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Nov 05 16:29

Climate change concern among Chinese citizens plummets, research finds

Concern about climate change among people in China – the world’s biggest carbon polluter – has plummeted in the past five years, according to new research. The Chinese were the least concerned among 40 nations surveyed.

Only 18% of Chinese citizens are seriously concerned about the issue, a drop of 23 points since 2010, the US Pew Research Center report published on Thursday shows.

Nov 05 12:17

Pentagon chief visits U.S. carrier in disputed South China Sea, blames Beijing for tension

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flew to a U.S. aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea on Thursday and blamed China for rising tension in the region on a visit sure to infuriate Beijing.

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Nov 04 13:57

Bill Holter: China Could Reprice Gold To $100,000 per Ounce

“The old way out was to revalue gold higher. They could revalue gold and step up and say they will pay $50,000 or $100,000 per ounce for any and all ounces for sale.”

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My wedding ring is worth more than I am! :)

Nov 04 10:16

Political watchdog group wants Vegas casino owner Adelson investigated

A progressive political watchdog group wants Congress and the Federal Election Commission to investigate alleged ties between Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson and reputed Chinese organized crime figures.

A spokesman for Las Vegas Sands immediately dismissed the initiative by the Washington D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability as an "obvious political propaganda stunt" aimed at Adelson, who a prolific financial contributor to Republican candidates and conservative causes.

The group asked the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether foreign money is illegally fueling campaign contributions to American politicians.

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We already know it has from the Clinton's 1995 China-gate scandal, in which Bill Clinton authorized the sale of sensitive technology to China and in return Chinese money was funneled through Chinese/Americans into Clinton's re-election campaign.

Nov 04 09:37

Chinese Hackers? US Propagandists Should Look in the Mirror

How is it that despite all the revelations of Edward Snowden regarding US intelligence and military snooping capabilities across the globe, Americans still cannot accept the culpability of their own government and corporate interests – the two work hand in hand – in global cyber-espionage? Even if they explicitly or implicitly know about the NSA, CIA, DIA, and Pentagon programs (among many others), their instinctive reaction is to blame China. Why?

Nov 03 13:32

Hollande takes climate hopes to China

Right after German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up her eighth visit to China, French President Francois Hollande embarked on a Chinese tour on Monday. Like Berlin, Paris bears in mind that it needs this high-level visit given Hollande's absence in Beijing's Victory Day parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. Besides, France is also facing a series of thorny problems both at home and abroad, including crises in Europe and the Middle East. It is thus necessary to have an exchange of views with China.

More importantly, unlike Germany, Hollande came to win China's support for the forthcoming climate change conference in Paris. He wants to secure attendance of Chinese leader in the Paris climate change summit and a strong joint statement from Beijing, in order to ensure the Paris conference with comprehensive, effective achievements.

Nov 03 12:20

Spratly Islands

In November 1946, the ROC sent naval ships to take control of the islands after the surrender of Japan.[58] It had chosen the largest and perhaps the only inhabitable island, Taiping Island, as its base, and it renamed the island under the name of the naval vessel as Taiping. Also following the defeat of Japan at the end of World War II, the ROC re-claimed the entirety of the Spratly Islands (including Taiping Island) after accepting the Japanese surrender of the islands based on the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations. The Republic of China then garrisoned Itu Aba (Taiping) island in 1946 and posted Chinese flags and markers on it along with Woody island in the Paracels.

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This is a bit difficult to wade through, but the short version is that China has held ownership of the Spratley Islands going back to the end of WW2. The claims by the Philippines and Vietnam are recent, urged on by the United States to provoke a conflict.

Nov 03 11:44

China to respond toughly to provocations in South China Sea — Foreign Ministry

"We firmly oppose other countries' attempts to damage China’s sovereignty and security interests in the freedom of navigation and air traffic. I want to emphasize that China stands firm in the defense of its territorial sovereignty and security as well as its full-fledged and legitimate interests at sea," Hua Chunying said.
US actions in South China Sea may escalate tensions — Indonesian defense minister http://tass.ru/en/world/833786 Asked if the freedom of navigation conducted by the United States was helpful or otherwise, Ryamizard said all parties should avoid going to areas that may bring about unwanted incidents. "This action risks further escalation of tensions in the disputed waters," he noted.

Nov 03 09:58

U.S. Navy To Patrol South China Sea About Twice Every Quarter

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter to remind China and other countries about U.S. rights under international law, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.

"We're going to come down to about twice a quarter or a little more than that," said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about Navy operational plans.

"That's the right amount to make it regular but not a constant poke in the eye. It meets the intent to regularly exercise our rights under international law and remind the Chinese and others about our view," the official said.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Monday said there would be more demonstrations of the U.S. military's commitment to the right to freely navigate in the region.

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This is pure and utter codswallop, that such actions will not be "a constant poke in the eye" to the Chinese government.

The US government and military will be playing picador with Chinese forces each and every time they do this tour, and there will be a point past which Chinese government will have to respond with military force.

I would like to politely remind both the US government and military that one of the most recent evolutions in Chinese military equipment, is what has been dubbed "the carrier killer missile". As reported in September 2015 at thefiscaltimes.com:

All of which is why military analysts were keen to see the technological firepower on display in the parade; 84 percent of the weaponry China showed off was new or never before shown in public, including a missile known as an “assassin’s mace” that has generated heavy interest in military circles over the past five years. The Chinese defense ministry has been silent about the missile up until today, other than to confirm in 2011 that the weapon was in development. The missile, formally known as the Dongfeng 21D (DF-21D) but also known as the “carrier-killer,” is rumored to have a range of up to 1,000 miles and may be able to travel up to 10 times the speed of sound, making it virtually impossible to intercept once launched, according to the Financial Times (registration required). The ballistic missile would be launched into orbit but can be maneuvered to a target once it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Since China can manufacture 1,200 of the DF-21D for the price of one aircraft carrier, the missile could pose a threat to U.S. aircraft carriers in the event of a conflict. Even if the U.S. was able to shoot down or neutralize most of the missiles China fired at a carrier, one strike could alter the result of a battle.

Were I the President, I would be looking at areas where the US could be collaborating with China right now, rather than provoking it.

Nov 02 15:31

What kind of war can USA and China start?

Formally, the dispute over the island involves six countries (China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei). In November 2002, the countries signed an agreement to push back the decision on their status till 2052. China, as a regional and economically powerful country, follows a simple principle: you have it when you're there. At a summit in California in 2013, Xi Jinping told President Barack Obama that the Pacific was big enough to accommodate both China and the United States. Jinping meant that there was no place for US Navy off the coast of China. Yet, Obama did not listen. Washington has built up bases on Okinawa, Japan, (25,800 US troops and navy), South Korea (28,000 US troops), Australia and the Philippines. Even Hanoi agreed to accept US ships for maintenance. Was this power not enough to stop Beijing in case of its aggressive actions against US allies? It was more than enough indeed.

Nov 02 15:16

‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action. Instead, the Chinese have chosen to respond with very angry words.

Nov 02 12:33

China sends armed naval fighter jets over contested islands after US warship pass-by

Days after a US warship sailed by contested islands in the South China Sea, Beijing conducted training for its naval jets in the same area. The armed aircraft flew from China’s recently constructed island airstrip.

Last Tuesday, the USS Lassen passed through a 12-mile limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago. The reef is one of seven that China has artificially reinforced to support its claim on the archipelago and the sea around it.

Nov 02 10:11

Obama Undergoes 'Pacifist' Crisis – Italian Media

American foreign policy has been quite idle recently, the Italian newspaper wrote, but it would be a mistake to take the country's lack of intervention in the Middle East for pacifism. However, now that the US is "psychologically suppressed" by Russia's actions in Syria, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama is showing signs of shifting toward the risk of a big war.
The US stands on the threshold of four potential battle grounds, the article says, and each of these possible wars could be disastrous.

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PACIFISM?!?

How in the name of heaven could Il Giornale possibly characterize Obama's geopolitical approach as "pacifism"?!?

I could almost laugh; but then, it would be the stopping which would be difficult.

Let's see, now; the continuing of the war in Afghanistan; the assassination of Ghadaffi in Libya; the military re-involvement in Iraq; the enabling of Saudi Arabia's carnage in Yemen; the support of "our assets" in Syria to create regime change in that country, and weapons brandishing at China: could someone please explain how could ANY of these acts be considered the acts of a pacifist President?!?

Apparently, this writer for Il Giornale has been seduced by Obama's faux populism, to the point that they are utterly unable to see him for what he is; just as much a corporate tool as are his alleged rivals, the Republicans.

At the end of the day, they, including President Obama, are nearly all liars, warmongers, and those who daven to their masters in the military - industrial complex, and the bankers.

We the People have become both expendable and irrelevant.

Nov 02 09:48

BEX ALERT - US allies in S. China Sea want expanded American presence in region – Pentagon chief

Tensions are flaring up in the South China Sea, as pro and anti-Western powers vie for the waters. American allies are now demanding an increased US presence in the area, despite China and Japan agreeing to talks.

Nov 02 09:31

US Navy Can Be Sunk

It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest. Or, really, any interest. And if the Chinese do not back down?

I do not know a great deal about the Chinese Navy, having been out of that loop for years. I do know that the Chinese are smart, and that they have optimized their forces specifically to take out carrier battle groups near their territory. They do not try to match the US ship-for-ship in the kind of war America wants to fight. They would lose fast, and they know it. The key is to swarm the fleet with cruise missiles arriving all at once, accompanied perhaps by large numbers of aircraft. Would this work? I don’t know, but that is certainly the way I would bet.

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The US government has absolutely lost the ability to negotiate in good faith, and therein lies the rub.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a tacit agreement between Chinese and Russians weapons makers, that when they deliver military hardware and software, and it is deployed in the field, it works absolutely as advertised.

With American weapons makers, the products are often horribly over budget, excessively late on delivery, and do not function as advertised.

Please understand this; as a Christian pacifist, I abhor war as a way of attempting to resolve geopolitical issues.

But when our troops are deployed, I want them working with weapons which are fully functional, period, end of discussion. And it is in this matter where American weapons manufacturers have fallen way short of the mark, and I don't know how - and when - this issue will be resolved, in light of the "generous contributions" to political campaigns made by those manufacturers to keep their products at the forefront of their competition.

Nov 02 08:09

Pentagon Sees South China Sea Dispute Driving Calls for US Presence

Making the rounds in the Pacific and southeast Asia in his latest overseas trip, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter bragged about the growing regional interest around the South China Sea in hosting a US presence, attributing it to the disputes with China in the area.

China is one of 10 nations in the region around the South China Sea with conflicting maritime claims. The US largely doesn’t get involved in those disputes unless one of the parties involved is China, in which case the US always backed the other party.

Though most of these disputes have existed as irrelevant boundary disputes for many decades, the US has gotten a great deal of mileage out of railing at China for building an artificial island in the area near the Spratlys. This has included the US making high-profile sail-bys of the island, and making it clear they are doing so purely to spite China.

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A short memo to Ashton Carter; sir, were I you, I would not be quite so quick to dismiss either China's military capabilities, or its political will to have the US leave them alone.

As you should be aware, the US government rarely gets what it is paying for, in terms of its military hardware and software, and the field performance thereof. In China, there is a tacit agreement between weapons manufacturers and the Chinese government that when weapons are field-deployed, they work as advertised, period, end of discussion.

As reported at the South China Morning Post on 3 September, 2015:

Fuelled by booming defence spending, the People’s Liberation Army is expected to today showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders, especially adjacent seas where it competes with neighbours for territory and resources. Here are 10 military hardware pieces that analysts and other nation’s defence experts will likely be watching out for.

Right now, the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And even with the US Navy defending these allies, the issue of quite how effective the US Navy can be against the newest weapons in the Chinese military arsenal, is ....questionable, at best.

Nov 02 08:09

Ordinary Chinese blame America for the Russian plane crash

"America's revenge did not take long." (480 likes) Jiangsu, Nantong

"The hand of American gangsters is behind all this!" (145 likes), Tianjin

"Mourning for the victims of the Russian people" (129 likes) Henan Nanyang

"99% it is connected to the USA" (38 likes) Jiangsu Wuxi

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US is not much loved around the world these days!

Nov 02 07:50

Nepal turns to China for fuel to counter Indian blockade

The state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) signed an agreement with the China National United Oil Corporation on Thursday to import fuel from China. The Nepali government has been accusing India of orchestrating an oil blockade for weeks.

Nov 01 10:48

Keiser Report: Chinese 2nd child to fight global Ponzi

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how a service driven Chinese economy could spell bad news for Western economies but how a two-child policy could save the global property ponzi for another generation. In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com about the latest news with the Chinese economy, its crackdown on corruption and its increasing role in the global economy.

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 30 10:09

China does not recognize Hague’s arbitration court jurisdiction in South China Sea

China has refused to take part in hearings in the The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on territorial disputes in the South China Sea initiated by the Philippines and said it does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin said on Friday.

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Oct 30 09:34

China to US: Minor Provocative Act in South China Sea Could Spark War

China’s Naval Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, has warned the US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, that any “dangerous, provocative acts” of the US Navy could spark war in the South China Sea.

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Oct 30 09:03

China, Germany moving closer to no-hack pact

China and Germany are moving towards a mutual no-hacking-for-economic-espionage pact, along the lines of agreements already signed between China and the the US and UK.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Germany was seeking a deal “very quickly”. Germany, ahead of the UK, is China’s largest trading partner in Europe.

Oct 30 08:48

China warns US against ‘minor’ incidents that could ‘spark war’

China has issued its strongest warning yet to the US over an incident during which a US destroyer sailed within territorial waters of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea, claiming that US faces running the risk of “a minor incident that sparks war.”

Oct 30 08:09

Beijing vows to respond to US ships in South China Sea

China has warned the United States navy against any violation of its territorial waters, saying that it will take “necessary measures” in reaction to US incursions off the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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Oct 29 19:44

China Sea Blues: A Thing Not to Do

Fred on War with China.

It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest.

Years back I went aboard the USS Vincennes, CG-49, a Tico class Aegis boat, then the leading edge of naval technology.

The Navy has not been in a war for seventy years. It has sat off various shores and launched aircraft, but the fleet has not been engaged. Over decades of inaction, complacency sets in. Unfortunately, wars regularly turn out to be otherwise than expected. Further, the American military’s standard approach to a war is to underestimate the enemy (there is probably a manual on this).

Oct 29 15:46

US refuses to recognize South China Sea islets as Chinese territory


China has warned against any violation of its territorial waters by American warships.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said the country’s military will take all necessary measures in response to any future incursions by US vessels into its territorial waters around islands in the South China Sea. The warning followed the sailing of a US guided missile destroyer within the 22-kilometer territorial limit of one of the islands newly created by China. The US refuses to recognize the man-made islets in the strategically vital region as deserving of sovereign territory status. The Chinese side took no forceful action during a US warship’s sail-by on Tuesday, but strongly protested the move. The spokesman offered no details on how Beijing might respond differently in the future.

Oct 29 15:05

Amid Washington-Beijing Row, French Frigate Sails to South China Sea

A French warship docked in a Chinese port Tuesday to start an extended visit to China's naval fleet in the South China Sea, where disputed territorial claims have ignited a row between Beijing and Washington.

Oct 29 14:37

2 Australian ships to join Chinese navy in drills in S China Sea

Two Australian warships will hold exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea next week, Australia’s defense minister said Thursday.

The announcement comes two days after a US navy patrol angered Beijing by sailing near an artificial island built by China in disputed waters in the southern part of the sea.

The HMAS Stuart and HMAS Arunta will visit China’s main South China Sea base of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province before drills scheduled early next week, Marise Payne said.

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So, Australia is NOT showing support for the US sabre-rattling, as the US media claimed.

Oct 29 10:11

Has He Become “Mentally Unstable”? Obama Now Provoking China With Warships

The Global Times is a Chinese state-run newspaper that has very close ties to the Communist party. After Obama’s provocation in the South China Sea, it published an editorial entitled “After the show, it’s time for US destroyer to leave“. The following is the most alarming portion of that editorial…

"In face of the US harassment, Beijing should deal with Washington tactfully and prepare for the worst. This can convince the White House that China, despite its unwillingness, is not frightened to fight a war with the US in the region, and is determined to safeguard its national interests and dignity.

Beijing ought to carry out anti-harassment operations. We should first track the US warships. If they, instead of passing by, stop for further actions, it is necessary for us to launch electronic interventions, and even send out warships, lock them by fire-control radar and fly over the US vessels."

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It is really looking like NOW would be a very appropriate time to invoke the 25th Amendment.

The apparent madness of this President's decisions regarding Syria, Russia, Iraq, and China, is truly terrifying, but of course, not if you are money junkies who profit from war, and all the ancillary businesses of war; for such people, these decisions make absolute financial sense.

After all, it won't be their kids getting blown to bits of maimed for life, ultimately for corporate financial gain.

Oct 29 10:02

China Reverses Controversial One Child Only Policy

China has just announced an end to the 35-year-long "one-child only" policy. One that has often forced couples into making horrible decisions - to say the least - when the policy naturally couldn't be followed no matter the vigorous efforts to try.

Oct 29 09:17

‘Freedom of the Seas’ Means American Global Hegemony

There’s ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep us from our sacred duty to protect the world from itself. From the South China Sea to the shores of the Black Sea, America stands guard over Freedom. This tweet from Foreign Policy magazine, the organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, states our mission bluntly: “The Obama administration will finally send a destroyer to uphold freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.”

Oct 29 09:17

The Chinese authorities have allowed families to have two children

The Chinese authorities have decided to abandon the policy of "one family - one child". All families are now allowed to have two children, reported the Agency "Xinhua".

Oct 28 15:51

‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action.

Oct 28 14:45

'Isolated Iran' Set to Join BRICS Bank

As US hegemony wanes in the face of dysfunctional domestic politics, foreign policy confusion, and a “lead from behind” mentality, the world has begun to transition towards a kind of new world order both politically and economically.

On the geopolitical front, we’ve seen a resurgent Russia take charge in Syria after the situation spiraled out of control, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and creating the worst migrant crisis in Europe’s history.

On the economic front, the BRICS nations have embarked on a series of projects designed to supplant the US-led multinational institutions that have dominated the post-war world.

Oct 28 12:58

In Latest Escalation, Australia May Join US, Send Warships To China Islands

Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijing’s territorial claims.

“Australia has been looking at options,” said one official in Australia’s military familiar with operational planning.

Oct 28 12:15

US Threatens to Send More Ships Near Chinese Island After Criticism

After months of hyping the incident, the Pentagon finally sent the USS Lassen to 22 km off the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, a move that they’d been promising would show China that US ships can sail wherever they please, and over any foreign objection.

China called the move a “serious provocation,” though under international law naval sovereignty does not extend to the sea around artificial islands. Still, it is hard for China not to see the incident that way, since the Pentagon was very public about doing so explicitly to needle China after months of condemning the building of islands, something which is similarly perfectly legal under international law.

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In an earlier post, I expressed the hope that the US wasn't going to escalate the situation here, but unfortunately, I was dead wrong.

It appears that DC will continue playing the picador until China's leadership will have no choice but to confront the US militarily, and things may get....very ugly here in the Pacific.

Oct 28 12:00

US to send admiral to China for talks

The commander of the US Pacific Command is expected to visit China for talks with the Chinese military in early November after a US warship came close to Chinese reefs on Tuesday and drew harsh warnings from Beijing.

Admiral Harry Harris will be sent by the US military to China on Monday, where he will hold talks with top Chinese military officials to discuss bilateral military exchanges, a US military officer was quoted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK as saying on Wednesday.

Oct 28 11:34

Warships sent, US ambassador called in as China bolsters Navy presence in disputed Spratly islands, after US sail-by rattles Beijing's sovereignty claims

The People's Liberation Army yesterday sent two vessels to warn a US Navy warship after the guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said the PLA would take all steps to protect national security as it sent its own guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou and frigate Taizhou to warn USS Lassen, which had entered waters within 12 nautical miles of the Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratly archipelago.

But while USS Lassen's sail-by was the United States' most significant challenge yet to China's territorial claims in the disputed waters, analysts believed neither side would allow the situation to escalate beyond control.

A US defence official said the warship's patrol was completed without incident. Another official said the sail-by was part of Washington's "routine operations in the South China Sea in accordance with international law".

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I would like to hope that DC is not intent on escalating the situation here, which is already tense enough.

Oct 28 09:55

China 'not frightened of war with US’ – Chinese media after Spratly Islands destroyer incident

The presence of the USS Lassen near the disputed Spratly Islands is a “political show” to be dealt with calmly, China’s nationalistic Global Times wrote, stressing the country “is unwilling but not frightened to fight a war with the US in the region.”

Oct 27 11:23

Beijing Summons U.S. Ambassador Over U.S. Navy Patrol

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus on Tuesday, lodging "serious representations" and expressing "strong discontent" over a U.S. warship patrol in waters near China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

"This action by the United States threatens China's sovereignty and security interests and endangers the safety of personnel and facilities on the reef, which is a serious provocation," Zhang said.

Earlier on Tuesday, USS Lassen entered waters near Zhubi Reef without the permission of the Chinese government.

Zhang noted that it had done so regardless of China's earlier dissuasion. China is "strongly discontented with and firmly against" the move, he said.

Oct 27 08:48

China Lodges Protest with U.S. on Warship Patrol

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed "strong discontent" and "resolute opposition" over a U.S. warship patrol near Zhubi Reef, which is part of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

This action by the United States threatens China's sovereignty and security interests, endangers the safety of personnel and facilities in the reef, and harms regional peace and stability, ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement.

Lu urged the U.S. to "immediately correct its wrongdoing."

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. warship USS Lassen entered waters near Zhubi Reef without the permission of the Chinese government, according to Lu.

Oct 27 07:58

Russia and China Increase Gold Holdings As Central Banks Continue Loose Monetary Policies

Meanwhile in the physical gold market, withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange following the Golden Week holiday still remain strong. An impressive 53.4 tons was withdrawn in the week ending October 16th – week 40 – the first full week after the holiday. The year to date figure is a fraction short of 2,062 tons.

Looking at past years, demand does tend to fall off by a little at this time, but then picks up again as the year-end nears as stocks increase ahead of the Chinese New Year buying spree. Next year which will be the year of the Monkey under the Chinese zodiac – falls on Monday February 8th, suggesting strong gold demand in December and January.

In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is a symbol of health and wealth and those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, quick-witted and adventurous.

Oct 27 07:11

After the show, it's time for US destroyer to leave

The Pentagon is obviously provoking China. It is time to test the wisdom and determination of the Chinese people.

We should stay calm. If we feel disgraced and utter some furious words, it will only make the US achieve its goal of irritating us.

We should analyze the actual condition of the US harassment. It seems that the US only wants to display its presence as it didn't raise the imprudent demand that China stops island-building. It has no intention to launch a military clash with China. It is just the US' political show.

Oct 27 06:42

China warns US after Navy ship passes disputed islands claimed by Beijing

China's Foreign Ministry reacted angrily Tuesday after a U.S. Navy ship passed within 12 nautical miles of disputed islands in the South China Sea late Monday in an apparent challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in the region.

The ministry said that authorities monitored and warned the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen as it moved inside what China claims as a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a disputed group of hundreds of reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the South China Sea that is also claimed by the Philippines.

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Oct 26 19:26

U.S. Navy destroyer nears islands built by China in South China Sea

he United States on Monday sent a guided-missile destroyer to challenge 12-nautical-mile territorial limits that China claims around artificial islands it built in the South China Sea.

Oct 26 14:15

US Navy to Send Warship to South China Sea Within 24 Hours

On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed its plans to patrol the South China Sea. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, the US Navy will take the aggressive action of sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese territory.

Oct 26 10:53

IMF READY TO ADD YUAN TO RESERVE CURRENCY BASKET

The International Monetary Fund is about to give a green light to the inclusion of the yuan to the reserve basket of currencies. The final decision is due in November.

"Everything is on course technically and there is no obvious political obstacle. The report leans clearly towards including the RMB [yuan] in the basket but leaves the decision for the board,” an IMF official told Reuters, preferring not to be named.

"There is no real discussion, no obstacles, all seems on course," another official added.

The IMF will decide in November whether to expand the current composition (US dollar, euro, yen and British pound) of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) with another currency.

The yuan has become the fourth most-used currency in global payments with a 2.79 percent share in August, surpassing the yen, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

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One has to wonder if this is the real reason why the US Navy appears to be hell-bent on creating mischief in their trip to the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its sovereign territory.

I am well past the point of believe in geopolitical "coincidence".

Oct 26 09:13

Iran to join BRICS New Development Bank – report

Tehran intends to participate in the BRICS New Development Bank, the Iranian Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, citing an Iranian official.

The Iranian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mohammad Khazaee said at a meeting of a joint Iran-Brazil economic council that the country is aiming to join the BRICS bank.

Oct 25 02:18

Top 7 Chinese Car Knockoffs | China Uncensored

Oct 24 12:49

Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?

She is simply incapable of telling the truth. Dishonesty is part of her make-up -

What did we learn from the Democratic presidential debates? We learned that Hillary Clinton hates Edward Snowden, loves the Patriot Act, and considers “the Iranians” among her biggest enemies. In short, we learned that she may very well be Lindsey Graham in drag.

And we also learned what many already knew: that she considers herself above the law.

Oct 24 10:21

U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea

U.S. plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, could open a tense new front in Sino-U.S. rivalry.

A range of security experts said Washington's so-called freedom of navigation patrols would have to be regular to be effective, given Chinese ambitions to project power deep into maritime Southeast Asia and beyond.

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There is a small point that should be remembered. China didn't just create a bunch of new islands rising from the floor of the ocean to above the water. In most cases, China simply built up already-existing landmasses such as atolls and reefs, no different than what has been done to places like Diego Garcia.

Oct 24 09:22

U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea

U.S. plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, could open a tense new front in Sino-U.S. rivalry.

A range of security experts said Washington's so-called freedom of navigation patrols would have to be regular to be effective, given Chinese ambitions to project power deep into maritime Southeast Asia and beyond.

But China would likely resist attempts to make such U.S. actions routine, some said, raising the political and military stakes. China's navy could for example try to block or attempt to surround U.S. vessels, they said, risking an escalation.

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The US government appears to be ratcheting up tensions which may well lead to a bloody world war here. Such a war, in the eyes if its designers, would accomplish two things: to destroy the ascendency of the Chinese yuan, and distract Americans from a crumbling economy.

And although Karl Marx got a lot of things wrong, when he said that all wars are economic, he was bang spot on.

FWIW, (as this is not sourced) as reported today at blacklistednews.com, from Mike "Mish" Shedlock:

The IMF has given Chinese officials strong signals in meetings that the yuan is likely to win inclusion in the current review of the Special Drawing Rights, the fund’s unit of account, said three people who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Chinese officials are so confident of winning approval that they have begun preparing statements to celebrate the decision, according to two people. At least $1 trillion of global reserves will convert to Chinese assets if the yuan joins the IMF’s reserve basket, according to Standard Chartered Plc and AXA Investment Managers. While the SDR is not technically a currency, it gives IMF member countries who hold it the right to obtain any of the currencies in the basket to meet balance-of-payments needs. The equivalent of about $280 billion in SDRs were created and allocated to members as of September, compared with about $11.3 trillion in global reserve assets.

IF, in fact, this is true, it is no coincidence that the US is challenging the Chinese militarily right now.

In fact, I no longer believe in coincidence.

Oct 24 08:27

Secrets of the Syrian War: October 2015

The greatest secrets: the West has no people on the ground in Syria to take over the liberated territories; the Russians still seek partnership, Erdogan has bitten more than he can chew, and ISIS is a phantom, after all.

Russians are enjoying their Syrian adventure. Twenty days after its start, their entry into the Syrian war has paid off and brought some dividends.

Putin has been very popular before the war, with 86% support in the ratings, and now his public support has gone through the roof.

Oct 24 08:24

The tide is turning against Zionist extremism

These changing perceptions are the result of the rise of alternative forms of media, which have broken through the mainstream media’s imbalanced and inaccurate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For decades, the one issue that has been the exception to the broadly progressive streak within American Judaism has been Israel. The Jewish state has received unchallenged support by most Jews despite its decades-long occupation of the West Bank and the pursuit of policies toward Palestinians that, were they practiced by any other country, would be overwhelmingly opposed by American Jews.

Oct 24 08:21

Merkel’s Faustian embrace of Turkey

If the EU, under Merkel’s direction, accedes to Turkey’s demand for setting up safe zones in northern Syria, then that has ominous implications.

Turkey is pressuring Germany to create “safe zones” inside Syria as a “price” for alleviating the EU’s refugee crisis. It’s a Faustian bargain that could escalate the Syrian conflict, where NATO forces could end up pitted against Russia’s military.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hot-footing to Istanbul last weekend was capped with a U-turn regarding Turkey’s much sought-after membership of the European Union. In a surprise move, Merkel announcedthat she was now in favor of pushing for Turkey’s accession to the EU, when only a few weeks ago she had reiterated her opposition to its membership.

Oct 23 10:38

US Dollar Dumped Against Asian FX As Releveraging Chinese Send Margin-Debt To 6-Week Highs

Chinese stocks are not as exuberant as European, Japanese (which are rolling over), and US markets at the open as they cling to unchanged for the day and week (despite margin debt rising to a six-week high). The main event in AsiaPac trading appears to be a huge re-entry into the EUR-ANY-EM-FX carry trade as The USDollar gets pummeled against Asian FX (despite EUR weakness). PBOC weakened the Yuan fix by the most in 8 days to its lowest in 2 weeks.

Oct 22 13:05

China Capital Outflows Reach $500 billion

Oct 21 12:46

As Tensions Rise, US Sailors Visit Chinese Aircraft Carrier

A group of US Navy officers toured China’s aircraft carrier, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, as tensions between Washington and Beijing increase over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Washington has said it may soon sail warships near Beijing's artificial islands in the area to challenge Chinese claims to the region.
US Navy amphibious assault vehicles with Philippine and US troops on board maneuver in the waters during a combined exercise in the South China Sea.
© AP Photo/ Bullit Marquez
How Will China Respond if US Patrols the S China Sea?

Beijing has maintained that the islands will primarily serve humanitarian purposes, a claim that has been dismissed by Washington, which suspects they will be used as military outposts.

The United States has called on China to build trust through increased military transparency.

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How about some transparency from DC itself?

Oct 21 09:49

‘Golden era of relations starts’: UK rolls out lavish welcome for Chinese leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping was met with pomp and pageantry as he kicked off his four-day tour of the UK, the first visit by a Chinese leader to the country in a decade and one which is expected to lead to billions of pounds in trade and investment deals.

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Oct 20 15:05

Britons alarmed by china’s growing investment

The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to UK has been overshadowed by concerns about China’s growing investment in key sectors of the British economy.

Oct 20 06:15

NATO BLIND: Top Secret Russian Air Defence System Deployed in Syria

You are only as good as those you fight. The US military is great for gunning down innocent men,women and children all over the planet for their corporate and neocon masters.
They are absolutely no good for defending the USA from attack and are at this moment training to attack the American people. And they have now been caught not only giving aid and comfort to America's enemies,they the Pentagram creates Americas enemies out of whole cloth! Shameful!

Thierry Meyssan, a French journalist who has been based in Damascus for some years now, is reporting that Russia has deployed its most advanced, top secret air defence system in Syria, which has essentially “left NATO blind.”

While the West has been completely embarrassed by Russia’s swift and effective operation in Syria, it has now been utterly outclassed; so greatly that, as we shall hear below, even NATO Commanders are ‘worried’.

Oct 20 05:55

America enabled radical Islam: How the CIA, George W. Bush and many others helped create ISIS

We have tried to harness the power of radical Islam for our own interests for decades. ISIS is partially on America

Since 1980, the United States has intervened in the affairs of fourteen Muslim countries, at worst invading or bombing them. They are (in chronological order) Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen, Pakistan, and now Syria. Latterly these efforts have been in the name of the War on Terror and the attempt to curb Islamic extremism.

Oct 18 22:02

Russia’s Awesome Responsibility

The Russian decision to proceed with military support to the Damascus government has shifted the global geopolitical map significantly. For the moment Washington is choosing to react with words, no doubt planning carefully its next move. The Russian intervention has exposed the fraud of the US position in the Middle East and shown the world that Washington lies, that she supports the very terrorists who allegedly were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.......

Oct 18 15:24

Iraq shows off airstrike by new Chinese-made combat drone (VIDEO)

The US will lose most of their arms exporting business over the next few years.

The Iraqi military has released a video displaying the combat deployment of a CH-4B drone which the country recently bought from China. Baghdad has been diversifying its arms supply to decrease its reliance on American producers.

The Caihong (Rainbow) 4B drone flew from the al-Kut Air Base southeast of Baghdad and shot an AR-1 laser-guided anti-tank missile at an Islamic State target, according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The first-ever Iraqi combat drone mission was supervised by Defense Minister Khaled-al-Obeidi.

Oct 17 17:17

A Very Heavy Agenda Part 1 : A Catalyzing Event [Trailer] (Neocons exposed)

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.
The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

(Embedded trailer for Part1 at link.)

Oct 17 11:48

Why US fears Putin success in Syria

Russia is conducting operations that are lawful under international law with the full consent of the Syrian government – unlike the US-led coalition which is bombing the country illegally.

Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter darkly predicted that Russia would suffer blowback from its intervention in Syria with acts of terrorism being committed on “Russian soil.”

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Oct 16 02:37

DC Jews flip through their Rolodexes as Congress searches for a speaker

The Jews are a bit worried about getting a jockey onboard the new Speaker.
They are worried about him/her being 'Educated'

Rabbi Levi Shemtov,“If it’s not one of the members we know, we’ll have someone we can connect to them,”

One worry for pro-Israel groups is that newcomers, while broadly pro-Israel, may not yet get the nuances of the pro-Israel lobby’s agenda — for instance advancing funding not only for Israel’s defense, but for other nations as a means of maintaining U.S. influence abroad.
A staffer for a senior GOP House member said the turnover in the caucus presented a challenge for pro-Israel groups who seek to educate lawmakers.

The Republican Jewish Coalition spokesman, Mark McNulty, said his group had ties into virtually every caucus member and was ready to educate anyone who got the slot.
“That’s why we’re here, we have the resources to educate people,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in the resources our legislative team has developed over the years.”

Oct 15 12:35

China Says Military Will "Stand Up And Use Force" If US Sends Warships To Islands

Earlier this week, US officials indicated that they are set to go through with a plan to sail warships around China’s man-made islands in the Spratlys.

“It’s just a matter of time when it happens,” one government source told WSJ.

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Oct 15 09:15

Video: Massive floating city in the sky over China! Illusion? Project Blue Beam?

The Internet is abuzz with talk of newly released videos that show a massive “Floating City” in the skies above the city of Foshan in the Guangdong province of China.

Webmaster addition: It is a mirage and has been seen many times before.

Oct 15 07:56

Check Out This Drone Footage Of China's Insanely Huge Radio Telescope

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is being built deep in the misty mountains of Pingtang County, located in the Guizhou Province of southwest China. Construction has been going on since 2011. When completed in 2016, the FAST will become the largest radio telescope on the planet – at 500 meters (1,640 feet) in diameter, its dish will trump Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters (984 feet) wide.

Oct 15 03:45

Australian pilots have recently begun flying with US in Syria

Using the Australian Pilots as bait to the Russians is oh so clever. If one gets shot down Australia will sucked into a war with Russia. Australia, Canada and New Zealand have no logical reason to be in this fight. But then again this is just the last in a long line of doing stupid.

1899 Boer War-Australians used by Rothchilds to clear the Dutch settlers of the goldfields. It was a vicious campaign and when it was over they hung the Australian officers to prove to the Boers that British justice worked.
1914 WW1-When the Rothchilds realised the Germans had secured the right to the oil in the ME, from Turkey, and were building a railway WW1 kicked off, Winston sent the British Navy into the Helespont and lost half the fleet to mines. He then sent the Australians to be slaughtered at Anzac Cove.
Late Oct. 1917 Australian Light Horse attacked Palestine. 2 Nov Balfour declaration signed. Australians died to clear Palestine for the Jews

Oct 14 15:41

China has had a telescope on the moon for the past two years

The telescope sees in ultraviolet light, making it particularly suited for observations that aren’t possible here on Earth. “There is no atmosphere on the moon, so unlike Earth, the ultraviolet light from celestial objects can be detected on the moon,” says Jing Wang of the National Astronomical Observatories in Beijing, China, who is in charge of the telescope. And since the moon rotates 27 times more slowly than the Earth, the scope can stay fixed on the same star for a dozen days without interruption, he says.

Oct 14 14:23

US won’t dare challenge Chinese military in South China Sea: American researcher

The United States will never dare to challenge the might of the Chinese military in the South China Sea for fear of the consequences, an American researcher says.

Oct 14 10:46

China's Middle Class Overtakes US as World's Largest

hina's middle class has surpassed that of the United States to become the world's largest, according to the 2015 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report.

Oct 14 07:50

MAYBE THIS WILL START A TREND

Oct 13 09:55

A third of all young men in China will die from smoking cigarettes, a study shows

Chinese men now smoke one-third of all the world’s cigarettes, and a third of all young men in China are doomed to eventually die from the habit, scientists in China and Britain have concluded.

Oct 12 11:17

Meet the totally ‘useful’ robotic invention from China

Cheng Gongke presented his automatic “hair-washing machine” in Leshan, Southwest China after he was recently issued with a national patent for the device.

Oct 12 11:04

Obama Won't Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships To Contested Islands In "Matter Of Days"

On Friday, we reported the latest provocation in what has truly become a very dangerous, if largely pointless, staring contest between Beijing and Washington over China’s reclamation of land in The South China Sea.

Responding to suggestions that the US was set to sail warships around the islands Beijing has constructed atop reefs in the Spratlys, China served noticed that it would “never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight.” This was simply a formalized version of the more concise phrasing the PLA navy used when they instructed the pilots flying a US spy plane to “Go now!” when it ventured too close to Fiery Cross earlier this year.

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Unless war with China, to attempt to prevent the ascent of the yuan, is the goal here, this provocation is utter madness.

But of course, for the US government, doing the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing you could do, in lieu of real, good faith negotiations to resolve geopolitical and monetary issues, is utterly no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

And the question is, if the US Navy does do this patrol, is China going to deploy its new "carrier killer" missile?!? As reported 3 September, at fortune.com:

Beijing is challenging the U.S.’s dominance in the Far East and the Pacific. China has dispatched its navy to patrol the coast of Alaska and unveiled a new “carrier-killing” ballistic missile in a stark display of how its massively increased defense spending is tilting the balance of power in the Pacific. At the same time, however, President Xi Jinping announced in a speech that he aims to cut the People’s Liberation Army’s troop numbers by 300,000, although he didn’t give a timeframe or any details on where the troops would be reduced. The naval exercise, which saw five warships patrol the Bering Sea just as President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Alaska, is a pointed demonstration of China’s steady rise to Great Power status as it expands its capacities to project power beyond its borders. It comes three months after the U.S. angered China by sending surveillance flights over dispute islands in the South China Sea where China is building industrial and defense facilities.

Also, I have to wonder if the Chinese have adapted the Russian electronic jamming equipment, which successfully blanks out NATO electronic eavesdropping?!?

Yes, the US government and military spend billions on military equipment; however, spending more doesn't necessarily mean that the US military is getting the best bang for its hardware and software buck.

Unlike the relationship between arms developers and the US government and military, in both China and Russia, there is a tacit understanding that when equipment is deployed in the field, it works precisely as advertised.

Oct 11 14:55

Putin and the Press: The Demonology School of Journalism

Western media is engaged in an intense long-term propaganda campaign to demonize President Putin. Demonology offers no allies, no solutions and no positive path to peace and co-existence.

he major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized as a dictator, authoritarian, czar, ‘former KGB operative’ and Soviet-style ruler; anything but the repeatedly elected President of Russia.

Oct 11 10:04

U.S. Navy to China: We’ll sail our ships near your man-made islands whenever we want

The United States is considering sailing warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea to signal it does not recognize Chinese territorial claims over the area, a U.S. defense official said on Oct. 8. (Reuters)

U.S. officials could soon send a Navy ship steaming by a chain of man-made islands that China has built in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials said, potentially exacerbating tensions in an area in which Beijing is expanding its presence.

China set up a territorial limit around the islands, effectively claiming international waters as their own. Washington does not recognize those claims, prompting the Navy to develop plans to send at least one ship within 12 nautical miles of the islands, a defense official said.

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Oct 11 10:03

China warns U.S. it will not allow violations of its waters

China said on Friday it would not stand for violations of its territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation, as the United States considers sailing warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Oct 11 08:28

In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government

The Chinese government has quietly arrested a handful of hackers at the urging of the U.S. government — an unprecedented step to defuse tensions with Washington at a time when the Obama administration has threatened economic sanctions.

The action came a week or two before President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington late last month. The hackers had been identified by U.S. officials as having stolen commercial secrets from U.S. firms to be sold or passed along to Chinese state-run companies.

Oct 10 06:53

US Plans to Prevent China From Helping Russia to Fight ISIL

DC has become insane and delusional.They are going to get us all killed.
Really great plan you have here DC! NOT!

Washington is said to be planning to send warships close to the Spratly Islands which China claims for its own to stop Beijing from assisting Russia in its campaign against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria, Marco Maier wrote for Contra Magazin.

Oct 09 13:15

Beijing Slams Washington's Plans for 'Incursion' Into South China Sea

China said on Friday it would not tolerate violations of its territorial waters as the United States considers sailing warships close to Beijing's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.

A Pentagon official said the United States was considering sending ships within the next two weeks to waters inside the 12-nautical-mile zones that China claims as territory around islands it has built in the Spratly chain, Reuters reported.

Xi Jinping, President of China waits to address the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly September 28, 2015 in New York
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US Media Wonders Why China 'So Ambiguous About Syria'
China claims most of the South China Sea, though Washington has signaled it does not recognize Beijing's territorial claims and that the US Navy will continue to operate wherever international law allows.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had long made clear its position on the South China Sea.

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This would be madness of the highest order, if in fact the Pentagon is actually going to test China in this area, and may well result in World War III.

Oct 09 07:42

Putin's boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to 'team up with Russia in Syria'

CHINA could be on the verge of teaming up with Russia to unleash its military might in Syria and destroy Islamic State (ISIS).

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Oct 08 12:10

China Launches Yuan-Based International Payment System

Up to 19 major banks were named as direct participants in CIPS, with 38 Chinese banks and up to 140 foreign financial institutions named as indirect participants.

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"BOMB THEM! BOMB THEM! BOMB THEM!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 08 11:59

THE HORRENDOUS PHOTOS THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY NEVER WANTS YOU TO SEE [IMAGES]

The technology industry is growing at a faster rate. Almost all aspects of our lives are gradually depending on it. But as we continue to digitize our lives with the latest technological gadgets, we should bear in mind that it comes at a cost that is likely to derail the progress we have made as a society if we fail to regulate the activities of the tech industry. Whereas the big players in the industry such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM, HP, Cisco among others are busyaccumulating huge profit, our atmosphere, our water, indigenous populations, and in the long run, our economy are all in danger.

Oct 08 10:06

In China, every citizen is being assigned a credit score that drops if a person buys and plays video games, or posts political comments online “without prior permission," or even if social media "friends" do so.

Gamer? Strike. Bad-mouthed the government in comments on social media? Strike. Even if you don’t buy video games and you don’t post political comments online “without prior permission,” but any of your online friends do….strike. The strikes are actually more like dings, dings to your falling credit score that is.

Oct 08 06:57

CHINA, RUSSIA, NORWAY, BRAZIL, TAIWAN DUMP US TREASURIES

Five large purchasers of US Treasuries – China, Russia, Norway, Brazil, and Taiwan – have changed their minds. They’re dumping Treasuries, each for their own reasons that are now coinciding. And at the fastest rate on record. For the 12-month period ended July, sales of Treasuries by central banks around the world reached a net of $123 billion, “the biggest decline since data started to be collected in 1978,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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