RUSSIA/CHINA: ‘ Agreement on Far East Land Lease for 50-years ‘

#AceNewsReport – Russia and China will have the possibility to develop their cooperation in the agricultural field to the full extent.

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 The agreement between Russia’s Zabaikalsky Territory and Chinese company Huae Sinban to lease 115,000 hectares of Russian farmland to China is not only a major step in agricultural cooperation, but also a perfect example of trust between the two countries, according to an article from the Chinese newspaper Huanqiu Shibao.

The author of the article, Wang Haiyun, is senior advisor at the Chinese Institute for International Strategic Studies.

He believes that now Russia and China will have the possibility to develop to the full extent their cooperation in the agricultural field.

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The fact that Russian authorities agreed to lease such an immense territory for 49 years proves that Moscow has no ideological prejudice towards Beijing, the article said.

For a long time Russian society believed in the mythical Chinese threat, including economic expansion and territorial claims, the author wrote. The recent agreement shows the high level of mutual confidence between Russia and China.

He stressed the need to “think open” and to eradicate absurd claims that for China agricultural cooperation means territorial expansion.

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Expansion is contrary to Chinese cultural values and its policy towards Russia. Expansion allegations are a provocation by unfriendly forces aimed against the blooming Russian-Chinese cooperation, Haiyun concluded.

He also expresses hopes that the agricultural industry will be a perspective field for long-term cooperation between the two countries and would help find a way to resolve the global food crisis.


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‘ Ashraf Ghani Signs Security Deals with US and NATO Agreeing to Keep 12,000 US Troops in Afghanistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – ABU DHABI – September 30 – New President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai signed on Tuesday security deals with the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allowing for the significant part of the international military contingent to remain in the Central Asian country after the expiration of the current year.

The security pacts were signed at the presidential palace in Kabul marking the first crucial international decision of Ahmadzai following one day only of his inauguration on Monday.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been fighting Taliban militants in the Central Asian state since 2001 and was scheduled to pull out from Afghanistan by the end of this year, passing the responsibility for the security provision in the country to local Afghani military and police forces.

Tuesday’s signing of the military pacts with US and NATO was attended besides Ahmadzai by Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, NATO’s senior representative in Afghanistan Maurits Jochems and other officials.

“Our country will manage to maintain its sovereignty due to security guarantees, which such step is granting us,” Ahmadzai said during the signing ceremony. “The agreement with the United States and NATO fully corresponds with Afghanistan’s interests.”

According to The Wall Street Journal daily, Afghanistan’s security pacts with the United States and NATO will allow for some 12,000 foreign troops remain in the Central Asian state after 2014 and also provide to further financial aid’s flow to Kabul.

“The agreement is more than a commitment, it is a choice. It is a choice by Afghanistan to consolidate international support,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Ambassador Cunningham as saying on Tuesday. “It is a choice by the United States to continue cooperating with our Afghan partners on two important security missions.”

Sources: The Washington Post – Wall Street Journal – ITAR-TASS – NATO Media Services  


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‘ Mysterious Twitter Account Revealing ISIS Secrets or just Misleading Propaganda ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAQ – June 18 – A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’s rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets on-line.

​(Mysterious Twitter Handle Tweeting Truth or Lies)

For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of Iraq.

Taken together, the tweets form a slanted but valuable picture of ISIS and one of the only portraits of its leaders. Perhaps even more important, the account is still active, sending out tweets days ago about ISIS’s current strategy in Iraq and what it plans to do next.

​(One in the eye for ISIS by Mystery Tweeter or to be Taken with a Pinch of Salt)

Sitting over a keyboard somewhere, likely in a Syrian town now held by rebel forces, is @wikibaghdady, the leaker behind the anti-ISIS account. He may be a former ISIS member who defected to ISIS’s rivals in Syria, the al Qaeda-backed Al Nusra front, as some analysts have speculated. Or, “he” may actually be more than one person, with @wikibaghdady serving as the avatar for a group effort to undermine ISIS’s official story and knock it from its perch atop the jihadist movement. Whatever the case, @wikibaghdady has put ISIS in uncomfortable positions, revealing the true name of the group’s leader and a deeply controversial association.

The on-line gang fight goes back to Syria and the competition between jihadist groups there for turf, religious authority, and the spoils of war.

So does the @wikibaghdady account; it too grew out of the fighting in Syria as a reaction to ISIS’s maximalist approach and the bloody in-fighting between Islamist factions there?

Brian Fishman, a fellow at The New America foundation and ISIS analyst who has been following the group for years, is cautious about @wikibaghdady’s claims but called the account, “at minimum a keen observer of events in Syria,” and “a key source of ideas that should be investigated through other means.” A similar assessment came from Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Delma institute in Abu Dhabi and expert on radical groups in the region. “The account does seem to offer credible insider information about ISIS,” Hassan said, “but it is not wholly accurate…[and] should be taken with a pinch of salt.”


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` Forty Four ‘ of the ` Iraq Security Force’s ‘ are among the Dead in Clashes with `Tribal Groups’ in Baghdad ‘

#AceWorldNews – ABU DHABI – March 28 – At least 44 Iraqi security forces were killed in clashes with the armed tribal groups in western Baghdad, the channel Al Jazeera reports.

A few officers of the regular army are among the dead.

On the causes of the military clash and the casualties among armed tribal group are not reported.


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