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Aug 23 09:07

Chinese State Media: US Navy Becoming a ‘Dangerous Obstacle’ in South China Sea

The US Navy may be causing more harm than good in the Indo-Asian-Pacific theater.

The US military’s maritime presence near Asian shipping routes adds risk rather than helps uphold international freedom of navigation rights, Chinese news agencies said Tuesday.

This summer has already seen two crashes involving US Navy guided-missile destroyers and merchant vessels. In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with the ACX Crystal container ship in an incident that killed seven sleeping US sailors when the bow of the transport ship struck the ship’s starboard side. On August 21, the USS John S. McCain was damaged on its port side following contact with the Alnic MC tanker east of Singapore near the Strait of Malacca.

The Malaccan straits are the highest-trafficked trading lanes in the world and hit a new record last year with 83,740 transits occurring, according to Seatrade Maritime News.

Aug 23 09:04

China urges US to withdraw sanctions against its companies over N. Korea

Beijing has urged the US to drop the new batch of sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals, saying that the restrictions do not contribute to defusing the Korean standoff.

Aug 23 08:36

Chaos if China follows India's logic and enters Indian territory, says Beijing

China on Tuesday said there will be “chaos” in the region if it follows India’s “ridiculous” logic and enters Indian territory to disrupt construction projects along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that Beijing perceives as a security threat.

Beijing has blamed New Delhi for the military standoff at Doklam or Donglang near the Sikkim border – now into its second month - and accused Indian soldiers of trespass and preventing Chinese soldiers from building a road in the region, which is claimed by Bhutan.

“If we tolerate India’s ridiculous logic, then anyone who dislikes the activity at his neighbour’s home can break into his neighbour’s house,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a news briefing.
She added: “Does that mean when China thinks that large-scale construction of infrastructure in the border area is posing a threat, it can enter India’s territory? Wouldn’t that be utter chaos?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation appears to be escalating toward a military conflict.

And the US government, last year, heightened its defense posture with New Dehli.

US accords India the status of a major defense partner

This means that the US could well wind up fighting against China on India's side in such a conflict, which is why Rex Tillerson has to do everything in his power to keep such a conflict from turning hot.

Aug 22 14:58

A Furious China Responds To Latest Sanctions: Demands "U.S. Immediately Correct Its Mistake" Or Suffer Retaliation

Less than 4 hours ago, the US Treasury announced that in the the latest set of actions targeting North Korea's "WMD program", among the entities sanctioned would be several Chinese and Russian companies and individuals. We said that "what this latest round of sanctions will achieve, is to further anger Beijing and the local population." Well, we didn't even have to wait all day for China to respond on the next morning as it traditionally does, and according to Reuters citing an embassy spokesman, Beijing was so furious with the US "provocation" it scrapped its own protocol of waiting during a "cooldown" period, and instead ripped right back, "urging" the U.S. to "immediately correct its mistake"' of sanctioning Chinese firms over North Korea, to avoid impact on bilateral cooperation.

Aug 22 10:27

Germany, France and Italy plot EU power to BLOCK 'politically motivated' Chinese takeovers

BRUSSELS should be given powers to rule on whether or not Chinese takeovers of major European companies are motivated by political rather than economic goals, a major report says today.

Aug 22 10:23

Treasury Slaps Sanctions On China, Russia Entities And Individuals Over North Korea

In a move that is certain to infuriate China further and result in another deterioration in diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing, moments ago the United States slapped both Chinese and Russian entities and individuals with new sanctions in the Trump administration's escalating attempts to pressure North Korea to relent and stop its nuclear program and occasional missile launches.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people who aid North Korea's missile program or "deal in the North Korean energy trade." The U.S. also aims to sanction people and groups that allow North Korean entities to access the U.S. financial system or helps its exportation of workers, according to the Treasury:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is deeply disturbing how quickly financial sanctions become preludes to wars against those countries which have been sanctioned.

Aug 22 07:34

China defends ally Pakistan after Donald Trump says US can't be silent on safe havens for terrorists

Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win".

Aug 21 12:08

China might start a ‘limited war’ with India

According to an article published in China’s state newspaper Global Times, China is preparing to start a ‘limited war’ in order to drive the Indian soldiers out of the troubled Doklam region. There has been a strain in relationship between China and India since June when the Indian soldiers entered Doklam area which is situated in the middle of Bhutan and China. The Indian soldiers stopped the Chinese soldiers from building a road in that region. Both the Chinese and the Bhutanese lay claim to the area. The Indian army entered the area upon request of Bhutan and as a result, a standoff ensued between the two armies since then. A researcher by the name Hu Xi Yong from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said that the tension between both the Chinese and Indian forces won’t last long as China’s limited military action could start within one week. According to Yong, the Chinese government would notify the Indian foreign ministry before taking any military action...

Aug 21 11:20

Hidden agenda behind China-India Himalayan showdown

As Chinese and Indian security forces square off on a remote plateau in the Himalaya mountains, it is has become clear over two months into the showdown that it’s not really about China building a road in an area disputed between China and Bhutan.

This time, China is attempting to drive a wedge between Bhutan and its traditional ally India, China’s main and traditional geopolitical rival. Most recently, China is frustrated with India’s reluctance to join its One Belt One Road infrastructure development initiative. Unresolved border issues are another bilateral problem, as is the long-time presence of the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in exile in India.

As always when China is involved in a confrontation near or across its frontiers — be it the border war with India in 1962, skirmishes with the Soviets along the Amur river in 1969, or military raids across Vietnam’s northern border in 1979 — there is a hidden political agenda.

Aug 21 10:04

Amid India-China War Crisis, Washington Boosts Strategic Ties with New Delhi

The Trump administration and Pentagon have taken multiple steps in recent days to strengthen Washington’s military-strategic alliance with India.

These moves are manifestly aimed at encouraging India to hold fast to its hardline stance in the current dispute with China over control of the Doklam Plateau—a ridge in the Himalayan foothills that both China and Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom that New Delhi treats like a protectorate, claim as their sovereign territory.

For the past two months Indian and Chinese troops have been arrayed against each other “eyeball-to-eyeball” on the Doklam Plateau, while New Delhi and Beijing have exchanged bellicose threats and taunts, and ordered their militaries to ready for war.

India has moved thousands of troops to forward positions along its northeastern border with China, placing them on a high-alert “No War, No Peace” status, and undertaken emergency purchases of munitions, spare parts and other war materiel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Using India's forces as a "proxy army" against China could result in severe blowback for the US diplomatically and militarily, in this standoff.

the slightest misconception, misunderstanding, or accidental discharge of weapons, could well pave the way for World War III.

Aug 21 08:52

White House Continues to Talk Up ‘Preventative War’ Against North Korea

While there has been a concerted effort from some members of the Trump Administration to downplay the risk of an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the possibility of such a conflict is still palpable, with White House officials openly talking about launch a “preventative war” to resolve the situation.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is seen as one of the leading advocates of this idea, which seeks to avoid the question of how much of a threat North Korea will pose in the future by just attacking them outright now, consequences be damned.

But this position also fits neatly into President Trump’s own “fire and fury” narrative, and Trump has repeatedly given the impression in recent weeks that he considers attacking North Korea out of the blue a viable option, albeit one of many that are under consideration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; how in the name of heaven do Mc Masters and Mattis believe that the US will be able to attack North Korea, yet not have China join the fray on North Korea's side?!?

The Chinese government has made the statement that "regime change" in North Korea will not be allowed to happen; how can that not translate into Chinese military aid, and military muscle, for North Korea if it gets attacked by US and Coalition forces, consisting of Japanese, South Korean, and the US military?!?

How do we prevent hundreds of thousands of casualties in South Korea and Japan?!?

These are the issues which appear to be yet unaddressed by Mc Masters and Mattis, in their concept of an alleged "preventable war" against North Korea; and this is one of the chronic problems in administrations going back to that of Bill Clinton; the desire to resolve real-world problems with magical thinking, coupled with a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Aug 21 07:51

US Asset Bubbles Crack as Frantic China “Restricts” Outbound Investments

What happens to prices when the biggest, reckless buyer walks away?

Aug 21 06:37

Bank runs in Hong Kong following introduction of facial recognition withdrawals in Macau

Hong Kong’s ATM network has been hit with a surge in withdrawals by customers using China UnionPay bank cards in the wake of facial recognition technology being introduced at cash dispensing machines in Macau. Monetary chiefs in Hong Kong have declined to deny or confirm information obtained by the South China Morning Post that ATMs have seen a “staggering’’ rise in withdrawals since the casino hub introduced the recognition technology in May as part of a bid to stem illegal capital flight from mainland China.

Aug 19 12:06

World War 3: US sends military to North Korea BORDER as tensions with Pyongyang escalateTHE United States and South Korea are preparing to roll out their armies across the North Korean border as the threat of World War 3 intensifies.

The daring move from Washington and Seoul follows "Armageddon trade" between Pyongyang and the Pentagon over Kim Jong-un’s threat to blast US territory Guam with nuclear missiles, which looked as though it was reaching boiling point last week.

But when Donald Trump warned the despot the US is “locked and loaded”, ready to respond to any strike, tensions simmered.

Yet when troops land on the peninsula, just miles form Jong-un’s territory, explosive consequences are feared.

A staggering 80,000 troops will be involved in the military drills along with hundreds of thousands of first responders and civilians.

The Ulchi-Freedom Guardian war games are computerised command and control exercises which take place every other year.

So-called defensive exercises between the two nations are the world’s largest - and will simulate warfare with North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder at DC's and Seoul's collective " wisdom" (read: warmongering insanity) to continue with these wargames, when Kim Jung Un has very strenuously objected to these exercises, as they drill preparations for the potential invasion of North Korea.

But were I a betting woman, I would bet on the following; Kim Jung Un will respond to these exercises, and it won't be by holding the hands of his missile engineers and collectively singing the Korean equivalent of "Kumbiyah".

Unfortunately, the potential for war on the Korean peninsula is still very real.

Aug 18 10:13

Protests break out on China-North Korea border over new sanctions

Protests have broken out on the Chinese border with North Korea, as China's seafood importers watched frozen product melt in trucks blocked from crossing after China imposed a new round of economic sanctions.

Dozens of trucks have lined up on a bridge, unable to enter China, according to video shot by a local trader who posted it to Chinese social media. It shows a long line of unmoving truck containers stuffed with crabs and shrimp that were melting in the sunshine and risked becoming spoiled product in the latest sign that Beijing is, for now at least, strictly enforcing a new round of sanctions "There is nothing we can do but accept it as our fate," said Cui Yanzhi, a local trader in the Chinese city of Hunchun, where North Korean product has long underpinned a thriving business in the far northeastern corner of the country, not far from Vladivostok.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on China for implementing the sanctions.

That being said, I feel a lot of compassion for the North Korean businesses getting hit; the actions of their government are not their fault.

Will it be enough to create an uprising the Kim Jung Un's government and military will not be able to control?!?

I would seriously doubt that would happen.

Aug 18 09:58

Xi: China welcomes Trump's visit by year end

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to "properly handle" disagreements with the U.S. and said Beijing welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to visit China by year end, as he met chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

"President Trump and I both highly value China-U.S. relations and are willing to push forward the development of bilateral ties. Though difficulties do exist, rainbows come after storms. I hope the two sides can treat each other with honesty and goodwill, maintain close communication and properly handle disagreements," Xi said, according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

Xi asked Dunford to convey his greetings to President Trump, and said China is looking forward to Trump visiting China.

The Chinese president stressed that bilateral military relations are an important part of China-U.S. ties and crucial for the stability of broader bilateral relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me ... at least slightly hopeful here.

Aug 18 02:40

So When Will China’s Debt Bubble Finally Blow Up?

The upside is fake stability. The downside is too ugly to contemplate.

Aug 17 12:59

White House Eyes More Aggressive Trade Actions Against China

Stuck in a quagmire of controversies over White House leaks and race politics, Bannon has called a far-left magazine writer to talk about China, North Korea, and his “every day” quarrels with other top White House aides.

Aug 17 11:57

China asks Russia to build another nuclear power plant

The Chinese government asks Russia to build a new nuclear power plant in Jiangsu Province. The new nuclear power plant will be located 20 km from the Tianwan NPP, which has already been built with Russia's participation. Russia and China have been actively cooperating in the field of peaceful atom for many years. The largest example of such cooperation was the Tianwan NPP, where power units No. 1 and 2 have already been built with VVER-1000 reactors with a capacity of 1,000 MW each. They were put in operation in 2007. At present, the sides discuss a possibility to jointly build units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP...

Aug 16 11:45

China, US Agree On Direct Military Communication

China and the United States have reached an agreement to improve their direct military communication to lower chances of “miscalculations” and accidental military confrontations amid the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Aug 16 07:50

Chinese troops armed with iron bars and rocks brawl with Indian soldiers near border, New Delhi source says

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month stand-off in another part of the disputed border.

A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.
Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.
The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other’s territories, but clashes are rare. The Indian military declined to comment on the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this situation gets mediated, and quickly, India and China could well be slouching toward a shooting war over this disputed territory.

And why should Americans care about this?!?

Because President Obama enhanced the US defence and security posture with India last year.

Obama signs into law bill declaring India a ‘major defense partner’

So should a shooting war ensue between India and China, the US government is on the hook for supporting India, militarily, against China.

Aug 16 07:44

'Hit the brakes’: China to US & N. Korea as both exchange strike threats

The US and North Korea must "hit the brakes" and find a peaceful resolution to their ongoing crisis, China's foreign minister said. It comes amid a war of words and mutual strike threats between Washington and Pyongyang.

The remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were made during a Tuesday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

“The most important task for the US and North Korea is to ‘hit the brakes’ on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent an ‘August crisis,’” Wang said during the conversation, according to a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

Aug 16 07:43

China, Philippines Agree on Modus Vivendi in South China Sea

The foreign ministries of China and the Philippines have found a ‘way to get along’ by banning new construction in the South China Sea as the two nations seek to enhance bilateral ties.
“The Chinese will not occupy new features in the South China Sea nor are they are going to build structures in Scarborough Shoal,” Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana told lawmakers on Tuesday, according to China News Asia. The waters near the shoal are frequented by Philippine fishers, but from 2012 to 2016 China blockaded the area.

Specifically, "there is a status quo now that is happening in the South China Sea brokered by the secretary of Foreign Affairs,"he said, adding "it would be a very serious thing if China will occupy any of the islands."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This rapprochement is definitely bringing a sigh of relief for people worried that this relationship would get confrontational, and very quickly.

Aug 15 13:52

Trump To Toughen-Up On China’s Intellectual Property Theft, Which Costs America Up To $500 Billion Annually

Finally we have the beginnings of the trade reform with China that President Trump promised on the campaign trail.

Aug 15 12:16

China Steel Output Hits All Time High, Setting Stage For Escalating Trade War

While the long-term consequences of Trump's first trade war salvo launched today will become obvious only in hindsight, it may have come at an opportune moment: just as China prepares to flood the world with record amounts of steel. Overnight, the National Statistics Bureau reported that even as Beijing intensified its war on smog, local steel output "paradoxically" hit a new monthly record in July, some 74.02 million tonnes, up 10% Y/Y (or 50% more than China's GDP) and higher than the previous record of 73.23 million tonnes set in June.

Aug 15 10:14

US, China, Koreas Revisit Diplomacy After Soaring Tensions

A flurry of threats last week had the whole region fearing a new Korean War was about to break out, but Monday gave way to at least a bit of an attempt by everyone involved to revisit the possibility of diplomacy.

That’s not to say that diplomacy is any more imminent this week than war was last week, but as North Korea put its Guam missile launches on hold, US officials against made it very clear they were at least open o a resolution that didn’t involve nuclear war.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said that US should show itself to be committed to an alternative to the conflict, while US officials continued to reiterate how ready they were for war. Either way, both sides agree it was entirely the other side’s fault, and that it’s entirely up to the other side to stop the provocations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However this decision came down from Kim Jung Un to not send his missiles flying in a Guam-centric direction, the world is, collectively, breathing a sign of relief this morning.

The question is, what will the US, China, North and South Korea do now?!?

Will they take advantage of the slight ratcheting down of tensions in order to get to the conference table, and hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the Armistice, in return for Kim Jung Un abandoning his nuclear program, and let North Korea trade, unimpeded by sanctions?!?

In the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity" are one in the same; let us hope the US government takes great advantage of this slight lessening of tensions here.

Aug 15 09:16

What's Behind N Korea Summoning Envoys to UN, Russia, China

The meeting of key North Korean ambassadors in Pyongyang could help temporarily defuse the increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to political analyst Dmitry Mosyakov.

Aug 14 11:42

Is Trump Spear-Heading a Bluff on North Korea?

If you want to radically change the dynamic then you have to apply extreme pressure. I feel this is what Trump and his advisors are doing. They are appearing to “have the strength to force the moment to its crisis” to quote T.S. Eliot.

And that strength or purpose is creating large movements. Trump is a bully. It’s what he does, at least publicly. The response so far from China has been to denounce the idea of regime change in Pyongyang.

The response from Russia, through Foreign Minister (and top diplomat in the world right now), Sergei Lavrov was to announce a deal brokered between it, North Korea and China to get what Trump wants; no potential for nukes in North Korea.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Aug 14 11:34

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

SETTING THE STAGE

In March, at around the time of the biggest annual maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, the North fired four extended-range Scud missiles into waters off the Japanese coast in what was intended to be a mock attack on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.

Iwakuni is one of the main U.S. bases in Japan and was the staging point for F-35 stealth fighters believed to be training for precision strikes on North Korea against Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.

The March missile launch was not as bold as the plan for Guam — the North didn’t tell the world beforehand and deliberately sent the missiles much farther north than the base itself, an easy tweak. But the move sent a strong message that such an attack would be possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that North Korea will go ahead with its plans, to test launch missiles around Guam; what is very important, should they do it, is how the US and China respond to such an act.

I think Chinese President Xi Jinping should be working very closely with President Trump on presenting a united US/Chinese response if this happens; Kim Jung Un needs to realise that both countries are working in concert on this issue, and he cannot separate the US from China here.

War with China, over North Korea, would be the worst possible scenario imaginable here, and would create a genocide of the South and North Korean people.

Please, let's not go there.

Aug 14 09:59

China implements UN sanctions against North Korea, as Trump trade probe looms

In an unprecedented move against North Korea, China on Monday issued an order to carry out the United Nations sanctions imposed on the rogue regime earlier this month.

China made the announcement amid not only Pyongyang's escalating war of words with the United States regarding the North Korea nuclear missile program, but also as President Trump was reportedly set to order an investigation into China's trade practice -- a probe which could lead the U.S. to levy its own sanctions on Beijing.

Trump has sought China's help in dealing with North Korea, as China has remained one of the last defenders of dictator Kim Jong Un and could apply enormous financial pressure should it turn on the North Korean leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me here, is the way in which trade wars can morph into shooting wars, and that would be the worst of all possible options with China.

Aug 13 09:50

North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say

Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters.

Aug 13 08:20

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren't enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of "sleepy, vacationy" Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week, citing an administration official, a step that Trump delayed two weeks ago under the guidance of his new Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly, but now appears imminent. It is also an escalation which most analysts agree will launch a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The thing I hate most about trade wars, is their capabilities of morphing into shooting wars.

I would like to hope President Trump has the presence of mind to understand that this is precisely where we should not be going with China right now, particularly with the simmering, quasi-war state of hostilities over North Korea.

Aug 13 08:14

Top U.S. General Readies Military Plan for North Korea, but Pushes for Diplomacy

The Pentagon’s top military officer said here Sunday the focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korea missile crisis, even as the military works up viable options in case they become necessary.

Amid heated rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s rogue leader, Kim Jong Un, the military is quietly supporting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to use diplomatic and economic pressure to avert war.

“As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford in his first public remarks since the crisis escalated with North Korea’s launch of a second intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how real is that part of this headline which states that the General"... Pushes for Diplomacy" and how much of that is simply for domestic Unhinged, Surveilled States of America consumption.

Aug 13 08:13

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren't enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of "sleepy, vacationy" Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week, citing an administration official, a step that Trump delayed two weeks ago under the guidance of his new Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly, but now appears imminent. It is also an escalation which most analysts agree will launch a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Aug 13 07:40

Did media miss real story in North Korea’s war of words?

The error, according to 38 North, lies in an inept English translation of a statement made by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting on July 26.

The English translation was: “We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table. Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated.”

38 North says the splitting of the sentences raises several questions as to what was covered under the qualifier of “unless” the hostile policy is removed. But 38 North says the answer can be found in the Korean-language version in which the formula was presented as one sentence, not two.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's amazing what one mistranslation from a foreign language, into English, can do to people's interpretation of what actually was said.

Right now, that mistranslation could well translate into a shooting war between the US, China, and North Korea.

Aug 13 07:27

Trump and Mad Dog Mattis: Ultimatum to North Korea, Miscalculations Could Lead to Catastrophic War

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Mattis issued an ultimatum to North Korea, saying “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”

His warning came in response to Pyongyang suggesting plans to fire ballistic missiles to within 30 – 40 km from Guam by mid-August.

On Thursday, Trump said his “fire and fury” warning perhaps wasn’t “tough enough.” The DPRK should “get (its) act together (or it’ll) be in trouble like few nations have ever been.” Its leadership should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything harmful to America or its allies.

Kim Jong-un “disrespected our country greatly. He’s not getting away with it.”

On Friday, China warned Washington, saying if it tries to forcefully topple North Korea’s government, it’ll intervene to stop it.

It repeated calls for calm and diplomatic outreach – easing tensions, not escalating them further. China’s People’s Daily said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, China is behaving like the adult in the room on this issue, with this editorial.

But I have to really wonder; just what kind of power does he wield over Kim Jung Un, to prevent him from carrying out his threat to bomb the mainland USA?!?

North Korea set to launch 'FINAL ATTACK' - WW3 fears grow as Pyongyang ESCALATES rhetoric

Aug 12 12:15

India Army Moves Troops of Sukna-Based 33 Corps to India-China Border

A bulk of the troops of the Sukna-based 33 Corps have been or are in the process of being moved to the Indo-China frontier in Sikkim even as the controversy over the Doklam plateau at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction continues to surface from time to time.

Eastern Command army sources revealed that all three divisions under the 33 Corps, which is stationed in Sukna, near Siliguri in West Bengal, have been deployed on the Sino-Indian border.

The troop movement from Sukna began about 20-25 days ago. The most important and vital elements of the corps have moved up and taken position in designated "Op Areas".

The Movement “Has More to Do With Posturing”

The troops are at varying depths of 20 kms to 500 metres from the India-China border in north and east Sikkim. Some units were given four days' written notice to move to the upper reaches while others have been handed out as little as six hours' notice to move up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be attributed to "posturing", on India's side, but such a move looks about as serious as a heart attack to me, understanding that the Chinese have threatened India with a military operation, if they don't yield the land China claims is actually theirs.

Aug 12 12:10

North Korea displays submarine-based missiles for first time as nuclear tensions with US rise

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles for the first time on Saturday ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the other missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding father.

The North Korean ceremony began with a massive parade of military personnel and hardware through Pyongyang on Saturday morning to mark the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the revered founder of the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not Kim Jung Un's military parades, and both his and President Trump's bombast which concerns me here; it is what each leader is actually prepared to do, in this latest war of words which may well escalate to a shooting war which concerns me, particularly in light of the fact that Mike and I live very close to a first strike target, which China can actually hit!

Aug 11 17:42

Is North Korea Showing the Emperor is Naked?

Amid the thick fog of (rhetorical) war between Washington and Pyongyang, it’s still possible to detect some fascinating writing on the (unbuilt) wall.

A case can be made that President Trump is using North Korea to kick the 24/7 Russia-gate narrative out of the US news cycle. It's certainly working. After all, in Exceptionalistan weltanschauung, the prospect of war and its possible rewards certainly trumps hazy accusations of Russian hacking and election interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, what Escobar is saying is true, this could potentially destroy the entire structure of the US international security relations horrifically quickly.

Aug 11 10:55

Lavrov: "There Is A Russian-Chinese Plan To Defuse Korea Crisis"

In a glimmer of hope that a military conclusion to the North Korean crisis may yet be averted, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that "Russia does not accept a North Korea that possesses nuclear weapons", cautioned that there is an "overwhelming amount of over-the-top belligerent rhetoric on North Korea’s nuclear and rocket programs from Washington and Pyongyang", but most importantly said that there is a joint Russian-Chinese plan to defuse the North Korean crisis, according to which North Korea would freeze its missile tests, while the US and South Korea would stop large scale exercises.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely logical; which is why the US government will most likely reject it out of hand.

Aug 11 10:41

China Warns Trump: "We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change"

In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would "remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So President Trump's only action here, if he wants to get this war going, is by a "false flag" to blame on North Korea; China will, of course, see right through it.

The US government's capacity for subtlety in creating these events is generally very close to non-existent, for people able to analyze them in an intelligent way.

Aug 11 10:16

China weighs in on North Korea crisis saying it will intervene if US strikes first

China has warned the USA that it will only stay neutral in any conflict involving North Korea if Kim Jong-un’s regime is first to attack.

An editorial in the state-run Global Times revealed that if the US strikes first, China will side with North Korea and aim to ‘prevent’ any attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, we gotta make it look like Korea fired the first shot. Nuke Hawaii!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 10:07

China Says Countdown For War With India Has Begun

The relationship between India and China seemed to worsen Wednesday when the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that 53 people and an Indian bulldozer was in China's territory and advised India to pull them back. This followed a warning Tuesday when an editorial in the state-run China Daily said that the "countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun."

"India should withdraw its troops and equipment. Regardless of how many Indian troops have trespassed into and stayed in Chinese territory, they have gravely infringed on China's sovereignty," the ministry said, the Global Times reported.

The China Daily editorial said the clock was ticking and that it seemed like a clash would be “an inevitable conclusion” between the two prominent Asian countries if India did pull back its troops from the disputed Doklam region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China has set the war wagon in motion against India, and it cannot back down from this statement; it now appears that this conflict is a question of "when" rather than "if", at this point.

Aug 11 09:11

Clashes Around Marawi as Philippines Continues Siege

A new round of fighting has erupted around the southern Philippines city of Marawi, as ongoing attempts to recapture the city from the ISIS rebels had led to what is basically an open-ended siege.

Fighting over Marawi began back in May, and has been ongoing since then, though not as heavily as it was early on. This latest fighting, according to officials, left at least nine Islamists killed, including one identified as Isnilon Hapilon, wanted by the FBI.

The Philippine military is claiming that the Islamists inside the city have been trying to dig a tunnel out under a major mosque as a way to get out of the battle zone. The military is acting in a fairly broad region around the city,so tunneling that far would be a real trick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing, when it comes to geopolitical issues, and wars (including alleged "drug wars" are never accidental.

Did you note that ISIS didn't rear its ugly head in the Philippines until Duterte vowed to execute them all?!?

The brutal war on drugs in the Philippines (warning: very graphic images)

And then, suddenly, "like magic", ISIS appeared in the Philippines this last May, in an attempt to take Duterte out because of his stand on illegal drugs.
Did You Know ISIS is Now in The Philippines? Here’s What You Aren’t Being Told

And even though I think his approach is counterproductive in the extreme here, I have to ask myself, cui bono?!? Who benefits from Duterte's losing power?!?

Further on, in the article by antimedia.com:

Regardless, this is where this story gets interesting. Duterte has claimed multiple times, including in his recent interview with RT, that the CIA would want to kill him for upsetting the current world power structure and cozying up to adversaries Russia and China. And yet, according to Duterte, even with full knowledge of this ISIS-linked insurgency, the U.S. decided to block an arms sale to the Pacific nation that would most likely be used to combat these militants. Why would they do that? Because of alleged human rights abuses, as was the official explanation? The U.S. just signed over $110 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, a rights-abusing, ISIS-sponsoring radical Islamic nation — and barely batted an eyelid in doing so. On one hand, it seems the U.S. could very well be playing a game of chess with Duterte, perhaps even going so far as facilitating the movement of militants that could put added pressure on his defiant government in order to ensure that America won’t lose its military bases in the country; using the potential ISIS threat as justification for their presence. At the same time, this refusal to sell Duterte arms will only push Duterte closer to Russia and China; he told Russia directly that he needs modern weaponry to combat these militants. Russia will likely have no problem filling the void. In fact, according to RT, Russia and the Philippines just signed a defense cooperation agreement following these recent developments. This is bad news for the U.S. military establishment, which will stop at nothing in order to put a wedge between Russia and the rest of the world. In tandem with the corporate media, the demonization of Duterte is already well under way. This should give you an idea of where this narrative is headed, as we have seen it all too often before with other former U.S. allies who came too close to America’s Cold War rival.

Aug 11 08:49

China will prevent US first strike against North Korean regime – govt daily

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said.

Aug 11 08:35

Bhutan rejects Beijing's claim that Doklam belongs to China

The Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan's territory.+
A top Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli had claimed that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory.

Wang, who is the deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China's foreign ministry, reportedly conveyed this information to a visiting Indian media delegation on Wednesday.
She, however, did not provide any evidence to back her claim, which has been strongly denied by Bhutan.

Official sources in the Bhutanese Government told ANI over phone, "Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear. Please refer to our statement which has been published on the web site of Bhutan's foreign ministry on June 29, 2017."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This standoff over a disputed border between India and China could get out-of-control ugly, very quickly.

And it is complicated by the fact that last year, the US strengthened its defense ties with India:

India, US agree to enhance military ties with an eye to China

IF a major shooting war between these two nuclear armed countries happens, the US government, potentially, will be expected to provide India military support against China in this dispute; the situation is dicey in the extreme right now.

Aug 11 08:29

Moscow Urges Pyongyang Against Using Force Ahead of China Summit

Russia has urged North Korea to steer clear of using force and instead opt for “maximum restraint” as Pyongyang’s feud with neighbor South Korea simmers.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the plea, addressed to “all sides involved” in the conflict’s resolution, during a meeting with his North Korean counterpart in the Philippines Monday. Lavrov’s comments, paraphrased by Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, come as he confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss North Korea further with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a meeting next month.

China and Russia are North Korea’s only neighbors besides South Korea. Russia has so far not taken a hard stance on the dispute. Moscow’s strategy has largely reflected that of Beijing, unquestionably North Korea’s most important trading partner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Serge Lavrov: as you are aware, the BRICS summit runs from 31 August to 4 September of this year.

BRICS meeting schedule, 2017

Sir, you may well not have until 31 August to get these tensions ratcheted down, depending upon what Kim Jong Un and the American Deep State decide to do here.

This is 11 August, and the next two weeks will be critical to resolving this situation, before it breaks in to a shooting war between the US, North Korea, and potentially, China.

And I can guarantee you, Foreign Minister Lavrov, no thinking American I know wants this war.

Aug 11 08:09

Mark Cuban Slams U.S. Plan To Give Chinese Billionaire Monopoly On Cancer Drug

Mark Cuban on Wednesday condemned a federal agency’s plan to give a pharmaceutical company controlled by a Chinese billionaire exclusive rights to a new liver cancer treatment developed with U.S. government researchers.

The Dallas Mavericks owner, himself a billionaire, told HuffPost the decision “ignored” the need to use taxpayer-funded research in a way that advantages Americans.

“USA inc has got to start operating in the best interests of all of us shareholders,” the “Shark Tank” host wrote in an email, after retweeting a link to a HuffPost report on the licensing plans. “Our taxes should be an investment that expects a financial and social return.”

The National Institutes of Health proposed awarding Salubris Biotherapeutics Inc. exclusive worldwide rights to a portfolio of patents on an antibody drug used to treat liver cancer, according to a notice published Monday in the Federal Register, first reported by HuffPost.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, why would the NIH give the rights to this drug to this particular company, when it was developed by U.S. government researchers?!?

This status of the award needs to be halted, and a complete investigation of how it is that a Chinese owned company was awarded the rights to this drug, needs a full and complete investigation.

Aug 11 06:55

China will prevent US first strike against North Korean regime – govt daily

China just said NO!

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said.

Beijing should make it clear that “if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times wrote.

But if the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” the paper stressed.

Aug 10 12:45

BREAKING: USS John McCain violates Chinese sovereignty in South China Sea

The Duran hours ago reported that the United States has sent the USS John McCain (yes, you read that correctly) is being sent towards Korean waters in a further ramping up of militarisation of the conflict on the Korean peninsula. On its way, the USS McCain sailed through the South China Sea where it violated Chinese maritime sovereignty. China has responded furiously with Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang issuing a statement saying, “The US destroyer’s actions have violated Chinese and international laws, as well as severely harmed China’s sovereignty and security. China is very displeased with this and will bring up the issue with the US side”. China went on to blast the US for not asking nor receiving any authorisation from China to transverse the waters. China repeatedly critises the US for violating Chinese areas of the Sea under the US pretext of so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ which China deems invalid.

Aug 10 12:37

Angry China warns US on North Korea: back off and talk or risk disaster

...what is clear is that the Chinese are becoming increasingly exasperated and angry about this escalation of the rhetoric coming from Washington. That this is so is confirmed by commentaries which have in China’s official media, notably the People’s Daily and Global Times. Turning first to Global Times, an editorial there makes the obvious point that the US can never win a shouting match with North Korea for the simple reason that whilst every threat North Korea makes is immediately transmitted to the people of the US, the North Korean government’s total control of information means that the North Korean people will only hear of US threats against their country if the North Korean governments wants them to... The People’s Daily then made crystal clear China’s total opposition to US military action against North Korea... In truth it is little short of incredible that the military option against North Korea – a country which is now a nuclear power – is even being discussed.

Aug 10 10:28

Beijing says US destroyer violated China's sovereignty & security

The US navy destroyer, which sailed closed to the island claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, has violated international law and endangered China’s national security, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
“The US destroyer's actions have violated Chinese and international laws, as well as severely harmed China's sovereignty and security,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a statement.

“China is very displeased with this and will bring up the issue with the US side,” the statement reads.

The Foreign Ministry pointed out that that the so-called US “freedom of navigation” mission was carried out without authorization from Beijing, with has “indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands (Spratley) and its surrounding waters.”

“The Chinese army immediately sent warships (to the area) in accordance with the law to implement the identification of the US ship and warn it off,” the spokesperson said.

Aug 10 08:43

‘Best of bad options’: US has plan to strike N. Korea nuclear sites with B-1 bombers, reports say

The US reportedly has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Donald Trump order it. It is apparently viewed as “the best of all bad options” amid mounting tensions between the states.

An attack by Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam makes up a major part of the plan, senior acting and retired military officials told NBC news.

“Of all the military options … [President Donald Trump] could consider, this would be one of the two or three that would at least have the possibility of not escalating the situation,” retired Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and an NBC News analyst, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of heaven can Admiral James Stavridis make this claim with a straight face?!?

Apparently, he and I have a very different definition of "escalation."

And what does he expect China to do, if President Trump orders this attack?!? Sit by with hands folded, and sing "Kumbyah"?!?

I don't think so.

And as someone who lives on a first strike target on Oahu, call me just a little nervous to see this escalation of tension with North Korea and China.

Aug 10 08:01

Trump Provokes China Again, Sends Another Destroyer To South China Sea

A US Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea on Thursday, a "provocation" that threatens another angry response from the Chinese government and further complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts to align the Communist Party in his pursuit to find a diplomatic resolution to the North Korean crisis.

As Reuters reports, the USS John McCain (yes, he the Senator has a ship named after him) passed by the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in what US military officials justified as yet anohter “freedom of navigation” operation, the third since Trump took office. Over the past six months, the US has grown increasingly bold, or provocative as Beijing calls it, by sending aircraft and ships to contested waters in the South China Sea to the anger and frustration of Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government continues to annoy Beijing with these moves, at a time (if they wanted a peaceful resolution at all) when they desperately need China on board to stop North Korea's weapons program, leads me to the conclusion that the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika is preparing, ultimately, for a war against China, to destroy the value of the yuan before the American economy comes crashing down.

Unfortunately, what those in the bowels of power in DC seem to conveniently forget, is that the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against China in the short term.

Aug 10 07:53

In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers (aside for the US and North Korea of course), the Indian Army has ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese solders, India's News 18 reports. This takes place just days after, as we reported earlier this week, China turned the war threat amplifier up to '11' by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a "small-scale military operation" to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very nasty, very quickly.

And it is complicated by the US and India having enriched and upgraded their mutual defense relationship last year.

India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreement

This means that if China and India's dispute hits the shooting war phase, the US government will be treaty-bound to assist India, even while it desperately needs Chinese help to resolve the crisis with North Korea.

Aug 09 12:34

Diplomacy fails to defuse India, China border crisis: sources

India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.

China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan.

India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.

China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan.

(For a graphic on China-India border dispute click tmsnrt.rs/2wnxWuV)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war between these two nuclear-armed countries could be an absolute and complete disaster for both their people, and surrounding countries.

Let us hope sane heads will prevail in New Dehli and Beijing, and that this issue gets resolved quickly and quietly, without bloodshed.

Aug 09 09:22

Never Forget: The Nukes N. Korea is Threatening to Use on America CAME FROM AMERICA

In fact, the only thing that makes North Korea a threat is their nuclear capability — made possible by the Clinton and Bush administrations.

These two administrations played key roles in helping the late Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards.
Former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants.

According to the 2003 report from SWI, the Swiss-based ABB told swissinfo that Rumsfeld was involved with the company in early 2000, when it netted a $200 million (SFr270million) contract with Pyongyang.

The ABB contract was to deliver equipment and services for two nuclear power stations at Kumho, on North Korea’s east coast.

However, Rumsfeld was simply taking the baton from the Clinton administration, who, in 1994, agreed to begin replacing North Korea’s domestically built nuclear reactors with light water reactors.

Aug 09 06:05

Sniper duet from China sets new record at Army Games in Kazakhstan. China wins Airborne Platoon contest at Army Games-2017

"The shooters from China have covered the 1km route with obstacles in 4 minutes and 50 seconds, thus improving by 1 minute the Russian snipers’ result last year," the press office said...
"After the international stage of the Airborne Platoon context China placed first with 62 points. Russian paratroopers were second with 50 points, and Kazakhstan’s rivals, third with 42 points," the press-center said... The special ceremony ending the Airborne Platoon contest will be held at the garrison of a Chinese airborne unity in Guangshui on August 10. The Airborne Platoon contest of the International Army Games 2017 was held in China for the first time. It lasted ten days. http://tass.com/defense/959711

Aug 08 14:35

Death toll in southwest China earthquake rises to nine, 135 injured

The death toll in Tuesday’s earthquake that struck the Sichuan province in southwestern China has risen to nine, while 135 people were injured, the Sina news portal reported. According to Sina, the death toll includes six tourists and two locals. One body is yet to be identified. A total of 135 people were injured, 32 of them seriously. The Jiuzhaigou County in the Sichuan Province was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday evening, followed by more than 280 aftershocks. According to China’s seismology center, the most powerful of the aftershocks ranged in magnitude between 7.0 and 7.9.
Chinese rescuers are pessimistic in their death toll estimates, saying that the disaster had a potential to kill hundreds of people.

Aug 08 12:30

China's Hydro Dominance in Africa and Beyond

The Pen Is mightier than the Sword!

The $4.5 billion scheme, being financed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, will be constructed by the state-owned China Gezhouba Group.

When complete around 2023, it will generate 2.2 GW of power from the Kwanza River in North Kwanza province, expected to meet more than half of the country's power needs. Nearly 10,000 local jobs will be created during the peak construction period.

Chinese state-owned conglomerates behind colossal dams like The Three Gorges and some of the world's highest-situated dams on the Tibetan Plateau have flexed their engineering muscles in Africa.

Aug 08 10:51

China Preparing ‘Small’ Military Operation to Expel Indian Troops

Chinese state media is quoting officials familiar with the situation as saying the nation is preparing for a “small-scale military operation” aimed at expelling Indian troops from the Doklam region, after a protracted stand-off in the area.

China was trying to build a road in the Doklam region when Indian ground troops crossed the border to stop them. Indian forces have remained there, albeit in small numbers, ever since. India does not claim the land belongs to them, but claims that Bhutan believes it belongs to them, and that an old treaty with Bhutan obliges them to back the claim.

The territory is sparsely inhabited, and of little value to either. Still, Chinese officials warn that the row with India could have a long-term impact on their relationship, whether or not the dispute results in any sort of military exchange.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China may want a "small" military action to send Indian troops packing, but may well not be able to foresee just how India is going to respond, militarily.

Added to this uncertainty, is the reality that the US and India have enhanced their mutual defense cooperation under President Obama last year:

Obama signs into law bill declaring India a ‘major defence partner’

The US, India, China, and Russia need to move, purposefully and quickly, in such a way as to defuse the current situation; otherwise, this could lead to a regional, if not global, war.

Aug 08 09:53

M 6.5 - 35km WSW of Yongle, China

Aug 08 09:49

China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier could join the navy ahead of schedule

Early service for the Type 001A points to China speeding up its effort to build a navy that can secure trade routes and challenge the US in the South China Sea

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