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Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 19 08:55

Chinese army to be restructured to make it a 'world-class military' says President Xi

CHINESE President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said.

Apr 19 07:47

Xi Jinping asks new PLA units to be ready for combat, modern warfare

Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the PLA's newly-formed 84 large military units to prepare themselves for combat and give priority to building "new-type" fighting capabilities in electronic, information and space warfare.

Apr 18 15:20

What Impact Does The Chinese Housing Bubble Have On Local And International Markets? Is The Housing Bubble Going To Burst Very Soon?

China commodity markets are competing against an ever-expanding crop of the wealthy whose demand for real estate as an investment seems to know no bounds. China's housing market is worth looking.

Apr 18 11:33

Scott Adams: The Air Comes Out of the Anti-Trump Balloon

In January of this year, President Trump’s critics were marching in the streets because they believed he was about to go full-Hitler. Or maybe he was just crazy, and about to do something dangerously stupid.

Today their biggest complaint is that President Trump hasn’t shared his tax returns with the public.

How’s everything else looking?

Apr 18 10:15

Aircraft Carrier Locations

CVN-70 Carl Vinson
CVW-2
( NE )
Home Port : San Diego, CA.
Back log
05Jan2017,
departed San Diego
for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific
05Jan-19Jan2017, EastPac
20Jan-09Feb2017, WestPac
10Feb-13Feb2017, Apra Harbor, Naval Base Guam
14Feb-17Feb2017, Philippine Sea
18Feb-06Mar2017, South China Sea
07Mar-10Mar2017, East China Sea
11Mar-14Mar2017, waters east of the Korean peninsula
15Mar-19Mar2017, Busan, Republic of Korea
20Mar-25Mar2017, Sea of Japan
26Mar-29Mar2017, East China Sea
30Mar-03Apr2017, South China Sea
04Apr-07Apr2017, Changi Naval Base, Singapore
08Apr-14Apr2017, South China Sea
15Apr2017, transited the Sunda Strait
16Apr-18Apr2017, Indian Ocean

Apr 18 10:08

What Would Korean War II Look Like?

The US could literally blow North Korea off the map using tactical nuclear weapons based in Japan, South Korea and at sea with the 7th Fleet. Or delivered by B-52 and B-1 bombers and cruise missiles. But this would cause clouds of lethal radiation and radioactive dust to blanket Japan, South Korea and heavily industrialized northeast China, including the capital, Beijing.

China would be expected to threaten retaliation against the United States, Japan and South Korea to deter a nuclear war in next door Korea. At the same time, if heavily attacked, a fight-to-the-end North Korea may fire off a number of nuclear-armed medium-range missiles at Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and South Korea. These missiles are hidden in caves in the mountains on wheeled transporters and hard to identify and knock out.

This is a huge risk. Such a nuclear exchange would expose about a third of the world’s economy to nuclear contamination, not to mention spreading nuclear winter around the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: bellicose hubris, and subsequent threats, will not work here.

And the price of such a war on the Korean Peninsula, in blood, money, and nuclear contamination, will be both unimaginable...and irreversible.

What needs to happen, is for China to get North Korea back on board with a summit to hammer out a true peace deal to replace the armistice, with the quid pro quo being no US invasion of North Korea, and North Korea ending its nuclear weapons program in return.

Such a plan is simple, elegant, and logical, and precludes the need for any military action against North Korea.

You're welcome, Mr. President!! :-)

Apr 18 09:28

Why The Donald Should Cool It On North Korea – The Fat Boy Can’t Even Deliver His ‘Little Boy’

The realized truth of modern history is crystal clear. Washington had no business intervening in a quarrel between two no-count wanna be dictators (Syngman Rhee and Kim il Sung) on the Korean peninsula in June 1950, and surely has no business still stationing 29,000 American soldiers there 67 years latter.

Yet owing to the institutionalized albatross of that mis-vectored history, the world is now much closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time since the dark days of the early cold war. And the Donald has become just the latest political tourist in the Oval Office to succumb to the Deep State’s false, self-serving narrative about why the American imperium remains decamped on the 38th parallel.

Apr 18 06:27

North Korea Is Refusing Communications With China.

This is an interesting development and not a good one. It seems North Korea will not accept China’s offer of a meeting. It sounds like Lil’ Kim is isolating his Country from his closest friend and supporter. China is becoming very troubled over this. I am very troubled over this, as it insinuates a turn for the worse in Kim’s mood and trust in his ally.

Apr 17 15:11

The Coming War on China: A Conversation with John Pilger


A nuclear war between the United States and China is not only imaginable but a current 'contingency', says the Pentagon. Filmed over two years across five potential flashpoints in Asia and the Pacific, THE COMING WAR ON CHINA reveals the build-up to war on more than 400 US military bases that encircle China in a 'perfect noose'.

Apr 17 12:20

Monday Madness – China Spends $1Tn and Still Fails to Grow 7% in Q1

$1,000,000,000,000!

That's a lot of money. It's 1,000 Billion Dollars or one Million Million Dollars and it's how much China spend is just 3 months attempting to keep up appearances while the real economy continues to slow down. Can China keep on spending at a $4Tn annual pace (40% of GDP) for the rest of 2017? Sure they could – because no one seems to give a damn about debt spending anymore – but that doesn't mean they should.

Apr 17 11:58

Russia And China Preparing Alternative Banking Architecture

It may have arrived with little fanfare, but Russia’s SWIFT alternative has, more or less, arrived. Speaking in no uncertain terms at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin late last month, Elvira Nabiullina, the Governor of Russia’s central bank, stated: “We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative.”

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Apr 17 08:51

Senior Chinese, U.S. officials exchange views on Korean Peninsula situation

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula via phone on Sunday.

The talk came after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had reportedly fired an unidentified missile early on Sunday from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo.

But the missile was believed to have exploded on launch, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Yang and Tillerson also discussed the implementation of those agreements reached by the two countries' presidents during their first meeting in the U.S. state of Florida earlier this month.

The successful meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate has set a constructive tone, defined the direction and made a plan for the development of bilateral ties, Yang told Tillerson, noting that the two leaders also held a good phone conversation just a few days ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sounds like an absolutely wonderful way of moving forward; unfortunately, President Trump and his advisors are working against a "hard deadline" of 9 May, which is about 3 weeks away, when South Korea elects a new President, due to the fact that President Park was impeached by the South Korean government, and thrown out of office.

The Chinese people - and Government - tend to look at the long term, in terms of governmental, and military actions; Donald Trump understands that if the next President of South Korea is supportive of the "sunshine policy",which advocates for cooperation and involvement with North Korea, he will not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the South to go along with a decap strike, leading to regime change in North Korea.

Additionally, South Korea, Russia, and China are looking at President Trump's rapidly growing string of broken campaign promises and wondering about the degree to which he can be trusted, at all, to keep his word.

However this gets resolved, it's going to be an intense three weeks for both Koreas, until May 9th.

Apr 17 08:40

Putin moves missiles to North Korea border as Russia gets ready for WAR

VIDEO footage appears to show Russian military forces being moved on mass to the border with North Korea as the world edges closer to World War 3.Russia has reportedly moved weapons towards Vladivostok, just eight miles from the border with North Korea.The city is within striking distance of Kim Jong-un’s secretive state.

Although unconfirmed by the Russian government, the movement of tanks and missiles was spotted by terrified people living in the border city and posted on social media.According to reports, the military convoy caught on camera included eight surface-to-air missiles, all part of Russian Air Defence.

Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base in Vladivostok.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, we are looking at things getting out of control on the Korean Peninsula very, very quickly.

The distance between Russia and the North Korean border is very short.

The border between Russia and North Korea, according to the official Russian definition, consists of 17 kilometres (11 mi) of "terrestrial border" and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of "maritime border". It is the shortest of the international borders of Russia

Apr 17 07:55

Three US Aircraft Carriers Directed Toward South Korean Shores

Three US aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, will enter the Sea of Japan next week, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a South Korean government source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Add in the Chinese and Russian ships keeping an eye on the US forces, and all it will take is one hothead to trigger the biggest naval battle since the Jutland!

Apr 17 06:42

Breaking News! China and Russia Send Ships After United States Aircraft Carrier Moving Toward North Korea.

This is news that we just don’t need to hear right now! Nevertheless, it is another piece in the pattern of chaos which is steadily exploding before us. China and Russia have dispatched ships from their navies to track the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is moving toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 16 10:40

Did President Trump’s Dinner/Summit With President Of China At Mar-A-Lago Help With North Korea And Other Matters For Americans?

President Trump knew he must work with China to get to North Korea. He is most comfortable in his Southern White House at Mar-A-Lago Resort in Florida. Of course, that is where he chose to have his summit with the President of China and his wife.

Apr 16 09:31

A Government of Morons

Led by a man who can barely read.
Paul Craig Roberts

It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession.

Violence is America. America is violence. The moronic liberals blame it on gun owners, but it is always the government that is the source of violence. That is the reason our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment. It is not gun owners who have destroyed in whole or part eight countries. It is the armed-at-taxpayer-expense US government that commits the violence.

America’s lust for violence is now bringing the Washington morons up against people who can commit violence back: the Russians and Chinese, Iran and North Korea.

Apr 16 08:41

Despite The Saber Rattling By North Korea, They Do Not Even Test A Missile. I Thank God, President Trump, And China For That!

I know President Trump’s work with China led to the good behavior of North Korea. Plus, the fact that Trump showed North Korea the United States would not take their threats sitting down was a huge factor in their backing off of even a missile test. I believed late last night that we would not strike NK for only a missile test, but if they harmed a hair on our back, or South Korea, or Japan, a war would be our only choice. I praise God this did not happen.

I wonder if we are about to see a decrease in North Korea’s threats, as China reigns them in. I think President Trump’s work with China’s President made a huge impact in the way China has started to view and treat North Korea. They are getting far closer to good relations with the US and pulling away from their pampering of Lil’ Kim. I think they may have closed the nuclear playground for Lil’ Kim.

Apr 15 08:23

Pepe Escobar On Trump's New Normal "Piece Of Cake" Foreign Policy

NATO was "obsolete." Then it was "no longer obsolete." China was a currency manipulator. Then it was no longer a currency manipulator. There would be no more adventures in the Middle East. Then it's back to pulling a Hillary and bombing Syria. Russia was supposed to be a partner – basically in oil and gas deals, while a Kissingerian Divide and Rule remix would try to unravel the Russia-China strategic partnership. Then Russia is bad because supporting "animal" (sic) Assad.

Apr 15 08:13

THE U.S. AND CHINA: WHY THE SUDDEN CONVERGENCE ON NORTH KOREA?

China has effectively subsidized and supported the North Korean state for the past 70 years as a buffer against a land invasion from South Korea. China supplies North Korea with fossil fuels and other essentials and protects it diplomatically.

But does this buffer-state strategy make sense in today's world? The threat is now from nuclear missiles and trade wars, not a land invasion. Though we cannot know what's being discussed or decided behind close doors, the high cost of subsidizing a rogue nuclear state for the now-irrelevant value of a physical buffer may finally be weighing on Chinese decision-makers.

Then there's the all-important matter of "face". The perception of status, influence and power--what's known as "face"--is the core concern in East-Asian societies. "Losing face" by being revealed as powerless and lacking influence is to be avoided at all costs.

Apr 15 07:37

China seeks Russia's help to 'cool' North Korea situation

China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea.

Apr 14 13:53

Report: North Korea soldiers face punishment for Kim Jong Un jokes

Said I wouldn't do this. No real attribution except for "The Source". They link to another UPI article that quotes,"Sources" and a non-link to Radio Free Asia. This is a good example of Psyops and Propaganda. Korean War part 2 here we come. Sure hope not!

Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private, nonprofit international broadcasting corporation[2] that broadcasts and publishes online news, information, and commentary to listeners in East Asia while "advancing the goals of U.S. foreign policy."[3][4] RFA is funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent agency of the United States government[5][disputed – discuss] responsible for all non-military, international broadcasting sponsored by the U.S government (such as Radio Free Europe), which appoints the board of RFA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Free_Asia

Apr 14 13:17

Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

Apr 14 13:11

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’

“There’s a big fight [going on]”

Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to “shiv him and push him out the door”

The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been “nonstop” in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an “open secret” that Bannon and Kushner often clash “face-to-face,” according to senior officials.

Apr 14 11:37

Piece of Cake: New Normal of Trump's Foreign Policy

Here's the Commander-in-chief of the Beautiful Piece of Chocolate Cake School of Foreign Policy, expanding on his next move regarding North Korea.

"We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you."

As if bombing nuclear-armed North Korea would be as much of a piece of cake as Tomahawking a semi-deserted air base in Syria. But then, that's the beauty of a box of chocolates foreign policy; you never know what you're gonna get.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shake hands during a joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 12, 2017.
© REUTERS/ JONATHAN ERNST
Trump: NATO No Longer Obsolete, Needs to Play Bigger Role Fighting Daesh

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have seen some incredible back-flips from President Trump on both foreign and domestic policies, which would completely make the most ardent, and capable, of gymnasts, dizzy.

These reversals do not augur well for peace in this work, and folks...something wicked this way will come, because of them.

Apr 14 10:50

US May Launch Preemptive Strike On North Korea Ahead Of Nuclear Test

With just two days to go until North Korea's "Day of the Sun" celebrations, when as reported yesterday it may conduct its 6th nuclear test at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, NBC reports citing multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials that in the latest stepwise escalation, the U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that Kim Jong-Un's nation North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test. Note: North Korea does not even have to carry out the text: mere conviction on the side of the US that it would, is sufficient.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both China and Russia have suspended flights into North Korea; I am afraid that this war with North Korea is on , and very soon.

Apr 14 10:21

‘Riskier than striking Syria’: Beijing warns US against attacking North Korea

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said they expect it to consult with them before any action.
Tension is mounting in the region as US President Donald Trump said he would solve the “North Korean problem” with or without China’s help. The warning came amid the diversion of the aircraft carrier group ‘USS Carl Vinson’ to the Korean Peninsula and a week after Trump ordered the US Navy to fire a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase as punishment for an alleged chemical attack in Idlib province.

Responding to US belligerence, Beijing called against using force against Pyongyang.

“Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing. “Amid challenge there is opportunity. Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese assessment in this issue is bang spot on; North Korea could, potentially, visit a world of hurt upon South Korea, should it be attacked.

I, for one, am praying for cooler, more sane heads to prevail in the White House, and that talks with the US, China, and North and South Korea be revisited, and immediately.

Such talks should offer a true, detailed peace treaty to North Korea, to replace the existing armistice, with the quid pro quo being that North Korea stops its nuclear weapons program for that to happen.

Of course, this...would be logical.

Apr 14 10:12

State paper says China would protect a denuclearized North Korea

China would step up its protection of North Korea should the isolated state halt its nuclear program, an editorial in a state-backed newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing tries to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Pyongyang's continued nuclear and missile testing program has prompted the United States to send a navy carrier group to near the Korean peninsula in a show of force aimed at deterring more tests.

North Korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung on Saturday, North Korea's biggest national day called "Day of the Sun". Leaders have in the past used the date to carry out weapons tests.

China, North Korea's main ally, has called for a peaceful resolution of the Korean tensions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant gambit, on the part of the Chinese government, but unfortunately, may well fall on deaf ears in Pyongyang.

The purpose of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is as a deterrent to potential military action against it by the United States; I seriously doubt the such an offer by the Chinese government will be entertained by Kim Jung Un, at this point, because he knows that the US military is about to strike it, and potentially hard.

Apr 14 09:31

Conflict can break out on Korean Peninsula any moment: China

China has warned that “conflict could break out at any moment” on the Korean Peninsula, as North Korea and the United States increasingly seem headed for a potential military confrontation.

Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said there would be “no winner” in a potential war, and that the party that triggered conflict would “pay the price.”

“Dialogue is the only possible solution,” he said during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Beijing.

Apr 14 09:17

China: World Must fix 'Historical Injustice' Against Palestine

On Thursday China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said Palestinians must be able to build an independent state to correct a "historical injustice."

In a press conference in Beijing with Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Wang reiterated China’s longstanding support for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Wang noted that 70 years after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181 calling for the creation of an independent Palestine alongside Israel, Palestinians are still being denied their independence.

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Apr 14 08:50

Air China to suspend Beijing-Pyongyang flights - Chinese state TV

China's national airline, Air China, suspended flights from Beijing to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, from late on Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.

It did not say why the flights, which operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, were being suspended.

Apr 14 08:42

Start of BRICS Gold-Backed Trade Pushing Deep State Desperation at All-Time High

It appears that the real reason why has Trump capitulated to the Deep State so quickly is the final BRICS leadership’s decision to start the dumping of the fiat dollar in matters of mutual trade and economic cooperation between the BRICS member countries.

This measure puts Donald Trump’s most ambitious campaign promise of “Making America Great Again” through economic recovery and military upgrade in grave danger, as the BRICS Alliance starts requiring the US government to pay for BRICS resources with real, hard currencies only.

Apr 13 19:58

Before attacking North Korea, please try everything else

By Grant Newsham April 12, 2017 12:07 PM (UTC+8)

The US has spent the past 25 years trying to concoct a formula that will get North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons program, while hoping China would help bring Pyongyang to heel.

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent statement that years of negotiations with North Korea have failed, it seems an American military response is no longer unthinkable — and in some quarters is seen as inevitable.

But the US still hasn’t played all its cards, and ought to before rolling the dice with a military strike. First, some stark reminders are in order.

Apr 13 19:25

Who’s Nasty Now? Southern White House Fails To Keep Seafood, Meat Cold Enough

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo were courted on diplomatic working visits at Mar-a-Lago, and now one must hope they did not return home with food poisoning. The high-profile club was cited for failing to store seafood and meat at adequate temperatures and forgetting to ensure that seafood was not contaminated by parasites, the Miami Herald reported.

Apr 13 14:41

Pushing Australia Into War With China

The U.S. establishment is so disturbed by the erosion of its “uni-polar world” domination that it is pushing compliant allies like Australia into potentially devastating conflicts, writes John Pilger.

Apr 13 10:24

Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon?

Crazy Horse is coming!

A new White House Fool has replaced the old fool. The New Fool has sent his Secretary of State to Russia. For what? To deliver an ultimatum? To make more false accusations? To apologize for the lies?

Stephen Cohen, one of the few remaining Americans knowledgeable about Russia, told the two CNN presstitutes and the warmonger Col. Leighton, one of the “experts” that the presstitutes roll out to pronounce the propaganda against Russia, that Russia was preparing for hot war.

The Russian leaders, who, unlike the Western liars, speak the truth, have said clearly that Russia will never again fight a war on her own territory. The Russians couldn’t put it more clearly. Provoke a war, and we will destroy you on your own territory.

Apr 13 09:44

Chinese Firm Halves Worker Costs By Hiring Army Of Robots To Sort Out 200,000 Packages A Day

A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.

Apr 13 08:28

Trump just announced he’s betraying his biggest campaign promise on China

He’s backing off from his vow to blacklist the country as a currency manipulator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And currency manipulation is the FED's job, dammit!

(Ahem)

This may be the quid pro quo for China to push against North Korea.

Apr 13 07:19

‘Riskier than striking Syria’: Beijing warns US against attacking North Korea

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said they expect it to consult with them before any action.

Tension is mounting in the region as US President Donald Trump said he would solve the “North Korean problem” with or without China’s help.

The paper said Washington needs to accept the reality that it “has no power to put global affairs in order at the moment” and work with other leading world powers on the Korean situation through the UN Security Council, a body that the US has shun by the unilateral attack against Syria.

Apr 12 18:22

Mattis: Navy Strike Group Not Headed to North Korea for Any Reason

A Picard and Rivero palm to forehead moment!

With a US carrier strike group steaming toward North Korea, and top administration officials talking up the need for the US to “solve” North Korea, Russian officials today echoed a concern shared by a lot of people, that the US is about to unilaterally attack North Korea.

Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to downplay those concerns, however, insisting the carrier strike group is just in the western Pacific in general, and isn’t speeding rapidly toward the Korean Peninsula for any particular reason, and has nothing in mind when it gets there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsrK6P9QvI

Apr 12 17:21

Xi advises Trump to be Peaceful

This guy sounds like a Statesman and he is to the point.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday and emphasized that conflict on the Korean Peninsula has to be resolved through peaceful means, after Trump reiterated that he was ready to solve the North Korean nuclear issue on his own.

China's state-run broadcaster CCTV reported that Xi and Trump held a phone conversation Wednesday morning Asia time to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other matters of bilateral concern, five days after their summit last week. The CCTV report was issued shortly after the conversation.

Xi was reported to have told Trump, China adheres to the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and calls for peaceful means to resolve the problem in order to safeguard the peace and stability of the region.

Apr 12 16:07

Did Trump Just Get Woke?

Today he seemingly changed his mind on half a dozen of his most stridently held views, all at once. It’s almost as if the Gary Cohn-Steve Mnuchin-Wilbur Ross contingent within Mar-a-Lago North finally strapped him down and jacked him into a basic economic program, Matrix-style. He is now saying smart things about these topics and taking positions that are conducive to the continuity of America as the world’s lone super power and most critical reserve currency.

Apr 12 15:13

China Warns North Korea Situation Has Hit "Tipping Point", Threatens "Never Before Seen" Measures

After warnings yesterday, and on the heels of a "very good call" with President Trump, China has escalated its threats to North Korea over its nuclear tests. In another Global Times op-ed, China warns "if the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before..."

Apr 12 12:02

Scott Adams: The North Korea Reframe

Prior U.S. presidents framed the North Korean nuclear program as a problem between the United States and North Korea, with China as an unhelpful third party with its own interests. That framing was weak and useless. North Korea did whatever it wanted to do.

President Trump recently changed the frame. Now it’s not so much a problem between the United States and North Korea as it is a branding battle between China and the U.S., with North Korea being the less-important part of the equation. President Trump has said clearly and repeatedly that if China doesn’t fix the problem in its own backyard, the USA will step in to do what China couldn’t get done.

See the power in that framing? China doesn’t want a weak “brand.”

Apr 12 11:59

Trump says he told Xi how he bombed Syria airbase over ‘most beautiful piece of cake’

"I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We're now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, during an interview that aired on Wednesday morning.

“It's so incredible. It's brilliant. It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five. I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing,” said Trump.

Trump spoke of a “great feeling” between himself and Xi, who he “really likes being with,” at least officially.

Apr 12 11:19

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed

The Chinese have deployed upwards of 150,000 troops to the Yalu under the pretext they are all medical personnel,or at least that is what the idiots in dc want to believe.

The timing of Donald Trump's strike on Syria was aimed at sending a strong signal to Beijing, Malaysian geopolitical analyst Mathew Maavak told Sputnik. The geopolitical analyst explained why Trump's "hardball diplomacy" left the Chinese leadership unimpressed.
Surprisingly, Xi remained silent in response to the show of force.

"If the intention was to intimidate China over North Korea's nuclear sabre-rattling, then Beijing will likely raise the stakes by providing an additional economic lifeline to Pyongyang," the Malaysian analyst suggested."

Apr 12 09:43

UN Security Council to vote on West's draft Syria resolution Wednesday

The resolution is a slightly revised version of previous similar document, which condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The document also demands that Damascus hand over all information on flights on the day of the incident to the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and provide access to the military bases from which strikes against Khan Sheikhoun could be carried out. The resolution also threatens Syria with sanctions and the use of military force under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Last week, Russia described the document as "inadmissible" and prepared its own resolution, which envisages a full-scale investigation on the ground by UN and OPCW experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not see Russia and China signing off on this, any more than the resolution they have already rejected.

Apr 12 09:19

China Warns North Korea Situation Has Hit "Tipping Point", Threatens "Never Before Seen" Measures

After warnings yesterday, and on the heels of a "very good call" with President Trump, China has escalated its threats to North Korea over its nuclear tests. In another Global Times op-ed, China warns "if the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before..."

Apr 12 08:44

Report: China Considers Bombing North Korean Nuclear Sites

In a dramatic shift in policy that could seriously change future events, China has suggested it would bomb North Korea if it crosses their so-called “bottom line.” They even threatened North Korea’s nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is afraid of "Mission creep" in a US invasion of North Korea. The precedent is Vietnam, which eventually included sending US forces illegally into Laos and Cambodia. So China is fortifying their border with North Korea and has issued this warning to make sure that what happens in North Korea STAYS in North Korea!

Apr 12 08:05

Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day

A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.
The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) Express was shared on People’s Daily’s social media accounts on Sunday.

The video showed dozens of round orange Hikvision robots – each the size of a seat cushion – swiveling across the floor of the large warehouse in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great about reducing costs; but what happens, now, to those factory workers who are out of the only job they knew how to do, and their families?!?

Yes, robots will change the fundamental nature of work and swiftly, all over the planet; the question that must be addressed by countries all over the world is, how do you deal with the human cost of this enhanced productivity?!?

Apr 12 07:42

Russia to supply 10 advanced Su-35 fighter jets to China this year

Russia and China signed a contract in November 2015 for the delivery of 24 Su-35 fighter jets

Apr 12 06:26

CHINA Refuses To Accept North Korean Coal Shipments – Opts To Take US Coal Instead.

When President Trump said he made a deal with China, it seems he did. It is a good deal for US coal miners! President Trump said he wanted to help the coal miners get back to work, and he has made just a deal that will do that. North Korean coal shipments have been turned away at Chinese ports, and some are sitting abandoned.

Apr 11 17:31

US will solve North Korea issue without China if it doesn't help: Donald Trump

United States President Donald Trump has said that it would be great if Chinadecided to help in solving the impending threat of a nuclear North Korea, but if it did not, then the United States would solve the problem without them.
"North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A," Trump tweeted.

Apr 11 15:23

We Are Already At War With China

I was in Waikiki, Hawaii, recently. But not for pleasure. I was there out of obligation, fulfilling my parental duty to visit my son and his husband, who live there. I’ll admit, though, that I was getting some pleasure, looking out from the balcony of the 19th floor studio apartment I had rented. Across the street there were none of the high-rise buildings that block the view from most Waikiki balconies. Instead, there was a large, lush park. Beyond it I could see Diamond Head and the endless blue of the Pacific.

Apr 11 12:38

Why the World Should Fear Deep State Psychopath H.R. McMaster

The CIA/NSA political hit on General Michael Flynn appeared at first to have been a warning shot against Trump, and the Congress’ (((bipartisan))) support of replacement H.R. McMaster for the role of National Security Advisor has us falsely assuming that the duly-elected Executive Branch would retain control of him, as the Constitution commands.

But that assumption is increasingly proving false. There is no doubt in my mind that President Donald Trump is being held under duress; that is a theory and I don’t have hard evidence for, but it’s clear that overnight he has gone from a roaring, defiant lion, to script reading pussy-cat. The empowerment of Kushner and Cohn, the increasing isolation of Bannon, and a 180 on policy all come shortly after McMaster’s ascension.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Mc. Master, a word, please: I will continue to link to rt.com; sputniknews.com; presstv.com; and farsnews.com (two Russian, and two Iranian English blogs) until US law forbids it.

And THAT is a Supreme Court case, against the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, I would love to see argued!!

The American people now understand that you are pushing President Trump for a ground invasion of Syria (which will, of course, most generally mean war with Russia) Mc Master working covertly with Petraeus to put 150,000 ground troops in Syria,and I feel urged to caution you and our President that this is nothing short of foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog madness!!

You, of all people, should know that the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

In order to win a conflict, a country has to be on the right side of history; and with Syria, and Russia's involvement in assisting the Syrian government against the jihadists, the US just isn't, and you should know that as well.

Apr 11 09:33

Global Tensions Nudge Gold Higher

Gold is bumping up against the 200-day moving average this morning, as geopolitical tensions remain supportive. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his way to Russia, where the Syrian situation is likely to be high on the agenda. Tillerson has been aggressive in his comments on Russian compliance in the Syrian chemical attack. The U.S. battle group sailing towards the Koran peninsula has created warnings from North Korea of catastrophic consequences. Capital has flowed into the yen as the perceived safe haven carry trade and the weakening of the dollar has also lent some support to the metals complex.

Apr 11 09:25

President Trump Tweets To The American People, Letting Us Know He Is Two Steps Ahead Of North Korea

President Trump is tweeting again, showing he is two steps ahead of North Korea. He knows exactly what he is doing, and he has his strategy neatly in place. You have to connect China to North Korea, as China has the power to make or break North Korea. During this fragile time China needs an incentive to reign in the out of control Lil’ Kim. He is not only out of control now, he has never been in control of his senses. He is a nuclear war waiting to happen.

President Donald Trump said in a note on Twitter on Tuesday that he told China's President Xi Jinping that Beijing would get a better trade deal with Washington if it helped solve the U.S. problem with North Korea. That is definitely the winning strategy in dealing with China: trade deals!

Apr 11 08:52

Fleet of North Korean cargo ships turned back to home port fully loaded as China implements import ban

SHANGHAI (INTELLIHUB) — China has banned all North Korean coal imports and has turned away a fleet of fully loaded North Korean cargo ships following a meeting between President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida April 6.

Apr 11 08:41

Syria and North Korea: Two Steps in Trump's War on China?

According to American media, the Donald Trump Administration has sent an aircraft carrier battle group to the Korean coast. Reuters has cited a source in the White House asserting that, in so doing, the US is responding to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear program’s ballistic missile testing. Naturally, the question arises: does the White House not want to repeat what has been done in Syria in the case with North Korea? Let’s discuss this.

I originally argued that one of the key objectives of the attack on Syria was a show of force for Trump’s negotiations with Xi Jinping, who was in the US at the time. Of course, the domestic political situation as well as the desire to reverse the situation in the Syrian conflict and demonstrate a show of force to Russia also played a role, but let us once and for all abandon the idea that the world revolves around us. There’s no need to turn into Ukrainians.

Apr 10 12:05

Scott Adams: Trusting Your Government in a Time of War

President Trump’s critics and supporters agree on one thing: Our new president has a history of “stretching” the truth whenever there is some advantage in doing so, and sometimes even when there is not. You might say he is famous for playing loose with the facts. We all expect a high degree of “hyperbole” from President Trump, to put it kindly. He gets away with it because barely-enough Americans believe his intentions are in line with America’s best interests.

The odd exception to our universal understanding of President Trump’s mode of operation is his claim that he is totally certain Assad was responsible for the chemical attack on his own people last week. The President’s critics and most of his supporters believe President Trump when he suggests that our military can track any plane in Syria and know what that plane did to whom.

Do you believe that?

Apr 10 12:03

South Korean Paper Reports China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korea Border

While the catalyst is unclear, it appears the market dropped as headlines of further sanctions against Russia appeared and reports of China deploiying 150,000 troops to its North Korea border.

According to Korean news agency Chosun, the "Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances." The reason: the prospect of "military options", such as preemptive attacks on North Korea, like the one the United States launched on Syria.

More Google translated:

As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy's nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports from the Korean agency Chosun, are true, the "message" he gave Chinese President Xi Jinping, by coordinating the strike against Syria right at the very moment President Jinping was his guest at Mar A Lago, was utterly the wrong one.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are for a US-driven war with China over North Korea right now, but I would say, they are probably no looking to shabby right now.

Apr 09 16:44

Top US Senator calls on Donald Trump to ’engage in DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS’ with Kim Jong-un

A TOP Democratic Senator in the US has called on Donald Trump to negotiate directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Edward Markey, a Senator from Massachusetts, compelled the President to make the unprecedented diplomatic step as part of a proposed joint effort with China to reduce North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Mr Markey outlined his plan in a letter sent to Trump the night before his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which suggested the US should commit to direct talks with the despotic nation in exchange for a pledge from China to greatly increase sanctions agains Pyongyang if they fail to cooperate.

Apr 08 07:50

Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

With all eyes on the Syria airstrikes, however, the expected showdown over North Korea policy ended with no significant breakthroughs to announce.

The two leaders instead broadly vowed to work more closely to get the North to abandon its nuclear weapons, a vow that Pyongyang has heard many times before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, Trump's strike into Syria sent a message, but probably the wrong one.

First, the strike was botched, with only 23 cruise missiles actually hitting the target. The other cruise missiles are known to have hit the villages of Shayrut, Al-Hamrat, and Al-Manzul, miles away from the intended target, killing civilians, including children.

Second, the US Government has a long and dark track record of using lies to justify invasions. We all remember that whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons. Less remembered is that the US Government tried to claim Assad gassed his own people in 2013 and 2014, with subsequent investigations revealing that it was the US-backed rebels carrying out the attacks to frame Assad. That explains why this last attack was rushed through before any investigation could be carried out.

But if you think about it, the claim that Assad gassed his own people is absurd on the face of it. He has almost won his war against the US-backed rebels who have been trying to steal his nation for almost 6 years. Peace talks were just starting in Brussels to bring the way to an end. And only last Monday, the White House had indicated a willingness to allow Assad to remain as President if he won the next election.

So where is Assad's motive to do something as stupid as gas his own people? It provides no military advantage at all, especially since the attack was against civilians and not the rebels. Indeed it is obvious that the choice of civilians and children was intentional, to manufacture the greatest possible horror at what "Assad" had done. Civilians and children were the targets in the 2013 and 2014 false-flag attacks, including Assad's supporters, the Alawites! From a propaganda perspective, the goal of creating shock and horror is to trick people into not thinking about what is being claimed, because once they start thinking about it, the lie quickly falls apart!

The attack aids the US-backed rebels who have started to regain ground in Syria now that Syria's defenses have been weakened by Trump's cruise missile attack.

The attack allows the Neo-Con war-hawks to promote their agenda of regime change.

The gas attack benefits Assad's enemies, not Assad.

We have been down this road before. Fool me once...

So, what is the message that was sent? That the US Government makes up fairy tales and then invades innocent nations on the basis of those fairy tales, to capture their resources (mostly oil and oil revenue). Leaders of every nation, not just North Korea, are going to hang onto their nuclear weapons as a deterrent to being invaded all that much harder. Those nations without nuclear weapons to deter invasion are probably deciding to acquire them, possibly on the black market, such as when Israel tried to sell nuclear weapons to the former government of South Africa.

The message sent is not the one intended, and the world just became a more dangerous place because of it!

Apr 08 06:45

Donald Trump-Xi Jinping end 1st summit with 100-day plan to avoid trade row

President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpingwrapped up their first summit by announcing a 100-day plan to improve strained trade ties, the only tangible announcement after their meetings that were overshadowed by the US military strikes in Syria.

Apr 07 15:09

What Will the Chinese Make of Trump Bombing Syria Over Dinner With Xi?

What will the Chinese take home from this? Let's consider a few factors. China has supported the Syrian government throughout the conflict. They're not involved in the war itself but they've always made their position clear - Syria is a sovereign state that outside powers have no business undermining. Bejing has enormous distaste for the Syrian Islamist rising. Particularly since it involves thousands of Chinese citizens, ethnic Uyghurs who were brought to Syria by the Turkish military intelligence. Islamist Uyghur separatism is a threat that China is hyper-sensitve about. In a similar bombing campaign in 1999 against Yugoslavia the US ended up bombing China's embassy - supposedly a mistake caused by poor maps. Americans have long forgotten about this but the Chinese remember very well. So far commentators the MSM is talking to are saying the bombing will create anger and fear, but that the Chinese will also be "impressed" and view Trump with "respect". I am not so sure...

Apr 06 18:02

“Beyond A Red Line”: Trump May Be Fighting Several Disastrous Wars Simultaneously

Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

In this article, I am going to share with you several quotes from President Trump and members of his team over the past couple of days, and if you read them carefully you will see that Trump has clearly painted himself into a corner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war against China over North Korea, coupled with a war with Russia over Syria, are two fatal military mistakes I am concerned President Trump is about to make.

And I would strongly, honestly advise him to NOT drink the Koolaid on either issue. Rash decisions in either case could well leave millions of Americans killed or wounded.

At this moment, President Trump appears to be signing checks our military cannot cash, because they don't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with either country, let alone both countries.

Apr 06 10:25

China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

Next week’s provocative visit of the Dalai Lama to the Chinese-contested town of Tawang is set to mark a low point in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

Apr 06 09:22

'Chinese hackers' linked to espionage campaign on board directors of Google, Amazon, IBM

Ahead of the trade summit this week between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, security experts claim a nation-state hacking group conducted espionage on a number of key industry players and lobbyists with links to the talks.

Between 27 February and 1 March this year, the operation – dubbed "Operation TradeSecret" – used malware in an attempt to snoop on private-sector officials registering to the website of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), Fidelis Cybersecurity revealed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the recent revelations that CIA has developed the means to frame third parties for CIA hacking attacks, it is reckless and irresponsible to claim that China is behind these attacks. If you recall the Seattle APEC scandal from 1997, it was US agents that were breaking into computers to steal business secrets!

Apr 06 08:41

Duterte orders Philippine troops to South China Sea reefs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered Filipino troops to deploy on unoccupied South China Sea islands and reefs claimed by Manila, in a move that could provoke rival claimants including Beijing.
In a surprise announcement, Duterte told reporters he has ordered soldiers to build structures on Philippine-claimed islands and reefs in the strategically located Spratly archipelago.

Apr 05 15:06

With Trump Meeting China’s Xi Jinping, You’d Be Surprised What Actual Chinese People Are Hoping For

With the world’s media lambasting Donald Trump for almost every move he makes, it’s often hard to discern what real people in faraway places actually think of the US’s new President (if in fact they think of him at all). But with China’s Premier, Xi Jinping’s visit this week, knowing what the regular Chinese people hope for and expect would be a good place to begin discussions.

Apr 05 14:23

The Real Reason The Federal Government Have Been Keen to Blame Russia for Everything: Gold

As we reported on March 30, China and Russia are taking steps to move away from their out of control “cousin”, the Federal Reserve Note, U.S. dollar, world reserve currency.

Apr 05 11:31

CHINA VOWS TO DEFEND ITSELF “AT ALL COSTS” IF U.S. ATTACKS NORTH KOREA

An editorial in the Global Times, which is widely regarded as the voice of the Chinese government, warns the Trump administration that North Korea “trusts nothing but nuclear weapons” and that the regime in Pyongyang is “unlikely to surrender”.

“China has a bottom line. It will safeguard the security and stability of its Northeast area at all costs,” states the editorial.

Apr 05 09:57

Chinese Gangs Targeted Britain In ‘Large-Scale Espionage Operation,’ Say Cybersecurity Experts

UK firms are targets of “serious” cyberattacks from China that seek to steal trade secrets and customers’ personal information, a new report has said.

Apr 04 11:08

More Serious Than Problem of THAAD': US, Allies Eye Island, Upset China

"The ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan may add to a possible security crisis which may be even more serious than the problem of THAAD," Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, told Sputnik Korea.

In an interview with Sputnik Korea, Ko Gwonil, Chairman of the All-Korean Committee to Counter the Creation of a Naval Base on Jeju, warned of "a much more serious security crisis than the problem of THAAD," which he said may stem from the ongoing naval drills between South Korea, the United States and Japan.
On Monday, the three countries started a combined naval exercise against North Korea's growing submarine threat, Yonhap News Agency quoted the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The establishment of the US naval base on Jeju was completed, and the port was opened, in February of last year.

But it is a point of US military power projection in Asia, which, logically, has to have China concerned.

And Gwonil is entirely correct when he states, that should there be a joint US Navy/Japanese/South Korean effort to restrict the movement of Chinese military vessels, particularly from the port in Jeju, South Korea, all hell could break loose in the region.

Apr 04 10:33

Why Trump’s First War Is Probably Going to Be a Conflict With North Korea

The first definite sign that the current administration was going to take a different approach to North Korea, was when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated emphatically last month that “all options are on the table.”

“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told reporters during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Friday.

“Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict,” Tillerson said.

However, he went on to say that “if they (North Korea) elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the table.”

He added that a “comprehensive set of capabilities” is being developed to deal with the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a third outcome this writer does not mention, and that is, to work with China to get North Korea; South Korea; China; and the US into negotiations about replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, with the quid pro quo that North Korea would stop its nuclear weapons program.

IF major nations of the world can take away the "fear factor", which is driving Kim Jung Un's relentless moves toward guideable, nuclear missiles as a deterrent, then perhaps peace does have a chance here.

Much is riding on the meetings this weekend between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping: I hope these meetings are dedicated to positive outcomes to the mutual issues the US and China wish to resolve, and peace on the North Korean peninsula has to be darned near the top of both of their lists.

Apr 04 10:14

World War III nightmare scenario brewing in the East China Sea

While the world watches mounting military tensions in the South China Sea, another, more ominous situation is brewing in the East China Sea that could be the trigger point for a major war between the superpowers. At the heart of tensions are eight uninhabited islands controlled by Japan that are close to important shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves. China contests Japan's claims and is escalating its military activity in Japan airspace. In response, Japan has been doubling its F-15 jet intercepts.

The situation increases the risk of an accidental confrontation — and could draw other countries, like the United States, into a conflict. It's a topic President Trump will likely bring up with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that this week's meeting between President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping will calm down the tensions in the region, as well as tackle the situation with North Korea.

Neither President wants war; but at the same time, these men cannot be seen, either at home or abroad, as "losing face" as the outcome of this meeting.

Apr 03 16:30

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade

In other words, China and Russia are shifting away from the dollar-based trade, to commerce which will eventually be backstopped by gold, or what is gradually emerging as an Eastern gold standard, one shared between Russia and China, and which may day backstop their respective currencies.

Apr 03 08:40

If China won't solve North Korea, we will: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has said that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear programme.
Trump's comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to discuss a number of issues, including North Korea, trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea during their meeting on Thursday and Friday.

Apr 03 08:38

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping talks "significant" for US-China ties: Officials

The first summit between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will be of "great significance" for global peace, the two countries` top diplomats agreed ahead of the meeting.
News of the telephone call between the US and Chinese top envoys came soon after the publication of an interview with Trump, in which he warned that America was prepared to act unilaterally to deal with North Korea`s nuclear programme if Beijing proved unwilling to help.

Apr 03 07:31

Trump says U.S. ready to act alone if China won't help with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea’s nuclear program.

Apr 02 08:42

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade

Bypassing the US dollar appears to be paying off: according to the Chinese State Administration of Taxation, trade turnover between China and Russia increased by 34% in January, in annual terms. Bilateral trade in January 2017 amounted to $6.55 billion. China’s exports to Russia grew 29.5% reaching $3.41 billion, while imports from Russia increased by 39.3%, to $3.14 billion. Just as many suspected, with Russian sanctions forcing Moscow to find other trading partners, chief among which China, this is precisely what has happened.

The creation of the clearing center enables the two countries to further increase bilateral trade and investment while decreasing their dependence on the US dollar. It will create a pool of yuan liquidity in Russia that enables transactions for trade and financial operations to run smoothly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mar 31 14:23

US State Department Employee Charged With Taking Bribes From Chinese Spies & Lying About It

An employee at the State Department’s Caucasus Affairs office is facing felony charges of obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI after allegedly accepting undisclosed gifts and money from Chinese agencies.

Mar 31 10:18

US warns China it is losing patience over North Korea

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday said China can and must do more to force North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Ambassador Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump would raise the issue next week at his first summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Mar 31 07:55

Donald Trump predicts 'very difficult' summit with China's Xi Jinping

President Donald Trump today predicted that his first summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week would be a "very difficult" one as the US can no longer afford job losses and massive trade deficits with the Communist trading giant.

Mar 30 08:15

China bans burqas and 'abnormal' beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang

China has banned burqas, veils and “abnormal” beards in a predominantly Muslim province in what it claims is a crackdown on religious extremism.

The measures, which also force people to watch state television, follow decades of ethnic and religious discrimination against Xinjiang’s 10 million-strong ethic Uyghur population.

New regulations, to come into force on Saturday, require government workers in airports, railway stations and other public places “dissuade” women who fully cover their faces and bodies from entering and report them to police.

China bans parents from 'luring children into religion' in province.
They also prohibit the “abnormal growing of beards and naming of children to exaggerate religious fervour”, without giving specifics.

It will be forbidden to “reject or refuse radio, television and other public facilities and services”, marrying using religious rather than legal procedures and “using the name of Halal to meddle in the secular life of others”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These draconian steps, on the part of the Chinese government, indicate to me that the Chinese government is losing Xinjiang in every conceivable way.

Such actions reek of panic.

Further "infusions" of Han Chinese into the area, as China has done before, and who have received the best jobs and opportunities, will only exacerbate tensions here, and may well generate a bloodbath against them.

The best path here may be slowest, but that would be educating the Uyghur children in a way that brings them "into the fold" of Chinese language, culture, and government, by giving them a world-class education which will give them the ticket up through exposing them to high tech very early in their educational experience.

Mar 29 14:12

Chinese Man Shot Dead In Paris By Police, Sparking Riot, Beijing Protest

A fresh diplomatic scandal has erupted after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community and an angry reaction from Beijing.

Mar 29 10:59

China ready to play major role in developing Arctic — vice PM

China is prepared and is capable of making a contribution to developing the Arctic region, Vice-Premier of China’s State Council Wang Yang told the Arctic - Territory of Dialogue International Forum. "China is a party that makes its contribution to the Arctic affairs and is ready and capable of playing a great role in developing the Arctic," the vice premier said at the forum, which kicked off in Arkhangelsk, a city in the north of European Russia, on Wednesday. Beijing is ready to make efforts to strengthen the Arctic ecosystem’s protection, deepen the scientific research, develop and use the Arctic resources rationally and improve the institutions and tools of the Artic management, he said...

Mar 29 08:23

Clinton's #Emailgate: The Dangerous Militarization of the Asia-Pacific Region

The Obama administration's 'Pivot to Asia' policy has not become a thing of the past, the founder of “Show Up! America” Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. The activist explained why the policy, spearheaded by the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, was actually aimed at extensive militarization of the region.

Mar 28 12:57

The Dollar Dump Begins: “China, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia Have All Become Big Sellers”

As global financial markets teeter on the edge of collapse, a report published this morning suggests that the run up in the U.S. dollar may be over. As of today, some 80% of post-Trump election gains have been wiped out and as noted in the special video report from Future Money Trends below, it appears that things are only going to get worse:

China sold more U.S. Treasuries last year than any country has ever sold in a single year… $188 billion worth… Japan is also making an exit, selling nearly $30 billion since election day… Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have all become big sellers too…

Official national debt is $20 Trillion… the real debt has been calculated to be $200 Trillion… what’s not included in the official numbers is social security, Medicaid and Medicare obligations… Think about it… every penny spent on the military, welfare programs, foreign aid and even your Congressman’s paycheck… it’s all borrowed money…

Mar 28 11:06

Russia, China Lay Groundwork For BRICS Transactions in Gold

Recent progress made in streamlining trade in local currencies has brought Moscow and Beijing closer to creating a financial architecture that could facilitate transactions in gold.

As we reported last week, Moscow and Beijing took another step towards de-dollarization with the opening of a yuan clearing bank in Russia. And earlier this month Russia's Central Bank opened its first-ever foreign branch in Beijing to allow for better communication between Russian and Chinese financial authorities.

According to an article published yesterday by Sputnik, progress made in promoting bilateral trade in yuan is the first step towards an even more ambitions plan — using gold to make transactions:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NUKE 'EM!

"NUKE 'EM!

"NUKE 'EM!" -- Das FED

Mar 28 09:43

TONY PODESTA MADE $500K LOBBYING FOR CHINESE FIRM CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL SALES TO IRAN

Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta grossed more than $500,000 to represent a Chinese company criminally convicted in March of sending illegal shipments of telecom equipment to Iran, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.

The Chinese firm hired the Podesta Group, one of Washington’s biggest and best-connected lobbying companies in the nation’s capital, in January 2016. ZTE retained Podesta’s personal help as negotiations intensified for a final resolution with DOJ during the final year of President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of slimy hypocrisy in the morning; and Tony Podesta just reeks of it!!

And who in this government is going to prosecute HIM for what he did for this Chinese company?!?

No one; the rich rarely eat their own!!

Mar 28 08:05

China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: US think tank

China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday.

Mar 28 08:03

'China will never own Pakistan's problems'

China has its own vision, and given its issues with the US and India, Beijingwould never own Islamabad`s problems, a former envoy has said, adding that Pakistanneeds to address its issues.
Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, a former ambassador to the US, India and China, said this while speaking at a seminar titled "US Foreign Policy and Trump Presidency: A Review and Outlook" on Monday.

Mar 28 07:38

China's military facilities on man-made South China Sea islands nearly ready: Report

China is almost ready to operationalise dozens of aircraft hangars and high-end radar facilities on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, which experts say could help Beijing establish a controversial Air Defense Identification Zone in the area.
According to new satellite imagery released by a US-based think tank show nearly completed defense infrastructure on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs, three of China's largest artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:58

Russia and China Catch Security Council in a Devastating Lie

Security Council members expressed “unanimous concern” about Islamic State's use of chemical weapons in Iraq — then blocked a Russia-China resolution to investigate. Why?

Mar 25 11:41

THE RED SCARE: CHINA JUST THREATENED THE UNITED STATES, LOOK WHAT THEY TOLD TRUMP…

The Chinese military has issued a warning to the U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber that was flying in the East China Sea on Wednesday morning amid the tensions in the region, says Fox News. The Chinese said that the U.S. bomber was caught flying in international airspace. According to Fox News, the bomber was reportedly flying in international airspace.

Mar 23 08:41

China asks US to respect air defense ID zone after report of B-1 flyover

China says the US should respect its self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after a report alleged that a US bomber illegally flew inside the area in the East China Sea.
“The United States has its own ADIZs. I think if this matter is true, they should respect China’s relevant ADIZ rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing on Thursday.

It comes after CNN reported that Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea on Sunday, telling its pilots they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordering the plane to leave.

Mar 23 00:06

Nuclear War: Hopefully Just A Bad Dream

Go here
for the full text of my description, with images as closely resembling as I could find.

From the conclusion:

Notably, there were two types of nuclear scenarios with which The Powers That Be in my dreamworld had not seen fit to torture me, and with which I therefore had not had the misfortune to have had any familiarity. One of them is the aftereffects, environmental and political, of a modern-day First Strike by the United States....

Excerpts:

Dreamt, last night, that WW3 started.

And we may have started it.

Mar 22 12:57

China issues warning to US bomber flying in East China Sea

The Chinese military issued a warning to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber flying in the East China Sea Wednesday morning amid escalating tensions in the region, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Chinese said the U.S. bomber was flying in international airspace. American officials tell Fox News the bomber was flying in international airspace and continued on its mission---albeit without its wingman.

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 09:44

U.S. atlas published in 1994 shows South China Sea islands part of Chinese territory

An atlas published in 1994 by a renowned U.S. map publisher clearly illustrated that Huangyan Dao and other key islands involved in the South China Sea dispute are part of China's territory.

The 1994 revised edition of the Illustrated Atlas of The World, published by the Chicago-based Rand McNally, clearly shows that Huangyan Dao, Nansha Islands and Xisha Islands fall under China's jurisdiction, Chia-Chi Tsui, a retired Chinese-American professor, told Xinhua on Friday.

The 1994 revised edition of the Illustrated Atlas of The World, published by the Chicago-based Rand McNally, clearly shows that Huangyan Dao, Nansha Islands and Xisha Islands fall under China's jurisdiction, according to Chia-Chi Tsui, a retired Chinese-American professor, July 8, 2016. (Xinhua/Huang Hexun)

Mar 22 08:24

Russia Has Unfair Military Advantage Because It’s Not Bombing Seven Countries, Notes US Smartypants

The Pentagon is forced to spend large sums to bomb defenseless brown people in faraway lands. Meanwhile, Russia and China modernize their armies. That's not fair

Mar 21 11:37

The Korean Crisis, the US' Next Phase of Pan-Eurasian Containment

The security situation has markedly deteriorated on the Korean Peninsula in recent days following the North’s latest missile test, which Pyongyang antagonistically said was a drill for striking US bases in Japan in response to the latest US-South Korean military exercises that it rightly views as a sign of hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the two "adults in the geopolitical room", and I am talking about Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, would get involved here; they are about the only two human beings in the world who could, potentially, de-escalate this mess, and come up with a face-saving plan which all the major actors could get behind, and help forge a peace treaty with North Korea, in return for its abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, I am very concerned that the American Deep State will not allow this to happen, and continue to push, and provoke North Korea into a place where it feels it has no choice but to lash out militarily, which will be the "excuse" for a huge, US-sponsored military decap strike against it.

At least, that is the way I'm reading the "tea leaves" on the issue at the moment.

The large scale US/South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of April of this year, right before the South Korean elections in May;

US, South Korea launch large-scale military exercises

After the impeachment and removal of President Park from office this month, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took over as acting President. Moon Jae In, a progressive who advocates the "Sunshine Policy", and is doing very well in the polls,is encouraging more rapprochement with North Korea, and may, if elected, want direct negotiations with Kim Jong-Un at a summit, as reported at pressreader.com on 11 March, 2017:

South Korea likely to reset its relationship with the North after Presidential election

It is a very certain bet that, should he get elected, the US government will do everything in their power to crush such an outreach, and insure that his ability to negotiate with North Korea becomes limited in the extreme.

Mar 21 09:23

U.N. Nuclear Inspector: North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has entered a “new phase,” with the country having doubled the size of its uranium-enrichment facility in recent years, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Wall Street Journal.

“The situation is very bad …. It has gone into a new phase,” Amano told the publication Monday. “All of the indications point to the fact that North Korea is making progress, as they declared.”

And while Amano believes a diplomatic solution, like the one he helped broker between world powers and Iran in 2015, is “essential,” he’s skeptical such an agreement can be reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government.

“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic,” he told the Journal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, because "“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic”, is Amano "grooming" the US and the West for a war against Korea, and most probably China?!?

That would be a pure, utter catastrophe for the United States government right now, due to its military's lack of cost-effective, and militarily effective weaponry, compared to that of China and Russia; its lack of funds to pursue such a war; the lack of troop strength, compared to that of Russia and China; and a lack of domestic manufacturing.

To avoid such a war, negotiations present the only possible solution, with North Korea given full trade privileges, in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Mar 21 09:07

Beijing Lashes Out Against US Over Taiwan Weapons Deal

China’s opposition to any US-Taiwan weapons deal or upgrade package is a "consistent" and "clear-cut" position that Beijing has long held, spokeswoman Hua Chunying told the Japan Times. Assisting the defenses of Taiwan is recognized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry as an extremely delicate situation, and China hopes leaders in Washington "fully" understand the "serious harmfulness" imposed by selling weapons to Taiwan.

Obama Administration Halted $1B Arms Sale to Taiwan Before Exiting Office
Ending the deal is crucial for keeping the Taiwan Strait peaceful, Hua noted. The Taiwan Strait has played host to military exercises by the US Navy’s USS Carl Vinson as well as the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s Liaoning aircraft carrier.

Mar 21 08:39

THE UPCOMING TRADE WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA WILL BE THE BIGGEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides. The Trump administration and the Chinese government are both gearing up for a prolonged trade war, and this is going to have very severe implications for the entire global economy. During the campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly stated that we “can’t continue to allow China to rape our country”, and he was quite correct about that. Over the past ten years, the U.S. has run a trade deficit of over $2 trillion with China, and as a result of imbalanced trade we have lost tens of thousands of manufacturing businesses, millions of good paying jobs, and hundreds of billions of dollars of tax revenue.
So clearly something needs to be done to balance our trade with China and other countries. But the situation must also be handled delicately, because trade disruptions could bring substantial short-term economic pain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars make me nervous, because many times, they are simply preludes to actual shooting wars.

Mar 21 02:28

The Upcoming Trade War Between The U.S. And China Will Be The Biggest In The History Of The Planet

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides.

Mar 20 15:53

PRC missiles aimed at Taiwan: MND

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation.

In a report delivered to the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee, the ministry said Beijing has stepped up military threats toward Taiwan, pushing for military reforms and advancing its joint forces operations.

Mar 18 10:42

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough. While that’s largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Tillerson’s comments -- and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump -- signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising.

“The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement,” Wang said on Saturday. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Foreign Minister Wang has it entirely correctly.

The only thing that will de-escalate the situation is for North Korea, the US, China, and South Korea to go to the negotiating table and hammer out a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with very clear language that in exchange for the peace treaty, North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government wants war against North Korea, soon, and by any means necessary. Tillerson's position that Kim Jung Un has to give up his nuclear weapons program before negotiations can even begin, betrays an absolute cynicism toward any peaceful means of resolving this issue.

And Secretary Tillerson a word, please; if the US military attacks North Korea, China is treaty-bound to defend it militarily.

Have you, sir, wargamed this scenario with Sec Def Mattis?!? If not, I think it would be reasonable to do so. And the reason I am mentioning this is that, right now, the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Mar 18 09:04

Moscow and Beijing join forces to bypass US dollar in world money market

Russia’s central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on Thursday, marking a small step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system. It was part of agreements made between the two neighbours to seek stronger economic ties since the West brought in sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and the oil-price slump hit the Russian economy.

Mar 18 08:55

Tillerson Urges China to Refrain From Retaliation Against THAAD in S Korea

It isn't economic retaliation Tillerson is bleating about. China moved some heavy EW jammers up to where they can jam THAAD making it useless against an NK riposte!
The Chinese say checkmate.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China on Friday to refrain from creating economic policies which could hinder South Korea’s deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system.

"While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," Tillerson said during a press conference following his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Mar 18 08:50

Moscow and Beijing join forces to bypass US dollar in world money market

Russia’s central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on Thursday, marking a small step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system.

It was part of agreements made between the two neighbours to seek stronger economic ties since the West brought in sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and the oil-price slump hit the Russian economy.

The opening of a Beijing representative office by the Central Bank of Russia was a “very timely” move to aid specific cooperation, including bond issuance, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism measures between China and Russia, said Dmitry Skobelkin, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SOMEONE in the previous administration should have thought that this would be one way that Russia and China would react to the absolutely stupid anti-Russian sanctions for something it absolutely didn't do, which was the "alleged annexation" of Crimea (forgetting that the people of Crimea held two referendums to ask their people if they wanted to leave Ukraine, post-2014 putsch, and join the Russian Federation.)

But then again, I have learned, through many frustrating decades of many US governmental Administrations, that the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion seems to be a very stringent requirement for going to work for it.

Mar 17 10:09

China promises ‘firm response’ if Japan interferes in South China Sea

China pledged to have a “firm response” if Japan further fans regional tensions and “threatens China’s sovereignty and security.” The statement comes after a Reuters report that Japan will send its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Thursday that based on its own interests, Japan has recently been compromising stability in the South China Sea, “causing strong dissatisfaction and opposition from the Chinese people.”

“If Japan persists in taking wrong actions, and even considers military interventions that threaten China’s sovereignty and security… then China will inevitably take firm responsive measures,” she said.

Mar 17 10:02

Beijing Goes Global: China to Expand Marine Force by 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans following the announcement of a 7 per cent increase to $AU200 billion in defence spending last week.

Chinese officials have stated this is to protect arterial maritime trade routes and enforce its growing overseas interests.

“What growing overseas interests” you might ask? Well, China has been in the process of building their first overseas military base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. And that base is expected to be completed this summer.

Mar 17 08:00

Trump's aggressive North Korea stance may face backlash in Seoul, Beijing

President Donald Trump, known to elude conventional foreign policy, is expected to seek out new solutions to reign in a belligerent Pyongyang, instead of continuing former President Barack Obama's strategy of economic sanctions. Speaking in Tokyo on Thursday, Tillerson highlighted the need for a fresh approach, acknowledging that two decades of American efforts to denuclearize North Korea have failed.

But while Tokyo may be open to a more forceful stance, the same isn't true for Beijing and Seoul.

South Korea's new president and Chinese sovereignty concerns could emerge as key obstacles to Washington's goal of a unified, confrontational stance against North Korea.

Mar 16 11:41

N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea

North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for "escalating nuclear attack threats," citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.

North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth flight over the Sangdong firing range of South Korea on Monday for about an hour on a nuclear bomb-dropping drill aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets of the DPRK. DPRK is an acronym for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The defense ministry didn't confirm the deployment of the U.S. strategic assets to the region, where tensions have increased in recent weeks with North Korea's missile launches and the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We'll have to read the tea leaves on this, When Rex Tillerson finishes his meetings with South Korea's Interim President tomorrow, but I would almost be willing to bet real money that we see military conflict with North Korea, and sooner rather that later.

But the big question I have to ask is, in light of the reality that China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, what will the Chinese government do, if the US, Japan, and South Korea, attack North Korea?!?

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