Oct 14 08:12

China blinks, unloads Aussie coal

China has started unloading a small number of Australian coal shipments despite an unofficial import ban, analysts said, in a move underscoring the intensity of the power crunch facing the world’s second-largest economy.

Nick Ristic, lead dry cargo analyst at Braemar ACM Shipbroking, said a handful of Australian cargoes waiting outside Chinese ports since a ban came into force a year ago had headed into berth last month and draft change had been observed, indicating that the coal had been unloaded. He said 450,000 tonnes of coal had been discharged.

Oct 14 07:22

Blinken Said to Warn Israel’s Lapid Against Cooperation With China

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday. Ahead of the meeting, a State Department official told reporters that Blinken planned to warn Lapid against cooperation with China, as the US is increasingly unhappy over its top recipient of military aid doing business with its newly declared top adversary.

“As the secretary has noted, with allies and partners worldwide, we’ll be candid with our Israeli friends over risks to our shared national security interests that come with close cooperation with China,” the official said.

A State Department readout of the meeting offered little detail but did say the two diplomats discussed a number of issues, including the “People’s Republic of China.”

Oct 14 07:20

Luria’s plea to give Biden full authority to attack China is folly

A Democratic congresswoman wants to allow President Biden to bypass the legislative branch in order to have full authority to respond militarily in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) calls for a debate over the Republican-sponsored Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act (TRA). This proposed bill would no longer require the president to consult with Congress first before responding to a clear threat against Taiwan, as established in the long-standing Taiwan Relations Act. Under this proposed legislation, the president would be entirely free to declare war on China, without any input from America’s representatives.

Oct 14 06:44

China and India are locked in a clash that goes far beyond a few kilometres of disputed land; their enmity and distrust runs deep

Tensions between Beijing and New Delhi are rising once again, as part of the world’s geopolitical tussle over China orchestrated by America. Might it lead to another border war, as it did 59 years ago? The signs aren’t good.

This week, the 13th round of the India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point. Despite being a dialogue designed to reduce tensions, the event saw both sides ramp up the rhetoric, showcase military moves, and subsequently blame the other for the failure to make progress.

Hostilities between the two sides have been high since a deadly border clash in the Galwan Valley last year, which erupted after India accused China of taking part of its territory. But despite efforts to move on and stabilize the situation, at least in name only, it has only led to a “new geopolitical normal” between the two Asian giants, a stand-off which is not going to go away.

Oct 14 05:39

Taiwan Is Part Of China, Russia Declares, As Two Powers Coordinate To Resist US Pressure

Russia has entered the fray in terms of interjecting in the ratcheting rhetoric between China and the US on the Taiwan issue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made Moscow's stance on the issue clear, firmly stating that Russia affirms its position that the island belongs to China.

"Just like the overwhelming majority of other countries, Russia views Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China. This is the premise we proceed from and will continue to proceed from in our policy," Lavrov told reporters Tuesday, as cited in Interfax.

The statement was in response to a press question over whether the geopolitical tensions growing around Taiwan constitute a threat to regional security that Russia is concerned about. His statement about the "overwhelming majority" of nations holding Russia's same view is certainly accurate, given Washington technically falls into the same category, while a mere 14 countries today have diplomatic relations with Taipei.

Oct 13 15:30

Evergrande shares suspended in Hong Kong amid acquisition rumours

Trading in shares of China’s troubled real estate giant Evergrande was suspended on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) on Monday, as the world’s most indebted developer missed back-to-back interest payment deadlines and continues its attempts to pay off investors.

“Trading in the shares of China Evergrande Group will be halted at 9am today,” a regulatory filing with HKEX said, without stating a reason. “Accordingly, all structured products relating to the company will also be halted from trading at the same time.”

HKEX did not specify the reasons behind the halt or who initiated the suspension. However, it has intensified speculation over a potential acquisition in the company’s property management unit, as the cash-strapped company has been making attempts to raise money to meet its dues.

Oct 13 09:41

Top Pentagon Official Sounds The Alarm: ‘Biden Has SURRENDERED To China’

A senior Pentagon official has quit in protest of the Biden administration’s ‘surrender’ to China, which he has predicted will soon overtake the United States as the world’s top superpower.

In a Financial Times interview on Monday, Nicolas Chaillan confessed, “We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years.” “Right now, it’s a done deal; in my opinion, it’s already over.”

Oct 13 08:22

Which War Is Beijing Preparing For?

It’s no secret that Beijing is preparing for war.

One of the main reasons is China’s cratering economy. The recent collapse of the Evergrande real estate development firm is only the latest in a series of dire symptoms that are fueling rising domestic discontent. The $8 trillion debt crisis in the shadow economy—more than half of its GDP—is also looming large in China’s ability to keep its financial system afloat. An aging, less productive population, higher production costs, and fleeing foreign investment all result in falling GDP.

China’s Power Has Peaked

The reality is that China’s economic power is already declining.

Sure, the statistics can be adjusted, but it doesn’t change reality. What’s more, this across-the-board economic decline is driving the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to impose even more extreme, oppressive measures against its people and businesses. The CCP’s response only worsens economic performance and civil unrest.

Oct 13 08:22

India-China Border Talks Fail As Each Side Pursues Troop Build-Up Amid Threats

Talks between India and China over the disputed border region in the Himalayas have broken down, with each side blaming the other for the failed negotiations. Tensions have been high between the two powers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory.

In 2020, Chinese and Indian troops fought several skirmishes along the LAC, including one in June 2020 that turned deadly. The failed talks mean that India and China will continue to have troops forwardly deployed in Ladakh, where the skirmishes took place. China has blamed the failure on what it called "unreasonable demands" from India.

Oct 13 08:07

Beijing Advisor: China ‘Overly Optimistic’ on Relations With the US

A government advisor in Beijing said Monday that China is too optimistic when it comes to the idea of easing tensions with Washington and warned that the US will continue its confrontational approach, The South China Morning Post reported.

“China is a bit overly optimistic now,” said Shi Yinhong, a professor at Renmin University in Beijing and an advisor to China’s State Council. “Chinese people always have a short memory — if the US president so much as smiles or something, they get excited.”

Many in Beijing hoped a new administration in Washington was a chance to reset relations with the US. But it was clear early on in his presidency that Biden would continue the hardline China policies of his predecessor.

Oct 13 07:27

‘Absolutely just’: Beijing says its military drills near Taiwan are a response to its provocations & collusion with foreign powers

The Chinese Taiwan Affairs Office has defended Beijing’s military exercises near Taiwan, claiming it is a “just” move to protect peace and stability, and blamed Taipei’s “collusion” with foreign forces.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, put the blame for rising tensions firmly on Taipei, accusing it of inventing “bogus accusations” against Beijing and colluding with foreign powers.

“The [Democratic Progressive Party] DPP authorities’ hyping of the so-called ‘military threat’ of the mainland is to completely invert right and wrong, and a bogus accusation,” Ma told gathered reporters.

Ma said recent Chinese drills were a response to Taiwanese “collusion” with foreign powers, a reference to the US and its allies, and the ruling DPP’s “provocations” concerning the island’s independence.

“They are absolutely just actions,” Ma claimed, referencing Chinese wargames in the province directly across the sea from Taiwan.

Oct 13 05:58

THIS Just Happened in China!

Oct 12 11:36

Pic: China testing armed ‘mini-destroyer’ drone ships at secret base

China’s Navy is conducting previously unreported tests on experimental armed “mini-destroyer” drone ships at a secret naval base on the nation’s northern coast, according to United States Naval Institute (USNI) News on Monday.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy is testing secretive naval programs at the pier near Dalian, including two “large uncrewed surface vessels,” (USV) which were detected in Maxar Technologies satellite photos reviewed by USNI.

Oct 12 09:52

Johnstone: Anyone Who'd Support Going To War Over Taiwan Is A Crazy Idiot

The mass media have been falsely reporting that China has been encroaching on Taiwan’s “air defense zone”, which gets stretched into the even more ludicrous claim that China “sent warplanes flying over Taiwan”. In reality Chinese planes simply entered an arbitrarily designated area hundreds of miles from Taiwan’s coast it calls its “Air Defence Identification Zone”, which has no legally recognized existence and contains a significant portion of China’s mainland. This is likely a response to the way the US and its allies have been constantly sailing war ships into disputed waters to threaten Beijing.

As Moon of Alabama reports, US warmongers inflamed this non-controversy even further by feeding a story to the press about the already public information that there are American troops in Taiwan training the military there, citing “concern” about the danger posed by China.

Oct 12 09:07

U.S. cybersecurity official resigns because 'we have no competing fighting chance against China'

A former top information technology official at the Department of Defense says he quit because the U.S. has all but lost the upcoming cyberwar with China.

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” Nicolas Chaillan told the Financial Times in an interview published Sunday.

Chaillan resigned last month, saying the Pentagon put "laggards” in charge of cyberprojects for which they had no expertise.

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"But those laggards were non-white! That's gotta count for something!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 12 07:45

Taiwan Showing Strength While Biden Cowers As China Gives Ultimatum To U.S.

Taiwan will not give in to pressure from China and will protect its democratic way of life, President Tsai Ing-wen has said in a resistant speech amid increased tensions over the island.

Her comments on Taiwan's National Day came after China's President Xi Jinping promised to "fulfill reunification."

China condemned Ms. Tsai's speech, saying it "incited confrontation." Taiwan views itself as a sovereign state, while China regards it as a breakaway province.

Oct 12 07:05

"It's A Disastrous Day" - All Hell Breaks Loose In China's Bond Markets

The US bond market may be closed, but it was fully open in China, and locals took advantage of this fact to do one thing: sell.

In the aftermath of our viral post ""Catastrophic" Property Sales Mean China's Worst Case Scenario Is Now In Play", China property firms bonds were hit with another wrecking ball on Monday as Evergrande was set to miss its third round of (offshore) bond payments in as many weeks and rival Modern Land became the latest scrambling to delay deadlines.

Having already suffered the fastest drop on record, Chinese junk bond markets - where property developer issuers dominate - were routed once again as fears about fast-spreading contagion in the $5 trillion sector, which drives a sizable chunk of the Chinese economy, continued to savage sentiment. Meanwhile, China Evergrande Group's offshore bondholders still had not received interest payment by a Monday deadline Asia time, Reuters reported citing sources.

Oct 11 10:09

China raises nuclear submarine stealth game with redesign and tactics to ‘hide ID numbers’

China has not only revised and upgraded its strategic nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) to increase their stealth power and reduce noise, but is also using deceptive tactics to hide their identification numbers, ?according to both a recently released report and military analysts.

The report, co-authored by French submarine encyclopaedia author Eric Genevelle, and Richard W. Stirn, a former sonar technician submariner with the US Navy, said China had reconfigured its new generation type 094 submarines, and also introduced deceptive tactics to hide identification markers, thus making it difficult to assess how many of the powerful boats it had built.

Oct 11 10:05

The US Cannot Defend Taiwan, and China Knows It

The US is playing a dangerous game of putting a public face on a policy of defending Taiwan from China, for which it has zero capability to implement.
Following a recent escalation of tensions between Beijing and Taipei, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to pursue “reunification” with Taiwan by peaceful means and warned foreign nations about meddling in the issue.

For the past several years, the air force of the People’s Republic of China has been flying sorties into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, as a means of sending a signal to Taipei that China does not recognize its claims of independence and, as such, any notion of an ADIZ is null and void. These incidents, which have been escalating over the years, recently reached a crescendo: China, according to Taipei, flew 38 aircraft in two waves into Taiwan’s ADIZ on October 1, 39 more on October 2 (also in two waves), and 16 the following day.

Oct 11 09:48

Thousands evacuated and coal mines shuttered as floods hit north China

More than 120,000 people have been evacuated, coal mines shut and crops destroyed after unseasonably heavy rainfall flooded north China’s Shanxi province over the weekend, state media reported Monday, with more rain forecast.

The deluge comes just months after record floods hit the country’s central Henan province in July — killing more than 300 people — and raises fears about ensuring the supply of energy ahead of the winter.

Many parts of Shanxi, a landlocked province that generally has dry weather, saw record-breaking rainfall over the past week, according to the provincial government, which ordered coal mines to take flood-proofing measures and make emergency plans to be “activated immediately in case of grave danger”.

At least 60 coal mines in the province — one of China’s top coal-producing regions — have suspended operations due to the floods, according to a local government statement, even as the country faces a power supply crunch.

Oct 11 08:43

Parents stunned as scantily-clad pole dancers entertain kindergarten children on first day of school

A kindergarten located in south-east China has been slammed by furious parents after it had organized a pole dancing performance as a back-to-school welcome for the children. Footage of the strange performance that was uploaded to social media on September 3 showed a woman wearing barely-there clothing and high heels while spinning around the pole for an audience consisting of confused children and angry parents.

The school, Xinshashui Kindergarten in the Bao'an District of Shenzhen, China, has since issued an apology and has said that the pole dancing performance was well-intentioned. Shocked parents posted videos of the performance on social media and many of them have now said that they are trying to pull their children out of the school and get the tuition money back.

Oct 10 08:43

China's President Xi Jinping says reunification with Taiwan 'must happen' after state media warned that world war three could happen 'at any moment'

China has warned the US over its involvement in Taiwan and claimed the 'weak and cowardly' island authorities will accept reunification ahead of the island's National Day of celebration tomorrow.

An op-ed in state media outlet Global Times said the US would face 'unbearable' consequences for its military involvement in Taiwan and that American troops would be the first to be 'eliminated' in a Chinese 'invasion'.

The piece also claimed Taiwanese authorities were likely 'to surrender [to reunification] in a few years or even a shorter period of time' or China would resolve the dispute 'by force'.

Oct 10 07:36

Let’s talk about those Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone

Dozens of Chinese military flights through parts of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the past month have caused an unwarranted panic that hawks in the U.S. have stoked and exploited for their own purposes.

Media hysteria and misinformation about these events have served to ratchet up tensions unnecessarily and to create an impression with the public that China is behaving far more aggressively than it is. The eagerness with which some national security analysts and reporters have mischaracterized what these flights represent has been alarming, because it shows how quickly any Chinese actions can be used to create a crisis atmosphere when there is no reason for it.

Oct 10 07:17

India, China Make Another Attempt to Defuse Border Tensions

Both India and China have made major deployments of troops to areas along their 3,488 km border. Troops from the two countries engaged in a series of skirmishes beginning in May last year that led to casualties on both sides. Since then, tensions have mounted between the two, with each side accusing the other of violating bilateral pacts.

India and China are set to hold their 13th round of talks on Sunday to address the ongoing military stand-off between the two countries.

The talks are scheduled to be held at Moldo (Chushul) on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and are likely to focus on a resolution of the friction point at Hot Springs in the Ladakh sector.

The top-level military dialogue is being held amid reports that earlier this month, Indian soldiers engaged in a tense standoff with Chinese troops who had transgressed in Arunachal Pradesh state across the Line of Actual Control.

Oct 10 05:51

China's Xi vows 'reunification' with Taiwan!

Oct 09 07:04

China Demanding Answers Over US Nuclear Sub "Underwater Collision" In Indo-Pacific Waters

China is demanding to know answers and says it's deeply "concerned" over the incident with the US nuclear submarine in international waters in the Indo-Pacific which was revealed for the first time Thursday. A Navy-affiliated news outlet reported that a US nuclear attack submarine had been damaged in the Western Pacific after suffering an "underwater collision" - although it's not clear what the sub collided with. The collision took place on Oct. 2.

"China is seriously concerned over this incident," China's foreign ministry's spokesman Zhao Lijian said Friday. He urged immediate transparency over the incident, "including the exact location of the incident, the purpose of this trip, and details of what the submarine encountered," according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the secrecy, I speculate that the USS Connecticut was tailing another submarine which suddenly changed course and speed (a la the Russian Crazy Ivan) and the USS Connecticut hit the other sub.

Oct 09 05:32

Are China’s Threats to Taiwan a Bluff?

Oct 08 07:40

Russia, China Say Military Biological Activities of U.S. & Allies ‘Serious Threat’ to their National Security

The Russian Federation and China claimed in a joint statement that the military biological activities of the United States and its allies pose a ‘serious threat’ to their national security.

The two countries stated that they “reaffirm their conviction that the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BWC) is essential as a pillar of the international peace and security, and their determination to safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the Convention.”

Oct 08 07:35

China Urges US to Reveal Details About Incident With Nuclear Sub in Int'l Indo-Pacific Waters

On 2 October a US Navy nuclear-powered submarine stuck an object while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region.

China is deeply concerned about the incident with the US nuclear submarine in the international waters of the Indo-Pacific region, the foreign ministry's spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said on Friday.

"China is seriously concerned over this incident," Zhao said at a briefing.

Zhao Lijian stressed that the United States and other countries involved should provide relevant details, “including the exact location of the incident, the purpose of this trip, and details of what the submarine encountered”.

Oct 08 07:34

Japan Reportedly Making ‘Preparations’ for Possible Chinese Attack of Taiwan

According to reports, Japan is preparing for a possible attack from China on Taiwan.

On Tuesday, Japan's foreign ministry revealed that they will consider their "options" and make necessary "preparations" to support Taiwan if China does attack.

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu told reporters that he hopes “this matter is resolved peacefully between the two parties through direct talks" as China ramps up its military intimidation on the island.

“Additionally, instead of simply monitoring the situation, we hope to weigh the various possible scenarios that may arise to consider what options we have, as well as the preparations we must make,” he said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

“Motegi’s comments on Taiwan mark a departure from the past by explicitly speaking of possible involvement, and were also aimed at drawing international attention to the issue and pressing China,” Reuters observed on Tuesday, citing the analysis of political experts.

Oct 07 11:41

Chinese Real Estate Imploding?

Oct 07 05:18

US Reportedly Pressing Israel on Security Concerns Over Chinese-Built Port in Haifa

The US has repeatedly pressed Israeli officials to inspect the Chinese-operated port construction project near Haifa. The port is adjacent to Israel’s largest naval base, which the US Navy makes use of.

Sources told Breaking Defense that of primary concern to US officials are the heavy machinery that China’s state-owned Shanghai International Port Group has brought in to complete the project.

Israeli and US security experts are both aware of the relative ease with which a surveillance device could be hidden.

The port’s close proximity to a naval base, if compromised, could pose a security risk for Israel and the US. The concern is not that the Chinese government would be able to find weaknesses to attack the base, but that it would be able to gather intelligence on military equipment and technology.

Oct 07 04:59

The Chino-Americana Virus Plot Revealed:

US and Chinese scientists were plotting to form a new coronavirus before the pandemic erupted, leaked proposals reveal.

Last month, a grant application submitted to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) showed that an international group of scientists had intended to mix genetic data of similar strains to form a new virus.

The grant application was made in 2018 and leaked to Drastic, the pandemic origins analysis group.

Oct 06 10:54

China's Belt And Road Faces Growing Opposition From Participating Countries As Debts Mount

Launched in 2013 by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the BRI might be losing its impetus due to a debt-based backlash, according to a study from AidData, a research lab at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute.

The study analyzed 13,427 projects backed by China in more than 165 countries over 18 years. The projects’ total value amounts to $843 billion.

AidData found that 35 percent of BRI’s projects dealt with implementation problems, “such as corruption scandals, labor violations, environmental hazards, and public protests.”

Brad Parks, one of the study’s authors, said “a growing number of policymakers in low- and middle-income countries are mothballing high profile BRI projects because of overpricing, corruption and debt sustainability concerns.”

Oct 06 09:06

Biden Tells Japan’s New PM That the US Will Defend Senkaku Islands from China

President Biden told Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a phone call on Monday that the US would defend the Senkaku Islands in the event of a Chinese attack.

The Senkakus, known as the Diayous in China, are a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. They are currently controlled by Japan and are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

In a statement on the call, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said that Biden had “reaffirmed the US’s unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan including the application of Article V of the Japan-US Security Treaty to the Senkaku Islands.”

Article V is the section of the US-Japan Security Treaty that outlines the mutual defense agreement between the two countries. Kishida told reporters on Tuesday that President Biden had given “strong remarks on the US commitment to defend Japan, including Article V.”

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Oct 06 07:56

China warns World War Three could be triggered 'at any time' after it sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan's airspace as Big Lizzie joins TWO US carriers and Japanese warships in huge Philippine sea exercise

China has warned that World War Three could be triggered 'at any time' after it sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan's airspace.

An article in the state-backed Global Times newspaper on Tuesday said that 'collusion' between the US and Taiwan was so 'audacious' that the situation 'has almost lost any room for manoeuvre, teetering on the edge of a face-off.'

It claimed that the people of China were ready to back all-out war with the US, warning the island nation against 'playing with fire'.

Almost 150 Chinese warplanes have breached Taiwan's airspace since Friday, including 56 jets on Monday in a dramatic escalation of Chinese aggression against the self-governing democracy.

Joe Biden said he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement as tensions continue to ratchet up between Taipei and Beijing.

Oct 06 07:52

Wuhan scientists and US researchers planned to create a new coronavirus in 2018: Consortium led by Brit Peter Daszak asked DARPA to fund research at lab in city where Covid pandemic began

US and Chinese scientists were planning to create a new coronavirus before the pandemic erupted, leaked proposals show.

Last month, a grant application submitted to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) revealed that an international team of scientists had planned to mix genetic data of similar strains to create a new virus.

The grant application was made in 2018 and leaked to Drastic, the pandemic origins analysis group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just as the military-industrial complex requires constant war to prosper, the medical-industrial complex requires a constantly ill population to prosper.

Oct 06 07:48

Japan Making ‘Preparations’ for Possible Chinese Attack of Taiwan

Japan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would consider its “options” and make necessary “preparations” toward supporting Taiwan if China continues to ramp up its military intimidation of the island.

Asked by reporters how Tokyo views Beijing’s record-breaking flyovers through Taiwanese airspace in recent days, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu said he hoped “this matter is resolved peacefully between the two parties through direct talks.”

“Additionally, instead of simply monitoring the situation, we hope to weigh the various possible scenarios that may arise to consider what options we have, as well as the preparations we must make,” he said at an October 5 press briefing.

Oct 06 06:57

Watch: Biden Seems to Invent ‘Taiwan Agreement’ With China in Press Comments

US President Joe Biden left reporters puzzled on Tuesday after mentioning a supposed “Taiwan Agreement” with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), since no such agreement by that name exists.

“China has…I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” Biden said outside the White House on Tuesday evening, when asked about the recent flight of several dozen Chinese aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

“That’s where we are and I made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” he added.

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Oct 06 06:26

China-India border: New Delhi redirects Pakistan-facing troops, tanks before 13th round of LAC talks

Military commanders from China and India are expected to hold a 13th round of talks on their border dispute by the middle of this month – but in the run-up to the dialogue, the nuclear-armed neighbours have ramped up deployments along their 3,488km (2,167 mile) shared border.

New Delhi has sent 50,000 additional troops to the Himalayan areas of the undemarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to recent Indian media reports.

French-made Rafale fighter jets armed with long-range missiles will support soldiers on the ground in Ladakh, who are equipped with 105mm field guns and M777 howitzers. The M777s can be moved from one sector to another with Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

Oct 05 12:53

Taiwan President Sends Dire Warning To China That Could Send The World Into War

Following China’s record-breaking military intrusions into Taiwan’s air defense zone in recent days, Taiwan’s president has warned China that Taiwan will do everything it takes to defend itself.

China has flown 145 aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense zone in the last four days, according to Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson:

Oct 05 09:47

Foul play suspected in China’s latest drone light show fail; see video

It’s raining drones in Zhengzhou. As the capital of China’s Henan province hosted a drone light show last weekend, a massive fail sent the machines tumbling out of the sky. The show organizer has since reported the incident to the local police, alleging interference by a competitor.

The freak event took place on October 1, at Wanda Plaza shopping mall in Zhengzhou High-tech Zone. Around 200 drones took to the skies to commemorate the mall’s anniversary with varied formations, but the show barely crossed the two-and-a-half-minute mark before the drones started descending uncontrollably toward the ground.

Videos captured by eye-witnesses show a drone bouncing off a car in a parking lot, with several others dropping directly into the spectator zone, causing people to panic – though some decided to grab onto the fallen machines as if they were souvenirs!

Oct 05 08:38

Bloody battle of the hippos: 3,000-pound giants tear chunks out of each other as they fight for supremacy in Kenya

This is the incredible moment two 3,000-pound hippos tore chunks out of each other as they fought for supremacy in the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya.

Brutal pictures captured the bloody battle as the fighting hippos locked jaws together for half an hour, sending spit and blood gushing from their mouths.

Oct 05 06:38

China PCR test orders soared before first confirmed COVID case

Purchases of PCR tests in China's Hubei Province surged months before the first official reports of a novel coronavirus case there, according to a report by Australia-based cybersecurity company Internet 2.0.

About 67.4 million yuan ($10.5 million at current rates) was spent on PCR tests in Hubei during 2019, nearly double the 2018 total, with the upswing starting in May, according to the report.

Internet 2.0 collected and analyzed data from a website that aggregates information on public procurement bids in China. The analysis team consists of former officials from intelligence agencies in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and other countries.

The report casts further doubt on China's official line about the origins of the virus, a topic that has fueled tensions between Beijing and Washington. China's foreign ministry has disputed the report's findings.

Oct 05 06:02

Experts Worry China Close To Acting Upon Turmoil With US

Amid "turmoil" at the top of China's political system, far east expert Gordon Chang warns the Biden administration to be on high alert.

"Everyone is extremely nervous because there are a number of things going on, especially inside China, that would drive Xi Jinping, the Chinese ruler, into even more belligerent actions," Chang told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "There seems to be turmoil in China at the top of the political system. That's not good news for anybody in the region."

Oct 05 05:51

Revealed: Progressives Officially Working On Behalf Of China

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., have partnered up to address a letter to four prominent far-left climate organizations investigating possible connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The four organizations that will receive a copy of the letter are the Sunrise Movement, Union of Concerned Scientists, MoveOn, and Earthworks.

Oct 05 05:47

White House Continues Stalling on Whether Hunter Biden Divested Shares of Chinese Equity Firm

The White House continued stonewalling Monday in response to questions about President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s ten percent stake in a Chinese firm.

“I’d point you to his representatives on that, he doesn’t work in the administration,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily press briefing, in response to questions from Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson about Hunter’s foreign investments in China.

Since Biden became president, Psaki has continued dodging questions about Hunter’s ten percent equity stake in Bohai Harvest RST.

Oct 05 05:34

Xi Jinping ‘ratcheting up’ the military intimidation of Taiwan

Oct 05 05:28

On Top Of Everything Else, Could We Potentially See 2 Major Wars Start Before The End Of The Year?

Historically, the start of most wars has not been a surprise. Usually, there is a very clear build up before hostilities begin, and we are seeing the same pattern today. For example, by now it should be exceedingly clear to everyone that Israel and Iran will be going to war. Both sides have been talking about the coming conflict for years, and everyone knows who has been causing the “mystery explosions” inside Iran and everyone knows who has been attacking Israeli commercial ships. A “shadow war” has already been going on for quite some time, and at some point missiles will start flying back and forth between the two countries. Likewise, by now it should be exceedingly clear that China very much wants to invade Taiwan. “Reunification” is a top national priority for the CCP, and as you will see below, we are being warned that Xi Jinping has apparently decided that Taiwan is “not a problem that will be passed down to the next generation”.

Oct 04 11:09

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Oct 04 09:51

How The West Adopted China-Style Lockdowns

Prior to the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 or covid-19, many looked to the United States as a beacon of freedom and liberty. When viewed in comparison to the harsh realities of the world, this may seem rather true. After all, one’s perception of freedom and liberty is skewed by perspective. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has escalated its increasingly authoritarian approach to “managing” the threat of the virus. Even President Biden himself stated that safety takes precedence over freedom. Examples of the Biden administration’s overreach include: its extension of the eviction moratorium through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine mandates through the Department of Labor, and its investigations into states that refuse to adhere to the federal government’s preferred public health guidelines.

Oct 04 09:47

China steps up efforts to ring-fence Evergrande, not save it

As China Evergrande Group edges closer to a massive restructuring, Beijing has stepped up efforts to limit the fallout, signalling it is willing to prop up healthy developers, home owners and the real estate market at the expense of global bond holders.

In the last week alone, the Chinese authorities have dispatched top financial regulators to nudge the country's massive banks to ease credit for home buyers and support the property sector. They also bought out part of Evergrande's stake in a struggling bank to limit contagion.

The central bank, meanwhile, pumped 460 billion yuan (S$97 billion) into the system over a five-day stretch to ease liquidity.

The moves underscore that China will do everything it can to ring-fence Evergrande, while showing little interest in a direct bailout of the developer that has roiled global markets for weeks.

Oct 04 09:32

China power and coal shortage explained

Oct 04 07:39

Silicon Metal's 300% Price Surge Throws Another Wrench In Global Supply Chains

Leading producers of silicon metal in China have been forced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to reduce production by 90% below August levels from September through December amid a nationwide power crunch. Production declines may spark tighter supplies in the metal, threatening everything from computer chips to solar panels to medical implants to concrete to glass to automobile parts, furthermore throwing another wrench in chaotic global supply chains.

Bloomberg data shows silicon metal prices have jumped more than 350% since the beginning of July. This comes as power supply disruptions have become more intense over the last couple of months as CCP curbs power to energy-intensive industries because lower than the expected output at power plants has strained the country's grid.

Oct 04 07:25

The Next "Lehman Moment" - Will China Try To Create A Dangerous Diversion?

The happy talk out of Wall Street would have you believe that the Evergrande financial collapse in China is under control and that responsible parties have taken steps to avoid a “Lehman moment” in Chinese capital markets.

Almost everything about that narrative is factually wrong. It’s Wall Street happy talk at its finest, assuring investors that things are under control while the smart money runs for the hills. Something closer to the truth was reported the same day in The Wall Street Journal. Here’s their summary:

Chinese authorities are asking local governments to prepare for the potential downfall of China Evergrande Group, according to officials familiar with the discussions, signaling a reluctance to bail out the debt-saddled property developer while bracing for any economic and social fallout from the company’s travails…

Oct 04 07:24

Hedge Fund CIO: China's Attempt To Crush Digital Assets Has Backfired Spectacularly

The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency. 59.2% of all official foreign exchange reserves are held as US dollars. 20.5% are euros. 5.8% are Japanese yen. 4.8% are British pounds sterling. 2.6% are Chinese renminbi -- slightly more than the 2.2% of reserves held in Canadian dollars. 1.8% are Australian dollars. The remaining few percent are various other small currencies that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Swiss francs would be an example. Some reserves are held in gold. Someday, there will be digital asset reserves too.

Oct 04 06:36

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help

Taiwan's Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing for war with China and urges Australia to increase intelligence sharing and security cooperation as Beijing intensifies a campaign of military intimidation.

Dozens of aircraft from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have flown sorties into Taiwan's Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) since Friday, prompting the self-ruled island to scramble its own military jets.

Speaking to the ABC's China Tonight program, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu declared that if the PLA were to launch an actual strike, his democratic state would be ready to repel it.

"The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that," Mr Wu has told the ABC's Stan Grant in an interview to be broadcast on Monday evening.

Oct 04 06:36

China sends 77 warplanes into Taiwan defense zone over two days, Taipei says

Taiwan has reported a record number of incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for the second day in a row, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said on Saturday night.

The self-governing island said a total of 39 Chinese military aircraft entered the ADIZ on Saturday, one more than the 38 planes it spotted on Friday.

The 38 and 39 planes respectively are the highest number of incursions Taiwan has reported in a day since it began publicly reporting such activities last year.

The incursions on Saturday came in two batches -- 20 planes during daytime hours and 19 planes at night, the ministry said in two statements. They were made by 26 J-16 fighter jets, 10 Su-30 fighter jets, two Y-8 anti-submarine warning aircraft and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane, the Defense Ministry said.

Oct 04 06:29

US-abandoned Bagram base reportedly operational for first time in two months, as rumors swirl of Chinese military presence

Bagram Airfield, once the linchpin of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, is said to be powered and serving planes again. A foreign force is rumored to be involved, with fingers pointed at China, which denied eyeing the base.

A photo shared on social media purportedly shows the base on Sunday night with its floodlights on. There are claims that several planes have landed at and taken off from the airfield in recent hours. If confirmed, it would be the first time Bagram had served aircraft in almost 50 days, marking a significant development.

Oct 04 05:39

The Living Dead Pax Americana

Pax Americana was always a minor character in a zombie apocalypse flick.

Pax Americana is actually The Eternal Return of the Living Dead. “Pax” was never in order; War Inc. rules. The end of WWII led directly to the Cold War. The unipolar moment was an arc from the First Gulf War to the bombing of Yugoslavia. 9/11 launched the Global War on Terror (GWOT), renamed Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) by Team Obama. We are now entering Cold War 2.0 against China.

What former CIA analyst Ray McGovern memorably describes as the MICIMATT (military-industrial-congressional-intelligence-media-academia-think tank complex) never did “Pax”. They do War, in unison, like The Knights Who Say “Ni!” – minus the comic flair.

Take this Knight for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the heart of the establishment matrix. CFR specializes in Kissingerian Divide and Rule. Now that applies, in spades, to the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Oct 04 05:38

The First Russian Strategic Assessment of the Australia-UK-US (USUKA) Submarine Pact

Following last week’s meeting in Washington of Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the Australian defence minister and their US counterparts, a strategic military and basing agreement was announced between Australia, the UK and US (AUKUS). This is being reinforced with summit meetings in Washington this week.

The declared target of their war-making preparations is China.

Australian strategy against Russia in the Pacific region follows in lockstep with the US. But for the time being the Russian enemy, and Russian submarine and surface fleet operations in the Indo-Pacific region, are not being discussed by Australian officials in public; at least not to the extent when President Vladimir Putin last visited Australia in November 2014 with a nuclear-powered, nuclear armed naval escort.

Oct 03 07:40

Record-Smashing Total Of 38 PLA Jets Breach Taiwan Airspace On China's National Day

In what's without doubt the largest group of Chinese aircraft to fly near Taiwan in a long while, the PLA military mounted a huge show of force aimed at the democratic island and its Western backers on China's National Day - which commemorates the formal proclamation of the establishment of the communist People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

Taiwan's defense ministry said 25 total jets breached its air defense identification zone Friday (ADIZ), causing the self-ruled island to once again scramble air patrols and track the aircraft with anti-air missile defenses which were put on high alert. Later into the evening, 13 more were recorded breaching the ADIZ in a separate breach, totaling a record-smashing 38 Chinese aircraft.

Oct 03 07:30

Imperialist Tensions: AUKUS Makes Workers Pay for War with China

We are witnessing an aggressive build-up by the US and its allies for a confrontation with China. The Biden administration is making massive upgrades to the US’s military capacity, and sharply reorienting it to focus on China. At the same time, the US is waging a propaganda war against China and attempting to rally its allies, including the so-called Quad countries of India, Japan and Australia, to form an anti-China bloc. The Australian government has made it crystal clear over recent years that it is very much on board with this US project.

Oct 03 07:09

Chinese Supply Chain Issue Might Cancel Holiday Season

Electricity customers across China were ordered to spend periods of the last few weeks in the dark as utilities cut out the lights to handle vital power shortages.

The fallouts are starting to estimate additional barriers to a global economic recovery, with the interruptions to the world's second-largest economy required to boost prices and aggregate current supply chain issues.

Oct 02 05:57

Ingraham: This is 'moronic in the short and long term'

Oct 02 05:56

GOP Rep Tells Milley Point Blank He Should Resign Over Calls To China At End Of Trump Administration

Oct 01 10:13

Scientists have new moon rocks for the first time in nearly 50 years

The first delivery of lunar rocks and soil since the Cold War is already showing traces of intense surface conditions in the moon’s ancient past.

The Chinese National Space Administration’s Chang’e 5 lander touched down on the moon on Dec. 1, 2020. A little more than two weeks later, it brought back samples of lunar rock and regolith which it had drilled and scooped from the landing site in the Oceanus Procellarum region—a massive dark swath a few thousand kilometers wide, visible on the nearside of the moon. Within this lowland area, the landing site is one of the geologically younger regions of the moon, and the samples are the youngest ever to be returned to Earth for analysis.

Oct 01 08:29

Consequences of America outsourcing its manufacturing base to China manifest as Beijing cuts off electricity to production factories

What would happen if the country where most of America’s manufacturing base was outsourced back in the days of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were to shut off the industrial power supply? The world is about to find out.

China, reports indicate, has slashed the electricity supply to 16 of its 31 provincial jurisdictions in recent days. Many of these jurisdictions are factory-heavy, meaning everything that has a “Made in China” label slapped on it is now at risk of seeing shortages.

Beijing has suddenly decided that the energy it has been using for decades to power all of the world’s outsourced manufacturing is “unclean” and must be limited. This has created waves of rolling blackouts that are interfering with production at a time when the supply chain is already suffering due to Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

Sep 30 10:44

UK Wants China Out Of Nuclear Power Project

The UK is ousting China's CGN from the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project, the Financial Times reported, adding that the options for the 20-percent stake that the Chinese company holds in the project will be sold to institutional investors or floated on the stock market.

Reports of the UK government's intention to remove the Chinese state-owned company from the nuclear power project first emerged in July, also by the Financial Times, which at the time wrote that the plan was to cut off CGN from all nuclear power projects in the UK amid a cooling off between the two countries that also saw the UK force China's Huawei out of its 5G network.

The growing animosity of the UK towards China came amid China's quashing of dissenters in Hong Kong, allegations of repressions against Muslim minorities such as the Uyghurs, and a growing concern—not only in the UK—that reliance on Chinese technology threatens the security of other countries' supply chains and critical infrastructure.

Sep 30 10:15

Evergrande: Chinese property giant 'misses another payment deadline'

The hugely indebted Chinese property giant Evergrande has missed interest payments to overseas investors for the second time in a week, reports say.

Evergrande was due to pay foreign bond holders $47.5m (£35m) by Wednesday.

But bondholders told Reuters news agency and Bloomberg that they were yet to receive any payment.

Evergrande has not commented publicly on the issue. Once China's top-selling developer, the company is now facing debts of more than $300bn.

It has been prioritising its liabilities within China, amid concerns of social unrest.

Last week, Evergrande missed an $83.5m interest payment on an overseas bond, but struck an agreement with domestic investors over a $35.9m payment which was also due.

Sep 30 07:11

Watch: General Miley Finally Has An Answer For Resignation Push

General Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer, on Tuesday harshly backed calls with his Chinese counterpart that have put Republican demands for his leave, saying he had been trying to reduce tension with Beijing and not to "usurp authority."

"At no time was I attempting to change or influence the process, usurp authority, or insert myself into the chain of command," Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I know, I am certain, that President [Donald] Trump did not intend on attacking the Chinese," Milley said.

Sep 30 07:08

China Gold Buying Surges on Evergrande Crisis