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Nov 29 05:56

Iran, China, & Russia Gear Up For Unprecedented War Games In "Message To The World"

Just as Americans were gearing up for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday Iranian officials announced they will send a "message to the world" by holding unprecedented war games with partner forces Russia in China in the Indian Ocean.

Semi-official Mehr news agency cited Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Wedneday to reveal the "mass war drills" will held at some point next month or the "near future" in a historic first, and as the three unlikely allies find themselves facing ramped up Washington sanctions and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) President Trump, a word, please.

Have you noticed that your foreign policies appear to driving other countries very far away from the American sphere of influence, and into the spheres of influence of both Russia and China?!?

I have a very hard time, believing that such was the design intent of your foreign policies.

And sir, if this doesn't disturb you, I must confess, that the hairs on the back of my neck are attempting to breakdance, a very unusual situation for my hair, in learning of these exercises.

Nov 29 05:50

Here Are More US Tech Giants Propping Up China's Vast Surveillance State

A bombshell follow-up report to a major document leak which confirmed and detailed China's vast Uyghur Muslim Xinjiang prison network and system for monitoring communications and whereabouts has named names. Names that is, of US tech giants that are actually aiding and abetting China’s multibillion-dollar surveillance industry being used to impose a total electronic police state on the communist country. And it's not just Google and IBM, but a growing list of recognizable names.

"U.S. companies, including Seagate Technology PLC, Western Digital Corp. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., have nurtured, courted and profited from China’s surveillance industry," the scathing report begins. "Several have been involved since the industry’s infancy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is disturbing, but in American business practices, and in its "morality" money trumps every other moral issue and consequence.

Nov 29 05:46

A Failure Of Leadership In The Muslim World

Authored by James Durso via RealClearWorld.com,

Bad news about China’s persecution of the Uighurs has been coming thick and fast.

Azeem Ibrahim of the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute has pointed out that the acquiescence of Muslim-majority countries illustrates “’Muslim solidarity’ is a convenient and effective slogan to be thrown at domestic audiences” but, when push comes to a shove from China, you can “forget about the umma.”

This is a serious issue, not a provocation like Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. Why are leaders in the Islamic world refusing to take a stand?

Two reasons stand out immediately.

First, faith leaders in the Islamic world probably reckon it is futile to chastise the Communist Party of China for actions taken against a non-Han people practicing what the Party sees as an “illegal superstition”. China’s leader, President Xi Jinping, isn’t some Danish cartoonist -- there would be consequences for speaking out.

Nov 29 05:33

China Folds: For All Its Bluster, Beijing Does Nothing After Trump Signs HK Bill

Just a few hours after Trump called China's bluff on the Hong Kong bill, it appears the US president won the pot.

After launching a stern verbal protest overnight in which China's Foreign Ministry said that it would take strong countermeasures if the US continues to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy after Trump signed the Bill that supports HK protesters, adding that US attempts to interfere in HK are doomed to fail, Beijing has done nothing really, and instead left the door open for a trade deal with the U.S., confirming again that China needs the trade deal with the US just as much as Trump, if not more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the caveat, here, would be; China hasn't done anything YET; please remember, President Trump signed this into law last Wednesday; it is barely Friday morning, from where I sit, and Chinese leadership may have some concepts about timing what they are actually going to do, to get a better deal with US trade.

Nov 28 17:26

Top 10 Fastest Trains in the World 2019

Of course, trains can’t fly over oceans like airplanes. But that doesn’t mean trains can’t run as fast as planes. Fortunately, some trains in this modern world are as fast as planes.

Followings is the list of ten fastest trains in the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzv_wQBkSvM

Nov 28 08:15

China May Put US Lawmakers On "No-Entry List" In Retaliation For Hong Kong Bill

Global Times editor-in-chief and notorious twitter troll, Hu Xijin ,tweeted Thursday that China is considering adding those who drafted the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy Act into law on a no-entry list, banning them from traveling to China's mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, if true, that didn't take long; of course, President Trump has considered all the facts and potential repercussions of this act before he signed this legislation, right?!?

Right?!?

Because from where I sit, in the dead middle of Indiana, in signing this, he, and his administration, have demonstrated a catastrophic failure of imagination.

Nov 28 08:09

Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in ‘Message to the World’

Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.

The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war drills.

"When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation," Khanzadi was quoted as saying in remarks to Iran's state-controlled press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but what, please, makes these countries "rogue nations" ?!? Just not giving a darn about American diktats?!?

Apparently the Washington Free-Beacon has been "turned"; why else would they describe Khanzadi's remarks in "Iran's State controlled press", when the New York Times fulfills that requirement for the US government?!?

Pot...Kettle...Black; folks, let's get real here. Language has consequences.

Nov 28 06:20

ESCOBAR: THE ROAD TOWARD GREATER EURASIA

OURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR VIA THE SAKER BLOG
Kazakhstan’s first president has road map for 21st century: global alliance of leaders for nuclear-free world...

Photo: Asia Times

The Astana Club is one of the most crucial annual meetings in Eurasia, alongside the Boao forum in China and the Valdai discussions in Russia. China, Russia and Kazakhstan are all at the forefront of Eurasia integration. No wonder, then, that the 5th meeting of the Astana Club had to focus on Greater Eurasia – synonymous, it may be hoped, with a “new architecture of global cooperation.”

Astana Club congregates a fascinating mix of Eurasia-wide notables with Europeans and Americans. Virtually all relevant shades of the geopolitical spectrum are represented. Panels are very well structured (I moderated two of them). Discussions are frank and non-denial denials are heavily discouraged. Here is just a taste of what was discussed in Nur-Sultan, under the spectacular shallow dome designed by Norman Foster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to attend one of these meetings; people are talking about trade, peace, and stability in an exciting global experiment, whose time has come.

Rather than the rejection of the "Belt/Road" concept we see in the bowels of power in DC, the US should be embracing the idea; unfortunately, with an American which can no longer really compete, the main concept here is smash and burn, rather than try to create a cooperative environment, where peace and trade can actually flourish, on a global scale.

Looking at this article, I'm reminded of an article shared by Paul Craig Roberts, a gentleman for whom I have a very great amount of respect, a couple of years ago. It's title is rather terrifying, but I think the guy is telling the truth when he says: Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China The article goes on to say:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.

It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done."

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 28 04:57

TRUMP SIGNS HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS BILL, IGNORING CHINA’S WARNINGS

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law legislation that could bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong, brushing off multiple warnings by China against such a move.

“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House said in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president's constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”

The legislation has provoked a backlash from the Chinese government, which on Monday summoned US ambassador to China Terry Branstad to warn that Congress’ passage of the legislation last week constituted “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs and would result in “consequences”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please.

While my head and heart are with the protestors, I am compelled to politely suggest, that of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things you could have done here, this signing of this bill, gets the prize, at least so far, in the history of your Administration.

And, predictably, the blowback from China has already started. I think this piece from antiwar.com, pretty much says it all:

US’ Hong Kong democracy act slanders China to a level close to madness, Foreign Minister Wang Yi saysJust great, Mr. President, congrats!!

Sarcasm aside, sir, apparently, it doesn't matter to you how this lack of a reasonable trade bill has so horrifically impacted the farmers of this country, with many losing their farms in foreclosure, or losing their lives to suicide; these people have long memories, and are going to very much remember this in the 2020 election.

So what's up next in your "to do list", Mr. President, a shooting war with China?!? Because between this, and the US military's constant maneuvering in the South China Sea, this is precisely what you may well get; congratulations, sir, are demonstrating that you and your Administration are pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

And sir, just in case no one in your cabinet is capable of telling the truth, should we go to a shooting war with China, it looks like it needs to be me: we do not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to create a successful outcome to a conventional war with China.

And unless you are able to fix this with a wave of your hand, sir, (which I seriously doubt), such a war is going to put the people of this country into a world of hurt.

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Nov 27 11:45

A $20 Trillion Problem: More Than Half Of China's Banks Fail Central Bank Stress Test

In our latest look at the turmoil among China's small and medium banks, which included not only the recent bailouts and nationalizations of Baoshang Bank , Bank of Jinzhou, China's Heng Feng Bank, but also the two very troubling bank runs at China's Henan Yichuan Rural Commercial Bank at the start of the month, and then more recently at Yingkou Coastal Bank.

As we further explained, the reason why so many (for now) smaller Chinese banks have found themselves either getting bailed out or hit by bank runs, is that in a time when China's interbank/repo rates have surged amid growing counterparty concerns, increasingly more banks have been forced to rely almost entirely on deposits to fund themselves, forcing them to hike their deposit rates to keep their funding levels stable.

Nov 27 10:11

New report warns Chinese long-range anti-ship missiles outclass US radars

The next war the US will lose big and the American people will find out what war is like. We are in big trouble.

In naval warfare, awareness and range are key. Fleets are by their nature projections of power that contest a given area of the sea, and their commanders must be aware of everything that comes into and goes out of that zone.

A new report by the conservative Hudson Institute think tank warns the US Navy doesn’t have the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets to provide the information US fleet commanders need in today’s oceanic battlefields, much less in the expanded naval ops envisioned by the Trump administration.

Nov 26 15:35

China Earthquake Shakes Fish Out of Water

Fish in a Chinese pond freaked after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit.

Nov 25 10:33

China’s Yuan CRASH

Nov 25 10:24

Trump Must Understand a War With Iran Would Be Hell

Sixteen years ago, the George W. Bush administration manipulated intelligence to scare the public into backing an aggressive war against Iraq.

Now the Trump administration appears to be following the same well-worn path. The president has fixated on Iran, tearing up the nuclear accord with Tehran and declaring economic war on it—as well as anyone dealing with Iran. He is pushing America toward war even as he insists that he wants peace. How stupid does he believe we are?

Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands of wounded and maimed U.S. personnel, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and millions of Iraqis displaced. There was the sectarian conflict, destruction of the historic Christian community, the creation of Al Qaeda in Iraq—which morphed into the far deadlier Islamic State—and the enhanced influence of Iran. The prime question was how could so many supposedly smart people be so stupid?

Nov 25 10:14

Top US General Predicts ‘Likely’ Iranian Attacks

The impeachment of Trump didn't get serious until he refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown.

What a War Whore this individual is. An attack on Iran will be the beginning of the end for the US,military wise and economically. The dollar will be the first casualty. Oil prices will skyrocket and a worldwide depression and world war will ensue.

Months upon months of US military buildups in the Middle East, all around Iran, combined with near-constant threats to attack Iran outright have sure been raising regional tensions, but according to US Centcom commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, it is not believed to be deterring Iran.

Nov 25 06:24

Hong Kong elections: pro-democracy camp wins 17 out of 18 districts while city leader says she will reflect on the result

The anti-establishment reverberations from almost six months of street protests swept through polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday, as voters in record numbers roundly rejected pro-Beijing candidates in favour of pan-democrats.
The tsunami of disaffection among voters was clear across the board, as pan-democrats rode the wave to win big in poor and rich neighbourhoods, in both protest-prone and non-protest-afflicted districts and, in downtown areas as well as the suburbs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's President Xi is not going to like this one single bit, but until he decides to come crashing into Hong Kong with troops and tanks, there isn't one heck of a lot he can do to change this.

Nov 25 05:15

OPCW Accused of Manipulating Syrian Chemical Attack Report

WikiLeaks published an email sent by a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who accused the organization of manipulating their report on an alleged chemical attack that was said to have taken place in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7th 2018.

In response to the alleged attack, the US, UK, and France carried out airstrikes on the Syrian government on April 14th 2018. The author of the email was a member of a fact-finding team the OPCW sent to Douma to investigate the attack.

The author accuses the OPCW of selectively omitting certain facts. The email, dated June 22nd 2018, reads, "Many of the facts and observations outlined in the full version are inextricably interconnected and, by selectively omitting certain ones, an unintended bias has been introduced into the report, undermining its credibility."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by these revelations, and reminds me that of painfully accurate statement, "The first casualty of war is truth."

Nov 24 09:04

Is China’s “Clean Coal” A Lie?

Nov 24 07:25

CHINESE SPY ALLEGES BEIJING ORDERED OVERSEAS ASSASSINATIONS, INCLUDING IN AUSTRALIA

SOURCE: ABC AU
A man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years says Beijing has directed overseas assassinations, including on Australian soil.

Wang Liqiang is reported to be in an undisclosed Sydney location on a tourist visa
He has provided new information about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China, according to Nine Newspapers
He has also reportedly revealed information about spies from Beijing infiltrating the Hong Kong democracy movement, Taiwan's elections and involvement in Australian affairs
...

According to Nine Newspapers, Mr Wang has provided new details about the kidnapping of five booksellers who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders based in Hong Kong, starting in 2015, and their rendition to mainland China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these charges prove to be true, they are NOT a pretty picture of how China does business.

Nov 23 08:43

Trump says he may veto bill protecting human rights in Hong Kong to pave way for China trade deal

President Donald Trump suggested Friday that he might veto legislation designed to support anti-government protesters in Hong Kong -- despite its near-unanimous support in the House and Senate -- to pave the way for a trade deal with China.

Speaking on the “Fox & Friends” morning program, the president said that he was balancing competing priorities in the U.S.-China relationship.

“We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi [Jinping], he’s a friend of mine. He’s an incredible guy, but we have to stand . . . I’d like to see them work it out, OK?” the president said. “I stand with freedom, I stand with all of the things that I want to do, but we are also in the process of making one of the largest trade deals in history. And if we could do that, it would be great.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as my head and heart are with the Hong Kong protestors, I understand, logically, what Trump would be signaling with this veto, which is, he wants to get the deal done.

Can you imagine what would happen to a a "WhatReallyHappened.com"-equivalent website in China?!?

The webmasters would most probably get shot, and the bullets billed to their family members!!

Nov 23 06:25

FURIOUS CHINA SHADOWS TWO US WARSHIPS SAILING THROUGH DISPUTED WATERS, WARNS THEM TO LEAVE

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

China is again furious after the US sailed several warships through the heavily disputed waters in the South China Sea, military sources told Reuters. The move by the US has escalated tensions between both countries, already tense as the latest round of trade talks have fallen apart, and the signing of the phase one trade deal has likely been delayed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

The key to both great comic delivery, and statescraft, is timing; in this case, as was the case with the Senate passing a bill this last week which supported the Hong Kong protestors against the Chinese government, the timing could possibly have been worse, but I sure as hell cannot imagine how.

The horrific suffering of American farmers over China's not buying their crops, because of the trade debacle, which has been costing properties taken in foreclosures, and actual suicides among American farmers, cannot possibly be overstated.

China has furiously demanded of President Trump that he veto the Hong Kong bill; and while we most probably will have to wait to see if he actually does this, this legislation, coupled with a very angry Chinese government over this deployment of American war ships in the South China Sea, is not winning any friends in the Chinese government right now, and President Trump and his advisors are so moving in the wrong direction here.

Because when the timing of certain elements of statescraft appears to have gone "mammary glands vertical", you know that something is very wrong with Trump's approach to China, unless the whole thrust of these policies, collectively, is to goad China into going to war against the US.

And of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could be contemplating right now, a war with China is right up there among the most potentially insane possibilities being treated as a viable scenario.

Nov 22 15:08

Why The Hong Kong Riots Are Coming To An End

The Rioters were bought and paid for with American tax payer dollars. There was no legitimacy to these demonstrations. There was no cause they were fighting for.
Just more death and destruction and chaos created by the Empire of Chaos.

The U.S. sponsored riots in Hong Kong are mostly over. They were sustained much longer than we had expected.

Ten days ago the core of the black clad rioters began to paralyze Hong Kong's traffic during regular workdays. They ransacked nearly every metro stations and barricaded large thoroughfares and tunnels. Schools were closed, businesses and workers were severely harmed.

One 70 year old street cleaner was killed when he was hit by a stone thrown by the rioters against civilians who tried to remove a barricade. A 44 year old man was drenched with gasoline and set alight after he verbally disagreed with the rioter's ransacking of a metro station. A policeman was shot with an arrow.

Nov 22 09:44

U.S. RELATIONS WITH CHINA WERE JUST DESTROYED, AND NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
Our relationship with China just went from bad to worse, and most Americans don’t even realize that we just witnessed one of the most critical foreign policy decisions of this century. The U.S. Senate just unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019”, and the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger. Violent protests have been rocking Hong Kong for months, and the Chinese have repeatedly accused the United States of being behind the protests. Whether that is true or not, the U.S. Senate has openly sided with the protesters by passing this bill, and there is no turning back now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is no guarantee that it will not do just that; the passing of the bill, backing the Hong Kong protestors, through
the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019", passed by the US Senate, is just that kind of move.

And while my sympathies are completely with the protestors, to irk the Chinese government in this way, just at the same time in which the Trump administration is dealing with a very difficult, contentious, trade deal with China; please, where in Heaven's name does this help the demonstrators, unless the US Congress is ready to declare war against China, and "Liberate" Hong Kong?!??

And we have a companion piece, from aljazeera com, from one day ago, with the following headline: China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong: Beijing warns Washington of 'strong countermeasures' if Trump signs off on legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters.

What Congress has done here, in its partisan fury to further geopolitically crucify Trump, has been to put President Trump into a completely untenable position; if he signs the bill, it may well destroy any possible attempt to salvage negotiations on this trade deal, while he is still in office; if he vetoes the bill, he will be called out by the Dementocrats, as "an agent for Beijing".

One thing is unmistakably clear here, however; those who wrote, and passed this bill in the Senate, do not give a damn about how much people, particularly our farmers, are suffering from the absence of a working trade bill with China, and apparently are hell-bent on continuing this economic pain, until the next election; that, truly, is what this legislation is all about.

Nov 22 08:09

MADURO PLEDGES 30 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL TO BACK PETRO CRYTOCURRENCY

Venezuela will use some 30 million barrels of oil it has in storage as backing for its national cryptocurrency, the petro, Reuters reports, citing a speech by President Nicolas Maduro.

“I will deliver these 30 million of barrels as a liquid, physical, material backing for the petro,” Maduro said on Venezuelan television. “The inventories of crude and products in storage tanks are available for immediate commercialization ... to sustain and back the operations of the sovereign Venezuelan crypto-asset, the petro.”

Earlier this month, Maduro said the petro had more than 27,000 “affiliated businesses” already and the number was expected to increase twofold in the next few months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, President Trump; your policy toward Venezuela, have pushed it into an even more "tight" economic alliance with China and Russia than ever before, well done, sir!!

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please: your, and your Administration's policies toward Venezuela, have been damned near insane.

I would suggest to you, as bluntly as I can politely, that Venezuela is not most probably going to fall further than it already has, because China and Russia will support Maduros in any way they can, stepping in with food, medicine, etc., to keep the situation here for working people no worse than it already is.

And if the petro does succeed, perhaps way beyond Maduros' wildest expectations, you will find another, very solid currency with which the US dollar most probably cannot compete.

So now, what, sir?!?

To any casual observer of American foreign policy, its execution appears to be foreign policy by dart-board; and not all of the players are using the same dart-board, Mr. President; and THAT is where this country can get into one hell of a lot of problems, sir.

Nov 21 09:34

The Red Horse Is “At The Edge Of The Precipice” — China Threatens The U.S. With “Revenge” For Siding With The Hong Kong Protesters

A new “cold war” has officially begun, and it could potentially throw the entire world into a state of chaos. As you will see below, China is warning the U.S. to “rein in the horse at the edge of the precipice” as the conflict between our two nations threatens to spiral out of control.

On Thursday, the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s main newspaper, the People’s Daily, urged the United States to “rein in the horse at the edge of the precipice” and stop interfering in Hong Kong matters and China’s internal affairs.

“If the U.S. side obstinately clings to its course, the Chinese side will inevitably adopt forceful measures to take resolute revenge, and all consequences will be borne by the United States,” it said in a front-page editorial.

Nov 21 09:14

Commentary: Hong Kong bill will eventually bring disgrace to the US

The US has already become a disgraceful nation. It is a failed state on the way to 3rd world status and worse. And we have become a laughing stock.

The "performance art" action of the United States Senate passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is a joke.

The bill is cloaked in the rhetoric of "human rights" and "democracy". However, its purpose is to preach "democracy" for the rioters, defending their "right" to violence. It deprives the majority of Hong Kong residents of the right to live, express and work.

Due to violence, Hong Kong's economy experienced negative growth for the first time since 2009. The rioters and radicals paralyzed the city's traffic, set fire to facilities at universities, and caused the death of a 70-year-old street cleaner.

Nov 20 20:45

Forget OPEC: China Now Moves The Oil Markets

Nov 20 19:04

China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium

For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come intofocus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil.......

Nov 20 11:19

House and Senate Unanimously Support Destabilizing China

I think the Chinese are fed up with the US.

“If the US (continues its hostile actions), China will surely take effective measures to resolutely counteract and firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests.”

The unacceptable measure calls for annual reviews of Hong Kong’s special status. It challenges China’s “one country, two systems” status.

Congressional adoption supports CIA orchestrated violence and chaos in the city.

On Wednesday, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) said Beijing summoned the US embassy Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs William Klein, China’s Foreign Ministry saying:

Its ruling authorities “will take strong opposing measures, and the US has to bear all the consequences.”

Nov 20 11:12

China’s Grand Plan to Take Over the World

Nov 20 07:40

ANONYMOUS HACKS CHINA AS CHINESE MILITARY MOVES ON HONG KONG, STUDENTS TRAPPED AT POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

BY AARON KESEL
Anonymous has hacked into various Chinese websites and databases dumping files from government employee data to corporate data including user names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, passwords for databases, IP addresses and more. It is all a part of what the collective is calling #OpHongKong and they vow these actions will continue until Hongkongers’ demands are met and Hong Kong is free.

This writer spoke to OpHongKong via email who sent a tip that the decentralized hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has initiated “OpHongKong” no-holds-barred hacks against China for the escalation against Hong Kong protesters, holding students hostage at Polytechnic University; and for what China is doing to Muslim Uighurs in concentration camps, as well as its own people with its Orwellian facial recognition surveillance-state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the protestors didn't realize that this was coming, or what the outcome would most probably be, signaled an intense failure of imagination on their parts.

And for the Communist officials, at the end of the day, I would suggest that there is only so much repression a human being can handle, and if there is any more heaped against them, they will react aggressively, which appears to be happening here.

The big question, and one which may cause China's President Xi some sleepless nights, is, where do things go from here?!? How intensely will China punish this revolt's ringleaders? With a bullet to the brain, for which their families will be charged?!?

Because Hong Kong is Hong Kong, Xi may well not be able to "stage manage" the narrative quite as closely or cleanly as he would like; there will be a lot of media attention, specifically in terms of how the police were behaving, and Xi understands that.

But how this will continue to unfold, is anyone's guess, at the moment; the one think Xi dares not do, is to allow these demonstrations to get even further out of control.

Nov 19 13:02

Anonymous Hacks China As Chinese Military Moves On Hong Kong, Students Trapped at Polytechnic University

By Aaron Kesel

Anonymous has hacked into various Chinese websites and databases dumping files from government employee data to corporate data including user names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, passwords for databases, IP addresses and more. It is all a part of what the collective is calling #OpHongKong and they vow these actions will continue until Hongkongers’ demands are met and Hong Kong is free...

Nov 19 09:54

Globalist-Endorsed War on Cash May Be China's Next Terrifying Weapon

Recent protests in Hong Kong, along with the resulting fall out from international corporations questioned for their relationships with mainland China, has placed a renewed focus on the authoritarianism of the Chinese Communist Party. This has led to several articles identifying ways in which Western countries have learned from the CCP, including Europe's growing embrace of web censorship and growing interest in the social credit system rolled out in 2018. Given that it wasn't that long ago that it was common to see Western leaders and neoliberal commentators openly envy aspects of the Chinese political system, these concerns are certainly worth exploring. What should be of equal interest, however, is the ways China may be learning from the West.

The next arm weapon the CCP may plan to wield against its citizens is a War on Cash.

Nov 19 08:47

Irreconcilable Sino/US Differences

Major Sino/US differences have nothing to do with trade. They have everything to do with China’s growing political, economic, financial, and military might bipartisan US dark forces want undermined.

Both nations are rivals, not partners. Along with Russia, China’s growing prominence and might on the world stage conflicts with longstanding US aims to dominate other countries unchallenged — risking a potentially devastating clash of civilizations if its rage goes unchecked.

Nov 18 13:33

THE US-SPONSORED COUP THAT OUSTED EVO MORALES. BOLIVIA'S PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA IN LITHIUM PRODUCTION

Will Bolivia’s partnership with China in lithium mining come to an end with Morales’s overthrow? It is very likely. But the larger trend towards change in Latin America and the Caribbean in which Morales’s contribution was pivotal will continue. Opposition to the military backed coup in Bolivia is strong and sustained.

Nov 18 12:56

China Is About To Get Angry: US Senate To Vote Show Of Support For Hong Kong Protesters

As noted moments ago, futures ramped to new record highs rising above 3,100 following a quote from top Trump advisor Larry Kudlow, who has figured out that he gets most bang for the buck in juicing futures when liquidity is virtually nil, around 8pm or so, when he told reporters that Phase One of the China deal is "down to the short strokes", adding that "we are in communication with them every single day right now", and repeating that "a deal is close", even if "it’s not done yet."

Nov 18 12:52

Greece Is The Centrepiece Of China’s BRI In The Eastern Mediterranean

A 2018 Pew Survey found that 89% of Greeks found their culture to be superior to others, by far the highest amount of people in Europe where it reached as low as 26% in Sweden, 23% in Estonia and Belgium, and 20% in Spain. The Greeks are by far the oldest civilization on the European continent, giving them the moniker as the founders of Western civilization, and a slight arrogance at times over other Europeans.

However, it was this very ancient civilizational pride that Chinese President Xi Jinping capitalized on during his extremely productive visit to Greece this week where 16 agreements were made that firmly puts the Mediterranean country into the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Nov 18 12:50

NATO confronted by China's efforts to undermine its security — Pompeo

"So it’s a complex challenge with China, a challenge that has similarities to what — to challenges America has faced before from authoritarian regimes, but different in material respects as well. We’ve never had another nation that had five times as many people as we had and an economy that is the scale of what the Chinese had that is interconnected to our economy as ours is with China today," he added.

"It is absolutely the case that we have — the people of China are working to make their lives better, and what we’re confronting today is a challenge from the Chinese Communist Party, which has also changed even in the last handful of years and engaged in activity that is deeply inconsistent with not only what I think is best for the world or what America thinks is the best for the world, but inconsistent with what they have promised," he noted.

Nov 18 12:30

Kissinger: Coming Conflict Between US And China "Will Be Worse Than World Wars"

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warns that a catastrophic conflict between America and China that will be “worse than world wars” is inevitable unless the two sides sort out their differences.

Nov 18 12:27

China Slams US-UK "Blatant Interference" In HK As University Standoff Ends Violently

Beijing yet again slammed London and Washington for meddling in its domestic affairs after Western politicians and media have backed besieged university student protesters holed up at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University following the past days of violent clashes with police. The standoff has grabbed world headlines for its escalating violence, including students using bows & arrows, molotov cocktails, bricks and javelins against police, and after one officer was pierced through the leg with an arrow.

China’s ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming on Monday said “Some Western countries have publicly supported extreme violent offenders,” at a press conference at the Chinese embassy in London.

Nov 18 11:00

THE US-SPONSORED COUP THAT OUSTED EVO MORALES. BOLIVIA'S PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA IN LITHIUM PRODUCTION

Will Bolivia’s partnership with China in lithium mining come to an end with Morales’s overthrow? It is very likely. But the larger trend towards change in Latin America and the Caribbean in which Morales’s contribution was pivotal will continue. Opposition to the military backed coup in Bolivia is strong and sustained.

Nov 18 06:48

Here's The Real Reason Why Hong Kong Authorities Are Desperate To Regain Control Of University

The last few days have seen scenes of utter carnage appearing on social media round the world as Hong Kong authorities (with the 'generous support' of the PLA) have fought with students at various universities.

However, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was apparently the main focus of the police, and became a literal battleground.

Nov 18 06:44

Hong Kong police starts dispersing protesters outside university campus

Riots police began dispersing protesters in Hong Kong after several days of standoff near the Polytechnic University.

Nov 17 14:46

No playing around: US Army’s new card decks feature Russian, Chinese & Iranian weapons ‘to learn more about adversaries’

The Russian-made S-400 air defense system – the one that triggers US threats of sanctions for nations if they decide to buy it – can actually help an American soldier to win a battle... in a card game.
The S-400 [or SA-21 Growler in NATO nomenclature] is a joker in a new line of card decks for the US army, an all-mighty card of many faces capable of incinerating an enemy.

The second joker in the Russia-themed deck is the Iskander tactical missile system [SS-26 Stone in NATO nomenclature] with its 9M729 missile that was used by Washington as a pretext for quitting the INF Treaty, despite Russia’s assurances that it did not violate the agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This...does not bode well for peace in this world.

Nov 17 14:27

China Sails Carrier Strike Group Through Taiwan Straight After US Navy Transited Contested Waters

A Chinese aircraft carrier fleet has sailed through the highly contested waters in the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, just days after a US warship transited the region, reported Reuters.

China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 002, was accompanied by a strike group as it sailed through the waterway from the East China Sea into the strait on Sunday, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said in a statement.

Last Tuesday, the US Navy sent the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, on a "routine Taiwan Strait transit," the navy said.

As a result of Type 002 and its strike group transiting the strait, Taiwanese military authorities scrambled fighter jets to monitor the continuing situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; the last thing we need right now, is a shooting war with China over ANYTHING.

I do not know what the Pentagon Chain of Command is telling you about US capabilities right now, but we do not have the troop strength; we do not have the weaponry; we do not have the money; and we do not have the manufacturing to support a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

It is sincerely time to get the trade war sorted out, and figure out how the US can work in cooperation with China on a number of fronts, science and technology being a couple of great places with which to start.

A war with China, at this point in time, would be a really, officially horrible thing to contemplate.

Nov 17 14:15

This Is How The Chinese Are Evading Capital Controls And Secretly Getting Money Out Of The Country

Submitted by Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management

"The only way I know to get money out is to set up a Japanese company,” he whispered.

“That’s why so many Chinese nationals are in Japan. First of all, you can get a visa and permanent residency. Second of all, Japan and China don’t exchange tax information because they’re still bent out of shape about WWII. And thirdly, China’s police can’t come get you. Chinese billionaires don’t get ‘disappeared’ in Japan like they do in HK and NY,” he explained.

“That’s why they’re buying homes in Tokyo and Osaka."

"Despite capital controls, you can settle renminbi transactions in Yen,” he continued.

Nov 17 14:10

HK Police Given Green Light For 'Lethal Force' As Student 'Rioters' Use Fire Bombs, Arrows

update: The battle over student protester-occupied Polytechnic University grew more violent over the weekend and grabbed headlines Sunday after a police officer was wounded by an arrow and a riot control vehicle attempting to disperse what HK authorities have labelled 'rioters' was set aflame by dozens of Molotov cocktails.

Chinese state media has now labeled the student protesters "terrorists" and has urged police to deploy live fire given the students themselves are in possession of deadly weapons. After a night of mayhem into the early hours of Monday (local time), it appears a violent showdown is imminent, as Reuters reports police now consider 'live fire' an option:

Hong Kong police threatened on Monday (Nov 18) to use live bullets if “rioters” used lethal weapons and committed other acts of violence, after the latest flare up during five months of anti-government protests in the Chinese ruled city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was only a matter of time before the Chinese government greenlit "termination with extreme prejudice"; but what happens if this doesn't calm down/end the riots?!?

Nov 17 10:23

Hong Kong protesters hurl PETROL BOMBS at volunteers trying to clear roadblocks and shoot ARROWS at police

Demonstrators in Hong Kong attacked common citizens who attempted to free the roads from barricades amid a new round of clashes with police.

A fierce street battle erupted outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on Sunday, as protesters threw bricks at police, which responded with tear gas and water cannons. The officers were trying to remove the barricades erected by the demonstrators earlier this week, and urged them to stop placing metal spikes on the roads in hopes of piercing the police vehicles’ tires.

Nov 15 10:00

Struggling to keep its economy growing, the city of Ruzhou spent big, but is now asking its health care workers for cash to stay afloat.

Struggling to keep its economy growing, the city of Ruzhou spent big, but is now asking its health care workers for cash to stay afloat.

Ruzhou, a city of one million people in central China, urgently needed a new hospital, their bosses said. To pay for it, the administrators were asking health care workers for loans. If employees didn’t have the money, they were pointed to banks where they could borrow it and then turn it over to the hospital.

Ruzhou is a city with a borrowing problem — and an emblem of the trillions of dollars in debt threatening the Chinese economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seriously?!?

IF true, the Central Chinese government is doing a pretty lousy job of planning and spending.

Nov 15 09:53

Forget GDP: Here Is The Scariest Data From China

Yesterday, shortly before China's data deluge, we reported that a Beijing-based think tank became the first Chinese economic research institute linked to the government to predict that China’s economic growth rate will slow below 6.0% next year. Specifically, The National Institution for Finance and Development (NIFD) on Wednesday said that China’s economic growth rate will slow to 5.8% in 2020 from an estimated 6.1% this year, a number which is already quite ambitious, not to say artificially goalseeked.

“The economic slowdown is already a trend,” said former central bank adviser Li Yang, who heads the institute that is affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). “We must resort to deepened supply-side structural reform to change it or smooth the slowdown, rather than solely rely on monetary or fiscal stimulus.”

Nov 15 09:48

The Crazy Card Worth Carrying

Nov 14 12:41

President Xi Warns "Stopping The Storm And Restoring Order" In Hong Kong Is China's Top Priority

pdate 2: Pretty soon, all of the students working to transform their campuses into fortresses against the Hong Kong police might be facing an even more formidable foe: The People's Liberation Army.

Foreshadowing the possibility that the Hong Kong protest movement could end with a Tiananmen Square-like mass-casualty incident - at least that's what we gleaned from remarks made by President Xi at the BRIC leaders summit in Brasilia.

According to a post on Weibo (China's answer to Twitter), Xi told his fellow BRIC leaders that stabilizing Hong Kong had become a serious challenge, and warned that "stopping the storm and restoring order" is a "most urgent task".

Here's a translation of the Weibo post, describing Xi's remarks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the bigger question has to be, will a massive crackdown end the demonstrations?!?

I frankly, am not sure they will.

It appears that even though these demonstrators have been met with live fire; teargas, and worse, there appears to be a "toughening up moment" happening right now, when they just don't seem to care about the possibility that the crossfire could actually kill them.

And if this happens, what President Xi's troops of the Liberation Army may be able to accomplish, other than killing a lot of people, will be very limited in scope, in terms of ratcheting the violence down.

I wouldn't want to be in that man's shoes right now for anything; if his efforts fail, he will "lose face", both at home and abroad, and his vision for the Belt/Road project, may well vanish along with his Presidency.

He cannot be seen as having "made a bad move here", either by Hong Kong residents; Chinese citizens;, or the international community.

He knows, without any doubt, that any wrong read or judgement of the demonstrators, will have the 24/7 cable cycle grinding him up, and spitting him out.

Nov 14 07:44

Global Supply Chains Imploding As Quarter Of German Firms Plan To Leave China 

The Bussiness Confidence Survey 2019/20 published by the German Chamber of Commerce in China, in cooperation with KPMG in Germany, finds that almost a quarter of German companies operating in China are preparing to relocate production facilities.

The survey was conducted from late July through mid-September and had 526 member companies out of 2300 respond. Out of the 526 member companies, 23% of the respondents said their factories will be transferred out of China or are contemplating the move.

Among the German companies leaving or actively planning to leave China, about 71% blame increasing labor costs; 33% cited unfavorable policy environment; 25% said the US-China trade war, and 22% said market access barriers.

Nov 13 09:35

Shocking VIDEO shows Hong Kong mob savagely beating woman with metal rods

Xi needs to send the Army in and put an end to this US backed colored revolution.

A disturbing video shows a woman being surrounded and beaten by masked protesters in Hong Kong. The unsettling footage comes as authorities struggle to clamp down on worsening violence in the semi-autonomous city.

The assault was reportedly sparked by a political disagreement between the woman and a group of armed demonstrators. Video of the attack shows the woman trying to walk away, only to be thrown to the ground by one of the black-clad rioters. One of the men then uses what appears to be a metal rod to beat her over the head.

Nov 13 08:41

"Confidence Could Crumble": Global Markets Slide After Trump Threatens More China Tariffs, Hong Kong Tensions Soar

One day after Trump's long-awaited NY Economic Club speech proved to be a dud, with the president having nothing positive or "optimistic" to say about the China trade deal instead slamming the Fed again for not cutting rates to negative, the investing public today will focus on Fed Chair Powell's testimony in Congress in which he lays out his own take on things.

Until then, however, US futures and global stocks are a sea of red after Trump threatened to “substantially” increase tariffs if China failed to agree a trade deal and said there may also be tariffs to come for other countries “that mistreat us”, while European stocks followed Asia into the red following a subdued start, with Hong Kong tensions also denting sentiment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does have to wonder about the timing of these demonstrations, vis a vis the trade negotiations going on right now; as any great magician or comedian will tell you, timing...is everything.

We will never know how much the US, and other Western Countries, may be "applying pressure" through these protests. to get some concessions on Chinese trade; but the older I become, the less I believe in...coincidences.

Nov 13 08:35

"It's Now June 4, 1989" - Hong Kong Paralyzed For 3rd Day As Demonstrators Prepare For War

Violent protests continued in Hong Kong for a third day on Wednesday, crippling transport links and clogging roads, and prompting many major companies in the city, including HSBC and BNP Paribas, to instruct employees to stay home from work to avoid the risk of physical harm.

And in anticipation of more violence tomorrow,the Hong Kong Education Bureau has said that all kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and special education needs schools will cancel class on Thursday for safety reasons, according to an official statement. Most universities in Hong Kong have suspended classes until next week or converted them to online-only for the rest of the semester. And after the clashes from earlier this week, more than 80 mainland Chinese students have been evacuated for their own safety.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I abhor communism as a system, I have to feel just the tiniest bit of sympathy for China's President Xi.

Looking at these demonstrations, he has got to be asking himself right now, "if I get more horrifically oppressive with these people, will it actually stop these demonstrations?!?"

And that... is a tough one. My gut is telling me, is that it will not stop these demonstrations, but give the protestors more energy, compassion, and zeal for their cause.

He will be hounded and vilified by the West for dispatching these people "with extreme prejudice", and may well "lose face" with his colleagues both inside the Chinese government, and in other world capitals.

I absolutely would not want to be in his shoes right now.

Nov 12 07:14

Lavrov Exclusive: Russia and China Now Very Close to De Facto Military Alliance!

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