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Sep 22 11:22

A Path To War? China Cancels US Trade Talks As 'Skirmish' Escalates

After President Trump slapped a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese goods, targeting 10 percent duties on $200 billion of goods; the two camps were scheduled to meet in order to dial back tensions. As we noted earlier in the week, China had 'downgraded' the team with a mid-level delegation from China due to travel to the U.S. capital to pave the way for Vice Premier Liu’s visit.

Sep 22 10:52

“TOTAL INDIGNATION” China Responds To Fresh US Embargo For Russia Friendship

Beijing is extremely outraged by the actions of the United States, which imposed restrictive measures against China because of military-technical cooperation with Russia.

This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Geng Shuang

According to the diplomat, China has already made a sharp introduction to Washington and demands immediate lifting of restrictions.

Sep 22 10:26

China cancels its top navy officer's visit to US over anti-Russia sanctions

China has canceled the planned visit of its Navy commander to the US in response to the sanctions imposed by Washington against Beijing over its military cooperation with Russia, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.
On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against Beijing’s defense procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED), for its “significant transactions” with Russian arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. The restrictions were triggered by two major arms deals agreed between Beijing and Moscow – a 2017 agreement for 10 Su-35 fighter aircraft, and a 2018 deal to supply the S-400 air defense systems.

Sep 22 10:09

China to become world’s largest country of organ transplants in 2020

Huang Jiefu, Director of China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee said that in 2020 china is expected to have the most organ transplant surgeries in the world.

Sep 22 09:46

GOOGLE SUPPRESSES MEMO REVEALING PLANS TO CLOSELY TRACK SEARCH USERS IN CHINA

GOOGLE BOSSES HAVE forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.

The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Google does this here in the US is, for the moment, far more subtle, by using a combination of algorithms which can get a blog pushed so far down in search results, that it becomes deplatformed.

Couple that with a monetary service which used to take contributions for various blogs, like Pay Pal, but suddenly refuses to do so, and you have a website devoid of both viewers and operational cash.

Sep 22 09:36

CHINA THREATENS US WITH "CONSEQUENCES" IF IT DOES NOT "IMMEDIATELY" REVOKE SANCTIONS OVER RUSSIAN WEAPONS DEAL

Just hours after Beijing called off trade talks with the US in the biggest escalation of the trade feud between the two nations, the war of words between China and the US ratcheted up on Saturday, when Beijing lashed out again at Washington, saying that China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is "a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries" and the United States has "no right to interfere", defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday.

"The U.S. approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries," Wu said in a notice posted on the Chinese defense ministry’s official Wechat account according to Reuters.

He also warned that the US would face "consequences" if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; I understand that even the most elemental study of history bores you to tears, but I would like you to consider the following dark, brutal reality: those individuals who do not understand history, are doomed to repeat it.

I would like to suggest that you take a look at the economic realities in both Germany and Japan before the advent of World War II, where ultimately trade wars became shooting wars.

Even the cabal of warhawks with which you have managed to surround yourself, to the utter and complete detriment and contempt of any efforts toward peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, cannot possibly be so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as to desire war with China and Russia at this moment in our military's history.

And I say this, because at this point in its history, our Military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war with either, or both countries.

Which means mushroom clouds, Mr. President.

Sep 21 11:25

‘Freedom of navigation isn’t a freedom to invade & infringe upon sovereignty’ – China’s UK envoy

Beijing “cherishes” the freedom of navigation principle but will not remain idle as Western powers use it as a pretext to show off their “military might” and “create trouble” in the South China Sea, China’s UK ambassador has said.

“Some big countries outside the region did not seem to appreciate the peace and tranquility in the South China Sea. They sent warships and aircraft all the way to the South China Sea to create trouble,” Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats, held in London.

Sep 21 10:07

US slaps Chinese arms procurer with sanctions for buying advanced Russian weapons

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 Russian defense and intelligence officials and entities to the ever-growing US sanctions list and also targeted a Chinese military entity for buying Russian arms.

The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) of 2017 instructs the US administration powers to target Russia, Iran and North Korea with various sanctions and restricts them from lifting previously imposed sanctions without congressional approval. Anyone dealing with those on the sanctions list faces at least a warning from the US as well.

In addition to extending the Russian blacklist to 72 entries, Washington has also targeted a Chinese military unit over the purchase of advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Sep 21 09:42

This may well be the most serious espionage transgression in modern American history.

Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep.

Sep 21 08:12

China on the Brink?

Sep 21 07:49

CHINA’S CHILLING ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM’ IS STRAIGHT OUT OF DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI, AND IT’S ALREADY SWITCHED ON

China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the “gamification of trust”.

Sep 21 07:30

GOOGLE'S EX-CEO ERIC SCHMIDT SAYS THE INTERNET WILL SPLIT IN TWO BY 2028

Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday predicted that the internet will split in two in the next decade, CNBC reports. Speaking at a private event in San Francisco, Schmidt said that he believes China will effectively split away and create its own internet.

Sep 20 14:59

US Sends Ships to South China Sea ‘to Create Trouble’ - Chinese Envoy

China’s chief envoy in London accused “some big countries outside the region” of coming “all the way to the South China Sea to create trouble,” where China claims large expanses of sea and atolls.

Ambassador of China to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming told the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat Wednesday that regional powers had made major strides toward resolving tensions in the South China Sea by themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without naming names, this was a pretty conspicuous hit at the US government.

Sep 20 12:09

US Places 33 Alleged Russian Spies And Military Officials On Sanctions Blacklist

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 alleged Russian spies, defense and intelligence officials to the US sanctions list. The blacklisting took place following an executive order from President Trump authorizing Steven Mnuchin, in consultation with Pompeo, to employ all powers granted to the President "by IEEPA and certain CATSAA sections" for implementation of certain sanctions with respect to Russia.

A White House official said the new measures were aimed at "imposing costs on Russia in response to its malign activities."

Washington has also imposed new sanctions on a Chinese military unit over the purchase of Russian jets and missiles.The Chinese sanctions are to come into effect immediately.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing these sanctions seem to have actually accomplished, is to strengthen the position of the ruble, and made it more self sufficient, and more attractive to investors.

One could almost say that this practice has rather backfired for DC in a spectacular manner.

Sep 20 11:18

China, Pakistan look to strengthen bilateral military ties

China and Pakistan have expressed their intention to strengthen bilateral military ties.

“The two countries? militaries should further deepen exchanges and co-operation in various fields and at all levels, take resolute measures against terrorist forces, make efforts to ensure the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] construction, and serve as a reliable safeguard for the common interests and common development of the two countries,” Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted by the Xinhua news agency during a meeting in Beijing with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on 19 September.

Sep 20 11:12

Students swipe faces to pay for meals in high school canteen

A high school has launched a futuristic facial recognition system to allow students and staff to pay for their meals by scanning their faces.

The , captured in the high school attached to Northwest Normal University on September 3, shows students lining up to scan their faces with a facial recognition machine to pay for their meals.

According to reports, students and teachers have their campus cards connected with the facial recognition system.

This canteen is the first to use the 'face-scanning payment' in Gansu Province and it only takes one second to perform the whole process.

Sep 20 10:41

US puts 33 Russian intel, military officials on sanctions blacklist

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 Russian defense and intelligence officials to the US sanctions list.

Washington has also imposed new sanctions on a Chinese military unit over the purchase of Russian jets and missiles. The Chinese sanctions are to come into effect immediately.

Sep 20 09:26

China denies meddling in US mid-term elections

Beijing doesn’t interfere in other nations’ internal affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, rebuffing President Donald Trump’s earlier tweet accusing China of meddling in US elections.

The spokesperson, Geng Shuang, voiced China’s position while talking to reporters on Wednesday.

A day earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that China is “actively trying to impact and change” the election “by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is losing it. He has fallen into the same bad habit of blaming others for the failings of our own government. He had a chance to fix our election system so it could not be tampered with and he dropped the ball!

Sep 19 14:21

Trump's Tariffs Will Cost More Than Obamacare's Taxes

We're not there yet, but President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China is threatening to completely cancel out the economic benefits of last year's tax cuts—cuts that the president and his supporters have often credited for the growing economy.

Put another way, the potential costs of Trump's trade war could be even more difficult for the president to swallow. The import taxes imposed by the Trump administration will end up being a larger burden for the economy next year than all the taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act—a law that Trump has often described as "a disaster" for Americans.

While Trump has described tariffs as being "the greatest" and promised that his bellicose trade policies will ultimately benefit American workers and the economy, these two new assessments of the costs of those policies should raise questions among Republicans, who largely favored the tax cuts and opposed the new taxes created by Obamacare.

Sep 19 10:00

Japan Sends China A Message With Submarine War Drill In South China Sea

New information is surfacing about a Japanese submarine military exercise in the South China Sea. The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) said in a rare statement on Monday that one submarine and three other vessels performed aggressive maneuvers to deter China's militarization of the region.

"Japan has been performing submarine exercises in the South China Sea since 15 years ago. We did so last year and the year before that," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on a TV program on Monday. "The purpose of the Self-Defense Force drills is to improve their skill. It is not intended for specific countries."

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, this is the first public announcement that the MSDF revealed military exercises by a submarine in the region. Last Thursday, the Hiroshima-based submarine Kuroshio joined helicopter carrier Kaga and two other missile destroyers for maneuvers.

Sep 19 09:58

Trade War Amplifies: China Sets Tariffs On $60 Billion Worth Of US Goods

In retaliation for tariffs leveled on China, the Communist government has returned the favor, and set tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods imported from the United States. It only took mere hours for China to respond to the announcement that the US would place tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

If the U.S. continues to raise its tariffs, China will respond in kind, according to a report by NPR. This current ramp up in the trade war sets the stage for yet another set of tariffs and sky-high tensions between the US and China. On Monday, president Donald Trump also threatened to add levies on about $267 billion of additional imports if China retaliated.

When announcing the tariffs against China on Monday, Trump said China’s trade practices, such as forcing U.S. companies to transfer technology to Chinese firms, “plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy.”

Sep 19 09:47

China Cuts U.S. Treasury Holdings as Trade War Intensifies

China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to a six-month low in July, just as a trade war between the world’s two largest economies began heating up.

China’s ownership of U.S. bonds, bills and notes slipped to $1.17 trillion, the lowest level since January and down from $1.18 trillion in June, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday. Japan, the largest foreign investor in Treasuries after China, increased its holdings, as did Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Singapore and France.

The first salvos in the U.S.-China trade conflict were fired on July 6, when the Trump administration activated tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods, which sparked immediate in-kind retaliation from Beijing. The escalation caused the yuan to drop roughly 2 percent in July, suggesting that the Asian nation shed U.S. bonds as a way to sell dollars and support its currency, according to NatWest Markets.

Sep 19 07:25

Venezuela to significantly increase oil exports to China

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said additional Chinese investment will help boost oil production and exports.

Venezuela will increase its oil exports to China to one million barrels a day, President Nicolas Maduro has said, following a visit to Beijing.

Already a strong economic partner, China had agreed to invest an additional $5bn in Venezuela, Maduro said on Tuesday, adding that the investment would help it boost production and nearly double its oil exports to China.

"We are taking the first steps into a new economic era," he said, as cited by AP news agency. "We are on track to have a new economy, and the agreements with China will strengthen it."

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Sep 19 06:51

China To Take Over Israel's Largest Port

Sep 19 06:05

Black Mirror is almost a reality: China says it's on track to launch its dystopian scorecard system that ranks citizens on every aspect of their behaviour by 2020

Completing community service and buying Chinese products is thought to improve your social standing, which is given as a score out of 800.

Those rated 'top citizens' get VIP treatment at airports, discounted loans, waived deposits on hotel and car rentals and fast-tracking to elite universities.

Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop your ranking, as well as buying items in supermarkets that the government doesn't approve of - such as alcohol or video games.

Those with a low social score are barred from the best jobs, cut off from high-speed internet and even blocked from sending their children to top schools.

Sep 19 05:20

China won’t weaken currency to help exporters amid US trade war, Premier Li Keqiang says

Comments to World Economic Forum in Tianjin are implicit rejection of Donald Trump’s claim that Beijing has been manipulating its currency

China has no intention of weakening its currency to help exporters and will not engage in any form of “competitive devaluation” of its exchange rate, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday, a day after the latest tit-for-tat measures in the US trade war.

Li told the World Economic Forum in Tianjin that Beijing had not manipulated the exchange rate of yuan to cope with trade tensions, rejecting speculation that the Chinese government deliberately engineered the 8 per cent depreciation of the yuan seen since March to offset the effects of US tariffs on Chinese imports.

“Some people think China deliberately [devalued the yuan]; this is groundless,” Li said, in an indirect response to US President Donald Trump’s allegations that Beijing is manipulating its currency.

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Sep 19 05:09

NATO's 5,000 warplanes ready to bomb Russia, Chinese media say

The United States of America is used to exercising control over the Russian Federation in cooperation with Europe. However, EU countries have had a plethora of problems lately, and the US will have to count on its own forces in the event of an open military confrontation with Russia. A recent article published on Chinese publication Jinri Toutiao said that the Russian government is confident and correct in its actions. The Kremlin does not even think to obey Washington, nor does it follow the path of aggression. Russia acts solely in its own interests and in the interests of national security, the Chinese publication said. However, the United States follows a completely different path of behaviour. The number of NATO bases in countries of Eastern Europe, such as Poland or the Baltic States, has been growing during the recent years. According to official data, there are several thousands of NATO soldiers and more than 100 tanks in Eastern European countries.

Sep 19 03:17

Asian Equities Extend Gains as Markets Recover from Trade War Fears

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Beijing announced?on Tuesday retaliatory tariffs that targeted?more than 5,000 U.S. products worth $60 billion. The new tariffs would take effect on Sep 24, China’s Ministry of Finance said in a statement. The country’s commerce ministry also filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S., according to reports.?

The announcement seemed to have little impact on Asian stocks however, as major indices including Shanghai Composite and the Nikkei 225 jumped more than 1.5% in afternoon trade.

Markets also took comfort from the fact that the new U.S. tariffs were set at 10% for now rather than the previous expected 25% tariffs, according to analysts.

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Sep 18 12:16

Britain Joins US In Unwise Confrontation In The South China Sea

The US research agency Stratfor has forecast that “the United States will solidify its naval presence in the South China Sea and continue building up defence and economic ties along China's periphery from Taiwan to Southeast Asia,” and given the all-embracing belligerence that seems to envelope Washington, its analysts are probably right. There are few countries or international accords that are not targeted by the malevolence of a president who declared at his inauguration that “it’s going to be only America first, America first” and whose disciples applaud his erratic lurches from truculent insults to maudlin self-pity.

Sep 18 10:27

US Firms In China Say Trump Tariffs Will Hurt Them , Not Make Them Move Home

American Chamber of Commerce reports ‘strong negative impact’ on its member companies and says only 6 per cent would consider moving to US

US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese products will “cause suffering” for US businesses in China and fail to persuade them to relocate to the United States, the trade group representing the interests of US businesses in China has said.

The group also said about half of the US firms in China were worried about a “strong negative impact” on their operations from an escalated trade war.
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According to AmCham, however, more than half of US firms said they “have experienced a rise in non-tariff barriers [in China] in recent months”, including increased inspections and slower customs clearance.

AmCham said “the best way forward is an imminent return to results-oriented negotiations” between Beijing and Washington

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Sep 18 10:10

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Sep 18 10:03

US-China trade war heats up as Beijing hits back at US President Donald Trump’s new tariffs

China has hit back at fresh US tariffs on Chinese goods, announcing its own additional duties on US$60 billion worth of American imports as the trade war escalates between the world’s two biggest economies.

The new tariffs – of 5 per cent and 10 per cent – will come into effect on September 24, the same day as the US’ new duties, the Chinese Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Tuesday.

Beijing’s retaliation came after US President Donald Trump announced that the US will start to charge 10 per cent tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese products from next Monday, significantly widening the scope of a trade war. These tariffs will then rise to 25 per cent on January 1.

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Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

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Sep 18 08:09

Jack Ma Warns US-China Trade War "Could Last For 20 Years"

This is not what the market wants to hear right now.

Hours after China's Foreign Ministry said it would unveil its retaliation to the impending 10% US tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods "at an appropriate time" - a "measured" response that, because it wasn't "the worst scenario that some analysts had expected", helped push global markets higher, China's wealthiest - and recently retired - man warned that the US-China trade spat is far from over.

Alibaba founder - who surprised the market earlier this month when he announced his resignation as CEO - Jack Ma said that what we're seeing now is merely the beginning of a conflict for global economic dominance that could persist "for 20 years" even after the US administration that instigated it has been consigned to the history books, Bloomberg reports.

Sep 18 06:03

China says it will levy retaliatory tariffs on September 24, simultaneously with Washington

“The US insists on increasing tariffs, which brings new uncertainty to the consultations between the two sides. It is hoped that the US will recognize the possible negative consequences of such actions and take convincing means to correct them in a timely manner,” the statement reads.

Sep 17 13:30

Putin and Xi Jinping Further Plans to Counter Trump’s ‘Trade War'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the trade war issue during the Economic Forum of the East (EEF). Peskov did not reveal details of the negotiations between the leaders and stressed that “the discussions should not have their ins and outs revealed to the public”. However, he emphasized that China and Russia do not ignore international themes of e leaders and stressed that “the discussions should not have their ins and outs revealed to the public”. However, he emphasized that China and Russia do not ignore international themes of relevance due to their role in the world.

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Sep 17 11:01

China To Take Over Israel's Largest Port, Could Threaten US Naval Operations

A top Israeli military and energy official has questioned Israel and China's growing economic ties just as a Chinese company is set to begin operating Haifa Port as part of a major 25-year contract previously struck in 2015.

“When China acquires ports,” Israeli Brigadier General Shaul Horev began in an interview this week with national news source, Arutz Sheva, “it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact?"

Gen. Horev, who has also served as navy chief of staff and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, continued to sound the alarm over a Chinese takeover, "We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised the question of whether the U.S. Sixth Fleet can see Haifa as a home port. In light of the Chinese takeover, the question is no longer on the agenda.”

Sep 17 10:52

Super Typhoon Strikes Hong Kong!

Sep 17 10:48

Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia

Good work Mr. President! You have now managed to lay the groundwork for a grand Chinese-Russian alliance. The objective of intelligent diplomacy is to divide one’s foes, not to unite them.

This epic blunder comes at a time when the US appears to be getting ready for overt military action in Syria against Russian and Syrian forces operating there. The excuse, as before, will be false-flag attacks with chlorine gas, a chemical widely used in the region for water purification. It appears that the fake attacks have already been filmed.

Meanwhile, some 303,000 Russian, Chinese and Mongolian soldiers are engaged in massive maneuvers in eastern Siberia and naval exercises in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk. The latter, an isolated region of Arctic water, is the bastion of Russia’s Pacific Fleet of nuclear-armed missile submarines.

Sep 17 10:16

Three million evacuated as deadly Typhoon Mangkhut dubbed the 'king of storms' hits China after ravaging Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines

Three million people have been evacuated after a typhoon dubbed the 'king of storms' hit landfall in China having already ravaged Hong Kong and left dozens dead in the Philippines.

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up today after 142 mph Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods.

In the Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled with fierce winds and rain, the death toll rose to 65 overnight as rescuers pulled more bodies from a huge landslide in the mountain town of Itogon. Dozens more are missing amid fears none will be found alive in the rubble.

The landslide buried an emergency shelter which was being used by miners and their families in the town.

Sep 17 07:30

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

Attack submarine joined by helicopter carrier and two destroyers in first confirmed mission of its kind in disputed waterway

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters.

Japan’s participation is the latest challenge to China’s military build-up in Asia’s most strategic waterway.

In a rare announcement on Monday, the Japanese defence ministry confirmed the submarine Kuroshio, as well as the helicopter carrier Kaga and two other destroyers, the Inazuma and Suzutsuki, took part in an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday.

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Sep 17 07:26

China hasn’t changed belt and road’s ‘predatory overseas investment model’, US official says

China is just partnering with other countries on infrastructure projects ‘to grab their assets’, says US agency that oversees financing for international development

Chinese officials and state media have recently scrambled to play down the geopolitical nature of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. Photo: Reuters DIPLOMACY
China hasn’t changed belt and road’s ‘predatory overseas investment model’, US official says
China is just partnering with other countries on infrastructure projects ‘to grab their assets’, says US agency that oversees financing for international development

The head of the US government’s international finance development agency has stepped up criticism of China’s overseas investment strategy, dismissing Beijing’s efforts to give it greater legitimacy by partnering with other countries on infrastructure projects and accusing China of being “in it to grab their assets”.

Pushing back against international criticism that China’s finance model is predatory and smothers recipient countries in debt they cannot pay, Chinese officials and state media have recently scrambled to play down the geopolitical nature of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, instead focusing on sustainable development and job creation for recipient economies.

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Sep 16 12:07

What Russia's Wargames Propaganda Tells Us About Its Military

Russia’s Vostok (“East”) 2018 exercises are currently under way across the nation. Russian air, land, sea, and even nuclear forces are participating. Although the number of personnel Russia claims to be participating (297,000) is surely exaggerated, the troops involved and doing some pretty fascinating things.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence has uploaded several videos from the exercises to briefly highlight what Russian—and Chinese—soldiers are doing. The videos, which should be considered propaganda and consumed with a healthy dose of skepticism, are a window into rarely seen aspects of the Russian military, from the radar screens of surface-to-air missile systems to fighters and bombers preparing to fly towards Alaskan airspace.

Sep 16 10:01

China will operate Haifa port, near Israel's alleged nuclear-armed submarines,

Prof. Horev noted that one topic that came up at the event was Chinese investments in Mediterranean ports, and in Israel in particular. Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa Port, he said that Israel needs to create a mechanism that will examine Chinese investments to ensure that they do not put Israel’s security interests at risk.

“When China acquires ports,” Horev said, “it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact? We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised the question of whether the U.S. Sixth Fleet can see Haifa as a home port. In light of the Chinese takeover, the question is no longer on the agenda.”

Sep 15 10:28

Israel Is Giving China the Keys to Its Largest Port – and the U.S. Navy May Abandon Israel

China will operate Haifa port, near Israel's alleged nuclear-armed submarines, and it seems no one in Israel thought about the strategic ramifications

Sep 15 04:30

Chinese Nuclear Power Plant In Path Of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Workers batten down the hatches at Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station, which is just 19 miles from where superstorm is expected to make landfall

A nuclear power plant stands just 30km (19 miles) from where Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to make landfall in mainland China, which could be as early as Sunday afternoon.

Workers at the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station in Guangdong province, which is just 230km north of Hong Kong, are preparing for the approaching storm. The facility has five generating units, each with 1,086 megawatts of capacity, and a sixth is under construction.

“The Yangjiang nuclear power station stands in combat readiness to defend against Mangkhut,” said a message on the plant’s official WeChat account.

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Sep 14 12:13

Vostok 2018: Top Highlights of Largest Russian Military Exercises in Recent History

Sep 14 10:23

China Offers Venezuela $5 Billion Loan To Support 'Ideological Ally' Maduro

For a brief period earlier this year, it appeared that Beijing had finally had enough of supporting its "ideological allies" in Caracas when it decided to limit its "exposure" to Venezuela after the country struggled to make interest payments on a $19 billion loan. But in the wake of reports that the US nearly supported a military uprising against the socialist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Chinese Communist Party has apparently changed its mind. Instead of tightening the leash, Beijing has offered a $5 billion loan to the struggling socialist "republic" as Maduro prepares to travel to Beijing to grovel before the Party bosses, according to a Bloomberg report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is trying to counter the US economic war against Venezuela.

Sep 14 10:15

TRAIN FROM CHINA TO GERMANY | 4 ENGINES TO PULL 200 CONTAINERS | WORLDS LONGEST TRAIN EVER

Sep 14 09:24

US sanctions North Korea tech firms based in China, Russia

The US announced new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

The two information technology companies are actually North Korean-controlled entities, the Treasury Department said in a statement Tuesday that accused the Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa of violating US sanctions.

"These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Sep 14 09:22

Trump instructs to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products - Bloomberg

US President Donald Trump has given a go ahead to additional tariffs on Chinese goods worth about $200 billion, Bloomberg reported. The instruction to aides comes despite attempts by the Treasury to restart talks with Beijing.
According to the report, the Trump administration has decided to delay the public announcement of the measure “based on concerns raised in public comments”.

Sep 14 05:46

Trump Casts Doubt On Trade Talk Breakthrough

‘If we meet, we meet?’: Trump casts doubt on trade talks breakthrough with China says ‘we are under no pressure to make a deal’

Hopes that the United States and China could soon break their trade impasse took a fresh hit on Thursday after US President Donald Trump said his administration was under no pressure to make a deal.

Appearing to respond to a Wall Street Journal article from Wednesday that suggested newly proposed high-level talks were in part the result of rising pressure on him to bring about a resolution to the trade war, Trump tweeted that the newspaper “has it wrong.”

“We are under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us,” he said. “Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing. We will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home.”

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Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 08:09

Can China Weather Its Economic Storm?

Sep 13 07:10

Beijing welcomes surprise US offer to resume high-level talks

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However, it was unclear whether either side was willing to offer sufficient concessions to end the dispute.

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(*it is our modern heritage to Not Do Sufficient Concessions well !)

Sep 13 03:51

Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran

America’s three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neolibera and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity, argues Patrick Lawrence.

The Trump administration has brought U.S. foreign policy to the brink of crisis, if it has not already tipped into one. There is little room to argue otherwise. In Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and in Washington’s ever-fraught relations with Russia, U.S. strategy, as reviewed in my previous column, amounts to little more than spoiling the efforts of others to negotiate peaceful solutions to war and dangerous standoffs in the interests of an orderly world.

The bitter reality is that U.S. foreign policy has no definable objective other than blocking the initiatives of others because they stand in the way of the further expansion of U.S. global interests. This impoverished strategy reflects Washington’s refusal to accept the passing of its relatively brief post–Cold War moment of unipolar power.

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Sep 12 11:32

Russian Investment Fund to Strike First Non-Dollar Deals With China in 2019

Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev said Wednesday that the fund was intending to start using national currencies in its transactions with China.

"The first deals will be [conducted in national currencies] in the beginning of the next year. We have an agreement with the China Development Bank on a large fund in Chinese yuans worth of $10 billion. Recently, we have launched a regional fund in Chinese yuans jointly with the Heilongjiang province. It has already started examining projects and we expect first investment in the near future," Dmitriev said at the Eastern Economic Forum.

Sep 12 10:23

As trade war escalates, China intensifies role of state-owned enterprises

Beijing conference affirms commitment to state-owned firms, even though they are a key sticking point with Washington.

Beijing has affirmed the leading role of state firms in China’s technological and economic progress amid the escalating trade war with the United States, with a major nationwide conference planned for the end of September.

Two sources have confirmed to the?South China Morning Post that the conference will be chaired by China’s top economic adviser and showcase Beijing’s strong support for state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Washington’s strong objection to the prominent role of SOEs in the Chinese economy is at the heart of the trade conflict.

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Sep 12 09:52

Half of US firms in China foresee acute pain as trade war escalates

The American Chambers of Commerce in Beijing and Shanghai found that US firms there expect to lose profits as high production costs and lower demand for products kick in

Three quarters of the American companies operating in China expect to be harmed – half of them significantly – by new tariffs set to be imposed on imports as the trade war intensifies, according to a survey by two business lobby groups.

The American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) in Beijing and Shanghai found that firms foresee loss of profits, higher production costs, lower demand for products and reduced staff levels.

In the survey of 430 companies conducted by the chambers, 74.3 per cent of respondents said the punitive tariffs would have a “negative impact” on their businesses.

More than 47 per cent of the businesses are expecting a “strong negative impact”>>>

Sep 11 11:58

Joint China-Russia Week Long War Games Signals Growing Military Ties

In total it’s expected that 300,000 troops and close to 40,000 vehicles will participate in Vostok, which is to coincide with talks between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

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Sep 11 08:28

White House Mulls Sanctions Against China Over Muslim Camps – Report

The Trump administration is considering introducing economic sanctions against China for violations of human rights, citing Uygur minority internment camps, the New York Times reported Monday.

According to sources cited by the newspaper, the idea has been discussed around the White House, Treasury Department and State Department for months already.

Aside from the usual economic sanctions, the US is also considering limits on surveillance technology sold to China that Beijing allegedly uses to monitor Uygurs, the newspaper reports.

Sep 11 08:27

NYT LIES! “China Detaining Muslims In Vast Numbers”

The most telling point made in Buckley’s narrative however is the following, “This city of 390,000 (Hetan) underwent a Muslim revival about a decade ago. Most Uighurs have adhered to relatively relaxed forms of Sunni Islam, and a significant number are secular. But budding prosperity and growing interaction with the Middle East fueled interest in stricter Islamic traditions. Men grew long beards, while women wore hijabs that were not a part of traditional Uighur dress.”

Buckley writes as if those develops are insignificant, but if truth be told they are an indication of the spread of Salafist (radical jihadist) ideology within segments of the Uighur population. This is part of a push by Uighur separatists, supported and funded by the US Congress, to foment discord in Xinjiang in order to destabilize China to the advantage of US imperialism’s goal of fragmenting China and preventing its continued rise.

Sep 11 06:31

300k troops & thousands of war machines: Russia starts biggest military drill in decades (VIDEO)

Some 300,000 troops and tens of thousands vehicles, aircraft and warships are participating in the largest military exercise Russia has staged in 37 years. Units from China are to take part in the maneuvers as well.

Sep 11 04:59

Russia launches largest Vostok 2018 war games to get ready for global war after 2020

Russia holds the international war games with the participation of Chinese and Mongolian troops against the backdrop of growing tensions with Western countries, the Ukrainian crisis, the conflict in Syria and countless accusations of Russia's interference in internal affairs of Western countries. In 1981, the USSR held Zapad 81 exercises that mobilised between 100,000 and 150,000 troops of the Warsaw Pact countries in Eastern Europe. Zapad 81 were the largest manoeuvres ever organised in the Soviet era. Servicemen from the People's Republic of China have never taken part in Russia's strategic military exercises. For Vostok 2018 war games, China will send about 3,000 troops, as well as aircraft and helicopters of the People's Liberation Army of China. Since 2003, Russia and China have held about 30 military exercises, but none of them have targeted Russia's strategic efforts to ensure security.

Sep 10 09:45

China Tightens Internet Controls

the Chinese government has rolled out a new platform called ‘Piyao’, hosted by the country's Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and state-run media outlet Xinhua.

It’s aim? To take out rumors and fake news disseminated online and control what Beijing considers disinformation.

Sep 10 07:40

US Plays Out UK's Great Sea Power Ambitions Against Beijing in S. China Sea

While courting China for a post-Brexit free-trade deal and touting what it describes as a “golden era” in bilateral ties, Britain is trying to build a common front with the US on the status of the South China Sea, Chinese and Russian political analysts told Sputnik.

Beijing has lodged a strong protest to London after a British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea late last month, warning the UK to end such “provocations,” which it said were harming bilateral relations.

The August 31 incident with the HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines that passed near the Paracel Islands [Xisha Islands in China], came exactly a month after British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Beijing to promote a golden era in relations between the two countries.

Sep 09 04:37

Trump Trade War on China Likely to Roil World Markets While Spurring China’s Development

The U.S. is particularly fearful of Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” initiative, which will see the country’s industry upgraded to produce high-tech, value-added goods, enabling the country to take on flagship U.S. firms like Apple and Hewlett-Packard.
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Such has been the conclusion of global commentators who watched this week as global share prices hit a slump Friday, marking their worst week in about six months.

The poor stock performances in both Asia and Europe come as a result of a failure by Beijing and Washington to resolve their trade dispute, with President Donald Trump instead vowing to impose new tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports and China, in turn, vowing a tough response.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng reiterated Beijing’s resolve to help companies operating in China weather the storm resulting from any new tariffs:>>>

Sep 09 04:23

US Trade War Is Helping China Boost Yuan Use In International Transactions

Overseas holdings of Chinese currency by institutions, individuals and central banks is on the rise

The trade war initiated by the United States is actually helping China achieve one of its coveted long-term financial goals – the greater use of its currency, the yuan, in international commerce and financial transactions.

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Sep 08 10:36

US RECALLS DIPLOMATS FROM EL SALVADOR, PANAMA & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OVER REJECTION OF TAIWAN

The recent recognition of Beijing’s One China policy by three Latin American countries has prompted the US to recall its ambassadors from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama.
Dominican Republic Ambassador Robin Bernstein, US Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and Charge d’Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral were all recalled “for consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan,”the State Department said.

The US will now discuss ways in which it “can support strong, independent, democratic institutions and economies throughout Central America and the Caribbean,” after the countries’ governments switched their allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

State has called back to D.C. the U.S. ambassadors to Dominican Republic and El Salvador, and charges d’affaires to Embassy in Panama “for consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan” pic.twitter.com/7Db5gG6ubc

— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) September 7, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what else the US government intends to do with these countries which recognized China over Taiwan; sanction them, or invade them?!?

Unfortunately, with this administration, both are imminently possible.

Sep 08 10:21

PENTAGON DESIGNING ‘GLIDE BREAKER’ INTERCEPTOR TO HIT ENEMY HYPERSONIC MISSILES – MEDIA

The Pentagon’s DARP agency has started to develop a hard-kill interceptor capable of hitting incoming hypersonic projectiles. The move follows news of Russia’s success in building top-class high-speed weapons.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a high-tech project to develop an interceptor to shoot down enemy hypersonic missiles, the Drive reported.

In September, DARPA displayed concept art of the project, named 'Glide Breaker', which depicted features of a hard-kill, kinetic interceptor that is capable of engaging unpowered, high-speed vehicles, the Drive said. The agency’s Tactical Technology Office had previously hosted a gathering to explain the project and its requirements in July 2018, according to the media outlet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, but why are DARPA and our weapons manufacturers still trying to play "catch up" with this technology, rather than being ahead of the curve here?!/

That... is the problem.

Sep 08 10:18

How a potential Chinese-built airport in Greenland could be risky for a vital US Air Force base

With less than 60,000 people spread across more than 830,000 square miles, Greenland relies heavily on air transport to move supplies and people up and down its coast.

So when the local government issued a solicitation to build three new airports, the move made sense from a business perspective. The project would be expensive, but would improve commerce and make life on the island easier for its residents.

Then a Chinese company — owned by the government in Beijing, and once blacklisted by the World Bank — put forth a bid, and a simple request for proposals transformed into a project with international diplomatic ramifications.

Sep 07 13:07

China Sought To Intercept British Warship, Claiming Expanded Territorial Waters

In but the latest incident among a growing list that point to China's expanding claims on the South China Sea, a British naval ship carrying Royal Marines had a confrontation with Chinese military vessels as it reportedly traveled through international waters.

The incident took place near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in South China Sea, and while the UK claims its ship stayed only in recognized international waters, China's foreign ministry is disputing that claim, calling the British navy's actions a "provocation".

Reuters reports of the disputed incident:

The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, two sources, who were familiar with the matter but who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As someone who lives on a first-strike military target here in the Pacific, if the US/UK/ and China start playing war for real, color me very nervous!!

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