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Jun 27 07:48

Russia’s Pivot to Asia: From Tashkent to Beijing

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

Jun 26 09:36

China’s powerful new rocket makes a successful debut launch

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

Jun 25 09:05

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

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

Jun 23 10:41

Washington Warns Beijing Over South China Sea ‘Provocations’

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

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

Jun 23 07:53

View competition objectively: China tells Merkel and EU

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 23 06:55

China's Reserves & the Flight of Money

Jun 22 19:05

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

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Jun 22 14:32

Scariest Bridge on The Planet

Jun 22 11:32

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

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

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

Jun 22 09:54

Iran becomes the seventh full member of the Shanghai Organization

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

Jun 21 13:35

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 21 10:43

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:16

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:05

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

Jun 20 15:00

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

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

Jun 20 14:10

China creates flight propaganda machine

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

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

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

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

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

Jun 20 09:45

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

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

Jun 19 08:41

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure China noticed!

Jun 18 10:55

Chinese Investors Flock to St Petersburg Forum Despite Sanctions

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Dumping them.

As reported on 15 June 2016 at bloomberg.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, you could!!

Jun 17 09:48

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 17 08:26

China Is Arming Its Fishing Fleet

Jun 17 07:50

Russia wants Hyperloop for super-fast transport in Far East, seeks Chinese funds

The Hyperloop was first proposed in 2013 by US billionaire Elon Musk as an up-to-date open-sourced concept. Based on long-standing, but previously unviable ideas, the system would transport people and goods in capsules through a global network of pneumatic tubes at speeds up to 1280 kilometers per hour (800 mph). In May, Russian Railways said it was considering using a Hyperloop for transporting freight.

Jun 16 11:10

US Claims Warship Followed by Chinese Vessel From South China Sea

Conducting provocative military drills in the Western Pacific, the USS John C. Stennis has claimed it has been shadowed by a Chinese intelligence vessel, allegations denied by Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In international waters, China has as much right to be there as the US. And China certainly has justification for keeping an eye on the US, given the US' recent provocations.

Jun 16 09:38

First Treasuries, Now China Is Also Liquidating US Stocks

As it turns out, China wasn't selling only Treasurys. According to a Bloomberg analysis when peeking deeper at the TIC data, while China’s sales of Treasuries have slowed, its holdings of U.S. equities are now showing steep declines as Beijing proceeds to liquidate a substantial portion of its US equities: China's stash of American stocks sank about $126 billion, or 38%, from the end of July through March, to just $201 billion. That far outpaces selling by investors globally in that period.

Jun 15 12:39

U.S. Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China

The U.S. Navy's Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China.

Jun 15 01:23

Chinese Strategic Oil Reserves Almost Full

Jun 14 13:59

China Now Has A Flying Propaganda Machine

The Chinese military has a new warplane with an unusual purpose: to beam propaganda and disinformation into hostile territory.

In that way, the new, four-engine Y-8GX7 psychological operations plane—also known by its Chinese name, Gaoxin-7—is analogous to the U.S. Air Force’s EC-130J, which it says “conducts military information support operations and civil affairs broadcasts in F.M. radio, television and military communications bands.”

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 13 13:51

Billionaire George Soros Preparing For Economic Collapse: “Trading Moves Big and Bearish”

Is there really a great collapse coming, and a more permanent shift to Americans and westerners becoming more like serfs?

Why is George Soros selling stocks, buying gold and making “a series of big, bearish investments”? If things stay relatively stable like they are right now, these moves will likely cost George Soros a tremendous amount of money. But if a major financial crisis is imminent, he stands to make obscene returns. So does George Soros know something that the rest of us do not?

[...] Mr. Soros also argues that there remains a good chance the European Union will collapse under the weight of the migration crisis, continuing challenges in Greece and a potential exit by the United Kingdom from the EU.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jun 13 07:03

It’s Official: China Confirms It Has Begun Liquidating T-Bonds

It begins!

Submitted by Tyler Durden:

On Tuesday evening, we asked what would happen if emerging markets joined China in dumping US Treasurys. For months we’ve documented the PBoC’s liquidation of its vast stack of US paper. Back in July for instance, we noted that China had dumped a record $143 billion in US Treasurys in three months via Belgium, leaving Goldman speechless for once.

We followed all of this up this week by noting that thanks to the new FX regime (which, in theory anyway, should have required less intervention), China has likely sold somewhere on the order of $100 billion in US Treasurys in the past two weeks alone in open FX ops to steady the yuan. Put simply, as part of China’s devaluation and subsequent attempts to contain said devaluation, China has been purging an epic amount of Treasurys.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 11 09:35

The US Is Preparing to Oust Bolivian President Evo Morales to Break the Country's Economic Ties to China

US intelligence agencies have ramped up their operations intended to remove Bolivian President Evo Morales from office. All options are on the table, including assassination. Barack Obama, who sees the weakening of Latin America’s “hostile bloc of populist states” as one of his administration’s foreign-policy victories, intends to buoy this success before stepping down.

Washington also feels under the gun in Bolivia because of China’s successful expansion in the country. Morales is steadily strengthening his financial, economic, trade, and military relationship with Beijing. Chinese businesses in La Paz are thriving – making investments and loans and taking part in projects to secure a key position for Bolivia in the modernization of the continent’s transportation industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is expanding in Bolivia (and elsewhere) because they have products to sell that people want to buy.

Jun 09 12:34

‘All China’s assets in the US might be annulled‘, warns ex-BoE chief, urging countries to diversify

Washington may be forced to renege on its huge debt to Beijing under catastrophic circumstances, says the former head of the Bank of England Mervyn King. He suggests governments could mitigate risk by diversifying their assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those eeeeevil Chinese MADE us do it!" -- Official White Horse Souce

Jun 09 07:17

US-Japan Sign Historic Defense Cooperation Deal to Counter China’s Reach

The deal that Tokyo has long resisted threatens to intensify regional tensions and may come at a big cost to American workers and the US military-industrial complex.

Jun 08 15:29

Beijing calls on Washington to halt spy flights over East China Sea

Beijing has called on Washington to halt its surveillance flights over the East China Sea after Chinese jets intercepted a US flight in the region.

Jun 08 09:13

Chinese fighter makes 'unsafe' intercept of US plane over East China Sea

Second high-speed encounter within weeks takes place as Washington warns Beijing against setting up air defence zone over disputed Asia-Pacific waters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same US Government that declares no-fly zones all over the world!

Jun 08 04:06

China does not recognize arbitration case on South China Sea

China does not recognize the arbitration case in The Hague brought by the Philippines on the South China Sea and insists on resolving territorial disputes exclusively by negotiations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "China does not accept any measures of resolving issues connected with establishing borders on land or on sea, which are forced upon it, as well as any appeals to the third party to settle these problems. China will continue to firmly insist on resolving relevant disputes with the Philippines on the South China Sea by negotiations. China is the main force ensuring peace and stability in the South China Sea... The decision of the Philippines to unilaterally initiate an arbitration case goes against the bilateral agreement on resolving disputes by negotiations and violated the provisions of the UN Conventions on the Law of the Sea".

Jun 07 08:29

SECRET CHINESE DARK MONEY IN CLINTON FOUNDATION

Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer updates the FBI’s investigation of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the China connection to the Clinton Foundation scam.

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Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 14:39

What If The U.S. Dismantled China’s Internet Firewall?

China’s domestic Internet censorship, sometimes called the Great Firewall of China, is considered the most comprehensive web screening established by a state anywhere in the world. Is there any chance it can be taken down? Yes, but under less-than-ideal circumstances. In the National Interest, National Interest, Chen Pokong imagines a scenario in which the United States has removed China’s Internet screen.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 06 12:22

US Concerned Over Intercepts of Planes 'Violating Russia, China’s Security'

Washington has recently increased reconnaissance flights near Russia's and China's borders, while accusing Moscow and Beijing of intercepting US spy planes that are "violating their national security."

Last week Chinese military aircraft intercepted US reconnaissance planes near the island of Hainan and the upcoming conference on mechanisms of maritime military security on June 24-25 is thought to prove the "capabilities of military channel as well as good relations between Washington and Beijing."

China Confirms Intercepting US Reconnaissance Plane Over South China Sea
However, on May 22, US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle in an interview with USA Today newspaper criticized the increasing "aggressiveness" of Russian and Chinese combat aircraft intercepting US military planes.

He added that the concerns are caused by attempts by Moscow and Beijing to expand their influence in Eastern Europe and the Pacific region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple; the US government wants war with Russia and China, to prevent the rise of their currencies and economies, and distract Americans from a disastrous, and soon crashing, economy (except for the 1 percenters).

So far, neither the Russian or Chinese government have given the US the actual kind of aggressive response which can be used as a pretext which could possibly be used to generate a declaration of war, but that is what the US government is betting on, with its continuous "picador" tactics.

And NATO's aggression toward Russia is well documented, further encircling Russia through inviting Montenegro to become a NATO member.

a map tells the story

And as reported at globalresearch.ca on 3 June 2016:

Montenegro This tiny country is being sucked into NATO against the wishes of the majority, and it’s already produced a sizeable amount of domestic instability as a result. Interestingly enough, the conditions inside Montenegro might give way to a form of Hybrid Warfare, albeit not one that’s conducive to American foreign policy goals and which would be entirely organic if it occurs. Aside from the previously discussed interests that the US has in Montenegro, its geostrategic territory is envisioned to host a part of the long-cherished Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline, a prospective project to link the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP, supplied by Azeri gas) northwards to Croatia and help Zagreb become a sizeable energy hub in conjunction with its planned (but ultra-expensive) LNG terminal in Krk island. From an American perspective, NATO absolutely must occupy Montenegro in order to perpetually guarantee the pipeline’s viability, and any legitimate opposition against its proxy Djukanovic cannot be tolerated since it’s unknown whether his democratically elected replacement will want the project or not. For these reasons, NATO is bunkering down behind Djukanovic and supporting the violence that he’s unleashed against the protesters. Their calculation is that a non-NATO, non-Djukanovic Montenegro would be an unreliable transit state, hence why it must be avoided at all costs.

Right now, the Russians and Chinese are circling the proverbial wagons, by getting closer, economically, politically, and militarily (courtesy of US sanctions, by the way.)

This would be a lousy time for the US government to be looking at a war against either or both countries, because the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

I would, therefore, very strongly caution the US leadership, and NATO, to be very careful about what they wish for; the results could be both horrific...and irreversible.

Jun 06 11:58

The end of the Chinese miracle - FT

Jun 06 09:44

US Military Wants India To Counter China’s Rise

The US military is reaching out to India for possible cooperation on counterbalancing China’s rise as a maritime power.

According to Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, Washington is looking to garner more support from India and other regional players to continue the so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

Jun 06 07:29

South China Sea

Rumors of war – this time in the South China Sea. Washington appears – step by step – to be moving away from a policy of engagement with Beijing to one of confrontation. This is a policy approach counterproductive for all involved.

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Jun 04 07:59

FLASHBACK - Clinton: Russia and China will ‘pay price’ for supporting Assad

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 42 people, who are serving time in the U.S. for drug-related offenses. According to reports, 18 of these were originally sentenced to life imprisonment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A vote for Hillary is a vote for WW3!

Jun 03 11:52

China Aviation Drill Challenges Military Pilots In Heavy Tasks

Drill in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, aims to conduct live fire exercise in special missions, including specific circumstances of mountains, night battle and long-distance shooting.

Jun 03 01:52

China Is The Biggest Short...Ever

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Jun 02 15:04

U.S. Starts Huge Trade War With China

Jun 02 08:27

'Carter’s visit suggests US preparing for war with China'

An American political analyst says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s going over to the Southeast Asia region suggests that the United States is gearing up for war with China.

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Jun 01 12:10

China Prepares to Send Nuclear Submarines into Pacific Ocean

While the timing is uncertain, the move ups the ante in an intensifying nuclear arms race between the US and China that heightens the risk of war. Since coming to office, the Obama administration has engaged in a military build-up and strengthening of alliances throughout Asia in preparation for war with China. It has committed more than $1 trillion over 30 years to the upgrading and expansion of the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.

Jun 01 12:10

Beijing May Declare Security Zone in South China Sea

So-called Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) imposition by any country involves protecting its national security interests.

Foreign aircraft entering it without authorization may be intercepted, ordered out, or forced down if refuse. In the case of the South China Sea, vessels could be interdicted for entering protected waters without permission.

US-generated tensions risk escalating dangerously. A previous article indicated China intends deploying nuclear-armed subs in Pacific Ocean waters for the first time – to counter America’s growing threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US always supports Israel when it declares a "security zone" that steals Palestinian lands, so they can hardly object now. (They will, anyway.)

Jun 01 07:54

ANOTHER CHEMICAL PLANT GOES UP IN FLAMES IN CHINA

A chemical plant in central China’s Hubei Province caught fire . The local environmental department said that the air pollution is controlled at a relatively safe level. No casualties have been reported so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are too many of these happening. This is starting to look like a covert sabotage operation.

Jun 01 07:10

This Could Soon Lead to the Collapse of the U.S. Dollar

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

“Read my lips: no new taxes.”

"We were not trading arms for hostages.”

Politicians are professional liars. They do it every day. And they usually do it without any consequences.

I’d bet that Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, who told the three lies quoted above, didn’t think twice about them.

But the lies would all come back to haunt and humble them.

May 29 08:57

As Our Past Wars Are Glorified This Memorial Day Weekend, Give Some Thought To Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III

The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions by the West, by American interference in the Russian province of Chechnya and in former Russian provinces of Ukraine and Georgia, and by the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war. http://thesaker.is/how-russia-is-preparing-for-wwiii/

Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.

May 27 09:43

10 Deadliest Foods In China Tainted By Plastic, Pesticides, And Cancerous Chemicals

By Jeff Sanchez

As the old adage goes, ‘”you are what you eat.” But once you find out how deadly your regular meals can be in China, that old adage gets a completely new meaning all of a sudden.

Yes, China managed to turn some of our harmless foods into a frightening test of one’s fortitude. And you won’t believe your eyes once you find out what these 10 deadliest foods in China are – starting with probably the most basic of them all – rice...

May 27 08:52

Beijing Tells America to Leave South China Sea After Intercepting Spy Plane

On Thursday, China’s defense ministry asserted that it acted within the rules of engagement after American officials criticized Beijing for a "provocative” and “unsafe" intercept of a US surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea last week.

A Pentagon spokesperson alleged that two Chinese fighter jets undertook an illegal intercept of an American spy plane during "a routine US patrol" over international airspace, heightening the risk of military miscalculation in the hotly contested region. The Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of the US EP-3 aircraft, just east of Hainan Island.

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujan took exception to the recounting of events, telling a monthly news briefing that the Chinese fighter pilots acted professionally and in line with international rules.

May 25 15:27

Giant Sinkhole Swallows Four Cars In China

A shocking video has emerged from China, where a sinkhole swallowed four parked cars 3 meters into the ground.

May 25 13:33

Urban Warfare: China City Combat Drills In Full Swing

China Armed Force Command Academy carried out a 12-day military drills for this year’s graduates to test students’ capacity in city combat.

May 25 09:47

Currency War Resumes - China Devalues Yuan To 5-Year Lows

After a brief hiatus from the ongoing currency wars, China fired another salvo at The Fed tonight by devaluing the Yuan fix to 6.5693 - its weakest against the USD since March 2011. After eight days higher in a row for The USD Index, it seems PBOC has turned its currency liberalization plan off, stabilizing the broad Renminbi basket (which has been steadily devalued) and turning its attention to devaluing against the USD. Having unleashed turmoil in August (pre-Sept FOMC) and January (post Dec rate-hike), it appears the rising rate-hike probabilities jawboned by The Fed are decidedly disagreeable to "authoritative persons" in China.

May 24 10:21

US Simulating Attacks To See How China, Russia React, Analyst Says

Washington’s concerns over “a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” as put recently by a top air force general, indicate that the US is losing more ground in areas where Beijing and Moscow exert an influence, an analyst says.

May 24 08:44

OBAMA LIFTS ARMS EMBARGO TO THE “POLICE STATE” OF VIETNAM

Don’t let anyone tell you Barack Obama’s a lame duck. Our CEO of war was recently spotted in Southeast Asia spreading around some of that famous peace and democracy.

Vice News reports:

US President Barack Obama announced on Monday that Washington would fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, despite human rights organizations describing it as “among the world’s most repressive regimes.”

The decision to lift the arms trade ban, which followed intense debate within the Obama administration, suggested that US concerns about China’s assertiveness outweighed arguments that Vietnam had not done enough to improve its human rights record and that Washington would lose leverage for reforms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unrelenting state of siege against human and political rights by the Vietnamese government against its own people means absolutely nothing to President Obama, or the people around him; this is all about the money the US military/industrial complex will make off of the coming weapons sales to Vietnam.

May 24 08:28

China Quietly Prepares Golden Alternative to Dollar System

China, as current chair of the G-20 group of nations, called on France to organize a very special conference in Paris. The fact such a conference would even take place in an OECD country is a sign of how weakened the hegemony of the US-dominated Dollar System has become.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 24 08:11

Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs. “Russia and China stand between Washington and Washington’s Goal of Hegemony over the Entire World”

As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both political establishments enrich themselves by betraying the American people and serving only the interest of the One Percent. The American people are being driven into the ground purely for the sake of more mega-billions for a handful of super-rich people.

Neither political party is capable of doing anything whatsoever about it, and neither will.

May 23 16:21

China’s Digital Detox: A Life Reboot For Internet Gaming Addicts

China was the first country to recognize internet addiction as a clinical disorder.

May 23 13:29

US Wary Of 'Rising Threat' From Russian, Chinese Jets

Russian and Chinese warplanes have become one of the major concerns of US Air Force commanders, says one of the force’s top combat officers.

“Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” Air Force General Herbert Carlisle was quoted by the USA Today as saying on Sunday.

May 23 12:51

De-Petrodollar-ization Esclates - China Imports Record Amount Of Russian Oil In April

We have reported for years that Russia and China have been doing everything they can to displace the use (and influence) of the US dollar.

The US of course, either oblivious or too arrogant to care, has continued to bring Russia and China together by annoying both equally with its incessant meddling. Recall that recently both China and Russia have had to warn the US about its insistence on flying reconnaissance planes too close to their borders.

Of course, as the US has been playing geopolitical games, China and Russia have been working on strengthening their relationship with one another. At the end of 2015, China had become Russia's biggest oil customer, and as of April, Russian oil shipments to China hit a record high. Russia has also surpassed Saudi Arabia as the biggest crude exporter to China.

May 20 13:34

Another warning sign from China

May 20 11:37

China says it's ready if US 'stirs up any conflict' in South China Sea

China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms.

Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNBC is apparently totally ignorant of history. At the end of WW2 there was a treaty, the Cairo Convention, that formally stripped Japan of the islands it had conquered in WW2 and gave them back to China.

The United States signed that treaty, and is in violation of that treaty trying to push China off those islands!

May 20 08:30

China’s blunt warning to America: ‘We’re ready for repeat of Korean War or Vietnam if U.S. military stirs up any conflict in South China Sea’

Liu Zhenmin, a vice minister in China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: 'The Chinese people do not want to have war, so we will be opposed to U.S. if it stirs up any conflict.

'Of course, if the Korean War or Vietnam War are replayed, then we will have to defend ourselves.'

May 19 08:17

Citing Chinese Hostility, US May Overturn Arms Embargo With Vietnam

In an effort to counter China’s growing influence on the world stage, the US may soon open up arms deals with a former enemy. But the move could come at a price.

May 19 06:59

U.S. aircraft intercepted, South China Sea tensions rise again

Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, a further escalation of tensions in and around the contested waterway.

The incident took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol," a Pentagon statement said.

China's Foreign Ministry early Thursday called on the U.S. to stop close reconnaissance activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 19 04:56

US keeps pushing at Chinese boundaries

The Pentagon said on Wednesday that the incident took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the US maritime patrol aircraft carried out “a routine US patrol”.

China’s Foreign Ministry offered a different version of events Thursday, saying that the Chinese aircraft kept a safe distance from the US plane, which was flying close to China’s island province of Hainan.

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