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Jun 24 08:16

THE WEST’S LOSING BATTLE FOR HONG KONG

SOURCE: NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK

Another pivotal battle is being fought over Hong Kong between Beijing and political forces backed by the special administrative region’s former British colonial masters.

At the heart of the battle is a proposed law that will allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Taiwan or Macau.

The BBC in its article, “Hong Kong lawmakers fight over extradition law,” would claim:

Critics believe the proposed switch to the extradition law would erode Hong Kong’s freedoms.

By “critics,” the BBC is referring to US and British-backed opposition, with the article specifically linking recent protests against the proposed law to the US-funded “Umbrella Movement” demonstrations in 2014.

The slow, incremental erosion of Western influence in Hong Kong and elsewhere across Asia-Pacific appears to be ending what has been centuries of European and then American primacy over the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this juncture in US/China relations, the US, and the West in general, needs to pick its battles very, very strategically.

Jun 24 07:55

US-CHINA ECONOMIC WARFARE: CHINESE ENTERPRISES BLACKLISTED BY THE US

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA

The US considers China a strategic adversary. Waging war on the China by other means makes reconciling major bilateral differences all the harder.

According to a US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) document, 143 tech-related Chinese enterprises have been blacklisted from the US market.

They include companies involved in producing aviation related products, semiconductors, engineering, as well as other high-tech products and components.

Falsely claiming these enterprises act “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” is cover for wanting corporate America to have a leg up on Chinese competition.

On Friday, the BIS added five more Chinese tech enterprises to its blacklist, further heightening bilateral tensions ahead of China’s President Xi Jinping’s scheduled meeting with Trump for talks later this week at the Osaka, Japan G20 summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I have a very clear understanding of how trade wars, can morph quickly into shooting wars; and Mr. President, let me assure you; this would be absolutely the worst time ever to confront China militarily.

You've seen reports on Chinese and Russian weapons technology; the US is not even close here.

And why is that?!? Because of the "cosy" relationships between weapons manufacturers and political candidates, who can steer work their way. Henceforward, there should be NO money received at the state or national level, from major contractors, or subcontractors for these products. There should be a vetting process before our military ever try these weaons.

And if companies cannot perform, in terms of offering new, less costly technologies which consistently get delivered on time, and as advertised, there should be a clause in all defense contracts that by not doing so, that company can no longer compete for federal defense contracts.

Jun 24 07:52

With old trade wars reigniting and new ones being invented, telecommunications is faced with an existential crisis. To survive, it must establish a global standard for a globe that no longer seems to want one.

With old trade wars reigniting and new ones being invented, telecommunications is faced with an existential crisis. To survive, it must establish a global standard for a globe that no longer seems to want one.

Jun 23 08:16

Another way China is ripping us off

Iranian troops take part in the "National Persian Gulf day" in the Strait of Hormuz, on April 30, 2019. - The date coincides with the anniversary of a successful military campaign by Shah Abbas the Great of Persia in the 17th century, which drove the Portuguese navy out of the Hormuz Island, after which is named the waterway which separates the Gulf from the Sea of Oman.

In the old days, it would have been absolutely essential for the United States to ensure that the Strait of Hormuz—through which a third of the world’s crude oil passes daily—remained open. It is less essential now, thanks to the oil shale revolution, which has once again made America an oil giant. We now produce more oil than Saudi Arabia and more than the Russians.

Jun 22 11:41

China Hit By "Significant Banking Stress" As SHIBOR Plummets To Recession Levels

It's probably not a coincidence that just days after we reported that China's interbank market was freezing up in the aftermath of the Baoshang Bank collapse and subsequent seizure, which led to a surge in interbank repo rates and a spike in Negotiable Certificates of Deposit (NCD) rates...

Jun 21 11:17

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF PLEADS GUILTY TO CORRUPTION: CHINA STATE MEDIA

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes, Chinese state media reported.

Meng - a Chinese citizen - has been under investigation since October 2018. He is accused of taking 14.5 million yuan ($2.1m) in unlawful payments between 2005 and 2017, using his status and positions, including as vice minister of public security and Marine Police Chief to accumulate the money.

He reportedly admitted his guilt during a court hearing on Thursday in the northern city of Tianjin in China, according to the People's Daily, an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee.

Interpol, the global police coordination agency based in France, said last October that Meng had resigned as president, days after his wife Grace Meng reported him missing after he travelled back to China.

Jun 21 11:17

CHINESE DRONE MANUFACTURERS POSE HUAWEI-LIKE THREATS, EXPERT SAYS

The government needs to spur a “Manhattan Project-style investment” in America’s unmanned aircraft industry to combat the economic and national security threats posed by Chinese drone manufacturers, a cybersecurity expert told lawmakers.

“These foreign drones are exploiting us and putting ... our American businesses and government organizations at risk,” National Defense University Professor Harry Wingo said Tuesday. “These threats should not and cannot be ignored.”

Roughly 80 percent of the drones in the U.S. are made by Chinese companies, and the Chinese government is using that foothold to collect “an unprecedented level” of intelligence on America’s physical and economic infrastructure, Wingo told the Senate Commerce Security subcommittee. That intimate understanding of America’s inner workings could potentially give the Chinese an economic and military edge, he said, and creates “significant cybersecurity risks” for U.S. businesses and government agencies.

Jun 20 11:24

Meanwhile In China, Echoes Of Lehman As Interbank Market Freezes

One month ago we wrote that in the aftermath of the shocking government May 24 seizure of Baoshang Bank - not shocking because the bank failed as most Chinese banks are insolvent if left to their own devices due to the real, and far higher levels of non-performing loans, but because the government allowed it to happen in the open, sparking fears of who comes next (and when) - the PBOC "finally panicked and injected a whopping net 250 billion yuan ($36 billion) into the financial system via open-market operations, as it fills what traders have dubbed a growing funding gap following the Baoshang failure."

In retrospect, the PBOC failed to restore confidence in the stability of the Chinese banking system, and since then things have taken a turn for the far worse.

Jun 20 11:23

CHINA RAISES TARIFFS ON THE U.S. AND CUTS DUTIES ON GOODS FROM OTHER COUNTRIESMac Slavo

China isn’t backing down when it comes to the trade war. The Chinese government has just raised tariffs on imports coming in from the United States and cut duties on goods from other countries.

In addition to gaining an edge against the U.S. in the trade war, lowering tariffs on products originating from other countries allows China to limit the damage on its economy, PIIE (Peterson Institute for International Economics) said, according to CNBC. Such a move by China has placed American firms at a “considerable cost disadvantage,” said PIIE researchers, who include notable trade expert Chad P. Bown.

Jun 20 08:36

Trump says will meet with Russian, Chinese counterparts during G20 summit

"I want to get along with Russia, and I think we will. I want to get along with China, and I think we will," he said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"All we have to do is point enough nuclear weapons at them, and they'll be right peaceable!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 19 12:29

Hong Kong protesters make rest of the world look bad with 2am rubbish clean up (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Hong Kong protesters showed up the rest of the world’s demonstrators when, after a 2 million-strong march, they worked through the night to ensure not a scrap of trash was left in their wake.

The mass protests against an unpopular China extradition bill took place on June 16 and, after the 3km march was over, the diligent demonstrators worked into the night to ensure the streets they had marched on were not left strewn with litter.

Images circulated on social media showed young people working to pick up rubbish late at night, with a few doing a final sweep of the area the next morning.

Jun 19 12:27

Declassified: The Sino-Russian Masterplan To End U.S. Dominance In Middle East

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin’s early June 2019 summit in Moscow with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Pres. Xi Jinping seems likely to have a disproportionate influence on the next phases of the crises unfolding in the greater Middle East, and therefore on the future of the region.

The escalating confrontation between Iran and the US is both influencing and influenced by the mega-trends set by Russia and the PRC.

Jun 19 10:50

China, North Korea look to strengthen ties amid US disputes

Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons.

Here’s a look at what both Xi and Kim may be trying to achieve with the first visit to Pyongyang of a Chinese leader in 14 years.

Jun 19 08:43

A Proactive Russia and China Could Prevent US War with Iran

There is so much disinformation that it is difficult to judge the Israeli news report below that the US is planning a military attack on Iran. Israel wants the US to attack Iran and the report could be an attempt to push events in that direction.

There is no valid reason for Washington to serve Israeli interests.

It would be extremely irresponsible for Washington to risk starting another war.

Jun 18 11:54

Xi Jinping Schedules Kim Jong-un Summit in North Korea This Week

Chinese and North Korean state media announced on Monday that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping will visit North Korea this week to meet with dictator Kim Jong-un. It will be Xi’s first visit to North Korea and the first time China’s leader has made such a trip since Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao visited Pyongyang in 2005.

China’s CCTV said Xi will arrive in North Korea on Thursday, June 20, and depart on Friday, June 21. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed the visit, but published no further details.

A spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party said Xi accepted a personal invitation from Kim to visit, possibly issued when the two met in Beijing in January.

“I hope that this visit will contribute to the early resumption of talks on the complete denuclearisation of and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean peninsula,” a spokeswoman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said upon learning of Xi’s trip.

Jun 18 11:30

Chinese man desperately runs for his life after being woken up by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that leaves at least 12 people dead and 135 injured

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck south-western China yesterday, leaving at least 12 people dead and 135 others injured, authorities said.

Rescue efforts are underway in the province of Sichuan. Hundreds of firefighters arrived early today and rescued at least eight trapped people, the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said.

Nearly 100,000 people from eight counties were affected and 73 houses collapsed in the disaster that took place late last night, according to local government.

Jun 18 09:44

China affirms continued support to Syria in bilateral relations,  international forums

Meeting Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Wang Qishan on Monday affirmed his country’s continued support to Syria and its interest in developing and invigorating bilateral relations in different spheres.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the historic relations binding the two friendly countries, underlining the necessity of enhancing coordination and cooperation between them on different levels to upgrade them to the hoped-for level by the two countries’ leaderships.

Jun 18 08:53

Chinese military taking 'irresponsible actions' toward U.S. forces in Djibouti, intel chief says

The Chinese military is guilty of “irresponsible actions” toward American forces stationed at Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier on the Horn of Africa, a senior U.S. military intelligence officer said.

The home of U.S. military operations in the region and the biggest U.S. base on the continent, Camp Lemonnier is near the People’s Liberation Army’s first overseas military base, and the proximity has been a continuing source of tension.

Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence at the U.S. Africa Command, told a small group of African-based journalists in a telephone media roundtable that China tried to “constrain international airspace” by barring aircraft from flying over the Chinese military base, flashed ground-based lasers into the eyes of American pilots and deployed drones designed to interfere with U.S. flight operations.

Jun 17 11:45

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises as hundreds of thousands demand she step down

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam was forced into a rare apology on Sunday after hundreds of thousands of protesters, dressed in black and carrying white flowers as a sign of mourning, poured onto the streets demanding she scrap a controversial extradition law and resign.

Organisers claimed numbers were double the estimated one million who turned out last week and the protest route closed major trunk roads deep into the night.

It was an extraordinary show of people power in a city whose freedoms are being increasingly squeezed by Beijing, and ended any hopes that an embattled Ms Lam may have harboured of bringing a swift end to the spiralling political crisis that has engulfed Hong Kong for months.

Jun 17 10:07

China to roll out new rare earths policy ‘as soon as possible’

Amid the ongoing trade war with the US, the Chinese development and reform commission is currently developing new state policies on rare earth metals, and intends to make them public as soon as possible.

The spokeswoman for the Chinese state planning agency NDRC, Meng Wei, did not provide any further details at a Monday press conference.

Jun 17 09:02

LAM IN LIMBO AS TENSIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG PROTESTERS, BEIJING INTENSIFY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
On Sunday, more than 2 million Hong Kongers, more than one-quarter of the city-state's population, took to the streets in what were the biggest marches in Hong Kong since the dawn of Chinese rule. Even after City Executive Carrie Lam 'indefinitely' dropped the hated extradition bill that had catalyzed the protest movement on Saturday, a march planned for Sunday went ahead anyway. It was the biggest march yet, a sign that a popular mandate to oust Lam and secure the release of all of those arrested during the marches - the movement's two biggest remaining demands - was strong.

Calm returned to the city on Monday, though small bands of students continued to protest, while workers engaged in scattered strikes.

Hong Kong markets rewarded the city executive for withdrawing the extradition bill, with the Hang Seng index outperforming broader Asian benchmarks. Homebuilder shares, which sold off sharply during Wednesday's violent protests, led the rebound.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to the leadership of these protests; now that the extradition bill has been rescinded, please be very careful about the timing of the next demonstrations, and what issues you feel are critical to your movement.

The Chinese military is huge, and surveillance is everywhere. And if Chinese President Xi Jingping wants this movement crushed, he will do so, no matter how badly the optics may look, if he feels you are a threat to his political power.

Jun 17 08:11

China is harvesting organs from detainees, tribunal concludesVictims include imprisoned followers of Falun Gong movement, China Tribunal says

An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement.

The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said in a unanimous determination at the end of its hearings it was “certain that Falun Gong as a source - probably the principal source - of organs for forced organ harvesting”.

“The conclusion shows that very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason, that more may suffer in similar ways and that all of us live on a planet where extreme wickedness may be found in the power of those, for the time being, running a country with one of the oldest civilisations known to modern man.”

He added: “There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sir Geoffrey, a word, please: apparently, you blinked an missed a bit from your higher education at St Dunstan's College, and that is, one cannot prove a negative.

Notice the following statement: "He added: “There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”

It appears in this regard, what you have is hearsay, and not tangible evidence.

And, sir, working without financial compensation, doesn't mean that there is not an agenda to be championed here, and verbally, the last two paragraphs included are the linguistic equivalent to "the money shot" in photography:

There have been calls for the UK parliament to ban patients from travelling to China for transplant surgery. More than 40 MPs from all parties have backed the motion. Israel, Italy, Spain and Taiwan already enforce such restrictions.

China insists it adheres to international medical standards that require organ donations to be made by consent and without any financial charges. It declined to participate in the tribunal.

Can anyone in their right mind, blame China for not participating, understanding that the judicial "long knives" would be out for them?!?

I rest my case; thank you.

Jun 16 09:59

US warns Israel against Chinese investment, pushes ‘can’t be friends’ with China line

The United States is concerned about China’s deepening investment in Israel, and its latest military budget bill explicitly warns its Middle Eastern ally against doing business with Beijing, citing “security implications.”

Though President Donald Trump has repeatedly talked up his unwavering support for Israel and its now troubled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the US Senate is becoming restless over China’s growing ties with the Jewish state.

In particular, Israel’s decision to lease a port in the northern city of Haifa to the Shanghai International Port Group has come under intense scrutiny. A draft text of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act – which sets out the US military’s budget and priorities for the forthcoming year – includes a specific reference to the port.

Jun 16 09:57

Chinese company making F-35 parts?! Embarrassing ‘discovery’ further erodes ‘Huawei spying’ hysteria

After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about, rendering the fuss over omnipresent Beijing spies increasingly silly.

Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever made. While the UK’s Ministry of Defense insists the company is an established supplier to the defense industry and presents “no risk,” months of flogging the China-spying narrative have done their job, and UK media and politicians are up in arms over this “shocking revelation.”

Jun 16 06:58

ARMY EXPECTS DELIVERY OF DIRECTED ENERGY, HYPERSONIC WEAPONS IN EARLY 2020S

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

The Army expects to procure its Multi-Mission High Energy Laser (MMHEL) by 2022 and a hypersonic weapon prototype by 2023, said Lt. Gen L. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space, and rapid acquisition, reported Army News Service.

The MMHEL is a 50-kilowatt laser through a precision pointing, high-velocity target tracking beam control system. The new design will be mounted onto an IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker, an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle, to increase the Army's short-range air defense capabilities, according to officials with the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That might sound rather impressive, save for the following, sobering facts;

Russia moves 20 hypersonic weapons to testing site, signaling another milestone

And the questions those Foggy Bottomites, ladling out the contracts for this technology, need to ask themselves is, why is the US military, again, behind the proverbial 8-ball, with this technology?!?

Emerging China's Hypersonic weapons threat to surface vessels at sea.

Jun 16 06:33

HONG KONG THRONG: PROTESTERS WANT LEADER LAM TO QUIT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Hong Kong - Hundreds of thousands of protesters have marched on Sunday in opposition to the government and a controversial bill, despite the city's leader, Carrie Lam, shelving the proposal indefinitely a day earlier.

Crowds filled Hong Kong's Victoria Park early on Sunday afternoon, filing into orderly zones to wait for their turn to embark on an almost four-kilometre route to Admiralty, a downtown business district.

Protesters were largely frustrated with the way the government and Lam, the chief executive, had handled the bill.

Lam has promised to widely consult the public about the bill before making any attempt to resurrect it

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The citizens of Hong Kong, understand their history, as well as the history of mainland China.

Were I the organisers of such a protest, I might want to be very careful, about how protesters approach these "demands".

Lam is obviously an agent of Beijing here, and I would politely suggest to the protesters, that the Chinese government will put these demonstrations down in a heartbeat, if the tempo of these protests...accelerates too quickly.

Jun 16 05:44

The "Polar Silk Road" Could Be A Gamechanger For Natural Gas

It’s been well over a year since the then-United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis accused Russia and China of being “revisionist powers” each working its way toward making a power grab on the world stage and announced that the U.S. would be shifting its international relations focus away from fighting terrorism and instead prioritize what Mattis referred to as a "great power competition." Now, 17 months later, it looks like Mattis’ nightmares are coming true as Russia and China have increasingly worked together in defiance of the Trump administration in a kind of diplomatic ‘marriage of convenience’.

Jun 15 09:14

Massive China Slowdown

Jun 15 06:36

CHINESE COMPANY MAKING F-35 PARTS?! EMBARRASSING ‘DISCOVERY’ FURTHER ERODES ‘HUAWEI SPYING’ HYSTERIA

SOURCE: RT
After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about, rendering the fuss over omnipresent Beijing spies increasingly silly.
Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever made. While the UK’s Ministry of Defense insists the company is an established supplier to the defense industry and presents “no risk,” months of flogging the China-spying narrative have done their job, and UK media and politicians are up in arms over this “shocking revelation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

LORD, PLEASE MAKE ... THIS IDIOCY STOP, AND I MEAN THE US PERSECUTION OF HUAWEI .

Jun 15 06:09

HONG KONG SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL EXTRADITION BILL AFTER BACKLASH

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there were 'inadequacies' in the bill [Kin Cheung/AP]
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that a debate on a controversial extradition bill will be suspended, after hundreds of thousands of people in the territory protested against it.

"There were indeed inadequacies, the bill has caused a lot of division in society," Lam said on Saturday. She said there were supporters on both sides of the debate over the legislation.

The extradition bill would allow Hong Kong's chief executive to send suspected offenders to places with which the territory has no formal extradition agreement for trial.

It would apply to Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling in the city to be sent to mainland China and has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong's international financial status.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful that China backed off of this bill; if China's leadership thought Tia-man Square was tough to suppress, they have absolutely zero understanding of how, had this legislation been passed, the people in Hong Kong, would have reacted.

Jun 14 10:13

Restoration Hardware Plans to Move Manufacturing Back to U.S.

A California furniture and hardware company is planning to expand its manufacturing in the United States thanks to President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports.

Restoration Hardware, known simply as “RH,” offers luxury furnishing collections from dining room tables to home decor with about 35 percent of its products being made in China last fiscal year. For Fiscal Year 2019, RH executives said that about 25 to 30 percent of its products will be manufactured in China.

Jun 14 10:09

Beijing suggests its snub of Canada will continue until Meng Wanzhou is released

The spiraling diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing "lies entirely with Canada," the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday — suggesting for the first time that its leadership won't speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau until Canada drops extradition proceedings against a Chinese telecom executive.

CBC News reported Wednesday that Beijing ignored a personal attempt by Trudeau earlier this year to arrange a conversation with China's premier in order to intervene on behalf of Canadians detained in China. Trudeau's office confirms that the prime minister requested the meeting, but China ignored and ultimately rejected his request.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told CBC Radio last month she also sought a meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, but was unsuccessful.

Jun 14 09:20

China Warns of Global Recession

Jun 14 09:12

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Unipolar Moment is Over

The Russia-China strategic partnership, consolidated last week in Russia, has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.

Jun 14 08:27

Trump’s Trade Threats Are Really Cold War 2.0

President Trump has threatened China’s President Xi that if they don’t meet and talk at the upcoming G20 meetings in Japan, June 29-30, the United States will not soften its tariff war and economic sanctions against Chinese exports and technology.

Some meeting between Chinese and U.S. leaders will indeed take place, but it cannot be anything like a real negotiation. Such meetings normally are planned in advance, by specialized officials working together to prepare an agreement to be announced by their heads of state. No such preparation has taken place, or can take place. Mr. Trump doesn’t delegate authority.

Jun 14 08:22

SecDef: US Arms Saudis to Prevent Russia, China From Arming Them

Facing growing opposition from Congress on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration’s officials are lining up to dismiss concerns about whether Saudi war crimes and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might warrant ending those sales.

The go-to administration argument was expressed by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Wednesday, when he insisted the US must sell the Saudis all the arms they want or risk losing those sales to Russia and China.

Jun 14 07:52

Beijing Slams Washington, Warns US To "Stop Interfering In Hong Kong Affairs Immediately"

After senior American senators introduced legislation on Thursday requiring that the US president to protect Americans from the effects of the proposed Hong Kong extradition law, sanction individuals responsible for abducting booksellers, journalists and activists, senior Chinese officials on Friday were predictably less than thrilled, as well as requiring the State Department to re-certify Hong Kong's sovereignty every year to maintain its special trading relationship with the US.

And while more Hong Kong officials urged the government to 'pause' the process for passing the extradition bill, senior Chinese officials have reportedly summoned officials from the US embassy in Beijing to issue a stern warning to Washington not to interfere in the situation in Hong Kong

CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS LODGED STERN REPRESENTATIONS TO U.S. REGARDING HONG KONG
CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS SUMMONED SENIOR U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIAL IN BEIJING

Jun 13 12:45

2 TANKERS DAMAGED AFTER SUSPECTED TORPEDO ATTACK NEAR STRAIT OF HORMUZ; OIL SOARS

UPDATE: It appears earlier reports that the Front Altair had sunk were, in fact, incorrect. The ship’s captain has said that it is still afloat. VHF radio traffic confirmed that it is damaged but still afloat.

Hours have passed since the suspected attacks, and still, nobody has claimed responsibility. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has noted how suspicious it is that a Japanese owned vessel would be attacked while Iranian leaders were meeting with the Japanese prime minister in Tehran.

And as one BBG analyst pointed out: “Fingers will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn’t responsible, it will still suffer the consequences.”

Update: The Front Altair, the Marshall Islands flag tanker damaged in Thursday’s attacks, has now sunk, according to Iranian television. Later, others denied these reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which must be asked, and quickly, is, why in the name of Heaven, would Iran do something so pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid, when they are absolutely desperately trying to hold the US and Israel at bay, in terms of not starting a shooting war?!?

We the American people have to have the courage, to ask our alleged representatives, this question, and ask they if they are for a US-led shooting war against Iran?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

So however this was done, I have a very nasty feeling in the pit of my gut, that this could well have happened, courtesy of an American, or Israeli, "false flag team", to make it appear that the Iranians would actually do something so idiotic, as to try to force a shooting war in the region.

The Iranian government members, may be many things; stupid, however, is not one of them.

Jun 13 12:20

As Hong Kong refuses to bend the knee…

Sun Tzu, the legendary Chinese general of the 6th century BC Zhou Dynasty, famously wrote in the Art of War:

“When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.”

Modern day governments understand this principle very well. And that’s lesson #1 I want to discuss today.

Jun 13 11:49

US must develop ‘new way of war’ or risk ‘defeat’ to Russia & China – think tank

The Pentagon’s military posture based on post-Cold War dominance will not work against new Russian and Chinese strategies and must be urgently updated, or the US risks losing a war against either power, a new report warns.

America needs a “new way of war,” according to a report authored by Chris Dougherty of the Center for New American Security (CNAS) and published on Wednesday.

“For the first time in decades, it is possible to imagine the United States fighting—and possibly losing—a large-scale war with a great power,” Dougherty warns.

While the US remains stuck in the “implicit and explicit mental framework” for military strategy and operations that emerged during the 1991 Gulf War, he adds, China and Russia have been devising new strategies and weapons to defeat the US in war should that become necessary.

Jun 13 07:19

Danielle Park – China’s Debt Crisis

Jun 12 11:38

“China Joe” Biden Will Reverse and Call China Geopolitical Threat…

According to two media reports democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is scheduled to completely reverse his position on China, and outline the Asian nation as a global geopolitical threat in an Iowa speech today. That’s not a reversal or a flip-flop, that would be a triple-lindy.

Jun 12 11:33

“We Are Extremely Angry": Thousands Of Protesters Block Hong Kong Roads In Protest Against China Extradition Bill

Two days after over 1 million people protested in the streets of Hong Kong - unsuccessfully - against a proposed extradition bill that would allow Beijing to take people from Hong Kong to stand trial in mainland China on Wednesday morning in a fresh display of defiance against the contentious extradition bill, thousands of protesters started barricading roads and began stopping traffic from accessing the HK legislature on Wednesday morning, as the government’s proposal returns to a full council meeting.

Jun 12 11:00

Zakharova: Enemy of My Enemy! China and Russia Now Close Allies Because of US Aggression!

Jun 12 10:07

Hong Kong clashes erupt after protesters storm legislature

Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon, and pepper spray after thousands of protesters surrounded the legislature and forced a delay in a debate over a controversial extradition bill.

What was a relatively peaceful demonstration erupted on Wednesday at about 3:30pm local time (07:00 GMT) as hundreds of protesters tried to storm the legislative council complex, prompting police to retaliate.

Black-shirted protesters wearing yellow helmets and goggles taunted police outside the complex as they descended on the streets in protest against the bill which, critics say, will undermine the city's civil freedoms in its "one country, two systems" political structure.

Jun 12 10:06

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT SURVEILLANCE TECH COULDN’T GET ANY MORE ORWELLIAN…

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM
BY GRAYWOLF

One of my favorite TV shows was Person of Interest. In that show, a genius programmer was hired by the government to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) computer to tap into and analyze communication feeds and predict activities that may pose a threat. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, things spun out of control; the system that was designed to benefit society was not always beneficial to citizens.

As amusing as it is to watch escapist fiction such as this, it’s not so enjoyable when you realize it’s no longer fiction. China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to take action against those observed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You might be laughing at the above scenario; but rest assured, there are systems like this coming to the US government, which can, and will, be just as abusive as is the Chinese system right now.

Jun 11 10:12

Final warning? China’s rare earths exports fall as trade war with US escalates

The world’s leading producer of rare earth metals, China, reduced its exports of the minerals last month, according to the country’s official customs data. Stopping supplies to the US could cripple the American tech sector.

Jun 11 10:10

No US, no problem! Russia-China trade set to double & reach $200 billion soon

The trade volume between Russia and China is expected to continue to accelerate and reach new heights, doubling the current record level of $108 billion, the Russian economy ministry says.

Jun 11 07:12

Why Is China Pouring Money Into The Arctic?

Jun 10 16:42

Why Is China Pouring Money Into The Arctic?

Jun 10 12:24

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil SectorWashington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela’s ability to export oil and produce fuel.

The US Treasury Department has announced a hardening of measures against Venezuela’s oil industry.

In an amendment to the Venezuela sanctions published on Thursday, Washington stated that the existing licenses, which allow certain companies to continue dealing with Venezuela state oil company PDVSA for a given period, “do not authorize transactions or dealings related to the exportation or reexportation of diluents, directly or indirectly, to Venezuela.”

Venezuela relies on imports of diluents to blend its heavy crude into exportable grades, as well as produce gasoline and diesel for internal consumption.

Venezuela’s declining oil production was significantly worsened by the impact of US economic sanctions, with crude output dropping by 30 percent, from an average of 1.911 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to 1.354 million in 2018, following the August 2017 financial sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The motivation here is very simple; bring Venezuela, economically, to its knees, to the point where it becomes ripe, for "regime change".

But the question I have to ask is, how much longer will Russia and China, put up with this monkey business, before they intervene in some way or another, either economically, or militarily?!?

Jun 10 11:59

THE INTERNET BECAME LESS FREE IN 2018. CAN WE FIGHT BACK?

As democracies around the world struggle to hold back the rising tide of authoritarianism, a similar crisis is unfolding online. Three factors converged this year to make 2018 the eighth straight year that global internet freedom declined, according to an annual report from the nonprofit Freedom House: increasing censorship in response to disinformation, the widespread collection of personal data, and a growing group of countries emulating China’s model of digital authoritarianism.

Jun 10 07:51

CHINESE EXPORTERS DODGE US TARIFFS WITH FAKE 'MADE IN VIETNAM' TAGS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Chinese exporters who are hoping to evade tariffs as high as 25% on some of their goods are hoping to capitalize on the explosion of exports from Vietnam to the US - and not by simply and legally routing their products through Vietnam as a legal transshipment point, but by masking their true origins, provoking fears that the US might seek to punish the Vietnamese for failing to crack down on this type of fraud.

On Sunday, Vietnam released a statement pledging to increase penalties on trade-related fraud. It was one of the first times an Asian government has ever alleged such misbehavior, and comes after Vietnamese authorities found dozens of fake product origin certificates and illegal transfers presumably by Chinese companies trying to sidestep US tariffs on everything from agriculture to textiles, according to Bloomberg.

The crackdown comes as Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of American imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how far is the US government, willing to go with this?!?

Will we start seeing interdiction of Vietnamese ships, with fake "Made in Vietnam" stickers, with products really made in China?!?

Jun 10 07:40

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MARCH IN HONG KONG TO PROTEST CHINA EXTRADITION BILL

SOURCE: REUTERS
Hong Kong was plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after more than half a million people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

Organizers said the turnout outstripped a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 hit the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws.

Those laws were later shelved and a key government official forced to resign. Sunday’s outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing.

“She has to withdraw the bill and resign,” veteran Democratic Party lawmaker James To told crowds outside the city’s parliament and government headquarters on Sunday night.

“The whole of Hong Kong is against her.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Hong Kong, are very aware of their history, and do not want themselves at them mercy of a tyrannical Chinese government, in case there is the kind of dispute which may cause Hong Kong natives to be extradited; labeled as "dissidents", captured and tried in a kangaroo court, then tortured or killed by their captors.

And frankly, who can actually blame them on this issue?!?

Jun 09 16:00

Chinese-owned developers plan $11 billion of NZ building projects in next eight years

Chinese-owned developers plan an almost $11 billion pipeline of New Zealand projects in the next eight years, a new survey has found - and $2.1b of projects are already underway.

Frank Xu, president of the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association, said this was the finding of a survey of 26 Chinese-owned developers working in New Zealand in the past few years.

Work by Chinese-owned developers forecast in this country during the next eight years was $10.69b, he said.

The survey found $1.7b of projects by Chinese-owned developers had been completed here since 2010.

*Sorry, rest is subscription*

Jun 09 07:36

BGP EVENT SENDS EUROPEAN MOBILE TRAFFIC THROUGH CHINA TELECOM FOR 2 HOURS

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM
Traffic destined for some of Europe's biggest mobile providers was misdirected in a roundabout path through the Chinese-government-controlled China Telecom on Thursday, in some cases for more than two hours, an Internet-monitoring service reported. It's the latest event to stoke concerns about the security of the Internet's global routing system, known as the Border Gateway Protocol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That... was an industrial strength "Oops, there"!!!!!"

Jun 09 07:32

IRAN UNVEILS HOMEBUILT AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM TO DESTROY ‘STEALTH TARGETS’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT
Tehran’s military displayed a brand-new indigenous air defense missile system, capable of tracking and shooting down six targets at the same time. The weapon was rolled out amid growing tensions around the Persian Gulf.
Iran unveiled its new domestically-designed air defense missile system Khordad 15 on Sunday. Equipped with long-range Sayyad 3 missiles, it can shoot down enemy jets and combat drones at a range of 120 kilometers, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

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The complex can also track “stealth targets,” intercepting them 45 km away. Overall, the weapon can destroy six targets simultaneously, according to military officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian civilian government and its military leadership, may be many things; that being said, foolish, and unprepared are not among those categories whatsoever.

They full well know, what may be in their future (a war with the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel), and want to guard against this, by creating the best military equipment which can be created by their weaponry engineers.

So I would like to, politely and strongly caution the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, that should the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, mount some kind of attack against Iran, that Russia and China may well decide to join Iran in the fight.

And President Trump, no matter what verbal poison against Iran with which Bolton, Netanyahu, and Pompeo are filling your ears, there as to be another way, other than war, to achieve your geopolitical and financial goals here.

But your unilaterally pulling the US out of the P5+1, was an horrendous mistake, sir; and right now, to your utter embarrassment, the IAEA team, on the ground in Iran, are still saying, that the Iranians are complying with their side of the bargain.

Jun 09 07:17

HUGE HONG KONG PROTEST AGAINST EXTRADITION BILL

SOURCE: BBC.COM

(BBC) - Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory.

The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The protests are thought to be the biggest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, which saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets.

The government says the bill has built-in protections and will plug loopholes.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has pushed for the amendments to be passed before July. Supporters say safeguards are in place to prevent anyone facing religious or political persecution from being extradited to mainland China.

But the bill's critics say those in the former British colony would be exposed to China's deeply flawed justice system, and it would lead to further erosion of the city's judicial independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest to supporters of this bill, that whatever safeguards they think they may have from illegal persecution from mainland China, will most probably not be present in the final form of the bill.

Jun 08 09:31

CHINA BANS THE INTERCEPT AND OTHER NEWS SITES IN “CENSORSHIP BLACK FRIDAY”

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country’s citizens from accessing The Intercept’s website and those of at least seven other Western news organizations.

On Friday, people in China began reporting that they could not access the websites of The Intercept, The Guardian, the Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Toronto Star, and Breitbart News.

It is unclear exactly when the censorship came into effect or the reasons for it. But Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Chinese authorities have reportedly increased levels of online censorship to coincide with the event.

Charlie Smith, co-founder of GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese government internet censorship, said that the apparent crackdown on Western news sites represented a significant new development and described it as a “censorship Black Friday.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, we get it, but what about the deplatforming/demonitization of so many (generally)conservative sites in the US by that evil triumverate, Facebook; Twitter; and Google?!?

This has been just as vicious and Orwellian, as has the Chinese blocking sites which do not conform to the party line!!!

Jun 08 09:24

TRUMP OKS ADVANCED BOMB PARTS TO BE BUILT IN SAUDI: NYT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

When US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress last month to approve a multibillion-dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia, he also allowed the kingdom to develop complex precision-bomb parts, according to the New York Times.

Trump's emergency declaration allows American arms firm Raytheon to share technology with Riyadh that could allow Saudi Arabia to develop its own laser-guided bombs, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Among the components which the Saudis are now allowed to work on with the firm are the control systems and vital electronics for Raytheon's Paveway series of smart bombs. That technology was previously closely guarded by Washington.

The technology sharing is just one part of a sweeping arms package Trump bypassed Congress to push through by declaring a national emergency, citing tensions with Iran.

Outrage on Capitol Hill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please tell me that this is a belated April Fool's joke; because if it isn't, you may just have created the elements which can potentially turn into World War III; the current detente between Saudi Arabia and Israel could turn nasty at any second, and any attack against Iran by Saudi Arabia, could well be met with China and Russia taking sides with Iran.

Giving dictatorial kingdoms, which are self-proclaimed theocracies, is probably not ever a great idea; and I am referring, sir, to both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This move does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world.

Jun 07 15:57

You Can’t Trust a Chinese Audit

Jun 07 11:48

China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

The U.S. expected China to integrate into global capitalism as a subordinate power, but recent deals with Russia show China is moving towards equality in economic and military power

Jun 07 08:46

US attempt to push Huawei from global market is the first sign of looming tech war - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said US efforts to push Chinese tech giant Huawei out of the global market might be a sign that a new technological war is coming.

“Take the situation around the company Huawei, for example. There are attempts not even to challenge it, but to brazenly force it out of the global market,” Putin told the audience at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “In some circles it is even called the first technological war of the coming digital era.”

Jun 07 08:05

Trump’s method to the madness on trade

Lost in the tweets and partisan fights is a belief that a bet on freer trade has proved to be a loser.

Jun 07 07:02

US belief that China wants military bases in Arctic ‘totally baseless’ – Beijing's envoy to Moscow

Moscow and Beijing cooperating in the Arctic is a win-win model for how nations can work together, Beijing’s envoy to Moscow told RT’s SophieCo, stressing that China is not seeking military bases in the region.

Beijing sees itself as a “near-Arctic” state and is actively participating in creating international rules and regulations governing the Arctic, Ambassador Li Hui told show host Sophie Shevardnadze.

But the Chinese envoy also pushed back against accusations that Beijing was eyeing military installations in the Arctic, describing Washington’s warnings as “totally baseless” and “completely unjustified.”

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