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Dec 10 15:51

Sabotage: The Deep State Has Destroyed Trump’s Chances Of A Trade Deal With China, And The Stock Market Is Tanking As A Result

It frustrates me that so few people seem to understand the gravity of the situation that we are facing. Our stores are filled with cheap products that come from China and they own more than a trillion dollars of our national debt. The two largest economies in the entire world are decoupling from one another, and if the Chinese conclude that they are not able to salvage the relationship then they will rapidly become an exceedingly dangerous enemy.

Dec 10 15:47

China BANS the sale of nearly all iPhone models for 'violating patents'

American chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Monday said it had won a preliminary order from a Chinese court to ban the import and sale of several Apple Inc iPhone models in China due to patent violations.

The preliminary order affects all of the iPhone models from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X which are sold with older versions of Apple's iOS operating system.

In a statement, Apple said its iPhones would remain on sale in the country, with newer software.

Dec 10 11:36

Apple files appeal to overturn iPhone sales ban in China

Apple is appealing a broad iPhone sales ban in China, the company told CNBC Monday.

The ban of some older iPhone models followed a request for injunction by Qualcomm, which has been locked in a legal battle with Apple for years. The chipmaker is alleging patent violations on features that lets users reformat the size and appearance of photos and manage applications on a touch screen when navigating through phone apps.

The two preliminary injunctions were granted Monday by the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China. Apple says that it did not violate these patents and that the ban goes beyond the scope of the injunction itself.

Dec 10 11:01

US sets 'hard deadline' for China trade talks

Washington has said it needs to see progress in trade talks with China before March 1 or tariffs will go up. Separately, Beijing has said the US should withdraw its arrest warrant for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Dec 10 11:00

China launches first space probe to far side of the moon

Xinhua news agency reported that a Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-4 lunar probe took off from the country's southwestern Xichang launch center at 2:23 a.m. local time (1823 UTC).

The rover is scheduled to land on the moon and begin conducting experiments and survey work by the end of December. The experiments, six of which are Chinese, include analyzing minerals and measuring radiation.

Dec 10 10:38

China summons US envoy to lodge ‘strong protest’ over Huawei executive's arrest – FM

Beijing has summoned the US ambassador and lodged a “strong protest” over the detainment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, China's foreign ministry announced, according to Reuters. Washington should also "withdraw" its arrest warrant.

Any further measures will depend on the next steps taken by the US, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told the ambassador, the news agency says.

Meng was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver on December 1. She now faces possible extradition to the United States over allegedly lying about her company's ties to SkyCom, a company that tried to sell US-manufactured technologies to Iran despite sanctions.

Dec 10 10:34

Neocons Sabotage Trump's Trade Talks - Huawei CFO Taken Hostage To Blackmail China

CNN reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to resign soon. There have been similar rumors before, but this time the news may actually be true. That is bad for Trump and U.S. policies. Kelly is one a the few counterweights to national security advisor John Bolton. His replacement will likely be whoever Bolton chooses. That will move contFrol over Trump policies further into the hands of the neo-conservatives.

It was Bolton who a week ago intentionally damaged U.S. relations with China.

The U.S. Justice Department arranged for Canada to arrest the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, over alleged U.S. sanctions violations with regards to Iran. The case is not over the sanction Trump recently imposed, but over an alleged collision with the sanction regime before the nuclear deal with Iran. The details are still unknown.

Dec 10 09:38

Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

Dec 10 09:30

Break-in reported at detained Huawei executive’s house as she fears for her health in jail

Police have responded to a break-in at the Vancouver house said to belong to the husband of Meng Wanzhou, the detained Huawei CFO who says she is suffering from health problems in Canadian jail.

Police collected evidence at the scene of the break-in but made no arrests, according to local media sources. There are no details yet available about the number of people involved, nor the motivation for the break-in, particularly whether it is related to the high-profile international arrest of the home-owner’s wife, who is pending extradition to the United States.

Dec 10 09:14

Canada Arrests Meng Wanzhou, CFO of HuaWei, China’s Global Cell Phone Competitor

It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door … We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China.”

So read an editorial in the Global Times of China on December 6, the day after Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese company Huawei was taken hostage by the Canadian and American governments on December 1. The daughter of the founder of China’s largest telecommunications company was arbitrarily arrested and detained by Canadian police in Vancouver in transit between planes on December 1 on the pretext of a US extradition request.

Dec 10 08:23

Five Eyes Against Huawei

Washington has asked Ottawa to arrest Meng Wanzhou and to extradite her. This young woman is the financial director and daughter of the founder of Huawei, the Chinese Telecom Giant. She was arrested on 6 December in Canada.

The motive for the war undertaken by Washington against Huawei is deep-rooted and spurious are the justifications.

The heart of the problem is that the Chinese firm uses a system of encryption that prevents the NSA from intercepting its communications. A number of governments and secret services in the non-Western world have begun to equip themselves exclusively with Huawei materials, and are doing so to protect the confidentiality of their communications.

Dec 10 08:22

Behind the US attack on Chinese Smartphones

After having imposed heavy taxes on Chinese merchandise - 250 billion dollars - President Trump, at the G-20, accepted a « truce » by postponing further measures, mainly because the US economy has been struck by the Chinese retaliation.

But apart from these commercial considerations, there are also some strategic reasons. Under pressure from the Pentagon and the Intelligence agencies, the USA forbade the use of Smartphones and telecommunications infrastructures from the Chinese company Huawei, warning that they may potentially be used for espionage, and pressured their allies to do the same.

Dec 09 10:18

US, China Trade War Fallout: Argentine Cherries to Flood Beijing Markets

During the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last week, Argentina and China reached a trade agreement on, among other things, cherry exports, as the South American country strives to become “the world’s supermarket.”

The agreement will be signed on Sunday by Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Argentina's agro-industry secretary, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) Saturday.

Dec 09 09:28

China warns of ‘serious consequences’ if Canada doesn't release detained Huawei executive

Beijing has threatened Ottawa with consequences if it doesn't release Huawei's chief financial officer. The executive was detained over her alleged connection with a company that tried to smuggle embargoed phones into Iran.

“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Saturday.

Dec 08 11:27

NEOCONS SABOTAGE TRUMP'S TRADE TALKS - HUAWEI CFO TAKEN HOSTAGE TO BLACKMAIL CHINA

CNN reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to resign soon. There have been similar rumors before, but this time the news may actually be true. That is bad for Trump and U.S. policies. Kelly is one a the few counterweights to national security advisor John Bolton. His replacement will likely be whoever Bolton chooses. That will move contFrol over Trump policies further into the hands of the neo-conservatives.

Dec 08 06:09

Trump’s Trade War with China May Have Paved the Way to a Post-G20 World

The ascendence of China and multilateral trading blocks could eventually spell the doom of the G20 and U.S. global dominance as we know it.
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The sherpas at the G20 lost sleep for two consecutive nights trying to come up with a final declaration capable of appeasing Trump. As virtually every nation at the G20 supports multilateralism on trade, nobody wanted to upset even more the real Big Boss in Buenos Aires: Xi Jinping.

The climax, in any case, was the U.S.-China bilateral – which carried the potential, if things went downhill, to derail the global economy.

The White House spin was on immediate negotiations – lasting 90 days – over forced transfers of U.S. technology to China; intellectual property protection; an array of non-tariff barriers; and alleged Chinese cyber “intrusions”. If there’s no deal, Washington will raise tariffs on Chinese imports to 25 percent.

Now compare that with the key take away from Beijing, with Wang Yi, the vastly experienced Chinese Foreign Minister, describing the dinner conversation as “friendly and candid.” There were also no specifics on how substantial the allegedly “immediate” Chinese buying of American agricultural, energy and industrial products will be

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Dec 07 15:31

Huawei Executive Had at Least 7 Passports From China, Hong Kong - Court Files

Dec 07 12:51

Huawei CFO Arrest is a ‘Declaration of War’ Says Editor of Global Times

The arrest of a top Chinese technology executive by Canadian authorities acting at the behest of the United States is threatening to upend the Trump administration’s efforts to sustain a trade truce with China.

The arrest of Sabrina Meng, the chief financial officer of China’s largest mobile phone marker, has been condemned by Chinese officials, who are calling for her immediate release. The U.S. has reportedly requested Meng be extradited to New York, where she would reportedly face federal charges of violating Iran sanctions.

Dec 07 12:47

US 'more likely than not' to double China tariffs when truce ends

The bottom line on President Trump's trade truce with China is this, says Goldman Sachs: Once negotiators have finished their three months of talks, the U.S. is 'more likely than not' to double most of the tariffs imposed on its rival's products this year.

In other words, the risk of further escalation in a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies has been delayed rather than significantly reduced, and concerns that the conflict will hurt corporate profits while undermining the benefits of last year's GOP-led tax cuts are likely to continue casting a pall over U.S. financial markets.

Already, a nearly weeklong swoon in U.S. stocks has wiped out initial gains after Trump announced the results of his negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires.

Dec 07 11:10

China Preps for Launch of Historic Mission to Moon's Far Side on Friday

China is getting set to launch the first-ever surface mission to the moon's far side.

The robotic Chang'e 4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a Long March 3B rocket on Friday (Dec. 7) at around 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT; 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 local China time).

If all goes according to plan, Chang'e 4's lander-rover duo will touch down within the moon's South Pole?Aitken (SPA) basin after a 27-day flight, then study both the surface and subsurface of this region. [China's Moon Missions Explained (Infographic)]

Both the lander and the rover were designed as backups for China's successful Chang'e 3 mission, which put a lander and a rover named Yutu down on the moon in December 2013.

Dec 07 06:35

What Do China and Goldman Sachs Have in Common?

Dec 06 15:33

Trump Reportedly Unaware Of Huawei Extradition Request Before Xi Dinner While Trudeau Knew

As questions swirl over who knew what, when before, during and after the historic Trump-Xi dinner, we previously learned that National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed that he knew in advance that Canadian police were preparing to arrest Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, meaning that Bolton knew that Meng was being taken into custody when he sat down alongside President Trump for Saturday's dinner trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Trump being "mushroomed?"

Dec 06 13:25

US Sees Russia as Menacing, China as Growing Threat in Pacific - Navy Secretary

The United States is considering Russia to be a menacing threat in the Pacific region and China a growing threat, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Thursday.

"Russia is a menacing threat, China is a pacing threat, and that is what we are focusing," Spencer said in a discussion at the Center of the Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Spencer pointed out that the US Navy is ready to address those threats if it is called upon to act.

"We are ready to fight even tonight, if needed," Spencer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your ... harpoon!

Dec 06 09:36

Dow slides 700 points after Huawei executive's arrest renews trade fears

Market sentiment is so fragile that news of an arrest is enough to set off a selling wave.

The Dow plunged 700 points, or 2.8%, on Thursday. The S&P 500 lost 2.6%, while the Nasdaq fell 2%.

The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada at the request of the United States renewed doubts about the US-China truce.

Dec 06 02:46

White House forced to walk back Trump’s victory lap on Chinese trade deal

From "incredible deal" to "Tariff Man"
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The White House statement from December 1 does not mention any agreement on auto tariffs or anything about Chinese tariffs at all, and is vague on Trump’s claim about farmers: “China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately.”

On Tuesday, Trump walked back his assertion of a deal with China. He issued a series of tweets in which he said Kudlow, Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and trade adviser Peter Navarro would work with Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer to see “whether or not a REAL deal with China is actually possible.” He said it “probably will” but if it didn’t, “remember, I am a Tariff Man.” He concluded with a spinoff campaign slogan, “MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.”

This reflects a broader misunderstanding the president has displayed on how tariffs work. First, most American automobiles sold in China are built in China already, so the impact of any deal will be small.

His use of tariffs to get his way on the world economic stage often has detrimental impacts on American industries.

For instance, tariffs on imported steel and aluminium might benefit the domestic steel and aluminium industry so that they can hire a few more workers. But this comes with a cost>>>

Dec 05 12:20

America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China

The Trump administration’s strong hostility towards Pakistan has pushed the only nuclear-armed, majority-Muslim nation into the arms of America’s reinstated foes, Russia and China.

The US has suspended $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan this year after Washington accused its former ally of failing to do enough to combat terrorism, according to a report. This figure is much higher than the $1.3 billion quoted by the Trump administration earlier last month as well as the $1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon not long after.

Regardless of which figure is correct, the general consensus appears to be that US President Donald Trump’s tough war of words on Twitter has been more than just the Twitter tirade of a madman, but has actually evolved into concrete action which will directly affect Pakistan’s economy and its relationship with the outside world.

Dec 05 11:55

Putin Initiates Trilateral Summit With India And China

The trilateral summit meeting of Russia, India and China on the sidelines of the G20 at Buenos Aires on December 1 becomes a landmark event in Asian security and global politics. The so-called RIC format has taken a big leap forward with the leaderships of the three countries agreeing “to hold further such trilateral meetings on multilateral occasions” – to quote from an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement.

What is of particular interest is that Russian President Vladimir Putin took the initiative and both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Presdient Xi Jinping instinctively warmed up to the idea. The three leaders were intensely conscious of the backdrop in which the meeting took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to hand it to Putin; he is, most generally, one thousand economic chess moves ahead of his opponents.

Dec 05 10:28

15 million people were just blacklisted from travel by China’s social credit program and it’s coming to America soon

China’s social credit system is in full swing and has already blacklisted more than 15 million Chinese residents from travel. Is it coming soon to the U.S.?

Dec 05 06:03

China 'confident' of US trade deal in 90 days as questions mount

As Trump renews tariff threats, Beijing says two sides to push forward with trade negotiations in next three months.
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In a brief statement, China's commerce ministry described the two sides' discussions as "successful", adding it was "confident" of their agreement's implementation.

"The economics and trade teams of both sides will actively push forward negotiations within 90 days in accordance with a clear timetable and road map," it said, in the first public acknowledgement by the Chinese government of the 90-day timeline.

"China will start with the implementation of the specific matters in which consensus has been reached, the sooner the better," it added, without providing more details.

Growing scepticism
This year, the Trump administration instigated a trade war on Beijing, imposing tariffs on a total of $250bn of Chinese imports. For its part, China has slapped tariffs on $110bn of US imports.

Last month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which advises many of the world's richest economies, warned that the global economy had passed its peak and faced a slowdown driven partly by trade disputes.

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Dec 05 05:53

US stocks plunge on details of Trump-Xi trade-war meeting

US stocks plunge as details of Donald Trump-Xi Jinping meeting fail to assuage investors on trade war

US stock markets plummeted on Tuesday as results of a weekend meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping failed to convince investors that the trade war ceasefire was a true reprieve and as a key recession indicator kicked in.

The losses on Wall Street accelerated after investors dissected the nuances of the talks on Saturday in Buenos Aires announced by the Trump administration and China, reflecting worries that the initial read on a potential trade deal was overly optimistic.

LATEST: China, Hong Kong stocks fall after bloodbath in US markets>>>

Dec 05 05:33

15 Million People Were Just Blacklisted from Travel by China’s Social Credit Program and It’s Coming to America Soon

China’s creepy social credit system is in full swing and has already blacklisted more than 15 million Chinese residents from travel for their poor social credit. Is it coming soon to the U.S.?

Dec 04 11:44

Larry Kudlow: China Promises U.S. Trade Changes ‘Immediately’

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow announced Monday that during the G20 summit, the Chinese promised to make trade changes “immediately.”

Kudlow told Breitbart News on a Monday press call that the timeline for this round of U.S.-China trade negotiations is going to move fast. He stressed that the credibility of the current discussion between the two nations will hinge on rapid movement. This is something the two sides discussed specifically at last week’s G20 Argentina meetings, including the meeting involving President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He did not give a definitive timeline aside from indicating rapid movement.

He told the press on the conference call that China promised during the G20 meetings it would make changes on trade “immediately.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "you go first" approach will not sit well with China.

Dec 04 11:13

Yuan the Conqueror: Chinese currency poised to become global heavyweight, economists say

The global importance of the Chinese yuan seems destined to rise, according to strategists and economists who say flows in the currency will grow over the long term if Beijing continues to gradually open its financial system.

The yuan will become more globally important as China further allows foreign capital into the country through selective financial opening and pursues its Belt and Road Initiative trade, said Chi Lo, senior economist for Greater China at BNP Paribas Asset Management in Hong Kong.

Dec 04 10:51

What Really Happened On Saturday? China Censors US Embassy's WeChat Posts On Trade War Truce

After a weekend in which the Trump administration, to much fanfare, announced a breakthrough in the trade war with China according to which Beijing would purchase substantial amounts of US farm products and remove barriers to trade in exchange for a delay of new tariffs and higher tariff rates, Donald Trump left his top advisers scrambling on Monday to explain just what was in the trade deal he claimed he’d struck with China to reduce tariffs on U.S. cars exported to the country - an agreement that doesn’t exist on paper and hasn’t been confirmed in Beijing.

Dec 04 08:36

Chinese scientist who claims he created world's first gene-edited babies is missing amid rumours of arrest

The whereabouts of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who claims to have created the world's first gene-edited babies, remain unknown amid rumours that he has been arrested.

Reports claimed He was placed under effective house arrest in Shenzhen after making an appearance at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong last Wednesday.

However, claims of He's detention were dismissed by his former-employer, Southern University of Science and Technology, according to South China Morning Post. The university declined to elaborate further.

Dec 04 08:26

Trump adviser impressed by Xi’s hands-on approach to US trade talks

Xi Jinping ‘bolstered Chinese commitments’ to US by taking lead role in trade talks, says White House aide Larry Kudlow

Chinese President Xi Jinping “made the pitch himself” in Saturday’s dinner with Donald Trump that ended with a truce in the trade war with the US, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Kudlow told reporters outside the White House on Monday that it was unusual to see government leaders taking such a hands-on role in this type of negotiation.

“We’ve never seen that hands-on participation by President Xi before. In fact, that dinner was quite remarkable,” Kudlow said.

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(*and As Of This Submission , Kudlow still holds his position in the administration )

Dec 03 18:22

Chinese scientist who claims he created world's first gene-edited babies is missing amid rumours of arrest

Reports claimed He was placed under effective house arrest in Shenzhen after making an appearance at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong last Wednesday.

However, claims of He's detention were dismissed by his former-employer, Southern University of Science and Technology, according to South China Morning Post. The university declined to elaborate further.

Dec 03 11:09

Social Media in Awe Over Chinese Woman Hugging, Feeding Wolves By Mouth (VIDEO)

Queen of wolves! This girl in North China's Inner Mongolia raises 36 wolves by herself.

Dec 03 10:53

U.S.-China Trade Truce Gives Both Sides Political Breathing Room

The agreement reached by President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China to effectively pause their trade war and work toward a pact appears to be aimed at giving the two leaders some political breathing room after an escalating fight has begun inflicting economic damage on both sides of the Pacific.

The temporary truce, forged over a working dinner on Saturday night in Buenos Aires, does little to resolve the deep differences between the two nations and is more a political agreement than a substantive one. Both sides immediately positioned the cease-fire as a domestic victory while staking out areas where they would not compromise.

Dec 03 08:11

Photojournalist Captures ‘Forbidden’ Side Of China We Aren’t Supposed To See, Goes Missing (24 Pics)

Lu Guang’s photos have exposed the sides of China that its government isn’t keen on talking about: drug addicts, HIV patients, environmental problems, and so on. This time, however, the award-winning photographer has himself become the center of a story. His wife Xu Xiaoli claims she hasn’t heard from her husband since the 3rd of November.

Dec 03 03:31

L'Antidiplomatico Interview: Andre Vltchek interviewed by Alessandro Bianchi

Italy is part of both EU and NATO. As I am writing in my new essay, it is a nonsense to believe that "Europeans are brainwashed; that they do not know what the West is doing all over the world". They know, or they at least suspect - most of them. But they pretend that they don't know. In Europe, there is a shadowy deal between the government, corporations and the people. People want more benefits, and they do not care that the benefits come from plundering the world. If they get their benefits, they shut up. If they think they are getting too little, they protest, like recently in Paris. But do they care if tens of millions of 'un-people' die for those benefits? Of course not! The same when it comes to Russia, China or Iran. Europeans in general and Italians in particular, know that there is some sort of vicious propaganda against those countries that refuse to yield to the Western diktat. But they will do nothing to stop it.

Dec 02 11:51

Scott Adams: Huge News on #FentanylChina, Trade, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Has CNN decided to just stop covering news?
President Xi agrees to close their Fentanyl legal loophole
President Trump negotiated Fentanyl masterfully
Negotiating strategy: “set the table”
The importance of President Trump’s gracious comments about Xi
This Presidency is “audience participation” more than any other
They expertly watch feedback and options
Neil DeGrasse Tyson accused of sexual harassment
His defense, is objectively pretty solid, detailed, persuasive
Mexico’s new President and U.S. are becoming closer
There’s going to be some kind of wall, eventually
Observed results will determine what it becomes

Dec 01 19:08

"One Problem We'll Bring up Is the Fentanyl Problem"

President Trump addressing the President of the People's Republic of China at the working dinner in Buenos Aires.

Dec 01 17:57

Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, ‘democracy, world order’

In an extraordinary and sobering report meant to educate the nation on a growing threat, a new military study warns that an electromagnetic pulse weapon attack such as those developed by North Korea, Russia, and Iran could essentially challenge the United States and displace millions.

Dec 01 10:32

Why US attempting to increase tensions in the Indo-Pacific

The United States is attempting to increase tensions and create confrontations in the Indo-Pacific region in order to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, said that America “is not at all interested in promoting peace and security in the so-called Indo-Pacific. Its primary intention is the exact opposite, to increase tensions and create confrontations where none need exist. It is only in this way that the US can continue to exert its influence and flaunt its military presence throughout East, Southeast and South Asia. In doing so it hopes to mobilize its wavering allies in the region to challenge and confront China. This strategy however is doomed to failure.”

Nov 30 11:39

GOOGLE SHUT OUT PRIVACY AND SECURITY TEAMS FROM SECRET CHINA PROJECT

THE SECRECY SURROUNDING the work was unheard of at Google. It was not unusual for planned new products to be closely guarded ahead of launch. But this time was different. The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest.

In February 2017, during one of the first group meetings about Dragonfly at Google’s Mountain View headquarters in California, some of those present were left stunned by what they heard. Senior executives disclosed that the search system’s infrastructure would be reliant upon a Chinese partner company with data centers likely in Beijing or Shanghai.

Locating core parts of the search system on the Chinese mainland meant that people’s search records would be easily accessible to China’s authoritarian government, which has broad surveillance powers that it routinely deploys to target activists, journalists, and political opponents.

Nov 30 11:03

Goldman: The "Most Likely" Outcome Of The Trump-Xi Dinner Is More Escalation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, each accompanied by senior officials (with uber China-hawk Peter Navarro present), will dine together Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 conclave in Argentina. Market participants are intensely focused on the leaders’ meeting as a potential inflection point in the escalating economic tensions between the two countries.

And while many have expressed hopes that at least some tentative thawing in relations will emerge as a result of tomorrow's meeting, Goldman Sachs disagrees, and in a Thursday note said that a continued escalation of the U.S.-China trade war would be the "most likely" outcome of the meeting.

In previewing the three possible outcomes of the Saturday dinner, Goldman writes that it sees three basic scenarios for what happens after this weekend.

Nov 30 08:09

Beijing scolds US for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in S. China Sea

Beijing on Friday scolded the US for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations. The US and its allies have in recent times sent planes and warships to the area for “freedom of navigation” operations, intended as a signal of their right under international law to pass through the waters claimed by China. The USS Chancellorsville guided missile destroyer on Monday entered waters off the Paracel Islands, known as Xisha in Chinese, People's Liberation Army Southern Theater spokesman Li Huamin said. Aircraft and warships were scrambled, sending out warnings for the American vessel to leave the area, AFP reports.

Nov 30 06:52

Trump Touts Billions of Dollars ‘Pouring Into US Coffers’ from China Tariffs Ahead of Meeting with Xi

"Billions of Dollars are pouring into the coffers of the U.S.A. because of the Tariffs being charged to China, and there is a long way to go," he wrote on Twitter, The Hill reported.

"If companies don’t want to pay Tariffs, build in the U.S.A. Otherwise, lets just make our Country richer than ever before!" Trump added.
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China and the US have exchanged billions in tit-for-tat tariffs over recent months, keeping the world markets on edge.

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday expressedhope that a "breakthrough" could be made by the two leaders.

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lets just make our Country richer than ever before!

(*and Stop Side-Stepping Paying Off That 'As Big As China' U.S. Economic Deficit !)

Nov 30 06:11

CHINESE GOVERNMENT GETS REAL TIME LOCATION TRACKING DATA ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES

When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car. What he didn’t know is that Tesla constantly sends information about the precise location of his car to the Chinese government.

Tesla is not alone. China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens.

“I didn’t know this,” said Shan. “Tesla could have it, but why do they transmit it to the government? Because this is about privacy.”

More than 200 manufacturers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle startup NIO, transmit position information and dozens of other data points to government-backed monitoring centers, The Associated Press has found. Generally, it happens without car owners’ knowledge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is more than creepy, how the info is being used by Government offices, without the users' knowledge

Nov 30 06:03

GOOGLE SHUT OUT PRIVACY AND SECURITY TEAMS FROM SECRET CHINA PROJECT

The secrecy surrounding the work was unheard of at Google. It was not unusual for planned new products to be closely guarded ahead of launch. But this time was different. The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest.
In February 2017, during one of the first group meetings about Dragonfly at Google’s Mountain View headquarters in California, some of those present were left stunned by what they heard. Senior executives disclosed that the search system’s infrastructure would be reliant upon a Chinese partner company with data centers likely in Beijing or Shanghai.

Locating core parts of the search system on the Chinese mainland meant that people’s search records would be easily accessible to China’s authoritarian government, which has broad surveillance powers that it routinely deploys to target activists, journalists, and political opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And when this has been successfully installed in China, look for Google to be asked to do precisely the same for the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Computer users, please make sure that you stay as anonymous as you can on line, because that same kind of utterly draconian control, is what this government would love to see happen, but probably at least more subtly, and the beginning.

The deplatforming we are seeing of conservative thought, is just the beginning for this process here in the US.

Nov 29 15:52

Taiwan Considering Buying F-16Vs Instead of Expensive, Unproven F-35s - Report

Taiwanese government officials are considering whether to buy dozens of F-16V jets from the United States for their country's air force, instead of picking up some F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters.

Taiwanese Defense Minister Yen Te-fa told reporters Thursday that "new blood" needed to be injected into the island nation's air defense forces. "As three types of the air force's major warplanes are reaching their mid-life phase, we will take into account purchasing of the [new warplanes] as long as they meet our defensive needs," he said.

Yen's remarks came on the heels of local media reports suggesting Taiwan was looking into purchasing 66 F-16V fighter jets. According to Taiwan News, the Republic of China Air Force would be replacing its fleet of F-5 fighters at the Zhi-Hang Air Base with an F-16V procurement.

Nov 29 11:08

Israelis to US: Take On China Around Djibouti

The United States should boost its military presence in Djibouti and the region surrounding the Bab al-Mandab Strait to counter an increasingly assertive — and belligerent — China, say Israeli intelligence officials and independent experts.

China’s use last May of lasers to interfere with U.S pilots will be the least of problems the U.S faces in the region, they argue. (According to the Pentagon, two US military pilots suffered minor eye damage from lasers hitting the cockpit of their C-130 transport aircraft.) In fact, the US is already being forced to play catch up in the region, says Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University.

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US to Israel: Take on China yourself!

Nov 29 10:21

China HALTS 'unacceptable' gene editing of babies as leading scientists around the world unite to slam the work of researcher who claims that he modified the DNA of twin girls

China's Vice Minister of Science and Technology has condemned the 'unacceptable' research, and said ministry is strongly opposed to the reported experiments.

The Chinese government has ordered a halt to work by the entire medical team that claimed to have helped Dr He in his research.

Universities and police are also investigating.

It also emerged today that a group of leading scientists has declared that the world isn't ready for gene-edited babies, following Dr He's shock claims.

Nov 29 09:35

CHINA’S INTERNET ARMY

Nov 28 11:53

China Ambassador Warns Of "Dire Consequences" If No Deal, Hints At "All Out" War

Earlier today, Trump's chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow poured cold water on expectations for an imminent resolution of the US-China trade war when he said that negotiations in the run up to this week's G-20 talks "haven't yielded any progress", and unless something changes, the "administration will move ahead with the next phase of tariffs."

"Things have been moving very slowly between the two countries," Kudlow said, adding that it was up to Xi to come up with new ideas to break the deadlock. And, echoing a report from the US Trade Representative published earlier this month, Kudlow said there hasn't been much of a change in China's approach. "We can’t find much change in their approach," Kudlow told reporters. "President Xi may have a lot more to say in the bilateral [with Mr Trump], I hope he does by the way, I think we all hope he does...but at the moment, we don‘t see it."

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I hope these two are able to come to some broad "rapprochement" on the issue of trade; these sanctions have already cost American farmers dearly, and whole crops of Soybeans (which the Chinese love to buy from us), are having to be turned under for mulch because storage facilities can't take any more produce.

Nov 28 11:27

Spain rejects China's Silk Road plan

Spain will not sign on to China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative that seeks to better link Asia and Europe, a senior government official said Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.

The multi-billion-dollar initiative, unveiled by Xi in 2013, aims to link the continents through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

Beijing plans to develop the network through 65 countries representing an estimated 60 percent of the world's population and a third of its economic output.

So far, around 70 countries have signed a memorandum of understanding pledging their interest in the project -- an agreement that Beijing values as it seeks to expand its project.

In Europe, countries such as Poland and Greece have signed but the project has created considerable anxiety that it masks an attempted Beijing influence grab.

"We're not going to sign the initiative," said an official from the Spanish prime minister's office, who refused to be named.

Nov 28 11:21

China reveals new domestically-built aircraft carrier under construction

The Chinese government has revealed for the first time it has started construction on a new domestically-made aircraft carrier, the third overall in the People's Liberation Army Navy fleet.

In an article celebrating the sixth anniversary of China's first carrier, the Liaoning, state-run news agency Xinhua teased the future of the country's fleet.

"Six years have passed, our domestic carrier has been trialed, entry into service is just around the corner. The new aircraft carrier has also been built on the slipway," the article said.

China's second aircraft carrier, the unnamed Type 001A, was the country's first domestically made vessel of its type and has been running through sea trials over the course of 2018.

Nov 28 09:24

Trump and Xi to Meet for Dinner Saturday in Pivotal Moment for Trade War

President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping will meet over dinner Saturday evening in Buenos Aires marking a pivotal moment in the escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump is hopeful for a breakthrough with Xi but is ready to impose more tariffs if the upcoming talks don’t yield progress, Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, told reporters Tuesday during a briefing ahead of the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina.

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Fingers crossed that this one-on-one will start to ratchet down tensions here; both leaders have a lot at stake with their people at home, if these talks go "mammary glands north".

Nov 27 12:01

Why Does China Invest In The World’s Poorest Countries?

BEIJING, China – Between 2000 and 2014, more than 4,400 Chinese development projects were implemented in 138 countries around the world, making China one of the most important sources of economic infrastructure financing on several continents, but especially to some of the poorest countries. The report from the College of William and Mary (USA) research laboratory, AidData, provided data on Chinese investments that prove this trend of funding in developing countries. The three main goals of China’s economic expansion are to ensure the supply of raw materials, create markets for Chinese goods and services and allow the flow of technology to the Chinese economy, according to Chinese affairs expert Georgy Kocheshov. He believes that the Asian country adopts different strategies when investing in developing countries or in developed countries.

Nov 27 11:45

Trevino: Australia, In The Crossfire Between China & The U.S.

Located in the south of the South Pacific region, Australia is likely to become one of the first victims of the increasing tensions between its major trade partner, China, and its guardian and political ally, the U.S. For historical reasons, Australia shares with the West its values (whatever that means), vision and mission in the South Pacific, serving as an American military and geopolitical enclave from where the U.S. launches its hegemonic interests in Asia. On the other hand, Australia is a major raw materials exporter feeding the Chinese economy, from where Australia has benefited enormously. Suffice to say is that it was Australia the first Western country in getting out of the 2008 world financial crises. The dichotomy comes precisely from this dual partnership among two rival great powers. For many decades this dual, contradictory partnership was far from being problematic for Australia enabling it to feel safe geopolitically (through the U.S.

Nov 27 10:45

Tesla sales in China plummet 70% as Sino-US trade war drags on

The latest data from the industry body revealed that the US automaker sold just 211 cars in China last month, an official from the China Passenger Car Association told Reuters.

Nov 27 10:38

China orders an inquiry into the 'world's first gene-edited babies' as scientists continue to condemn 'irresponsible' researchers who claim to have edited the DNA of twins to give them immunity to HIV

More than 100 scientists, most of them in China, have condemned a geneticist's claim that he altered the genes of twin girls born this month as 'crazy' and unethical.

In an open letter circulating online, the scientists said the use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit the genes of human embryos was risky, unjustified and harmed the reputation and development of the biomedical community in China.

The Southern University of Science and Technology, where He Jiankuiholds an associate professorship, said it had been unaware of the research project and that Dr He had been on leave without pay since February.

China's National Health Commission added that it was 'highly concerned' and had ordered provincial health officials 'to immediately investigate and clarify the matter'.

Nov 27 05:37

Who Says Economic Sanctions Work?

One need only to look at North Korea and Iraq to see that the new oil embargo on Iran will fail too.
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Not surprising, sanctions have rarely—if ever—succeeded in obtaining their desired results. The poster child for successful sanctions as a vehicle for change—divestment in South Africa during the 1980s in opposition to the Apartheid regime—is in reality a red herring. The South Africa sanctions were in fact counterproductive, in so far as they prompted even harsher policies from the South African government. The demise of Apartheid came about largely because the Soviet Union collapsed, meaning the South African government was no longer needed in the fight against communism.

Another myth that has arisen around sanctions is their utility in addressing nonproliferation issues. Since 1994, the U.S. has promulgated non-proliferation sanctions under the guise of executive orders signed by the president or statutes passed by Congress. But there is no evidence that sanctions implemented under these authorities have meaningfully altered the behaviors that they target.>>>

Nov 26 16:34

China is developing its own $9 BILLION GPS system so fighters and navy ships don't have to navigate by US owned satellites if war breaks out

It is set to be implemented in a wide variety of systems including smartphones, autonomous cars, planes and ships.

Beidou is currently operational in China and neighboring regions and will be globally available by 2020, the country claims.

Nov 26 11:41

“The Greatest Manmade Disaster in History”

The Great Famine remains a taboo in China, where it is referred to euphemistically as the Three Years of Natural Disasters or the Three Years of Difficulties. Yang’s monumental account, first published in Hong Kong, is banned in his homeland.

He had little idea of what he would find when he started work: “I didn’t think it would be so serious and so brutal and so bloody. I didn’t know that there were thousands of cases of cannibalism. I didn’t know about farmers who were beaten to death.

“People died in the family and they didn’t bury the person because they could still collect their food rations; they kept the bodies in bed and covered them up and the corpses were eaten by mice. People ate corpses and fought for the bodies. In Gansu they killed outsiders; people told me strangers passed through and they killed and ate them. And they ate their own children. Terrible. Too terrible.”

Nov 26 11:40

Exclusive: Chinese Scientists Are Creating CISPR Babies

According to Chinese medical documents posted online this month, a team at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, has been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies. They planned to eliminate a gene called CCR5 in hopes of rendering the offspring resistant to HIV, smallpox, and cholera.

Nov 26 10:23

TOXIC CHEMICAL SPILL IN SOUTHERN CHINA 10 TIMES WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY DISCLOSED

A toxic chemical leak in southern China which put 52 people in hospital and has cost affected fishing villages millions of dollars in lost revenue was 10 times worse than previously reported.

Quanzhou city authorities on Sunday confirmed that 69 tonnes of the petrochemical C9 – a by-product of the oil refining process – had spilled into the local seawater, far in excess of the originally claimed seven tonnes.

Two officials have been sacked for negligence, in addition to the arrests of seven people for their roles in the incident.

Fishermen in Xiaocuo, the coastal village where the leak occurred, have consistently questioned the official version of events which began on November 4 when a tube carrying the toxic liquid from a local petrochemical plant to a tanker came loose.

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This will be left to fester for years, along with the problems with other petrochemical plants, and lead to many health problems in the areas where these plants have been placed.

Nov 26 08:49

Germany, China seek to defuse Kerch Strait tensions, as Austria worries over impact on Ukraine vote

The German Foreign Minister has urged Russia and Ukraine to defuse tensions after their naval clash off the Crimean coast. Austria said that Kiev imposing martial law was a “worrying” step ahead of Ukraine’s presidential vote.

A brief but intense standoff between Ukrainian Navy ships and the Russian coast guard off the Crimean coast was an “alarming” event, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said. He called upon both sides to de-escalate tensions, while also criticizing Moscow for what he called “a blockade of a passageway to the Azov Sea.”

Speaking in Madrid, Maas also said that Germany and France could play the role of “mediators” between Russia and Ukraine “in case of need.” Berlin and Paris are ready to jointly step in at a diplomatic level to prevent “this conflict from exacerbating any further,” he said.

Nov 26 08:30

TOXIC CHEMICAL SPILL IN SOUTHERN CHINA 10 TIMES WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY DISCLOSED

A toxic chemical leak in southern China which put 52 people in hospital and has cost affected fishing villages millions of dollars in lost revenue was 10 times worse than previously reported.

Nov 24 19:46

For Chinese Fentanyl Sellers, USPS Is the ‘Virtually Guaranteed’ Route to Not Get Caught

Chinese Fentanyl kills over 30,000 Americans every year. Those are just the fatalities. How is murdering 30,000 Americans (each year) and debilitating many others not an act of war?

Nov 23 10:50

TWO KILLED AFTER REBELS STORM CHINESE CONSULATE IN PAKISTAN

In a tentative indication that superpower influence in Asia is shifting away from the US and to China, two police officers were killed and a security guard wounded after three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the diplomatic quarter of downtown Karachi in southern Pakistan amid a series of gunshots and an explosion on Friday, but were killed before they could get into the building in a car packed with explosives, Reuters reported citing police.

Brazen terror pic.twitter.com/Dlqn7V5F6Z

— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) November 23, 2018
All Chinese staff at the consulate were safe, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s foreign ministry said. Notably, this was one of the first times a Chinese offshore mission was the target of local insurgents, not the traditionally "imperialistic bogeyman", the United States.

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We have a companion piece on this attack from globalresearch.ca:

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) Attack on China’s Consulate in Karachi, Ahead of President Xi’s Meeting with Donald Trump

This is a clear explanation of the attack and its timing.

Nov 23 07:42

China can stop the Quad before it even starts

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Vasilis Trigkas says the US has the determination and military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some careful strategic outreach

The recent war of words between China and the US at the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea stunned geopolitical pundits around the world and attests to the ominous dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. As the two nations increasingly see issues in terms of security, there is a real danger of matters escalating into a strategic competition for regional alliances.

Just two days before the opening of the summit, an informal meeting took place in Singapore. There, US Vice-President Mike Pence met the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. This was the third meeting of leaders of the four democratic Asia-Pacific states known as “the Quad”, and while the structure has not been institutionalised into an alliance, American strategists have called for the crystallisation of an archipelagic Nato.

Never has the United States faced a challenger with the geo-economic and military might of China>>>

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