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Jul 25 07:20

‘The Crow’ Actor Michael Massee fatally shot the son of Bruce Lee on the set of the Crow

The 1994 dark fantasy action film The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas, didn’t gain popularity due to its background story, nor for its cast, but as a result of a tragic event that overshadowed the film’s post-production, as well as its premiere.

On March 31, 1993, the lead actor, Brandon Lee, was mortally wounded in an accident on the set at Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. The actor never got to enjoy his stardom on screen as a resurrected rock musician who avenges his own and his fiancée’s deaths (the film is based on 1989 comic book “The Crow” by James O’Barr).

According to The Wrap, the accident happened during the filming of a scene in which Lee walks through a doorway carrying a grocery bag and is shot. It was considered to be a routine scene that could be handled by the film crew without the firearms consultant, James Moyer.

Jul 24 13:17

China Caves: The Full Details Behind Beijing's Launch Of Fiscal Easing

Last week we documented several instances of China's most recent monetary easing, from the expanded usage of the Medium-Term Lending Facility to purchase China's equivalent ot junk bonds, to the barely noticed 103bps cut in China's 3-Month Treasury rate, even as the PBOC had cut the RRR three times already, most recently at the end of June.

However, judging by the ongoing slide in the Chinese stock market, it was not enough; meanwhile in a curious development, last week we also reported that in a very rare public "war of words" between the PBOC and the Ministry of Finance, the PBOC accused the MOF of not doing enough to stimulate the country and that the country's fiscal policy wasn't "proactive."

Jul 24 11:31

China builds a wall of BRICS to help counter US trade war barrier

Only the Chinese could turn an acronym into a trading bloc. On Wednesday, the BRICS summit will get underway in Johannesburg and top of the agenda for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will be rising worldwide trade tensions.

While this is a gathering of equals, the economic muscle of Beijing will be behind most of the crucial decisions, which will filter through from the three-day talkfest.

Major players such as China’s President Xi Jinping, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will probably take center stage. So, it appears, will United States President Donald Trump, who will be more than 13,000 kilometers, or 8,077 miles, away in Washington.

Jul 24 09:48

China Launches Live-Fire Exercise Designed For Taiwan Invasion

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has launched a six-day, live-fire military exercise in the East China Sea in a region that simulates an invasion of Taiwan, a move military strategist believe will send a powerful message to the United States over relations with Taipei.

Jul 24 09:48

FBI, CIA Sound Alarm Over China Cold War, Warn "Most Significant" Threat Facing US

Forget the Russian hysteria: according to Michael Collins, the CIA’s deputy assistant director for the East Asia Mission Center, it is China that is waging a "quiet cold war" against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the US is in decline, but they need a scapegoat to blame it on.

Jul 24 08:21

Trump To Announce Multibillion Stimulus For Farmers

Many others joined in, begging the administration for relief: John Heisdorffer, a soybean grower from Keota, Iowa, and president of the American Soybean Association, said in a statement on the website:

"Soybeans are the top agriculture export for the United States, and China is the top market for purchasing those exports, The math is simple. You tax soybean exports at 25 percent, and you have serious damage to U.S. farmers."

Cheese producers were also hard hit, forced to discount their products to keep customers, with many putting orders put on hold and resulting in the biggest cheese inventory in US history.

"We have seen large drops in our dairy product sales prices at all levels," said Catherine de Ronde, economist for the Agri-Mark Inc. dairy cooperative. "It will create a significant backup of dairy products."

Jul 23 17:27

China plans to launch AI-powered, unmanned submarines in 2020 that will stay at sea for months without refuelling, and can embark on 'suicide' missions to sink enemy targets

The submarines will be powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), allowing them to navigate independently and work alongside existing fleets.

The crew-less submersibles will be relatively large and low-cost compared to other military watercrafts, according to scientists working on the project.

The AI submarines are rumoured to be fitted with diesel-electric engines to enable them to stay at sea for several months without returning to dock.

China will use these unmanned subs for intelligence gathering missions, planting sea mines, and 'kamikaze'-style attacks on high-value targets, the scientists said.

These missions are scheduled to start in the early 2020s, they added.

Jul 23 14:58

Vaccine scandal in China hits drug sector shares

A Chinese vaccine scandal intensified on Monday, sending ripples across the drug market and threatening Chinese ambitions to play a larger role in the global pharmaceutical arena.

Chinese police have launched an investigation into Changsheng Biotechnology, its chairwoman and four executives over suspected criminal behaviour, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Changsheng has been found to have falsified production documents related to a rabies vaccine that is given routinely to Chinese babies as young as three months, underscoring the challenge the drug market faces cleaning up its image as it aims to promote its vaccines globally.

According to the China Food and Drug Administration, Changsheng fabricated production records as well as product inspection records, and arbitrarily changed process parameters and equipment, in "serious violations" of the law.

Jul 23 13:54

Maybe This Is Just The Start For China?

Jul 23 10:57

Censors jump into action as China’s latest vaccine scandal ignites

Chinese censors on Sunday (July 22) deleted articles and postings about the vaccine industry as an online outcry over the country’s latest vaccine scandal intensified.

Regulators said last week that they had halted production of a rabies vaccine at a large pharmaceutical company in the north-east after finding fabricated records and other problems during an inspection.

It was just the latest in a series of health and safety scandals which have fuelled fear over the safety of basic food and medicine and anger at regulators asleep on the job.

China’s censors and regulators struggled to stay abreast of the public’s response, deleting posts on WeChat as state media tried to take control of the narrative.

On Sunday night, China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced it had ordered all production stopped at the vaccine-maker and launched a probe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, NO censorship ever enters the US press, when vaccines are discovered to have harmful effects, like Gardasil!!

THE HPV VACCINE IS THE GREATEST MEDICAL SCANDAL OF ALL TIMES.

The article goes on to state:

"The first bad thing is criminal activity by drug makers Merck and Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) that manufacture Gardasil and Cervarix. These criminal activities involve marketing a vaccine as a cancer preventive when no long term studies have been done to show this. The vaccines were approved without proper safety testing or long term safety monitoring. The HPV vaccines are in fact, causing harm to young women who have no recourse in the US since vaccine manufacturers are exempt from liability by Congressional mandate. However outside the US, criminal charges have been filed against the vaccine manufacturers in Spain.(18) Japan and other countries have curtailed advertising and have reduced use of these vaccines.(21)(25,26)(32)

The second very bad thing is the deplorable stupidity of your elected state representatives who after being spoon fed vaccine marketing propaganda have been deceived into proposing mandatory HPV vaccination for all 11 year old school girls and boys. The net result could very well be one of the greatest medical scandals in history.

Diane Harper MD on HPV Vaccine Efficacy

Diane Harper, the most authoritative expert on HPV Vaccine, was principle investigator for Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix Clinical trials used for FDA approval. She later became whistle blower and went public with information indicating the vaccines are dangerous and useless for prevention of cervical cancer. Diane Harper is a professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville."

Jul 23 10:06

F-35 STEALTH JET MODERNIZATION PROGRAM WILL ALLOW FOR DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies corp., announced last Thursday a ‘Growth Option 2.0’ upgrade for the F135 engine, which powers the fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, that could provide increased power and thermal management system (PTMS) capacity.

“As the F-35 program moves forward with the Continuous Capability Development and Delivery (C2D2) strategy, we strive to stay in front of propulsion advances needed to enable F-35 modernization,” said Matthew Bromberg, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. “We’re continuously assessing customer needs and responding with technology options to keep them ahead of evolving threats.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US military weaponry is no where near being "ahead of evolving threats";

What We Know About Russia’s Upcoming PAK DA Next Generation Heavy Bomber

Russia tests new stalth fighter jet in Syria

China's newest J-20 stealth jets hold first maritime combat drills

China shows off next generation fighers

The question which must be asked is, not why to the Chinese and Russian military have these aircraft, which perform as advertised, but why the US military does not; and the answer goes back to the absolutely perverse, and money-corrupted system of American military procurement.

You see, the "Captains of Industry" are of a corporate culture where, because of all the money liberally sprinkled on both sides of the aisle in Congress in order to get military contracts, they believe that product can be delayed until it has been rendered obsolete before being deployed in the field; that their products do not have to work as advertised; and cost overruns, soaking the taxpayers for far over the original cost estimates, are absolutely acceptible.

This mind set has to change, and quickly, for the US to even begin to regain its weapons technology end.

And I think that the only two things which will do it, is legislation forbidding weapons manufacturers from contributing one cent to state and national elections, and making sure, in each weapons contract, it is spelled out that if products are delivered late; do not function as advertised; and are attached to outrageous cost overruns, the CEOs of those companies who have not delivered the best possible equipment to our men and women in uniform, face hard jail. time.

Yes, I understand that such legislation will probably pass state and the Federal legislatures at the moment pigs discover they are aerodynamic; but it will cure the problem here.

Jul 21 12:19

TRADE WAR RISKS BECOMING A DANGEROUS CURRENCY WAR AS CHINA WEAKENS YUAN THE MOST IN 2 YEARS

President Donald Trump called out China and Europe Thursday and again on Friday for manipulating their currencies and keeping them low against the dollar. Hours after Trump's comments were first aired on CNBC Thursday, the People's Bank of China set the dollar's reference rate at 6.7671 yuan, steering the currency 0.9 percent lower and weakening it the most in two years.

Jul 21 10:15

BACKLASH AGAINST “WAR ON CASH” REACHES WASHINGTON & CHINA

The electronic-payments industry, which gets a cut from every electronic transaction, wants to kill cash. But wait…

Jul 21 04:53

President Stresses Winning Poverty Relief Battle By 2020

(*Communist China's President Xi , that is , not Trump . RELAX! )

Jul 20 14:35

China And US Drifting Apart

Jul 20 11:54

Is China's Day Of Reckoning Coming?

Deleveraging is Policy In China Now

The shadow banking system is simply the system of financial transactions that happen outside of the banking system’s oversight facilities. And whenever China makes a substantive change to its monetary policy to burst another part of the shadow banking bubble these bouts of deleveraging (see chart above) occur.

There is also always a wave of bankruptcies and corporate bond defaults as well.

As it should be.

In this case it is a coal miner, Wintime Energy, who defaulted on CNY11 billion of bonds this week. There have been 18 such corporate bond defaults this year. There will likely be dozens, if not hundreds, more.

Why? Because the Trump/China trade war will take its toll on global trade. It will disrupt supplies chains, it already has. And it will cause sharper upward demand for dollars as global trade slows and debt-servicing costs for dollar-denominated corporate debt rises.

Jul 20 09:09

China Taking Action To Cool Housing Prices

Jul 19 13:04

Lisa Page Busts FBI Brass, Clinton Emails Went To China

Joint House committee hearings concerning Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and their possible political bias that may have influenced the harassment of Donald Trump and his campaign has revealed interesting information.

During closed-door sessions in front of the house, she revealed reams of interesting information, much of it outing top FBI officials or accusing them of misconduct. Indeed, some of the information she provided suggests that there is an ongoing bureau-wide ‘criminal intelligence’ cover-up of the 33,000 missing emails from the Hillary Clinton server. It almost seems like Page is afraid of being the scapegoat left holding the bag, so she’s come clean before that can happen.

During questioning in front of the House, Lisa Page, who was involved in an affair with Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Peter Strzok, tossed former director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, her former lover, Bill Priestap, and more under the bus, according to federal sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holy crud, folks: if these allegations prove true, this could be the "smoking gun" on Hillary Clinton, worthy of a trial on high crimes and misdemeanors against her country.

Jul 19 12:23

ZUCKERBERG WARNS BREAK-UP OF FACEBOOK WILL LEAD TO CHINESE TECH DOMINANCE

Calls to break up Facebook in order to even out the playing field for competitors would result in a Chinese tech companies filling the void, said the social network’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
He pointed to the fact that the Chinese firms which will likely step in and dominate don’t have traditional American values.

“I think you have this question from a policy perspective, which is, ‘do we want American companies to be exporting across the world?’” Zuckerberg said in an interview with technology news website Recode. “I think that the alternative, frankly, is going to be the Chinese companies.”

The social media tycoon added: “I think you can bet that, if the government here is worried about — whether it’s election interference or terrorism — I don’t think Chinese companies are going to want to cooperate as much and aid the national interest there.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Values", Mr. Zuckerberg?!?

Are you speaking, please, about the "values' you exhibited in trying to swing the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton?!?

Facebook has a number of compeditors; I just hope that one of them gets big enough to confront you professionally, and calls you out for attempting to influence elections in the future.

Jul 19 12:09

TRADE WAR WITH CHINA MORPHS INTO CURRENCY WAR: BIGGEST LOSER IS THE EU

Those who think "trade wars are good and easy to win" need to stop and reflect on currency wars.

Trump's "logic" rests on the notion that China has a huge trade surplus and the US can hurt China more than China can hurt the US.

Such logic is seriously misguided.

Trade is not a zero sum game. One does not gain by losing less. Losing is losing.
Yes, Trump is correct that the US can place more tariffs on Chinese goods than China can place on US goods. However, Trump cannot ignore US farmers, but the unelected leaders in China can suppress all dissent.
The US dollar floats, the Renmimbi (Yuan) doesn't. Thus, China can manipulate it currency, albeit with risks of capital flight, to mitigate some or all of US tariffs.
Currency charts can be confusing. Sometimes up is down and sometimes down is up, It depends on which currency is fist. The lead chart shows a 7.4% decline in the yuan vs the US dollar since April 16.

Meanwhile the dollar index itself has advanced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has a history of being an incredible businessman; why he is accepting such lousy advice in the instance of these tariffs is utterly beyond me.

Jul 19 10:12

Beijing Sends Strategic Bombers For "Real Combat" Practice To Massive War Games In Russia

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAF) will send H-6K bombers, J-10A fighters, JH-7A fighter-bombers, IL-76 and Y-9 transport aircraft, and a team of airborne troops to Russia for the upcoming International Army Games (IAG) 2018.

The war games, first launched by Russia in 2014, will be co-organized this year by China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Iran and Armenia from July 29 to August 11, said CGTN News. IAG 2018 will consist of 28 ‘real combat’ military competitions. China will oversee four of these war games:

Jul 19 08:36

Media silent as Pacific powers prepare for showdown with China

The US and its allies continue to implement a dangerous strategy to counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific.

These days, it’s all but too easy to get distracted by the stories the mainstream media overhypes on a regular basis and overlook some of those more pressing stories which fall beneath the radar. When you aren’t being purposely distracted by Donald Trump’s Twitter account, how he mistreats the Queen of England or how he is supposedly too nice to Russian President Vladimir Putin – stories like those on the football World Cup and the heroic rescue story in Thailand tend to fill the gaps, and not much else.

Jul 18 09:23

"Things Are Getting Real" - Companies Are Reporting The Impact Of Tariffs On Their Business

While President Trump's latest round of tariffs has only just taken effect, and his earlier tariffs on steel and aluminum weren't widely imposed on American allies until May, American companies, or foreign firms' US-based subsidiaries, are already complaining about the negative impact that tariffs are expected to have. And as the White House mulls over whether to slap 10% tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports, the situation is finally "getting real." Companies have warned for months that the tariffs would hurt economic growth, but to try and get a handle on the "real-world impact"of these policies, Bloomberg is compiling a list of companies that have either mentioned the tariffs during their earnings calls, or have released some other tariff-based announcement.

Jul 18 09:22

Can Artificial Intelligence Compete With Real Doctors?

In the race for world dominance in advanced technology, Chinese artificial intelligence is also taking on its own doctors, with a new system claiming to diagnose brain tumors faster and more accurately than human physicians.

BioMind, developed by Beijing’s Tiantan Hospital and its AI research center for neurological disorders, has told Chinese media that the new system has correctly diagnosed 87 percent of 225 cases in only 15 minutes. That compares to only a 66-percent accuracy rate for the same by a team of 15 senior physicians.

Jul 18 08:12

China is investing 9 times more into Europe than into North America, report reveals

China is investing nine times more into Europe than it is into North America as policies force divergence, a report released this week reveals.

Chinese outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) has dramatically swung toward Europe in the first half of 2018 and its FDI into North America has dropped by a whopping 92 percent in the last year, from $24 billion to $2 billion, according to multinational law firm Baker Mackenzie.

In the first six months of the year, newly-announced Chinese mergers and acquisitions (M&A) into Europe were $20 billion compared to $2.5 billion in North America, while completed Chinese investments in Europe exceeded those in North America six-fold, at $12 billion compared to $2 billion.

Jul 17 14:27

The Trade War Is Already Having A Huge Impact On The U.S. Economy

The trade war has barely just begun, and yet significant ripple effects are already being felt all across the U.S. economy. Once thriving businesses are on the verge of failure, workers are being laid off, and some sectors of the economy are witnessing enormous price hikes. Right now the mainstream media is absolutely fixated on the drama surrounding the recently concluded Trump-Putin summit meeting, but the consequences of this trade war will ultimately be far more important for the lives of most ordinary Americans.

Jul 17 10:42

China May Boost Iranian Oil Purchases Once US Sanctions Step Into Force - Report

Washington's "comprehensive" package of sanctions against Tehran are expected to kick in this November, but officials say the main target, Iranian crude oil exports, will likely simply be diverted from one group of buyers to another.

A senior US energy official has told The Wall Street Journal that Washington expects China to buy up much of the oil others won't due to the threat of US sanctions. Beijing, according to the official, will likely make the purchases through the same bank it used during the previous rounds of sanctions to get around US penalties.

This includes the Bank of Kunlun Co, Ltd, a bank affiliated with the China National Petroleum Corp with limited exposure to the global financial system. The US has threatened to sanction "everybody, including China" if they purchase Iranian oil once sanctions step into effect.

Worker repairs a part of a unit of the Tehran oil refinery, in Tehran, Iran. (File)
© AP PHOTO / VAHID SALEMI

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US apparently has done, as a fall out from the withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is to drive Iran, Russia, and China ever closer together, economically, geopolitically, and militarily.

Why does the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, seem to always infect US foreign policy with such "magical thinking", as to cause things like this to happen?!?

And it is neither a product of purely Democratic, or purely Republican administrations; this critical fault lies in all of them.

Jul 17 08:50

Army Starts Testing "Ironman-Like" Exoskeleton For Future Hybrid Wars

As discussed previously, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, drafted a new strategy for how soldiers will operate, fight, and campaign successfully across multiple domains—space, cyberspace, air, land, maritime—against all enemies (Russia and China) in the 2025-2040 timeframe.

Warrior Maven has confirmed that the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict, and in doing so, testing and prototyping self-generating “Ironman-like” soldier exoskeletons. These “breakthrough” suits are designed to transform the combat mission by supporting soldier movements, generating electricity, powering weapons systems and substantially lowering the weight burden of what soldiers carry on the modern battlefield.

The technologies [exoskeleton suits] we are developing can produce electricity, which can be stored and used to power batteries. This increases the longevity of a mission, decreases the need for resupply and reduces the logistics trail,” Sharps explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict" !?!?!?

Dear Lord, if any country on the planet needs a Department of Peace, it is the unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and right the heck now!!!!

Jul 17 08:45

US "Super Spy" Program May Explain Mysterious Diplomat Brain Injuries

Over the past two years there have been increasing reports of supposed “sonic injuries” among US diplomats. First in Cuba and more recently in China. Controversial implications are that the US officials may have been maliciously targeted by a “sonic weapon” in host countries. However, a more likely explanation is that the alleged victims are the result of US attempts to create “super spies”.

Some 250 US diplomats in China are reportedly undergoing neurological medical tests to ascertain if they have succumbed to the same kind of brain trauma diagnosed in other colleagues. A study of 21 diplomats evacuated from Cuba found last year that they had incurred brain injuries, but, it was diagnosed, not from physical impact to their heads.

Some factors so far missing from the subject need to be addressed.

First, it seems strange that the mysterious brain injuries are only reported by US diplomats. No other country has reported similar incidents among their diplomatic staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This certainly seems to be an "Occam's razor" approach to the problems presented here, and make far more sense than any of the outrageous charges presented against both Cuba and China.

Jul 16 17:47

China's £1.7bn raid for British tech talent... as another UK chip firm falls into Beijing hands

China has spent a record £1.8billion in six months buying British companies and technology as it plots to develop its own digital giants.

Companies backed by the Beijing government have launched an assault on chip makers and digital firms since the start of the year.

Yesterday another UK firm was about to fall into Chinese hands with chip- maker Telit targeted for its technology which provides cars with software that recognises road lanes and parking assistance.

The deal will see it sold for £80million to TUS International, a company controlled by a Beijing university.

Overall nearly £17billion of takeover deals were announced by Chinese companies in Europe in the first half of 2018, according to a study by law firm Baker McKenzie and research group Rhodium Group.

Jul 16 12:10

Beijing Sends Spy Ship To Monitor Rimpac Wargames After Being Disinvited

A Chinese spy ship is currently monitoring the US-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) war games off the waters of Hawaii after Beijing was disinvited from the event, according to USNI News. The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) spy vessel was first spotted near the event on July 11, though it has not entered the territorial waters of the United States.

Jul 16 11:56

Donald Trump calls EU, Russia, China 'foes' ahead of summit with Vladimir Putin

The US president listed the EU, China and Russia as economic "foes" in an interview. He also said he has a "big problem" with Germany over its contributions to NATO as well as its pipeline deal with Russia.

Jul 15 09:12

CHINA takes control of GOLD from the COMEX 

The correlation between Gold and the USD/CNY exchange rate has become clear recently. I first cited the idea of Gold being pegged in yuan terms in February, based on the increasingly narrow range in the Gold/yuan (or “XAU/CNY”) exchange rate. I emphasized this, given what it means for Gold in that USD/CNY becomes a primary driver of the price of Gold in dollars. Now it’s mainstream, thanks to the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, and China’s response in devaluing the yuan by ~8% in 3 months.

In addition, Jim Rickards pointed out his belief last week that Gold is pegged against the IMF’s currency, the Special Drawing Rights (or “SDR”), and that China and the IMF are coordinating to keep the SDR within a range of 850-950 against Gold.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF China is now directly involved in pricing gold, then the US has already lost the economic war before these various dueling sanctions start to bite, and big-time.

Jul 12 10:20

Consumption is America’s Achilles’ heel in a trade war

US household budgets are so stretched that relatively small price increases cause a reduction in spending. That already is clear from consumer response to rising oil prices.

If the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese and other imports turn into noticeable price increases, consumer spending could crumple in a matter of months, and US economic growth could fall to close to zero from an estimated 2.8% to 4% for the second quarter.

Jul 12 10:00

Here's How China Can Crush US Tech Firms If Trade War Escalates

President Trump rattled stocks on Wednesday after the Commerce Department rolled out its list of Chinese products, representing $200 billion in imports, that could soon face 10% tariffs Tuesday night - the latest sign that the escalating trade war between the US and its largest economic rival is still heating up. And, echoing recent comments from Morgan Stanley, on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg pointed out that China could soon opt to "trip up" US tech firms operating in the region, something that MS analysts say could have serious repercussions for US equities which have yet to be adequately priced in by the market, and which earned the tech sector a downgrade to underweight.

Jul 12 09:57

Trade War Becomes "Tech War" As Trump Cracks Down On China's Rare Earth Metals

While a closer read of the 200+ page schedule released last night by the Trump administration that listed all the exports captured by the $200BN in new proposed Chinese tariffs revealed some oddities such as badger hair, bovine semen, frog legs, flamethrowers, fetal bovine serum and blood, one product group stood out: rare-earths, an esoteric collection of minerals with strange names (Dysporsium, Europium, Neodymium, Lanthanum and Yttrium), which all have niche, high-tech applications and a history of scarcity. They’re used in everything from cell phones to hybrid vehicles to wind turbines and military hardware, which as Bloomberg writes suggests that the trade war is starting to hit its stride as a tech war.

But more importantly to the trade - or now tech war - is that China is effectively the only producer in size of these critical components that keep America's high tech industry running.

Jul 12 09:17

China Prepares To Dominate South Pacific With Week Of Electronic Warfare Drills

While the Trump administration unveiling another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion - for which China's Commerce Ministry is planning "countermeasures," Beijing quietly began conducting military drills at five bases for electronic warfare, cybersecurity, reconnaissance and tactical strikes at five training bases, reports the South China Morning Post.

Jul 12 09:16

Pepe Escobar: China's Silky Charming Of Arabia

President Xi Jinping has promised more than $23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing ramps up ties with the Middle East; this includes aid for Palestine; Beijing foresees importing a whopping $8 trillion from Arab states up to 2025

Jul 12 08:40

Chinese Refiner Stops U.S. Oil Imports, Turns To Iranian Crude

An independent Chinese refiner has suspended crude oil purchases from the United States and has now turned to Iran as one of its sources of crude, media reports, citing an official from the refiner, Dongming Petrochemical Group.

What’s more, the source said that Beijing is planning to slap tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports and replace them with West African and Middle Eastern crude, including crude from Iran. China has already said that it will not comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran and it seems to be the only country for now in a position to do this.

U.S. crude oil exports to China reached 400,000 bpd at the beginning of this month, but now Beijing is planning to impose a 25-percent tariff on these as part of its retaliation for Trump’s latest round of tariffs on US$34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The retaliation began with tariffs on 545 U.S. goods worth another US$34 billion, but, Reuters reports, the oil tariffs will be announced at a later date.

Jul 12 07:02

Oldest Tools Outside Africa Found, Rewriting Human Story

Modern humans' distant relatives left Africa earlier than previously thought—rewriting a key chapter in humankind's epic prequel, according to a discovery unveiled on Wednesday in Nature.

Nearly a hundred stone tools found at the Shangchen site in central China may push back the spread of our ancient cousins—hominins—out of Africa by more than a quarter million years.

The toolmakers lived at Shangchen on and off for 800,000 years between 2.1 and 1.3 million years ago, leaving behind tools that are unprecedented outside of Africa. The site's oldest tools are roughly 300,000 years older than Dmanisi, a 1.8-million-year-old site in the Republic of Georgia with the oldest known fossils of our extinct cousin Homo erectus.

Jul 11 12:52

Heads of Russian, Iranian, Chinese, Pakistani intelligence services discuss IS threat

Heads of intelligence services of Russia, Iran, China, and Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss the measures against the threat of aggregation of the Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, Sergei Ivanov, the chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's press bureau told TASS. The Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, represented Russia. "The discussions focused on the dangers arising from a buildup of the Islamic State on the Afghan territory," Ivanov said. "The conference reached understanding of the importance of coordinated steps to prevent the trickling of IS terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan where from they would pose risks for neighboring countries," he said.

Jul 11 12:28

Russia, China to add lunar projects to joint space cooperation program

The program of Russian-Chinese cooperation in outer space for 2018-2022 will be supplemented with projects related to the Moon’s exploration, the press office of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos said on Wednesday. This decision was made at a session of the joint working group of the two countries on cooperation in outer space, Roscosmos said. "During the session, the Russian and Chinese sides discussed the implementation of bilateral cooperation in outer space for 2018-2022, as a result of which a joint decision was made to supplement this cooperation program with the projects related to the study and exploration of the Moon," Roscosmos said. "The sides also discussed the results of the work of the sub-groups in the sphere of the Earth’s remote sensing, space debris and in the area of the space-related electronic components base whose sessions had been held earlier in Moscow. The sub-groups were set up to develop cooperation under the program of interaction.

Jul 11 11:36

The China Slowdown

Jul 11 09:00

BEX ALERT - It’s clear China is behind North Korea’s latest flip

Confused by North Korea’s sudden hard line? Look to China for answers.

Last week Pyongyang reverted to taunts, calling Mike Pompeo’s trip there “regrettable,” saying America has a “gangster-like mindset” and denying the secretary of state a meeting with Dear Leader, who apparently was obliged to inspect a potato farm instead.

Why? As Sen. Lindsey Graham told “Fox News Sunday,” “I see China’s hands all over this,” adding, “There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the Chinese pulling the North Koreans back.”

President Trump tweeted Monday his “confidence” that “Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed, even more importantly, our handshake.” (No contract, of course, was signed at the end of last month’s Singapore handshaking session.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Trump is going to blame China when the Korea deal falls apart.

Jul 11 08:05

Contesting America? China pumps reconstruction money into Middle East amid US trade war

China has promised a massive package of loans and aid to Middle Eastern nations, while US influence in the region is seemingly fading. Analysts discussed with RT whether Beijing has more in its sights than just economic interests.

Xi, speaking at a meeting with Arab League nation representatives in Beijing, heralded an "oil and gas plus" plan to pour Chinese money into the Middle East. It will include $20bn in loans for projects in countries with reconstruction needs.

Apart from that, China will give $90 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to war-torn Syria, Yemen, Jordan, and Lebanon, and $15 million to Palestine.

Jul 10 14:51

US Equity Futures Tumble As US Readies $200 Billion China Tariff List

Just when you thought it was safe to BTFTrade War Dip, a headline hits to remind you that President Trump is anything but done with China.

Bloomberg reports that President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

"The list could be released as soon as Tuesday, and likely this week", according to Bloomberg sources. The publication of the list starts a weeks-long process that includes a public-comment period and hearings.

The potential unveiling comes as Trump is stil considering imposing duties on another $16 billion in Chinese goods, following a public hearing later this month. China, of course, as vowed to retaliate tit-for-tat and dollar-for-dollar to all future US tariffs.

The immediate result: Dow futures plunge 200 points in the blink of an eye.

Jul 10 09:23

Trump Confident North Korea Will ‘Honor the Contract’ to Denuclearize

President Donald Trump said Monday that he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “honor the contract” the two leaders signed last month in Singapore, while suggesting that China was “exerting negative pressure” on the agreement amid its trade fight with the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if the Korea deal falls apart, China gets the blame.

Jul 10 08:33

China makes serious preparations for hot war with USA

The Chinese government, together with the Chinese army, has developed a strategy to counter the supremacy of the United States. Japanese news agency Kyodo News published an internal document, the provisions of which will give China an opportunity to "outrun" the weakening supremacist state. The document also provides for an opportunity to settle the conflict and win the war with the US. According to this document, risks of a military confrontation between the United States and China are expected to grow dramatically. In a nutshell, not only does Beijing intend to defend China - the PRC wants to challenge the US domination at sea to win control over sea trade routes. Kyodo News and the Japan Times said with reference to the document that China is preparing to expand its military presence and influence far from its borders.

Jul 10 06:18

COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA: Soften Criticism Of Trump, Beijing Orders State Media

Beijing orders state media to soften criticism of Donald Trump as the US and China tone down their trade war rhetoric

Jul 10 02:41

For centuries, some Buddhist monks followed self-mummification, which meant a rigorous diet followed by lying in a tomb, ringing a bell each day they were still alive

As Buddhism spread across Asian countries over the past centuries, various forms of Buddhist schools and teachings emerged as the religion came into contact with many local cultures. Some Buddhist monks observed that all life is sacred, and their school taught followers to move around the temple with the utmost caution, that they should not even by accident squash an ant or any other tiny insect. Other schools and teachings have, however, adopted fairly bizarre beliefs and practices, like learning how to self-mummify in order to achieve an advanced level of enlightenment. This did not produce your typical mummy such as those embalmed in ancient Egypt.

Jul 09 14:41

POSSIBLE ANTI-CHINA BEX - Chinese Millionaires Fleeing to United States

As the Yuan continues to slide downward towards it's worst month ever, more than a third of Chinese millionaires are looking to the United States for a stable place to live and invest their money.
These results came from a study by the Huran Research Institute, an English based Chinese research firm along with the Visas Consulting Group, an immigration advisory group. They surveyed 400 Chinese citizens with an average net worth of $4.5 million.

Webmaster addition: Trying to suck more money out of China?

Jul 09 12:41

Experts Warn Of Chaos For The U.S. Economy As China Declares That “The Biggest Trade War In Economic History” Has Begun

Nothing is going to be the same after this. On Friday, the United States hit China with 34 billion dollars in tariffs, and China immediately responded with similar tariffs. If it stopped there, this trade war between the United States and China would not be catastrophic for the global economy. But it isn’t going to stop there. Donald Trump is already talking about hitting China with an additional 500 billion dollars in tariffs, which would essentially cover pretty much everything that China exports to the U.S. in a typical year. The Chinese have accused Trump of starting “the biggest trade war in economic history”, and they are pledging to fight for as long as it takes.

Jul 09 09:55

China Threatened By "Vicious Circle Of Panic Selling" From Marketwide Margin Call

Two weeks ago, when commenting on the PBOC's latest required reserve ratio cut, we pointed out that one of the more prominent risks facing the Chinese stock market, and potentially explaining why the Shanghai Composite simply can't catch a bid during the recent rout, is the risk of a wave of margin calls resulting in forced selling of stocks pledged as collateral for loans.

The pledging of shares as loan collateral - a practice that has gotten increasingly more popular over the years - has been especially prevalent among smaller companies as we observed in February and initially, last June. Unlike in the U.S., where institutional shareholders are a big market presence, private Chinese firms are often controlled by a major shareholders, who often own more than half of company. These big stakes are the most convenient tool for such big shareholders to raise their own funds.

Jul 09 09:54

Chinese "Laser AK-47" Field Test Video Seeks To Silence Skeptics

To convince skeptics and naysayers the Chinese company that was the focus of international headlines after unveiling its “laser AK-47” that it claimed can set fire to a target from nearly a kilometer away has released a video of the weapon being tested as proof of its capability.

As we highlighted, among the first to call bullshit on the claims published in a South China Morning Post report detailing the ZKZM-500 produced by the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences was a US military and veteran website.

After all, the original report touted the weapon could "burn through clothes in a split second… If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire. The pain will be beyond endurance," according to a Chinese weapons expert cited.

Jul 09 09:46

BEX ALERT - ‘Their hands are all over it’: China behind N. Korea’s condemnation of US talks, Sen. Graham says

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has accused Beijing of being behind Pyongyang’s condemnation of recent talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while making bizarre threats to North Korea’s leadership.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Graham said: "I see China's hands all over this," adding that there is "no doubt" in his mind that China is "pulling the North Koreans back."

Graham cited the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing as the possible motivation. "We're in a fight with China."

Jul 09 09:23

Chinese Refiner Halts US Oil Purchases, May Use Iran Oil Instead

With the US and China contemplating their next moves in what is now officially a trade war, a parallel narrative is developing in the world of energy where Asian oil refiners are racing to secure crude supplies in anticipation of an escalating trade war between the US and China, even as Trump demands all US allies cut Iran oil exports to zero by November 4 following sanctions aimed at shutting the country out of oil markets.

Concerned that the situation will deteriorate before it gets better, Asian refiners are moving swiftly to secure supplies with South Korea leading the way. Under pressure from Washington, Seoul has already halted all orders of Iranian oil, according to sources, even as it braces from spillover effects from the U.S.-China tit-for-tat on trade.

Jul 09 09:18

Chinese Production Of Banned Chemical Blamed For Ozone-Depleting Emissions

Illegal Chinese production of a banned crude oil-derived chemical used for cheap home insulation is thought to be the main source of rising emissions of gas that is damaging the ozone layer, according to environmental group Environmental Investigation Agency.

Two months ago, scientists published a study in the scientific journal Nature, according to which there has been an unexpected and persistent increase in global emissions of the ozone-depleting trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11) substance that has been banned since 2010.

The thing that baffled scientists was that after a constant drop in the atmospheric CFC-11 concentrations between 2002 and 2012, the rate of decline has slowed down by around 50 percent since 2012, suggesting unreported new production.

Jul 08 18:42

Chinese Refiner Halts US Oil Purchases, May Use Iran Oil Instead

"We expect the Chinese government to impose tariffs on (U.S.) crude. We will switch to either Middle East or West African supplies."

Jul 08 08:11

US warships sail through Taiwan Strait for first time in a year as China tariffs kick in

Two US destroyers, the USS Mustin and the USS Benfold, have passed through the narrow waterway separating mainland China from Taiwan. The maneuvers come as an unravelling trade spat ramps up tension between Washington and Beijing.

The US warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday and were still in the waterway as of Saturday night, Taiwan's defense ministry reported.

Jul 08 06:13

Book Review - Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning by Andrei Martyanov

The fact that the US is facing a profound crisis, possibly the worst one in its history, is accepted by most observers, except maybe the most delusional ones.

When speaking of this crisis, most people will mention the deindustrialization, the drop in real income, the lack of well-paid jobs, healthcare, crime, immigration, pollution, education, and a myriad of other contributing factors. But of all the aspects of the “American dream”, the single most resilient one has been the myth of the US military as “the finest fighting force in history”.

Americans have no experience of real warfare (that is warfare in defense of their own land, family and friends) at all. For Americans warfare is killing the other guy in his own country, preferably from afar or above, while making a ton of money in the process. For Russians, warfare is simply about surviving at any and all cost. The difference couldn’t be greater.

Jul 07 11:16

City wall discovered that’s 1,000 years older than Rome, lost civilization found in China

Chinese archaeologists had always believed that Chinese culture slowly expanded from a point along the Yellow River. This belief was put into question when two massive sacrificial pits were discovered during a dig near the quiet Chinese village of Sanxingdui, which is situated in the Sichuan province of China. The discovery of these pits has turned the archaeological world on its head.

In 1929, a farmer digging a new well discovered a stash of jade relics, which led Chinese archaeologists to excavate the area around the village. Nothing came of these explorations until 1986, when two enormous sacrificial pits were found. Uncovered from the pits were thousands of pottery, jade, bronze, and gold artifacts that were not seen elsewhere in China before.

Jul 07 10:54

Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of "Thucydides Trap" With US, "War Is Unavoidable"

A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China's military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to "manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war" and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. -Express

“As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe,” read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to "escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with China, by the US, at this point, could well be devastatingly horrific for this country; and I say that, because the US military, at this point in its existence, doesn't have the troop strength, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And the question which must be asked is, knowing how greatly China has improved its weaponry and ocean and air military capabilities against those of the US, why has this been allowed to happen by subsequent administrations, and put our military development in these areas behind the proverbial 8 ball?!?

Jul 07 10:46

No Gold Ever Leaves China ... They Are Hoarding It and Russia Is Buying It

- U.S. China trade war escalates as Russia stockpiles gold on the Keiser Report
- Trump's erratic and risky trade policies pose a risk to dollar as reserve currency
- China, Russia "getting cosier" with Silk Road and increasing economic cooperation
- China and Russia "want to do business outside of the dollar" and "dollar will finally reach its comeuppance"
- "No gold ever leaves China ... they are hoarding it and Russia is buying it"
- Makes sense to be "accumulating lots of gold"

In this final episode of the Keiser Report from Paris, France, Max and Stacy discuss if a genuine trade war has erupted between China and the U.S. and look at nations, including Russia, stockpiling gold and also cover our recent market update (June 21): Russia Buys 600,000 oz Of Gold In May After Dumping Half Of US Treasuries In April.

Jul 07 10:06

BEX? Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of "Thucydides Trap" With US, "War Is Unavoidable"

A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China's military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to "manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war" and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. -Express

“As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe,” read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to "escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".

Jul 07 09:06

EFFORTS TO SAVE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL BRING RUSSIA AND CHINA CLOSER TO EUROPE

The remaining parties to the P5+1 nuclear deal, China, Russia, Germany, France, and Britain are all trying to save the pact since the pullout of the US. Whether they’ll be able to do so remains to be seen, but the joint effort is bringing the nations all closer together.

A Friday meeting in Vienna centered on saving the deal, and also provided opportunities for top-ranking diplomats from the various nations to hold closed-door, sideline talks. With the US having withdrawn itself from the deal, discussions on the deal are effectively now bringing everyone else in line and facing the US opposition to the deal as a mutual problem.

The nations are not only in agreement about the need to save the deal but seem to be heading in a direction which Iranian FM Javad Zarif called “practical,” in their united opposition to the US pullout from the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, yes, one of the "brilliant" unintended consequences of President Trump backing out of the P5+1 deal, to appease Sheldon Adelson and Benyamin Netanyahu; the world is coming closer together to save the Iran deal!

Bravo, Mr. President, for your unending idiocy, and this listening to really bad advice, on the issue of Iran.

And if you haven's seen this (and I would sincerely doubt that anyone in your cabinet would have referred this to you), please check out the following video:

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Irana,available on the subscription channel of Nat Geo.

Jul 06 12:49

"It's Going To Get Ugly"

In a column published early this morning - shortly after the US's first round of tariffs on imported Chinese goods took effect - Reuters' Breakingviews columnist Christopher Beddor declared that the trade war between China and the US will be "fought in the trenches, and it's going to get ugly." And while exporters might be the first to feel the squeeze, the trade tensions will likely dampen investment and impede China's efforts to reform its economy. It also "marks a moment of mourning" for investors who had hoped that "the two largest economies could work things out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really concerns me here, is how quickly trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

And unfortunately, just because any decision the US goverment could make, could be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US government could do, is utterly no guranatee tht it will not make such a decision.

I hope and pray that people in both Beijing and DC come to their collective senses, and handle these complex economic issues with both reason, and cooperation.

A war against China right now, with the US military not having the weaponry; the manufacturing; the money; or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war, could well be catastrophic to America's interests.

Jul 06 11:18

WHY SOYBEANS ARE AT THE HEART OF THE U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR

China’s newly imposed tariffs against U.S. soybeans herald a major trade shift for a crop that’s soared to prominence in recent decades.

Jul 06 10:50

Trump's $500 Billion Trade Threat Makes China's Already Battered Investors Shiver

Shanghai: Six months of wrangling over trade tariffs with the United States has wiped out about a fifth of China's stock market value and driven its currency down sharply. But those moves may have just been a down-payment on what is yet to come.

Shanghai's benchmark share index is down roughly 22 percent since January when U.S. President Donald Trump's first trade tariffs on solar panels were announced. It has fallen 9 percent since June 19, when Trump outlined his plans to tax a lot more Chinese imports than he initially proposed.

Tariffs on the first batch of $34 billion worth of Chinese imports kicked in on Friday. Beijing said it had no choice but to respond in kind by taking a similar amount of U.S. goods coming into China. U.S. tariffs on another $16 billion of Chinese goods are due to go into effect in two weeks, Trump said on Thursday.

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