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Aug 25 10:32

Japan And Taiwan To Discuss China Aggression Amid Invasion Threats

The probabilities are increasing that China will try and seize Taiwan by force amid America's disorganized exit from Afghanistan has tarnished U.S. prestige. Allies of the West, such as Japan and Taiwan, are set to hold a meeting about an increasingly aggressive China.

The Financial Times spoke with Masahisa Sato, a parliamentarian who manages foreign affairs for Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), on Tuesday, said discussions are needed about the implications of a China invasion of Taiwan because it would have "a serious impact" on Japan's security and economy.

"That is how important we feel the situation in Taiwan is at the moment," Sato said.

Aug 25 10:18

Israel's growing links with China concern Washington

It is no secret that growing economic relations between Israel and China are raising concerns in Washington, despite internal warnings in the occupation state that Beijing is exploiting these ties to obtain military and security technology through secret means. The echoes of a Chinese cyber-attack on Israel still reverberate.

Between 2007 and 2020, China invested $19 billion in Israel, including $9 billion in technology and $6 billion in infrastructure. The annual trade flow between the two has also increased from $12 billion to $15 billion, making China Israel's third-largest trading partner after Europe and the United States. However, since 2018, there has been a decline in Chinese investment in Israel, as has happened elsewhere, although China's interest in Israeli technology has been demonstrated through Beijing's endeavour to send academics to Israel, buy companies and establish research and development centres.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Great Parasite probably realizes that its current host is nearing death and is already shopping for a new one.

Aug 25 10:16

Exclusive: Samples From Early Wuhan COVID Patients Had Genetically Modified Henipah, One of Two Types of Viruses Sent From Canadian Lab

Samples from early Wuhan COVID-19 patients show the presence of genetically modified Henipah virus, an American scientist has found.

Henipah was one of the two types of viruses sent to China by Chinese-born scientists from a Canadian laboratory at the centre of a controversy over the firing of the scientists and collaboration with Chinese military researchers. It is not clear whether the virus found in the Chinese samples is related to the samples sent by the Canadian lab, which were shipped in late March 2019.

The finding was confirmed for The Epoch Times by another qualified scientist.

The evidence was first found by Dr. Steven Quay, a Seattle-based physician-scientist and former faculty member at the Stanford University School of Medicine, who looked at early COVID-19 samples uploaded by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) shortly after China informed the World Health Organization about the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.

Aug 25 08:19

6 California Companies Convicted For Scheme Avoiding $1.8 Billion In Customs Duties On China Imports

A federal jury in Los Angeles on Aug. 23 convicted six southern California companies for taking part in a large-scale conspiracy to avoid paying $1.8 billion in customs duties by disguising aluminum imports as pallets.

China Zhongwang Holdings Chairman Liu Zhongtian poses for pictures just after traiding had started at the stock exchange in Hong Kong on May 8, 2009. (Mike Clarke/AFP via Getty Images)

The conspirators then sold the pallets to entities disguised to look like real customers with the intent of fraudulently inflating the value of China Zhongwang, the largest manufacturer of aluminum extrusions in Asia.

The six California companies, two aluminum firms, and four warehousing businesses were all related to each other. The jury found all six guilty of “one count of conspiracy, nine counts of wire fraud, and seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Aug 25 08:00

Beijing Threatens "Counterattack" If White House Report On COVID Origins Blames Wuhan Lab Leak

Back in May, President Biden gave the intelligence community 90 days to produce a report on the likely origins of SARS-CoV-2, and the president promised to share the findings with the public, no matter how inflammatory.

Well, the 90-day window is nearly up, and it looks like the intelligence community has made good on its promise. Case in point: the first details of the report have been leaked to the Washington Post, which reported on Wednesday that the ultimate finding is "inconclusive".

Aug 25 07:42

Kamala Harris Accuses China of ‘Intimidation’ and ‘Coercion’ in the South China Sea

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a speech in Singapore on Tuesday where she railed against Beijing, accusing China of “coercion” and “intimidation” in the South China Sea.

“In the South China Sea, we know that Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate, and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea,” Harris said.

The US frequently challenges Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea by sailing warships into the disputed waters, which has turned the region into a potential flashpoint for a war between the US and China.

Harris added that Beijing’s actions continue to undermine the so-called “rules-based order,” a common phrase coming out of the Biden administration. Biden officials are constantly claiming China threatens the “rules-based order,” which essentially means they view Beijing as a threat to US global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you think you're going to make Americans forget about Afghanistan by picking a fight with China, you have another thing coming, Kamala!

Aug 25 07:08

Can Kamala Harris' Anti-China Rhetoric on Asian Trip Boost US Credibility After Afghan Fiasco?

Vice President Kamala Harris has embarked on a two-leg Southeast Asia trip, which includes visits to Singapore and Vietnam, as the US finalises its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Will Harris manage to reassure Washington's partners in Asia and form a "united front" against Beijing?

On her Southeast Asian tour, US Vice President Kamala Harris accused China of making "unlawful" claims in the South China Sea, stressing Beijing was engaged in "coercion and intimidation". The vice president also accused the People's Republic of "undermin[ing] the rules-based order and threatening the sovereignty of nations".

The trip, branded by CNN as the Biden administration's attempt to "deliver a foreign policy win for an administration in crisis" was meant to reassure America's Asian allies of Washington's long-term commitment to the region, according to Francesco Sisci, a Beijing-based China expert, author, and columnist.

Aug 25 07:08

US VP Harris tells Vietnam to ‘raise pressure’ on Beijing, as Chinese media accuse Washington of sowing divisions in Asia

American Vice President Kamala Harris urged Vietnam to pressure China during her Southeast Asian tour. But Chinese state-run media argued that attempts to rally regional countries against Beijing are doomed to failure.

“We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims,” Harris said Wednesday during a meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi.

The VP laid support for elevating US-Vietnam relations toward strategic partnership and giving Hanoi a third former US Coast Guard cutter to better defend its interests in the South China Sea.

China and Vietnam are among the nations that have claims on disputed areas in the region, with Beijing having set up military bases on artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Aug 25 06:36

What is really going on between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea?

In today's polarised world, the situation in this hugely significant region of the Pacific is frequently portrayed as either Chinese expansionism or American imperialism. As ever, the truth of the matter is much more complicated.
While attempting to brush off the ongoing catastrophe in Afghanistan, US Vice President Kamala Harris is pursuing her long-awaited tour of Southeast Asia, with stops in Singapore and Vietnam. Here, she has accused Beijing of “intimidation” and “coercion” in the South China Sea, a key strategic waterway which Beijing has long claimed as its own via the ‘nine-dash line’. The US has for some time made resisting China's claims in this region a staple of its foreign policy, incorporated under the ‘Indo-Pacific Strategy’, wherein it sought to increase its naval presence in the contested waters through ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises and encourage allied countries to do the same.

Aug 24 07:39

China Slams US 'Bullying' as Kamala Harris Accuses Beijing of 'Coercion' in South China Sea

Beijing has repeatedly insisted that its military installations in the South China Sea are of a "defensive" nature and are primarily used for scientific research and maritime safety programmes.

The US is using "rules-based global order" rhetoric in order to maintain its "bullying" and "hegemonic behaviour", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a statement on Tuesday.

"In order to defend 'America first', the US can arbitrarily smear, suppress, coerce, and bully other countries without paying any price. This is the order the US wants […]. But who will believe them now?", Wang said.

Aug 24 06:34

As Pentagon's Afghan Debacle Unfolds, Russia Announces Joint War Drills With China & Iran In Gulf

At a moment much of the world sees the US in 'retreat' from central Asia amid the ongoing Afghan evacuation debacle, it increasingly looks like Russia and China are stepping in as the next great power influencers in the region. The timing of a Russian announcement detailing upcoming joint military exercises appears geared toward sending just such a message.

"Russia, Iran and China will hold joint maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf around late 2021 or early 2022, Russia's ambassador to Tehran said, the RIA news agency reported on Monday," according to Reuters.

It's been no secret that the Russian and Chinese militaries have grown closer over the past years, but rarer still are major drills involving the superpowers plus Iran, and centered in the Persian Gulf - site of recent soaring tensions which lately included Iranian commandos briefly seizing a foreign tanker, as well as the drone attack of the Israeli-managed 'Mercer Street' tanker off the coast of Oman on July 30.

Aug 24 06:27

U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN DEALS CHINA A WIN IN RARE METALS MARKET

While the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has its obvious implications, one particularly seems to be overlooked: a leg up for China in the rare metals industry.

Indeed, China already dominates the rare metals market, a key player in electronics, electric car batteries and computers. Now, with the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul, one of the world’s largest untapped deposits of lithium will fall right into China’s lap, Just the News reports.

U.S. Geological Survey data estimates that Afghanistan may hold unexplored mineral reserves worth as much as $1 trillion, while the government of Afghanistan estimates the value to be as high as $3 trillion.

Western governments working with the Afghan government helped grow smaller scale mining, but it is expected that China will now work with the Taliban for a more systemic exploitation like it did with Africa’s minerals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US had 20 years to exploit those rare earths, lithium, and other important minerals, but they were too busy harvesting the opium to bother!

Aug 24 06:06

Iran, Russia and China to hold joint drills in Gulf in late 2021, early 2022

Iran, Russia and China will hold joint maritime exercises in the Gulf around late 2021 or early 2022, Levan Jagaryan, Russia's ambassador to Tehran, said on Monday.

The RIA news agency reported on Monday that the Marine Security Belt drills - also known as CHIRU - are intended to be an annual event. The drills were first held in 2019 and again in February 2021.

The drills, involving naval vessels from Iran, Russia, China and other nations, will be focused on shipping security and combating piracy, Jagaryan said.

“Along with Russia and India, China, Iran, Syria and Venezuela will take part in the drills. There are plans to hold a contest between the dive teams of these countries’ armed forces. Representatives of the Russian Navy command will arrive at the opening and closing ceremonies of this contest," he told another Russian state-owned news agency, Sputnik.

Aug 24 05:59

VP Harris says Beijing threatens ‘rules-based order’ & ‘national sovereignty’ in broadside on China during Singapore visit

US Vice President Kamala Harris unloaded on China during an official stop in Singapore, accusing Beijing of attempting to grab up territory in the South China Sea and threatening the Washington-led “rules based order.”

After landing in Singapore for a trip through Southeast Asia this week, Harris outlined the Joe Biden administration’s vision for the region in a speech on Tuesday, saying it seeks to advance “peace and stability, freedom on the seas” and “human rights” in the Indo-Pacific.

Echoing previous comments by Biden, Harris also argued for the need to confront China on a number of issues, saying it “continues to coerce, to intimidate, and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who gets to make up the rules, Kamala?

Aug 23 09:31

China’s Zhurong rover has its mission extended, will continue exploring Mars

There are currently no less than three rovers active on the surface of Mars: NASA’s Perseverance and Curiosity rovers, along with China’s Zhurong rover. Now, it looks like these three will continue exploring for some time to come, as Zhurong has just had its mission extended.

Zhurong, which is named after a traditional Chinese fire god, was originally intended to explore Mars for 90 days. The rover rolled onto the surface for the first time on May 22 this year after landing on May 14, and the 90-day mission period was completed on August 15. The rover is still active and working, though, so the Chinese National Space Administration announced on Friday, August 20, that the rover’s mission would continue.

Aug 23 09:26

After catastrophic US retreat from Afghanistan, Britain will have to turn to Russia & China for 'influence' over Taliban, UK says

As American troops continue their withdrawal from Kabul, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has admitted that London will now have to depend on Moscow and Beijing for support if it wants to do deals with the Taliban in future.

Speaking as part of an interview with the Sunday Telegraph published over the weekend, the UK's top diplomat acknowledged that his country and its allies have limited sway with Afghanistan and would have to turn to other nations when it comes to forming ties with the new government.

"We're going to have to bring in countries with a potentially moderating influence like Russia and China, however uncomfortable that is," Raab said. Working in partnership with a broader range of partners, he said, was the only way that Britain could exert a "moderating influence" on the Taliban.

Aug 23 08:47

Beijing Considers Making US Listed Companies Hand Over Data Control To Chinese State Firms

On Friday, Chinese tech stocks swooned for the nth time, sending the Hang Seng index into bear market territory, after Beijing approved a new privacy law to prevent data collection by domestic technology companies. As we reported then, China's most powerful legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, passed the Personal Information Protection Law that will go into effect on Nov.1. The move sent tech stocks plunging and leaving investors bewildered over the intensity of Beijing's regulatory crackdown that has slammed countless sectors.

It turns out that when it comes to control over data, Beijing is nowhere near done and late on Friday Reuters reported that as part of Beijing's unprecedented scrutiny of private sector firms, Chinese regulators are considering pressing data-rich companies "to hand over management and supervision of their data to third-party firms" if they want to list in the U.S.

Aug 23 08:35

Kamala Harris Vows US Will 'Open' South China Sea After It Deals With 'Priority' Afghanistan Pullout

Harris and the US administration has faced harsh criticism over her Asian tour, organised amid the problem-stricken withdrawal from Afghanistan and chaos at the Kabul Airport, as well as the failure to evacuate all of the Afghans who helped NATO forces.

Vice President Kamala Harris has stressed that the US will continue to strive to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open" during a visit to Singapore, adding, however, that Washington is currently preoccupied with issues in Afghanistan, which she called a "higher priority".

"Right now we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who have worked with us, and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children and that is our singular focus at this time", she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pathetic attempt to change the issue. Like when the US invaded Grenada to distract from the Beirut bombing.

Aug 23 08:21

Taiwan Says China Is Trying To "Emulate" What The Taliban Did In Afghanistan

In the latest chapter in what can only be described as a metastasizing sh*tshow between China and Taiwan, Taiwan has now claimed that China wants to "emulate" the Taliban and take over Taiwan the same way Islamic radicals took over Afghanistan.

Taiwan said the island is "ready to defend itself" against Beijing in the event China tries to seize power, according to RT.

Taiwan has been watching, along with the world, as the collapse of the Afghanistan has taken place in short order over the last few weeks. Chinese state media has called the events in Afghanistan "a lesson" for Taiwan that Americans can't be trusted and that they will "abandon" Taipei like they did with Kabul.

Aug 23 05:25

HSBC is the 800-pound Gorilla in the Canadian Courtroom that No One is Talking About—the Judicial Incubus Weighing on Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s Shoulders

The prosecution of telecommunications giant Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou on charges of violating U.S. sanctions policies with Iran has been very politicized from the outset and a bellwether in the decline of U.S.-Sino relations in an era of renewed cold war.

Now as the trial is going forward, an 800-pound gorilla in the room is the importance of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, better known by its abbreviation, HSBC, to the case.

Aug 22 05:22

China’s military nuclear orders rise fourfold in push to catch up with US

The main contractor for China’s nuclear projects has seen a massive increase in orders from the military compared with a year ago, signalling Beijing’s intensified push to boost its military nuclear capacities.

China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Group Corporation Limited reported that the value of its military contracts in the first seven months had surged nearly fourfold year-on-year.

Observers said the figures reflected China’s steadfast efforts to catch up with the United States, which is increasingly concerned about China’s nuclear capabilities, including recent reports about the build-up of missile silos.

Aug 21 06:53

China Tests 2 New Types of Missile Warheads, State Media Says

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) has successfully tested two new types of precision conventional missile warheads, the state-run CCTV broadcaster reported on Saturday.

Both missiles, launched in the Northwest China desert region, penetrated multi-layer "enemy defenses" hundreds of kilometers away and destroyed the enemy target.

The new missiles, the types of which were not specified, were said to have expanded China's rocket forces, increasing the capabilities of missiles with a conventional warhead.

Aug 21 06:06

Beijing Will Use Afghan Angst To Pressure US, Distract From Domestic Chaos

Even as China’s markets wobble, they will view The Afghan Skedaddle as an opportunity to pressure the US.

“When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery, when I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery, and when I’ve a smattering of elemental strategy, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.”

China’s markets are under pressure from the widening Chinese Communist Party’s regulatory crackdown – which is likely as much about imposing party discipline and control as much as it was ever about consumer protection. But as investors fret about crashing China stocks, rising global uncertainty and the destabilisation caused by the Afghan debacle, the Chinese are likely to up the pressure and further test a distracted US administration. “Interesting times” lie ahead for global markets as the tension threatens to escalate.

Aug 20 11:10

White House Walks Back Biden's Statement About Defending Taiwan, Says He Misspoke

A senior Biden administration official said Thursday that American policy on Taiwan has not changed despite Joe Biden appearing to suggest the United States would defend the island if it were attacked.

In an ABC Interview, Biden grouped Taiwan in with countries that the U.S. is committed to defending.

“They are…entities we’ve made agreements with based on not a civil war they’re having on that island or in South Korea, but on an agreement where they have a unity government that, in fact, is trying to keep bad guys from doing bad things to them,” Biden said.

Aug 20 07:38

Taliban takeover wins praise on Communist China’s internet

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan has prompted mixed reactions on and offline in China, with some deploring attempts by online commentators to play down the Taliban’s attitude to women, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tried to present the victorious armed movement as a potential ally for Beijing.

An anonymous post — since deleted — on the Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo described “very good feelings” about the Taliban, “although I know, I know … that tens of millions of women and girls will now be deprived of the right to education.”

Comments hit out at the post, with one user remarking sarcastically “I know they’re inhumane, but I still support them,” and another saying the poster was “full of infinite wishful thinking about the Taliban.”

Aug 20 06:55

China Builds ‘Exact Replica’ Of US’ Stealth F-35 Jets But PLAAF Rejects The Offer

China’s FC-31 is the second indigenous stealth fighter after the Chengdu J-20. It took its maiden flight in 2012 and has been showcased at several air shows to attract buyers.

However, unlike the J-20, FC-31 didn’t even receive orders from the Chinese Air Force, even though it was primarily designed for use by the service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if it's an exact replica of the F-35, why would anyone want it?

Aug 20 06:39

White House in Damage Control Mode After Biden Says US Would ‘Respond’ to Chinese Invasion of Taiwan

Chinese state media has accused the US president of “spitting” “empty, reckless words” on the Taiwan issue after he implied that Washington would defend the island if it were attacked by Beijing. The People’s Republic sees Taiwan as an integral part of its territory that’s destined to reunite with the mainland one day.

The White House entered damage control mode Thursday following an interview with President Joe Biden in which he implied that the US would not back away from a hypothetical defence of Taiwan like it had in Afghanistan against the Taliban.

“There’s a fundamental difference between – between Taiwan, South Korea, NATO [and Afghanistan],” Biden said, speaking to ABC News on Thursday. “We are in a situation where they are in – entities we’ve made agreements with based on not a civil war they’re having on that island or in South Korea, but on an agreement where they have a unity government, that, in fact, is trying to keep bad guys from doin’ bad things to them.”

Aug 20 06:23

China Admits Taliban Ties Aimed at Getting Afghanistan’s $3 Trillion in Rare Earths

In the course of hectoring the United States for its “bungled and embarrassing withdraw from Afghanistan” on Thursday, China’s state-run Global Times admitted Beijing has a rapacious interest in Afghanistan’s vast rare-earths mineral resources and snarled it was none of America’s business if China makes deals with the Taliban to get what it wants.

The Global Times accused the U.S. of profiteering from Afghanistan for the past twenty years, without offering any theories on where all the plunder might have gone, and claimed America is only worried about China going after those mineral resources because the U.S. is jealous:

Aug 20 05:53

Report: CIA Chief Raised Concerns With Israel Over Chinese Investments

According to a report from Axios, during his visit to Israel last week, CIA Director William Burns told Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that the US was concerned with Chinese investments in Israel’s infrastructure.

An unnamed Israeli official told Axios that the US and Israel had started a dialogue on China over the past few months, but Burns’ message to Bennett was the highest level at which the Biden administration raised the issue.

The Israeli official also said that Israel was open to working with US companies on infrastructure but never received any offers. “In recent months, we started a dialogue with the Biden administration on China. The US asked about specific projects like the Chinese involvement in the Tel Aviv metro. We told the Americans we welcome US infrastructure companies to work on big projects in Israel but they don’t apply to the tenders,” the officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CIA still acts like it rules the world. But Israel knows its current host is failing and is making new arrangements!

Aug 20 05:20

EU must move quickly to push back against Russian & Chinese influence in Afghanistan or face being made IRRELEVANT – FM Borrell

The EU must intervene immediately and not allow Russia and China to take control of the situation in Afghanistan and become the main players in Kabul, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs told MEPs on Thursday morning.

Josep Borrell expressed his opinion that the EU must take immediate steps in the country.

“Faced with the disturbing images of Taliban takeover, we Europeans and the international community have to ask ourselves what went wrong,” Borrell said. “What we cannot do is let the Chinese and Russians take control of the situation and be supporters of Kabul, and we become irrelevant.”

To work out the bloc’s next actions, he convened a meeting on Tuesday with the EU foreign ministers, he said, also noting that he hopes to work closely with the US to intensify diplomatic efforts.

Aug 19 09:52

China To Exploit Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist

Aug 19 07:39

EXC: Top Anti-Audit Democrats Took China Trips Sponsored By Communist Influence Group.

Alumni of the program also include Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Among the current chairs of the coalition, which “identifies, cultivates, and provides policy support to a network of 175 rising state and local Democrats,” is Delaware Senator Chris Coons, dubbed the “Biden Whisperer” and a “power player” among the president’s inner circle by Politico.

NewDEAL’s leaders include several high-profile Democratic leaders involved in the suppression of 2020 election audits such as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. All three officials spoke at the group’s 2021 Annual Leaders Conference.

Aug 19 05:59

European Luxury Stocks Tumble On China's "Wealth Redistribution" Plans

European luxury stocks slumped, and were among the worst performers in Europe’s Stoxx 600, after Chinese state media this week said President Xi Jinping offered an outline for “common prosperity” via "wealth redistribution" - who know that China was communist after all - that includes income regulation and redistribution, putting China’s wealthiest citizens on notice. Among the biggest losers were Richemont -5.6%, Kering -5.3%, LVMH -4.2%, Swatch -3.6%, Burberry -2.7%, Hermes -2.2%. Hong Kong-listed Prada plunges 10%.

Aug 19 05:57

‘The people of China have spoken’: Beijing urges release of Huawei executive as 6 million petition Canada to drop extradition case

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged Ottawa to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as her detention nears 1,000 days, and six million netizens petition Canada to drop an extradition case that would see her sent to the US.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated Beijing’s demand that Canada release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and the US drop its fabricated charges against the tech executive.

The spokeswoman, citing a Global Times petition, said that in less than 24 hours, 3.5 million people have put their name to an open letter to the Canadian ambassador to China, demanding Meng’s release. The number of signatories has now reached six million.

“The people of China have spoken. I hope Canada can hear it,” Hua stated, adding that she hoped Ottawa would “listen carefully to these calls for justice, show the courage of independence and release Meng.”

Aug 19 05:27

How Russia-China Are Stage-Managing the Taliban

The first Taliban press conference after this weekend’s Saigon moment geopolitical earthquake, conducted by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, was in itself a game-changer.

The contrast could not be starker with those rambling pressers at the Taliban embassy in Islamabad after 9/11 and before the start of the American bombing – proving this is an entirely new political animal.

Yet some things never change. English translations remain atrocious.

Aug 18 13:03

China Plans To Build $463 Million Airport On Closest Island To Taiwan

China is preparing to construct an airport on land reclaimed from the sea near Taiwan, as the communist regime continues to ramp up pressure on the island nation following the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

According to the South China Morning Post, “under the new document released by Fujian, a province across the strait from Taiwan, the new airport is planned between the islets of Dasha and Xiaosha, off the east coast of Pingtan county.”

Pingtan, which sits as an island off the coast of the Chinese mainland, is home to a “free trade zone” established by Beijing in 2013 to expand economic cooperation with Taiwan. It is also the closest point between mainland China and Taiwan.

Aug 18 09:46

Collapse Of Afghanistan Has Brought US Closer To A Chinese Invasion Of Taiwan

The way that the Biden administration has handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is not going to bring peace. Instead, I believe that it is going to result in more war. For decades, the overwhelming strength of the United States restrained other major powers from becoming too adventurous. But now the stunning defeat in Afghanistan has exposed how weak we have become. At this point, the U.S. is like a rapidly aging boxer that is becoming even more feeble with each passing day. At one time we may have been able to take on anyone, but now we are in an advanced state of decline and we have utterly incompetent leadership in the White House, in Congress and in the Pentagon.

Aug 18 09:44

China Warns Taiwan That the Fate of the Fake Afghan Government Will Soon Come to Their Fake Government

For allied nations of the US and the shills that enable them, the fall of Afghanistan is similar to the fall of Christopher Cantwell for fed-backed neo-Nazis and other shills.

When Cantwell went down, I told all of the neo-Nazis and Oath Keepers: “this is the fate that awaits you – the feds don’t care about you, they will not honor deals, and they will not protect you.”

Aug 18 08:15

Now Deleted Senator Cornyn Tweet Lists "30,000 US Troops In Taiwan" - Evoking Fury From Beijing

Senator John Corbyn, who sits on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, caused a huge stir resulting in angry denunciations in Chinese state media when he tweeted out early on Tuesday via his verified account that the United States has 30,000 American troops stationed in Taiwan.

The tweet was quickly deleted - all which was later confirmed by Newsweek and other sources. It prompted an article from CCP state mouthpiece Global Times (GT) which warned this is equal to ‘declaring war on China’ if it's true...

Aug 18 08:14

If You Live In Taiwan, It's Time To Worry

Taiwan needs to worry about American reliability. Unlike Afghanistan, where the United States had committed its forces for two decades, Taiwan has no U.S. forces and no assurance that the United States will come to their defense if attacked by China.

The United States has a bad habit of walking out on its allies and friends. The list is long. It includes Vietnam and Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Iran. In all of those cases, one way or another, the United States, for its own reasons, took a hike.

Obama pulled U.S. troops from Iraq, opening the door to Iran. While the United States has a few thousand soldiers still in Iraq in training and advisory capacities, they’re under siege and it’s unlikely the United States will protect them.

Aug 18 07:39

American missiles & choppers abandoned to Taliban by troops in Afghanistan could fall into Russia’s hands, ex-president Trump says

High-tech American hardware left behind in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops will be used by not just the Taliban, but Washington’s adversaries across the world, former president Donald Trump has said in a fiery new interview.

Speaking to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Wednesday, the Republican firebrand slammed President Joe Biden’s decision to pull all US forces out of the troubled Central Asian nation, describing the ensuing scenes of chaos in Kabul as one of America’s “most humiliating” moments.

Tens of thousands of US citizens and Afghans who helped coalition forces could now, Trump claimed, be effectively held hostage by the Taliban. Worse still, sensitive military technologies left behind during the evacuation could quickly fall into the wrong hands, he alleged. Under his alternative plan to wind down America’s presence in Afghanistan, Trump said, “the people come out first, and then I was going to take all of the military equipment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I expect Russia (and China) are already offering to buy US high-tech weapons to reverse engineer!

Aug 18 07:17

New US Air Force Secretary Wants to ‘Scare’ China

Researching and developing new weapons technologies is a key part of the Pentagon’s strategy to counter China. In an interview with Defense News, President Biden’s new Air Force secretary said he’d like to see the US military field the type of new technologies that “scare China.”

Frank Kendall, who was sworn in as Air Force secretary on July 28th, made it clear in the interview that he is focused on China. “I’ve been obsessed, if you will, with China for quite a long time now — and its military modernization, what that implies for the US and for security,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China will not be scared of the nation that got kicked out of Afghanistan!

Aug 18 05:55

'Apocalypse Now': What are Risks of CIA's Possible All Out Clandestine War Against Russia & China?

Decorated CIA veteran Douglas London has recently called for enhancing clandestine warfare against Russia and China, insisting that the US has enough tools to trump Moscow and Beijing. However, economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and CIA veteran Philip Giraldi have pointed out some apparent flaws in London's doctrine.

On 5 August, an op-ed titled "Defence alone will not protect us from Russia and China" by Douglas London, a retired senior CIA operations officer and adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies, was published in The Hill.

Aug 17 13:29

China dumps US Treasuries for fifth consecutive month, sending holdings to lowest level since February 2017

China’s holdings of US government debt have fallen to their lowest level since February 2017, following a fifth successive month of net US Treasury sales in September, according to a US government report.

China sold US$6.22 billion of US Treasury securities in September, lowering its total holdings to US$1.062 trillion, according to the latest monthly Treasury International Capital (TIC) report from the US Department of the Treasury.

Analysts cautioned that the reduction in China’s US Treasury holdings was not necessarily a sign it was reducing its overall US dollar-denominated securities holdings, since it could buy other assets such as stocks or corporate bonds instead.

Aug 17 13:21

Space collision: Chinese satellite got whacked by hunk of Russian rocket in March

Yunhai 1-02's wounds are not self-inflicted.

In March, the U.S. Space Force's 18th Space Control Squadron (18SPCS) reported the breakup of Yunhai 1-02, a Chinese military satellite that launched in September 2019. It was unclear at the time whether the spacecraft had suffered some sort of failure — an explosion in its propulsion system, perhaps — or if it had collided with something in orbit.

We now know that the latter explanation is correct, thanks to some sleuthing by astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell, who's based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Aug 17 10:16

China conducts assault drills near Taiwan after 'provocations' of US increasing military and political ties with the island

China's military has deployed warships and fighter jets on assault drills near the south of Taiwan in response to the "provocations" of heightened US military presence and of US ties with the island, which China calls "collusion."

On Tuesday, China's People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Eastern Theater Command conducted "joint live-fire drills involving forces of multiple services including naval warships, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter jets" around the southeast and southwest of the island of Taiwan.

Citing the reasons for the drills, senior army colonel for the Chinese armed forces, Shi Yi, explained that the exercises were to test the troops' capability and to "further safeguard China's sovereignty."

Aug 17 09:39

As U.S. Retreats, China Looks To Back Taliban With Afghan Mining Investments

The U.S. defeat in Afghanistan threatens to undermine already limited U.S. credibility and geostrategic leverage. With the ascendance of the Taliban, the energy infrastructure and natural resources of the region are now more in jeopardy than ever since 2001, the year the U.S. chased out the Taliban regime.

While the Taliban takes stock of the natural resources and U.S.-funded infrastructure now at their disposal, strategic competitors including China and Russia will eye lucrative development projects that boost their regional ambitions.

Aug 17 09:37

'US Declaring War on China': Experts Shocked as Senator Reveals 30,000 American Troops Are in Taiwan

A senior US senator, also a member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on his social media revealed that the US has 30,000 soldiers stationed in China's Taiwan island.

Chinese experts said if this is true, it is a military invasion and occupation of China's Taiwan and equivalent to the US declaring war on China.

If the tweet is correct, China could immediately activate Anti-Secession Law to destroy and expel US troops in Taiwan and reunify Taiwan militarily, experts noted.

In the tweet, Senator John Cornyn listed the number of US troops stationed in South Korea, Germany, Japan, China's Taiwan and on the African continent to show how the number of US soldiers has dwindled in Afghanistan. But in the process, Cornyn revealed the shocking news that there are 30,000 US troops on China's Taiwan island.

Aug 17 08:11

George Soros Labels President Xi 'The Most Dangerous Enemy of Open Societies in The World'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has earned the distinct honor of being labeled "the most dangerous enemy of open societies in the world" by globalist billionaire George Soros.

In a column published in the Wall Street Journal last week, Soros lamented how the "intensely nationalistic" Xi isn't letting globalist billionaires run his country and is instead throwing them in prison and seizing their wealth.

Aug 17 06:29

George Soros Labels President Xi 'The Most Dangerous Enemy of Open Societies in The World'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has earned the distinct honor of being labeled "the most dangerous enemy of open societies in the world" by globalist billionaire George Soros.

In a column published in the Wall Street Journal last week, Soros lamented how the "intensely nationalistic" Xi isn't letting globalist billionaires run run his country and is instead throwing them in prison and seizing their wealth for undermining their society.

Soros also whined about how Xi is banning foreign "education companies" (aka subversive globalist NGOs) from getting control of their schools and teaching Chinese kids their own version of Critical Race Theory about how Chinese people are evil oppressors and have no right to control their own nation.

Aug 17 05:13

Chinese Police Create FAKE Rescue Videos

Aug 16 09:49

The Chinese economy continues to slow

Aug 16 07:22

Russia-China joint military exercise was ‘complete success’ & demonstrated two nations’ ‘unbreakable bond’ – Beijing defense head

Russia’s joint military exercise with China, the first time servicemen from both nations have participated together on operational and strategic drills, was a “complete success” and demonstrated a “high level” of cooperation.

That’s according to Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, who spoke on Friday following a week of war games.

“These drills have great significance,” Wei said. “These are the first joint drills organized in China since the outbreak of the epidemic. And these are the first-ever Chinese operational and strategic maneuvers with the participation of Russian troops.”

Aug 16 07:18

“China has tremendous power over the Biden administration because of Biden himself,” Trump added.

Trump – whose administration was hobbled by false charges that he was beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin — asserted that China has American politicians, “especially Biden and the son [Hunter Biden] (Pictured/Associated Press) … wrapped around their finger. They know so much about Biden that’s so illegal … [that the president] can no longer be a person that takes on China because they can blackmail him like nobody’s ever been blackmailed before.”

“China has tremendous power over the Biden administration because of Biden himself,” Trump added. “There was tremendous money paid to the Biden family – not only China; there were numerous other countries too, and it’s not allowed to be spoken about.”

Aug 16 06:40

China Notes That Transfer of Power in Afghanistan Was Smoother Than in United States

This is just a stone cold fact of reality.

Whereas there was an election hoax in the United States, and many big problems surrounding it, the Taliban just peacefully rolled into Kabul, and the “President” of the “Afghan Government” peacefully fled to his home nation of Tajikistan.

Aug 16 06:32

'Apocalypse Now': What are Risks of CIA's Possible All Out Clandestine War Against Russia & China?

Decorated CIA veteran Douglas London has recently called for enhancing clandestine warfare against Russia and China, insisting that the US has enough tools to trump Moscow and Beijing. However, economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and CIA veteran Philip Giraldi have pointed out some apparent flaws in London's doctrine.

On 5 August, an op-ed titled "Defence alone will not protect us from Russia and China" by Douglas London, a retired senior CIA operations officer and adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies, was published in The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nation that just lost in Afghanistan wants to take on Russia and China?!?

Aug 16 05:27

Soros Accuses Chinese President of ‘Turning Himself Into a Dictator’

In 2019, Beijing berated George Soros for describing President Xi Jinping as the “most dangerous opponent of open societies”, in remarks that the billionaire financier made during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Billionaire and philanthropist George Soros has again lashed out at Chinese President Xi Jinping, accusing him of turning himself “into a dictator”.

Aug 16 04:57

Forget Pearl harbor, 9-11, or the Gulf of Tonkin, The United States is going to blame China for Coronavirus as an excuse to start world war III

It’s pretty obvious. Don’t you know. The propaganda onslaught. The “classified” documents, the full spread of dis-info plummeting the American citizenry to hate China as the great evil. Yeah. You have to be a blind moron not to see what is coming.

Now, I have repeatedly argued that the American government is a wreck, that it’s leadership are “brain dead”, and somehow the entire crooked mess is running on auto-pilot straight towards the abyss. Since I have been making these accusations, not one single person has been able to come forward and prove to me otherwise.

What we do know is that America is following a well documented historical progressing that leads towards a major war.

Aug 14 10:22

China Financial Indicator Flashing Red!

Aug 14 06:59

CIA Mulls New China Mission Center To "Out-Spy Beijing"

The CIA is considering establishing a new China-focused mission center, Bloomberg is reporting, at a moment tensions have steadily escalated over months of continued Biden-ordered sail throughs of the Taiwan Strait and other provocative 'freedom of navigation' warship maneuvers in the South China Sea. It comes amid criticisms that China is ultimately "out-spying" the United States, also amid tit-for-tat cyber intrusion accusations which have gone on for years.

CIA Director Bill Burns has ordered a broad review of the agency's China capabilities. Currently China-related missions fall under the aegis of the much larger "Mission Center for East Asia and Pacific," but officials are turning their sights to a specialized internal unit with its own mandate of a narrower China focus which would include vaster resources.

Aug 14 06:44

Biden democracy summit invitation to Taiwan ‘risks crisis in China-US ties’

China and the US could face their most serious diplomatic crisis in decades if the White House invites Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to a democracy summit in December, mainland Chinese observers warn.

The White House announced on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden would host dozens of elected world leaders for a virtual “Summit for Democracy”, a move widely seen as an attempt to counter Beijing’s influence.

The foreign ministry in Taipei said on Thursday it aimed to attend the summit, saying Taiwan would strive to defend democracy and human rights with the US and other like-minded countries.

Aug 14 06:32

Russians Train on Chinese Equipment in Joint Wargame — VIDEO

It is one thing to read about it, another to see it; Russians troops, Chinese hardware

Aug 14 06:30

Russian & Chinese Armies Pledge Deepened Military Cooperation As Afghanistan Unravels

On the heels of the latest joint Russian-Chinese strategic drills, dubbed 'Sibu/Interaction 2021' and held in northwest China's Ningxia region this week, China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe announced Friday that the Chinese and Russian armies have agreed to boost military cooperation in order to ensure "stability" and "protect peace" globally. Crucially this comes at a moment the security situation is unraveling amid lightning fast Taliban advances in Afghanistan as US troops exit.

"The world has been swept by a large-scale pandemic and is witnessing a lot of changes. In these conditions, the armies of China and the Russian Federation will strengthen strategic interaction and comprehensive pragmatic cooperation," Fenghe was quoted as saying by China's foreign ministry.

Aug 13 07:56

Report: China Prepared to Recognize a Taliban Government if Kabul Falls

The US has been warning the Taliban that if the group takes control of Afghanistan by force, a Taliban government wouldn’t be recognized internationally. But as the Taliban is making rapid gains, regional countries are preparing to accept reality.

According to a report from US News, China is prepared to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan if Kabul falls. The report cited anonymous US and foreign intelligence officials and said new Chinese assessments on the realities on the ground in Afghanistan prompted Beijing to prepare for formal relations with the Taliban.

China has previously pressured the Taliban to pursue a political settlement with the US-backed Afghan government, but now Kabul has little leverage. The Taliban has been overrunning provincial capitals, and the US is predicting Kabul could fall within 90 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Kabul falls?!?

Aug 13 07:40

Deterring a new US war in ‘the most dangerous place on earth’

The Biden administration has proposed a $750 million weapons sale to Taiwan, predictably earning China’s ire. The Economist previously tagged Taiwan as “the most dangerous place on earth.” It is the most likely trigger to great power conflict, the first war between nuclear powers.

That doesn’t mean the People’s Republic of China wants war. Predictions of an imminent Chinese attack on the island overstate Beijing’s intentions and abilities. However, the regime is becoming more impatient and aggressive. Generational change in Taiwan and brutal repression in Hong Kong have ended any hope of the Taiwanese people choosing to reunite with the mainland. Hence, increasing military activity, violations of Taiwanese air and sea space, and pressure on Taiwan’s vestigial international diplomatic presence.

Aug 13 07:11

Taiwan Scrambles Fighter Jets After Six Chinese Warplanes Enter Its Air Defense Identification Zone

Six Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, amid unconfirmed reports that a French frigate was spotted near Taiwan's west coast. According to a report from Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Chinese aircraft involved included one Y-8 electric warfare aircraft, one Y-8 electronic signals intelligence aircraft, and four J-16 multi-role fighters.

Taiwan's Air Force responded by scrambling planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense assets until the Chinese planes left the area, the MND said according to the Focus Taiwan website.

Aug 13 04:46

China’s COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Ningbo, Shuttering World’s Largest Cargo Terminal

In the rush to find better immune protections against the Delta variant of COVID-19, China’s medical products regulator has signed off on trials combining the country’s indigenous SinoVac vaccine with a new vaccine by the US-based company Inovio. SinoVac has also reported trials on a third shot show substantial immune benefits.

Ningbo-Zhoushan, the world’s busiest port facility in terms of throughput, ground to a halt on Thursday after a port worker tested positive for the Delta variant. Faced with its largest outbreak in a year, China has implemented sweeping controls to ensure the virus isn’t allowed to reach the point of uncontrolled spread.

Aug 12 14:05

China continues to probe Taiwans ADIZ

Aug 11 13:22

‘Immediately and unconditionally’: Washington demands China release Canadian sentenced to 11 years in prison for spying

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has demanded Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, arrested in China for alleged spying, be released “immediately and unconditionally” after he was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday.

In a Wednesday statement, Blinken accused China of “arbitrarily” arresting Spavor to “exercise leverage over foreign governments.”

“People should never be used as bargaining chips,” the secretary of state said.

Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison over charges of espionage. In a statement on the ruling, the court said Spavor was “illegally providing state secrets.”

Aug 11 08:28

Next on the Agenda: War With China

In 2014, Lew Rockwell wrote, “Clearly the empire is targeting China…The U.S. seeks to encircle China and make it bow down before the hegemon. The increasing prosperity and freedom of China threatens the empire’s self-image.”

America’s new Cold War with China is a bi-partisan imperial project. In 2011, former President Barack Obama began it in earnest, dubbing it the “Asia Pivot.” The ‘pivot’ entails surrounding China with hundreds of bases and shifting two thirds of all U.S. naval and air forces to the Asia-Pacific, the greatest military buildup since World War II.

Putative outsider Donald Trump took office and sizably enlarged the U.S. military’s footprint in what is now referred to as the “Indo-Pacific” region and significantly increased provocations of China.

Now President Joe Biden and his hawk infested administration are escalating tensions with Beijing to heights previously unseen.

Aug 11 07:46

Beijing Plans To Stick With Its "Zero Tolerance" Approach To COVID As Delta Wave Spreads

China is presently grappling with a wave of COVID infections believed to be driven by the delta variant, the same highly contagious strain purportedly driving waves of outbreaks in the US and Europe. But economists at American megabanks like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have recently become concerned that Beijing's "zero tolerance" approach to combating COVID - which involves travel restrictions, lockdowns and mass testing, among other disruptive measures - could impact global growth, or at least weaken demand for commodity prices.

Some have broached the idea that as the CCP works to bolster economic growth, it might soon be ready to compromise on its "zero tolerance" approach to combating the virus.

Aug 11 07:46

Paging Greta Thunberg - China Restarts Coal Mines To Keep Up With Power Demand

Operations at 53 shuttered coal mines in China will once again come to life, as China struggles to keep up with increased power demand, according to a statement by the National Development Reform Commission in China.

Last week, China announced it would restart 38 coal mines in Inner Mongolia. Now, China has announced it will resume operations at 15 more coal mines, in the regions of Shanxi and Xinjiang. The mines will operate for a year and will produce as much as 44 million tons of coal, which China hopes will satisfy the growing calls for power amid an intense heatwave and tick up in industrial activity.

China has struggled to answer the calls for both increased power and decreased emissions.

The news coincides with a scathing UN report that suggested this week that unless the world takes immediate large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, there will be no way to limit global warming to 2-degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Aug 11 07:45

Buchanan: Is America Becoming A Failed State?

Suddenly, Sunday, a riveting report came over cable news:

The U.S. embassy was urging all Americans to “leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.” Message: Get out while you can.

Adding urgency was news that three northern provincial capitals, including Kunduz city, had fallen to the Taliban, making it five provincial capitals overrun since Friday.

The huge investment in blood and treasure by the United States over two decades to remake Afghanistan appears about to be wiped out, whole and entire, and we appear about to sustain our worst diplomatic and political defeat since the fall of Saigon.

Not once in this century has the U.S. decisively won one of the wars it launched - in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Libya. And the sole superpower status we enjoyed as the 21st century began is gone with the wind.

Aug 11 07:43

US And Chinese Officials Spar Over South China Sea At UN Meeting

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Security Council's maritime security summit Monday that "conflict in the South China Sea or in any ocean would have serious global consequences for security and for commerce." He called out Beijing for its bullying and said it faced "no consequences" for ignoring maritime laws in the South China Sea. These comments sparked a sharp rebuke from China.

Blinken took aim at China via video link at the virtual summit and pointed out the "dangerous encounters between vessels at sea and provocative actions to advance unlawful maritime claims" in the South China Sea.

"The United States has made clear its concerns regarding actions that intimidate and bully other states from lawfully accessing their maritime resources. And we and other countries, including South China Sea claimants, have protested such behavior and unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea," Blinken said.

Aug 11 07:25

Taiwan Prepares for Mega Live-Fire War Games as Tensions Soar

Taiwan announced Tuesday that it will stage its largest annual war games in mid-September, simulating a Chinese attack as tensions are soaring in the region. The live-fire drills, known as the Han Kuang military exercise, will involve all branches of Taiwan’s military.

The war games will be held on the island of Taiwan and offshore with simultaneous land, sea, and air exercises. According to The South China Morning Post, warplanes will for the first time test emergency take-offs and landings on a strip of highway in Pingtung, which is located in southern Taiwan and is designated as a wartime runway. Taiwan has four other emergency runways on a freeway that have previously been tested.

“A test of emergency take-offs and landings of fighter jets on the Jiadong wartime runway — a major element of the exercise — will be conducted as planned,” said Maj. Gen. Lin Wen-huang. The drills will simulate an event where Taiwan’s military and civilian runways are damaged by enemy fire.

Aug 11 07:23

Japan-Russia islands dispute: fears tensions are dragging in US and China as jets scramble

Japan’s fighter aircraft have been scrambled to respond to a sharp increase in Russian military planes approaching Japanese airspace north of Hokkaido in recent weeks, as tensions escalate over a disputed island chain.

Experts say that Moscow’s activities are meant not only as a message to Tokyo in its long-running territorial dispute over the islands – referred to as the Northern Territories by Japan and the Southern Kurils by Russia – but as a show of strength for a domestic audience.

They also believe the Russian flights are aimed at gauging Washington’s position on the dispute, amid concerns that what was once a bilateral issue between Moscow and Tokyo is swiftly evolving into a multilateral one concerning the United States and China, too.

Aug 11 07:08

China Purges Dozens of Communist Leaders over Coronavirus

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “punished” at least 37 local party officials across four separate provinces in recent days for allegedly mismanaging epidemic responses to Chinese coronavirus outbreaks, the state-run Global Times reported Sunday.

Beijing claimed to have penalized at least 15 local Party officials in Nanjing, the capital of eastern China’s Jiangsu province, on August 7 for their “slack response” to and “ineffective management” of the city’s lastest Chinese coronavirus outbreak. The Global Times, an official Communist Party newspaper, did not reveal how the party “punished” the officials, but did note that they included “Hu Wanjin, a vice mayor of Nanjing, Fang Zhongyou, Party chief of the Nanjing Health Commission and Wang Chao, commander of the anti-epidemic control work at Nanjing Lukou International Airport.”

“The ineffective epidemic prevention and control at the airport was found to have triggered the outbreak,” according to the newspaper.

Aug 10 09:59

Ottawa condemns Beijing after court upholds death penalty for Canadian drug trafficker

The Canadian government has blasted China over the “cruel and inhumane” capital punishment faced by a Canadian citizen, whose death sentence for drug trafficking was upheld by a Chinese court.

Robert Schellenberg’s defense team has lost an appeal against his death sentence, marking the latest turn in a protracted court battle over the 2014 drug charges. The Higher People’s Court of Liaoning Province ruled on Tuesday that his “conviction was accurate, the sentence was appropriate, and the trial procedures were legal.”

The decision was criticized by senior Canadian officials. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau condemned Beijing, saying in a statement that his country opposes death penalty “in any case,” calling Schellenberg’s sentence “arbitrary.”

Aug 10 08:33

China is also facing a period of stagflation

Aug 10 06:13

US ?onsulate Reportedly Pressures Firms to Leave HK in Fresh Attempt to Sow Chaos in the City

After issuing a warning to US firms over the "risks" of doing business in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the US government has taken a step further and sought to pressure businesses to leave the city, a source close to the matter told the Global Times on Monday.

The US Consulate in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has convened a meeting of some US companies and urged them to withdraw from the city, citing the so-called increasing risks of doing business in the city, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move showed that the US is attempting to interfere in market activities through administrative measures, after issuing a warning of risks in the HKSAR, the source said.

Aug 10 05:56

African youth’s China perception improves amid blossoming ties

Elias Gebreselassie grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and he, like his peers, has long thought that skyscrapers, shopping malls and highways could only be scenes in Hollywood movies.

The 34-year-old praised China’s investment in modern infrastructure such as roads and social facilities, which made the capital a charming international metropolis and the headquarters of the African Union.

Gebreselassie said his understanding of China has been greatly improved after witnessing its contribution to Africa’s socio-economic development through the construction of industrial parks, skyscrapers and electrified railway lines.

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