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Aug 06 09:29

China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'

China has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong's protesters, saying their attempts "to play with fire will only backfire".

A spokesman for China's top policy office on Hong Kong told protesters not to "underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government".

Aug 06 08:57

Swipe Riot: Hong Kong Protesters Using Tinder, Pokémon Go To Coordinate

Hong Kong protesters are turning to apps like Tinder and Pokémon Go to coordinate demonstrations throughout the city, as authorities crack down on first-line methods of communication such as WhatsApp, Telegram groups, Signal and the gaming platform Twitch, according to Abacus News.

Aug 06 08:15

Defying U.S. Sanctions,China and Others Take OilFrom 12 Iranian Tankers

China and other countries are receiving oil shipments from a larger number of Iranian tankers than was previously known, defying sanctions imposed by the United States to choke off Tehran’s main source of income, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

Aug 05 15:27

"New Cold War" Unleashing "Geopolitical Chaos": China Reacts To US Offensive Missiles In Asia

China's Global Times — the communist country's hawkish, belligerent state tabloid — has responded to the Pentagon's Friday announcement stating the US is looking to deploy intermediate range ballistic missiles to Asia "within months," warning "it will certainly trigger an intense arms race in the region."

Its editorial board, long understood as a mouthpiece of the state, has slammed remarks made by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlining the new mid-range ballistic missile deployment plans, crucially which came immediately on the heels of the formal collapse of the landmark US-Russia INF treaty, saying American greed and naked drive for hegemony will spark a dangerously unprecedented arms race which will fuel further "instability" across Asia.

Aug 05 15:25

For The First Time In 25 Years, US Treasury Just Designated China A Currency Manipulator

Following the plunge in the yuan overnight, The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday designated China as currency manipulator, a historic move that no White House had exercised since the Clinton administration.

“Secretary Mnuchin, under the auspices of President Trump, has today determined that China is a Currency Manipulator,” the Treasury Department said in a release.

“As a result of this determination, Secretary Mnuchin will engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China’s latest actions.” "

"This pattern of actions is also a violation of China’s G20 commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation."

Washington hasn’t labeled a major trade partner a currency manipulator since 1994.

The Yuan tumbled further on the headline...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is as serious as is a heart attack, folks; I do not know what the Trumporators are planning, but my gut is telling me it will be major, and singularly unpleasant.

Aug 05 10:49

China Halts Purchases of US Agricultural Products, Mulls Retroactive Tariffs - Commerce Ministry

Earlier, US media reported that Beijing had quietly asked state-owned enterprises to suspend further imports of US agricultural goods amid the ongoing trade war, and President Donald Trump's recent threat to slap 10 percent tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports.

Chinese companies have stopped buying agricultural products made in the US, and Beijing is considering imposing tariffs on all US farm goods purchased after August 3, China's ministry of commerce announced late Monday, according to Reuters.

The ministry's statement comes on the heels of reports by Chinese media, including Xinhua, about possible new tariffs on US agricultural goods.

Aug 05 10:46

Snyder: China Is Extremely Angry, And Now Considers The United States To Be Enemy #1

Chinese officials are firmly blaming the United States for the enormous political protests that we have witnessed in Hong Kong in recent weeks, and on Thursday President Trump slapped another round of tariffs on Chinese imports. Sadly, most Americans aren’t even paying much attention to these developments, but over in China everyone is talking about these things. And of course the truth is that they aren’t just talking – the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger toward the U.S., and they aren’t afraid to express it.

Aug 05 10:16

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for two fresh demonstrations after police fired tear gas in violent clashes

Thousands of protesters took to Hong Kong's streets again today for two new demonstrations after police fired tear gas at the crowds last night.

The Chinese-controlled city has been rocked by months of protests against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China.

Adding to the tensions, a general strike aimed at bringing the city to a halt is planned for tomorrow and hundreds of the people marching today were heard calling for this to happen.

Aug 05 08:49

Trump Slams China's "Currency Manipulation" After PBOC Denies Competitive Devaluation

President Trump has escalated his rhetoric against China's interventionsit lack-of-intervention, blasting "China dropped the price of their currency to an almost a historic low. It’s called 'currency manipulation'..."

Then Trump added - clearly pushing Powell to do more: "Are you listening Federal Reserve? This is a major violation which will greatly weaken China over time!"

Aug 05 08:20

DOW PLUMMETS 600 POINTS AS CHINA TRADE WAR ESCALATES

Stocks fell sharply on Monday as a trade war between the world’s largest economies intensified with China retaliating against the U.S.? latest move.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points, while the S&P 500 dropped 2.4%. The Nasdaq Composite lagged, dropping 3%. The three indexes were on pace to post their biggest-one day loss since May 13. The Nasdaq was on track to fall for a sixth straight session, which would be its longest losing streak since late 2016. The S&P 500 headed for a six-day losing streak as well.

Aug 05 07:58

China-USA Currency War Goes HOT

Aug 05 05:21

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes to New Record Low as Global Markets Tumble

By Tyler Durden

China is firing all the big guns, because just an hour after Beijing effectively devalued the yuan, when it launched the latest currency war with the US, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises “to suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products after President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade tensions with the Asian nation last week.”

China’s state-run agricultural firms have now stopped buying American farm goods, and are waiting to see how trade talks progress...

Aug 04 11:46

Canadian lab's shipment of Ebola, Henipah viruses to China raises questions

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab sent live Ebola and Henipah viruses to Beijing on an Air Canada flight March 31, and while the Public Health Agency of Canada says all federal policies were followed, there are questions about whether that shipment is part of an ongoing RCMP investigation.

Ebola and Henipah are Level 4 pathogens, meaning they're some of the deadliest viruses in the world. They must be contained in a lab with the highest level of biosafety control, such as the one in Winnipeg.

Aug 03 11:15

A Tiny Chinese Lunar Orbiter Just Crashed on the Moon's Far Side (on Purpose)

The small spacecraft operated in orbit for 437 Earth days, exceeding its one-year designed lifespan. It was then brought down in a controlled fashion at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 GMT; 10:20 p.m. Beijing time) on July 31, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China National Space Administration's Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center as a source.

Aug 03 10:27

Spotlight: U.S. Rust Belt state of Ohio seeks multifaceted cooperation with China

Paul D. Orkwis (C), interim dean of College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, speaks during a meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, the United States, on July 25, 2019. Government officials, business leaders, cultural exchange associations in U.S. Rust Belt state of Ohio have voiced their willingness to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts in multifaceted ways.

Aug 03 07:29

Hong Kong Martial Law Aug 4th

Aug 02 10:33

China Vows To Retaliate After Fresh Tariffs: Here Is What It Could Do

Now that President Trump has boxed Jerome Powell into a corner by declaring his intention to slap tariffs on the other ~$300 billion in Chinese goods that haven't already been impacted come the first of September, it's worth considering: How will Beijing respond to all of this?

So far, Chinese media has been quiet on the subject, even as domestic markets tumble and the yuan slides. That's possibly because China's senior lawmakers have departed to the seaside resort of Beidaihe for their annual two-week policy conclave. Typically, officials from President Xi on down disappear from public view as they debate policy. But Beijing's minister of foreign trade has already made clear that Beijing is less than pleased with President Trump's latest announcement which, like the last one, took them completely by surprise (though it's not all that surprising considering that the latest round of trade talks barely lasted half a day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully obvious, to anyone with a pair of eyes to see, and ears to hear, and a brain to think, that the nominal leader of the Free World, and "alleged" writer of the book, "The Art of the Deal", (ghostwritten, of course), cannot manage to negotiate his way out of a bloody paper bag!!!

If President Trump did have this capability, we would not be fighting these economic wars with China right now; and that's just a fact!!

And what concerns me most intensely, is how trade wars can morph into shooting wars, sometimes, at the drop of the proverbial hat!!!

Is there not one "adult in the room", in the Bowels of Power in DC, who is capable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion?!?

Looking at the worsening, horrific messes with both US domestic and foreign policies, the blunt answer, has to be, "HELL, no!!"

Aug 02 10:24

Sea Of Red": Global Markets Tumble In Post Trump Tariff Carnage

The Fed's rate cut was supposed to boost markets and slam the dollar... it didn't quite work out that way.

One day after stocks tumbled when Powell disappointed markets with his hawkish cut - the biggest plunge for stocks on a rate cut day since the memorable 1987 - global markets swooned as a wave of selling swept across the world, as panicked traders dumped stocks on fears that trade war between the US and China is about to escalate. Add to this a fresh trade war between Japan and South Korea, and a Trump announcement on EU trade at 1:45 pm which will hang over markets, and it becomes obvious why world markets are a sea of red.

Aug 02 09:52

Watch Hong Kong Protesters Use Lasers to Disrupt Facial Recognition

By John Vibes

In the recent wave of demonstrations to sweep Hong Kong, tensions between protesters and police have continued to escalate.

The protesters in Hong Kong are fighting technologically advanced police forces, but have developed ingenious guerilla tactics to counteract the technological disadvantage...

Aug 02 09:38

Stock Losses Accelerate As China Warns "Temperamental" US "Will Suffer More Pain"

US equity markets are accelerating losses following confirmation, via a Chinese media op-ed, that the US-China trade war is drifting further away from a deal following Trump's new tariffs.

Full China op-ed (via Global Times)

The US on Thursday unexpectedly announced on Twitter that starting September 1 it would impose a 10-percent tariff on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods, following the resumed high-level China-US economic and trade consultations in late July in Shanghai. Both sides said the negotiations were "constructive" and mentioned China's commitment to increase purchases of US agricultural products in their statements. It's astonishing and inexplicable that the White House changed its tune overnight and is wielding the tariff stick once again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I see here, is thousands of American businesses and farmers who will be hurt on this; and they are seriously not going to forget the economic pain they have endured, courtesy of "Truponomics", in the near future.

Aug 01 10:54

Chinese forces gathering at Hong Kong border, White House officials monitoring escalation

The White House is monitoring the sudden “congregation” of Chinese forces at the border with Hong Kong, according to reports, following another night of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.

A senior US official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity said a number of units had gathered, but it’s unclear if they are security police or part of China’s military, Bloomberg reports.

It comes as Beijing accused the United States of inciting the increasingly unruly protests in Hong Kong, which began two months ago over a proposed extradition bill that could see citizens sent to the mainland.

Aug 01 10:26

WALL STREET SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR MORE TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS

As Wall Street celebrates what will likely be an interest rate cut later this week, it should also sober up fir more bad economic news. The chances of increased tariffs on Chinese goods are incredibly high and some say the only way to save the economy from the trade war is to lower rates.

Analysts say that if the trade war continues, the destruction of the economy will also continue necessitating the interest rate cuts, which the Federal Reserve has stated will only go down a quarter of a point. CNBC’s Jim Cramer pointed out on Tuesday that investors should be prepared for the United States to slap another round of tariffs on Chinese imports.

Aug 01 09:32

FBI WANTS TECH TO TRACK SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS BEFORE THEY ACT

SOURCE: NEXTGOV
The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a “social media early alerting tool” that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week.

“With increased use of social media platforms by subjects of current FBI investigations and individuals that pose a threat to the United States, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify relevant information from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other Social media platforms in a timely fashion,” the agency said in the RFP. “Consequently, the FBI needs near real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available in furtherance of its law enforcement and intelligence missions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like we're headed toward a Chinese-centric model for controlling behaviour by controlling social media, and giving "credits and debits" to all of its citizens.

Of course, what the end result of such sweeping surveillance will cause to happen, is an absolute silence on the internet, with no one saying anything, even if it is of positive social significance.

And my question has to be; if these on-line manifestos did exist, why hadn't the DHS already flagged them, before it was too late?!?

And also, why DHS is absolutely, utterly impotent at finding, and prosecuting malware and hijack ware creators?!? Are they not supposed to be responsible for the security of ALL Americans online?!?

And we have a companion piece, also to be found at blacklistednews.com:
UK Home Secretary wants backdoor access to all encrypted email.

Aug 01 09:13

THE PENTAGON SPENT MILLIONS ON VULNERABLE CHINESE TECH IN 2018, WATCHDOG SAYS

SOURCE: NEXTGOV
The Pentagon last year purchased thousands of Chinese tech products that contained known cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and officials have yet to enact policies to stop it from happening again, an internal watchdog found.

In 2018, the department bought more than 9,500 commercial printers, computers and cameras despite warnings that adversaries could use the products to infiltrate networks and spy on personnel, according to an inspector general audit. The procurements, which totaled roughly $33 million, expose significant shortcomings in the department’s supply chain security policies that persist to this day, auditors said in a redacted report published Tuesday.

Specifically, the Army and Air Force purchased more than 8,000 printers from Lexmark and 1,500 computers from Lenovo, two Chinese companies that national security officials previously linked to the Communist Party’s espionage operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I have to ask, is why did this keep happening, when the Pentagon knew that there were known vulnerabilities in this equipment?!?

What's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody Everything!!!

Aug 01 08:55

CHINA TAIWAN HEATING UP

Aug 01 06:57

US Farmer Crisis: China's US Soybean Purchases Plunge To 2004 Lows

A new report from Bloomberg shows US soybean exports to China collapsed in 1H19 to the lowest level in more than a decade.

The US exported 614,806 tons of soybeans to China in June, according to US customs data. That brought 1H19 China imports of soybeans from the US to 5.9 million tons, the lowest level since 2004, according to Bloomberg calculations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The farmers in this country looked to Candidate Trump to become their economic saviour; unfortunately, because of how President Trump has chosen to play the economic trade game" with China, concerning agricultural products, he has now become their worst economic nightmare.

Jul 30 09:46

Half of China pigs have died!

Jul 27 07:39

HONG KONG’S CRISIS CONTINUES

Jul 25 09:30

U.S. And China Face Off In Iranian Conflict

Jul 25 06:51

US Navy Warship Antietam Sails Through Contested Taiwan Strait

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that a US Navy warship had sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a narrow body of water separating the autonomous island of Taiwan from the Chinese mainland.

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam transited the 112-mile-wide waterway on Wednesday as part of a display of defiance by Washington, which rejects Beijing's claims of sovereignty over Taiwan and the strait.

"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," US Navy spokesperson Commander Clay Doss said in a statement.

Jul 24 18:45

"This Cannot Be Tolerated": Beijing Hints It Could Send Troops Into Hong Kong If Protests Don't Stop

A few days after another round of violent protests rocked Hong Kong, Beijing on Wednesday issued its harshest warning yet to the citizens of Hong Kong: It sought to remind them that Beijing has the authority to mobilize the People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong if it felt that the central government's authority was threatened.

Jul 24 18:39

China to build ‘world-class’ military in new strategy as US ‘stirs up rivalry’ between major powers

The US erodes global security and seeks “absolute superiority,” but Beijing won’t follow the “beaten track” of big powers in seeking hegemony, focusing instead on having a “world-class” army, says a new Chinese military document.

Jul 24 18:35

US defiantly sends warship through Taiwan Strait after China calls it a regional security threat

A guided-missile cruiser has sailed through the Taiwan Strait just a day after the Chinese military criticized Washington for “adding complexity to regional security” and warned it to stay clear of the island.

The transit of USS Antietam (CG-54) through the narrow waterway “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy's Seventh Fleet, said, stressing that the US will continue to conduct their 'freedom of navigation' voyages, which Beijing has repeatedly condemned.

Jul 24 14:45

China Is Building Their Strategic Pork Reserve

Jul 24 09:49

Pro-China Boris? Britain’s new PM ‘enthusiastic’ about Beijing’s new Silk Road

The next prime minister of the UK has turned out to be supportive of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Boris Johnson says Britain is open to Chinese investment.

Shortly before he was chosen to be the next occupant of 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson spoke to Hong Kong-based Chinese-language broadcaster Phoenix TV. In the interview he said that he is very interested in what Chinese President Xi Jinping is doing as well as Beijing’s multibillion-dollar project.

Jul 23 11:14

Rod-wielding mob launches brutal attack on protesters in Hong Kong station

Jul 23 09:51

Russia-China joint bomber patrol meets Japanese & S. Korean fighters, but missions will go on

Russian and Chinese strategic bombers have flown their first mission together over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Tokyo and Seoul are up in arms, but Moscow points out it's all within international rules and regulations.

Two Russian Tu-95ms and two Chinese Xian H-6 bombers patrolled a pre-planned route above the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, “strictly in accordance with international law,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Seoul claims the bombers breached its air defense identification zone (KADIZ), but Moscow insists this designation is not supported by any international rules and that no third country's airspace was violated.

Jul 22 10:42

Tens of thousands march again in huge Hong Kong anti-government rally

Hong Kong witnessed another huge anti-government march on Sunday with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub, sparked by years of rising anger over Beijing’s rule.

The city has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.

The initial protests were lit by a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

But they have since evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.

Jul 22 10:03

China’s Investments in US Plummet by Nearly 90 Percent Under Trump

The nosedive comes against the background of the ongoing trade row between Beijing and Washington, which, however, showed signs of nearing a resolution late last month when President Trump announced that he will not impose new tariffs on China.

China’s direct investments in the US have plummeted by almost 90 percent since Donald Trump was elected US President in 2016, according to statistics by the economic research group Rhodium Group.

The data shows that the investments shrank to about to $5.4 billion in 2018 from a peak of $46.5 billion in 2016, which amounts to a total drop of 88 percent.

Jul 22 08:48

Chaos, Bloodshed in China as Hundreds of Men in White Attack Protesters, Journalists, Residents

By Tyler Durden

Well over a month after the latest bout of Hong Kong street protests erupted, the situation remains tense as ever. More than seven hours after the start of a major march against Hong Kong’s now-suspended extradition bill, riot police fired rounds of tear gas on protesters along Connaught Road Central following skirmishes and a tense stand-off...

Jul 21 14:10

China Records Rare Drop In Gasoline Output

Jul 21 12:30

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
The KOTRA report showed North Korea’s trade volume falling to $2.84 billion in 2018, a 48.8 percent decline from the previous year. Exports fell by a dizzying 86.3 percent, imports declined 31.2 percent, and the North Korean trade deficit rose by 17.5 percent.

The Korea Times cited the specific U.N. Security Council resolutions that appeared to deflate North Korea’s trade volume so sharply, saying:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes; considering the degree to which these US sanctions have crippled North Korea's economy, can one blame its leadership, for being not terribly talkative about peace and denuclearization right now?!?

And as adding more salt into the wound, Secretary Mike Pompeo has just completely disregarded North Korea's charges regarding more military drills with South Korea: Pompeo rejects North Korean charges on Military Drills

The article goes on to state: "North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Trump had reaffirmed in a meeting with Kim last month that joint exercises would be halted and the U.S. decision to forge ahead with them was “clearly a breach” of the two leaders’ agreements at a summit in Singapore last year.

The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington’s pattern of “unilaterally reneging on its commitments” was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles."

Mr. President, you have GOT to seriously understand what you want here, and allow that to stand, looking at how some "good faith efforts" on the part of the US government might make this doable.

The only alternative here, is war with North Korea, which would most probably pull in China as well; not a great option.

Jul 20 17:24

Steve Bannon, China, and the Committee on the Present Danger 4.0

By Kurt Nimmo

Steve Bannon is making himself useful. According to The New York Times, he has rekindled the paranoiac fire that fed the Cold War military-industrial complex and stoked red hysteria far and wide.

This is the fourth iteration of the Committee on the Present Danger. The first committee was originally formed in 1950 and produced the founding document of the manufactured Cold War—NSC-68, written by Paul Nitze...

Jul 20 09:16

China's Debt to GDP Ratio Is Now Over 300%!!!

Jul 18 11:29

Google kills 'Project Dragonfly' China search engine project

Google's VP of public policy, Karan Bhatia, today told the US Senate the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its localized search engine project for China.

“We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Bhatia said of the search app for people in China that Google was reported to be working on in 2018.

Bhatia was responding to Republican senator Josh Hawley's questions about Google’s business with China.

Davey Alba at BuzzFeed News writes the company didn't rule out the possibilities of doing other projects for China, now or in the future.

Jul 18 11:26

China to Ban Doing Business with Firms Selling Weapons to Taiwan

China considers Taiwan its sovereign territory, treating it as a breakaway province to be eventually reunited with the mainland.

Its ruling authorities call incursions by US warships in the Taiwan Strait provocative – the 110 mile-wide waterway separating Taiwan from the mainland.

They consider US arms sales to Taiwan a hostile act.

China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe earlier was unequivocal, saying the nation’s military will “firmly defend (China’s) national sovereignty, security and developmental interest.”

Beijing expressed outrage over the Trump regime’s approval to sell about $2.2 billion worth weapons to Taiwan, including Abrams tanks, Hercules armored vehicles, heavy equipment transporters, and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

Jul 18 09:25

China to boost imports of Russian soybeans, cutting out US crop exports

China’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that Beijing and Moscow are discussing ways to increase bilateral trade, particularly by increasing imports of Russian soybeans and other agricultural products.

Commerce Minister Zhong Shan met with Russian Minister for Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin this week. They agreed to “deepen trade in soybeans” as China looks to diversify supplies away from the United States.

Jul 17 08:17

Trump promises to probe China’s alleged ‘infiltration’ of Google

Donald Trump has said his administration will probe accusations that Google has been infiltrated after working with China’s military, days after billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel called for the tech giant to be investigated.

The US president tweeted on Tuesday that he would “take a look” at Thiel’s assertion that Google was in cahoots with Beijing and should face a federal investigation. During a speech on Sunday, the co-founder of PayPal urged the FBI and CIA to take action, suggesting that Google may be “thoroughly infiltrated” by Chinese intelligence. Thiel failed to provide evidence when pressed further about his incendiary claims, stressing that he was simply “raising questions” about Google’s relationship with Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks that Google.... has chosen to "mess with the wrong President"!! on this issue.

Jul 15 12:26

After Taiwan buys arms, China holds military drills on southeast coast

China’s military recently carried out air and naval drills along its southeast coast, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday, following the latest arms sales from the United States to self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as a renegade province.

In a brief statement, and without giving an exact geographical location, the ministry said that the People’s Liberation Army had in “recent days” held the exercises.

“These drills were routine arrangements in accordance with annual plans for the military,” it said, without elaborating.

China’s southeast coast is one of the country’s most sensitive regions as it faces Taiwan across the narrow Taiwan Strait. China deems democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province, to be taken by force if needed.

Jul 15 10:41

China Sends A Message: Holds Military Drills Off Taiwan, Will Sanction US Defense Firms

Following last week's State Department approval of the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that it will follow through on threats first made days ago to impose sanctions on American companies selling arms to Taiwan.

Crucially this confirmation came simultaneous to provocative new military exercises off China's southeast coast, near Taiwan, which involved the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy and air force. Downplaying the maneuvers, the PLA described the drills as "a routine arrangement according to (our) annual plans."

Jul 15 10:40

'Racist Disgrace': Susan Rice Slams Chinese Diplomat Who Says Black Families Ruin White Neighborhoods

Former US Ambassador and Netflix board member Susan Rice called a senior Chinese diplomat a "racist disgrace" in a heated Twitter spat on Sunday.

In defending China's mass detention of Muslims via a series of now-deleted tweets, Islamabad-based diplomat Lijian Zhao first noted that "37 countries" have sent a joint letter to the UN supporting China's position, while "22 countries" - none of which are Muslim, are against it.

What steamed Rice, however, was Zhao's assertion that "If you're in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go to the SW area, because it's an area for the black & Latin," adding "There's a saying ‘black in & white out’, which means that as long as a black family enters, white people will quit, & price of the apartment will fall sharply."

Rice snapped back, "You are a racist disgrace. And shockingly ignorant too."

"Ambassador Cui, I expect better of you and your team. Please do the right thing and send him home."

Jul 15 10:10

37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter

UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week.

Envoys from across the EU -- along with Australia, Canada and Japan and New Zealand -- had earlier co-signed a text denouncing China's conduct in Xinjiang, where one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, are reportedly being held in internment camps.

On Friday a diverse group of states -- including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Algeria and North Korea -- replied on Beijing's behalf.

"We commend China's remarkable achievements in the field of human rights," said the letter, also signed by Myanmar, the Philippines, Zimbabwe and others.

Jul 15 10:08

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google

Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, on Sunday night said that Google should be federally investigated for allegedly aiding the Chinese military.

Why it matters: Thiel is the tech industry's highest-profile Trump supporter, and one of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley.

Thiel spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism, with part of his speech focusing on "three questions that should be asked" of Google:

Jul 13 18:19

China's experimental space lab to re-enter atmosphere on July 19

China's experimental space lab Tiangong-2 is expected to leave orbit and re-enter the atmosphere on July 19, China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced on Saturday.

Most of the spacecraft will be burnt up in the atmosphere, and a small amount of debris is expected to fall in the safe sea area in the South Pacific, CMSEO, which manages China's human spaceflight endeavours, said.

Jul 13 09:34

China Thinks It Can Make Demands on the US!

Jul 12 06:40

China threatens sanctions against US companies selling weapons to Taiwan

Beijing will impose sanctions on US enterprises involved in arms sales to Taiwan, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The decision follows Washington’s announcement to sell $2.22 billion worth of arms to Taiwan.

Jul 11 15:38

Ceasefire Over? Trump Demands New Sanctions On Beijing Over Iranian Oil Imports

Once again, it appears Robert Lighthizer and the Trump Administration's trade hawk faction have won over the more moderate advisors. Only a week ago, reports surfaced claiming the US might exempt China from Iran sanctions, for fear that the US would have no choice but to crack down otherwise (since Beijing has made clear exactly how it feels about Washington dictating which countries it can trade with).

Now, that idea, which was being pushed by senior State Department officials, has been abandoned, according to a Politico report. Instead, senior administration officials believe there's no avoiding the fact that Beijing has repeatedly violated the ban on importing Iranian crude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Beijing isn't "defying" the US; it needs Iranian oil to prop up its industrial sector.

So what is President Trump going to do about it now, start boarding Chinese vessels, and interdict Iranian oil?!? Let's see now... isn't that tantamount to declaring war against China?!?

What is frustrating here, is that with the situations concerning both China and Iran, President Trump has managed to give himself no "wiggle room" for something positive to happen, and that, friends, is a "fantastic failure of imagination".

Jul 11 08:42

The Chinese military has deployed armored vehicles to Europe for the first time as Chinese medics train in Germany

The Chinese military has deployed military personnel and armored medical vehicles to Germany for joint drills, a first for the Chinese People's Liberation Army as it attempts to forge closer ties with Europe.

The joint exercise — Combined Aid 2019 — is focused on preparing troops with the medical service units of the Chinese and German armed forces to respond to humanitarian crises, such as mass casualty incidents and serious disease outbreaks, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

Jul 11 08:38

World's Largest Supplier Of Consumer Goods Warns Chinese Factories In "Urgent And Desperate" Shape

The largest supplier of consumer goods in the world - China's Li & Fung - has said that Chinese factories are becoming "urgent and desperate" as US retailers move out of the country amid the ongoing trade war, according to Bloomberg, and more factory shut downs are likely to follow as the trade war continues.

Companies like Li & Fung Ltd., which designs, sources and transports consumer goods from Asia for some of the world’s biggest retailers, are being pushed by their American clients to shift production out of China.

Spencer Fung, chief executive officer said: “U.S. clients are definitely very, very worried. Everyone is making razor-thin margins already and most people have a huge percentage in China. So if the biggest source increases the price by 25%, they are worried.”

Jul 11 08:23

AI to Aid China’s Lunar Probe to Collect Samples

China's next lunar probe, Chang'e 5, scheduled to be launched around the end of this year, will adopt artificial intelligence technologies in the soft landing as well as sample collection process, the former program chief has said.

Ouyang Ziyuan, former chief scientist of China's lunar probe project, made the statement during a conference on satellites and space held in Rizhao, East China's Shandong Province from Friday to Sunday.

According to China National Space Administration, the Chang'e-5 mission, which aims to bring back 2 kilograms of samples from the moon surface, will make China the third country to do so after the US and Russia.

Jul 11 08:09

Chinese Security Cameras Banned For Spying Are Nearly Impossible To Identify And Remove

Federal agencies are rushing to meet a deadline to rip out Chinese made surveillance cameras in order to comply with a congressional ban, but as Bloomberg reports, the task isn’t quite as easy as it seems: thousands of the devices are still in place and it’s looking as though most won’t be removed before the August 13 deadline. A complicated supply chain is making it difficult for authorities to understand whether security cameras are actually made in China or contain components that would violate US rules.

Jul 11 08:02

VOTING MACHINE MAKERS CLAIM THE NAMES OF THE ENTITIES THAT OWN THEM ARE TRADE SECRETS

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Elections asked suppliers of electronic voting machines a simple question: who owns you? (h/t Annemarie Bridy)
On June 14, 2019, the State Board of Elections requested that your companies disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5% or greater interest or share in each of the vendor’s company, any subsidiary company, of the vendor, and the vendor’s parent company.

This seems like very basic information -- information the Board should know and should be able to pass on to the general public. After all, these are the makers of devices used by the public while electing their representatives. They should know who’s running these companies and who their majority stakeholders are. If something goes wrong (and something always does), they should know who’s ultimately responsible for the latest debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the names of companies providing voting machines to the states are made public, there should be no purchasing of them by the states which utilize electronic tabulations to determine their outcome, period, end of discussion.

Jul 10 12:44

New Silk Road: Russia to build 2,000km highway linking Europe and China

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the construction of a new tolled motorway across Russia designed to significantly shorten cargo routes, local media reported. The project is expected to cost around $9.5 billion.

The massive infrastructure project, the Meridian highway, has won the support of the Russian government, Vedomosti business daily said, citing government officials. The highway is set to stretch over 2,000km from the Belarus border to the frontier with Kazakhstan, and it is expected to become part of the fastest trucking route between China and Europe.

Jul 10 07:29

China's Losing Control Of Its Crushing Debt Load As Defaults And Missed Payments Skyrocket

China’s economic slowdown and heavy debt load is affecting everybody in the country – even it’s "jewelry queen", Zhou Xiaoguang, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Zhou, who went from selling trinkets on city streets to taking a seat in China’s parliament and becoming Ernst & Young‘s "Entrepreneur of the Year" was faced with the reality of being unable to pay her company's billions of dollars in debt while in a bankruptcy court in April.

She is just one example of a massive debt burden taking its toll on China.

China has relied on borrowing to fuel its expansion for at least a generation. In 2018, the country was known for creating four billionaires a week and is number one globally in self-made fortunes. But this quick pace of growth, with many borrowing heavily in the process, also masked companies' strategic mistakes.

Fueled by debt, many over-expanded into crowded sectors and now those mal-investments and mis-allocations of resources are coming back to bite them.

Jul 09 16:00

Oldest Elongated Skulls Discovered In China?

Jul 09 11:22

China (Officially) Buys Gold For 7th Straight Month As Treasury Holdings Tumble

China continued its renewed (public) gold-buying spree in May adding another 10 tons of the precious metal to its reserve - the seventh month of buying in a row.

“It’s a diversification away from the U.S. dollar, particularly given the trade tensions and the potential technology cold war that’s evolving,” said Bart Melek, global head of commodity strategy at TD Securities.

“We have to remember that gold is nobody’s liability.”

Jul 08 11:46

Massive floods swamp eastern China

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