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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.

Mar 14 10:05

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP IN NORTH KOREA

Meanwhile, a hugely provocative military exercise is underway, involving 15,000 US troops, 300,000 South Koreans, and an armada of US warplanes and warships. These war games are an annual event that enrages North Korea because they are obviously rehearsing an invasion of the North, and the decapitation of its leadership – namely Kim Jong-un.

Predictably, Kim threatened blood-curdling revenge on the US and its “South Korean and Japanese lackeys.” He ordered North Korea’s limited nuclear forces onto red alert. Whether pure bluff or not remained unknown. American generals claimed Kim’s ICBM’s can now hit the US West Coast. But the Pentagon also warned of Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

Mar 14 09:27

Ron Paul Warns of Dollar Collapse 100% In 28 May 2016 – China And Russia Are Preparing For A Bankrupt US Financial System

When the government spends more than it collects, the result is additional debt. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 until 2008, the U.S. accumulated slightly over $10 trillion in federal debt. In the past seven years, the debt has nearly doubled to more than $18 trillion. By the year 2019, it is projected to exceed $20.3 trillion. When interest rates rise, the impact will be felt by the federal government as well as everyday Americans. First, it will increase the government’s cost of borrowing, which will cause the debt to rise even faster. It’s entirely possible that even a modest rise in interest rates could cause the debt to spiral out of control.

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Mar 14 09:12

REPOST - Hillary Clinton Warmonger

Mar 13 09:32

Obama chides UK & Saudi Arabia, says conflict with China is possible

US President Barack Obama says there is “the potential for conflict with China,” while also criticizing the UK for being “free riders” in an interview with The Atlantic magazine. However, he also dispelled myths regarding President Vladimir Putin’s poor timekeeping.

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Mar 13 07:32

Why The Elite Hate Trump

Mar 12 09:19

Desperate ‘Dumb Money’ From China Arrives In The US

Money creation in China has gone bonkers. Authorities have opened the valves, and new credit is surging through money pipelines, including state-owned banks and the “shadow banking” system, and so loans in just the first two months this year soared by $1 trillion. Where did this money go?

Mar 11 09:07

China Is Now In Control Of Global Silver Prices

China has been an unofficial price-setter for most metals over the past decade. And this week, the country became an official participant in setting prices for one of the world’s most important precious metals markets.

That’s the London Bullion Market silver price. Where one of China’s largest banks just became a member of an elite group of players that controls fluctuations in this key metal.

Mar 11 08:30

After Sending a Carrier Strike Group to Confront China, US Sends 3 Nuclear Bombers to the Pacific

By Matt Agorist

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced they dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea. Consisting of the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, two cruisers, two destroyers, and the 7th Fleet flagship, the US is making their mission clear — we are not scared of kicking off World War III.

Now, only a week later, they are flexing even more military might, announcing they have deployed three B-2 Spirit nuclear stealth bombers to support the U.S. Pacific Command. U.S. forces in the Pacific have been saber rattling with China for months...

Mar 10 17:25

Culture Wars: $100M Chinese “Cultural Theme Park” To Be Built In South Carolina

In a press conference held Friday by Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, the city announced that it has an $80- $100 million commitment from a Chinese Cultural Theme Park, similar to Epcot, to begin building in the fall.

Mar 10 08:43

Chinese Govt Venture Investing

Mar 10 08:35

US Naval Strike Group Defies China's Territorial Claims in Western Pacific

The US naval strike group John C. Stennis completed routine operations in the South China Sea, challenging territorial claims by China in what the United States and other nations consider international waters, the US Navy said in a press release on Monday.

Mar 10 07:37

Report: China to block North Korea ships from returning home

China could soon be blocking the return of North Korean ships in Chinese ports from returning to their country of origin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US thought North Korea was their back door to war with China, Beijing just slammed it shut.

Mar 10 01:48

China Concerned Over US Plans to Deploy Long-Range Bombers to Australia

China expressed concern on Wednesday about reported US plans to deploy long-range heavy bombers to Australia, the foreign ministry said. A report by the ABC broadcaster on Tuesday cited General Lori Robinson from the US Pacific Air Forces as saying talks were underway with Australia to regularly rotate B-1 heavy bombers in the country. Gen. Robinson added that the US Air Force would continue to fly over disputed areas in the South China Sea. "We are concerned about these reports," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told journalists at a press briefing. Hong Lei warned the United States and Australia that their military cooperation should be aimed at protecting peace and stability in the region, rather than hurting the interests of a third party.

Mar 09 16:28

US Playing With Fire By Challenging China In Her Own Backyard: Analyst

The United States is playing with fire — to the detriment of the entire world’s people — by challenging China in her own backyard, says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Mar 09 12:59

Rising Tensions: US Deploys Three B-2 Strategic Bombers to Asia Pacific

The United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced in a Wednesday press release.

Mar 09 07:17

GlaxoSmithKline fined nearly half a billion dollars for criminal bribery of doctors and hospitals in China

China has just dished out the biggest fine in the history of their country, and it's being slapped down on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

GlaxoSmithKline, the British pharmaceutical giant that medical authorities trust in around the world, is now being exposed for what it really is: an institution rooted in coercion and bribery that competes for control over healthcare systems around the world.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, GlaxoSmithKline is guilty of bribing doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted. The verdict, established in a court in Changsha, slaps the UK pharmaceutical firm with a $490 million fine, the largest in China's history. This puts an end to an investigation that began in July of 2013. Chinese officials estimate that GSK made $150 million in illegal profits.

Mar 08 14:17

CHINA PLANS TO BUILD MORE BASES IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES AFTER DJIBOUTI

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says that China is planning to construct global “support facilities” in more countries, after starting to construct a logistics center in the African country of Djibouti. He made the announcement during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual parliament meeting. “We are willing to, in accordance with objective needs, respond to the wishes of host nations and in regions where China’s interests are concentrated, try out the construction of some infrastructure facilities and support abilities,” Wang Yi said. The Chinese Defense Ministry said in last month that Beijing had started construction on the base in Djibouti, which is the southern entrance of the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, also hosts American and French bases.

Mar 07 12:27

Beijing targets US pacific commander as carrier sails South China Sea

The commander of the US Pacific Command (Pacom) came under political fire from China last week following recent comments critical of Beijing’s military encroachment in the South China Sea.

The communist party-affiliated Global Times, in a front page report, accused Pacom’s Adm. Harry Harris of “China bashing” and “making waves in the South China Sea” for comments accusing China of regional hegemony made during recent speeches and congressional testimony.

The publication, often used as an official outlet for hardline anti-US propaganda, then issued a veiled threat that harsh comments from the admiral were creating stepped up competition between the United States and China and could lead to conflict.

“If two nuclear powerhouses engage in a competition to test each other’s willpower, the whole world will face the repercussions,” Global Times stated March 4.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suggest to Admiral Harris that verbally, or navigationally, "playing chicken" with the Chinese navy could have some severe geopolitical consequences.

But I do not think for one second, that he would not have said what he said, had he not received the complete blessing of the Obama Administration to do so.

Just because a war against China would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it won't do this.

Mar 07 10:10

ENERGY COMPANY UNDER INVESTIGATION IN DEATH OF HONDURAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

The killing appeared to be targeted: A Mexican rights activist at the house was only slightly wounded in the attack, but Caceres’s body had four bullet wounds. Police said they had detained a suspect, but did not identify the person.

Mar 06 09:34

China’s Deserts Expanding

Mar 05 07:17

China: Lower

Mar 05 05:50

China's economic boom Miracle or myth

Mar 04 13:37

USA DISPATCHES WARSHIPS FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA

According to some media reports, the United States Navy has dispatched a small strike carrier fleet to the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The Navy Times said citing US military officials that the carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days. The US Navy is sending warships when tension rises in the area following American Navy’s so-called freedom of navigation operations in an area contested by regional countries...
U.S. CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS LOCATIONS MAP – MAR. 4, 2016: This is the newst update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. https://southfront.org/u-s-carrier-strike-groups-locations-map-mar-4-2...

Mar 04 11:27

Navy aircraft carrier group moves into contested South China Sea

The U.S. Navy has dispatched an aircraft carrier and several ships accompanying it into the South China Sea in the last few days, a deployment of thousands of U.S. sailors to a region a top U.S. admiral said last week is increasingly militarized by China.

The USS John C. Stennis, the carrier, arrived in the South China Sea on Tuesday, Navy officials said. It is accompanied by the cruiser USS Mobile Bay and the destroyers USS Stockdale and USS Chung-Hoon, said Navy Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet. The ships arrived in the Western Pacific on Feb. 4 on a deployment from the West Coast of the United States.

Doss said the carrier is carrying out a routine patrol of the South China Sea, where China has in recent weeks moved Chinese fighter jets, military radar and surface-to-air missiles. The Navy will continue to appear in the South China Sea regularly, Doss said. Pacific Fleet ships spending a combined 700 days there last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move is certain to exacerbate tensions with China; is the US government and military attempting to provoke Beijing into a military response, to kick off World War III?!?

I would certainly hope not.

I understand peace through strength; I get it.

I have friends in the military; so when they are deployed, I want some kind of assurance from my government that there was no other way of dealing with a crisis situation. Unfortunately, these days, I rarely get that sense whatsoever.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, either at the personal level, or the state level, I wish that US foreign policy disputes could be handled with moral, good-faith, hard-won negotiations, rather than the with bombs and guns, which appears to be the only modality the US government is using as the method of settling geopolitical disputes these days.

This does not bode well for the future of our country, or for the future of the world.

Mar 04 09:36

China blockades fishing lanes — It’s on!

PhilStar Global reports, the Chinese have taken over another traditional Filipino fishing ground near Palawan where they have stationed up to five ships to keep local fishermen at bay, sources said.

Mar 04 07:57

China’s war with the United States has already begun

In the author’s opinion, since China has an Eastern-styled approach to warfare, most Westerners don’t recognize that the two powerful nations are already engaged in mortal, if not subtle, combat.

Mar 04 07:47

Will World War III begin in the Levant if the U.S. faces off against Russia, Iran and China?

Does the United States risk facing off against a tri-partite alliance between Russia, Iran and China?

Mar 03 08:45

This entire system is rigged against your prosperity

People migrated to Hong Kong based on the premise that, just like in America, they could work hard and make a life for themselves.

Within 20 years the population had increased over ten-fold. And it kept growing.

Hong Kong became a boomtown, earning a reputation as a swashbuckling paradise for risk-takers.

This freewheeling, Wild East attitude paid off.

Today Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest places in the world, with a GDP per capita and standard of living that outpaces most of the West.

It’s modern and advanced; the city skyline is beautiful– there are 50% more skyscrapers here than in New York City.

Taxes in Hong Kong are still among the lowest in the world.

Yet the government is awash with cash and regularly sends surpluses back to its citizens.

Mar 02 11:34

Tenth Zika virus case confirmed in China

The tenth Zika virus cases has been confirmed in China’s southern Guangdong province, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. A 40-year-old resident of the province was infected with the virus. Previously his two children were confirmed to have been infected with Zika. The man has been hospitalized, and his condition remains stable.

Mar 02 09:36

Pentagon chief warns Beijing of ‘specific consequences’ over South China Sea militarization

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has warned China against militarizing the disputed island chain in the South China Sea and threatened “specific consequences” should Beijing not wind down its activities in the region.
Following China’s deployment of surface-to-air missile systems on Woody Island last month, in addition to military aircraft, Carter stated that “China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea” during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

Woody Island is the biggest island in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea. China laid claim to the island in the 1950s, but the rights to the area, which is at the heart of economically important shipping routes in the South China Sea, are being contested by Taiwan, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Specific actions will have specific consequences,” Carter stressed. “These activities have the potential to increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict among claimant states.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Carter, a word please: think very carefully about how you want to approach China's military build-up in and around these islands.

Is it really worth World War III?!? Or are you playing "picador" against Beijing, in order to provoke a response you can use to "justify" military action against China?!?

I understand that the Moody's latest downgrade of China's economy was a form of asymmetric attack against the country, which may - or may not- have been founded on fact. But a shooting war, sir?!? REALLY?!?

Sec Def Carter, the timing is so wrong for such a war right now; 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, and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous here.

The Chinese government has made enormous strides in the development of their weaponry over the last decade, and when Chinese weapons makers deliver their products, and they are field-deployed, they work as advertised, or better.

Unfortunately, because American weapons production involves such an incestuous relationship between the Congressional representatives who hand out the contracts, and the weapons manufactures who get them (and the palms that get greased in the process), when our American military receive these weapons, frequently, they perform badly; are delivered late; and have huge cost over-runs.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist, who never advocates violence, I abhor war. But if our men and women in uniform are fighting, I want them to have the best, most reliable weapons possible.

So please, sir, think very carefully about the next step here.

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