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Jul 20 15:19

US Navy Says It Will Keep Operating In South China Sea

The United States says its military forces will continue to operate in the disputed South China Sea in accordance with international law.

The US Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson made the comments on Wednesday during a visit to a Chinese naval base.

Jul 20 11:05

Historical documents prove China's rights over South China Sea islands

Jul 20 10:49

The Cairo Declaration

“The several military missions have agreed upon future military operations against Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expectation. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. The aforesaid three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.”

Jul 20 10:11

'Long history of interventions going wrong': Beijing reacts to US plans to stay in South China Sea

Washington’s announcement it will continue its operations in the South China Sea has drawn a sharp response from China. Beijing has warned such “intervention” may not be a good idea, naming conflicts in the Middle East as examples.
"Western countries have a long history of failing to establish orderly rule over parts of the world. The Middle East is a classic example," Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, adding that "[t]heir intervention has led to chaos in Syria, Iraq and Libya." Saying that countries outside the region might only cause more problems in the dispute, Beijing has warned them to stay out of the issue, which it says "should be left to the countries of East and Southeast Asia."

The dispute over the South China Sea, which includes the Spratly and the Paracel Islands, involves rival territorial claims from China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. China also has ongoing territorial disputes in the region with Malaysia and Brunei.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military and civilian government behaving in such a "tone deaf" manner to the realities of the fact that China had been given control of the South China Seas under the Treaty of Cairo, can only guarantee further instability, and potentially a shooting war here.

And why would the US government WANT a shooting war with China?!?

To slow the growth of the yuan, which is growing in popularity as the currency of choice internationally.

Jul 20 09:04

Moscow-Beijing ties to broaden and deepen Lavrov promises

Russia intends to develop its ties with China in all areas as the two nations share common goals and approaches, and the current historical moment has all prerequisites for this program, Russian Foreign Minister writes in a fresh newspaper article.

Jul 20 08:59

Terrible Scenes As Mountain Torrents Crash Down Houses In China

A video footage captured the shocking scenes of ferocious mountain torrents crashing down a row of wooden houses in a village.

Jul 20 07:28

A Preview Of The Coming War Between America And China

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, documentary filmmaker and author. He has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism. His films have won television academy awards in Britain and the US. Two of his films, on Cambodia and East Timor, are rated with the most important of the 20th century. The Coming War Between American and China is his 60th film.

Jul 19 12:24

Beijing Launches Combat Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Taking a page from the Pentagon playbook, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will now conduct regular combat patrols of the South China Sea.

Throughout the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, the United States has conducted a series of provocative military patrols through the region. Claiming its actions are routine "freedom of navigation" exercises, the US Navy has sailed within the 12-mile territorial limit of Beijing’s land reclamation projects. American B-52 bombers have also conducted flights over the waterway, along with other surveillance aircraft.

On Friday, the PLAAF sent its own warplane over the South China Sea, an H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bomber.

On Monday, PLAAF spokesperson Shen Jinke indicated that these flights will become a "regular practice" according to Xinhua news agency. By doing this, the air force hopes to "promote real combat training" in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) it only appears to be a matter of time before Chinese and US troops physically clash here, and that appears to be what the US government is working for; creating a false flag, to be blamed on the Chinese military, and off we go......

As someone who lives in Hawaii I am very, very nervous about a military confrontation between the US and China, because the US Pacific Command & Control center is stationed here.

Jul 19 12:12

Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China's news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) "urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order" to be ready to "win the war."

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea - which despite last week's decision by the Hague tribunal - deems as its own, could end in "disaster."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, you don't have to be Fellini to figure this out.

And my bet is, if internal polling at the DNC indicates that Trump will win in a landslide, the current Administration will want to hand off the most difficult geopolitical and financial situations possible to him; a war with China, coupled with a crashed economy.

Jul 18 11:12

Freedom of navigation patrols may end 'in disaster': Chinese admiral says

Freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end "in disaster", a senior Chinese admiral has said, a warning to the United States after last week's ruling against Beijing's claims in the area.

China has refused to recognize the ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, and did not take part in the proceedings brought by the Philippines.

It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for adherence to the decision.

China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually.

China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have rival claims, of which China's is the largest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the time of the Treaty of Cairo, post-World War II, these seas have been considered as Chinese Territory.

This "freedom of navigation" issue is really just an attempt to goad China into doing something stupid, which the US government could then use to "justify" the use of military force against it.

I would suggest that the US government and military understand that China means business, and behave accordingly, with prudence.

Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 18 07:03

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared For War: "WWIII At Stake"

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Jul 17 12:55

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Throughout the Sanders campaign, the Socialist Equality Party has welcomed the broad shift to the left that it revealed in the thinking of millions of working people and youth, while warning that the Vermont senator would inevitably disappoint his supporters.

Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street’s favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 16 07:02

Republicans in Cleveland Applaud Trump Pick of Mike Pence

Republican delegates and party leaders gathering in Cleveland for next week’s national convention praised Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, saying it would stabilize the ticket and calm social conservatives.

It adds significant government experience to Trump’s outsider campaign for the White House.

“Principled Conservative” … “Solid Grasp On Policy” … “A Home Run” … “Could Not Have Made A Better Choice”

Jul 16 05:46

Beleagured Brussels: US cools interest in trade deal without UK as EU chief enrages China

BELEAGUERED European Union (EU) chiefs were hit with a double-whammy today as the US cooled its interest in a trans-Atlantic trade deal without Britain and a blundering bureaucrat risked stoking tensions with China.

Jul 15 11:50

BRICS NDB to issue yuan-denominated bond in Its maiden fundraiser

The New Development Bank (NDB), a one-year-old, infrastructure-focused lender backed by emerging BRICS economies, said this week it would issue 3 billion yuan, or US$ 447.8 million, worth of bonds in China’s interbank market on July 18.

It is also the first time the multilateral bank, set up by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has issued bonds denominated in a currency of a member country.

The bond is a five-year green bond, which raises funds for projects that benefit the environment in ways such as improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution.

The bond yield will be decided on the day of issuance, according to the bank, which is headquartered in Shanghai. Analysts expect it to fall between 2.8 percent and 3.6 percent per annum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that these bonds, due to go on sale next Monday, will sell quite well.

Jul 15 11:23

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WW III At Stake”, by Mac Slavo

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does NOT create an atmosphere conducive to negotiations by surrounding a contested sea region with military hardware, even to the point of sending a guided missile destroyer there (which President Obama did, several months ago).

Jul 15 11:08

China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took centre stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia.

China has refused to recognise Tuesday's ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague invalidating China's vast claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings. It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to.

Meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, Li told Abe that China's stance on the South China Sea was completely in line with international law, state news agency Xinhua reported.

"Japan is not a state directly involved in the South China Sea issue, and thus should exercise caution in its own words and deeds, and stop hyping up and interfering", Li said, according to Xinhua.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with WHAT COUNTRY does Japan have a mutual defense treaty, if things go south here?!?

That's right: the USA!

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 10:04

US Warns Allies Not to Rush to Capitalize on South China Sea Ruling

While the Hague Tribunal ruling against China on its territorial claims in the South China Sea was loudly endorsed by US officials, American diplomats are cautioning their allies in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, not to rush to try to press those claims overtly against China.

The Philippines was the one who won the Tribunal case, which ruled they had certain fishing and energy exploration rights China had contested. Vietnam was said to be interested in filing a quick case of their own against China to cash in on the previous ruling.

At the same time, China and Taiwan are both spurning the ruling, and China has vowed to defend its interests in the Sea. They accused the US of “stirring up trouble” in backing such efforts against them, and indeed the US has made a habit of backing everybody’s claims in the South China Sea so long as they intersect with China’s claims.

Jul 14 15:34

Former Admiral Urges America to Prepare for Imminent Naval Battle with China

By James Holbrooks

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea. Other nations in the region — including the Philippines, who brought the action against China in 2013 — also claim sovereignty in that zone...

Jul 14 15:22

South China Sea Dispute Intensifies: Philippines Wins Hague Ruling, China Slams Decision

China is refusing to recognise The Hague’s historic court ruling over territory in the South China Sea, in favour of the Philippines.

Jul 14 13:59

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania. As Putin recently made clear to the imbecilic Western journalists, these missiles can easily and secretly be changed from anti-ballistic missiles to nuclear attack missiles that can strike their Russian targets within 5 or fewer minutes of launch, thus depriving Russia of its retaliatory deterrent. Once these missiles are in place, Washington can issue orders to Russia.

Whatever the evil men and women in Washington who are gambling with the life of the planet think, Russia is not going to accept these missiles.

Jul 14 13:49

Brexit campaigner David Davis to lead Britain out of the EU in Theresa May’s new Cabinet

Mr Davis, a former Tory leadership rival to David Cameron, has described Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing Britain.

“The biggest issue over coming years will be managing Brexit, improving UK trade position, controlling borders and enhancing democracy,” Mr Davis tweeted last month.

Making trade deals with countries outside Europe should be a top priority.

“That needs vision, optimism, energy and drive – that is why I am backing @BorisJohnson for Conservative leader,” he added.

Jul 14 01:33

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PETITION TO HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

“IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT NO AMERICAN–EVEN A CLINTON–SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT HILLARY CLINTON BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL HER VIOLATIONS.”

In the video below, Paul says that “if the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.”

Jul 14 01:25

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.

First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

Jul 13 12:11

Do not make South China Sea cradle of war: Beijing to US, allies

A senior Chinese official has warned the US and its regional allies not to "turn the South China Sea into a cradle of war" after an international tribunal declared invalid Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.

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Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 10:01

Beijing Vows To ‘Take All Necessary Measures’ To Protect Sovereignty In South China Sea

China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defense zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich waters.

Chinese state media called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague a “puppet” of external forces after it ruled that China had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects.

Beijing has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

“China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, these statements are deadly serious, on the part of China's leadership.

I would like to politely suggest to both President Obama and the Philippine President Duterte to be prudently cautious in response to these statements. And I say this because in January of this year, the US entered into a new US-Philippine Defense Pact, dubbed the EDCA. As reported at thediplomat.com in January of this year:

The agreement paves the way for a massive increase in the American military footprint on Philippine soil, particularly across a series of much-prized bases, some of which are close to the South China Sea. Yet there is no assurance that this will significantly enhance Manila’s hands in the disputed waters. If anything, the regional maritime disputes could get even more complicated as two superpowers, China and the United States, move dangerously close to each other. The EDCA provides U.S. forces rotational, negotiated, and limited access to a number of mutually-agreed upon locations. So far, the Americans have zeroed in on at least eight prime military bases, including Subic and Clark — the site of largest American military bases during Cold War — as well as Oyster Bay in Palawan, strategically close to disputed land features and waters in the South China Sea. Instead of permanent U.S. bases, we are instead looking at the establishment of forward operating sites and cooperative security locations, where the host nation (theoretically) enjoys considerable supervision and control over the activities of visiting forces. The EDCA is particularly beneficial to the United States, because it will no longer have to pay huge sums to rent out Filipino bases à la Cold War days, not to mention that the Philippines will actually end up paying for the transportation and utility costs of visiting forces. In short, the Pentagon will enjoy low-cost and flexible access to premium locations in the Philippines. So what is the Philippines is getting in exchange? There is nothing in the EDCA that compels the United States to come to the host nation’s rescue as far as Sino-Philippine territorial disputes are concerned. The Obama administration has consistently reiterated that the agreement is not aimed at China, but instead is aimed at enhancing the two allies’ capabilities in the realm of humanitarian relief and disaster-management operations. A gray area in the alliance A cursory look at Washington’s diplomatic position reveals that throughout the past decades, various U.S. administrations refused to clarify whether the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) will be applied in the event of a conflict over Philippine-claimed/occupied territories in the South China Sea.

Anything which even appears "militarily muscular" on the part of the Philippine or US government may well start a "hot war" with China, which may well be what the Obama Administration would like to see happen, to snap the rise in the now gold-backed yuan, and re-enforce US dollar hegemony.

However, at this time in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result to a conventional war against China.

Jul 13 08:26

After South China Sea Ruling, Beijing Unveils New Guided-Missile Destroyer

On the same day that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has commissioned its fourth guided-missile destroyer.

Jul 12 11:00

Philippines wins South China Sea case against China

China has said it will not accept a ruling against it in a key international legal case over strategic reefs and atolls that Beijing claims would give it control over disputed waters of the South China Sea.

The judgment by an international tribunal in The Hague came down overwhelmingly in favour of claims by the Philippines and is likely to increase global diplomatic pressure on Beijing to scale back military expansion in the area. By depriving certain outcrops of territorial-generating status, the ruling from the permanent court of arbitration effectively punches holes in China’s all-encompassing “nine-dash” line that stretches deep into the South China Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this case, China is absolutely right to be peeved by this ruling.

As stated in the text of the Cairo Declaration:

The 70th anniversary of the Cairo Declaration signed on December 1, 1943 by the leaders of China, the United States and the United Kingdom in the heat of war against Japan has revealed the depths of the emotions felt by China over its claims to the Diaoyu Islands. The anniversary has been used to aggravate the deep emotions associated with the war. The sense of crisis and outrage in China is not only palpable. It is driving China’s policy. Greg Austin Greg Austin The 1943 document was intended to “punish the aggression of Japan”, to “strip” it of “all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914”, and to restore to China “all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa [Taiwan], and The Pescadores”. This is the moral departure point of the majority of Chinese (including Taiwanese) in their view on the dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. They believe with every ounce of their being that the islands were covered by the communique and subsequent Allied agreements and Treaties premised on the Cairo Declaration. This is one of the most dangerous aspects of the dispute over these otherwise insignificant rocky island currently administered by Japan. If it were just a matter of law and not an issue of end of war justice, the dispute might be easier to settle. The danger has been heightened by the unequivocal commitment of the United States that an attack on the islands by China would be covered by the Mutual Defense Treaty with Japan.

I have to wonder if this ruling is going to be capitalized upon as the US government's "excuse" to be even more militarily aggressive toward China, and very quickly, in future "freedom of navigation" exercises, against which China has bitterly complained, both to the US and the UN.

Jul 12 09:04

China has 'no historic rights' in South China Sea, rules Hague tribunal

An international tribunal on Tuesday ruled against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, after the Philippines challenged Beijing's right to exploit resources across vast swathes of the strategic waters.

In a 497-page ruling that risks stoking further tensions in South-East Asia, a Hague-based arbitration court said there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights over the waters of the South China Sea and that it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights with its actions.

China immediately said it would defy the decision, which it described as “null and void” with “no binding force”.

“China neither accepts nor recognises it,” the foreign ministry said.

Jul 12 07:38

US Marines begin arriving in Darwin in fourth rotation as part of US 'pivot' to the Asia-Pacific

About 1,150 US Marines have begun arriving in Darwin as part of the United States military's broader long-term "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.

The influx comes amid concern the growing US military presence could cause tensions with China.

Jul 11 08:18

China’s space station is out of control – and ‘could crash to Earth in a fireball’

Speaking to Space.com last month, several experts suggested that signs hint that the eight-ton Tiangong-1 space station is out of control.

The massive satellite, launched in 2011, is reported to have lost radio connection with China’s space agency in March this year.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 15:55

Chinese Navy Holds Massive Combat Drills In Disputed South China Sea

Warships, supporting vessels and planes from China’s Northern, Eastern and Southern Fleet were mobilised for the exercises, according to CCTV.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 09:53

NATO HAS A VERY PECULIAR WAY OF SHOWING IT DOESN'T WANT NEW COLD WAR

On the first day of this weekend's NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg assured the public, "We don't want a new Cold War. The Cold War is history and should remain history."

Yet Stoltenberg seemed to simultaneously defy that claim when he also announced that NATO's "response force" is now three times larger than it was during the Cold War—further stoking fears that NATO's recent saber-rattling may herald a new major war with Russia.

In addition to a recent enormous NATO war game that simulated a war with Russia, the increased troop levels and military presence on Europe's eastern borders "reflects a new and dangerous strategic outlook in Washington," wrote Michael T. Klare in The Nation.

Klare explains the drastic strategic shift signaled by Obama's comments:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have been getting groomed for this for some time, by Russia bashing in the media, and in the news.

I was noticing, in one of the episodes of the TV drama, "Elementary", which features a very updated Holmes and Watson, the Homes character (Johnny Lee Miller) accused a character of being a "sleeper" Russian agent, and in his grand "J'accuse", calls him "Comrade".

I asked Mike what the original air date was, and he checked for me, and found out that this was first broadcast in 2014.

Look for more of an uptick in Russia/China bashing, in film, television, and what the presstitutes have to say between now, and whenever the actual shooting starts.

Please remember: this has nothing to do with "a battle of national ideals", and EVERYTHING to do with US dollar hegemony against a rapidly rising gold-backed yuan, and a very stabilized ruble.

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

Now NATO has focused on what is described as “Russian aggression.” Does NATO create its own security risks?

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters.

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began.

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 08 10:29

U.S. Helps Deploy Anti-Missile System In South Korea

South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the South’s Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement.

“This is an important ... decision,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, said in a statement. “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction require the alliance to take this prudent, protective measure to bolster our ... missile defense.”

Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the THAAD decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this instance, China is being the adult in the room, and their leadership is entirely right to protest the presence of THAAD missiles in South Korea.

And there is the consistent problem with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs; a guidance system which is completely non-functional. And how soon that will be remedied (and most probably, by which foreign power, like Israel, which has robust guidance system), is anyone's guess.

But Kim Jung Un will see this as an absolute threat, and will respond accordingly, which is just what DC wants to see happen.

The logical thing to do here would be to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with China, and iron out a real peace treaty, with guarantees for trade, to replace the Armistice in place right now.

Unfortunately,logic never wins in DC when there is a potential war to wage with which to potentially knock the other guy down.

But the US government knows that any military action against North Korea means war with China; and that, scarily enough, is what they want to see happen here, to beat down the growing Chinese economy, and currency, with some kind of excuse they hope the American public will sign off on.

Jul 08 07:19

The new British Foreign Policy

The Western Press keeps repeating the same message – by leaving the European Union, the British have isolated themselves from the rest of the world, and will have to deal with terrible economic consequences. And yet, the fall in the Pound could be an advantage within the Commonwealth, which is a far greater family than the Union, and present on all six continents. Famous for its pragmatism, the City could quickly become the international centre for the yuan and implant the Chinese currency in the very heart of the Union.

Jul 08 05:22

China: The Next Crisis - Kyle Bass

Jul 07 13:16

Meanwhile In China: Farmer Goes For A Spin On A Home-Made Gyrocopter He Was Building For 7 Yrs

After seven years Jie Baogang, a Chinese farmer, managed to take off in his home-made gyrocopter, in Balitun, Hebei province.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 07 09:44

Brexit makes a UK-China trade deal more likely, say officials from both countries as the Chinese blast 'frustrating' EU

Xing Houyuan, an official at the state-backed Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, said China was being frustrated by the EU.

But now Britain has left, he said the 'situation in Western Europe will push China and the UK to make a trade treaty,' he told the state-owned China Daily newspaper.

And British trade minister Lord Price, a former boss of Waitrose, is currently in Hong Kong where he said the future of 'optimistic' about future trade deals with 'new trading markets' in the East.

Jul 06 12:42

Russian Central Bank Starts Holding Yuan Foreign Currency Reserves

Russia's Central Bank started buying Chinese yuan-denominated assets in the fourth quarter of last year, as Moscow seeks to diversify its foreign currency reserves and reduce its dependence on the US dollar.

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Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 05 10:57

China says wants peace after newspaper warns on South China Sea clash

China's government sought to downplay fears of conflict in the South China Sea after an influential state-run newspaper said on Tuesday that Beijing should prepare for military confrontation in the area.

The joint editorials in the Chinese and English editions of the Global Times were published as tension mounted ahead of a July 12 ruling by an international court hearing competing claims of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

The newspaper said the dispute had already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now faced further escalation due to the threat posed by the tribunal to China's sovereignty.

"Washington has deployed two carrier battle groups around the South China Sea, and it wants to send a signal by flexing its muscles: As the biggest powerhouse in the region, it awaits China's obedience," the Global Times said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is is the US government, desperately attempting to goad China into military action, which is the ultimate culprit here.

And the reason?!? To prevent the rise in popularity of the Chinese currency, some of which is now gold-backed, and not convertible into US dollars.

These actions by the US military are counterproductive to a reasonable, lasting peace in the area.

Just because something is the most pig-headedly ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government can do, in a geopolitical confrontation, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 04 12:44

George Soros Goes to War on China Economy

Jul 04 07:48

China to ‘eavesdrop’ on alien life with giant, multimillion dollar radio telescope

China has completed construction of the world’s largest radio telescope, which required the resettlement of more than 9,000 people. It will be used to hunt for signs of alien life in deep space.

The Single-Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), as it is known, is an enormous dish made up of 4,450 reflector panels with a diameter of half a kilometer and an area the size of around 30 football pitches, according to the Xinhua news agency.

It was completed in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province on Sunday, when the last reflector was fitted into a natural bunker, which is situated among the mountains of Pingtang County.

Jul 03 10:12

BREXIT COINCIDES WITH INDIA'S AND PAKISTAN'S ENTRY INTO THE SCO

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 laid down a US unipolar geo-strategy and toxic, financial globalization, that sowed monstrous inequality at the local/regional/global levels. This was harnessed by mass unemployment and suffocating austerity.

Half a century after dangerous period of deregulation under Thatcher and 27 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brexit marks the start of a sorrowful route to de-globalization [1]. This involves geostrategic changes that emphasize the dynamic trend of multi-polarity.

Brexit shifts a geostrategic plate and this will have serious consequences for the new global order, now defined as having three poles, with the US, Russia and China occupying one each.

In the short and medium term, Brexit ranks of equal importance to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 09:09

Taiwan accidentally launches missile toward China, kills fishing boat captain

A Taiwan warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile toward China Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing the boat's captain in an incident China called "a serious matter."

A spokesman for Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense apologized on behalf of the military.

"The Ministry of National Defense sincerely apologizes for the incident that caused the death of the captain (of the boat) and injured other crew members," Maj. Gen. Chen Chung-Chi said in a news conference. The ministry has also asked the Navy to provide assistance and compensation to the family of the victims.

The deceased captain has been identified as Huang Wen-Chung, the defense ministry confirmed, according to Taiwan Focus, the English-language service of state-run Central News Agency.

Chung-Chi said the missile, the "Hsiung Feng III," ripped through the fishing boat but did not explode.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting serious.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 09:23

US Ratchets Up Tension South China Sea

By Tony Cartalucci

The United States, as part of its stated agenda of raising tensions in the South China Sea to encourage cooperation across Southeast Asia with the US in encircling and containing Beijing’s regional and global rise, has included several high-profile naval and aviation incidents. However, there is a legal battle lurking just behind these more spectacular headlines, and once again the United Nations is being brought in and undermined in the process...

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 29 14:17

Despite Praise For Chinese Efforts, AG Lynch Calls ‘Economic Espionage’ A ‘Tremendous Problem’

The Chinese government is doing its part to stop economic espionage against the US, according to US Assistant Attorney General John Carlin. However, the “tremendous problem” remains a top priority, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says.

Jun 29 09:00

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in US' as China tensions rise

Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defence source and media reports said Monday.

Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island's new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, ending an eight-year rapprochement.

The test of the US-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system will be launched at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in early July, a defence ministry source told AFP, in a move likely to irk Beijing even though it was arranged before Tsai took the helm.

According to the source, the test will be conducted in the US to avoid China collecting information about it, and due to space restrictions in Taiwan.

The American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy, would not comment on the test, which was also reported in Taiwan's Liberty Times newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, this is REALLY going to reduce tensions with China, right?!?

What the hell are these people, in the US and Taiwanese governments thinking?!?

Wouldn't it be rational to be speaking to China regarding trade and peace through commerce?!?

Oh, forgive me; rational thought- and the US government - have not had an ongoing relationship, it appears, for decades.

And the results of that not having the capacity to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, collectively, have been horrific, US government-generated wars and occupations, covert and overt, which have left remarkable devastation around the world, but have only left the US government more broke than it was before those wars were started.

Jun 28 15:52

How Russia, China are Creating Unified Eurasian Trade Space

Russia is pushing ahead with its project of a "more extensive Eurasian partnership" involving the Eurasian Economic Union, Moscow's CIS partners as well as China, India, Pakistan and Iran; meanwhile, Beijing and Moscow continue to build a Eurasian economic corridor that will stretch from Shanghai to Berlin.

Jun 27 07:48

Russia’s Pivot to Asia: From Tashkent to Beijing

Amid the ongoing sanctions war with the West, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes of his Asian policy by visiting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tashkent, followed up by planned talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Jun 26 09:36

China’s powerful new rocket makes a successful debut launch

New fuels, new rockets, new spaceport—China continues to make strides in space.

Jun 25 09:05

World's Largest Tibetan Buddhist Institute Ordered to be Demolished by Chinese Government

The largest school for Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns is under threat of complete destruction, as the Chinese government has ordered massive downscaling and demolition of half its residences.

Jun 23 10:41

Washington Warns Beijing Over South China Sea ‘Provocations’

The United States has once more warned China against taking “additional provocative actions” in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Colin Willett, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told Reuters in a Wednesday interview that Washington had “a lot of options” to respond to any move by China in the disputed region.

Jun 23 07:53

View competition objectively: China tells Merkel and EU

In a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the EU to “view competition objectively”.

Merkel has already said she favours, in principle, granting China market economy status at the World Trade Organization, and is expected to back Beijing when heads of the European Commission debate the issue in late June or July.

Xi “expressed hope that Germany and the European Union would view competition and cooperation objectively, appropriately address trade disputes with China and honor their obligation stated in Article 15 of the accession protocol signed when China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, to ensure healthy development of the economic and trade ties between China and the European side” state news agency Xinhua said.

Market-economy status would be a business boost for China. The US has argued against it.

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Meanwhile, China and Germany have inked 96 deals valued at $15 billion during Merkel’s trip, her ninth visit to China.

Jun 23 06:55

China's Reserves & the Flight of Money

Jun 22 19:05

“China Will React If Provoked Again: You Risk The War”

A documentary filmmaker, novelist, essayist, philosopher and intellectual, multi-faceted Vltchek is the cosmopolitan man par excellence, a “true revolutionary” as he likes to call himself. In recent years with his camera and his extraordinary commitment against injustice on this planet he has explored every corner of the Earth and taken over the length and breadth of Western terrorism, one that our media likes to censor and hide from our consciences.

Jun 22 14:32

Scariest Bridge on The Planet

Jun 22 11:32

OBAMA TRIES TO WOO ALLIES IN FINAL PUSH FOR TRADE DEALS ONLY CORPORATIONS LIKE

President Barack Obama’s recent trips to Europe and Asia were more than farewell tours with photo ops. While the media focused on an admittedly cute picture of thepresident shaking hands with Prince George, and dutifully reported his official remarks in Vietnam and Hiroshima, Obama was busy pushing some of the policies he sees as integral to his “legacy.”

These include a military buildup against a newly assertive China and beating the drums for two international trade deals that are increasingly opposed in the United States, Europe and Asia as being too corporate-friendly.

Jun 22 09:54

Iran becomes the seventh full member of the Shanghai Organization

Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Thursday that it is expected that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), led by Russia and China, to accept Iran as their seventh full member at the summit in Uzbekistan.

Jun 21 13:35

America Threatens China: Two US Aircraft Carriers in War Games in Western Pacific

In a provocative move directed against China, the US Navy dispatched two huge nuclear-powered aircraft carriers—the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Ronald Reagan—to engage in three days of military exercises in the Philippine Sea—adjacent to, but not in, the South China Sea. The vessels and their accompanying strike groups of cruisers and destroyers carry 12,000 sailors and 140 military aircraft.

The war games, which finished yesterday, involved long-range strikes as well as sea surveillance, air defence drills and defensive air combat training. Rear Admiral John Alexander, commander of the USS Reagan carrier strike group, boasted: “No other navy can concentrate this much combat power in one sea … It was truly impressive.” While the navy neither confirms nor denies the presence of nuclear weapons, both aircraft carriers are capable of carrying them.

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The timing of these exercises was absolutely no accident; and I have to ask, who, please, is acting as the aggressor here?!?

And I will tell you: it is not China right now.

Jun 21 10:43

CHINA THREATENS TO LEAVE UN SEA CONVENTION IF COURT INVALIDATES MARITIME CLAIMS

As an arbitration court in The Hague gets ready to make a decision regarding an ongoing territorial dispute between China and the Philippines, China has reportedly told some other Asian countries that it may leave the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea if it disagrees with the ruling.

The Philippines has been the most vocal critic of China's activities in the South China Sea, and filed a case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013 in an attempt to invalidate China's "nine-dash line", China's version of what territory it owns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but didn't this actually get sorted at the Cairo Convention, shortly after World War II, to which the US was a signatory?!? As reported at en.people.cn yesterday:

As early as the early 20th century, China has exercised continued sovereignty and maintained complete and uninterrupted control of its sovereign rights over the South China Sea islands, particularly the Nansha Islands. As one of the Allies of World War II, China recovered sovereignty of the South China Sea islands under the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation. A landmark event occurred in December 1947, when the (then) Republic of China’s Ministry of Interior published a map entitled “Location Chart of the South China Sea Islands (‘Nanhai Zhudao Weizhi Tu’)”. The map features a broken U-shaped line comprising eleven segments, starting from the China-Vietnam border at the Beilun River estuary in the west, down south to the Zengmu Shoal, and extending to the maritime zone off the north-eastern coast of Taiwan Island. Indicated within the demarcated region are the names of entire island groups, that is, the Dongsha Islands (also known as Pratas Islands), Xisha Islands (also known as Paracel Islands), Zhongsha Islands and Nansha Islands, and even the names of copious individual features, including islands, reefs, banks and cays. In February 1948, the Ministry of Interior officially published the Location Chart of South China Sea Islands as part of the “Atlas of Administrative Regions of the Republic of China (‘Zhonghua Minguo Xingzheng Quyu Tu’)”. The South China Sea dash-lines have prevailed to this day.

This was part of the terms of surrender for Japan, following World War 2.

But if the ruling of this maritime court goes against China, do expect to see the US government behaving even more aggressively against China, militarily.

Jun 21 10:16

China Threatens To Leave UN Sea Convention If Court Invalidates Maritime Claims

As an arbitration court in The Hague gets ready to make a decision regarding an ongoing territorial dispute between China and the Philippines, China has reportedly told some other Asian countries that it may leave the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea if it disagrees with the ruling.

The Philippines has been the most vocal critic of China's activities in the South China Sea, and filed a case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013 in an attempt to invalidate China's "nine-dash line", China's version of what territory it owns.

Jun 21 10:05

Ancient Book Provides Ironclad Proof of China's Sovereignty over South China Sea

Jun 20 15:00

Chinese supercomputer is the world's fastest — and without using US chips

The Sunway TaihuLight takes the top spot from previous record-holder Tianhe-2 (also located in China), and more than triples the latter's speed. The new number one is capable of performing some 93 quadrillion calculations per second (otherwise known as petaflops) and is roughly five times more powerful than the speediest US system, which is now ranked third worldwide. The TaihuLight is comprised of some 41,000 chips, each with 260 processor cores. This makes for a total of 10.65 million cores, compared to the 560,000 cores in America's top machine. In terms of memory, it's relatively light on its feet, with just 1.3 petabytes used for the entire machine. (By comparison, the much less powerful 10-petaflop K supercomputer uses 1.4 petabytes of RAM.) This means it's unusually energy efficient, drawing just 15.3 megawatts of power — less than the 17.8 megawatts used by the 33-petaflop Tianhe-2.

Jun 20 14:10

China creates flight propaganda machine

The Chinese military has passed into service a new warplane, aimed to conduct “military information support operations and civil affairs broadcasts in F.M. radio, television and military communications bands.” The four-engine Y-8GX7 psychological operations plane (Chinese name: Gaoxin-7) is a copy of the Soviet An-12 plane (the first prototype An-12 flew in December 1957. Its maximum speed is 777 km/h and payload is 20,000 kg. The Y-8GX7’s ability to beam propaganda and disinformation into hostile territory will be very useful in conflict sones where the internet access is limited or a major part of the population prefer other sources of information. This palne is one more step on the long Chinese way to active participation in security and peacekeeping operations overseas.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 09:45

A Force To Be Reckoned With: China And Russia Are Building Some Seriously Advanced Sea-Based Weapons

Along with the mounting tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific, and the former and Russia in the Atlantic comes a steady buildup of submarines in both respective theaters of naval combat. The Russians have been accomplishing a great deal in stealth technology, especially with Kilo-class boats converted into stealth subs. Dubbed “the black holes of the Russian Navy,” these quiet refitted diesel subs with the stealth technology are starting to roll steadily off of the assembly lines.

Jun 19 08:41

U.S. Carriers Sail in Western Pacific, Hoping China Takes Notice

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I am sure China noticed!

Jun 18 10:55

Chinese Investors Flock to St Petersburg Forum Despite Sanctions

Chinese tycoons and business executives attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum believe that the Russian market offers a bonanza of lucrative opportunities.

Zhang Yichen, CEO of CITIC Capital Holding Limited, one of the largest Chinese state investment corporations, told Sputnik that while his company has only just begun assessing the Russian market, the prospects so far look quite promising.

"Our company came to the St. Petersburg forum to study the investment climate in Russia and to make new contacts. I believe that the projects offered by Russia look very promising. There are plenty of areas one could invest in: agriculture, technology, research, even real estate," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, President Obama and your administration, on having pushed Russia and China even closer together economically through the sanctions against Russia on an accusation you simply made up, and that would be the alleged annexation of Crimea by Russia (which never actually happened, as you know.)

And what is China doing, over the past year, with US treasuries and stocks?!?

Dumping them.

As reported on 15 June 2016 at bloomberg.com:

For the past year, Chinese selling of Treasuries has vexed investors and served as a gauge of the health of the world’s second-largest economy. The People’s Bank of China, owner of the world’s biggest foreign-exchange reserves, burnt through 20 percent of its war chest since 2014, dumping about $250 billion of U.S. government debt and using the funds to support the yuan and stem capital outflows. While China’s sales of Treasuries have slowed, its holdings of U.S. equities are now showing steep declines. The nation’s stash of American stocks sank about $126 billion, or 38 percent, from the end of July through March, to $201 billion, Treasury Department data show. That far outpaces selling by investors globally in that span -- total foreign ownership fell just 9 percent. Meanwhile, China’s U.S. government-bond stockpile was relatively stable, dropping roughly $26 billion, or just 2 percent.

WOW, that's really going to turn the American economy around, Mr. President, isn't it?!?

And by "around", sir, I mean on its head, like an egg, being thrown off a bridge, and hitting the concrete at warp speed.

And of course, your " economic legacy" will not only include this act by China, but also, what you have done to fix the trade balance deficit, right?!? Let's see just how swimmingly that has gone for you and the Administration, as of late.

As reported as of 3 June 2016 in usnews.com:

The U.S. trade deficit, after falling to the lowest point in more than two years, increased in April as a surge in imported goods outpaced a rebound in exports. The Commerce Department said Friday that the deficit increased 5.3 percent in April to $37.4 billion, up from an imbalance of $35.5 billion in March. Exports increased 1.5 percent to $182.8 billion but imports rose faster, increasing 2.1 percent to $220.2 billion. The politically sensitive deficit with China surged 16.3 percent to $24.3 billion, a development certain to heighten trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. So far this year, the deficit is running 4.8 percent below the pace set a year ago with a fall in imports offsetting further weakness in U.S. exports, which have been hurt by a slowdown in global growth. U.S. export sales have also been hurt by a strong dollar which makes American products more expensive on overseas markets. However, the dollar has weakened a bit since peaking earlier this year. If that trend continues, it could help export sales going forward.

You know, sir, I never used to think that one person in the position of President could make such a series of catastrophically bad domestic and international choices as to put the economy into a bitter, lousy tailspin for most working Americans, whose jobs have been offshored/outsourced to the degree that they are now working several part-time jobs, if they can find them, to try to make ends meet; but yes, you could, Mr. President!!

Yes, you could!!

Jun 17 09:48

Pacific Powder Keg: US Deploys More Ships Raising Stakes in South China Sea

The Obama administration continues its drift towards World War III through an openly confrontational policy towards Beijing in the South China Sea, harkening memories of the 'Guns of August.'

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The hawks are going to start WW3 for real before Trump can be sworn in as President.

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