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Jul 12 07:38

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

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

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

Jul 11 08:18

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

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

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

Jul 10 21:35

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

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

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

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

Jul 10 15:55

Chinese Navy Holds Massive Combat Drills In Disputed South China Sea

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

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

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

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

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

Jul 10 09:53

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

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

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

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

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

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

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

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

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

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

Jul 08 10:29

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 08 07:19

The new British Foreign Policy

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

Jul 08 05:22

China: The Next Crisis - Kyle Bass

Jul 07 13:16

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

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

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

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

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

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

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

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

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

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

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

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

Jul 07 09:44

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

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

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

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

Jul 06 12:42

Russian Central Bank Starts Holding Yuan Foreign Currency Reserves

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

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Jul 05 11:06

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

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

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

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

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

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

Jul 05 10:57

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

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

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

Jul 04 12:44

George Soros Goes to War on China Economy

Jul 04 07:48

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

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

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

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

Jul 03 10:12

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

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

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

Jul 02 09:09

Taiwan accidentally launches missile toward China, kills fishing boat captain

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

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

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

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

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

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This is getting serious.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

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

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

Jul 01 09:23

US Ratchets Up Tension South China Sea

By Tony Cartalucci

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

Jul 01 04:56

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

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

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

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

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

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

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

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

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

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

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

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

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

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

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

Jun 29 14:17

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

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

Jun 29 09:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 28 15:52

How Russia, China are Creating Unified Eurasian Trade Space

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

Jun 27 07:48

Russia’s Pivot to Asia: From Tashkent to Beijing

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

Jun 26 09:36

China’s powerful new rocket makes a successful debut launch

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

Jun 25 09:05

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

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

Jun 23 10:41

Washington Warns Beijing Over South China Sea ‘Provocations’

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

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

Jun 23 07:53

View competition objectively: China tells Merkel and EU

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 23 06:55

China's Reserves & the Flight of Money

Jun 22 19:05

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

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

Jun 22 14:32

Scariest Bridge on The Planet

Jun 22 11:32

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

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

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

Jun 22 09:54

Iran becomes the seventh full member of the Shanghai Organization

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

Jun 21 13:35

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:16

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:05

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

Jun 20 15:00

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

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

Jun 20 14:10

China creates flight propaganda machine

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

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

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

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

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

Jun 20 09:45

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

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

Jun 19 08:41

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

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I am sure China noticed!

Jun 18 10:55

Chinese Investors Flock to St Petersburg Forum Despite Sanctions

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Dumping them.

As reported on 15 June 2016 at bloomberg.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, you could!!

Jun 17 09:48

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

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

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.

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