Nov 02 10:16

China, Russia revive push to lift UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia are pushing the United Nations Security Council to ease sanctions on North Korea by reviving a 2019 attempt to remove a ban on Pyongyang’s exports of statues, seafood and textiles, and expanding it to include lifting a refined petroleum imports cap.

In a reworked draft resolution seen by the Reuters news agency, China and Russia want the 15-member council to remove those sanctions “with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population” in the isolated Asian state.

Nov 02 09:52

US Navy reveals what submarine crashed into near China

The unknown object that U.S. Navy submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) struck in the South China Sea on October 2 was an underwater mountain, according to a recently concluded investigation reported by USNI News on Monday.

On Monday, the U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed in a statement to USNI News that the service believes the accident was the result of the Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine striking a seamount, a term for an underwater mountain that rises from the ocean floor.

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Submarines don't have maps of the sea floor?!?

Nov 02 07:34

US military presence in Taiwan an ‘open secret’ for decades

Washington and Beijing had a “tacit mutual understanding” over the past four decades about the presence of US troops in Taiwan, but the understanding that it would remain low-key was broken with the public confirmation by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, according to military analysts.

Beijing was aware that the United States had deployed some military personnel to Taiwan as liaison officers since 1980 – in the aftermath of 1979’s end to diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei – for unofficial defence exchanges, a Beijing-based military source said.

Nov 01 11:40

China and Russia submit proposal to ease UN sanctions on North Korea: sources

China and Russia submitted a draft proposal to U.N. Security Council nations on Friday calling for the relaxation of North Korea-related sanctions, citing the absence of nuclear and long-range missile testing by Pyongyang since 2017, multiple informed sources told NK News.

The draft proposal is the first one the two countries have put forward to weaken UNSC sanctions on the DPRK since Dec. 2019. The number of sanctions on North Korea snowballed significantly during its major nuclear and missile tests in 2017.

The proposal comes amid South Korea-led efforts to get the U.S. and other nations to sign off on a formal declaration to end the Korean War before the end of Moon Jae-in’s presidency next year.

The suggested sanctions relief largely mirror China and Russia’s Dec. 2019 proposals, which the two countries never officially submitted to the UNSC due to U.S. disinterest, sources said.

Nov 01 11:29

Cover-Up of US Nuclear Sub Collision in South China Sea

After sustaining damage, the submarine apparently surfaced close to the Paracel Islands which lie only 150 nautical miles from China’s Yulin submarine base in Hainan Province. The Connecticut is one of only three Seawolf class of submarines, which are assumed to be on spying missions. But they can be equipped with Intermediate Range (1250-2500 km) Tomahawk cruise missiles which can be armed with nuclear warheads. It is claimed that they are not so equipped at present because the Navy’s "policy decisions" have "phased out" their nuclear role, according to the hawkish Center For Strategic and International Studies.

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Nov 01 09:01

How War With China Begins

President xi jinping declared in July that those who get in the way of China’s ascent will have their “heads bashed bloody against a Great Wall of steel.” The People’s Liberation Army Navy is churning out ships at a rate not seen since World War II, as Beijing issues threats against Taiwan and other neighbors. Top Pentagon officials have warned that China could start a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait or other geopolitical hot spots sometime this decade.

Analysts and officials in Washington are fretting over worsening tensions between the United States and China and the risks to the world of two superpowers once again clashing rather than cooperating. President Joe Biden has said that America “is not seeking a new cold war.” But that is the wrong way to look at U.S.-China relations. A cold war with Beijing is already under way. The right question, instead, is whether America can deter China from initiating a hot one.

Oct 31 07:30

Just how strong is the Chinese military?

Amid repeated air incursions close to Taiwan, and reports that China has tested hypersonic weapons, the world is paying closer attention to the modernisation of China’s armed forces and its pursuit of ever more sophisticated weaponry.

Once hailed by the Communist Party as having defeated past adversaries with only “millet plus rifles”, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has now grown into the world’s largest fighting force, with more than two million active personnel.

Under President Xi Jinping, China has become more diplomatically assertive and shown an increased willingness to back up its claims over disputed territory with demonstrations of its military prowess. Neighbouring countries, and the United States have been watching closely.

Oct 31 07:20

Biden Admin Fails To Enforce Trump's Phase One Trade Deal With China

The Biden administration has failed to enforce the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement. There are serious concerns about the enforcement mechanism of the deal as China's purchases fall behind targets.

In the trade deal signed in January 2020, Beijing promised to purchase about $200 billion of US goods and services over 2020, 2021 compared with 2017 levels. We've noted on multiple occasions how China was never going to live up to the deal, and nearly two years later, it still hasn't.

Top Biden officials have tried to reassure that the deal is still intact and said the administration would hold China accountable.

Through September 2021, trade data from Peterson Institute for International Economics shows China only purchased 62% of the US goods expected at this point for the deal covering 2021. Put differently, China is about $121 billion behind its expected purchases for the year.

Oct 31 06:36

US Media Acknowledges ‘Ugly Reality’ That America Could Lose War With China Over Taiwan

The United States must come to terms with the reality that it no longer enjoys “military primacy” in the Western Pacific, and confront the “ugly” reality that it may lose a military conflict with China over Taiwan, Graham Allison, professor of government at the Harvard Kennedy School, has warned.

In a piece for The National Interest, Allison pointed to recent analyses on the possibility of war over Taiwan by a number of senior current and former officials, including ex-Vice Joint Chiefs Chairman James Winnefeld and former-CIA Director Michael Morell, who recently concluded that the Chinese military could deliver a fait accompli on Taiwan before Washington even mustered its forces.

Oct 31 06:16

Joint Chiefs Exec Says China CREAMING US Military

The public should be disturbed that China has completed hundreds of hypersonic missile tests. In contrast, the U.S. has done less than 10, explains the country's second-highest ranking military officer.

Speaking at a Defense Writers Group roundtable, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten announced that China's hypersonic missile advancements are a field of concern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think one major factor is that Chinese students are being taught science, math, and engineering while American students are being taught proper gender pronouns, drag queen story hour, and gay sex.

Oct 30 21:53

China Rationing Diesel

Oct 30 06:33

FBI Asks US Businesses To Work Closely With The Agency To Counter China

FBI Director Christopher Wray urged private companies Thursday to work with the agency to counter China and prevent the Asian country from becoming "the world’s only superpower."

Wray claims China could become the world’s dominant power by amassing intellectual property. The accusation that Beijing steals intellectual property was the primary basis for the Trump administration’s trade war with China, which is continuing under President Biden.

Wray accused China of trying to access information through cyberattacks. "Too often when we see a cyberthreat and start digging, we find that the same adversary is also working with an unwitting company insider to target... sensitive and proprietary information," he said.

The FBI chief also claimed China was using "non-traditional collectors" to gain information in the US, including "businessmen, different kinds of researchers and graduate students, scientists, ostensibly private companies."

Oct 30 06:31

China's Energy Crisis Spreads As Gas Stations Run Out Of Diesel

There is one recurring problem with central planning: the greater the level of intervention, the worse and more widespread the unexpected adverse consequences. Just two days ago, when we reported that Beijing had imposed price controls on its coal rationing, we said that the problem with such explicit subsidies which create an artificially low price, is that they don't address the underlying problem (too much demand, not enough supply), but instead accelerate hoarding and lead to a run on the artificially underpriced commodity, forcing spikes in another energy commodity while resulting in an even faster drain of the commodity in question, in this case coal. In essence, it's like a giant geopolitical game of "whack a mole".

Oct 30 06:28

Like Afghanistan, a War for Taiwan is Unwinnable

Over the last two years, many foreign policy experts asked if Kabul would resemble the chaos of Saigon in 1975. It seems such questions about a war that cost thousands of American lives were fully warranted—and applying the lessons learned from both Vietnam and Afghanistan could prove fruitful when considering the possibility of the United States intervening militarily to defend Taiwan from China.

At its root, the causes of failure in both Vietnam and in Afghanistan have been essentially the same: the United States became embroiled in a civil war and ended up on the wrong side of nationalism, a force that proved impossible to tame, despite all the high technology of the U.S. military. The Taliban and the Vietcong had completely different ideologies, diametrically opposite in some respects, but their common plank was the desire to drive the foreign interlopers away.

Oct 30 05:20

Whatever China is doing in Tajikistan, it’s wrong to compare it to American imperialism

Reports of China building a military base in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan are causing unease in Washington. But it’s wrong to assume Beijing is embarking on the sort of empire-building we expect from the United States.

Earlier this week, reports from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty suggested that Tajikistan had approved the construction of a new Chinese military base on its soil. Separately, the same US government-controlled media outlet claims that the Tajik government offered full control to Beijing of what was said to be an already-in-use Chinese military base, and has pledged to waive future rent in exchange for Chinese military aid.

Neither China nor Tajikistan has officially confirmed this news, and there is good reason to believe the US may be exaggerating these claims in order to raise the alarm on some kind of renegade Chinese militarism.

Oct 29 07:16

China Has Basically Bought Israel Out

Oct 29 05:52

Retiring vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff reveals China has completed HUNDREDS of hypersonic missile tests while US has done just nine and warns that Beijing is on track to 'surpass' America

The public should be worried that China has completed hundreds of hypersonic missile tests while the US has done less than 10, says the nation’s second-highest ranking military officer, echoing previous concerns by top military brass.

Speaking at a Defense Writers Group roundtable, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten said China’s hypersonic missile advancements is an area of concern.

‘What you need to be worried about is that in the last five years, or maybe longer, the United States has done nine hypersonic missile tests, and in the same time the Chinese have done hundreds,’ Hyten said, according to reports.

Oct 28 06:55

China Urges US To Immediately Lift Sanctions On Taliban As "Economic Chaos" Looms

China is now urging the United States to immediately lift sanctions against the Taliban and unfreeze all of Afghanistan's assets abroad. As part of its appeal, Beijing is offering assurances to Washington that the hardline Islamist group will "effectively" protect the rights of women and minorities.

Beijing is further warning the West of looming "economic chaos" in the war-torn central Asian country if more is not urgently done to relieve the economic pressure and allow for greater stability. "China urges the Western countries, led by the United States as a whole, to lift sanctions, and calls on all parties to engage with the Afghan Taliban in a rational and pragmatic manner," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said this week following two days of talks with the Taliban which concluded Tuesday in Doha.

Oct 28 06:54

Taiwan Is A 'Number One Issue' For The CIA’s New China Center

Now that the CIA has established a new mission that will exclusively focus on China, CIA Deputy Director David Cohen said that Taiwan will be one of the "number-one issues" for the new spy center.

"There’s a series of number-one issues with China," Cohen said at an intelligence conference on Sunday. "Taiwan is definitely one of the number one issues with China we are focused on."

Oct 28 06:41

Taiwan’s President Confirms US Troops are on the Island

In an interview with CNN that aired Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed reports that said US troops are in Taiwan training the island’s military. The confirmation is the first time since Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 that a Taiwanese leader acknowledged the presence of US troops on the island.

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported a US special operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been operating in Taiwan to train Taipei’s military for at least a year. Tsai would not say how many US troops were deployed to Taiwan but said it is “not as many as people thought.”

The US has been deploying troops to Taiwan for training purposes for decades, but the unofficial presence is rarely acknowledged. Although twice in 2020, both Washington and Taipei made it known there were US forces on the island.

Oct 28 06:31

USS Carl Vinson operates in South China Sea with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and a Japanese helicopter destroyer have teamed up to operate in the South China Sea — the first time the Vinson and Japanese forces have done so during the Vinson’s 2021 deployment.

The Vinson and units from Carrier Strike Group 1 are conducting flight operations, coordinated tactical training between surface and air units, refueling-at-sea evolutions, and maritime strike exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Kaga helicopter destroyer as of Oct. 25 in the South China Sea, according to the U.S. Navy.

Oct 28 06:04

China Blasts US-Taiwan Military Contacts After President Tsai Confirms American Presence on Island

Tensions over the Taiwan issue have escalated over the past month, as Beijing deployed around 150 military aircraft into Taiwan's air defence zone for drills. In the meantime, Taipei has warned that mainland China may be fully prepared to attack the island by 2025, while US President Joe Biden pledged to defend Taiwan from Beijing, if necessary.

"The US must adhere to the One China principle and provisions of three US-Chinese communique. We strongly oppose any official and military contacts between the US and Taiwan, as well as US interference in China's internal affairs", foreign ministry's spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a briefing, stressing that Sino-American relations are based on the One China principle.

Oct 28 05:20

Xi Hails China's "Leapfrog Development" In Weapons Capability As Annual Review Finds US Readiness "Marginal"

It appears we could already be in the midst of the 'new Cold War' arms race that many world leaders have been warning about, as President Xi Jinping this week is calling for China to ramp up efforts to "break new ground" in weapons and military equipment development.

This after the Biden administration described the US being in a state of current "strategic competition" with its top most powerful rival of China. According to Reuters, Xi addressed a military conference Tuesday wherein he called for a "new situation" in the weapons industry toward rapidly kickstarting greater support for the production of the armed forces' needs.

Oct 27 09:09

‘Taiwan has no right to join United Nations’: China slams US after Blinken says he regrets Taipei’s absence from world body

After the US secretary of state claimed Taipei’s accession to the UN would be pragmatic, Beijing hit back, reiterating that Taiwan should not be granted permission to join the body because the island was part of China.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing told reporters the UN was an international governmental organization made up of sovereign states – and Taiwan wasn’t one.

“Taiwan is a part of China,” Ma stated, adding, “Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations.”

The spokesman’s comments came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday marking 50 years since the UN General Assembly voted to replace Taipei’s seat with Beijing’s that he regretted Taiwan’s absence.

Oct 27 05:40

Russia, China Hold First Ever Joint Patrol in Western Pacific

On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Russia and China held their first ever joint naval patrols in the western Pacific as the two countries continue to step up military cooperation in the face of pressure from the US and its allies.

The patrols took place from October 17th to the 23rd and involved five Chinese warships and five Russian warships. The patrols included a passage through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the northern Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

“The tasks of the joint patrolling were to demonstrate the state flags of Russia and China, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and also protect facilities of both countries’ maritime economic activity. During the patrol, the group of warships passed through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 27 05:29

FCC revokes China Telecom America’s authority to operate in US

The Federal Communications Commission voted to revoke authorisation for China Telecom’s US subsidiary to operate in the United States, citing national security concerns.

China Telecom, the largest Chinese telecommunications company, has provided services in the US for nearly 20 years through China Telecom Americas but as of Tuesday must discontinue within 60 days, according to the FCC.

Oct 26 07:39

Beijing Tells Evergrande's Billionaire Founder To Repay The Insolvent Company's Debts

Hui Ka Yan, founder of China Evergrande Group, had once amassed a fortune of $42.5 billion, placing him at the top of the wealth rankings for all of Asia. But 73% of that immense fortune has now evaporated, and the tycoon will almost certainly lose even more as anxious creditors, suppliers and homebuyers besiege Evergrande’s offices.

But that's not nearly enough for Beijing.

In a new twist of how China may soon conduct corporate bankruptcies, Chinese authorities told Hui Ka Yan to use his personal wealth to "alleviate" China Evergrande Group’s deepening debt crisis, Bloomberg reported according to people familiar with the matter.

Oct 26 05:40

President Putin on Taiwan: 'China does not need to use force'

Oct 25 11:01

North Korea calls Biden's comments on Taiwan 'reckless'

North Korea slammed President Biden’s recent comments on defending Taiwan if China attacked, calling them “reckless,” according to state news outlet Korean Central News Agency.

North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Myong Ho said in a statement to the news agency that the U.S.’s “indiscreet meddling” into Taiwan “entails a potential danger of touching off a delicate situation on the Korean peninsula.”

“The U.S. should bear in mind that its reckless interference in internal affairs, its attempt for division and an open act of double standard would only invite tragic consequences of lifting an ax to drop it on its own foot,” Pak said.

During a CNN town hall on Thursday, Biden answered in the affirmative when asked if the U.S. would defend Taiwan if Beijing attacked.

Oct 25 08:07

Officials Look to Dial Back Biden’s Taiwan Comments

Last week, President Biden set out a new position on Taiwan, reversing years of US ambiguity by saying he absolutely would go to war with China over the island. Since then, officials have been looking to dial that back.

The talk has been that Biden’s statement was a “gaffe,” and officials are now trying to revise that by insisting US policy has not changed, in spite of Biden’s comments being a very direct change from the status quo.

Biden seemed to want to get out in front of tensions between China and Taiwan, but in committing the US explicitly to such a war, many warn that he is making military confrontation more likely. This was doubly the case when China responded by saying their position isn’t going to change.

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Biden is not actually in charge!

Oct 25 07:15

China passes law to strengthen border security amid ongoing tensions with India and terrorism fears

China has passed a law to strengthen border security that permits the use of blockades and “police apparatus and weapons” against those who cross its borders illegally.

China has been in a protracted border stand-off with India, with both sides building up their military presence following a deadly clash in the Galwan valley in June last year.

China shares a land border with 14 countries – North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam and India – and is also worried about the risk of terrorists crossing into Xinjiang from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and of Covid-19 spilling over from its neighbours.

Oct 25 06:58

Amnesty to close Hong Kong offices over National Security Law

Amnesty International will shut its offices in Hong Kong over a recently-imposed national security law.

The human rights group said the law, imposed by China, makes it "effectively impossible" for them to operate.

Amnesty has had a presence in Hong Kong for more than 40 years, and now runs two offices there - one focused on the city and another on the wider region.

The local office will close by 31 October, and the regional office will move out by the end of the year.

The broadly worded national security law in Hong Kong criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

Critics say it is aimed at crushing dissent but China says it is meant to maintain stability.

Oct 24 18:38


A horrifying video conference (video below) from inside China has been intercepted by intelligence sources and in it, bosses from the China Communist Party (CCP) discuss the future of the United States after distribution of the vaccine: “Everyone who took the vaccine is dead” they say.

The leaked segment of the intercepted video conference begins with the CCP Boss who organized the video conference telling the other CCP participants “What the CCP wants most is to have U.S. Troops get vaccinated.”

The speaker goes on to say “Once they get vaccinated, the U.S. Military will collapse, and the CCP will triumph.”

Oct 23 08:47

China Doesn’t Care About Environment

Oct 23 06:00

Pentagon chief: NATO Article 5 ironclad, sacred; Russia is focus, China is challenge. Video and text.

The secretary emphasized that the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty establishing the alliance in 1949 — an attack on one nation is an attack on all — is “ironclad.” He echoed President Joe Biden’s words that this commitment is “a sacred obligation” to the U.S. government.

Deterring Russia is a focus of NATO, and the defense ministers approved a number of initiatives to improve the readiness and availability of forces and capabilities.

But the global security environment is changing, and the wind of changes blows from the east. China – while not a focus of any one part of the NATO ministerial – is a concern to the nations of the alliance.

Oct 22 09:04

Controversial Wuhan Lab Seeks To Staff New Facility With CCP Members

China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the lab at the center of intense scrutiny over whether it was the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, earlier this year launched a new research facility and has sought to staff it with workers loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The new facility, called the Jiangxia Laboratory, will focus on studying emerging and highly pathogenic pathogens, biosafety technologies, and drugs on biosafety defense, according to China’s state-run media. Located in central China’s Hubei Province, the new lab was formally unveiled in a ceremony in February.

According to the WIV website, the facility is headed by Xiao Gengfu, who is currently the CCP secretary attached to the WIV.

In China, most companies, schools, institutions, and other entities have party branches or party cells embedded in them—a way for the communist regime to maintain a tight grip on their operations and staff.

Oct 22 06:59

Washington thought it could divide Russia & China. But, despite their differences, they're still set on standing up to US hegemony

As tensions rise between East and West in the Pacific Ocean, Russian and Chinese warships have together charted a course through the Tsugaru Straits that divide Japan amid large-scale joint exercises between Moscow and Beijing.

The drills, Maritime Interaction 20201, took place in the Sea of Japan earlier this week. Chinese media has instantly proclaimed that the wargames serve as a counterweight to the newly-announced AUKUS pact between Washington, London and Canberra. The trio of nations have agreed to share nuclear submarine technology and strengthen their joint operations as part of growing US-led efforts to encircle and contain China.

Oct 22 06:57

US Response to China's Hypersonic Missile Test Fails for Third Time

Earlier this week, the Financial Times broke the story that China successfully tested a hypersonic glider capable of delivering a nuclear payload.

The alleged launch, which Chinese officials are publicly denying, occurred in late July. American defense systems are incapable of countering the technology, which travels through space to complete a revolution around earth.

The combination of a glider with an orbiter is not groundbreaking and has been replicated in the past by the US. What makes the Chinese prototype unique is that it is designed to strike a target with a mounted nuclear weapon that evades current radar and missile defense technology.

The timing of the Pentagon leaking this story to the Financial Times appears to have been a deliberate act to build hype for the US’ most recent hypersonic weapons tests this week.

Oct 22 06:44

Biden Says United States Would Come to Taiwan’s Defense

The US has long tried to avoid directly needling China over Taiwan, by taking a position of ambiguity as to whether the US would immediately go to war to prevent a Chinese takeover of the island. President Biden has done away with that ambiguity now, however, saying he absolutely would go to war over Taiwan.

Biden summed up his statement with “I don’t want a cold war with China. I just want China to understand that we’re not going to step back, that we’re not going to change any of our views.”

That’s an unfortunately common US stance to take, not wanting a war but ruling out any discussions or flexibility to avoid one. While the US was nominally worried China would blunder without such a stance, the greater risk is the US blundering into a war through sheer stubbornness.

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Here's your rifle, Joe.

Oct 22 06:29

Beijing’s recent hypersonic missile test launch may have just rendered all Washington’s defense systems useless

China has conducted a test of space launch technology that, if adapted for use as a nuclear weapons system, could nullify US defenses against Chinese missile attacks.
Together, Russia and China have just made moot trillions of dollars in US defense spending.

A report published in the Financial Times declared that, sometime in August 2021, China had conducted a test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle that flew through low-orbit space, circling the globe before deorbiting and heading toward its target. According to sources, the test demonstrated “an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise.”

Oct 22 06:28

Biden defies longstanding US policy by telling CNN town hall he WOULD defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, forcing White House to issue 'clarification' contradicting president

White House advisers were forced to 'clarify' a comment by Joe Biden that the US would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by China, in breach of a longstanding policy that states otherwise.

'Yes,' he responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. 'We have a commitment to that.'

Biden's statement was at odds with the long-held US policy known as 'strategic ambiguity,' where Washington helps build Taiwan's defenses but does not explicitly promise to come to the island's help in the event of an attack.

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Here's your rifle, Joe.

Oct 21 06:32

Some Democrats Want to Give Biden War Powers to Fight China Over Taiwan

There is an ongoing debate between centrist Democrats and progressives in Washington over giving President Biden war powers to go to war with China in the case that Beijing invades Taiwan, Foreign Policy reported on Wednesday.

The centrists are in favor of expanding Biden’s authorities even though any military action against China risks nuclear war, while the progressives favor the current policy.

One Democrat in the House, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), the House Foreign Affairs Committee vice-chair, made the case to give Biden the war powers in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

Luria’s concern is that if China moves to take Taiwan, getting authorization from Congress would take too long. “So if you can’t act quickly enough, China overwhelmingly takes Taiwan,” she told Foreign Policy.

Oct 21 05:17

New China Law Will Punish Parents For Children's 'Bad Behavior'

China has drafted a law that would punish the parents of children who exhibit "very bad behavior" - which would be one of the first laws of its kind anywhere in the modern world.

A spokesman for the Legislative Affairs Commission of China's parliament, which is often dubbed in the West a "rubber-stamp" institution for the dictates of Communist party leadership, said "There are many reasons for adolescents to misbehave, and the lack of or inappropriate family education is the major cause."

It comes amid a broader initiative by President Xi and party leaders to stamp out what they've dubbed the false "spiritual opium" of Western culture, in reference to everything from internet gaming, to worship of Hollywood celebrities, to pop music, also to things deemed effeminate.

Oct 20 06:24

"We Just Don't Know" How To Defend Against Possible Chinese Hypersonic Missile: US Ambassador

A new investigative report by the Financial Times asserted that China launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, which circled the earth in a low orbit before cruising toward and narrowly missing a test target. The Chinese regime has officially denied the report’s findings, saying that the object in question was a spaceship.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said that Washington is concerned about China’s possible deployment of hypersonic weaponry, and said the United States hadn’t developed a means of countering it.

Oct 19 07:23

China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it is closely watching such activities.

It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailing together through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the Sea of Japan from the Pacific.

While the strait is regarded as international waters, Japan's ties with China have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow, as well.

Oct 19 05:31

Debunking Anti-Chinese Psy Ops: Jesuits, Tavistock and the Battle for the Soul of China

While there have been many honest and good Jesuit missionaries in China with names like Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), Adam Schall (1591-1666), Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688), and Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) something darker appears to lurk within the Byzantine structure of controls that manage the Society of Jesus founded by Spanish mercenary Ignatius Loyola in 1540. Anyone wishing to get a full grasp on the sorts of operations being conducted to destroy both China and the USA from within these days would do well to take the time to consider this secretive force of world history.

Prior to our current age, the subversive role of Jesuit operations were much more widely known by republican forces who understood the reality of conspiracies as a part of life and world history (1).

Oct 19 05:03

Stoltenberg in the Financial Times: NATO to confront rising China

Countering the security threat from the rise of China will be an important part of Nato’s future rationale, the alliance’s chief has said, marking a significant rethink of the western alliance’s objectives that reflects the US’s geostrategic pivot to Asia.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said China was already having an impact on European security through its cyber capabilities, technologies and long-range missiles.

Stoltenberg, who is set to step down next year after almost eight years at the helm of Nato, told the FT:

“China is coming closer to us….We see them in the Arctic. We see them in cyber space. And of course they have more and more high-range weapons that can reach all Nato allied countries.”

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"China BAD! China BAD! China BAD!"

Oct 18 10:52

Russia scrambles fighter jet to escort U.S. military plane - TASS

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet has been scrambled to escort a U.S. B-1B strategic bomber over the Sea of Japan, TASS news agency reported on Sunday citing the Russian military, just days after an incident with a U.S. naval destroyer in the same region.

It said the bomber had not breached the Russian border.

Russia said on Friday one of its military vessels chased away a U.S. destroyer that attempted to violate Russian territorial waters during Russian-Chinese naval drills in the Sea of Japan, something Washington said was false.

Oct 18 09:39

Will The US Abandon Taiwan?

“Goodbye, great power competition and hello, strategic competition,” this is what the Biden Administration’s Pentagon spokesperson recently told Daniel Lipmann of Politico. According to analysts, these comments signal a shift toward a more cooperative, even conciliatory, American posture toward the Chinese Communist Party. Further, President Joe Biden told the media on October 6 that he had “spoken with [Chinese President Xi Jinping] about Taiwan. We agree that we will abide by the Taiwan Agreement.”

Oct 18 08:51

China’s Shenzhou-13 craft successfully docks to Tiangong space station & 3 astronauts enter core module

China’s second manned mission reached the Tiangong space station, which is still under construction, on Saturday. The three astronauts left the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft and entered the station’s core module.

The Shenzhou-13 (Divine Vessel) successfully docked to the port of the space station at 6:56am (21:56 GMT).

Oct 18 08:40

China Denies Financial Times' Report Of Hypersonic Missile Test

Update (Monday 0700ET): On Monday, China's Foreign Ministry denied Financial Times' claim that the country had tested a hypersonic weapon in space, according to state-owned media outlet CGTN.

"It was not a missile, it was a space vehicle," ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing when asked about FT's story.

Lijian said, "it's understood that this was a routine test of a space vehicle to verify the technology of spacecraft's reusability," adding that the significance of a reusability test is that it can "provide a cheap and convenient method for humans to peacefully travel to and from space," he added.

Oct 18 08:40

China Q3 GDP Growth Disappoints, Inflation Expected To Stay "High For Some Time"

Facing a “complex and severe domestic and overseas environment", China’s stats bureau spokesperson Fu Linghui admitted that economic indicators all weakened in Q3/September.

China 3Q GDP Grows 4.9% Y/Y; Est. 5% - MISS

China Sept. Industrial Output Rises 3.1% Y/Y; Est. 3.8% - MISS

China Jan.-Sept. Fixed Investment Rises 7.3% Y/Y; Est. 7.8% - MISS

China Sept. Retail Sales Rise 4.4% Y/Y; Est. 3.5% - BEAT

GDP growth was a mere 0.2% in the third quarter from the previous three months.

Oct 18 07:32

PBOC is disappointing markets here...

Oct 18 06:59

China Condemns US & Canada For Joint Warship Sail Throughs Of Taiwan Strait

The Pentagon revealed on Sunday that it sailed a US warship through the contested Taiwan Strait in conjunction with a Canadian frigate. The pair went through on Thursday and Friday at a moment tensions between China and Taiwan continue to intensify.

The warships were identified in the US military statement as Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey and the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg. "Dewey's and Winnipeg's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the US military statement said.

This continues the apparent Biden administration pattern of sailing a warship through the strait on "freedom of navigation" missions about once every month. This latest comes within weeks after China's PLA military flew record numbers of aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

Oct 18 06:20

Dem lawmaker wants to expand trend of ceding war powers to the president

Should Congress authorize war with China in order to prevent war with China? It doesn’t take a legal scholar or policy expert to know the correct answer is a resounding “no.” Yet that is precisely what Representative Elaine Luria (D-Va.) is arguing in a new op-ed in the Washington Post.

This is flawed and problematic on multiple levels. First, there’s the baffling legal analysis. Complaining that the president’s “hands” are “legally tied,” Rep. Luria warns that “the president has no legal authority, without the express authorization of Congress, to use military force to defend Taiwan,” citing the War Powers Resolution and Taiwan Relations Act. In fairness, she is completely correct that the president does not have such unilateral authority, but she has ignored the fundamental reason why: because the U.S. Constitution says so.

Oct 18 06:15

Chinese military newspaper calls for ‘people’s war’ to counter US spies after CIA sets up new China unit

A Chinese military newspaper has called for a “people’s war” to defeat American espionage after the CIA set up a new unit dedicated to China.

Reports about the launch of China Mission Centre on October 7, which CIA Director William Burns said was aimed at countering “the most important geopolitical threat” of the century, has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A widely circulated video clip in the past few days, carried by many state-controlled media outlets, claimed that the CIA was recruiting Chinese-speaking operatives who understood Mandarin as well as Cantonese, Hakka and Shanghainese.

Oct 18 06:05

In Kashmir, militants target minority civilians, stoking fears of a return to violent past

Militants in Kashmir have killed seven civilians, including Hindus and Sikhs, in targeted attacks this month, marking an escalation in the decades-old conflict in the Muslim-majority enclave and setting the stage for new clashes.

One of the victims, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Hindu, spent his life running a large pharmacy in Muslim-majority Kashmir’s Srinagar city. This month, militants barged into his shop in a bustling market and shot him four times at point-blank range.

“He died before reaching the hospital,” his son, Siddharth, said.

Oct 18 05:44

'We will lose the new Cold War with Communist China within the decade': Stark warning to the US after Chinese launches 'hypersonic missile that orbits the Earth at 38,000 mph' but Beijing claims it is just a routine test for the 'PEACEFUL use of space'

America will lose a new Cold War arms race with China within a decade unless it takes a tougher stance with Beijing, a Republican congressman has warned after it was claimed the Chinese tested a new hypersonic nuclear-capable missile.

Mike Gallagher, a member of the armed services committee, blasted the Biden administration for 'complacency' and said America needs to 'aggressively' re-think its relations with China after security sources reported that Beijing launched a rocket that carried a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile into space in August.

While China was known to be working on the technology, the test took analysts by surprise and indicated Beijing's missile programme is more advanced than previously thought. 'We have no idea how they did this,' one said.

Oct 18 05:39

Beijing, Moscow, Ankara Push US Out Of Red Sea Dominance

The U.S. abandonment of Ethiopia has forced its government to seek allies and protection elsewhere, and Russia, China, and Turkey have rushed in to fill the power vacuum.

The now-open hostility of the Biden administration toward Ethiopia was rationalized as being supportive of Egypt’s position as the United States’ preferred partner in the region, controlling the Suez Canal. Washington also justifies its hostility on claims—widely discredited by the evidence—of Ethiopian “human rights violations” in its fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) marxist insurgency. But it was the TPLF which began the war surging into the neighboring Ethiopian Amhara and Afar regions, causing millions of refugees.

And despite the U.S. efforts to please Cairo, Beijing and Moscow have also improved their positions with the Egyptian government.

Oct 17 08:21

"Foreign Is Dangerous" - China's Censors Are Banning Hollywood Films From Domestic Market

Just like American political leaders and financial giants, Hollywood has also misjudged China's intentions. After Dalian Wanda's takeover of the American production company Legendary Entertainment, some warned that Beijing was trying to subvert American audiences' opinion of China by injecting subtle Chinese propaganda into American films.

But it turns out, Beijing and President Xi had no intentions of embracing Hollywood: instead, it appears they're trying to keep Chinese consumers from absorbing Hollywood's decadent cultural values. Which is why American films have been increasingly blocked from being shown in the Chinese entertainment market in recent years.

Oct 17 07:40

GLOBAL THREAT China fires hypersonic nuke ‘right round the Earth’ as terrifying display of advanced weapons ‘leaves US reeling’

CHINA has fired a hypersonic missile around the globe with the US left reeling by the terrifying display of military strength.

US intelligence and military officials were reportedly left stunned after China launched a rocket in space carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle which circled the globe before before speeding towards its target.

The nuke-capable missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles when it was secretly launched in August, intelligence sources told the Financial Times.

But the chilling test has alarmed US officials and shows how China has made astonishing progress on the development of its hypersonic weapons, sources said.

Oct 17 07:39

China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise.

Five people familiar with the test said the Chinese military launched a rocket that carried a hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space before cruising down towards its target.

The missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles, according to three people briefed on the intelligence. But two said the test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised.

The test has raised new questions about why the US often underestimated China’s military modernisation.

“We have no idea how they did this,” said a fourth person.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess US Intelligence was too busy spying on parents opposed to Critical Race Theory.

Oct 16 06:37

Violence Undermines China’s Plans in Afghanistan, Risks Luring it Into Quagmire

China's top national security decisionmakers are stunned by a devastating suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan last week reportedly carried out by a Uighur Muslim, sources say, provoking Beijing to either disrupt its march toward greater investments in the Taliban government or to commit further to the quagmire that has stymied other superpowers for decades.

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K, quickly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kunduz on Friday. But in an even more brazen and rare move, it also provided a crucial detail about the attacker, specifying that the bomber was of the ethnicity that largely originates from China's restive Xinjiang Province. Beijing's attempts to stamp out violent extremists among its Uighur population has emerged as perhaps its most sensitive problem at home and nearby, as shown through the lengths it's willing to go to quash the threat it perceives.

Oct 16 06:25

China’s Shenzhou-13 craft successfully docks to Tiangong space station & 3 astronauts enter core module

China’s second manned mission reached the Tiangong space station, which is still under construction, on Saturday. The three astronauts left the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft and entered the station’s core module.

The Shenzhou-13 (Divine Vessel) successfully docked to the port of the space station at 6:56am (21:56 GMT).

The three astronauts, or ‘taikonauts’ as the Chinese call them, made it from the vessel to the space station’s Tianhe core module at 10:03am, the China Manned Space Agency announced.

Footage from inside Tiangong shows them greeting mission control back on Earth, becoming acquainted with the station’s equipment, and having some fun in zero-gravity.

Oct 15 05:36

U.S. Concerned About Possible Chinese Military Construction at Cambodian Naval Base

The U.S. embassy in Cambodia on Wednesday complained the Cambodian government “has not been fully transparent about the intent, nature, and scope” of a project to renovate the naval base at Ream, apparently with assistance from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China.

“The Cambodian people deserve to know more about the project at Ream and to have a say in this type of military agreement, which has long-term implications for their country,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Chad Rodemeier said after satellite images revealed three new buildings under construction at Ream.

The images were published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which had no doubt that the new buildings and road constructed at Ream “are being built to facilitate a Chinese military presence in Cambodia.”

Oct 15 05:16

Wuhan Lab Seen In New Light Amid Private Citizens Speaking Up

Proof almost reveals that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan. Private citizens and internet researchers are showing key clues, not the intelligence community, a key adviser to former President Donald Trump said.

Matthew Pottinger, who served on the Trump National Security Council, made the remarks during the Soufan Center's Global Security Forum. While he said the natural origin theory is still feasible, the lab leak case is becoming much more apparent.