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Jul 20 11:48

Chinese Army Mobilizes Military Assets to Tibet Following Live Fire Drills

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) mobilized thousands of ground vehicles and other military equipment as the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops near the disputed area of Sikkim continues, according to a report from the PLA Daily.
PLA Daily is widely considered the main outlet the Chinese army uses for external communications, LiveMint notes.

The report did not specify the exact date the military assets were relocated to Tibet but said it occurred at the end of June. The unspecified military "hardware" was transported via rail and conventional roads.

It’s not entirely clear where in Tibet the chess pieces have been placed. The report also failed to indicate whether the military equipment would be used in tandem with a Chinese battalion that recently completed drills in Tibet, China’s second-largest province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very dicey very quickly.

And the fact that the US and Indian governments enhanced their military ties last year India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreementcould translate as a possible US military intervention, on the side of India, against China in this skirmish over Sikkim.

Jul 20 08:15

China moved huge military hardware into Tibet after Sikkim standoff: Report

The Chinese Army moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the standoff with Indian troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector+ , the mouthpiece of the PLA+ said today.

The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command - which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India, reported the PLA Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese military.

Jul 19 15:27

Japan’s Legacy Of War Crimes In China

During World War II, Japan’s imperialist military invaded Northeast China and afterward spread throughout Southeast Asia, then on to an ill-fated attack on Pearl Harbor. Japanese crimes were many during the war and included the coerced services of ianfu (comfort women) for Japanese troops, slave labor, and experimentation on living humans.

Jul 19 12:34

Chinese warships en route to Baltic Sea

The Chinese armada is heading to Europe, as Beijing and Moscow look to boost their strategic ties. The next iteration of their "Joint Sea" naval drills will take place in the Baltic Sea next week.

Jul 19 12:34

China ‘Ready’ for Long-Term War With India

Chinese forces are holding an increasingly large series of live-fire training drills in Tibet, reflecting soaring tensions with neighboring India, while Chinese state media outlets suggest the nation is gearing up for a possible “long-term confrontation” with India over the border region.

Jul 19 08:51

Oh, bother! ‘This content is illegal’ – China bans beloved Winnie the Pooh (8 Pics)

Internet censorship is not new for the Chinese Government but the latest crackdown from Beijing is targeted at a certain chubby cartoon bear.
While he may be known around the world as the beloved children’s book character, Winnie the Pooh is off limits in China, according to The Guardian.

Jul 19 08:31

Russia's Largest Bank Makes First Transaction on Shanghai Gold Exchange as Moscow, Beijing Prepare for Trade in Gold

Russian officials have repeatedly signaled their desire to conduct transactions with China using gold.

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

One measure under consideration is the joint organization of trade in gold. In recent years, China and Russia have been the world's most active buyers of the precious metal.

On a visit to China last year, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said that the two countries want to facilitate more transactions in gold between the two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!" -- Das FED

Jul 18 20:24

A Shocking Message of Truth to America... (2017-2018)

Some good insights into Global trade from Jack Ma founder of AliBaba.

Jul 18 10:02

China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet to Practice Invading India

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army simulated battle conditions with live rounds in Tibet over the weekend, as Indian and Chinese forces remain at a standoff over the disputed area of Sikkim.
Some 4,000 to 7,000 troops armed with shoulder-launched assault weapons and light arms were filmed striking an “enemy position,” the South China Morning Post reported on Monday. Soldiers practiced mobilizing around a battlefield, coordinating digital attacks and engaging hypothetical enemies on a 5,000 meter plateau, the Post added.

The drills "covering a dozen elements was testimony to the PLA’s combined strike capability," a narrator said on CCTV in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, a word please; you have the power to ratchet tensions down a bit, through negotiations here, rather than this show of force.

I would like to politely remind you that India is also a nuclear armed country; this exercise may well have more Indian nuclear weapons aimed in your direction, not something I would imagine either you, or your military, would like to see happen.

As you are well aware, China and India share over 2,000 miles of border; negotiation, rather than confrontation here, with both India and Bhutan, would be a far better way to go right now in resolving this conflict.

Jul 18 08:39

China’s advanced destroyer to take part in joint drills with Russia in Baltic Sea

Russia and China will conduct the first stage of their Joint Sea 2017 naval drills off the Baltic coast this week, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed. Beijing has sent one of its most advanced missile destroyers for the exercises.

The Baltic phase of the exercise, starting Friday, will involve about a dozen warships in addition to military aircraft and helicopters from both sides, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

Jul 17 15:36

ALERT: CHINA SHIPPING WEAPON TO FOREIGN BASE NEAR US AREA OF OPERATIONS

China has just begun sending a very dangerous weapon — its troops — to a base in the East African nation of Djibouti just miles from where a U.S. special operations base is located.

Jul 17 14:23

China Insists Its 1st Overseas Military Base Has Nothing To Do With Military Expansion

The establishment of China’s first military base beyond its shores is making headlines, but Beijing seems bemused by the attention, insisting the outpost in Djibouti – just miles from a key U.S. Special Forces base – is for logistics and supply, not a step towards extending Chinese “hegemony” abroad.

Jul 17 08:25

BREAKING: Corrupt Chinese Billionaire Spy Wants to Buy Over One Billion Pounds of American Copper

Chinese intelligence-connected billionaire James Riady wants to purchase an enormous copper mine to corner the market for China despite being banned from the United States in 2001.

The Chinese are colonizing Africa but rapidly running out of copper deposits to mine in stable areas. “No matter where the project is, Chinese investors are coming for it,” and as China’s appetite dramatically outpaces its domestic supply and as Chinese investors chase after other countries’ resources, that includes America.

Jul 16 10:14

China unveils gene technology to create SUPERHUMANS with hyper-muscular test-tube dogs

The dogs, which are test tube bred in a lab, have twice the muscle mass of their natural counterparts and are considerably stronger and faster. The canine genome has been especially difficult to engineer and replicate – but its close similarity to the human genome means it has long been the prize of geneticists

Jul 16 08:15

Chinese villagers fight for return of ‘stolen’ 1,000yo mummified monk

Chinese villagers are fighting a court battle in the Netherlands to retrieve a 1,000-year-old statue containing the remains of a Buddhist monk.

The unusual artefact, which villagers say was stolen from their homeland, allegedly went missing from a temple in Yangchun in China’s Fujian province in 1995. It was not seen again until it was spotted in a museum in Hungary as part of a visiting exhibition two decades later.

Jul 16 07:14

RUSSIA & CHINA DECLARE ALL OUT WAR ON US PETRODOLLAR — PREPARE FOR EX

The formation of a BRICS gold marketplace, which could bypass the U.S. Petrodollar in bilateral trade, continues to take shape as Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, announced this week that its Swiss subsidiary had begun trading in gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Russian officials have repeatedly signaled that they plan to conduct transactions with China using gold as a means of marginalizing the power of the dollar in bilateral trade between the geopolitically powerful nations. This latest movement is quite simply the manifestation of a larger geopolitical game afoot between great powers.

According to a report published by Reuters:

Sberbank was granted international membership of the Shanghai exchange in September last year and in July completed a pilot transaction with 200 kg of gold kilobars sold to local financial institutions, the bank said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you can manage to get into some physical gold and silver, while the price in the US is still being suppressed, now would be one heck of a good time to do this.

We may well be seeing the US starting to use two types of currencies; one, internal to the US, and one external, backed in gold and/or silver; but the days of the petrodollar appear to be numbered right now.

Jul 15 08:29

North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the US presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea – and quickly! Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

And most importantly, the new President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was elected in May 2017 on a pledge to engage in talks with North Korea and pursue diplomacy to finally officially end the Korean conflict. Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, according to a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed in late June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These officials absolutely have the right idea; but President Trump's Secretary of State Tillerson has expressed an absolute, iron-clad dismissal of talks with North Korea unless they stand down from their nuclear weapons program, which is only apt to happen when pigs learn they can fly.

This gives the US absolutely nothing with which to negotiate.

Libya's Qaddafi did not have a nuclear deterrent; he was assassinated, and the country thrown into utter chaos; the North Koreans have taken away from this that the survival of their country desperately depends on them having a credible nuclear deterrent, in order to prevent "regime change" here; and they are correct in their assessment.

I would like to hope that because of these officials' experience, this letter will hold some sway over President Trump; the possible consequences of a war on the Korean peninsula could be absolutely devastating. And I must admit; living on a first strike target, should China get into the fray, doesn't make me a bit happy.

Jul 15 06:47

Why is China buying the world’s seeds?

Jul 14 13:10

Why is China buying the world's seeds?

Two weeks ago, state-owned ChemChina finalized its $44 billion purchase of the Swiss pesticides and seeds giant, Syngenta. It was China's biggest foreign takeover of all time.

Jul 14 12:03

Reckless US Policy Toward North Korea

Decades of US hostility toward the DPRK created heightened tensions, threatening possible conflict on the Korean peninsula - an unthinkable prospect pitting two nuclear powers against each other if launched.

Pyongyang, China, Russia, and South Korea want issues resolved diplomatically. Washington needs enemies to justify its unjustifiable imperial agenda, North Korea a longstanding one - because of its sovereign independence, not for any threat it poses.

It never attacked another country throughout its entire post-WW II history. It threatens none now, except in retaliation if attacked, its right under international law.

China is displeased with Trump administration pressure to ally with its unacceptable strategy - economic and financial strangulation to bring the DPRK to its knees, a lunatic scheme Beijing rejects, an unworkable one if implemented.

The only way to resolve Korean peninsula issues is the diplomatic road Washington won’t take. That’s the key issue, no other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US refuses to offer any starting stance for a negotiation, like a suggestion about creating a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice in exchange for North Korea's stopping its nuclear program. In fact, Rex Tillerson has very publicly stated that there will be no negotiation until the DPRK.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

North Korea cannot be brought to the table, if the US gives it nothing with which to actually negotiate, and this is precisely the situation in which the US government has placed itself, and that ... is really unfortunate.

Jul 14 08:40

Once Aimed at Pakistan, Indian Nuclear Program Sets Missile Sights on China

Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris belong to a select group of experts keen on writing and researching all things nuclear. Norris is currently a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington while Kristensen directs the Nuclear Information Project at FAS. The pair have co-authored the Nuclear Notebook since 1987, “widely regarded as the most accurate source of information on nuclear weapons and weapons facilities available to the public,” according to publisher Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Next-generation ballistic missiles can be placed in central and southern India and reach nearly every region in China, the researchers said in their 2017 report on Indian nuclear forces published this month.

The duo estimate plutonium production in India allows for the creation of 150 to 200 warheads. So far, they believe between 120 and 130 nukes have been completed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering recent border skirmishes between India and China, this is a very worrisome turn of events; I would like to hope that the Indian government sees its nuclear weapons as a deterrent, but not first-strike weapons, but right now, that is impossible to discern, effectively.

Jul 13 08:22

Apple to Build China Data Center to Meet New Cybersecurity Law

BEIJING—To comply with tough new cybersecurity rules, Apple Inc. will begin storing all cloud data for its China customers with a government-owned company—a move that means relinquishing some control over its Chinese data.

Jul 13 08:00

The New World Order Takeover Is Very Real... And Will Begin With Germany And China

In numerous articles over the years I have outlined in acute detail the agenda for a future one-world economic and governmental system led primarily by banking elites and globalists; an agenda they sometimes refer to as the "New World Order." The term has gained such public exposure and notoriety recently that the globalists have fallen back to using different terminology. Some of them, like the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde, refer to it as the "global economic reset." Others call it the "new multilateralism." Still others refer to it as the "end of the unipolar order," referring to the slow death of the U.S. economy as the central pillar of the global economy.

Whatever label they decide to use, all of them signal a full spectrum destabilization of the "old world" financial and geopolitical system and the ascendance of a tightly controlled one world edifice dominated openly by globalist hubs like the IMF and the BIS.

Jul 12 21:56

Stop WWIII! They Shot Their Wad; We Now are in Negative Nothing Burger Time to Counterattack July 12, 2017

The latest hot dummy bombshell directed at the U.S. population about President Trump concerns— hold your breath—the fact that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met for 20 minutes soon after Trump won the Republican nomination with a Russian lawyer who, it was claimed, would offer damning information on Hillary Clinton's illicit Russian contacts.

Jul 12 13:56

Bubbles, Bubbles, Toil And Trouble

Jul 12 10:57

Russia Plans to Create a Joint Investment Forum with the Bank of China

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin on Tuesday during which the two leaders held wide-ranging talks on a host of issues including bilateral ties and international hotspots like Syria and North Korea.

“We invariably have economic matters at the top of our agenda, but they are not the only issues we address. We also coordinate our efforts on the international stage, in the area of security and in the fight against modern threats and challenges,” Putin said.

Putin also announced Russian plans to create a joint investment forum with the Bank of China at a joint press conference following talks with the Chinese President.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Development Bank (CDB) also agreed to establish a Russian-Chinese investment fund worth 68 billion yuan ($10 billion).

Jul 12 10:56

Video: Challenging the U.S: China Makes First Step in Shifting Naval Balance of Power in Pacific

The Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched the first Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) on June 28th, 2017. The vessel represents a major technological step forward for China’s navy. The Type 055 meets and likely exceeds the capabilities of the U.S. Arleigh Burke Class DDG, the Japanese Atago Class DDG, and just about any other DDG in service in the world today.

Jul 12 09:26

Trump Is on Course to Get a Hot War Going with North Korea; An underinformed president faces an overhyped threat. What could go wrong?

“It won’t happen,” President-elect Trump tweeted January 2 about North Korea’s plans to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States.

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“It won’t happen,” President-elect Trump tweeted January 2 about North Korea’s plans to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States.

Six months later, “it” just came a lot closer to happening.

On July 4, North Korea successfully test launched a ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting Alaska and Hawaii. The country's leader, Kim Jong-un, said the missile test was intended to “slap the American bastards in their face.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What should happen here, is encouraging China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea back to the negotiating table, to hammer out a real peace deal for North Korea with which to replace the armistice, and disable sanctions, in exchange for North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jul 12 09:23

China teleports photon to SPACE in breakthrough that paves the way for ultra secure 'quantum internet'

Physicists in China have revealed the details on their ground-breaking experiment to achieve ‘ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation,’ which could pave the way for a global quantum internet.

In a major breakthrough, the team established the first ground-to-satellite quantum network, which allowed them to transmit a photon from an entangled pair up to 870 miles (1,400 kilometers).

Entangled photons theoretically maintain their link across any distance, and have potential to revolutionize secure communications – but, scientists have previously only managed to maintain the bond for about 62 miles (100 km).

Jul 12 09:06

US May Go it Alone Against DPRK as Beijing Tires of Shouldering Responsibility

China announced Tuesday that it has grown weary of the US placing undue pressure on Beijing to rein in North Korea, saying that all nations involved should do their part to counter Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile activity, and calling for an end to the "China responsibility theory."

Jul 12 07:29

China envoy says North Korea trade growth picture 'distorted'

China's ambassador to the United States has said reports of trade growth between his country and North Korea, in spite of international efforts to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs, give "a distorted picture."

Last week President Donald Trump denounced China's trade with North Korea, saying it had grown almost 40 percent in the first quarter, and cast doubt on whether Beijing was helping to counter the threat from North Korea.

Jul 12 07:02

China has been ‘stabbed in the back’ by Donald Trump over the North Korean missile crisis

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said it was not his country that was threatening North Korea and the answer to the problems did not lie with Beijing.

Mr Geng said: “Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called 'China responsibility theory’.

“I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility.”

The spokesman reiterated that China had been making a concerted effort to play a constructive role in the conflict.

He added: “Asking others to do work, but doing nothing themselves is not OK. Being stabbed in the back is really not OK.”

Jul 11 11:48

Diplomats: US drafts new sanctions resolution against NKorea

The United States has circulated a draft resolution that would impose new sanctions on North Korea following its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, two U.N. diplomats said Monday.

The proposed resolution has been circulated to North Korea's closest ally and main trading partner, China, as well as the three other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — Russia, Britain and France, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private.

The spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said he had "no comment" on the report.

North Korea's successful test launch of an ICBM last week was a milestone in its long-term effort to build a missile with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States. President Donald Trump searched for consensus with Asian allies Saturday on how to counter what he called the "menace" of North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And when Security Council members Russia and China veto this, what then?!?!?

Jul 11 08:41

'Strategic Message' for Beijing: US Leads Massive Navy Drills With India, Japan

The US Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived in India for war games with the Japanese and Indian navies known as Malabar 2017, the US Navy announced Monday.

Jul 11 07:33

China says it is not responsible for North Korea nuclear crisis

China has rejected Donald Trump’s repeated calls for it to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme, saying the “China responsibility theory” must stop.

Trump’s frustration with China has grown since Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts say could reach Alaska or other parts of the US west coast. Prior to the missile launch, the US had already imposed sanctions against two Chinese citizens and a shipping company with ties to Pyongyang, and moved to blacklist a small Chinese bank headquartered in a town on the border with North Korea.

But China said on Tuesday that it was not the key to calming tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Jul 10 11:57

China Creates Pacific Shipping Giant With Cosco's Orient Takeover

The Baltic Dry Index has retraced most of its 55% surge from March, yet the mild recovery in shipping fees since early last year appears to have revived appetite for a renewed wave of consolidation in the shipping space. For a price of $6.3 billion (HK$78.67 a share) - equivalent to an eye-popping premium of 112% of the stock’s one-year trading average - Cosco Shipping's purchase of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas makes the Chinese state-owned firm the world’s third-largest bulk shipping company, and the largest servicing the lucrative Asia to North America route, beating out Copenhagen-based A.P. Moller-Maersk and France’s CMA CGM.

Jul 10 08:47

TRUMP AND CHINA AGREE TO MILITARY EXERCISES OVER NORTH KOREAN THREAT AS PRESIDENT TONES DOWN TOUGH TALK AGAINST CHINA’S XI JINPING

U.S. President Donald Trump struck a conciliatory tone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Saturday despite criticizing China last week for not helping to crack down on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The Trump administration and China now intend to move forward with military and security cooperation between the two counties. But President Xi also stressed the importance of talks with North Korea—an idea not embraced by the Trump administration.

"We had very direct discussions about North Korea,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Air Force One Saturday. Trump and Xi had "substantive discussions" about how to deal with North Korea, he added, and “very direct discussions about military and security cooperation.”

State news agency Xinhua said that Xi will order China's navy to join U.S.-led military exercises in the Pacific Rim in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Joint military exercises with China in 2018?!?

I don't know about you, but somehow, between President Trump's meetings with Russia's Putin and China's Xi Jinping at the G20, the world just seems a tiny bit more peaceful!!!

Jul 10 08:35

China, Russia Alliance Deepens Against American Overstretch

This move by Trump is not uncommon. He has seemingly flip-flopped since his election campaign on working alongside or against the world’s two other superpowers, Russia and China. When it comes to Russia, Trump’s less-than-slick management of his special White House advisory team has meant that the US President has not got far with Putin.

Jul 10 08:02

BEIJING: CHINA SET TO HELP REBUILD SYRIA

With many in Damascus increasingly confident that Syria will win the war against the terrorists who have invaded their country, focus is starting to gradually shift to re-building Syria’s damaged infrastructure. China is set to be the key player in this respect and preparations to increase China’s business ties to Syria are already in the works.

On Sunday the China-Arab Exchange Association in cooperation with the Syrian Embassy in Beijing held the Syria Day Expo where Representative from over 1,000 Chinese business specialising in redevelopment, infrastructure and investment met with Syrian officials.

The event itself is something of a prelude to a forthcoming larger event, the Syrian Reconstruction Expo.

Imad Mustafa, the Syrian Ambassador to China confirmed that China will be given priority in the rebuilding of post-conflict Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government, unlike that the US government, has the ability to look at the long view of things, to see what mutually beneficial relationships may come from economic collaboration.

This coming relationship with Syria is simply a manifestation of that capability of perspective.

Jul 10 06:55

BEIJING: CHINA SET TO HELP REBUILD SYRIA

With many in Damascus increasingly confident that Syria will win the war against the terrorists who have invaded their country, focus is starting to gradually shift to re-building Syria’s damaged infrastructure. China is set to be the key player in this respect and preparations to increase China’s business ties to Syria are already in the works. On Sunday the China-Arab Exchange Association in cooperation with the Syrian Embassy in Beijing held the Syria Day Expo where Representative from over 1,000 Chinese business specialising in redevelopment, infrastructure and investment met with Syrian officials.

Jul 08 13:34

The poison of commercialisation and social injustice

Graham Peebles recounts the harm done to societies by commercialisation, and says an alternative built on sharing, common purpose and recognition that collaboration, not competition, is the way forward, is beginning to take root.>>

Jul 07 10:37

War Games: China Fumes at US, India, Japan Joint Naval Exercises

The 16th annual Malabar Naval Exercises between the United States, India and Japan will begin on Monday, July 9, and go until Tuesday the 17th. This year’s drills will come amid reports of increased Chinese activity in the Indian Ocean.

Jul 07 10:37

China and South Korea Urge Diplomacy as US Leaders Hint at Military Action

Officials with both the South Korean and the Chinese foreign ministries have called for restraint and diplomacy from the US and North Korea following a missile launch that the latter claimed was proof that they had acquired intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities.

Jul 07 07:20

‘Resolutely opposed’: China fumes after US supersonic bombers fly over disputed S. China Sea

Beijing spoke out after two US long-range supersonic bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea, saying it opposes the use of freedom of overflight as an excuse to harm its security. The leaders of the US and China are set to meet Friday.

“China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday.

The statement came after the US Air Force confirmed earlier on Friday that two B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam had flown over the disputed waterway.

Prior to the flyover, the Lancers conducted exercises with Japan in the East China Sea, representing the first time the two forces had conducted joint night-time drills.

Jul 06 08:42

Even a US ‘Surgical Strike’ Against North Korea Could Lead to Full-Scale War

Even administration officials readily admit that a full-scale war with North Korea is “a war we don’t want.” After almost 70 years of armistice, North Korea has retaliatory capabilities that would devastate South Korea, killing millions, and the large US military contingent in South Korea would be sitting ducks.

At the same time, the Trump Administration is eager to play up their readiness for war, and belief that they have myriad military options, which is raising concerns about the possibility of a limited engagement, or some sort of surgical strike.

Experts, however, seem virtually unanimous in their opinion that a limited military exchange wouldn’t be limited for long, with North Korean retaliation likely in the case of any attack, with the situation progressively escalating into the full-scale war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only good option, even though it might be limited in scope, is that of negotiation, in order to ratchet tensions down; unfortunately, President Trump does not really understand how to do this here, so what we are seeing is bluster and threat, which can, potentially have some very real, and negative, consequences.

All it will take to get a regional war going, is a stupid miscalculation, or mis-reading of information on either side, and we are off and running, potentially toward a nuclear war.

Jul 06 08:32

Angela Merkel agrees free trade deal with CHINA as German Chancellor pushes for SPEED

TIES between China and Germany are about to enter a new phase, Angela Merkel has vowed, as both nations prepare to work towards a free trade agreement in a fresh snub to Donald Trump.

Jul 06 08:11

CHINA'S SURVEILLANCE PLANS INCLUDE 600 MILLION CCTV CAMERAS NATIONWIDE, AND PERVASIVE FACIAL RECOGNITION

Two of the recurrent themes here on Techdirt recently are China's ever-widening surveillance of its citizens, and the rise of increasingly powerful facial recognition systems. Those two areas are brought together in a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal that explores China's plans to roll out facial recognition systems on a massive scale. That's made a lot easier by the pre-existing centralized image database of citizens, all of whom must have a government-issued photo ID by the age of 16, together with billions more photos found on social networks, to which the Chinese government presumably has ready access.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would seriously doubt that the US government is very far behind the Chinese in these endeavors.

Jul 06 07:13

CHINA INTERNET CRACKDOWN - New Targets In Sight

Some of China's most creative minds fear they're next as an internet crackdown widens.New regulations require auditors to check all audiovisual content posted online for inappropriate content. explains who Beijing is keeping tabs on.

Jul 05 15:35

US warns China on trade with NKorea if it wants US trade

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned China on Wednesday that it risks its massive trade with the United States if its business with North Korea violates U.N. sanctions.

In a hard-hitting speech at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following Pyongyang's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, she said that "the world has become a more dangerous place" and China has a key role in promoting peace and "preventing a catastrophe."
Haley said the United States doesn't seek conflict — "in fact we seek to avoid it." But she said the launch of an ICBM "is a clear and sharp military escalation" and the U.S. is prepared to use its "considerable military forces" to defend itself and its allies "if we must."

"But we prefer not to go in that direction," she said. "We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us, and of addressing those who supply the threats. We have great capabilities in the area of trade."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if the US doesn't get the response to the new Security Council Resolution they want...then what?!?

Are we looking at a unilateral decap strike, just coming from the US military, or will they be looking at including troops from South Korea and Japan in such an action as well?!?

I have to tell you; so far, this week has been an utter ARMPIT for peace and social justice!!

Jul 05 14:26

THIS "INVISIBLE" NEW CHINESE WEAPON COULD CHANGE WARFARE FOREVER

Technology often changes the face of war. Developments such as the airplane and the machine gun dramatically affected how World War I was fought, while aircraft carriers played a key role in World War II, and the helicopter came of age in Korea and Vietnam.

Jul 05 13:11

China Vows To Step Up Air, Sea Patrols After U.S. Warship Sails Near Disputed Island

China’s military vowed Monday to step up air and sea patrols after an American warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea in what Beijing called a “serious political and military provocation.”

Jul 05 12:47

Russia, China: N. Korea Must Freeze Nuclear Activities, US Halt THAAD Deployment

Moscow and Beijing have agreed that North Korea should freeze its nuclear and missile programs, while the US and South Korea should abstain from holding war games in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Jul 05 08:30

The Great Power Shift: a Russia-China Alliance

Top Russian and Chinese leaders are busy comparing notes, coordinating their approach to President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend. Both sides are heralding the degree to which ties between the two countries have improved in recent years, as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visits Moscow on his way to the G20. And, they are not just blowing smoke; there is ample substance behind the rhetoric.

Whether or not Official Washington fully appreciates the gradual – but profound – change in America’s triangular relationship with Russia and China over recent decades, what is clear is that the U.S. has made itself into the big loser.

Jul 05 07:35

US vows it will 'never accept a nuclear North Korea' after new missile test

They already have nukes Rex. Trump,dissing China by tweet isn't going over well either.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed Tuesday that the U.S. would "never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea" while U.S. and South Korean forces held joint ballistic missile drills after the Communist nation successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Jul 04 15:47

India And China Trade War Threats Amid Border Stand-Off

India and China have rushed troops to a remote, disputed border region, in what is widely being described as the worst border stand-off between the two countries since they fought a brief border war in 1962.

The current dispute focuses on the Doklam or Donglang Plateau, a ridge in the Himalayan hills where the borders of India, China, and Bhutan, a tiny kingdom long under New Delhi’s thumb, meet.

Jul 04 14:20

Trump Urges China To End North Korea ‘Nonsense’

US President Donald Trump has warned Chinese leaders that the United States is prepared to act on its own in pressuring nuclear-armed North Korea, as Washington loses patience with Beijing’s unwillingness to push Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, US officials say.

Jul 04 12:59

China Warns North Korea Tensions Could Get ‘Out of Control’

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi told the UN today about growing concerns that tensions between the US and North Korea could rapidly get “out of control,” with disastrous consequences for the entire region.

North Korea has tested a missile today, a move that led to an immediate condemnation from President Trump, raising more concern that his talk of dealing with them “rapidly,” and H.R. McMaster’s talk of all the US options involving attacking North Korea, a more imminent threat.

China has been trying to get the US to the negotiating table with North Korea for some time now,and both they and South Korea have delivered proposals where North Korea would end nuclear testing in return for the US ending wargames with South Korea and reduce its military presence along North Korea’s border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get... officially horrible.

President Trump has doubled down on not making any concessions to either China or North Korea, to get North Korea to the negotiating table, and this was a really unfortunate response to these proposals.

And YES, thank you very much, I am more than a little nervous about living on a first-strike target for either Russia or China!!

And the following story does not make me more serene and calm, either:

Trump Warns China He Is Willing to Pressure North Korea on His Own

Jul 04 12:00

Xi urges Trump to honor US pledges

China hopes the United States will appropriately address issues regarding Taiwan by honoring the one-China policy and the three key bilateral joint statements made to date, President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a telephone conversation on Monday.

The conversation came at a time when two-way ties have been strained by Washington's recently unveiled plan to sell arms to Taiwan and the incursion of a warship into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

Observers warned that if Washington fails to do damage control, ties between the countries may fray, as an arms deal breaches US pledges in past official statements and betrays the one-China policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These moves tend to signal, and very blatantly, that President Trump doesn't care to treat China as a true partner for peace and prosperity; and that... is very unfortunate.

Jul 04 10:15

Trump Warns China He Is Willing to Pressure North Korea on His Own

President Trump, frustrated by China’s unwillingness to lean on North Korea, has told the Chinese leader that the United States is prepared to act on its own in pressuring the nuclear-armed government in Pyongyang, according to senior administration officials.

Mr. Trump’s warning, delivered in a cordial but blunt phone call on Sunday night to President Xi Jinping, came after a flurry of actions by the United States — selling weapons to Taiwan, threatening trade sanctions and branding China for human trafficking — that rankled the Chinese and left little doubt that the honeymoon between the two leaders was over.

After returning from his weekend getaway in Bedminster, N.J., late Monday, Mr. Trump noted on Twitter that North Korea had launched another ballistic missile, which landed in the sea between North Korea and Japan. He suggested it was time for China to act.

Jul 04 09:40

PYONGYANG FIRES MEDIUM-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE FROM REGION BORDERING CHINA INTO SEA OF JAPAN

North Korea successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday morning, the country’s state television reported. The Hwasong-14 ICBM flew some 933 kilometers in 39 minutes reaching an altitude of 2,802 kilometers.

The ICBM is capable of reaching any target in the world, North Korean state TV said, as cited by Reuters. The test was reportedly carried out under the supervision of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

“The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighboring countries,” North Korean state media said, as cited by Reuters.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier that Pyongyang had conducted another ballistic missile test on Tuesday morning. The projectile, described by the South as an “unidentified ballistic missile,” was launched towards the Sea of Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim Jung Un may well not know a bloody thing about ballistic missiles; but he is no slouch on timing, as this event was timed to happen right before the G 20 meeting in Hamburg.

The intelligent response would be for China, South Korea, Japan, and the US show a united front, and negotiate a legitimate peace treaty with North Korea to replace the armistice, guaranteeing trade, and lifting any and all sanctions, in return for Kim Jung Un's stopping his nuclear missile program.

But of course, that...would be logical.
And I have rather given up on the Unhinged Surveilled States of America doing anything that even begins to smack of logic for We the People in the 21st century.

So look for some genuine American Deep State stupidity to prevail unilaterally, manifested perhaps as some kind of horrific bombing, or a decap strike on Pyongyang.

Jul 04 07:31

Russia, China: N. Korean must freeze nuclear activities, US halt THAAD deployment

Moscow and Beijing have agreed that North Korea should freeze its nuclear and missile programs, while the US and South Korea should abstain from holding war games in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“We’ve agreed to promote our joint initiative, based on Russian step-by-step Korean settlement plan and Chinese ideas to simultaneously freeze North Korean nuclear and missile activities, and US and South Korean joint military drills,” Putin said at a press conference after meeting with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Moscow.

Jul 03 13:18

Tensions with North Korea could get 'out of control', China tells UN

China’s ambassador to the United Nations has warned of “disastrous” consequences if world powers fail to find a way to ease tensions with North Korea which he said could “get out of control”.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi made the remarks a day after US president Donald Trump spoke by phone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the threat posed by North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests.

Jul 03 10:56

US Sanctions Chinese Bank, Plans To Sell $1.4bn Worth Of Arms To Taiwan

The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China’s ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the “spirit” of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit,” said Ambassador Cui Tiankai, speaking to reporters at an embassy reception in Washington.

Jul 03 10:50

US Vows to Continue S China Sea Patrols After Beijing's Warning

A representative of the US Department of State told Sputnik on Sunday that the US actions in the South China Sea are corresponding with the international law and Washington will continue to sail and operate "wherever international law allows."

Jul 03 10:42

ISIS “Coincidentally” Appears Along China’s One Belt, One Road

Two Chinese teachers based in Pakistan’s southwest province of Baluchistan were reportedly abducted and murdered by militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS).

CNN, in an article titled, “‘Grave concern’ over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan,” would attempt to portray the act of terrorism as a random strike aimed at China’s expanding economic activity abroad.

In reality, the terror attack was very precise in terms of location and purpose, and fits into a larger pattern of violence and political instability that has plagued Pakistan’s Baluchistan province and China’s ambitions there for years.

Jul 03 10:39

Will China provide sanctuary to North Korean submarines?

As Washington, Seoul and Tokyo fret about North Korea’s repeated firing of ballistic missiles into the skies of Northeast Asia, another part of Pyongyang’s arsenal has gone largely unnoticed because it’s under the ocean: Submarines.

Of course, submarines aren’t supposed to be noticed, which is what can make them such an effective stealth weapon.

Jul 03 10:27

Chinese Fighter Jets, Ships Warn Off USS Stethem Sailing Near South China Sea Island

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, the USS Stethem missile destroyer trespassed Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha/Paracel Islands in South China Sea on June 2.

In its turn, Beijing “dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the US vessel.”

The Chinese ministry described the US aircraft carrier’s “entry into the territorial sea of China” as a “provocation.”

“Under the pretext of “navigation freedom”, the US side once again sent a military vessel into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China’s approval. Its behavior has violated the Chinese law and relevant international law, infringed upon China’s sovereignty, disrupted peace, security and order of the relevant waters and put in jeopardy the facilities and personnel on the Chinese islands, and thus constitutes a serious political and military provocation. The Chinese side is dissatisfied with and opposed to the relevant behavior of the US side.”

Jul 03 10:22

Trump Calls China, Japan Leaders To Discuss North Korea, Gets A Warning From Beijing Instead

Ahead of this week's G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump called the leaders of China and Japan to discuss the "threat posed by North Korea', along with trade issues, the White House said on Sunday. Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose LDP had just suffered a devastating loss in the Tokyo Assembly elections, and according to the White House read out, "both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula" adding that "President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America’s trading partners."

The terse statement did not provide further details of the call or say if Trump managed to persuade Xi to endorse his approach of exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, including a slew of further economic and trade sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, will not end well; but President Trump did it to himself, with regard to causing a marked deterioration of relations with China.

Jul 03 10:20

US warship engages China in ‘military provocation’

A U.S. warship has engaged in “serious political and military provocation” China said Monday, criticizing the U.S. Navy for sailing into a disputed area of the South China Sea.

The USS Stenham, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton island, claimed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan, Saturday. The U.S. Defense Department said the operation was tactical and meant to challenge the “competing claims of all three nations.” The U.S. has undertaken one other such "freedom-of-navigation operation" (FONOP) in the region under Donald Trump's presidency.

Jul 03 09:58

Heightening Sino-US Tensions

From July 3 – 6, Xi will visit Moscow and Berlin, ahead of attending the July 7 – 8 G20 summit in Hamburg.

He’s visiting Russia for the sixth time as China’s president. Since taking office, he and Putin held 20 previous talks – their relationship close and strengthening.

According to China Institute of International Studies Eurasian researcher Chen Yurong,

“(t)he close working relations between the two heads of states and their personal friendship has become a ‘locomotive’ in the development of bilateral relations between” their countries.

“They…exchange views on almost everything, which reflects the high levels of political trust between” them and their nations.

In Moscow, they’ll approve implementation of a bilateral Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.

China is Russia largest trading partner. Through May 2017, volume increased by 26% to $32.4 billion year-over-year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane on the part of the American government; but over the last 20 years, insanity has been the norm for this country, geopolitically.

China needs to be viewed as a strategic partner, not as an enemy; the potential for fair trade between the US and China is huge, but irritating China with things like invasive US Naval tactics in the South China Sea, or selling weapons to Taiwan, may well wind up as a prelude to a war the US military can not win.

Jul 03 09:38

Xi to Trump: 'Negative factors' straining US, China relations

China's leader Xi Jinping said that ties with the US have been strained by "some negative factors" in a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump Sunday.

The call came at the end of a tense week in US-China relations, which analysts said signaled the end of honeymoon period between the two superpowers that began with a summit at Trump's Mar A Lago resort in April.

"Xi Jinping stressed that since his meeting with President Trump, important results have been achieved in China-US relations," reported Chinese state media outlet CCTV.

Jul 03 08:35

China's new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight

China's launch of a new heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, carrying what the government said was its heaviest ever satellite, failed on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua said.

The same rocket type had been expected to take China's latest lunar probe to the Moon this year and to return with samples. It is not clear how the timetable for that mission could be affected by the failed launch.

Jul 03 06:36

Russia Shared Plan on Solving Korean Issue Stipulating US Abandoning Escalation

Russia elaborated a plan of the Korean issue settlement, which stipulates that the United States do not escalate the situation and move toward easing tensions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview.

"We have certain ideas put in a concrete plan, which we shared with the participants of this process. We propose that the United States abandon the vicious logic of the escalation… First of all, it is necessary to freeze the situation, to reach some status quo and then reduce tension step by step and increase the dynamics of political solutions," Ryabkov said.

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Sputnik that Russia coordinates its road map of the settlement of the North Korean issue with China. He highlighted that Moscow supports Beijing's "double freeze" proposal to simultaneously halt North Korean nuclear missile tests and US-South Korean military drills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov is suggesting is completely reasonable, which is why the US government will ignore it completely.

Reason - and US foreign policy - have not had an ongoing relationship for decades.

Jul 03 06:09

CHINA SENDS WARSHIPS, FIGHTER JETS TO INTERCEPT US DESTROYER IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

Just days before Trump's meeting with the Chinese president in Hamburg later this week for the G-20 summit, the Trump administration sent a guided-missile destroyer near Triton Island in the South China Sea, Bloomberg reported, a move "which may cause concern ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart."

According to an anonymous official cited by Bloomberg, the U.S. Navy sent the destroyer USS Stethem within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Triton Island on Sunday, passing through the contested waters on the basis of "innocent passage."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

..."Innocent passage", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is a provocation of the highest order, and the timing could not possibly be worse, with President Trump set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20, later this week.

I have to wonder if this was actually ordered by President Trump himself, or perhaps someone in the American Deep State, who wanted to thoroughly embarrass the President, and simultaneously upset Chinese president Xi before their meeting here.

Jul 02 20:16

US warship challenges Beijing's claim yet again, sails close to South China Sea island

An American warship on Sunday sailed close to a disputed island in the South China Sea occupied by Beijing, a US official said, a provocative move that could further strain relations between the superpowers.
The USS Stethem destroyer passed less than 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam, the official told AFP.

Jul 02 11:03

China dispatches military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship sailing near disputed island

China has sent military vessels and warplanes to “warn off” USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, that sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.

“Under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US side once again sent a military vessel into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China's approval,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that such US behavior “violated Chinese law and relevant international law, infringed upon China's sovereignty, and disrupted the peace, security and order of the relevant waters.”

"China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the US vessel," the statement reads.

Jul 02 08:53

China Demands US Halt $1.42 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

Chinese officials are expressing outrage today at the announcement of the US planning to sell $1.42 billion in arms to the island of Taiwan, saying that it is “the wrong decision” by the US and sends a wrong message about Taiwan’s status. They are demanding the US immediately halt the sale.

America’s “One China Policy” makes this an annual matter of no small difficulty, as officially the US has a policy of not recognizing Taiwan as a country, but also has a policy of selling them vast amounts of weaponry on an annual basis.

Chinese officials, however, say this was all already discussed at Mar-a-Lago back in April, when President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for the first time, and that the two had reached “a consensus” which this arms sale is violating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Chinese President Xi Jinping sees President Trump as going back on his word from the consensus he reached with Trump during the Mar-a-Largo meetings, this is going to put a tremendous strain on US/Chinese relations.

Jul 01 14:58

U.S. War As Foreign Policy

Trump has authorized his war generals to bomb whomever , whenever , and however they please>>>

Jun 30 14:54

US Sanctions Chinese Bank Over Alleged Illicit Ties With North Korea

The United States has imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank, accusing it of laundering money for North Korean companies.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin announced the sanctions Thursday, cutting China’s Bank of Dandong off from accessing the US financial system.

Jun 30 10:30

China Tells India to 'Stop Clamoring for War' and 'Learn Lessons' of 1962 Defeat

China has warned India to stop 'clamoring for war' and has reminded them of the thrashing they received from the People’s Liberation Army in 1962. The Indian Army has opened new helicopter bases in Sikkim, where tensions are rising.

Chinese troops reportedly crossed the Line of Actual Control at Doka La in Sikkim earlier this week and destroyed Indian Army bunkers.

The entire border is disputed, with a salient of Chinese territory — the Donglang region — jutted out between Sikkim and Bhutan.

"Donglang Region is part of China's territory. China's road-building activities in Donglang on its own territory are totally reasonable and understandable," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Thursday (June 29).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is one of those flashpoints which could get very nasty, very quickly.

Jun 30 09:22

Trump "Overrules" Cabinet, Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat."

Now, all that may be about to fall apart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trade wars, like sanctions, have a way of becoming a prelude to hot wars, and this is absolutely not what this country needs right now.

I hope President Trump will re-think this issue.

Jun 30 08:44

China, Japan Hold Talks to Avoid Accidental East China Sea Clashes

On Thursday, China and Japan began a two-day consultation of senior officials, where they will discuss ways to avoid accidental clashes in the East China Sea and other maritime issues.

The meetings are being held in Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture, and the two countries hope to decide whether they can implement the "Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism"earlier than expected, as this would act as an open line between defense officials to maintain peaceful coexistence in the region.

Jun 30 06:54

US sanctions Chinese bank, plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan

The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit," said Ambassador Cui Tiankai, speaking to reporters at an embassy reception in Washington.

Jun 29 14:31

In "Unprecedented Step" US Sanctions Chinese Entities With Ties To North Korea

After allegedly pressuring the Chinese government to act first and adopt sanctions against nearly 10 local entities who the US claims provided North Korea with materials used in its nuclear program, the US has decided to act. In an unprecedented step, the Treasury Department slapped financial sanctions on two Chinese nationals and a Chinese shipping company over their ties to North Korea stemming from its nuclear program, according to Reuters.

Jun 29 11:27

'EU is fading away' Bosnian Serb leader uses Brexit to pour scorn on Brussels bigwigs

THE European Union is "fading away" with countries such as Russia and China replacing the bloc as key players on the international stage, according to firebrand Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik.

Jun 28 08:17

Donald Trump considering China sanctions over North Korea, say officials

US president Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.

Jun 28 07:49

India should immediately retreat the border troops that illegally entered into China: Foreign Ministry

China has taken necessary and emergency measures in response to the Indian border troops crossing into the Chinese territory at the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing on Tuesday. The Indian government has been informed of the matter through the diplomatic channel, Lu said.

“The Indian side should take necessary measures to alleviate the tension caused by their border troops' illegal entry, and create conditions for their pilgrims' travel to Xi Zang via the Nathu-la pass,” Lu told reporters on what could come next.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions which must be asked are, why did the Indian troops do this, and upon whose authority?!?

India and China are both nuclear-armed nations, and the tensions here need to get ratcheted down immediately.

Jun 28 07:44

China Suspends Fuel Sales To North Korea

Reuters reports that China National Petroleum Corp has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns the state-owned oil company won't get paid, as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, three sources told Reuters.

China provides most of North Korea’s food and fuel imports. It has backed the Kim dynasty since the Korean War, in part to keep U.S. troops away from its border. While China has taken some steps on North Korea -- including halting coal purchases this year after Kim’s estranged half-brother was murdered in Malaysia -- its efforts haven’t produced a breakthrough so far.

Jun 27 18:58

Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet: Camaraderie between India, US rattles China, Pakistan

China and Pakistan seem to be rattled by the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.
While a a state-run Chinese Daily said on Tuesday that any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to 'catastrophic results', Pakistan today slammed as 'completely unjustified' the decision by United States to declare Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a 'global terrorist'.

Jun 27 16:34

Papahanaumokuakea Review Spurs Tension With Conservation Groups, Fisheries

I want to hear Mike say that on the show tomorrow!

HONOLULU (CN) – President Donald Trump’s targeting of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the northwest Hawaiian Islands for national review has revived a lopsided debate between Native Hawaiians, senators, scientists and conservation groups in favor of the monument’s designation, and an activist fishery council mainly concerned with “maximizing longline yields.”

Jun 27 16:32

Seven Species of Giant Clam on Deck for Federal Protection

We love New England Clam Chowder. YUM!

WASHINGTON (CN) – The National Marine Fisheries Service announced that seven of ten giant clam species petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act need further study. The 90-day review process found that the petition provided enough scientific evidence to move seven of the species to the second stage of the ESA listing process, known as the 12-month status review.

Giant clams live along shallow shorelines and reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific region. The largest of the giant clam species, Tridacna gigas, grows up to 4.5 feet wide and can weigh up to 440 pounds.

Jun 27 10:23

Tension Erupts as Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory, Destroy Bunkers

A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight with Indian troops, who are guarding the border at the location.

Jun 27 09:43

US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to South Korea

U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) purportedly deployed over ten Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) at Kunsan Air Base, located west of Gunsan City in North Jeolla Province, around 180 kilometers south of Seoul, according to South Korean media reports.

Multiple defense sources confirmed on Monday that the long-range precision-guided missiles have been deployed and that U.S. forces are planning to conduct a JASSM live-fire exercise in the event of a sixth North Korean nuclear test. “To my knowledge, the USFK considers making public a live-fire drill involving the JASSM in case North Korea carries out another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test,” a source told Yonhap news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, why did newly-elected South Korean President Moon allow this to happen?!?

Isn't he the guy with "Sunshine-centric" policy toward North Korea?!?

Or has he already lost control of his government to those elements there which are controlled by the American Deep State?!?

Such actions are doing nothing to ratchet down tensions here, at all. And then, we have the following, very troubling story out of forbes.com:

China and the US are cooling their cooperation to restrain North Korea

Jun 27 09:30

Great recession fears as bankers warn next global crash could arrive 'with a vengeance'

A new financial crisis is brewing in the emerging economies and it could hit “with a vengeance”, an influential group of central bankers has warned.

Emerging markets such as China are showing the same signs that their economies are overheating as the US and the UK demonstrated before the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to the annual report of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS monetary and economic department, said a new recession could come “with a vengeance” and “the end may come to resemble more closely a financial boom gone wrong”.

The BIS, which is sometimes known as the central bank for central banks and counts Bank of England Governor Mark Carney among its members, warned of trouble ahead for the world economy.

It predicted that central banks would be forced to raise interest rates after years of record lows in order to combat inflation which will “smother” growth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you can, please get your credit card balances as low as you can, because I can see a massive interest hike coming out of any global economic crisis which might be coming.

Jun 27 08:28

US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders: Report

The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tension with Beijing that has eased under President Donald Trump.

Jun 27 08:26

'India-US alliance to check China's rise will be catastrophic'

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held their maiden meeting at the White House, a state-run Chinese daily said that any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to catastrophic results.
"Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China's rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India," an article in the Global Times said.

Jun 23 13:34

Will China Debt Balloon Crash Its Economy?

Jun 22 08:59

Nigeria will pass US as third most populated country by 2050

The world's population is growing.. and quickly!

In just the next seven years, India, which now has 1.3 billion people is expected to overtake China as the most populous country in the world.

According to a United Nations report, by 2050, Nigeria, now the seventh largest country is projected to pass the U.S. population of around 326 million people as the third most populated.

Director of the Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division, John Wilmoth says, "The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region."

The U.N. forecasts that the following nine countries will see most of that growth: India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia.

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 11:13

US Coast Guard Wants Icebreakers With Advanced Missiles

The US Coast Guard has two icebreakers, but both are aging, and one is ready to be scrapped outright. That’s got the Coast Guard interested in shopping for more, and while they’re at it, Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft would like some that you can strap a bunch of missiles to.

Talking up the substantial natural resources buried under the ice in he Arctic, Zukunft is telling Congress that they should stop seeing the icebreakers as being about breaking ice,and more about firing missiles at planes and ships threatening “US sovereignty” over whatever is buried under that ice.

Specialists are warning that re-designing America’s icebreakers around carrying arsenals of missiles might get int he way of their transitional mission of breaking ice, and not exactly in keeping with the idea of the coast guard’s search and rescue operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Coast Guard's Department of "You CAN make this stuff up", obviously.

Jun 21 08:24

Beijing Wants Seoul to Make a ‘Decision’ on Controversial THAAD Soon

Putting the pressure on, China requested on Tuesday that South Korea make a decision “soon” on whether the US-operated THAAD missile system will remain in place on Seoul’s territory.

Jun 21 06:47

Ford Shifts Production of Focus to China, from Michigan and Mexico, as New CEO Cuts Costs

“Improving the company’s operational fitness.”

Jun 20 14:36

Trump's Ominous Tweet: "China's Help With North Korea Has Not Worked Out. At Least It Tried"

In what appears to be a rather ominous tweet posted moments ago by Donald Trump, the President said that "while I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!"

So is this Trump's implicit warning that he is about to launch an attack on North Korea, following a failed intervention by China, in retaliation for the death of Otto Warmbier? If so, it may be problematic since as we showed several days ago, both US carriers Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson appeared to have left the Korean peninsula as of last week, suggesting that any military action will require their return first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think keeping track of where the USS Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson wind up in their next assignments will be a pretty clear indication of what President Trump's intentions are here.

Jun 20 09:28

US, Chinese Officials Set to Meet for First Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

On Wednesday, the United States and China will convene the first-ever Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) between top diplomatic and defense officials in Washington, D.C. The meeting, established after U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, will cover a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of concern, and is similar in framing to a two-plus-two dialogue.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will represent the United States and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department, will represent China. According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department, the dialogue will seek to “expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hopeful, and a sign that President Trump is more than willing to negotiate to bring both countries a little closer together, where possible.

Jun 20 09:25

Xi: BRICS cooperation will usher in new 'golden decade'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that BRICS cooperation would be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade."

Xi made the remarks when meeting with the heads of delegations from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, who are in Beijing to attend the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting, which also included Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh.

Xi extended congratulations on the success of the meeting and thanked other BRICS members for their support.

He said that BRICS countries faced the common task of safeguarding domestic stability and development, creating a favorable international environment and working to make the international order more just and equitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRICS is a brilliant concept, and should benefit all members quite nicely, both economically and socially.

Jun 19 09:50

IRAN, CHINA HOLD JOINT NAVAL DRILL IN PERSIAN GULF

Iran's navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

The official IRNA news agency said Sunday's drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran's port of Bandar Abbas last week.

Jun 19 09:05

IRAN, CHINA CONDUCT JOINT NAVAL DRILLS IN STRATEGIC STRAITS OF HORMUZ

And while the Syrian conflict has taken a back seat in recent weeks to the latest crisis to grip the Gulf region, namely the economic and territorial blockade of Qatar by its Arab neighbors, overnight China made an unexpected appearance, not surprisingly perhaps siding with the biggest supporter of the Assad regime, when as AP reported Iran's navy conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. It was only the second time the Chinese flotilla has visited the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas since 2014, and comes at a tense moment as the Senate last week passed a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

According to Iran's official IRNA news agency, Sunday's drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran's port of Bandar Abbas last week, and adds that the scheduled exercise "came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, with Russia having declared all US military fighter jets fair game as targets to be brought down, and with the uptick of military activity in the area by China and Iran, I would say that the excrement is about to hit the ventilation shaft, and most probably, sooner rather than later.

Jun 18 19:53

PetroChina Cuts Fuel Oil Floating Storage

Jun 18 19:32

The West Can't Smell What Eurasia is Cooking

A tectonic geopolitical shift happened in Astana, Kazakhstan, only a few days ago, and yet barely a ripple registered in Atlanticist circles.

At the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001, both India and Pakistan were admitted as full members, alongside Russia, China and four Central Asian stans (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).

So now the SCO not only qualifies as the largest political organization by area and population “ in the world; it also unites four nuclear powers.

Jun 18 10:38

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater.

Jun 18 10:37

China just took the lead in the quantum space race

On Thursday, a team of Chinese scientists released findings from a breakthrough study that makes China the indisputable leader in the field of quantum communication, an achievement that could be of immense strategic importance.

The study, led by Pan Jianwei and published in Science magazine, successfully demonstrated the ability to distribute entangled photons across unprecedented distances, from space to earth, opening the door for the practical application of cutting-edge, ultra-secure communication.

Jun 18 09:47

China blacklists 24 S. Korean firms, restricts trade of food, cosmetics:

China has blacklisted 24 South Korean manufacturers and exporters, and restricted the sale of their cosmetics and food products in the world's No. 2 economy, a local trade promotion association said Friday.

The revelation of the list by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) is a fresh blow to local companies already hurt by Chinese economic retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 16 12:57

Jim Rickards: Expect a shock devaluation in Chinese yuan after October

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, CCP, will be held in the fall of 2017. The exact date has not yet been announced, but late October is a reasonable estimate. This will be the most important CCP meeting since the death of Mao Zedong and the rise of Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s.

Jun 16 12:02

United States, China to Meet Wednesday on North Korea

U.S. and Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs will meet Wednesday for a security dialogue that Washington says will focus on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The talks in Washington will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, as well as China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People's Liberation Army, the U.S. State Department said.

It will be the inaugural session of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a framework launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a summit in Florida in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that something concrete comes of these talks, and that Chinese President Xi Jinping has made good use of those "hundred days" he requested of President Trump to work things out with North Korea.

Report: Xi asked Trump for 100-day grace period on North Korea

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jun Un's rhetoric has not softened against the United States, but in fact, over the last several months, appears to be becoming more threatening, rather than less; this has not been helpful.

But if there is no real resolution with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program at the end of the 100 days for which Chinese President Xi Jinping asked, we may well be looking at a war scenario against North Korea. President Trump may believe that not going ahead with some sort of a regional consortium, including South Korea, and Japan, and perhaps, Australia, may cause him to "lose face", a very critical concept in Asian diplomacy.

Jun 16 09:44

China Demands On-Site Inspection of THAAD Battery in Korea

The Chinese government recently asked Seoul to allow an on-site inspection of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery the U.S. recently stationed here, a government source said Tuesday.

China opposed the deployment because it believes that its powerful radar could be used to spy on its own military maneuvers.

Jun 16 08:41

Syria, Iran and N. Korea: Will Trump Attempt to Finish the Neocon Hitlist?

In Donald Trump’s short time in office, he has already shown his propensity to use military force. From dropping the largestnon-nuclear bomb ever used on Afghanistan, to launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Iraq (oh wait, Syria), there is no doubt that the Trump administration has a prominent militaristic streak.

But is this just for starters? If Trump stays in power for the duration of his term, is there a major war, or even multiple wars, on the horizon? Judging by the rhetoric and actions already taken by the Trump administration, it will be a miracle if the US does not start a major war in the near future. Coincidentally, the main countries in the sights of the Trump administration just happen to be the three countries that the neoconservatives pinpointed for regime change 17 years ago, but have not yet been dealt with.

Jun 15 10:22

Access Denied: US Mulls Blocking Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

According to an unreleased Pentagon report, a federal agency is considering limiting Chinese financial investment in the US, even as Beijing continuously finds new ways to gain access to sensitive cutting edge US technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, no such restriction applies to Israel!

Jun 15 10:11

How Russia and China Could Respond to Pentagon's Newest Supercarrier

Russia and China are likely to invest in developing air defense systems in response to Washington's military buildup, political analyst Alexei Fenenko asserted, commenting on the USS Gerald R. Ford, one of the most advanced and expensive weapons systems in the Pentagon's arsenal.

Jun 15 08:13

China is developing hypersonic missiles for jet fighters that could strike targets at 4,000mph

In a major step towards developing hypersonic missiles for jet fighters, China has claimed that it has successfully tested new ramjet engine technology.

China reported that two flight tests with the solid-fuel variable flow ramjet engine were completed last month.

The successful test has been described as 'a milestone in the field of engine research', and could lead to Chinese hypersonic missiles that can strike their targets at more than 4,000mph.

Jun 15 08:04

Video of explosion in China

Jun 14 07:23

European Central Bank Tue said it had switched €500 million worth of its US dollar reserves to Chinese yuan for the first time

Jun 13 12:21

Russia, China refusing to submit to US world order: Analyst

Russia and China are threatening America's so-called international order by challenging US military and economic dominance and refusing to submit to Washington’s global policies, says a political analyst in California.

Jun 13 10:33

LITHIUM BOOM 2.0 – THE WORLD’S HOTTEST COMMODITY JUST GOT HOTTER

Lithium is the hottest commodity on the planet right now, and investors trying to profit from it don’t understand how to invest in it.

MOST ARE MAKING A CRITICAL MISTAKE and investing in the wrong companies.

That’s because, in this game, lithium GRADE is the key to profitability.

Why? First, lithium...

Lithium is the most important component of electric vehicles, high-energy batteries, power storage, a vast menu of consumer electronics—and even Nirvana-reaching drugs.

Even today’s hyper-growth EV industry is just the tip of the iceberg compared with where it's headed to. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 35% of all new vehicle sales by 2040 will be EVs, equivalent to 100 million units every year.

Tesla’s “halo effect” will make astute investors lifetime riches because that's 100 times greater than current production.

Jun 13 08:04

China on WannaCry: It wasn't us, honest

Chinese security firms have hit out against suggestions that last month's global WannaCry ransomware outbreak can be blamed on China.

The WannaCry ransomware epidemic hit over 300,000 PCs around the globe, using worm-like capabilities to spread and infect Microsoft Windows machines -- including many in China. While nobody has uncovered evidence to specifically identify the perpetrators, there are several theories as who might be behind the attack.

One hypothesis, offered by researchers Flashpoint following linguistic analysis of the WannaCry ransom note, is that it's the work of a native or highly fluent Chinese speaker who used machine translation to convert the original note into other languages.

But Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 has dismissed the claims and questioned the attempt to attribute the attacks by analysing the ransom note text.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most of the code originated with NSA, remember?

Jun 12 20:45

World's fastest amphibious fighting vehicle being developed by China

China is developing the world's fastest amphibious armoured vehicle that reach a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour when travelling in calm waters.
While there are many amphibious armoured vehicles in the world, most of them move very slowly in the water.

Jun 12 15:12

Claims of WannaCry ties to China 'groundless,' Chinese firms say

A report suggesting that WannaCry ransomware's authors could be native Chinese speakers has drawn fire from Chinese cybersecurity experts.

China-based cybersecurity companies Qihoo 360 and Antiy Labs have come to their country's defense, calling Flashpoint's linguistic analysis last month "groundless" and "unprofessional," Chinese state-run media Xinhua reported Monday.

Jun 12 11:18

Angry Over Killing Of Two Chinese Teachers In Pakistan, Jinping Says No To Meeting With Nawaz Shareef

After two Chinese teachers were murdered in Balochistan by terrorists, Chinese President Xi Jinping snubbed Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif by skipping the customary meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Asthana.
Though Sharif met the president of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russia, Jinping didn’t give time to Sharif. Xi's unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief among Chinese public over the slaying of the two Chinese citizens who were kidnapped last month from Quetta in Balochistan.

Hundreds of Chinese are working in Pakistan on CPEC and now China has asked Pakistan to pay great attention to the protection of Chinese in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully understand this, and China has every right to ask for protection for its workers here.

Right now, under NO conditions, would I ever consider Pakistan a safe place to either visit, or to work.

Jun 12 07:43

China's One Belt, One Road plan `will drive Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal towards bankruptcy`

Almost a month after China hosted the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, European economists and experts have concluded that Beijing's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project is nothing but a debt instrument.
News agency ANI on Monday cited the experts as further claiming that the OBOR initiative will push several nations, including Pakistan, towards bankruptcy.

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