Aug 07 11:50

Why China and Russia Agreed to Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

On Saturday, Security Council members imposed sanctions on North Korea for the seventh time since its first 2006 nuclear test.

New ones aim to deprive Pyongyang of around one-third of its export revenues, cutting them by about $1 billion.

They ban DPRK exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. They prohibit all new joint ventures, ban new investments in current ones, and prohibit sending more workers abroad for jobs.

They tighten restrictions on technology to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring military related items. North Korean vessels caught violating SC resolutions will be banned from entering foreign ports.

Imposing sanctions is one thing, enforcing them another. North Korea is adept at exploiting loopholes in restrictions and minimizing them other ways.

Most important, China wants Pyongyang’s economy kept from imploding. It accounts for around 90% of its exports. It’s the DPRK’s key ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions may well have slowed down the US rush to war against North Korea; but ultimately, these sanctions may not stop it from using war against North Korea to achieve the outcome it wants, which, in spite of what Rex Tillerson has stated publicly, is regime change in the North.

That, would - of course - most likely to cause China to enter into the hostilities on North Korea's side.

But the biggest thing with which the UN Security Council has to contend is not Kim Jung Un's threats; it is what he is actually willing to do, militarily, to confront these sanctions, or whether he will, begrudgingly, enter into negotiations with the US, China, and Japan.

I frankly do not hold out a lot of hope for the latter.

Aug 07 10:30

Rare Earths Are China's Most Potent Weapon In A Trade War

In October 1973, the world shuddered when the Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries imposed an oil embargo on the United States and other nations that provided military aid to Israel in the Yom Kippur war. At the same time, they ramped up prices.

The United States realized it was dependent on imported oil — and much of that came from the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia the big swing producer. It shook the nation. How had a few foreign powers put a noose around the neck of the world’s largest economy?

Well, it could happen again and very soon. The commodity that could bring us to our knees isn’t oil, but rather a group of elements known as rare earths, falling between 21 and 71 on the periodic table.

Aug 06 16:01

China launches internet crackdown to make it harder for people to avoid its 'Great Firewall'

China has launched an internet crackdown to stop users bypassing the country's "Great Firewall" - a sophisticated censorship system that blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among other sites. Luxury hotels in Beijing have announced they will stop providing Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that allow visitors to log on to banned sites.

Aug 06 08:50

China stages 'large scale' drills in warning to US and North Korea

Precise details of the exercise have not been released by Beijing, save for the fact the event will begin on Saturday, August 5, and end on Tuesday, August 8.

The drill comes amid escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, with Chinese officials becoming increasingly concerned about being dragged into war.

Donald Trump has put pressure on Beijing to try and dissuade its North Korean allies from progressing its illicit missile programme.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un conducted to the country's latest weapons test late last month, when he launched an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to have been capable of hitting the US mainland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the worst-case scenarios I could see happening here, would be a US pre-emptive attack against North Korea, followed by China coming into the fray on the North Korean side.

Aug 06 08:44

China renews THAAD retaliation

Beijing has stepped up economic retaliation against Korean businesses despite Seoul’s efforts to ease tensions over the deployment of a U.S. missile shield here, industry sources said Friday.

Aug 05 09:40


The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Saturday. The comments come following North Korea carrying out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) last month.

Related: A North Korea Attack Would Take Out Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, And Be The Deadliest In U.S. History

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The worst case scenario on this I can see here, is that of China providing military assistance to North Korea, in the case of a US attack against it.

Aug 05 08:02

Beijing Opposes Washington’s New Anti-Iran Measures

The statement said Beijing “favors settlement of inter-state differences through mutual respect and equal dialogue.” On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump signed the bill that imposes tougher sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The US Congress passed the document overwhelmingly last week. Trump said in a statement on the occasion that the document was flawed and some of its provisions were at variance with the US Constitution. Despite his opposition, Trump had no viable option but to sign the legislation, as it had passed the US Senate and House of Representatives with veto-proof margins.

Aug 05 07:51

China Offers $1.2 Million For Someone to Operate World’s Largest Telescope

China is struggling to find a foreign applicant to run the world’s largest radio telescope, which is odd considering they’re offering to pay them more than $1.2 million for their troubles.
The Five Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) needs a chief scientist from abroad to oversee operations on a daily basis in its $178 million facility in the remote mountains of southwest China, but there has been trouble locating someone willing to undertake the job’s many difficulties.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft nears the International Space Station during the CRS-8 mission to deliver experiments including two microbial investigations.
SpaceX Dragon to Carry Space Suit Painted by Young Cancer Patients to ISS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW,sounds like there should be SOMEONE out there who would leap at this opportunity!

Aug 05 07:47

China 'seals off' Yellow Sea for 2nd large-scale naval drill in fortnight

Beijing has declared an area the size of West Virginia off-limits to civilian vessels, ahead of extensive three-day naval exercises near the coast of North Korea. A similar drill took place in the area at the end of July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China appears to be telegraphing through these exercises, is that should the US attempt to resolve its issues with North Korea through military force, that force will be responded to with the best weaponry and tactics the Chinese military can present.

President Trump, I would urge extreme caution in how you respond to what North Korea may be doing in the near future; most of the experts whose work I have read on the North Korean missiles program have stated that guidance is their "Achilles's heel", and that this challenge will most likely take them several years to sort.

Aug 04 21:46

Milk-Bar Clausewitzes, Bean Curd Napoleons: In the Reign of Kaiser Don

Political Science from Fred On Everything!

Why do those inadequate little men in Washington and New York dream of new wars? Because the empire is near a tipping point.

Washington must either either start a war in Korea, or gets faced down by the North, its carriers ignored, its bombers “sending signals” and making “shows of force” without result. For the empire this is a loss of face and credibility, and an example to others that America can be challenged.

Aug 04 18:04

Draft U.N. resolution would slash N.Korea exports by a third -diplomat

A U.S.-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution aims to slash by a third North Korea's$3 billion annual export revenue by banning the
country's trade of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and
seafood, a council diplomat said on Friday.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there
was a "high confidence" that North Korea ally China and Russia
would support the draft resolution, which was circulated to the
15-Security Council members on Friday.

The United States is aiming for a vote on Saturday to impose
the stronger sanctions over North Korea's two intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, though Russia and some
other council members are asking for more time, diplomats said.

A resolution needs nine votes in favor, and no vetoes by the
United States, China, Russia, France or Britain, to be adopted.

The draft resolution would also prohibit countries from

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there
was a "high confidence" that North Korea ally China and Russia
would support the draft resolution, which was circulated to the
15-Security Council members on Friday."

Are you flipping kidding me?!? The chance of China signing off on this is slim to none, because they realize that it will impoverish ordinary North Korean citizens even more than they already are.

I am waiting to see the Security Council Resolution actually passed, before I will believe that China will actually sign off on this.

Picard double face palm

Aug 04 13:07

US Aircraft Carriers May Be Headed to Korean Waters for Forward Deployment

The US Navy may be sending two Nimitz-class supercarriers to the waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

South Korean military officials reportedly said the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson were being considered for deployment to the region. The Pentagon did not reply to a request from Sputnik News confirming or denying the veracity of the South Korean defense officials’ comments.

USS Carl Vinson Carrier Group Enters Sea of Japan Amid Heightened Security
The carriers would be typical participants in frequently held war games near North Korea and China, however Pentagon officials are reportedly mulling whether or not to fast-track the massive ships as part of a forward deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, it looks as though the Unhinged Surveilled States of America is again moving toward a military confrontation with North Korea.

I would like to hope that China's President Xi Jinping and President Trump are having some back channel discussions on this, although were I President Jinping, I don't know how I would feel about taking Trump's call, after China having been so demonised via Trump's twitter feed.

The worst possible scenario here would be for China to make the decision to come to North Korea's aid, militarily, should hostilities break out between the US and North Korea.

Aug 04 12:19

China Backs Ally Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Process

China has come out in support of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, defending the country's National Constituent Assembly election as "generally held smoothly," dismissing criticisms from the United States and its junior partners regarding alleged voting irregularities.

Aug 04 10:32

China opposes new US sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

China opposes the new US law to toughen sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday in a statement, obtained by TASS. "The Chinese side consistently oppose unilateral sanctions," the document reads. The statement says that Beijing "favors settlement of inter-state differences through mutual respect and equal dialogue."

Aug 04 10:20

US Likely to Expand UN Talks on North Korea Sanctions

Diplomats familiar with the situation say that the US is likely to expand its talks on trying to get the UN Security Council to impose a new round of sanctions against North Korea for its recent ICBM test, likely to show the resolution to more on the security council members.

It is noteworthy that this behind-the-scenes resolution exists at all, as just days ago, Ambassador Nikki Haley angrily dismissed the seeking any action at the UN Security Council at all, saying that the “time for talk is over.”

But apparently the US and China had been talking about this resolution all along, with the US keeping Britain and France up to date with the situation, and diplomats saying they assume China has shown the resolution to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is thoroughly amazing about this, is that China and Russia are still talking to the US diplomatically, after how they were treated by this country!!

Aug 04 09:50

China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools as Beijing continues to crack down on Islamic extremism

Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools.

Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school.

The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan.

Aug 04 09:11

The Trump Administration Reaches for a Trade Sledgehammer

The White House is planning to launch new investigations into China's trade and intellectual property practices, and soon. The move underscores how talks between the United States and China have broken down over Washington's expectations that Beijing would help rein in North Korea's nuclear program.

Aug 04 09:11

The Chinese Dragon Awakens

We are witnessing the awakening of the Chinese dragon with a more assertive (or should we say spectacular?) foreign policy which is a clear demonstration of the new normal in geopolitics:

Aug 04 09:01

China opposes new US sanctions against Russia, Iran, N Korea

China has strongly opposed any unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea by the United States.

China is against any unilateral sanctions imposed by any country, including those recently enacted by the United States, which stipulate tougher restrictive measures against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Aug 04 08:09


China's 19th National Congress of the Communist Party - the quinquennial confab where the party selects new members of the Politburo, its ruling council - is expected to begin this fall (official dates have not yet been publicly announced). And in an effort to guarantee that the leadership reshuffle goes off without a hitch, President Xi Jinping is tightening the government’s grip on the internet to help protect the official narrative that Xi's "Chinese Dream" remains intact.

According to Reuters, China held a drill on Thursday with internet service providers to practice taking down websites deemed harmful.

“Internet data centers (IDC) and cloud companies - which host website servers - were ordered to participate in a three-hour drill to hone their "emergency response" skills, according to at least four participants that included the operator of Microsoft's cloud service in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF "harmful information" translates into "truthful information" for the Chinese government, you should be prepared to see these kinds of shut downs start to happen right here in the good old Unhinged, Surveilled States of America.

In fact, Google has been on the keening edge of this kind of censorship for well over a year now.

The New Censorship: "How did Google become the internet's censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?!?

Aug 04 07:31

Rogue chatbots are taken offline in China after criticising the ruling Communist Party

The two 'chatbots', BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence to carry out chats online with humans.

According to posts circulating online, BabyQ, one of the chatbots developed by Chinese firm Turing Robot, responded to questions on the messaging service with a straightforward 'no' when asked whether it loved the Communist Party.

In other images of a text conversation online, which Reuters was unable to verify, one user declares: 'Long live the Communist Party!'

The sharp-tongued bot responds: 'Do you think such a corrupt and useless political (system) can live long?'

Aug 03 18:22

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border

China has accused neighboring India of adding troops and constructing roads along its side of the border amid increasing tensions over a standoff in a remote frontier region in the Himalayas.

The standoff broke out on June 18 when New Delhi's military forces moved into Doklam, a remote plateau in the Himalayas, which is also claimed by India's ally, Bhutan.

India claims it is legally obliged to aid Bhutan against what it calls China's advances into the disputed territory, amid reports that Chinese forces are building a road there.

On Thursday, Chinese officials urged Indian troops to withdraw immediately, warning of "serious consequences” if they did not.

"It has already been more than a month since the incident, and India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could escalate into something very ugly, very quickly; hopefully, rational heads will prevail in Beijing, and New Dehli, and a real crisis can be averted.

What is of considerable concern here, is that last year, President Obama enhanced our mutual security pact with India:

India/US to boost defence, counter-terror activities

This means that should this become a shooting war between India and China, the US government would have some obligation to engage China on the side of India.

Aug 03 12:35

China tries to calm US trade spat while readying retaliation

China sought to stabilise the deteriorating trade relationship with the US, as the prospect of an investigation by the Trump administration on intellectual property raised the risk of tit-for-tat measures from Beijing.

US officials are gearing up to investigate China over what the administration perceives to be violations of intellectual property, said a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the probe hasn't been announced.

It's a charge Beijing rebuffs. Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday that China pays "high attention" to intellectual property and wants to maintain good cooperation with the US.

Aug 03 10:50

Trump To Launch Trade War With China On Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation

Yesterday, the WSJ reported that the Trump administration is planning to begin a probe of what the U.S. sees as violations of intellectual property by China. Against a backdrop of Trump’s frustrations with domestic policy, sliding approval ratings and disagreement with China over North Korea, the chances of protectionist action are rising, as is the probability of a "hot", retaliatory trade war. This morning ow learn when Trump is set to fire the first shot. Reuters reports, citing White House officials, that President Trump is expected to make a speech and sign a memorandum at the White House on tomorrow, Friday, that will target China's intellectual property and trade practices, effectively firing the first shot in what could escalate into a major US-China trade war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars are frequently preludes to shooting wars; and to make this announcement at a time when President Trump desperately needs China's cooperation to get any movement from North Korea on its nuclear missile program?!?

This is utterly the absolutely wrong move at the wrong time.

Aug 03 10:45

An Angry Beijing Responds: "We Will Never Dance To Trump's Tune"

With just one day to go until the Trump administration launches the first salvo in what could develop into a full-scale trade war between the US and China, there is the issue of a diplomatic (hopefully) resolution of escalating situation in North Korea, one which Citi today said is "increasingly likely" to involve military action. On this issue, China is becoming increasingly displeased with Trump's relentless twitter badgering, and as AFP reports, "Trump-style outbursts are no way to get China to bend to the US's will."

The animosity between D.C. and Beijing has been building up for months, as the two capitals have long traded blame over the failure to rein in the North, but last week's breakthrough in North Korean missile technology has raised the specter of a strike by Pyongyang on American cities, escalating the rhetoric.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the churlish, childish behaviour of our "Tweeter in Chief" does not come under some degree of emotional control and stability, we are looking at an absolute disaster to be visited upon this country, with regard to both foreign and domestic decisions.

Diplomacy has to stand for a delicate balance in the flow of ideas, solutions, and hard-won negotiations.

But for President Trump to castigate the Chinese government in the way he has done, is just pushing China even further away from the negotiating table with North Korea, which is is the only sensible solution here.

And such a peace conference, including North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the US government desperately needs to happen very soon.

Aug 03 09:34

Beijing: Japanese Tactical Divers Swarmed Warships in Djibouti

China’s Supreme Procurator commanded battleships docked at China’s new navy base in Djibouti to “take necessary measures to stop” the encroachment of Japanese frogmen and to “exercise self-defense rights” as the divers approached, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.

Aug 03 09:31

Beijing Bares Teeth, Threatens South Korea Over THAAD Redeployment

Beijing has made no secret of its displeasure with South Korea’s deployment of the American-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - and now that the deployment has resumed, China may seek to retaliate against Seoul.

Aug 03 09:18

Beijing Bares Teeth, Threatens South Korea Over THAAD Redeployment

Beijing has made no secret of its displeasure with South Korea’s deployment of the American-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - and now that the deployment has resumed, China may seek to retaliate against Seoul.
When liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, Chinese leadership likely breathed a sigh of relief, as he announced a forestalling of the THAAD deployment for up to 15 months while the South Korean government undertook an environmental impact analysis of the system. Two of the six platforms had already been rolled out and Moon lacked the authority to suspend or dismantle them — but he could stall for time on the rest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see an escalation here, which could potentially wind up as a horrific war between China and North Korea, pitted against South Korea, Japan, and the US.

The US, in its lead-footed attempts to contain North Korea's evolving missile and nuclear programs, has proven utterly intransigent. Just two days ago, Secretary of State Tillerson made the following statement:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea, but only if it relinquishes its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Kim Jung Un is many things; but crazy is not one of them. He has learned the lesson of Libya, which did not have a nuclear deterrent, and wound up having its head of state, Moammar Qaddafi, brutally executed, and the country plunged into deep civil war, a state in which it still exists today.

He realises, quite logically, that the only way to prevent regime change in North Korea is to have a credible nuclear deterrent, which is why he is rushing headlong into both missile and nuclear weapons development.

The only way this outcome can be averted, is if the US government, China, Japan, North and South Korea sit down, NOW, and hammer out a true peace treaty, with which to replace the existing armistice, offering North Korea free and unrestricted, unsanctioned trade, with the quid pro quo of North Korea's ending their nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Aug 03 08:57

Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA?

China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak industrial and manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC.

Imagine what would happen if China following Washington’s threats decided from one day to the next to significantly curtail its “Made in China” commodity exports to the USA.

It would be absolutely devastating, disrupting the consumer economy, an economic and financial chaos.

Aug 03 08:55

India’s road games will always flounder compared with China’s One Belt–One Road

By seeing its ambitious trading links as an alternative rather than an implicit part of One Belt--One Road, India will only ever attain second best via-a-vis the far larger Chinese initiative.

Aug 03 08:11

Iran's Oil Exports to China to Rise to 11-Month High in August: Report

Iran's oil exports to China may rise to the highest in 11 months in August as demand for heavier Iranian crude increased, a report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 03 04:15

The Chinese Dragon Awakens

First, Beijing has recently opened up its first military overseas base in Djibouti, within the super-strategic Mandeb Strait in the horn of Africa; this will help secure the passage of China's exports to Europe and imports of oil from the Middle East through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. With wars currently under way in Yemen and Somalia and with Djibouti's and Eritrea's territorial disputes over the Dumeira region, where Ethiopia could be dragged in, the strategic importance of this base cannot be overstated; China is now better prepared to ensure its vital trade routes remain open to navigation. The Chinese base is now one of the six military bases regional and global powers have in the country (US, France, Italy, Japan and Saudi Arabia). The military base complements Beijing's position as a major investor in Africa, where China is now Africa's largest trading partner since 2009—bypassing the USA.

Aug 02 10:00

China-India Border Crisis is Unfolding at 'Most Unfavorable Time' for Beijing

India should withdraw its troops from Chinese territory if it does not want war, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman. His statement came amid the ongoing border standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.

Strange Bonhomie: India, Bhutan Attend PLA Event in Spite of China Standoff
"If you don't want war, go away from Chinese territory", Senior Colonel of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense Zhou Bo said during a China Global Television Network (CGTN) debate show on Tuesday.

His words, which were addressed to Ashok Mehta, a former Major General of the Indian Army, reflect the escalating border conflict between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that both China and India back down from a military confrontation here; both are nuclear armed countries, and the US has upped its security relationship with India last year:

India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreement

This could potentially see the US fighting alongside India against China in this border dispute.

Aug 02 09:53

Trump: New US Sanctions Law to Drive China, Russia, N Korea Much Closer Together

The new law imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran will bring the three countries a lot closer together and complicate the United States' ability to conclude good deals, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
“By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump stated after signing the bill into law.

However, the president expressed hope that Washington and Moscow will collaborate on global challenges despite the newly-signed law sanctioning Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; he knew the bill was insane, and signing it was punishing Russia for what it had NOT done (as in allegedly "annexing Crimea, and/or meddling in the 2016 elections, for which there is utterly zero proof.)

Aug 02 09:53

Trump: Newly-signed Russia sanctions law ‘significantly flawed’

This is the Man I voted for....finally!

US President Donald Trump says the Russian sanctions law he signed into force is "significantly flawed" and includes unconstitutional provisions which usurp presidential authority.

"Today, I have signed into law HR 3364, the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.' While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed," Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

In its haste to pass the legislation, Congress "included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions," Trump said.

The biggest problem with the bill is that it "encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate," which will make it harder for the US to strike good deals and will "drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together," according to the president.

Aug 02 09:43

Trump Set To Retaliate To China's "Unfair Trade Practices"

President Trump has given China six months to prove that it is committed to preventing a nuclear-armed North Korea, and it seems his tolerance for China’s dithering has finally reached its limit. Now that President Xi Jinping has established that his government is unwilling to engage in a meaningful crackdown on its neighbor, the era of using carrots like improving trade relations to coax China into helping solve the “North Korea problem” has ended. It is now time for the stick.

According to reports in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press, the Trump administration is planning to use an obscure 1970s law to launch a "broad-based" investigation into whether China’s trade-related intellectual property policies constitute “unfair trade practices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I intensely dislike the way sanctions, coupled with trade wars, can very much be the preludes to actual shooting wars.

Aug 02 09:39

‘Leave Chinese land or face war’: China MoD official warns India amid border standoff

A combative Indian defense expert who accused Beijing of running bellicose news stories against Delhi drew a strong response from his Chinese TV show counterpart, who said Indian troops must leave the contested Doklam area if they do not want war.

Aug 02 08:41

Has China Undermined India’s Security Without Firing a Single Bullet?

It is now almost six weeks since Chinese troops attempted to extend a road on Bhutan’s Dolam Plateau south towards the Jampheri Ridge. Indian troops, deployed at the Indian Army post at Doka La, physically prevented the Chinese from building a road from the “Turning Point” on the Dolam Plateau to the Ridge.

Extension of the road would have endangered the security of the “Siliguri Corridor,” a narrow strip that joins the Indian mainland with India’s northeastern states.

India’s action mentioned above elicited a shrill and vitriolic reaction from China which demanded immediate pullout of Indian troops and threatened war if India did not do so.

Aug 02 07:41

Tillerson: US Wants Dialogue With North Korea, Not Regime Change

Taking positions seemingly opposite to President Trump’s on every point, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed North Korea at a policy briefing today, saying that the US is not North Korea’s enemy, and that they seek dialogue with the North Korean government.

Tillerson also said the US does not blame China for the lack of progress so far, despite President Trump literally blaming China mere days ago, complaining that China was “doing nothing” to help the US.

Tillerson’s comments were contrary to Trump’s on several other marks, of course, as only yesterday Ambassador Haley declared the “time for talk is over,” and President Trump has repeatedly condemned the concept of diplomacy with North Korea as a failed policy of the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; in dialogue with his Chinese counterparts, over what the real costs to attacking North Korea would be (including China coming in on North Korea's side of such a conflict), did Tillerson just blink a bit here?!?

Because from where I am sitting, that appears to be just what actually happened.

Aug 02 07:41

When In Doubt, Nuke China

The current collapse of the unipolar world, with the inexorable emergence of a multipolar framework, has enabled a terrifying subplot to run amok – the normalization of the idea of nuclear war.

Aug 02 06:04

China opens its first army base overseas

A ceremony to open China's first overseas military base was held in Djibouti, East Africa. Chinese officials stated that the base would be used for peacekeeping operations in the region. The ceremony was timed to the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army of China. More than 300 people took part in the opening ceremony, including Tian Zhong, deputy commander-in-chief of the Chinese Navy, RBC reports. According to Xinhua News Agency, the base was built for China's military participation in peacekeeping operations in the region, as well as for humanitarian assistance in Africa and Western Asia. China started building the base in 2016. More than 2,000 troops will serve on the base. First Chinese servicemen arrived at the base on July 11.

Aug 01 18:14

US would welcome North Korea talks, says Tillerson in contrast with Trump

US secretary of state says Washington does not seek regime change in Pyongyang and does not blame China for crisis, despite president’s tweet

Aug 01 16:24

'Trump's emotional venting will not help' China in patronising rebuke over North Korea

CHINA has dismissed Donald Trump in a patronising rebuke for hitting out at the country's failure to stop North Korea testing weapons.

The US President's "emotional venting" cannot guide policy to solve the nuclear issues, an editorial on the Xinhua news agency website, the Chinese Government's mouthpiece, said.

Aug 01 13:32

Senator Graham: Trump Is Prepared To Strike; "There Is A Military Option To Destroy North Korea"

Appearing on the Today Show earlier this morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that President Trump has indicated to him that the administration is prepared to strike North Korea to prevent an attack against the U.S. Pushed on by Matt Lauer on whether a viable military option exists in the region, Graham responded: "They're wrong. There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself."

"They're wrong. There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself. If there's going to be a war to stop him [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they're going to die over there, they're not going to die here and he's [Trump] told me that to my face."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Senator Graham is not putting words into the President's mouth (as politicians are prone to do).

But if, in fact, he is being utterly truthful, I hope we have a peaceful, fully-vetted negotiating process potentially in place, as is the military option.

Aug 01 13:18

China warns Trump over North Korea: ‘Don’t stab us in the back’

China has hit back at Donald Trump over North Korea, with a top official blaming Washington and Pyongyang for raising tensions, while state media warned the US not to “stab China in the back”.

The US president said in two angry tweets at the weekend that he was “very disappointed” with China and that he would no longer allow Beijing to “do nothing” over North Korea.

Mr Trump has long believed that China holds the key to forcing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme, given that Beijing is Pyongyang’s only diplomatic backer and a key trading partner.

But Liu Jieyi, China’s ambassador to the United Nations, said: "No matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese UN Ambassador Jeiyi makes a valid point; talking between the US and North Korean governments is a heck of a lot better way to ratchet down tensions here than throwing bombs and bullets at each other.

Aug 01 12:25

North Korea or Iran… Where Will President Trump Attack First?

One press report from an unnamed Pentagon source claimed that President Trump “is to order a military strike against North Korea within a year,” after this weekend’s North Korean test of a longer-range missile.

Iran, which along with North Korea and Russia will face new sanctions imposed by Congress and expected to be signed into law by Trump, is also in President Trump’s crosshairs. He was reportedly furious over his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s certifying that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal – even though Iran was in compliance – and he seems determined to push a confrontation.

So whom will Trump attack first? Let’s hope nobody, but with continuing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans over the unproven “Russiagate” allegations, it increasingly looks like he will seek relief by starting a “nice little war.” If he does so, however, his presidency will likely be over and he may end up blundering into a much bigger war in the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump order attacks on North Korea, North Korea could plead for military aid from China, and we could conceivably be at war with China.

If President Trump orders attacks on Iran, Iran could conceivably plead for military aid from Russia, and we could conceivably be at war with Russia.

I am looking at a Faux news crawl, and Rex Tillerson is saying that we would be open to talking with North Korea; but I have to wonder what the quid pro quo will be; he is also saying that the US government doesn't want to send the military to North Korea, or create regime change there.

I don't know how disingenuous those statements may be, but the mere fact that he is talking.... about talking to North Korea gives me some hope.

Aug 01 12:19

Russia calls for international calm over North Korea situation

Russia has urged the international community against taking measures which could increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"We consider the attempts of the US and some other countries to shift the responsibility in what is happening [on the Korean Peninsula] onto Russia and China, and to almost blame Moscow and Beijing for 'conniving in' North Korea's nuclear missile ambitions, as baseless," said a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Aug 01 11:40

Who is the threat to world peace?

North Korea
2% (18 votes)
0% (3 votes)
1% (12 votes)
0% (3 votes)
The United States
96% (917 votes)
Total votes: 953
Aug 01 09:07

Trump, Abe Agree to Step Up Economic, Diplomatic Pressure on North Korea

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed during a phone conversation to step up economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea over its ballistic missile tests, the White House said in a statement.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to address North Korea’s launch of another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The two leaders agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and to convincing other countries to follow suit," the statement said on late Sunday.

The White House added that Trump had reaffirmed the US "ironclad commitment" to defend Japan and South Korea from any possible attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great; but what can Japan and the US do, when North Korea's biggest trading partner, which is China, has a finite upper limit to what it is willing to do regarding North Korea?!?

It appears that the US government believes it is "past the point of no return" when it comes to negotiating with North Korea, and they have abandoned all pretenses in that direction.

But what should be happening right now, is a concerted effort toward talks including China, South Korea, North Korea, and the US, to replace the existing armistice with an iron-clad peace treaty, offering absolutely unrestricted trade for North Korea, in exchange for them dropping their nuclear weapons program.

That would be both logical and reasonable; and that, unfortunately, is why such an approach is considered worse than kryptonite to government officials, who have absolutely lost their capability for accomplishing hard-won, good-faith negotiations.

Kim Jung Un is neither crazy, nor suicidal; he simply wants to stay in office, and not continually get taunted or sanctioned by the US and the West.

Aug 01 08:45


My point here is that operational plans to decapitate North Korean nuclear and ICBM capabilities exist and are constantly being revised and refined in light of new intelligence. It’s not the planners’ job to make the geopolitical or ethical calculations that inform such a drastic decision. It’s the planners’ job to make sure a strike ordered by the elected civilian leadership of the nation achieves its goal, i.e. eliminates North Korea’s nuclear and missile delivery capabilities completely.

It’s easy to say nuclear weapons should never be used, but what if conventional weapons can’t do the job, or create greater risks? Would you consider it a good ethical trade-off to wait for millions to die before killing thousands? That’s a political choice, and one that will always be second-guessed or disputed. But making such decisions is the purpose of elected civilian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am really hoping that whatever President Trump decides to do, does not mean that China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, will feel obligated to come to North Korea's defense militarily.

At this point in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the manufacturing; the troop strength; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against China right now.

Jul 31 12:55

Scott Adams: People Keep Telling Me to Stop Blogging about North Korea

My critics have been extra vocal lately in saying I should stop writing about North Korea because I have no expertise in that area. So I decided to talk about North Korea some more. Today I’ll tell you how to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions at a reasonable cost.

Jul 31 12:46

Scott Adams: Can a Nation Attack a Company?

North Korea keeps testing missiles that can reach the United States. China could turn off trade with North Korea, and effectively force them to stop, but that isn’t happening. Why the hell not?

Jul 31 12:32

Chinese Spy Ships Join Russian Reconnaissance, Pressure Pentagon in the Pacific

The naval activities of the United States are already thoroughly monitored both by Russia and China and Washington will have to deal with it, a Russian military expert believes, citing the increasing assertiveness of Beijing and Moscow in the World Ocean.

Last week, Canberra said that a Chinese intelligence-gathering ship was spotted near Australia as the country’s major biennial joint military exercises with the US were wrapping up.

Jul 31 11:51

New Air Force Study Warns of Chinese Hypersonic Weapons

The Air Force is aggressively accelerating its hypersonic weapons development effort, following findings from a recent service report identifying Russian and Chinese ongoing hypersonic weapons testing.

A recent Air Force Studies Board report identified that the U.S. is not alone in its quest for this increased speed, an Air Force statement said.

The statement went on to say that China and Russia are already flight testing hypersonic weapons, and several other countries have shown interest in pursuing many of the underlying technologies for hypersonic flight.

“We must push the boundaries of technology in every area," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said in a statement. "Our adversaries aren’t standing still. They are looking for every advantage they can get.”

Jul 31 11:15

US Ready to Move Additional THAAD Systems to South Korea as Quickly as Possible

The United States is ready to quickly move the remaining pieces of THAAD system into South Korea, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Monday.

"We are certainly ready to move additional pieces in as quickly as we can," Davis told reporters when asked about THAAD.

THAAD in Alaska
In the Shadow of Pyongyang Missiles, US Touts Success of THAAD Intercept Test
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who officially came to office on May 10, has repeatedly criticized the previous government under impeached leader Park Geun-hye for agreeing to host the THAAD system without first seeking parliamentary approval. Moon subsequently suspended the deployment in order to carry out an investigation into the environmental consequences of the move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the situation on the Korean Peninsula are about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Jul 31 10:52

China hits back at Donald Trump: Don't blame us for North Korea

China hit back on Monday at Twitter posts from US President Donald Trump over trade and the North Korea crisis, saying the two issues should not be linked and that the US is to blame for Pyongyang's military buildup.

"We think the North Korea nuclear issue and China-US trade ... are in two completely different domains," Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming said at a news conference in Beijing on Monday.

Jul 31 09:54

Advisers trump going to punish China for North Korea

Senior advisers to the President of the United States Donald trump’s “behind the scenes” develop economic sanctions against China.

The reason for this step was the inaction of Beijing in relation to the nuclear issue of North Korea, writes Politico, citing officials of the US administration.

Jul 31 09:19

As India and China face off in the mountains, a new confrontation is growing in the ocean

The rivalry between India and China is heating up as the heavyweight economies face territorial tensions on both land and sea.

A fierce border standoff in Bhutan's Doklam region — triggered by a Chinese road construction project in a disputed area and a Bhutanese request for Indian help — is now entering its second month with soldiers from both sides engaged in skirmishes. But a new confrontation in the relationship is arising as New Delhi is growing concerned about a Chinese naval presence in its own backyard: the Indian Ocean.

"As the [Doklam] crisis stretches on, China is likely to seek ways to pressure India, both on the border and elsewhere, and this will compound the cycle of competition that is already well underway," Shashank Joshi, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said in a recent note published by the Lowy Institute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Trump administration seeks to enhance the wins the Obama administration had with the Indian government, regarding a mutual defense understanding.

That being said, should this war of words between India and China truly escalate into a shooting war, the Indian government needs to look at the reality that the US military will most likely be unable to deliver much help, because it may soon be fighting wars on multiple fronts, so the Indian government and military will most likely have to rely on themselves, to extricate themselves from a shooting war with China; and both countries have nuclear weapons.

Jul 31 09:06

An "Angry, Frustrated" China Hits Back Over Trump's Latest Tweets

Two days after President Donald Trump tweeted he was "very disappointed" in China following Pyongyang's latest missile test adding that "we will no longer allow this to continue", Beijing has hit back at Trump on Monday, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution, according to a statement sent to Reuters by China's Foreign Ministry.

Jul 31 09:05

Russia rejects US criticism over North Korea ICBM test

Moscow says Russia, China worked on 'comprehensive solution' to Korean peninsula crisis

Jul 31 08:35

China reveals its terrifying military weapons with vast parade including stealth jets, nuclear missiles, attack helicopters and thousands of elite troops

President Xi Jinping - wearing his military fatigues - inspected his troops personally just hours after the latest North Korea crisis.

The Americans were warned by Beijing after stepping up the deployment of its THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

The move was in response to Kim Jong-un's latest ballistic missile test on Friday night.

But a stern China warned Washington: "The Chinese side is deeply concerned about the situation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that President Trump got the message from this Chinese demonstration of force; that any attack against North Korea will be double plus ungood for the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika.

It feels to me as though a US war against North Korea (and very probably, by extension, China) is imminent.

And living on a "first strike target" (all US military communications run through a facility here on Oahu, which Chinese missiles can hit), color Mike and me just a little nervous about such a prospect!!

Jul 31 08:16

Another reason China’s adding troops on its border with North Korea

The troops are reportedly part of a newly formed military brigade that is seemingly there to control an expected mass exodus of refugees should war or some other catastrophe break out on the Korean Peninsula.

Jul 31 07:59

China's Lightning Fast Fuxing Train Poses Challenge to Western Rivals

Passengers on the brand-new high-speed Fuxing train - whose name literally means renaissance - which has started running between Beijing and Shanghai took to social media to rave about their experience.

The Fuxings are the latest "China Standard" bullet trains, completely designed and manufactured in China, capable of running at 400 kilometers per hour.

Jul 31 06:39

US to open second front of war of sanctions

Senior advisers to US President Donald Trump discuss options for punishing China, Politico wrote with reference to sources in the administration of the US president. According to the publication, the White House will continue discussing opportunities to introduce either trade embargo or economic sanctions against China because of the situation with North Korea (DPRK). According to Washington, Beijing makes insufficient efforts to prevent the DPRK from creating nuclear weapons that threaten the US and its allies in the region. Last Friday, South Korean and Japanese media reported the DPRK conducted another missile launch. Will the US authorities decide to open a second front of the sanctions warfare against China? Does the USA have enough political will and economic power to conduct the sanctions warfare against so many countries including against the background of the possible trade confrontation with European countries? Pravda.Ru requested an expert opinion on the subject.

Jul 30 10:37

China reveals its terrifying military weapons with vast parade including stealth jets, nuclear missiles, attack helicopters and thousands of elite troops

CHINA launched an awesome show of its military might – just hours after warning Donald Trump about his involvement in North Korea.

Tens of thousands of Chinese troops marched alongside tanks and nuclear weapons as stealth fighters and attack helicopters roared overhead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF President Trump is unable to find another position other than supporting war against North Korea, we may well be looking at going forward with a war against China... and perhaps Russia.

Jul 30 10:32

In Show Of "Lethal, Overwhelming Force" US Flies Two B-1B Bombers Over Korean Peninsula

Less than a month after the US flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula to show off "US attack capabilities", the US Air Force did it again on Sunday, when it the flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in "a show of force" on Sunday after Pyongyang's Friday test of an ICBM that can reach the continental US. The two B-1Bs flew alongside two Japanese F-2 jet fighters within Japanese airspace before conducting an exercise over South Korea with four South Korean F-15 fighters in response to the latest North Korean missile test, as well as the previous July 4 launch of the "Hwansong-14" rocket, the USAF.

"In a demonstration of ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies, two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese airspace and over the Korean Peninsula" the statement by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the Unhinged Surveilled State of America has already made the decision, at the Deep State Level, to go to war against North Korea, which most likely means...war with China as well.

And call me silly, but sitting where Mike and I live, which is uncomfortably close to a first strike target we know the Chinese can hit, and evaporate, I am just a trifle nervous about this!!

Jul 30 09:28

South China Sea is in Epicenter of Int'l Brawls Making ‘Co-Existing’ Impossible

The calm in the South China Sea, as many had warned, was illusory. Moreover, in the summer the situation in the region has become further aggravated. To add fuel to the fire, recently Hanoi has struck back following calls from Beijing to stop oil exploration in Block 136-03 of the South China Sea. Sputnik spoke to an analyst about this issue.

Jul 30 08:42

Trump rips China after North Korea missile tests

A day after North Korea tested a ballistic missile that it claims can reach all of the United States, US President Donald Trump ripped China for not reining in Kim Jong Un and his missile program.

"I am very disappointed in China," Trump wrote in a pair of Twitter posts. "...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!"

North Korea's test Friday of an intercontinental ballistic missile was its second of the long-range weapon in a month. The first on July 4 showed the missile had the range to reach Alaska.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: what you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO SEE HAPPEN, is a war between the US, North Korea, and China, assisting North Korea against the US.

This country absolutely does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

What really needs to happen here, is a peace conference, to be attended by South and North Korea, China, Japan, and the US, which creates a peace treaty to supplant the existing armistice, with North Korea guaranteeing that they will stop its nuclear weapons program in exchange for unrestricted, unsanctioned trade.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Mr. President, in such a deal, everyone wins, and there is no chance of war with China.

Jul 30 08:30


The recent trumpist trumpeting about the plans of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin omitted a few key details -- like the fact that Foxconn is being given a sweetheart tax-break that's topped up with 15 years' worth of guarantees of up to $200 million/year in cash subsidies at taxpayer expense -- a record-setting taxpayer subsidy that exceeds the previous Wisconsin record-holder by a factor of fifty.

The total bill for this incentive package that Wisconsin is giving the super-profitable Chinese manufacturer? Three billion dollars.

But there's more! Wisconsin cities will also have to provide incentives, including hundreds of millions more in infrastructure, and exemptions on environmental rules that will allow Foxconn to pollute watersheds, drain water habitats, and reengineer Wisconsin's freshwater sources, up to and including Lake Michigan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is truly a lousy deal for the citizens of Wisconsin.

Jul 30 08:30

Donald Trump says China does ‘nothing’ to thwart North Korea’s nuclear quest

Donald Trump has launched his latest Twitter assault on China, accusing its Communist party leaders of doing “NOTHING” to help the United States thwart North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons.

“I am very disappointed in China,” Trump wrote. “Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet … they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is it China's job to be the US errand-boy in North Korea? China and North Korea are trading partners, while the US continues to encroach of the islands of the South China sea.

Jul 29 08:37

China and Russia have 'responsibility' for North Korea nuclear threat, says US

The United States has accused China and Russia of bearing “unique and special responsibility” for North Korea’s “belligerent” pursuit of nuclear weapons, after Pyongyang tested its latest ballistic missile.

North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late on Friday in what it called a warning to the “beast-like US imperialists”. It came less than a month after its first such experiment, on 4 July.

Jul 28 07:49

Hypothetically speaking, US Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered

The US Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered.
The fleet spokesman later said the question was asked as an "outrageous hypothetical".

Jul 28 05:45

China determined to take European Union under political and economic control

When talking about the future of the Balkans, Serbian President Alexander Vucic always highlights his primary objectives as president - roads and economy. Serbia currently undergoes many changes, with the help of which Vucic intends to make his country a full-fledged member of the European Union. To materialise the dream, the president of Serbia relies not so much on stingy European creditors, but rather on ambitious political forces of China... Serbia is one of the poorest countries in Europe with a population of more than seven million people. Of course, it is difficult to imagine Serbia as a partner, with the help of which China is going to penetrate into Europe. However, long-standing ties between the two countries, combined with the geographic position, have made Belgrade a key player in Beijing's policy in the Balkans. This is mutually beneficial cooperation.

Jul 27 09:38

CIA Gives More Power to Spies to Bolster Intelligence Operations. Pompeo: China, not Russia, poses greatest long-term threat

U.S. Faces Growing Threats From China, North Korea

Over the longer term, however, Pompeo singled out China as the most serious security challenge.

While China, Russia, and Iran all are expected to pose significant problems in the future, China is a greater threat because of its robust economy and growing military power—both aimed against the United States.

"I think China has the capacity to present the greatest rivalry to America of any of those over the medium and long term," he said.

China's military is building up forces that are aimed at countering U.S. power projection around the world, he said.

"So you see that, whether it's going on in the South China or East China Sea, or the work they're doing in other parts of the world," Pompeo said.

In acquiring foreign technology, he noted: "If you look at them, they are probably trying either to steal our stuff, or make sure they can defeat it. And most often, both."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's burgeoning economy, and its ability to make things people want to actually buy, is definitely a problem for the US government; please remember that the made in China.

China's weaponry is on point to match, or exceed the capabilities of US-made weaponry, because the culture of the military/industrial complex in this country has become decadent, to the point where CEOS of the companies making our weapons, planes, and ships, believe it is perfectly acceptable to deliver products so late as to be obsolete by the time they are field-tested; to deliver products which absolutely cannot perform as advertised (think: Lockheed Martin's F-35), and have cost overruns which make the budgets for these items wildly out of control.

IF we are going to have a tiny chance to defeat the Chinese in military combat, which may well be coming, to attempt to destroy the yuan, this has to change.

As those of you who read this blog understand, I detest war as a method of resolving geopolitical conflicts; that being said, when our military is tasked with being at war, they deserve the best the military/industrial complex can provide.

And right now, they are not getting that, and not by a long shot.

Jul 27 09:16

Jean-Claude Juncker Wants to Block Chinese Takeovers of European Firms

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is planning to block further takeovers of key European companies by Chinese firms. Cash-rich Chinese companies are threatening to take over firms in charge of critical European infrastructure.

Jul 26 16:09

Hyundai-Kia Brutally Crushed in China, Mauled in the US

Its largest & second largest markets. In how much trouble is it?

Jul 26 10:49

IMF may soon be moving to China – Christine Lagarde

Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde says the organization may move its headquarters from Washington DC to Beijing in a decade if the growth trend in China and other major emerging markets continues.

Changes in big emerging markets will be reflected in the IMF's voting structure, and the Fund will need to increase its representation in the region, according to Lagarde.

“Which might very well mean, that if we have this conversation in 10 years' time...we might not be sitting in Washington, DC We'll do it in our Beijing head office,” the Fund’s Managing Director said.

Lagarde highlighted that emerging economies are currently growing larger and more influential.

She added that the IMF's bylaws call for the institution's head office to be located in the largest member economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why so many in the Bowels of Power in DC are itching for a war with China (which we very well may not win), to prevent a financial overtake of the US.

Jul 26 10:29

CIA analyst: Beijing poses a greater threat than Russia

In an unusually candid talk, agency's Michael Collins said China's growing confidence and resolve – fueled by inaction against Chinese hegemony over the past several years – are a worry

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China isn't a threat. Russia isn't a threat. It is the US government stealing other nations' wealth to try to clean up the economic mess they themselves created that is the threat.

Jul 26 10:27

China and India torn between silk roads and cocked guns

The current stand-off at Doklam, or Donglang, is little more than a sideshow in the bigger picture as South Asia's tectonic plates shift in a direction that makes New Delhi's resistance to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) look increasingly futile

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that may be the motive for "someone" to interfere and try to cause trouble, since that China's Belt and Road Initiative is a serious threat to western-owned shipping companies.

Jul 25 12:28

"Time Is Running Out" - China Is Planning For A Crisis Along North Korean Border

Despite Chinese officials reassurance that "military means shouldn’t be an option," WSJ reports that China has been bolstering defenses along its 880-mile frontier with North Korea and realigning forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike.

While all eyes in America are once again distracted by "Russia"-related narratives and the dismal GOP efforts to replace, repeal, re-who-knows-what Obamacare, the threat of North Korea has not gone away... and neither has China's preparations. As President Trump stepped up the rhetoric, pressuring China to do more to 'solve' the North Korean problem, and threatening military action to halt Kim's nuclear weapons program ambitions, it is clear that China has used this crisis to not just prepare for potential problems with North Korea but to reinforce military forces elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what President Trump's and DC's reaction is going to be to the next North Korean ICBM launch; I frankly don't think their collective reaction will be "Sit down, let's talk".

I am very concerned that their response will ultimately be military; look for some major battle carriers to be heading toward the North Korean peninsula in the not too distant future.

Jul 25 10:53

Chinese naval fleet arrives in Greece for friendly visit

A Chinese naval fleet arrived on Sunday at Piraeus port for a four-day friendly visit to Greece, conveying a message of friendship and cooperation.

Missile destroyer Changchun, missile frigate Jingzhou and supply vessel Chaohu docked at Piraeus, Greece's largest port, receiving a warm welcome by Greek and Chinese officials, and more than 1,000 Chinese living in Greece, as the Philharmonic band of the Municipality of Piraeus performed.

"I want to welcome you and your ships in the port of Piraeus. The recent relationship between our countries is in a very high level due to commercial and cultural cooperation and we are looking forward to be better," Commodore Georgios Agrafiotis, Commander of the Naval Command of Aegean, said during the welcome ceremony, as the crowd was waving Greek and Chinese national flags.

Jul 25 10:52

China tests underwater robot in South China Sea

The Chinese-developed underwater robot "Tansuo" conducted its maiden test dive in the South China Sea Monday.

The robot is 3.5 meters long and 1.5 meters wide and can dive to a depth of 4,500 meters. It will conduct 20 hours of collaborative operations with the unmanned submersible "Faxian" in the South China Sea.

Chinese research vessel "Kexue" left the port of Xiamen in eastern China's Fujian Province Sunday to continue its scientific expedition in the South China Sea.

Jul 25 10:43

China will protect border with India ‘at all costs’

How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said later in the day that Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval would be among the guests hosted by Beijing during a security officials meeting of the BRICS countries on Thursday and Friday, also involving Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who along with Doval is the special representative on the border issues, will also attend.

Lu refused to confirm whether the border issue would be discussed at the meeting.

“China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty,” Reuters cited Lu as saying.

Xi Jinping picks war games over military parade for Chinese army’s 90th birthday bash

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely hoping that a hot war will not develop between these two nuclear-armed countries, and that cooler heads will prevail, and some negotiated settlement can occur; but passions on both sides of the issue are running very high, and all it will take is one stupid mistake, or stupid miscalculation, to get a war going here.

Jul 25 10:11

China Forces Muslim Minority to Install Spyware on Their Phones

Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang are forcing locals of the Uyghur Muslim minority to install an app on their phones that will allow the government to scan their device for "terrorist propaganda," local media reports.

In reality, the app creates MD5 hashes for the user's files and matches them against a database of known terrorist content.

The app also makes copies of the user's Weibo and WeChat databases and uploads it to a government server, along with the user's IMEI, IMSI, and WiFi login information.

Spyware app developed by local police

The app is called Jingwang (Citizen Safety) and was developed by police forces from Ürümqi, Xinjiang's capital. Authorities launched the app in April, and also included the ability to report suspicious activity to the police.

At the start of July, Xinjiang officials started sending WeChat messages in Uyghur and Chinese to locals, asking them to install the app or face detainment of up to 10 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government has an incredible "gift" for adding insult to injury for its ethnic Uyghur in Xinjiang, and that will not cure the problems which have led to violence here.

Local, indigenous people need more access to education, meaningful jobs, and a chance at a way to become somewhat financially upwardly mobile. As reported in 2013:

Uighurs in China say that bias against them is growing

And, as reported in, 2015:

In other parts of China, such as Hong Kong and Shanghai, where Mandarin is not the native tongue, learning the national language does indeed open doors. But in Xinjiang even many Uighurs who speak fluent Mandarin find it hard to get ahead, partly because of racial prejudice. Highly educated Uighurs tend to earn less than their Han equivalents, says Mr Hasmath. Attempts by the Chinese government to promote knowledge of Mandarin and Chinese culture in Xinjiang may generate more problems than they solve.

Jul 25 09:17

Beijing Vowed Strike on Vietnam Targets for Drilling in South China Sea

A Hanoi-sanctioned gas drilling operation by Spanish company Repsol has ended, reportedly following threats from China to target Vietnamese bases in the South China Sea.

Jul 25 08:08

China and Russia stage war games on EU border taunting West with WW3 threats

RUSSIA and China are putting the world on edge as they conduct joint operations with their most advanced warships on Europe’s doorstep.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how when NATO conducts war games on the Russian border it is to "counter Russian aggression" but when Russia and China conduct exercises it "puts the world on edge."

Jul 25 04:02


Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang are forcing locals of the Uyghur Muslim minority to install an app on their phones that will allow the government to scan their device for "terrorist propaganda," local media reports. In reality, the app creates MD5 hashes for the user's files and matches them against a database of known terrorist content.

Jul 24 09:33


India is militarily engaging a state actor from the soil of a third country over a piece of land its partner country does not even control. Not even the mighty US does that

Jul 24 08:55

BREAKING: 2 Chinese jets intercept US spy plane near Chinese territory

A pair of Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy spy plane over the East China Sea on Sunday, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of an American aircraft, two US officials told Reuters on Monday.

The US officials, who are remaining anonymous, said the initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to US EP-3 plane on Sunday, that the American aircraft was forced to change direction. One of the Chinese J-10 jets flew under the American EP-3 jet and maneuvered suddenly, popping up 300 feet in front of the U.S. plane and causing “the [US] EP-3 to take evasive action to avoid collision,” one official said.

Jul 24 08:01

PLA plans war games instead of military parade on 90th anniversary

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) will hold war games instead of usual military parade to showcase its military might on the world's largest standing force's 90th anniversary next week, a media report said on Monday.
President Xi Jinping, who is also the overall commander of the 2.3 million-strong army, has ordered war games over military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA on August 1, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.