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  • US will be forced to back down in trade war against China [barf alert]

    09/24/2018 10:27:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | uesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:00 AM | Anatole Kaletsky
    The United States cannot win its tariff war with China, regardless of what President Donald Trump says or does in the coming months. Trump believes he has the upper hand in this conflict because the US economy is so strong, and also because politicians of both parties support the strategic objective of thwarting China’s rise and preserving US global dominance. But, ironically, this apparent strength is Trump’s fatal weakness. By applying the martial arts principle of turning an opponent’s strength against him, China should easily win the tariff contest, or at least fight Trump to a draw. […] In handicapping...
  • Feinstein Plays Unbilled Role in Taiwan Dispute

    09/24/2018 4:27:38 PM PDT · by ptsal · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 22-March-1996 | Edwin chen
    WASHINGTON — Over the years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has come to view herself as a China hand. And now, amid mounting tensions between China and Taiwan, the California Democrat is increasingly asserting herself behind the scenes as a would-be peacemaker. In the process, Feinstein is playing on a rare set of personal relationships that she has nurtured with the three men now at the center of the standoff: the presidents of China, Taiwan and the United States. To each, Feinstein has been dispensing strong and unequivocal advice. "I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese," Feinstein...
  • Chinese control of South China Sea ‘short of war’ is complete

    09/24/2018 2:58:27 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 48 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/24/18 | USA Features
    In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in June, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that Bejing “cannot lose even one inch of the territory” in the South China Sea. That’s about as plain a warning as one gets: China will defend, militarily, it’s outsized claims in a body of water through which one-third of all global trade passes. The U.S. would have little difficulty in taking out militarily significant targets on any of the islands in question. But that’s not really the point. Through the construction of these artificial islands-turned-military bases, China acted brazenly but in a calculated...
  • Trump identifies first two US soldiers from Korean War remains

    09/20/2018 1:39:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 20, 2018 | Corey Dickstein
    The remains of an Army master sergeant from Indiana and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War veterans turned over in July by North Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday. The two soldiers, both likely killed in action fighting Chinese forces in North Korea about 66 years ago, are the first positive identities that Pentagon officials have confirmed since the transfer was completed July 27 as part an agreement hashed out by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit June 12 in Singapore. Pentagon...
  • Newspaper: Islamic State chief Baghdadi moved to Afghanistan via Iran

    09/23/2018 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | Sep 23, 2018, 6:47 pm | Mohammed Ebraheem
    Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – A Saudi-owned newspaper has claimed that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has moved to Afghanistan via Iranian territories. Quoting Pakistani security and other extremist group sources, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that Baghdadi arrived in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan after crossing Iranian territories via the eastern city of Zahedan. According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, IS manages a location to host its fighters in Zahedan in cooperation with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or wounded on a number of occasions. Last month, Baghdadi was reported to be...
  • Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

    09/23/2018 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 21, 2018 11:44 AM | Arshad Mohammed, John Irish
    Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November. Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran will gather in New York at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday (0000 GMT Tuesday) to grapple with U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw from the deal and restore the full force of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Their delicate, and perhaps unrealistic, task is to build a case...
  • Pompeo rips Russia: 'They have not proven helpful'

    09/22/2018 11:07:44 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Sep 22, 2018 | Quint Forgey
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday criticized Russia for its failure to cooperate with the U.S. on the world stage despite overtures by President Donald Trump to “develop a relationship” with the Kremlin. “They have not proven helpful in the Ukraine, in Syria,” Pompeo said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” in an interview set to air Sunday. The State Department last week imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department for its purchase of Russian combat aircraft and surface-to-air missile equipment. On Saturday, Pompeo pointed to those economic penalties as evidence of the Trump administration’s efforts to “push back...
  • World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

    09/22/2018 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 5:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General António Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United...
  • Trump’s Chinese Tariffs Are a Necessary ‘Evil’

    09/22/2018 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Thalean · 3 replies
    American Greatness ^ | September 22, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    President Trump announced this week he would levy 10 percent tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The tariff is scheduled to take effect on September 24, and is slated to increase to 25 percent by year’s end. Of course, China pledged to retaliate with tariffs of “equal scale and equal strength.” This has some American exporters worried. After all, China is the fourth-largest buyer of American goods. Even more important to these exporters, the Middle Kingdom is the world’s largest untapped consumer market. China is El Dorado—were it only open for business. GOP bigwigs agree, and are...
  • China backs out of trade talks as U.S. imposes new tariffs: ‘This is like the 1930s’

    09/22/2018 8:55:44 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 31 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/22/18 | USA Features
    While the Chinese make good on a pledge to refuse negotiations while under threat, President Trump is making good on his campaign pledge to improve trade conditions for the United States with countries he believes have long taken advantage of the American market, the largest in the world. It’s hard to fault the president. China’s trade imbalances with the U.S. have been massive — in the hundreds of billions — for years. Now, much of that is due to the fact that U.S. manufacturing capacity had fallen off over the past few decades (not altogether caused by, but accelerated after,...
  • Chinese airline launches the 'PANDA route' with a panda-themed plane and panda-inspired food [tr]

    09/22/2018 5:56:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 21,2018 | Tracy You
    China has taken its love for giant pandas to new heights. An airline company has launched a daily flight inspired by the black-and-white animals, which is considered by the nation to be its national treasure. Passengers on the so-called 'Panda Route' are transported by an Airbus A350 sporting cartoon livery of eight pandas, greeted by air hostesses donning panda-inspired uniforms and treated with food resembling the image of the lovely bears.
  • Explain the Chinese spy, Sen. Feinstein

    09/21/2018 3:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 9 , 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? .. Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep. ... asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement...
  • Russia, China embrace uneasily, aim for 'desirable world order'

    09/21/2018 9:19:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elena Holodny
    "The president and I agree that since the beginning of this year, Russian-Chinese relations have been showing dynamic growth," Xi said. He announced that ties with his "close friend" Putin had "entered a new era of rapid development and are reaching a higher level." It was the third Xi-Putin meeting in four months, and the first time the Chinese president had attended the event in Vladivostok, which started in 2015 and encourages foreign investment. The growing rapport between the two countries has accelerated under President Donald Trump, whose policies have put greater pressure on both countries, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior...
  • US imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian weapons

    09/21/2018 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Sep 2018
    The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles. It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles. Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its Western allies since 2014. Its forces took part in giant Russian war games held earlier this month.
  • China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi

    09/21/2018 3:37:46 AM PDT · by gattaca · 27 replies
    Science Alert ^ | September 20, 2018 | Peter Dockrill
    FULL TITLE: China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On Like Black Mirror. Totally like Black Mirror. It's been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it's already been switched on. China's "Social Credit System" – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn't just monitor the nation's almost 1.4 billion citizens. It's also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the "gamification of trust". That's...
  • News Summary At This Hour-Friday 9/21/2018

    09/21/2018 4:46:25 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/21/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for the midterm elections in Las Vegas last night, urging everyone there to vote in November saying: "America is winning again, because we are putting America first again". Trump urged votes for Republicans saying: "We need to have more Republicans in office."...... There was a restitution hearing in Las Vegas yesterday in connection with the Bunkerville Standoff case for Todd Engel, convicted in May 2017 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Engel came to the defense of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada in April 2014..... The latest from the lawyer for the...
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma says Trump's trade war killed promise of 1 million U.S. jobs

    09/20/2018 10:36:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 20, 2018 | Reuters
    Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to trade tensions between Washington and Beijing, China's Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. Ma has already warned that the trade war between the world's two largest economies could last decades and that China should focus exports on the "Silk Road" trade route, citing Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. Ma met President Donald Trump two years ago and laid out the Chinese e-commerce giant's plan to bring one million small U.S. businesses onto its platform to sell to...
  • Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Predicts the US – China Trade War Could Last 20 years

    09/20/2018 9:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2018 | By Tarric Brooker
    As the latest salvos were fired in the growing trade war between the United States and China, concerns continue to mount in the business community about how just how long the conflict might endure. Alibaba group founder and China’s richest man Jack Ma recently spoke to an investor summit in Hangzhou, China regarding his thoughts on the direction the trade war may take. In his speech, Ma said the trade war was “going to be a mess,” and that regarding its potential duration it could last for “maybe 20 years.” Ma went on to compare the current trade dispute...
  • Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder: Allowing China to Help Choose Bishops They Approve Of.

    09/20/2018 9:00:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2018 | By GEORGE WEIGEL
    Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen. The Reischskonkordat was then ratified by the Nazi-dominated German parliament some six weeks later, on September 10. Pope Pius XI, under whose authority Cardinal Pacelli had negotiated this treaty, was under no illusions about German National Socialism; he detested its racial ideology. And unlike some Vatican diplomats who seem to have imagined that the Third Reich would be...
  • Can Donald Trump's Tariffs Force Radical Changes On China?

    09/20/2018 8:56:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/20/2018
    President Donald Trump showed he's willing to wield a big stick in trade by levying tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods, starting next week. Will this lead to a trade war without end, or bring China to the table for talks? We've been on the record as being anti-tariff. However, as has been noted numerous times, Trump has used tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, as a way to lower overall trade barriers. At least, that's what the White House maintains, and we see no reason not to believe it. But it goes deeper than that. As the...