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Aug 23 10:51

Scott Adams: Trump’s China Tweet on Overstock CEO

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*** WARNING *** This video is F-bomb heavy *** WARNING ***
Is China using 50,000 American Fentanyl deaths per year…
…as a bargaining chip for a trade deal?
China said they would take care of the Fentanyl pushers…and didn’t
Two problems: China Fentanyl and immigration
One solution: Move production to South America
President Trump: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered”

Aug 23 10:38

Stocks Plunge After Trump Lashes Out at China, Vows to Retaliate “This Afternoon”

By Tyler Durden

Anyone who was hoping for a quiet end to the week is currently having a panic attack, as first China announced new tariffs on the US, then Powell’s J-Hole speech came and went, and then, as we expected, Trump responded to China’s trade war escalation when in a barrage of 4 tweets he lashed out at Beijing, saying, “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them“, and ordered “Our great American companies… to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

He also ordered “all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE, all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop – it didn’t.”...

Aug 23 10:21

All along the watchtower: The follies of history

The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state

Aug 23 09:02

Just another day in China:

Aug 23 07:53

Red alert: China owns reddit now

Aug 22 13:01

China's poverty counties

Aug 22 09:39

U.S.-UK Deep State Tries to Grab Hong Kong

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

What can explain these recent instances, proven by Agence France-Press, in which outright frauds — lies (in the form of faked photos and videos) — are being spread online to support the agenda of breaking off, from China, Hong Kong (which has historically always a part of China), so as to make Hong Kong an ‘independent’ nation?:

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Aug 22 08:08

Strategic analysis on the construction of new energy corridor China–Pakistan–Iran–Turkey

Highlights

This paper explores the current situation of cross-border energy pipelines of China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Then it analysis strategic objectives of the four countries.


It is proposed to build China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy corridor between China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, which is of great significance to realize the energy strategic objectives of the countries.

Aug 22 08:03

China to build military base near Chabahar?

BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s recent outburst on Pakistan will further boost economic and defence ties between Beijing and Islamabad, including China acquiring a Pakistani military base close to Iran’s Chabahar port, an official media report said on Friday.
Trump’s January 1 Twitter attack against Pakistan where he accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists appears to be helping boost already close ties between Pakistan and China, a report in the state-run Global Times said. It attributed Islamabad’s decision to allow Chinese currency in bilateral trade and financing transactions as China has stepped up its investments in the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Aug 22 08:00

China and North Korea Pledge to Boost Military Ties For 'Peace and Stability' in Northeast Asia

In other words North Korea will have the full backing of China in any confrontation with the US.
Every thing Trump does,turns into poop!

General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has pledged that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will move to boost defence ties with the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in neighbouring North Korea. The announcement came shortly after a high level meeting between PLA and KPA delegations in Beijing, the latter headed by director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army Kim Su Gil. General Zhang stated regarding plans or closer ties: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations,” and that both countries were “ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together.”

Aug 21 11:30

Meddling For We, But Not For Thee

Twitter announced Monday that they had suspended over 200,000 accounts allegedly linked to a Chinese government influence operation in Hong Kong and claimed that "covert, manipulative behaviors have no place on our service."

Aug 21 09:36

State Department approves $8bn sale of F-16s to Taiwan, despite Beijing’s warning of ‘consequences’

Despite extreme objections voiced by Beijing, the State Department has approved the sale of dozens of F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan, openly admitting that the move serves US economic and national security interests in the region.

Aug 21 08:06

CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE PREVENTS 2.5 MILLION “DISCREDITED ENTITIES” FROM BUYING PLANE TICKETS

And please do not believe, for one millisecond, that certain American officials don't want to see this happen right here in the US.

Aug 21 07:32

TALIBAN PEACE TALKS MUST NOT IGNORE CIA-FUNDED AFGHAN MILITIAS, REPORT SAYS

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

After 18 years of war, and months of direct talks, the United States appears to be on the brink of reaching an unprecedented peace agreement with the Taliban that would bring about U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A draft agreement was reached in March, and negotiators in Qatar have reportedly been ironing out the details ahead of a September 1 deadline — including exactly when U.S. troops will withdraw and when a permanent ceasefire between the parties will take effect. The U.S. is reportedly also seeking assurances from the Taliban that it won’t harbor foreign terror groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda and will engage in dialogue with the Afghan government after the U.S. military leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as President Trump desperately needs a win here, ahead of the 2020 elections, I am not holding my breath,, that an accord will actually be reached, before the 1 September deadline.

And the reason I say this, is that there are too many unexploited resources desired by the world's leaders, that they will really ever be willing to let Afghanistan go.

As stated by a Google Article regarding mining in Afghanistan:

"Afghanistan has over 1,400 mineral fields,[1][2][3] containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals.[1][4] Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. According to a joint study by The Pentagon and the United States Geological Survey, Afghanistan has an estimated US$3 trillion[5] of untapped minerals."

You have to look at this with the sang froid eye of a violently, unhinged, despotic government, which wants to regime change a country, to make it more western centric, and expropriate resources to which the US government has no right, then selling them only for US dollars.

This is the MO the US has taken, ever since the invasion of Iraq, and the consistent pattern is so in your face, that I become thoroughly amazed when Americans don't get it.

Don't get me wrong; I would love for peace to happen for Afghanistan; however, given the embarrassment of riches this country has, I wouldn't expect this peace to last very long.

But a country attempting to stabilize Afghanistan right after the US leaves, will be China.

And the interesting thing about that, is that China, in its growth, doesn't want to fire a single shot;they want to make deals, as their way of broadening their economic reach, and clout.

Slowly but Surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

Feature: Direct flights between China, Afghanistan promote trade, people-to-people exchanges

This should be a "teachable moment", to the US government, but most probably will not be.

And I say that, because relations between China and the US have absolutely plummeted, under the watch of President "Wreck-it Donald" Trump. The issues concerning the South China Sea, and the US treatment of Taiwan,have not earned him much support in Beijing, not to mention the sanctions and tariffs which have been placed against various Chinese individuals and corporations.

Losing Afghanistan, through a series of Afghani agreements with the Chinese, will prove to be one of the most stinging, dismal failures of President Trump's record, if the future trajectory of Chinese/Afghani relations continues to hold true.

Aug 20 10:06

The Anglo-American Origins of Color Revolutions & NED

Had Russia and China’s leadership not decided to unite in solidarity in 2012 when they began vetoing the overthrow of Bashar al Assad in Syria- followed by their alliance around the Belt and Road Initiative, then it is doubtful that the color revolution concept would be as well-known as it has become today.

Aug 20 09:51

Trump Regime Hardball with China a Losing Strategy

China is a major player on the world stage, geopolitical know-nothing Trump outclassed, outshined, and outwitted by its ruling authorities.

He’s an embarrassment compared to other major world leaders, a laughing stock geopolitical wrecking ball.

His regime’s unacceptable Indo/Pacific agenda made resolving major differences with China all the harder — notably US dirty hands all over months of disruptive protests in Hong Kong, along with selling F-16 warplanes and other heavy weapons to Taiwan.

Aug 20 09:48

Follow the Money Trail Behind the Hong Kong Protests

The demonstrations in Hong Kong, now an open confrontation with the People’s Republic of China, have a global impact. What are the forces behind this movement? What provides the funds and who stands to benefit?

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The increasingly violent demonstrations in Hong Kong are completely embraced and enthusiastically supported in the U.S. corporate media and all the imperialist political parties in the U.S. and Britain. This should be a danger sign to everyone fighting for change and for social progress. U.S. imperialism is never disinterested or neutral.

Aug 19 10:22

Scott Adams: The Golden Age of no Real News

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1163451768681795585?s=20

NYT caught plotting to MAKE UP the news and start a race war?
John Harwood, Maggie Haberman say…nothing happened?
The 4 categories of “news” in today’s world
President Trump TOLD us he would be “politically incorrect”
Hong Kong is using American imagery in their struggle
President Trump’s respect and compliment to President Xi
China culture doesn’t believe in “win-win” deals?
Juan Williams gets the President Trump treatment
The topics where I’m “left of Bernie”
Where is Ghislaine Maxwell, what happened at In & Out Burger?

Aug 19 09:25

China's Soaring Food Prices Will Lead to War

Aug 19 08:58

Who is behind Hong Kong protests?

MintPress News, a US news website, has reported that some groups involved in recent rioting in Hong Kong received significant funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, which it described as "a CIA soft-power cutout that has played a critical role in innumerable US regime-change operations".

Aug 19 07:47

Beijing warns US of ‘consequences’ if it sells F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan

China has demanded that US cancel all military sales to Taiwan, otherwise it won’t hesitate to retaliate. The warning came amid the ongoing trade war and the row over the massive Hong Kong protests.

The White House had greenlighted the sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan over the weekend. This will be the second major arms deal with Taipei approved by Washington since July, when the US authorized the sale of more than 100 M1A2T Abrams tanks, as well as surface-to-air missiles.

Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory, blasted the move and warned that it will retaliate against what it says violates the decades-old ‘One-China policy.’

Aug 18 17:50

China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat.

Aug 18 08:05

Chinese State Media Announces 2.56M “Discredited Entities” Prevented From Purchasing Plane Tickets Under Social Credit System

By Chris Menahan

This is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America.

Big Tech has already implemented their own “social credit score” system where they punish people for their political views by deplatforming them, censoring their websites and closing their PayPal/bank accounts...

Aug 17 10:24

Is It Obvious Yet That Tariffs Injure Americans?

By Jeffrey A. Tucker

For years now, competent commentators have tried to explain that tariffs do no one any good (on net). They are taxes. They increase business costs. They force businesses to cough up to the government for no particular reason. They don’t work to open economies. They sow seeds of distrust. They invite retaliation thus ruining export markets in addition to raising prices and tipping small businesses into the failing side of thin margins...

Aug 16 23:25

China Prepares Its “Nuclear Option” In Trade War

As the trade war with the U.S. continues to escalate, China has re-engaged with Iran on three key projects and is weighing the use of what both Washington and Beijing term the ‘nuclear option’, a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week.

For the first of these projects - Phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars non-associated gas field (SP11) - last week saw a statement from the chief executive officer of the Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) that talks had resumed with Chinese developers to advance the project. Originally the subject of an extensive contract signed by France’s Total before it pulled out due to re-imposed U.S. sanctions on Iran, talks had been well-advanced with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to take up the slack on development.

Aug 16 12:16

China: Paper Tiger - Rickards

Aug 15 11:25

Scott Adams: Epstein, Stock Markets and Trump, Deep Fakes, Simulation Proof, Hong Kong

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1162001287661195265?s=20

Always bet on human incompetence over a complex explanation
Kamala Harris…politicizing an active ongoing police event
If you can’t solve a problem any other way…”Trump it”
Shake the box till the variables produce a potential solution
Deep Fakes amazing video of Bill Hader’s face imperceptibly morphing
China will NEVER approve a fair trade deal…for cultural reasons
So how is a fair deal possible?
Thomas Friedman says he’d prefer TPP over trade war
Hong Kong situation and the likely outcome
Stock market prediction filter for 2020 election results
Will elite Democrats intentionally crash the stock market?
Is “political selling” happening to intentionally drive it down?
“Inverted Yield Curve” and recession fears…why?
Bill Clinton portrait at Epstein’s…wearing a blue dress and red shoes?

Aug 15 10:05

Guess Who China Is Blaming For The Riots In Hong Kong?

At this point, the Chinese have concluded that “external foreign forces” are responsible for the protests in the city, and the finger of blame is being pointed directly at the United States.

Aug 15 10:00

Ready for US face-off, China ‘re-engages’ Iran on projects

China has “re-engaged” Iran on three key energy projects which the world’s biggest oil buyer is adamant to carry on with their implementation despite US sanctions, a report says.

The international energy website OilPrice.com quoted a senior source working closely with Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum as saying that Phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars gas field, Yadavaran oil field and the Jask oil export terminal are the three projects which the Chinese want to continue.

Head of the Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) Mohammad Meshkinfam said last week talks had resumed with Chinese developers to advance Phase 11.

Aug 15 09:59

China's troops wait to crush Hong Kong protests: Military convoy is spotted hidden at sports stadium near border in ominous sign Beijing is preparing tougher crackdown

New footage and satellite images have emerged showing hundreds of military vehicles gathered at a sports centre in a mainland city bordering Hong Kong in an ominous sign that China could be preparing a tough crackdown on the city's protesters who Beijing has branded 'terrorists'.

U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong, citing U.S. intelligence.

The United States said today that it was concerned about movements of Chinese forces on the border with Hong Kong and urged Beijing to honor the territory's autonomy as pro-democracy protests continued.

'The United States is deeply concerned by reports of Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border', a State Department spokesperson said in a statement to AFP.

Aug 14 11:05

China Prepares Its "Nuclear Option" In Trade War

Authored by Simon Watkins via OilPrice.com,

As the trade war with the U.S. continues to escalate, China has re-engaged with Iran on three key projects and is weighing the use of what both Washington and Beijing term the ‘nuclear option’, a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week.

Having said that, and aware of the leverage that it had with Iran as one of the very few countries still willing to engage in developing its fields in the midst of increasingly vigorously-imposed sanctions, China has sought deal sweeteners from Iran, and has been given them. In order for it to reactivate its development of SP11, China will get a 17.25 percent discount for nine years on the value of all gas it recovers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing of which an intelligent person cannot accuse either China or Iran about, is not having a very long term, win/win economic plan for both countries.

But looking at the reality that 1 September, is just a little more than two weeks away, one has to wonder if the US government, will find itself capable of responding intelligently, or is that huge "crash and recession" the financial pundits have been trumpeting for so long, going to be the case?

Is the US government contemplating a two-front war with China and Iran, for which they would have to engage very quickly, before thinking people realized why this was happening?!?

And what "reason" will they give an ever-more conscious and evolved public, about why this is happening, and why now?!?

The short answer is, they cannot, even with the biggest false flag someone could ever conjure.

Aug 13 14:11

Beijing Refuses American Warships Entry To Hong Kong Ports

Mere hours after President Trump tweeted that US intelligence had confirmed the buildup of Chinese troops on the border with Hong Kong, US defense officials warned that Beijing had refused two US Navy ships permission to make port stops in Hong Kong in the coming weeks, a sign that President Xi is none too pleased with how the US has handled itself during the anti-extradition bill protests that have swept Hong Kong over the past ten weeks.

Aug 13 10:59

‘World is watching’: US reaction points to Hong Kong as a ‘color revolution’

If the iconography and tone of Hong Kong protests and the support from US diplomats weren’t enough, Washington’s words of concern sure seem to suggest that the months-long demonstrations amount to a ‘color revolution.’
On Monday, the Trump administration urged “all sides to refrain from violence.” While carefully paying lip service to Hong Kong being an internal Chinese matter, the unnamed White House official who spoke to the press said the US supported those “looking for democracy.”

Aug 13 10:29

US Ban on State Contracts With Huawei, Other Chinese Tech Companies Takes Effect

The ban on purchases of products and services from Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese tech companies for the US federal agencies has entered into force on Tuesday, according to an entry on the US Federal Register website.

The document titled "Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment" bans certain US state agencies, namely the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA, from purchasing equipment and services from a number of Chinese tech companies effective on Tuesday.

Aug 13 10:24

Hong Kong phooey! Would you like any hypocrisy with that?

Where to start? For nearly 40 weeks hundreds of thousands of French people have been on the streets in anti-government demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron’s rule.

Some have lost eyes and hands in the police response. The public has begun to view the smell of tear gas as a normal part of a weekend in Paris. France is 29 miles from the coast of England. Siri just told me that “Hong Kong is about 5,992 miles from London as the crow flies.”

So complete has been the British media blackout on the Yellow Vests that many believe, wrongly, that there is some British government order banning on any mention of “les événements en France.” The truth is that there is no need for one.

Aug 13 08:04

This photo shows a US diplomat meeting with Hong Kong protest leaders

Two sides at least to every story. These protests are being organized and funded by the US government as part of their get China policy. What do people expect the Chinese government would do?

A photo published in a Hong Kong newspaper shows a U.S. State Department official meeting with Hong Kong protestors. Find out why this is causing diplomatic tensions.

Aug 13 05:48

GLOBAL TIMES SHOWS DRAMATIC VIDEO OF CHINESE ARMY PREPARING FOR HONG KONG INVASION

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
The Hong Kong/China feud is going from bad to worse on Monday, when as reported earlier, the Hong Kong airport authority advised all passengers to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible in an unprecedented disruption after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the airport terminal building.

However, what confirmed that as Beijing has been warning for the past week, Hong Kong's insubordination will no longer be tolerated by Beijing, was a video - complete with dramatic World War III style music - published by the state-owned tabloid Global Times, which showed "The People's Armed Police have been assembling in Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong, in advance of apparent large-scale exercises."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point past which the Chinese government will not tolerate these demonstrations; and unfortunately for the people of Hong Kong, my guess is that the crackdown will come sooner, rather than later.

There will most likely be massive arrests and show trials, with intense imprisonments and tortures, in order to get people to confess to what they very well might not have done.

And right now, the Chinese government has every reason to slip back into industrial-strength dictatorship mode with a vengeance, between dealing with an overheated economy, and intense public criticism.

Aug 12 23:37

CHINA: Debts coming due.

Aug 12 12:13

Hong Kong On The Edge: Chinese Troops Gather In Shenzen; 100s Of Flights Cancelled Over Protester "Terrorism"

Protesters flooded Hong Kong's airport, one of the busiest in the world, on Monday, forcing authorities to cancel more than 100 flights as demonstrators expressed their anger over the violent police response to protests the night before.

Aug 12 08:45

Occupied Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolutions, bilateral accords: Chinese FM

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday expressed serious concern over the latest situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and said the issue should be resolved peacefully according to the United Nations resolutions and bilateral accords between India and Pakistan.

Aug 12 08:44

Chinese reports on U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong 'have gone from irresponsible to dangerous' - State Department

Official Chinese media reports about a U.S. diplomat who met with student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement “have gone from irresponsible to dangerous” and must stop, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Friday.

Aug 12 08:40

US Lobster Exports To China Plunge Amid Escalating Trade War

VOA News interviewed a business owner and a trade official in Maine following a massive drop in lobster exports due to President Trump's escalating trade war. Their comments on the trade war are an eye-opener that contradicts the president's claim that his trade duties on China won't hurt American firms.

VOA spoke with Vice President of sales and marketing at Maine Coast, Sheila Adams, who said her company saw a 20% plunge in business activity in a matter of days last July after China retaliated against US tariffs on Chinese goods by raising duties on US food and agricultural exports, which included live lobsters.

"Essentially what's happened is about 80% of our sales into mainland China have gone away," she said.

"And that's purely because our product is simply just too expensive compared to the Canadian because of the additional 25% tariff that was levied."

Aug 12 07:45

Typhoon "Lekima" hits China, leaving 3 million homes without power, at least 18 dead and 16 missing

Typhoon "Lekima" - the 9th named tropical cyclone of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season, made landfall in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, China at about 01:45 LT on August 9, 2019, with winds of 187 km/h (116 mph). It then turned north toward Shanghai, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

According to official sources, the cities of Taizhou, Wenzhou and Ningbo were hit especially hard.

Aug 12 07:40

China Threatening Military Invasion of Hong Kong — Peaceful Protesters Risk Meeting Chinese Forces – Hong Kong Airport Closed (VIDEO)

Vehicles reportedly passed through the Customs facility in Shenzhen, China on the road to Hong Kong. (Update: but we cannot confirm whether these vehicles entered Hong Kong.)

Aug 12 04:44

China Begins Hong Kong INVASION?

Aug 11 16:10

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

An investigation by China Labor Watch has found that Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices are being made by child interns, some forced to work night shifts so suppliers can keep up with peak demand.

The report found schools providing interns to work night shifts at a Hengyang Foxconn plant, producing Amazon devices. Kids who declined compulsory overtime were told by their teachers that it would affect their graduation from school. Teachers stayed at the factory and, it is alleged, helped fire pupils who refused to cooperate.

Aug 11 10:11

Currency War with China: 1934 and 2019

By Steve H. Hanke

In a purely political move, the Trump administration (read: the U.S. Treasury) has branded China as a currency manipulator. This is an act of war. After President Trump announced that even more tariffs would be imposed on China, the markets took the value of the Chinese yuan down a notch or two. So, who was “manipulating” the yuan, Beijing or Washington? Well, it looks like Washington is engaging in yet another Asian currency war...

Aug 09 11:07

Finger On The Trigger: China's Iran Oil Weapon

Two reports out this week worth paying attention to which could greatly impact oil prices at a crucial moment in which leaders in Tehran are desperately urging China to purchase more Iranian crude:

First, Reuters notes China continued importing Iranian oil in July for the second month since a US sanctions waiver ended, though at greatly diminished levels compared to the year prior, citing numbers from three data firms:

According to the firms, which track tanker movements, between 4.4 million and 11 million barrels of Iranian crude were discharged into China last month, or 142,000 to 360,000 barrels per day (bpd). The upper end of that range would mean July imports still added up to close to half of their year-earlier level despite sanctions.

Aug 09 11:06

US Calls China "Thuggish Regime" For Releasing Identity Of US Official Caught Meeting With HK Protesters

The US State Department has released a statement in response to Chinese officials and state media accusing a US diplomatic official based in Hong Kong of interfering in Chinese affairs. State media widely reported on a viral photo showing US foreign service agent Julie Eadeh - identified as the political unit chief of the US Consulate General - meeting with leading anti-Beijing activists at a Hong Kong hotel on Tuesday amid continuing unrest in the semi-autonomous city.

A State Department spokesperson on Thursday afternoon issued a statement calling China a "thuggish regime" for releasing details on the US diplomat stationed in Hong Kong.

"I don't think that leaking an American diplomat's private information, pictures, names of their children, I don't think that is a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a news briefing. "That is not how a responsible nation would behave."

Aug 09 11:04

China’s New Export Tank to Be Upgraded With Active Protection System

The VT-5, a made-for-export version of the People’s Liberation Army’s new ZTQ-15 light tank, will be equipped with an active protection system that can shoot down incoming projectiles, according to a China Central Television report last week.

The new system will “detect incoming hostile projectiles before firing interception rockets to detonate them before they hit the tank,” the Global Times reported on Sunday, citing the CCTV report.

“The tank is also equipped with a sensor system that sends a warning when the tank is aimed [at] by a laser beam, which can notify the operators to take evasive maneuvers like releasing smoke,” the Global Times noted.

Aug 09 11:00

China wants US to bear the cost of trade war by making rare earths more rare

China’s rare earths association has warned that the trade conflict with the US will harm American businesses and consumers, as it confirmed its readiness to weaponize the prized elements.

Rare earth elements are critical for the high-tech industry in the manufacture of everything from mobile phones to modern fighter jets.

The Association of China Rare Earth Industry (ACREI), comprising almost 300 miners, processors and manufacturers, held a special meeting earlier this week, just several days after US president Donald Trump threatened to hit Beijing with a new batch of tariffs.

Aug 09 10:25

Can Huawei's new OS make customers ditch Google’s Android?

Huawei is expected to drop more details about its homegrown Hongmeng operating system at an upcoming conference. But is the world ready to ditch Android for an untested Chinese alternative? And is Google worried?

A new Huawei phone equipped with the Hongmeng operating system, also known as the HarmonyOS, could go on sale before the end of the year, the state-linked Chinese newspaper Global Times reported on Sunday. According to the newspaper, the phone aims to target the low and medium ends of the smartphone market, setting the price tag at around 2,000 yuan (roughly US$290).

Aug 09 09:33

Trump says US will not make a trade deal with China

US president Donald Trump said that, while talks are progressing with Beijing, no deal has been reached for now, as the two countries attempt to resolve an ongoing trade dispute.

The president told reporters on Friday that he would like to see more movement in the trade talks, but that Washington was not ready to finalize an agreement.

“China wants to do something on trade, but I’m not ready to do anything yet,” President Trump said, adding that the American taxpayer is “not paying for” the tariffs currently imposed on trade with the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummm ... Don? Yes we are paying, at the retail level.

Aug 08 12:35

Hong Kong activist goes on defensive after being photographed with US consulate official

A Hong Kong activist who has played an active role in the ongoing anti-Beijing protests has raised suspicions after being photographed meeting with a senior official from the US consulate.

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, the secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosisto, told the Hong Kong Standard that there was nothing sinister behind his recent meeting with Julie Eadeh, a political unit chief of the US consulate general in Hong Kong. Their rendezvous, which was caught on camera, was quickly seized upon by pro-Beijing media.

Aug 08 11:23

China has a $1 trillion trade war weapon. Will it ever use it?

China has said it is prepared to fight, if necessary. And it has one hugely powerful weapon up its sleeve: it's the American government's biggest creditor.

In theory, Beijing could trigger a panic in bond markets by dumping some of the $1.1 trillion in US Treasuries that it owns.

Aug 08 11:22

"Worst Year Ever": China's Ban On US Ag Products Will Be A Death Blow For Countless Farms

U.S. farmers have never experienced a year quite like this. During the first half of 2019, endless rain and unprecedented flooding were the major problems. As a result of the incredibly wet conditions, millions of acres of prime farmland didn’t get planted at all, and tens of millions of other acres are going to yield a lot less than usual. Even without anything else happening, we were going to see farm bankruptcies soar to absolutely crazy levels, but now the Chinese government is essentially cutting off U.S. agricultural imports.

Aug 08 11:20

"Bigger And More Violent": Beijing Admits Hong Kong Is Worst Crisis Since 1997 Handover

Some 500 political and business leaders including 200 local deputies of China's top legislature, the National People’s Congress, as well as pro-Beijing Hong Kong execs and chamber of commerce officials gathered Wednesday to discuss the ongoing Hong Kong unrest triggered by the proposed extradition bill earlier this summer.

Unlike prior similar gatherings in mainland China of top officials, there was reportedly little attempt to soften the full blown reality, as the group was told the protest crisis is assuredly becoming "bigger and more violent". The assessment was issued by Zhang Xiaoming, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, as reported by the South China Morning Post.

Zhang presented that Beijing views the Hong Kong situation the “most serious situation” since 1997, the year of the handover of Hong Kong when the UK formally ceded control of its colony.

Aug 08 11:19

White House To Unveil Rule Banning Agencies From Doing Business With Huawei

As has long been expected, the White House is preparing to release a new rule on Wednesday barring government agencies from buying equipment or doing any kind of business with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei - ratcheting up tensions between the world's two largest economies at an already precarious time for the global economy.

Aug 08 10:58

PAKISTAN TO DOWNGRADE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, SUSPEND BILATERAL TRADE WITH INDIA

SOURCE: RT
Pakistan says it’s going to downgrade diplomatic relations with India and suspend trade with the neighbor state. The move comes after New Delhi revoked the autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir region.
The statement by the Pakistani government vowed that the country will take the Kashmir issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

It also said that Prime Minister, Imran Khan, told the Pakistani military to “continue vigilance.”

On Tuesday, India’s lower house of parliament has voted to downgrades the status of Kashmir from a state to a union territory, which will prevent the Muslim-majority region from making its own legislation.

Islamabad also announced that India's envoy to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, will be expelled from the country as part of the response measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I input this, there are already reports of fiercely heavy fighting, in some areas, along the Line of Control; this situation could go from bad to worse, in less than a heartbeat, for the following reasons:

2015: India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

From March of this year: China backs ‘iron brother’ Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises

And from May of this year: Russia's looming arms sale to Pakistan sets up a dangerous game

Unfortunately, it will not take much for a real shooting conflict to take shape between a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and a nuclear-armed India over Kashmir.

And unfortunately, India has been deaf, dumb, and blind, to an early promise by its leadership, to allow the Kashmiris to determine if they want to stay with India, join Pakistan, or become an entity unto itself.

In 2016, the following op ed appeared in the Express Tribune Blog section: When Nehru Promised Kashmir Freedom, why is India still in denial?!?

So now, what we have in this already volatile area, are US "defense assurances" to India, based on Obama's 2015 trip here, countered by Russian and Chinese defense assurances, (and practical actions by the Chinese government and military) to Pakistan.

War with Pakistan, China, and Russia, with the US supporting India against them?!?

Please, Lord, NO!!

Because unless someone sane in the Bowels of Power in governments around the world is "working the phones", and is creating as direct a communication with both countries' leadership as is humanly possibly, and right the hell now, a shooting war, courtesy of the US and India, and also courtesy of Pakistan, Russia, and China, could well be on its way to this already troubled part of the planet.

Russian President Vlad (the NON-Impaler) Putin, and Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, please!! And yes we know that you, and your weapons developers love selling Russian military gear around the world (as does the US military industrial complex, and its President, love to sell their military hardware).

And President Trump, we know that you met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week; please, let us get both parties on this to "Contain the Rage and Engage", at a meaningful level, so that a true, shooting war does not break out here; it is the absolutely last thing this world needs right now.

President Trump, we both know, that in the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity", are one in the same; please see if we can turn this into an opportunity for peaceful engagement, and a furthering of ties recommences between India and Pakistan.

But you will need to convince the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that promises, once made by its government, need to be fulfilled, and not repudiated.

If there was ever a critical time for a Kashmiri referendum, is right now, Mr. President: and you're welcome.

Aug 08 10:51

“On a Scale of 1-10, It’s an 11” – Wall Street Reacts to China’s Retaliation

One day after China finally snapped, and demonstratively refused to intervene and keep the CNH above 7.00 vs the dollar, escalating the trade war into a currency war, stocks are tumbling and Wall Street analysts – all of whom had been bullish until now – are scrambling to adjust their narrative.

With the S&P dropping more than 2%, bringing its slide from the all time highs just two weeks ago to more than 5%, semiconductors which are most directly exposed to Chinese trade, and banks stocks, which are sensitive to interest rates, are among the hardest hit sectors.

Aug 08 09:42

PHOTO - Flash Alert: Texas News Studio First Ever Human-Monkey Hybrid Grown in Lab in China

Animal Human Hybrids have been created in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That looks a little scary.

Aug 08 09:36

NATO Chief: We Must Understand and Address the Rise of Communist China

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday the Atlantic alliance must counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific, working closely with allies such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea.

“This is not about moving NATO into the Pacific, but this is about responding to the fact China is coming closer to us,” Stoltenberg told Reuters during a visit to Australia.

Aug 08 09:15

"The End Of The World As We Know It" - China Going Nuclear Means There's No Turning Back Now

At the end of last week, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be imposing a 10 percent tariff on 300 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, and that marked a dramatic escalation in our trade war with China. This move by Trump came as a total shock to Chinese officials, and global financial markets were thrown into a state of turmoil. Since that announcement, we have been waiting for the other shoe to drop, because we knew that the Chinese would retaliate. But honestly, very few of the experts expected something like this. On Monday, China announced that it is going to completely stop buying U.S. agricultural products…

China confirmed reports that it was pulling out of U.S. agriculture as a weapon in the ongoing trade war.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Chinese companies have stopped purchasing U.S. agricultural products in response to President Trump’s new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods.

Aug 07 13:06

China’s exit from US agriculture is a devastating blow to an already struggling sector

Agriculture has been a weapon of choice in the escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

With China officially pulling out of buying U.S. agricultural products, American farmers are losing one of their biggest customers. It could be a devastating blow in an already tough year for crops and commodity prices. It may also dent U.S. gross domestic product and hurt companies like Deere, whose business is directly tied to farming in the Heartland.

Aug 07 12:41

The Reality of Trade Between USA & China

Aug 07 10:36

Philippine Navy Warns of Chinese Investment on Strategic Islands

The Philippine Navy has gone public with concerns about the risk of allowing Chinese private investors to develop three strategic islands for civilian purposes.

Two (Grande and Chiquita Islands) sit in the entrance of Subic Bay, the deepwater port that was once the heart of America's presence in East Asia. Grande Island, the larger of the two, has strategic significance: it was fortified in the WWI era and manned for harbor defense in the early years of WWII.

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