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Macron Throws Washington Under The Bus Over Taiwan Policy

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Macron: Europe Should Adopt Its Own Policy on China and Not Follow US

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron told a press briefing that Europe should have no interest in escalating the Taiwan conflict and adopt a strategy independent of Washington.

Macron recently returned from a 3-day state visit to Beijing, where he was greeted warmly by President Xi Jinping. China conducted drills surrounding Taiwan on Saturday in response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday.

China regards democratically controlled Taiwan as its territory and has never abandoned the use of force to seize control of the island. The Taiwanese government vehemently opposes China’s claims.

In comments to French newspapers Les Echos and Politico on his visit to China, Macron said Europe should not escalate the dispute but instead take its time to establish itself as a third pole between China and the US.

“The worst thing would be for us Europeans to believe that we must become followers on this topic and adapt to the American rhythm or a Chinese overreaction,” he said, according to Politico.

According to both media sites, Europe must better support its defense sector, expand nuclear and renewable energy, and reduce its reliance on the US dollar to minimize its dependency on the United States. The joint interview took place on a Friday flight from Beijing to Guangzhou.

An aide to Macron told reporters in Guangzhou on Friday that Xi and Macron had a “dense and frank” discussion about Taiwan during their discussions.

“The president’s feeling is that there should be no accident or escalation of tensions (that could lead) to the Chinese going on the offensive,” the Elysée aide added. Macron traveled to China with a 50-person corporate group that included Airbus and nuclear energy provider EDF, which struck agreements during the trip.

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Marcon Greeted By University Students

On the final day of a tour where he frequently pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to help settle the Ukraine war, Macron was greeted by a large group at a university in southern China. Macron, who arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, said he hoped to persuade China not to support Russia’s invasion of its neighbor.

In contrast to China’s sedate political system, he traveled to the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday, swamped by hundreds of screaming students and supporters yearning for a selfie or a high-five with the French leader.

Macron, whose name was screamed by several in the audience, then addressed students and answered their questions before dinner with Xi and a trip home.

Russia’s dispute with Ukraine has dominated Macron’s first visit to China since 2019. In Guangzhou, he told students that the war was a “clear violation of our international law.” He described Russia as “a nation that has decided to colonize Ukraine and not to follow the democratic rules.”

“The international community is now weakened, and China and France have a moral responsibility to preserve it while also reinventing it in light of the realities of the twenty-first century,” he said.

Macron also advised them to cultivate a “critical spirit” that would enable them to become “free, rational individuals,” a stark contrast to the strict, state-controlled schooling that Chinese kids are subjected to.


Restore Russia to its Senses

Both sides agreed to “support all efforts to restore peace in Ukraine” in a joint statement late Friday. The statement, which did not mention Russia or condemn its offensive, urged all parties to follow international law.

Macron said to Xi on Thursday, “I hope I can count on China to bring Russia to its senses and everyone to negotiations.” According to France24, Xi wants to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when the moment is perfect.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission chief joining Macron on his visit, praised Xi’s willingness to meet with Zelensky.

In contrast to Macron, von der Leyen has taken a more assertive tone in her meetings with Chinese officials this week.

She claimed on Thursday that she had expressed “deep concerns about human rights in China” to officials and that military supplies to Russia would “significantly harm” relations.

Moscow has dismissed the notion of Beijing mediating, declaring on Thursday that it has “no choice” but to continue its Ukraine attack.

“There is no doubt that China has a very effective and commanding potential for mediation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“However, the situation in Ukraine is complicated, and there are currently no prospects for a political settlement.”

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Partnership in trade

Aside from the Ukraine conflict, Macron’s visit has been focused on strengthening a critical trade partnership. The French president was accompanied by more than 50 corporate leaders from France.

Airbus announced it would open a second final assembly line in China, doubling its national production capacity, with CEO Guillaume Faury signing the framework agreement in Beijing.

The company announced on Friday that it has agreed to sell fifty helicopters to the Chinese leasing company GDAT.

As demand for air travel rises with a rising middle class, Asia has become a crucial market for Airbus and its US rival Boeing.

Macron’s trip to China coincides with rising domestic opposition to controversial pension reforms, which sparked more skirmishes between demonstrators and police in Paris on Thursday.

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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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