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  • Footage of executed US journalist James Foley shown on giant TV in downtown Beijing on repeat loop

    08/22/2014 12:52:20 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 08/22/2014 | Pamela Geller
    In a strikingly different approach to the threat of jihad terror, the Chinese government wants it people to understand the horror and savagery of the jihadists that threaten that country. China has suffered some of the worst Islamic terror attacks in recent months. Mass machete attacks, bombings in Tiananmen Square etc. The Chinese government knows what they are up against and this crude exercise is their way of the educating their people to this grave threat (the actual beheading does not appear to be shown.) Is the American flag flying at the end of the video a shot at America?...
  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Stout
    New Delhi needs more firepower to protect its stake in the Indian Ocean, defense experts say The Indian navy will add another warship into its rapidly expanding fleet over the weekend as it seeks to counter China’s growing supremacy on the high seas of the Indo-Pacific. The INS Kamorta, which Indian officials are lauding as the nation’s first domestically built antisubmarine warship, will be unveiled to the public on Saturday during a ceremony at a naval dockyard in the eastern seaboard city of Visakhapatnam. Earlier this month, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi christened the nation’s newest naval destroyer, the...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...
  • China's second test of nuclear-armed hypersonic glider fails

    08/21/2014 10:15:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Minnie Chan
    The People's Liberation Army has carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful test of a hypersonic vehicle, two sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems. The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile and satellite launching centre in Shanxi province, about 300km from its capital Taiyuan, said the sources, who asked not be named. It was the second time the system had failed, the two sources said. The vehicle broke up soon after it was launched. It is designed to be...
  • China accused of ‘crime’ against Christianity

    08/21/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
    An ongoing demolition campaign targeting churches in eastern China represents a “crime” against Christianity and threatens to foment social unrest, a group of Chinese lawyers has warned. Hundreds of churches in Zhejiang province have suffered partial or complete demolition this year as part of what activists describe as a major crackdown designed to slow the growth of Chinese congregations. The anti-church campaign resulted in bloodshed in late July when hundreds of security forces launched a pre-dawn raid on Salvation Church in Wenzhou, a city sometimes referred to as China’s Jerusalem, in an attempt to remove its cross. One Christian suffered...
  • China Conducts Second Test Of Game-Changing Missile

    08/21/2014 9:04:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Beijing is moving fast on a maneuverable, hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade America's defenses, including the Aegis ballistic missile system guarding our carrier battle groups. On Aug. 7, China conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14, yet another example of its relentless pursuit of high-tech weaponry as the United States abandons what the administration dismisses as Cold War weaponry. The first test, conducted in January, saw China's HGV reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10, about 10 times the speed of sound. In the latest test, according to Internet...
  • Rights before weapons for Vietnam

    08/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by ProgressiveAmerican · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | D Hoang
    Earlier this month, Senator John McCain indicated that it was time for the United States to consider selling lethal weapons to Vietnam after a 30-year embargo. The recent maritime standoff between Beijing and Hanoi over Chinese oil exploration off the central coast of Vietnam exposed Hanoi’s many strategic weaknesses. Providing Vietnam with coast guard and maritime systems as a first step - and eventually radar, fighter aircraft and spare parts for leftover American military equipment - would bolster Hanoi’s strategic capabilities vis-a-vis China and give substance to the "comprehensive partnership" announced last year between Hanoi and Washington. But more than...
  • North Korea Just Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border, Rising Tensions

    08/20/2014 9:53:20 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bobby Yip
    North Korea Just Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions Jeremy BenderAugust 20, 2014 In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source. North Korea has reportedly deployed 80 tanks to Ryanggang Province, directly across the border from China. The tanks were reinforced with armored infantry units, multiple rocket launchers, and a sharpshooter brigade. According to Chosun Ilbo, this...
  • Hackers are after more than just personal info

    08/20/2014 9:08:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    A cyberattack on Community Health Systems Inc., a private hospital network, in April and June resulted in the theft of non-medical data of 4.5 million Americans, including names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and Social Security numbers, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The attacks were attributed to Chinese hackers. There's justification for alarm, but not for the reasons you might think. The good news is that none of this information allegedly stolen by the Chinese is anything that hasn't long been publicly available through information broker websites, accessible by anyone on the planet for a modest...
  • China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

    08/20/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. (please see article for full text)
  • Chinese drinks firm accused of adding VIAGRA to its spirits

    08/19/2014 10:38:14 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    Chinese police have arrested a businessman who is alleged to have added the active ingredient from anti-impotence drug Viagra to bottles of alcohol. The businessman, known only as Mr Huang, was arrested in Jianshi County in China's Hubei Province on Sunday according to officials. The man is accused of adding one kilogram of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, to 750 litres of a clear Chinese spirit known as Baijiu.
  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap

    08/19/2014 9:23:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Aug 2014
    A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off ... the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport - twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. ... China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks
  • China: The Danger From Within

    08/19/2014 4:01:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | August 16, 2014
    The government anti-corruption campaign has prosecuted more high-ranking thieves recently, and a lot more lower-ranking officials as well. This campaign has been going on longer, and taking down more people than any previous effort. The government also insists that this campaign will not, as in the past, simply diminish and fade away as past anti-corruption efforts have. This worries a lot of Chinese, even though most admit that the corruption is the greatest threat the current communist government faces. The potential problem is the growing risk that corrupt businessmen and officials who fear prosecution will get organized and fight back....
  • Hoping for its own shale gale, China seeks U.S. know-how

    08/19/2014 9:15:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 17, 2014 | FuelFix.com
    Chinese oil companies are giving U.S. firms a bigger stake in exchange for the tools and technology of hydraulic fracturing, and many of those tools are made in Texas, or nearby. The Chinese hope hydraulic fracturing can launch a shale production gusher as it has in the United States–although China’s formations are deeper, and some are especially challenging because they’re in remote deserts or near densely populated cities. But the Chinese government is eager to reduce the country’s thick air pollution, and one step in that direction would be power plants that run on cleaner-burning natural gas instead of coal....
  • China promises to rein in executive pay

    08/18/2014 9:08:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 18, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
    China’s president has promised to rein in “unreasonably high” pay for executives at government-owned companies in an apparent effort to mollify public frustration at the wealth of state industry. President Xi Jinping’s announcement, carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, comes as the ruling Communist Party is pressing government officials to cut spending on limousines, banquets and other trappings of office. …
  • Aug 14 Lorem Ipsum: Of Good & Evil, Google & China

    08/18/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 3 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 10/18/2014 | Brian Krebs
    Imagine discovering a secret language spoken only online by a knowledgeable and learned few. Over a period of weeks, as you begin to tease out the meaning of this curious tongue and ponder its purpose, the language appears to shift in subtle but fantastic ways, remaking itself daily before your eyes. And just when you are poised to share your findings with the rest of the world, the entire thing vanishes.This fairly describes my roller coaster experience of curiosity, wonder and disappointment over the past few weeks, as I’ve worked alongside security researchers in an effort to understand how “lorem ipsum” — common placeholder...
  • Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack

    08/18/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Community Health Systems Inc , one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. That would make the attack the largest of its type involving patient information since a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website started tracking such breaches in 2009. The previous record, an attack on a Montana Department of Public Health server, was disclosed in June and affected about 1 million people. The attackers appear to...
  • Chinese troops enter 25 km deep into Indian territory in Ladakh

    08/18/2014 9:19:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    DNA ^ | 08/18/2014
    Chinese troops are reported to have entered 25 to 30 km deep into Indian territory in Burtse area in Ladakh where they had pitched their tents last year that had led to a tense three-week standoff. Official sources said on Monday a patrol of Indian troops noticed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) personnel on Sunday while moving from their base towards the higher 'New Patrol base' post in Burtse area of North Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The area is at an altitude of 17,000 feet. The sources said the troops after walking barely 1.5 km from their base spotted...
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • NYTimes Reporter: Obama ‘Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation’

    08/17/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    President Barack Obama is no friend of press freedom, says a New York Times reporter who may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,” reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight published Saturday. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Risen’s troubles stem from the 2006 publication of his book “State of War,”...
  • Pope Makes Biggest Gesture Yet To China, Eyes Ties

    08/17/2014 5:46:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    HAEMI, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue.
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • China Faces Credit Crunch as Lending Falls 86%

    08/16/2014 3:24:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/16/2014 | By Chriss Street
    China's National Bureau of Statistics revealed data on August 13th that the nation’s credit plunged by a dramatic and wildly unexpected 86% plunge in July, down to the slowest pace since the 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the start of the global financial crisis. With a collapsing housing sector and falling exports, China now faces a brutal credit crunch.  The collapse in Chinese credit from $320 billion in June to $44.3 billion in July is causing panic across the nation as anecdotal stories from local officials indicate the credit contraction is being “policy-driven”. This would mean that the Chinese...
  • Does George Soros Know Something We Don’t About The S&P 500?

    08/16/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Mrket Watch ^ | 8-16-2014 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    August 15, 2014 By Barbara Kollmeyer Oh, goody. It’s 13F time, when mere mortals like us get to see how the big boys rolled the dice in the last quarter. Among the highlights, Soros Fund Management increased a bear-call bet on the S&P 500 in a huge way. The fund lifted a put position — a bet the market will go lower — on the S&P 500 ETF SPY to its biggest size yet, in terms of value and portfolio percentage, making a 605% leap over the previous quarter. Bullion Baron, who has long kept a beady eye on Soros’s...
  • Sierra Leone News: Ebola: Bintumani reduce staff

    08/15/2014 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 6 replies
    Awoko ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | staff writers
    As a result of the present EBOLA crisis in the country, the front office staff at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in the west of Freetown has confirmed to Awoko, that the virus spread has negatively affected their business operations. According to them, the hotel usually receives over a hundred residential guests during peak periods, and several hundreds who visit on a daily basis. Presently they informed this medium that the hotel has less than twenty residential guests, including the Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) team who are presently in town, to train medical personnel on the proper use of...
  • Top US Military Officer in Vietnam for Historic Talks

    08/14/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The United States’ top military officer is in Vietnam for historic talks with Communist Party officials, as part of the latest effort to expand defense ties between the two former foes. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets Thursday in Hanoi with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. Before entering a closed-door meeting, Dempsey told reporters the visit is “one of the highlights” of his career. It is the first time since 1971 a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has visited Vietnam. Vietnam’s defense ministry said the talks...
  • China To Send Orbiter To The Moon As U.S. Watches

    08/13/2014 9:59:33 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: As our space program, once an example of American exceptionalism, now sits mainly in museums, Beijing's ambitious program takes another leap forward toward an eventual return of man to the moon. As the world unravels, efforts to leave it don't seem very newsworthy, and efforts by our strategic rivals to do what we did decades before seem redundant and almost irrelevant to more immediate concerns. Yet China's space program does matter, as it's part of that country's dream of world leadership and, yes, domination. It represents a commitment to world leadership that we have lost under this administration. Beijing...
  • China Appears Ready to Dump Its U.S. Treasury Bonds

    08/13/2014 2:31:29 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 44 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 8-12-2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Although investors hang on every comment by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to get insight on the direction of interest rates and what it means for the economy and asset prices, the real power to determine U.S. interest rates may be in the hands of China, according to Lombard Street Research. Facing an overvalued currency that is hurting corporate profits and slowing growth, China appears ready to dump its $1.3 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds to drive U.S. interest rates up and strengthen the dollar... (snip) China tried to slow the fall of the dollar by increasing its holdings in...
  • The Z-18F, China's new anti-submarine weapon

    08/12/2014 9:58:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-08-13
    To strengthen the anti-submarine capability of the People's Liberation Army Navy, Z-18F helicopters will likely serve on the Liaoning, the nation's first aircraft carrier and the Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious transport docks according to a report by Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News published Aug. 12. The paper cited a Chinese military website which stated that the Z-18F is likely a modified version of the Z-8F helicopter designed based on the French-built SA 321 Super Frelon. By looking at photos posted online, Li Xiaojian, a Chinese military expert told the paper that the Z-18F is probably equipped with four eight-tube sonobuoy launchers,...
  • WTO Upholds ‘Rare Earth’ Ruling Against China

    08/12/2014 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 12:50 AM EDT
    The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of “rare earths,” the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products. […] China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production. In 2009, it alarmed foreign companies by limiting rare earth exports in an attempt to boost its domestic manufacturing base. …
  • How Obama Is Driving Russia and China Together

    08/11/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 11 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 24, 2014 | Dimitri K. Simes
    American bluff and bombast toward Moscow has stoked Russian nationalism, convinced Putin we're weak, and fostered a dangerous realignment. PRESIDENT BARACK Obama likes to say that America and the world have progressed beyond the unpleasantness of the nineteenth century and, for that matter, much of the rest of human history. He could not be more wrong. And as a result, he is well on the way to repeating some of history’s most dangerous mistakes. Few would think to compare Obama to Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II. Nevertheless, Emperor Nicholas II, like President Obama, thought of himself as a man of...
  • Russia Brings Together Some of the World’s Best Fighter Pilots

    08/11/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 11, 2014 | Thomas Newdick
    Aviadarts is Moscow’s Top Gun Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as a Russian Top Gun—a reference to the U.S. Navy’s fighter tactics schoolhouse, which the sailing branch established after losing a shocking number of pilots during the Vietnam War. The reality is not as straightforward, but it’s significant that Moscow is inviting foreign fighter jocks—the Chinese, namely—to test their mettle against the best Russia has to offer. Russian air force units long have pursued advanced tactics and combat training,...
  • China seen behind Japan's failed Turkey arms deal

    08/11/2014 11:53:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | August 3, 2014 | TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI
    TOKYO -- Nearly three months after lifting its long-standing arms embargo, Japan recently approved plans to supply missile parts to the U.S. and conduct joint military research with a British company. Behind the scenes, however, there was a deal that fell through. Under new guidelines governing the transfer of defense equipment and technology, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 convened the National Security Council to look into two applications submitted by private companies. One was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' request for permission to export seeker gyros used in Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the U.S. The other involved Mitsubishi Electric, which...
  • Chinese Gov't To Construct a Christian Theology

    08/11/2014 11:28:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 12, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    While this is definitely a "what could go wrong" story what with an atheist government creating a theology fit for its population, there's definitely a sign of hope here. Atheist China, worried about the rapidly growing number of Christians, is constructing a "theology" in order to attempt to control this whole Christian thing. Funny, I think the Romans tried to control Christianity as well. How'd that work out? The South China Morning Post: China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities...
  • Knife falls from sky into Chinese man's head

    08/11/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:41AM BST 11 Aug 2014 | By Malcolm Moore, in Beijing
    A five-inch kitchen knife falls from the sky and enters the head of 57-year-old man in Sichuan province Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy.
  • Japan offers vessels to Vietnam to boost its sea strength

    08/11/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 16 replies
    Thanh Nien News ^ | 1 August 2014 | Thanh Nien News
    Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the East Sea (aka South China Sea), Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China. The used vessels, worth 500 million yen (US$4.86 million), would be accompanied by training and equipment to help the coastguard and fisheries surveillance effort, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said after talks with Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. The deal represents a notable shift in the two countries' close diplomatic and investment ties towards defense,...
  • China Will Create Own Christian Belief System Amid Tensions With Church (Says Chinese Gov't)

    08/10/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 24 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 10, 2014 | South China Morning Post
    China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise. China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai. About 500,000 people are baptised as Protestants every year, it added. "Over the past decades, the Protestant churches in China have developed very quickly with the implementation of the country's religious policy," the paper quoted Wang...
  • US tries to cool tensions at ASEAN security summit

    08/10/2014 3:52:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Rappler / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 10, 2014 | Kelly Macnamara
    (UPDATED) US Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for an agreement to end all acts that risk further inflaming relations between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors.US Secretary of State John Kerry and some of his fellow foreign ministers - dressed in traditional shirts - pose for an "ASEAN-style" handshake before a dinner with members of the Southeast Asian regional group in Naypyitaw, Burma, on August 9, 2014.The United States sought to ease maritime tensions as Asian and global powers gathered for security talks Sunday, August 10, but said that it did not want to "confront" China over its...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement

    08/09/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Aug 14 | Tyler Durden
    The last 3 months have seen Russia's "de-dollarization" plans accelerate. First Gazprom clients shift to Euros and Renminbi, then the UK signs currency swap agreements with China, then NATO ally Turkey cuts ties and mulls de-dollarization, Switzerland jumps in the currency swap agreements, and BRICS create their own non-US-based funding vehicle, and then finally this week, Russia's oligarchs have shifted cash holdings to Hong Kong. But this week, as RT reports, Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US...
  • Chinese Citizens Are Freaking Out Over This Government Propaganda Photo

    08/09/2014 1:41:27 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 09 2014 | David M Brooks
    A photo meant to highlight the bravery and adaptability of China's military members has apparently created a public outrage instead. The image of Chinese soldiers using dirty water to cook noodles was meant to showcase a display of the "soldiers' bravery" by the state-run media sources Chinese National Radio and the Global Times Newspaper, according to the BBC. "These men stood tall in the face of adversity with or without clean water," state-run media reported. The picture of Chinese soldiers responding to an earthquake in China's Yunnan province, was met with derision by users of the Chinese social media site...
  • Scarborough: Don't Blame Obama For Foreign Policy Disasters

    07/18/2014 8:28:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet. Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly...
  • The Mysterious Ancient Artifacts of Sanxingdui That Have Rewritten Chinese History

    08/05/2014 7:13:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    theepochtimes.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | April Holloway
    The objects found in the sacrificial pits included animal-faced sculptures and masks with dragon ears, open mouths and grinning teeth; human-like heads with gold foil masks; decorative animals including dragons, snakes, and birds; a giant wand, a sacrificial altar, a 4-meter-tall (13-foot-tall) bronze tree; axes, tablets, rings, knives, and hundreds of other unique items. Among the collection was also the world’s largest and best preserved bronze upright human figure, measuring 2.62 meters (8 feet). However, by far the most striking findings were dozens of large bronze masks and heads represented with angular human features, exaggerated almond-shaped eyes, straight noses, square...
  • China to establish its own Christian theology

    08/07/2014 4:32:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 8/7/2014 | Sutirtho Patranobis
    China will establish its own Christian theology compatible with the Communist country's socialist principles, state media has reported, adding that the government will promote it in a correct manner through mass programmes. The number of Christians in China is rising rapidly but so is, according to rights groups, the simmering tension with the government. In April, one of the largest churches was demolished in the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province ending a standoff between members and authorities. Authorities said the 85000 square foot church was demolished because of permission issues and had nothing to do with religious persecution.The Communist...
  • Assessing China's airborne early warning and control systems

    08/07/2014 6:47:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-08-07
    China has successfully developed it own airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system, with the KJ-2000 and the KJ-200, reported overseas Chinese news outlet Duowei on Aug. 4. After China's initial attempts to develop its own system in the 1970s, the nation looked to Russia but the price was too high and the functionality fell short of China's expectations. An attempt to import the Israeli A-501 in the mid-1990s was blocked by the US and eventually fell through. In 2002, China stopped importing Russian AEW&C systems and developed its own, the KJ-2000 and KJ-200 which served as the lead aircraft...
  • China To Build Nicaragua Canal, "World's Largest Infrastructure Project Ever"

    08/06/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-6-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/06/2014 A month ago, a Nicaraguan committee approved Chinese billionaire Wang Jing's project to create The Nicaraguan Canal. With a planned capacity to accommodate ships with loaded displacement of 400,000 tons (notably bigger than The Panama Canal), the proposed 278-kilometer-long canal that will run across the Nicaragua isthmus would probably change the landscape of the world's maritime trade. "The project is the largest infrastructure project ever in the history of man in terms of engineering difficulty, investment scale, workload and its global impact," Wang told reporters, adding that with regard the project's financing, which is around $50 billion,...
  • NEW RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: To crush rebellion in Siberia is simply impossible!

    Siberia is 73.6% of the Russian territory. The population is not too dense, but rural and urban villages are distributed all over the area. If the planned March for Federation goes well, in the forest, Eastern and Western Siberia may appear with a dozen new breakaway States. It is because of this crazy world record and Kremlin clock filters the information throughout the CIS. The Kremlin understands that to crush the rebellion would be simply impossible. Analyst site ELISE.COM.UA Valentin Ivanov. "The organizers have planned federation very clearly. Shares initially will be in small towns of the Siberian Federal District...
  • China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

    08/05/2014 1:40:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    SeattlePI.com ^ | 8-5-2014
    BEIJING (AP) — China's smog-plagued capital has announced that it will ban all coal sales and use by the end of 2020 as part of its anti-pollution fight. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website on Monday, saying the city will instead prioritize electricity and natural gas, especially for heating. China's official Xinhua News Agency said coal accounted for a quarter of Beijing's energy consumption in 2012. Even with the Beijing ban, coal use is expected to soar in China. Coal is a major generator of greenhouse gases and has helped turn China into the world's...
  • New Chinese First-Strike Missile Directly Threatens U.S.

    08/04/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 4, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Threat: Beijing's strategic military buildup continues with the unveiling of a road-mobile missile capable of delivering up to 10 atomic warheads anywhere in America. Time to show some flexibility, Mr. President? While President Obama was playing the back nine, and as it was confirmed that the Russians had developed a cruise missile, the R500, which violates 1987's Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, the Chinese were busy as well. They now have a mobile intercontinental nuclear missile with no other purpose than to make war against the U.S. The announcement of the DF-41's existence was not exactly approved by the Chinese...