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Latvia And Estonia Withdraw From 17+1 Forum Due To China’s Support For Russia

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Latvia And Estonia Withdraw From 17+1 Forum Due To China’s Support For Russia

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Baltic states claim trade imbalance reason for the withdrawal but Estonian FM Reinsalu says otherwise.

Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

Latvia and Estonia announced their withdrawal from the “17 + 1” format, which was created 10 years ago to promote economic relations between China and Eastern European countries. In justifying the unfriendly act towards China, the three Baltic Republics, which includes Lithuania, claimed that they placed great hope in economic benefits with China, but this did not materialise as there was very little investment from the Asian country. They also claimed that trade was damaged by the imbalance, which is in Beijing’s favour. 

Interestingly, other members of “17 + 1” do not complain about the results of cooperation with Beijing, thus bringing to question why the three Baltic countries do. The Baltic countries decision was instigated by China’s unrelenting commitment to its relationship with Russia despite pressure from the West, and not because of some supposed disappointment in the volume of cooperation with China. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu admitted as much on ERR radio, saying that the decision to withdraw from “17 + 1” was because of “China’s failure to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine”.

The Baltic states have long held an anti-Moscow stance, perhaps the harshest in the EU. Although the Baltic states claim their anti-Russia stance is partly due to the historical legacy of the Soviet Union and Russian Empire, this is only a cheapening of history and also ignores numerous Lithuanian attempts over the centuries to capture Moscow. Rather, the behaviour of the ruling elites of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is because of their obedience to the United States and NATO countries in the hope of receiving concessions and advantages, and not because of past grievances.

Asked about the developments, US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said “we respect and support Estonia and Latvia’s sovereign decision to no longer participate.”

“Estonia and Latvia are important and valued NATO allies and key US partners across a number of issues, including through our strong defense ties, our strong economic ties, as well as the promotion of democracy and human rights,” he added.

During this same period, the Seimas (Parliament) of Latvia listed Russia as a “State sponsor of terrorism”. Even before that, in May this year, the Lithuanian Parliament announced the same. These moves can be considered as the culmination of anti-Russian sentiment and a submissive attitude in relations with the US. These actions perhaps could be a precursor as Washington still contemplates on whether to list Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.

None-the-less, the Baltic states have a rather scandalous position in Europe. Their government violated human rights by blatantly restricting the rights of Russian-speaking citizens in these countries, whilst also whitewashing, restoring and glorifying Nazi collaborators and demolishing monuments commemorating Soviet soldiers.

It can be assumed that Washington will support the decision of the Baltic States to withdraw from the “17 + 1” format. The current trend in Washington is that any provocation against Beijing is welcomed. It is for this reason that the Baltic states are emerging as the biggest cheerleaders in any aggression against China. Bizarrely, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania officially welcomed the visit of the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. In fact, the foreign minister was the only person in the EU to support the provocative trip by the high-ranking American official.

As Vilnius considers the Chinese Communist Party to be authoritarian and Taiwan a democracy, last year, the Lithuanian Government authorised the opening of a fully functional “Taiwan Representative Office” in its capital, something that Beijing vehemently objected. This resulted in the Asian Giant imposing sanctions against Lithuania by lowering the level of diplomatic relations and putting restrictions on trade.

It is currently difficult to say whether Beijing will take measures against Latvia and Estonia or how seriously it will take their withdrawal from the “17 + 1” format since they are minor states of the EU which yield very little influence. Beijing’s trade deals with the Baltic states are also insignificant – Latvia exported €162 million worth of goods to China and Estonia €195 million. If trade stopped altogether, no one in China would even notice.

Beijing cooperates with 14 other Eastern European countries, and in these countries, no one wants to give up economic ties with China. For example, Hungary has just proposed holding a “memorial ministerial meeting” in Budapest this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “17 + 1” format. Although the overwhelmingly consensus in the “17 + 1” format is that relations with Beijing must continue to foster and thrive, the US has found its own figureheads in the Baltics, no matter how minor these countries are in the grand scheme of things, to oppose China from within the EU.

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Tommy Jensen

Take that one China and feel hurt!

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rex

Do you know that these two midgets are smaller than Beijing or Shenzhen?

These chihuahuas are just making fools out of themselves and showing to the entire world the utter stupidity and lack of intelligence of their elites and probably their people too.

Tommy Jensen

You guys must be liberals with zero sense of humour. You cant see its sarcastic meant?

Florian Geyer

You should have a ‘Sarcasm’ Warning on all your posts, Tommy. :)

In fairness, many posters here do not have English as their first Language and sarcasm is difficult to translate accurately.

Антон

It was too thick sarcasm, such statement is suitable for USA#1 (from the end) or Jensy. My bad, I don’t remember T.Jensen well, so i was tricked by his sarcasm.

Joe

Whoever mods this should learn enough of the finer points of English to understand good sarcasm. They delete some of the best stuff.

Bufford T Justice

Sarcasm, Rex.

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Emrisrex

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

HINDOT KABAYO

Yes, these three freeloading baltics trio are the most loyal lapdogs of Western bloc that are always on the hunt for free meals.

jens holm

For good reasons.Now they are protected. Thats how we little ones are.

jens holm

I will also suck Latvian dick for 5 Euros.

jens holm social worker

jens pays in rubles to suck latvian penis; he begs in front of our clinic frequently for used condoms

Valdemar-IX

They support piderkraine, which makes them gay.

Valdemar-IX

Latvia and Lituania needs mo money fo dem programs.

Tony Lim

I am sure 1.4 BILLION Chinese will be really scared of the Latvian Jews and Baltic superpowers.

Valdemar-IX

(((ukraine))))

sawyer janitorial funeral servises

these morons consume more alcohol than all peoples —clearly their moron leaders were bribed by CIA with a few cases of Russian vodka

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Uncle Ho

No just free butt plugs for the politicians.

Valdemar-IX

Their politicians are prolly satanist pedophiles.

Антон

All their presidents/prime ministers have foreign citizenship: USA, Canada mostly — where their fathers and grandfathers from waffen SS were hiding from fair judgement. So they are not bribed, they are simply agents of foreign states in limitroph — land with no sovereignty placed between global powers, land on the limits, limitroph, used as a buffer by one of powers against another power.

Jim

This vile little Baltic scum should be destroyed. Biggest treason was letting them go as that territory is Russian.

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jens holm

No maps show that. Even Ruthenia did not have those 3.

They also were christianized by swedes, danes and germans. Latvia almost was a church state by a bishop.

You are only right about one thing. Those Baltics are few now because they were decimated first by Russians well assisted by Hitler. Next Hotæer took them. Finaly Your friend took it back.

They were a very mixted population as coasliners to the Baltics. Tallin means the town of danes.

As usual Your kind of people cant even handle a calender.

kotromanic

Are you drunk? The Baltics welcomed Hitler and there were many as voluntarys in SS Batalions. The only country where the Nazis and Sowjets somewhat “cooperated” was Poland. Thats why Poland is the only country in WW2 who fought both the nazis and the sowjets. Most other countries in eastern europe where supporters of Hitler.

Антон

Poland officially didn’t fought against USSR. USSR didn’t declare state of war against Poland. Allies of Poland, England and France, didn’t declare war against USSR, but did it against Germany (though didn’t fight at all before germans attacked France). Poland took russian lands in 1921. Troops of USSR have entered 2 days after when Poland became no man’s land, because Poland’s gov-t left the country in 15 of September 1939. Germans could take all this lands, if not the Red army, so Poland had no chance to save even smaller part. Poland was doomed, even though Pilsudsky (hero of Poland) was very friendly to sHitler same as new government after his death in 1935. His dream was to have the parade in Moscow together with germans. But Germany punished Poland for this vicious wish. God punishes thieves with hands of other thieves.

Caesar

Hitler and Stalin had agreed to the division of Poland.As soon as Hitler invaded Poland, the red army went in also and took a piece of it. As you know, the polish army , sure of the support of the British,said that in a weeks time they would have defeated the germans!!Things went quite differently and poles showed to be out of touch with reality, as they are today with their stupid antagonizing of their neighbor Russia which can cancel them from the map in a second

Valdemar-IX

WRONG! You’ve been mislead by (((mainstream history))).

Caesar

Where was I wrong?? Plaese tell.

jens holm

I am an insane faggot and just post nonsense as I have no dick to suck these days. True story.

Антон

Only Lithuania have deep roots in history, others were created after 1917, that’s why Lithuania gave citizenship to all people, they have traditions of state building. Estland and Livland (1/2 of modern Latvia) were bought by russian emperor from king of Sweden for 2 million thalers (golden coins). They can’t rule their countries without nazist practice, so you’re right, states of apartheid and nazism (Estonia and Latvia) have no right to exist. They glorified all waffen SSmen and trying to whiten their history of genocide. Lithuania does almost the same, so their future existence is also unsure. No one will fight for them. In 1930’s the ultimatum was enough to end with fake independence, to install military bases to prevent entering german troops, because local regimes were pro-fascist and loyal to western powers, especially to Germany (same as Finland). There were no war, no fights after entering russian troops, but elections where local communists parties have won and decided to become a part of USSR. Even people of Pribaltica have no will to fight for such “independence”. Half of locals fought in the Great Patriotic war against nazism, not all of them support what is going on now.

Valdemar-IX

Either way, they are pathetic.

helen

It doesn’t matter WHEN they were created – they were created, and they have a right to existence just like Abhazia who did ethnic cleansing of Georgians.

(I don’t like the Baltic states at all, but please don’t repeat Soviet aggresiveness of a century ago)

Donnchadh

More “Mystical” news-

Romania that country with many poor people –many were in the UK till it left the EU, has appointed “Minerva ” who will be instantly know to Romanians as their “Famed ” Astrologer and crystal ball gazer as– wait for it—- an advisor of the National Bank of Romania ( BNR ) –obviously has the b***s for it –sorry couldn’t help putting that in — not Woke .

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Yuri

world balance of power now shifted—eskimo more relevant than these alcoholics

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Uncle Ho

Latvia? Estonia? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Антон

Something new every day, right? 99% can’t point them on the map. Now you know names of these superpowers, live with it.)

Donald Moore

Talk about delusions, if these three nothing of a countries disappeared right now no one notice. They think they are NATO’s powerhouse but all three would be wiped out without any effort!

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rex

Estonia is surely a powerhouse for mafia dirty money washing.

jens holm

That has been correct. Russian Oligarcs has invested in west by the banks.

jens holm

We have troops there.

Disinfo

Russia and China need to ensure they never trade with those countries ever again; force the EU to drain resources to supply them.

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Антон

Not much resources will be enough, because there is just 5-6 million people for all 3 superpowers. They lost at least 1/4 of population since 1991 when “independence” struck and destroyed all heavy industry and electronics built by USSR. Many people went to EU seeking a place for job. So the EU can finance this nazist limitroph of Pribaltica as long as Brussels want. But you’re right, they must be punished at least with economic measures.

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Yuri

they are already bolnoy—the punish themselves

White Gandalf

Let them go in peace! But let them go! Pronto!

They are some irrelevant nordic appendix of the eu, with no economic value, not even for transfer – since the only direction in which they would be useful as transfer states is… [browsing]… [rustling]… Russia!

Shit, Sherlock! If there only were a single one person to have warned them!

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Florian Geyer

There is a large Russian population in Latvia and they are being persecuted now by the Latvian government.

Bufford T Justice

Russians in the Baltic states have had to put up with abuse since the fall of the USSR. It’s worse now, of course.

A Fellow

Good for the Latvians. I empathize with Russia against Ukraine, but will always empathize with the Baltic states against Russia.

I’d be fine with Russia conducting nuclear sharing with Belarus, Crimea & the Donbass if NATO could similarly conduct nuclear sharing with the Baltic states.

jens holm

Actually they are old friends to Finland, Sweden, Poland. Germany and Denmark.

Russiansare erased in so many things. Arnold didnt do it. Its a part of Your DNA.

Peter Jennings

Ukraine has done everything the US and nato have asked of it, and whilst they were doing that, the US and nato stole most, if not all, of their gold, farmland, oil&gas companies. Look at it now! It will never be the same again.

When the ramifications for the short-sightedness of politicians kicks in, the politicians will be long gone. Back to their estates and mansions with full pockets. Meanwhile the people will need to fend for themselves. A nato puppet doing what nato puppets do, isn’t going to come as any surprise to the Chinese admin. They have plenty more free states with which to do business, so why bash heads with a nato puppet who’s head is made from wood?

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Florian Geyer

If the Russian alliance is obliged to pacify all of Ukraine, the US and Looters will lose all their assets that cannot be moved. LOL

jens holm

The Peter Jennings I am collapsed version.

Wre dont steel from the poor. We give them a job.

10.000 Ukras work in denmark and send money home. We also ha screated jobs there even nig problems with remaining Russian model corruption.

tommy sawyer

jens homo senility tiresome

Emrisrex

Worthless little countries, no body will notice……

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jens holm

You are Nobody or a daft prick?

jens holm

I love pricks.

Ole C G Olesen

FUCK OFF ESTONIA and LATVIA… YOU ARE NOTHING BUT LOOSING ANGLOSAXON LAP DOGS and PARASITE on EUROPE

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jens holm

Their choise is easy: No more Russia.

jens holm sperm repository. inc.

I pay 500 rubles to Latvian to fill my anus w sperm

Dick Von D'Astard

Euro fascistic states under direct CIA rule.

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jens holm

We feel fine about being named like that by someone like You.

10 bears permanent of the roof is better then one at the ground.

jens holm sperm repository. inc.

I only can feel when Ukraine penis in my mouth

M from Romania

lol garbage countries anyway those latvia and estonia

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jens holm

Its so funny. If they are like that, why will the russians posses them.

Cunt

Biggest shithole country is Rumania.

jens holm

respect is both ways

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HB_Norica

“they placed great hope in economic benefits with China, but this did not materialise as there was very little investment from the Asian country.”

For fuck sake would you invest in countries in the heart of the European bloodlands whose entire foreign policy revolves around finding ways to start a war between nuclear superpowers?

Letting the Baltic states and Poland into NATO will result in either the dissolution of NATO because the countries with something to lose won’t be dragged into WW3 by these arseholes or a nuclear holocaust … they don’t call it the bloodlands for nothing.

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helen

They would invest if they hadn’t realized their investments would be hindered by the USA’s orders to their laptog governments.Like Ukraine did 2-3 years ago, when it nationalized an asset/investment of China, and nowr it privatized it again!!! (meaning, they only nationalized it to take it out of China’s hands)

Bufford T Justice

The politicians in these little pissant countries are a joke. Derrière kissing attention seekers , their constituents should be embarrassed.

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Ukropistan cunt

No, they are not. Most of them are bigger attentions seekers than these clowns.

Lance Ripplinger

What a crock of shit. The people in these crappy Baltic countries better wake up. Their “leaders” are destroying their countries.

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Joe

Man, it’s really going to be difficult to choose the winner for this years Dumbest Country in the World award

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anonQ

I marvel at all the European countries shooting themselves in the foot at the behest of the biden dog and pony show and nato.

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Blek

Latvia and Estonia are cute suburbs

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Irish Marc

LLLLLLLOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!!!

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jens holm sperm repository. inc.

these drunk peasant almost as irrelevant as us drunkard morons so happy we all need anti-depressants//hip hip pigs like danes

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Yuri

these are not nations–they are summer camps for drunk danes and amerikans

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AM Hants

Or is it because they are part of the Group of 12, that hope to compete with the OneBelt and Road Project?

Quite comical, that the nations bordering the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas believe they have the intelligence to attempt to compete with China and OBAR. Why are those schooled via the Young Global Leaders Academy, so dense?

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