Apr 14 09:53

China’s military to hold live-fire drills off Taiwan as US delegation visits the island

China’s military will begin live-fire drills on Thursday in waters off Taiwan’s southwest coast, as an unofficial US delegation visits the self-ruled island.

The six-day exercise will be carried out to the south of the Penghu archipelago in the Taiwan Strait, the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration announced on Wednesday.

It has set out a no-go zone for vessels in an area near the islands while the live-fire drills are under way until Tuesday.

Apr 14 08:13

South China Sea Dispute: Philippine military spots ‘illegal’ structures on reef | English World News

Apr 14 08:08

Coming soon: China’s space war against the US

If a war between China and the United States erupted today, an American victory would not be assured. US Navy Admiral John Aquilino recently testified before Congress that American forces deployed to the Indo-Pacific are overmatched by their Chinese rivals.

Any conflict between the United States and China would likely begin at sea and in the skies over the Indo-Pacific region. Thus the US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps would form the tip of America’s spear in the region.

These US military forces (and their allies) would require untrammeled access to satellites in order to defend against Chinese aggression.

Apr 14 06:26

China Threatens Retaliation Over Japan's Decision To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Waste Water

Out of all Japan's major allies and neighbors, it appears the US is the only one to support Tokyo's decision to dump

As we noted yesterday, with nuclear waste and fuel rods still contaminating the area, more than one million tons of radioactive waste water has seeped from the facility, and more seeps out every day, forcing authorities into what Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga describes as the "unavoidable" position of having to dump the water. After more than 10 years and a containment effort that the government branded a "success", Japan has decided to start dumping the radioactive water back into the ocean.

Apr 14 06:04

Biden Brushes Off China’s Complaints, Sends First Delegation to Taiwan

A former U.S. senator and two former U.S. deputy secretaries of state have arrived in Taiwan, leading the first unofficial delegation dispatched by President Biden, amid heightened tensions with Beijing over the future of the self-ruling island.

Christopher J. Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut, and former senior State Department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg touched down in Taipei on Wednesday afternoon local time, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said.

During their three-day stay, the U.S. delegation will dine with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and the foreign minister, and discuss bilateral relations, the Taiwan side said. Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency reported Wednesday that Taiwanese officials would brief the U.S. delegation on China’s recent provocations against the island and across the region, and call for increased support from Washington on trade, security and economic matters.

Apr 14 06:03

STAR WARS China militarizing space by building ‘destructive missiles & lasers’ to ‘blind US spacecraft sensors,’ intel report says

CHINA is currently working on building "counterspace weapons" that would act in direct opposition to US-owned aircraft by possibly "blinding" their sensors.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a report detailing efforts made by the Chinese military that would match if not exceed current US technology in the upcoming years.

Apr 14 05:42

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Reef Dispute As War Games With US Kick Off

The United States and the Philippines have just kicked off two weeks of military drills at a moment that Manila and Beijing are locked in a war of words over a disputed area surrounding Whitson Reef.

The exercises are annual - though last year's were canceled due to the coronavirus - and this year is dubbed the "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises. The drills have been cut in terms of troop numbers due to the pandemic, and will involve some 700 US and 1,300 Philippines troops.

Apr 14 05:35

US Intelligence Puts China at Top of Annual Threat Assessment

US intelligence agencies put China at the top of an annual assessment of supposed threats to national security. The report follows the narrative being spread by Biden administration officials: that China seeks to replace the US as the dominant global power.

The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday, opens with a section on Beijing titled “China’s Push For Global Power.” The report claims that the Chinese government “will continue its whole-of-government efforts to spread China’s influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners, and foster new international norms that favor the authoritarian Chinese system.”

Apr 14 04:41

Two Front War? Three Fronts? What's Biden's Game in Taiwan, Iran, and Ukraine?

Apr 13 11:56

Could The U.S. Could Soon Be Involved In Wars In Taiwan, Ukraine And The Middle East Simultaneously?

Warmongers are now firmly in control in Washington, and they are pushing us toward war a little bit more each day.  A military conflict with Russia, China or Iran would be a nightmare scenario, but there is also a possibility that we could end up fighting all three of them simultaneously.  Such an outcome would have been unthinkable under the Trump administration, but times have changed.  Biden administration officials have been boldly declaring that “America is back”, and they have been trying to aggressively exert U.S. influence all over the globe.  Unfortunately, the rest of the world is not as intimidated by the U.S. military as it once was.

Apr 13 06:50

Beijing Plans To Mix Chinese COVID Jabs To Boost Efficacy As 'Vaccine Diplomacy' Falters

The director of China's CDC has acknowledged an uncomfortable truth: China's vaccines aren't nearly as effective as the country's scientists have proclaimed - much less their competitors.

"We will solve the issue that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates,” Chinese CDC Director Gao Fu said at a Saturday conference, according to a report from the Associated Press. "It’s now under consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process."

Apr 13 06:46

China's Huawei Blames US For Global Chip Shortage

Just around the time Joe Biden was concluding a meeting with more than a dozen CEOs on Monday addressing the global chip shortage that has snarled supply chains and brought high-tech industries to a stop (a meeting in which he offered $50 billion for semiconductor manufacturing and research), China's Huawei Technologies - which has been stockpiling chips at an unprecedented pace for the past 4 years - blamed the U.S. for the chip crunch rocking the global tech industry, saying Washington's sanctions against Chinese companies have spurred panic buying of semiconductors and other supplies.

"Because of the U.S. sanctions against Huawei, we have seen panic stockpiling among global companies, especially the Chinese ones. In the past, companies were barely stockpiling, but now they are building up three or six months' worth of inventory ... and that has disrupted the whole system," Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said at the company's 18th Huawei Analyst Summit, the Nikkei reported.

Apr 13 06:39

China digital currency: Biden administration steps up scrutiny of e-yuan over potential threat to US dollar dominance

The Biden administration is stepping up scrutiny of China’s plans for a digital yuan, with some officials concerned the move could kick off a long-term bid to topple the US dollar as the world’s dominant reserve currency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Now that China’s digital currency efforts are gathering momentum, officials at the US Treasury, State Department, Pentagon and National Security Council are bolstering their efforts to understand the potential implications, the people said.

Apr 13 06:36

Is Trudeau Handing Control of Vancouver International Airport Over to Communist China?

Rumors are rife that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will turn control of the Vancouver International Airport over to Communist China this week.

Count on Canadian mainstream media, who won’t be reporting on it, tagging all rumors as “conspiracy”.

We already know that Trudeau’s Liberal Government forces all travellers coming to Canada through airports including Toronto’s Pearson International Airport into government-sanctioned hotels for quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus. (Measures in place in response to COVID-19)

“What They Own In Canada
We already know that Communist China has large stakes in, or owns outright, much of Canada’s coastline and harbor lands.

Apr 13 06:27

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date.

While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the U.S. State Department on Friday issued new guidelines that will enable U.S. officials to meet more freely with Taiwanese officials, further deepening ties with Taipei.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and four J-10 fighters, as well as four H-6K bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, two anti-submarine aircraft and an early warning aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.

Apr 13 06:26

China’s Message to America: We’re an Equal Now

It quickly became obvious in Anchorage, Alaska, last month that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s diplomatic envoys hadn’t come carrying olive branches. Instead they brought a new world view.

As Biden administration officials expected in their first meeting with Chinese counterparts, Yang Jiechi, Mr. Xi’s top foreign-policy aide, and Foreign Minister Wang Yiasked them to roll back Trump-era policies targeting China. Beijing wanted to restore the kind of recurring “dialogue” Washington sees as a waste of time, say U.S. and Chinese officials briefed on the Alaska meeting.

Mr. Yang also delivered a surprise: a 16-minute lecture about America’s racial problems and democratic failings. The objective, say Chinese officials, was to make clear that Beijing sees itself as an equal of the U.S. He also warned Washington against challenging China over a mission Beijing views as sacred—the eventual reunification with Taiwan.

Apr 13 06:14

China v Russia v America: is 2021 the year Orwell’s 1984 comes true?

It may just be coincidence that Russia was piling military pressure on Ukraine last week at the same time as China noisily rattled sabres around Taiwan. Spring, to mangle Tennyson, is when a young man’s fancy turns to war – and that twisted maxim may even apply to ageing thugs such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Russia and China are moving into ever closer alliance. While there is no evidence of direct collusion over Ukraine and Taiwan, presidents Putin and Xi are doubtless fully aware of each other’s actions, which have an identical, mutually reinforcing effect: putting the wind up Joe Biden’s untested US administration.

What’s now unfolding could be portrayed as the ultimate fulfilment of George Orwell’s nightmarish vision, in his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, of a world divided geographically, politically and militarily into three rival super-states: Oceania (North America plus Britain), Eurasia (Russia and Europe), and Eastasia (China).

Apr 13 05:43

Arsonist US Plays With Fire

You would think riling up one nuclear power is bad enough, but the United States seems intent on doubling the risk of starting a world war by gratuitously aggressing Russia and China simultaneously.

Throwing around personal insults against the leaders of those two countries is one thing. But actually winding up military tensions is quite another which shows how reckless the Biden administration is.

Since Joe Biden became the 46th president, there has been an alarming increase in hostile rhetoric and conduct by the US toward Russia and China.

Ludicrously, the Biden administration is accusing Moscow and Beijing of aggression towards European and Asian allies when it is the United States that is building up warships, warplanes, missiles and troops in sensitive regions that threaten Russia and China.

Apr 13 04:24

China moves to tighten monetary policy

Apr 13 00:34

Twenty-Five Chinese Warplanes Fly Through Taiwan’s ADIZ

Flights come as US is boosting ties with Taipei to counter China and frequently sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait

Dave DeCamp Posted onApril 12, 2021CategoriesNewsTagsChina, Taiwan
According to Taipei’s defense ministry, twenty-five Chinese warplanes flew through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday. The flights marked the most significant Chinese passage through Taiwan’s ADIZ since the defense ministry began disclosing such flights last September.

While there is much hype surrounding these Chinese flights, Taiwan’s ADIZ is not part of its airspace, and the Chinese planes usually pass through the southwest corner of the ADIZ, far from the island of Taiwan.

Apr 13 00:32

Could the Philippines Drag the US Into War with China?

Tensions are rising again between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over rival claims to small islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. The latest incident began in late March when more than 200 Chinese "fishing vessels" arrived at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls Juan Felipe Reef – a maritime structure that it insists lies located within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The Chinese ships have continued to linger, supposedly because of rough seas caused by adverse weather conditions.

Apr 12 12:19

Taiwan says PLA flies 25 warplanes into its airspace, the largest incursion yet

China’s People Liberation Army flew 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, its largest incursion yet as tension in the Taiwan Strait continues to escalate.

According to Taiwan’s defence ministry, the PLA warplanes – 14 Jian-16 fighter jets, four Jian-10s, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft – entered the island’s southwest zone on Monday.

“[Taiwan’s] air force sent its air patrol force to shadow them, issued radio warnings and deployed missiles to monitor their movements,” the ministry said in a statement late Monday night.

Apr 12 08:49

China’s navy has more ships than the US. Does that matter?

Exactly if and when the increasing antagonism between United States and China will boil over into full-on conflict remains anybody’s guess.

But for now, one thing is as clear as the aqua-blue waters that lap up on the shores of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea: Beijing’s naval fleet is larger than that of the U.S. Navy.

Citing the Office of Naval Intelligence, a Congressional Research Service report from March notes that the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, was slated to have 360 battle force ships by the end of 2020, dwarfing the U.S. fleet of 297 ships.

Such numbers are hard to pinpoint because the PLAN doesn’t release public reports on its future shipbuilding efforts like the U.S. Navy does. But according to the CRS, China is on pace to have 425 battle force ships by 2030. Sheer size and numbers carry a quality all their own, and a numerical advantage would be of benefit in a small battlespace like the Taiwan Strait, some China watchers say.

Apr 12 06:34

China Blasts US Military Interventions In 'Counter' Human Rights Report

In the face of constant attacks by US officials over alleged human rights abuses, China released a report on Friday that blasts the US for its many military interventions that have created humanitarian disasters.

The report, titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by US Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries," was released by the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), which falls under China’s State Council Information Office.

"The majority of the aggressive wars were launched by the US unilaterally. They resulted in mass casualties and destruction of property and led to appalling humanitarian catastrophes. Such foreign interventions lay bare America’s selfishness and hypocrisy," the report reads.

The report said that from the end of World War II to 2001, the US was responsible for 81 percent of the world’s armed conflicts.

Apr 12 06:18

Pentagon Campaign to Recruit Vietnam as Military Ally Against China Exposed Delusions of US War Strategy

When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that they would eventually support an agreement to provide them the permission.

But a Grayzone investigation of the Pentagon’s lobbying push in Vietnam shows what a delusional exercise it was from its inception. In a fit of self-deception that highlighted the desperation behind the bid, the US military ignored abundant evidence that Vietnam had no intention of giving up its longstanding, firmly grounded policy of equidistance between the United States and China.

Apr 12 06:04

Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again

America began a new week with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. One might forgive a traveler from another land or time forming the impression that almost all U.S. television news, cable and network alike, consisted of different channels of Voice of the White House. (Or the Pentagon Broadcasting Service.) Being the foreign policy chief of the Biden-Harris administration, Todd was treated with the utmost deference except when he appeared to be slipping away from saber-rattling and toward some facsimile of diplomacy, as will be seen below. In return Blinken endearingly addressed Todd as Chuck. The direct address with the personal touch didn’t prevent Todd from goading Blinken on to new heights of obloquy and hostility toward Russia and China, though. Asking the tough questions is how the likes of Todd would phrase it, no doubt.

Apr 12 05:55

Taiwan to stage live-fire drills as fears of possible PLA attack grow

Taiwan is planning to stage live-fire drills on the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea later this month in preparation for a possible attack by mainland Chinese forces, amid reports the PLA has sent drones to gather intelligence about the Taipei-controlled islets.

Observers say the drills, along with a recent threat by Taiwan’s coastguard to shoot down any People’s Liberation Army drones sighted over Dongsha, are likely to increase tensions in the region.

Taiwan’s coastguard said the anti-landing drills would involve the use of shoulder-launched Kestrel rockets.

“There will be two live-fire practices, one on April 25 and the other on May 5, and we have already sent notices to relevant agencies, asking them to alert fishermen and aircraft to stay out of the firing zones,” an official from the Taiwan Coast Guard Administration said on Friday.

Apr 12 04:43

'American' But Made In China: Maybe It's Time America Boycotted Levi's Jeans After This

Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh announced his organization is “very concerned” about state governments allegedly attempting to restrict voter access while continuing to operate his business in China, a country that is well known for impeding its own election process.

During a segment on Friday’s CNN Newsroom, Bergh told host Poppy Harlow that his company was “going to do everything that we can to work with the legislatures to make sure that these restrictive laws don’t go into place.”

Apr 11 09:04

War Drums: China's Strong Words To Taiwan Have Biden Admin Taking Cover

Beijing on Friday issued new threats against Taiwan, suggesting its military "won't stand a chance" if China chose to invade and when questioned on the issue, the White House refused to comment.

China's threat comes amid a series of provocative actions and warnings in recent days by the Chinese military (PLA) including a series of air and naval incursions into territory Taiwan claims as its own.

"The PLA exercises are not only warnings, but also show real capabilities and pragmatically practicing reunifying the island, if it comes to that," an unnamed source told the Chinese state news service Global Times in an article published Friday morning. They added that the people of Taiwan are "dashing into a war that they cannot win."

Apr 11 09:03

Now China Has Cruise Missile Carrying Catamarans Chasing Away Ships In The South China Sea

Chinese stealthy catamaran fast-attack missile craft have reportedly been involved in an incident with a boat chartered by a Philippine media company in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea. According to an account citing ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Zambrano, the Type 022 Houbei class vessels appeared today in the Second Thomas Shoal, a submerged reef located in the disputed Spratly Islands. The missile craft then apparently aggressively chased away the boat operated on behalf of the ABS-CBN news crew, which had been sailing in the area to monitor the movements of other Chinese vessels.

This comes after a succession of reported incidents of intimidation of Filipino fishermen by Chinese boats, as well as alleged illegal fishing by Chinese vessels in these waters. In March, the Philippine Coast Guard said it had identified no fewer than 220 Chinese ships at another nearby reef, in waters also under Philippine jurisdiction.

Apr 11 09:02

China’s New Stealth Destroyers Should Make The U.S. Navy Worry

Though a strike group is certainly a significant multi-vessel force, what is more significant though perhaps less notable was one of the ships in the strike group: the new Type 055 destroyer, dubbed Renhai-class by the United States.

The Type 055s are formidable: the class has a number of stealthy features that reduce the class’ radar cross-section, including a specially contoured hull, bow, and deckhouse that enclose the ship’s smokestack, anchor chains, mooring points, and other features that would be more easily picked up by radar.

Apr 10 07:48

White House Eases US Officials' Ability To Freely Meet With Taiwan Counterparts

On Friday the White House issued a statement on spiraling tensions with China over the Taiwan issue, saying that the US is "not looking for confrontation with China" but that it's concerned over Beijing's "potentially destabilizing" actions in the region.

The statement came after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether the administration believed that China is on the cusp of invading Taiwan. But in terms of avoiding "confrontation" - another announcement Friday all but ensures that confrontation is exactly what we're headed toward: the Biden admin has just opened up the ability of American officials to freely meet with their Taiwan counterparts.

While for decades the US has maintained stringent rules and restrictions on its own diplomats and officials regarding such meetings in accord with keeping its 'One China' policy, these have now been largely lifted.

Apr 10 07:42

China In New Threat To Taiwan: "Island's Military Won't Stand A Chance"

China's prominent English-language state media mouthpiece Global Times on Friday published a fiery editorial which conveys the mood in Beijing at a moment of unprecedented ratcheting tensions surrounding Taiwan. If China chooses to invade the breakaway democratic island, then Taiwan's military "won't stand a chance" it said.

The article further attacked Taiwan's pro-independence movement and its external backers, saying the people of Taiwan are currently "dashing into a war that they cannot win."

At the moment China's PLA military is flexing as both a warning to Taipei and also American naval patrols in the South China Sea, given over past days there's been repeat air and naval incursions into Taiwan-claimed territory surrounding the island.

The column by GT's defense analyst Liu Xuanzun spells out this 'warning' precisely by quoting an unnamed "military expert":

Apr 10 07:29

China May Require Automakers, Including Tesla, To Store Driver Data Domestically

In a move that we're sure Elon Musk will hurriedly comply with, China is reportedly mulling the idea of making auto manufacturers store the personal data and information they collect in China domestically, according to new draft guidelines issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that automakers would also have to report to the Chinese government if they intended on moving the data outside of the country at any point. The report noted that Tesla would be one of the manufacturers affected.

The guidelines also state that companies are "banned from leaking any 'sensitive information' involving state security". Hilariously, the report says that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will be soliciting public opinions on the guidelines until May 8. We're sure they're going to pay close attention to what the public thinks...

Apr 10 07:19

US-China tech war: Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing in proposed new policy of ‘strategic competition’

The US Senate’s new legislation, the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, lays out a wide-ranging strategy for the first time to contain China’s global expansion, providing a significant milestone as the relationship between the two economic and hi-tech superpowers deteriorate.

“The legislation will have a profound effect on every Chinese technology firm,” said Cameron Johnson, an adjunct faculty instructor at New York University and a partner at Shanghai-based Tidal Wave Solutions.

“This includes in terms of developing new technologies, global investment strategies, selling into US-allied countries, receiving support from the Chinese government, and how the country’s technology market interacts and influences global governance and standards-setting.”

Apr 10 07:17

Hawks up the ante: China is now a nuclear threat, too

As part of their campaign to agitate for intensified rivalry with the Chinese government, China hawks are feigning interest in arms control so that they can engage in reckless fearmongering about a mostly imaginary Chinese nuclear buildup.

According to U.S. government estimates, China possesses fewer than 300 nuclear weapons, and there is no reason to think that they are looking to increase that number significantly. Hawks like Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) claim that China is intent on achieving parity with the United States, and that their government is working on a massive secret expansion of their nuclear arsenal, but they have no evidence to support their wild charges. These critics hope to frighten Americans about Chinese nukes in order to build support for a more aggressive anti-China policy and to justify huge, unnecessary expenditures on new nuclear weapons.

Apr 10 07:13

New State Department Policy Encourages Stronger Ties With Taiwan Officials

On Friday, the State Department announced a new policy to “encourage” more contacts between US and Taiwanese officials as the Biden administration is looking to deepen ties with Taipei as part of its strategy to counter China, picking up where the Trump administration left off.

“The Department of State has issued new guidelines for US government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage US government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Price said the new guidelines were issued following a review that was required by the Taiwan Assurance Act, which was tucked inside the massive $2.3 trillion spending bill that allocated funds for the 2021 fiscal year that President Trump signed in December. Besides calling for more contacts between US and Taiwanese officials, the Taiwan Assurance Act also restated the US commitment to arming Taiwan.

Apr 10 06:53

China-US Relations and Biden’s “Global Death Trap”: The World Is Facing Another Cold War Which May Become Hot, Even Very Hot

In Anchorage, Alaska, on 18-19 March 2021, top diplomats of China and the U.S. met and declared the new Cold War. The U.S. side was represented by Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State and Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor, while China was represented, by Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister and Yang Jiechi, top diplomat of China.

Anthony Blinken said ” China’s actions pose a threat to a rule-based order designed to maintain global stability:”

Translation: “You unthankful China, listen carefully! Do not dare challenge the world in which Washington feels comfortable. Otherwise!” This is the declaration of the cold war.

On his part, Wang Yi said: “Beijing is firmly against US interference in domestic affairs. We will take firm actions in our response.” “Most countries in the world do not recognize US values as global values.”

Apr 10 05:15

China and Russia Optimistic over Iran Talks as Biden Envoy Sulks on Sidelines

The governments of China and Russia, which appear to be taking the lead in talks between Iran and the remaining partners in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, expressed optimism after talks concluded on Friday for the week that progress had occurred.

The conversations over the agreement formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) began this week in Vienna, Austria. Representatives from China, Russia, and Iran — as well as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany — met to discuss, they claimed, a way to repair what remains of the agreement after years of violations by Tehran and President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from it in 2018. Notably absent from the invitation list was the United States, which had no formal representation in this week’s talks.

Apr 09 10:36

US Amphibious Assault Force Joins Carrier Roosevelt in South China Sea Amid Rising Tensions

Although US shores are thousands of miles from the South China Sea, its spy planes have regularly combed the waters in recent years. It has also dispatched thousands of assault forces to conduct drills in the waterway, claiming itself to be the enforcer of the international rules-based order.

A second US aircraft carrier has entered the South China Sea amid rising tensions between the US and China. Several other warships have sailed perilously close to Chinese waters, including a destroyer on Wednesday that traversed the Taiwan Strait.

According to the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI) think tank, the USS Makin Island entered the South China Sea on Wednesday via the Strait of Malacca, joining the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which made the same passage several days ago.

Apr 09 07:46

‘Do Chinese warships go to the Gulf of Mexico?’: Beijing blames Washington’s aggression for Taiwan tensions

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has dismissed accusations that Beijing is engaging in “intimidation” and “coercion” in Taiwan, and called on the US to recognize the one-China principle and refrain from coercive practices.

Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian blasted Washington’s history of intimidation and international aggression as he questioned why the USS John S. McCain had transited through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

“Do Chinese warships go to the Gulf of Mexico?” he asked, adding that China had never intended to intimidate anyone, but was not afraid of intimidation. He stated that the hat of “intimidation” and “coercion” does not sit on Beijing’s head.

Apr 09 05:56

Senate Unveils Sweeping Legislation to Confront China

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a new piece of bipartisan legislation to confront China through prioritized military spending and more arms sales in the Indo-Pacific, sanctions, money for “democracy promotion” in Hong Kong, and other areas where the US seeks to counter Beijing.

The legislation still needs to go through the Committee before being introduced in the Senate, but a draft of the bill, titled the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, was released by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the Committee chairman. Menendez negotiated the bill with Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-ID).

Apr 09 05:54

US Sails Amphibious Assault Ship Into South China Sea

The US continues to escalate tensions in the South China Sea by stepping up its military presence in the region. According to the South China Sea Probing Initiative, a US amphibious assault vessel sailed into the disputed waters early on Thursday.

Satellite data showed the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego entering the South China Sea through the Strait of Malacca. US Indo-Pacific Command wrote on Twitter on Thursday that sailors on board the USS Makin Island were participating in a “live-fire training exercise.”

The presence of US amphibious ships in the region is just the latest of many military provocations from Washington in the region. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt conducted exercises with Malaysia’s Air Force in the South China Sea.

Apr 08 06:24

Scientists Call BS On WHO's Wuhan 'Investigation' - Demand Legitimate Probe With Or Without China

After a joint investigation between China and the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to produce a legitimate explanation for the origins of COVID-19, a group of international scientists has cried foul - and is demanding "more rigorous investigations" - with or without Beijing's participation, according to Reuters.

In a Wednesday open letter, 24 prominent scientists and researchers from Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan say the WHO study - which all but ruled out a laboratory leak - was tainted by politics.

"Their starting point was, let’s have as much compromise as is required to get some minimal cooperation from China," said Atlantic Council senior fellow, Jamie Metzl, who drafted the letter - which says that the WHO study's conclusions were based on unpublished Chinese research, while records and biological samples critical to the investigation "remain inaccessible."

Apr 08 06:00

Taiwan Warns It Will "Fight To Very Last Day" If China Attacks As US Warship Transits Strait 

On Wednesday Taiwan issued new and rare bellicose words signaling its response plans should China attack the democratic island. As speculation abounds over Beijing's increased military pressure which has included ever larger weekly and near daily military flights into Taiwan's defense zones, Taipei officials have tended to downplay the possibility of a Chinese move on the island.

Breaking from this reticent approach which thus far has seen officials avoid direct ratcheting rhetoric with the mainland, Taiwan’s foreign minister asserted the island will defend itself "to the very last day" if it comes under attack by China.

Joseph Wu told reporters, "We are willing to defend ourselves, that’s without any question." The top diplomat added: "We fill fight a war if we need to fight a war, and if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, then we will defend ourselves to the very last day."

Apr 08 05:47

US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait as Tensions Rise

Ratcheting tensions in the region, the US sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain made the provocative passage.

As usual, China said it tracked the vessel and denounced the US provocation. “The US move to send warship to sail through the Taiwan Strait and hype it publicly is an old trick to ‘manipulate’ the cross-Strait situation,” a spokesman for China’s People’s Liberation Army said in a statement.

The transit marks the fourth time the Biden administration sent a warship through the sensitive waterway. In 2020, the Trump administration sailed warships through the Taiwan Strait 13 times, the highest number of such passages since at least 2007.

Apr 08 05:44

Taiwan to hold war games with computer-simulated Chinese invasion

Taiwan will run eight days of computer-aided war games this month, its defence ministry said days after China said an aircraft carrier was conducting drills near the island and that such exercises would become routine.

Computer simulations of a Chinese attack on Taiwan will be conducted from April 23 to 30 and will form the first phase of Taiwan’s largest annual war games, the Han Kuang exercises, the ministry said on Wednesday.

Apr 07 06:13

Beijing Accelerating Timeline For Possible Invasion Of Taiwan, Expert Warns

Twenty Chinese military aircraft - including four nuclear-capable H-6K bombers, 10 J-16 fighter jets, two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and a KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft - entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on March 26, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense. It was the largest incursion ever reported by the ministry.

Taiwan’s ADIZ, located adjacent to the island’s territorial airspace, is an area where incoming planes must identify themselves to the island’s air traffic controller.

The incursion caps off a significant increase in hostility by Beijing against Taiwan since 2020. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, re-elected last January, has taken a hard line against threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), while the island has deepened its cooperation with the United States—prompting the regime to escalate its warmongering towards the island.

Apr 06 11:24

Japanese destroyer shadows Chinese aircraft carrier group entering Pacific

In a deployment not seen since April last year, a Chinese carrier strike group was spotted passing near Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands to the south of Japan, and heading towards the Pacific at the weekend.

The group consists of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, three guided missile destroyers, one multi-role frigate and one fast combat support ship.

In response, Japan has sent a destroyer, a maritime patrol aircraft, and an anti-submarine-warfare patrol aircraft to “gather information and monitor the movements of the Chinese vessels,” the Japanese joint staff said in a statement published on Sunday according to the South China Morning Post.

The Chinese passage follows military exercises conducted by the US Navy and allies in the region last week, including a two-day joint drill with the Australian navy in the Eastern Pacific.

Apr 06 08:21

'Where is the Skynet logo?': Chinese robotics firm shares 'terrifying' video of its four-legged robots moving in unison that Twitter users say could be the start of a robot takeover

A robot takeover is the plot of many science fiction films, but a video shared on Twitter has some believing the idea may not be too farfetched.

A user shared a clip from Chinese-based Unitree robotics firm that shows a squadron of four-legged machines moving in unison.

The AI-powered, canine-like robot, named, Aliengo, is designed with depth perception, high explosive sport performance and an advanced protection level – among other features.

The short video shows dozens of robots crouched down on the floor, but then spring up to a squatting position, lean forward and then return to their original position - all at the same time.

Apr 06 08:04

Japan Poised To Allow Coast Guard To Fire On Chinese Vessels In New Legislation 

New legislation being considered that would radically alter current Japan Coast Guard policy toward how it engages foreign vessels in Japan's waters could inadvertently hurl the region toward a hot conflict involving China.

The new proposed law comes at a moment of more frequent and heightened incidents between Chinese and Japanese vessels around the contested Senkaku islands near Taiwan (and which happen to also be claimed as Taiwan's). Currently Japan doesn't have a mechanism which would activate its Self-Defense Forces in any entanglement with Chinese fishermen landing on the islands, which might escalate to involve Chinse military patrols.

Apr 06 07:42

U.S. Govt-Funded Radio Free Asia, Citing Anonymous Sources, Claims China 'Torturing' Christians to Renounce Faith

The US government, which is persecuting Christians in America for opposing the ruling class' fringe LGBT ideology, is putting out atrocity propaganda through Radio Free Asia citing anonymous sources to claim China is "torturing" Christians to get them to renounce their faith.

Apr 06 07:34

War with China? What Fun!

There is no limit to misjudgement. If the psychic curiosities in the Federal bunker start a war with China, or push Beijing into starting one, it will be blamed on a proximate cause, such as a collision of warships after which some lieutenant who joined on waivers lost it and opened fire. After all, historians have to write about something. The causes will actually be deeper and more complex.

Apr 06 07:34

For What Should We Fight Russia or China?

Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea.

Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea and along its borders with Ukraine.

Joe Biden responded. In his first conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden assured him of our “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea.”

Though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and we have no treaty obligation to fight in its defense, this comes close to a war guarantee. Biden seems to be saying that if it comes to a shooting war between Moscow and Kiev, we will be there on the side of Kiev.

Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov answered that if the U.S. sends troops to Ukraine, Russia will respond.

Apr 06 04:51

Stoltenberg Comes Clean on China ‘Opportunity’ for NATO

In an unguarded moment, NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg let the cat out of the bag when he described the rise of China as both a challenge and “an opportunity”. What he was admitting unintentionally is that a confrontational policy toward China gives the military alliance some badly needed new purpose.

Stoltenberg was giving an exclusive interview to Deutsche Welle to mark the first ministerial NATO summit attended by the Biden administration. The two-day summit held on March 23-24 at NATO headquarters in Brussels involved in-person participation of U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken as well as other foreign ministers of the 30-nation military alliance.

Apr 05 12:07

China sent its carrier near Japanese waters because Tokyo and Washington’s encroachment unties Beijing’s hands

With the US and Japan all but officially teaming up in trying to encircle China in the Pacific, Beijing has made the most significant military display yet, sending an aircraft carrier group between Japanese islands and Taiwan.

On Monday morning, China announced it sent an aircraft carrier group through a location known as the Miyako Strait, an island chain which bridges the gap between the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. The area largely consists of Japanese waters and has several strategic islands such as Okinawa, the disputed territory of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, and bridging down to Taiwan itself. As Beijing sent the Liaoning steaming through this location, Tokyo sent a destroyer to monitor it. The Global Times later posted a triumphant article stating that China intends to do more of these exercises, and that its naval capabilities will only continue to grow.

Apr 05 04:49

NATO Expanding its Theater With China in its Sights

During the March 23-24 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) council, Anthony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, encouraged NATO members to join the U.S. in viewing China as an economic and security threat to the U.S. as well as to NATO countries, thereby expanding NATO’s areas of focus to include the Pacific. This is a dangerous move that must be challenged.

To gain insight into what transpired at the March NATO meeting, we can look to a roadmap for NATO’s future, which was released last fall. The report, entitled “NATO 2030: United for a New Era,” is intended to be a guide for the military alliance in meeting the challenges it will face in the next decade. In the report, released in November, the “independent group” of five advisers from 10 NATO countries identified 13 challenges and threats to NATO in the next decade.

Apr 02 05:43

The GOP Will Not Simply 'Forget' About Hunter And China

Two Republican senators are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) and intelligence community for any intelligence records linked to foreign nationals with relations to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who had business dealings with Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.

In their message to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and DOJ Attorney General, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), ranking member of the HSGAC Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, remarked that they have been reviewing financial transactions and connections between and among members of the Biden family and foreign nationals connected to the CCP, including its military and intelligence services.

Apr 02 04:49

Battery Race: Why Latin America's Lithium Triangle May Become a Bone of Contention for the US, China

In February 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that lithium batteries would be the core to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and transition to the "green economy". How could Latin American states sitting on the world's largest lithium reserves grab this unique opportunity?

Investors are observing "gold rush on steroids" for metals essential for building batteries as European and American governments are preparing to shift to electric vehicles and renewables within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Low-maintenance lithium-ion batteries are regarded as a key component of the "green" effort. According to the Financial Times, shares in the Global Lithium and Battery ETF have mounted about 170% over the past year, while producers of lithium have raised over $2 billion from investors during the past few months.

Apr 02 03:20

‘Independent’ report claiming Uyghur genocide brought to you by sham university, neocon ideologues lobbying to ‘punish’ China

Throughout March 2021, headlines in corporate media outlets from CNN to The Guardian blared about the release of the “first independent report” to authoritatively determine that the Chinese government has violated “each and every act” of the United Nations convention against genocide, and therefore “bears State responsibility for committing genocide against the Uyghurs.”

The report, published on March 8 by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, follows a last-minute accusation made in January by the outgoing Trump administration, along with similar declarations by the Dutch and Canadian Parliaments. It was published shortly after the release of a remarkably similar report on February 8 that was commissioned by the US government-backed World Uyghur Congress, and which alleged that there is a “credible case” against the Chinese government for genocide.

Apr 01 07:55

NASA alters its Mars project page after Chinese media spot Taiwan listed as a country & hint at mass boycott

NASA has apparently updated its popular Mars project page after Chinese newspapers lashed out at the US space agency over an “unforgivable” mistake of including Taiwan as a country in a dropdown menu and hinted at consequences.

The menu of discord is part of NASA’s Send Your Names to Mars project, which allows individuals around the world to reserve personalized microchips for inclusion in the next US mission to Mars, scheduled for 2026. Among other things, it asked the applicant to choose their country of origin – and listed Taiwan as a separate option one could pick.

As the choice apparently clashes with the One China policy, it did not sit down well with the Chinese officials, prompting state-linked media outlets to roll out several articles blasting the design.

Emphasizing “there is only one China,” the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated People’s Daily website called NASA’s menu an “unforgivable mistake” that “violates the norms of international relations.”

Mar 31 07:08

Beijing accuses BBC of spreading fake news and blasts reporter for ‘running’ from China as Xinjiang citizens plot legal action

Beijing has unleashed another attack on the BBC after one of its correspondents, accused of fake reporting on Xinjiang and Hong Kong by China, purportedly “ran” to Taiwan without informing Chinese authorities of his leaving.
Speaking on Wednesday at a regular press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying blasted the conduct of the BBC and reporter John Sudworth (Sha Lei).

“I want to declare again that we just learned that Sha Lei left without saying goodbye, and I don’t know what happened. He left the country abnormally because he had not fulfilled the formalities that a resident foreign reporter should go through before leaving his post,” she noted, confirming earlier reports from the Global Times claiming Sudworth had taken refuge in Taiwan.

Mar 31 06:51

Iran-China deal will force West to rethink foreign policy: Expert

The historic partnership agreement signed between Iran and China will force the West to revisit its foreign policy that has persistently relied on intervention and exploitation, a commentator says.

“I think cooperation between Global South countries like China and Iran will force the political elite in the Western capitals to sit back and re-evaluate their policy,” Carl Zha, investigator and content producer on the political, cultural, and historical issues that center around China, told Press TV on Tuesday.

The Global South is a rough term coined to refer to, what some call, “developing countries” as opposed to certain Western and Western-allied states.

He said the West’s trademark foreign policy towards the supposed Global South nations has for long consisted taking interventionist approaches towards them so it can comfortably extract their resources.

Mar 31 06:18

Washington Slams Beijing For Obstructing WHO Probe Into COVID Origins

Now that the report is out, the US and a group of 13 countries responded by releasing a statement raising "concerns" with the WHO report, and the fact that the international team of investigators wasn't allowed access to critical information.

"We voice our shared concerns that the international expert study on the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples," the countries said in a joint statement.

As we noted earlier, many questions have been raised about the independence of the WHO-convened team of exports, who worked jointly with Chinese scientists and handlers in a way that clearly limited their access.

Asked on Tuesday at a White House press briefing if China had cooperated enough with the report, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said "They [China have not been transparent, they have not provided underlying data, that certainly doesn't qualify as cooperation."

Mar 31 04:57

Iran-China: the 21st Century Silk Road Connection

Capping an extraordinary two weeks that turned 21st century geopolitics upside down, Iran and China finally signed their 25-year strategic deal this past Saturday in Tehran.

The timing could not have been more spectacular, following what we examined in three previous columns: the virtual Quad and the 2+2 US-China summit in Alaska; the Lavrov-Wang Yi strategic partnership meeting in Guilin; and the NATO summit of Foreign Ministers in Brussels – key steps unveiling the birth of a new paradigm in international relations.

The officially named Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was first announced over five years ago, when President Xi Jinping visited Tehran. The result of plenty of closed-door discussions since 2016, Tehran now describes the agreement as “a complete roadmap with strategic political and economic clauses covering trade, economic and transportation cooperation.”

Mar 31 04:41

The pending collapse of the ‘rules-based international order’ is an existential threat to the United States

For decades, America styled itself the ‘indispensable nation’ that led the world & it’s now seeking to sustain that role by emphasizing a new Cold War-style battle against ‘authoritarianism’. But it's a dangerous fantasy.
It seems a week cannot go by without US Secretary of State Antony Blinken bringing up the specter of the ‘rules-based international order’ as an excuse for meddling in the affairs of another state or region.

The most recent crisis revolves around allegations that China has dispatched a fleet of more than 200 ships, part of a so-called ‘maritime militia’, into waters of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines. China says that these vessels are simply fishing boats seeking shelter from a storm. The Philippines has responded by dispatching military ships and aircraft to investigate. Enter Antony Blinken, stage right:

Mar 30 05:41

Classified War Games to Simulate Global Conflict With China and Russia

According to a report from CNN, the US military is preparing for classified war games it will hold this summer. While the enemies will have fictional names, the exercise will simulate a global conflict with China and Russia.

Pentagon officials told CNN that the war games will be headed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miley. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be briefed as the exercises play out.

The scenarios that could be simulated in the war games include major cyberattacks, a Russian advance in the Baltics, confrontation in the Arctic with Russia, incidents with China in the South China Sea, and a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

The Biden administration is currently reviewing its military policies, including a Pentagon review of US posture in Asia, part of an overall review of the military’s China policy. The results of the war games could have an impact on troop numbers around the world and could be a factor in making decisions on military budgets.

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Mar 30 05:40

Blinken Complains About Chinese Sanctions on US Officials

Since the US, UK, EU, and Canada coordinated on sanctions against Chinese officials, Beijing has been responding through measures of its own. On Saturday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced what he said were “baseless” sanctions against two US officials.

The Chinese sanctions targeted two officials from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal organization that celebrated the coordinated sanctions on China.

The Western sanctions against China were over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. One of the final moves of the Trump administration was to designate China’s alleged human rights abuses against the Uyghur population of Xinjiang as a “genocide,” something the Biden administration agrees with.

Mar 30 04:43

Former Chief of IDF Intelligence Alarmed by Inclusion of Intel Sharing in Iran-China Pact

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif characterised the 25-year Iran-China Strategic Partnership Agreement signed on Saturday as a “historic” pact which provides a “strategic roadmap” for relations between the two nations. Publicised details about the agreement have been limited, leading to concerned speculation in Washington and elsewhere.

Israel has reason to be concerned with the strategic cooperation agreement signed by Iran and China, particularly its section about military cooperation, Israeli Air Force general (ret.) and former Israel Defence Forces Military Intelligence Directorate chief Amos Yadlin has said.

“One of the most worrying clauses in the agreement between Iran and China is intelligence sharing,” Yadlin, who now heads the Tel-Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies think tank, told Ynet News on Monday.

Mar 30 04:32

China’s new partnership with Iran is not a full alliance, but enough to undermine US sanctions & rock global status quo

China and Iran have signed a strategic partnership agreement. For sanctions-wracked Tehran, it’s an economic lifeline. For Beijing, it’s the start of a tricky Middle East balancing act.

In the midst of a spat of tensions between China and the West, Beijing’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spent the weekend in Iran, another country that has borne the brunt of confrontation with the United States over the past few years. Sweeping the Middle East on his diplomatic tour, in Tehran Wang signed the long-awaited ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ agreement, hashed out last year, that will span 25 years and encompass Iran’s energy, infrastructure and technology sectors – valued up to an estimated $400 billion. It comes as geopolitical differences peak between Washington, Beijing and its allies.

Mar 30 04:29

Draft report of joint WHO-China study says it’s ‘extremely unlikely’ Covid-19 originated from lab leak – media

The preliminary findings of a probe carried out by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) show that coronavirus was likely transmitted to humans by animals, and did not come from a lab, according to media reports.
Based primarily on data collected during a WHO fact-finding mission to Wuhan, the report states that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario, the Associated Press said, citing a draft copy. The study also dismissed the theory that the virus may have originated from a laboratory as “extremely unlikely.”

Transmission through a second animal was very likely, the report claims, while the direct spread of the virus from bats to humans was viewed as the second-most probable scenario. The disease spreading through food products was deemed possible but not likely. The team that compiled the study called for further inquiries into what triggered the pandemic but recommended that the lab leak hypothesis be dropped.

Mar 30 04:25

Landmark Iran-China deal boosts anti-US stance, regional security: Analyst

An American political analyst says the 25-year cooperation agreement signed by Iran and China reinforces both countries' stance against the United States’ economic blackmail and shores up security in the region.

During a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi put their signatures on the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to strengthen the traditional friendship between the two states.

The deal, which was five years in the making, includes Chinese investments in Iran’s energy and infrastructure sectors in return for steady supplies of Iranian oil.

Mar 30 04:11

Obedient U.N. Waits on China’s Permission to Investigate Uyghur Slave Labor

The United Nations will not move to verify reports Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are being persecuted in China until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gives permission, U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres confirmed Sunday.

The treatment of the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province has been in the spotlight over many months, as Breitbart News has reported, with allegations pointing to forced labour camps, physical and sexual abuses and other human rights violations.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said last month reports of arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, sexual violence and forced labour in Xinjiang necessitated a thorough and independent assessment but was conditional on China’s approval.

Bachelet said in February that talks on organising a visit had begun but no agreement had yet been reached.

Mar 30 03:33

Biden Wants a Rival to China’s Belt and Road. Hilarious. Good luck with that.

Now finally comes what might be described as the institutional American response to Belt and Road: the Blue Dot Network.

Blue Dot is described, officially, as promoting global, multi-stakeholder “sustainable infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.”

It is a joint project of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Now compare it with what just happened this same week at the inauguration of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

As Xi stressed: “To date, China has signed 197 documents on Belt and Road cooperation with 137 countries and 30 international organizations.”

Mar 29 06:57

China And Russia Are Winning The New Space Race

Fact is, the second space race is on. The world’s powers are playing for keeps. Whoever wins the second space race will rule the world. Despite the competitive advantages that the United States has in this arena, America’s rivals - namely Russia and China - are catching up.

Unless the Biden administration takes a radical departure from where its nascent space policy is heading, America will lose space and, in so doing, the United States will cease being the world’s superpower.

Mar 29 06:29

Stanley Johnson slams Nigel Farage for 'totally unforgivable' suggestion that he takes money from China after PM's father said it was 'absolutely vital' to work with Beijing

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley last night hit back at questions by Nigel Farage over his links to China.

In his interview, Mr Farage suggests that the Prime Minister was pro-Beijing because of the attitude of his Sinophile brothers, Max and Jo, and Stanley, of whom he said: ‘There is the ever more mysterious role of Stanley, who appears to have been acting as an interlocutor between the previous Chinese ambassador and No 10, running messages back and forth...would it be unfair to ask whether he financially benefits out of these pronouncements he’s making?’

Mar 29 06:27

Boris Johnson pledges to create G7 rival to Beijing's Belt and Road global economic expansionism

Boris Johnson has pledged to combat China's economic expansionism by setting up a rival to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative – a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organisations.

The Prime Minister addressed five MPs and members of the House of Lords hit by sanctions from Beijing – including former party leader Iain Duncan Smith – telling them that he was planning to commit 'hundreds of millions of pounds' alongside other G7 countries.

Hosting the parliamentarians, all members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, in the No 10 garden, he said: 'China has been buying up great chunks of the world, and indebting countries across Africa.

'We need to give the developing world a choice between their system and ours.'

Mar 29 06:10

Giant Chinese 3D printer builds 10 houses in just 1 day

A private company located in eastern China has printed ten full-size houses using a huge 3D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes quick-drying cement, but the creators are being careful not to reveal the secrets of the technology.

China’s WinSun company, used a system of four 10 meter wide by 6.6 meter high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses. Cement and construction waste was used to build the walls layer-by-layer, state news agency Xinhua reported.

“To obtain natural stone, we have to employ miners, dig up blocks of stone and saw them into pieces. This badly damages the environment,” stated Ma Yihe, the inventor of the printers. Yihe has been designing 3D printers for 12 years and believes his process to be both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Mar 29 05:24

US Military Launches Task Force To Fight 'Information War' Against China

The head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the command launched a new task force to focus on information operations to counter China in the Pacific.

According to a report from C4ISRNET, the task force, known as the Joint Task Force Indo-Pacific team, will focus "on information and influence operations in the Pacific theater." Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the commander of SOCOM, said the task force will work with "like-minded partners" in the region.