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May 08 06:40

Blinken Demands WHO Invite Taiwan Into Decision-Making Body Over Chinese Objections

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday issued a statement that's sure to once again provoke Beijing, urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to formally invite Taiwan's participation in the global body which works alongside the UN.

China has long seen such a proposal as an "illegal" violation of the longstanding One China policy, which both the UN and WHO have thus far upheld. Ignoring this, Blinken called on the WHO to facilitate Taiwan's participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly meeting which is set for the last week of May in Geneva.

"There is no reasonable justification for Taiwan's continued exclusion from this forum, and the United States calls upon the WHO Director-General to invite Taiwan to participate as an observer at the WHA - as it has in previous years, prior to objections registered by the government of the People's Republic of China," Blinken said in a statement Friday.

May 08 06:39

China Vows to Take Control of the Internet and Influence Opinions...of the ENTIRE WORLD

If you think censorship is bad now, just wait. China's President has vowed to take control of the ENTIRE WORLD'S internet to influence opinions and spread communism.

May 08 06:27

REVEALED: The Scientists “Debunking” The Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Admit Being ‘Collaborators’ And Honorees Of Chinese Communist Party.

The researchers’ Chinese Communist Party ties – which present a clear conflict of interest – are omitted from the media reports, which instead present the scientists as unbiased adjudicators of COVID-19’s origins.

In March 2020, NBC Science Contributor Dr. Joseph Fair called for the Trump administration to “stop blaming China” for the outbreak of the virus, despite mounting evidence – even at the time – that China was hiding information and data, and silencing whistleblowers.

Dr. Fair equated called the lab leak theory – now increasingly mainstream – as a “conspiracy.”

Fair spoke at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2013, The National Pulse can reveal.

May 08 06:19

EXCLUSIVE China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week

China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday.

"It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. "We request your mission NOT to participate in this anti-China event."

China charged that the organizers of the event, which also include several other European states along with Australia and Canada, use "human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China's internal affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China's development."

"They are obsessed with provoking confrontation with China," the note said, adding that "the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation."

May 08 05:58

Chinese space debris? Danger, watch out, it could fall on you! American space debris? It’s a cinematic, dazzling light show!

The US propaganda machine is performing its usual skilful manipulations over a Chinese rocket that’s due to fall back from space this week. Just look at how mainstream media covers SpaceX’s discarded junk, compared to Beijing's.

Last week, China launched its new space station into orbit. Using its new Long March 5B vehicle rocket, the core module was successfully placed into orbit. Mission accomplished. But now, all the focus is on the debris of the rocket, and where exactly it will fall back to Earth.

Despite the fact that this is a common process and hardly one which China dominates, the mainstream media have whipped up a hysteria over the perceived risks of the “space junk,” raising fears it could hit something – a hysteria which has been egged on by the United States’ secretary of defence. Beijing, on the other hand, has argued the debris will fall into international waters, pointing out how the media are hyping up the “China Space Threat.”

May 07 06:45

World waits to see where a Chinese booster will come down

In late April, China successfully launched a major component of its planned space station. Since then, the booster that put the component into orbit has been circulating in an unstable orbit, and various tracking organizations are indicating that it's likely to come back in a completely uncontrolled manner. It's a big-enough piece of hardware that some parts are likely to survive until they reach the ground. While odds are that will happen over the ocean, there's no guarantee re-entry won't happen over a populated area.

As Ars' Eric Berger described last year, the Long March 5B has an unusual design. Meant for heavy lifts to orbit, the rocket doesn't have an upper stage; instead, its main stage travels all the way to orbit with its payload. Once there, one option is to leave it in a stable orbit, where it would add to the increasing clutter in low Earth orbit. The alternative is to de-orbit the stage.

May 07 05:59

Beijing Beats New York City

May 07 05:47

Blinken: West Must Be ‘Very Careful’ About Chinese Investments

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the US and its allies have to be “very careful” when it comes to Chinese investments in Western economies.

“I think we have to be very careful about exactly what the nature is of that investment,” Blinken said in an interview with BBC. “And if it’s investing in strategic industry, strategic assets, that’s something that countries need to look at very carefully.”

Blinken made the comments when explaining the Biden administration’s China policy. He claims the US not trying to “China,” only that it is trying to uphold the “rules-based order,” a phrase that is now commonly repeated by Biden officials.

The “rules-based order” is code for the US-led world order that Washington sees Beijing as a threat to. A big part of what the US is threatened by is China’s investments across the world.

May 07 05:46

As Australia-China crisis intensifies, it’s extremely dangerous that PM believes he’s doing ‘God’s work’ (remember Blair & Iraq?)

Australia’s crisis-ridden relationship with China continues to spiral out of control as Prime Minister Morrison appears to believe that by provoking Beijing he can divert attention away from domestic political debacles.

Early last week, Australia’s top public servant Mike Pezzullo and Defence Minister Peter Dutton engaged in some ill-advised and inflammatory warmongering against China – summoning up “the beating drums of war” and warning of an imminent military clash.

A couple of days later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that his government would spend US$580 million on upgrading military bases in northern Australia. This was ‘not aimed at China’ he said –apparently with a straight face– it was simply designed to bolster Australia’s ties to America and “pursue peace.”

Beijing’s reaction to these developments has been swift and predictable: China’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs condemned Pezzullo as a “troublemaker” and his comments as “extremely irresponsible.”

May 07 05:46

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia ‘indefinitely’ amid spat over Belt & Road Initiative

Beijing has axed a high-level channel for economic talks with Canberra, blasting Australian leaders for having a “Cold War mentality” after the country canceled two contracts linked to its Belt and Road project.

In a harshly worded statement on Thursday, China’s economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue would be paused indefinitely.

“Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination,” the statement read.

Based on the current attitude of the Australian Commonwealth Government toward China-Australia cooperation, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China decides to indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue.

May 07 04:24

China Pollutes More Than US And All Developed Countries Combined: Report

China's 2019 greenhouse gas emissions exceeded those of the United States and the rest of the developed world combined, according to CNBC, citing a Thursday report by the Rhodium Group - a New York-based advisory group founded in 2003 by China expert Daniel H. Rosen.

According to the study co-authored by a former Obama admin climate policy official, energy modelers and emissions experts (just go with it), China is now responsible for 27% of total global emissions - more than the combined total produced by the United States (11%), India (6.6%) and the 27 EU member nations together (6.4%).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Calling Greta Thunberg, courtesy telephone, please! Calling Greta Thunberg!

And where IS this young lady, given the magnitude of this data?!?

Can we say, "conspicuously absent"?!? DARNED STRAIGHT!!

May 07 03:57

Slap On The Wrist: Honeywell Fined For Sharing F-35, Other Secrets To China

Via South Front,

On May 5th, the US State Department announced that it had reached a $13 million settlement with defense contractor Honeywell.

The settlement is over allegations it exported technical drawings of parts for the F-35 fighters and other weapons platforms to China, Taiwan, Canada and Ireland, according to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ charging document.

“Honeywell voluntarily disclosed to the Department the alleged violations that are resolved under this settlement. Honeywell also acknowledged the serious nature of the alleged violations, cooperated with the Department’s review, and instituted a number of compliance program improvements during the course of the Department’s review. For these reasons, the Department has determined that it is not appropriate to administratively debar Honeywell at this time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but given the magnitude of this breach, why is no one going to jail over this?!?

Is it because of the "contributions" , overt and covert, that Honywell has made, over the years, to both sides of the aisle?!?

This is absolutely mind-blowing, that no one of their executive staff, has been made to take responsibility for this!!

May 06 20:55

China's Xi Jinping Says Soon No Enemy Will Be Able to Defeat the Country

hina can be undefeatable in a world mired in political turmoil, as long as it is self-reliant and balances its relationship with the outside world, Xi Jinping told Communist Party cadres in January.

His 10,000-word speech, given just five days after the Capitol Riots in the U.S., were published by the party's bimonthly theoretical journal Qiushi last Friday.

In his remarks titled "Seizing a New Development Stage, Implementing a New Development Philosophy and Constructing a New Development paradigm," the Chinese leader said the world was experiencing "profound change not seen for a century."

China, Xi alluded, has the right leadership and government to capitalize on the "enormous and unprecedented" opportunities and challenges facing the country's development. There would be more opportunities than challenges, he predicted.

May 06 20:52

China wants the world to know that resistance to its rise is futile

Leaders of china and America share an obsession: the notion that a large enough coalition of Western democracies might have the heft to confront a rising China about its authoritarian, state-capitalist ways, and demand that it follow a new trajectory, one that does less damage to norms and universal values that have governed the rich world since 1945.

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May 06 11:17

US Embassy message sparks online anger in China

BEIJING (AP) — An online message from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has prompted anger online in China.

The message sent out on Chinese social media said applications were being accepted for study at American universities and those wishing to go should “jump at the chance like little puppies.”

That description triggered hundreds of thousands of comments calling the post, along with a video of puppy striving to cross a fence, racist.

The controversy comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington over disputes involving intellectual property, trade and human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, among others. China has taken a hard line under President Joe Biden's administration as it increases its military spending and diplomatic strength.

May 06 09:47

Xi Jinping says China is ‘invincible’, regardless of challenges ahead

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Communist Party officials at the start of the year the world was in “turmoil” and would be for some time, but regardless of the challenges it faced, Beijing was “invincible”.

His comments came in a speech made during a study session at the Central Party School on January 11 – just five days after a mob stormed the US Capitol in Washington – and was published in full by party journal Qiushi on Friday.

“At present, the world is experiencing profound and unprecedented changes,” he said. “The most conspicuous feature of the world today can be summarised in one word – ‘turmoil’ – and it looks like this situation will continue for some time.”

Large parts of the speech, which ran to more than 12,000 words, concerned China’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 06 09:35

IEA: U.S. Lacks Critical Minerals, Biden’s Policies Benefit China

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Joe Biden’s policies are bolstering Chinese control over the global supply of critical minerals.

In a new report, the IEA said the U.S. is lacking a stable supply of rare earth materials along with copper, cobalt and lithium. The agency pointed out that China controls between 60 and 90 percent of the supply of such minerals, which are mainly used in advanced electronics and clean energy production.

Back in 2019, President Trump took steps to boost America’s own supply, but the IEA said those efforts were not enough and the U.S. must diversify its sources of rare elements.

“As you can see on the screen for lithium, cobalt and rare earth elements, the world’s top three producing nations control well over three quarters of global output,” explained Tim Gould, the IEA’s head of division for energy supply outlooks and investment. “And in some cases ,a single country is responsible for around half of worldwide production.”

May 06 06:36

U.S. Military Doesn't Know Where Chinese Space Debris Might Land

The U.S. military is tracking an enormous piece of Chinese space debris which is expected to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime around May 8, according to a press release from U.S. Space Command. But as the Pentagon points out, no one knows quite where it will land yet.

The space debris in question is formally known as a Long March 5B, the rocket that launched part of China’s Tianhe Space Station into orbit on April 28. As Space News notes, the reentry of this rocket is one of the largest uncontrolled entries in history and there are concerns it could land in an area inhabited by humans.

May 06 06:27

“China Is Not a Cow” — Beijing’s Ambassador to Australia

The Australian government has used newly enacted foreign veto laws to force the state of Victoria to cancel two agreements in principle with China. The decision provoked an angry response from China, with one diplomat complaining that his country was “not a cow … to be milked when she’s in her prime”.

No specific projects were agreed by Victoria, but in 2018 the state signed memoranda of understanding with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRD) to develop infrastructure schemes as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, China’s programme for improving global trade routes.

Those agreements cleared the way for cooperation on trade, finance and development policy. They were followed the next year by the formation of a working group, chaired by Victoria premier Daniel Andrews and NDRC head Ning Jizhe. One aim of the group was to increase the participation of Chinese companies in Victorian infrastructure schemes.

May 05 09:03

China Is Extending Its Totalitarian Controls to the Rest of the World

China's national "social credit system" goes international.

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May 05 07:29

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May 05 07:11

US Sends USS America Amphibious Ship and dozens of F-35 to Help Manila face China in South China Sea

May 05 06:46

Chinese Flights Through Taiwan’s ADIZ Double as US Steps Up Military Activity in the Region

According to numbers released by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, Chinese military flights through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) doubled in April compared to the previous two months, which coincides with increased US military activity in the region.

While there is much hype surrounding these flights, the ADIZ is not Taiwanese air space, and the Chinese planes usually pass through the southwest corner of the ADIZ, far from the island of Taiwan. An ADIZ is an airspace where a country requires foreign aircraft to identify themselves. The ADIZ concept is not covered under any international treaties and has no international regulations.

May 05 06:43

Australia Escalated the Hybrid War on BRI at America’s Behest

The Quad is against China in all respects, especially when it comes to military and economic affairs. Canberra’s canceling of Victoria’s two BRI agreements is therefore consistent with this unstated but increasingly obvious strategy.

The Australian federal government recently canceled two Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) deals that the state of Victoria signed with China in 2018 and 2019 as part of its new policy enabling the central authorities to overrule international agreements clinched by lower-level administrative entities. China vowed to respond to this extremely unfriendly move which further worsens their bilateral relations after several years of steady decline due to Australia’s unprovoked actions against the People’s Republic. Examples of the latter prominently include politically meddling in Hong Kong and promoting harmful conspiratorial claims about COVID-19’s origins.

May 05 05:55

China's Infinity-Loop Skyscraper is One of the World's Most Interesting Buildings

A Danish architecture studio called BIG has completed designs for a building called the "O-Tower" in China, with a mind-bending infinity-loop shaped design that connects "ground to sky in a continuous loop of collaboration," according to the company website.

The O-Tower will be used by the China-based smartphone manufacturer called OPPO — in Hangzhou — the country's largest.

Infinity-Loop skyscraper design brings natural wetland and urban construction together

May 05 05:53

China's Gen Z Splurges On Luxury As Its Debt-To-Income Nears An Insane 2,000%

While representatives of America's Gen Z are stugling with daytrading dogecoin, finding jobs, and generally leaving their parents' basement...

... China's youth is rapidly emerging as the greatest spending power in the world, especially when it comes to buying luxury items they can't afford.

Take Chinese live-streamer Huang Hanwen who uses domestic cosmetics brands and spends his time talking about animation, comics, games and short novels, as well as domestic, Japanese and Korean celebrities and entertainment news. At weekends, he uses Make Up For Ever and drinks imported whisky mixed with Coke or Red Bull.

May 05 05:21

Tell the truth, America… the G7 meeting is all about trying to contain the rise of China

The supposed theme of this week’s G7 summit in London is a focus on establishing a rules-based international order, says Antony Blinken. What that means is the US trying to persuade other countries to get tough on China.

The meeting of the ministers of the G7 group of advanced economies – or self-styled “leading democracies” – promises to be a fascinating affair. In attendance are the United Kingdom, which is chairing the meeting, as well as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, alongside honorary invitees South Korea, India and Australia.

High on the agenda are Russia, China and the situation in Myanmar, with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab giving an idea of the general theme by referring to those in attendance as “like-minded countries agile enough to work together.”

May 04 10:42

Teenage girl, 17, is charged with trying to import $16MILLION worth of heroin after cops intercepted 'huge haul of Chinese drugs hidden in her wardrobe'

  • A 17-year-old girl has been charged over a $16million transnational heroin bust
  • Chinese investigators informed Australian police about suspicious consignment
  • 254 blocks blocks of heroin were planned to be sent from China to Australia

A 17-year-old girl has been charged over her alleged role in a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling operation bringing heroin into Australia from China.

Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the Perth teen's home on May 4 where they allegedly uncovered a package that was supposed to contain 22kg of heroin hidden in her bedroom wardrobe.

The dangerous drug had been switched out by investigators after a consignment of 254 vacuum sealed blocks of 'half-catti' Double UOGlobe-branded heroin was flagged by Chinese authorities, police say.

May 04 10:31

China Is Trying To Break Up The Five Eyes Intelligence Network

The Five Eyes alliance, comprising the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, dates back to the Second World War, when a number of key allies decided to share intelligence in their bid to defeat Nazi Germany and Japan.

China is making a deliberate attempt to create divisions within the elite "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance by forging closer relations with the left-wing government of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern.

Today, maintaining intelligence-sharing cooperation between the five Anglophone nations is deemed essential to combating the threat posed by autocratic states, such as Russia and Communist China.

The survival of the alliance in its current form, though, is under threat after Ms Ardern's administration announced that it was making improved trade relations with Beijing its priority, rather than maintaining its support for Five Eyes.

May 04 06:29

In 2018 the US Was at War With Uyghur Terrorists. Now It Claims They Don’t Even Exist

WASHINGTON — In the dying months of his administration, President Donald Trump removed from the United States terrorist list a little-known paramilitary organization called ETIM, an acronym that stands for either the East Turkestan Independence Movement or the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, depending on whom one asks. The group is also sometimes known as the [East] Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP or ETIP).

Explaining the decision, the State Department said that “ETIM was removed from the list because, for more than a decade, there has been no credible evidence that ETIM continues to exist.” The move was hailed by a wide range of Uyghur groups in the United States, who saw it as a step towards blocking China’s actions against Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province.

May 04 05:56

EU Lawmakers Pledge To Reject EU-China Investment Deal In First Meeting On Beijing's Sanctions

Members of European Parliament have vowed to reject the EU-China Investment Agreement that was awaiting ratification over China’s human rights abuses and sanctions by the ruling communist party.

More than 30 MEPs took the floor on April 28 to denounce China for demanding that the EU stop criticism of its human rights record, saying they won’t ratify the China investment deal unless human rights are addressed first. Some have said outright that they want the deal thrown out.

The comments were made during the European Parliament’s first meeting regarding the Chinese communist regime’s counter-sanctions against EU representatives and entities who sanctioned several Chinese communist officials over human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang in late March.

But the counter-sanctions imperiled the likelihood of the investment deal being ratified.

May 04 05:56

China Is Trying To Break Up The Five Eyes Intelligence Network

China is making a deliberate attempt to create divisions within the elite "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance by forging closer relations with the left-wing government of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprising the US, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, dates back to the Second World War, when a number of key allies decided to share intelligence in their bid to defeat Nazi Germany and Japan.

Today, maintaining intelligence-sharing cooperation between the five Anglophone nations is deemed essential to combating the threat posed by autocratic states, such as Russia and Communist China.

The survival of the alliance in its current form, though, is under threat after Ms Ardern's administration announced that it was making improved trade relations with Beijing its priority, rather than maintaining its support for Five Eyes.

May 04 05:52

China Accuses Australia Of "Colluding With Terrorists" In Row Over Uygher Rights Group

In the latest from their ongoing and increasingly nasty geopolitical row, China is accusing Australia giving a "free pass" to terror-sympathizers over accusations that Aussie politicians are backing Uighur activists and providing external support to Muslim fundamentalists in Xinjiang.

This latest diplomatic fight started when as news.au.com describes Chinese state media "seized on an article, published by fringe political group the Australian Citizens Party, criticizing local politicians’ support for the East Turkistan Australian Association (ETAA), a Uyghur advocacy group. The article claimed the ETAA supported terror groups in Xinjiang."

It was specifically Australia's Defense Minister Andrew Hastie and independent Senator Rex Patrick who were called out by Chinese media for supporting the ETAA activists, which Canberra later called "disinformation".

May 04 05:43

Philippines' Top Diplomat Tells China To 'GET THE F*CK OUT' Of Their Territory

In response to the 'illegal' presence of hundreds of Chinese boats parked inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Locsin tweeted:

"China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE FUCK OUT. What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You."

May 04 05:18

Millions of Chinese Smart TVs Scanned WiFi Every 10 Minutes, Sent Personal Data to Company

Millions of Chinese smart TVs were scanning users WiFi and sending personal data to a data analytics company.

According to the South China Morning Post, a user of the Chinese developer forum V2EX published a post last week detailing that his Skyworth smart TV was scanning data every 10 minutes and gathered information such as the WiFi network the TV was connected to, the user's IP address, device names and network latency.

"I felt that the TV was a bit slow before, and I looked at what background services were turned on. I found that there is something called "GoZheng Data Service," and I don't know what it is," the user wrote on the developer forum V2EX.

May 04 05:01

New Chinese Submarine Armed With Missiles Capable of Covering Entire US, Reports Say

China's newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine, dubbed the Type 094A, is equipped with ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets at a distance of 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) — the most powerful in the country, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a military source.

"The Type 094A is an upgraded version of the Type 094 that overcame one of the key problems – noise – by improving hydrokinetic and turbulent systems, allowing it to carry the more powerful JL-3", the source was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Before the upgrade, the submarine was capable of firing the inferior JL-2 that could only hit the northeast United States, the source said, noting that currently, it is able to cover the whole American continent.

May 04 04:59

‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry

Part of a huge rocket that launched China’s first module for its Tianhe space station is falling back to Earth and could make an uncontrolled re-entry at an unknown landing point.

The 30-metre high core of the Long March 5B rocket launched the “Heavenly Harmony” unmanned core module into low Earth orbit on 29 April from Wenchang in China’s Hainan province.

The Long March 5B then itself entered a temporary orbit, setting the stage for one of the largest ever uncontrolled re-entries. Some experts fear it could land on an inhabited area.

“It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University.

“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast,” he said.

May 04 04:47

Blinken: US, UK and Allies Must Work Against China’s Threat to ‘International Rules-Based Order’

On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ahead of an in-person meeting of the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7).

At a joint press conference, Blinken and Raab discussed the need to rally the G7 countries against China and Russia. “We’ll talk about threats to the international rules-based order and to democratic values and human rights,” Blinken said of the G7 meetings that are happening over the next few days.

Blinken and other US officials often claim China is a threat to the so-called “rules-based order.” While the US is clearly following a policy of containment with Beijing, Blinken claims that is not the case. He said the Biden administration’s goal is not to “contain China or to hold China down” but to “uphold the international rules-based order.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess who makes up the rules!

May 04 04:10

"The World's Biggest Problem" - Kissinger Warns Of "Colossal" Dangers In Growing US-China Tensions

Former US national security adviser Henry Kissinger has warned that strains between Washington and Beijing pose “the biggest problem” for the world, and a failure to improve them risks a “cold war” between the world’s two largest economies.

“It’s the biggest problem for America; it’s the biggest problem for the world. Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States,” Kissinger told the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on global issues.

The 97-year-old veteran diplomat warned rather ominously that while nuclear weapons were already large enough to damage the entire globe during the Cold War, advances in nuclear technology and artificial intelligence - where China and the United States are both leaders - have multiplied the doomsday threat.

"For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time," Kissinger said.

May 03 12:58

Inside the secret briefing from a top Australian military general as he warned troops of an all-out WAR with China - saying conflict is 'highly likely'

Australia could be on the verge of an all-out war with China as tensions between the two trading partners continue to escalate, a top general has warned his troops.

Major-General Adam Findlay, formerly one of Australia's top military commanders, said that a combat war with the communist nation was likely and we were already engaged in 'grey zone' warfare.

The special force general made the terrifying prediction during a briefing with troops in April 2020, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

May 03 10:07

US Navy Sends new Robots Warships to hunt Chinese Ship in the South China Sea

May 03 10:06

China’s new nuclear submarine missiles expand range in US: analysts

China’s newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine is armed with the country’s most powerful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capable of hitting the US mainland, according to a military source and analysts.

The Type 094A, or Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), was presented last Friday as part of the celebration to mark the 72nd anniversary of the PLA Navy. It was capable of firing the JL-3, or Julang (Big Wave) SLBM with a range over 10,000km (6,200 miles), a source close to the navy said.

“The Type 094A is an upgraded version of the Type 094 that overcame one of the key problems – noise – by improving hydrokinetic and turbulent systems, allowing it to carry the more powerful JL-3,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

“Before the upgrade, the submarine was armed with the inferior JL-2 that could only hit the northeast United States, but now it’s able to cover the whole American continent.”

May 03 09:49

Get your waders on. The USA has just funded another massive anti-China propaganda campaign

Uh oh. Yup. As if the last four years of “the fire hose of disinformation” wasn’t bad enough, It appears that the neocons on K-street in Washington DC are gearing up for “round two”. Ugh!

This model for propaganda is known as “the firehose of falsehood” because of two of its distinctive features: high numbers of channels and messages and a shameless willingness to disseminate partial truths or outright fictions. In the words of one observer, “...propaganda entertains, confuses and overwhelms the audience.”

A Senate committee has overwhelmingly passed the draft Strategic Competition Act in April 2021, which takes aims at China on multiple fronts, including military, economy and technology.

Of course, China will “take it on the chin“.

May 03 07:50

Hundreds of millions in PPP loans went to CCP-backed firms, as U.S. small businesses went under

The Golden Horseshoe is a weekly designation from Just the News intended to highlight egregious examples of wasteful taxpayer spending by the government. The award is named for the horseshoe-shaped toilet seats for military airplanes that cost the Pentagon a whopping $640 each back in the 1980s.

This week, our award is going to the United States Small Business Administration and Treasury Department for awarding at least $200 million, but as much as $420 million, to Chinese Communist Party-linked businesses by way of the Paycheck Protection Program, intended to assist U.S. small businesses that were devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, widely believed to have originated in China.

A report from the Horizon Advisory strategic consulting group illustrates how negligible congressional oversight allowed at least 125 Chinese firms to "take advantage of the international disaster” by benefitting “directly from U.S. investment and relief measures."

May 03 07:13

Top Senate Dem quietly inserts Iran poison pill into China bill

It seems like a basic transparency measure. But some Senate Democrats worry that an amendment quietly added to a China-related bill could be a stealth poison pill for diplomacy with Iran.

Shortly before the Strategic Competition Act was set to be marked up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairman Bob Menendez (D–N.J.) and ranking member Jim Risch (R–Idaho) inserted an amendment that vastly expands the reporting requirements for international agreements.

The amendment requires the State Department to provide detailed reports to Congress within five days after it “approves the negotiation or conclusion” of an international agreement or “non-binding instrument” with “an important effect on the foreign policy of the United States.”

May 03 06:47

Port of Melbourne sold to consortium backed by China in 2016

May 03 06:23

European Double-Think Blames China For Endangering Peace

The European Union excelled in double-think this week when it censured China for “endangering peace” in the South China Sea while at the same time European states are sending an unprecedented number of warships to the Indo-Pacific region.

Germany is soon deploying a frigate to the South China Sea for the first time since 2002.

France has just returned a nuclear-powered attack submarine after a 100-day patrol of the Asian region.

The Netherlands is to join a British flotilla in what could be the most provocative naval maneuver yet.

Next month, Britain is dispatching its largest naval fleet since the 1982 Falklands War, headed by its new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The carrier strike group will include two guided-missile destroyers, two anti-submarine frigates, and a nuclear attack submarine. Onboard the aircraft carrier are F-35 fighter jets. Warships from the United States and the Netherlands are also participating in the British expedition.

May 03 06:11

This Chinese Battery Company Has Produced More Billionaires Than Google Or Facebook

A little known but fast growing Chinese maker of batteries for electric vehicles now has more billionaires on Forbes’ list than just about any other public company. A whopping nine billionaires have fortunes of $1 billion or more based on their stakes in Contemporary Amperex Technology (known as CATL). Shares of the firm, which supplies batteries to automakers including BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, have soared over 150% in the past year as demand for electric vehicles has heated up. CATL’s founder and chairman, 52-year-old Robin Zeng, is now the 47th richest person in the world, worth $32.5 billion, more than triple the $9.7 billion fortune he sported in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic crashed the market. Zeng owns around 25% of the company.

May 03 06:02

Japan is rethinking how to use its tanks to prepare for a potential clash with China

Despite a few successes early in World War II, Japanese armor was hopelessly outclassed by Allied tanks as soon as they arrived in large numbers.

Those experiences and the threat of a Soviet invasion led the Japanese to put much more effort into post-war tank designs. By the 1990s, Japan had a large and capable armored force.

But the Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) has had to recalibrate in recent decades.

The threat from a rising China has forced Japan's Ground Self Defense Force (GSDF) to shift from an armor- and artillery-intensive force based in its north — where it would've responded to a Soviet invasion — to a more mobile one able to reach southwestern Japan at a moment's notice.

May 02 07:56

Hundreds of new Chinese-made ventilators sent to garbage dump in Miami

Concerned by the obvious waste, the individual, who did not share his identity, took video that has since gone viral that shows the pallets, most of them still encircled in shrink wrap. One estimate placed the value at millions of dollars.

Neither the cause of their disposal nor the owner of the ventilators has been revealed.

The company responsible for ushering the medical devices to the dump is the customs broker Alpha Brokers Corporation. However, reporters were unable to extract further information, as client records are confidential and not shared without authorization.

The cause of their disposal is clear.

The ventilators, manufactured by Beijing Aerospace Changfeng Co. Ltd. in China, were not among the 86 models for which the FDA granted emergency approval for treating Covid patients in the United States. That left the importer with only two options: reroute the equipment somewhere else overseas or dump the expensive medical devices here.

May 02 07:43

Countries Spending the Most on War

According to a new report, total global military expenditure rose to $1.8 trillion in 2018, a 2.6% increase from the previous year.

Military spending in China rose for the 24th year in a row. While overall military spending in the U.S. is down compared to a decade prior, due largely to the conclusion and de-escalation of two of the most expensive wars in its history, but military spending in the United States increased for the first time in seven years. These two countries account for such a substantial share of total global arms expenditure that their two increases in military spending alone largely explain the global increase.

The United States and China are by no means the only world powers that spend billions each year on the military. The top 14 military spenders, after the United States, can be found on five continents, and each has its own vast web of military and political alliances. Some are allies; others bitter enemies.

May 02 07:18

AN INDICATION – ABROAD – AN AMERICAN WARSHIP THAT HAS DISRUPTED THE CHINESE MILITARY PRACTICE

The Chinese Ministry of Defense said the attack disrupted a US warship training exercise in the Chinese Navy near Taiwan and the South China Sea.

According to the news, the US destroyer Mustaine approached the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning several times. A spokesman for the ministry Fu Xin According to the measure, it severely obstructed the practice of Chinese warships and endangered the safe navigation of both sides. Fu Xin explained that

The American move was despicable, and it was believed that similar American actions threatening regional peace and stability were aimed at strengthening the militarization of the region.

The American destroyer was eventually thwarted by Chinese warships and then the Chinese Ministry of Defense complained to the United States.

May 01 07:56

China Drives Wedge Between India and US

Apr 30 10:23

China Backs Russia After Putin Warns West They'll Regret Crossing 'Red Line'

Amid growing tensions between the United States and Russia, China threw its support behind Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the two nations "comprehensive strategic partners of coordination in the new era."

In a recent state of the union address, Putin reminded Western leaders of the country's nuclear arsenal and warned the West not to cross a "red line." Any country that provoked threats to Russia's fundamental security would "regret their deeds more than they have regretted anything in a long time," according to Putin.

When asked about Putin's comment, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China and Russia will "continue to understand and support each other in safeguarding our respective sovereignty, security and development interests."

Apr 30 09:15

Communist China's Quest for Dominance in Antarctica

Rare earth materials are necessary components in the building of such various equipment as combat aircraft, weapons systems, wind turbines and electric vehicles, among other things. They are available in different geographic locations, but are difficult to process. Last year, China produced 90% of the world's rare earth materials.

"In 1984, during China's first Antarctic expedition, armed PLA Navy (PLAN) personnel helped set up China's first Antarctic station—a fact that was not properly acknowledged in China's report to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research at the time... In recent years, PLA personnel have repeatedly participated in China's Antarctic program without their presence being noted in China's annual report under the Antarctic Treaty...." — Anne Marie Brady, report for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2017.

Apr 30 09:12

Opinion: China has cornered the market on antibiotics, so the U.S. must rebuild its manufacturing capacity

As Congress and the White House debate a potentially wide-ranging infrastructure package, federal investment to bring antibiotic production back to the U.S. should be a top priority.

Right now, the U.S. has virtually no capacity to manufacture antibiotics. That’s because China currently controls roughly 90% of the global supply of inputs needed to make the generic antibiotics that treat bronchitis, pneumonia, pediatric ear infections, and life-threatening conditions such as sepsis.

At the peak of last year’s COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., these generic antibiotics—including azithromycin—were urgently needed to treat secondary bacterial infections. However, the U.S. faced a potential shortage, since the key materials for azithromycin and other drugs are supplied by China.

Apr 30 09:09

"Makes Me Worried": China Based Companies Rush To List On U.S. Exchanges At A Blistering Pace

When you're a Chinese company and can list on U.S. exchanges - with little to no recourse or consequences for committing fraud and/or total opacity - why wouldn't you?

Perhaps this is why there has been an influx of Chinese IPOs on U.S. exchanges of late, despite the ongoing tension between the U.S. and China. Even during the Trump administration, it seemed we had learned to be hawkish everywhere except on our capital markets.

Chinese companies continue to pay listing fees, and continue to get listed, CNBC noted this week. "Despite the coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the U.S. and China, half of 36 foreign public listings in the U.S." during the first three months of this year came from greater China.

Apr 30 08:48

Biden Talks Tough On China; Beijing Says US Defense Budget Reflects "Sick Psychology" 

President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress in Washington on Wednesday evening. He made it a point that America and its allies must work closely together against competition from China.

Biden said President Xi Jinping is "deadly earnest on becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world." The rhetoric from Biden last night is that his administration will continue pressuring China and maintain former President Tump's firm position on Beijing, including tariffs, sanctions, strong defense budget, and heightened military activity in the Pacific.

"We are in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century," Biden said. "We are at a great inflection point in history. We have to do more than just build back better. … We have to compete more strenuously."

Apr 30 08:13

China’s new space station is officially in orbit

For better or worse, the space race of the 1960s truly defined what nations would be major players in space exploration over the following decades. The United States and Russia have the most accomplishments under their belts when it comes to venturing off of Earth, and the rest of the world has spent a long time trying to catch up. China, in particular, has really ramped up its efforts as of late. The country recently nailed a far-side Moon landing and also a sample return mission from the lunar surface. Now, it’s doing something that only the United States and Russia have done by launching the first piece of what will become the country’s first permanent space station.

Apr 30 08:02

China Says US Has Ramped Up Military Activity Near Its Coast Under Biden

China said on Thursday said that the US has ramped up military activity near its coast since President Biden came into office. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said operations had increased by more than 20 percent for US warships and 40 percent for military aircraft in waters claimed by Beijing.

“The US frequently dispatches ships and planes to operate in seas and airspace near China, promoting regional militarization and threatening regional peace and stability,” Wu said.

One incident Wu discussed took place in early April, when the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin conducted a “close-up reconnaissance” of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its strike group. Wu said the Chinese vessels “warned off” the Mustin. After the incident, the US Navy released a provocative photo that showed officers watching the Liaoning from the deck of the Mustin.

Apr 30 07:38

"Good Days Have Gone": A Shocked Wall Street Responds To China's Unprecedented Crackdown On Tech Giants

Following reports that Beijing was looking to scapegoat regulators responsible for initially permitting the ill-fated Ant Group IPO, which was scuttled by the CCP leadership back in October after Alibaba founder and Ant Group Chairman Jack Ma criticized Chinese tech regulation, saying it was "stifling innovation", at an obscure industry conference, it appears China's anti-trust regulators are imposing new restrictions on the financial arms of other Chinese tech giants after hobbling Ant.

As Beijing reportedly prepares to slap Tencent with an antitrust fine commensurate with the $2.8 billion recently demanded from Alibaba, news that Chinese regulators had summoned 13 internet companies and ordered them to rectify their digital financial businesses dealt another blow to market sentiment. The wide-ranging restrictions could weigh on credit growth and hurt the prospects of public share offerings by fintech firms, analysts have warned.

Apr 30 07:27

All that Sending a Flotilla Bristling with Weapons into the South China Sea Can Do Is Escalate Global Tensions

No one can say that the BBC takes its role as state broadcaster lightly. On Monday, its flagship radio news show The Today Programme was partly presented from on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new hi-tech aircraft carrier.

The ‘story’ behind this move was that in around a month’s time the HMS Queen Elizabeth is leading an armed flotilla on a 28-week cruise more than halfway around the world. The mission’s purpose, which will involve stopovers at more than 100 ports, is to show that Britain is still a global power to be reckoned with. In the words of Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, the aim is ‘projecting our influence, signalling our power.’

Apr 30 05:34

China launches main part of its 1st permanent space station

China on Thursday launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term, the latest success for a program that has realized a number of its growing ambitions in recent years.

The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony," module blasted into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan, marking another major advance for the country’s space exploration.

The launch begins the first of 11 missions necessary to complete, supply and crew the station by the end of next year.

China’s space program has also recently brought back the first new lunar samples in more than 40 years and expects to land a probe and rover on the surface of Mars later next month.

Apr 30 05:32

Navy SEALs Shifting Focus Away From Counterterrorism to Face Russia and China

The US Navy SEALs are undergoing a major overhaul. The special operations forces are following the rest of the US military and shifting focus away from counterterrorism in the Middle East to face China and Russia.

As part of the transition, the SEALs are reducing the number of platoons it has by 30 percent so that the remaining teams will have more personnel. SEALs commanders are looking to focus on maritime operations since any conflict with China and Russia would involve naval battles.

Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III, the top commander of the SEALs, told The Associated Press that the special operations forces will expand cyber and electronic warfare capabilities. Howard said the SEALs could use skills they learned over the past 20 years in counterterrorism missions but that the focus must be shifted. “Many of these things are transferable, but now we need to put pressure on ourselves to operate against peer threats,” he said.

Apr 29 13:45

Bill Gates, China, 23andMe, and Your DNA

By Derrick Broze

Is there a connection between China, Bill Gates, YouTube, and DNA collection?

Recent reports reveal that a Chinese company with connections to the Gates Foundation is involved in COVID-19 testing and poses a potential threat to American privacy, particularly the medical and health data of those who have been tested for COVID-19.

The rabbit hole goes even deeper than most imagine...

Apr 29 12:53

US has ramped up reconnaissance in Chinese-claimed waters, says Beijing

The United States has ramped up reconnaissance activities near China’s coast under Joe Biden’s administration, leading to a recent close encounter between the country’s warships, Beijing warned on Thursday after the American president defined their rivalry as the battle of the century between democracy and autocracy.

On the day that Biden targeted Beijing in his first speech to a joint session of Congress, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said operations had increased by more than 20 per cent for US warships and 40 per cent for planes in and around waters claimed by China, compared with the same period last year under Donald Trump’s administration.

Wu said at a monthly press conference that the increase was “destabilising” and had led to a close encounter in early April when the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin had to be warned away as it conducted a “close-up reconnaissance” of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its battle group.

Apr 29 10:26

Biden Chief Of Staff’s Wife Openly Collaborated With Chinese State Media.

Monica Medina – the wife of President Biden’s Chief of Staff – has repeatedly contributed to Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets.

Medina is also set to join Biden’s State Department as an Assistant Secretary in the Bureau and Oceans and International Environmental and Science Affairs despite the president’s “no family members pledge.”

Medina, currently the founder and publisher of an environmental e-newsletter, has appeared on the Chinese Communist Party-run media outlet China Global Television Network (CGTN) to discuss climate change. Medina described going on the program as one “of the cool things I have done,” despite the outlet airing forced confessions and spreading propaganda to discredit credible accusations of genocide in the country’s Xinjiang province.

The propaganda-pushing network relies on participation from American experts such as Medina to grant a facade of credibility to its operation.

Apr 29 06:39

'We will defend ourselves to the very end': Taiwan minister's vow as China 'prepares final assault'

China is "preparing for its final military assault" on Taiwan, the island's foreign minister has told Sky News, as he vowed to "defend ourselves to the very end".

In an exclusive interview, Joseph Wu said that China had "been conducting misinformation campaigns, hybrid warfare, and recently they have increased their grey zone activities against Taiwan".

Apr 29 05:59

There is something 'sinister in the air'

Apr 29 05:58

Xi Jinping Forgets Seed Phrase For Digital Yuan Wallet, Loses $2.3 Trillion Equivalent Of Country’s Wealth

BEIJING, China – China’s President Xi Jinping is facing blowback from party leaders Friday following his revelation that he forgot the 12-word phrase used to unlock the country’s budget surplus stored in an encrypted digital Yuan wallet. The move to a digital currency was originally touted by the country’s leadership as a method to combat black-market activity and subvert international sanctions, but the full-speed implementation appears to have led to quite a misstep as China now faces a budget deficit measured in the trillions of dollars.

Apr 28 13:03

Australian minister warns 'the drums of war are beating' as it pledges to upgrade military bases and expand drills with US forces to combat China

Australia is to upgrade military bases in its far north and expand joint drills with US forces after warnings about the 'drums of war' beating in the Pacific region.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a plan on Wednesday worth more than half a billion US dollars to revamp four military training facilities in the remote north over the next five years.

It comes as one top government official this week warned that free nations 'again hear' the 'drums of war' in the region, while newly-installed Defence Minister Peter Dutton openly mused about the prospect of a war between China and Taiwan.

Apr 28 12:23

CHINA'S ANSWER TO NASA'S MARS ROVER IS ABOUT TO LAND. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

ON JULY 23, 2020, A SMALL SPACECRAFT WITH big dreams headed to a planet nearly 300 million miles away.

For its first interplanetary mission, the China National Space Administration (CNAS) aimed a lander at Mars. Tianwen-1 successfully entered Martian orbit in February 2021. As soon as May, the rover will head toward Mars.

So far, only NASA has successfully landed and operated a spacecraft on the surface of Mars. Russia (both the modern state and the Soviet Union) and the European Space Agency have previously attempted landings to little success — the closest thing was the Mars 3 mission which operated for less than two minutes after a successful landing in 1971. If this mission is successful, China will join the very exclusive Martian ranks of agencies operating on the Red Planet.

Ahead of its historic landing, Inverse breaks down the goals of the mission, its science instruments, and China’s Martian ambitions.

Apr 28 12:11

Australia expanding war games with US amid tensions with China

Australia will expand its war games with the United States as part of a $580 million effort to respond to increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific, the country's prime minister said Wednesday.

Australia will work with allies including the U.S. to pursue "peace, stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific, with a world order that favors freedom," Morrison said, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Roughly 2,500 U.S. Marines are already based in the Northern Territory as part of rotational forces and joint training, and the two countries hold biennial war games.

Apr 28 06:38

WW3 WARNING: China expands naval threat to Indian Ocean with new aircraft carrier base

Apr 28 05:42

Deflation Threat Looms As China Suffers First Population Decline Since 1949

China is battling not one but three vicious demons. The interconnected issues of insurmountable debts, deflation, and demographics threaten to sap the world's future growth potential.

Fending off the 3 D's: debts, deflation, and demographics requires the People's Bank of China to slash borrowing costs and unleash an enormous amount of credit into the local economy to cover up the faltering demand that usually persists with demographic challenges.

Apr 28 05:39

A look at how oppressed the Chinese people are and what can be done to save them.

If you read the American (and Western) media today, you will discover that there are a number of long-running screeds regarding China, that play over and over, and over again.

For instance, China is filthy, the people are evil, they lie and cheat and steal, and they are oppressed by the evil communist regime. Etc, Etc. Well one of the narratives is exactly that; “the oppression” of the Chinese people.

You see it everywhere.

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Here we are going to talk about this “oppression”.

Apr 28 05:26

Ohio Guided Missile Submarines Were Designed To Be Drone-Carrying Clandestine Command Centers

But what we do know is that China is decades ahead of the West in certain technologies such as directed energy weapons and electronic suppression systems. Indeed it would be a sorry day for an entire submarine with 100 – 200 crew and all sorts of multi-million dollar munitions to sink softly to the bottom of the South China Sea when nothing works. It would be a scene out of the Foundation Trilogy.

During the story, there was this group of technologists that controlled the manufacturing and science related to all technology. It had become a religion to them. They were dedicated to technology like religious fanatics.

Meanwhile the various empires and governments were using this technology to conduct wars and achieve their very own petty objectives.

So the leader of the technologists decides to shut everything down, and as a result the Empire space fleet of enormous weapons systems and space-dreadnoughts all shut down and came to a complete stop.
That being said, let’s be real.

Apr 27 14:51

China Reportedly Suffers Its First Population Decline Since Records Began in 1940s

China will soon confirm that its population has dropped for the first time since it started recording the figure in 1949, the Financial Times reports. The new Chinese census was completed last year and its release was expected this month but has been mysteriously delayed. The headline figure will reportedly show that the nation’s population has declined below the 1.4 billion mark recorded two years ago, even though Beijing has relaxed most of its notoriously strict family-planning policies. Huang Wenzheng, a fellow at Beijing think tank the Center for China and Globalization, said the census release will be “handled very carefully” because it could have “a huge impact on how the Chinese people see their country and how various government departments work.” He added: “The pace and scale of China’s demographic crisis are faster and bigger than we imagined... That could have a disastrous impact on the country.”

Apr 27 14:31

China Just Commissioned Three Warships in a Single Day; That's almost half as many as the U.S. will induct in one year.

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned three new warships in a single day.
  • The PLAN inducted a new cruiser, amphibious assault ship, and ballistic missile submarine.
  • The event, while obviously a stunt, highlights the Chinese Navy’s unprecedented peacetime buildup.
  • In a sign of naval strength, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned three new warships in just one day.

    The PLAN inducted the three ships—a guided missile cruiser, an amphibious assault ship, and a ballistic missile submarine—into service on April 23, with Chinese president Xi Jinping attending the ceremony on Hainan Island. The commission reflected the breakneck pace of China’s naval shipbuilding program, which has transformed the country’s navy from a meager coastal defense force into the second most powerful navy in the world in just 30 years.

    Apr 27 11:44

    Australian Official Warns Country to Brace for 'Curse of War' as Tension Grows With China

    A senior Australian security official warned staff members that the country should brace for the "curse of war" as tensions grow with China, causing other government officials to be wary of such strong language.

    The secretary of the home affairs department, Mike Pezzullo, warned staff members to brace for the "curse of war" as tensions grow with China in the Asia-Pacific region. Here, Pezzullo is questioned during Senate Estimates at Parliament House on February 18, 2019 in Canberra, Australia.
    "In a world of perpetual tension and dread, the drums of war beat—sometimes faintly and distantly, and at other times more loudly and ever closer," Department of Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo said in a message to staff that was shared with Australian media on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

    Apr 27 08:51

    China’s state rocket company unveils rendering of a Starship look-alike

    This weekend, China celebrated its sixth "National Space Day" in Nanjing, a capital city in one of the country's eastern provinces. As part of the festivities, Chinese space officials highlighted the Chang'e-5 mission's recent return of lunar samples, some of which were on display, and announced the name of China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, which is scheduled to land on the red planet in May.

    A booth operated by China's main state-owned rocket manufacturer, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, also spotlighted the potential for suborbital point-to-point transportation. This is a concept in which a vehicle launches from Earth, flies into suborbital space, and touches down halfway around the world in less than an hour.

    Apr 27 06:56

    Is conflict between the US & its allies v Russia & China inevitable? (Ex-UK ambassador to Russia) E1006

    On this episode of Going Underground, we first speak to Sir Tony Brenton, the former UK ambassador to Russia. He discusses Boris Johnson’s decision to send UK warships to the Black Sea, Russia’s recent military build-up near the Ukrainian border for military exercises which have since concluded, Alexey Navalny’s imprisonment in Russia and his history of racist comments in the past, whether conflict between the US, NATO and its allies v Russia and China can be avoided, and much more! Finally, we speak to Farah Nabulsi, director of the Oscar-nominated film ‘The Present’, which focusses on a Palestinian family’s struggle living near an IDF checkpoint.

    Apr 27 05:57

    US Warship to Join UK Fleet in Tour of Indo-Pacific With Eye on China

    A US Navy destroyer will join the UK’s newly commissioned aircraft carrier in a tour of the Indo-Pacific region next month. Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth will visit India, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea as part of the UK’s efforts to strengthen ties in the region to counter China.

    The HMS Queen Elizabeth will be leading a massive strike group that will consist of two destroyers, two anti-submarine frigates, two logistical ships, and a nuclear-powered submarine. The voyage will be the largest British Navy deployment since the 1982 Falklands War.

    Joining the strike will be the USS The Sullivans, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The US accompanying the British flotilla is a clear message to China, as Washington is encouraging its European allies to send warships into the region to challenge Beijing.

    Apr 27 05:42

    ‘Britain’s deployment is not to be provocative,’ says defence sec as UK sends aircraft carrier and other warships towards China

    London has defended the UK’s decision to send a strike group, including its new £3 billion aircraft carrier, to the East Asia to visit allies and take part in exercises, claiming it is not being “provocative” towards China.

    Speaking on Monday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth, on its first operational deployment, would be positive for diplomacy and would not provoke conflict.

    “When our carrier strike group sets sail next month, it will be flying the flag for Global Britain, projecting our influence, signalling our power, engaging with our friends and reaffirming our commitment to addressing the security challenges of today and tomorrow,” he stated.

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