Thursday, May 20, 2021

"Blinken confirms the U.S. does not want to buy Greenland after Trump proposal"

 From Reuters via The Malasia News:

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday confirmed that the United States does not seek to buy Greenland, after then-President Donald Trump had proposed buying the island, sparking diplomatic fallout.

Sitting beside Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Greenland’s premier, Mute Egede, and Foreign Minister Pele Broberg during a news conference, Blinken confirmed to a reporter it was “correct” that the United States does not seek to buy the country.

Blinken was visiting Greenland after attending a meeting of the Arctic Council in Iceland, which he said was a signal of Washington’s desire to enhance ties with “our Arctic partners, Greenland and Denmark.”

Trump and one of his economic advisers confirmed in 2019 that Trump had discussed the possibility of purchasing Greenland, the world’s largest island and an autonomous Danish territory.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen fired back at the time that Greenland was not for sale and called the suggestion “absurd.”

Broberg said on Wednesday there was speculation about Greenland because of its strategic importance but said Blinken’s visit was “not considered a real estate deal.”....


Malaysia on the other hand might entertain an offer for their side of Borneo, the third largest island in the world after Greenland and then New Guinea.
(please don't tell the Dayak people I suggested this) 

How do I know these things? A Malaysian Chinese gentleman of my acquaintance professes to follow all the religions of Malaysia and thus takes five or six days off for the various New Year celebrations. The big Gawai Dayak party is coming up June 1 and 2. Then comes Muharram/Islamic New Year in early August and then....I forget but if I ever complain on the blog that my favorite Chinese translator is unavailable, check the calendar, it's probably New Year somewhere.