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Mar 03 08:31

Taipei Crows, Beijing Seethes as US Congress Passes Taiwan Friendship Bill

On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Act (TTA), a bill meant to improve relations between Washington and Taipei. The bill, which had already passed the House of Representatives, is meant to encourage US and Taiwanese leaders to make more visits to the opposite country and to increase business opportunities for Taiwanese economic representatives in the US. US President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

It was all love between the US and Taiwan on Twitter. The US State Department described Taiwan as "a vital partner, a democratic success story & a force for good in the world." Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the US, calling their alliance "a key pillar of peace & stability for the Indo-Pacific region."

Mar 03 07:48

At U.N., China delays U.S. bid to blacklist ships, companies over North Korea

China delayed a U.S. request for a United Nations Security Council committee to blacklist 33 ships, 27 shipping companies, and a Taiwan man for violating international sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illustrates what I have been saying about a disjointed US foreign policy. The US goads China in the South China Sea and then expects China to help the US with North Korea.

Didn't work out, did it?

Mar 02 08:14

China Prepares For New Cold War With Massive Military Buildup

As we have been documenting for quite some time, China has been not-so-quietly transforming itself into a serious threat to the West - beefing up its military to contend with the Washington's air, sea, space and cyber weapons capabilities, while scrapping constitutional term limits for President Xi Jinping.

Since 2000, China has built more submarines, destroyers, frigates and corvettes than Japan, South Korea and India combined. To put this further into perspective, the total tonnage of new warships and auxiliaries launched by China in the last four years alone is significantly greater than the total tonnage of the French navy. -IISS

Mar 02 08:10

China media warn of ‘hell’ if Trump signs Taiwan bill

Chinese state media have warned that China can go to war if US President Donald Trump signs into law a bill that seeks to improve ties between the United States and Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing considers subject to its sovereignty.

The US Senate unanimously passed the bill — the Taiwan Travel Act — on Wednesday. The proposed legislation, which only needs Trump’s signature to become law, would allow high-level Taiwanese officials to enter America “under respectful conditions” to meet with US officials, and American officials from all levels would be allowed to travel to the island to meet their Taiwanese counterparts.

China, which expects countries to adhere to the “Once China” policy of recognizing Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, has already voiced strong dissatisfaction with the bill.

On Friday, the official China Daily wrote in an editorial that the bill would only encourage Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to further assert the island’s sovereignty.

Mar 01 17:55

Apple Moves iCloud Data and Encryption Keys for Chinese Users to China

Apple has finally agreed to open a new Chinese data center next month to comply with the country's latest controversial data protection law.

Apple will now move the cryptographic keys of its Chinese iCloud users in data centers run by a state-owned company called Cloud Big Data Industrial Development Co, despite concerns from human rights activists.

Mar 01 16:31

Chinese Economy To Slow This Year

Feb 28 10:25

Funding Infrastructure: Why China Is Running Circles Around America

“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking of highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics, and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former advisor in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a January 29th article titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.”

Feb 28 09:06

China using big data to detain people before crime is committed: report

Barely seven months ago, a senior Chinese official promised that artificial intelligence could one day help authorities spot crime before it happens.

In the country's far western Xinjiang region, it's already happening, with the establishment of a system that critics call "Orwellian" in scope and ambition, and which is being used to place people in political re-education.

Called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, or IJOP, it assembles and parses data from facial-recognition cameras, WiFi internet sniffers, licence-plate cameras, police checkpoints, banking records and police reports made on mobile apps from home visits, a new report from Human Rights Watch finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask myself; is the Unhinged Surveilled State of America quite so far from using this kind of AI?!?

The short answer is, not really.

Feb 28 08:43

US Slams, China Praises Pakistan’s Counterterror Efforts

Relations between the US and Pakistan continue to fray over whether or not Pakistan is too soft on Islamic terrorist groups operating within their borders – while Pakistan’s “all weather friend” China continues to praise and defend their ally.

Feb 27 16:14

CHINA USING BIG DATA TO DETAIN PEOPLE BEFORE CRIME IS COMMITTED: REPORT

Barely seven months ago, a senior Chinese official promised that artificial intelligence could one day help authorities spot crime before it happens.

In the country's far western Xinjiang region, it's already happening, with the establishment of a system that critics call "Orwellian" in scope and ambition, and which is being used to place people in political re-education.

Called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, or IJOP, it assembles and parses data from facial-recognition cameras, WiFi internet sniffers, licence-plate cameras, police checkpoints, banking records and police reports made on mobile apps from home visits, a new report from Human Rights Watch finds.

Feb 27 11:42

Media Make Hay With USS Carl Vinson’s Routine Pass Through South China Sea

The American aircraft carrier the USS Carrier Carl Vinson has sailed into the South China Sea, an event made much of in local media, though the US insisted all was business as usual.

Although a report by the Daily Star entitled "US deploys nuclear warship strike force in major warning to China," which leads off with the explosive line, "US warships have sailed into disputed waters in defiance of China amid continuing tensions over the South China Sea," the truth may be far less exciting than the paper suggests.

Feb 27 11:22

South Korea Pushes for US, North Korea Talks; Trump Says ‘We’ll See’

Hoping to expand on diplomatic gains made surrounding the Winter Olympics, South Korea is pushing for the US and North Korea to both ease their stances a bit and get to the table for direct negotiations and quickly as possible.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in in particular said the US needs to lower its threshold for talks, citing long-standing US preconditions, while North Korea should make it clear they’re willing to discuss nuclear disarmament.

North Korean officials have broached the subject in the past, saying they would be willing to disarm their nuclear program if the deal ends the threat of US attack, which they believe they need a nuclear deterrent to preclude.

White House officials reiterated over the weekend that they would only talk if there was a guarantee that the talks would end in North Korea’s denuclearization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think that this was possible; but North Korea will not stand down from its position to remain a nuclear-armed country, as a deterrent to a US invasion, and the US government will not stand down from its position that it will not talk unless North Korea denuclearises.

So what we have here... is the potential for a catastrophe which may will impact the entire planet.

Expect China to join the fray on North Korea's side, should the US start this war; the best hope would be for China to remain neutral, if North Korea started an attack on any US assets, but were I a betting human being, I would not bet on that happening.

Feb 27 11:08

BRITAIN OFFICIALLY PREPARES NOW FOR WAR AGAINST RUSSIA

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org
On Wednesday, February 21st, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing its fundamental defence strategy from one that’s targeted against non-state terrorists (Al Qaeda, etc.), to one that’s targeted instead against three countries: Russia, China, and North Korea. He acknowledged that a massive increase in military spending will be needed for this, and that “savings” will have to be found in other areas of Government-spending, such as the health services, and in military spending against terrorism.

The headline in the London Times on February 22nd was “Russia ‘is a bigger threat to our security than terrorists’”. Their Defence Editor, Deborah Haynes. reported:

The threat to Britain from states such as Russia and North Korea is greater than that posed by terrorism, the defence secretary said yesterday, marking a significant shift in security policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman, and the entire government of the UK, gone collectively barking-dog mad, in this assessment?!?

Or, was it theirs to make in the first place, or a determination forced upon them by the current US administration?!?

With so much of their country already living in the abject misery of poverty because of the British government's austerity program, what will the future tooling up of their war machine, possibly coupled with conscription of Britain's youth, mean for Britain's future?!?

So I have a statement for Mr Williamson to ponder: Those who do not understand the past (Iraq) are doomed to repeat it (Russia, China, Korea).

Feb 27 10:03

CHINA DROWNS OUT CRITICS OF LIFETIME XI JINPING PRESIDENCY, AS ‘DISAGREE’ AMONG WORDS CENSORED ONLINE

China’s propaganda machine kicked into overdrive Tuesday to defend the Communist Party’s move to scrap term limits for President Xi Jinping as critics on social media again defied censorship attempts.

The country has shocked many observers by proposing a constitutional amendment to end the two-term limit for presidents, giving Xi a clear path to rule the world’s second largest economy for life.

The rubber-stamp National People’s Congress (NPC) is certain to endorse the move next week, meaning that Xi — already China’s most powerful leader in decades — can stay as president beyond 2023.

Li Datong, a former editor at the state-run China Youth Daily, posted a draft letter urging legislators to vote against the move — which would abolish term limits set in 1982 under Deng Xiaoping to prevent a return to the decades of chaos under Mao Zedong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're not quite there, in terms of media censorship here in the United State; however, Facebook and Twitter are working valliantly to bring this country down to the same state of media censorship as we find in present-day China on this, and many other issues, which they find "objectionalble", and not fitting to the deep state's narrative.

For example, where are Facebook's people talking about the US government and military colluding with Saudi Arabia in the commission of war crimes in Yemen and citing examples of these atrocities?!?

Were I a betting person, I would bet a whole, worthless US cent that such a topic is not discussed there; the only place, most generally, that you will find it is in the independent media.

I do not know about you, but I am very angry at having to stay a citizen of a country which commits war crimes with impunity (BECAUSE IT CAN!!), and unable to leave, because Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to be accepted for citizenship by a more civilized country which doesn't indulge in this kind of behaviour.

Feb 26 12:09

Why One War When We Can Have Two!

In Afghanistan, America’s longest war, President Donald Trump ordered a doubling of bombing against Taliban forces battling US occupation. Now, the US is running very low on bombs, guided munitions and even air-to-air missiles for some reason. Stores of munitions are being rushed from the US Pacific command to the Mideast.

At the same time, the US is fast running out of Muslim targets to bomb, now that the bogeyman ISIS has vanished into thin air and US air attacks in Syria are being minimized for fear of clashing with Russia. Iran still remains on the US potential hit list.

Which brings us back to General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis. He is quite right that so-called terrorists (that’s anyone who actively opposes the Lex Americana) pose no real life or death threat to the US mainland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Margolis is a gentleman with whose assessments of world events I generally agree; but I must politely disagree with his observation that "Both east and west are simply unready for a real war"

I would suggest that Russia and China are perhaps more ready for a real-world war than is the US, and here are the following reasons; The US Government does not conscript; Russia and China do.

The US government has had to lower its standards for its all-volunteer force. US Army now accepting more low quality recruits, giving waivers for marijuana use

Russia and China's weaponry design continues to blast past that of their American contemporaries; we have seen the performance of Russian military equipment in Syria, and that has had the world beating a part to its door to purchase its military equipment.

The collective corporate culture of American weapons manufacturing companies demonstrates that they believe that they can offer equipment which doesn't work as advertised; can be delivered so late as to be obsolete by the time it gets introducec into the field; and that the American taxpayer can be goughed for huge markups on this equipment, and everything is just fine.

This all has to change, and abruptly, before the US military will truly be ready to fight a major war on one front, let alone two.

Feb 26 11:25

China Slams New "Unilateral" U.S. Sanctions On North Korea

China issued a stern rebuke of enhanced US sanctions on North Korea on Friday, saying the unilateral targeting of Chinese firms and individuals accused of supplying Pyongyang with prohibited cargo risks harming international cooperation on the problem.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm jurisdiction' on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. "We have lodged stern representations with the US side over this, urging it to immediately stop such wrongdoings so as not to undermine bilateral cooperation on the relevant area."

Feb 26 11:20

US sanctions, economic warfare against China: Analyst

An analyst believes US sanctions on Chinese companies over having ties with North Korea are a form of “economic warfare” against China.

“This may be seen as sanctions in the Western press, all over the British newspapers for example … but it is not. It is a form of warfare and economic warfare nowadays is becoming much more important in many ways than actually fighting on the ground. So this is a very clear signal to Beijing that Washington is trying now to impose policy on Beijing,” Tony Gosling told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

The US has engineered some unprecedented and crippling international sanctions on North Korea since July when Pyongyang intensified its tests of long-range missiles and nuclear bombs.

Feb 26 09:46

China Bullies Our Companies Because It Can

Lamenting the erosion of democracy and freedom of expression is not enough. It is time to show some backbone.

(*and bring the manufacturing jobs back here!)

Feb 26 09:44

China: New US sanctions threaten cooperation over North Korea

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

Feb 26 09:20

China wants US to abandon new North Korea sanctions

Unilateral' US sanctions threaten to undermine cooperation efforts over North Korea, China's foreign ministry says.

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

"The Chinese government has been comprehensively and strictly implementing the Security Council resolutions on the DPRK and fulfilling its international obligations, and never allows any Chinese citizen or company to engage in activities in violation of the Security Council resolutions."

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Feb 24 11:54

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

Israel has now had a taste of President Putin’s ‘stick’: Your air superiority in the North has just been punctured by the Syrian air defences. You, Israel, will lose it completely were our Russian S400s air defences to be enabled: ‘Think it over’.

Last week saw the first ‘game changer’ that almost plunged the region into war: the downing of one of Israel’s most sophisticated aircraft – an F16i by Syrian air defense.

As Ronen Bergman wrote in the New York Times: “Israel will no longer be able to act in Syria without limitations”; and secondly, “if anyone was not yet aware of it, Russia is the dominant power in the region”.

Feb 24 11:02

How China Could Freeze The US Military

Trump said:

I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We are now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen. And President Xi was enjoying it. And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded. What do you do? And we made a determination to do it. So the missiles were on the way. And I said: ‘Mr. President, let me explain something to you… we’ve just launched 59 missiles… heading toward Syria and I want you to know that.’

When asked how President Xi responded, Trump claimed: “He paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again.”

The timing of the attack was meant to intimidate Xi and send China a message.

You see, China and Syria are allies. The Chinese give Assad’s government diplomatic, military, and economic support. China has also used its veto power at the UN several times to support Syria.

Feb 23 16:24

State Chinese Paper Encourages U.S. To Restrict Guns To “Protect Human Rights”

By Aaron Kesel

In light of the recent Florida shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and injured 14, the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times has encouraged the U.S. government in a propaganda piece to “genuinely protect human rights” by restricting guns to its citizens like China does...

Feb 23 12:26

mORE DRONES HEADED TO SOUTH KOREA

Recent reports by South Korean news media claim that the US will deploy attack drones to the Korean Peninsula in the next few months.

Twelve attack drones that can target North Korean leaders and military targets will be deployed in March or April, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported this week.

According to the report, a hangar has already been constructed for the Gray Eagle drones. In addition, support facilities and personnel have reportedly already arrived at the US air base at Kunsan on the west coast.

The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle is an unmanned aircraft system developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the US Army. The Gray Eagle, which has an 18-yard wingspan, can conduct various missions including attack, reconnaissance, surveillance and infiltration. Its 248-mile range gives it enough reach to cover most of North Korean territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, North Korea is still in play as a target for US military action against it later this year.

If the US takes offensive action right after the games, China will be forced to support North Korea militarily.

Feb 23 11:33

Western Dragon: Chinese Air Force Deploy Advanced Fighters to Indian Border

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has boosted their high altitude capacities along their southwestern borders, sending more top-of-the-line jet fighters to parts of China that border rival state India.

Early in February, PLAAF published photos of Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon multirole fighters and Shenyang J-11 (a modification of the famous Soviet Sukhoi Su-27) air superiority fighters participating in combat training exercises in western China.

Feb 23 10:56

Beijing To New York In 2 Hours: Chinese Researchers Reveal Hypersonic Plane

The era of hypersonic tech has arrived. Unbeknownst too many, a race for hypersonic aircraft and weapons has flourished among global superpowers (China, Russia, and the United States), who realize that the first to possess these technologies will revolutionize their civilian and military programs.

In Beijing's bid for the first place, Chinese researchers have revealed a novel design for an ultra-fast plane they say will be able to take dozens of people and tonnes of cargo - "anything from flowers to bombs, and likewise, passengers could be tourists or military special forces" - from Beijing to New York in about two hours.

Feb 21 09:24

U.S., Japan, India, and Australia Join Forces Against China’s ‘Belt and Road’

The Australian Financial Review reported on Sunday that Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are considering an alliance to counter China’s growing influence—in particular, the huge “Belt and Road” trade project undertaken by China.

China’s project, variously known as “One Belt, One Road” and the “New Silk Road,” aims to recreate the legendary trade route across the Near and Far East that endured until the 15th century. The project is a source of enormous influence for China because it involves spending vast sums of money on infrastructure, offering loans to smaller nations along the route, and promising great economic benefits.

Information traffic is a major element of the 21st century incarnation of the Silk Road as well, which raises concerns about both Chinese ideological influence and Chinese censorship of the Internet.

Feb 21 05:30

Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears – Pepe Escobar

So, let Cold War 2.0 dissolve into what it should always have been – an empty shell.

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.

Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show – a direct connection to the “Russiagate” soap opera in Washington.

Feb 20 11:28

The Hypocrisy of The New York Times: America is a Surveillance State

By Derrick Broze

In early February The New York Times ran a piece titled “What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State.” The article focuses on the increasingly totalitarian surveillance methods employed by the Chinese Community Party against the indigenous Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang. However, the Times' piece does not make a single mention of the growing surveillance state currently being installed across the United States...

Feb 19 11:56

Goofy Indictments Divert Attention from Criminal Abuses at the FBI and DOJ

All of these suspects will go uninvestigated, unindicted, and unpunished just like the perpetrators of the Iraq War, just like the perpetrators of the Financial Meltdown, and just like the perpetrators of all the major crimes against the American people.

The evidence that the FBI and DOJ “improperly obtained” FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet “trolls” who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of “hacking or collusion”.

Feb 19 10:55

Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China

The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.

In an excoriating assessment of China’s increasingly muscular posture in the region, Harry Harris said Beijing’s “intent is crystal clear” to dominate the South China Sea and that its military might could soon rival American power “across almost every domain”.

Harris, soon to retire as the head of US Pacific Command in Hawaii, told the House armed services committee, the US and its allies should be wary of Beijing’s military expansionism in the region, and condemned China’s foreign influence operations, predatory economic behaviour and coercion of regional neighbours.

“China’s intent is crystal clear. We ignore it at our peril,” he said. “I’m concerned China will now work to undermine the international rules-based order.”

Feb 19 10:47

Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

What role did Obama play? What about the Intelligence Community Assessment? Was it based on the contents of the Steele report? Will the “hand-picked” analysts who worked on the report vouch for its conclusions in or were they coached about what to write? How did Brennan persuade the reluctant Comey into opening a counterintelligence investigation on members in the Trump campaign when he knew it would be perceived as a partisan attempt to sabotage the elections by giving Hillary an edge?

Soon the investigative crosshairs will settle on Brennan. He’d better have the right answers.

Feb 18 11:10

Mueller: No Collusion Between Trump and Putin, But the Russia Card Is Bigger Than Ever

Sheer hypocrisy and crass dishonesty incarnate.

Now, a few days later—and thirteen indictments from one of Mueller’s grand juries, announced by the very same Rosenstein, specifically against more “Russian players” who reportedly “meddled” in the 2016 American elections, but without any connivance by the Trump campaign—and Rosenstein is feted as a veritable savior of the republic by those same commenters. Those Neocons who now selectively support the president and those bitterly anti-Russian Fox pundits (with the possible exception of Tucker Carlson) are absolutely giddy with delight! For too long, in their defense of President Trump against the charge of collusion, they had found themselves in the extremely uncomfortable situation (for them) of having to mount an attempt to exculpate the Russians, or at least lessen their culpability.

Feb 18 09:17

China's launch of 'petro-yuan' in two months sounds death knell for dollar's dominance

One of the world’s top energy importers, China, is set to roll out a yuan-denominated oil contract as early as this year. Analysts call the plan, announced by Beijing in September, a huge move against the dollar's global dominance.

The so-called petro-yuan is a “wake up call” for investors who haven’t paid attention to the Chinese plans, according to the head of Graticule Asset Management Asia Adam Levinson, as quoted by Bloomberg.

Feb 17 20:21

Giant boar 'Pigzilla' caught rummaging through trash dumpsters in Hong Kong - TomoNews

HONG KONG — A giant wild boar was recently seen dumpster diving in a garbage bin close to a school in Hong Kong.

Feb 17 10:41

China Yuan Crude Oil Market Opens March 26! Will China Destroy the PETRODOLLAR?

Is the Petrodollar really being threatened by the Yuan crude exchange? Perhaps not right away but as the years go on?

Feb 17 10:25

State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

The nominee for a key State Department Asia policymaking post confirmed Thursday the State Department took part in preventing the FBI from arresting Chinese intelligence officials for conducting illegal activities in New York recently, but asserted she did not take part in the decision.

Susan Thornton, a career foreign service officer widely viewed among Republicans as favoring conciliatory policies toward China, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that if confirmed, her policies toward China at State would closely resemble the soft-line policies of the Obama administration.

Thornton, currently acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs was nominated for the key China post by Trump in December.

While acting secretary, she has taken positions toward China that sought to avoid upsetting relations with Beijing, according to administration officials who have taken part in interagency discussions with her.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, please; no more holdover Clintonisas or Obamists!!

They are simply going to never listen to you on foreign policy, and simply pursue their own goals, to the complete detriment of your agendas.

Feb 17 10:03

US Pacific Command Admiral ready for war with China, but hopes it won’t happen

“China’s ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions,” Harris continued.

“At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must,” he remarked. “I’m hopeful that it won’t come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that.”

However, Harris’ rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra’s interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, let's see...

USS Fitzgerald, under the command of an inexperienced and poorly trained bridge crew, rams a commercial ship.

USS John S. McCain, under the command of an inexperienced and poorly trained bridge crew, rams a commercial ship.

60 Admirals are caught up in the "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal.

An executive officer was caught walking around drunk and naked, and he and two officers who tried to cover it up were fired.

The Independence class littoral combat ship has severe corrosion problems.

The Freedom class littoral combat ship has drive train problems.

Both of these classes of littoral combat ships are to be dropped and replaced because the modular arming system cannot be made to work.

The USS Gerald R. Ford, although commissioned and at sea, has major problems with its many high-tech systems such as the magnetic catapults and the Navy has admitted it may never actually be usable in combat.

The USS Zumwalt stealth destroyer is not stealthy and has drive train problems.

Oh yes; we're ready for war with China!

Wǒ tóuxiáng

Feb 16 06:32

As Wall Street Sinks Global Markets, China’s Economic Policies Build Independence & Immunity

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Many Western economic analysts — such as those at the pillar of U.S. financial journalism, Bloomberg — have continued to predict future financial downturns would be caused by Chinese debt, or the country’s massive “shadow” economy (or, more specifically, low level loans that aren’t tightly regulated by the central government). This latest downturn, however, shows once again that Wall Street is still the primary factor in sinking global markets.

China has been faced with — and continued to grow throughout — a previous U.S.-triggered global recession just under a decade ago. While the current condition of the markets is nothing like the end of 2008, there is still the same fear in the West that China is somehow on the brink of catastrophe. Yet China pulled through the Great Recession, despite a huge decrease

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Feb 15 18:56

China and India Are On the Verge

Feb 15 11:12

Trump threatens retaliatory actions against China, S Korea

Meanwhile, China, which produces nearly half of the world’s steel, is accused of flooding the market in order to keep its economy robust at home.

“I will make a decision that reflects the best interests of the United States, including the need to address overproduction in China and other countries,” Trump said.

“They’re dumping and destroying our industry, and destroying the families of workers, and we can’t let that happen,” he added.

Although the president has another two months to make a decision on possible penalizing action, he strongly indicated that he wants to punish Beijing.

Experts, however, say that any such action will prompt China to do the same, raising the specter of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump is under pressure at home as he has not been able to deliver on his campaign promise of being a champion of America’s Rust Belt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Upon reading this, I am having a double Picard face-palm, at warp speed.

After really needing nore cooperation with China on the issue of North Korea's nuclear program, and desperate to convince South Korea that Kim Jung Un's overtures to South Korea were really just theatrics, President Trump's timing of these threats against China and South Korea just possibly could have been worse: I just don't know how.

Feb 15 10:19

Philippines, China to work out how to tap oil, gas that both sides claim

The Philippines and China have agreed to set up a special panel to work out how they can jointly explore oil and gas in part of the South China Sea that both sides lay claim without having to address the explosive issue of sovereignty.

China claims most of the South China Sea, where $3 billion in sea-borne trade pass every year, and has competing claims in various parts of it with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“It’s just the start of a process,” Philippine ambassador to China, Chito Sta. Romana, told reporters late on Tuesday after diplomats from both sides met for the second time under a bilateral mechanism aimed at defusing longstanding maritime tensions.

He said the decision to form a working group on cooperating on energy was a “breakthrough”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This well may be is a watershed moment in the relationship between China and the Philippines.

Bravo to both sides, well done!!

Let's hope that the mutual good will here extends to other areas of conflict between the two countries.

Feb 15 08:01

Russia to team up with China in Aramco IPO bid

Russia says it plans to participate in the initial public offering of the shares of Saudi Arabia’s energy giant Aramco in partnership with a joint investment fund China.

Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive officer of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, was quoted as saying by media that several Russian banks would also join the scheme which could proceed later this year.

“Not only this, but we have a Russia-China investment fund, and through that Russia-China investment fund we see a major interest in the Aramco IPO from a number of leading Chinese institutions,” Dmitriev told reporters, Bloomberg reported.

“We see significant interest to invest in the Aramco IPO from Russia, from China, and we believe that this is very good for, once again, thinking jointly about oil.”

Feb 14 08:33

China Rolls Out J-20 Stealth Fighter, Navy Calls "Serious Threat" To US Assets

"...quite frankly, the biggest concern is its designed to carry long-range weapons."

Feb 13 13:12

US launches full-scale confrontation with China: Scholar

The United States has “launched a full-scale confrontation with China,” because Washington is unable to compete with Beijing economically, an American writer and retired professor says.

James Petras, who has written dozens of books on international issues, made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, after the US Defense Department called on Congress to approve a major budget increase in order to counter “threats” from Russia, China, and North Korea.

The Pentagon on Monday asked for a budget of $686 billion to be allocated to military spending in 2019. The requested amount is one of the largest in US history, and is also focused on beefing up the country's nuclear arsenal. The budget sees an increase of $80 billion from 2017.

Feb 13 13:05

US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon may send a combat marine expeditionary force to deter “growing Chinese influence” while drawing down Middle East force levels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan declined to elaborate, saying “(t)he Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning.”

Defense Priorities analyst/retired army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis/believes the move “plays directly into the concerns and the fears of North Korea that we’re actually preparing for an attack,” adding:

“Effective diplomacy (with China) can’t take place if you have a hammer hanging over the head of your negotiating partner.”

Feb 13 13:03

White House Will Add Pakistan To List Of Terror-Financing Nations

In a decision that comes as the directors of several US intelligence agencies testify before the Senate about various terrorism-related (and Russia-related) risks facing the US, Reuters is reporting that the Trump administration is moving to place Pakistan on a global watchdog's terrorist-financing watchlist.

Pakistan reportedly said it is "hopeful" it can stave off its inclusion on the list at a meeting next week. The declaration has been in the works virtually since the beginning of the Trump administration, as Trump has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network - even accusing officials in Islamabad of allowing safe haven to the terrorists.

Feb 12 10:54

China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

“China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to addresses the challenges brought by the changes in the region” –Chinese White Paper January 25, 2018.

China’s January 25th unveiling of the “Polar Silk Road” has created a wonderful opportunity for Northern development not seen for decades. This opportunity not only extends China’s incredibly successful growth model to North America, through a revolutionized system of arctic shipping, and infrastructure development, but also provides for a new spirit of diplomacy founded not upon militarization of the Arctic as desired by neo-con utopian throwbacks of the Cheney and Obama eras, but rather cooperation, respect, development and trust.

Feb 12 09:19

How to Manipulate Stocks: Chinese Authorities Step in to Stop the Rout

For proper effect, the directives were purposefully leaked to the media.

Feb 12 06:10

China Building World’s First ‘Forest City’ With One Million Plants

The world’s first ‘Forest City’ is being created to fight pollution.

Feb 10 08:51

CHINA’S J-20 STEALTH FIGHTER JET LINES UP FOR COMBAT DUTY, BOOSTING FIREPOWER IN THE SKY

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service, the country’s armed forces confirmed on Friday, expanding the military’s air power options as it presses on with a massive modernization program.

Feb 10 06:45

US To Send 1,000s Of Extra Marines To East Asia To Counter China

The Pentagon reportedly plans a “major muscle movement” from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US” and not China.
The US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.”

“I believe the [National Defense Strategy] and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region,” Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said.

“We have to be present and engaged to compete,” he said. The new defense strategy “will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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Feb 09 13:17

US Strikes in North Afghanistan Target Chinese Uighur Faction

The ever-escalating US air war in Afghanistan is having little real effect on the war against the Taliban, but has managed to ensnare an entirely distinct faction in Northern Afghanistan into it, one which the US hadn’t been targeting for years.

Chinese Uighurs, operating under the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) banner, were regularly swept up in the initial US invasion a decade and a half ago, and recent US airstrikes in the area along the Chinese-Afghan border have increasingly targeted their forces as well as Taliban in the area.

Why the US is suddenly interested in targeting them is unclear, though NATO issued a statement suggesting it was to prove to them that cross border attacks weren’t safe. Either way, the Chinese are expected to be quite happy about this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghanistan border with China may become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be right now.

The borders here are porous, and families on either side of the border must be terrified for their very lives at the moment.

Feb 09 13:05

Japan ruling party body pushing for Article 9 revision draft within month

The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a body of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will try to draft a proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution as early as this month.

The effort is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to define legally the existence of the country’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Japanese Prime Minister is looking to get this passed before the end of this month (and folks, the end of February is only 19 days away), it does not augur well for peace between North Korea and her neighbors, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Timing, for getting this bill pushed through Japan's legislature before the end of the month is not accidental, and may well be telegraphing that the plans for an assault on North Korea in the early spring, perhaps March or April of this year, are close to getting greenlit.

I am hoping and praying that President Trump is listening to Sec Def Mattis on this one, and choses to avoid an outright military confrontation against North Korea; the aftermath could be more horrific than anyone can realise, and most likely, should the US govenment do a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, China will most likely side with North Korea militarily.

Feb 09 11:39

IRAQ SEEKS $100B INVESTMENTS TO REVIVE OIL, TRANSPORT SECTORS

Iraq is looking to attract US$100 billion worth of foreign investment that would help it rebuild its oil refining and petrochemicals sectors and reconstruct crucial infrastructure after it repelled Islamic State out of its territory following a three-year war against the militants.

In December last year, Iraq declared the war with ISIS over and is now seeking foreign investments in major projects that would help it to revive its economy, which has also been hurt by low oil prices.

Ahead of a conference on Iraq’s reconstruction that will be held in Kuwait next week, Iraq’s National Investment Commission published a list of major strategic projects available for investment, with 157 different opportunities up for grabs.

A total of 18 investment opportunities are up on offer in the chemicals, petrochemicals, fertilizers, and refinery sectors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just have to wonder how the US government will react when Russia, China,, and Iran reach out to Iraq to offer deals for these investment projects; and right now, the US government is impotent to prevent these from going through! :-)

Can we say, potential ultimate economic irony for the US, folks?!?!?

I knew you could!!

Feb 09 11:22

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.

The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged criminals, according to the Communist Party's official newspaper People's Daily.

The glasses are linked to a database that can match travelers with criminal suspects. It is unclear how long it takes for a match to be made in the real world, butWu Fei, the CEO of LLVision Technology which developed the glasses, told The Wall Street Journal that, during testing, the system could identify faces from a database of 10,000 in 100 milliseconds.

So far the glasses have identified people suspected of misdeeds ranging from traffic infringements to crimes like human trafficking.

A further 26 people using fake identity documents were also prevented from traveling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't worry; this technology is either coming to US cities, or perhaps is closer to being there than we think.

OH, and BTW: The Chinese may have taken a page from American law on the preventing people with high debts leaving the country.

As reported in July 20 at reason.com: there is now, enshrined in US law, a prohibition of people with back taxes being forbidden from leaving the country:

House Passes a Law enabling the Federal Government to revoke Passports for several reasons.

In the last statement in this article, we find the following, nearly mind-boggling information:

"UPDATE: Freedom fighter Norm Singleton alerts me to the gobsmacking fact that the latest iteration of the godawful transportation bill includes a provision to cover the perpetual Highway Trust Fund shortfall by allowing the IRS to revoke your passport if you owe more than $50,000 in unpaid taxes. Better travel while you still can, Al Sharpton!"

Feb 08 13:24

The Firesale Begins: China's HNA Starts Liquidating Billions In US Real Estate

Yesterday we explained that one of the reasons why Deutsche Bank stock had tumbled to the lowest level since 2016, is because its top shareholder, China's largest and most distressed conglomerate, HNA Group, had reportedly defaulted on a wealth management product sold on Phoenix Finance according to the local press reports. While HNA's critical liquidity troubles have been duly noted here and have been widely known, the fact that the company was on the verge (or beyond) of default, and would be forced to liquidate its assets imminently, is what sparked the selling cascade in Deutsche Bank shares, as investors scrambled to frontrun the selling of the German lender which is one of HNA's biggest investments.

Feb 07 11:01

US Has ‘No Plans’ to Meet With North Korean Officials at Olympics

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics," Nauert said. "There is no shift in US policy regarding this."

Earlier, however, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not rule out a possible meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean representatives during his upcoming trip to South Korea.

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
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Lack of US Ambassador to South Korea Could Signal Fear of Imminent Attack - Expert
"With respect to Vice President’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for him to have a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see, we’ll see what happens," Tillerson said in a joint press conference with Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovin in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why the hell is Pence going here?!? What is he doing, except potentially attempting to "shake down" other countries which might still be trading with North Korea?!?

That there is no intention of speaking with North Korean officials by the US officials traveling here, means that this is another wasted opportuntiy; and the US cannot afford many more wasted opportunities here with which it could potentially avert the military confrontation it has been threatening to use, most likely drawing Russia and China into the fray as well.

This country's leadership has managed, to work with nuclear armed countries it sometimes loves, like Israel, and sometimes, grudgingly, has a "frenemy" relationship with those countries it doesn't particularly like; Pakistan comes to mind here.

But a military option, which will potentially leave thousands upon thousands of both North and South Koreans dead, or maimed for life, is absolutely not the road of moral high ground here, simply because it is something the US government can do.

Someone needs to politely remind the President of this reality, and soon; because I don't believe that his unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster is making this side of the military equation clear to him at all.

Feb 07 10:45

Beijing's 'island fortresses': China's aggressive militarization of diusputed South China Sea is revealed in new photos showing the communist nation's 'unrestrained' show of power

Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea has been revealed in new aerial photos obtained by a newspaper in the Philippines.

In what the news organisation described as an 'unrestrained' show of power China has apparently transformed seven reefs in the Spratly islands into military island fortresses featuring runways and observation towers.

The dramatic military build-up is shown in pictures taken from a height of 1,500m (4,920 feet) in the last six months of 2017, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

One of the fortresses is situated on Panganiban, a reef which a United Nations-backed court has previously ruled belongs to the Philippines, it is reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government would not be so keen to arm these islands to the teeth, if they didn't believe that a potential US attack against it, at some point, is a dead moral certainty.

And Paul Craig Roberts, in whose credibility I have more than a little faith, has already warned those who can handle the truth of the following:

Washington planning a preemptive strike against Russia and China

The article then goes on to state:

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

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

Many Chinese speak very excellent English. If I have read this, it is obvious that many Chinese officials, both government and military have read this as well.

What we are seeing here is an "early response" if you will, to any potential harm or threat they see coming from this country.

Feb 07 09:59

China Intercepts Missile in Space One Week After Failed US Attempt

Less than a week after a US missile defense system failed to intercept a ballistic missile outside the Earth’s atmosphere, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense claimed to have triumphed where the Americans stumbled.

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(*I wouldn't want to be the hapless reporter who has to ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders about this calamity)

Feb 06 10:58

Strong 6.5 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan’s Hualien

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted waters near Hualien County of Taiwan at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

Feb 06 08:40

US-China trade duel heading for trouble

In Davos and during his recent State of the Union address to Congress, Donald Trump made clear that he means to get tough with China. This U.S. president has an "outdated Cold War mentality," responded China's foreign ministry. Trade and investment relations between the world's two largest economies are headed for trouble. Trump does not want a full-scale trade war. Neither does Beijing. But even short of that, there is much damage that can be done.

Feb 06 08:08

PRICE WAR: Chinese shopping giant JD.Com to challenge Amazon in UK on back of May’s visit

CHINA’S massive shopping website JD.com is heading to the UK to branch out into the European market and challenge Amazon on the back of Theresa May's recent visit to Beijing to boost trade.

Feb 06 08:06

Report: China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean Border

China is reportedly moving missile defense batteries and troops closer to its border with North Korea, a potential sign that Beijing anticipates either a large refugee wave north or a military disturbance triggered by the belligerence of communist dictator Kim Jong-un.

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a report Monday, stating that RFA had compiled evidence that China had “late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.”

The “North Korean source in China” speaking to RFA also noted that Pyongyang had observed the movement of 300,000 troops closer to the North Korean border and “missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.” The batteries would prevent the violent outpouring of those reservoirs into China in the event of an airstrike.

Feb 05 09:31

CHINA TO STAMP OUT CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING COMPLETELY WITH BAN ON FOREIGN PLATFORMS

China is to block all websites related to cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including foreign platforms – in a bid to finally quash the market completely.

“To prevent financial risks, China will step up measures to remove any onshore or offshore platforms related to virtual currency trading or ICOs,” said an article published on Sunday night by Financial News, a publication affiliated to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

The article acknowledged that recent attempts to stamp out digital currencies by shutting down domestic exchanges had failed to completely eradicate trading.

“ICOs and virtual currency trading did not completely withdraw from China following the official ban … after the closure of the domestic virtual currency exchanges, many people turned to overseas platforms to continue participating in virtual currency transactions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how well this ban holds,and how it will effect other international traders in this currency which appear to have fully embraced its legitimacy.

Feb 04 11:02

Pentagon Takes Down Nuclear Report After Labelling Taiwan as Part of China

The Defense Department was forced to issue a correction of its Nuclear Posture Review after mistakenly labeling Taiwan as part of mainland China in the report.

When asked by The Japan Times on Saturday why the islands of Taiwan were colored in with the Chinese flag in some pages of the Nuclear Posture Review, the Pentagon admitted it had made a mistake and took down the report for several hours.

“There was an error printed in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review,” a Pentagon spokesperson told the Times late Saturday.

Feb 04 07:58

China accuses US of 'Cold War mentality' with new nuclear policy

China urged the United States to drop its "Cold War mentality" and not misread its military build-up, after Washington published a document on Friday outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others.

"Peace and development are irreversible global trends. The United States, the country that owns the world`s largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it," said China`s Ministry of Defence in a statement on Sunday.

Feb 04 07:58

Kabul: China in Talks to Fund Military Base on Afghanistan Border

Afghan officials told reporters this week that Beijing is reportedly holding discussions with Kabul over establishing a military base near China’s border with Afghanistan.
Chinese officials reportedly cited concerns about the threat posed by Uighur jihadists in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, considered by the Pentagon to be home to the “highest concentration” of terrorists in the world.

Afghanistan shares a border with the autonomous Xinjiang region—China’s largest province. Xinjiang is home to China’s oppressed Muslim Uighur (or Uyghur) minority, whose separatist groups reportedly train and operate in the Af-Pak region.

Kabul and Beijing have been in talks over China’s military establishment since December, but details remain elusive, indicated Mohammad Radmanesh, a spokesman for the Kabul-based defense ministry.

Feb 03 12:07

China Flexes New Electromagnetic Railgun-Armed Warship

Pictures circulating on social media indicate that China’s navy may have mounted an electromagnetic rail gun on a warship, a feat that has yet to be tested at sea.

A photo of a huge gun barrel situated at the bow of a People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Type 072-II amphibious warfare ship popped up on military technology Twitter feeds on Wednesday.

Feb 03 12:03

China Is Starting to See India as a Major Threat

More and more, scholars in China see India replacing Japan as the second biggest threat to Beijing, following the U.S.

Feb 02 11:53

US Color Revolution Begins in Thailand as Proxy War with China Continues

The protesters seek to overthrow Thailand’s independent institutions including its military and constitutional monarchy, and return US proxies to power, particularly billionaire and former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party (PTP). Thaksin Shinawatra is a convicted criminal who fled Thailand to evade a two year jail sentence and a myriad of court cases still pending trial.

Feb 02 11:47

North Korean delegation flying to Russia for talks on 'mutual cooperation

A North Korean delegation is heading to Moscow for talks on mutual cooperation, the Russian Embassy in North Korea has said.

"The delegation flew to Moscow for consultations in the Russian Foreign Ministry on the vital issues of bilateral cooperation," the embassy wrote on its Facebook page.

The sides plan to discuss joint events to be held dedicated to the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what, precisely, the North Korean delegation is hoping to get from these negotiations?!?

Will it be trade, or Russian weaponry, to help keep any potential US attack from happening.

Feb 02 09:47

Tillerson warns against China, Russia engagement in Americas

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday warned countries in the Western Hemisphere to beware of Chinese investment, saying it is reminiscent of European colonialism. He also derided Russia for selling weaponry to unfriendly, authoritarian governments in the region.

Before embarking Thursday on a five-nation trip to Latin America, Tillerson said China seeks only to enrich itself with investment and development projects. He said regional governments should protect themselves against "predatory actors that are now showing up in our hemisphere," specifically mentioning China. He said Chinese investment may look good but comes with a heavy price.

"China, as it does in emerging markets throughout the world, offers the appearance of an attractive path to development, but in reality this often involves trading short-term gains for long-term dependency," Tillerson said in a speech at the University of Texas.

Feb 02 09:46

Pentagon to Unveil NPR Reportedly Aimed at Deterring Threats From Russia, China

Pentagon officials are set to release the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on Friday, a document which will set forth the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy and rationale for modernizing US sea, air and land-based strategic nuclear forces, also known as the Nuclear TRIAD.

On Thursday, during a briefing to reporters, chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy "requires an investment in a credible nuclear deterrent with diverse capabilities [and] it will confirm the importance of the nuclear triad."

Earlier, US President Donald Trump has pledged to modernize the US nuclear arsenal to take a stronger stance against rivals like China and Russia.

"As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else," Trump said in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Feb 01 10:02

Donald Trump brands China a military rival in US reboot of great power strategy

US President Donald Trump named China as a major US competitor on both economic and military fronts in his first state-of-the-union address, another sign that Washington is putting great power rivalry at the heart of its national strategy.

Jan 31 11:35

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping enter the boxing ring

Trump, as a person of business, is not interested in sanctions against Russia. The Russian economy is no competition to the American economy, which can not be said about the Chinese economy. Trump is launching a trade war with Xi Jinping, and the US is about to introduce sanctions against China in the near future. What conclusions should Russia make from this? The completely thoughtless "Kremlin List" from the US Treasury says that this is either an act of trolling or a complete lack of understanding of consequences. One of them is the strengthening of unity of the Russian society on the eve of presidential elections. Vladimir Putin said after the publication of the infamous document that Washington's sanctions against Russian business would be aimed "against all 147 million Russians." Another plus of the "list" is about further rules for the Russian capital to stay in the West. It is not ruled out that business sanctions against Russia would reduce the capital outflow from Russia.

Jan 31 07:51

China bullies companies over 'problem maps' which left out disputed islands that it claims

The Chinese government has expanded its bullying of countries that have allegedly printed or displayed 'problem maps' of its territory. It has issued warnings, notices and imposed fines on eight companies that allegedly published maps that didn't include that China claims as its own - like Taiwan, the South China Sea islands and the Senkaku Islands.

Jan 31 07:32

What would "shirt-fronting Tony" do? Australia's pivot to Russia and China

Canberra does not view Russia and China (PRC) as a military threat - as stated on Monday 29th January by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop. Attitudes towards Moscow and Beijing were revised after Prime Minister Tony Abbott left the Cabinet of Ministers, and his seat was taken by Malcolm Turnbull. Experts note that the position of the incumbent government vis-à-vis the Russian Federation and the PRC differs markedly from the point of view of Washington. In an interview with Sky News Australia, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Canberra is ready to continue its close work with the countries of the region, primarily with China. She added that the Australian authorities do not share Washington's views on Russia and the PRC. Unlike the Americans, who called the growth of Chinese and Russian influence in the world a key challenge to national security, the Australian side expresses fears only in connection with the policy of Pyongyang.

Jan 30 09:05

US-Vietnam Military Ties Warn China over Maritime Expansion

A high-level U.S. visit to Vietnam followed by plans to send American naval vessels may herald a tougher American policy toward China in Asia's stickiest maritime sovereignty dispute.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met in Vietnam last week with the host country’s president, Tran Dai Quang, as well as the general secretary of its ruling Communist Party and a Vietnamese military counterpart.

The U.S. Department of Defense website said they shared concerns about freedom of navigation and “respect for international law,” likely references to a six-way dispute over sovereignty of the South China Sea dominated by Beijing. A U.S. aircraft carrier will call in Vietnam in March. Vietnam is the most outspoken rival claimant to China.

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