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Dec 14 08:46

Beijing Bombers, Fighter Jets Encircle Taiwan in Drill

A group of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bombers and Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets conducted a mission Monday “that circled the island of Taiwan, further improving their ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a PLAAF spokesman said this week, according to a fact sheet obtained by China Daily.

Dec 12 15:50

RAW VIDEO | Daredevil Falls To His Death From 62-Story Building

Here's the video for anyone who hasn't seen it. This is not easy to watch.

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Dec 11 16:22

Chinese Diplomat: Expect War if US Sends Navy Ships to Taiwan

One of China’s top diplomats to the US warned Washington that Beijing would invade Taiwan should the US ever send a Navy ship to the island nation, which China considers to be a wayward province.
Li Kexin, a minister with the Chinese Embassy to the United States, said during an embassy event on Friday that he had told American officials that China would activate their Anti-Secession Law if US naval vessels were sent to the Taiwan Strait.

Dec 11 08:26

Insatiable appetite: Pentagon asks for more money from the US taxpayer

The US Armed Forces lag behind the modernization process of their main opponents, and cannot sufficiently resist the challenges in Europe and East Asia. They may lose a potential war with China or Russia, according to a study by the American center Rand.

"Even the very assumption of the possibility of a major US war with Russia or China raises questions to those who have voiced the idea." What is behind this assumption: elementary cynicism, provocation, a misunderstanding of the substance of the subject, or something else? "- asked the deputy.

"The United States does not have sufficient funds to cope with the main challenges in Europe and East Asia ...". "In other words, give us money - and the more, the better." The request is for the domestic consumer," - the parliamentarian said.

Dec 10 14:38

China sends elite Military units to Syria

Dec 10 09:49

US forces could potentially lose next war to Russia or China, warns sobering Rand report

U.S. defense modernization efforts are "failing to keep pace" when compared with its two big adversaries, and American forces are "poorly postured to meet key challenges in Europe and East Asia," according to a starkly worded new report from think-tank Rand.

As tensions with North Korea heighten, Rand's 190-page report, entitled "U.S. Military Capabilities and Forces for a Dangerous World," also discussed war scenarios with NATO-Russia involving the Baltic states. It also broke down a possible U.S.-China clash over Taiwan and gaps in existing U.S. capabilities.

With those factors in mind, the Rand report's authors said that the nation's armed forces are "insufficiently trained and ready" when looking at the active service components. That assessment comes despite the U.S. military presence in several regions of the world, and ongoing anti-terrorism missions and the war in Afghanistan, which is nearing its 20th year.

Dec 10 09:46

Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance

The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert.

Dec 10 09:24

China Claims to Have Developed a Radical New Stealth Technology for Its Submarines

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) claims to have developed new electrically-powered pump-jet propulsor that would theoretically be much quieter than any current generation Western submarine propulsion system.

Unlike a conventional propulsor design—which is turned by a mechanical drive shaft—China’s rim-driven system is powered by an electrical motor embedded in the propulsor’s shroud.

Dec 09 11:19

IMF Warning About China’s TRILLIONS in Potential SYSTEMIC RISKS! Here’s Why.

Here is the IMF, talking about just a small percentage of the risks in China. Does this mean that China the only country with issues? No. Not even close. But where there are risks, we must identify them.

Dec 09 10:09

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: AMERICA IS "WALKING INTO ARMAGEDDON"

The orchestrated hostility toward Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea protects the $1,000 billion annual budget of the military/security complex by convincing the American public that the US is threatened by enemies. It also keeps alive Democratic Party hopes that Trump can be removed from office, and it has prevented President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. I have emphasized for some time that Washington’s gratuitous and aggressive actions against Russia and the constant barrage of false accusations against Russia and its government have convinced Russia that Washington is planning a military attack. There is nothing more reckless and irresponsible than to convince a nuclear superpower that you are preparing an attack on them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A major war is coming, based on the reality that the Elites of this country, who despise true justice, and want the financial favors to come to "Just Us" (meaning them) have rigged the financial system to the point of near-collapse, so need a major war to attempt to distract most Americans from the coming financial debacle.

A magician would use the term "misdirection", but this industrial strenth codswallop, getting force-fed to the American people, courtesy of the corporate prestitutes and whorespondents, about the ongoing "threats" this country faces are, most generally, narratives to push the war agenda.

And if, in fact, the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America lose this next war, the US government, and its lacadaisical attitude toward its weapons manufacturers, will be be squarely to blame.

The world has seen the sterling success of Russia's weaponry and tactics in Syria, and are beating a path to its door to acquire those weapons.

Unfortunately, the culture of US weapons manufacturers has been coddled by the US government and military, to the point where their CEOS think it is perfectly fine to deliver weapons that do not work; are obsolete by the time they are delivered and field tested; and are horrifically overpriced.

This has to change, and immediately, before the US ever regains its tactical advantage with its weaponry again; unfortunately, that is not going to happen before the next major regional, or world war, happens, and our military are, once more, going to be left in the lurch because of what has become "acceptible and standard" practice by the US govenment and military.

Dec 09 09:12

Putin meets with senior Chinese military official

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with a senior Chinese military official, as Moscow and Beijing seek to forge stronger military cooperation.

Dec 08 10:07

De-Dollarization Continues: China, Iran To Eliminate Greenback From Bilateral Trade

The more Washington lashes out in anger at those who will not bow to the unipolar world order, the more the rest of the world fights back. As the launch of its Yuan/Gold-settled oil futures looms, China is escalating its de-dollarization scheme further by seeking a bilateral rial-yuan agreement with Iran.

Dec 08 10:06

Tensions Escalate As Indian Drone Crashes In China

Reuters said the Chinese have expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India over the recent crash of an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Chinese territory.

The Indian Army’s official statement has said the UAV was on a training mission and lost contact across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim area.

Dec 07 16:32

5,100-year-old Hydraulic System Found in China is the Oldest in the World

Four years of excavations have unearthed an immense water engineering project created in China about 5,100 years ago. This predates the oldest known comparable system; which is from Mesopotamia and dates to around 4,900 years ago.

It only took about a decade for the estimated 3,000 people to build the water management system and researchers needed almost half that time to excavate it. Newsweek reports that researchers were working at the site from 2009 to 2013. The team used archaeological samples, remote sensing data, geographic modeling, and satellite imagery while trying to discern how water was managed in the Yangtze Delta region between 5300 BC and 4300 BC. Speaking on the time estimate for the construction of the engineering project, study author Yijie Zhuang of the University College London, told Newsweek that “the dams were built surprisingly quickly given their sheer scale.”

Dec 07 09:34

Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

By roping India and Japan into its standoff with China, the U.S. is raising the nuclear stakes in Asia – including, dangerously, between India and Pakistan.

With the world focused on the scary possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, not many people paid much attention to a series of naval exercises this past July in the Malacca Strait, a 550-mile long passage between Sumatra and Malaysia through which pass over 50,000 ships a year.

With President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanging threats and insults, why would the media bother with something innocuously labeled “Malabar 17”?

They should have.

Malabar 17 brought together the US, Japanese, and Indian navies to practice shutting down a waterway through which 80 percent of China’s energy supplies travel and to war games closing off the Indian Ocean to Chinese submarines. If Korea keeps you up at night, try imagining the outcome of choking off fuel for the world’s second largest economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with China (or Russia, for that matter) right now, would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

This, unfortunately, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't haul off and do it. Paul Craig Roberts has made this claim, that there are plans in the works to do just that, and he presented this in an article he wrote last Spring:

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

Dec 07 07:20

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”.

Dec 05 08:59

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he 'shares China's cyberspace vision' at an event promoting the country's internet censorship

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has revealed that he shares China's cyberspace vision of 'developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits.'
Speaking at a conference in China this week, Cook said that Apple was 'proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace.'
The news comes as Apple faces criticism from rights groups for bowing to pressure from cyber regulators after it removed hundreds of apps from its Chinese store this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After this revelation, it appears that Tim Cook would sell his own mother for medical experiments to positively enhance Apple's bottom line in China.

But of course, an independent internet, bringing the truth to ordinary citizens, no matter where they reside, has always been an anathema to Big Government; the military industrial complex; the medical industrial complex; and the food industrial complex.

Dec 05 08:25

China Deploys Jets To South China Sea, As US Simulates War With North Korea

Late last week, China for the first time confirmed the deployment of its J-11B jet fighters to the heavily disputed South China Sea islands. Footage was released by Government-run China Central Television (CCTV) in the form of military propaganda directly challenging the United States and its allies in the disputed waters. The footage confirmed the aircraft are residing in various hangars on Yongxing island, a Chinese name for Woody Island, which is in the contested Paracel Island chain.

Dec 05 08:00

Russia-China bond market play could kick-start new dollarless financial system

The Moscow stock exchange will soon issue nearly $1 billion-worth of yuan-denominated bonds. It could become the start of a new financial system not based on the US dollar, analysts say.

Russia will issue the 6 billion yuan (about $900 million) bonds with a five-year maturity in December or January. The Central Bank says it is testing the water for future investments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nuke em! Nuke em! Nuke em!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 05 07:30

China's Central Bank Warns "Bitcoin Will Die" - Here's How

On the heels of a weekend full of threats and promises from governments, bankers, and the mainstream media, Bitcoin was lambasted once again overnight, this time by The People's Bank of China.

For a brief 6 months or so, China was the dominant region for Bitcoin in the world, but then - as capital flows accelerated - the government and central bank began to 'crackdown' on crypto, first by banning ICOs and then shutting down local exchanges. Volume disappeared...

Dec 05 06:59

China Sends Message to US, South Korea With New Air Force Drills

The US and South Korean air forces kicked off major aerial drills on Monday on the Korean Peninsula, but it appears China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force has also been war gaming in the region – and possibly sending a message to South Korea and the US to back off.

Dec 04 09:42

McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea 'increasing every day

White House national security adviser HR McMaster said Saturday that North Korea represents "the greatest immediate threat to the United States" and that the potential for war with the communist nation is growing each day.

"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem," McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

President Donald Trump remains committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, McMaster said, adding that there are nonmilitary ways to deal with the issue, such as calling on China to impose greater economic sanctions against Pyongyang. McMaster noted that Beijing's "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HR, a word, please; what, precisely, please, does China get from the US for exerting its "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea to get it to denuclearize?!?

And just in case, sir, you are dealing with a really stubborn case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), are you having difficulty remembering that a couple of weeks ago, when China sent one of its top level diplomats/Negotiators to North Korea, Kim Jong Un refused to see him?!?

Kim Jong Un Refuses to see top Chinese Amgassador

I would also like to politely remind you that the US has, historically, begrudgingly acknowledged, and lived with, nuclear nations for whose leadership our leadership didn't hold much of a positive thought; Pakistan comes to mind here. The bottom line here, is we have learned to live with nuclear armed countries we don't like, and whose leadership doesn't particularly like that of the US.

That the potential for war war between the US and North Korea getting uglier, and from your perspective, more close, on a daily basis, is not solely the fault of North Korea, but also the faults of the choices the US government has made, over the last 60- plus years of the Armistice, to not negotiate a true peace treaty with North Korea, unlimiting and unsanctioning trade, and working with North Korea to enter into dialogue about their weapons program.

It originally worked with Iran, although Israel's Netanyahu is cheerleading for a US-led war against it; there is no logical reason that it cannot work with North Korea, except that the US government is hell-bent against really giving it a logical try.

This week, as you well know, there is a huge war game, with South Korean and US troops doing what can only be interpreted as a "dry run" for a bombing campaign against North Korea. This campaign ends this Friday.

During this time-frame, I would not bet against some kind of a "false flag" happpening, to be engineered to appear that North Korea did it, as the "justification" for mounting a full-scale military campaign against it.

But you are going to have to ask yourself, Mr. McMaster, in the most bluntly honest way you can conjur, if this false flag can be done in such a way that it appears credible to the Chinese government; because if it does not, this most probably means war with China over North Korea.

Just a few thoughts, sir.

Dec 03 09:07

US and South Korea Begging for War with North Korea. Preparation for Military Onslaught under Operation “Vigilant Ace”

On November 23, the U.S. and South Korea confirmed that they will be deploying yet another menacing military demonstration against North Korea, with 230 aircraft, including F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and F-35 aircraft, 12,000 U.S. personnel, with the participation of the U.S. marines and navy. This preparation for military onslaught against the DPRK, called “Vigilant Ace,” will begin on December 4, and this “Sword of Damocles,” which the U.S. and South Korea hold over North Korea is a perpetual form of terrorism. Confronted with these constant and deadly military threats and intolerable provocations, the DPRK had no alternative but to increase its defense, and on November 28 tested another ballistic missile.

Dec 01 09:52

Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

The meetings were held on Wednesday and Thursday, just hours after Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile test early Wednesday morning.

People's Liberation Army Maj. Gen. Shao Yuanming and the US Defense Department's Lt. Gen Richard Clarke discussed ways to improve communication channels regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the South China Morning Post reports.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman told SCMP Thursday that the discussion focused on crisis management but did not divulge further information. The talks were originally scheduled for August but only took place this week, according to the Hong-Kong based newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least, high level Chinese and US military personnel are talking about it; the question is, how do they bring North Korea to the bargaining table?!?!?

My concern is, I don't think they can.

Dec 01 09:41

BRICS PLANNING ITS OWN GOLD TRADING SYSTEM

As the US and its E.U. partners continue to levy punitive sanctions on Russia, the BRICS are responding with new financial initiatives to help their members break-out of the US and European financial trading monopoly.

Currently, both China and Russia are surging ahead as the world’s top Central Bank buyers of gold, further consolidating their position to be able to weather a global dollar crisis which many expert believe is inevitable. When exactly that happens is still anyone’s guess.

NOTE: Russia is now the largest official buyer of gold – and the world’s third-biggest producer.

RT International reports…

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are discussing the possibility of establishing a separate gold trading system, according to the First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why we are seeing such demonization of China and Russia; to prevent a loss of US dollar hegemony, the US government is willing to go to war to prevent this, if they deem it necessary.

Last Spring, Paul Craig Roberts shared the following report; and he is a guy who knows something about the inner workings in the Bowels of Power in DC:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

And unfortunately for President Trump and this country, all of Trump's "President Whisperers" are war-centric, as though this was the only way to resolve the US government's geopolitical conflicts, rather than good faith, moral, hard-one negotiations.

Nov 30 11:26

US-China Economic Dialogue Has "Stalled; No Plans To Revive Talks": Malpass

At the start of the year, one of the often repeated risk factors was that a trade war between China and the US could break out due to Trump's hardline stance on the US trade deficit with Beijing. Since then, such fears have largely faded as the status quo re-established itself, and trade between the two nations has proceeded largely unchanged. However, one year later, dark clouds may finally be gathering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really hate the way trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

and the timing really bites right now.

Nov 30 10:29

North Korea sanctionsDonald Trump asks Xi Jinping to cut off North Korea’s oil supply to stop nuclear programme

US President Donald Trump asked President Xi Jinping to halt all oil shipments to North Korea to stop its neighbour’s nuclear weapons programme following Pyongyang’s test launch of a ballistic missile experts say could reach the US mainland.

“President Trump called Chinese President Xi [Jinping] this morning and told him that we’ve come to the point where China must cut off the oil from North Korea. That would be a pivotal step in the world’s effort to stop this international pariah,” Washington’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

“We know the main driver of [North Korea’s] nuclear production is oil,” Haley said on Wednesday at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
The Security Council meeting pitted the US, Japan and its other allies against China and Russia, which accused the US of intensifying North Korea’s determination to develop nuclear weapons capability. Haley also accused China of not enforcing existing sanctions against North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to say, regarding stiffening North Korea's resolve to develop a steerable, targetable nuclear missle, capable of hitting the US, the Chinese Ambassador is entirely correct, that the US is completely ignoring the joint Russian/Chines proposal of "suspension for suspension", which may give negotiations a slight chance of moving forward.

It appears, with President Trump, his approach represents a "My way, or the highway!" kind of thinking.

This is absolutely the polar opposite of the approach he, Nikki Haley, Mattis, and Tillerson should be taking, to get some real tangible progress moving here.

Nov 30 10:18

Trump talks to Jinping after Pyongyang's ICBM launch, says US to impose more sanctions on North Korea

The US will impose additional "major sanctions" on North Korea for its latest missile test, President Donald Trump said today as he spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to press Pyonyang to halt its "provocative actions".
During the phone call, Trump underscored the determination of the US to defend itself and its allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime, the White House said.

The two leaders discussed North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, it said.

The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea yesterday, and travelled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone.

"Just spoke to President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!" Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder: just what does President Trump have left to throw at North Korea in terms of sanctions?!?

Food?!?

Medicine?!?

The optics of these kinds of sanctions would be thoroughly lousy, but it is possible Trump believes that they are the only methods left to avoid a military confrontation with Pyongyang.

And what of China's real influence here?!? A senior Chinese diplomat flew to Pyongyang a couple of weeks ago, but was rebuffed by Kim Jung Un.
Did North Korea's Kim Jung Un Just Slap China in the Face?!? This was as big an insult as Kim could possibly hurl at their benefactor, China, and yet he believed he could get away with it with impunity.

And if President Trump supports a military solution to the North Korean issue before the US or coalition members are actually attacked, how is China going to respond?!?

Nov 30 07:28

China To Deploy Elite Troops In Syria To Fight Alongside Assad's Army

According to multiple reports in Middle East regional sources, China plans to send elite military units to Syria to advise and assist the Syrian Army in an attempt to root out the country's terrorist insurgency, especially Chinese Islamist foreign fighters who have shown up in increasing numbers in Syria's north since the start of the conflict.

If confirmed this won't be the first time China - one of the five veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council - has sent assistance to the Assad government: according to previous reporting by Middle East Eye, China began quietly sending soldiers in an advisory capacity into Syria earlier this year to assist government forces in weapons systems, intelligence collection, logistics, and medicine. But this certainly marks a dramatic and more public escalation in terms of Chinese operations in the region as Beijing will reportedly send special forces to work closely with government troops, and likely in coordination with the Russians as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With ISIS all but eradicated, I suspect the reason China is stepping in to help Syria is concern of a renewed US effort to oust Assad.

Nov 28 08:17

Alaska signs gas pipeline project deal with China

The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major oil companies stepped back from the project.

The agreement Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed Thursday in Beijing with Sinopec, China Investment Corp. and the Bank of China does not guarantee a pipeline will be built, but it gives the lingering liquefied natural gas project a jolt of life.

“This is the market responding, and we’re very, very pleased with that,” Walker told reporters in a teleconference from Beijing.

Nov 27 09:47

Chinese NUCLEAR BOMBERS on 24/7 alert amid growing World War 3 fears

CHINA has placed its nuclear bombers on 24/7 alert following growing tensions between the US and North Korea.

Nov 25 11:22

Chinese Heavy Bombers Fly Over Disputed South China Sea

A sortie of People’s Liberation Army Air Force H-6K bombers conducted another flight over the disputed South China Sea on Thursday.

The flights are "routine," part of "combat air patrols," a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman told Xinhua. The H-6K bombers deployed from an inland port in northern China, spokesman Shen Jinke noted. The representative did not disclose how many aircraft were involved in the exercise.

Nov 24 08:37

U.S., South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.

The drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run from Dec. 4 to 8, the official told Reuters. The F-22 stealth fighters will be joined by F-35 aircraft, a U.S. Air Force official said.

The Vigilant Ace drill is held regularly by the United States and South Korea to simulate wartime defenses.

About 12,000 U.S. personnel will participate with South Korean troops while 230 aircraft will be flown at eight U.S. and South Korean military installations, the U.S. Seventh Air Force said in a news statement.

U.S. Marine Corps and Navy troops will also participate, it added.

“This realistic combat exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations,” it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is thoroughly pathological in its refusal to give China's diplomats anything which could conceivably be presented as an "olive branch" to get North Korea to the table, in terms of negotiations to stop its nuclear weapons program.

Nov 23 05:22

China Slams "Wrong" US Sanctions Against North Korea-Linked Trading Firms

A day after China’s state-run airline closed its last remaining routes to North Korea – a decision the airline’s executives blamed on a sharp decline in business travelers due to restrictive UN Security Council sanctions – Communist Party spokespeople slammed new US sanctions targeting Chinese traders doing business with North Korean businessmen, calling them “wrong” while reminding the US that China has vigorously enforced the UN sanctions.

After announcing that the US would once again designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism due to its missile and nuclear tests and its trading in illegal arms with terrorist groups and unsavory governments, President Donald Trump revealed that the Treasury Department would be rolling out new sanctions over the next two weeks, the US’s latest volley in a "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime, AFP reported.

Nov 23 05:04

The Real Winner In America's Russia Crisis Is China

The continuing American obsession with Russia plays directly into Beijing's hands and makes it less likely that Washington will develop an effective strategy to deal with China...

Nov 22 14:25

Huge Implications of Russia’s Northern Sea Route. An Alternative to the Suez Canal?

Before attending the Hamburg G20 Summit in July, China’s President Xi Jinping made a stopover in Moscow where he and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed the “China-Russia Joint Declaration on Further Strengthening Comprehensive, Strategic and Cooperative Partnership.” The declaration includes the Northern Sea Route as a strategic area of cooperation between China and Russia, as a formal part of China’s Belt, Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure. For its part, Russia is investing major resources in development of new LNG ports and infrastructure along the route to service a growing maritime traffic passing through its Arctic territorial waters.

Nov 22 09:21

The Huge Implications of Russia’s Northern Sea Route

In terms of dealing with some of the world’s harshest weather conditions no country comes close compared with Russia. Now Russia has made it a highest priority to develop a Northern Sea Route along the Russian Arctic coast to enable LNG and container freight shipments between Asia and Europe that will cut shipping time almost in half and bypass the increasingly risky Suez Canal. China is fully engaged and has now formally incorporated it into its new Silk Road Belt, Road Initiative infrastructure.

Nov 21 10:11

U.S. MILITARY SHOULD ‘CHOKE’ NORTH KOREA TO ‘SUBMISSION,’ RETIRED NAVY LIEUTENANT SAYS

President Donald Trump should deploy a naval blockade against North Korea in order to stop its nuclear weapons program, argues retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely.

Keely, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was also a senior advisor to the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Relations Committee, believes that a naval blockade is the best tactic to get Kim Jon Un to abandon his drive to obtain nuclear warheads that reach the U.S.

“Like sanctions, blockades are designed to slowly choke the recalcitrant nation to submission,” he writes in a recent op-ed for The Hill. “Unlike sanctions, a blockade provides the capabilities to monitor, intercept and enforce restrictions on what can go in and out of the target nation while providing a powerful psychological and diplomatic instrument.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jon-Luc Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Apparently, this retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely suffers from an acute intellectual deficiency shared others in civilian and military leadership, and this is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would very much like to politely ask the gentleman, please, how this is NOT going to get China at war, on North Korea's side, should such a blockade be undertaken by the US military?!?

Nov 21 08:22

Chinese Media Reveals New Multi-Nuke Missile to Strike ‘Anywhere in the World'

As early as the first half of 2018, China’s People’s Liberation Army is slated to commission a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41, that can target “anywhere in the world,” the Global Times reports.

Speaking before 2,300 delegates of the Chinese Community Party, President Xi Jinping declared that Beijing "would strive to fully transform the people's armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century," worrying some of China's neighbors.

The Dongfeng-41 can reportedly reach speeds up to Mach 10 and uses dummy flares to throw off enemy air defense systems.

Nov 20 11:42

White House Declares North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor.

Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year, as well as the North’s horrific treatment of Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, as justifications for the sanctions.

“North Korea has supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said.

During remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said the Treasury Department will announce on Tuesday additional sanctions against North Korea, describing the moves as “a very large one.” The sanctions will be imposed over the next two weeks, Trump said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: what is this actually going to accomplish, please, in terms of getting North Korea to denuclearize?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

Nov 20 07:13

China proposes three-phase solution to Rakhine issue in Myanmar: FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Sunday that China proposed a three-phase solution to help settle the issue in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
China believed that the Rakhine issue can be addressed by a solution acceptable to both Myanmar and Bangladesh through consultations between the two neighboring countries, Wang told a joint press conference with Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

The international community and the United Nations Security Council should encourage such efforts by creating conditions and good atmosphere for the consultations, he added.
The Chinese top diplomat said the Bangladesh government pledged to continue bilateral talks with Myanmar over the issue when he visited the country Saturday. Myanmar also expressed the same attitude, he said.
Wang said the Rakhine issue is a complicated one touching on history, ethnicity and religion, which calls for both an urgent and long-term solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Chinese Foreign Minister Yi is proposing is completely rational, but unfortunately, does not address the centuries of prejudice against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

I never thought, earlier in my life, that I would have to say, that there would be a group of hyper-nationalistic Buddhists who would want to exterminate another religious group in their country with extreme prejudice; unfortunately, however, that is precisely what I am seeing happening in Myanmar right now.

Even the UN is characterising this behaviour, on the part of these Buddhists, as textbook ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

I sincerely hope that this can get sorted, in a civil and humanitarian way.

Nov 19 08:27

Celestial Empire Aims for the Stars: China Unveils Ambitions Space Program

The Long March 9 super-heavy-lift rocket, capable of carrying over 100 tons and designed to send crewed missions to the moon and possibly unmanned ones to Mars, will make its maiden flight by 2030 as part of China’s lunar and Mars exploration program.

According to the roadmap, Beijing will also start to provide multiple commercial launch services by 2020, which will be relatively cheap and fail-proof due to the ongoing intellectualization and modernization of its carrier rockets.

China also plans to have its own reusable space plane operational by 2025, and make all of its space vehicles reusable by 2035. This would help develop the suborbital space tourism industry with China’s first space shuttle to make its maiden flight in 2020.

Nov 19 08:07

Don’t alienate your allies, you’ll need them to face China – Tony Blair warns Donald Trump

With the emergence of China as a global superpower, it is essential for the US to keep its allies close, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Donald Trump. The ex-Labour leader has long been an advocate of the UK-US ‘special relationship.’

Nov 18 09:32

Xi Jinping Pledges To "Strengthen Relationship" Between Saudi Arabia And China

In what can only be described as a masterful play to entice Saudi Arabia to list shares of Aramco in Hong Kong (assuming the kingdom follows through with the listing, which is reportedly in jeopardy) Chinese state media reported Friday that Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to strengthen the relationship between China and Saudi Arabia as the latter tries to reform its economy.

According to the South China Morning Post, Xi vowed to strengthen cooperation between the two states at a time when the Middle Eastern kingdom is facing a political shake-up at home, and heightened tensions with Lebanon and Iran. Xi’s vow of friendship came with the crucial qualifier that the relationship between the two countries wouldn’t be affected by shifting international circumstances.

Nov 18 08:48

China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over North Korea's weapons.

Song Tao, who heads the ruling Chinese Communist Party's international department, is visiting Pyongyang to discuss the outcome of the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in China, at which President Xi Jinping cemented his power.

In a brief statement dated Friday but reported by Chinese media on Saturday, the international department said Song, who is there representing Xi, reported to North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae the outcome of the congress.

Nov 17 13:15

CHINA - Medical Genocide

Nov 17 09:22

Zimbabwe Coup Leader Traveled to China One Week Before Arresting Mugabe

The key architect of the soft coup in Zimbabwe this week traveled to China and met with top military officials just days before the confusing and still-unfolding government shakeup, sparking speculation that Beijing may have played a role in the coup that has seen Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe placed under house arrest.

Nov 16 16:44

Indian And US Officials Discuss Chinese Influence In Maldives And Sri Lanka

According to Indian media reports, Atul Keshap, the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, recently held talks with Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar over “ISIS threats” and Chinese influence in the South Asia region. The pair reportedly discussed ways of scuttling China’s economic weight in Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Nov 16 16:39

China’s 10-year Yield Bumping 4%

Nov 16 09:45

China prepares for 2020 tests of 27,000mph hypersonic aircraft that could hit the US with nuclear warheads in just 14 MINUTES

China is developing aircraft capable of reaching US shores with nuclear warheads in just 14 minutes, reports suggest.

The craft will be capable of hypersonic flight speeds of up to 27,000 miles per hour (43,200 kmh) - 35 times the speed of sound.

They will be tested in China's newest military-grade wind tunnel, set to be the world's fastest hypersonic facility when construction is complete 'by 2020', experts claim.

Currently, the world's most powerful wind tunnel is the US LENX-X facility in Buffalo, New York, which operates at speeds of 22,000 miles per hour (36,000 km/h).

Nov 16 09:20

China sending special envoy to North Korea days after Trump's visit

Following President Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party’s national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua said Song, as president and party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy, would carry out a “visit” in addition to delivering his report, but gave no details about his itinerary or meetings. It also made no mention of Trump’s trip to Beijing or the North’s weapons programs, although Trump has repeatedly called on Beijing to do more to use its influence to pressure Pyongyang into altering its behavior.

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Fingers crossed here......

Nov 16 08:17

How China is defining the way governments manipulate their people via the internet

CHINA’S army of keyboard propagandists have set the standard for manipulating public opinion online — and a growing number of countries are trying the emulate the model.
The iconic image of a man holding his shopping while obstructing the path of a tank in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 became the defining image of China’s censorial government. But in the age of the internet, social media has become the front line in the Communist Party’s battle to control and suppress dissent.
The goverment’s so called keyboard army overwhelms social media sites with positive stories about the Communist Party — described by researchers as “cheerleading content” — to control the message and drown out criticism and negative stories about the regime.
The unofficial wing of the Chinese government responsible for the program is known as The 50 Cent Party. It allows just enough critical content to maintain the illusion of dissent while diverting attention towards positive propaganda.

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And the US government doesn't do this?!?

Pot...Kettle...black!!

Nov 16 07:05

A New Enemy? Push Begins to Reclassify China’s Xinhua as a Foreign Agent

First it was RT, next it will be... Xinhua? A new report from a congressional commission on US-China relations has accused the Beijing-owned outlet of intelligence gathering on behalf of Chinese leadership, and have called for it to be reclassified as a foreign agency.

Nov 16 06:54

Steve Bannon: If America Doesn’t Thwart These Five Things, China Will Be a Hegemonic Power

Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon warned Monday that America’s attention needs to be focused on China, or it will be left behind in the communist country’s wake.

“Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, since our great victory over communist ideology…we’ve been on a strategic holiday, y’know ‘the end of history’ – we acted as if we are a hyperpower with nothing else to worry about,” Bannon told attendees at a Gatestone Institute event in New York City.

He pointed to recent developments in Beijing, specifically a recent three and a half hour speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 19th Party Congress. He noted that, at the same time, a Brown University study found that since 2001 the cost of the global war on terror is $5.6 trillion.

“This is how you see great powers collapse,” he warned.

Nov 16 06:23

Is this the world's ULTIMATE library? Stunning photographs show inside futuristic new build which houses 1.2million books

They are usually old, dusty places with little design appeal.
But a cutting-edge architectural firm from Denmark is fast redefining how we see the humble library - as their latest project has proven, this week.
The Tianjin Binhai Public Library, located in northeastern China, was recently unveiled by MVRDV to widespread interest after a three-year process.
Their work, which is helping to build a cultural complex in the city of Tianjin, has resulted in a five storey creation which is deliberately designed to look like a human eyeball.
Spanning an enormous 362,744 square feet of space, the terraced shelves are built into the walls where they create both stairs and seating areas.
Impressively, it boasts a staggering 1.2million books, making it a bibliophile's paradise.

Nov 16 06:10

Corruption In China Risks A Soviet-Style Collapse - Party's Graft Buster

Yang Xiadou is the Party’s number two man in Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption in the Chinese Communist Party – although some have seen this, in part, as a convenient way for Xi to bolster his power base.

During the 19th Party Congress last month, Yang was asked about the anti-corruption drive and how to achieve a balance between human rights and party discipline. Yang replied that, having worked in the Tibet Autonomous Region for many years, human rights was an “interesting question”. He recounted a conversation he had with a US assistant secretary of state where he likened Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves in America to China’s actions in Tibet.

Nov 15 14:02

China’s Overture To Wall Street

For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese overture to the titans of global finance, currently ensconced in Wall Street and London. Given the big banks’ position at the apex of of the Western power structure, the move is highly strategic and bears close watching.

Nov 15 12:43

‘China Years Ahead Of US In Space Race’

The United States has fallen behind China in “operationalizing space,” says a high-ranking US Air Force general, calling for a more aggressive and less bureaucratic approach to catch up.

Nov 15 10:01

What Happened to Trump's Trade War With China?

Despite all his posturing, President Donald Trump's maiden trip to China was mostly just symbolic, says author and scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Nov 15 08:45

Steve Bannon in Tokyo: Democracies Should Form Alliance to Counter Chinese Threats

The 12th annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference will feature democracy and human rights activists representing a wide-range of faith traditions, including Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, Macauers, Christians and Falung Gong practitioners.

Bannon will also be in dialogue with conference participants about Asian democracies’ reaction to regional crises involving China and the role the U.S. can play in the alliance.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Advancing Human Rights, Democracy, and Peace: New Tools, New Strategies, New Generation,” according to its website.

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Here's your rifle, Steve...

Nov 15 08:06

China Will Send Envoy to North Korea, Likely to Urge Nuclear Talks

China announced on Wednesday that it would send a high-level diplomat to North Korea for the first time in two years, in a move less than a week after President Trump’s visit that is likely to resume pressure on the North to curb its nuclear arms program.

Nov 14 14:10

‘China Years Ahead Of US In Space Race’

The United States has fallen behind China in “operationalizing space,” says a high-ranking US Air Force general, calling for a more aggressive and less bureaucratic approach to catch up. 

Nov 14 10:03

Chinese Stocks Slide As Economic Slowdown Accelerates

Being the first data following The National Congress, we are expecting little in the way of disappointment from China's macro data. However, the slowdown in credit supply has been well telegraphed, and sure enough the data was not pretty with FAI growth at its weakest in 17 years, Retail Sales and Industrial Production both disappoint.

Early indicators for October industrial output aren't positive - the official PMI and export growth both edged down and came in below expectations, writes Bloomberg Economics economist Qian Wan:

Nov 14 09:54

TPP Moving Ahead Without US As Trump Fooled By "Warm" Welcome In Asia

In his speech (see here) at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) on Friday, Trump slammed China, the WTO and his predecessor’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement as issues holding back his America-first “Indo-Pacific dream”. Without referencing it specifically, Trump criticised the TPP which he said would “tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty and make meaningful enforcement (of WTO rules) practically impossible”. Trump stated that the US would conduct trade with Asian nations based on bilateral agreements. Over the weekend, Japan – the largest remaining member of the TPP and traditionally subservient to US wishes – and a host of other nations announced that they would move forward with a revised TPP, regardless of US withdrawal. According to the FT.

Nov 14 09:32

How the Developments in Saudi Arabia May Foretell Collapse of Petrodollar

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to return his country to "moderate Islam"; the pledge was followed by the dismissal and detainment of many of the country's high-profile princes and businessmen. Turkish energy analyst Dr Volkan Ozdemir commented that it is not about politics but rather about economics and petrodollars.

In his interview with Sputnik Turkiye, Volkan Ozdemir, the Chairman of Ankara-based EPPEN (Institute for Energy Markets and Policies), said that Riyadh is possibly cleaning out the opponents to the oil trade in US dollars and the changes the country is currently living through could be viewed as part of the US' attempt to fight against a strengthening China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and Russia are already bypassing the dollar as their financial medium of exchange in a number of transactions, and this appears to be becoming a trend, particularly with the BRIC countries; the US government certainly does not want to see that trend accelerated, and will do everything within its power to stop it, including waging war.

Nov 14 09:26

China overtakes US in TOP500 list of world's fastest supercomputers

According to the TOP500 list, China is beating the US in total number of ranked systems and in aggregate performance.

Nov 14 08:41

U.S. Trade Deficit with China

Nov 13 17:26

WWII: Singpore used as base to spread bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China

Rat fleas carrying the bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China during World War II were bred in Singapore. A branch of the nefarious Japanese biological and chemical warfare research and development Unit 731 was housed in the College of Medicine Building during WWII.

Nov 13 11:45

Warnings From The "China Beige Book"

Nov 13 08:27

The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward for China and Russia

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about China’s initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.

Involving about 65 countries and affecting 4.4 billion people, constituting thirty percent of the world’s GDP, together with a total investment from Beijing that could surpass a trillion dollars, the is an immense project that requires a lot of imagination to grasp the intentions of the Chinese leadership. With a host of projects already in progress, and some almost completed (the Sino-Pakistan Corridor known as CPEC is archetypical), the overland and maritime routes are developing side by side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the government of the US was more interested in creating deals than in waging wars to get its geopolitical objectives met.

Nov 13 08:12

Pat Caddell: Global Elites Want to ‘Manage’ the Country’s Decline

“Our elites live in a world where everything is comfortable for them,” Caddell said. “I believe that behind the mindset … is a belief that the country is in decline and their job is to manage the decline.”

Caddell said the elites in the United States have bought into the idea that China is on the inevitable rise to global hegemony, replacing the U.S., and it is their job to manage that rise peacefully.

Nov 13 07:45

‘America First!’ AWOL from Beijing, War with North Korea Looms

There’s no indication that President Donald Trump’s summit with China’s Xi Jinping achieved any breakthrough on North Korea. But why didn’t it? After all, Trump said that China could “fix” the North Korea problem “easily and quickly” and it was just a matter of Xi’s making up his mind to do so.

No less divorced from reality was Trump’s half-hearted pitch on the US trade imbalance with China. The problem, he said, was not the Chinese – whom he complimented on their cleverness in exploiting our stupidity – but on the flaccid policies of prior American administrations. Quite true! But what will he do differently? Not much it seems, except maybe give a big tax cut with no strings attached to fat corporations that are thrilled to keep moving their operations overseas. Global market über alles! And here we all thought Hillary Clinton lost the election . . .

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