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Oct 05 11:59

TRUMP’S TRADE WAR AND ESCALATION OF US-CHINA STANDOFF

Tensions between the US and China are rising in the economic, diplomatic and military spheres. The economic policy of the administration of US President Donald Trump as well as the US strategy aimed at deterring growing Chinese military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and Chinese influence around the world in general have led to an open economic and diplomatic conflict between the two states.

Since the start of 2018, the US has imposed a series of tariffs on a wide range of Chinese goods and, according to President Trump, is ready to make further steps in order to defend US national interests.

Oct 05 11:49

Chinese Trade Tariffs Stop US Oil Imports Dead in the Water

Although U.S. crude oil exports to China were excluded from the tariff war, oil importers have shied away from new orders recently.

Bilateral trade wars have completely suspended U.S. oil shipments to China as import tariffs stifle the promising business venture, the China Merchant Energy Shipping Co (CMES) said Wednesday.

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(*what can you say ? They've got some Ping-Pong players over there .)

Oct 05 11:42

U.S. crude oil shipments to China 'totally stopped'

- U.S. crude oil shipments to China have “totally stopped”, the President of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES) said on Wednesday, as the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies takes its toll on what was a fast growing businesses.

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Oct 05 11:38

Is China Turning Trump's Oil Weapon Against Him?

Usually when referring to the so-called oil weapon, analysts are talking about the decades old policy of major oil producing nations withholding production to tighten supplies and drive prices up, often driven by geopolitical motivations.

The most nefarious example of this came in 1973 when middle eastern producers, led by Saudi Arabia, cut oil imports to the U.S. and a number of Western countries. Two other embargoes took place in both 1956 and 1967 with less than stellar results. Their objective, especially in 1967 and 1973, was to force countries that supported Israel to change their foreign policies and to also put pressure on Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, often called the Six Day War.

What appears to have faded from public memory is that the U.S. has used the oil weapon more than OPEC>>>

Oct 05 11:32

The US military is planning a serious showdown with China that would involve American warships and aircraft

The US military is reportedly planning to send US warships, combat aircraft, and troops through the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in November in a series of exercises designed to send a message to Beijing

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(*could we be confusing Great Again with Too Big For Our Britches ?)

Oct 05 11:28

China seeks regime change in US: Mike Pence

PRESS TV: US Vice President Mike Pence has accused China of seeking a change of government in Washington, stepping up allegations of Beijing's election interference to change the president.

(*Who are they trying to get in , Jackie Chan ? )

Oct 05 09:12

China Warns ‘Irresponsible’ US to Show Military Restraint

Already fuming at the US for having asked them to cancel annual military talks, which were supposed to be later this month, China is reacting angrily to reports that the US is planning a “global show of force” targeted at China in November.

Chinese state media warned that countermeasures would escalate if this show of force took place, and warned that the US military needs to exercise restraint instead of preparing major provocations against China.

The reports suggested that the US was going to ramp up military activities in November, in both the South China Sea and the area around Taiwan. This would involve the substantial deployment of US combat aircraft, as well as ground troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an extraordinarily lousy idea on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin.

But let's say that such "freedom of navigation exercises" devolves into a hot war against China; do we really have enough reserves to spread them so thinly when it comes to our Naval resources?!?

I would suggest, not.

And remember; 4 November is the date by which President Trump has decreed that no country on earth can buy oil from Iran; 6 November is the date of mid-term elections in the US.

I would like to hope that, perhaps, this is more for domestic consumption than actually going to war against China or Iran, but perhaps being seen as "ready to rumble" on the part of the US government and military; but it is a scary gambit, and one which I wish the leadership of this country had not used, in either the case of China or Iran.

Oct 05 07:55

BEX? - 'Intrusion Truth', The Mysterious Group Doxxing China's Hacking Army

An anonymous group calling itself Intrusion Truth has exposed members of APT10, an elite Chinese hacking unit that has targeted aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing firms to steal trade secrets, including from the US government.

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"We are anonymous. Trust us! It's the Chinese!"

Oct 04 18:57

US Navy Wants Major War Exercise in South China Sea - Report

Following a dramatic close call between US and Chinese destroyers in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet wants to put on a major show of force in the body of water before the end of the year.

Military officials told CNN Wednesday that the Navy wanted to send warships and aircraft through the South China Sea — and close to Chinese-claimed islands — in November to send a message to Beijing.

Sanctions against Russia and the information war carried out by the West are not helping to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, these US military officials do not want "war games"; they actually have the hubris to believe that the US could make mincemeat of the Chinese military, in a very quick and totally humiliating way.

I, for one, do not see that outcome from these "war games", I would like to hope that we have at least a few "adults in the room", in both Beijing and DC, to insure that both the US and China walk back from the brink of this military misadventure, this coming vortex of bombs and bullets, to which we are apparently being dragged.

I, for one, do not want to see this happen, and I think adult Americans and Chinese do not want to see this happening, either.

Oct 04 09:44

One Big Difference Between Chinese and American Households: Debt

In the fall of 2009, I was invited to Beijing by Tsinghua University to present a keynote address at the first China Consumer Finance Forum. It was a personal honor and it presented an opportunity for this Missouri boy to meet some Chinese leaders in the field of finance. One of the nicest by-products of the trip was to gain access to the first iteration of the Survey of Chinese Consumer Finances, collected by Tsinghua University and funded by Citibank (China) Co., Ltd. The data provide insights into their culture and, upon reflection, clues about our own.

Oct 04 08:01

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating, promising the kind of long-term, stealth access that spy agencies are willing to invest millions of dollars and many years to get.

Oct 04 07:33

Chinese 'Rage Comic' Site First Victim Of Government's History-Rewriting 'Heroes And Martyrs' Law

The Chinese government is rewriting history in its own distorted self-image. It wants to distance itself from its unseemly past, so it's retconning history through selectively-edited educational material and blatant censorship. Sure, the Chinese government has never been shy about its desire to shut up those that don't agree with it, but a recent "heroes and martyrs" law forbids disparaging long dead political and military figures.

The government alone will decide how much praise must be slathered on designated "heroes and martyrs." Criticism has been banned, so citizens are at least clear on that aspect. The law went into effect on May 1st, immediately leading to the ban of a Chinese "rage comic" site. This site is the first to be successfully sued under the new law.

Oct 04 07:30

US, China Diving Into A New Cold War; Jack Ma Warns: "When Trade Stops, Sometimes War Starts"

One of the most significant themes heading into 2019, is the new US-China Cold War. Recent tit-for-tat exchanges on economic, political and strategic fronts threaten to escalate into a full-blown conflict between both superpowers.

As Washington squeezes Beijing economically through an escalating trade war, it simultaneously uses Freedom of navigation (FON) to sail its warships and or fly its nuclear-capable Boeing B-52 bombers dangerously close to Beijing's militarized islands in the heavily disputed South China Sea. This high-stakes game of chicken is now spiraling out of control and could lead to a possible military conflict.

Last month, President Trump slapped Beijing with new tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products, adding to the $50 billion applied on Chinese imports earlier this year, said Asia Time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that SOME adults in the room, in both Beijing and Foggy Bottom, would have the horse-sense to manage to keep this trade war becoming a shooting war, but Ma is absolutely right in voicing his concerns as he has done here.

Oct 04 07:15

Pence set to accuse China of trying to undermine Trump

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday plans to accuse China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic, and foreign policies.

In a speech to the Hudson Institute, Pence will say China is using its power in “more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.”

“China wants a different American president,” Pence will say, according to excerpts of prepared remarks from his office.

Pence’s speech comes a week after the Republican president accused China during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at zerohedge.com this morning, there are some elements of truth in these charges. at Bloomberg business news today, the following charges were levied:

Explosive report details Chinese infiltration of Apple, Amazon, and the CIA

The report goes on to state:

"One week ago, President Trump stood up at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and accused China of attempting to tamper with US elections - mimicking some of the same allegations that had first been levied against Russia nearly two years prior. In his speech, Trump claimed that China was working to undermine Republicans, and even the president himself, warning that "it's not just Russia, it's China and Russia." While the media largely shrugged off this proclamation as more presidential bombast probably inspired by the burgeoning US-China trade beef, the administration continued to insist that it was taking a harder line against Chinese efforts to subvert American companies to aide the Communist Party's sprawling intelligence apparatus. As if to underline Trump's point, the FBI had arrested a Taiwanese national in Chicago the day before Trump's speech, accusing the 27-year-old suspect of trying to help China flip eight defense contractors who could have provided crucial intelligence on sensitive defense-related technology.

But in a game-changing report published Thursday morning, Bloomberg Businessweek exposed a sprawling multi-year investigation into China's infiltration of US corporate and defense infrastructure. Most notably, it confirmed that, in addition to efforts designed to sway US elections, China' intelligence community orchestrated a pervasive infiltration of servers used to power everything from MRI machines to the drones used by the CIA and army. They accomplished this using a tiny microchip no bigger than a grain of rice.

BBG published the report just hours before Vice President Mike Pence was expected to "string together a narrative of Chinese aggression" during a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington. According to excerpts leaked to the New York Times, his speech was expected to focus on examples of China's "aggressive moves against American warships, of predatory behavior against their neighbors, and of a sophisticated influence campaign to tilt the midterms and 2020 elections against President Trump". His speech is also expected to focus on how China leverages debt and its capital markets to force foreign governments to submit to its will (something that has happened in Bangladesh and the Czech Republic)."

IF these charges prove to be true, the US government has got to rethink its entire relationship with China, from trade to how the US military is dealing with its Chinese counterparts.

Oct 04 06:56

China Halts All Oil Imports from US Amid Escalating Trade War

America’s second-largest oil client, China, completely stopped buying crude from the United States as trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies continue to grow. While oil has not been included on the list of bilateral tariffs, Chinese refiners have been staying away from buying crude from the US.
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China’s crude oil imports from America reached an average of 334,880 barrels per day through August, making Beijing the second-largest buyer of US oil after Canada.

In fact, China may be the largest buyer of American crude since much of the oil imported by Canada is re-exports – Canadian crude that briefly crosses into the US on pipelines before re-entering Canada. After ending a 40-year ban on oil exports in late 2015, the US has ramped up sales to two million barrels per day (bpd).

China buys most of its crude from Russia>>>

Oct 04 06:48

Chinese Imports Of US Crude Have "Totally Stopped" As Tariff Threats Persist

It has been roughly two months since China threatened to impose a 25% tariff on US energy imports (it eventually went back on those threats), and less than two weeks since the latest round of tariffs has been implemented. But even as China has shied away from its threats to punish the US energy industry, Reuters data are showing that imports of US oil to China have ground to a halt.

Oct 04 06:24

Steve Bannon, two Chinese military officers and the book that made him a China hawk

Former White House chief strategist says Unrestricted Warfare opened his eyes to Beijing’s information and economic campaign against the US

Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, says it was a book by two Chinese military officers that helped him conclude that “China was engaging in economic warfare against us”.

Bannon, who claims to have been “one of the biggest China hawks” in the president’s circle of advisers even before the trade war Trump started this year, also called Beijing’s “totalitarian political and economic system” the root of the rivalry between the two great powers.

Unrestricted Warfare, a book on military strategy by two senior People’s Liberation Army officers impressed Bannon when he read it in 2010.

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Oct 04 05:59

Chinese Credit Collapse Is Imminent

Oct 04 05:42

Trump Is Having The Last Laugh When It Comes To The US Economy

SCMP: Who’s Laughing Now? At Least On The US Economy, Trump Is Doing A Pretty Good Job

Richard Harris says all signs point to a broad-based market rally. Indeed, Trump would win any poll today based on the strength of the US economy. And Chinese markets can recover quickly once good sense prevails in the US-China trade war

Market sentiment has ebbed and flowed significantly over the third quarter of the year, including in the United States.

Most news seems to have emanated from the smartphone of President Donald Trump and markets have had days of concern and weeks of contentment, resulting in a reasonable summer for investors. Most independent observers will grudgingly admit that whatever Trump has done, intentionally or accidentally, it is working at the moment. If there was a poll taken today on the economy alone, he would win by a landslide.

Oct 04 02:31

US Navy Proposes A "Global Show Of Military Force" As A Warning To China

Now it's the US turn to respond, and according to CNN, the US Navy's Pacific Fleet has drawn up a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to China and demonstrate the US is prepared to deter and counter their military actions. The draft proposal from the Navy is initially recommending the US Pacific fleet conduct a series of operations during a single week in November.

The navy's goal - whether with or without the White House's prodding - is to carry out a highly focused and concentrated set of exercises involving US warships, combat aircraft and troops to demonstrate that the US can counter potential adversaries quickly on several fronts.

Even without knowing the details, one can easily see how this can go horribly wrong. It only gets worse from there.

Oct 03 12:27

Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.

Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.

The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.

Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.

Oct 03 06:25

Beijing Slams Intrusion Into Islands' Waters

China voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Tuesday to a US warship's intrusion into the waters of China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Tuesday the USS Decatur guided missile destroyer arbitrarily entered waters on Sunday off China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea. He noted that a Chinese Navy vessel carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with international law and warned the US vessel off.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters>>>

Oct 02 12:10

‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams’ Son Dies from Fentanyl Overdose, Calls for ‘Execution’ of Chinese Drug Executives

Scott Adams made the heartbreaking revelation in a video on his Periscope, telling viewers he received a call from his ex-wife over the weekend that his 18-year-old stepson, Justin, had been found dead.

Full Periscope video here:

Oct 02 09:38

US subs would be sitting ducks for new Chinese 'Death Star' laser satellite that will be able spot them 1,600ft below the surface

China's new spy satellite 'Project Guanlan' could use lasers to spot submarines up to 1,600ft (500m) below the ocean's surface.

These lasers will be so powerful they will make the upper layer of the sea 'more or less transparent', according to scientists involved in the project.

Researchers claim these artificial laser beams could be one billion times brighter than the sun.

However, some experts say this type of deep-sea surveillance is 'mission impossible' as lasers are fundamentally unable to penetrate that deep.

Oct 01 13:31

Chinese warship in 'unsafe' encounter with US destroyer, amid rising US-China tensions

A US Navy ship had an "unsafe" interaction with a Chinese warship Sunday while the US vessel was conducting a freedom of navigation operation near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, causing the US ship to maneuver "to prevent a collision," according to US defense officials.

"A (People's Republic of China) Luyang destroyer approached USS Decatur in an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea," Capt. Charles Brown, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement confirming the incident.

Brown said the Chinese warship "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for the Decatur to depart the area."

Oct 01 10:48

Washington’s Sanctions Machine

Perhaps it is Donald Trump’s business background that leads him to believe that if you inflict enough economic pain on someone they will ultimately surrender and agree to do whatever you want. Though that approach might well work in New York real estate, it is not a certain path to success in international relations since countries are not as vulnerable to pressure as are individual investors or developers.

Oct 01 10:14

Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise

China Central Television, as per the Twitter account of the official People's Daily newspaper, reported Saturday that the Chinese military deployed fighter jets and bombers to conduct live-fire war drills in the disputed South China Sea, just days after the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and nuclear-capable US B-52 strategic bombers held exercises over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan on September 27.

The report said dozens of jet fighters from the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force from the Southern Theater Command on early Saturday conducted "live-fire drills to tests pilots' assault, penetration and precision-strike capabilities at sea," said The Japan Times.

Beijing on Thursday blasted the US and Japan exercise over the East China Sea, calling them a "provocation."

Oct 01 09:52

US, China Security Meeting May Be Cancelled Amid Tensions

Soaring US-China tensions may lead to the cancellation of a major diplomatic and security meeting between officials of the two global economic powers next month amid their persisting trade war, according to sources.

Two Beijing-based diplomatic sources briefed on the planned meetings were cited by media as saying that US Defense Secretary James Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were both due to take part in the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue next month in Beijing, noting that the event was now in doubt, Asia News reported.

The continuing US-China tensions are now escalating beyond trade after US President Donald Trump accused Beijing during his UN General Assembly address earlier this week of trying to meddle in the upcoming US midterm congressional elections.

"There is a lot of uncertainty because of the turbulence in the relationship [between Beijing and Washington]," one of the sources said.

Oct 01 09:49

In Troubling Sign For The US, Reserve Managers Plow Into Chinese Yuan, Dump Dollars

The IMF released the Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER) data for Q2 2018 on Friday. The total of reserves that are broken down by currency went up by $123BN, and unallocated reserves fell by $243BN. The most notably observation in the COFER report is that reserve managers actively decreased their allocation to USD – more than offsetting the effect of dollar appreciation – while at the same time adding significantly to non-USD allocations and especially to Chinese Yuan reserves.

Oct 01 08:13

Reagan visits China

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After communists took over power in China in 1949, successive American presidents had refused to recognize the new Chinese government and supported pro-democratic nationalists who had been exiled on the island of Taiwan, off the coast of China. U.S. support for Taiwan included sales of arms, which infuriated the communist government in Beijing. President Nixon made tentative diplomatic overtures to China in 1969 and, in October 1970, told a Time reporter if there’s anything I want to do before I die it’s go to China.

In 1971, he led the U.S. government in officially recognizing the communist Chinese government and became the first American president to visit China the next year. It was not until 1984 that another president, Reagan, would travel to China in an attempt to resolve remaining diplomatic differences.

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(*but they didn't poses the big brain of genius potus Trump who sees intimidation , and a return to what the two former Republican Presidents were trying to resolve with the remaining dipplomatic relations as a solution
Chalk one up for Tricky Dick .)

Oct 01 07:25

China Daily: Counting The Cost Of Trade War

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday warned against the rising negative sentiment towards China in the United States.
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He listed a few basic numbers to refute the claim by some people that the United States has suffered a huge loss in its economic and trade exchanges with China.

"In 2017, every US farmer exported an average of more than 10,000 dollars of agricultural products to China; GM sells 4 million vehicles every year in China, exceeding its sales in the United States over the same period; in 2016, US-owned enterprises achieved sales of over 600 billion dollars in the Chinese market. Now (they sell) definitely even more," he said

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(*They are without the benefit of an honest press corps , like we've got . They propagandize their people .)

Oct 01 06:39

US Tells China: We Want Competition, Not Cooperation

South China Morning Post: Event at Washington embassy highlights difference in the two sides’ perspectives as senior Trump aide Matt Pottinger delivers blunt message

The United States sees its relationship with China as a competition, a senior member of the Trump administration has told Chinese diplomats, speaking at an event that highlighted the gulf between the two sides’ world views.

While Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the US, used the reception at his country’s embassy in Washington to highlight the importance of cooperation, Matt Pottinger, a senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council, made America’s intentions clear.

“In the United States, competition is not a four-letter word,” Pottinger said.

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Sep 30 09:50

Intentions of Moon and Kim need US input to become reality

Plans for economic development cannot happen under present sanctions, and first require Washington to obtain guarantees on denuclearisation

As expected, the third meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un produced a highly ambiguous statement.

No timeline for a declaration of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal and no framework for nuclear dismantlement arose.

Yet optimists may disagree. The joint military declaration agreed to a cease of military exercises “aimed at each other along the Military Demarcation Line”, and the withdrawal of guard posts along the Demilitarised Zone. Pyongyang pledged to close its nuclear test facility at Tongchang-ri, as part of the two Koreas “pushing forward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, and inter-Korean economic cooperation projects were proposed.

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Sep 29 10:44

Korean war to trade war, China has a Trump card to play

Tariffs are just the opening salvo in America’s battle to slow China’s rise, a head-on collision that China’s leaders have long seen coming. Beijing won’t be caught napping

The escalating trade war between China and the United States is more than just a mighty tussle over imports and exports – and the elite in both Beijing and the West know it.

It is, in effect, a battle of the utmost strategic importance, pitting China against a coterie of Western nations that see it as the gravest threat to their dominance of the existing world order. Slapping on tariffs is just the opening salvo.

On the one side, there is the clear (if not publicly admitted) goal of slowing down (if not containing altogether) China’s seemingly inexorable rise as a superpower. And on the other is China’s determination not to bow to the collective might of the West and forfeit the right to decide its own destiny.

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(*RELATED:) China takes step towards precision warheads for nuclear weapon

Sep 29 10:29

Washington’s Sanctions Machine

Washington’s latest foray into the world of sanctions, directed against China, is astonishing even when considering the low bar that has been set by previous presidents going back to Bill Clinton. Beijing has already been pushing back over US sanctions imposed last week on its government-run Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission and its director Li Shangfu for “engaging in significant transactions” with a Russian weapons manufacturer that is on a list of US sanctioned companies. The transactions included purchases of Russian Su-35 combat aircraft as well as equipment related to the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The sanctions include a ban on the director entering the United States and blocks all of his property or bank accounts within the US as well as freezing all local assets of the Equipment Development Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are, unfortunately, going to boomerang right back at the Trump administration. The EU is already preparing another mechanism for trade with Iran which completely bypasses the US dollar, and Russia and China are working out a similar system.

The ultimate outcome will most likely be a crash of the US economy, because the dollar is not the currency of choice for other countries, causing it ot be devalued.

So what is Trump going to do, go to war with any nation on earth which will not be bullied and intimidated though these tactics?!?

Unfortunately, looking at his well-documented capability to go completely off the rails entirely, with no long-term logic in sight, in both his foreign and domestic policies, the short answer may well be "Yes!"

Sep 28 04:11

US Pulls Patriot Missiles From Middle East as Focus Shifts to China, Russia

The Pentagon is removing Patriot missile systems from several Middle Eastern countries next month, in a move that the Wall Street Journal says coincides with a “realignment of forces and capabilities as the military steps up its focus on threats from China and Russia,” citing multiple senior military officials.

The relocation of the systems out of the Middle East, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, is one of the most tangible signs of the Pentagon’s new focus on threats from Russia and China and away from the long-running conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Two Patriot missile systems will be redeployed from Kuwait, and one each from Jordan and Bahrain, officials said.>>>

Sep 27 18:16

Trade War Heightens Military Tensions Between US & China

The trade war is ratcheting up military tensions between the United States and China. So far, this war is being paid for by the American consumer in the form of higher costs and lost jobs, but it could eventually lead to a military conflict.

Military tensions have risen in the beginning stages of the trade war when on Tuesday, China refused to allow U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong next month. The Trump administration levied unprecedented penalties last week on a Chinese military procurement agency and its director for allegedly purchasing Russian combat aircraft, claiming a violation of U.S. sanctions. Not to mention the tensions already heightened thanks to the tariffs and ongoing trade war threatening to break the wallets of American citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the kind of actions one expects from an empire in decline; and the economic and social convulsions in this country are getting stronger by the day.

War, which one could define as a government's "misdirection" of public anger over domestic problems which have gone unheeded for far too long, like America's infrastructure, education, and affordable housing, and placing it on "The Other", this time a very smart, forward-thinking China.

It is a way of letting the show go on just a little bit longer for the monied, and all wars are banker's wars; but the problem is, ultimately, the Western economic system is engineered to collapse under its own economic weight; the graveyards are bigger, and everything that was plundered in war, will have to be rebuilt.

It is a cycle which continues to plague the Western world, and they haven't been able to think their way out of it.

Sep 27 13:05

S-300s in, Patriots out: US to withdraw missiles from 3 Middle East countries – report

The Pentagon will remove four batteries of PAC-3 Patriot missiles from three Middle-Eastern countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said the missiles are needed elsewhere to counter China and Russia.
The US newspaper said Jordan and Bahrain will lose one battery of US long-range anti-aircraft missiles next month, while Kuwait will part with two. The systems are not meant to be replaced, so the withdrawal would permanently reduce the defensive capabilities of the three nations. The systems are already offline and are being prepared to be moved, a military source told the WSJ.

The report would not disclose where the Patriot missiles would be redeployed, but said it was part of the Pentagon’s strategy of changing focus from the Middle East towards China and Russia, which were named as the main threats to US global interests in the Trump administration’s defense strategy review.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Federal Government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, has declared that Russia and China are going to be the next "problem children" in the global community of countries?!?

God help us; do they really intend to go to war in Syria against Russia? The following statement was just announced three days ago: Trump to keep troops Syria until Iran leaves

After the mid-terms, were I a betting woman, I would possibly bet that there may well be a reinstitution of the Draft in this country.

Sep 27 12:47

DETAILED LOOK AT GOOGLE'S SECRET, CENSORED, SPYING CHINESE SEARCH TOOL

Jack Poulson is one of several googlers to quit the company over Project Dragonfly, the company's secret plan to launch a Chinese search tool that will incorporate state surveillance and censorship on behalf of China's authoritarian government.

Now, Poulson has sent a letter to the US Senate detailing the internal workings of Project Dragonfly, confirming that the tool is designed to block such queries as "student protest" and "Nobel prize," and to facilitate tracking users whose search history reveals an interest in politically sensitive topics.

Google confirmed that this product has been developed, but insisted that the product is "not close to launch."

The letter alleges Google is working on:

* A prototype interface designed to allow a Chinese joint venture company to search for a given user's search queries based on their phone number

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; that unholy triumverate of Google, Facebook, and Twitter are also working as arms of US government propaganda right now, by their deplatforming algorithms, and such a system not too far from what Google is developing for China will most probably shortly be in operation right here in the good old Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Sep 27 11:30

US Flies More B-52 Bombers Near Disputed Territories in South China Sea

Poking China in its side, the US Air Force conducted several B-52 bomber flights over the South China Sea this week, a move likely to draw Beijing's ire.

This week saw several American bombers flying across the contested region, with four B-52s transiting through skies over the South China Sea on Monday and an additional batch on Tuesday that traveled above the East China Sea.

Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told Reuters on Wednesday that the bombers were participating in a "regularly scheduled, combined operation" that was part of "routine events designed to enhance our readiness and interoperability with our partners and allies in the region."

Sep 27 10:40

Gina Haspel's CIA looks to recruit more foreign spies

Gina Haspel, the first female director of the CIA, has made recruiting more foreign spies one of her main priorities in order to align intelligence collection with the US foreign policy.

Delivering a talk on Monday at the University of Louisville in her home state of Kentucky, Haspel said more spies would be recruited to address evolving threats not only from groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) or al-Qaeda, but also from countries like Iran and China.

The people in Iran, Haspel said, are suffering because their economy has been "mismanaged".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people in Iran are suffering because their economy has been attacked by the US!

Sep 27 10:17

CHINESE CITIZEN ARRESTED BY FBI FOR SPYING ON U.S.

On September 25, 2018 the Justice Department issued a press release, Chinese National Arrested for Allegedly Acting Within the United States as an Illegal Agent of the People’s Republic of China.

That Chinese national was identified as Ji Chaoqun, a 27 year old Chinese citizen who had been residing in Chicago was arrested by the FBI for allegedly acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government.

The Criminal Complaint provided in the press release provides additional information, but this excerpt from the press release lays out the Justice Department’s allegations concerning Chaoqun:

Sep 26 12:34

Pompeo Slams EU Plan to Circumvent US Sanctions on Iran

On Monday night, EU officials unveiled a planned clearing house that would allow international companies, including all of Europe, Russia, and China, to continue trading with Iran while circumventing US banking sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “deeply disappointing” to hear that the plan existed, and that he considers it an attempt to bolster Iran’s “ranking as the number one state sponsor of terror,” and counterproductive to US goals.

Not complying with US goals is very much the point. The US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and has been trying to impose trading sanctions since then. All other nations remain in the nuclear deal, and are trying to save the deal by letting trade continue to flow.

Sep 26 11:46

China Makes Its Move at the U.N. General Assembly

The 2018 United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly has to make do without an appearance by Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, but there is a heavy Chinese presence at the event, which Beijing – and critics of the Trump administration’s foreign policy – see as a golden opportunity for China to assume the mantle of globalist champion and displace the United States as the world’s most influential nation.

Sep 26 11:09

China Blocks US Navy Warship From Port Call In Hong Kong

In an sharp deterioration of diplomatic ties, China has blocked a request for a U.S. warship to visit the post of Hong Kong, the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over escalating tariffs and a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on China's military for engaging in military deals with Russia.

The ship, the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, is currently in the East China Sea, according to the WSJ which notes that Beijing's decision will affect hundreds of service members serving on board. The Wasp, which can support as many as 1,600 Marines and sailors, has been at sea since August. Its home port is in Sasebo, Japan. The amphibious assault ship Wasp was due to make a port call in the former British colony of Hong Kong in October, diplomatic sources said, however Beijing flatly denied the request.

Sep 26 08:01

China denies request for Hong Kong port call by American warship

The refusal follows exchange of trade tariffs and US sanctions on a Chinese defence ministry unit over purchase of Russian weapons

China has rejected a request for a US warship to make a port call in Hong Kong, the US consulate in Hong Kong said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

“The Chinese government did not approve a request for a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp. We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that to continue,” the consulate said.

The amphibious assault ship had been due to stop in Hong Kong next month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed US military officials.

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Sep 26 05:54

China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

Tensions Grow as China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

With the province of Idlib ever closer to being liberated from terrorists by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the tensions between the US and Syria (and Syria’s allies) are rising. Every significant military campaign by the SAA seems to be accompanied by the usual alarms and false reports emanating from the Western media and governments warning of an imminent (staged) use of chemical weapons by the SAA. Tensions are rising as several American voices, including that of the President, have expressed the desire to strike Syria over any alleged use of chemical weapons, without even waiting for any independent verification. Threats by the US, the UK and France to bomb Russian troops in Syria are voiced everyday on Western media. The insanity is reaching disturbing levels.

These developments in Syria appear to be accompanied by the persistent attempts of Ukraine and the United States to sabotage the Minsk agreements, re-igniting the conflict in order to blame it on Russia. The assassination of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, charismatic leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), killed a few days ago in a terrorist attack, should be seen in this light.

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Sep 26 04:30

HERE’S HOW CHINA’S ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE’ PUNISH AND REWARD CITIZENS, AND IT’S TERRIFYING

George Orwell’s 1984, Black Mirror S03E01, Psycho Pass, The Orville and many others have all theorised how technology can make our lives better… or worse.

Sep 25 10:18

Tensions Grow As China, Russia, And Iran Lead The Way Towards A New Multipolar World Order

Logic and reason seem to have been abandoned long ago in Washington’s decision-making, even more so given that Trump has completely renounced all his electoral promises regarding foreign policy. The rapprochement with Moscow is now a distant mirage; the special relationship between Xi Jinping and Trump is just the latter’s propaganda, anxious as he is to reach an agreement with the DPRK and show some example of success to his base.

The logic of imposing more than $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese products, and then asking for strong support from Beijing in mediation with Pyongyang, seems more like the moves of a desperate person rather than those of an amateur.

Sep 25 08:57

China-Japan Maritime Crisis Would Threaten "Belt and Road Initiative", PLA Warns

Kyodo News has published an internal document from China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that specified a military crisis at sea between China and Japan would severely threaten Beijing’s strategy of peaceful development and its "Belt and Road initiative" (BRI).

The internal report, authored by two military officials at the Naval Military Research Institute and Dalian Naval Academy, suggested the probability of a significant military crisis at sea between both countries is rapidly increasing due to disputes over the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, maritime demarcation in the East China Sea, and the development of marine resources in the region.

Sep 25 08:13

Bannon: We're at an economic war with China

Sep 25 07:30

CHINA "STRONGLY" URGES US TO HALT TAIWAN ARMS SALES AFTER $300 MILLION DEAL

Though it's hardly surprising, given President Trump's stridently anti-China rhetoric during the campaign, relations between the US and China have deteriorated to a dramatic degree since the beginning of 2018. And with the US and China trading threats following the US's decision to sanction a branch of the Chinese military for buying arms from Russia (as China threatened the US with unspecified "consequences" if it didn't undo its "mistake"), the US has thrown gasoline on the fire by moving ahead with a planned sale of F-16 fighter jets and other weaponry to Taiwan in defiance of China's warnings, per Reuters and Bloomberg.

The arms sale follows China's participation in joint military drills with Russia earlier this month, as well as drills in the Strait of Taiwan earlier this year that were intended to simulate an invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, President Trump has decided that only the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly obvious and awkward moves on its behalf with regard to China will do.

And the problems here are, that the US government does not come at all from a position of strength in these negotiations; the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the manufacturing or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

And yet, President Trump keeps pushing the Chinese leadership harder and harder when it comes to trade, with his sanctions, and supporting Taiwan with weapons and military exercises.

What concerns me here, is how quickly a trade war can morph into a shooting war, with very little notice.

Sep 25 02:59

China Leaves Door Open For Trade War Talks

China leaves door open for trade war talks but not with American ‘knife at its neck’

The door for renewed high-level trade talks between Beijing and Washington is still open but China will not agree to proceed with a “knife at its neck”, Wang Shouwen, the vice-minister of commerce who led the Chinese delegation to Washington for the last round of trade talks in August, said on Tuesday.

China has referred to US tariffs as a knife at its throat since the first levies were imposed in July. While Wang and seven other top officials briefing the media on Monday’s “white paper” did not say directly that the United States would have to remove all tariffs before any new trade talks, that condition seemed to be implied.

The white paper is the country’s most comprehensive statement of its trade war stance to date and came as new tit-for-tat tariffs came into effect.

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Sep 25 02:34

Document Lays Out China's Trade Stance

White paper warns US actions risk global economic woes

China published a white paper on Sino-US trade frictions on Monday, defending the legitimacy of its positions on trade and innovation practices while accusing the United States of trade bullying and intimidation.
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It said US President Donald Trump's administration has trumpeted his "America First" slogan since 2017 and has abandoned the fundamental norms of mutual respect and equal consultation that guide international relations.

Rather, it has brazenly preached unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony, making false accusations against many countries and regions, particularly China, intimidating other countries through trade measures such as imposing tariffs and attempting to impose its own interests on China through extreme pressure, according to the white paper.

China has been dealing with these differences by seeking common ground while shelving divergences. The US, however, has been contradicting itself and constantly challenging China, which caused serious damage to bilateral trade ties and poses a grave threat to the multilateral trading system>>>

Sep 25 02:13

US Ruining 'Big Picture' Of Bilateral Relations:: China Daily editorial

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Punitive tariffs may not be as damaging to Beijing as Washington believes, and the US will not escape unscathed, which could damage growth prospects across the broader world economy.

But that is not the moot point. That the issue is increasingly moving beyond trade is the real cause of concern, and that is where the real danger lies.

When a trade conflict spills over into other aspects of bilateral ties, the consequences become hard to predict. That's why signs of the accelerating drain on mutual goodwill deserve serious attention from both parties.

Although Washington has repeatedly named Beijing as a strategic competitor, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo's description of it as a greater threat to the US than Russia is hard to digest. So are his labeling of Beijing as a "non-transparent government", and his allegation of "awful abuses" of religious groups>>>

Sep 24 13:54

China Vows Not To Negotiate Under Threat, As Trump Teases "Major Broadside" Against Beijing

Investors had managed to cling on to optimism that the 'trade skirmish' between the US and China would reach a swift conclusion - and that the US would ultimately be better off, as China would be forced to curtail practices like its IP theft from US companies.

But as downbeat markets observed on Monday morning, hope of a harmonious resolution died when Beijing cancelled plans to send two delegations to Washington. The delegates would have engaged in the fifth round of talks since the trade conflict - war, whatever you want to call it - began earlier this year.

Sep 24 12:23

ensions Grow as China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

Military and economic tensions are increasing due to the ramped up warlike stance of the US establishment. The impossibility of halting the shifting world order in favour of prolonging the unipolar moment has left the US deep state reaching for any available weapon at hand, taking no heed of the dangers and consequences of such a reckless foreign policy.

Sep 24 06:02

All US imports from China could be hit with tariffs – Goldman

There is a strong possibility that US President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on all goods coming into America from China, says investment bank Goldman Sachs.

“Following President Trump's threat of further escalation, we now think the probability that all imports from China will ultimately be subject to tariffs has risen to 60 percent,” the bank's analysts wrote in a research note, quoted by media.

Sep 23 08:39

Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients.

Venezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López, went to the port of La Guaira to welcome the Chinese crew.

He said that the Peace Ark's visit was agreed by President Nicolás Maduro during a visit to Beijing last week.

Venezuela agreed at the time to increase its exports of oil to China, which is one of its main creditors.

Sep 22 11:22

A Path To War? China Cancels US Trade Talks As 'Skirmish' Escalates

After President Trump slapped a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese goods, targeting 10 percent duties on $200 billion of goods; the two camps were scheduled to meet in order to dial back tensions. As we noted earlier in the week, China had 'downgraded' the team with a mid-level delegation from China due to travel to the U.S. capital to pave the way for Vice Premier Liu’s visit.

Sep 22 10:52

“TOTAL INDIGNATION” China Responds To Fresh US Embargo For Russia Friendship

Beijing is extremely outraged by the actions of the United States, which imposed restrictive measures against China because of military-technical cooperation with Russia.

This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Geng Shuang

According to the diplomat, China has already made a sharp introduction to Washington and demands immediate lifting of restrictions.

Sep 22 10:26

China cancels its top navy officer's visit to US over anti-Russia sanctions

China has canceled the planned visit of its Navy commander to the US in response to the sanctions imposed by Washington against Beijing over its military cooperation with Russia, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.
On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against Beijing’s defense procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED), for its “significant transactions” with Russian arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. The restrictions were triggered by two major arms deals agreed between Beijing and Moscow – a 2017 agreement for 10 Su-35 fighter aircraft, and a 2018 deal to supply the S-400 air defense systems.

Sep 22 10:09

China to become world’s largest country of organ transplants in 2020

Huang Jiefu, Director of China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee said that in 2020 china is expected to have the most organ transplant surgeries in the world.

Sep 22 09:46

GOOGLE SUPPRESSES MEMO REVEALING PLANS TO CLOSELY TRACK SEARCH USERS IN CHINA

GOOGLE BOSSES HAVE forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.

The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Google does this here in the US is, for the moment, far more subtle, by using a combination of algorithms which can get a blog pushed so far down in search results, that it becomes deplatformed.

Couple that with a monetary service which used to take contributions for various blogs, like Pay Pal, but suddenly refuses to do so, and you have a website devoid of both viewers and operational cash.

Sep 22 09:36

CHINA THREATENS US WITH "CONSEQUENCES" IF IT DOES NOT "IMMEDIATELY" REVOKE SANCTIONS OVER RUSSIAN WEAPONS DEAL

Just hours after Beijing called off trade talks with the US in the biggest escalation of the trade feud between the two nations, the war of words between China and the US ratcheted up on Saturday, when Beijing lashed out again at Washington, saying that China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is "a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries" and the United States has "no right to interfere", defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday.

"The U.S. approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries," Wu said in a notice posted on the Chinese defense ministry’s official Wechat account according to Reuters.

He also warned that the US would face "consequences" if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; I understand that even the most elemental study of history bores you to tears, but I would like you to consider the following dark, brutal reality: those individuals who do not understand history, are doomed to repeat it.

I would like to suggest that you take a look at the economic realities in both Germany and Japan before the advent of World War II, where ultimately trade wars became shooting wars.

Even the cabal of warhawks with which you have managed to surround yourself, to the utter and complete detriment and contempt of any efforts toward peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, cannot possibly be so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as to desire war with China and Russia at this moment in our military's history.

And I say this, because at this point in its history, our Military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war with either, or both countries.

Which means mushroom clouds, Mr. President.

Sep 21 11:25

‘Freedom of navigation isn’t a freedom to invade & infringe upon sovereignty’ – China’s UK envoy

Beijing “cherishes” the freedom of navigation principle but will not remain idle as Western powers use it as a pretext to show off their “military might” and “create trouble” in the South China Sea, China’s UK ambassador has said.

“Some big countries outside the region did not seem to appreciate the peace and tranquility in the South China Sea. They sent warships and aircraft all the way to the South China Sea to create trouble,” Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats, held in London.

Sep 21 10:07

US slaps Chinese arms procurer with sanctions for buying advanced Russian weapons

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 Russian defense and intelligence officials and entities to the ever-growing US sanctions list and also targeted a Chinese military entity for buying Russian arms.

The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) of 2017 instructs the US administration powers to target Russia, Iran and North Korea with various sanctions and restricts them from lifting previously imposed sanctions without congressional approval. Anyone dealing with those on the sanctions list faces at least a warning from the US as well.

In addition to extending the Russian blacklist to 72 entries, Washington has also targeted a Chinese military unit over the purchase of advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Sep 21 09:42

This may well be the most serious espionage transgression in modern American history.

Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep.

Sep 21 08:12

China on the Brink?

Sep 21 07:49

CHINA’S CHILLING ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM’ IS STRAIGHT OUT OF DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI, AND IT’S ALREADY SWITCHED ON

China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the “gamification of trust”.

Sep 21 07:30

GOOGLE'S EX-CEO ERIC SCHMIDT SAYS THE INTERNET WILL SPLIT IN TWO BY 2028

Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday predicted that the internet will split in two in the next decade, CNBC reports. Speaking at a private event in San Francisco, Schmidt said that he believes China will effectively split away and create its own internet.

Sep 20 14:59

US Sends Ships to South China Sea ‘to Create Trouble’ - Chinese Envoy

China’s chief envoy in London accused “some big countries outside the region” of coming “all the way to the South China Sea to create trouble,” where China claims large expanses of sea and atolls.

Ambassador of China to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming told the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat Wednesday that regional powers had made major strides toward resolving tensions in the South China Sea by themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without naming names, this was a pretty conspicuous hit at the US government.

Sep 20 12:09

US Places 33 Alleged Russian Spies And Military Officials On Sanctions Blacklist

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 alleged Russian spies, defense and intelligence officials to the US sanctions list. The blacklisting took place following an executive order from President Trump authorizing Steven Mnuchin, in consultation with Pompeo, to employ all powers granted to the President "by IEEPA and certain CATSAA sections" for implementation of certain sanctions with respect to Russia.

A White House official said the new measures were aimed at "imposing costs on Russia in response to its malign activities."

Washington has also imposed new sanctions on a Chinese military unit over the purchase of Russian jets and missiles.The Chinese sanctions are to come into effect immediately.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing these sanctions seem to have actually accomplished, is to strengthen the position of the ruble, and made it more self sufficient, and more attractive to investors.

One could almost say that this practice has rather backfired for DC in a spectacular manner.

Sep 20 11:18

China, Pakistan look to strengthen bilateral military ties

China and Pakistan have expressed their intention to strengthen bilateral military ties.

“The two countries? militaries should further deepen exchanges and co-operation in various fields and at all levels, take resolute measures against terrorist forces, make efforts to ensure the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] construction, and serve as a reliable safeguard for the common interests and common development of the two countries,” Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted by the Xinhua news agency during a meeting in Beijing with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on 19 September.

Sep 20 11:12

Students swipe faces to pay for meals in high school canteen

A high school has launched a futuristic facial recognition system to allow students and staff to pay for their meals by scanning their faces.

The , captured in the high school attached to Northwest Normal University on September 3, shows students lining up to scan their faces with a facial recognition machine to pay for their meals.

According to reports, students and teachers have their campus cards connected with the facial recognition system.

This canteen is the first to use the 'face-scanning payment' in Gansu Province and it only takes one second to perform the whole process.

Sep 20 10:41

US puts 33 Russian intel, military officials on sanctions blacklist

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the addition of 33 Russian defense and intelligence officials to the US sanctions list.

Washington has also imposed new sanctions on a Chinese military unit over the purchase of Russian jets and missiles. The Chinese sanctions are to come into effect immediately.

Sep 20 09:26

China denies meddling in US mid-term elections

Beijing doesn’t interfere in other nations’ internal affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, rebuffing President Donald Trump’s earlier tweet accusing China of meddling in US elections.

The spokesperson, Geng Shuang, voiced China’s position while talking to reporters on Wednesday.

A day earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that China is “actively trying to impact and change” the election “by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is losing it. He has fallen into the same bad habit of blaming others for the failings of our own government. He had a chance to fix our election system so it could not be tampered with and he dropped the ball!

Sep 19 14:21

Trump's Tariffs Will Cost More Than Obamacare's Taxes

We're not there yet, but President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China is threatening to completely cancel out the economic benefits of last year's tax cuts—cuts that the president and his supporters have often credited for the growing economy.

Put another way, the potential costs of Trump's trade war could be even more difficult for the president to swallow. The import taxes imposed by the Trump administration will end up being a larger burden for the economy next year than all the taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act—a law that Trump has often described as "a disaster" for Americans.

While Trump has described tariffs as being "the greatest" and promised that his bellicose trade policies will ultimately benefit American workers and the economy, these two new assessments of the costs of those policies should raise questions among Republicans, who largely favored the tax cuts and opposed the new taxes created by Obamacare.

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