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Jun 18 08:21

Rabobank: "Bolton's Book Marks Another Step Deeper Into The US-China Cold War"

Submitted by Michael Every of Rabobank

Spy Kvetcher
Excuse the repeat pun today, but there was no need to publish in Australia to avoid the Official Secrets Act: just leak the contents to journalists and, hey presto, the Bloomberg headline (so far) is “Book of Bolton”. Which, it must be said, lands some heavy blows on this US president. The particular hits the media are flagging are that Trump allegedly pleaded with China’s Xi Jinping to help him get re-elected, and was fine with re-education/detention camps in Xinjiang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is supremely frustrating about the current state of events is having to formulate the question that NO ONE in the bowels of power in DC want us asking, and that is: why are Americans' choices for their President always so absolutely God-awful every four years?!?

Why does someone like a Tulsi Gabbard ( a US Veteran who has seen war, a minority, and a very bright, self-actualized woman) never get a place at the table?!?

Listen, had she been allowed to run by her Party, I would have canvassed for her. I do marketing for a living, and I am not half-bad at it.

So, for our "choices", we have a slezozoid, corrupt Biden, running against a slezozoid, corrupt President Trump, all pumped up by their respective ad agencies to appear as though they are saviors of this country, not to mention the world, when they neither candidate comes close to fitting that particular bill.

And at the end of the day, the party that ALWAYS wins American elections, is the bi-partisan war party, so what benefit to the average American is this illusion of having choice in the American political process, when, in reality, there is none?!?

I'm absolutely no seer, but I would reasonably predict that no matter who wins the Presidential election in November, that this country will go back to a draft; and this time, they will be conscripting our your women, as well as our young men.

Our troop strength is way down from what it needs to be continue to fight these on-going endless wars, from which there appears to be no respite.

Jun 18 07:53

China's Top Virologist Says Latest Outbreak 'Under Control' Despite Study Showing No Herd Immunity: Live Updates

Summary:

Global case total tops 8.3 million
Deaths top 447,000
Tokyo reports 41 infections
World reports record jump in new cases, deaths
Beijing top epidemiologist says outbreak in the city has been contained
New study shows many infected don't develop long term antibodies
India reports record jump in new cases (12 k+) as Fitch cuts outlook
Cali reports record 4k jump in new cases
Indonesia reports record jump, surpassing Singapore's case total

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing we are NOT hearing about in this mess, from the scientific community, is how to improve your own immune system.

Knowledge is power; please read up about how nutrition, attitude, and exercise (my "three legged stool" for health) can help minimize your risks for catching this, and other viruses.

Jun 17 06:52

US Now Has Three Aircraft Carriers Patrolling the Pacific

For the first time since 2017, the US has three aircraft carriers patrolling the Pacific, part of Washington’s efforts to increase its footprint in the region to confront China. The USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Nimitz, and the USS Ronald Reagan are all leading strike groups in the Indo-Pacific.

The deployments are likely a show of force by Washington to quash ru

Jun 17 06:21

Protesters burn Chinese flag & Xi effigy in Uttar Pradesh after border standoff leaves at least 20 Indian troops dead (PHOTOS)

A group of Indian demonstrators set fire to a Chinese flag and burned an effigy of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The event, organized by a local NGO, comes after the first fatal clash between China and India since 1975.

In a series of photos, posted by ANI, a group of demonstrators is seen torching an effigy which has a printed image of Chinese President Xi Jinping pinned to its ‘head.’ Another photo shows a man setting fire to a Chinese flag. Some of the demonstrators can be seen playing drums while others hold signs.

The protest was reportedly organized by Vishal Bharat Sansthan, a local NGO based in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Jun 17 06:17

Indian PM Orders to Stock Up War Reserves, Deployment of Assets After Violent Face-Off With China

New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid simmering tensions along the Line of Actual Control, unprecedented border clashes erupted between India and China in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. The face-off led to casualties and injuries on both the sides.

In a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night, the nation's armed forces have been given additional power to stock up war reserves. A green light has also been given to the Indian Navy to deploy its assets in the Strait of Malacca region where it can counter Chinese warships. The Strait of Malacca is one of the world's major maritime choke-points and a primary shipping route for Chinese vessels.

Jun 16 06:28

Wealthy Chinese Rushing To Move Cash Abroad Ahead Of Yuan Weakness

Wealthy Chinese citizens are going to great lengths to move money out of the country amid worries over a weakening Yuan and growing trade tensions with the United States, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

China caps foreign exchange to $50,000 per year, per person. For overseas investments, buyers typically use multi-member families to pool their funds and exceed the limit, or they will bring cash while traveling abroad - a strategy which has been put on hold during the pandemic travel bans.

"There is no room for negotiation today," a black-market currency dealer said when approached on West Nanjing Road, a bustling commercial strip in Shanghai, last week. "It's going to be 7.2 yuan to the dollar."

The official rate was 7.06 that day, but the man, who was a little past his prime, was defiant. At one point late last month, the yuan had sunk to 7.19 in overseas trading. He was confident in the direction of the weakening currency.

Jun 16 05:55

Chinese Forces Kill 3 Indian Troops During First Deadly Border Clash In Nearly 50 Years

Following days of escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, Indian Army officials confirmed that three troops - an officer and two soldiers, to be more precise - had been gunned down by Chinese forces during a "violent faceoff" in Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region, which rests along the country's border with China on Monday night.

A statement from the Indian Army says both sides were meeting to diffuse tensions building up on the border in the last several weeks. Other reports indicate the soldiers weren't shot but had been killed during a rock-throwing melee reminiscent of another border incident back in May, where both sides reported injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will a couple of "adults in the room" with some geopolitical integrity left, please start working the phones between New Dehli and Beijing, and get the leadership of these two countries to "cool it"?!?

Two nuclear armed neighbors on the cusp of war is double-plus ungood for the whole world-right now, and China has a defense/trade pact with Pakistan China's Belt and Road plan in Pakistan takes a Distinctly Military Turnwhich could mean if things here go "mammary glands vertical", we have China and Pakistan fighting against India, which is under treaty with the US *(from the Obama Administration) to have access to 99% of US defense technology. India will have access to 99% US defense technology, says Obama Official

This is utterly NOT headed in a good direction, and unfortunately, this Administration has completely bungled its relations with almost every country in the world, save Israel.

Jun 15 07:30

‘Proud to be one of the ‘bad actors’ on RT,’ says Rose McGowan after DHS report smearing channel for coverage of BLM protests

American actress Rose McGowan said she is “proud” to be one of the so-called “bad actors” appearing on RT after the US Department of Homeland Security criticized the channel for covering protests over George Floyd's death.
In a bulletin reported this week, the DHS accused Russia, China and Iran of using state-owned media to “amplify criticism” of the US in relation to Floyd's death in May. The unarmed black man died at the hands of a police officer who kneeled on his neck for nine minutes ignoring his pleas for life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if some of this coverage is actually reasonable, and just?!?

It would appear to me that DHS has some fundamentally more important things to do in this country..... perhaps like, peacefully, taking back the autonomous zone in Seattle, known now by the acronym CHAZ, if that is possible?!?

How long is it's mayor willing to allow what is happening to continue, and at what point will the devolution here be made to stop?!?

That question right now.... is anyone's guess.

UPDATE: this is now called "Capitol Hill Occupied Protests, or CHOP for short. (Sigh; either way, these protestors are looking at a world of hurt, if they believe this is going to be allowed to become a permanent, "no-go" encampment zone.)

Jun 15 03:58

Pompeo Tells US Jewish Group China a Growing Threat to US, Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) annual conference, centering on mounting US hostility toward China, and arguing that China and its foreign policy are a mounting challenge to both the US and Israel.

The AJC tends to take positions favorable to Israel, though in general the interests of Israel and China don’t conflict or intersect much. Pompeo played up the idea that China is a threat to the American “way of life” and endangers everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE tell me that this is not the same guy who is planning to meet with Chinese leadership in Hawaii in the next couple of weeks to "ratchet down tensions!!"

DANG! IT IS!

Jun 13 05:07

Pompeo Going to Meet Chinese Officials in Hawaii – Reports

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is going to hold a meeting with Chinese government officials in Hawaii, media reported.

Details of the meeting are being currently finalized, the Politico newspaper reported, citing two sources.

The US Department of State and the Chinese Embassy in the United States have not commented on the reports yet, Politico added.

Under President US Donald Trump's administration, relations between the two countries have considerably soured, with Washington accusing Beijing of unfair trade practices, human rights violations in some of its regions, and encroachment on the special status of Hong Kong. China has denied the accusations and, in its turn, pointed to various violations of international law on the part of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would I love to be a fly on THAT wall, in one of the meeting rooms where this meeting is to happen!!!!

Jun 13 03:40

China Makes "Technological Breakthrough" In Hypersonic Scramjet Ground-Test

As tensions rise between China and the US, and the race for hypersonic weapons heats up, the Chinese Communist Party's daily tabloid newspaper Global Times is reporting "record-breaking progress" has been made in scramjet technology to power its hypersonic weapons.

Researchers at the Institute of Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Science developed and tested new scramjet technology that resulted in a ground test that lasted 600 seconds (considered a "technological breakthrough"). Now, this far outpaced the world record of 210 seconds set by Boeing's X-51 Waverider using experimental scramjet technology to achieve hypersonic flight.

A scramjet (supersonic-combustion ramjet) is a ramjet engine in which the airflow through the engine remains supersonic. Global Times notes that developing such an engine that can operate for an extended period remains challenging because advanced heat resistant materials and cooling of the engine are needed for March 5 (>3,800 mph).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does the US appear to be perpetually behind the proverbial 8-ball with Russia and China when it comes to weapons advances?!?

It appears to me to be because of institutional issues between the military industrial complex, and the Pentagon.

The leaders of the military industrial complex in this country appear to believe, that by contributing heavily to both political parties, that they should be held harmless, and indemnified, if their products wind up not as competitive as those of Russia and/or China, come late to field tests, or are even antiquated by the time they are deployed, and cost dramatically more money than original projections indicated.

That perception has to be changed, and quickly, if the US is to ever get ahead of the curve in its weapons development programs.

Jun 13 03:26

Strait Tensions Soar: Taiwan Test Fires Missiles, Beijing Sends Warplane

Eight months after we penned a piece titled "Taiwan Warns Of Possible Invasion If China's Economy Continues To Deteriorate" -- a virus pandemic has crippled the global economy and Taiwan on Thursday (June 11) conducted missile tests off several of its coasts as tensions between China and the US are rising in the Taiwan Strait.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) is reporting that Taiwan has test-fired missiles off its eastern and southern coasts as the self-ruled island increases its defense capabilities against mainland China.

The tests were held near Taiwan's eastern county of Taitung and the Jiupeng military base in the southern part of the island on Thursday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is is in no real position to assist Taiwan, rather than with already-concluded missile sales, which appears to be President Trump's only way of dealing with adversaries at this point in his presidency, other than sanctions.

Jun 10 05:17

Anyway, don’t trust China. China is asshole.

Jun 08 19:46

Two students suddenly drop dead while running laps at school with masks on

The sudden deaths of two young students on the track in China have sparked public concerns about kids being forced to take part in PE class while wearing masks.

On April 30, a 14-year-old boy died suddenly during a 1 km fitness test at his school in Changsha, Hunan province. During the run, the boy was wearing an N95 mask.

His death followed that of another schoolboy in Henan province who also collapsed when running laps while wearing a mask on April 24. He was 15 years old.

Jun 08 19:44

Lungs of Chinese Jogger Collapsed When Running Wearing a Face Mask

While on a jog in China, a Chinese jogger experienced a collapsed lung as he did the distance, wearing a face mask for safety.

The runner did go distance about 2.5 miles before his lung collapsed on his rounds.

Zhang Ping (not his real name), 26-years old, got sent to the Wuhan Central Hospital last May 7, soon after he hard breathing with severe chest pains after running.

When his lung was examined at the hospital, the patient's left lung had a hole and shriveled by 90%. Doctors diagnosed the reason for the lung burst to be high pressure, which was caused by wearing a mask while jogging.

Jun 08 07:42

India and China Agree to Resolve Border Standoff

India and China agreed to resolve a current border standoff peacefully in line with various bilateral agreements and will keep each other engaged as talks remains deadlocked.

“The two sides will continue military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas,” India’s ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hopeful.

And whichever world leaders who have been working the phones behind the scenes to encourage a racheting down of tensions... THANK YOU!!!

Jun 05 01:16

Australia to introduce new rules on foreign takeovers with China

Australia will introduce a tough new national security test for foreign takeovers that is set to inflame relations with China.

The decision follows a dramatic increase in the number of foreign investment bids probed by Australia's spy agency ASIO, over fears that China was spying on sensitive health data.

After weeks of increasingly shrill threats from China to slap new tariffs on Australian exports, the Morrison government will outline new powers to force foreign companies to sell their assets if they pose a national security threat.

Jun 02 07:08

Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China’s “Belt and Road”

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the US intelligence community said Tuesday that he would focus on China as the country’s greatest threat, saying Beijing was determined to supplant the United States’ superpower position.

Were China doing this by using news agencies like AFP to lie to the public to justify invading Middle Eastern nations, killing tens of thousands of innocent people, installing client regimes worldwide, and using its growing power to coerce and control nations economically and politically when not outright militarily – US President Donald Trump’s “pick” – John Ratcliffe – might be justified in focusing on China and its “determination” to “supplant the United States’ superpower position.”

However, this is not what China is doing.

China Building Rather than Bombing

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The kind of demonization we are seeing, against both China and Russia, is an attempt at "misdirection" by the Powers that Be in this country, to take Americans' collective gaze off of horrific economic and social realities we can see, right in front of our own noses.

Jun 02 06:40

Hong Kong security law: China weighs risk US will go for ‘nuclear option’ and cut Beijing from the dollar payment system

A new and troubling question is suddenly looming for Beijing: will the Trump administration abuse the power of the US dollar to hurt China following Beijing’s plan to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong?
While the probability remains very low that China will be treated like Russia or Iran, and US President Donald Trump has not mentioned sanctions against Hong Kong or Chinese financial institutions, the risk of a financial war – including being cut off from the US dollar system – is no longer “unthinkable” for China.
If Washington were to sever China’s corporate and financial system from the US dollar payments system, which is underpinned by infrastructure such as the Swift international payments messaging system and the Clearing House Interbank Payments System (Chips), it could start a financial tsunami that would lead global finance into unchartered territory, officials and analysts said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope President Trump does understand how such a move might bite the US dollar in a very sensitive part of the current US economic reality.

Jun 01 07:52

China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border

No shots have been fired, as the de facto border code dictates, but the soldiers have fought fiercely with rocks, wooden clubs and their hands in a handful of clashes. In one melee at the glacial lake Pangong Tso, several Indian troops were hurt badly enough that they had to be evacuated by helicopter, and Indian analysts said Chinese troops were injured as well.

Nobody thinks China and India are about to go to war. But the escalating buildup has turned into their most serious confrontation since 2017 and may be a sign of more trouble to come as the world’s two most populous countries increasingly bump up against each other in one of the bleakest and most remote borderlands on earth.

President Trump, unsolicited, stepped in on Wednesday, offering on Twitter to mediate what he called “a raging border dispute.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can fully understand why both China and India are treating President Trump as though he were Kryptonite; because unfortunately, on both the national and international stages, he has been, throughout much of his first term as President.

But SOMEONE with some geopolitical integrity left (Sergei Lavrov, are you "feelin' me" this morning?!?) needs to be "working the phones" between Beijing and New Delhi, and ratcheting down the tension here, because one stupid blunder on either side could send this region into a smoldering "hot war" in a heartbeat.

Jun 01 06:51

Beijing Retaliates: Trade Deal On Verge Of Collapse As China Halts Some US Farm Imports

Veteran traders couldn't help but laugh when they checked US equity futures last night and saw that - as some probably had suspected they might - Dow futures were tracking for a 100-point jump at the open. With so much emergency liquidity still sloshing around the financial system, it seemed the most near-term risk many could fathom was a probable spike in new coronavirus infections in the coming weeks, hardly an imminent, overnight risk.

But as futures faded into the red around 6amET, a headline showing Beijing had just given the US-China 'Phase 1' trade deal - which has been essentially moribund for weeks now even though President Trump spared it on Friday - one more 'kick' seemed to remind investors where the real near-term macro risk lies: That is, the light-speed "decoupling" of the world's two largest economies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, that didn't take long, did it, President Trump?!?

Brilliant, sir; just brilliant; now what are farmers here in the heartland supposed to do with their abundance of crops originally intended for China, plow them under?!?

The margins, on small family farms, are already pinched horrifically, and credit is becoming even more and more expensive; what are you going to do for these people, Mr. President, just watch them and their kids starve to death?!?

May 31 06:58

Ancient Chinese Village of Long-Haired Rapunzels

There's an ancient settlement in Huangluo, China called the "Long Hair Village" and for the Yao minority women of the village, hair is their most prized possession.
They grow their hair up to 6.8 feet long, and manage to keep it healthy, strong and free of greys well into their old age. They consider their hair so sacred that until recently, no one was allowed to look at a woman’s loose locks except her husband and children.

May 30 07:56

China threatens to ATTACK Taiwan: One of Beijing's most senior generals warns the military will use force if there is no other way to stop island becoming independent

Li Zuocheng told Beijing's Great Hall of People today: 'The people's armed forces will take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions'

It is very rare for such a senior figure to make such a public threat against Taiwan

Beijing claims Taiwan, but the island democracy refutes it is part of China
It comes as China is cracking down on Hong Kong's democratic powers

China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country's most senior generals said today.

Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission told Beijing's Great Hall of the People: 'If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people's armed forces will, with the whole nation, including the people of Taiwan, take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a note of caution here; we do not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to achieve a positive outcome to a a potential war with China over Taiwan (or Hong Kong, for that matter).

Please; you have some intense domestic wounds to heal, both economically and societally, before you can even contemplate a war with China right now.

And I can guarantee you, sir, that doing so will NOT increase your chances for an electoral victory come this November; this country is too war-scarred, war-weary, and war-sceptical, to think that such a war would even be worth the effort right now, no matter how much China-bashing we see going on in the media today.

May 30 07:08

Trump the “Peace Candidate”: Contemplating War During Pandemic against Two Global Competitors. Nuclear Weapons “Tests” against China and Russia

The Pentagon and national security agencies directed by the White House have also been discussing the viability of engaging in war with those same two global competitors Russia and China, either individually or even simultaneously. Yes, it is true that many countries wargame certain scenarios that are unlikely ever to occur, but there is nevertheless a certain consistency in the bellicosity that comes like an endless stream out of the Trump White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I marginally supported President Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, because he did talk about ending the no-win wars in which the US government had enmeshed its military for years on end, with no resolution in sight.

And I am very supportive of his work to get US troops out of Afghanistan.

But that being said, I loathe it, that he believes that a "male member measuring contest" between himself, President Xi of China, and President Putin of Russia, through an atomic test, is an answer to US security right now, because it is not.

Worse still, such an act by the US may well be quite liable to start a nuclear arms race which could make the potential use of, let's say, a "tactical nuclear weapon" more "acceptible" to the American public, because they don't understand the utter devastation the use of such a weapon can wreak.

And that damage may be utterly unrecoverable.

May 30 06:55

How Far Will the Trump Regime and Congress Push China?

The US is waging undeclared war on China by other means.

Trump and congressional hardliners escalated things beyond where their predecessors went.

What’s going on is all about aiming to undermine China’s growing political, economic, financial, industrial, technological, and military development and prominence on the world stage.

It has nothing to do with a PRC military or other security threat. China is at peace with its neighbors and other nations.

On Thursday, Pompeo continued his war of words on China.

Falsely accusing Beijing of eroding Hong Kong’s liberties — a US specialty at home and abroad — he urged “decertification” of the city, saying:

“I can no longer certify that Hong Kong continues to warrant…deferential treatment under US law.”

He falsely claimed that China’s new national security law “contradicts the spirit (of) the one country, two systems framework.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless some common sense steps are taken here, the new low in US/China relations is going to crash and hit the floor, leading for a potential escalation from a war of words and trade, to a shooting war.

So President Trump, a word here, please; we do not have the troop strength; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the money to pick a military confrontation with China at this time.

Potentially, both countries need each other to both survive and prosper, economically.

May 29 18:46

US Free Speech, Meet Your Wealthy Chinese Fact Checker

The other day, I was asked by a friend to check out the Facebook fact checker that blocked the now banned YouTube video of two US doctors discussing the faulty predictive models that are being used to justify strict Covid-19 quarantines. The video is completely innocuous, two medical professionals going over publically available stats and discussing the pros and cons of lock downs and aggressive social distancing.

It turns out that the hitjob that led to blocking that video was done by Health Feedback, a unit within an organization called Science Feedback which itself is a Google/Facebook proxy established for the purpose of managing progressive medical related narratives. The following is the profile of one of one of these science censors who banned the video.

May 28 12:46

China Secures Brazilian Soy As Trade War Restart Appears Imminent

With a new round of trade war increasingly likely between the US and China, Beijing has been buying Brazilian soybeans in a sign the Asian nation may be looking to secure an alternative source of supplies. According to Bloomberg, the world’s top soybean importer purchased more than 10 cargoes in Brazil this week, despite higher prices. In a further sign that China appears to be distancing from the US, Bloomberg adds that while China bid for American soy on Tuesday, state-run buyers were absent from the market Wednesday, the people said.

May 28 12:42

China Claims It "Expelled" A "Trespassing" US Warship In Latest Dangerous S.China Sea Incident

The Washington-Beijing tit-for-tat is growing on a number of fronts, but has the potential for direct conflict in the South China Sea, where both countries are busy flexing, also on the heels of accusations and counter charges over the COVID-19 pandemic's origins and cover-up.

Fox's Lucas Tomlinson reports Thursday, "One month after U.S. guided-missile destroyer Mustin harassed by Chinese warship from a carrier strike group, the Mustin cruises by contested islands in move likely to irk China."

Specifically the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands in a contested area of the South China Sea.

May 28 12:42

White House Expels Chinese Grad Students With Ties To People's Liberation Army

As President Trump prepares to sign a bill imposing new sanctions on Chinese officials involved with the country's sprawling security state, the White House has just unveiled its latest measure to turn up the pressure on Beijing: Chinese grad students with ties to the PLA will be barred from returning.

May 28 10:10

American Corporations Owned By China

May 27 11:57

French Intelligence Warned Of 'Catastrophic Leak' From Wuhan Lab

Eleven years before the joint construction of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, French intelligence services warned Paris that China's reputation for poor bio-security could lead to a 'catastrophic leak,' according to the Daily Mail.

In 2004, the EU's chief brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, ignored those warnings - signing off on the lab's construction when he was the French foreign minister.

May 27 11:27

US slaps sanctions on 33 Chinese companies and institutions, dialling up the tension amid the lowest point in US-China relations

Two dozen companies and institutions including the tech giant Qihoo 360 Technology were placed on the first so-called entity list for “supporting procurement of items for military end-use in China”
Nine entities were put on a second list for their alleged roles in rights violations in the Xinjiang region

May 27 11:26

COLD FRONT China deploys two new aircraft carriers to stoke tensions with US after warning of a ‘new cold war’

CHINA is reportedly set to deploy its two new aircraft carriers off the coast of Taiwan as it warns the US of a “new cold war”.

The huge carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong, are currently engaged in combat readiness training in the tightly controlled Bohai Bay, in the Yellow Sea before sailing to join an invasion war game near Pratas island.

May 27 11:24

"The US Is Bluffing": China Claims Trump Too "Weakened" By Pandemic To Intervene In Hong Kong

In his overnight market commentary, Rabobank's Michael Every laid out an interesting hypothesis why markets continue to fade the risk of a serious escalation in tensions between the US and China: "within serious HK money circles there is absolute certainty that the US is now an EU-style paper tiger and has no stomach for a real fight, and that Trump is so beholden to Wall Street that he won’t dare act."

And while Every himself disagrees with this sanguine assessment, saying this stance "captures the self-confidence in Beijing but utterly fails to capture the bipartisan anger in DC, or the fact that both sides are using Beijing as a stick to beat each other with in the 2020 presidential election, or that the US has financial weapons as fearsome as its military, or that the Fed is there to prop up the stock market anyway", he appears to have a point regarding China's "self-confidence."

May 27 07:31

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,Remember the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against Chinese authoritarianism?

And U.S.-Chinese relations could get even worse than they are right now.

Are you prepared for a bumpy ride?

Let’s unpack this…

Last year’s protests came in response to a proposed law that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong residents to Beijing for trial on charges that arose in Hong Kong.

That would have deprived Hong Kong residents of legal protections in local law and subjected prisoners to torture and summary execution.

The legislation was proposed by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who many consider a puppet of Beijing.

The demonstrations grew exponentially, ultimately involving hundreds of thousands of protesters.

The list of demands also grew to include more democracy and freedom and adherence to Hong Kong’s rule of law.

Due to social media, these protests were seen around the world.

The proposed bill behind the original protests was scrapped last October, which was a victory for the pro-democracy protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; there is nothing you can do directly to assist the people of Hong Kong.

Yes, we understand that you are waging an asymmetric war against China, encouraging separatist movements when you can to run counter to the Communist Party rule.

Xi Jing Pin has just encouraged his military to be ready to immediately "prepare for war" ‘Prepare for war’: China’s Xi Jinping tells army to thwart coronavirus impact on national security The article goes on to state: "Xi Jinping’s speech comes amid rising tension with the US, frequent references by local politicians and diplomats of reunifying Taiwan. Tension is also escalating with India with troops from the two countries clashing along different areas along the 3,488 kilometre-long disputed border."

Mr. President, this is a lousy time to escalate here; we don't have the weaponry; the troop strength; or the manufacturing, in this war-weary, war-skeptical nation. We need to focus on getting this economy opened up, and quickly, and taking care of the people here at home, many of whom have been thrown out of formerly secure work, while major executives have give themselves big bonuses before declaring corporate bankruptcy.

We need to focus on right here, and right now, for as long as you can.

May 27 07:13

Time To Learn 'Headology': "This Is Not Going To End Well"

Authored by Bill Blain via MorningPorridge.com,

"Mumbled words and weird drawings in old books in the wrong hands is dangerous as hell, but not half as dangerous as they could be in the right hands...”

Sorry for being bit late this morning, but early morning call with Asia overran. HK is not going to end well.

I am watching the market moves and shaking my head. Up, Up, Down… The Dow broke 3000 on unconstrained optimism before Trump pulled it down with threats of China sanctions.. Shake it all about. Do the hokey cokey...

But, there are some particularly sickening stories out there – including Hertz executives paying themselves $16 mm in bonuses shortly before declaring bankruptcy and laying off 10,000 workers with minimum payments. I predict a series of political lynchings will shortly follow.. What next? Free cake on the dole queues? I suggest not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People are angry and frustrated out there; as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I always counsel against violence, but can fully understand why it sometimes happens.

I am sure that the large heads of private companies going bankrupt right now, like Hertz, already have private protection in place.

May 27 02:56

President Xi Jinping tells Chinese Army to scale up preparations for war

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising the worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country's sovereignty.
Xi, 66 who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and People's Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here.

May 26 20:34

Is The U.S. Prepared For War With China?

May 26 12:13

Trump Has Won the Propaganda War With China

May 25 10:24

Cold War 2.0: China and U.S. Tensions Rise; U.S. Revokes Open Skies Treaty With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

Between human rights concerns in Hong Kong, to ongoing trade disputes, military activity in the South China Sea, you name it, things continue to point toward Cold War 2.0 if the rhetoric is to be believed.

Then there's Russia...

May 25 06:25

HONG KONG POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS AS HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST NATIONAL SECURITY LAW, 120 ARRESTS

SOURCE: HONG KONG FREE PRESS
Hong Kong police have fired tear gas after protesters gathered in Causeway Bay to rally against the looming national security law announced earlier this week by Beijing.

Hundreds of demonstrators convened at SOGO department store in Causeway Bay at around 1pm on Sunday and began marching to Wan Chai’s Southorn Playground.

Photo: Benjamin Yuen, Cezzna, Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.
In response, police fired tear gas at the crossroads of Hennessy Road and Percival Street, and near Hysan Place.

HKFP_Live: Hong Kong protesters are gathered in Causeway Bay in opposition to the national security law. Police have detained activist Tam Tak-chi.

Posted by Hong Kong Free Press HKFP on Saturday, 23 May 2020
It was the largest protests since the Covid-19 outbreak, despite social distancing rules – limiting groups to eight people – remaining in place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once that security law gets passed, thinks may well get mightily ugly in Hong Kong.

May 24 04:55

China Tightens The Screws

May 22 00:14

Chinese city of Wuhan bans eating and hunting of wild animals in wake of coronavirus

The hunting and eating of wild animals has been banned in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of the nation’s latest efforts to curb the transmission of zoonotic diseases amid the coronavirus pandemic.

May 21 13:19

China Is Buying Up Canadian Crude Again

May 21 12:05

India, China deploy more troops to disputed border after recent scuffle

India and China have been reinforcing their military presence in the disputed Galwan Valley since their troops engaged in clashes in the Ladakh region during patrolling earlier this month.

The Indian newspaper Economic Times cited defense sources as saying that soldiers were being sent to the Galwan Valley.

“The strict COVID-19 protocols are said to have been kept in abeyance as the situation has escalated,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, the Global Times, China’s state-run paper, reported on Monday that the People’s Liberation Army had successfully restored the status quo in the river valley.

May 21 10:15

"Polite Deflection Will No Longer Cut It" - US Pressures Israel To Sever Economic Ties With China

Since President Trump fired the first volley in the US-China trade war two years ago, tensions between the US and China have intensified to unprecedented levels, and the prospect of an armed confrontation between the world's two largest military and economic powers is becoming a tail risk worth considering, according to Wall Street luminaries like David Tepper.

Around that time, the State Department launched a quiet campaign to pressure America's allies, including the UK, Germany and Australia, to prohibit parts made by telecoms giant Huawei in their 5G networks, as evidence of "backdoors" in other Huawei products, and Chinese companies are often required to cooperate with state intelligence agencies. For what it's worth, Huawei has persistently denied cooperating with Beijing, and has offered to sign a "no spying" pledge. When the UK decided to allow some Huawei equipment in certain "non-essential" parts of the UK 5G network, he received a dressing-down from Trump.

May 21 10:14

China "Condemns Grave US Interference In China's Internal Affairs", Warns Of Consequences

While the market remains oblivious to pretty much any news, diplomatic relations between the US and China continue to deteriorate by the day if not by the hour.

Earlier today we reported that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tweeted congratulations on Tuesday to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen who was sworn in on Wednesday for a second presidential term, China promptly denounce Pompeo's message as "wrong and very dangerous", with the Ministry of National Defense releasing a statement Wednesday that said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would "take all necessary measures to firmly safeguard" China's sovereignty, while the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying Pompeo's comments "seriously violated" the one-China principle.

This was followed moments ago by China's state-owned Global Times tweeting that China "urges" the US to:

Cut its official ties with #Taiwan;

Stop upgrading substantive relations with Taiwan;

Stop interfering in China's internal affairs;

May 21 10:06

Feds Find Cozy Connections Nationwide Between China & University Professors

The Chinese Virus began infiltrating the United States in early 2020, but the communist country already had a foot in the door well before then.

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