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Aug 24 07:52

China's steel output jumps to new record high in July as demand recovers

As the world’s second largest economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, its steel sector reached record high output last month, according to fresh industry data.

China produced 93.36 million tons of crude steel in July, or 3.05 million tons a day, which is over nine percent more than it did over the same period last year, Chinese media reported on Monday citing the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA). The figures coincide with data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), released earlier this month.

July crude steel output exceeded the previous monthly record of 92.27 tons set in May. From January to July, China churned out 593.17 million tons of crude steel, with production rising 2.8 percent year-on-year, the NBS data showed.

Aug 24 07:35

US Bill Seeks To Ban Title "President" For China's Xi Jinping

A new bill introduced in Washington seeks to change the way the federal government refers to the leader of China, prohibiting the use of the term "president", and will - if passed - lead to a dramatic escalation in already tense relations between the two superpowers. According to the SCMP, the "Name the Enemy Act" would require that official US government documents instead refer to the head of state according to his or her role as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, holds three official titles, none of which is “president”: head of state (guojia zhuxi, literally “state chairman”); chairman of the central military commission; and general secretary of the CCP. However, in the English-speaking world, Xi has generally opted for “president”, which critics say "offers unwarranted legitimacy" to an unelected leader.

Aug 24 06:47

China Warns 'Necessary Countermeasures' Coming For Any Asian Country Willing To Host US Missiles

It was a year ago that the Pentagon first announced it would move forward with plans to deploy intermediate range ballistic missiles to Asia "within months" — an ambitious timeline which of course never materialized, nevertheless a prospect that's remained on the table ever since, driving tensions higher as part of what Beijing has slammed repeatedly as Washington's "Cold War mentality".

In a new statement China's Foreign Ministry has vowed it will take "countermeasures" should any US ally in the region agree to host American missiles.

Aug 21 05:32

Pompeo: We’ll Sanction China or Russia if They Violate Iran Snapback Sanctions

On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United Nations Security Council snapback sanctions on Iran will resume and if China, Russia, or any other country does not follow them, the United States will respond by imposing sanctions on them.

Pompeo said, “30 days from now, all the sanctions that were in place will resume. They have been temporarily paused because of the ridiculous nuclear deal, and the world will be a safer place. The Iranians won’t have the chance to have Russian air-defense systems, Chinese tanks, all the things that pose risk and instability in the Middle East. The Gulf states are all excited about — Israel is excited about it. It’ll reduce their risk, and it’ll make Americans safer too.”

Host Bret Baier then asked, “So when China or Russia refuse, is the administration going to hold them accountable with sanctions too?”

Aug 21 03:30

If Biden wins, China wins and America loses.

Aug 20 09:16

US Suspends Extradition & Tax Treaties With Hong Kong As It's "No Longer Sufficiently Autonomous"

Perhaps much belatedly, but hugely significant following Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France and Britain doing the same, the US on Wednesday formally halted its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in protest of Beijing's previously imposed national security law and amid soaring tensions with China more broadly.

The US State Department announced that it's part of a total of three US bilateral agreements with Hong Kong being permanently dropped.

“These agreements covered the surrender of fugitive offenders, the transfer of sentenced persons, and reciprocal tax exemptions on income derived from the international operation of ships,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

Aug 20 08:14

Photo: Chinese Submarine Spotted Entering Hidden Cave Base

A recent satellite photo managed to capture a Chinese submarine entering a cave base on Hainan Island, at the northern end of the South China Sea.

On Tuesday, a photograph of the sea outside of Yulin Naval Base by private Earth-imaging company Planet Labs captured an unusual scene: a large submarine positioned just outside the mouth of the cavernous Chinese citadel.

The photo was first posted on social media by Radio Free Asia, a US government-funded media outlet that is part of the US Agency for Global Media. In the image, a submarine flanked by two small surface vessels sits just outside the mouth of the cave leading to the base, facing toward it.

Aug 20 08:07

CONFIRMED: Chinese Communist Newspaper Endorses Joe Biden – “Joe Biden Is Smoother to Deal with than Donald Trump”

On Thursday (China time), on the same day as Joe Biden’s much anticipated Democrat Party convention speech, the Chinese Communist newspaper endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States.

The Global Times says Joe Biden may reactivate the job-killing TPP and the Iran nuclear deals pushed by the Obama administration.

China is rooting for a weak America. Trump is rooting for a strong America.

This was quite an endorsement.

Aug 20 06:04

The US and Japan just teamed up for multiple joint air and sea exercises in a message to China

In an implicit message to China, the Japanese and U.S. militaries teamed up this week for a number of joint exercises involving warships, heavy bombers, advanced fighter jets and an aircraft carrier in the waters and airspace near Japan.

The scale and tempo of the multiple joint exercises was noticeably large and came as Sino-U.S. tensions continued to spiral over security, economic and human rights concerns.

Aug 20 04:35

Pompeo Says Keeping Saudis From Nukes a Top US Priority

Israel concerned Saudis might get nuclear arms with 'China's help'

Following reports that this is a specific concern of Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he believes it is a “real risk” that Saudi Arabia will get nukes, and that the US views it as a “top priority” to try to prevent the Saudis from getting such arms.

Recent reports, all centering on the Israeli narrative, claim the Saudis are processing yellowcake uranium, and that they are getting secret help from China that could lead to the acquisition of nuclear arms in the future.

This is an unusual place for the administration to be in, as they general support arming the Saudis to the teeth, and Pompeo has repeatedly gone to bat for the idea that the Saudis need more arms for their “emergency” state. Those are US-made arms, of course.

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"purchased Yellowcake uranium"..... now, where have we heard this charge before?!?

Oh, yes, I remember now; it was before the US invaded Iraq, and it was the Bush administration making that claim.

Chronology of Bush Administration Claim that Iraq Attempted to Obtain Uranium from Niger (2001-2003)

And remember when Secretary of State Colin Powell's address to the UN, regarding Iraq's WMD program, which US intelligence agencies knew was chock-full of bold-faced lies?!?

How the Bush administration sold the war – and we bought it

But if China spurns Saudi Arabia, there is always their nuclear-armed "regional frenemy", Pakistan, which "just might be persuaded" to do so. After all, just 3 days ago, Pakistan's Army Chief visited Saudi Arabia. Pakistan’s Army Chief Visits Saudi Arabia Amid Strained Ties

One would have to be naive in the extreme, to think that the issue of potential Saudi nuclear weapons didn't come up at some of these meetings.

Aug 20 03:27

Over 100,000 Chinese Evacuated As Floods Continue Pressuring Three Gorges Dam

Since early summer, devastating floods have wreaked havoc in southern China due to torrential rains caused by the rainy season, with most of the flooding observed around the Yangtze basin and its tributaries.

China's largest river, the Yangtze, continues to rise to dangerous levels after another round of rainfall. More than 100,000 people on Tuesday, in the Sichuan province, were evacuated from their homes, reported Reuters.

Some 63 million people have been affected by the floods, with economic damage totaling $26 billion.

A red alert was issued late Tuesday by the water commission, who said some monitoring stations along the river were expected to rise above flood protection levels. The ministry also warned about the Three Gorges Dam, indicating water inflow levels continued to increase, with water inflows registering 74,000 cubic meters per second on Wednesday, the highest ever.

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Judging from this imagery, it appears that many of these people affected by these floods are on course to lose everything, except possibly their lives.

Aug 19 15:30

American Politics: Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town

By Edward Curtin

The French writer Guy Debord called this The Society of the Spectacle.

For many months now, all eyes have been directed to the Covid-19 propaganda show with Fauci and Gates, and their mainstream corporate media mouthpieces, striking thunderbolts in the storm to scare the unknowing audience into submission so the transformation of the Great Global Reset, led by the World Economic Forum, Wall Street, the International Monetary Fund, et al can proceed smoothly.

Meanwhile, as the circus rolls along, far away and out of mind, shit happens:

With more than 400 military bases equipped with nuclear weapons surrounding China, the United States military continues its encirclement of China and China enters a “state of siege.”

King Joe and the Round Table: Biden’s America in a Multipolar World

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This article walks the American people, and the world, back to the grim reality that with every Presidential election cycle happening in this country every 4 years, Americans actually have no real choice regarding the leadership of this country; the war party always wins, every single time.

Aug 19 08:28

China: Deja vu all over again

Aug 18 15:11

This Is One Of The Single Biggest Threats To The Dollar Today

The US government is rapidly pushing China out of the US financial system. They may even default on the US debt that is owned by China.

Doing so will compel China to simply create its own, competing financial system.

And suddenly every country that China does business with would start using the Chinese system and increasing their holdings of Chinese renminbi.

As a result, China’s currency would essentially take global reserve ‘market share’ away from the US dollar. And even a small portion would have a huge impact.

A smaller share of global reserves would mean that the US could no longer get away with printing trillions of dollars, or piling up its endless mountain of debt.

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Apparently, being so pathologically blind as not to be able to see the trajectory of where a decision is leading, is requisite for work in the Federal government.

Aug 18 15:04

US Launches Soft Capital Control Attack On Beijing, "Urges" Colleges To Sell Chinese Stocks

One day after Trump activated what Bloomberg described as the "nuclear option" when the US announced that Huawei can’t access US technology directly or indirectly, an action which leaves it in extremely difficult circumstances, the U.S. State Department has escalated the Cold War with China yet again, with Bloomberg reporting that the US is now asking colleges and universities to divest from Chinese holdings in their endowments, "warning schools in a letter Tuesday to get ahead of potentially more onerous measures on holding the shares."

The iShares MSCI China ETF, the MSCI sold off on the news.

Aug 18 09:10

US 'would lose a war with China fought in the Pacific, is unable to defend Taiwan from an invasion and there are fears the Guam military base is at risk NOW', Pentagon sources warn

The US would lose a war with China fought in the Pacific, is unable to defend Taiwan from an invasion and fears the Guam military base is at risk now, US defense sources have warned.

'Eye-opening' Pentagon war games have revealed growing fears the US is vulnerable to threats from China and that any attack would lead to the US 'suffering capital losses', the sources said.

The worrying analysis is expected to come to light in the Pentagon's 2020 China military power report this summer.

Aug 18 09:06

Visualizing The Military Imbalance In The Taiwan Strait

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visited Taiwan for high level meetings last week in a move that angered Beijing. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, Azar's unprecedented trip prompted China to send J-10 and J-11 fighter jets into the Taiwan Strait where they briefly crossed the sensitive median line which unofficially separates airspace between the mainland and the island.

China considers Taiwan a rogue province and maintains that reunification is inevitable, reserving its right to use all necessary measures, including military force.

Aug 18 09:05

The Scary War Game Over Taiwan That the U.S. Loses Again and Again

Around a large table with a map and icons representing ships, submarines, planes, missile batteries, land-based forces, space-based sensors, and other apparatuses of modern warfare, officials from the Pentagon and the Rand Corp. fight a thus far unimaginable conflict.

The Red Team, composed of experts on the Chinese military, aims to use all available forces to capture Taiwan, the island 90 miles off the coast that China regards as a renegade province and that it has repeatedly vowed to retake, by force if necessary.

China's strategy would be to get an invasion fleet across the Taiwan Strait before the U.S. could come to its tiny ally’s aid. “And once that happens we'd face an Iwo Jima situation,” says a defense analyst, referring to a costly campaign to dislodge occupying Japanese in World War II.

Aug 18 07:12

First our barley, now our booze: China launches anti-dumping probe into Australia's $6billion wine industry after Scott Morrison called for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus

China has launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wines
It will look at whether Aussie winemakers 'dumped' cheap bottles into China
Australian wines in China are expensive and only cheaper than NZ wines
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he was 'perplexed' by the move

Aug 18 06:42

Enhancing tourism major component of draft Iran-China deal: Iranian official

An Iranian official says enhancing cooperation and investments in the tourism sector constitutes a key component of a 25-year partnership agreement under discussion between Iran and China.

Deputy of Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Vali Taymouri said Monday that a major component of the draft agreement — known as the Sino-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership — is seeking avenues of “expert cooperation” within the tourism sector and attracting Chinese tourists.

He said the draft agreement, which Tehran and Beijing are working to finalize, takes into account the views of experts at Iran’s tourism ministry.

The official added that the agreement would address investments in the construction by China of facilities meant to promote tourism.

Taymouri said that the possibility of Chinese or joint investments in the tourism sector and training tour leaders to further accommodate Chinese travelers has been considered in the pact.

Aug 18 06:28

China warns about the collapse of USD

Aug 18 06:07

Towards a US-China War? The Creation of a Global Totalitarian System, A “One World Government”?

On behalf of the Powers That Be (PTB), World War II was orchestrated by the circles of the City of London and of Wall Street to maneuver two great obstacles—Russia and Germany—to wage a war to the death against each other, in order that those Anglo-Saxon PTB could reorganize the world geopolitical chess board to their advantage. It largely succeeded, but for the small detail that after 1945, Wall Street and the Rockefeller brothers were determined that England play the junior partner to Washington. London and Washington then entered the period of their global domination known as the Cold War.

That Anglo-American global condominium ended, by design, in 1989 with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union by 1991.

Aug 17 06:45

Shenyang J-16 - The Chinese Su-35 Version

Aug 17 06:34

New J-31: faster than F-35 and stealthier than J-20

The world has entered the era of fourth-generation fighter jets (fifth gen for Russian and Chinese standards), but only four countries – China, the United States, Russia and Japan can produce such jets. Among them, China, the United States and Russia have developed their own fourth-generation fighters, and Japanese has got production lines of F-35 fighters from the United States.

According to experts, the performance of China’s J-31 fighter jet in the future can be comparable to that of the typical fourth-generation carrier-based fighter F-35C from the United States, and J-31 fighter’s speed of super-fast 1.8 Mach is even more advantageous.

Aug 17 06:09

John Pilger: China going into ‘state of SIEGE,’ will defend itself against the US!

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses the coronavirus pandemic and its damage to the UK, the scandal of some of the most vulnerable patients being thrown out of hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in tens of thousands of excess deaths, the ongoing privatization of the NHS, and the continuous deterioration of the NHS before the pandemic, Matt Hancock’s performance as health secretary, the ongoing persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, new charges against him, efforts to extradite him to the US, and the silence of mainstream journalists on his persecution. Finally, John Pilger discusses rising tensions between the US and its allies and China, the hypocrisy of Western foreign policy against Beijing, the Hong Kong National Security Law, the US military encirclement of China, and how the country is entering a ‘state of siege,’ rising tensions with Australia, and more!

Aug 16 19:56

Chinese Military Hardware is Garbage, proof

Aug 16 05:06

Taiwan finalizes $62bn purchase of F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin

Taiwan finalized the purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Friday, a source confirmed to AFP, in a $62 billion, 10-year deal sure to anger Beijing.

Aug 16 05:01

Chinese Military Posts Video of Hong Kong Air Defense Drills as Warning to U.S.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) used social media on Wednesday to publish a short video clip of Hong Kong air defense drills.

A military analyst told the island’s leading dissident newspaper, Apple Daily, that the incongruous 48-second video was meant as a warning to the United States against interfering with China’s oppression of Hong Kong.

The analyst, Anthony Wong of the International Military Association in Macau, noted that the video was labeled with Hong Kong’s name in English instead of Mandarin, a sign that its intended audience was the United States, along with Beijing loyalists in Hong Kong who want to see the PLA sending belligerent messages to the U.S.

“There’s no question about it, it’s to show the U.S. and to show the ‘blue ribbons’ in Hong Kong,” said Wong.

Aug 16 02:06

over millennials’ spending habits?Are China's Naval Ambitions A Global Threat?

Update: Adding fuel to the fire that Coughlin describes below, Global Times Editor Hu Xijin tweeted the following earlier today:

The more US aircraft carriers come to the South China Sea and exert pressure on China, the more it will prompt the PLA to develop complete and reliable methods against them. Once a war begins, these aircraft carriers are more likely to become vulnerable targets.

Authored by Con Coughlin via The Gatestone Institute,

China's decision to launch a fresh round of military exercises close to the disputed territory of Taiwan demonstrates that Beijing's communist rulers have little intention of backing down in their increasingly provocative confrontation with America and its allies.

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Over the years, I have observed that Con Coughlin never found a potential war with which he wasn't absolutely in love; one has to wonder what his investment strategy is, regarding the military industrial complex.

But that being said, in order to win such a war against China, many major changes are going to happen in that part of the US economy which he obviously adores.

First, the military industrial complex must never be allowed to contribute one dime to Presidential or State political campaigns.

It is very difficult to scream at someone over dinner, for providing completely horrible, antiquated products to be used in battle, when the heads of those very companies have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to one's political campaign.

Secondly, those heads of the companies which are the backbone of the military industrial complex in this country must understand, that when they sign contracts to create weapons, that if those weapons do not work as advertised, are delivered too late to work against emerging weapons developed by other countries, or at an exorbitant cost overruns, they are signing their own sentence to hard jail time, as having been instrumental in industrial military treason against the US.

Hard money needs to be re-established that is actually backed by something other than fiat money; the fiat money system is doomed to ultimately collapse, and we are observing the death-throes of the American dollar right now.

The draft will have to be re-instituted in this country; we don't have the troop strength to win against China, and the all-volunteer military is not creating either the quality or quantity of military personnel necessary to pursue a successful war against China.

Aug 14 13:38

Food Shortages Hitting China

Aug 13 10:34

Natural disasters are killing China’s food supply at breakneck speed

Communist China is facing a food crisis like perhaps never before, thanks to a barrage of natural disasters that just will not relent.

While some areas of the country are being drenched with rain, others are dealing with extreme drought conditions. Then there are the locusts and armyworms, which are destroying what remains.

The situation appears so extreme that Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua recently asked the governors of every Chinese province to ensure that their agricultural crops survive at all costs.

Aug 13 09:12

China increases military pressure on Taiwan: The view from Taipei

Two Chinese jets briefly flew across the Taiwan Strait "median line" - the de facto border between China and Taiwan - on Monday morning in what has been a busy year in cross-Strait military exercises.

While the jets were signalling Beijing's displeasure with US Health Secretary Alex Azar's ongoing visit to Taipei, similar missions have entered Taiwanese airspace and waters at least 20 times this year, according to local media.

While Taipei is not required to publicly disclose every military encounter with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned in July that Beijing might be preparing to "solve the Taiwan issue" - a euphemism for taking control of the island.

Aug 13 05:49

Exposing US Color Revolution in Thailand Aimed at China

The Western media was quick to decry the arrest of 34 year-old lawyer Anon Nampa who has been leading recent anti-government protests in Thailand.

Articles like, “Two protesters arrested, more sought,” noted Anon Nampa faces charges including sedition. The Western media cites an organization – Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) – noting its role in advocating for Anon Nampa’s release, but never notes that Anon Nampa himself works for TLHR or who funds and supports TLHR.

TLHR and the Protests it Leads Are US-Funded – Funding the Media Refuses to Mention

TLHR was created out of the US Embassy in 2014 just two days after a coup ousted the US-backed client regime of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra. TLHR has since protested both the coup and reforms enacted to ensure such a client regime could no longer take power.

Aug 13 05:44

First ever railway bridge connecting Russia & China to open in 2022

The long-awaited cross-border railway bridge linking Russia and China across the Amur river is scheduled to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2022, authorities in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region announced on Wednesday.

The 2,209-meter-long (1.4 mile) structure will link Russia’s Far East with China’s northernmost Heilongjiang province. The Nizhneleninskoye (Jewish Autonomous Region) to Tongjiang (Heilongjiang province) bridge will be the first railway bridge between the two countries. It is expected to bring bilateral trade to new highs.

China has already completed the construction of its part of the structure. As for the Russian side, the region’s acting governor Rostislav Goldstein said earlier it “would be preferable to complete all the work on time, which is the first quarter of 2021.”

Aug 13 05:29

Caitlin Johnstone: MSM smear merchants target critics of Establishment China narratives

As the US-centralized empire’s slow-motion third world war against unabsorbed governments continues to accelerate, narrative management campaigns are getting more and more frenzied.

We see this exemplified in two recent smear pieces published by imperial spinmeisters about critics of the establishment-authorized narratives about what’s happening in China.

The oligarch-funded Axios has published a new article titled“The American blog pushing Xinjiang denialism” about the alternative media outlet The Grayzone.

Aug 13 05:24

Trump says China not living up to trade deal

Aug 13 05:12

Photo: Beijing Reportedly Deploys H-6J Bomber to South China Sea’s Woody Island

A photo circulating on Chinese social media seems to show one of China’s most advanced bombers, the H-6J, on the airfield on tiny Woody Island, a growing Chinese settlement in the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

The photo, which originated on Sina Weibo before making its way to Twitter, shows a Xian H-6J, China’s updated version of its H-6 bomber based on the Soviet Tu-16 Badger, sitting on the tarmac of what is purported to be Woody Island, called Yongxing Island by Beijing.

Aug 13 05:09

ENGDAHL: TOWARDS A US-CHINA WAR? THE CREATION OF A GLOBAL TOTALITARIAN "ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT" SYSTEM?

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

SOURCE: F. WILLIAM ENGDAHL VIA GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the planet - The Peoples’ Republic of China and the United States of America. Increasingly it’s beginning to look as if some very dark global networks are orchestrating what looks to be an updated rerun of their 1939-1945 World War. Only this time the stakes are total, and aim at creation a universal global totalitarian system, what David Rockefeller once called a “one world government.” The powers that be periodically use war to gain major policy shifts.

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I would like to strongly, but politely, suggest to the Adults in the Room in DC (the one or two perhaps still left standing in Congress and our military), that a war against China would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US could possibly do at this point in its history.

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this country could possibly do, is no guarantee that the US will not do it.

We don't have the troop strength, the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to pursue a positive outcome to such a war.

For example, the Chinese now have ai weapons.

AI weapons in China's military innovation

Chinese Military Shows Off ‘Rifle-Size Railguns’ In New Video

China's showing off new weapons likely to send a message

Chinese nuclear weapons stoke Pentagon Anxiety

Oh, and BTW, the design flaw-fraught F-35?!?
F-35 Design flaws mounting, new document shows.

The article goes on to state: "A new document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) shows that the F-35 program office has made little progress in fixing the fighter jet’s hundreds of design flaws, and continues to discover more of them. The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office’s Deficiency Report Metrics document, dated February 28, 2020, shows the program is currently dealing with 883 unresolved design flaws—and has no plan for correcting over 160 of them.

The F-35 has 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

More than half, 448 deficiencies, remain “open, in dispute.” This means pilots or engineers believed they found a problem, but the contractors tasked with fixing the problems are claiming no problem exists. Multiple sources inside the F-35 program told POGO that the default response from the program’s prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, to any identified shortcoming is to say that the company’s design meets contract specifications, and that any further changes can only be made with a contract modification. In other words, the contractors will not fix the design flaws until the government pays for the changes. More worrying are the 162 deficiencies listed as “open, no planned correction.”

The fact that Lockheed Martin Corporate believes it can "get away with this kind of thinking", betrays at least an extraordinarily cavalier attitude toward the lives of those military personnel who depend on these aircraft for mission and survival, and if President Trump is going to turn this around, he needs to do so via executive order, and right the hell now.

If Lockheed Martin Corporate is obdurate, then henceforward, in every single contract for military product development, there needs to be a very clear statement that to not deliver a military product up to spec, on time, and for massive cost over-run is a form of treason which will not be allowed to stand, and that hard jail time is waiting for those execs who do not adhere to these requirements.

Draconian?!? Absolutely. Would it "cure the problem" of corporate malfeasance for our military?!? I would suggest it may well do that.

And the next thing that has to happen, is that the military industrial complex not be allowed to contribute one penny to political campaigns, either at the state or national level, because it is very difficult to yell at a corporate exec whose company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to your campaign, when their product does not perform as advertised in the field for our military.

Aug 13 05:06

‘Those who play with fire will get burned’: Beijing warns Washington after US health chief’s visit to Taiwan

Attempts to meddle with Taiwan, which Beijing considers its territory, may cost the US dearly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. He advised its health chief to focus on the Covid-19 crisis at home instead of making foreign trips.
US Health Secretary Alex Azar landed in Taiwan on Sunday for a three-day trip, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-governed island, which has shown no desire in four decades to reunite with mainland China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has condemned the visit and warned Washington against making advances towards Taiwan.

On issues involving China’s core interests … the US must not harbor illusions. Those who play with fire will get burned.

Aug 13 03:58

Heavy Rain Hits China’s Yellow River Basin, Bringing Floods to Large Swathes of Country

After severe flooding in the Yangtze River drainage area in July, heavy rain has now hit another major waterway in China, the Yellow River.

A 646-year-old building in Xi’an city, located in western China and midstream of the Yellow River, partially collapsed on Aug. 8, injuring at least four people.

Floodwaters inundated cities and villages in Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Henan provinces located midstream of the Yellow River. At the same time, authorities discharged floodwaters from the river’s downstream to rural areas of Shandong Province on the eastern coast.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) announced on Aug. 9 that the river’s upper stream region and northeastern China would experience heavy rain and storms from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11.

The country’s southwestern regions of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Tibet were also forecasted to have heavy rain in the coming days, the MEM warned.

Aug 12 05:42

China's Military Ordered "Not To Fire First Shot" In Any Stand-Off With US Forces

At a moment of increasingly dangerous military flexing both over Taiwan and in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army has reportedly been ordered “not to fire the first shot” in any potential confrontation with the United States. It suggests this emerging 'new Cold War' scenario could turn hot at any moment.

The South China Morning Post broke news of the standing military orders on Tuesday based on unnamed sources: China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, it reports.

Further SCMP cites that "The sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships."

Aug 12 05:35

China & US War in 3 Months?

Aug 12 02:36

China to DOUBLE Nuclear Warheads

Aug 11 12:29

The Trump administration unveiled a wild plan to wall off China from the US internet

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced a broad program to crack down on Chinese apps and services.

The "Clean Network" program will block "untrusted" Chinese apps from app stores; stop Chinese phone companies from pre-installing US apps; keep US data off Chinese cloud services; and guard undersea cables.

It isn't clear that the plan is workable, and risks balkanizing the internet.

Aug 11 11:26

China Outpaces US With Record 133 Firms on Fortune 500 List for First Time in History Amid Trade War

The listing of the world's biggest companies saw 133 Chinese firms across the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong make the roster compared with 121 US businesses. The news comes amid a major surge in foreign investment in Chinese tech firms amid the ongoing US trade war with China.

Aug 11 04:29

China is increasing its military drills as tensions with US heat up

China is stepping up military drills around East Asia as a war of words with the United States heats up over Washington's military activities and the visit of a US cabinet secretary to Taiwan.

One Chinese think tank even says the People's Liberation Army (PLA) may consider live-fire exercises near the US island of Guam.

Beijing has stepped up the pace of its war games in recent weeks, after the US sent two aircraft carrier strike groups on rare dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea twice in the month of July.

But the visit of US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the self-governed island of Taiwan this week has added fuel to the smoldering tensions. Azar is the highest-ranking US official to visit the island -- which Beijing regards as Chinese territory -- in decades.

Azar's presence in Taipei is "a serious breach" of US commitments on Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday afternoon.

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Chines Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lijian, please be aware that "Health and Human Services" Secretary is no where near a "Secretary of Defense"; please, we all need to pull back from this cliff, and right the heck now!!

Aug 10 14:19

US-China relations: America is looking to outgun PLA in Indo-Pacific, observers say

US Army Chief of Staff James McConville said at a recent online event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, he was making “long-range precision fire” his top priority and was looking at options for basing such weapons systems in the Indo-Pacific as part of America’s deterrence strategy.

The changes “will allow us to overmatch” potential adversaries like China and Russia, he said, adding the move would also include “establishing joint all-domain task forces”.

McConville’s comments came after US Marine Corps commander General David Berger said in March in his “Force Design 2030” plan he wanted to reduce the role of marines in ground warfare and leave the bulk of that responsibility to regular troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that there are those in power in this country who are just trigger happy enough - and vile enough - to magically believe that another world war would magically resolve all of the US's economic problems, which it will not.

This country doesn't have the money; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to pursue a successful conclusion to a war against China. And such a war will not resolve those situations, only exacerbate them.

Aug 10 13:52

China Mobilizes Invasion Craft On Coast Near Taiwan As Top US Official Arrives In Taipei: Report

fter Beijing officials have repeatedly charged Washington with violating the decades-long status quo "One China policy", and amid ratcheting tensions over Taiwan given the highest-level meeting between Washington and the self-ruled island in decades is currently taking place with Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar meeting government officials in Taipei Monday, the region is on edge after satellite images showing a significant Chinese military build-up near the island have reportedly emerged.

The New Zealand Herald reports the alarming development that "satellite images reportedly show amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; this is the utterly wrong cage to be rattling at this point right before an election cycle.

And to the Chinese government; President Xi, this guy is the Health and Human Services Director; not the Joint Chiefs of Staff!!

Aug 10 11:08

Nancy Pelosi "China would prefer Joe Biden".

Aug 10 06:13

China Slaps Retaliatory Sanctions On Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio & Other China Hawks

In retaliation for Washington slapping sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, along with several mainland officials, China on Monday has slapped sanctions on ten American lawmakers - all Republicans - over their support for the Trump Administration's decision to strip Hong Kong of its "special status" and America's hectoring of Chinese (and HK) officials over their support for the new Beijing-imposed national security law.

Critics, including the US, UK and most western Democracies, have accused Beijing of willfully violating international law by imposing these "illegal" changes to the HK Basic Law, a UN-registered international treaty. Now, Beijing is accusing the US of foreign meddling in Hong Kong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are more for show than anything else, to make it appear that Beijing is actually "doing something" to respond to the sanctions against it, which are also more for show than anything tangible.

Aug 10 06:10

Hong Kong Police Arrest Media Mogul Jimmy Lai; Shares Of Pro-Democracy Paper Soar 300%

Mark your calendars, because critics of the CCP are saying that Hong Kong's press freedom officially died on Monday.

In what appears to be the most high-profile usage of Hong Kong's new national security law to crack down on Hong Kong civil society for allegedly "colluding with foreign governments" - ie trying to preserve the press freedoms promised by 'the Basic Law' - Hong Kong police on Monday arrested Jimmy Lai, a high-profile Hong Kong media mogul and a holder of joint Hong Kong-British citizenship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see if the UK makes any attempt to "rescue" this guy: my bet would be, not at all.

Aug 09 02:34

China Threatens “Mortal Combat” Over TikTok

Aug 08 07:50

India and China: Behind the Conflict: The two most populous countries in the world are battling over a border, but it’s really about energy and water.

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June – the first on the China/India border since 1975 – are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms, and colonial history could pose a serious danger to peace in South Asia.

In part, the problem is Britain’s colonial legacy. The “border” in dispute is an arbitrary line drawn across terrain that doesn’t lend itself to clear boundaries. The architect, Henry McMahon, drew it to maximize British control of a region that was in play during the nineteenth-century “Great Game” between England and Russia for control of Central Asia. Local concerns were irrelevant.

The treaty was signed between Tibet and Britain in 1914. Although India accepts the 550-mile McMahon Line as the border between Indian and China, the Chinese have never recognized the boundary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that some "Adults in the Room" of geopolitics can get tensions ratcheted down, before something truly even more ugly than what has happened this year, happens again, and from which there will be no backing down by either side.

And there is a companion story, also at antiwar.com, with the following headline:

The Standoff with Chine will be Long, warns a pulled Indian statement.

Aug 07 06:10

Chinese Drones Now Deployed In Balkans After Serbia Deal - NATO On Edge

China has delivered six military drones to Serbia after the Balkan country moved to purchase them in a controversial deal a year ago which has put NATO on edge.

Though Serbia has an official policy of military neutrality vis-a-vis NATO, there's been increased cooperation over the past few years. However, both the Chinese drone acquirement and Present's Aleksandar Vucic recently signaling he'd like to acquire the S-400 anti-air defense system from Russia has caused Washington to threaten sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's ability to produce quality products, over and above Lockheed Martin's F-35, the problems of which have been "reclassified" but not "fixed", tells volumes about the poor state of US weaponry these days.

And US weapons companies are still allowed to "get away with murder", in terms of poorly engineered products, delivered so late as to be obsolete, and costing double or treble the original price, because they continue to contribute, overtly and covertly, to both parties, and big-time.

And the hell of it is, this practice will not be made to stop, because so much campaign donation to both sides of the aisle, come from weapons manufacturing companies.

Aug 07 05:43

Kevin Rudd warns of ‘hot war’ between China and the US

Kevin Rudd has warned that the risk of a “hot war” between China and the United States that includes actual armed conflict is now “especially high” for the first time since the 1950s.

As the chaotic Trump administration counts down to an election, the former prime minister has outlined his fears that the “sabre rattling from both Beijing and Washington has become strident, uncompromising, and seemingly unending.”

In a journal article for Foreign Affairs, Mr Rudd writes there are now real fears about what happens next.

“The question now being asked, quietly but nervously, in capitals around the world is, where will this end?,’’ Mr Rudd writes.

“The once unthinkable outcome — actual armed conflict between the United States and China — now appears possible for the first time since the end of the Korean War. In other words, we are confronting the prospect of not just a new Cold War, but a hot one as well.”

Aug 06 08:16

Pompeo: US Wants 'Untrusted' Chinese Apps Barred, Seeks to Extend Arms Embargo Against Iran

The US State Department will begin working with the Department of Commerce and additional agencies to limit Beijing's ability to store and process data and other sensitive information in the US, according to Wednesday afternoon comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While speaking to the media during a livestreamed conference at the Department of State, Pompeo noted that the US also wishes to see "untrusted" Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat removed from digital platforms, claiming they pose significant threats to the personal data of US citizens.

"We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from app stores," he said.

Aug 06 08:01

Trump could do to China what Reagan did to Soviet Union, if he wins second term, economics professor tells Boom Bust

Beijing says it will not accept Washington’s “smash and grab” policy of trying to force the sale of Chinese social media app TikTok. It’s warned it will retaliate against what it calls “theft.”

RT’s Boom Bust talks to John Quelch, Dean of Miami Herbert Business School, about the two countries’ tussle over TikTok and the future of their relationship.

“The level of Chinese investment in the United States is only $5-$6 billion, but the level of US investment in China is about $120 billion. So, in terms of a potential retaliation by Beijing, there are a lot of US assets in China that could be potentially confiscated in a tit-for-tat escalation,” he says.

Aug 06 07:50

5 August 2019: The Kashmir Conflict and the Aksai Chin Border Clash, A Dark Day for India-China Relations

5 August marks a full year since India’s de-facto annexation of the UNSC-recognized disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. As the author analyzed at the time, “India’s Doing Everything That Israel Wishes It Could Do, But Few Seems To Care“. Not only did India blatantly violate international law, but it would have gotten away with it scot-free had China not taken notice of this unprecedented threat along its western border and responded accordingly. The People’s Republic took the issue to the UNSC, and while it wasn’t successful in reaching a resolution demanding that New Delhi reverse its decision, Beijing nevertheless made its views known to the rest of the world that it regarded this move as completely unacceptable.

Aug 06 07:35

US-China Hotline Sparks Paranoia Among Military, Intel Officials

High tensions mean communications are often difficult in the modern era, and countries have used a direct hotline as a way to keep things from spiraling out of control. Recently, the US and China are considering an updated version of the hotline to avoid catastrophes.

But US-China relations are at a multi-decade low, and distrust is such that intelligence and military officials are offering rather paranoid predictions of ways that China might abuse the hotline to deceive the US.

The biggest objection to the phone seems to be based on it being a phone, with retired Captain James Fanell, a former director of intelligence in the Pacific Fleet warning the US might feel dependent on the phone, and then have China “fail to answer” when there is a crisis.

Aug 05 13:08

Taiwan sends marines to reinforce South China Sea outpost amid reports China plans to practice invading it

Taiwan's military has sent a marine company to reinforce the garrison on a small outpost in the South China Sea amid reports that the People's Liberation Army was planning a simulated attack on the islets.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the navy had sent a company of around 200 marines to reinforce the coastguards stationed on the Pratas Islands, which are known as the Dongsha Islands in Chinese.

"The marines left for the Pratas about a week ago and will remain there on a short-term rather than a long-term basis," the source said, adding the posting was in line with the military's off-site training operations.

Aug 05 13:01

US Navy Seizes Iran-Bound Ship Carrying Pharmaceutical Supplies Off China: Fars

Iranian state media has announced that a US Navy warship has seized a transport ship near the Chinese port of Qingdao on Wednesday morning.

The ship was reportedly en route to Iran loaded with medical manufacturing components, specifically zeolite, which Fars News Agency says is needed for manufacturing oxygen concentrators for coronavirus-infected patients.

“Only one imported part is used for production of oxygen concentrators, which is zeolite, and we are forced to purchase it from France and import it to the country through several intermediators,” Peyman Bakhshandeh-Nejad, an Iran-based pharmaceutical company CEO told state media.

Aug 04 04:19

Riled up Pompeo slams Iran-China deal, threatens with sanctions

The US administration, riled up by a potential long-term strategic partnership between Iran and China, has threatened to slap the same unilateral sanctions already imposed on Tehran against Beijing in case the deal was finalized.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo censured in an interview with Fox News on Sunday the potential Tehran-Beijing cooperation pact and said Washington would apply all Iran’s sanctions also to the "Chinese Communist Party and their businesses and state-owned enterprises" if the deal was signed.

Pompeo also claimed that the 25-year trade deal between Iran and China would foment instability in the Middle East region, once again leveling false accusations that Tehran is a “state sponsor of terror,” among other protestations.

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