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  • Obama bundler tied to Chinese government?

    10/08/2012 11:05:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:01 am on October 8, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Most Republicans recall the Doodad Pro controversy from almost exactly four years ago, where Team Obama campaign websites turned off credit card security checks that allowed fraudulent and foreign donations to flow into the campaign. Could that be happening again? According to a new independent report from the Government Accountability Institute and reported by Breitbart, not only is it actually happening again — it’s actually gotten worse. A bundler for Barack Obama has set up a shady website operation to collect donations to the campaign, but it’s based in Shanghai, and the bundler has ties to the Chinese government: In...
  • China's Demand For Japanese Cars Has Collapsed (Chinese refuse to patronize due to island dispute)

    10/08/2012 8:05:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/08/2012 | Yoko Kubota, Kentaro Sugiyama
    * Nissan to suspend night shifts in China car plants-Nikkei * Toyota, Honda to cut working hours, slow line speed-Nikkei * Report does not say how long production cuts will last * Japan carmakers' plants operating again after China holiday (Adds Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Suzuki comments and background) TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co plan to slash production in China by roughly half, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as a territorial row between Asia's two largest economies cuts sales of Japanese cars in the world's biggest auto market. Sales...
  • Bombshell: Obama.com Owned by Bundler in Shanghai with Business Ties to Chinese Government

    10/08/2012 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 143 replies
    breitbart ^ | October 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign and fraudulent Internet campaign donations in U.S. federal elections
  • The Sun Sets on China's Solar Industry

    10/08/2012 4:56:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/08/2012 | Gordon Chang
    On Friday, shares of Trina Solar closed at $4.62, down $0.18 for the day. The stock has been falling for a long time, declining more than 85% in the last three years. That’s not bad, however, considering Trina is a Chinese solar company. Rival Suntech Power has seen its shares, also listed on the Big Board, drop. They are at about 2% of their 2007 values. And Yingli Green Energy plunged 7.3% on Friday in New York, and it is now trading close to its five-year low. In last two years, shares of Chinese solar cell producers have fallen by...
  • South African Tells of Genocide in Communist-dominated South Africa

    10/07/2012 7:55:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | October 06, 2012 | Christian Gomez
    On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the Fox Valley Conservative Forum, which meets regularly for a luncheon on Tuesdays in Appleton, Wisconsin, hosted a talk by South African Sonia Hruska (pictured). Hruska, who now lives in the United States, discussed the ongoing genocide against white people in her country under the largely communist-controlled ANC government of Jacob Zuma. Born in Victoria, South Africa, to a nontraditional Afrikaner family, with a right-wing father and a left-wing mother, Hruska would go on to work in politics as a consultant in the presidential administration of Nelson Mandela from 1994 to 2001. “I was the...
  • Archaeologists find 2,000 year-old beef portion in ancient tomb in northwest China

    10/06/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | September 29, 2012 | Bernama
    Archaeologists said a black substance found in an ancient tomb in northwest China's Shaanxi province is a 2,000-year-old portion of beef. Scientists arrived at the conclusion after months of analysis confirmed the substance's makeup, according to Hu Songmei, a paleontologist from the provincial archaeological institute. Xinhua news agency reports that according to Hu, the beef -- most of which had been carbonised -- is the earliest beef product discovered in China. The beef was discovered two years ago in a bronze pot placed in a tomb believed to date back to the Warring States Period (475 B.C. -- 221 B.C.),...
  • Worried about China gaining a competitive edge in the green-energy market? Don’t be.

    10/05/2012 8:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    News flash: Compared to free enterprise, central planning is a reliably inefficient, costly, and ill-fated way to allocate resources.Just kidding, totally not a news flash. It's just good ol' fashioned common sense --- leastaways, you'd think it would be common sense, given that historical examples abound, except that President Obama doesn’t quite seem to get it. Whenever he goes into touting-his-green-energy-"investments" mode, he is constantly suggesting that not only is China gaining an advantage over us in the clean-energy market of the future (how he presumes to know that "wind and solar are the future" is still a mystery to...
  • Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

    10/04/2012 8:37:26 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 24 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | Wed Oct 3, 2012 4:35pm EDT | Alister Doyle
    (Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead author...
  • China Slides Faster Into Pensions Black Hole (China's own Soc. Sec. Ponzi)

    10/05/2012 11:06:25 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | October 5, 2012 | South China Morning Post
    Eighty-year-old Chinese farmer Guo Shuhe receives a state pension equivalent to just US$9 a month, not enough to buy a month worth of groceries, but enough it seems, to risk punching a gaping hole in government finances. Guo, whose palms are thick and rough from a life spent hoeing fields in southwest China, is one of over 150 million people covered by a rapidly expanding rural retirement scheme which is accelerating the nation’s slide into a pension crisis. “Fifty-five yuan a month is little, but it’s better than nothing,” said Guo, rubbing his head with his hands at his home...
  • Another US submarine to dock at Subic (USS Olympia: LA class attack sub)

    10/04/2012 1:08:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Manila Standard ^ | October 04, 2012 | Florante S. Solmerin
    Another US submarine to dock at Subic By Florante S. Solmerin | Posted on October 04, 2012 | 12:01am The United States has sent its fourth submarine to the Philippines this year, and it’s expected to dock at Subic Bay in Zambales on Thursday, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the US Embassy in Manila. The submarines have been visiting the country amid the territorial disputes of the countries claiming all or part of the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, with China increasingly imposing its will on the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei over the...
  • Bumbling Obama's Freudian Slip: "I Want To Export More Jobs" - Like GM Does 2 China?

    10/02/2012 2:42:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Industrial Policy: The president's media apologists will say it was not a gaffe, that he merely misspoke and corrected himself. But the fact remains that his policies are exporting jobs, particularly to China. President Obama, during a campaign speech at Kent State University in Ohio on Wednesday, mistakenly said he wanted to export more U.S. jobs before correcting himself and saying he was "channeling" Republican rival Mitt Romney. Or was it a mistake? To his media supporters, it's no gaffe. Their dictionary defines gaffe as anything that comes out of Romney's mouth. Certainly not the mouth of Joe Biden, who...
  • China: Blow for Beijing as manufacturing remains weak(hard landing expected)

    10/02/2012 12:30:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | October 2, 2012
    Blow for Beijing as manufacturing remains weak Date October 2, 2012 CHINA'S manufacturing activity has continued to show signs of weakness in September, indicating Beijing's lacklustre effort to boost the economy has so far failed to arrest the slowdown. Though the official Purchasing Manager's Index rebounded slightly in September to 49.8 after a 49.2 reading in August, it still hovered below the expansion threshold of 50, increasing market speculation that the Chinese economy may grow less than 7.5 per cent this year - the official government target. August had marked the lowest reading since November 2011, as the world's second-biggest...
  • China: Big U.S. Fleet Nears Disputed Islands, But What For?

    10/02/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Time ^ | September 30, 2012 | Kirk Spitzer
    Big U.S. Fleet Nears Disputed Islands, But What For? By Kirk Spitzer | September 30, 2012 TOKYO – It’s probably just a coincidence; no need to worry yet. But the U.S. has quietly assembled a powerful air, land and sea armada not far from where Japan and China are squaring off over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Two Navy aircraft carrier battle groups and a Marine Corps air-ground task force have begun operating in the Western Pacific, within easy reach of the Senkaku Islands. That’s where Japanese and Chinese patrol boats are engaged in an increasingly tense standoff.
  • Signs Of The Gold Standard Emerging In China?

    10/02/2012 5:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2012 | Ralph Benko
    To get rich is glorious. – Deng Xiaoping As noted in last week’s column about the rising recognition by authorities in Germany about the virtues of gold, the gold standard is receiving impressive new recognition internationally. The GOP plank calling for a commission to study “possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar” — with an unmistakable nod to gold — is the most prominent element of the 2012 GOP platform still being heard to “reverberate around the world.” Meanwhile, it continues to gain impressive momentum in the United States. CNN’s Kevin Voigt writes, in The China Post,...
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies
    COLLEGIAN.csufresno.edu - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • Obama Didn’t Save the Auto Industry: He Took Away 2,200 Dealerships and 120,000 Jobs

    10/01/2012 1:48:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Laycatholics ^ | October 1, 2012
    As a Catholic who works in the trade association profession in the auto industry it was unsettling to hear President Obama claim that he saved the auto industry. President Obama closed over 2,200 auto dealerships, which caused the losses of decades old family-owned businesses and over 120,000 jobs they provided. The closures were allowed to happen under the false notion that auto dealerships were an expense on their auto maker. The President ignored the fact that auto dealers are not an expense to automakers. Auto makers own none of what you see at auto dealerships. Auto dealers own all their...
  • Chinese computer hackers break into White House military network

    10/01/2012 8:30:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2012 | Rick Moran
    Bill Gertz has the grim news in the Washington Free Beacon: Hackers linked to China's government broke into one of the U.S. government's most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident. One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing's most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks. Disclosure of the cyber attack also comes amid heightened tensions in Asia, as the Pentagon moved...
  • ENN Group leader says world-wide company committed to develop their projects(Harry Reid connection)

    09/30/2012 10:39:19 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    Laughlin Times (NV) ^ | 9/24/12 | By the LAUGHLIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - special report
    Meeting with representatives and supporters of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation during the fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Aug. 7, the North American leader of world-wide ENN Group reinforced his company’s commitment to develop the Nevada Clean Energy Eco-Center in Laughlin. (SNIP) ENN is advancing its projects and will issue periodic progress reports, Dr. Zhou indicated. In addition to a large scale solar generating field (about a dozen times the size of the famous Solar One field in southern Boulder City) and a solar manufacturing plant, ENN plans to develop an intelligent...
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/30/2012 8:25:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    True Conservatives On Twitter | September 30, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • Chinese "Students" canvassing American Alpaca Farms (Vanity Post)

    09/30/2012 5:28:56 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 44 replies
    Vanity Post | September 30, 2012 | The Working Man
    I left the Space Program as a contractor back in 2009, my wife and I have been raising Alpacas on our farm though since 2005. My wife is big into the Social Networking thing especially Facebook and various Yahoo Groups. Last night she was reading a very interesting post from a Fellow Alpaca Rancher in the South. He stated that he was getting multiple phone calls from Chinese students at a nearby university asking about the Alpacas and how easy they were to raise, The fiber products made from them, etc. He then stated that he was now having carloads...
  • The Coming Global Disorder

    09/29/2012 7:25:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | The October 2012 Issue | Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor, Wall Street Journal
    Woody Island is a speck of land in the middle of the South China Sea, not quite a square mile in size. Over the past 80 years it has been occupied by French Indochina, Imperial Japan, the Republic of China, the People’s Republic of China, South Vietnam, and, after a brief war in 1974, the People’s Republic again. Now known as Yongxing to the Chinese (or Phu Lam to the Vietnamese, who still lay claim to it), the island has an airstrip, a harbor, and a few hundred Chinese residents, none native-born, many of whom make their living as fishermen....
  • Rock Fight: Japan could win a war for the Senkaku islands, but not without U.S. help.

    09/29/2012 6:31:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/29/2012 | James Holmes
    In recent weeks, Japan and China have squared off over who owns a minor group of islands in the East China Sea. The unthinkable -- a perilous maritime war for seemingly trivial stakes -- no longer appears unthinkable. So how do you defend a group of uninhabited rocks and islets like the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands? Mainly by positioning yourself to win the air and sea battle around the disputed archipelago. The obvious way to ward off attack -- stationing garrisons and artillery on the tiny, resource-poor islands -- should be a secondary measure. And it would likely prove a losing one,...
  • China's Export Orders Fall At Fastest Rate In 42 Months

    09/28/2012 9:05:11 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    China's Export Orders Fall At Fastest Rate In 42 Months Sam RoSep. 28, 2012, 10:30 PMThe final September reading of China's HSBC Manufacturing PMI climbed to 47.9 from 47.6 last month. This compares to the September HSBC Flash PMI, which came in at 47.8. Many expect the final number to be in line with the Flash number. Any reading below 50 signals contraction in the industry. Here are the key points from Markit: * New export orders fall at fastest rate in 42 months * Output and input prices continue to fall * Purchasing activity declines amid weak demand and...
  • The Truth Behind the New Islamic Flashpoints

    09/19/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2012 | Rachel Marsden
    The CIA claims that it never saw the storm coming, but Canadian intelligence sure did. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird landed in Vladivostok, Russia, earlier this month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and had barely stepped off the plane when he announced that Canada would be pulling its diplomats out of Iran and closing its embassy while kicking all Iranian diplomats out of Canada. At the time, some thought that maybe the minister had a few too many mini vodkas on the ride over. Several days later, when protests and embassy attacks erupted in Islamic nations, and the...
  • China seals Bo's fate ahead of November 8 leadership congress

    09/28/2012 9:14:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/28/2012 | Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard
    China's ruling Communist Party accused disgraced politician Bo Xilai of abusing power, taking huge bribes and other crimes on Friday, sealing the fate of a controversial leader whose fall shook a leadership handover due at a congress from November 8. The once high-flying Bo now faces a criminal investigation that stemmed from a murder scandal, and will almost certainly be jailed. With the Communist Party congress about six weeks away, further steps in the case could come before then, helping pave the way for a transition of power, experts said. "Bo Xilai's actions created grave repercussions and did massive harm...
  • All-Chinese jets to serve on nation's first carrier

    09/28/2012 6:48:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    China.org.cn ^ | September 28, 2012
    All-Chinese jets to serve on nation's first carrier China's first aircraft carrier will be equipped with aircraft developed from fighters made in China, Ministry of Defense spokesman Yang Yujun said Thursday. Chinese J-15 fighters.[File photo] Domestic military officials and analysts are predicting that Chinese J-15 fighters, instead of Russia's Su-33 fighter, will be used as many photographs had been published showing the plane on the Liaoning's deck. The current weak point of the J-15, also known as the Flying Shark, which is said to be a match for US F-18 Hornet fighters, is its Russia-made Al-31 engines which are less...
  • Debbie Stabenow's China policy wins over lifelong Republican Grand Rapids business owner

    09/27/2012 5:40:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    http://www.mlive.com/ ^ | september 17, 2012 | Shandra Martinez
    Mark Chappell says he's a lifelong Republican who will be voting for Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She's got his back on an important issue: China trade violations, from currency manipulation to making knock-offs of American products. Alexander Dodds Co. makes woodworking machines for high-end furniture.
  • Military Conflict 'Looms' Between China And Japan

    09/27/2012 7:11:25 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-27-2012 | Malcom Moore
    Military Conflict 'Looms' Between China And Japan War between China and Japan looms, with neither power willing to back down over a disputed chain of islands, expert warns. Yan Xuetong who has warned that unless one side backs down, there could be a repeat of the Falklands Conflict in Asia By Malcolm Moore, BeijingSeptember 27, 2012 The spat over the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands has escalated dramatically in the past month with violent protests across China. But with a national election approaching in Japan, and a change of leadership in China, politicians on both sides have refused to step back...
  • Obama Bumbles: "I Want To Outsource More Jobs"

    09/27/2012 4:23:10 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 27, 2012
    Industrial Policy: The president's media apologists will say it was not a gaffe, that he merely misspoke and corrected himself. But the fact remains that his policies are exporting jobs, particularly to China. President Obama, during a campaign speech at Kent State University in Ohio on Wednesday, mistakenly said he wanted to export more U.S. jobs before correcting himself and saying he was "channeling" Republican rival Mitt Romney. Or was it a mistake? To his media supporters, it's no gaffe. Their dictionary defines gaffe as anything that comes out of Romney's mouth. Certainly not the mouth of Joe Biden, who...
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/27/2012 1:09:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 27, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • China Tied Up by Transition as Its Economy Loses Force

    09/26/2012 6:52:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2012 | Andrew Jacobs
    China Tied Up by Transition as Its Economy Loses Force NYT text in the tab:China's Politics Hinder Efforts to Shore Up Economy When it comes to confronting economic slowdowns, the Chinese government has not been shy about making bold moves. Faced with the contagion of global recession four years ago, policy makers created a $585 billion stimulus package that helped inoculate the nation against the economic malaise still sapping the United States and Europe.
  • “Christ is in Our Midst” - A Catholic pays a visit to a Russian Orthodox Church in Beijing

    09/26/2012 3:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 26, 2012 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Iconostasis of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos, Russian Embassy, Beijing, China Sunday morning in China’s capital city is not unlike most other days: Beijing’s more than 20 million inhabitants bustle through congested sidewalks, cars compete almost hopelessly for space on crowded roads, and hazy grey skies loom heavily over the city landscape, punctuated by soaring cranes marking new constructions. Beijing is not exactly a city of church bells and rising spires, but nestled quietly among the trees within the protective walls of the Russian Embassy lies the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition...
  • China Launches Carrier, but Experts Doubt Its Worth

    09/25/2012 10:25:51 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | September 25, 2012 | By JANE PERLEZ
    BEIJING — In a ceremony attended by the country’s top leaders, China put its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, a move intended to signal its growing military might as tensions escalate between Beijing and its neighbors over islands in nearby seas. --------------------------------snip----------------------- The mark “16” on the carrier’s side indicates that it is limited to training, Chinese and other military experts said. China does not have planes capable of landing on the carrier and so far training for such landings has been carried out on land, they said. . .
  • The Chinese Stock Market Sank To A New 3-Year Low

    09/26/2012 6:16:09 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    The Chinese Stock Market Sank To A New 3-Year Low Also Sprach AnalystSep. 26, 2012, 7:20 AM Shanghai Composite briefly feel below 2000 in today’s session, making new low. It closed at 2004.16, down 1.24%. The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood defended the 2000 for the time being. This only makes the following chart as glaring as it has ever been. S&P 500 is still hovering at the highs, while Shanghai Composite is already at post-crisis new low. Also Sprach Analyst
  • Will China Bashing Cost Mitt Romney The Election?

    09/26/2012 6:05:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/26/2012 | Charles Kadlec
    Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign for President made a potentially fatal error on September 13th by moving to the left of President Barack Obama on the emotional issue of trade with China. On that day, the Romney campaign released a major press release attacking Obama for not labeling China a “currency manipulator.” Claiming China is cheating, Romney is promising the American people he will seek to force the Chinese to allow the dollar to fall in value relative to the Chinese yuan. Last January, I warned Romney’s support for a weak dollar policy relative to China would prove to be the...
  • China and Japan Talk War

    09/26/2012 6:04:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The Drudge Report revels in juxtaposing high-contrast headlines. By visually grouping conflicting storylines, the website's digital editors have made the ironic jolt an editorial art form. Last week, on Sept. 19 (the date will prove to be important), a trio of Drudge-linked articles delivered a geopolitical jolt, of the dry throat and think-about-it variety. The headlines, in Drudge jolt order: (1) Panetta: New Asia Focus Not Aimed to Contain China ... (2) Chinese General: Prepare for Combat With Japan ... (3) Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan ... The common theme is obvious: a looming, perhaps immediate, conflict in...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (English.sina.com, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • (Eminent Domain) Chinese Protester "Crushed to Death by State-Controlled Road-Flattening Truck"

    09/25/2012 7:49:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 September 2012 | Chris Parsons
    Chinese protester opposing government takeover of village land 'is crushed to death by state-controlled road-flattening truck' • Protester He Zhu Hua, appears to be crushed in shocking images • He opposed being moved after government tried to claim land for commercial use • Reports claim government then tried to hide body and sent security to quell anger from residents This is the horrifying moment a Chinese protester was allegedly brutally crushed to death by a government road flattening truck over a land dispute. The demonstrator had apparently resisted a government relocation when he appeared to be crushed by the huge...
  • In dispute over islands, Japan trades water-cannon fire with Taiwan as meets with China

    09/25/2012 7:44:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | September 25, 2012 | AP
    <p>Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other Tuesday in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China Sea, as Japan met with another rival, China, in an effort to tamp down tensions.</p> <p>About 40 Taiwanese fishing boats and 12 patrol boats entered waters near the islands on Tuesday morning, briefly triggering an exchange of water cannon fire with Japanese coast guard ships. Coast guard officials said the Taiwanese vessels had ignored warnings to get out of their territory, and the Taiwanese ships pulled back after being fired upon.</p>
  • India holds wargames along China, Pakistan border soon

    09/25/2012 10:52:28 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    Economic Times ^ | September 25, 2012
    With an aim of checking its preparedness, the army recently conducted wargames along the Chinese border and is preparing for similar exercises along the Pakistan frontier soon. The exercises in the North East were conducted by 33 Corps under the Eastern Army Command earlier this month, army sources said. Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh oversaw these exercises which were intended to check the battle preparedness vis-a-vis the Chinese army, the sources said. Similar exercises will be conducted along the Pakistan border soon, the sources said. The Army Chief will visit Pune this week in connection with the exercises. India has...
  • Is China Burning?

    09/24/2012 12:25:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/23/2012 | Gordon G. Chang
    Chinese streets were quiet today after anti-Japan protests, many of them violent, rocked more than a 100 cities last week. Large demonstrations continued through Tuesday, the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of Manchuria. The disturbances, triggered by a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, are commonly described as the worst anti-Japan riots to hit the country since at least 2005, and they may have even been more destructive than that. In any event, the damage to Japan’s business interests in China was substantial. More than a dozen Japanese companies halted operations in the country as...
  • iPhone assembler Foxconn closes factory after brawl involving 2,000

    09/24/2012 5:32:54 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 28 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Clare Jim
    TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for top global electronics companies, closed a plant in China on Monday after about 2,000 workers were involved in a brawl at a company dormitory. It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. Foxconn said the trouble started with a personal row that blew up into a brawl. But some people posting messages on a Twitter-like site said factory...
  • India Test Fired China specific ,God of Fire - Agni 3 and Agni 4 Ballistic Missiles

    09/21/2012 9:16:10 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 8 replies
    Close on the heels of the success of Agni-IV trial, India on Friday test-fired nuclear weapons capable Agni-III ballistic missile for its full range of 3,000 km from the Wheeler Island , off the Odisha coast. The 17-metre tall, surface-to-surface long range missile was picked up from the production lot and fired by the Strategic Force Command personnel from a rail mobile launcher at 1.20 p.m. After a flight duration of around 15 minutes, it impacted the pre-designated target in the Indian Ocean with a two digit accuracy and met the mission objectives, according to official sources. After accelerating to...
  • The Coming Global Disorder

    09/20/2012 11:23:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Commentary ^ | September 2012 | Bret Stephens
    Woody Island is a speck of land in the middle of the South China Sea, not quite a square mile in size. Over the past 80 years it has been occupied by French Indochina, Imperial Japan, the Republic of China, the People’s Republic of China, South Vietnam, and, after a brief war in 1974, the People’s Republic again. Now known as Yongxing to the Chinese (or Phu Lam to the Vietnamese, who still lay claim to it), the island has an airstrip, a harbor, and a few hundred Chinese residents, none native-born, many of whom make their living as fishermen....
  • Solar panels built in China installed on federal building

    09/19/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    Fox News Channel (live) | 9/19/12
    Prohibited by law. Breaking.
  • In a Tight Race, Obama Draws on the Levers of His Power

    09/20/2012 12:01:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | Peter Baker and Eric Lipton
    For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing. That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the power of the office to bolster the case for re-election. Rather than leave it to the trade office to announce the...
  • The Chinese Stock Market Is Selling Off After The Dismal Manufacturing Report

    09/19/2012 8:21:14 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-19-2012 | Mamta Badkar
    The Chinese Stock Market Is Selling Off After The Dismal Manufacturing Report Mamta BadkarSeptember 19, 2012 The HSBCFlash PMI report for China climbed to 47.8 in September but stayed below the all-important contractionary reading of 50. Markets did not like the results. The Shanghai Composite is off about 1.2 percent on the news.
  • China’s (Severe) Corporate Cash Crunch, Illustrated

    09/19/2012 6:02:54 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Also Sprach ^ | 9-19-2012 | Zarathustra
    China’s Corporate Cash Crunch, Illustrated 19 September, 2012, 15:00. Posted by Zarathustra Paul J. Davies at FT wrote about China’s cash crunch last week. He found that one-third of companies experienced operating negative cash flow in the most recent quarter. More interestingly, he also found that many of the companies’ cash flow slumps are not seasonal. The fact that the economic slowdown is creating troubles for many Chinese companies is not a secret. Even though the economy is still growing fast relative to many other countries, corporate profitability has been declining. Sales are slowing as the economy slows, while costs...
  • Beijing Hints At Bond Attack On Japan

    09/19/2012 5:09:31 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-19-2012 | Evans Ambrose-Pritchard
    Beijing Hints At Bond Attack On JapanThe Telegraph (UK)Evans Ambrose-Pritchard A senior advisor to the Chinese government has called for an attack on the Japanese bond market to precipitate a funding crisis and bring the country to its knees, unless Tokyo reverses its decision to nationalise the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Jin Baisong from the Chinese Academy of International Trade – a branch of the commerce ministry – said China should use its power as Japan’s biggest creditor with $230bn (£141bn) of bonds to “impose sanctions on Japan in the most effective manner” and bring Tokyo’s...
  • Crowd Attacks The US Ambassador In Beijing

    09/19/2012 4:59:46 AM PDT · by blam · 113 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-19-2012 | Malcom Moore - The Telegraph, UK
    Crowd Attacks The US Ambassador In Beijing Malcolm Moore, The TelegraphSep. 19, 2012, 6:19 AM A crowd of around 50 Chinese protesters surrounded the official car of the United States ambassador in Beijing, who escaped unharmed, a State department spokesman said. The melee occurred outside the gates of the US embassy on Tuesday and security guards had to intervene to protect Gary Locke, 62. The protesters caused minor damage to the vehicle, a statement from the embassy said. "Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today's incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to...