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Mar 22 03:46

That Was Fast: Blowups With China and Russia in Biden's First 60 Days

WASHINGTON — Sixty days into his administration, President Joe Biden got a taste of what the next four years may look like: a new era of bitter superpower competition, marked by perhaps the worst relationship Washington has had with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall and with China since it opened diplomatic relations with the United States.

It has been brewing for years, as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China took sharp turns toward authoritarianism. But it blew up in open fashion this month after Biden agreed with the proposition that Putin is a “killer” and the Chinese, meeting with the United States for the first time since the new administration took office, lectured Americans about the error of their arrogant view that the world wants to replicate their freedoms.

Mar 22 03:35

Playing Second Fiddle to TSMC Gets a Standing Ovation

While the tech industry watches Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. amid a global chip shortage, one of its neighbors has been a far better bet for investors.

United Microelectronics Corp. is a distant second to TSMC in the market for pure custom-manufacturing of chips in almost every measure: technology, capacity, revenue, margins. But in the metric that counts the most — share returns — the company has taken the crown. Its Taipei-listed shares have jumped more than 300% over the past year, double that of its rival. Both have done even better with their New York-traded depositary receipts.

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This isn’t merely a sentiment-driven rally. UMC’s incredible runup comes in tandem with a vast improvement in earnings. Operating income climbed fourfold last year, despite a meager 19% increase in revenue.

Mar 21 08:05

That Was Fast: Blowups With China and Russia in Biden’s First 60 Days

Sixty days into his administration, President Biden got a taste this week of what the next four years may look like: a new era of bitter superpower competition, marked by perhaps the worst relationship Washington has had with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with China since it opened diplomatic relations with the United States.

It has been brewing for years, as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China took sharp turns toward authoritarianism. But it blew up in open fashion this week, after Mr. Biden agreed with the proposition that Mr. Putin is a “killer” and the Chinese, meeting with the United States for the first time since the new administration took office, lectured Americans about the error of their arrogant view that the world wants to replicate their freedoms.

Mar 21 07:55

Biden and Blinken’s unprovoked attacks on Russia and China backfire...because if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones

In attacking the moral character of Russia’s president and China’s human rights record, the Biden administration opened the door for a critical examination of America's own troubled history.

President Joe Biden has defined his administration with the mantra of “America is back,” hinting at a return to what he and his supporters believe to be the halcyon days of President Barack Obama’s two-term tenure as president, as well as a sharp departure from the policies and practices of the man who usurped Hillary Clinton’s bite at the presidential apple, Donald Trump.

Mar 21 07:41

Blow up at China-US summit may mark new era of Chinese power

The first summit between China and the United States since the election of Joe Biden produced an unexpected and extraordinary diplomatic blow up.

During opening remarks top US diplomats tried to present China as a global threat, airing a litany of complaints about the way China’s government and political culture differs from the West.

That breach of diplomatic norms led to an hour of public arguing which saw China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, point out that the US was “massacring the people of other countries”, and “toppling regimes” “through the use of force”. Yang called the US the “champion” of cyberattacks, noted that Blacks in the US are “slaughtered’, and asked the US to “stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world”, a democracy which many Americans no longer have confidence in, said Yang.

Mar 21 07:29

The World is Hiding China's Success

Mar 20 07:41

PLA’s Type 055 destroyer enters Sea of Japan for 1st time

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla led by the country’s first 10,000 ton-class Type 055 large destroyer sailed through the Tsushima Strait on Thursday and headed toward the Sea of Japan, a few days after US and Japan released "2+2" ministers' joint statement that seriously provoked China.

The PLA operation, likely routinely scheduled, demonstrated the Type 055’s combat readiness in distant seas where it can conduct missions including theater air defense and anti-submarine tasks, following its commissioning in early 2020, Chinese military analysts said on Friday.

Mar 20 07:33

CHINA CALLS FOUL ON PFIZER MRNA VACCINE

It’s popular to hate China.

Mindless hatred is not a good strategy.

Anyway, very important China-related news about the V word that may not be mentioned in email or else the email will be blocked.

The issue of course is vaccine and the press is completely silent.

Mar 19 16:15

Chinese Diplomat Humiliates Biden Team During Talks On U.S. Soil: You're Not Speaking To China 'From A Position Of Strength!'

China's top diplomat humiliated Secretary of State Antony Blinken during talks in Alaska on Thursday and the media is refusing to cover the event in full lest the American people be allowed to witness the global realignment taking place.

Mar 19 11:17

BEIJING’S AND MOSCOW’S BIG LIES NEVER END:

Mar 19 08:42

China One Child Policy Facts

For more than 35 years, China's one-child policy limited the country's population growth. It ended after 2015, as China's demographics had been skewed due to the policy. China does not have enough young people to support the aging demographics, and due to a preference for boys, men of marrying age outnumber women. In all, there were more than 33 million men than women in China in 2016, making it difficult for men of lower socioeconomic status to marry at all. After 2024, India is expected to become the world's most populous, when both countries' populations are expected to reach about 1.4 billion. China's population is forecast to be stable and then decline slightly after 2030, and India will keep growing.

Mar 19 08:41

China Immigration Statistics 1960-2021

nternational migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees. The data used to estimate the international migrant stock at a particular time are obtained mainly from population censuses. The estimates are derived from the data on foreign-born population--people who have residence in one country but were born in another country. When data on the foreign-born population are not available, data on foreign population--that is, people who are citizens of a country other than the country in which they reside--are used as estimates. After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 people living in one of the newly independent countries who were born in another were classified as international migrants. Estimates of migrant stock in the newly independent states from 1990 on are based on the 1989 census of the Soviet Union.

Mar 19 08:30

Top US and Chinese Diplomats Clash in First in-Person Talks of Biden Presidency

The US and China began the first high-level in-person talks of the Biden administration in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

As expected, the talks were contentious, and the two sides traded barbs in opening remarks in front of reporters. Blinken set a hostile tone and opened the talks by saying actions by China “threaten” the US-led “rules-based order.”

Mar 19 08:08

US warns China it will enforce sanctions on Iranian oil shipments: Report

The US has told China it will enforce Trump-era sanctions against Iranian oil sales, as shipments from Tehran to Beijing surge.

A senior Biden administration official told the Financial Times on Tuesday that Iranian oil exports to China had been increasing "for some time now".

"We've told the Chinese that we will continue to enforce our sanctions," the senior administration official told the newspaper. "There will be no tacit green light."

Still, the official noted that such sanctions could be waived during anticipated talks between the two countries over reviving the Iranian nuclear accord.

Mar 19 07:25

'Americans have little faith in US democracy': China lashes Biden officials and they accuse Beijing of 'grandstanding' as supposed 'peace talks' in Alaska get off to a bad start

China has bluntly accused the United States of attempting to 'strangle' it, on the opening day of talks which descended into a remarkably hostile litigation of each others' shortcomings.

The U.S. delegation, led by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, spoke out against China's actions in Hong Kong and Tibet; its handling of the COVID pandemic; and their treatment of Uighurs.

China, in return, told the U.S. their democratic system was on shaky ground, and accused them of attempting to rock established global order.

Mar 19 07:06

‘Grandstanding’: US, China trade rebukes in testy talks

The United States and China traded sharp rebukes of each others’ policies on Thursday in the first high-level, in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, with the deep strain in the relations between the two global rivals on rare public display during the meeting’s opening session in Alaska.

China’s actions “threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the opening of the two-day meeting in Anchorage.

Mar 17 07:45

Washington Examiner: Irish Americans Must Sacrifice Themselves In A War With China

"Former" CIA officer Kevin Carroll, who last month wrote a column for the Washington Examiner calling the Capitol protesters "terrorists" like Al Qaeda who must be "ruthlessly hunted down," has a new piece out calling for Irish Americans to sacrifice themselves in a war with China.

Mar 17 06:27

Blinken: US Will 'Push Back' Against China's 'Coercion and Aggression' in Indo-Pacific

In their first overseas trip, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Tokyo, Japan, and met with several Japanese officials, including Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, to hold a "two-plus-two," bilateral dialogue regarding the Indo-Pacific region.

The US' top diplomat issued a warning to China on Tuesday, urging Beijing to shy away from their usual "coercion and aggression" in the Indo-Pacific region.

"China uses coercion and aggression to systematically erode autonomy in Hong Kong, undercut democracy in Taiwan, abuse human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and assert maritime claims in the South China Sea that violate international law," Blinken said during the March 16 news conference from Tokyo.

Mar 17 06:26

Britain is punching above its weight and living in the past as it announces plans to build nuclear warheads and take on China

The UK’s new foreign policy review features some ambitious ideas to contain China. But post-Brexit, with trade plunging, it’s not realistic, and smacks of a country still looking back wistfully at its empire days.

Boris Johnson has confirmed Britain’s intentions to tilt towards the Indo-Pacific with a primary focus on China in the UK’s latest security and foreign policy review.

Although the comprehensive document and its tone were not specifically anti-Beijing and acknowledged that Britain’s trading relationship with China was important, it branded the country as a “systemic” competitor in a region which it termed as the “geopolitical” future of the world and a challenge to the UK’s “values.” It also set out an ambition to increase the number of nuclear warheads in the country while challenging China on human rights.

Mar 17 06:07

Chinese Tech Giants Build Tools To Bypass Apple's New Privacy Controls

As Beijing works to bring China's powerful tech giants to heel, the FT has published a report detailing how Chinese tech giants are working to override new privacy controls being introduced by Apple to help protect the privacy of iPhone users from ruthless digital advertisers.

Of course, the new privacy controls being introduced by Apple will make it harder to track iPhone users without their consent, something that both Facebook and the Chinese state see as a major problem. Pretty soon, America's biggest social media giant might be lobbying to compare notes with the state-backed China Advertising Association.

Mar 16 07:22

Pentagon to court India and other allies against China

Containing China and revitalizing strained alliances are the two main objectives of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s first overseas trip to the critical Indo-Pacific region, but he will also try to draw India closer to the United States, said defense officials and experts.

Hoping to rebound from Trump-era quarrels over basing agreements in Japan and Korea, Austin declared he will embrace a defense posture that leverages partners and allies that share the U.S. goal of a free and open Pacific. Austin’s stops alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken will include Japan and South Korea before he flies solo to India and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.

Austin declared China would be the department’s “pacing challenge” and early on created a China Task Force at the Pentagon to identify priorities. Now, he is getting to work with the so-called “Quad” grouping of the U.S., Australia, Japan, and India, which met virtually with President Biden Friday morning.

Mar 16 06:57

How To Avoid "The Unthinkable": US-China Summit In Alaska Will Take Up Explosive Taiwan Issue

Days ahead of Thursday's high-stakes summit in Alaska between Biden's national security team and top Chinese officials which will include Secretary of State Antony Blinken and director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi, each side already has conflicting visions in terms of expectations. Washington has recently rejected China's calling it a "strategic dialogue" while most China watchers say any kind of hoped-for diplomatic breakthrough is very unlikely.

And looming large over the meeting is the Taiwan issue, particularly after the top US commander over the Indo-Pacific region of operation Admiral Phil Davidson gave testimony on the growing China threat before a Senate panel last week wherein he said based on China's current military expansion he sees a Chinese move on Taiwan "in the next six years."

Mar 16 06:48

The US Strategic “Containment” of China: Will it Encourage the Creation of a “Russia- China- North Korea Missile Alliance”?

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last Friday that the US’ reportedly planned deployment of intermediate-range missiles to Japan “will certainly entail our retaliation”, which could realistically take the form of informally creating a Russian-Chinese-North Korean missile alliance in defensive response to that destabilizing scenario.

Mar 16 06:24

Beijing Orders Alibaba To Dump Media Assets That Rival China's Propaganda Machine

Beijing is reviving its crackdown on the country's biggest tech firms, reminding the world that the CCP is still focused on neutralizing any and all threats to its control of the Chinese economy and its people. Even after amending China's official ideology to include entrepreneurs among the protected classes represented by the CCP (in addition to workers, farmers and soldiers), Beijing, with President Xi at its center, has apparently decided that Chinese tech firms won't follow the American model after all. Instead, their growth and competitive capabilities will be curtailed for the sake of stability at home.

After Tencent was censured and strict new requirements weren officailly imposed on Alibaba-owned Ant Group that will prevent the company from growing, the Wall Street Journal reports that next up on Beijing's to-do list is to force Alibaba to dump its array of media outlets. Presumably, Beijing sees these outlets as an unwelcome competitor to Beijing's own propaganda machine.

Mar 16 06:14

China Adds Emotion Monitor Cameras To ‘Social Credit’ Scores

The next step in ubiquitous monitoring and data collection is your emotional state: are you angry, happy, depressed, content? Technocrats in China will meld this into the Social Credit Scoring system.
China is exporting its Social Credit Scoring technology to any country that will accept it. ? TN Editor

BIG Brother-like mass state surveillance is being developed by China with streets full of cameras that can monitor citizens’ emotions and track their “social credit” scores.

The high tech systems will also help people snoop and rat on each other from the comfort of their homes — or on the go with their smartphones.

The Communist regime’s nightmare-inducing plans involve installing spy cameras in all places and using artificial intelligence to calculate a person’s “social score” which will determine benefits or punishments.

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Mar 16 05:56

China takes toughest line yet on Myanmar crisis as turmoil escalates

China called on Myanmar's military to stop attacks on Chinese-invested factories after dozens went up in flames in Yangon on Sunday - Beijing's strongest comments yet on the crisis gripping its Southeast Asian neighbour.

In one of the deadliest days since the military seized power in a coup in February, Myanmar's security forces killed dozens of protesters on Sunday, some of them near an industrial zone housing the factories.

The protesters accuse Beijing of supporting the coup and the junta although China has denied playing a role in the turmoil.

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Mar 16 05:55

32 Chinese-invested factories vandalised in attacks in Myanmar: Global Times

A total of 32 Chinese-invested factories were vandalised in “vicious” attacks on Chinese companies in Myanmar’s Yangon as of noon on Monday, China’s state-controlled tabloid Global Times said.

Two Chinese employees have been injured and no fatalities have been reported, with property losses reaching 240 million yuan ($36.9 million), Global Times wrote in a post on its Twitter account, citing the local Chinese embassy.

Mar 16 05:19

Taiwan’s Pineapple Craze to Thwart China

Mar 15 06:37

Must See Video! A Bill Maher First - He Gets It So Right On China, Conservatives Are Applauding

HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher cautioned of the growing impact of China globally and in the United States — an interest routinely overlooked by Democrats in his party. China, Maher warned, is growing in dominance as America extends to allow cultural matters, such as the political correctness of iconic children’s books, to divert from more imminent concerns.

“You’re not going to win the battle for the 21st century if you are a silly person. And Americans are a silly people,” Bill Maher said during his monologue Friday night. “Do you know who doesn’t care that there’s a stereotype of a Chinese man in a Dr. Seuss book? China. All 1.4 billion of them couldn’t give a crouching tiger flying fuck because they’re not a silly people. If anything, they are as serious as a prison fight.”

Maher used the vast monologue to stress the advancements China has performed, though he recognized the authoritarian nature of the regime.

Mar 15 06:20

Norway For Sale: Are Russia And China Really Buying Up Norway’s National Resources?

The past year has seen the world economy blighted by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted every corner of the globe and every sector in the world economy. However, there are some countries that have emerged, post-lockdown, relatively unscathed.

Generally, those with an authoritarian regime, that are less bound by electoral cycles, individual freedoms, and market-driven economies, have been able to shut their country down efficiently. The ease at which countries can mobilize the military, to both enforce lockdowns and aid in mass vaccination programs, has helped in the quicker reopening of their economies than other freer countries.

Mar 15 06:18

Cobalt prices soar as China stockpiles metal used in smartphones, electric car batteries

The price of cobalt, which is used in batteries for electric vehicles, as well as smartphones, tablets and laptops, has risen by about 65 per cent since January.

A tonne of the metal sold for US$53,000 last week on the London Metal Exchange, its highest level since December 2018.

The price rally started late last year when China’s State Reserve Bureau announced plans to stockpile cobalt because of a boom in sales of electric vehicles in China and Europe.

One country that should be benefiting from the price rise is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which produces about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, but supply shortages caused by logistical issues and fears of political instability in the Central African nation have hurt the industry. There are also concerns about the ethical sourcing of cobalt, including allegations of the use of child labour in mines.

Mar 13 07:18

China Will Work With Russia on Policy Towards US, Says Ambassador to Moscow

China is willing to maintain regular communications with Russia about their policies towards the United States, the country’s ambassador to Moscow has said ahead of Joe Biden’s virtual summit with key allies in Asia and a high-level US visit to Japan and South Korea.

Zhang Hanhui also defended the military cooperation between the two countries, which he described as an “important pillar” of their relationship and an “important safeguard” in maintaining strategic balance of the world.

“Fifty years ago, the US and China opened the door to a relationship that had been closed for decades, and now, 50 years later, the United States should correct the mistakes it has made over time … and adopt a positive and constructive policy towards China,” Zhang told Interfax, a Russian news agency, according to a transcript published on the embassy’s website on Tuesday.

Mar 13 07:16

Iran, China propose plan to form coalition against sanctions

China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and others are seeking support for a coalition to defend the United Nations Charter by pushing back against the use or threat of force and unilateral sanctions, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The move by 16 countries and the Palestinians to create such a group comes as U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration boosts its multilateral engagement and with allies, reversing former President Donald Trump’s favored unilateral approach as he focused on an “America First” policy.

Biden has also pledged to take on China at the United Nations, where Beijing has been pushing for greater global influence in a challenge to traditional U.S. leadership.

A concept note for the “Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations,” seen by Reuters, states that multilateralism “is currently under an unprecedented attack, which, in turn, threatens global peace and security.”

Mar 13 07:09

US military activities in S. China Sea in 2020 unprecedented

In unprecedented moves that aimed to deter China, the US military repeatedly deployed strategic weapon platforms, including aircraft carrier strike groups, to the South China Sea in 2020. It is likely that it will continue to rally regional allies and partners to interfere in regional affairs and enhance its frontier military presence, as well as the intensity of its activity in the region in an effort to achieve maritime containment of China, a recent report by a think tank focusing on the South China Sea shows.

This is the third consecutive year the Beijing-based South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) has published reports on US military activities in the South China Sea, as the US military has been increasing operation frequency, intensity and focus in the region in recent years.

Mar 13 06:54

Critics May Rage But They Are Powerless to Stop Major EU-China Investment Deal, Author Says

European and American critics are continuing attempts to exert pressure on Brussels in a bid to refurbish or even hinder the EU-China investment deal. Beijing-based commentator and author Thomas Weir Pauken II explains what's behind the People's Republic's confidence amid simmering tensions over the agreement.

In response to mounting criticism from human rights groups and trade unions, Brussels is poised to reveal the details of its much discussed Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) with China ahead of the ratification of the treaty by the European Parliament, according to the Financial Times.

Mar 12 15:12

It’s a Real National Security Issue That Most of Our Military Supplies Are MADE IN CHINA

We're reaching the point at which America's military will be unable to arm and equip itself without Chinese-made supplies. So what happens if we go to war against China?

Mar 12 10:29

China successfully launches Long March 7A rocket after failed first attempt

China successfully launched its new-generation Long March 7A rocket early Friday morning on its second attempt, sending an experimental satellite into orbit.

The rocket launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Site, in China's southern Hainan province. Photos from the scene show crowds gathered with tents at a distance, waiting to witness the liftoff.

The rocket carried the Shiyan-9 satellite to test new technologies such as space environmental monitoring, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

CASC built the experimental satellite in only eight months, setting a record for mid- to large-size remote sensing satellites, said the government-owned space contractor.

Mar 11 14:34

This will be ‘game over’ if it happens

Mar 11 07:36

The End of The CCP Is Looming

Mar 10 13:46

New Book Confirms Fauci's NIH Funded Wuhan Bat-COVID Experiments At Understaffed Chinese Lab

Last April, the Washington Post's Josh Rogin revealed that in January 2018, the US Embassy in Beijing "took the unusual step of repeatedly sending US science diplomats to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)," and subsequently sent two official warnings back to Washington about "inadequate safety at the lab."

Now, Rogin is out with a new book; "Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century," where he offers a 10,000-foot view of the evidence implicating the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also confirming that the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) - headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, "had funded a number of projects that involved WIV scientists, including much of the Wuhan lab's work with bat coronaviruses."

Mar 10 09:48

Russia and China are joining forces to build a base on the MOON to rival NASA's Lunar Gateway

Russia and China are joining forces to establish a research base on the moon that will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway, Russia's Roscosmos space agency has announced.

Authorities from Moscow and Beijing have today signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the project, which will be open to other countries to join.

In the meantime, Russia and China will be drawing up a roadmap and timeline for the project before moving to design and ultimately realise the station.

Mar 10 08:22

Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base

The heads of the Chinese and Russian space agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to build a "scientific" station on the Moon.

Under terms of a memorandum of understanding, the two countries will cooperate on creation of an "International Lunar Science Station" and plan to invite other countries to participate. The agreement was signed by Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration, and Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia's space corporation, Roscosmos. The agreement was announced by Roscosmos.

Details about the project were fairly sparse, specifying only that the countries would work together to create research facilities on the surface and/or in orbit around the Moon. The goal was both to establish long-term, uncrewed facilities on the Moon and build up the capabilities for a human presence there.

Mar 10 06:47

DARPA, CIA-contracted fund partner to stop China from gobbling up America's intellectual property

The federal government has a new plan to stop China from buying up America’s intellectual property from taxpayer-funded researchers: Pay scientists more taxpayer dollars to turn their research into American businesses.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said it witnessed an uptick in foreign investors aggressively targeting its early-stage researchers in the past five years and thinks outcompeting other countries will help stop a brain drain.

Federal prosecutors have pursued scientists and technologists compromised by China, which is advancing a “Made in China 2025” plan to become the world leader in high-tech manufacturing for several critical sectors.

Mar 10 06:45

U.S. plans to deploy long-range missiles in Asia to deter 'our greatest strategic threat'

The U.S. military plans to deploy long-range missiles in Asia capable of threatening China as part of efforts to deter a conflict with Beijing, the commander of American military forces in the Pacific said Tuesday.

Adm. Philip S. Davidson, who soon will be retiring as the four-star commander of the Indo Pacific Command, also told a congressional hearing his most pressing defense need is a ground-based missile defense system on the U.S. island of Guam to provide 360-degree defense from a potential Chinese attack.

With the Biden administration still formulating its diplomatic and security strategy for East Asia, Adm. Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “the greatest long-term strategic threat to security in the 21st century [is] China.” The Pentagon is pressing for a major increase in funding for the theater.

Mar 09 14:30

China issues ‘world first’ Covid vaccine passport and plans to accept other countries’ passes in boost for travel

The Chinese health certificates show a user's vaccination status and recent coronavirus test results.

They're being hailed as the world's first virus passport, with similar schemes planed in Britain, the US and the EU.

The QR code-based digital certificate will "promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said today.

Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: "The pandemic is still with us, but the world economy needs to be restarted and people-to-people exchanges resumed with no more delays."

China is also set to discuss mutually recognised systems for travellers' health codes with other countries, he said.

Mar 09 12:07

Xi Alerts Military "Be Prepared To Respond" In Current "Unstable & Uncertain" Situation

During the major annual legislative session in Beijing on Tuesday President Xi Jinping addressed top leaders of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), telling the military it must be "prepared to respond" in increasingly difficult and complex security challenges facing the nation.

"The current security situation of our country is largely unstable and uncertain," Xi said in the address which comes two days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave his own fiery warning to the same assembly saying the US is "crossing lines" and "playing with fire" on Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.

Mar 09 08:45

China Stole The Designs Of The F-22 Stealth Fighter (And More)

In late December 2019, the Russian military defense conglomerate Rostec accused China of unauthorized acquisition of Russian military hardware intellectual property (IP), which resulted in increased tensions between the two partners. Between 2014 and 2018, Russia had been China’s biggest arms supplier and accounted for seventy percent of Beijing’s arms imports.

While it is unlikely that Russia would cut back on the sales, reverse-engineering of the military hardware has become a major concern for Moscow, which has accused China of copying everything from aircraft engines to air-defense systems. Instead of an embargo, Russia has responded by insisting that weapons are purchased in bulk to combat the likelihood of reverse-purchases that come when Beijing only bought a few samples. Moreover, Russia has largely come to accept Chinese IP theft as a cost of doing business, while at the same time Moscow could maintain a technological edge.

Mar 09 07:44

Exclusive — Democrat Congressman Vicente Gonzalez Reports Thousands in Questionable Interest Income from Bank of China Account

Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) has on his three most recent financial disclosure forms filed with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives reported holdings worth more than $100,000 in the Bank of China, a state-owned bank run by the Chinese Communist Party.

On the second page of his calendar year 2017, 2018, and 2019 disclosure documents, Gonzalez reported the holdings valued at between $100,001 and $250,000 in the Bank of China. Each report includes a disclosure that Gonzalez earned between $2,501 and $5,000 in interest each year from the Bank of China account.

Mar 09 07:40

Taiwan’s leader has called on residents to conserve water and prepare for shortages as the island faces worst drought in 56 years

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has called on residents to conserve water and prepare for shortages as the island faces a drought, following months of scant rainfall and a lack of typhoons making landfall last year.

In a Facebook post over the weekend, Tsai said that Taiwan did not experience a typhoon in 2020 and faces its most severe water shortage in 56 years. Typhoons typically produce huge amounts of rainfall. She explained that the government set up an emergency response center to deal with the drought.

Tsai added that the government is monitoring water conditions throughout the island and that it will take steps to ensure a stable supply of water for industries and households.

Local reports said last month that the island stepped up nationwide water restrictions and mobilized emergency water resources, including a desalination plant in Hsinchu County, as officials anticipate the dry season will last until May.

Mar 09 07:39

France Joins America’s South China Sea Adventurism

France has recently sent one of its nuclear attack submarines over 10,000 kilometers to the South China Sea for a “patrol.” It is the latest indicator of how strained the underlying credibility is of US foreign policy regarding the South China Sea and its growing conflict with Beijing.

While Washington frames its involvement in the region as “championing” for claimants in the South China Sea, it is recruiting allies farther and farther from its actual waters and appears to merely be using the confrontation to undermine Beijing, not support other nations in the region.

France24 in an article titled, “France wades into the South China Sea with a nuclear attack submarine,” would claim:

The week in France kicked off with a Twitter thread by Defence Minister Florence Parly revealing that French nuclear attack submarine SNA Emeraude was among two navy ships that recently conducted a patrol through the South China Sea.

Mar 09 07:09

EXC: Bill Gates Foundation Funded Genomics Firm ‘Mining’ DNA Data Through COVID Tests.

BGI Genomics—the Chinese Communist Party-linked genomics firm flagged by U.S. officials as “mining” the DNA of Americans—has collaborated extensively with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The National Pulse can reveal.

The company has recently come under fire following a 60 Minutes exposé on the company’s use of COVID-19 tests to “collect, store and exploit biometric information” on American citizens, according to former U.S. intelligence officials. What’s more, a recent Reuters article linked the firm to the Chinese Communist Party’s military.

In addition to the Obama administration enabling the firm to gain a foothold in the U.S., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation played a critical role in BGI’s American expansion.

In September of 2012, the Microsoft founder’s foundation signed a “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a collaboration on global health and agricultural development with the goal of achieving common objectives in health and agricultural development.”

Mar 09 06:31

Warning to the World: "Be Aware or Be NEXT"

Mar 08 11:35

Is CHINA COLONIZING AFRICA?

Mar 08 08:48

China's 7,500-Mile Undersea 'Peace Pipe' To Connect Belt And Road Countries 

The Trump administration spent the last several years bashing China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and called it a 'debt trap', and urged countries worldwide to resist allowing China to build infrastructure projects in their respected countries. With the Biden administration now in power, there has yet to be a visible protest from the White House of Beijing's new plan to construct a 7,500-mile submarine communications cable from Pakistan to Africa to Europe.

The high-speed, 7,500-mile Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) subsea communication cable system will offer high-capacity, low-latency routes connecting China, Europe, and Africa. In addition to France, the cable will land in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan, and other countries with ultimate connectivity to China.

Mar 08 07:51

China Exports Spike To Highest In Decades After Covid-19 Hit

China's export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the coronavirus outbreak that had brought activity to a near halt.

Electronics and textile exports such as masks contributed to the spike in outbound shipments, as demand for work-from-home supplies and protective gear against the virus outbreak soared during the pandemic.

Exports spiked 60.6 percent on-year in the January-February period, above analysts' expectations and boosted by electronics and mask shipments, while imports rose 22.2 percent, official data showed Sunday.

The latest customs figures stand in stark contrast to last year's fall of around 17 percent in exports and 4 percent drop in imports.

The country struggled to contain the spread of Covid-19 early on, with consumers staying home and businesses seeing a slow return to operations.

Mar 08 07:40

US to build anti-China missile network along first island chain

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will bolster its conventional deterrence against China, establishing a network of precision-strike missiles along the so-called first island chain as part of $27.4 billion in spending to be considered for the Indo-Pacific theater over the next six years, Nikkei has learned.

Mar 08 07:39

How the US military is preparing for a war with China

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, and is author of "2034: A Novel of the Next World War."

The Atlantic Council's publication of The Longer Telegram, which lays out a sweeping blueprint for a U.S. strategy to face China, provides significant clues about a new lay-down of American forces around east Asia.

Whether the new Biden administration fully embraces the paper's aggressive stance remains to be seen, but elements are under serious consideration. Certainly, the new team at the National Security Council, led by highly respected Asia hand Kurt Campbell and a deep bench of Asia experts, will be looking at a wide variety of options for the military component of a new overall strategic posture.

Mar 07 07:17

Germany to Sail Warship Into South China Sea to Challenge Its Largest Trade Partner

Washington’s European allies are looking to increase their military presence in Asia as the US puts more focus on the region. German officials announced that Berlin is sailing a warship to Asia in August, and on its return journey, the vessel will transit through the disputed South China Sea.

The transit would mark the first time since 2002 that a German warship sailed through the South China Sea. The US is happy with the news and welcomed what it called “Germany’s support for a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific.”

The US frequently sails warships near Chinese-claimed islands in the South China Sea, something that has continued in the early days of the Biden administration. US aircraft carriers have entered the disputed waters in recent weeks, escalating tensions even more.

Mar 04 09:34

US Indo-Pacific Command Seeks $27 Billion To Face China

With US foreign policy increasingly focused on Asia to counter Chain, the US military’s command in the region is looking for more money. In a new report delivered to Congress on Monday, US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) calls for about $27 billion in additional spending between 2022 and 2027, so it can better confront Beijing.

The report, prepared by INDOPACOM chief Adm. Philip Davidson, is similar to a proposal the command issued last year, although it has some key changes. Last year’s report was required by what is called the Pacific Deterrent Initiative (PDI), which was included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The PDI was also included in the 2021 NDAA. It was inserted into the military spending bills to ensure INDOPACOM has what it needs to counter Beijing and fulfill the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which outlines the military’s shift away from counterterrorism in the Middle East towards so-called "great power competition" with Russia and China.

Mar 03 12:29

FLASHBACK - As US Military Moves Into Palau, China Watches Intently

The United States is stepping up its military presence and activity in and around the small island nation of Palau in the Philippine Sea, a strategic location coveted by Pentagon planners as the US looks to expand its footprint in the region.

The past two months have seen visits by both the secretaries of Defense and the Navy, where commitments were offered about more US attention to the country, according to meeting notes seen by Breaking Defense.

The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, recently handed letters to the two US officials in which he asked the US to consider building a new base in his small nation of 17,000 inhabitants.

The letter, passed to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, said the archipelago boasts “port facilities, secondary airfields, law enforcement training grounds and maritime enforcement and surveillance facilities,” which can be used as “opportunities to strengthen US military readiness.”

Mar 03 12:15

As China authorizes use of force by coastguard, Philippines says will deploy more naval assets in South China Sea

The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fisherman, said the country's military chief Cirilito Sobejana, as concerns grow after China passed a law giving power to its coastguard to fire on foreign vessels and demolish structures built in disputed waters.

The Philippines has protested against the new law, which country's officials said would heighten risks of a miscalculation.

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Mar 03 10:41

China Retaliates Against Australia

Why did China retaliate against Australia? China our politicians and media, unprovoked, deliberately antagonize our main trading partner and our Prime Minister opine that war with China ‘is a definite possibility’?

Why has Australia ignored unusually clear messages from Beijing and continued to impose hefty duties on Chinese steel, aluminium and chemical imports, even as the Productivity Commission said there was “no convincing justifications for these measures”. More grating for the Chinese, perhaps, was that Australian Ministers continued to travel the world lecturing others on free trade, while quietly erecting sizeable tariff barriers at home. For steel pipes imported from China those tariffs are currently as high as 144 per cent. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has refused to accept that Australia’s inglorious status as one of the world’s largest users of anti-dumping measures at the World Trade Organisation might be partly responsible for this latest skirmish with Beijing.

Mar 03 10:38

China should tell the American gangster to ‘Fuck Off’

China used its military plane to ferry some injured workers from the South China Sea. And the American gangsters think it is their right to demand an explanation from China as if they own the islands and China is one of its colonies. China should simply send them a letter with two words, ‘Fuck Off’.

Who do the Americans think they are? The Empire of the world and can go around demanding other sovereign countries to explain what they do in their own countries? China and countries of the world should not fall into the trap of responding to the demands of the international gangsters. By replying and explaining what they are doing is in de facto acceptance of recognizing the power of the Empire and to submissively try to explain and justify their actions. Malaysia did the right thing by telling the Americans, yes, fuck off, on the American reports on human rights abuses in Malaysia.

Mar 03 08:40

U.S. ‘Not Prepared To Defend Or Compete’ With China On AI According To Commission Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, or NCSAI, issued a report on Monday, March 1, 2021, which offers a stark warning to the leadership of the United States. According to the thorough 756-page report, China could likely soon replace the U.S. as the world’s leader in artificial intelligence, or AI, and that shift will have significant ramifications for the U.S. military at home and abroad. The full text of the report is listed on the NCSAI website.

Mar 03 07:35

'Failing': Alarming Report Spells Out Artificial Intelligence Development Gap Between U.S. & China

The United States needs to intensify its artificial intelligence-powered instruments in order not to fall short of the efforts of communist China, a U.S. national security commission has told Congress.

In a 750-page report to Congress published on March 1, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) outlined the threats posed by Beijing, which has been striving to replace the United States as the world’s next AI superpower.

If left uncared for, the communist regime’s rapid progress in the AI field would see China surpass America within the next ten years, suggested the commission headed by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, along with executives from Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon.

Mar 02 08:23

After Years of Propaganda, American Views of Russia and China Hit Historic Lows

Anew Gallup poll finds that U.S. public opinion on China and Russia has crashed to all time lows. Only 20% of Americans hold favorable views towards China. This is a remarkable decline, considering that only three years ago, the majority of the country saw the Asian giant in a positive light. The public image of Russia is barely any better, with just 22% of the country viewing the world’s largest nation in favorable terms and 77% holding unfavorable views towards the country.

Negative sentiment towards Beijing has risen across the board, but Republicans are most likely to hold it in low regard, with only 10% of GOP voters seeing China positively. Among Democrats, only 27% continue to hold a very or mostly favorable opinion of the country. Meanwhile, Democrats are particularly likely to feel hostility towards Russia, with fewer than one-in-six (16%) telling Gallup they maintained positive opinions about the country, as opposed to 25% of Republicans and 24% of independents.

Mar 02 07:41

China Recovery Stalls - Global Recovery Doubts Emerge

One of the key pillars of the consensus bullish view about 2021 is the Chinese recovery, supported by very optimistic estimates of growth in services and exports.

The details in the official February Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) show a different picture. It seems that the data of the Chinese economy, especially in services and exports, is inconsistent with a 6% GDP growth as most analysts expect for 2021.

February figures were surprisingly weak, especially because the majority of economists already expected a slowdown due to the holidays. The consensus message is that we should not worry about this, because the PMIs reflect an expected seasonal weakness and effects of the virus case increase before the Lunar New Year. However, those two factors were already embedded in consensus estimates.

Mar 02 07:21

BREAKING: Israeli Aerospace Engineers Earned Tens of Millions Illegally Selling Advanced Missiles to China

Israel’s Shin Bet announced it had broken up a ring of Israeli aerospace engineers which had sold the country’s most advanced missile technology to China in return for “tens of millions” of dollars. There were at least 20 individuals involved in the illegal trade, many of whom had previously served in sensitive intelligence or weapons development roles in the IDF. Some of the ring worked for Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and others worked for similar Israeli companies which manufacture missiles. Haaretz says that the the technology involved loitering missiles, which are launched and track a target and wait for the optimal moment to attack.

Israeli media is under a military censorship order prohibiting the naming of China (most reports mention an “Asian nation”) as the nation which was the destination for the missiles. IAI may also not be mentioned as part of the censorship order. A well-informed security source provided this information to me.

Mar 01 07:54

EXPLOSIVE UPDATE! Top WHO Official Caught on Video in December 2019 Revealing Coronavirus Manipulation at Wuhan Lab Before Pandemic (VIDEO)

For nearly a year now The Gateway Pundit has been reporting evidence that the COVID-19 Virus originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory.

Our first report was back on April 9, 2020 when we confirmed Dr. Shi Zhengli ran the coronavirus program at the Wuhan lab AFTER her program was shut down in the US due to a prior leak that killed a researcher!

As early as 2018 US State Department officials warned about safety risks at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab on scientists conducting risky tests with the bat coronavirus.

US officials made several trips to the Wuhan laboratory.

Mar 01 07:03

Hunter Biden's Chinese investments are 'highly worrisome': Ari Fleischer

Mar 01 07:00

The Silly Reason the Chinese Aren't Allowed on the Space Station

Geopolitics can be child’s play—literally. How else would you describe the did-not! did-too! brawl that can result when one country crosses another country’s invisible line in the playroom that is the South China Sea? How else would you describe the G-8 canceling its playdate in Sochi after Russia climbed over the fence to Ukraine’s yard?

Something similar is true of the International Space Station (ISS), the biggest, coolest, most excellent tree house there ever was. Principally built and operated by the U.S., the ISS has welcomed aboard astronauts from 15 different countries, including such space newbies as South Africa, Brazil, The Netherlands and Malaysia. But China? Nuh-uh. Never has happened, never gonna’ happen.

Feb 27 08:12

China Mocks Biden Syria Bombing: ‘America Is Back’

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper mocked President Joe Biden on Friday, quoting his declaration, “America is back,” in a headline about his decision to bomb Syria on Thursday evening.

Biden made the remark in a speech about foreign policy in early February, in which he vowed to limit American military engagement.

“And they know when you speak, you speak for me,” Biden told diplomats at the State Department. “And so — so is the message I want the world to hear today: America is back. America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”

On Thursday, 36 days into his presidency, Biden took unilateral action in Syria, ordering what the Pentagon dubbed a “defensive precision strike” on members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a legal wing of the Iraqi armed forces.

Feb 27 07:03

China's Oil Reserves Near Limit

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