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Apr 23 11:45

Pictured: The incredible 'infinity loop' tower that will become the R&D headquarters of China's biggest smartphone company

  • The landmark O-Tower in Hangzhou, eastern China, has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (Big)
  • The building will be built around a greenery-filled courtyard described as 'an urban living room for the city'
  • The tower will sit between a natural lake, a 10,000-square-metre park and an urban area of the city

Renderings have been released of a new tower in China that has undoubtedly one of the most jaw-dropping designs on the planet.

The landmark O-Tower in Hangzhou - likened to an infinity loop by the designers, Bjarke Ingels Group (Big) - will be the R&D headquarters for China's biggest smartphone company, Oppo.

While the top floors of the building will be taken over exclusively by Oppo, the lower three floors will be open to the public. The highlight of this space will be a courtyard that's filled with greenery and described by its architects as 'an urban living room for the city'.

Apr 23 11:25

U.S. Government Flags More Than 500 Scientists In U.S. That Might Be Compromised By Communist China

The U.S. federal government has flagged hundreds of scientists and hundreds of institutions that it has reason to believe might be compromised by communist China.

“More than 500 federally funded scientists are under investigation for being compromised by China and other foreign powers,” The Washington Times reported. “The federal health officials told a Senate committee that they are fighting to keep up with large-scale Chinese efforts to corrupt American researchers and steal intellectual property that scientists hope will lead to biomedical advances.”

Michael S. Lauer, M.D. Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, testified that they have so far contacted 90 institutions that receive federal taxpayer money about more than 200 scientists that they have concerns about.

Apr 23 11:17

Biden Issues Executive Order Canceling the Constitution

A few days ago the mentally challenged Joe Biden wanted to shows that in his weakened mental capacity he could still stand up to the Russians. Yet, when his Executive Order is read, it is NOT against the Russians, it is actually aimed toward his American enemies. Per the Executive Order if you speak up—and oppose Biden, he can accuse you of being a Russian agent and take away your rights.

“In contrast, Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants.

Apr 23 11:12

China Will Lead The World In Nuclear Energy, Along With All Other Energy Sources, Sooner Than You Think

China now leads the world in total energy production and also produces almost twice the amount of electricity that the United States does, 4.4 trillion kWh versus 7.5 trillion kWh per year, respectively.

With over a third of China’s population still being energy poor or in abject poverty, this will grow even more.

And a lot of it will come from nuclear.

As of this month, China has 49 nuclear reactors in operation with a capacity of 47.5 GW, third only to the United States and France. And 17 under construction with a capacity of 18.5 GW. None have been shut down. Nuclear provides only 2% of China’s electrical power now, but the country intends nuclear to eventually surpass all other sources.

Apr 23 11:08

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: The Digital Yuan Can Be Turned Off Like A Light Switch"

Two weeks ago, we reported that one of the most remarkable "features" of the brand new and soon to be unrolled digital Yuan, which should not be confused with any account-based currencies or commercial bank, private or unbackstopped digital currencies...

... is that it will come with an expiration date. As the WSJ reported, "the money itself is programmable. Beijing has tested expiration dates to encourage users to spend it quickly, for times when the economy needs a jump start."

That's just the start.

Apr 23 10:58

China is at War With The FDA; Guess Who’s Winning?

Dr. David Gortler
Contributor
Healthcare
Fmr. FDA medical officer/analyst & Sr. Advisor to the FDA commissioner
China recently informed its embassies of a new visitor vaccine protocol. In addition to earlier requirements that all entrants be tested via an absurd and unnecessary swab technique, China is allowing only those vaccinated with its proprietary vaccines—such as the one developed by Sinovac or the vaccine developed and manufactured by its government-owned SinoPharm company—to enter their country.

Yet as of this writing, the US FDA hasn’t received an initial submission from China for any vaccine. Initial efficacy reports for Sinovac appear to sharply pale in comparison to America’s mRNA vaccines currently authorized for use by the FDA.

Apr 23 07:59

Demand for Gold Surges in China

Apr 23 05:58

China Is Showing Off Their Air force

Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwan's air defense zone in record numbers this month. The country's defense ministry reported an additional nine military aircraft intrusions on Tuesday.

Five J-16 fighters and four Y-8 reconnaissance planes were among the People's Liberation Army Air Force assets to violate Taiwan's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), as reported by the ministry. On its website it illustrated the flight paths and stated it had tasked interceptor jets and tracked the Chinese aircraft using missiles.

Local enthusiasts monitoring Taiwan's airwaves told Newsweek that the Republic of China Air Force issued seven radio warnings to China's warplanes between 08:52 a.m. and 5:32 p.m. Taipei time. The majority of warnings went unanswered, but there have been some notable PLAAF responses in recent weeks.

Apr 22 15:05

As America Focuses On Internal Strife, A War Between Israel And Iran Could Literally Start At Any MomentAs America Focuses On Internal Strife, A War Between Israel And Iran Could Literally Start At Any Moment

I don’t know why the warmongers in the Biden administration have decided that it is a good idea to provoke Russia and China simultaneously.  They are not intimidated by us, and they are not going to back down as a result of our threats. -- Foreign policy takes a great deal of finesse, but unfortunately the guy in the White House is a hothead in an advanced state of cognitive decline, and he is surrounded by an all-star team of warmongers.

Apr 22 10:46

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is prepared to send his military ships in the South China Sea!

Apr 22 09:51

There are growing signs that official trade will soon begin between China and North Korea

After fifteen months of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 border blockade, there are growing signs that the North Korea-China border will reopen soon. In fact, Daily NK recently obtained an image of a North Korean ship collecting sand in the Yalu River.

A source in China told Daily NK on Apr. 19 that the North Korean ship performed sand collection in the Yalu River on Apr. 16, one day after Kim Il Sung’s birthday on Apr. 15.

“There have been many sightings of North Korean patrol boats since the border blockade began last January, but this was the first time in more than a year that I spotted a North Korean ship on the Yalu River in the daytime,” the source explained. “Aside from the sand collection ship, three tugboats were working on the river for quite some time.”

The authorities may have allowed sand collection ships to restart their activities because such ships do not have to dock in China.

Apr 22 09:43

All Of A Sudden, China's Government And State Media Seem Terribly Unamused By Elon Musk

We have been following the relationship between the CCP and Elon Musk for the better part of the last couple years, incessantly asking the question of when the honeymoon was going to end. It looks like, for whatever reason, we are drawing closer to that moment.

We have been documenting a spat that is developing between China and Musk after a protestor at the Shanghai Auto Show "went viral" after standing on top of a Tesla vehicle and decrying the car's brakes.

Neither the CCP, nor state media, seems amused by Tesla's response. This morning, we wrote about how commentary by a CCTV broadcaster has called for an investigation into Tesla's brake failures following the incident.

Apr 22 08:14

Senior Chinese diplomat accuses Australia and US of ‘conniving’ on Huawei ban

Apr 22 07:45

US Strategic Command Chief Calls for Nuclear Upgrade Aimed at China and Russia

On April 20 Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside his colleague General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command SPACECOM), in both open and closed hearings.

Richard described his command, which consists of 150,000 service members from all branches of the armed forces, as a “global warfighting command.” The ultimate global warfighting command as it is in charge of all U.S. nuclear weapons and their delivery systems.

His sales pitch to the Senate committee, as that of other top commanders appearing lately before the Senate and the House Armed Services Committees, is to secure funding for the expansion and upgrading of military programs and weapons. The weapons he’s promoting are capable of ending life on earth if employed broadly.

Apr 22 07:40

Australia cancels Belt and Road deals; China warns of further damage to ties

Australia on Wednesday cancelled two deals struck by its state of Victoria with China on Beijing's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, prompting the Chinese embassy in Canberra to warn that already tense bilateral ties were bound to worsen.

Under a new process in Australia, Foreign Minister Marise Payne has the power to review deals reached with other nations by the country's states and universities.

Payne said she had decided to cancel four deals, including two that Victoria agreed with China, in 2018 and 2019, on cooperation with the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature trade and infrastructure scheme.

"I consider these four arrangements to be inconsistent with Australia's foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations," she said in a statement.

China's embassy in Australia voiced its "strong displeasure and resolute opposition" to the cancellations late on Wednesday.

Apr 22 06:17

China’s Xi to participate in Biden’s climate summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in President Joe Biden’s climate summit this week, the government announced Wednesday.

Xi will participate in the online event by video link from Beijing and “deliver an important speech,” the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China and the United States are the biggest emitters of climate-changing carbon pollution.

Xi said in December that China’s emissions would fall by 65% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Wednesday’s announcement gave no indication whether Xi might make additional commitments at this week’s meeting.

Apr 22 05:46

4 killed after car bomb rocks luxury hotel in Pakistan’s Balochistan hosting Chinese ambassador

An explosives-laden car detonated outside the posh Serena Hotel in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in Pakistan, killing four, as a Chinese delegation was staying there. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

The explosion swept through the hotel parking lot on Wednesday. According to a preliminary investigation, the blast was caused by a bomb that was planted on a car left outside the four-star deluxe hotel.

Footage from the scene shows flames ravaging the scorched remains of several vehicles as sirens blared.

Apr 22 05:42

Ex-MI6 agent: How the Iran-China deal changes everything

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke. He discusses the alleged Israeli Mossad attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, the division among Israel’s politicians about whether to continue pursuing Netanyahu’s maximum containment policy, the landmark strategic deal signed between Iran and China and how it changes the game in the Middle East, the war in Syria and how the UK, US and other Western allies are preventing reconstruction efforts, Western support for Islamists in Syria and much more!

Apr 21 08:38

China Aims to Launch a New Telescope to Compete With Hubble

China has proved in recent years that it has a lot to say in the space exploration field. The Asian country even has a long history of studying the heavens. The supernova which created the Crab Nebula, for instance (or SN 1054), represents an astronomical event observed by Ancient Chinese astronomers.
Space.com now writes about how China prepares to send a large space telescope for joining the first module of the country’s own space station. Known as the Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST) or ‘Xuntian’, it’s set to launch in 2024.

Packed with a huge camera of 2.5 billion pixels
The CSST is comparable with the good old Hubble Space Telescope, as it’s packed with a 6.6-foot (2 meters) diameter lens. China’s telescope has such a wide field of view that it will be able to observe a maximum of 40 percent of the sky over a period of ten years. Last but not least, the telescope will be doing its thing using a powerful camera of 2.5 billion pixels.

Apr 21 06:07

China: Xi Jinping says 'bossing others around' won't work as US ups pressure

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for global cooperation in the face of a growing anti-China front led by the United States, warning that an "open world economy" is essential to recovering from the pandemic.

"Attempts to erect walls or decouple run counter to the law of economics and market principles," Xi said Tuesday via video at China's Boao Forum for Asia. "They would hurt others' interests without benefiting oneself."

"We must not let the rules set by one or a few countries be imposed on others, or allow unilateralism pursued by certain countries to set the pace for the whole world," Xi said. "Big countries should behave in a manner befitting their status and with a greater sense of responsibility."

While Xi did not name any country during his speech — top Chinese leaders usually do not name and shame — his remarks seem like a veiled criticism of the United States, which has stepped up pressure on China in recent months.

Apr 21 05:25

China starts large-scale testing of its internet of the future

China launched a large-scale experimental network in Beijing on Tuesday to test the future of internet technology over the next five to 10 years.

Headquartered at Tsinghua University, the “future internet technology infrastructure” connects 40 of the country’s leading research universities with huge bandwidth and far lower latency than the existing internet, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Apr 21 05:24

China Secretly Sends Food Aid to North Korea by Rail

A freight train loaded with Chinese corn has arrived in North Korea, the first international cargo train to cross the Sino-Korean border in more than a year amid warnings of dire shortages in the impoverished North, sources in China told RFA.

Freight has not flowed freely from China since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in January 2020. Fearing that the virus could spread into North Korea, Beijing and Pyongyang agreed to close down the 880-mile Sino-Korean border in a move that proved disastrous to an economy already pinched by sanctions imposed by the UN and U.S. over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Many in North Korea who made their living trading in goods from China were left with no way to support themselves. They have been clamoring for an end to the trade ban, but the government has prioritized emergency measures against the spread of the virus.

Apr 21 05:05

America's domestic political turmoil is making world unstable & fueling conflicts with its main adversaries – Iran, China & Russia

America's internal political battles have smothered consensus and led to Washington being asleep at the wheel in foreign affairs for many years now. The lack of US strategic clarity only fuels uncertainty and instability globally.

The Afghanistan Papers, published by the Washington Post in 2019, revealed that the US has for many years been aware that it cannot win the war in Afghanistan, yet it has been reluctant to accept defeat and withdraw.

US policy has been defined in indecisiveness, as neither victory or defeat has been an option. The continued waste of money and blood has merely resulted in a corrupt government in Kabul dependent on the influx of US funding, a hardened and militarized opposition, and neighbouring states frustrated with the unpredictability of the enduring US presence.

A similar lack of strategic direction is also setting the US on the path to a possible war with its three major adversaries in Eurasia – Iran, China and Russia.

Apr 21 04:29

Taiwan to Raise 'Temple Militia' of Holy Villagers to Fight off China Invasion

Taiwan plans to mobilize temple and church staff as part of the island's reserve force in its latest reorganization centered on a future war effort amid escalating military intimidation by China.

During a hearing in Taiwan's legislature on Monday, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told lawmakers that policy planners hope to expand the country's reservists by integrating volunteers from local Buddhist and Taoist temples.

He made the comments while defending the government's plan to establish a comprehensive new reserve mobilization agency, which will oversee the continued reform of Taiwan's reserve force—often described as insufficient in number and inadequately trained.

Apr 21 00:21

Xi Jinping sends message to US on China's rising power in Boao address

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s muscular speech to the Boao Forum Asia annual conference was clearly designed to send a signal to the United States that China regarded the change of administration as an opportunity for a renewed dialogue on contentious issues.

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Xi did not take a backward step in his remarks, which emphasised a shifting international power balance. He avoided directly naming the US in his relatively brief address opening the forum, but America was clearly in his sights.

He wants the Biden administration, and the international community for that matter, to accept China not only as an emerging superpower but also as an equal in addressing global challenges.

Xi Jinping sends message to US on China's rising power in Boao address

Apr 20 23:57

Nuclear weapons: Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing faster than US

The top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are modernizing their nuclear weapons and capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be "at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries."

Russia is "aggressively engaged" in "conventional nuclear capability development and modernization, and are now roughly 80% complete while we are at zero," saId Adm. Charles Richard, the head of US Strategic Command, which oversees the US nuclear arsenal.

"It is easier to describe what they are not modernizing -- nothing -- than what they are, which is pretty much everything," Richard said.

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Apr 20 23:52

China can 'grapple' US satellites with robotic arm, commander says

The U.S. military is concerned about China's rapid development of space capabilities, especially a satellite equipped with a robotic arm that could approach an enemy satellite to disable it, U.S. Space Command commander Gen. James Dickinson told Congress Tuesday.

"Beijing actively seeks space superiority through space and space attack systems," Dickinson wrote in prepared remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee. "One notable object is the Shijian-17, a Chinese satellite with a robotic arm."

China has said the Shijian-17, or SJ-17, is an experimental satellite used to run communication and broadcast services as well as observing space debris. However, some Western organizations, including the Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, have noted its "unusual behavior" while in orbit.

Apr 20 04:00

Interesting How the Military ‘Defends’ This Country by Sending Ships 7,000 Kilometers From Canadian Soil

Canada’s navy is running provocative maneuvers in the South China Sea. While they claim to be upholding the "international rules based order" in these missions, their main partner refuses to recognize the Law of the Sea.

At the end of last month HMCS Calgary passed near the Spratly Islands claimed by both China and the Philippines. In response Chinese vessels shadowed Calgary through the South China Sea.

Apr 19 11:28

China Launches New App Allowing Citizens to Report Others For Expressing “Mistaken Opinions”

China’s Communist government has launched a new app that encourages citizens to report dissidents for expressing “mistaken opinions” on the Internet.

The new platform will target anyone who criticizes the dictatorship’s ruling CCP, disputes the official version of the country’s history or engages in “misinformation.”

The new website and app was proudly unveiled by China’s Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), with authorities calling on users to play an “active role” in helping to identify “malicious people distorting facts and confusing” others.

“For a while now, some people with ulterior motives…have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking,” the announcement said.

“We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society…and enthusiastically report harmful information.”

Apr 19 10:23

China Launches New App Encouraging Citizens To Identify And Report Those Who Express ‘Mistaken Opinions’

China’s Communist government has launched a new app that encourages citizens to report dissidents for expressing “mistaken opinions” on the Internet.

The new platform will target anyone who criticizes the dictatorship’s ruling CCP, disputes the official version of the country’s history or engages in “misinformation.”

The new website and app was proudly unveiled by China’s Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), with authorities calling on users to play an “active role” in helping to identify “malicious people distorting facts and confusing” others.

Apr 19 07:59

Bronze Mirrors From Ancient China Still Reflect After 2,000 Years

An archaeological dig at an ancient tomb in China included some 80 bronze mirrors that were still reflective and retains their original designs such as clouds and ancient scriptures - even after 2,000 years.

Dated back to the Western Han Dynasty, the bronze mirrors were part of a treasure trove uncovered in what is now the Gaozhuang Township in Shaanxi's Xixian New Area, Northwestern China. The bronze mirrors varied in measurement - from a little over three inches (seven centimeters) up to eight inches (22 centimeters). These shiny trinkets were often found close to the head or around the upper body of the remains in the ancient Chinese tombs, as reported in the DailyMail.

Apr 19 07:05

Here We Go Again: Boris Johnson May Announce Bill on Countering 'Hostile States' Like Russia, China

The UK's new foreign policy review dubbed Russia the "most acute threat" to Britain's security in the Euro-Atlantic region. Russia has, in turn, repeatedly rejected allegations of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, stressing that they do not hold water.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use Queen Elizabeth II's speech scheduled for 11 May to announce a bill on countering hostile states, such as Russia and China, The Times reports.

During the speech, which will coincide with the state opening of parliament this year, the Queen is due to set out the government's agenda for the next session and confirm the continuation of a number of bills, including the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill.

Apr 19 06:34

Have Chinese State Banks Quietly Bought $180 Billion In Gold?

Three things we learned last week:

1. U.S. Treasury scrutinizes Chinese state banks for possible hidden currency intervention

While Janet Yellen’s Treasury Department refrained from labeling China as a currency manipulator in its semi-annual currency report, it again zeroed in on the role of Chinese state banks in the foreign-exchange market. It noted that China’s net foreign exchange settlement, which it considers a more comprehensive proxy for intervention because it includes the activities of China’s state-owned banks, surged to about $180 billion last year. But the PBOC’s foreign exchange assets, which historically track the settlement data, stayed flat.

Apr 19 06:28

China Reacts After US and Japan Challenge it in Five Regions and Washington Pledges To Defend Japan With Nuclear Weapons

Yesterday U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met at the White House to hold a joint press conference reaffirming and expanding bilateral relations between the two nations. A statement was released after the press event which has raised the ire of China.

Both the press conference and the statement addressed a multitude of issues from economic to security to environmental to cyber concerns, but what caught the attention of many, especially Chinese, observers is this sentence: “The United States restated its unwavering support for Japan’s defense under the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, using its full range of capabilities, including nuclear.” The treaty marks its seventieth anniversary this year, first having been signed during the height of the Cold War, as the war in Korea raged, in 1951.

Apr 19 05:41

China says onus on US in climate talks with envoy John Kerry

China said on Friday (April 16) the United States needed to take more responsibility on climate change but welcomed greater cooperation after a visit by envoy John Kerry, state media said.

The former secretary of state turned US climate emissary was the first official from President Joe Biden's administration to visit China, signalling hopes the two sides could work together on the global challenge despite sky-high tensions on multiple other fronts.

"China attaches importance to carrying out dialogue and cooperation on climate change with the US side," said Vice Premier Han Zheng, according to state news agency Xinhua.

"China welcomes the US return to the Paris agreement, and expects the US side to uphold the agreement, shoulder its due responsibilities and make due contributions," Han said after virtual talks with Kerry, who visited Shanghai where he met his Chinese counterpart.

Apr 19 05:20

China looks to recreate ancient Silk Road with network of African ports

A seaport built by a Chinese company on the Kenyan island of Lamu will go into operation in June as Beijing aims to recreate an ancient Silk Road more than 600 years after Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He visited the area.

According to historians, Zheng’s fleet paid four visits to the Kenyan coast, starting at the town of Malindi in 1418. Centuries later, China is trying to connect this history with several projects in Africa.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said China Communications Construction Company had completed construction of the first three berths at Lamu port, which is set to become a cargo transshipment hub for containers and oil cargo. The deepwater facility will be capable of handling large sea vessels and will complement Kenya’s main port in Mombasa.

The US$5 billion project is part of a broader US$25 billion infrastructure scheme – the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor – which will link Kenya with Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan.

Apr 19 05:04

US, Japan Show United Front On China In Biden's First Summit

The United States and Japan vowed Friday to stand firm together against an assertive China and to step up cooperation on climate change and next-generation technology as President Joe Biden made his first summit a show of alliance unity.

After waiting nearly three months for his first foreign guest due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Biden told Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that Japan enjoyed the United States' "iron-clad support" on security issues and beyond.

"We're going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century," Biden, affectionately calling the Japanese leader "Yoshi," told a socially distanced news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

A joint statement called for "candid conversations" with China and did not hold back, raising concerns over Beijing's growing maritime moves, its clampdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and growing tension over Taiwan.

Apr 19 05:03

Climate Change News: What The US, China Plan To Do About The Crisis

The U.S. and China, the world's two biggest polluters, announced Sunday that they will cooperate to combat climate change.

John Kerry, President Joe Biden's climate envoy, and Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua agreed on this collaboration in Shanghai ahead of Biden's virtual climate summit this week.

"The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands," read the joint statement.

The two sides have agreed to reduce their own national admissions, as well as to financially aid developing countries to switch to low-carbon energy. Another goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global temperatures below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

China's greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 accounted for 26% of total global emissions, while the U.S. accounted for 13%. The European Union was third at 7.8% and India was fourth at 6.7%.

Apr 18 10:38

Congressmen ask Biden admin to keep chip design software away from China

Don’t let American companies sell semiconductor design software to Chinese firms, two members of Congress are asking the Department of Commerce.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R- Ark.) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) yesterday requested that electronic design automation (EDA) tools be designated as “foundational technologies” by the Department of Commerce. The label would require companies to obtain export licenses if they want to sell EDA tools to Chinese companies. The congressmen also requested in their letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo that any fab worldwide that uses American tools be prevented from selling 14 nm or better chips to Chinese companies

Apr 18 08:22

US-China tensions raise risk of nuclear reaction to cyberattacks: report

A joint study by think tanks from the United States and China warns that cyberattacks on nuclear systems could trigger conflict, with both sides underestimating the risk.

The three-year study by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) found the major powers not only lacked an effective mechanism to deal with the risk of an attack on nuclear systems escalating into conflict, they also did not have a full awareness of the threat.

Apr 18 08:21

US climate envoy John Kerry ends China trip with little to show

The window of opportunity is narrowing for climate cooperation between China and the United States, observers and environmentalists have warned, after a visit by Joe Biden’s special climate envoy appears to have yielded little result.

John Kerry wrapped up his visit to Shanghai on Saturday after spending the past two days in closed-door talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhu as the US sought China’s cooperation ahead of the US President’s climate summit next week.

The former secretary of state is the first senior figure in the Biden administration to visit China and the trip has been seen by many as a rare opportunity for the world’s top two carbon emitters to demonstrate they could still work together despite their escalating rivalry.

But neither side appeared to be keen to promote the closely watched trip with no public statement so far giving details of the visit or what has been discussed or achieved.

Apr 18 08:03

China Mulls Deploying Troops to Afghanistan After U.S. Pullout

China is considering sending troops to Afghanistan after the planned U.S. military withdrawal in coming month. “China may send peacekeeping force to Afghanistan after US troops leave,” the Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post reported Friday, citing senior Chinese national security experts.

The report comes after this week’s announcement by President Joe Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. According to the plan, 2,500 U.S. servicemen and a further 7,000 allied NATO troops will leave the country by September 11, 2021.

Following the Biden White House announcement, China raised the alarm about the security situation in the Taliban-ridden country close to its western borders. On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that “terrorist forces” may take over Afghanistan once the U.S. pulls out.

Afghanistan is strategic to China’s economic and military expansion in Eurasia and the Middle East, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative.

Apr 18 07:55

China Reacts After US and Japan Challenge it in Five Regions and Washington Pledges To Defend Japan With Nuclear Weapons

Yesterday U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met at the White House to hold a joint press conference reaffirming and expanding bilateral relations between the two nations. A statement was released after the press event which has raised the ire of China.

Both the press conference and the statement addressed a multitude of issues from economic to security to environmental to cyber concerns, but what caught the attention of many, especially Chinese, observers is this sentence: “The United States restated its unwavering support for Japan’s defense under the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, using its full range of capabilities, including nuclear.” The treaty marks its seventieth anniversary this year, first having been signed during the height of the Cold War, as the war in Korea raged, in 1951.

Apr 18 06:27

Border Officials Seize Over 170,000 Counterfeit Masks From China

A shipment of over 170,000 fake N95 respirator masks at Houston Seaport, Texas, on April 7, 2021. (Customs and Border Protection)

Apr 18 04:46

'Historic breakthrough': Chinese chipmaker unveils self-developed CPU architecture

Loongson Technology, a leading Chinese chip company based in Beijing, unveiled on Thursday its fully self-developed CPU (central processing unit) architecture that uses an original instruction set, which has been hailed as a "historic breakthrough" by industry insiders.

The new infrastructure is named "LoongArch," short for "Loongson Architecture." It has passed the assessment of a leading third-party intellectual property evaluating agency, the company said.

An instruction set architecture (ISA) is the interface between computer hardware and software. It's the underlying architecture that supports the running of an operating system and a whole software ecosystem.

For example, the Windows operating system (OS) runs on U.S. company Intel Corporation's X86 architecture, and the Android mobile OS runs on ARM architecture developed by UK-based chip designer ARM Holdings.

Apr 17 11:07

China Rapidly Closing on World Hegemony

Apr 17 07:05

China denounces US-Japan statement in which Washington vows to defend its Asian partner with NUCLEAR ‘capabilities’

Beijing has blamed Washington and Tokyo for undermining stability in the Asia Pacific region after they released a joint statement saying “regional challenges” would be addressed by all means, “including nuclear.”
The statement by US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the first foreign leader to officially visit Biden at the White House, was released on Friday. It criticized China, suggesting its actions “are inconsistent with the international rules-based order” and impact “peace and prosperity” in the region.

The alliance between Washington and Tokyo, on the other hand, “has become a cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world,” and the two countries “are more prepared than ever to address regional challenges,” the statement continued. Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea were mentioned among the challenges, as well as issues in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan.

Apr 17 05:56

China accuses US Navy of ‘cognitive warfare’ after ‘unusual’ photo emerges

The photo shows two naval officers with their feet up
Chinese commentators have accused US officials of 'cognitive warfare' after the Navy published a photo showing two naval officers with their feet up looking at a Chinese aircraft carrier.

One Hong Kong newspaper said, according to The Independent, that the photo sends one clear message to China: 'We're watching you.'

Lu Li-shih, a former teacher at the Republic of China Naval Academy, told the South China Morning Post:

This staged photograph is definitely ‘cognitive warfare’ to show the US doesn’t regard the People’s Liberation Army as an immediate threat.

He went on to say that the body language of the officers in the photo show how little fear the Chinese warship inspires in the US Navy.

Apr 17 05:23

‘Strategic clarity’ could spell War with China over Taiwan

The U.S. is not obliged to fight for Taiwan, but a growing number of people in Congress and the foreign policy establishment nonetheless want to abandon the sensible policy of strategic ambiguity that has helped to secure the peace in East Asia for the last two generations.

The opening salvo in this debate came last year in a Foreign Affairs article by Richard Haass and David Sacks, who argued that the U.S. should make an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan: “The time has come for the United States to introduce a policy of strategic clarity: one that makes explicit that the United States would respond to any Chinese use of force against Taiwan.” The proposed policy of “strategic clarity” is a solution in search of a problem, and it reflects the increasingly reckless hawkish consensus against China in Washington.

Apr 17 04:22

It Took Four Aerial Tankers To Drag Four U.S. Air Force F-16s To The South China Sea—And That’s A Problem

On Monday, four heavily armed U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters from Misawa air base in northern Japan flew many hundreds of miles to the South China Sea south of Taiwan and buzzed the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The impressive sortie was part of a powerful American response to China’s month-long maritime occupation of a resource-rich reef inside the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

American and Philippine ships and planes surged into the South China Sea as a warning to the roughly 220 Chinese militia boats anchored off Whitsun Reef, 200 miles west of the Philippines. The U.S. State Department made it clear—the use of force was on the table.

Beijing blinked—and withdrew its boats. “China realized that its continued presence was simply going to strengthen the resistance,” said Jerry Hendrix, a retired U.S. Navy officer and author of To Provide and Maintain a Navy.

Apr 16 13:29

Biden Drops Afghan Mess to Target China, Russia

President Joe Biden’s administration is the sixth one to have presided over the 20-year US war in Afghanistan. And he is the fourth president to have overseen America’s “longest war”.

Two previous presidents, Obama and Trump, promised to end the “forever war” and both left office without fulfilling that aspiration.

So there is fair reason to view with skepticism Biden’s vow this week to withdraw all US troops from the Central Asian war-torn country – known as the “graveyard of empires” – by September.

Currently, there are 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan along with 9,600 other NATO soldiers. That’s a fraction of the numbers a decade ago when the war was at its height. Washington and its NATO allies agreed this week to all pull out residual forces by September in an “orderly” exit.

Apr 16 13:28

China dares Japanese officials to drink Fukushima wastewater

China is ratcheting up pressure over Japan's plan to release treated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, calling on government officials to drink the liquid to prove its safety.

"Japanese politicians said treated wastewater is 'innocent', why don't they drink, cook & wash clothes with the water first?" Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Twitter on Thursday (April 15).

When questioned on Friday about the comments, Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso sidestepped queries and said Fukushima water contamination levels are below international guideline limits.

Tokyo's plan to release the treated water into the Pacific Ocean announced on Tuesday has been harshly criticised by China, Taiwan, South Korea and North Korea.

Mr Aso has said the water seemed safe enough to drink.

Apr 16 09:53

Taiwan says its chip firms will adhere to new US rules blacklisting China supercomputing entities

Taiwan said on Wednesday its chip companies will adhere to U.S. rules after Washington added seven Chinese supercomputing entities last week to an economic blacklist and after a Taipei-based chipmaker halted orders from one of the entities named.

The U.S. Commerce Department said the seven Chinese entities were "involved with building supercomputers used by China's military actors, its destabilizing military modernisation efforts, and/or weapons of mass destruction programs."

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Tech-powerhouse Taiwan's firms are major suppliers of semiconductors globally, and Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said they would follow Taiwanese and U.S. rules.

Apr 16 05:45

The man they call Tiger: The diplomat who stood up to America’s bullies becomes China’s new and unlikely hero

Yang Jiechi’s outburst against the US at a high-level meeting in Alaska last month has been widely praised and elevated the career bureaucrat to the status of national deity.

Until recently, Yang Jiechi, a 70-year-old Chinese career diplomat, had a reputation, at least among his foreign peers, of being a somewhat mild-mannered and colorless bureaucrat.

Sixteen minutes at a meeting with his American counterparts in Alaska last month changed all that.

Apr 16 03:01

Beijing Displaces New York To Become The World's Billionaire Capital

For the first time in seven years, New York City has lost its title as the world's billionaire capital.

Statista's Niall McCarthy reports that in 2020, the Big Apple was displaced by Beijing which recorded a net gain of 33 billionaires. Beijing is now in top spot with 100 individuals worth a billion dollars or more, narrowly ahead of New York's 99.

The findings come from the 2021 Forbes World's Billionaires list which shows that a quarter of its 2,755 members live in just 10 cities with more than 10 percent resident in just four Chinese metropolises. Along with Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hangzhou also make the list of the world's top-10 billionaire capitals. Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, is also present on the list and it comes third with 80 billionaires.

Apr 15 10:58

Too scared to offend China: Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier 'will avoid the Taiwan Strait on maiden voyage through South China Sea to avoid provoking Beijing'

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier strike group will take a circuitous route to avoid the Taiwan Strait to prevent offending Beijing in its maiden voyage in May.

The group, which includes the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will instead go through the South China Sea to the east of the island, which China claims as its own, on route to Japan.

The planned route appears to break with long-standing defence policy which would have expected the £3.2 billion battleship to sail through the Taiwan Strait, technically an international waterway.

Apr 15 07:43

China hesitant over J-10C barter deal with cash-strapped Iran: experts

Beijing is reluctant to let Iran have its J-10C lightweight fighter jet in a barter trade for oil or natural gas, according to military analysts.

Reports of Tehran’s interest in the jet have been circulating on Chinese social media platforms for months, with the expiry in October last year of the UN’s 13-year arms embargo which prohibited Iran from buying foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets.

Apr 15 04:50

Alibaba Slapped With $2.8 Billion Anti-Trust Fine As Analysts Ponder Whether Worst Is Over

Chinese anti-trust regulators have just slapped Alibaba with a record RMB18.2 billion ($2.8 billion) fine after concluding that the Chinese e-commerce giant had abused its market dominance for the sake of profit at the expense of Chinese society.

The FT reported that China's State Administration of Market Regulation announced the penalty on Saturday. It was set at 4% of Alibaba's 2019 revenues, amounting to a slap on the wrist. Alibaba was meant to "carry out a comprehensive rectification" drive on its platform, a reference to what antitrust regulators deemed the company's primary sin: forcing merchants to sell exclusively on its Tmall and Taobao online shopping platforms. The review is intended to force Alibaba to strengthen its legal controls and compliance with the new antitrust framework. Alibaba has 15 days to submit a report detailing changes to this "illegal behavior. In a statement, Alibaba said it "sincerely accepted" the penalty.

Apr 15 04:50

China's Threat To Free Speech In Europe

China has imposed sanctions on more than two dozen European and British lawmakers, academics and think tanks. The move comes after the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.

China contends that its sanctions are tit for tat — morally equivalent retaliation — in response to those imposed by Western countries. This is false. The European sanctions are for crimes against humanity, whereas the Chinese sanctions seek to silence European critics of the Chinese Communist Party.

The current standoff is, in essence, about the future of free speech in Europe. If notoriously feckless European officials fail to stand firm in the face of mounting Chinese pressure, Europeans who dare publicly to criticize the CCP in the future can expect to pay an increasingly high personal cost for doing so.

Apr 15 04:49

Might China Withdraw From the UN Law Of The Sea Treaty?

The early April passage of the French frigate Vendémiaire through the Taiwan Strait, amid a significant increase of such passages by U.S. warships despite China’s objections, gives Beijing one more reason to consider withdrawing from the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) altogether. Withdrawing would have serious costs as well as benefits and both need to be considered.

Apr 15 04:48

What’s Next for the Yuan After Crushing the Dollar for Six Months

"China has steered clear of the massive fiscal stimulus rolled out by most major economies hit by the coronavirus, and avoided implementing an excessively loose monetary policy"

Notwithstanding growing tensions between Washington and Beijing and the Covid-19 pandemic, now is a good time for Chinese mainland tourists to hop on a plane to the U.S. –– the appreciation of the yuan over the past six months means they are getting far more bang for their buck.

At the end of May, they needed to exchange 7,146 yuan to get $1,000, but on Monday they would only have had to part with 6,537 yuan, a saving of 609 yuan, or 8.5%, according to the central bank’s official closing price. The yuan has been the second-best performer against the U.S. dollar among Asian currencies since it hit a closing low of 7.16 yuan on May 28, beaten only by the South Korean won.

Apr 15 04:46

China’s Maritime Disputes 1895 – 2020

Disputes over overlapping exclusive economic zones in the South China Sea have intensified in recent decades, while the territorial row over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea dates back to the nineteenth century.

Apr 15 04:28

China's Digital Currency Has Nothing To Do With Bitcoin

China’s digital currency has left the testing stage and is set for a full rollout to the entire country and region.

China is only the second country and the first major economy to officially launch a blockchain version of its own currency. According to Bloomberg, the sand dollar of the Bahamas Central Bank launched last year and was already being accepted in stores in the capital Nassau.

Apr 14 09:53

China’s military to hold live-fire drills off Taiwan as US delegation visits the island

China’s military will begin live-fire drills on Thursday in waters off Taiwan’s southwest coast, as an unofficial US delegation visits the self-ruled island.

The six-day exercise will be carried out to the south of the Penghu archipelago in the Taiwan Strait, the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration announced on Wednesday.

It has set out a no-go zone for vessels in an area near the islands while the live-fire drills are under way until Tuesday.

Apr 14 08:13

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Apr 14 08:08

Coming soon: China’s space war against the US

If a war between China and the United States erupted today, an American victory would not be assured. US Navy Admiral John Aquilino recently testified before Congress that American forces deployed to the Indo-Pacific are overmatched by their Chinese rivals.

Any conflict between the United States and China would likely begin at sea and in the skies over the Indo-Pacific region. Thus the US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps would form the tip of America’s spear in the region.

These US military forces (and their allies) would require untrammeled access to satellites in order to defend against Chinese aggression.

Apr 14 06:26

China Threatens Retaliation Over Japan's Decision To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Waste Water

Out of all Japan's major allies and neighbors, it appears the US is the only one to support Tokyo's decision to dump

As we noted yesterday, with nuclear waste and fuel rods still contaminating the area, more than one million tons of radioactive waste water has seeped from the facility, and more seeps out every day, forcing authorities into what Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga describes as the "unavoidable" position of having to dump the water. After more than 10 years and a containment effort that the government branded a "success", Japan has decided to start dumping the radioactive water back into the ocean.

Apr 14 06:04

Biden Brushes Off China’s Complaints, Sends First Delegation to Taiwan

A former U.S. senator and two former U.S. deputy secretaries of state have arrived in Taiwan, leading the first unofficial delegation dispatched by President Biden, amid heightened tensions with Beijing over the future of the self-ruling island.

Christopher J. Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut, and former senior State Department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg touched down in Taipei on Wednesday afternoon local time, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said.

During their three-day stay, the U.S. delegation will dine with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and the foreign minister, and discuss bilateral relations, the Taiwan side said. Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency reported Wednesday that Taiwanese officials would brief the U.S. delegation on China’s recent provocations against the island and across the region, and call for increased support from Washington on trade, security and economic matters.

Apr 14 06:03

STAR WARS China militarizing space by building ‘destructive missiles & lasers’ to ‘blind US spacecraft sensors,’ intel report says

CHINA is currently working on building "counterspace weapons" that would act in direct opposition to US-owned aircraft by possibly "blinding" their sensors.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a report detailing efforts made by the Chinese military that would match if not exceed current US technology in the upcoming years.

Apr 14 05:42

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Reef Dispute As War Games With US Kick Off

The United States and the Philippines have just kicked off two weeks of military drills at a moment that Manila and Beijing are locked in a war of words over a disputed area surrounding Whitson Reef.

The exercises are annual - though last year's were canceled due to the coronavirus - and this year is dubbed the "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises. The drills have been cut in terms of troop numbers due to the pandemic, and will involve some 700 US and 1,300 Philippines troops.

Apr 14 05:35

US Intelligence Puts China at Top of Annual Threat Assessment

US intelligence agencies put China at the top of an annual assessment of supposed threats to national security. The report follows the narrative being spread by Biden administration officials: that China seeks to replace the US as the dominant global power.

The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday, opens with a section on Beijing titled “China’s Push For Global Power.” The report claims that the Chinese government “will continue its whole-of-government efforts to spread China’s influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners, and foster new international norms that favor the authoritarian Chinese system.”

Apr 14 04:41

Two Front War? Three Fronts? What's Biden's Game in Taiwan, Iran, and Ukraine?

Apr 13 11:56

Could The U.S. Could Soon Be Involved In Wars In Taiwan, Ukraine And The Middle East Simultaneously?

Warmongers are now firmly in control in Washington, and they are pushing us toward war a little bit more each day.  A military conflict with Russia, China or Iran would be a nightmare scenario, but there is also a possibility that we could end up fighting all three of them simultaneously.  Such an outcome would have been unthinkable under the Trump administration, but times have changed.  Biden administration officials have been boldly declaring that “America is back”, and they have been trying to aggressively exert U.S. influence all over the globe.  Unfortunately, the rest of the world is not as intimidated by the U.S. military as it once was.

Apr 13 06:50

Beijing Plans To Mix Chinese COVID Jabs To Boost Efficacy As 'Vaccine Diplomacy' Falters

The director of China's CDC has acknowledged an uncomfortable truth: China's vaccines aren't nearly as effective as the country's scientists have proclaimed - much less their competitors.

"We will solve the issue that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates,” Chinese CDC Director Gao Fu said at a Saturday conference, according to a report from the Associated Press. "It’s now under consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process."

Apr 13 06:46

China's Huawei Blames US For Global Chip Shortage

Just around the time Joe Biden was concluding a meeting with more than a dozen CEOs on Monday addressing the global chip shortage that has snarled supply chains and brought high-tech industries to a stop (a meeting in which he offered $50 billion for semiconductor manufacturing and research), China's Huawei Technologies - which has been stockpiling chips at an unprecedented pace for the past 4 years - blamed the U.S. for the chip crunch rocking the global tech industry, saying Washington's sanctions against Chinese companies have spurred panic buying of semiconductors and other supplies.

"Because of the U.S. sanctions against Huawei, we have seen panic stockpiling among global companies, especially the Chinese ones. In the past, companies were barely stockpiling, but now they are building up three or six months' worth of inventory ... and that has disrupted the whole system," Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said at the company's 18th Huawei Analyst Summit, the Nikkei reported.

Apr 13 06:39

China digital currency: Biden administration steps up scrutiny of e-yuan over potential threat to US dollar dominance

The Biden administration is stepping up scrutiny of China’s plans for a digital yuan, with some officials concerned the move could kick off a long-term bid to topple the US dollar as the world’s dominant reserve currency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Now that China’s digital currency efforts are gathering momentum, officials at the US Treasury, State Department, Pentagon and National Security Council are bolstering their efforts to understand the potential implications, the people said.

Apr 13 06:36

Is Trudeau Handing Control of Vancouver International Airport Over to Communist China?

Rumors are rife that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will turn control of the Vancouver International Airport over to Communist China this week.

Count on Canadian mainstream media, who won’t be reporting on it, tagging all rumors as “conspiracy”.

We already know that Trudeau’s Liberal Government forces all travellers coming to Canada through airports including Toronto’s Pearson International Airport into government-sanctioned hotels for quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus. (Measures in place in response to COVID-19)

“What They Own In Canada
We already know that Communist China has large stakes in, or owns outright, much of Canada’s coastline and harbor lands.

Apr 13 06:27

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date.

While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the U.S. State Department on Friday issued new guidelines that will enable U.S. officials to meet more freely with Taiwanese officials, further deepening ties with Taipei.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and four J-10 fighters, as well as four H-6K bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, two anti-submarine aircraft and an early warning aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.

Apr 13 06:26

China’s Message to America: We’re an Equal Now

It quickly became obvious in Anchorage, Alaska, last month that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s diplomatic envoys hadn’t come carrying olive branches. Instead they brought a new world view.

As Biden administration officials expected in their first meeting with Chinese counterparts, Yang Jiechi, Mr. Xi’s top foreign-policy aide, and Foreign Minister Wang Yiasked them to roll back Trump-era policies targeting China. Beijing wanted to restore the kind of recurring “dialogue” Washington sees as a waste of time, say U.S. and Chinese officials briefed on the Alaska meeting.

Mr. Yang also delivered a surprise: a 16-minute lecture about America’s racial problems and democratic failings. The objective, say Chinese officials, was to make clear that Beijing sees itself as an equal of the U.S. He also warned Washington against challenging China over a mission Beijing views as sacred—the eventual reunification with Taiwan.

Apr 13 06:14

China v Russia v America: is 2021 the year Orwell’s 1984 comes true?

It may just be coincidence that Russia was piling military pressure on Ukraine last week at the same time as China noisily rattled sabres around Taiwan. Spring, to mangle Tennyson, is when a young man’s fancy turns to war – and that twisted maxim may even apply to ageing thugs such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Russia and China are moving into ever closer alliance. While there is no evidence of direct collusion over Ukraine and Taiwan, presidents Putin and Xi are doubtless fully aware of each other’s actions, which have an identical, mutually reinforcing effect: putting the wind up Joe Biden’s untested US administration.

What’s now unfolding could be portrayed as the ultimate fulfilment of George Orwell’s nightmarish vision, in his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, of a world divided geographically, politically and militarily into three rival super-states: Oceania (North America plus Britain), Eurasia (Russia and Europe), and Eastasia (China).

Apr 13 05:43

Arsonist US Plays With Fire

You would think riling up one nuclear power is bad enough, but the United States seems intent on doubling the risk of starting a world war by gratuitously aggressing Russia and China simultaneously.

Throwing around personal insults against the leaders of those two countries is one thing. But actually winding up military tensions is quite another which shows how reckless the Biden administration is.

Since Joe Biden became the 46th president, there has been an alarming increase in hostile rhetoric and conduct by the US toward Russia and China.

Ludicrously, the Biden administration is accusing Moscow and Beijing of aggression towards European and Asian allies when it is the United States that is building up warships, warplanes, missiles and troops in sensitive regions that threaten Russia and China.

Apr 13 04:24

China moves to tighten monetary policy

Apr 13 00:34

Twenty-Five Chinese Warplanes Fly Through Taiwan’s ADIZ

Flights come as US is boosting ties with Taipei to counter China and frequently sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait

Dave DeCamp Posted onApril 12, 2021CategoriesNewsTagsChina, Taiwan
According to Taipei’s defense ministry, twenty-five Chinese warplanes flew through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday. The flights marked the most significant Chinese passage through Taiwan’s ADIZ since the defense ministry began disclosing such flights last September.

While there is much hype surrounding these Chinese flights, Taiwan’s ADIZ is not part of its airspace, and the Chinese planes usually pass through the southwest corner of the ADIZ, far from the island of Taiwan.

Apr 13 00:32

Could the Philippines Drag the US Into War with China?

Tensions are rising again between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over rival claims to small islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. The latest incident began in late March when more than 200 Chinese "fishing vessels" arrived at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls Juan Felipe Reef – a maritime structure that it insists lies located within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The Chinese ships have continued to linger, supposedly because of rough seas caused by adverse weather conditions.

Apr 12 12:19

Taiwan says PLA flies 25 warplanes into its airspace, the largest incursion yet

China’s People Liberation Army flew 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, its largest incursion yet as tension in the Taiwan Strait continues to escalate.

According to Taiwan’s defence ministry, the PLA warplanes – 14 Jian-16 fighter jets, four Jian-10s, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft – entered the island’s southwest zone on Monday.

“[Taiwan’s] air force sent its air patrol force to shadow them, issued radio warnings and deployed missiles to monitor their movements,” the ministry said in a statement late Monday night.

Apr 12 08:49

China’s navy has more ships than the US. Does that matter?

Exactly if and when the increasing antagonism between United States and China will boil over into full-on conflict remains anybody’s guess.

But for now, one thing is as clear as the aqua-blue waters that lap up on the shores of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea: Beijing’s naval fleet is larger than that of the U.S. Navy.

Citing the Office of Naval Intelligence, a Congressional Research Service report from March notes that the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, was slated to have 360 battle force ships by the end of 2020, dwarfing the U.S. fleet of 297 ships.

Such numbers are hard to pinpoint because the PLAN doesn’t release public reports on its future shipbuilding efforts like the U.S. Navy does. But according to the CRS, China is on pace to have 425 battle force ships by 2030. Sheer size and numbers carry a quality all their own, and a numerical advantage would be of benefit in a small battlespace like the Taiwan Strait, some China watchers say.

Apr 12 06:34

China Blasts US Military Interventions In 'Counter' Human Rights Report

In the face of constant attacks by US officials over alleged human rights abuses, China released a report on Friday that blasts the US for its many military interventions that have created humanitarian disasters.

The report, titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by US Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries," was released by the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), which falls under China’s State Council Information Office.

"The majority of the aggressive wars were launched by the US unilaterally. They resulted in mass casualties and destruction of property and led to appalling humanitarian catastrophes. Such foreign interventions lay bare America’s selfishness and hypocrisy," the report reads.

The report said that from the end of World War II to 2001, the US was responsible for 81 percent of the world’s armed conflicts.

Apr 12 06:18

Pentagon Campaign to Recruit Vietnam as Military Ally Against China Exposed Delusions of US War Strategy

When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that they would eventually support an agreement to provide them the permission.

But a Grayzone investigation of the Pentagon’s lobbying push in Vietnam shows what a delusional exercise it was from its inception. In a fit of self-deception that highlighted the desperation behind the bid, the US military ignored abundant evidence that Vietnam had no intention of giving up its longstanding, firmly grounded policy of equidistance between the United States and China.

Apr 12 06:04

Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again

America began a new week with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. One might forgive a traveler from another land or time forming the impression that almost all U.S. television news, cable and network alike, consisted of different channels of Voice of the White House. (Or the Pentagon Broadcasting Service.) Being the foreign policy chief of the Biden-Harris administration, Todd was treated with the utmost deference except when he appeared to be slipping away from saber-rattling and toward some facsimile of diplomacy, as will be seen below. In return Blinken endearingly addressed Todd as Chuck. The direct address with the personal touch didn’t prevent Todd from goading Blinken on to new heights of obloquy and hostility toward Russia and China, though. Asking the tough questions is how the likes of Todd would phrase it, no doubt.

Apr 12 05:55

Taiwan to stage live-fire drills as fears of possible PLA attack grow

Taiwan is planning to stage live-fire drills on the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea later this month in preparation for a possible attack by mainland Chinese forces, amid reports the PLA has sent drones to gather intelligence about the Taipei-controlled islets.

Observers say the drills, along with a recent threat by Taiwan’s coastguard to shoot down any People’s Liberation Army drones sighted over Dongsha, are likely to increase tensions in the region.

Taiwan’s coastguard said the anti-landing drills would involve the use of shoulder-launched Kestrel rockets.

“There will be two live-fire practices, one on April 25 and the other on May 5, and we have already sent notices to relevant agencies, asking them to alert fishermen and aircraft to stay out of the firing zones,” an official from the Taiwan Coast Guard Administration said on Friday.

Apr 12 04:43

'American' But Made In China: Maybe It's Time America Boycotted Levi's Jeans After This

Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh announced his organization is “very concerned” about state governments allegedly attempting to restrict voter access while continuing to operate his business in China, a country that is well known for impeding its own election process.

During a segment on Friday’s CNN Newsroom, Bergh told host Poppy Harlow that his company was “going to do everything that we can to work with the legislatures to make sure that these restrictive laws don’t go into place.”

Apr 11 09:04

War Drums: China's Strong Words To Taiwan Have Biden Admin Taking Cover

Beijing on Friday issued new threats against Taiwan, suggesting its military "won't stand a chance" if China chose to invade and when questioned on the issue, the White House refused to comment.

China's threat comes amid a series of provocative actions and warnings in recent days by the Chinese military (PLA) including a series of air and naval incursions into territory Taiwan claims as its own.

"The PLA exercises are not only warnings, but also show real capabilities and pragmatically practicing reunifying the island, if it comes to that," an unnamed source told the Chinese state news service Global Times in an article published Friday morning. They added that the people of Taiwan are "dashing into a war that they cannot win."

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