Beijing and Moscow flexes muscles at the West, China and Russia lead group talks focused on security, U.S. author threatened with decapitation, and Iran builds nukes to prove Islamic power.
Asia Times Online reports: Beijing and Moscow plan to send message to the West at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference. The Chinese and Russian leaders have drawn lines in the sand with a clear ‘no’ for striking Iran, and another unmistakable ‘no’ for regime change in Syria brought about through a Western bombing campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing recently to begin his first overseas stopover following he was election as the Russian leader again, which illustrates the significance he attaches to Russia’s relations with China. And in Beijing, he plans to hold discussions with Mahmud Ahmadinejad. This relationship sketches the Russian and Chinese geopolitical strategy.
Asia Times Online reports: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Wenmin revealed the collective Russian and Chinese perspective on the Syrian crisis. Besides praising Sino-Russian cooperation on the issue, Liu made clear the two nations' have strong objection to the use of Western military force to resolve the Syrian issue. Thus, China and Russia share the same position on these points and they oppose external intervention into the Syrian situation and oppose regime change by force.
BBC News reports: The leaders of China, Russia and four central Asian countries are meeting in Beijing to discuss the Afghanistan conflict and other security issues. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s six members have been joined in the talks with leaders from Iran, Mongolia, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Afghan stability is a ‘common concern’, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Several more meetings expected. Mr. Putin had talks with China's President Hu Jintao. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization group, including Russia and China and the central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, was formed in 2001. Afghanistan has been invited to the meeting as a guest, while Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan and India are observer members. Strengthening political co-operation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization must also strengthen co-operation in the economic sphere,’ Mr. Putin said.
WND.com reports: Islamic expert Robert Spencer has been threatened with death for his writing a book about Muhammad’s existence. According to Spencer, the death threats originated from the social networking site on Twitter; this is part of the increasing pressure by Muslims seeking to impose Islamic law, which bans criticism of Muhammad, on the Western free world. Spencer said that this is an increasing tactic on the left also. They don’t appear to have any understanding of the principle of freedom of speech. Spencer reported that the tweeted threats of beheadings and stabbings came from a Muslim in Australia who goes by ‘Abdulhakim’ on Twitter.
WND.com reports: Iran, which has denied clandestine development of nuclear weapons technology, is now bragging about its nuclear achievements and how it has brought power to the Muslim community. Tehran says the third round of talks with the Western powers over its nuclear program will be unproductive. The discussions comprise the U.N. Security Council permanent members the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia, and non-permanent members in Germany. The official website of the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, praised Khamenei’s guidance and Iran’s nuclear achievements despite worldwide condemnation.