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May 23 11:38

Trump Shuns Xi As US Uninvites China From World's Largest Naval Exercise

In the latest sign that contrary to the official rhetoric, tensions between the US and China are in fact escalating as China reaffirms its dominance of contested territory in the South China Sea (see "China Releases Footage Of Bombers Landing On Disputed Island For The First Time") the US has disinvited China from the Pacific Rim Military Exercises, the Pentagon told AFP.

May 23 10:47

China Celebrates Social Credit System Blocking People from over 11 Million Flights

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that over 11.14 million instances of individuals not being able to board flights – and 4.25 million similar incidents on trains – had occurred “by the end of April.”
Since the same person could attempt to board a flight or train and have officials deny them more than once, it is likely that the number of individuals banned from traveling is slightly lower than the number of instances in which the government has blocked travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for such a system to be instituted in the US, in the very near future; and for some people who are late on paying taxes, such draconian steps are already in place here:

Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves to revoke Passports for Unpaid Taxes
The article goes on to state:

"Now, over a year later, the IRS has finally released new details on its website. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department. The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving certification from the IRS. The IRS has not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017, and the IRS website will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented."

May 23 09:17

U.S. warns citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound injures consulate worker

An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday.

The embassy, which issued a health alert to Americans living in China, said it could not link the case to health issues suffered by U.S. government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016.

However, later on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers that the “sonic attack” in China was “medically similar” to the incidents in Cuba.

The unnamed American citizen assigned to the consulate in Guangzhou had reported a variety of “physical symptoms” dating from late 2017 to April this year, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said in an email.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is interesting here, both in the case of China and Cuba, is that citizens of other countries do not seem to have been affected, as no people from other origins, other than Americans, have suffered from this; the question to be asked here, is why, and why is it that only Americans, seem to be affected by these symptoms?!?

May 22 13:20

China 'to scrap child limits altogether' in effort to boost its ageing population

China is planning to abandon all policies restricting the number of children people can have, according to a report, in a move that would draw to a close one of the world’s longest, most ambitious and most controversial social experiments.

The one-child policy was introduced in 1979 before it was relaxed to two children in 2016, and the Chinese government claims it prevented 400 million births.

Critics dispute that figure, saying China’s birth rate was already falling anyway in line with other developing countries, and that all the policy did was encourage alarming rates of female infanticide and other abuses.

May 21 11:20

What is The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)? Tectonic Shift in Global Geopolitics, Strategic Agreement between Russia and China

more well-known in the West.

What is the SCO?

The SCO is largely a story about Russia and China coming together, but it’s also more than that. Its emergence is testing Sir Halford Mackinder’s 1904 thesis:

‘Whoever rules East Europe, will rule Heartland; whoever rules the Heartland, will rule the World Island; whoever rules the World Island, will rule the world.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Economically, and geopolitically, this institution will give the US government a real run for its money, which many of its member nations, particularly China and Russia, are going to be avoiding like the plague henceforward in international transactions.

May 21 10:55

EU, Russia, and China in Talks on New Iran Nuclear Deal

While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week.

This new deal would keep Iran’s requirements the same as the existing deal, but would increase the incentives guaranteed by the other powers. This is an attempt to keep Iran complying with the deal as the US ratchets up sanctions.

While the US was the one pushing for a “new” deal in the first place, the other nations have kept the US completely sidelined in these new talks. This is unsurprising, as many see the US trying to undermine any such deals.

May 21 10:11

Air Force secretary: China, Russia could shoot down new JSTARS on day one of a war

Even a new version of the Air Force’s JSTARS battlefield management and control aircraft would be vulnerable to being shot out of the sky during the opening salvo of a conflict with Russia or China, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers Thursday.

As part of its proposed fiscal 2019 budget, the Air Force wants to cancel the program to recap the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, which previously sought to buy 17 new Boeing 707-sized planes to replace its old inventory.

But some lawmakers aren’t thrilled with that plan, and are putting up roadblocks.

May 21 09:57

Trump presses China on North Korea border ahead of summit

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization.

May 21 09:42

China boosts its lunar mission with satellite to talk to dark side of the Moon

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

May 21 09:10

CHINA BOOSTS ITS LUNAR MISSION WITH SATELLITE TO TALK TO DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

Here's the launch trajectory, taking the Queqiao Chang'e-4 relay sat to the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point via a lunar swing-by, and reaching it's destination in around 8-9 days. pic.twitter.com/ghOOTDUdEj

— Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) May 20, 2018
The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning that we never get to see the other side of it. This makes direct communication impossible but China is hoping to resolve this by using the relay satellite.

May 20 09:56

Trump Just Showed His Cards on the North Korea Nuke Deal

To persuade Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal, the U.S. president appears ready to guarantee Little Rocket Man’s survival. Part of the game: trying to wean Kim away from China.

May 19 11:48

China welcomes Trump’s assurance of NK security

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at an expanded meeting of the seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, in Pyongyang on Friday. North Korea on Wednesday threatened to suspend the summit with the US if Washington continues to demand a unilateral abandonment of its nuclear arsenal.

May 19 11:48

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on South China Sea islands

China’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement.

Several bombers of various types – including the long-range, nuclear strike-capable H-6K – carried out landing and take off drills at an unidentified island airfield after carrying out simulated strike training on targets at sea, the Chinese airforce said.

“A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organised multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to ‘reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions’,” it said.

May 19 10:34

China Resists Trump Deficit Demand, Agrees To Buy More US Goods

Beijing had offered to reduce the US trade deficit by "at least $200 billion" - on Friday the U.S. and China wrapped up the second day of trade talks, and while Beijing made a vague, unenforceable commitment to buy more U.S. goods and services, it resisted Trump's core demand that it cut by more than half the $375BN bilateral trade deficit.

According to the WSJ, while the Chinese were wary of committing to specific purchases - even though Kudlow also said China would buy more farm products, energy and financial services - they continue to look for a way to ease trade tensions between the two nations even if it means with token promises and gestures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely hoping that both countries can back away from the precipice here, because it is very uncomfortable to understand how quickly trade wars can be preludes to shooting wars.

May 19 08:07

CHINA REPORTEDLY HOLDING THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS

Since 2016, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese, and even foreign citizens, in mass internment camps.

May 18 14:13

China's Debt Problem & The Media Narrative

May 18 10:00

Beijing Claims Control Over All Oil, Gas Activity in South China Sea

China’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that it retains sole right of refusal over all gas and oil exploration and mining in the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters at a news briefing that "We urge relevant parties to earnestly respect China's sovereign and jurisdictional rights and not do anything that could impact bilateral relations or this region's peace and stability."

The "relevant parties" in this case are other countries that also claim parts of the South China Sea, particularly islands in close proximity to gas and oil reserves. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have competing claims in the sea.

May 18 09:58

US-China Trade Dispute: Why Beijing Will Win War Washington Started

Russian economic observer Maxim Rubchenko reveals the kinds of aces President Xi has up his sleeve to allow him to trump President Trump on trade.

A high-level delegation of Chinese negotiators arrived in Washington on Tuesday for five days of trade talks, reciprocating a US delegation's visit to Beijing at the beginning of May.

Ahead of the negotiations, Deputy Minister of Commerce Liu Xuesong vowed that China would "repulse" Washington's protectionist measures, which he said "caused serious damage to Chinese interests, as well as American manufacturing and American consumers."

May 18 09:55

Russian stock market brushes off US sanctions, trading near all-time high

The Russian economy is proving to be resilient and showing a strong recovery from the initial shock of the latest round of US sanctions targeting the business sector.

The ruble-traded MOEX reached 2,358 points this week, which is very close to an all-time high of 2,376.96 seen in February. The dollar-traded RTS index is still over 10 percent down from the February highs, but has also been recovering.

Analysts are pointing at the good signs in the Russian economy and growing price in crude oil. “The victorious march in the market goes on. In my opinion, this happens because of the influx of new investors in shares following the good situation in commodities and stable macroeconomic indicators,” said Freedom Finance analyst Georgy Vashchenko in a note. “If the trend does not break, MOEX can reach record high 2,400 points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's President Putin is laughing his head off right about now, and for good reasons; he knows that Europe, and the Middle East, are going to ignore US sanctions, or work around them, because of his country's oil production, and the production of non-GMO food. These commodities are vauable to every country in the world doing business.

And unless President Trump is willing to go to war with every country ignoring the sanctions, these sanctions will be toothless, at the end of the day.

May 18 08:25

"We've been RIPPED off!': President Trump BLASTS China ahead of trade talks

PRESIDENT Donald Trump said the US has been "ripped off" by China for many years as officials from the two countries prepare to hold talks in Washington tomorrow over trade ties and future deals.

May 17 11:33

Taiwan Wants To Speed Up Construction Of Its New Missile-Toting Stealthy Catamarans

Taiwan says it is accelerating production of nearly a dozen stealthy Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, the first of which will be focused on air-defense missions. The announcement is another part of the island’s attempts to keep pace with China’s People’s Liberation Army's development of increasingly advanced capabilities in the air and at sea and provide a credible defense during a crisis in the region.

May 17 10:13

Trump-linked Luxury Real Estate Project in Indonesia, to Receive $500 Million Funding from China

The White House has declined to comment on a planned Indonesian real estate project which will bring together Trump Organization branding and hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese government money.

“MNC Lido City” is the name of the massive, billion-dollar “integrated lifestyle resort” that will be built on the outskirts of Jakarta. Among other things, the resort will include hotels, residences, and a golf course that will all be under the Trump Organization brand.

May 17 10:03

New Defense Bill Seeks $7.5 Billion for Taiwan, US to ‘Push Back on China’

A bill recently reintroduced on Capitol Hill seeks to increase US defense spending by $1.5 billion per year over the next five years to support Taiwan’s defense posture toward China.

The bill "enshrines a generational policy framework to demonstrate US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region," according to US Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) press office. Dubbed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, the bill would increase funding for the US military's regional presence by funding freedom-of-navigation operations, which Beijing has condemned in the past.

Furthermore, the bill "expresses support for regular arms sales to Taiwan," the summary from Gardner's office says. About $150 million annually would be spent "for democracy, rule of law and civil society support, including $10 million annually for freedom of information efforts in North Korea."

May 16 16:39

Russia, China and Iran Counter Donald Trump’s Removal Of The U.S. From Iran Deal

By Aaron Kesel

China has opened a railway link with Iran as a response to the sanctions set on the Middle Eastern country by President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump recently ended the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are working to spin the narrative about the protest in Gaza after Israel massacred 58 Palestinians and injured scores of others by blaming Hamas...

May 15 12:46

China launches railway communication with Iran

The Chinese authorities opened railway communication with Iran, despite the position of the United States. Beijing opened a new railway line to Iran, while the US calls on its companies to wrap up their interaction with Tehran. As long as US President Donald Trump tightens his confrontational attitude toward Tehran by terminating the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than willing to take advantage of an opportunity for trade by opening a new international railway linking Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China's Inner Mongolia region. The route of the railway has not been revealed yet, as there are several large railway projects underway. Given the fact that Bayannur is located near the Chinese border and the existence of the international railway to Kazakhstan there, one may presume that the new trade route passes through the territories of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

May 15 10:52

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea

We will examine the reason why Trump has embraced three strategic decisions which have world-historic consequences, namely: Trump’s reneging the nuclear accord with Iran; Trump’s declaration of a trade war with China; and Trump’s meeting with North Korea.

In brief we will explore the political reasons for his decisions; what he expects to gain; and what is his game plan if he fails to secure his expected outcome and his adversaries take reprisals.

May 15 10:31

Beijing: Anti-Moscow Sanctions Won’t Harm Chinese Investors’ Interest in Russia

Anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington will not affect Chinese investors’ interest in the Russian market, Beijing will continue to support bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, Liu Xuesong, the deputy director general of the Chinese Commerce Ministry’s Eurasia Affairs Department, said on Tuesday.

"Over the years, the United States has repeatedly imposed sanctions against other states unilaterally. The Chinese side is firmly against this. At present relations between Russia and China are developing very successfully, cooperation in trade and investment will not be affected by external factors… The interest of Chinese investors in Russia will not diminish," Liu told reporters.

The official added that Beijing would support Chinese companies' investments in the Russian market.

May 15 09:41

US wants China trade deal as talks resume, says White House adviser Kudlow

The United States is not seeking a trade war with China and top US officials are looking to make a deal with Beijing, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. The statement came as talks between the two nations were set to resume.

May 14 14:31

Is This Why Trump Folded: China Holds Up U.S. Pork, Auto Imports

President Trump surprised pundits and assorted watchers of the ongoing simmering trade war between China and the US on Sunday, when he pledged to help China’s telecom giant ZTE Corp “get back into business, fast” after a U.S. ban crippled the technology company, offering a job-saving concession to Beijing ahead of high-stakes trade talks this week.

May 14 10:47

Shocking moment high-rise building topples the wrong way and buries a digger during a controlled demolition in China

This is the moment members of public run for their lives when a building collapses at the wrong direction during demolition works in south-west China.

Footage shows an eight-storey building mistakenly topples onto pedestrian streets and hits a digger nearby.

It's said the building was planned to fall on the other side. There were no casualties reported in regard of the incident.

May 14 09:02

Trump Backs Down On China Threat: Instructs Commerce Dept To Rescue ZTE

It appears the impact of "unintended consequences" has hit the Trump administration once again. Following the 'rescue' of Rusal - driven almost into the ground by Trump's aluminum tariffs and oligarch sanctions (which sent aluminum prices skyrocketing, crushing margins for end-users); it appears China's threats of retaliation against Trump's ban on giant Chinese telecoms company ZTE have sunk in.

As a reminder, in response to Trump's 7-year ban of component sales by US companies to China's ZTE (in retaliation for "tech IT theft and distribution"), a tide of angry populist rhetoric swept across China's social media and press, amid warnings from Chinese officials (and the company itself) that

"The Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and development of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of U.S. companies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, yes!

May 14 07:26

Donald Trump Says "China"

May 14 06:30

China’s petro-yuan ‘thundering into action’ as Iran ditches US dollar in oil trade

We have a moron in the White House and a zionist to boot.

Washington’s renewed sanctions on Tehran supports China’s newly established oil futures, analysts say. The sanctions can make the yuan a more preferable currency than the dollar on the oil market.

May 13 09:11

China began testing the Type 001A - its second aircraft carrier, the first of its own production

• It is being built since 2013, it was launched in April last year. It is a constructive copy of the Soviet / Russian aircraft carrier Vargag and Admiral Kuznetsov with a raised bow. The Chinese media say that it will be able to carry 36 J-15 hunters on board

The first Chinese carrier of a fully domestic production aircraft - currently Type 001A - sailed on May 13 at 7:00 local time for reconnaissance testing.

It is being built since 2013, it was launched in April last year, and it has sailed from the port of Dalian, in the north of China, for testing.
The Ministry of Defense announced that its reliability in navigation, the stability of drives and "all other systems" will be checked in the coming days.

It is 315 meters long and 75 meters wide.

It's heavy of 70,000 tons, and it can develop speeds of up to 31 knots.

May 13 08:19

Marine Le Pen Slams Macron for 'Illusions' He Could've Changed Trump's Mind

President Trump’s decision to walk out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran has prompted condemnation by other P5+1 members, including the EU, Russia and China.

France’s National Front head Marine Le Pen believes that President Emmanuel Macron bears his share of responsibility” for the “illusions” he had about his ability to talk President Trump out of withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“I resolutely condemn the position of Donald Trump and also that of the French diplomacy which, in its attempts to be even more neo-Conservative than (US national security adviser] John Bolton, has found itself without US patronage and no alternative way to go,” Le Pen said in a statement released on Friday.

May 13 08:17

Army Major Warns Don't Poke The Dragon, War With China Would Be An Unnecessary Disaster

Let’s everyone take a breath. Yes, China presents a potential threat to American interests in the economic, cyber, and naval realms. The U.S. must maintain a credible defensive and expeditionary posture and be prepared for a worst case scenario. What we don’t need is to blunder into a regional, or, worse still, all-out war with the Chinese dragon. Not now, probably not ever.

May 13 08:08

China's President Xi Jinping may also travel to Singapore when Trump meets Kim: report

A Japanese newspaper has raised the possibility of Chinese President Xi Jinping also travelling to Singapore when US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for an unprecedented summit on June 12.

The Mainichi Shimbun's Washington-based correspondent cited American diplomatic sources as saying there was a chance that Mr Xi may meet Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore.

In the report published on Friday, the Mainichi quoted a senior international negotiator with the National Security Council as telling reporters that "there is a possibility" the leader of a third country may take part.

Mr Trump announced via a tweet on Thursday that his summit with Mr Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should that happen, it may well be the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping could be a stabilizing influence here, and enhance the possibility that some good could come from the meeting.

May 12 10:09

Iran Deal: China Has Good Experience of Circumventing US Sanctions - Academic

China is likely to maintain cooperation with Iran even after the resumption of the American sanctions regime, scholars told Sputnik, adding that Beijing could play the role of a broker by creating a common platform for talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal following Washington's decision to exit the agreement.

Beijing has a very good experience of using workarounds while developing cooperation with countries subjected to American sanctions, Irina Fyodorova, a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), told Sputnik China, commenting on Donald Trump's May 8 pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and his decision to resume anti-Tehran restrictions.

May 12 08:28

Russia Bows to US and Israel, No S-300s for Syria

It’s not forthcoming, not now at least. According to Putin’s military technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin, Russia will not supply S-300s to Syria’s military – nor are talks about possible delivery being held.

Kozhin falsely claimed Syrian armed forces have “all” the air defense systems “they need” – a shameful remark, clearly untrue.

Failure to supply with what Syria vitally needs constitutes betrayal – yielding to US/Israeli interests at the expense of its own security.

If Russia fails to confront US-led aggression in Syria more forcefully, Assad could fall, his government replaced, isolating Iran ahead of similar action to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western puppet rule.

It’s no match against US/Israeli aggression if events unfold this way. If they achieve regional hegemony, Russia and China are next on Washington’s target list.

May 11 12:38

FARMERS IN CHINA RAISING PIGS IN HIGH-RISE "HOG HOTELS" UP TO 13 FLOORS

Known as "hog hotels," European farmers have already experimented with raising pigs in two or three-story buildings, and many of those went (pork) belly up. But an agricultural company in China has recently started farming pigs in two separate 7-story buildings and has plans to start four new hog hotels, "including one with as many as 13 floors that will be the world’s tallest building of its kind," according to Reuters.

May 11 09:04

Wait, Why Were We Fighting Again? Two Chinese Villages End 200-Year Feud

Two feuding villages in South China have officially put an end to a 200-year marriage ban between them - mostly because no one really remembers what started it.

Representatives from Guolong and Beishan, two villages in Puning, Guangdong Province, held a reconciliation ceremony in Guolong on Sunday to mark the end of the centuries-old feud, media reported.

A friendly agreement was also signed between the two villages to start cooperation on issues such as education, economy, environment and culture.

May 11 08:00

Ex-CIA agent charged with spying for China

An ex-CIA agent has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information to Chinese intelligence officials, per the NY Times.

Why it matters: This follows a years-long investigation, launched in 2012 amid suspicion that a mole had betrayed the identities of CIA informants who kept disappearing. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former agent, was arrested in January and charged with the far less serious charge of illegally retaining classified information, but these charges confirm he's suspected of spying for China.

May 11 07:58

Whether or not Beijing defies US sanctions, China’s roots in Iran are already deep

In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, global firms that have dipped their toes in the Iran market are left with few good choices.

The UK, France and Germany struck a defiant tone after the decision, urging the US not to prevent other countries from maintaining the status quo under the 2015 agreement.

May 11 07:58

China’s regional ambitions reshaping India’s foreign policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalistic government is taking a more proactive role in regional military cooperation than its predecessors – and the reason, according to Jeff M Smith of the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Centre, is that China has emerged as a regular actor in the Indian Ocean.

That also means, Smith argues in a May 8 interview with the National Bureau of Asian Research, that Modi is less inhibited by India’s history of non-alignment and less suspicious of strategic collaboration with the United States and its security partners than previous administrations.

May 11 07:05

USA wants China to become backward, third world state again

The United States wants China to willingly turn into a third world state. The USA and China conduct a dialogue with each other that is hidden from public attention. An American delegate, however, has recently unveiled five points of Trump's ultimatum to China, which the Americans presented to the Chinese side. Washington demands China should again agree to become a weak and technologically backward state. In return, the USA will give China an opportunity to make profit on American markets. In particular, the USA wants China to: 1. Reduce tariffs to the level of corresponding American tariffs; 2. Remove restrictions on US investment in certain sectors of the Chinese economy; 3. Stop cyber attacks on the United States; 4. Strengthen the protection of American intellectual property; 5. Eliminate state subsidies for enterprises in the sphere of high technology.

May 11 04:24

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit?

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit? It’s the boring choice, and that’s a good thing

Singapore’s sheer predictability – along with robust security infrastructure, a North Korean embassy, and the approval of China – make it a safe pick to host its unpredictable guests on June 12

It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little boring – Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that the summit – a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader – would take place in Singapore on June 12.

Singapore also confirmed it would host the meeting, but did not give further details.

May 10 16:02

China Unveiling Next-Generation Stealth Bomber

May 10 08:49

Russia completes delivery of first regimental set of S-400 to China — source

Russia has completed the delivery of the first regimental set of the air defense system S-400 to China. A third ship carrying missing support equipment has arrived at its port of destination. China will begin acceptance procedures at the end of May, a military-diplomatic source told TASS.

"The last batch of military equipment for the first regimental set of S-400 systems has been delivered by sea from Ust-Luga, the Leningrad Region, to China," the source said. "The ship has brought the equipment not damaged during a December storm in the English Channel and the damaged equipment after repairs."

May 09 08:12

Another Step Towards Collapse of Petrodollar

For the past year and half a major topic throughout the alternative press has been the new Chinese oil futures contract settled/priced in yuan. The fact that China is directly challenging the Federal Reserve Note, U.S. dollar, is quiet a significant change. For those that have been paying attention this new futures oil contract is nothing more than the next step in China moving completely away from the Federal Reserve Note, and the “world reserve currency” system and towards a multi-polar world with several currencies being used for international trade.

May 09 07:39

North Korea's Kim 'very pleased' relationship with China at a high point: media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was very pleased his country’s relationship with China had reached a high point, North Korean state media said on Tuesday, confirming his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Kim and Xi, at their meeting in China, discussed ways to strengthen their strategic alliance amid changing situations on the Korean peninsula, the North’s KCNA news agency said.

May 09 07:31

Xi tells Trump that North Korea wants peace, but has security concerns

China’s Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to consider Pyongyang’s legitimate security concerns ahead of a highly-anticipated summit between the US president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Xi phoned Trump shortly after meeting with Kim on Tuesday in northern China, the North Korean leader’s second visit to China in as many months. According to Chinese state media, Xi told Trump that China supports a summit between the United States and North Korea and hoped that Washington would help to foster trust between the two sides by acknowledging Pyongyang’s security concerns.

The Chinese president also relayed to Trump that Kim wanted to discuss “phased and synchronous measures” to help ease tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program.

May 09 07:21

One in the eye for burning China facts

So it’s “Orwellian nonsense” to insist on calling Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan part of China? At least that’s according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies,’’ she said at the weekend in a statement.

She was referring to reports that international airlines have been told to remove all references on their websites and in other material that might suggest Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are separate or independent from China.

May 09 07:18

USA wants China to become backward, third world state again

Washington demands China should again agree to become a weak and technologically backward state. In return, the USA will give China an opportunity to make profit on American markets.

In particular, the USA wants China to:

1. Reduce tariffs to the level of corresponding American tariffs;

2. Remove restrictions on US investment in certain sectors of the Chinese economy;

3. Stop cyber attacks on the United States;

4. Strengthen the protection of American intellectual property;

5. Eliminate state subsidies for enterprises in the sphere of high technology.

May 08 12:16

Israel on Edge Over Possible Missile Attack by Iran After April Strike - Reports

Israeli security officials believe Iran may be preparing a missile attack in retaliation for the April 9 strike on Syria’s T-4 airbase, in which seven Iranians were killed.

Israeli media reported Sunday, citing defense officials, that Tel Aviv is bracing for possible missile strikes by Iran from sites inside Syria.

According to security personnel, Iran is likely to attempt a retaliatory missile attack against military targets in northern Israel following last month's strike on the T-4 base in Syria.

In Sept. 2012, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

Things to Know About Israel's Alleged Top-Secret Nuclear Program

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No, Iran is not going to haul off and attack Israel, either in Syria or Israel proper. It's government in Tehran is many things, but stupid is not one of them.

What Israel is attempting to do is create a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, as the justification for attacking it, and bringing it the US in on its side, militarily.

And unfortunately, Netanyahu's ventrilloquist dummy, here in the US, AKA President Trump, has just made it very painfully clear this morning, that the US's withdrawal from the P5+1, and the sanctions which will ensue, are the US government's prelude to a war against Iran.

Just because something isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it, and President Trump's speech about the US withdrawing from the P5+1 deal, is no exception to this very dark reality. He is making claims about Iran's actions and capacities which bear absolutely no basis in reality.

The IAEA, which is staffed by amazinglingly bright people, has looked at the suspected facility, and said that there is no "there" there. And if that is what the IAEA is telling the world, I would very much tend to believe them. What Netanyahu and Trump are doing is tantamount to calling members of the IAEA, in their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, idiots and liers, and members of this organization is neither.

With a potential corruption indictment hanging over his head, Netanyahu is going to want to jump start this war as quickly as possible, which is most probably the reason President Trump made the decert announcement today, rather than wait until this coming Saturday, 12 May, which was the actual deadline.

Look for this war to generate the revival of the draft in this country, and this time, the US military will be coming after both our young women, as well as our young men. And here is how I see the forces lining up; China, Russia, and Iran on one side, with the US; NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other. There is no way that this will be allowed to stay regional; my sense is, it will go global in a heartbeat.

May 08 11:03

China No Longer Accepting World’s Garbage, Time For A National Recycling Program

In 2017, China announced that it would no longer be accepting much of the world’s trash in the coming year. In January, it followed through with that announcement and stopped accepting 24 types of waste which includes plastics, mining slap, garbage…

May 08 10:37

White House Threatens Beijing With "Consequences" Should Missiles Remain In South China Sea

In what sounds eerily like a re-run of the Cuban Missile Crisis (though admittedly not nearly as dire), the US has threatened Beijing with unspecified "consequences" if China doesn't remove missiles from islands in the South China Sea that are also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.

May 08 10:26

US Issues Trade Ultimatum to China

US representatives issued a series of demands in Beijing during talks on May 4, ranging from an insistence that China take no action against US measures undermining its development of high-tech industries to the impossible ultimatum that it cut its trade surplus with the US by $200 billion within two years. These demands are not intended as the basis for negotiations, but to escalate economic conflict and military tensions.

“The US demands amount to a call for unilateral Chinese disarmament ahead of a potential trade war and for Beijing to abandon key elements of its industrial policy, which have led Washington to grow increasingly wary of China as a long-term economic rival,” the Financial Times commented.

China economy expert Eswar Prasad, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told the newspaper:

“These meetings could end up going into the books as a formalisation of hostilities rather than as a basis for a negotiated settlement.”

May 08 09:12

Hillary Clinton Panics Over China's Alleged Meddling in Australia

As tensions in relations between the United States and China continue to rise, former US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton publicly speaks against what she describes as Beijing’s political interference in Australia and New Zealand.

During her tour of Australia and New Zealand, former US Secretary of State and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that China seeks to interfere with political processes in the region, according to Business Insider.

"In Australia and here in New Zealand experts are sounding the alarm about Chinese efforts to gain political power and influence policy decisions," Clinton declared.

May 07 10:55

China Has Halted Its US Soybean Orders Due to Trade Tensions

The market fear has raised since China issued the new tariff list of 106 U.S. products. Targeting at soybean, corn, cotton, sorghum and other U.S. agricultural exports, the additional tariff would result in the severe export decline as well as the growing panic of U.S. farming and agricultural industry. Today, U.S. soybean market’s biggest fear has been confirmed. Bunge, world’s biggest oilseed processor says China has essentially stopped buying U.S. supplies amid the brewing trade war, reported by Bloomberg.

Instead of buying U.S. soybeans, China is turning the sourcing region to Brazil and Canada, mostly Brazil. Many experts have predicted Brazil would be one of the beneficiaries in U.S-China trade war and the best alternative soybean exporter to the U.S.. Soren Schroder, chief executive of Bunge, said that he saw the U.S. making “very little if any” sales of soybeans to China, and not sure about how long it will last.

May 07 10:18

The $20 billion 'umbilical cord': China unveils the world's longest sea-crossing bridge

Spanning 34 miles (55 kilometers), this is the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built.

May 06 09:56

US lashes out at China over 'THREATENING' letters - 'It is ORWELLIAN nonsense!'

The White House issued a statement slamming a letter the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration was understood to have sent to the US and 36 foreign air carriers and demanding a number of changes to them are made.

The carriers were ordered to remove references on websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, according to US officials.

Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue, with China considering the self-ruled, democratic island a loose cannon in terms of its providence with former European colonies Hong Kong and Macau now part of China but running separately.

The Pentagon said in the statement: “The United States strongly objects to China's attempts to compel private firms to use specific language of a political nature in their publicly available content.

May 06 09:32

Trump Did NOT Convince Kim to Ditch His Nukes. China Did

Donald Trump thinks his “maximum pressure” campaign persuaded North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it’s a bunch of baloney. The reason Kim Jong-un is planning to denuclearize is because China adamantly opposes nuclear weapons on the peninsula. That’s the whole deal in a nutshell. China, who is North Korea’s biggest trading partner, gave Kim an ultimatum: Ditch the nukes or face long-term economic strangulation. Kim very wisely chose the former option, which is to say, he backed down.

May 05 11:21

US Farmers Choke On Trade War With China

In April we told you about how some of the "unintended consequences" of Trump's steel tariffs, such as an Illinois farmer who put the brakes on a $71,000 grain mill, but had to hold off on the purchase because the seller raised the price 5% to account for the rising price of steel, or Iowa grain mill producer Sukup Manufacturing, which had to hike their prices for grain storage bins.

The Wall Street Journal now reports that the US-China "trade spat" is now affecting US exporters of soybeans, pork and other commodities.

May 05 05:23

After US-China Talks Fail, Analysts Say To Get Trump And Xi Involved

To avoid more rounds of threatened sanctions, analysts suggest that the two nations’ leaders must resolve the toughest
issues

China and the United States may be plunged into another round of trade sanction threats after high-level talks between trade representatives failed to secure any breakthroughs, and it will be up to negotiations between the two nations’ top leaders to resolve the deep rifts, Chinese analysts said.

Led by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, the talks were held over less than 48 hours in Beijing and resulted in the two nations agreeing to have more dialogue, but no other tangible achievements.

The Chinese government only released a brief statement wrapping up the trade talks on Friday, calling the negotiations “candid and efficient” – diplomatic language meaning that they were heated and short. A statement from the White House also described the discussions as “frank”.

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May 05 05:09

Why US And China Have Different Views About American Girl In A Qipao

Reaction to school prom photo posted on Twitter was less negative in the country whose culture some said had been appropriated

For the Chinese, imitation is the best form of flattery when it comes to their culture.

That is why, some observers say, the online consensus on the mainland comfortably accepted a teenaged American wearing the traditional Chinese qipao, or cheongsam, to her school prom, while she was forced to defend herself against accusations of “cultural appropriation” from some in the United States.

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May 04 10:09

Russia cuts oil exports to Europe & ramps up trade with China

China has significantly boosted oil imports from Russia, while the latter has been selling less crude to Europe. An analyst told RT that Beijing has become a more preferable partner in the oil trade for Moscow.

RT’s source in Russia’s largest oil exporter Transneft has said that since January 1, the country is pumping more oil to China, while exports to Europe have plunged. Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Russia will have shipped 19 percent less oil through its ports on the Baltic and Black Seas in the first five months of 2018, and sold 43 percent more oil to China through March.

May 04 09:10

U.S. says will be consequences for China's South China Sea militarization

The United States has raised concerns with China about its latest militarization of the South China Sea and there will be near-term and long-term consequences, the White House said on Thursday.

U.S. news network CNBC reported on Wednesday that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three manmade outposts in the South China Sea. It cited sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence.

Asked about the report, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular news briefing: "We’re well aware of China’s militarization of the South China Sea. We’ve raised concerns directly with the Chinese about this and there will be near-term and long-term consequences."

Sanders did not say what the consequences might be.

May 04 08:35

Navy secretary, other US officials increasingly sounding alarm over Chinese smartphone maker Huawei

Due to security concerns, the federal government has moved to restrict Huawei’s operations in the United States and the Pentagon this week ordered military exchanges to stop selling electronics made by Huawei and its Chinese competitor, ZTE.

“It’s not just the South China Sea,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told the Senate Appropriations Committee last month. “It’s across the full spectrum that China is coming at us.”

May 04 08:34

China ‘crosses threshold’ with missiles at South China Sea outposts

Beijing has installed cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on man-made islands throughout the South China Sea, according to a report on Wednesday, a move one US security analyst described as “a clear offensive threat.”

CNBC first broke the story, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports who said the missile platforms were deployed on the outposts within the past 30 days.

The news comes less than a month after The Wall Street Journal reported that “military jamming equipment” had been installed on the Spratly Islands, one of the locations also identified in the report this week.

May 04 08:31

US accuses China of attacking its pilots with laser beams in Djibouti, Beijing denies

According to the WSJ, the US today lodged a formal complaint with China, alleging that the Chinese military injured two American airmen by directing high-grade lasers at their aircraft in Djibouti.
Addressing a press briefing, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W White told reporters that Washington had requested Beijing to investigate incidents in the past few weeks in which US aircraft in Djibouti had been affected by the unauthorised Chinese laser activity.

May 04 06:22

Pentagon confirms Chinese fired lasers at U.S. pilots

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

May 04 03:29

No breakthrough but some consensus in China-US trade talks, Beijing says

Beijing and Washington agree only to keep talking after two days of dialogue

China and the United States have wrapped up their first round of trade talks with no breakthrough, agreeing only to have more dialogue to ease tensions.

A short statement released by the state-run Xinhua news agency said both sides were still “very divided” on some issues and “more work needed to be done”.

The two sides “reached some consensus” and exchanged views on expanding US exports to China, bilateral investment, intellectual property protection and the imposition of tariffs, the statement said, without elaboration

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May 03 08:57

'NOT REALISTIC' Trump sends top team to AVERT looming US trade war with China

This week US Trade Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet with Liu He, economic adviser to China President Xi Jinping to discuss how a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies can be avoided.

Tensions between the US and China have escalated in recent months after the US President announced plans to impose at least $50billion of tariffs on Chinese imports.

In response China put a 25 percent levy on US imports, such as soybeans, cars and whiskey.

With US and China now heading to the negotiating table Mr Trump said: “I think we've got a very good chance of making a deal.”

May 03 08:50

Kim Jong-un tries to mend fences with China

Kim Jong-un tries to mend fences with China ahead of Donald Trump meeting with pledge to deepen cooperation with Beijing
Long-standing allies reaffirm commitment to each other as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits North Korea

North Korea has vowed to deepen its strategic relations with China as the two allies sought to mend fences ahead of an unprecedented meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

In a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday, Kim reaffirmed that a strong relationship with China was “a firm strategy” for the North, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement. In turn, Beijing pledged to provide economic support to Pyongyang.

“North Korea is willing to work together with China to push forward the friendly relations between North Korea and China to a new high stage,” Kim told Wang during their meeting at the headquarters of the Worker’s Party.

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May 03 08:36

Could Donald Trump be heading to China to settle trade row after tweeting he wants to ‘be with’ Xi Jinping?

US President tweets about ‘good (great) relationship’ with Chinese counterpart as two sides begin trade negotiations in Beijing

US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he hopes to “be with” his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the not too distant future as a high-level American delegation arrived in Beijing amid the looming threat of a trade war between the two sides.

Despite Trump’s unpredictability, some Chinese observers argued that the tweet may indicate that China could be the venue for Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump said a “great financial team” was trying to ensure a “level playing field” on trade and added:

“I look forward to being with President Xi in the not too distant future. We will always have a good (great) relationship!”

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(*give me a body guard
a blackbelt judo expert
and a machine gun
John Entwhistle)

May 03 08:10

Ultimate frontier market? Amid thaw, Chinese eye North Korea real estate

Chinese property speculators are starting to bet on a rapid improvement in relations between North Korea and the rest of the world, pushing up prices in the border city of Dandong and even spurring buying interest in the world’s most isolated country.

May 03 08:09

China Moves to Steady Ties With North Korea Before Trump-Kim Meeting

As North Korea holds summit meetings with its archenemies — first South Korea, and soon the United States — China is hustling not to lose influence.

Its foreign minister, Wang Yi, returned Thursday to Beijing after two days in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, where he met with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, shoring up China’s position as the North’s best friend.

China holds substantial economic leverage, but in the heightened strategic competition between it and the United States, it worries that Mr. Kim is using that rivalry to reduce dependence on China, his country’s longtime benefactor.

One of Mr. Wang’s jobs was to try to stop Mr. Kim from veering toward the United States under President Trump, some Chinese experts said.

May 02 04:57

CHINESE FIRMS USE ‘MIND-READING’ DEVICES TO MONITOR WORKERS’ EMOTIONS

Workers in China are being hooked up with brain-reading devices that feed information about their moods to their employers, raising fears about the privacy of people’s most basic emotions.

Apr 30 10:26

China Begins Monitoring Brain Waves in the Workplace and Military

By Nicholas West

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, China is offering a grim vision of the future as it implements a full-scale technocracy that is still debated as conspiracy theory by many people in the West.

I have been writing for years about the various stories that have emerged about developments in neuroscience that have included the reading of brain waves for a multitude of applications, good and bad. Naturally, for authoritarian control freaks, the idea of being able to directly monitor and analyze the thoughts of your population is a dream come true; and for anyone else who simply wishes to have more data at their disposal for targeted advertising or other economic management schemes, it’s a technology too tempting to refuse.

South China Morning Post covers both aspects of this emerging reality...

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