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Aug 16 05:06

Taiwan finalizes $62bn purchase of F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin

Taiwan finalized the purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Friday, a source confirmed to AFP, in a $62 billion, 10-year deal sure to anger Beijing.

Aug 16 05:01

Chinese Military Posts Video of Hong Kong Air Defense Drills as Warning to U.S.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) used social media on Wednesday to publish a short video clip of Hong Kong air defense drills.

A military analyst told the island’s leading dissident newspaper, Apple Daily, that the incongruous 48-second video was meant as a warning to the United States against interfering with China’s oppression of Hong Kong.

The analyst, Anthony Wong of the International Military Association in Macau, noted that the video was labeled with Hong Kong’s name in English instead of Mandarin, a sign that its intended audience was the United States, along with Beijing loyalists in Hong Kong who want to see the PLA sending belligerent messages to the U.S.

“There’s no question about it, it’s to show the U.S. and to show the ‘blue ribbons’ in Hong Kong,” said Wong.

Aug 16 02:06

over millennials’ spending habits?Are China's Naval Ambitions A Global Threat?

Update: Adding fuel to the fire that Coughlin describes below, Global Times Editor Hu Xijin tweeted the following earlier today:

The more US aircraft carriers come to the South China Sea and exert pressure on China, the more it will prompt the PLA to develop complete and reliable methods against them. Once a war begins, these aircraft carriers are more likely to become vulnerable targets.

Authored by Con Coughlin via The Gatestone Institute,

China's decision to launch a fresh round of military exercises close to the disputed territory of Taiwan demonstrates that Beijing's communist rulers have little intention of backing down in their increasingly provocative confrontation with America and its allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over the years, I have observed that Con Coughlin never found a potential war with which he wasn't absolutely in love; one has to wonder what his investment strategy is, regarding the military industrial complex.

But that being said, in order to win such a war against China, many major changes are going to happen in that part of the US economy which he obviously adores.

First, the military industrial complex must never be allowed to contribute one dime to Presidential or State political campaigns.

It is very difficult to scream at someone over dinner, for providing completely horrible, antiquated products to be used in battle, when the heads of those very companies have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to one's political campaign.

Secondly, those heads of the companies which are the backbone of the military industrial complex in this country must understand, that when they sign contracts to create weapons, that if those weapons do not work as advertised, are delivered too late to work against emerging weapons developed by other countries, or at an exorbitant cost overruns, they are signing their own sentence to hard jail time, as having been instrumental in industrial military treason against the US.

Hard money needs to be re-established that is actually backed by something other than fiat money; the fiat money system is doomed to ultimately collapse, and we are observing the death-throes of the American dollar right now.

The draft will have to be re-instituted in this country; we don't have the troop strength to win against China, and the all-volunteer military is not creating either the quality or quantity of military personnel necessary to pursue a successful war against China.

Aug 14 13:38

Food Shortages Hitting China

Aug 13 10:34

Natural disasters are killing China’s food supply at breakneck speed

Communist China is facing a food crisis like perhaps never before, thanks to a barrage of natural disasters that just will not relent.

While some areas of the country are being drenched with rain, others are dealing with extreme drought conditions. Then there are the locusts and armyworms, which are destroying what remains.

The situation appears so extreme that Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua recently asked the governors of every Chinese province to ensure that their agricultural crops survive at all costs.

Aug 13 09:12

China increases military pressure on Taiwan: The view from Taipei

Two Chinese jets briefly flew across the Taiwan Strait "median line" - the de facto border between China and Taiwan - on Monday morning in what has been a busy year in cross-Strait military exercises.

While the jets were signalling Beijing's displeasure with US Health Secretary Alex Azar's ongoing visit to Taipei, similar missions have entered Taiwanese airspace and waters at least 20 times this year, according to local media.

While Taipei is not required to publicly disclose every military encounter with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned in July that Beijing might be preparing to "solve the Taiwan issue" - a euphemism for taking control of the island.

Aug 13 05:49

Exposing US Color Revolution in Thailand Aimed at China

The Western media was quick to decry the arrest of 34 year-old lawyer Anon Nampa who has been leading recent anti-government protests in Thailand.

Articles like, “Two protesters arrested, more sought,” noted Anon Nampa faces charges including sedition. The Western media cites an organization – Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) – noting its role in advocating for Anon Nampa’s release, but never notes that Anon Nampa himself works for TLHR or who funds and supports TLHR.

TLHR and the Protests it Leads Are US-Funded – Funding the Media Refuses to Mention

TLHR was created out of the US Embassy in 2014 just two days after a coup ousted the US-backed client regime of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra. TLHR has since protested both the coup and reforms enacted to ensure such a client regime could no longer take power.

Aug 13 05:44

First ever railway bridge connecting Russia & China to open in 2022

The long-awaited cross-border railway bridge linking Russia and China across the Amur river is scheduled to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2022, authorities in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region announced on Wednesday.

The 2,209-meter-long (1.4 mile) structure will link Russia’s Far East with China’s northernmost Heilongjiang province. The Nizhneleninskoye (Jewish Autonomous Region) to Tongjiang (Heilongjiang province) bridge will be the first railway bridge between the two countries. It is expected to bring bilateral trade to new highs.

China has already completed the construction of its part of the structure. As for the Russian side, the region’s acting governor Rostislav Goldstein said earlier it “would be preferable to complete all the work on time, which is the first quarter of 2021.”

Aug 13 05:29

Caitlin Johnstone: MSM smear merchants target critics of Establishment China narratives

As the US-centralized empire’s slow-motion third world war against unabsorbed governments continues to accelerate, narrative management campaigns are getting more and more frenzied.

We see this exemplified in two recent smear pieces published by imperial spinmeisters about critics of the establishment-authorized narratives about what’s happening in China.

The oligarch-funded Axios has published a new article titled“The American blog pushing Xinjiang denialism” about the alternative media outlet The Grayzone.

Aug 13 05:24

Trump says China not living up to trade deal

Aug 13 05:12

Photo: Beijing Reportedly Deploys H-6J Bomber to South China Sea’s Woody Island

A photo circulating on Chinese social media seems to show one of China’s most advanced bombers, the H-6J, on the airfield on tiny Woody Island, a growing Chinese settlement in the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

The photo, which originated on Sina Weibo before making its way to Twitter, shows a Xian H-6J, China’s updated version of its H-6 bomber based on the Soviet Tu-16 Badger, sitting on the tarmac of what is purported to be Woody Island, called Yongxing Island by Beijing.

Aug 13 05:09

ENGDAHL: TOWARDS A US-CHINA WAR? THE CREATION OF A GLOBAL TOTALITARIAN "ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT" SYSTEM?

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

SOURCE: F. WILLIAM ENGDAHL VIA GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the planet - The Peoples’ Republic of China and the United States of America. Increasingly it’s beginning to look as if some very dark global networks are orchestrating what looks to be an updated rerun of their 1939-1945 World War. Only this time the stakes are total, and aim at creation a universal global totalitarian system, what David Rockefeller once called a “one world government.” The powers that be periodically use war to gain major policy shifts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to strongly, but politely, suggest to the Adults in the Room in DC (the one or two perhaps still left standing in Congress and our military), that a war against China would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US could possibly do at this point in its history.

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this country could possibly do, is no guarantee that the US will not do it.

We don't have the troop strength, the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to pursue a positive outcome to such a war.

For example, the Chinese now have ai weapons.

AI weapons in China's military innovation

Chinese Military Shows Off ‘Rifle-Size Railguns’ In New Video

China's showing off new weapons likely to send a message

Chinese nuclear weapons stoke Pentagon Anxiety

Oh, and BTW, the design flaw-fraught F-35?!?
F-35 Design flaws mounting, new document shows.

The article goes on to state: "A new document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) shows that the F-35 program office has made little progress in fixing the fighter jet’s hundreds of design flaws, and continues to discover more of them. The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office’s Deficiency Report Metrics document, dated February 28, 2020, shows the program is currently dealing with 883 unresolved design flaws—and has no plan for correcting over 160 of them.

The F-35 has 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

More than half, 448 deficiencies, remain “open, in dispute.” This means pilots or engineers believed they found a problem, but the contractors tasked with fixing the problems are claiming no problem exists. Multiple sources inside the F-35 program told POGO that the default response from the program’s prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, to any identified shortcoming is to say that the company’s design meets contract specifications, and that any further changes can only be made with a contract modification. In other words, the contractors will not fix the design flaws until the government pays for the changes. More worrying are the 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

The fact that Lockheed Martin Corporate believes it can "get away with this kind of thinking", betrays at least an extraordinarily cavalier attitude toward the lives of those military personnel who depend on these aircraft for mission and survival, and if President Trump is going to turn this around, he needs to do so via executive order, and right the hell now.

If Lockheed Martin Corporate is obdurate, then henceforward, in every single contract for military product development, there needs to be a very clear statement that to not deliver a military product up to spec, on time, and for massive cost over-run is a form of treason which will not be allowed to stand, and that hard jail time is waiting for those execs who do not adhere to these requirements.

Draconian?!? Absolutely. Would it "cure the problem" of corporate malfeasance for our military?!? I would suggest it may well do that.

And the next thing that has to happen, is that the military industrial complex not be allowed to contribute one penny to political campaigns, either at the state or national level, because it is very difficult to yell at a corporate exec whose company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to your campaign, when their product does not perform as advertised in the field for our military.

Aug 13 05:06

‘Those who play with fire will get burned’: Beijing warns Washington after US health chief’s visit to Taiwan

Attempts to meddle with Taiwan, which Beijing considers its territory, may cost the US dearly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. He advised its health chief to focus on the Covid-19 crisis at home instead of making foreign trips.
US Health Secretary Alex Azar landed in Taiwan on Sunday for a three-day trip, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-governed island, which has shown no desire in four decades to reunite with mainland China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has condemned the visit and warned Washington against making advances towards Taiwan.

On issues involving China’s core interests … the US must not harbor illusions. Those who play with fire will get burned.

Aug 13 03:58

Heavy Rain Hits China’s Yellow River Basin, Bringing Floods to Large Swathes of Country

After severe flooding in the Yangtze River drainage area in July, heavy rain has now hit another major waterway in China, the Yellow River.

A 646-year-old building in Xi’an city, located in western China and midstream of the Yellow River, partially collapsed on Aug. 8, injuring at least four people.

Floodwaters inundated cities and villages in Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Henan provinces located midstream of the Yellow River. At the same time, authorities discharged floodwaters from the river’s downstream to rural areas of Shandong Province on the eastern coast.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) announced on Aug. 9 that the river’s upper stream region and northeastern China would experience heavy rain and storms from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11.

The country’s southwestern regions of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Tibet were also forecasted to have heavy rain in the coming days, the MEM warned.

Aug 12 05:42

China's Military Ordered "Not To Fire First Shot" In Any Stand-Off With US Forces

At a moment of increasingly dangerous military flexing both over Taiwan and in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army has reportedly been ordered “not to fire the first shot” in any potential confrontation with the United States. It suggests this emerging 'new Cold War' scenario could turn hot at any moment.

The South China Morning Post broke news of the standing military orders on Tuesday based on unnamed sources: China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, it reports.

Further SCMP cites that "The sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships."

Aug 12 05:35

China & US War in 3 Months?

Aug 12 02:36

China to DOUBLE Nuclear Warheads

Aug 11 12:29

The Trump administration unveiled a wild plan to wall off China from the US internet

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced a broad program to crack down on Chinese apps and services.

The "Clean Network" program will block "untrusted" Chinese apps from app stores; stop Chinese phone companies from pre-installing US apps; keep US data off Chinese cloud services; and guard undersea cables.

It isn't clear that the plan is workable, and risks balkanizing the internet.

Aug 11 11:26

China Outpaces US With Record 133 Firms on Fortune 500 List for First Time in History Amid Trade War

The listing of the world's biggest companies saw 133 Chinese firms across the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong make the roster compared with 121 US businesses. The news comes amid a major surge in foreign investment in Chinese tech firms amid the ongoing US trade war with China.

Aug 11 04:29

China is increasing its military drills as tensions with US heat up

China is stepping up military drills around East Asia as a war of words with the United States heats up over Washington's military activities and the visit of a US cabinet secretary to Taiwan.

One Chinese think tank even says the People's Liberation Army (PLA) may consider live-fire exercises near the US island of Guam.

Beijing has stepped up the pace of its war games in recent weeks, after the US sent two aircraft carrier strike groups on rare dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea twice in the month of July.

But the visit of US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the self-governed island of Taiwan this week has added fuel to the smoldering tensions. Azar is the highest-ranking US official to visit the island -- which Beijing regards as Chinese territory -- in decades.

Azar's presence in Taipei is "a serious breach" of US commitments on Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chines Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lijian, please be aware that "Health and Human Services" Secretary is no where near a "Secretary of Defense"; please, we all need to pull back from this cliff, and right the heck now!!

Aug 10 14:19

US-China relations: America is looking to outgun PLA in Indo-Pacific, observers say

US Army Chief of Staff James McConville said at a recent online event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, he was making “long-range precision fire” his top priority and was looking at options for basing such weapons systems in the Indo-Pacific as part of America’s deterrence strategy.

The changes “will allow us to overmatch” potential adversaries like China and Russia, he said, adding the move would also include “establishing joint all-domain task forces”.

McConville’s comments came after US Marine Corps commander General David Berger said in March in his “Force Design 2030” plan he wanted to reduce the role of marines in ground warfare and leave the bulk of that responsibility to regular troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that there are those in power in this country who are just trigger happy enough - and vile enough - to magically believe that another world war would magically resolve all of the US's economic problems, which it will not.

This country doesn't have the money; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to pursue a successful conclusion to a war against China. And such a war will not resolve those situations, only exacerbate them.

Aug 10 13:52

China Mobilizes Invasion Craft On Coast Near Taiwan As Top US Official Arrives In Taipei: Report

fter Beijing officials have repeatedly charged Washington with violating the decades-long status quo "One China policy", and amid ratcheting tensions over Taiwan given the highest-level meeting between Washington and the self-ruled island in decades is currently taking place with Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar meeting government officials in Taipei Monday, the region is on edge after satellite images showing a significant Chinese military build-up near the island have reportedly emerged.

The New Zealand Herald reports the alarming development that "satellite images reportedly show amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; this is the utterly wrong cage to be rattling at this point right before an election cycle.

And to the Chinese government; President Xi, this guy is the Health and Human Services Director; not the Joint Chiefs of Staff!!

Aug 10 11:08

Nancy Pelosi "China would prefer Joe Biden".

Aug 10 06:13

China Slaps Retaliatory Sanctions On Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio & Other China Hawks

In retaliation for Washington slapping sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, along with several mainland officials, China on Monday has slapped sanctions on ten American lawmakers - all Republicans - over their support for the Trump Administration's decision to strip Hong Kong of its "special status" and America's hectoring of Chinese (and HK) officials over their support for the new Beijing-imposed national security law.

Critics, including the US, UK and most western Democracies, have accused Beijing of willfully violating international law by imposing these "illegal" changes to the HK Basic Law, a UN-registered international treaty. Now, Beijing is accusing the US of foreign meddling in Hong Kong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are more for show than anything else, to make it appear that Beijing is actually "doing something" to respond to the sanctions against it, which are also more for show than anything tangible.

Aug 10 06:10

Hong Kong Police Arrest Media Mogul Jimmy Lai; Shares Of Pro-Democracy Paper Soar 300%

Mark your calendars, because critics of the CCP are saying that Hong Kong's press freedom officially died on Monday.

In what appears to be the most high-profile usage of Hong Kong's new national security law to crack down on Hong Kong civil society for allegedly "colluding with foreign governments" - ie trying to preserve the press freedoms promised by 'the Basic Law' - Hong Kong police on Monday arrested Jimmy Lai, a high-profile Hong Kong media mogul and a holder of joint Hong Kong-British citizenship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see if the UK makes any attempt to "rescue" this guy: my bet would be, not at all.

Aug 09 02:34

China Threatens “Mortal Combat” Over TikTok

Aug 08 07:50

India and China: Behind the Conflict: The two most populous countries in the world are battling over a border, but it’s really about energy and water.

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June – the first on the China/India border since 1975 – are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms, and colonial history could pose a serious danger to peace in South Asia.

In part, the problem is Britain’s colonial legacy. The “border” in dispute is an arbitrary line drawn across terrain that doesn’t lend itself to clear boundaries. The architect, Henry McMahon, drew it to maximize British control of a region that was in play during the nineteenth-century “Great Game” between England and Russia for control of Central Asia. Local concerns were irrelevant.

The treaty was signed between Tibet and Britain in 1914. Although India accepts the 550-mile McMahon Line as the border between Indian and China, the Chinese have never recognized the boundary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that some "Adults in the Room" of geopolitics can get tensions ratcheted down, before something truly even more ugly than what has happened this year, happens again, and from which there will be no backing down by either side.

And there is a companion story, also at antiwar.com, with the following headline:

The Standoff with Chine will be Long, warns a pulled Indian statement.

Aug 07 06:10

Chinese Drones Now Deployed In Balkans After Serbia Deal - NATO On Edge

China has delivered six military drones to Serbia after the Balkan country moved to purchase them in a controversial deal a year ago which has put NATO on edge.

Though Serbia has an official policy of military neutrality vis-a-vis NATO, there's been increased cooperation over the past few years. However, both the Chinese drone acquirement and Present's Aleksandar Vucic recently signaling he'd like to acquire the S-400 anti-air defense system from Russia has caused Washington to threaten sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's ability to produce quality products, over and above Lockheed Martin's F-35, the problems of which have been "reclassified" but not "fixed", tells volumes about the poor state of US weaponry these days.

And US weapons companies are still allowed to "get away with murder", in terms of poorly engineered products, delivered so late as to be obsolete, and costing double or treble the original price, because they continue to contribute, overtly and covertly, to both parties, and big-time.

And the hell of it is, this practice will not be made to stop, because so much campaign donation to both sides of the aisle, come from weapons manufacturing companies.

Aug 07 05:43

Kevin Rudd warns of ‘hot war’ between China and the US

Kevin Rudd has warned that the risk of a “hot war” between China and the United States that includes actual armed conflict is now “especially high” for the first time since the 1950s.

As the chaotic Trump administration counts down to an election, the former prime minister has outlined his fears that the “sabre rattling from both Beijing and Washington has become strident, uncompromising, and seemingly unending.”

In a journal article for Foreign Affairs, Mr Rudd writes there are now real fears about what happens next.

“The question now being asked, quietly but nervously, in capitals around the world is, where will this end?,’’ Mr Rudd writes.

“The once unthinkable outcome — actual armed conflict between the United States and China — now appears possible for the first time since the end of the Korean War. In other words, we are confronting the prospect of not just a new Cold War, but a hot one as well.”

Aug 06 08:16

Pompeo: US Wants 'Untrusted' Chinese Apps Barred, Seeks to Extend Arms Embargo Against Iran

The US State Department will begin working with the Department of Commerce and additional agencies to limit Beijing's ability to store and process data and other sensitive information in the US, according to Wednesday afternoon comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While speaking to the media during a livestreamed conference at the Department of State, Pompeo noted that the US also wishes to see "untrusted" Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat removed from digital platforms, claiming they pose significant threats to the personal data of US citizens.

"We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from app stores," he said.

Aug 06 08:01

Trump could do to China what Reagan did to Soviet Union, if he wins second term, economics professor tells Boom Bust

Beijing says it will not accept Washington’s “smash and grab” policy of trying to force the sale of Chinese social media app TikTok. It’s warned it will retaliate against what it calls “theft.”

RT’s Boom Bust talks to John Quelch, Dean of Miami Herbert Business School, about the two countries’ tussle over TikTok and the future of their relationship.

“The level of Chinese investment in the United States is only $5-$6 billion, but the level of US investment in China is about $120 billion. So, in terms of a potential retaliation by Beijing, there are a lot of US assets in China that could be potentially confiscated in a tit-for-tat escalation,” he says.

Aug 06 07:50

5 August 2019: The Kashmir Conflict and the Aksai Chin Border Clash, A Dark Day for India-China Relations

5 August marks a full year since India’s de-facto annexation of the UNSC-recognized disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. As the author analyzed at the time, “India’s Doing Everything That Israel Wishes It Could Do, But Few Seems To Care“. Not only did India blatantly violate international law, but it would have gotten away with it scot-free had China not taken notice of this unprecedented threat along its western border and responded accordingly. The People’s Republic took the issue to the UNSC, and while it wasn’t successful in reaching a resolution demanding that New Delhi reverse its decision, Beijing nevertheless made its views known to the rest of the world that it regarded this move as completely unacceptable.

Aug 06 07:35

US-China Hotline Sparks Paranoia Among Military, Intel Officials

High tensions mean communications are often difficult in the modern era, and countries have used a direct hotline as a way to keep things from spiraling out of control. Recently, the US and China are considering an updated version of the hotline to avoid catastrophes.

But US-China relations are at a multi-decade low, and distrust is such that intelligence and military officials are offering rather paranoid predictions of ways that China might abuse the hotline to deceive the US.

The biggest objection to the phone seems to be based on it being a phone, with retired Captain James Fanell, a former director of intelligence in the Pacific Fleet warning the US might feel dependent on the phone, and then have China “fail to answer” when there is a crisis.

Aug 05 13:08

Taiwan sends marines to reinforce South China Sea outpost amid reports China plans to practice invading it

Taiwan's military has sent a marine company to reinforce the garrison on a small outpost in the South China Sea amid reports that the People's Liberation Army was planning a simulated attack on the islets.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the navy had sent a company of around 200 marines to reinforce the coastguards stationed on the Pratas Islands, which are known as the Dongsha Islands in Chinese.

"The marines left for the Pratas about a week ago and will remain there on a short-term rather than a long-term basis," the source said, adding the posting was in line with the military's off-site training operations.

Aug 05 13:01

US Navy Seizes Iran-Bound Ship Carrying Pharmaceutical Supplies Off China: Fars

Iranian state media has announced that a US Navy warship has seized a transport ship near the Chinese port of Qingdao on Wednesday morning.

The ship was reportedly en route to Iran loaded with medical manufacturing components, specifically zeolite, which Fars News Agency says is needed for manufacturing oxygen concentrators for coronavirus-infected patients.

“Only one imported part is used for production of oxygen concentrators, which is zeolite, and we are forced to purchase it from France and import it to the country through several intermediators,” Peyman Bakhshandeh-Nejad, an Iran-based pharmaceutical company CEO told state media.

Aug 04 04:19

Riled up Pompeo slams Iran-China deal, threatens with sanctions

The US administration, riled up by a potential long-term strategic partnership between Iran and China, has threatened to slap the same unilateral sanctions already imposed on Tehran against Beijing in case the deal was finalized.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo censured in an interview with Fox News on Sunday the potential Tehran-Beijing cooperation pact and said Washington would apply all Iran’s sanctions also to the "Chinese Communist Party and their businesses and state-owned enterprises" if the deal was signed.

Pompeo also claimed that the 25-year trade deal between Iran and China would foment instability in the Middle East region, once again leveling false accusations that Tehran is a “state sponsor of terror,” among other protestations.

Aug 03 15:10

Another Hiroshima Is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now

Today, an unprecedented campaign of propaganda is shooing us all off like rabbits. We are not meant to question the daily torrent of anti-Chinese rhetoric, which is rapidly overtaking the torrent of anti-Russia rhetoric. Anything Chinese is bad, anathema, a threat: Wuhan …. Huawei. How confusing it is when “our” most reviled leader says so.

The current phase of this campaign began not with Trump but with Barack Obama, who in 2011 flew to Australia to declare the greatest build-up of US naval forces in the Asia-Pacific region since World War Two. Suddenly, China was a “threat”. This was nonsense, of course. What was threatened was America’s unchallenged psychopathic view of itself as the richest, the most successful, the most “indispensable” nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the US setting up these "freedom of navigation" exercises in the Pacific, is right now, the military equivalent of the role of a picador in a bull fight; get the bull enraged so that it charges the matador, ultimately with deadly consequences for the bull.

I would like the people who think this would be a "great idea" to consider the following; the US government and military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the weaponry to create a positive outcome to a war against China.

I don't really know who will win the 2020 Presidential election in this country, but I would almost bet real money on the following; that shortly after the winner takes the Oath of Office in January, there will be a coming national discussion of the return to a draft in this country, and why our weaponry seldom lives up to the hype; many times is obsolete before delivery to our military; and costs so much more than Chinese or Russian weaponry cost their respective countries.

Aug 03 07:59

Trump will act on TikTok and other Chinese software companies ‘in the coming days’ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed that President Donald Trump will take action “in the coming days” to deal with Chinese software companies that the White House claims are feeding data to Beijing.

Appearing on Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ show, Pompeo claimed the practices of the Chinese tech companies currently in the administration’s sights, including TikTok and WeChat, pose “true privacy issues for the American people.”

“For a long time the US just said ‘Well, goodness, if we're having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we're going to permit that to happen,’” he explained, adding that this approach would soon be changing.

“President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we're going to fix it, and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks,” Pompeo said, referring to the companies which he claimed are “connected to the Chinese Communist Party.”

Aug 03 06:24

China eyes suspension of extradition agreement with New Zealand - report

In an escalation of the conflict relating to the situation in Hong Kong, China is reportedly looking at suspending its extradition agreement with New Zealand.

Reuters reports that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced the decision at a daily briefing.

The decision is said to have been made as an act of retaliation, after New Zealand suspended its existing extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

The two countries do not have a specific extradition treaty in place, which means there is no obligation to extradite. However, there is a discretionary process for ad hoc requests.

Aug 02 05:54

Escobar: The Heart Of The Matter In The South China Sea

When the Ronald Reagan and Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in “operations” in the South China Sea, it did not escape to many a cynic that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile Thucydides Trap theory into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The pro forma official spin, via Rear Adm. Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz, is that the ops were conducted to “reinforce our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, a rules-based international order, and to our allies and partners”.

Nobody pays attention to these clichés, because the real message was delivered by a CIA operative posing as diplomat, Secretary of State Mike “We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal” Pompeo: “The PRC has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region”, in a reference to the Nine-Dash Line. For the State Dept., Beijing deploys nothing but “gangster tactics” in the South China Sea.

Aug 02 05:53

Xi Hails Now "Fully Operational" China-Controlled Satellite Navigation System Which Rivals GPS

Multiple official statements have come out of China that reveal, predictably enough, that the US pressure and sanctions campaign are not at all curbing its global ambitions or efforts at rapid defense technology modernization. Actually Washington's hawkish stance is perhaps doing the opposite, given that President Xi Jinping told the Politburo on Friday that "only a strong military can ensure national security" while urging the country to "push forward national defense and military modernization," according to Bloomberg citing official Xinhua.

Jul 31 07:47

Pompeo claims 'tide is turning' in US dealings with China

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the “tide is turning” in United States dealings with China, claiming that there is international support for American policies against Beijing.

However, Pompeo said on Thursday that he was disappointed at the number of countries supporting China’s new security law for Hong Kong.

The top US diplomat made the remarks while testifying on China before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We see the Chinese Communist Party for what it is: the central threat of our times,” Pompeo said, taking a tough line on China during rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

He claimed that other countries are supporting American initiatives like the US effort not to use Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] equipment in 5G networks and military maneuvers in the South China Sea.

Jul 31 07:22

Chinese Bombers Take to Skies Above South China Sea for ‘High Intensity Training’

The spike in tensions in the strategic waterway comes amid a broader, multi-front rift in China-US ties on issues ranging from Hong Kong and Taiwan to trade, technology transfer and ideological questions.

Xian H-6G and Xian H-6J strategic bombers have staged drills in the South China Sea, with the exercises including nighttime operations, long-range sorties and simulated attack on sea targets, China’s Defence Ministry announced on Thursday.

The drills, described by Defence Ministry spokesperson Col. Ren Guoqiang as “high-intensity training,” were characterized as routine operations aimed at improving naval aviation’s combat readiness. Ren did not specify the drills’ precise location or time.

Jul 31 06:52

China warns India against 'forced decoupling' of their economies

China warned on Thursday that a “forced decoupling” of its economy with India, following a Himalayan border clash last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers, would hurt both countries.

The Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the “general structure that we can’t live without each other remains unchanged”.

The statement came after New Delhi’s recent moves to ban or sideline Chinese business interests in one of the world’s biggest markets, even as the border remains tense with many more troops on the ground than usual.

Jul 30 13:27

Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy

Quick. Somebody tell Mike Pompeo. The secretary of state is not supposed to play the role of court jester – the laughing stock to the world. There was no sign that any of those listening to his “major China policy statement” last Thursday at the Nixon Library turned to their neighbor and said, “He’s kidding, right? Richard Nixon meant well but failed miserably to change China’s behavior? And now Pompeo is going to put them in their place?”

Yes, that was Pompeo’s message. The torch has now fallen to him and the free world. Here’s a sample of his rhetoric:

Jul 29 07:43

Defective Three Gorges Dam Adds To China's Year Of Misery

Apres moi le Deluge. The uncanny prescience of Louis XV about tumultuous events after his reign is apt for this past year of crises along Asia's greatest river, the Yangtze, called by the Chinese as Chang Jiang or Long River, starting with last summer's intense drought that reduced the riverbed to toxic puddles, the October biowarfare attack against the World Military Games in Wuhan, the winter outbreak at the Huanan seafood market, and now the flooding that imperils the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydro-power source. What comes next if the dam breaks? Obviously an imaginably horrifying human tragedy, along even more shocks to the world economy since the financial center Shanghai is low-lying in its delta.

Jul 29 07:42

China's Massive Three Gorges Dam On Edge Of Failure

The massive flooding taking place in China continues, for some reason, this story has been widely ignored by mainstream media. It is important because China's massive Three Gorges Dam is in peril. If the dam fails there will be a staggering loss of lives and property. The Three Gorges Dam is around one and a half miles long and just over 600 feet tall. About 400 million people live downstream of the dam and apparently, no plans have been made for their evacuation.

Jul 29 07:26

Chinagate is the new Russiagate: Copycat policy spells Sino-US confrontation no matter who ends up in the White House

The same rhetoric and tactics used by Democrats to fear-monger about Russia are now being used by US President Donald Trump against China, making a confrontation with Beijing all but certain whatever the November election result.

China’s closure of the US consulate in Chengdu over the weekend followed the US order to shut down the PRC consulate in Houston. It was a game of diplomatic tit-for-tat along the same lines as the closures of Russian and US consulates in 2018, which left diplomats of both countries short-staffed.

On Tuesday, Beijing called for “rational communication,” with Foreign Minister Wang Yi appealing for the US to not allow “a few anti-China elements to overturn decades of successful exchanges and cooperation.”

“The US reckless provocation of confrontation and division is so out of touch with the reality that the interests of China and the United States are deeply integrated,” Wang said.

Jul 29 06:32

Is China's Massive Three Gorges Dam On The Edge Of Failure?

Authored by Bruce Wilds via Advancing Time blog,

The massive flooding taking place in China continues, for some reason, this story has been widely ignored by mainstream media. It is important because China's massive Three Gorges Dam is in peril. If the dam fails there will be a staggering loss of lives and property. The Three Gorges Dam is around one and a half miles long and just over 600 feet tall. About 400 million people live downstream of the dam and apparently, no plans have been made for their evacuation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF I were a member of the Chinese government right now, I would be summoning experts from around the world, domestic and international hydrologists and engineers, and do a consultation about minimizing the damage from any "deformation" on the dam, and figure out how to fix it, or replace the damaged portion.

The potential for physical, and geopolitical damage, and failure to get this handled intelligently, will be too much for the current Communist party to bear, looking at the current damage it is facing, both nationally and internationally, from its Covid-19 response.

Jul 29 05:57

China's Proposed New Assault Carrier May Launch Drones From Electromagnetic Catapult

New details have emerged in Chinese media about the proposed Type 076 landing helicopter dock (LHD), a unique variant of that type of warship that would combine a helicopter carrier, a catapult aircraft launching system and a docking area for amphibious landing craft. Sputnik was among the first to report on the new warship.

Jul 29 05:48

US-China Military Conflict Deemed "Highly Likely" To "Almost Certain" Over Next 3 Years

A top independent Australia-based think tank which regularly advises the Canberra government has produced a "risk assessment" studying the likelihood of America and China going to war. Involving defense experts around the world, the study was undertaken on the heels of the US sending two carrier strike groups to sail through the South China Sea in provocative "freedom of navigation" operations.

Given that "normalization" with China — a longtime foreign policy emphasis which goes back to Nixon and Carter — appears to have gone out the window during this latter half of the Trump administration, there's lately been much forecasting on the potential for the US and China to stumble into war. While there's already for the past couple years been much ink spilled over the possibility of the US and China falling into the so-called Thucydides Trap, this latest assessment is among the most dire predictions to date in terms of conclusions reached.

Jul 29 05:18

Engagement With China Was a Success: Trade Helped Transform a Totalitarian State

As the Trump administration pushes the U.S. toward a new Cold War with China, it has become conventional wisdom that America’s opening to the People’s Republic of China "failed." Trading with the PRC and bringing it into the World Trade Organization were supposed to turn the communist state into a liberal democracy. Since that didn’t happen, runs the argument, the entire experience is invalid.

Indeed, some anti-China hawks opposed Richard Nixon’s decision to end the really cold Cold War between Washington and Beijing, which didn’t even recognize one another. Instead, in this view, the US should have tried to keep a cordon sanitaire around the PRC.

Jul 28 09:56

CHINA DESTROYED COVID-19 EVIDENCE, SAYS DOCTOR WHO INVESTIGATED WUHAN CASES

On January 12, Professor Kwok Yung Yuen diagnosed a family with the coronavirus in Shenzhen, 700 miles from Wuhan. Only some of the family members had been to the city where the COVID-19 outbreak originated, so Yuen knew immediately that he was seeing evidence of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus.

He immediately alerted the authorities in Beijing.

But it took eight days for Beijing to warn the world that the coronavirus, which has now killed almost 650,000 people and infected over 16 million, could be spread through human-to-human transmission.

Yuen, who spoke to the BBC show Panorama for an episode due to be broadcast later on Monday, was helping to investigate the outbreak in Wuhan in early January after other whistleblower doctors had attempted to raise the alarm in late December.

Yuen told the BBC he believes local officials covered up the scale of the initial outbreak by destroying physical evidence and delaying the response to clinical findings.

Jul 28 06:43

This Is Bigger Than COVID But Few People Are Paying Attention

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Most people realize that 2020 has thrust two game-changing trends upon us that will change the world for years to come.

The first is Covid.

In less than six months, this virus has created extreme global hysteria and economic devastation.

Then there’s the social justice movement… which tore onto the world stage two months ago with a desire to make important cultural changes.

At its core, the movement is virtuous. After all, it’s supposed to be about freedom.

But it has quickly become divisive, menacing, and pointlessly violent.

Everything is offensive. Intellectual dissent must be immediately squashed. People lose their jobs, receive death threats, or are censored, merely for expressing completely valid (and even supportive) opinions.

This third major trend is rational. And that’s why it’s largely been ignored. But its impact could be far bigger and longer lasting.

I’m talking about conflict with China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars can become shooting wars very quickly; I would politely suggest that some Adult in the Room, advising President Trump (IF there are any), would strongly caution against a military strike against China at this time.

We don't have the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the weaponry, to create a successful outcome to such a war; to even suggest that we do, is desperation on the cusp of madness.

Jul 28 06:25

US Military Flies Record Number Of Planes Near China’s Coast In July

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

As part of Washington’s increased military presence in Indo-Pacific, the month of July has seen a record number of aerial surveillance flights by US military aircraft in the South China Sea and near China’s coast. A Beijing-based think tank counted over 50 sorties by US military aircraft in the region in the first three weeks of July.

“At the moment the US military is sending three to five reconnaissance aircraft each day to the South China Sea,” the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said. While July saw record numbers, the increased flights started earlier this year with “much higher frequency, closer distance and more variety of missions,” SCSPI said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this is supposed to "help better" US/China relations .... how, please?!?

Is the US government literally "gunning" for a confrontation here?!?

Is President Trump so completely and thoroughly deluded by his "President Whisperers" that he truly believes a war with China would make him "look butch", ahead of November's election?!?

Right now, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against this possibility...

Jul 28 04:30

China’s Three Gorges Dam Could Collapse, Expert Warns

As pouring rain continues to soak central and southern China, an expert warns that the Three Gorges Dam, one of the world’s largest dams, is at risk of collapse.

The Three Gorges Dam is built above the Yangtze River and situated in China’s Hubei province.

A branch of China’s Yangtze River is bracing for the largest flood ever in 80 years. Authorities have evacuated 40,000 locals, issuing a yellow alert for rainstorms.

On Saturday, June 20, water inside the Three Gorges Dam reservoir rose 6 feet above the warning level.

Jul 28 04:25

Kremlin rubbishes American suggestion that Moscow & Washington form anti-China alliance

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has rejected an idea put forward by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that countries should team up against China. Moscow and Bejing have spent years building closer ties.

Speaking on Friday, Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia does not enter into alliances against other states, and all its political associations “are aimed at developing good neighborliness and mutual benefits,” adding that the two nations have “relations of a special partnership nature.”

On July 23, Pompeo called for a “new alliance of democracies” to oppose China, and said the US needs to work with Russia to achieve its goals on issues like arms control agreements.

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