Global Media on G-20 and Narendra Modi has visit- Part 2

On the US

For The Tribune Kevin G Hall and Anita Kumar talked about how thanks to the jobless rate falling to 5.7 percent in October, much faster than most experts had predicted and with the stocks soaring, the US President will carry a big stick with him when he would arrive in Australia for G-20. They predicted that 'Obama will try to use that leverage to convince the rest of the world, particularly Europe and Japan, to do more to stimulate their economies'. They also predicted that, 'One leader likely to agree to a call for more infrastructure spending is new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a pro-business nationalist who vows to revamp his nation’s economy'.

Julie Pace wrote for Charlotte Observer about the US, Japan and Australia agreeing to deepen security ties. Ms. Pace said that, 'the meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of consensus with Chinese President Xi Jinping on climate change and trade, and Japan and China took steps to improve their relationship'. Ms. Pace also wrote that, 'beyond military cooperation, the leaders also discussed the U.S.-led campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, and stop Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine'.

Julie Pace wrote for Waco Trib too on US, Japan and Australia agreeing to deepen security ties. Ms. Pace quoted White House officials who insisted that 'the three-way talks on the side-lines of the Group of 20 economic summit were not meant to send a message to China. But in advance of Obama’s meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japan’s Shinzo Abe, the president pressed China to 'adhere to the same rules as other nations — whether in trade or on the seas'.

On Russia

Tonda MacCharles reported for The Star that, “Canadian PM didn’t stick around long once the G-20 in Brisbane, Australia, was over”. She quotes Canadian Finance Minister who preferred that the G-20 avoided “mission creep” and stuck to global economic challenges rather than getting side-tracked with other international concerns like climate change.

Canadian PM too endorses the view “which is why Harper hailed the agreement reached in Brisbane to endorse economic reforms and policies that leaders claim will generate $2 trillion of economic growth across the G20 members”.

Tonda MacCharles again while writing for The Star mentioned how PM Harper “wasted little time with diplomatic niceties when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 leaders’ private retreat”. She quotes PM Harper’s spokesman Jason MacDonald who said that PM Harper told President Putin, “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” when President Putin stuck out his hand to shake the Canadian PM’s hand.

She added that, “a press spokesman for the Russian Federation told a slightly different version of their encounter, but confirmed the gist of it to Canadian reporters, saying the Russian delegation was “really surprised” to hear the conversation reported as a rebuff, saying they “greeted” each other”.

Global Research ran Vladimir Putin’s speech at the informal BRICS meet before the G-20 summit began. Mr. Putin in the speech invited “all the participants to the BRICS Summit, which will take place in Ufa on July 8-9, 2015”. President Putin has said that, “It is important that ties between our five states are expanding in other areas as well. Thus, our cooperation in industry and technology is becoming more efficient. New joint projects have evolved in such areas as energy, mineral resources production and processing, agro-industry and high technology. We also share a common stand on information security and exchange experience in resolving acute social issues and in developing agriculture, education and science”.

RFI too wrote about meeting between President Hollande and President Putin and said that, “Ukraine was, however, taking up 95 per cent of the time, according to the sources who said that Hollande put “very clear questions” and that Putin’s answers were “precise” but “not always convincing””. RFI also mentions that, “with the press present as their meeting began, Putin told Hollande that everything must be done to reduce the “risks and negative consequences for bilateral relations” but French officials said that the warships were not mentioned during the behind-closed-doors discussion”.

Matthew Fisher too wrote for The Star Phoenix about Putin being targeted at G-20. Mr. Fisher mentions how Brisbane’s Courier Mail welcomed President Putin by demanding in Russian that he say “sorry” for the shooting down two months ago of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. Mr. Fisher also suggested that, “despite being vilified, or perhaps because of it, Putin, has seemed intent on provoking his Australian hosts by pushing a naval task force much farther south in the Pacific Ocean than is usual for the Russian navy. It usually lacks the confidence or ability to operate for long periods of time away from its headquarters in Vladivostok”.

On India and Australia

Philip Coorey wrote for Financial Review about free trade agreement with India being the next priority for Tony Abbott. He also talked about Mr. Modi sharing his concerns about climate change and regional security with the Australian Parliament. Aljazeera too talked about how the Abbott government sensed an opportunity to mend relations with India when the pro-business Modi was elected. Aljazeera mentions how tensions flared over allegedly racist attacks on Indian students in Melbourne and trade between India and Australia fell in the recent years.

The Independent ran a story by Hamish Mcrae who says that, “the gathering in Australia is unlikely to come up with any surprises, but these meetings still matter”. Mr. Mcrae says that, “Only India, with its new Prime Minister Narendra Modi accorded rock-star status in Brisbane, seems to be fulfilling the Brics dream”. The piece also said that, “put it at its lowest, this Brisbane summit will do no harm, and that is more than can be said for a lot of economic policy in recent years”.

Matthew Fisher wrote for National Post about the concerns of Canada as the Abbott government tries to dance with China and India simultaneously and give Australia options. Mr. Fisher also mentions that “that the US was not mentioned at all by Messrs. Abbott, Xi, or Modi tells its own story about the 21st century”. Mr. Fisher also mentions that, “among the things that Australia wanted and got from China was the kind of currency swap hub Beijing and Ottawa agreed to 10 days ago, as well as tariff-free access for Australian seafood, wine and dairy products, and a smoother path for professionals, like health-care providers, to work in China'. Mr. Fisher also warned that Australia will become more susceptible to the economic and political twists and turns that rend China if 'as many as one million head of Aussie cattle annually will be headed to China where a rapidly growing middle class wants to eat a lot more beef'.

On China

For The Diplomat, Clint Richards concentrated on the significant China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Richards wrote, 'According to an AP report, the FTA would initially lift tariffs on 85 percent of all goods initially, rising to 93 percent after four years. Additionally, 'Australia will lift the threshold at which privately-owned Chinese companies can invest in non-sensitive areas without government scrutiny from 248 million Australian dollars ($218 million) to AU$1,078 million.' China would likewise see tariffs on its manufactured goods lifted'.

Ting Shi for Bloomberg Businessweek wrote about President Xi’s visit to Fiji with an aim to broaden China’s economic and strategic clout in the South Pacific, building on trade ties that flourished after then-army chief Frank Bainimarama staged a coup almost eight years ago. Wang Fan, Director of the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University was quoted as saying that 'the travel done by Xi shows he 'has a broader global vision that suits China’s status in the world,'featuring 'a layered-structure, from periphery to near periphery to far periphery'.

On Japan

Clint Richards wrote again for The Diplomat but this time about the Japan’s G-20 scorecard. Mr. Richards says that the G-20 turned out to be very beneficial for Japan. He adds that for PM Abe it will be important that he follows through on what was proposed in Australia as the new recession in Japan is likely to force PM Abe’s administration to look to foreign policy for success. Mr. Richards also mentions PM Abe working to jump start improving relations with China and also holding important bilateral meetings with the world leaders with the most important one being with the American President. He mentioned that PM Abe was advised 'to continue efforts to mend ties with its other regional security partner: South Korea'.

On PM Modi’s visit to Fiji

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation kept to simple reporting about when Mr. Modi would arrive at Nausori Airport in Suva and which roads will remain closed to facilitate his visit. Radio New Zealand International too talked about Mr. Modi’s visit to Fiji which is aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the region according to a South Asian politics and security expert. Mr. Chandramohan who is in Fiji for PM Modi’s visit was quoted as saying, 'The fact that India has got a diaspora there, India feels that there is a chance for it to use that leverage for its expanding naval presence, or maritime presence in the South Pacific region'.

Courtesy Niti Central

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