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Jan 19 14:41

China’s Holdings of US Treasuries Plunge at Historic Pace

A toxic trifecta for bondholders.

Jan 19 13:05

Will Global Economy Shatter If China Collapses

The Chinese made a foray to the world economy with low-priced production and mass manufacturing bias.

Jan 19 12:46

CHINESE, ASIAN tourists avoiding Paris like the plague because of Muslim violence, theft, and terrorism

President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists.” Many tourists are now looking to Russia as a much safer holiday destination.

Jan 19 08:25

Taiwan Has Started Massive Drills Simulating Chinese Attack

Taiwan initiated defense preparation exercises in response to provocation by China, vowing to “enhance training 365 days a year.”

Jan 18 21:43

Hillary Clinton wanted to discuss ditching Taiwan: WikiLeaks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to an alleged e-mail by Hillary Clinton published by WikiLeaks, the former United States Secretary of State was willing to discuss a New York Times editorial calling on Washington to ditch Taiwan in return for China writing off debt.

If Hillary was part of a deal with China to exchange Taiwan for debt then this would explain why China has a problem with Trump, the deal fell through!

Jan 18 18:01

'We'd rather go to Moscow' Paris becomes tourist no-go zone after wave of crime and terror

PARIS has become a no-go zone for Chinese tourists because of rising levels of violent street crime and fears of a new terror attack in the French capital.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 14:26

While U.S. Media Celebrates Feminization of Boys, China Moves to Prevent 'Masculinity Crisis'

While the lying media in the US encourages confused young boys to take puberty blockers and chop their penises off to "become girls," China is moving hard to prevent a "masculinity crisis."

Jan 16 06:28

Can the great war be prevented …

The sheer size of the exercise and the chosen region might already be interpreted as a clear warning to the West not to lay undue strain on the question of the “annexation of the Crimea” and not to test the patience of Russia in the Donbass area unduly. At the same time, we are informed that a coastal defence is to be constructed on the outermost eastern tip of Russia by 2018. One week before the start of the “Caucasus 2016” exercise, the Russian defence minister Shoigu confirmed the plans for the establishment of a special troop unit in the Chukotka region. The decision to do so was made in 2015 and is “part of a plan for the establishment of a unified system of coastal defence from the Arctic in the north to the Premorja territory in the south”. This is intended to secure the Kuriles and the Bering Sea as well as cover the routes of the fleets in the Pacific, and thus also to increase the combat power of Russia’s nuclear-strategic naval forces.

Jan 15 09:24

Tillerson’s Belligerent Remarks Bode Ill For US-Chinese Relations: Scholar

US Secretary of State designate Rex Tillerson’s intemperate and belligerent remarks during his confirmation hearing bode ill for the future of US-China relations under the Donald Trump presidency, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 16:18

China expert: Tillerson's plan for the South China Sea would 'certainly end up in a shooting war with China' Business Insider

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should "send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."
Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and militarizing them doesn't sharply break with the policy of President Barack Obama's administration, but suggesting a blockade — or forcefully stopping China from sailing to its land features in the South China Sea — does.
China's response, at first muted, has come back strong, with Chinese media saying that "unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish."

Jan 14 13:57

China, Vietnam pledge to settle differences over South China Sea claims

Trump has just helped Obama worsen relations with China. First the Philippines and now Vietnam are sidling up to their big neighbor China and making nice. Good for the Chinese and the Vietnamese.

China and Vietnam have promised to settle their differences regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea and to safeguard peace in the region, the two countries said in a joint communique.

Jan 14 13:35

Is Trump Already Finished? — Paul Craig Roberts

January 13, 2017
Is Trump Already Finished?

Paul Craig Roberts

It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.

But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.

Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chaiman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 13:40

Is the US Positioning Itself for A Military Presence in Myanmar? Using the “Rohingya Crisis” as a Pretext?

The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have spent decades and millions of dollars creating the political opposition fronts that constitute support for Myanmar’s new (and first ever) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. This support includes backing Suu Kyi’s saffron-clad street fronts who make up a nationwide network of “monk” alliances and associations.

And it is these alliances and associations that have served at the forefront of persecution against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

Also for years, this violent persecution has unfolded in what was otherwise a media blackout across North America and Europe. When violence reaches fevered pitches, American and European media organisations intentionally introduce ambiguity as to who precisely is leading anti-Rohingya violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that line about "never letting a good crisis go to waste"?!?

So now, the US expects its military to go in as "advisors" for the Myanmar military against a horrifically persecuted minority group, the Muslim Rohingya who, many times literally get burned out of their shacks?!?

I never thought, looking at various wars blamed on religious differences, but actually, about access to resources, that I would have to say "Watch out; here come the Buddhists!" Unfortunately, Myanmar is the exception to that, and big-time.

Jan 13 13:11

China, Russia agree on more 'countermeasures' against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua

China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified "countermeasures" in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

The countermeasures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region", Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.

China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.

THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system's powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh, hair-tearing out noises): What the US government should be doing right now is working with China and Russia to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to create a peace treaty, which gives North Korea assurances on trade, in exchange for them stopping their nuclear weapons program.

But of course...THAT...would be logical.

And unfortunately, the US government hasn't had a really on-going relationship with logic for quite some time now.

Jan 13 11:02

Tillerson’s Belligerent Remarks Bode Ill For US-Chinese Relations: Scholar

US Secretary of State designate Rex Tillerson’s intemperate and belligerent remarks during his confirmation hearing bode ill for the future of US-China relations under the Donald Trump presidency, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Jan 13 09:52

Family stunned 'dead' man knocks on his OWN COFFIN during funeral to ask what's going on

The 75-year-old, from the Sichuan Province in south-west China, had been pronounced dead by his son as well as a dozen relatives after he had apparently “stopped breathing” and was said to have “cold feet and hands”, according to local media reports.

However, things were not as they appeared and some eight hours after the man had been pronounced dead he managed to amaze the gathered grieving family and friends by knocking on the coffin lid and asking: “What’s going on? Are you preparing my funeral?”

Jan 13 09:15

Trump risks 'war' with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns

The US risks a “large-scale war” with China if it attempts to blockade islands in the South China Sea, Chinese state media has said, adding that if recent statements become policy when Donald Trump takes over as president “the two sides had better prepare for a military clash”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay children; settle down!

Jan 13 07:48

Falling Exports And Restrictions On Analysts Doesn't Augur Well For China And Global Economy

There was further proof of protectionist policy making by China and the United States on Friday.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 16:32

Xi Jinping: “In 10 Years We Can Expect a New World Order”

“The world is on the verge of radical change. We see that the European Union is gradually falling apart, how the US economy is crashing, and that all this will end with a new rearrangement of the world. In 10 years we can expect a new world order in which the key factor will be the alliance between China and Russia.”

Jan 12 15:42

China Must Be Banned From Artificial Islands: Rex Tillerson

US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, says China must stop its island-building activities in the disputed South China Sea and be banned from them.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 12:23

Beijing Not Amused After Tillerson Says US Will Block Chinese Access To South China Sea Islands

During his confirmation hearing as Trump's SecState, Rex Tillerson said a failure to respond to China had allowed it to “keep pushing the envelope” in the South China Sea and added that "we’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island-building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed."

Jan 12 11:26

'Protectionist' Obama Escalates Trade War, Slams China With Subsidized Aluminum Complaint

With all the partisan narrative defining Trump as a tariff-setting, anti-trade, economy-buster, we thought it ironic that free-trade-wunderkind Obama just escalated trade wars by bringing his administration's 16th trade-enforcement complaint against China with WTO, urging tariffs on subsidized Chinese aluminum, after accusing them of funneling artificially cheap loans from state-run banks to producers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You might think President Obama would have had the decency to wait until Trump had assumed the office of President, and figure out how he wanted to handle it; unfortunately, however, this is another classic, passive/aggressive ploy on Obama's part to ratchet up the tensions between the US and China to an even higher degree than it already is.

And I have 3 words with which to characterise this action, 8 days before Trump takes the Oath of Office; childish; churlish; and petulant.

Jan 12 11:20

Gen. Mattis: "Russia Is The Principal Threat To US Security"

“Our Armed Forces must remain the best led, best equipped, and most ready force in the world,” Mattis told the Senate. “We must also embrace our international alliances and security partnerships. History is clear: nations with strong allies thrive and those without them wither.”

“My watchwords will be solvency and security in providing for the protection of our people and the survival of our freedoms,” Mattis said. “America has two fundamental powers. One is intimidation,” Mattis told Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan). “The other power, which we’ve used less in the last 20 years, is the power of inspiration.” The US should not be turning to military power as the answer to all of its concerns around the world, the retired Marine general added.

Here are some of the key highlights so far:

Russia Is "Principal Threat" To US Security

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be curious as to understand in what context Mattis believes Russia is our "principal threat"?!?

Because in looking at Putin's behaviour, I just don't see it. What I see is a master chess player, who has generally been one hundred moves ahead of his American and European counterparts.

Jan 12 08:49

Tillerson: China Should Be Denied Access to South China Sea Islands

Setting a hawkish tone in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, laid out calls for the US to take aggressive action, arguing that the US ought to deny China access to the islands that China has built.

US officials have been railing against China for building islands in the South China Sea for years, arguing that such construction does not increase their maritime territorial claims. This is true, but there is no strict ban on building islands, despite US “outrage” at them doing so.

Tillerson took the claims much farther, arguing that building islands was “akin to Russia taking Crimea” and that the US needed to take a more aggressive position, to “send China a clear signal” that they not only can’t build more islands, but that they also won’t be allowed access to the islands they’ve already built.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tillerson had two, industrial-strength "stepped in it moments", during his testimony to Congress, upon which I feel compelled to call him out.

First, a little history: China was awarded the islands in the South China Sea right after World War II, via the Cairo treaty, to "punish Japan" for its aggression. China awarded the islands in the South China Sea by the Cairo Treaty

I would certainly like to believe that our potential Secretary of State doesn't believe that treaties are simply made to be broken.

Secondly, Russia never annexed Crimea:

"Russia never Annexed Crimea, no Plans to intervene in Ukraine, it’s a Western Delusion" – Putin

If he were remembering correctly, he would recall that the duly elected President of Ukraine, President Yanukovich, was thrown under the proverbial bus by an EU/US/IMF/NATO "putsch in 2014, and the western-centric Petro Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's president in an election which was more crooked than a dog's hind leg. In fact, in February of 2014, the US's Undersecretary of State, Victoria Nuland, was openly bragging about how much money the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine, and this was caught on video:

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

A little more history; Crimea had been a province of Russia until the mid-50s, when Ukrainian-native Nikita Khrushchev annexed it to Ukraine.

When the putsch happened in 2014, Crimean officials understood that there was no truly representational government in Kiev.

So what they did, in an open and vetted public referendum, Crimean officials asked its people whether they wanted to stay as part of the Ukraine, or become a member of the Russian Federation. The Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation, and leave Ukraine. The Russian Federation accepted their request, and Crimea then became a member of the Russia Federation.

Call me silly, but this looks suspiciously like "peaceful self-determination", and NOT an act of "annexation by Russia".

So even though the US had a huge hand in destabilizing Ukraine and installing their western-centric puppet, Poroshenko, the US and Ukraine got very annoyed when Crimea chose to become a member of the Russia Federation, and slapped sanctions on them for something Russia never did; the "alleged annexation of Crimea".

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 15:39

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

Reuters reports Seagate is closing its Suzhou disk drive manufacturing plant in China, shedding a whopping 2,217 jobs.

The 1.1 million ft2 plant was formerly owned by Maxtor; Seagate having bought Maxtor for $1.9bn in May, 2006. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers puts the closure in the context of Seagate wanting to lower its quarterly cost base, given the overall decline in disk drive sales.

Jan 11 14:47

Get Ready for China’s Hot New Export Product: Inflation

Coming soon to a store near you.

Jan 11 11:08

Chinese warship passes near Taiwan in brazen show of strength...

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

Jan 11 02:17

NZ's biggest finance firm sold to China

Fortune 500 company HNA pays ANZ Bank $660m for UDC.

ANZ's New Zealand chief executive David Hisco says the sale of UDC will allow the bank to focus on its core business.
ANZ's New Zealand chief executive David Hisco says the sale of UDC will allow the bank to focus on its core business.

ANZ Bank has sold New Zealand's biggest finance company, UDC Finance, to Chinese logistics and financial services company, HNA, for $660 million, as it continues to streamline its business and improve its capital position.

The sale, to be completed late this year, will result in a net gain of A$100m and will boost the group's common equity tier one capital ratio by about 10 basis points, it said.

HNA, a Fortune 500 company, evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island into a global company with $124 billion of assets, $39b in annual revenues and nearly 200,000 employees across North America, Europe and Asia.

Jan 10 08:18

This phone is so smart it can scan your lunch and tell you what's in it

The H2 from Chinese electronics manufacturer Changhong is the first smartphone with a built-in molecular scanner to identify the chemical composition of most objects.

Jan 09 17:24

Two Dozen Apache Choppers En Route To Seoul Over Growing Threats from Pyongyang

A US battalion of two dozen AH-64D Apache heavy attack choppers and 360 US troops will replace a division of 30 observation and light arms helicopters currently in service at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

"The rotational deployment of Apache helicopters is a demonstration of strong US will in implementing its security commitments," US Army Col. Rob Manning said recently. The move is expected to "significantly strengthen" military capabilities aimed at deterring North Korea’s leaders from maliciously launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, the colonel added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the White House State Department, and the Pentagon: please, folks; collectively, cool your jets; any direct attack against North Korea will, almost absolutely, insure a shooting war with China.

And looking at Chinese weaponry vs/ US weaponry right now, this is a place the US government and military should not go.

What is desperately needed here, is to reach out to China to get them to get their recalcitrant client state, North Korea, to come back to the negotiating table, and express a concrete willingness to forego their nuclear weapons program for trade and safety guarantees.

This peace agreement, replacing the armistice which has been in existence for over 60 years, would be laying the groundwork for a more peaceful Asia, and this is absolutely not a bad thing.

I mean, folks; we've been trading with Vietnam for 23 years, for Pete's sake!!

Jan 09 11:09

End All the Craziness Over North Korea

North Korea has ‘entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM)’. So crowed North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, in his New Year’s Day message aimed at tough-talking US president-elect, Donald Trump.

But there no need to squander trillions on new anti-missile defenses based in Alaska and California that may not work as advertised. North Korea’s missiles are designed to deter a US attack.

The alleged dire threat from North Korea can be better and more swiftly resolved by intelligent diplomacy and some calm thinking.

North Korea is a small, backwards, dirt poor nation of 25 million that has been under a fierce US-imposed sanctions regime for over half a century. Call it a North Asian Cuba. Without modest economic and military help from China, North Korea would likely have collapsed long ago. It remains under constant siege by the US and allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President-Elect Trump; in order to get negotiations going, the US government will have to enlist the assistance of China (remember; that same China Obama dissed while a guest of the Chinese at the G-20 last year G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression)

That may well take some time and a lot of finesse, but a working relationship with China regarding North Korea will be critical to get this going.

What we need here are trade guarantees, coupled with a firm quid pro quo that to get this peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, North Korea must end its nuclear weapons program, period, end of discussion.

It can be done, with enough will and hard-won, intelligent, moral negotiations.

The last thing in the world this country needs, President-Elect Trump, is a shooting war with China. Please have one of your military advisors talk to you about recent strides in weaponry, ships, and fighter jets the Chinese have made over the last decade, then ask yourself; can the current standoff with North Korea be overcome by any other means than war?!?

Thankfully, sir, the short answer, is yes.

Jan 09 08:03

China going clean? Province bans GMO crops for five years

As reported by the Financial Times, agriculture authorities in the largest grain-producing province in China have implemented a five-year ban on genetically modified crops, which is a blow to the central government’s efforts to transform the country into a global GMO-producing powerhouse.

Jan 08 17:24

CHINA POTENTIALLY THREATENS A NEAR TERM US TREASURY SHORT SQUEEZE!

Problems in China are looming on top of an already very tenuous and misunderstood situation in the US Financial Markets. Additionally, Federal Reserve Policy has made the situation even more combustible!

Jan 07 10:36

Um, General Chinese Motors?

GM’s huge post-bailout investments in China bear fruit.

China is still rocking, GM announced today, unlike the US where GM’s vehicles sales fell 1.3% in 2016, with cars down 4.3% and trucks, including SUVs, flat. It joined Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, BMW, and other automakers in the US that had booked their first annual vehicle sales declines since 2009.

Jan 06 16:06

Signs of trouble in China are to be seen in the Yuan ( Renminbi ) rally

As 2017 opens we find ourselves regularly looking east and today it is the turn of China to attract our attention. There is much going on both above and below the surface but let us begin with the good news part.

Jan 06 13:25

Bitcoin Hits ALL-TIME Record High as China Capital Controls Cause PANIC!

Bitcoin Hits All-Time High as Currency Controls Drive Fear - Bloomberg

Jan 06 10:34

China Launches Weekly Freight Rail Service Direct To London

China has launched it’s first direct freight rail service to London as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe.

Jan 05 16:30

China vs Russia Why Trump Prefers the Latter?

Lately, the relationship between China and the United States made it to the center of the media attention, particularly when the President-elect Donald J. Trump accused China of not being helpful regarding North Korea. This statement didn’t go too well in China, but it would be stupid to claim that Trump is to blame for the complicated situation we’re witnessing now.

Jan 05 11:56

Talk Grows in U.S. of Possibility of Military Strikes on North Korea

Talk is growing in the United States of the possibility of using military strikes to take out North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened he’s close to testing a long-range missile apparently capable of hitting the U.S.

Kim said in his New Year’s Day address that the communist nation has reached the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. The remark was seen as a thinly veiled threat that Pyongyang is close to developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S.

The threat appears to have stoked genuine fears of security among Americans, with reporters bombarding the Defense Department with questions of what the U.S. is going to do about the North’s missile, including whether it’s going to shoot it down or even launch a preemptive strike before it’s fired.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one very critical word left out of this debate; that word is "China".

I would like to very politely remind those who think that a massive, pre-emptive attack on North Korea would be a "good thing" of the following:

The Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty was a treaty signed on July 11, 1961 between North Korea and the People's Republic of China.

This treaty includes military aid.

China's military has been doing a great deal of incredible weapons development in the last couple of years; it is a nuclear-capable country, and its jets have the ability to reach the US for tactical bombing runs, should Chinese leadership want to do that.

And in December of last year, this happened:

China to give Philippines $14mn in guns, offers $500mn long-term loan

So, rather than sabre-rattling, once Trump is inaugurated, there should be some very discreet, brutally honest, back-channel discussions with the Chinese leadership about what, other than an outright military strike, the US, and China could do, in concert, to get North Korea and Kim Jung Un back to the negotiating tables to talk peace and trade guarantees, in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons program.

And now would be an excellent time to do this, because in many Beijing's inner circle now consider China's relationship with North Korea to be infinitely more of a liability than an asset, because of its dogged insistence on continuing its nuclear weapons programs, even after UN sanctions against it, which China supported last November:

Toughest UN sanctions yet to cost North Korea $800 million

Jan 05 10:53

China’s economy expected to grow by 6.5% in 2017 - forecast

China’s economy may grow at a rate of 6.5% in 2017, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in its forecast on Thursday. China’s foreign trade may shrink by 5% to $3.53 trillion and its trade surplus is expected to equal $471 billion in 2017 amid the slowing global economy and some depreciation of the Chinese national currency, the report says. China’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key gauge of inflation in the country, may reach about 2.3% in 2017, the report says. According to official data, China’s economy grew by 6.9% in 2015, the slowest pace since 1990. Therefore, China’s economic growth has tended to slow down in the past few years. China’s GDP grew by 10.4% in 2010, 9.2% in 2011 and 7.8% in 2012. This growth slowed down to 7.7% in 2013 and 7.4% in 2014. China’s CPI grew by 1.4% in 2015 and by 2% in 2014.

Jan 04 14:00

State Dept. Spox Can't Answer China Question, Gets Laughed at by Reporter

"We will not agree with that assessment" is the standard response pretty much to everything Trump says. Is anyone even surprised?

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 04 07:40

China Warns May Dump Treasuries To Keep Yuan Stable, Prepares More Capital Controls

Then, fast forward two days when China, no longer bothering with euphemisms, admitted that it has "studied possible scenarios of yuan exchange rate and capital outflows in 2017 based on models, stress tests and field research, and is preparing contingency plans", Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.

Among the "contingency plans" are proposals recently suggested by such banana countries as Turkey and Venezuela, which include China's government asking state-owned enterprises to temporarily convert some foreign-currency holdings into yuan, said Bloomberg's sources, who are clearly mostly interested in the market's response to this particular Bloomberg-mediated trial balloon

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 12:59

Political Retribution? Trump Press Sec Questions Russia Sanctions, Brings Up Unanswered ‘China Hack’

The incoming White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said it makes him wonder if President Obama’s anti-Russian measures were “political retribution,” given that a massive hack of federal data in 2015 linked to China saw “not one thing happen” in response.

Spicer brought into question the magnitude of the new sanctions approved by Barack Obama, which included the expulsion of 35 diplomats and the closing of two diplomatic facilities while speaking to ABC’s This Week program hosted by Jonathan Karl and aired on Sunday.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 08:22

China’s vow to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 is a ‘game changer’ for elephants

China promised Friday to halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017, a decision greeted by environmentalists as offering real hope for an end to a poaching crisis that is wiping out tens of thousands of elephants across Africa.

Jan 01 06:59

CHINA HUMILIATES TRUMP IN FRONT OF THE WORLD WITH MASSIVE MOCKING STATUE

CNN reports, What do you get when you cross the year of the rooster with the year of Trump? A "yuge" statue. A giant rooster sculpture, sporting the President-elect's signature hairdo and hand gestures, has been erected outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, in China's northern Shanxi Province.

Dec 31 17:46

In only 10 years, China completely blanketed their whole country with high speed rail.

China now has more miles of high speed rail track than the rest of the world combined.

And even at 200mph, the trains run so smooth, that you can balance a coin on its edge.

Dec 30 13:43

New Communist Party boss for Xinjiang ‘faces challenges’ in easing unrest

The latest eruption of violence in Xinjiang, which authorities say claimed five lives, comes just months after Chen Quanguo stepped into the role as Communist Party chief for the troubled region.

Chen earned a reputation as a hardliner in his previous job overseeing Tibet, and although there is no indication the attack is linked with the new administration, observers warn the region could face greater uncertainties under the policies that Chen adopts.

Karakax’s population is 97 per cent made up of Uygurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority who, like some Tibetans, chafe at Beijing’s rule and the increasing numbers of Han Chinese moving to their homelands.

Shortly after Chen’s arrival, the government started to beef up its police presence significantly, building more than 900 police booths in the region’s capital Urumqi. Local residents have also been required to hand over their passports to police.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am saddened by the deaths and woundings of innocents here; that being said, however,I would strongly suggest that more massive suppression here will most likely wind up creating even more unrest.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable."

There was an article, posted on HuffPo in 2014, which sheds some light on what is happening here:

Until recently, Xinjiang’s population was mostly Uighur. But in recent years, Chinese Han have moved there in increasing numbers, drawn by Beijing’s massive investments in the area. Both groups now make up about 40 percent of the region’s population. In Urumqi, the state capital, Han Chinese now make up 75 percent of residents.

Uighurs complain that while Beijing has heavily invested in Xinjiang, the investment mostly benefits the Han Chinese

Uighurs feel discriminated against when it comes to housing and employment. They don’t have easy access to the region’s profitable gas and oil industry, and can’t apply for many of the available government jobs. The separatist struggle heated up in 2009, when clashes between Uighurs and Chinese Han in Urumqi claimed dozens of lives. As China dramatically escalated its crackdown in the wake of the riots, the separatists’ actions became increasingly brutal, setting in motion a vicious cycle of violence.

If these issues are not intelligently and sensitively addressed by Beijing, we may well be looking at a powderkeg which will continue to explode, episodically, and infused with the horrific energy of the most extreme, bloodthirsty Jihad possible against the Han Chinese in Xinjiang.

Dec 29 13:44

President Xi pleased with students designing satellite

Chinese President Xi Jinping has praised a group of middle school students for their efforts in satellite design and said he was pleased with their passion and bravery in scientific exploration.

Xi made the remarks in a letter written to the students from Beijing's Bayi School on Saturday. A small satellite designed and developed by them was launched Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When was the last time you heard of American public school students designing and launching their own satellites?!?

I think the short answer is, NEVER!! And therein lies the problem.

If these kids are accomplishing the design and launch of a small rocket in Middle School, what are they going to be doing when they attend college?!?

I checked out the background of this Chinese middle school, and it is the (better) equivalent of US magnet schools, but with very specific criteria, and very intense review cycles on the progress of their students.

Our US educational program is so hopelessly behind the 8-ball here, that it really is a national disgrace.

Dec 29 13:28

China Warns U.S. Against Allowing Stopover For Taiwan’s President Tsai

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pass through the United States when she visits Latin America next month, the Taiwan Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, angering China which urged the United States to block any such stopover.

China is deeply suspicious of Tsai, who it thinks wants to push for the formal independence of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, ineligible for state-to-state relations.

Details of the stopovers will be disclosed before the end of this week, the ministry said.

China said Tsai’s intentions were clear and urged the United States not to let her in.

“We hope the U.S. can abide by the ‘one China’ policy...and not let her pass through their border, not give any false signals to Taiwan independence forces, and through concrete actions safeguard overall U.S. China relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan strait,” Hua Chunying, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, told a briefing in Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying might have better success with such a request request to President Elect Trump by taking it through through back channels, rather than warning him of consequences in public; this is not a person who takes kindly to foreign governments telling him what heads of state and diplomats he can, and cannot, see, on their way to other countries.

Dec 29 13:13

Get Ready, America: Russia's Lethal Su-35 Fighter Is Now Part of China's Air Force

Russia has apparently delivered an initial batch of four advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E jet fighters to China.

The aircraft appropriately arrived at the People's Liberation Army Air Force training center in Cangzhou, in China’s Hebei province, on Christmas day from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) plant in Russia according to the BMPB blog—which is produced by Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.

Dec 28 13:56

Russia, Pakistan, China warn of increased Islamic State threat in Afghanistan

Russia, China and Pakistan warned on Tuesday that the influence of Islamic State (IS) was growing in Afghanistan and that the security situation there was deteriorating.

Representatives from the three countries, meeting in Moscow, also agreed to invite the Afghan government to such talks in the future, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"(The three countries) expressed particular concern about the rising activity in the country of extremist groups including the Afghan branch of IS," ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters after the meeting.

The United States, which still has nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces, was not invited to the Moscow talks.

The gathering, the third in a series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan that has so far excluded Kabul, is likely to deepen worries in Washington that it is being sidelined in negotiations over Afghanistan's future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government has not been invited to these talks, because in 15 years of US/NATO occupation, the only thing that the US/NATO Consortium seems to have been able to control is the production of opium poppies, and that business has been going great guns.

images: US soldiers guarding opium poppy fields

No, my friends, these images are not photoshopped; they are real.

But when it comes to ever-increasing violence, the US and NATO are completely impotent to stop the problem; it is no bloody wonder that China, Pakistan, and Russia believe that if there is a solution to the violence here, they will have to work together in concert with the Afghani government to find it.

Dec 27 16:14

Chinese Interbank Funding Freezes Again As Overnight Repo Hits 33%

While we have previously shown the amazing gimmicks the Chinese central bank does with the short end of the offshore Yuan interbank offered rate, which as previously explained, and as shown in the animation below, has become the PBOC's favorite means of punishing currency speculators by making Yuan borrowing costs against shorts crushingly high, forcing short unwinds...... when it comes to more traditional unsecured short-term funding markets, like the simple overnight repo, these reflect overall levels of liquidity in the interbank market, or as the case may be, complete absence thereof.

Dec 27 15:01

China lodges protest over Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill

China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law a U.S. defense policy bill that suggests a plan to conduct high-level military exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan.

Part of the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act "expresses the sense of Congress that (the U.S. Department of Defense) should conduct a program of senior military exchanges between the United States and Taiwan".

In a statement late Sunday, China's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged a protest with the United States over the Taiwan content of the act and expressed its strong opposition.

Taiwan is Chinese territory and purely an internal matter, the ministry said.

It noted that the part of the defense policy bill referring to Taiwan was not legally binding, but said it was an interference with China's internal affairs that China could not accept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that cooler heads in the Chinese government need to prevail here.

Yes, this was an attempted provocation by the US government; but I would like to politely remind them that there will be a "changing of the guard" in DC as of the 20th of next month.

Perhaps, addressing this through back diplomatic channels once Trump has become our President might well be a more productive way for the Chinese government to express their concerns. And please take a look at how this is worded:

"Part of the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act "expresses the sense of Congress that (the U.S. Department of Defense) should conduct a program of senior military exchanges between the United States and Taiwan".

The "sense of Congress" uses the world "should"; not the word "will", in that paragraph. And therein lies the difference.

Dec 26 14:48

BEIJING FIRES BACK AFTER TRUMP APPOINTS TRADE HAWK THEN THE US KICKED THEM AGAIN

China has warned Donald Trump that “co-operation is the only correct choice” after the US president-elect tapped a China hawk to run a new White House trade policy office.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:48

CHINA UNVEILS SECRETIVE H-20 STRATEGIC STEALTH BOMBER IN FACE OF TRUMP TENSIONS

A Chinese admiral said that China and the rest of the world must be patient while waiting for the H-20 to be launched.

Dec 26 09:24

China tests 5th-generation stealth fighter, cheaper competitor to US F-35 - reports

China successfully tested its newest twin-engine radar-evading stealth fighter of the fifth generation, local media report, citing sources in the aviation industry. The FC-31 Gyrfalcon can carry 8 tons of weapons and is said to be worth around $70 million.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 12:23

Pacified Japan Begins Huge Re-Militarization To Confront China

All quiet since the end of World War 2, the days of pacifism in Japan are now more or less over.

Dec 24 10:09

China’s Collapse Is Coming, More So Now Than Ever - Gordon Chang

The world’s second largest economy is on the brink of collapse, at least that’s what best-selling author and Forbes contributor Gordon Chang believes. Author of The Coming Collapse of China, Chang gave his outlook on the country’s economy, which remains grim -- more so now than ever.

Dec 24 05:49

Rickards: Get ready for a new currency war with China

China’s capital and currency markets are on a collision course with the U.S., and by extension, the entire world. Economists are fond of saying if something can’t go on forever, it won’t. That truism applies to China.

Dec 23 13:18

Trump appoints China hawk for trade policy as China demands cooperation

President-elect Donald Trump has picked noted China hawk Peter Navarro to run a new White House trade policy office.

Dec 23 10:11

Trump & Trade: why both Beijing and Wall Street should pay attention.

As the Dow edges up towards a lunatic 20,000 index level, there seems to be an unwillingness to break through.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 09:44

CHINA CREATES NEW LEGAL HIGHS & AVOIDS DRUG LAWS - Chinese Chemists Create New Class of Drugs

At midnight on a recent Friday, in a backroom at Chemsun Global pharmaceutical laboratory in Shanghai, a Chinese chemist who called himself Terry was eager to close a deal. Outside in the lab a bright yellow liquid whirred around a flask. The smell of fumes was so intense it left a bitter, chemical aftertaste.

Dec 21 15:14

Why does Canada let Chinese warships into their ports?

Christopher Wilson reports that while the US was having a piece of their research equipment stolen by the Chinese Navy, Canada was opening our ports to their naval vessels?

Dec 21 08:42

Minivan Plows Through Farmers Market In Beijing!

Just days after an ISIS inspired terrorist plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people, we have just learned that a minivan has plowed through a farmers market in Beijing “killing four and injuring dozens.”

As of right now, officials have not said the incident is terrorism, but ISIS has made it clear that it intended to use vehicles to attack soft targets in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BAN VANS! HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE BEFORE WE TAKE AWAY THESE KILLING MACHINES FROM THE PEOPLE!!!!!

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 14:08

What Are the Risks of a U.S.-China Trade War?

Risk is one of my all-time favorite board games. It’s among the very few that’s equal parts strategy and luck, and the stakes can’t get much higher than total world domination. It wasn’t uncommon for games between my friends and me to last for hours, sometimes deep into the night.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 12:43

Chinese special forces seek anti-terror training in Chechnya

Chinese special forces want to be trained in tackling suicide bombers at a private institute in the Chechen city of Gudermes. Moscow is presently studying the proposal...

Dec 20 12:21

CHINESE IN PANIC TO GET MONEY OUT OF CHINA RMB - Rush To Buy Offshore Property, Assets & USD

Demand to buy dollars is quite strong today.”

China’s yuan fell to its weakest in 8-1/2 years on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a faster pace of rate hikes, raising concerns of more capital outflows at a time when Asia’s economic powerhouse shows signs of stabilizing.

Dec 20 10:15

The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process – Paul Craig Roberts

Unsubstantiated stories have been planted throughout the presstitute media by anonymous CIA officials that Donald Trump’s electoral victory was the result of Russian intervention. This absurd claim has now been elevated to the even more absurd claim that Putin himself oversaw and even conducted the manipulation of the US presidential election.

No evidence has been provided for these amazing claims.

As a result of the prestitutes’ lies, millions of peoples have been killed and dislocated.

Only a Counter-Coup Can Save American Democracy — Paul Craig Roberts

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 20 06:35

China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

The Defense Ministry said a Chinese naval vessel discovered a piece of "unidentified equipment," and checked it to prevent any navigational safety issues before discovering it was a U.S. drone.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 10:19

"Everyone Is Nervous" - Chinese Bond Bloodbath Reawakens As Hong Kong Stocks Turn Red For 2016

After a brief respite, the bloodbath in Chinese bonds is back, with futures plunging back to lows overnight amid liquidity fears (short-term lending rates are inverted) and growing anxiety over China's almost unprecedented debtload.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, a gradual tightening of short-term credit by China’s central bank - combined with rumors of liquidity squeezes at brokers - prompted a mini-rout in the country’s $8 trillion-plus bond market last week, forcing authorities to reverse course and inject some $86 billion in short- and medium-term funds.

China’s total debt surged to around $27 trillion this year, or 260% of gross domestic product, compared with 154% in 2008 at the start of a stimulus program to offset the financial crisis. It is continuing to grow at more than twice the pace of the economy.

Dec 19 09:41

Moscow to Host Crucial Meeting With China, Pakistan to Discuss Afghanistan

Russia, Pakistan and China will hold the next round of three-way counterterrorism talks in Moscow December 27, primarily focusing on turmoil-hit Afghanistan.

Russian Ambassador to Islamabad Alexey Dedov disclosed the details in an interview to state-run Pakistani radio.

This will be the third meeting of the “trilateral working group on Afghanistan,” he said, following meetings in Beijing and Islamabad.

“What we see in Afghanistan, unfortunately, is worrisome because it does not bring us optimism. There is a lack of three crucial elements; that is a stable self-sufficient economy, good governance and strong army,” observed Dedov.

A deterioration in security and the emergence of Islamic State affiliates in volatile border regions of Afghanistan have necessitated the trilateral consultations with an aim to form a “regional anti-terrorism structure” to counter “spillover effects” of terrorism, insist Pakistani, Russian and Chinese officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And notice the country which has been singularly "uninvited" to this meeting: the United States, which, after 15 years of occupation, has been impotent to stop the spiraling of violence.

Dec 19 08:40

Chinese Interbank Lending Freezes, Forcing Massive Intervention By China's Central Bank

China is finding itself in an increasingly more untenable situation, trapped on one hand by its sliding currency (and declining reserves), which as noted earlier it has manipulated higher by forcing overnight unsecured rates to spike, in the process punishing "speculators" and other shorts...

... and on the other, by a banking sector that finds itself desperately in need of liquidity, unable to endure the PBOC's monetary interventions, and on the verge of a liquidity crisis comparable to what Chinese banks suffered in the summer of 2013 when overnight rates briefly shot up above 20% as China pushed aggressively with a failed deleveraging campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This looks to be a major hiccup for the Chinese economy.

Dec 19 07:01

Donald Trump has no idea how to run a superpower, says Chinese media

Donald Trump appears to have not a clue how to lead a superpower.
That was the conclusion of China’s Global Times newspaper on Monday morning as the country’s media weighed in on the president-elect’s latest social media assaults on Beijing.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 14:07

Let China Keep Seized US Drone, Trump Says In New Tweet

US President–elect Donald Trump says the US government should not want back its unmanned underwater vehicle captured (UUV) by China.

Trump made the comments in a Saturday tweet, posted shortly after the Pentagon reassured the nation that the drone would be returned.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 19:22

We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump –
Verified account ?@realDonaldTrump
We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!
4:59 PM - 17 Dec 2016

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/810288321880555520

Here's a first, he's got a helluva sense of humor! LOL! ROFLMOA! :D

my reply:@realDonaldTrump Since most of the parts, especially the ICs and boards, were probably made in China, then let'm have it! ROFLMOA! :D

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 10:12

China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, "Regrets US Hype"

Shortly after president-elect Trump's "unprecedented action" tweet, Chinese authorities responded via their mouthpiece The China People's Daily:

People's Daily,China
People's Daily,China –
Verified account ?@PDChina
#Update: China will return equipment identified as US underwater drone, and regrets the US publicly hyping the incident: Ministry of Defense https://t.co/zj86I1rn0l

https://twitter.com/PDChina/status/810136074752237568

Looks like 'The Don' has a grip on how to handle the Chinese. He's not even president yet and is calling the shots on US international relations

Dec 17 10:08

China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, "Regrets US Hype"

China Sea to ensure the "safe navigation of passing ships," in one of the most serious incidents between the two militaries in years.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun issued a statement late Saturday saying that a Chinese navy lifeboat discovered an unknown device in the South China Sea on Thursday. "In order to prevent this device from posing a danger to the safe navigation of passing ships and personnel, the Chinese lifeboat adopted a professional and responsible attitude in investigating and verifying the device," Yang said.

The statement said that after verifying that the device was an American unmanned submerged device, "China decided to transfer it to the U.S. through appropriate means."

The statement also accused the U.S. of long deploying ships "in China's presence" to conduct "military surveying."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to be yet another US provocation of China, in a long line of provocations of China.

The good news is, that China has committed to returning the drone.

I hope Trump will be a great deal better for US/China relations than has President Obama.

Dec 17 09:52

3D Visualization of the Greatest Jobs & Wealth Theft In World History

An interactive 3D model of international trade visualizes the United States experiencing the greatest jobs and wealth theft in history.

Dec 16 19:41

Video: Old Song, New Tune: Russia Is Not First Country To Be Branded Main Adversary In Cyber Space By US

Russia is not the first country to be branded the main adversary in cyber space – just a couple of years ago the same words were said about China.

Dec 16 15:14

Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Severe Air Pollution

A red alert for air pollution has been issued in the Chinese capital for the first time this year as choking smog is expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China during the next five days.

Dec 16 10:49

China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest

from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.

The incident, the first of its kind in recent memory, took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey in the waters of the South China Sea," the official said.

"It's a sovereign immune vessel, clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water - that it was U.S. property."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The first, logical question which must be asked is, was the drone actually in international waters, or did it somehow stray into territory the Chinese claims as theirs?!?

Was this a deliberate attempt by the US military to spook China's military by the use of this ocean-going drone, and was it being deployed for other than pure oceanographic research?!?

We certainly have more questions than answers right now.

Dec 16 10:19

China Seizes U.S. Submarine Drone in Disputed Territory Of The South China Sea

By Nicholas West

An ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea over a stretch that comprises more than 750 reefs, banks, and shoals known more generally as the Spratly Islands continues to heat up...

Dec 16 09:54

Chinese warship seizes US underwater drone in international waters

A Chinese navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and demand for its return from the United States, a US defense official told Reuters on Friday.

The incident – the first of its kind in recent memory – took place on Thursday north-west of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Dec 16 09:52

US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone

A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday.

In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official.

Dec 16 04:16

Dr. Jim Willie: The Economic Battles Continue to Rage On… (Videos)

As you read and listen throughout this article, recall what President John F. Kennedy once famously said:

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Dec 15 17:55

China Dumps Treasuries: Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $403 Billion In US Paper

It wasn't just China: Belgium, which has long been rumored to be the venue where China's keeps its "secret" offshore Treasury holdings courtesy of Euroclear, also dumped its TSY holdings, and in October its stated holdings (which again have to be adjusted for MTM), tumbled from $143Bn to $117Bn, the lowest since the summer of 2015.

Fast forward to today when in the latest monthly update for the month of October, we find that what until a month ago was "merely" a record $375 billion in offshore central bank sales in the LTM period ending September 30 has, one month later, risen to a new all time high $403 billion in Treasuries sold in the past 12 months.

As the chart below shows, there has never been such an aggressive selling of US Treasuries over a 12 month period in history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely doesn't augur well at all for US financial markets.

Dec 15 12:35

China should plan to take Taiwan by force after Trump call, state media says

China should plan to take Taiwan by force and make swift preparations for a military incursion, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has said, after US president-elect Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol in the region.

Before he even assumes the presidency, Trump has called into question the longstanding US foreign policy of maintaining formal relations with Beijing instead of Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province. He also spoke directly with Taiwan’s president, the first such contact since 1979. Both moves have infuriated China.

Dec 15 11:57

China Halts Trading In Bond Futures After Record Bond Market Crash

Following yesterday's violent selloff in bonds, which has continued today across the globe, one country that was particularly impacted was China, where as we reported overnight, Chinese government bond futures plunged by the most on record, dropping by 2% in the session, and erased in a week the gains of the past 18 months, hitting a 16 month high yield of 3.4%.

Dec 15 09:18

China Defends Its Right To ‘Ready Slingshot’ In South China Sea

China defended its right on Thursday to put “necessary military installations” on artificial islands in the South China Sea, after a U.S. think-tank said Beijing appeared to have deployed weapons such as anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said its findings, made available first to Reuters on Wednesday, were based on analysis of satellite images of islands in the strategic trade route, where territory is claimed by several countries.

The United States has previously criticized what it called China’s militarization of its maritime outposts, and stressed the need for freedom of navigation by conducting periodic air and naval patrols near them that have angered Beijing.

China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website on Thursday that the construction it had carried out on islands and reefs in the disputed Spratlys chain was “mainly for civilian use.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Annoying China with accusations right now is not going to garner any favors for the US.

Chinese history absolutely legitimizes its claim to this territory.

Hopefully, after Trump is inaugurated, there can be some quiet diplomacy so that tensions will be ratcheted down here.

Dec 15 08:52

Freudian slip? White House claims CHINA hacked the election!

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