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Apr 19 09:00

Taiwan says Beijing 'saber rattling' as China starts military drills

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing was using “cheap verbal intimidation and saber rattling” to threaten Taiwan, as China’s military began live-fire drills in the sensitive Taiwan Strait amid growing tension.

The exercises are taking place off the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou, in between two groups of islands close to China’s coast but that Taiwan has controlled since 1949 when defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war.

Chinese state media has said the drills are a direct response to “provocations” by Taiwanese leaders related to what China fears are moves to push for the island’s formal independence.

Apr 19 09:00

Beijing holds live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait for first time in 2yrs amid tensions with Taipei

Beijing has launched military drills in the Taiwan Strait, “the first of their kind since 2016,” which it says are aimed at protecting China's sovereignty. Taiwan has slammed the move as "saber-rattling" and “intimidation.”

The drills, which will last until midnight on Wednesday, aim to "safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity,"according to the director of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, Liu Jieyi. It comes after a separate exercise last week saw a Chinese naval flotilla, including the ‘Liaoning’ aircraft carrier, conduct a series of exercises in the South China Sea.

Apr 18 11:39

China Prepares "Emergency Response Plan" Amid Escalating US Trade War

While in recent days the growing trade war between China and the US has moved off the front page of market concerns despite now daily skirmishes such as today's anti-dumping probe launch by the US into US steel wheels which followed a Chinese 179% tariff on US sorghum imports which in turn was in response to the US banning exports to Chinese telecom giant ZTE, in recent days China has drawn up comprehensive list of urgent measures as the war of words over US-China trade relations has threatened to escalate into open economic conflict with each side threatening to levy heavy tariffs and taxes on each other's imports.

Commenting on the recent trade hostilities, National Development and Reform Commission spokesman Zeng Peiyan said on Wednesday that Beijing has all the political instruments it needs to respond to this trade conflict with the United States and minimize its economic effect.

Apr 18 08:57

MASSIVE DISCOVERY OF RARE EARTH MINERALS THREATENS CHINA’S MONOPOLY

A discovery of rare earth minerals found off the coast of Japan has the potential to transform the global economy – and severely impact China’s hold on the market.

The deep-sea mud is riddled with ‘rare-earth elements and yttrium’ (REY) which are instrumental in the technological industries that drive the global economy.

“Applications of REY span a wide range, including hybrid vehicles, rechargeable batteries, wind turbines, light emitting diodes, compact fluorescent lamps, screen display panels, and many medical and military technologies,” says researcher Yutaro Takaya.

Apr 18 08:29

Berlin welcomes China move to open some key industrial markets

Germany’s Economy Ministry on Tuesday welcomed a decision by China to open some of its key industrial markets and reduce existing market barriers to foreign investment. “This is a signal in the right direction,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that “now it will depend on whether actions follow words, and if so, how the regulations will be shaped,” Reuters reports. Earlier on Tuesday, Beijing said it would scrap limits on foreign ownership of automotive ventures, and in shipbuilding and aircraft industries in 2018.

Apr 17 13:34

Death by a thousand cuts: China’s yuan-priced crude benchmark chips away at petrodollar

China finally launched last month its yuan-denominated crude oil futures that have been in the works for years, after several delays.

The start of the new contract trading was successful, attracting interest from institutional and retail investors, and major commodity trading houses Glencore and Trafigura.

Yet, it’s too soon to call the less-than-a-month-old contract a total success, because it still faces a long road toward building reputation and history, analysts say. They have also identified the single biggest risk factor for western investors—the extent to which China could meddle with government regulation in the yuan crude futures, as Beijing is known for little tolerance toward wild price swings in its markets and has a history of intervening.

Apr 17 13:15

China Will Abandon Barriers For Foreign Automakers

Barely a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned easing barriers for foreign automotive firms during a widely publicized speech, China's National Development and Reform Commission said Tuesday that it would phase out requirements that foreign auto makers must share factory ownership and earnings with local Chinese firms by 2022 - a step toward market liberalization that President Donald Trump will likely tout as evidence his aggressive trade policies are working.

The phase-out will unfurl in stages: Limits on foreign investment for companies building new energy vehicles, a term covering electric cars powered by batteries or fuel cells, will be removed this year. Limits on those building commercial vehicles and passenger cars will be lifted in 2020 and 2022, respectively.

In five years, the commission says, no foreign car company will need to have a joint venture with a Chinese firm, which would sunset a restriction on the industry that has been in place since 1994.

Apr 17 11:25

CHINA SLAPS 179% TARIFF ON US SORGHUM HOURS AFTER US BANS EXPORTS TO CHINA'S ZTE

In response to reports that the US is ramping up the "third front" in its trade spat with China by authorizing another investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 - this time, aimed at obstacles that prevent US tech firms from competing in cloud computing and other high-tech industries - China has, as we anticipated, retaliated by slapping tariffs on US sorghum imports.

Yesterday, the US also revealed that it would stop US tech firms from selling components to Chinese telecom giant ZTE after accusing the company of lying during settlement negotiations - eliciting an angry response from Chinese officials, who urged US lawmakers to create a "fair, just and stable legal and policy environment" for Chinese companies, according to Xinhua.

Like Chinese tariffs on US pork products that were imposed earlier this month, the sorghum tariffs aren't merely a threat: Rather, China says they will take effect on Wednesday, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... will not end well.

And a shooting war with China is the absolutely last thing this country needs right now.

Apr 17 10:22

PLA builds the 'Great Underwater Wall' in South China Sea for warfare advantage

The People’s Liberation Army of China is building an ‘Underwater Great Wall’ in the South China Sea in a bid to gain substantial undersea warfare advantage in the region. If reports are to be believed, PLA is laying a network of ships and subsurface sensors in the South China Sea.

Apart from the undersea warfare advantage that China claims it is eyeing, its move will also help the PLA in spying the movement of foreign ships in the disputed region ensuring better monitoring of submarine activities.

Apr 17 10:21

Iran to Team Up With China on Nuke Development if Trump Kills 2015 Nuclear Deal

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China.

"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear power plants in Iran by China," Iranian MP Mojtaba Zonnou said Sunday, Fars news agency reported. Zonnou is the chairman of the Nuclear Committee in the Iranian Parliament.

Apr 17 10:21

Trump Accuses Russia, China of "Playing Currency Devaluation Game"

Since his election campaign in 2016, the US President Donald Trump has been scrutinizing US trade partners over their alleged dumping practices and calling for the renegotiation of trade agreements with many countries to tackle the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The US Head of the Government on his "Twitter" has made the statement that China and Russia allegedly play a role in the devaluation of currencies and this is "not acceptable."

Apr 16 09:24

Pentagon Has "Global Campaign Plan For China" Amid Unprecedented Military Buildup

"We have a global campaign plan for China. Each one of the combatant commanders addresses China in the context of that global campaign plan," said General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking to the House Armed Services Committee during a congressional hearing. The new strategy will fall under the coordinating authority of Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Command.

"But each of the combatant commanders has supporting plans in their respective areas of responsibilities that address specifically Chinese activity and capability in their areas," added Dunford.

Dunford made the comments in response to a question from Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who noted China's regional expansion into the Indo Pacific region and elsewhere.

Apr 16 08:10

China: "The Arrogant US Has A Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds"

While the lack of retaliation by Russia to Trump's Friday night Syrian airstrikes surprised some, Russia defended its stance of shrugging in response (and not escalating to full blown world war), by asserting that Soviet-made missiles intercepted more than half of the 105 cruise missiles fired at three Syrian facilities (the Pentagon denied any missiles were hit), and that the US, UK and French blitz was generally less aggressive than most had feared, perhaps thanks to extensive advance warnings by Trump that an attack was imminent.

Apr 16 03:13

Something To Tweet About: China Willing to Build Small N. Power Plants in Iran

Tehran and Beijing have been in talks over the construction of small nuclear power plants in Iran by China, a legislator said Sunday.
"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear power plants in Iran by China," Chairman of the Iranian parliament's Nuclear Committee Mojtaba Zonnour said.

He explained that the talks were held during the recent Iran-China conference on nuclear cooperation hosted by China in the presence of a number of Iranian legislators.

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Apr 15 17:07

China to showcase MILITARY STRENGTH in support of Russia following Syria airstrikes

CHINA will conducted in a number of navy drills in a show of support for Russia following the US, UK and French airstrikes in Syria, it has been claimed as World War 3 fears grow.

There are concerns Beijing has chosen to firmly back Vladimir Putin on the issue of military intervention in Syria.

A number of drills by China’s sea force will be carried out in the Taiwan Strait in a show of military strength and support for Moscow, according to a source cited by the South China Morning Post.

Apr 15 10:14

China: "The Arrogant US Has A Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds"

If there was any confusion on whose side of the Syrian conflict China finds itself, that confusion is now gone.

Apr 15 08:49

China to showcase MILITARY STRENGTH in support of Russia following Syria airstrikes

CHINA will conducted in a number of navy drills in a show of support for Russia following the US, UK and French airstrikes in Syria, it has been claimed as World War 3 fears grow.

Apr 15 07:04

A MORE OPEN CHINA CAN AVOID A NO-WIN TRADE WAR WITH THE US

A trade bust-up promises only losers: American consumers, Trump himself and China’s export-oriented economy. But Xi’s Boao Forum speech offers hope of a mutually beneficial way out

The goal of a war, be it hot or cold, about trade, territory or anything else, is destruction.

And destruction means not only the loss of lives, but the destruction of any assets tangible or intangible, as can be seen in the simmering trade war between the United States and China.

The spectre of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies threatens the worst disruption to, and destruction of, the global economy in modern times. Basic economics suggests any such conflict will incur losses all around.

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Apr 14 09:34

China, Russia’s Sophisticated Anti-Satellite Capabilities Alarms US

Russia and China have developed increasingly sophisticated space countermeasure weapons to destroy US satellites, according to a new report.

Evidence "strongly indicates" that "China has sustained a broad effort to develop a broad range of counter-space capabilities," the US-based Secure World Foundation said in its April 2018 report. "China has at least one, and possibly as many as three, programs underway" for destroying satellites, the report said.

Apr 14 05:35

Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true

(*Yeah , let us know when he kicks off the weekend with a missile attack on another country !)

Apr 13 14:31

When a Chinese Submarine Appeared In The Middle Of A Carrier Battle Group

On 11th November 2006, the Commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet at the time, Gary Roughead, made a historic visit to China in a hope of improving the relations between the two countries. His visit was intended to organize a joint military exercise that emphasized the search and rescue role of the Navy and was to take place on 19th of November that year.

However, the visit was overshadowed by the incident that occurred during an American naval exercise near the island of Okinawa.

Apr 13 06:42

China Says Xi Speech Was "Not A Concession" To Trump, Denies Any Trade Talks Took Place

Last week, in an attempt to soothe jittery markets, Trump's chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said the US and China would probably strike an agreement to stop tariffs from being imposed - though he admitted that talks hadn't started just yet.

Well, more than a week later, the two sides have apparently made zero progress toward a deal, because early Thursday, Beijing hit back with a pair of announcements that are sure to pop the bubble of trade-war optimism that has buoyed markets this week, according to CNBC.

First, China's Ministry of Commerce confirmed that there have not been any trade negotiations between the two sides at any level recently. It added that the liberalization measures touted by President Xi Jinping and PBOC Gov. Yi Gang pertained solely to China proactively opening up its market - not trade.

Apr 12 13:59

Virginia Senator Richard Black: CIA Is Pushing False Flag In Syria - Claims Hillary Ordered Murder Of Chris Stevens In Benghazi

Our friend Bobby Powell conducted this interview two months ago with Virginia Senator Richard Black. It's not like we haven't been telling people for years the truth about Syria and how the only real problem there is the US funding, training and arming Islamic jihadis to overthrow the Assad regime. And, despite a new president who told you that we didn't need to be there, he's already launched missiles into the country over rumors of an Assad attack with no evidence and is apparently getting ready to attack again with no evidence and no congressional authority as outlined in our Constitution.

Virginia Senator Dick Black exposes the WMD false flag in Syria, which was really carried out by the remnants of ISIS and not Syrian President Assad.

Think. Why would Assad use chemical weapons on civilians, knowing that it would draw world-wide condemnation and US intervention, when the jihadists are surrounded and on the brink of annihilation?

Apr 12 12:11

China to mount navy drills in Taiwan Strait ‘to support Russia’

In surprise move, China to mount live-fire navy drills in Taiwan Strait ‘in show of support for Russia over Syria’
Beijing springs announcement of exercises after staging the country’s biggest navy parade

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Apr 12 10:55

MASSIVE LODE OF RARE-EARTH METALS FOUND IN JAPANESE WATERS

The world is dependent on a steady supply of rare-earth elements such as yttrium, europium, terbium, dysprosium. They go into computers, phones, electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and electronic equipment. China is the world's biggest supplier of rare-earth elements, and uses its monopoly position as an effective bargaining chip. But Japan just announced that it has discovered a massive lode of rare earth materials that could satisfy the world's requirements on a "semi-infinite basis" (love that term).

Apr 12 10:42

China could be the wild card if US attacks Syria

So what’s at stake for China in Syria?

As widely reported, Chinese troops are already on the ground in Syria to fight thousands of Uyghur militants, whether in ISIS or the Chinese al-Qaeda. Jihadists launched an attack on the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan in 2016, and Beijing fears that they plan on further attacking China’s territory and its citizens and assets abroad.

If the Syrian government is toppled by US military strikes and the armed opposition consisting of various jihadist groups, including Uyghurs, are allowed a permanent safe haven in Syria, they will continue to be trained and equipped as a more professional fighting force to attack China and partition Xinjiang, similar to the current partitioning of Syria.

Apr 12 10:36

CHINESE NAVY SHIPS ORDERED TO JOIN RUSSIAN TASK FORCE IN THE EVENT OF US STRIKE ON SYRIA 

Chinese military ships in the Mediterranean Sea are ordered to join the Russian Navy in the case of a massive attack on Syria, sources say.

Rseau International portal, citing French sources has said that Chinese warships in the Mediterranean have been ordered to join the Russian Navy in the case of “massive bombardment” of Syria.

All Chinese warships that are located in the Mediterranean sea at the moment would move towards Syrian Tartus port. Thus, China will take part in repelling the coalition’s aggression.

Apr 12 10:03

Russia & China gradually ditching US dollar in favor of domestic currencies as trade booms

Last year, bilateral trade between Russia and China increased by 31.5 percent, reaching $87 billion. This year, it is expected to reach $100 billion, the Russian Economic Development Ministry told RT.

As trade grows, Russia and China are also promoting settlements in ruble and yuan, bypassing the US dollar and other Western currencies. “It makes it possible to reduce the dependence on the influence of third countries,” the Russian Central Bank told RT.

Apr 12 09:27

"Longtanding Chinese War: Intrigue & Betrayal"

For those who believe the conflict, confrontation, and trade war with China is very recent and fresh, not true. The war of words and sabre rattling is part of a longstanding trade war between the two superpowers. The war with China has been brewing for many years, with much hidden in the background battles over legacy USTreasury Bonds and hidden Gold stores. The United States does not publicize this conflict, since the US actions are full of dishonor, deceit, fraud, and murders within the secret war.

Apr 12 08:14

China claims breakthrough in electromagnetic launch system for aircraft carrier

China has reportedly achieved a breakthrough on a conventional propulsion system for its next carrier, which would allow it to operate advanced catapults for launching aircraft without necessitating the use of nuclear propulsion.

Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper, quoting sources close to China’s People’s Liberation Army, reported that a team led by China’s top naval engineer, Rear Adm. Ma Weiming, has developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network to replace an earlier system based on alternating current.

Forming part of an integrated propulsion system, the new system would allow a conventionally powered aircraft carrier to operate an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, which conveys a number of advantages over traditional steam catapults that include increased efficiency, precision and shortening aircraft launch cycles.

Apr 12 01:34

Hong Kong’s slumping dollar touches monetary authority’s red line for the first time


HKMA, city’s de facto central bank, said it will not necessarily step in to support the currency as long as banks are willing to buy at 7.85 per US dollar

The Hong Kong dollar deteriorated to 7.8500 per US dollar, its weakest level in 35 years, touching the lower limit for the first time since the launch of its trading band.

Traders said rising market uncertainty amid trade tensions was to blame, and that US-Hong Kong interest rate differentials continue to widen.

The city’s currency breached the critical level in the early hours of the morning but later pulled back, standing at 7.8497 by early morning. Hong Kong’s de facto central bank, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), said it will not necessarily step in to prop up the currency.

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Apr 11 23:10

The Harder the Winds of War Blow, the More they Suck

When I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought the Neocons were making the full-court press for war I thought President Trump was a reluctant player in the game.

Part of me still believes that.

Part of me also believes that Trump, like everyone else, is a slave to his passions and is easily manipulated into terrible decisions. Case in point was last year’s bombing of the Al Shairat airbase in Syria after a similar false flag chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikoun.

Will he fall victim to them again this year? According to him, we’ll know soon. Meanwhile a carrier group has been dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean. Chinese missile frigates are there supporting Russian vessels and the destroyer U.S.S. Donald Cook is now just off the coats of the Russian base at Tartus.

Apr 11 14:12

China Launches Massive Combat Drill In Hainan As War With Taiwan “Becomes More Probable”

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a more transparent China on Tuesday, during a keynote speech at an economic forum in Boao, on the southern island of Hainan. Immediately after the conference, China’s PLA Navy began a 3-day combat war drill in waters to the south of Sanya, the southern tip of China’s Hainan Island, which is about 112-miles south from the economic forum.

Apr 11 09:35

China Eyes Permanent Military Base In Vanuatu As Beijing Expands Reach

?China has reportedly approached the government of Vanuatu with plans to build a permanent military base on the South Pacific island nation - a move which would add to Beijing's expanding list of foreign military bases, and position the Chinese a mere 1,200 miles from Australia.

Apr 11 09:25

As global outrage mounts over Syria chemical attack, China warns against military action

At a regular press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said his country was "opposed to the wanton use of force or threat of force".

Before a "comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation" had been conducted into the incident, no party should "prejudge the results and come to conclusions randomly," he said.

"Military means will lead us nowhere."

China depends on West Asia for its oil supplies but has long taken a back seat in the region's disputes, only recently beginning to expand its role, hosting high-level delegations from both the Syrian government and the Opposition.

Apr 11 07:52

USS ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ sails in disputed South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier was sailing through the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday after China built a string of islands with military facilities in the strategic sea it claims almost in its entirety, AP said. The US Navy also flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists to the USS ‘Theodore Roosevelt’. Also on Tuesday, a Defense Ministry spokesman in Beijing said China is entitled to strengthen its defenses on islands in the disputed South China Sea. China’s military deployments are “the natural right of a sovereign nation that helps safeguard national sovereignty and security,” Ren Guoqiang said, adding that those measures aren’t directed at any specific countries.

Apr 11 07:44

Chinese Aircraft Drill Over Mountains as War With Taiwan Becomes 'More Probable’

Warplanes from the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command recently conducted drills over rugged terrain in western China to simulate battle conditions over Taiwan, where it is ever “more probable” the planes will be sent for actual battle, the Global Times reports.

"The mainland needs to continue to prepare for a possible military clash across the Straits. A military showdown with Taiwan is becoming more probable and may take place sooner rather than later," an editorial in the Global Times published April 8 reads.

Pilots have recently practiced firing at ground targets and dogfighting over the Qinghair-Tibet plateau to simulate flying over mountains and through narrow valleys, which the pilots expect to have to navigate in the event of a military engagement with the island of Taiwan, which is separated from mainland China only by the 81 miles of sea in the Taiwan Strait.

Apr 10 14:46

Time to safeguard global free trade

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Over a year ago at Davos, President Xi Jinping stressed the need for global cooperation to sustain the global recovery. In a trade war, he said, “no one will emerge as a winner.”

In the White House, that wisdom got lost in translation. Now the only question is how costly that policy mistake will prove.
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As US sovereign debt now exceeds $20.7 trillion, 107 percent of GDP, and Trump’s infrastructure initiative is fueled by record-high leverage, the trade dispute is undermining critical sources of US revenue.

Trump’s trade gambit is escalating at a time when even rising interest rates can no longer ensure a strong dollar. Moreover, with $1.2 trillion of US debt, China remains the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries.

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Apr 10 12:32

‘Crucial crossroads’: Beijing warns against military intervention in Syria

Beijing has warned against military intervention at a “crucial phase” in the Syrian conflict, urging countries not to jump to conclusions over the alleged chemical attack in Douma. The US is considering a strike against Damascus.
Following reports that Washington is refusing to rule out military action in Syria, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the West to show restraint until an impartial investigation into the alleged incident in Eastern Ghouta on April 7 can be conducted.

Apr 10 10:18

In Direct Rebuke To US, China Installs Radar Scramblers On Spratly Islands

As we've documented again and again (and again and again), China's military buildup in the Pacific, particularly surrounding the Spratly Islands, a collection of small islands, cays and atolls in the South China Sea, is one of the greatest long-term risks to peace and stability in the US and many of China's neighbors, who have territorial claims in the region that may conflict with China's.

While the trade disparity between the US and China has garnered most of the attention in the press since then-candidate Trump began railing against the world's No. 2 economy during the early days of his campaign, military commanders and other experts have repeatedly warned that a military conflict in the region over the coming decades is looking increasingly unavoidable.

Apr 10 08:58

China's Xi promises to cut auto import tariff, warns against ‘Cold War’ mentality

China's President Xi Jinping appeared to strike a conciliatory tone during a speech Tuesday where he promised to cut China's auto import tariffs and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its auto industry as tensions play out with Washington over tariffs.

Xi made no direct mention of the dispute with President Donald Trump but pledged to open China's markets further and improve conditions for foreign companies. He warned against having a "Cold War" mentality, which he called outdated, according to Bloomberg.

Apr 09 17:24

China eyes Vanuatu military base in plan with global ramifications

Washington won't be happy with their minions in Australia over this. Vanuatu is supposed to be Australia's vassal state. Too much stick and not enough carrot.

How a group of tiny islands near Australia figure in Beijing's redrawing of the map

Papua New Guinea could do well out of China helping out.
Papua New Guinea's FM talks Australia's efforts to help with quake recovery, China in the Pacific

Apr 09 12:32

BEIJING'S SOUTH CHINA SEA MILITARY BASES NOW HAVE JAMMERS THAT CAN BLOCK AMERICAN RADAR AND COMMUNICATIONS, U.S. CLAIMS

United States officials claimed that China has installed military jamming equipment on fortified artificial islands in the South China Sea which will allow Beijing to block enemy radar and communications systems.

This latest step in China’s militarization of its island bases signifies Beijing’s determination to assert its regional territorial claims, regardless of U.S. opposition. According to The Wall Street Journal, the jamming systems were installed within the last 90 days.

Apr 09 10:32

Chinese Government Forces Residents To Install Surveillance App With Awful Security

Last year, authorities told residents of a Muslim-populated part of China to install JingWang, an app that scans for certain files. Now, researchers have found it transfers the collected data with no encryption.

In Xinjiang, a part of western China that a Muslim minority population calls home, the government forces residents to install an Android app that scans devices for particular files. Now, cybersecurity researchers have found that the so-called JingWang app has horrendous security practices for transferring data, and uncovered more details on what exactly the app does to phones.

China experts say the app is a continuation of China’s surveillance and oppression of the some 11 million-strong Uighur ethnic group, in an area fraught with some of the most broad human rights violations in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you believe that this kind of intrusive surveillance cannot possibly come to the United States in some form or another, then you need to think again.

Apr 09 10:20

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."

The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful," according to a government document.

The program is due to be fully operational by 2020, but is being piloted for millions of people already. The scheme is mandatory.

Apr 09 09:13

Trade War 'Game On' - "There's No Walking Away... Until Something Serious Happens"

“One moment markets are gorging on financial slop like fat pigs in mud. The next they’re collectively vomiting on themselves. I’ll tell you one thing. President Trump’s trade war with China won’t end well. I mean, come on. China’s outplayed the U.S. at this game for over a quarter century. They have the upper hand.

“Besides, what’s the point? If we no longer buy stuff from China, then how will China buy Uncle Sam’s debt? And the timing for all this couldn’t be worse. Deficits are spiraling out of control. We’re talking $1 trillion or more a year for the next decade. I don’t see any way out of this quagmire, do you?

Apr 09 09:10

For every $1 the US put into adding renewable energy last year, China put in $3

China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is determined to rebalance its energy mix, and incorporate more clean energy. That determination is reflected in the money it put into renewable energy last year, dwarfing spending by the next biggest investor, the US.

Apr 09 09:08

"Hit Their Stocks": Chinese Press Warns Of "Ample Weapons" To Win US Trade War

While the main event this week will be the official start of Q1 earning season which is expected to blockbuster, if mainly at the EPS level thanks to Trump's corporate tax cut...

Apr 09 08:38

'North Korea could be EXTINGUISHED in just 48 HOURS' THIS tactic is set to CRUSH Pyongyang

Sir Malcolm Rifkind told Nigel Farage that while the public war of words with North Korea has dried up, the shocking impact of sanctions has been revealed in economic reports.

The former foreign secretary spoke to Mr Farage this morning on the former Ukip leader's LBC radio show, where he discussed how North Korea has been crushed in recent weeks.

He surprised the MEP by claiming that US President Donald Trump had little to do with this victory that, and in fact, China is the main reason Kim Jong-un now wants to negotiate.

Sir Malcolm explained how China remains the key figure in the North Korean crisis, and how Beijing could "extinguish" North Korea in 48 hours if they wanted to.

Apr 08 19:35

China to make it rain over area 3 times the size of Spain

Since 2013 China has been creating 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year. The country is now embarking on its biggest rainmaking project ever.

In terms of the plan, announced this month, Chinese authorities intend to force rainfall and snow over 1.6 million sq km (620,000 sq miles), an area roughly three times the size of Spain.

According to media reports, the government will use new military weather-altering technology developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The country plans to build tens of thousands of combustion chambers on Tibetan mountainsides. The chambers will burn a solid fuel, which will result in a spray of silver iodide billowing towards the sky.

Apr 08 15:40

China sends new naval fleet for escort mission

Note it say new fleet not new ship.

The 29th fleet from Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has left east China's port city Zhoushan for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali to escort civilian ships.

Chinese navy to become leading sea power: experts

Apr 08 09:30

Trump Testing China? President Gives Taiwan License to Buy American Submarines

President Donald Trump’s administration approved the license necessary for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology needed to build its own submarines, while Trump continued his apparent trade war with China.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency first reported the approval Saturday, according to Reuters, stating the Southeast Asian nation’s defense minister, Chen Chung-Chi, confirmed the State Department’s go-head.

Apr 08 08:09

US TAKE NOTE: CHINESE, RUSSIAN MILITARIES ARE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK, CHINA’S DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS

Wei Fenghe makes bold statement on visit to Moscow accompanied by fellow State Councillor Wang Yi, as Communist neighbours reaffirm ties

Apr 08 08:04

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China

Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China.

Apr 07 07:00

HOW CHINA CAN WIN A TRADE WAR IN 1 MOVE

China will not be easily cowed in a trade dispute. Chinese President Xi Jinping is now exchanging threats of tit-for-tat tariffs with President Trump, who announced Thursday he’s considering raising the stakes another $100 billion. China vowed to defend itself “at any cost.”

Apr 07 06:52

China, holding Treasuries, keeps 'nuclear option' in U.S. trade war

In a tit-for-tat response to the Trump administration’s plan for 25 percent duties on $50 billion of Chinese imports, China hit back with its own list of similar duties on key American imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals. But officials signaled no interest for now in bringing their vast holdings of U.S. Treasuries to the fight.

China held around $1.17 trillion of Treasuries as of the end of January, making it the largest of America’s foreign creditors and the No. 2 overall owner of U.S. government bonds after the Federal Reserve. Any move by China to chop its Treasury portfolio could inflict significant harm on U.S. finances and global investors, driving bond yields higher and making it more costly to finance the federal government.

Apr 07 06:45

China launches massive navy drills with 40 warships in the South China Sea as three US aircraft carrier battle groups sail by

CHINA launched a massive navy drill in the South China Sea with 40 warships in an overt display of military muscle- as three US carrier battle groups passed by.

Chinese state media says the exercises are centred on the aircraft carrier Liaoning, with warships combining from the North, East and South Sea fleets.

Apr 07 06:44

Here Are China's Five Options For "Nuclear" Trade War

After Trump ordered the USTR to consider an additional $100BN in tariffs, something we said on Wednesday would happen if the market was dumb enough to allow Trump to think he had a trade war victory by closing green...

...China has suddenly found itself in a quandary: as we showed first thing this morning, if Beijing were to continue responding to the US in a "tit-for-tat", it would be unable to retaliate to the latest Trump salvo of a total $150 billion in tariffs for the simple reason that the US does not export $150 billion in products to China.

Apr 07 06:42

US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups To Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea

Last week, we reported that satellite images had captured China’s only aircraft carrier in deployment, the Liaoning, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, conducting unprecedented live-fire drills in the South China Sea. This massive Chinese naval exercise was observed for the first time, with China watchers pointing out that such a forceful display of deterrence was highly unusual for the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Perhaps in light of recent events, it was merely a warning.

Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval specialist, said, “it was the first time the Liaoning had taken part in live-fire drills. This will test the Liaoning’s real combat strength as well as joint-operations skills between the aircraft carrier and warships from other fleets.”

Apr 07 06:31

Petro-Yuan To Launch Renminbi As Global Currency & Kneecap Petro-Dollar

Yuan-backed oil futures can shatter the US dollar dominance on the crude market, according to experts polled by RT. However, the greenback will not give up the top spot easily.

“The question number one is whether China will be able to make the oil market its demand market, and not the oil supply market traded in dollars, which it is now,” Vladimir Rozhankovsky, Global FX Investment analyst, told RT. China has recently overtaken the US as the world's number one oil buyer.

The question number two is trade wars ... ">>>
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“The trade war between the US and China has already begun. China has plans to promote the renminbi as a reserve currency and there is no better move than to purchase raw materials in its national currency. It can save money on the currency conversion and become less dependent on the US dollar,”
Stanislav Werner, head of the analytical department of Dominion, told RT
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Apr 07 05:45

DOES TRUMP EVEN HAVE AN ENDGAME IN TRADE WAR WITH CHINA ?

Cooler heads could still prevail, but it seems unlikely as Beijing and Washington up the stakes in a tit-for-tat spat that could play havoc with the world

Back in 2003, at the start of America’s disastrous invasion of Iraq, then Major General David Petraeus, commanding the US 101st Airborne Division driving toward Baghdad, famously asked my Washington Post colleague Rick Atkinson: “Tell me how this ends.”

That phrase – both a question and a plaintive plea – came to capsulate the entire unplanned and ill-fated Iraq misadventure, from which the US is still struggling to extricate itself. But the question is equally applicable today, as America once again seems bent on blindly stumbling into a new conflict with inadequate preparation, unclear goals and with no clear exit strategy – a possible trade war with China.

I say “possible” because, despite all the huffing and puffing, common sense could still prevail and the US and China could pull back from the brink. But that would require a remarkable public climbdown by US President Donald Trump>>>

Apr 07 05:32

China Should Hit US ‘So Hard It Remembers The Pain’

As trade dispute grows, China’s state media says Beijing should hit US so hard ‘it remembers the pain’
Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily says White House has ‘completely lost its sense of reality’

China’s state media has rallied against the United States, warning its trade protectionism actions would end in defeat and that the only option now was to hit the US hard enough so it would “remember the pain”.

“If the US says that it will pay any price, it must be firmly attacked,” Xinhua said on Saturday.

China warned on Friday it was ready with a “fierce counter strike” of fresh trade measures if Washington followed through on President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on an additional US$100 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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Apr 07 05:22

US politicians break ranks over Trump’s trade moves on China 

US Republicans defy party line to denounce Donald Trump’s ‘nuts’ trade moves against China
‘This is the dumbest possible way to do this,’ Republican senator Ben Sasse said after the US leader threatened to levy a bigger set of tariffs on Chinese goods
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One of Trump’s critics from within the Republican camp, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, denounced the president’s new ploy as “nuts” and “dumb”.
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"He's threatening to light American agriculture on fire,” the senator said. “Let's absolutely take on Chinese bad behaviour, but with a plan that punishes them instead of us.
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Straying from the traditional party view for the Democrats was Elizabeth Warren.

The Massachusetts senator, who is normally a fierce Trump critic>>>

Apr 06 19:16

Chinese navy carries out live-fire drills with more than 40 warships in the South China Sea as three US aircraft carrier battle groups prepare for their own exercises

The Chinese navy has launched a navy drill in the South China Sea involving 40 ships to put on a show of strength as three U.S carrier battle groups pass by.

According to its state media, are centred on the aircraft carrier Liaoning, with warships combining from the North, East and South Sea fleets.

The exercises for the first time also involve its only aircraft carrier, the refurbished Soviet era vessel Liaoning, taking part in live-fire drills.

Apr 06 13:18

Stocks Tumble As China Urges Americans To Rise Up Against "Unscrupulous" President

The war of words between President Trump and 'everyone else' continues to heat up, with market conniptions managed for now by Kudlow's "good cop" headlines to Trump's "bad cop" histrionics.

China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organization. They therefore get tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the U.S. Does anybody think this is fair. We were badly represented. The WTO is unfair to U.S.

But it appears China's Xinhua news - unofficial mouthpiece of the Party - has sparked some more concerns as an op-ed calls for open rebellion against President Trump...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war of words can escalate, very quickly, into a shooting war, and the US military is singularly and spectacularly unprepared for a war against China.

Apr 06 12:58

IS CHINA THE BLACK SWAN ?

Apr 06 11:47

'IF MY PLANE EXPLODES, ASK THE CIA’ – DUTERTE AFTER REQUESTING ARMS FROM RUSSIA & CHINA

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia a threat, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. However, Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid the ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap.

READ MORE: Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Duterte has a very clear grasp of how the United States government deals with governments it does not like.

Apr 06 09:28

Stocks Tumble As China Urges Americans To Rise Up Against "Unscrupulous" President

"We are fully able to inflict as same losses on the US as those on China. The US will have to repay whatever loss and harm it has caused on China with huge economic and political cost... [Americans] must choose whether to support Trump's unscrupulous move or to hold the president accountable."

Apr 06 08:38

Russia to Join U.S.-China South China Sea Face Off After Vietnam Pact

Russia has agreed a new military cooperation roadmap with Vietnam, which could bring Moscow into the ongoing power struggle between the China and the U.S. in the South China Sea.

The deal was signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The agreement—signed on the sidelines of the seventh Moscow Conference on International Security—set out the details of military cooperation between the two countries from 2018 until 2020. Gen. Ngo told Shoigu he was pleased that Russia and Vietnam were taking steps to increase their military and naval coordination.

Apr 06 08:30

US Considering Additional $100B in Tariffs on Chinese Imports

United States President Donald Trump expressed more intense interest in taxing goods imported from China on Thursday "in light of China's unfair retaliation" to tariffs Trump announced earlier this week.

Apr 06 08:14

flashback: The Young Jet Li, President Nixon, and the White House

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The highlight of this special delegation came in the Rose Garden when Jet Li put on a wushu demonstration in front of a prestigious audience, which included former President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

After the performance, an impressed President Nixon approached him and asked, “Young man, your kung fu is very impressive. How about being my bodyguard when you grow up?” Without much hesitation, the young Li blurted, “No, I don’t want to protect any individual. When I grow up, I want to defend my one billion Chinese countrymen!”

His response stunned everyone, and it was Kissinger who broke the silence by allegedly saying, “Heavens, such a young boy and he already speaks like a diplomat!” Needless to say, the Chinese government was very pleased with his response>>>

Apr 06 07:37

Russia And China Stress Closer Ties In Face Of US ‘Unilateralism’

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Moscow and Beijing must ‘bring common sense to those who think they can do anything theylike’

China and Russia have denounced what they described as America’s unilateralism as both sides sought to flag up their increasing rapport.

They have pledged to deepen their political and military ties at a time when Moscow is facing international isolation over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Britain, and China is becoming embroiled in a tit-for-tat over trade with the US.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Moscow this week for talks with his Russian counterpart and both sides used the opportunity to criticise the US while highlighting their closer military and political cooperation.

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Apr 06 06:57

How would Trump’s extra US$100 billion tariffs affect Hong Kong?

Commerce minister identifies three areas that may indirectly affect Hong Kong, while economist describes Trump’s actions as ‘all sizzle and no steak’

Hong Kong could be indirectly affected by a further US$100 billion tariffs on Chinese imports, the city’s commerce minister has said, after US president Donald Trump threatened to escalate the trade war on Friday morning

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah identified three areas where Hong Kong could be hit by the new proposals: entrepot trade, investment in Chinese-made products and the financial market

Trump accused China of “unfair retaliation”>>>


(*what 'unfair retaliation' looks like when Western style boxing challenges Chinese style martial arts)

Apr 06 06:43

Look closely, Trump has zero ammo in trade war with China

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Curiously, however, the US seems to be at a loss to explain why or how China’s technology transfer policies and practices amount to a legal violation of its international treaty obligations, notably of its related commitments to the WTO Trips (Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights). At a WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting in Geneva barely five days after issuing the Section 301 report, the US representative let it be quietly known that on the first, third and fourth counts, China’s practices involving technology or intellectual property transfer did not implicate any specific WTO TRIPS-related obligation. In other words, China’s policies and practices were entirely compliant with its international treaty commitments.

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Apr 06 06:24

China To Launch Remote Sensing Satellites For Pakistan In June

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The satellite will monitor ocean wind and waves.

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(*but our intelligence services are still capable of turning it into something for the masses to fear , right ?
whitehorse souce)

Apr 06 06:11

Taiwan Official's Remarks On Independence Dangerous: mainland spokesperson

-- A Taiwan official's recent remarks on independence are dangerous and presumptuous, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Monday.

Ma made the comment in response to remarks advocating "Taiwan independence" by the island's executive head, Lai Ching-te.

The spokesperson said Lai's words harm peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the fundamental interests of compatriots on both sides, especially Taiwan compatriots.

Ma reiterated that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China.>>>

Apr 06 05:44

Trade dispute escalates as Trump threatens $100 billion more in China tariffs

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"This is what a trade war looks like, and what we have warned against from the start," said National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay.

"We are on a dangerous downward spiral and American families will be on the losing end," Shay added in a statement, urging Trump "to stop playing a game of chicken with the U.S. economy."

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(*well , it's plain to see that the Writer at Reuters is unable to comprehend this 'stroke off genius' )

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