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  • China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan before Trump call with Taiwanese president

    12/05/2016 2:02:22 PM PST · by jennychase · 23 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/5/2016 | Jennifer Griffin
    Officials: China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwans president over the phone, China flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan for the first time, two U.S. officials revealed to Fox News.
  • Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader

    12/05/2016 5:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2016 3:18 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire and Gillian Wong
    President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago. In a series of Sunday evening tweets, Trump groused about criticism that he didnt work with China ahead of the contact. China considers Taiwan a rogue province. Did China ask us if it was OK to carry out a number of actions such as build up disputed islands in the South China Sea or take economic measures hurtful to the United States, Trump tweeted....
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Irans nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trumps incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 have the obligation to fully implement it. Iran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that, Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investors proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to fully and permanently abandon its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SEs California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsofts MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or Steamed Bun Xi, a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. Am I stupid? Once I answer youd take a screengrab, read one answer to a question...
  • Chinese firms have 'big enthusiasm' to invest in Philippines

    11/15/2016 7:12:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 8:56 AM EST
    A Beijing trade official said Tuesday that Chinese companies have very big enthusiasm about investing in railways and airports and other major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, and his government will encourage them to build an industrial park. Wu Zhengping of Chinas Ministry of Commerce said the two countries have agreed to hold a meeting of a joint trade and economic commission early next year and sign a six-year plan to boost trade and investment.
  • Gwadar Port to come into operation today

    11/12/2016 7:15:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    dailytimes.com.pk ^ | 11/13/2016
    This will be first major achievement for both the countries under the CPEC, as China is already working to make Gwadar a state-of-the-art port. Under the 'One Belt, One Road' policy, this port will increase the volume of trade between Pakistan and China, while the neighbouring countries will also benefit from it. Sources said that Russia and Iran have already showed their interest in joining the CPEC,
  • Xi shows one-China benefits in talks with Taiwan opposition

    11/01/2016 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 1, 2016 9:27 AM EDT | Christopher Bodden
    Chinese President Xi Jinping met Tuesday with Taiwans opposition leader, underscoring Beijings message to the islands independence-leaning administration that it won't have access to the mainlands highest levels of power if it doesnt accept that Taiwan is part of China. Xis meeting with Nationalist Party Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing comes months after China cut off communication and exchanges with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wens administration. Diplomatically, China has also sought to isolate the island even more by having its representatives barred from international gatherings. [] Xi said that China resolutely...
  • China least generous country in the world: poll

    10/28/2016 5:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    China is the least generous country in the world, according to a worldwide survey on generosity by the Charities Aid Foundation. The 2016 CAF World Giving Index is based on a poll of 1,000 respondents from 140 countries and regions, asking them if in the last month they helped a stranger, donated money to charity or volunteered their time. China ranked 140th place in the poll, behind Palestine, Yemen, Greece and the Democratic Republic of Congo, lifestyle website Shanghaiist reports. [] Myanmar tops the index for the third year running with a score of 70 percent, followed by the United...
  • China's Communist Party raises Xi to symbolic 'core' status

    10/27/2016 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT
    China’s Communist Party on Thursday elevated President Xí Jìnpíng to the position of “core” of the leadership, underscoring the clout he has amassed on the back of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and crackdown on dissent. […] While mainly symbolic, the move to bestow Xí with “core” status reflects his assertion of himself as one of the country’s most powerful leaders in decades. It was an accolade bestowed on past leaders including famed reformist Dèng Xiǎopíng and ex-President Jiāng Zémín, but which Xí’s immediate predecessor never attained. …
  • China to blast 2 astronauts into space on Monday

    10/15/2016 9:29:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2016 11:52 PM EDT
    Chinese officials unveiled plans for Mondays launch of the countrys latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30 a.m., said Wu Ping, deputy director of Chinas manned space engineering office, in a televised news conference. The Shenzhou mission will take off aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China.
  • U.S. charges four Chinese, firm with aiding Pyongyangs nuclear program

    09/27/2016 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2016 at 5:18 PM | Ellen Nakashima
    The Treasury Department and Justice Department took actions Monday against four Chinese individuals and one Chinese company for conspiring to aid North Koreas nuclear weapons program in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. The unsealing of criminal charges and the imposition of new sanctions are aimed at shutting down a major Chinese node supporting North Koreas weapons proliferation, officials said. The Justice Department charged the individuals and the trading company with conspiring to launder money and with evading sanctions. The four individuals and the company are all located in China.
  • THE VATICAN, CHINA, AND EVANGELICAL PRUDENCE

    09/21/2016 5:18:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    First Things | September 21, 2016 | George Wiegel
    Recent remarks by the Vaticans Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, have fueled speculation about a possible exchange of diplomatic representation between the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China. Unfortunately, the cardinals remarks did not address any of the serious questions that have been raised about the evangelical and prudential wisdom of such an agreement at this moment in history. Those questions involve the nature of the PRC regime; the doctrine and canon law of the Church; the impact of such an agreement on Vatican diplomacy in promoting human rights; and the Churchs twenty-first-century mission in China. 1....
  • [Philippine president] Duterte to Chinese envoy: Treat us as your brothers, not enemies

    09/17/2016 11:13:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 11:34 AM August 29th, 2016 | Nestor Corrales
    Treat us as your brothers and not enemies. President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday personally pleaded to the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines to allow Filipino fishermen to fish over the disputed West Philippine Sea. I hope the Chinese may find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos. I hope you treat us [as] your brothers and not enemies and take note of our plight, Duterte said in front of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua during his speech at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
  • Philippine leader rejects joint patrols, eyes China weapons

    09/13/2016 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2016 10:14 AM EDT | Jim Gomez
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he wont allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the U.S. military earlier this year.Duterte also said he was considering acquiring defense equipment from Russia and China. The Philippines has traditionally leaned on the U.S., its longtime treaty ally, and other Western allies for its security needs. The remarks were the latest from a Philippine president who has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S. but also has tried to mend relations with China strained...
  • China says executes 'very small number' of criminals

    09/11/2016 11:10:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2016 1:49 AM EDT
    China says it intends for the death penalty to be used only on a very small number of extremely serious criminal offenders. [] China is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world put together, but no longer does so for most nonviolent crimes. Chinas law allows for the death penalty for dozens of offenses, including treason, separatism, spying, arson, murder, rape, robbery and human trafficking.
  • Germany to UK: don't enter trade talks before Brexit

    09/07/2016 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Sep 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany on Wednesday warned Britain against negotiating free trade deals with non-EU member states before it quits the bloc, after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up commerce agreements during a G20 summit in China. As spokesman of the German government, I am not going to judge who the British prime minister holds talks with, Steffen Seibert told journalists in Berlin. But he stressed that it is clear that an EU member state cannot hold bilateral talks on free trade deals with non-EU states as long as it remains a member of the EU.
  • Is Naval Conflict With China Inevitable?

    09/05/2016 6:49:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    real clear politics ^ | Sept. 3 2016 | Seth Cropsey
    This week, President Obama is making his final trip to Asia. With the presidential election looming, it is the right time to reflect on Obamas foreign policy, and to think about what is to come. A key component of the next presidents foreign policy must be to compel China to respect international law. Otherwise, we may be faced by a conflict with a growing navy at a time when ours is decreasing in size. Obama has not made this imperative any easier. On July 12 an international tribunal at The Hague found that China possessed neither an historic claim over...
  • EU leaders call for action on Chinese steel

    09/03/2016 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2016 1:41 AM EDT
    European Union leaders have called for China to take action on its bloated steel industry and defended an order to Ireland to collect back taxes from Apple, highlighting the trade strains looming over a global economic summit. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Sunday that the Group of 20 meeting must urgently find a solution to excess steel production that Beijings trading partners blame for job losses.
  • Tarmac Altercation Upon Obama's Arrival In China Official Shouts "This Is Our Country, Our Airport"

    09/03/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | September 3, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Upon arrival on Saturday in China as part of his last visit to Asia as US Commander in Chief for the periodic photo-op that is the G-20 meeting, something unexpected happened: a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation.
  • China Heads West: Beijing's New Silk Road to Europe

    08/31/2016 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 31, 2016 06:40 PM | Erich Follath
    China is building new roads, railroads and pipelines from Central Asia to Europe in an effort to build new connections to the rest of the world. The results may be good for the Chinese but less so for the other countries involved. [] Xi Jinping, 63, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, wants to revive the myth and build a New Silk Road, in large parts along the old trade route. It would mark the return of a legend. For some time now, many of his speeches have included references to yi dai yi...
  • Communist Chinas Legislative Body Mulls Paris Climate Accord, As Obama Takes the Executive Route

    08/30/2016 5:30:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 30, 2016 | 4:22 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The Standing Committee of Chinas rubberstamp parliament is meeting to discuss formally acceding to a far-reaching climate change agreement negotiated in Paris last year, amid signs that President Obama is preparing to take the same step but without Senate ratification possibly within days. The White House maintains that the climate accord is an executive agreement, not a treaty, and therefore does not require the Senates advice and consent. Obama travels to China this week for a G20 summit in Hangzhou, and climate change is high on the agenda both for the summit and for his bilateral meetings with...
  • New emails reportedly show Clinton Foundation exec, State Dept. aide discussed access to China[tr]

    08/28/2016 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2016
    Recently released emails appear to further show a direct connection between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including efforts to get foundation donors seats to an official lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao. In emails dated December 2010, Clinton State Department aide Huma Abedin and then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band discussed potential guests for the lunch with the Chinese president including three executives from groups that had donated millions to the foundation, according to an ABC News report late Saturday. Among the possible guests discussed were Bob McCann, then-president of...
  • China says seeks closer military ties with Syria

    08/21/2016 10:59:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:51am EDT | Ben Blanchard
    China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia. But China has been trying to get more involved, including sending envoys to help push for a diplomatic resolution to the violence there and hosting Syrian government and opposition figures.
  • Tokyo protests as China Coast Guard passes Diaoyutais

    08/21/2016 10:29:54 AM PDT · by traumer · 5 replies
    TEMPERATURE RISING:Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests since Aug. 5 over what it says have been 30 intrusions in its waters by Chinese vessels Tokyo yesterday protested to Beijing after Chinese Coast Guard vessels sailed into territorial waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said. Four Chinese vessels entered the waters around the Japanese-controlled Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) — known as the Senkakus in Japan — at about 10am, the Japan Coast Guard said, adding that the vessels left the waters within one hour. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets,...
  • Clinton's 1995 Beijing speech: A 'transformative' moment (barf)

    08/20/2016 2:12:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 2:39 AM EDT | Jocelyn Noveck
    Flying across the Pacific on an Air Force jet bound for Beijing, first lady Hillary Clinton huddled deep into the night with a few aides and advisers, honing her speech for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. It was 1995, and it had been a bruising first few years in the White House: Troopergate, Travelgate, Whitewater. Not to mention the failure of her own high-profile efforts unprecedented for a first lady to reform the nation's health care system. Even her trip to China provoked controversy. There were objections in some quarters to a first lady wading into...
  • In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 12:09:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/18/2016 | Zhao Nanxiong
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) Here at AsiaNews we have received and gladly publish this urgent appeal from a priest in South China. Frequent appeals for help are arriving from the underground Catholic Chinese clergy, this year. They find themselves in a very difficult and serious dilemma: they are being forced to register by accepting the Catholic Patriotic Association with its three autonomy principles. But, it seems that nobody cares for them. The public attention of all Catholics concerned with the Church in China is drawn elsewhere: it is focused upon the possible results of the ongoing negotiations between the Holy...
  • Cardinal Zens Fears Come to Pass in China [Catholic Caucus]

    08/16/2016 1:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vaticans increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new formula allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article A winter of darkness for religions in China by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: From information that has...
  • Report: China Could Make a Big Move in the South China Starting Next Month

    08/14/2016 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 14th, 2016 | Harry J. Kazianis
    It seems if the Peoples Republic of China is going to make a push to radically alter the status-quo in the South China Seaby reclaiming the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal that is clearly within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippineswe now have a good idea of when that might happen: sometime between early September, after the G-20 summit being hosted in China, and the U.S. presidential election on November 8th. The idea was laid out in a recent article in the South China Morning Post in an article dated August 13th. The report, quoting a source familiar with...
  • Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

    08/11/2016 6:02:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 6:47 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group had until next Thursday to respond to his preliminary view that their leasing a 50.4 percent stake in Ausgrid over 99 years would not be in the national interest. The decision almost certainly sinks the deal for the New South Wales state-owned electricity network that would have earned more than 10 billion Australian dollars ($7.6 billion). The money would have been spent on...
  • Satellite Photos Suggest Chinese Military Build-Up on Disputed South China Sea Islands

    08/09/2016 1:06:47 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | August 9, 2016 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) Satellite photographs taken in late July show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in disputed South China Sea islands, a Washington-based research group said.
  • China slams Donald Trump for criticising its trade practices, says 'US voters deserve better'

    08/09/2016 8:50:39 AM PDT · by cba123 · 20 replies
    firstpost.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | AP
    Beijing Republican presidential candidate is playing the "China-bashing card" in an attempt to rescue his falling poll numbers but has no real ideas to resolve the two nations' differences, China's official news agency said Tuesday. (please see link, for full article)
  • $161,025,400,000 Merchandise Trade Deficit With China in First Half of 2016

    08/05/2016 7:35:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 5, 2016 | 9:07 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States ran a $161,025,400,000 merchandise trade deficit with China through the first six months of 2016 (Janaury through June), according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. That deficit with China was by far the largest the U.S. accumulated with any country in the first half of the year.
  • Paper cat Australia will learn its lesson (Red China threatens)

    08/05/2016 6:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016/7/30 0:23:01
    Around the announcement of the arbitration tribunal over the South China Sea, Australia was one of the most delirious countries. Canberra immediately supported the arbitration result and claimed China must abide by it, and also signed a joint declaration with the US and Japan. Australia has inked a free trade agreement with China, its biggest trading partner, which makes its move of disturbing the South China Sea waters surprising to many. Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials,...
  • China unveils 'world's largest amphibious aircraft' (Boeing 737-sized seaplane)

    07/25/2016 2:20:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AFP
    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any...
  • World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Made In China

    07/25/2016 5:21:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Xinhua ^ | July 23, 2016
    The first AG600 amphibious aircraft rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong Province. The aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. (Xinhua photo) GUANGZHOU, Xinhua --- China has completed production of a massive amphibious aircraft that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. The AG600 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, in what aviation observers see as a milestone for the country. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes, a maximum cruising speed of...
  • 100 Indian Tanks Now Near China Border In Eastern Ladakh, More To Come

    07/21/2016 6:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 19, 2016 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    LADAKH: Tipu Sultan, Maharana Pratap and Aurangzeb are surveying the vast open valleys hugging the mountain ranges of eastern Ladakh, ready to counter any threat from China, which lies just across the border. If you are wondering how the three rulers, separated by hundreds of years, have come together, these are the names of three tanks of a regiment the Indian Army has positioned about six to eight months ago in eastern Ladakh. India did briefly use tanks here in the 1962 India-China war (five were air dropped) but they were withdrawn after the humiliating defeat. Now, the tanks of...
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    radionz.co.nz ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Brit Investment Company Gives Up on US Electric Truck Maker

    07/13/2016 5:10:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:46 | Paul Chesser
    A British investment company has thrown in the towel on an electric delivery truck manufacturer that it once wholly owned, saw fail, then spun off in the United States at the height of President Obamas green energy stimulus subsidy mania. U.K.-based Tanfield Group announced at the end of June that it wrote down the value of the last 5.76 percent ownership stake it held in Smith Electric Vehicles, which received $32 million in U.S. taxpayer funds as a formerly British entity that reconstituted and relocated in Kansas City in 2009. The move by Tanfield followed Smiths legal action filed against...
  • Violence in South Sudan Kills Two Chinese U.N. Peacekeepers

    07/11/2016 7:44:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 07/11/2016 | Josh Chin
    The troops were traveling to provide security at a refugee camp when their vehicle was hit, the Chinese Defense Ministry statement said. The Chinese military is deeply shocked by and strongly condemns the attack, the statement said, adding condolences to the victims and their family members. The loss of the two Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan come after Shen Liangliang, a U.N. peacekeeper stationed in Mali, was killed in an attack on a U.N. camp on May 31 that wounded five other Chinese troops. The three deaths, coming so close together, illustrate the increased risks faced by Chinese peacekeeping troopsparticularly...
  • Violence in South Sudan Kills Two Chinese U.N. Peacekeepers [all about oil?]

    07/11/2016 6:43:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    The troops were traveling to provide security at a refugee camp when their vehicle was hit, the Chinese Defense Ministry statement said. The Chinese military is deeply shocked by and strongly condemns the attack, the statement said, adding condolences to the victims and their family members. The loss of the two Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan come after Shen Liangliang, a U.N. peacekeeper stationed in Mali, was killed in an attack on a U.N. camp on May 31 that wounded five other Chinese troops. The three deaths, coming so close together, illustrate the increased risks faced by Chinese peacekeeping troopsparticularly...
  • Here Is Why the US Military Is Not In Panic Mode Over China's Carrier-Killer Missiles

    06/20/2016 9:06:58 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 20, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    What makes the new Chinese capability different is the combination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with long-range precision weapons. The combination ubiquitous ISR, long-range precision strike weapons take that to the next level, [Adm. John Richardson, the U.S. Navys chief of naval operations], said. It demands a response.But the threat is not just contained in the South China Sea, Richardson said. The anti-ship ballistic missile threat is increasingly found around the world and will continue to proliferate. Indeed,the hermit kingdom of North Korea has apparently acquired anti-ship ballistic missile technology. As such, the Navy will have to get...
  • US defense secretary offers closer security ties to China

    06/03/2016 8:23:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2016 10:24 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    Striking a notably positive tone, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday offered closer U.S. cooperation with China in pursuit of a deeper and broader Asian security network. He said he intends to visit Beijing this year. In a speech to an international security conference in Singapore, Carter repeated frequent U.S. complaints about China unnerving its neighbors with expansive moves to build up reefs, islets and other land features in the disputed South China Sea. But he did not explicitly accuse China of militarizing those areas. He emphasized possibilities for cooperating with China while stating that the U.S. will remain...
  • Clinton Foundation Snafu: Video Footage Catches FBI Probe Suspects Arriving At Hillary's House

    05/30/2016 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Recently we reported that Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was under investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's integrity unit regarding donations to McAuliffe's campaign during his time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Specifically, investigators were scrutinizing a $120,000 donation McAuliffe received from Wang Wenliang, a Chinese businessman, who was also a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million. The Daily Mail has obtained footage that shows the two men entering Hillary Clinton's residence off D.C.'s Embassy row as they attended a fundraiser on September 30, 2013.
  • China state media promote rap song praising Karl Marx

    05/29/2016 4:14:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 7:16 AM EDT
    The latest hot topic for Chinese rappers is a bearded 19th-century German philosopher who wrote a book called The Communist Manifesto. Chinese state media are promoting a new rap song praising Karl Marx, in the latest attempt to leverage popular culture in support of the ruling Communist Party. Entitled Marx is a post-90 Chinas version of a millennial the song extols the communist godfathers supposed coolness with lyrics such as, Life is full of little accidents, then one day I discovered how awesome he was. I saw my faith, dont even ask why, it continues. You are my...
  • Will there be war in the South China Sea?

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by originalist_1776 · 20 replies
    Podcast Reuters and War College on Soundcloud.com via War is Boring ^ | May 21, 2016 | U.S. Naval War College professor James Holmes
    <p>As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India.</p> <p>At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict.</p>
  • United States to remain worlds Number 1 power for a fairly long time: Beijing

    05/21/2016 8:56:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 21 May, 2016, 2:01am | Laura Zhou
    The United States will remain the worlds leading power for a long time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday, but he stressed global affairs should not be dominated by one country. Wang made the remarks during an interview with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, ahead of the seventh ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Doha last week, and the transcript of the interview was released on Thursday night. When asked whether China, the worlds second largest economy, had prepared to replace a declining US as global leader, Wang replied from what we know about the country,...
  • Chinese Aircraft Intercept U.S. Reconnaissance Plane Over South China Sea - Pentagon

    05/18/2016 6:08:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Thursday, 19 May 2016 | IDREES ALI
    Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military aircraft on Tuesday over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The incident took place in international airspace as the U.S. reconnaissance aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol," a Pentagon statement said. The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
  • Pentagon: 'Unsafe' intercept over South China Sea

    05/18/2016 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 12 replies
    At least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was conducting a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told CNN Wednesday. The Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, the official said.
  • Maoists still a force 50 years after the Cultural Revolution

    05/15/2016 3:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2016 3:57 AM EDT | Gerry Shih
    Fifty years after Mao Zedong unleashed the decade-long Cultural Revolution to reassert his authority and revive his radical communist agenda, the spirit of modern Chinas founder still exerts a powerful pull. Millions of people were persecuted, publicly humiliated, beaten or killed during the upheaval, as zealous factionalism metastasized countrywide, tearing apart Chinese society at a most basic level. [] It was only in 1981 five years after Maos death that Chinas government officially pronounced the Cultural Revolution a catastrophe. But in the ancient city of Luoyang, the old, the poor and the marginalized gather daily in the main...