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Apr 30 09:44

China denies U.S. aircraft carrier Hong Kong port visit

China has denied a U.S. aircraft carrier entry into a Hong Kong port, according to Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban.

"We were recently informed that a request for a port visit by a U.S. carrier strike group, including the USS John C. Stennis and accompanying vessels, to Hong Kong was denied," he said. "We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, including with the current visit of the (command ship) USS Blue Ridge, and we expect that will continue."
It was not immediately clear why the Stennis was denied port access.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My guess is that the "We gotta nuke China before the Yuan displaces the dollar" might have something to do with it.

Apr 30 07:25

China and Russia are boosting their military cooperation to try to contain the US

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea.

Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

“We highly appreciate a high level of Russian-Chinese contact both at the state and defence levels,” Shoigu said. “This year we are going to hold more exercises and events than in past years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian and Chinese leadership are no fools; they can see what's coming, from a standpoint of US and NATO aggression, and are taking appropriate steps to prevent it, or at least contain it.

As I mentioned in a post the other day, this horrific push toward a new world war, being engineered by by the US government, has two objectives.

First, to distract many Americans from the financial misery in which they have found themselves, courtesy of President Obama's foreign and domestic policies.

Secondly, to attempt to prevent the rise of the Yuan and Ruble against a badly failing US dollar.

Unfortunately, such a war may well fail for the US government.

And I say this because the painful, and unvarnished, truth here is that the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome of a conventional war against Russia and China.

In Russia and China, when weapons are field tested and deployed, they work as described, or even better.

The US weapons procurement system is corrupt from top to bottom, because our Congressional Representatives get contributions, overt and covert, from the weapons manufacturers, to make sure it is their companies which get the weapons contracts.

How this translates, once US weapons are deployed in the field, is that they are generally delivered late, hideously over-budget, chronically flawed,and don't come up at all to the standards of performance they were supposed to meet.

Apr 29 12:23

SCO: CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE BOOSTING THEIR MILITARY COOPERATION TO TRY TO CONTAIN THE US

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea. Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

Apr 29 09:09

VOLUME COLLAPSES AS CHINA COMMODITY EXCHANGES ORDERED TO "CURB SPECULATION"

We have been warning about China's speculative commodity trading bubble - spewing false signals around the world about the strength of the real economy - and now, as we suggested previously, Chinese authorities have decided to burst yet another bubble they created.Reuters reports that China's Securities regulator has ordered three major commodity exchanges to "control intraday speculation in commodity markets," ordering them to "curb trading for investors with no commodity industry background." Volume has crashed... and just as it did in the equity markets, price will follow.

As Reuters reports, China's securities regulator ordered the country's major commodity futures exchanges this week to control speculative trading activity, sources told Reuters, after a surge in prices sparked fears of a boom-and-bust cycle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That first chart sure looks as though the Chinese market has fallen off the proverbial cliff!

Apr 28 07:05

China Will Not Allow War on Korean Peninsula

On Tuesday, reports emerged of North Korea preparing to launch another medium-range ballistic missile later in April.

"China fully complies with the UN Security Council resolution on North Korea… We stand for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, call for maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, stand for resolving problems through dialogue," Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Apr 27 18:33

China successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile – Pentagon sources

China successfully carried out a flight test of its state-of-the-art high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, sources in the Pentagon said. The trial took place just days after a hypersonic glider was reportedly tested by Russia.

Apr 27 14:56

“Time Traveler”: Unearthed 1500 Year Old Mummy Wearing… Adidas?

Ancient and odd: a mummified woman found in Mongolia appears to be wearing modern footwear.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Apr 27 05:25

World War III Has Begun — Paul Craig Roberts

The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

Apr 25 12:21

Is China Massing Troops Along North Korea's Border?

n Saturday, North Korea test fired a submarine based ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. Though the missile only traveled 19 miles, which has led South Korean officials to deem the test a failure, the test is the most successful to date. The US military tracked a previous submarine launch on April 14th, which didn’t appear to reach flight at all.

Prior to the launch, multiple international news agencies reported that 2,000 Chinese soldiers were massing along the border with North Korea, in anticipation of a possible 5th nuclear test (which hasn’t happened). China’s Defense Ministry vehemently denied the claim, saying “The relevant report does not accord with the facts…the Chinese military maintains normal combat readiness and training on the China-North Korea border.”

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Apr 25 12:12

World War III Has Begun

As I have often pointed out, the neoconservatives have been driven insane by their arrogance and hubris. In their pursuit of American hegemony over the world, they have cast aside all caution in their determination to destabilize Russia and China.

By implementing neoliberal economic policies urged on them by their economists trained in the Western neoliberal tradition, the Russian and Chinese governments are setting themselves up for Washington. By swallowing the “globalism” line, using the US dollar, participating in the Western payments system, opening themselves to destabilization by foreign capital inflows and outflows, hosting American banks, and permitting foreign ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments have made themselves ripe for destabilization.

If Russia and China do not disengage from the Western system and exile their neoliberal economists, they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suggest that China has already began to break free from American dollar hegemony, by creating a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible to US dollars; that happened last week.

But aside from monetary provocations, the US has been baiting Russia and China militarily for quite some time, over Syria, the Baltic Sea, and the South China Sea; it is not a question of if, but when, both China and Russia will feel that they have no other recourse than to respond militarily; and if they collectively have the horse-sense to not respond militarily, look for some kind of US-engineered false flag event to happen, and be blamed on either, or both, countries.

I have never in almost 67 years on this planet, seen an American President, during an election year, push so hard for a massive, major war; but this is because the US economy is imploding, and the Obama Administration desperately wants a war to blame for the financial misery in which so many Americans find themselves right now, so they do not blame him, or his economic policies.

However, I would strongly caution President Obama that this is a very dangerous policy to be pursuing right now, because the US military doesn't have the money, the weaponry, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia and/or China.

Apr 25 10:37

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been working out specific details of how best to use the new high-speed rail infrastructure project spanning the vast space of Eurasia from Beijing across Russia and the states of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union including Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus and on to the west to include, so far, states of eastern and central Europe. A series of recent agreements by Chinese companies in Kazakhstan gives a hint of the economic boom being planned.

Apr 25 10:14

Obama Dismisses NKorea Proposal on Halting Nuke Tests

A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed Saturday by the AP, also defended his country's right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won't be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North's regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don't hold your breath.

"Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests," he said in his first interview Saturday with a Western news organization.

Obama dismissed North Korea's latest overture at a news conference Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: the longer you wait to engage with China in serious negotiations to replace the Armistice (which is simply a cessation of military activities)with a real peace treaty, the sooner Kim Jung Un, or his successor will possess - and be able to successfully aim - a nuclear weapon.

This should have been on your "to do" list from the very moment you took the oath of office; but obviously, you have chosen to just let the situation fester here, because you have been hoping for a potential war with China, in order to defeat the rise of the yuan.

But sir, I need to ask you: did you happen to get the memo that last week that China is issuing a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible at all into US dollars?!?

Apparently, Mr. President, the Chinese government was way ahead of you on this.

Apr 25 07:21

Behind the massive vaccine scandal in China

“Furious parents and health care professionals in China are demanding to know how almost $90 million of improperly stored and potentially fatal vaccines were distributed across some two-thirds of the country over the past five years, in the latest public-health scandal to raise serious questions over the efficacy of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.

“According to state media, a mother and daughter from eastern China’s Shandong province have been caught peddling 25 kinds of unrefrigerated vaccines — including for polio, mumps, rabies, hepatitis B, encephalitis and meningococcal diseases — to medical facilities across 24 Chinese provinces since 2010.

Apr 23 17:55

China official says film 'The Martian' shows Americans want space cooperation

A senior Chinese space official said the Hollywood blockbuster "The Martian" is proof that Americans want to see the United States and China cooperate in space, but lamented Washington's ban on collaboration between the two countries.

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 23 15:23

China Unveils “Anti-Riot” Security Robot That Will Patrol Public Places

China's first robot security guard debuted on Friday at the ongoing China Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair. The 1.49-meter-tall, 78-kg "AnBot" has a maximum speed of 18 km per hour. It can patrol at a speed of 1 km per hour and has battery capacity of 8 hours. The security robot is capable of autonomous patrol, intelligent monitoring, emergency calls, auto recharging and has optional modules for environmental monitoring, biochemical detection and clearing explosives.

Apr 23 09:22

Oil Drilling Underway Inside The Yasuni National Park Of Amazonian Ecuador

Antonia Juhasz says that the Ecuadorian government is planning another 300 wells inside the ITT area and they partnering with several Chinese companies to drill in the region to pay of debt to the Chinese government.

Apr 22 16:33

CHINA LAUNCHES YUAN GOLD FIX

Apr 22 14:14

US Accuses Chinese Woman Of Espionage, Smuggling Underwater Drone Parts To China

A Florida woman of Chinese origin has been charged as a Chinese spy for allegedly smuggling components for underwater drones. She also faces indictments for money laundering and making false statements, all of which could land her in jail for decades.

Apr 22 13:18

Water and Power: China Eyes Offshore Expansion Via Floating Nuclear Plant

China is pushing ahead with its construction of a first-ever floating nuclear power platform, which is expected to add to Beijing's ever-increasing clout in the South China Sea, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what could POSSIBLY go wrong with that (especially when the torpedoes start dashing hither and yon)?

Apr 22 12:57

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault on Russia

when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited.

Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably. But there are other, equally potent (and equally dangerous) methods to achieve the desired effect.

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations.

Apr 22 09:14

China Test Nuclear Missile That Could Reach London or America In 30 Minutes

Apr 22 09:13

China Shakes Up Gold World with Remnimbi Denominated Gold Fix.

Shanghai Now Shares Power Over Gold Price With London and New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 21 07:42

This Is How They Fool Us, China Edition

Apr 20 14:57

200M Barrels Of Oil Sit In Idle Tankers Waiting To Unload At Chinese Ports

There is a new drama on the oil front: those who have it in excess can’t get it to those who want it—at least not quickly enough for everyone to be happy.

A recent Reuters story reveals that tankers carrying around 200 million barrels of crude are waiting to leave or dock at ports around the world, creating “the world’s biggest traffic jam.”

Apr 20 14:02

China deploying thousands of troops along North Korea border: Report

China is deploying troops along its border with North Korea, as Pyongyang could be preparing a fifth nuclear test ahead of its Seventh Party Congress in May.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, announced Wednesday that Beijing has dispatched 2,000 soldiers along the border, South Korean news service Newsis reported.

China has previously deployed troops along its border with North Korea.

Apr 20 14:02

Hungary Issues Sovereign Bonds Denominated In Yuan: Another Nail In US Reserve Currency Status?

Hungary has become the first Eastern European country to issue a yuan-denominated sovereign bond.

The deal that shows how currying favor with China may be a more important driver for the market than funding.

Reader Steve who sent me the story commented on Hungarian mortgages denominated in Swiss Francs only to see the Franc jump over 20% in value overnight.

“Pretty clever guys!”, said Steve.

Anyone think this is a good idea?

The Wall Street Journal reports Hungary to Issue Dim-Sum Bond as It Seeks to Curry Favor With China.

Apr 20 08:39

WATCH: Bulldozers Battle It Out On The Streets Of China

There really is only one conclusion that can be drawn from the incident: We need common sense Bulldozer Control Laws.

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Apr 19 13:54

HE DRIVES A 20 TON TRUCK - THIS CHINESE BOY

Apr 19 12:21

CHINA SAYS "NO DOLLARS" FOR NEW YUAN

Apr 19 12:10

China Launches Gold Backed Yuan TODAY

While Western media remains strangely silent, China moves ahead with the new gold backed Yuan while still refusing to allow the new Yuan to be converted to US dollars.

Apr 19 12:09

China Launches Yuan Gold Fix To "Exert More Control Over Price Of Gold"

Overnight a historic event took place when China, the world's top gold consumer, launched a yuan-denominated gold benchmark as had been previewed here previously, in what Reuters dubbed "an ambitious step to exert more control over the pricing of the metal and boost its influence in the global bullion market." Considering the now officially-confirmed rigging of the gold and silver fix courtesy of last week's Deutsche Bank settlement, this is hardly bad news and may finally lead to some rigging cartel and central bank-free price discovery. Or it may not, because China would enjoy nothing more than continuing to accumulate gold at lower prices.

Apr 19 09:55

Cheaper Than China Again, First Solar Vindicates U.S. Investment - First Solar Inc. is making panels for less than China’s biggest producer, justifying more than $3 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S. government

After investing $775 million in technology, First Solar is producing panels for as little as 40 cents a watt, or about 15 percent less than China’s Trina Solar Ltd. In 2019, First Solar’s module cost could be as low as 25 cents a watt, according to analysts’ models.

Apr 19 09:25

China Gold Bullion Yuan Trading Opens…Gold & Silver Promptly Go Vertical!

Well, THAT didn’t take long…

Apr 19 09:21

CLAIM: Restaurants in China lace their food with morphine to make customers chemically addicted... Big Food does the same thing in the USA with MSG

The next time you hear someone praising the Chinese for their business practices, remember this story and let your China cheerleader know their enthusiasm is, to put it mildly, misplaced.

As the United States battles a Big Pharma-induced opioid addition and overdose epidemic, the International Business Times is reporting that as least 35 restaurants in China have been caught adding opiates to their food, so that repeat business will rise dramatically.

Apr 19 09:12

Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

It might be time to reconsider the evils of China's censorship regime, after the Middle Kingdom slapped a ban on reality TV shows featuring celebrities' children.

Webmaster addition: Big deal. Nobody watches those things anyway! :)

Apr 19 08:48

CHINA ABANDONING N.KOREA IF CONFLICT OCCURS

Apr 18 15:31

SoT – Jeff Brown In Beijing: Why Does The West Fear China?

There are some serious heavy-weight challenges to the Bretton-Woods economic stranglehold on the world that are happening right now. A lot of events are percolating up right now…that should lead to a more equitable use of the world’s

Apr 18 13:43

China introduces the death penalty for officials involved in corruption cases involving more than £300,000 

Corruption cases involving more than £300,000 - or three million yuan - could incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities have ruled.

Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign however no Communist Party official is known to have been put to death for the offence since Xi took office.

The Supreme People's Court and China's national prosecuting body said that bribes or embezzlement totalling three million yuan or more will be considered 'extraordinarily huge value' and could incur the death penalty, or a life sentence without parole.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for China! We need that here.

Apr 18 11:19

U.S. Preparing To Launch Submarine Drones Into Disputed Territory Of The South China Sea

By Nicholas West

An ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea over a stretch that comprises more than 750 reefs, banks, and shoals known more generally as the Spratly Islands continues to heat up.

Late 2015 saw a severe escalation when the United States announced that it would send warships directly into a zone which China believes it lays claim to. The U.S. has continued to counter China’s claim to sovereign territory, which (officially) dates from 2009, with a series of military maneuvers that many believe could spiral dangerously out of control...

Apr 18 08:19

US to sail submarine drones in South China Sea

As it watches China build up its presence in the South China Sea, one reclaimed island at a time, the US military is betting on a new technology to help retain its edge — submarine drones.

During the past six months, the Pentagon has started to talk publicly about a once-secret programme to develop unmanned undersea vehicles, the term given to the drone subs that are becoming part of its plan to deter China from trying to dominate the region.

Ashton Carter, US defence secretary, made special mention of drone subs in a speech about military strategy in Asia and hinted at their potential use in the South China Sea, which has large areas of shallower water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what the US government is prepared to do, to create war with China, in light of the fact that the gold-based yuan is making its debut tomorrow.

Apr 18 08:01

Chinese People Would Prefer Trump In White House, Not Clinton – Survey

Trump’s passion for China hits back? Survey shows Chinese people would prefer Trump in White House, not Clinton.

Apr 18 07:46

How We Can Stop the Countdown to Nuclear War

Do not look for comforting explanations for the repeated warnings from Russian military planes against U.S. destroyers and aircraft along their coast. Obama is pushing for capitulation to geopolitical threats and encirclement—or for war, which will be thermonuclear war.

Apr 17 11:43

Hungary Issues Sovereign Bonds Denominated In Yuan: Another Nail In US Reserve Currency Status?

Hungary has become the first Eastern European country to issue a yuan-denominated sovereign bond.

The deal that shows how currying favor with China may be a more important driver for the market than funding.

Reader Steve who sent me the story commented on Hungarian mortgages denominated in Swiss Francs only to see the Franc jump over 20% in value overnight.

Apr 15 11:53

Futurama Warned Us About This: China Unveils New Interactive “Robot Goddess”

Somewhere the population control-consumed elite are laughing their heads off about this, the fact that they will get large portions of the population to forgo real human relationships for fakery with machines.

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Apr 15 11:50

Pentagon chief to sail aircraft carrier through disputed South China Sea

China has accused the US of “sabotaging regional peace” after the Pentagon chief announced a military buildup in the Philippines, disputing Chinese territorial claims. Ash Carter said he will visit an aircraft carrier in the disputed region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Remember, we need that war with China before they launch the gold-backed Yuan on the 19th! So GET GOING!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 08:09

CHINA SAYS "NO DOLLARS" FOR NEW YUAN

In a shocking move likely to crush the US economy overnight, China is refusing to make its new gold-backed Yuan, convertible from or to US Dollars. The new Yuan will be introduced next Tuesday, April 19.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM! NUKE 'EM! Nuke those slanty-eyed yellow bastards!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 14 09:13

IT’LL DEVASTATE CHINA’S ECONOMY AND REVERBERATE AROUND THE WORLD

Only a handful of countries have a higher savings rate than the Chinese do. For a still relatively poor emerging country with GDP per capita about a fifth of that in the U.S., the Chinese get an A+ in this area. But if diversification and asset allocation are the key to preserving wealth, then the Chinese get an F!

Apr 13 08:14

Double Standards? Britain Scolds South China Sea Rivals While Deploying To Own Island Colonies

British policy on the Falklands, Gibraltar and Diego Garcia left a whiff of hypocrisy when Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told Vietnam on Tuesday that claimants in the South China Sea must not send troops to disputed maritime areas.

Apr 11 11:53

South China Sea warning looms over G7 summit

Meeting begins with call to end nuclear weapons, but Beijing says Japanese plan to raise maritime concerns threatens to overshadow proceedings

Apr 11 11:50

Video: The ‘Makers’ Of Modern China: New Generation Of Inventors Let Imagination Fly

Meet China’s “makers”: inventors, engineers and visionaries whose innovations have the potential to shape the future of their country and the whole world.

Apr 08 12:22

China’s Dagong methodology to strengthen Russia’s investment cooperation with other states

According to Dagong Chairman Guan Jianzhong, the new methodology "will improve the implementation of many international projects from Russia. "New rating methodologies will help Russia attract investors under more lucrative terms," he said. "I know that many foreign companies are interested in Russian projects," he added. "We assume that the infrastructure construction depends both on public and private investment," the official told TASS. "So the attraction of investment directly depends on the level of innovative decisions we’re offering". Dagong Global Credit Rating was founded in 1994. All its ratings are acknowledged by the government of China.

Apr 08 11:05

Vietnam Demands China Remove $1 Billion Oil Rig Amid Sovereignty Row

Beijing’s relations with former regional allies continue to deteriorate as Chinese regime steadfastly continues development efforts throughout the South China Sea.

Apr 08 08:24

China proposes moving production facilities to Russian Far East

China has come forward with an initiative to transfer production facilities in 12 industries, including chemical and metallurgy, to the Russian Far East, the Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East reported following a visit by Alexander Galushka, its head, to Beijing...
China is considering moving some of its businesses to Russia's Far East, the Russian Far East Development Ministry said. The idea was discussed during the recent visit of the ministry's head Alexandr Galushka to Beijing, The Moscow Times reported. China suggested relocating enterprises in 12 key sectors of the economy, including metallurgy, textiles, telecommunications and agriculture, according to the report. http://rbth.com/news/2016/04/07/china-mulls-moving-some-business-to-ru...

Apr 07 11:26

4-star admiral wants to confront China. White House says not so fast

The U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific is arguing behind closed doors for a more confrontational approach to counter and reverse China’s strategic gains in the South China Sea, appeals that have met resistance from the White House at nearly every turn.

Apr 07 09:11

China warns George Soros: Don’t go to ‘war’ against our currency

China’s official newspaper warned billionaire investor George Soros not to bet against the Yuan in a front-page opinion piece, as China tries to boost confidence in its home currency, also known as the renminbi, which has dropped 5 percent since August.

“Soros’s war on the renminbi and the Hong Kong dollar cannot possibly succeed – about this there can be no doubt,” said the article titled “Declaring war on China’s currency? Ha ha,” published by People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 07 08:45

US Defense Secretary: China ‘Far and Away’ Most Aggressive Nation in Asia

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stated that Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea have made it the most belligerent nation in Asia requiring increased US involvement in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As you can tell from the next article down, the US wants war with Russia and China.

Apr 07 08:44

Landslide Escape: Quick Thinking Driver Avoids Disaster In Southern China

Dashcam footage of a landslide in southern China.

Apr 07 07:52

China Censors the Panama Papers

The foolish man buried his treasure and then posted a sign, “This ground does not contain 300 taels of silver.” This Chinese proverb has become a shorthand for the way the guilty give themselves away, and it’s aptly illustrated by the Communist Party’s hasty efforts to censor news of the Panama Papers.

The cache of documents stolen from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City doesn’t show (at least so far) that Chinese leaders or their relatives embezzled money or avoided tax. The authorities nonetheless issued instructions Monday to the official state media, social-media sites and search engines to remove the story.

Apr 05 06:44

Panama Papers: China's Censors Hush Up Panama Chatter

April 05, 2016 - China has denounced accusations arising from a massive leak from a Panamanian law firm as "groundless." But, as Eve Johnson report, they have moved to limit coverage of documents that may have exposed financial wrongdoing by some of the world's rich and powerful.

Apr 04 10:06

Growing Provocation: US to Hold New Military Drills Near South China Sea

The US Navy reportedly plans to hold naval exercises not far from the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still file image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy

This information appeared shortly after a conversation between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, during which the Chinese leader warned other countries on the actions that could harm China's sovereignty.
Tensions continue to mount between the US and China with an escalation of aggressive posturing on both sides.

When exactly the military drills will begin and what ships will take part in it has yet to be reported. China has territorial disputes with countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government does appear to be hell-bent on provoking China into a war it cannot win.

And I say that, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to possibly do is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apr 04 09:28

Mossack Fonseca leaks reveal Xi Jinping's family links to offshore companies. Chinese President Xi Jinping's family features in the explosive revelations made by the leak of confidential documents showing how world's most rich and prominent people hide th

Chinese President Xi Jinping's family features in the explosive revelations made by the leak of confidential documents showing how world's most rich and prominent people hide their wealth.

Xi's brother-in-law Deng Jiagui and family members of at least eight current and former members of China's powerful Politburo Standing Committee have set up offshore companies through Mossack Fonseca, the Panama-based law firm that has offices in more than 35 countries.

Apr 04 07:55

Growing Provocation: US to Hold New Military Drills Near South China Sea

The US Navy reportedly plans to hold naval exercises not far from the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

Apr 04 07:44

Defiant China slaps steel tariffs on Britain as trade war looms

China has thrown down the gauntlet in an escalating trade war over the global steel glut, imposing punitive tariffs of 46pc on hi-tech steel produced in Britain and the rest of the European Union.

The astonishing move came as the Prime Minister, David Cameron, confronted the Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting in Washington, pleading for action to slow the flood of Chinese steel exports reaching Europe.

Apr 04 07:43

South China Sea: Japanese Warships Dock in Philippines Near Disputed Waters

A Japanese submarine and two destroyers have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.

Apr 02 11:13

The US Is Militarizing the Pacific – and Not Taking Questions

Though overshadowed by unrest in the Middle East, the pivot remains very much underway. Already the US has expanded and established new military exercises and agreements with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other parts of Southeast Asia – as well as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, and even China.

The linchpin of this military realignment is my home state of Hawaii, which has hosted the headquarters of the US Pacific Command, or USPACOM, for almost 70 years.

Beyond Scrutiny

Based on the island of Oahu, USPACOM claims the Asia-Pacific as its “area of responsibility.” Home to 36 nations – and more than half the world’s population – the region stretches, in the words of top military brass, “from Bollywood to Hollywood and penguins to polar bears.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "power projection" of US military might from here on Oahu, coupled with the military activities controlled here, make this island potentially a first-strike, decap target for any Chinese war against the United States.

As an Oahu resident, that makes me more than a little nervous.

I would strongly suggest we constituents deserve some kind of answer from the "alleged" Representatives who ducked this reporter's questions, and ask them seriously about what they are doing to prevent a potential "Oahuclypse" if there is a war with China.

Apr 02 10:57

Seoul: N. Korea fires missile and tries to jam GPS signals

North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” after observing a successful live-fire test of a new anti-air weapons system, but didn’t say when and where the test took place. South Korean military officials on Friday said they detected the North firing a surface-to-air missile off its east coast, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the two were linked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the jamming actually took place, it is a signal from Kim Jung Un that he (hubristically) believes that he is ready for a fight with South Korea, and the US. but is trying to make South Korea and the US government the "aggressors", so that he can legitimately call on China to defend North Korea, through the terms of their their mutual defense pact.

Unfortunately, it appears that China is completely unable, or unwilling, to bring him to heel on this. And the problem is, China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, as does the US and South Korea.

And although the alliance between China and North Korea has been under stress because of North Korea's nuclear testing,the relationship, and pact, remain in place.

I would strongly caution the US and South Korea to do everything possible to ratchet down tensions between North and South Korea; unfortunately, the recent US/South Korean military exercises included a simulated decap strike against Pyongyang, which is the polar opposite of cooling down tensions in the region.

Apr 01 12:16

Beijing May Keep Nuclear Missiles on Ready Alert

As China develops its next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile, the military may also implement a new plan to keep the country’s nuclear arsenal on hair-trigger alert, ready to launch at a moment’s notice.

China’s nuclear deterrence strategy in the past has relied on patience, with a calm focus on long-term retaliation rather than immediate reprisal.

A military vehicle carries DF-21D missile past a display screen featuring an image of the Great Wall of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 3, 2015
© AFP 2016/ GREG BAKER
China Set to Deploy Nuke-Equipped Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching US
Under President Xi Jinping, that policy is about to change. Chinese military leaders are pursuing a new state of readiness which would keep the nation’s nuclear stockpile on ready alert, prepared to launch at the first sign of an incoming attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that someone in "Foggy Bottom" is keeping their eyes on this evolution in Chinese military thinking.

Apr 01 11:09

Massive illegal vaccine scandal in China has citizens asking, 'Is this genocide?'

As news of an illegal vaccine distribution scandal in China continues to emerge, outraged citizens are demanding to know why the government waited so long to inform the public that their children were at risk.

According to the government, an illegal vaccine ring in operation since 2011, distributed $88 million worth of vaccines that had expired or been improperly refrigerated. This placed all children who got the shots at risk of disability or death. It is not known how many children were harmed by the illegal vaccines.

Apr 01 10:38

Is David Cameron Sacrificing British Steel To Keep China Happy?

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of jeopardizing Europe’s steel industry as a ‘thank you’ to China for investing in the controversial nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

Apr 01 08:06

Britain 'blocked' EU bid to raise China steel tariff that could have protected the industry from cheap imports

Britain led efforts to block EU tariffs that might have protected the steel industry in this country from a flood of cheap Chinese imports, it emerged yesterday.

George Osborne and David Cameron were accused last night of being more concerned with courting China than the fate of Tata steelworkers.

Mar 31 15:47

Xi Jinping to Meet Obama as Rumors Swirl That Chinese Regime May Collapse

Letters of dissent against China’s president begin to circulate on the country’s social media outlets and in the Western press as the two leaders prepare to talk about territory disputes and North Korea.

Mar 31 15:46

China Set to Deploy Nuke-Equipped Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching US

As Chinese President Xi Jinping meets counterparts in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, military experts suggest that Beijing could soon be in possession of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Mar 29 10:10

Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to charges that he funneled US military aircraft secrets back to his controllers in the Middle Kingdom.

"Su Bin admitted to playing an important role in a conspiracy, originating in China, to illegally access sensitive military data, including data relating to military aircraft that are indispensable in keeping our military personnel safe," said US assistant attorney general for national security General John Carlin.

"This plea sends a strong message that stealing from the United States and our companies has a significant cost; we can and will find these criminals and bring them to justice. The National Security Division remains sharply focused on disrupting cyber threats to the national security, and we will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who seek to undermine our security."

Mar 28 15:30

US May Start Lagging Behind Russia, China in Space Exploration

Currently, only two nations are capable of putting humans into space and the United States is not one of them, former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao and Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation, noted, adding that the US leadership in space exploration "has eroded" and Washington does not seem to be too concerned with it.

Mar 28 15:26

Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

Redmond woos Beijing mandarins with custom build

Mar 28 07:02

China’s Internet battle — Beijing Spring or digital Cultural Revolution?

Fifty years after the tumultuous upheaval known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, China appears on the verge a new information age battle between communist party hardliners and reformers.

Unlike Mao Zedong’s rampaging zealots of that era, China’s new Red Guards are lurking in cyberspace, promoting a hardline communist agenda against party reformers who appear to favor less rigid media and other controls and who seem to be questioning the supremacy of the all-powerful Communist Party of China.

A potentially major split within the Chinese leadership surfaced amid the ongoing political drama over popular real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang, a privileged Communist Party member and outspoken social media critic widely dubbed the Donald Trump of China.

Mar 28 07:01

AIIB says more than 30 countries await membership

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on Friday.

The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes.

Despite the opposition of Washington, almost many major US allies – Australia, Britain, German, Italy, the Philippines and South Korea – have joined.

Mar 28 06:59

CHINA ORDERS MILITARY TO END ALL PAID OUTSIDE WORK

China has ordered its armed forces to end all paid outside work within the next three years as part of a push to make the world's largest standing military more professional and battle ready.

Mar 26 12:11

A WORLD WAR HAS BEGUN. BREAK THE SILENCE

The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion.

Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?

Mar 25 09:21

BLACKWATER FOUNDER INVESTIGATED FOR TIES TO CHINESE INTELLIGENCE AND MONEY LAUNDERING

Founder of the CIA-affiliated mercenary group Blackwater, Erik Prince, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly using his current Hong Kong-based corporation to illegally provide weapons and covert operators into conflict zones. Besides money laundering for Libyan officials using a Chinese bank, Prince has also been accused of murdering two federal informants working with the Justice Department while leading a reckless group of mercenaries responsible for butchering allies and innocent civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Prince's hubris may have finally caught up with him; we will see how the prosecution of this case goes.

Mar 22 09:59

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

Mar 22 08:16

Chinese Countering Social Media with Propaganda

China’s censors have a favorite new tactic: If you don’t like what people are saying online, shout louder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Online shills are a global enterprise!

Mar 21 14:25

China Shandong illegal vaccine scandal sparks anger

The vaccines were not adequately refrigerated nor transported in approved conditions Chinese citizens have reacted with anger and alarm at news of a massive illegal vaccine operation uncovered in Shandong province. The illegal vaccine ring involved hundreds of people, and affected 24 provinces and cities, local media said. On Monday, news that a boy had died after a vaccination sparked more anger, though officials said there was no link to the Shandong scandal. China has seen several health and safety scandals in recent years.

Mar 21 10:55

Why I Won’t be Voting for Hillary in November

Hillary Clinton on her best of days is still a serious menace to both the earth’s continuance as a habitable planet, and to peace. A committed neoliberal who has pursued, both as a senator and as a secretary of state, a policy of economic and military destabilization of sovereign governments, with no regard for the aftermath of such criminality (think Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Venezuela, Libya, Ukraine and Honduras, but especially Libya, Ukraine and Honduras, which were very much her doing in her last public position as secretary of state), Clinton has made it clear even on the campaign trail that she considers Russia to be an enemy. If elected, she has also made it clear she’ll continue a dangerous policy of brinksmanship, pushing for NATO membership of more nations bordering Russia, and moving offensive weapons and troops there too.

Mar 21 09:20

CHINA ACQUIRING USA ONE COMPANY AT A TIME

What’s the best way for a country like China to exert its influence over the U.S. economy? Acquire American-owned companies like Chinese-owned Haier just did when they purchased General Electric’s (GE) appliance business for $5.4 billion.

So much for American independence and authentic Independence Day celebrations on July 4th.

Mar 21 08:23

China Has a $590 Billion Problem With Unpaid Bills

Not since 1999 have China’s companies had so much trouble getting customers to actually pay for what they’ve bought.
It now takes about 83 days for the typical Chinese firm to collect cash for completed sales, almost twice as long as emerging-market peers. As payment delays spread from the industrial sector to technology and consumer companies, accounts receivable at the nation’s public firms have swelled by 23 percent over the past two years to about $590 billion, exceeding the annual economic output of Taiwan.

Mar 20 08:01

Tigers 'starved to death' to make $500 aphrodisiac wine with their bones. Growing demand has led to an increase in tiger farming, even extending to neighboring Laos and Vietnam.

Tiger wine, an aphrodisiac which sells for more than $500 a bottle, now faces backlash from animal rights activists who say the big cats are being kept in shocking conditions before their bones are eventually mixed in as the special ingredient.

Mar 19 11:41

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government and military could possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, the placement of these munitions caches being a sterling case in point.

Mar 19 10:54

US, Philippines agree on locations covered by defense pact

The U.S. and the Philippines announced Friday five locations where American forces will have access under a new defense pact, including one facing disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The announcement came at strategic talks in Washington, where the allies reiterated their opposition to the militarization of outposts in those waters, where six Asian governments have competing claims.

China has built artificial islands with airstrips and military facilities as it asserts its claim to virtually all the South China Sea, including land features claimed by the Philippines.

Another of the five Philippine military bases where the U.S. will have access is on southern Mindanao island, where the U.S. is concerned about the presence of Muslim extremist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, taken together with a soon-expanded US military presence in Australia, will give the US military a reasonably strong "footprint" against China.

But unfortunately, it will do nothing to ratchet down trade, or military, tensions with China at all; but of course, that appears to be the plan; to goad China into a position where its leadership believes there is no other recourse than a military response to the US military's "playing chicken" in the South China Sea.

Mar 19 08:49

New Defense Pact Allows US to Increase Troop Presence in Philippines

Amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the US and the Philippines have formalized a new defense pact that specifies five military bases where American forces will be allowed to operate.

Mar 18 13:32

Syrian War Enters Sixth Year with Graver Dangers Still Ahead

The national economy has been shattered, with over half of Syrians unemployed and 85 percent living in poverty. Much of the country has been plunged into darkness after continuous attacks on power stations and other electricity infrastructure.

This proxy war has been waged almost entirely by Al Qaeda-linked militias armed and funded by the CIA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, which all collaborated to funnel in tens of thousands of so-called foreign fighters.

The attempts to sell this war to the American people, as a “humanitarian” intervention by the Obama administration and its media accomplices, and even—by various pseudo-left organizations—to portray it as a “revolution” have fallen totally flat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why every candidate running for Congress, or the Presidency, needs to be confronted with questions about these horrific pre-emptive wars, and extract pledges to stop them, when they take their Oath of Office.

Because at the end of the day, these wars are not for "freedom", or allegedly "protecting the American way of life"; ultimately, our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and friends and relatives are being killed or maimed for life to enhance corporate profit, period, end of discussion.

And you can be pretty darn sure that the sons and daughters of either Congressional representatives, or the kids of the chairs of major defense corporations, can be found anywhere on the front lines of these wars!!

It's always "other people's kids".

Mar 18 12:01

5,000-year-old water control system found in E China

Mar 17 13:44

Video: Chinese Van Runs Over 4yr Boy, He Survives, Stands Up & Walks Away

A 4-year-old boy called Xuan escaped death after being run over by a minivan in Nanjing City, China.

Mar 16 13:28

US Treasury Official To Discuss North Korea In China Trip

A top US Treasury Department official will be visiting China this week to discuss North Korea’s recent actions and new sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s “destabilizing behavior.”

Mar 16 12:45

Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

Mar 16 12:36

China's Troops in Pakistan May Be an Attempt to Bypass US at Sea

Over the weekend, Indian media reported sighting Chinese troops in an area of the disputed Kashmir region administered by Pakistan along a crucial road-rail corridor. Experts say that the reports, if true, are an indication of China's intention to back its economic interests by military power, and its goal to bypass US naval power on the high seas.

Mar 16 12:23

GENERAL SAYS ARMY AT HIGH RISK IN WAR AGAINST CHINA, RUSSIA

The Army's top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China.

Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, constrained budgets and troop cuts have had a cumulative effect on the service.

Mar 16 12:18

BEX ALERT - China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites

China and Russia are preparing to attack and disrupt critical U.S. military and intelligence satellites in a future conflict with crippling space missile, maneuvering satellite, and laser attacks, senior Pentagon and intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Give us lots more money and we will save you!" -- Official White Horse Souse

(Ahem)

A moment's thought will discourage anyone from warfare in near-Earth orbit. Down here near the ground, if an aircraft is destroyed, the parts all fall to the ground and that is the end of it. If something is destroyed in orbit most of those pieces simply go into new orbits, threatening other satellites, which when hit, will send their parts into new orbits, which will destroy other satellites, and so forth, creating a cascade of destruction that will leave near-Earth space a field of debris too small to track. Space exploration and commercialization will come to an end!

Mar 16 11:18

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina's coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country's coast.

The Argentine Naval Prefecture chased and eventually sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 vessel after detecting it illegally fishing within the country's exclusive economic zone, officials said Tuesday.

Mar 16 09:28

Russia and China Will Join Europe to the Eurasian Landmass

The European peninsula will be drawn into the embrace of the Heartland as Russia and China work out their natural destiny as Eurasia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No they WON'T!!! I'll nuke them first!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 15 13:23

'Beefed Up' Genetically Modified Beagles Created by Chinese for Experiments

Scientists in China have edited the genes of Beagles in order to suppress a gene that would stop muscle growth, and instead produce dogs that develop abnormally large muscles.

Supposedly, the genetic modification is designed to help Parkinson’s research, not to create designer pets.

However, that trend towards the fanciful, too, is already emerging in this brave new world of Franken-flesh and synthetic enhancement through GMO techniques.
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Mar 14 10:20

Targeting China? Australian Military Bases for US bombers

Washington had decided to press its Australian allies on permitting a rotation of bombers at the Darwin and Tindal bases, notably the long-range, nuclear capable B-1B type, in the aftermath of rising tensions in the South China Sea. In 2011, it got Canberra’s acquiescence in increased US troop deployment on Australian soil, a measure that will see US personnel rise to 2,500 in 2017. For all of that, Australians still insist they are not under a benevolent occupation.

According to the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Auslin, “It is part of an overall rebalancing of military forces to the region.” It continues what is amounting to an increasingly dangerous theatre of demonstrations, with the USS aircraft carrier John C. Stennis along with a cruiser and destroyer stepping up patrols in an effort to maintain freedom of navigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could have various long-term trade consequences for Australian regarding China, and I doubt that those consequences have been really thought through, in the approval of this deal.

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