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Jun 08 06:56

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dimsOn Friday: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the city of Qingdao.

As the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal hangs in a balance, and with Europe wavering in doing business with Iran due to the return of US sanctions, Tehran is making a hard turn East to boost its economy, and counter mounting pressure from Western powers.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, where he is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral relations, and the future of the nuclear deal.

Amid rising anti-Iran sentiments from the West, analysts said, the meeting between Rouhani and Xi presents an opportunity for Tehran to further cement its economic and political ties with Beijing, and for China to reinforce its growing geopolitical influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF COURSE, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking to deepen his relationship with China, for both trade and defense, because that is precisely into whose arms the US and Israeli governments have pushed him, and his country!!

One did not have to be a rocket scientist to see this coming from miles away.

Jun 07 11:15

In another move on #BDS against the #ApartheidIsrael regime, China puts principle above economic interest for once and refuses to allow its citizens to work in occupied Jerusalem, where #Israelis wanted them to replace #Palestinian workers.

Jun 06 10:17

$119,050,900,000: Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through April

The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through April, hitting $119,050,900,000 for the first four months of 2018, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.

From January through April, the Census Bureau reports, the United States exported $42,291,500,000 in goods to China while importing $161,342,400,000.

In other words, when measured by dollar value, the United States bought about 3.8 times as much in goods from China as China bought from the United States.

Jun 06 10:12

US Planned Nuclear Attacks on Every City in the USSR and China

In mid-December 1960, a conference was held at Strategic Air Command headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, to outline America’s nuclear war strategy. During the meeting, plans were revealed whereby Moscow alone would be hit by 40 megatons of nuclear weapons. That is: about 4,000 times the force of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945.

Forty megatons also exceeded, by up to 30 times over, the full outlay of Allied conventional bombing during the Second World War. US General Thomas Power, commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command, outlined at this meeting that radioactive fallout from the bombings would kill about 100 million Soviet citizens – roughly four times the total wiped out by the Nazis. The 100 million death toll was from radioactive fallout alone, not taking into account the further millions that would be killed by the bombs’ direct impact and blast radius.

Jun 06 10:11

U.S. Nuclear Bombers Flyby Disputed Islands Amid Escalating Tensions With China

A U.S. defense official Monday told CNN’s Washington bureau that two nuclear-capable U.S. Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers flew very close to the heavily contested and militarized Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The aggressive flybys come days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned of “consequences” if Beijing continues weaponizing the South China Sea, further accusing China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific region, which he specifically made clear that Washington has zero plans on leaving the heavily disputed area.

His speech, well, it promoted an angry Chinese response during IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, a civilian and military defense summit in Singapore, where Lieutenant General He Lei told reporters, “Any irresponsible comments from other countries cannot be accepted.”

Jun 06 08:03

‘Only world leader I celebrated my birthday with’ – Putin reveals his relationship with Xi Jinping

Vladimir Putin has described his Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “reliable partner and good friend,” striving for the good of his people. They even celebrated Putin’s birthday together once, by having a shot of vodka, naturally.
Russia’s president shared his thoughts on the special relationship with China’s leader in an exclusive interview with the China Media Group.

“I think Chairman Xi Jinping is the only one among all the world leaders, to have celebrated my birthday with me,” Putin said, referring to his 61st birthday, which he marked at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on Bali back in 2013. “I won’t hide it, we had a shot of vodka, sliced some sausage.”

Jun 06 06:53

China unveils its unmanned 'Dark Sword' fighter jet that could fly at supersonic speeds and prove a 'nightmare' for US defences

Much about Dark Sword remains a mystery, but experts believe it is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is capable of flying like a fighter jet.

Dark Sword could give China a huge advantage if its military is able to mass-produce the aircraft, as it could rapidly expand its fighter fleet without training new pilots.

Jun 05 13:32

Is It Time To Start Worrying About China's Debt Default Avalanche?

But what if the first domino to fall in the coming corporate debt crisis is not in the US, but in China?

After all, as part of China's aggressive deleveraging campaign, there has already been a spike of corporate bankruptcies as banks shed more of their massive note holdings and de-risk their balance sheets. According to Logan Wright, Hong Kong-based director at research firm Rhodium Group LLC, there have already been least 14 corporate bond defaults in China in 2018; a separate analysis by Economic Information Daily, as of May 25, there had already been no less than 20 corporate defaults, involving more than 17 billion yuan, a shockingly high number for a country which until recently had never seen a single corporate bankruptcy, and a number which is set to increase as Chinese banks pull pull back from lending to other firms that use the funds to buy bonds, exacerbating the pressure on the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... could get very economically scary, not only for China, but also the world.

Jun 05 12:48

Exclusive - At delicate moment, U.S. weighs warship passage through Taiwan Strait

The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials say, in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing at a time when Sino-U.S. ties are under pressure from trade disputes and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

A U.S. warship passage, should it happen, could be seen in Taiwan as a fresh sign of support by President Donald Trump after a series of Chinese military drills around the self-ruled island. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

U.S. officials told Reuters that the United States had already examined plans for an aircraft carrier passage once this year but ultimately did not pursue them, perhaps because of concerns about upsetting China.

The last time a U.S. aircraft carrier transited the Taiwan Strait was in 2007, during the administration of George W. Bush, and some U.S. military officials believe a carrier transit is overdue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this suggested deployment could possibly be worse, with issues of Chinese trade, and a potential denuclearization deal with North Korea in the works; but I must swear to you, I really don't know how.

Jun 05 12:39

Senate Dems Threaten Legislation to Undermine North Korea Nuclear Deal

A letter from a number of ranking Senate Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is setting out a series of demands for any denuclearization deal with North Korea. The letter suggests they intend to undermine any sort of deal made in the Trump-Kim summit next week.

The letter demands any denuclearization deal be complete and “permanent,” and threatens legislation to prevent any sanctions relief without their approval. They also demand that Trump force China to play a role in enforcing the deal.

This closely mirrors the way Congressional Republicans undermined the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, as reached by President Obama. This ultimately led to the US withdrawing from the deal just a couple of years into it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of this is thoroughly predictable, from a party which has lost all moral compass, and has no real plan for moving this country forward, with peace and prosperity for as many Americans as possible. Of course, I consider your "worthy opponents", the Republicans, not much better on this issue.

And hey, Democratic Chair Tom Perez: the "Get Trump by Any Means Possible" thing... has grown old, and decrepit, and the American people are not paying attention. They have some very real needs and concerns which desperately should be addressed, but are not being addressed by Congress.

IF you and your minions had two brain cells to rub together, you would be grooming Hawaii's own Representative Tulsi Gabbard for the 2020 Presidential race. She is smart, a Vet, a minority (Samoan/American), and pro-peace.

Unfortunately, because of so much money earned by the US military industrial complex, and how much the heads of those corporations use to own you and your cohorts, to keep the wars going indefinitely, she will most likely not even be considered.

And that is profoundly unfortunate; in 2020, a pro-peace candidate would have a great shot at winning the presidency.

Jun 05 12:04

DOJ: Former Intelligence Officer Arrested On Attempted Espionage, Taken Into Custody While Flying To China

Ron Rockwell Hanson, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, was taken into custody while he was on his way to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle before boarding a connecting flight to China. Hanson's arrest comes on the heels of a January incident in which ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy airport and indicted last month on charges of spying for China.

Jun 05 11:53

US to cut special forces in Africa to counter China, Russia: Report

The United States plans to sharply reduce the number of American Special Operations forces in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy that focuses on countering “rising threats” from Russia and China, according to a report.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a review of America’s elite commando missions in recent weeks which could see counterterrorism forces in Africa slashed by as much as half over the next three years, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The review was issued amid an ongoing assessment of Special Operations forces worldwide after four American service members were killed during an ambush in Niger last year.

Jun 05 11:51

France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

The French and British navies are planning to follow in the footsteps of the US Navy with their own wayfinding mission through the disputed South China Sea, specifically, into areas London and Paris argue are illegally claimed by Beijing.

A seaborne task force comprising French and British ships and naval aircraft will make its way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parley said Sunday. The force will go "into certain areas" where the world's fastest growing navy — the People's Liberation Army-Navy — is expected to be present.

Jun 05 10:56

DHS TO GIVE ANTI-GOVERNMENT STORIES 'SENTIMENT' RATINGS

I once thought the police state couldn't get any worse but then I read an article in Media Lite and discovered that I was wrong, very wrong.

According to the Media Lite, DHS plans on giving ant-government stories 'sentiment' ratings.

"A DHS spokesperson told Mediaite in a discussion that awareness of whether a report is positive or negative would help decision makers to monitor how the public feels about certain policies and if needed, clear up misconceptions."

According to DHS, story “sentiment” is exactly what its database will track. Sentiment analysis will help DHS decide how the public feels about the government.

DHS wants to track "any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event."

DHS: Critics are “conspiracy theorists”

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton, claims critics of their new spying on the media policy are "tinfoil hat-wearing, black-helicopter conspiracy theorists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, DHS, Press Secretary Houlton, here is the deal for me.

I am a Christian Pacifist Activist, who is constantly,and peacefully
( never advocating violence), exhorting her government to find ways other than war to achieve its geopolitical objectives.

The US government responds by upping its war propaganda. It appears to be preparing for endless wars around the world, and for the following reason.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, he was entirely correct.

The US consistently wages wars to expropriate resources from other countries, to which it has utterly no moral right, and to insure that those resources are only sold in the US Petrodollar.

Take the war in Iraq, into which the American people were lied into believing, by the Bush Administration, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction; he never did, but that was the premise upon which that war was sold to the American people.

And of course, the real "winner" of that war, this year, was BP, which won the rights to develop the biggest oil fields in the country earlier this year, and only sell Iraq's oil in US dollars, rather than Euros, or other international currencies.

BP signs deal to develop Kirkuk Oil

This US Federal government is, and has been, for some time one collective, lying sack of excrement.

Propaganda is spewed by corporate presstitute media to advance a Federal Governmental narrative, in a very Orwellian manner, which is almost always war-centric.

Let's take Crimea, for example.

President Obama admitted that the US was part of the 2014 Putsch which threw the legally elected Ukrainian President Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "installed" President Poroshenko Ukraine's President.

President Obama admitted that Washington was behing Ukrainian coup, and had brokered a deal in support of regime change

He did this very publicly, in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria.

When Crimea's leadership realized that there was no legitimate leadership in Kiev, they did two things; they held a referendum, asking Crimea's people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-Putsch, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member. Overwhelmingly, in a free and fair referendum,, the Crimean people chose to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted that petition. It was done completely legally, and completely in accordance with the UN Charter (to which, Mr. Houlton, the US is still, allegedly a signatory), which guarantees the notion of peaceful self-determination for any people.

But when that happened, Russia was, and still is, accused by the US and NATO of "annexing" Crimea, an action which never, in fact, happened. Russia has been severely economically punished by the US government, through sanctions, for something it did not do.

As we both know, the coupling of sanctions with demonization are generally a prelude to war. And there are those in the bowels of power in DC, who have their bunkers well and safely in place, who see a nuclear war against Russia and China as real, doable, and inevitable, as the only way to insure the continued hegemony of the US dollar.

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

I can assure you, Mr. Houlton, that this man is just about as sound and serious as is a heart attack. He is utterly no nutter, but a respected contributor to the US government in the areas of economic policy, and respected publications and blogs.

So in conclusion, Mr. Houlton, the real conspirators and tin foil hatters are you, and the US government officials, whose actions you are paid to protect and defend, which are generally in complete opposition to the real needs and concerns of the American people.

This government is broke, in large part, through its participation in these horrific wars, and the American people are both war-weary and war-skeptical.

And with the rise of the independent media, Mr. Houlton, your lies have the shelf-life of the time represented by an egg timer.

So, you could stop lying to the American people and the world about the true agendas of the Federal government; of course, for sociopaths addicted to power (and they come, of course, from both sides of the aisle, and from the corporations which have purchased them), that is seriously difficult.

But understand, sir; the lies of this government are going to be continuously unmasked, no matter who is in power in DC. And if I have any hand in doing that, peacefully and logically as I have done in this article, I will continue to witness to the destruction of those lies, whatever they may be, against We the People.

Jun 05 10:43

Putin In China: What Will Be Agreed To?

Moscow and Beijing plan to approve a package of agreements during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

Putin should pay a visit to China between June 9 and 10. The Russian president will attend the meeting of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

What will be agreed to? There has been little public discussion on what the likely outcome or purpose of this meeting exactly is. Russia and China have increasingly worked together both economically and militarily, and combined – on supply-line security issues.

Jun 04 09:32

North Korea looms large in Singapore, but China takes front billing

It was billed as the pre-summit summit. A gathering of regional defense chiefs in the very same city where the two leaders of the United States and North Korea are due to meet in a mere nine days' time.

But rather than offering a preview of next week's main event, issues surrounding North Korea took a backseat during this year's Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia's foremost security forum.
Instead, it was the rise of China that proved to be the most important and repeatedly talked about subject among delegates in Singapore.

Jun 02 19:38

The Chinese Government infiltrate the ABC and the Labor Party. Again!

The Chinese Government infiltrate the ABC and the Labor Party. Again!
by Shane Dowling

Over the last few days Federal Labor Party Senator Kristina Keneally has been accused of being a puppet for Bob Carr who is a former NSW Premier, Foreign Minister and current head the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology. It has been well-known for at least a few years that Bob Carr is on […]

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Jun 02 07:34

China Begins Religious Brainwashing Programme

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, the Global Times cites a “patriotic” Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without “core socialist values.”

Jun 01 14:52

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Jun 01 14:50

China unveils plans to put a new space station into orbit by 2020, and says it will be open to scientists from around the world

According to China's Ambassador to the UN, construction of the space station is already underway and the craft will be open for scientists around the world to use from 2022.

Like the International Space Station (ISS), the China Space Station (CSS) would orbit 250 miles (400km) above Earth.

China hopes the space station will be operational for around a decade, supporting astronauts for 180-day stints.

This means it could outlive the ISS which may lose its funding from the White House as soon as 2024, according to the latest documents.

Jun 01 08:12

China Holds The Cards In Trump's Trade War

The Trump administration continues to play hardball games with China on trade. The latest news has China angry over Trump going forward with 25% tariffs on an array of Chinese goods after having reached a deal earlier over phone-maker ZTE.

As Bloomberg notes, the announcement by Trump, which seemed to tear up an agreement reached only 10 days ago in Washington, is the latest twist in a trade dispute between the U.S. and China that has rattled financial markets for months and could threaten the broadest global upswing in years, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Jun 01 08:11

‘Taking Down’ Islands in Western Pacific is a ‘Core Competency’ - US General

It’s no secret that Beijing has developed artificial islands and militarized maritime features in the disputed South China Sea. If there were ever a war between China and the US, a senior US general is confident about the military’s ability “in the West Pacific taking down small islands.”

"I would just say that the United States military's had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands," Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr said Thursday when prompted by a question of whether the US could destroy Beijing's man-made islets.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing on the campaign to defeat ISIS at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017
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US to Continue Military Exercises in South China Sea, Pentagon Chief Says
"Taking down small islands that are isolated" is a "core competency," said McKenzie, the Pentagon's Joint Staff Director.

Jun 01 07:25

US spends $250m on upgrade to de facto embassy in Taiwan

The US is preparing to open a new de facto embassy in Taiwan, with speculation over who will represent Washington at the ceremony almost certain to enrage China.

The renovated American Institute in Taiwan will open on 12 June, and is likely to be overshadowed by a possible summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. But the potential for senior US officials, possibly at the cabinet level, attending the ceremony for the $250m facility has raised eyebrows in Beijing.

The new compound represents a significant upgrade in US relations with Taiwan, and the opening ceremony comes at a time when Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward the democratic self-ruled island of 23 million people.

Jun 01 07:19

Coming to a plate near you soon? Rice grown by Chinese scientists using seawater in Dubai’s deserts

A team of scientists, led by China’s “father of hybrid rice” Yuan Longping, has already started growing the crop in diluted sea-water at home and is now bringing the technique to the Middle East, where fresh water is too precious to use for growing water-intensive crops.

Last week’s rice harvest, which had been planted in January on the outskirts of the city, far exceeded scientists’ expectations, according to a report by the state news agency Xinhua.

May 31 09:34

Mattis: US Will Confront China With "Steady Drumbeat" Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis vowed on Tuesday that American ships will continue to confront China over its militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing has established an extensive military presence despite its promise not to do so.

May 30 14:23

China Trade Deal On The Verge After Beijing Slams Trump's Latest Surprise "Flip-Flop"

One day after Trump surprised trade watchers by announcing he would impose 25% tariffs on up to $50 billion in Chinese tech imports as well as other sanctions, a confused Beijing hit back at the US president, saying that if the U.S. insists on unilateral measures, China will respond accordingly, according to foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday.

“Every flip-flop in international relations simply depletes a country’s credibility,” Hua added following the White House's statement on Tuesday that a final list of imported goods to be targeted will be released by June 15, and levies imposed “shortly thereafter.”

Trump’s latest u-turn was greeted with dismay in the Chinese state media, though pledges to retaliate were muted: "The world faces an extremely mercurial White House administration,” an editorial in China’s Global Times tabloid read. “The Chinese government has the ability and wisdom to handle such situations."

May 30 13:36

China steps up pace in new nuclear arms race with US and Russia as experts warn of rising risk of conflict

Chinese scientists are running simulated tests at a faster rate than America as world’s leading powers develop arsenal of ‘usable’ next-generation weapons

May 30 12:14

A Chinese police force has gone viral after it issued a public service announcement on how to properly evade a knife attack

How do you survive a knife attack? This video showing tips from the Chinese police force has more than 16 million views.

May 29 11:19

CHINESE FIRM TO INVEST $2B IN OIL REFINERY IN IRAN

A Chinese investment firm will spend US$2 billion on building an oil refinery in the Iranian northern province of Mazandaran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday, quoting the deputy head of the province’s center for attracting foreign investment, Mousa Qasem-Pisheh.

The Chinese company has already been issued the license to build the oil refinery, Iranian media report, without specifying the name of the Chinese firm involved in the project.

Chinese and Russian firms are expected to continue to invest in Iran, and to actually benefit from the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, especially after European companies are very cautious regarding projects and investments in Iran, for fear of inadvertently breaking some sanction policy as U.S. sanctions on Tehran return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way to go, Mr. President, in withdrawing the US from the P5+1 Iran Deal!!

Now, you have both enraged our European allies with reimposition of the sanctions, and brought China, Russia, and Iran, into an even closer relationship; now, what if that relationship extends, which it logically should, to enhanced defense cooperation between all three countries?!?

Did you imagine, when you decided to withdraw from the treaty, that Russia and China would actually benefit, financially from the withdrawal of the US, and this economic boon might lead to better multilateral defense ties between all three countries?!?

Oh, and what else do these countries have in common?!? Let's see: they either have ditched, or will shortly ditch, all use of the US dollar in their international transactions.

A triple play here, Mr. President, and congratulations .... on your outstanding, pathalogical inability to understand what the ultimate ramifications of your decision here would be!!!

May 29 11:06

US Pushes China to Buy its Oil and Gas in Wake of Trade Row - Reports

In April, Beijing was given a list of goods that China buys in various countries that can be replaced by American ones. The list includes oil, oil products, liquefied natural gas, beef, poultry and soybeans.

Washington is pressuring Beijing by lobbying long-term contracts for the supply of energy resources and agricultural products to China in order to reduce the multi-billion-dollar trade deficit between the countries, according to the Financial Times.

Washington also intends to seek the abolition of quotas on US supplies to China. If the parties agree to remove trade barriers, then the expansion of energy supplies, according to the US Treasury, will bring the US an additional 50-60 billion dollars a year.

May 28 11:49

WAR FOOTING US Navy warships in ‘serious incident’ with China after sailing into disputed waters

The presence of the US warships was slammed by Beijing just as President Donald Trump seeks to make peace with North Korea to avoid war breaking out.

The operation in the South China Sea was the latest bid to counter what Washington condemns as brazen efforts to take control of the strategically important seas.

The hotly contested region is also rich in fossil fuels, which China desperately needs to pump prime its booming economy with cheap energy.

While this naval drill had been planned months in advance, and similar operations have become routine, it comes at a particularly sensitive time.

May 28 11:46

More than 60 Dem lawmakers demand ethics investigation into Trump's relationship with China

More than 60 Democratic representatives are demanding an ethics investigation into President Trump's ties to China, following the president's recent push to rescue Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) posted a letter to David Apol, acting head of the federal government's ethics office, to Twitter on Sunday, stating that the request was prompted by Trump "advocating" for ZTE just days after the Chinese government gave one of the president's business endeavors a $500 million loan.

In the letter, lawmakers say the business dealing between the Trump Organization and China may have violated U.S. laws forbidding public officials from accepting payments or gifts from foreign entities without Congress's approval.

May 28 09:59

Trump Advisers Steve Mnuchin and Peter Navarro Got Into a Profanity-Laced ‘Screaming Match’ on the China Trip

Tensions between two top Donald Trump economic advisers spilled over during a recent trip to China earlier this month, resulting in what was described by administration officials as a “screaming match.”

The confrontation, which took place between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, came during a very important stretch of trade negotiations for this White House. And it underscored the deep divisions that have developed within the president’s economic team over a key pillar of the president’s agenda.

Navarro, a hardliner on trade, and Mnuchin, representative of the free-trader camp, have been at loggerheads for weeks over trade negotiations with China. That animus has grown deeper as it’s become clearer that the White House’s strongest protectionist voices are losing the internal argument.

May 26 09:32

Sick & tired of US foreign policy, Germany is pushed into the open arms of China

Germany has had enough of American foreign policy. Angela Merkel’s visits to Russia and China are a testament to that.

On May 10, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly said that Europe can no longer count on the United States to protect it, hinting that the European continent would begin to “take destiny into its own hands.”

The comments were, of course, a direct reference to US President Donald Trump’s ludicrous but anticipated decision to completely nuke the Iranian nuclear accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

May 25 15:58

China's communists fund Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told

*More paranoia from US Govt shills*

An influential United States Congress hearing has been told "one of the major fundraisers for Jacinda Ardern's party" is linked to the Chinese Communist Party and it showed China had penetrated New Zealand's political networks.

As a result, US lawmakers needed to consider whether New Zealand should be kicked out of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance because of problems at its "political core".

The bombshell testimony included claims from a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst that "anything on China that was briefed to Bill English was briefed to Mr Yang Jian", the National MP revealed last year as having trained spies for China.

The hearing of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was aimed at gathering evidence on China's relationship with traditional US allies.

May 24 12:00

Trump says US military 'is ready if necessary' after Kim Jong Un summit cancellation

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. military stands "ready if necessary" following his cancellation of a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, ramping up already tense rhetoric exchanged between Washington and Pyongyang.

The president, throwing aside his conciliatory rhetoric, called the meeting's cancellation a "great setback for the world." Touting a "greatly enhanced" American military and the power of U.S. allies, Trump warned Kim against taking "foolish or reckless" action.

"I have spoken to South Korea and Japan and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden — any of the costs associated by the United States in operations, if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us," he said during an event at which he signed a bill rolling back bank regulations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely ironic that the President who brought us "The Art of the Deal" appears to be a man who is pathologically unable to negotiate, at the national level, and keep this country on a peaceful footing around the world.

But I am sure he had help from Bolton and Pompeo, two men who never met a potential war they didn't savor. Pompeo's visit to North Korea, and Bolton's casual reference potentially comparing what happened in Libya to what should happen in North Korea, didn't help matters at all.

So as someone who lives on a first-strike target in the Pacific (China's missiles would decimate these islands), you can color me very nervous all over again.

May 23 11:38

Trump Shuns Xi As US Uninvites China From World's Largest Naval Exercise

In the latest sign that contrary to the official rhetoric, tensions between the US and China are in fact escalating as China reaffirms its dominance of contested territory in the South China Sea (see "China Releases Footage Of Bombers Landing On Disputed Island For The First Time") the US has disinvited China from the Pacific Rim Military Exercises, the Pentagon told AFP.

May 23 10:47

China Celebrates Social Credit System Blocking People from over 11 Million Flights

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that over 11.14 million instances of individuals not being able to board flights – and 4.25 million similar incidents on trains – had occurred “by the end of April.”
Since the same person could attempt to board a flight or train and have officials deny them more than once, it is likely that the number of individuals banned from traveling is slightly lower than the number of instances in which the government has blocked travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for such a system to be instituted in the US, in the very near future; and for some people who are late on paying taxes, such draconian steps are already in place here:

Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves to revoke Passports for Unpaid Taxes
The article goes on to state:

"Now, over a year later, the IRS has finally released new details on its website. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department. The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving certification from the IRS. The IRS has not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017, and the IRS website will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented."

May 23 09:17

U.S. warns citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound injures consulate worker

An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday.

The embassy, which issued a health alert to Americans living in China, said it could not link the case to health issues suffered by U.S. government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016.

However, later on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers that the “sonic attack” in China was “medically similar” to the incidents in Cuba.

The unnamed American citizen assigned to the consulate in Guangzhou had reported a variety of “physical symptoms” dating from late 2017 to April this year, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said in an email.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is interesting here, both in the case of China and Cuba, is that citizens of other countries do not seem to have been affected, as no people from other origins, other than Americans, have suffered from this; the question to be asked here, is why, and why is it that only Americans, seem to be affected by these symptoms?!?

May 22 13:20

China 'to scrap child limits altogether' in effort to boost its ageing population

China is planning to abandon all policies restricting the number of children people can have, according to a report, in a move that would draw to a close one of the world’s longest, most ambitious and most controversial social experiments.

The one-child policy was introduced in 1979 before it was relaxed to two children in 2016, and the Chinese government claims it prevented 400 million births.

Critics dispute that figure, saying China’s birth rate was already falling anyway in line with other developing countries, and that all the policy did was encourage alarming rates of female infanticide and other abuses.

May 21 11:20

What is The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)? Tectonic Shift in Global Geopolitics, Strategic Agreement between Russia and China

more well-known in the West.

What is the SCO?

The SCO is largely a story about Russia and China coming together, but it’s also more than that. Its emergence is testing Sir Halford Mackinder’s 1904 thesis:

‘Whoever rules East Europe, will rule Heartland; whoever rules the Heartland, will rule the World Island; whoever rules the World Island, will rule the world.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Economically, and geopolitically, this institution will give the US government a real run for its money, which many of its member nations, particularly China and Russia, are going to be avoiding like the plague henceforward in international transactions.

May 21 10:55

EU, Russia, and China in Talks on New Iran Nuclear Deal

While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week.

This new deal would keep Iran’s requirements the same as the existing deal, but would increase the incentives guaranteed by the other powers. This is an attempt to keep Iran complying with the deal as the US ratchets up sanctions.

While the US was the one pushing for a “new” deal in the first place, the other nations have kept the US completely sidelined in these new talks. This is unsurprising, as many see the US trying to undermine any such deals.

May 21 10:11

Air Force secretary: China, Russia could shoot down new JSTARS on day one of a war

Even a new version of the Air Force’s JSTARS battlefield management and control aircraft would be vulnerable to being shot out of the sky during the opening salvo of a conflict with Russia or China, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers Thursday.

As part of its proposed fiscal 2019 budget, the Air Force wants to cancel the program to recap the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, which previously sought to buy 17 new Boeing 707-sized planes to replace its old inventory.

But some lawmakers aren’t thrilled with that plan, and are putting up roadblocks.

May 21 09:57

Trump presses China on North Korea border ahead of summit

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization.

May 21 09:42

China boosts its lunar mission with satellite to talk to dark side of the Moon

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

May 21 09:10

CHINA BOOSTS ITS LUNAR MISSION WITH SATELLITE TO TALK TO DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the moon and Earth. This is vital for phase two of the mission, later this year, when a lander and rover will be sent where no other has gone before – the side of the moon furthest away from Earth.

Here's the launch trajectory, taking the Queqiao Chang'e-4 relay sat to the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point via a lunar swing-by, and reaching it's destination in around 8-9 days. pic.twitter.com/ghOOTDUdEj

— Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) May 20, 2018
The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning that we never get to see the other side of it. This makes direct communication impossible but China is hoping to resolve this by using the relay satellite.

May 20 09:56

Trump Just Showed His Cards on the North Korea Nuke Deal

To persuade Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal, the U.S. president appears ready to guarantee Little Rocket Man’s survival. Part of the game: trying to wean Kim away from China.

May 19 11:48

China welcomes Trump’s assurance of NK security

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at an expanded meeting of the seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, in Pyongyang on Friday. North Korea on Wednesday threatened to suspend the summit with the US if Washington continues to demand a unilateral abandonment of its nuclear arsenal.

May 19 11:48

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on South China Sea islands

China’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement.

Several bombers of various types – including the long-range, nuclear strike-capable H-6K – carried out landing and take off drills at an unidentified island airfield after carrying out simulated strike training on targets at sea, the Chinese airforce said.

“A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organised multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to ‘reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions’,” it said.

May 19 10:34

China Resists Trump Deficit Demand, Agrees To Buy More US Goods

Beijing had offered to reduce the US trade deficit by "at least $200 billion" - on Friday the U.S. and China wrapped up the second day of trade talks, and while Beijing made a vague, unenforceable commitment to buy more U.S. goods and services, it resisted Trump's core demand that it cut by more than half the $375BN bilateral trade deficit.

According to the WSJ, while the Chinese were wary of committing to specific purchases - even though Kudlow also said China would buy more farm products, energy and financial services - they continue to look for a way to ease trade tensions between the two nations even if it means with token promises and gestures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely hoping that both countries can back away from the precipice here, because it is very uncomfortable to understand how quickly trade wars can be preludes to shooting wars.

May 19 08:07

CHINA REPORTEDLY HOLDING THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS

Since 2016, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese, and even foreign citizens, in mass internment camps.

May 18 14:13

China's Debt Problem & The Media Narrative

May 18 10:00

Beijing Claims Control Over All Oil, Gas Activity in South China Sea

China’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that it retains sole right of refusal over all gas and oil exploration and mining in the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters at a news briefing that "We urge relevant parties to earnestly respect China's sovereign and jurisdictional rights and not do anything that could impact bilateral relations or this region's peace and stability."

The "relevant parties" in this case are other countries that also claim parts of the South China Sea, particularly islands in close proximity to gas and oil reserves. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have competing claims in the sea.

May 18 09:58

US-China Trade Dispute: Why Beijing Will Win War Washington Started

Russian economic observer Maxim Rubchenko reveals the kinds of aces President Xi has up his sleeve to allow him to trump President Trump on trade.

A high-level delegation of Chinese negotiators arrived in Washington on Tuesday for five days of trade talks, reciprocating a US delegation's visit to Beijing at the beginning of May.

Ahead of the negotiations, Deputy Minister of Commerce Liu Xuesong vowed that China would "repulse" Washington's protectionist measures, which he said "caused serious damage to Chinese interests, as well as American manufacturing and American consumers."

May 18 09:55

Russian stock market brushes off US sanctions, trading near all-time high

The Russian economy is proving to be resilient and showing a strong recovery from the initial shock of the latest round of US sanctions targeting the business sector.

The ruble-traded MOEX reached 2,358 points this week, which is very close to an all-time high of 2,376.96 seen in February. The dollar-traded RTS index is still over 10 percent down from the February highs, but has also been recovering.

Analysts are pointing at the good signs in the Russian economy and growing price in crude oil. “The victorious march in the market goes on. In my opinion, this happens because of the influx of new investors in shares following the good situation in commodities and stable macroeconomic indicators,” said Freedom Finance analyst Georgy Vashchenko in a note. “If the trend does not break, MOEX can reach record high 2,400 points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's President Putin is laughing his head off right about now, and for good reasons; he knows that Europe, and the Middle East, are going to ignore US sanctions, or work around them, because of his country's oil production, and the production of non-GMO food. These commodities are vauable to every country in the world doing business.

And unless President Trump is willing to go to war with every country ignoring the sanctions, these sanctions will be toothless, at the end of the day.

May 18 08:25

"We've been RIPPED off!': President Trump BLASTS China ahead of trade talks

PRESIDENT Donald Trump said the US has been "ripped off" by China for many years as officials from the two countries prepare to hold talks in Washington tomorrow over trade ties and future deals.

May 17 11:33

Taiwan Wants To Speed Up Construction Of Its New Missile-Toting Stealthy Catamarans

Taiwan says it is accelerating production of nearly a dozen stealthy Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, the first of which will be focused on air-defense missions. The announcement is another part of the island’s attempts to keep pace with China’s People’s Liberation Army's development of increasingly advanced capabilities in the air and at sea and provide a credible defense during a crisis in the region.

May 17 10:13

Trump-linked Luxury Real Estate Project in Indonesia, to Receive $500 Million Funding from China

The White House has declined to comment on a planned Indonesian real estate project which will bring together Trump Organization branding and hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese government money.

“MNC Lido City” is the name of the massive, billion-dollar “integrated lifestyle resort” that will be built on the outskirts of Jakarta. Among other things, the resort will include hotels, residences, and a golf course that will all be under the Trump Organization brand.

May 17 10:03

New Defense Bill Seeks $7.5 Billion for Taiwan, US to ‘Push Back on China’

A bill recently reintroduced on Capitol Hill seeks to increase US defense spending by $1.5 billion per year over the next five years to support Taiwan’s defense posture toward China.

The bill "enshrines a generational policy framework to demonstrate US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region," according to US Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) press office. Dubbed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, the bill would increase funding for the US military's regional presence by funding freedom-of-navigation operations, which Beijing has condemned in the past.

Furthermore, the bill "expresses support for regular arms sales to Taiwan," the summary from Gardner's office says. About $150 million annually would be spent "for democracy, rule of law and civil society support, including $10 million annually for freedom of information efforts in North Korea."

May 16 16:39

Russia, China and Iran Counter Donald Trump’s Removal Of The U.S. From Iran Deal

By Aaron Kesel

China has opened a railway link with Iran as a response to the sanctions set on the Middle Eastern country by President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump recently ended the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are working to spin the narrative about the protest in Gaza after Israel massacred 58 Palestinians and injured scores of others by blaming Hamas...

May 15 12:46

China launches railway communication with Iran

The Chinese authorities opened railway communication with Iran, despite the position of the United States. Beijing opened a new railway line to Iran, while the US calls on its companies to wrap up their interaction with Tehran. As long as US President Donald Trump tightens his confrontational attitude toward Tehran by terminating the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than willing to take advantage of an opportunity for trade by opening a new international railway linking Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China's Inner Mongolia region. The route of the railway has not been revealed yet, as there are several large railway projects underway. Given the fact that Bayannur is located near the Chinese border and the existence of the international railway to Kazakhstan there, one may presume that the new trade route passes through the territories of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

May 15 10:52

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea

We will examine the reason why Trump has embraced three strategic decisions which have world-historic consequences, namely: Trump’s reneging the nuclear accord with Iran; Trump’s declaration of a trade war with China; and Trump’s meeting with North Korea.

In brief we will explore the political reasons for his decisions; what he expects to gain; and what is his game plan if he fails to secure his expected outcome and his adversaries take reprisals.

May 15 10:31

Beijing: Anti-Moscow Sanctions Won’t Harm Chinese Investors’ Interest in Russia

Anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington will not affect Chinese investors’ interest in the Russian market, Beijing will continue to support bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, Liu Xuesong, the deputy director general of the Chinese Commerce Ministry’s Eurasia Affairs Department, said on Tuesday.

"Over the years, the United States has repeatedly imposed sanctions against other states unilaterally. The Chinese side is firmly against this. At present relations between Russia and China are developing very successfully, cooperation in trade and investment will not be affected by external factors… The interest of Chinese investors in Russia will not diminish," Liu told reporters.

The official added that Beijing would support Chinese companies' investments in the Russian market.

May 15 09:41

US wants China trade deal as talks resume, says White House adviser Kudlow

The United States is not seeking a trade war with China and top US officials are looking to make a deal with Beijing, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. The statement came as talks between the two nations were set to resume.

May 14 14:31

Is This Why Trump Folded: China Holds Up U.S. Pork, Auto Imports

President Trump surprised pundits and assorted watchers of the ongoing simmering trade war between China and the US on Sunday, when he pledged to help China’s telecom giant ZTE Corp “get back into business, fast” after a U.S. ban crippled the technology company, offering a job-saving concession to Beijing ahead of high-stakes trade talks this week.

May 14 10:47

Shocking moment high-rise building topples the wrong way and buries a digger during a controlled demolition in China

This is the moment members of public run for their lives when a building collapses at the wrong direction during demolition works in south-west China.

Footage shows an eight-storey building mistakenly topples onto pedestrian streets and hits a digger nearby.

It's said the building was planned to fall on the other side. There were no casualties reported in regard of the incident.

May 14 09:02

Trump Backs Down On China Threat: Instructs Commerce Dept To Rescue ZTE

It appears the impact of "unintended consequences" has hit the Trump administration once again. Following the 'rescue' of Rusal - driven almost into the ground by Trump's aluminum tariffs and oligarch sanctions (which sent aluminum prices skyrocketing, crushing margins for end-users); it appears China's threats of retaliation against Trump's ban on giant Chinese telecoms company ZTE have sunk in.

As a reminder, in response to Trump's 7-year ban of component sales by US companies to China's ZTE (in retaliation for "tech IT theft and distribution"), a tide of angry populist rhetoric swept across China's social media and press, amid warnings from Chinese officials (and the company itself) that

"The Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and development of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of U.S. companies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, yes!

May 14 07:26

Donald Trump Says "China"

May 14 06:30

China’s petro-yuan ‘thundering into action’ as Iran ditches US dollar in oil trade

We have a moron in the White House and a zionist to boot.

Washington’s renewed sanctions on Tehran supports China’s newly established oil futures, analysts say. The sanctions can make the yuan a more preferable currency than the dollar on the oil market.

May 13 09:11

China began testing the Type 001A - its second aircraft carrier, the first of its own production

• It is being built since 2013, it was launched in April last year. It is a constructive copy of the Soviet / Russian aircraft carrier Vargag and Admiral Kuznetsov with a raised bow. The Chinese media say that it will be able to carry 36 J-15 hunters on board

The first Chinese carrier of a fully domestic production aircraft - currently Type 001A - sailed on May 13 at 7:00 local time for reconnaissance testing.

It is being built since 2013, it was launched in April last year, and it has sailed from the port of Dalian, in the north of China, for testing.
The Ministry of Defense announced that its reliability in navigation, the stability of drives and "all other systems" will be checked in the coming days.

It is 315 meters long and 75 meters wide.

It's heavy of 70,000 tons, and it can develop speeds of up to 31 knots.

May 13 08:19

Marine Le Pen Slams Macron for 'Illusions' He Could've Changed Trump's Mind

President Trump’s decision to walk out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran has prompted condemnation by other P5+1 members, including the EU, Russia and China.

France’s National Front head Marine Le Pen believes that President Emmanuel Macron bears his share of responsibility” for the “illusions” he had about his ability to talk President Trump out of withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“I resolutely condemn the position of Donald Trump and also that of the French diplomacy which, in its attempts to be even more neo-Conservative than (US national security adviser] John Bolton, has found itself without US patronage and no alternative way to go,” Le Pen said in a statement released on Friday.

May 13 08:17

Army Major Warns Don't Poke The Dragon, War With China Would Be An Unnecessary Disaster

Let’s everyone take a breath. Yes, China presents a potential threat to American interests in the economic, cyber, and naval realms. The U.S. must maintain a credible defensive and expeditionary posture and be prepared for a worst case scenario. What we don’t need is to blunder into a regional, or, worse still, all-out war with the Chinese dragon. Not now, probably not ever.

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