from Bruges differs from that from, say, Athens.

Second, let us examine Borrell’s prescription for exporting Western “stability” to the “jungle” states that languish threateningly outside the gates of the EU Garden of Eden.

Borrell’s solution is deceptively simple: just let the EU “gardeners” impose Western hegemony on those unstable “jungle” nations – with, it almost goes without saying, the helpful assistance of the United States.

Readers will not be surprised to learn that Borrell is a keen supporter of the United States. Last year he stated “One thing is clear: close EU-US cooperation based on shared values is key for international peace, security and prosperity.” Even if his Bruges speech did not explicitly include the US in his imaginary "garden", he obviously does not think of it as part of "the rest of the world".

Borrell apparently has failed to notice that the US has spent the last few decades attempting to implement his foreign policy program in spades – for example, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. He seems unaware that these previous attempts to tame the “jungle” ended in chaos. Nor, of course, does he acknowledge that many of the problems that plague the “jungle” nations today were, in fact, caused by such misconceived interventions.

Borrell’s entire worldview is nothing more than a global elite fantasy – designed, in part, to camouflage the unpalatable fact that the Western “garden” nations are, in fact, becoming more and more like the non-Western “jungle” countries that he despises and fears.

Isn’t the political, economic and social instability that today afflicts almost all Western nations – in large part caused by the West’s mistaken foreign policy excursions – precisely the same instability that has beset some non-Western nations for decades? And, hasn’t this instability intensified dramatically in the West in recent years?

Test that proposition by way of a comparison relating to political stability.

Brazil has experienced chronic political instability for decades. Prior to the recent presidential election, President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he would not accept the election result if he lost.

In the United States, former President Trump refused to accept his election defeat in 2020, culminating in the January 6 capitol riots. Trump and dozens of candidates endorsed by him have since maintained their position that Joe Biden’s 2020 victory was illegitimate.

Bolsonaro narrowly lost the recent presidential election in Brazil – but, after his defeat, he did accept the result, even if his supporters staged mass protests in the streets.

Trump and many of his candidates are now refusing to accept the results of the US mid-term elections – let alone the 2020 result – and Trump intends to run again for president in 2024.

Looking at the two countries’ relative political stability, where does one put the "garden" fence?

Just this week two important events highlighted just how divorced from reality Borrell’s worldview actually is.




しかし、ボレルは不吉な警告を発した。「世界の他の地域は、正確には庭ではない。世界の大部分はジャングルで、ジャングルが庭に侵入してくるかもしれない "と。






ボレルは、「不快に思われた方がいらっしゃるなら申し訳ありません」と、不本意ながら謝罪の言葉を述べた。それでも、彼は自分の基本的な比喩を守り、"遺憾ながら、今日、私たちの住む世界はますます「ジャングル」のように見え、「庭」のように見えなくなる "と繰り返したのです。




ボレルは、最近欧州の多くの国で強力な右翼政治運動が台頭していることに気づいていないのだろうか。 イタリアやスウェーデンの最近の選挙結果を知らないのだろうか。



ボレルは、"庭 "の国々が来るヨーロッパの冬を無傷で過ごすと本当に信じているのだろうか?



















この要求は、ボレルの粗雑な参照枠から完全に外れており、おそらくもっと不穏なことに、EU自身の破滅的な気候変動イデオロギーによって完全に正当化されているようだ。 EUの「庭師」たちは、この冬のエネルギー代が払えないEU市民に対して、このような賠償をするのは難しいと考えているのではないだろうか。



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・ 「分散投資として仮想通貨に投資する議論は少し前に死んだ」
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