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  • Saudi Arabia looks to UK, France and China for help building homes

    05/02/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia's government has authorized the housing ministry to seek the assistance of Britain, France and China in building hundreds of thousands of homes to ease a shortage of affordable housing in the kingdom. The housing minister and his deputy were given the power to sign memorandums of understanding with those countries, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. It gave no details of what the agreements might contain, but in March the ministry signed memorandums with South Korea and a Saudi-South Korean consortium to develop 100,000 housing units in northern Riyadh over 10 years. The consortium includes Daewoo...
  • North Korea accuses U.S. soldiers of provoking border troops

    04/30/2016 2:24:36 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 19 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 29 April 2016 | Hyung-jin Kim
    A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." It said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions. It also said that American troops encouraged South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A statement from Christopher Bush, a spokesman for the U.N. command, said they looked into the allegations and determined they were unsubstantiated. North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S....
  • CHINA REFITS OLDER WARSHIPS FOR A BIGGER PUNCH

    04/30/2016 11:20:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pinzgauer, at China Defense Forum 167 Shenzhen The Type 051B Destroyer, "167" Shenzhen, is shown here in its original configuation, including the forward HQ-7 SAM launcher and four 37mm anti-air turrets around its stern hangar. Until the Type 052C, it was China's largest indigenous surface warship. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade's end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its...
  • RUSSIANS ARE BECOMING MORE RELIGIOUS: STATE POLL

    04/30/2016 12:36:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 4/29/16 AT 1:36 PM | DAMIEN SHARKOV
    Russians are becoming more and more religious, according to a poll by state survey company WCIOM. More Russians claimed they relied on divine help or intervention and more believed in predetermined fate than they did 25 years ago.
  • Halal: Is it Meat You’re Looking For? Says China Businessman

    04/28/2016 11:25:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 28 April 2016 | Benjamin Haas
    The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East. The company is at the forefront of a Chinese drive into the global halal food and beverage market, exporting as far away as Saudi Arabia. Businessman Deng Zhijun bills his wares as “products with Muslim ethnic flavour”, but has difficulty recalling some of Islam’s basic dietary tenets. “Muslims definitely don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol,” he said over a lunch at the company, in a...
  • There is Healing in the arms of Jesus

    04/28/2016 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Disappear My children so that I may manifest freely for there is healing within the Wings of My fullness. Do you "Truly" desire to feel My healing Touch ? For as My Wings envelope you is when "TRUE REST " Begins and saturates your ( ( (( Heart and Soul )) ) ) "FIND ME" AT ~ ~ SURRENDER ~ ~ for I AM there EVEN NOW with outstretched arms with your healing in the ( ( (( Wings of My ARMS )) ) ) outstretched for I AM YOUR CROSS ! ! ! Deuteronomy 33:12 The Lord’s beloved rests...
  • Radisson Hotel Chain Is Latest U.S. Giant to Be Snapped Up By Chinese

    04/28/2016 5:55:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | April 28, 2016 | Staff
    A unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy Carlson Hotels, which owns brands including Radisson and Country Inns and Suites, the latest in a flurry of overseas investments by Chinese companies. HNA Tourism Group will acquire all of Carlson Hotels Inc., the companies said in a joint statement released late Wednesday that did not disclose the purchase price.
  • What's behind China's cheap steel exports?

    04/25/2016 12:33:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 April 2016 | Andreas Illmer
    Cheap steel from China has been blamed for distorting global markets and putting other countries' steelmakers under pressure. How have we got here and why does it all matter? China's steel industry - what's the problem? Chinese steel production has expanded hugely. Over the past 25 years, output has grown more than 12-fold. By comparison, the EU's output fell by 12% while the US's remained largely flat. The drive behind that stellar increase has been China's double-digit economic growth over the past decades. That led to ever more domestic demand for steel and the government invested heavily in the industry...
  • Inside Apple's top secret iPhone factory: Tech giant provides a glimpse of huge Chinese plant [tr]

    04/25/2016 6:28:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 25, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Lined up with military precision, hundreds of employees wait to make iPhones at one of the most secretive factories in the Apple production line. Dressed in pink jackets, blue hairnets and plastic slippers, the workers have their ID badges scanned on an iPad by a supervisor at morning roll call. From there, they make their way in single file to the assembly line but not before undergoing facial recognition checks at security turnstiles to clock in. Pegatron Corp employs up to 50,000 people to assemble iPhones at its plant in Shanghai which covers an area the size of 90 football...
  • China's Xi warns against religious infiltration from abroad

    04/25/2016 1:39:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2016 11:10 PM EDT
    Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad. His comments over the weekend follow a tightening of religious space that has seen bans on the wearing of veils and beards in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang and the removal of church crosses in eastern China. “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means and prevent ideological infringement by extremists,” Xi said at a Beijing conference on religions attended by top leaders, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. …
  • Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping (China)

    04/24/2016 4:22:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 24 April 2016
    Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping 24 April 2016 13:03 • AFP Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches. “Religious groups… must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC),” Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said. But party members must be “unyielding Marxist atheists”, he said, calling on them...
  • Want More F-22s? Here’s What That Would Take

    04/23/2016 9:50:19 PM PDT · by cba123 · 39 replies
    Defense One ^ | April 22, 2016 | Marcus Weisgerber
    U.S. lawmakers have asked the Air Force about the possibility of restarting production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, an endeavor that would be far more complicated than signing a check and flipping the lights back on. In its review of the 2017 defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee asked service leaders to look into what it would take to build 194 new Raptors, enough to finally meet the Air Force's long-stated requirement of 381 jets. HASC chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and others say the world has changed since 2009, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates halted the...
  • North Korea launches missile from submarine, South Korea says [Obama Partying It Up]

    04/23/2016 1:21:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/23/16 | Don Melvin and Jim Sciutto
    North Korea has fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday. The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown for about 30 km (about 19 miles) -- well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.
  • Huge coral reef discovered at Amazon river mouth

    04/23/2016 11:55:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4/22/2016 | John Vidal
    Scientists astonished to find 600-mile long reef under the muddy water in a site already marked for oil exploration
  • The Post-Cold War Arms Race

    04/23/2016 8:00:30 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    With the ending of the Cold War the United States and Russia reduced their nuclear weapons arsenals. Both sides reduced development of newer weapons and cleaned up areas where the warheads were built and developed. However, ambitious countries have stepped up their nuclear weapons and delivery systems. They include North Korea, Iran and especially China. During a time when Obama is further downsizing the American arsenal, China is participating in a new arms race. This week China’s Defense Ministry confirmed that it test-fired its newest long-range missile into the South China sea. This test was unique because the missile carried...
  • Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet (pro-regime Internet shills)

    04/23/2016 12:57:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 10, 2015 | Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer
    Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet By Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer April 10, 2015 China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that asks for no less than 20 percent of its members to be recruited as “cyber civilization volunteers”, who would be expected to become “good Chinese Netizens”...
  • Japan's X-2 stealth fighter jet takes to the skies: $332 million prototype

    04/22/2016 4:22:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 April 2016 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Japan's first stealth fighter jet has successfully taken to the skies as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation enthusiasts watching the event erupted in applause as it lifted off. The single-pilot prototype safely landed at Gifu air base, north of Nagoya airport, after a 25-minute flight with 'no particular problems,' said an official at the defence ministry's acquisition agency. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its...
  • "Honey Trap" Spies ... China's Political Cartoon Warns Women to Beware of Handsome Western Men

    04/22/2016 12:48:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | April 22, 2016 | Julie Johnson
    Chinese Warned Dating Spies Is Risk Women Take With Foreign Men In New "Dangerous Love" Comic The Chinese warned dating spies is a risk women take with handsome foreign men. A new “dangerous love” poster was shared across government bulletin boards last Friday in honor of China’s National Security Education Day. Targeting mainly women government workers, the poster warned dating spies could be a real possibility through storytelling in a comic book-style format, according to ABC News on Tuesday. Making its way around the internet, the “dangerous love” poster is being called an odd way for the Chinese government...
  • Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face

    04/22/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2016 | By PAUL MOZUR and JANE PERLEZ
    An Apple Store in Beijing. Facing a slowdown in sales of iPhones in the United States, Apple is looking to China for growth. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China. Capture too much market share or wield too much influence, and Beijing will push back. Apple has largely been an exception to that trend. Yet the Silicon Valley company is now facing a regulatory push against its services in China that could signal its good relations in the country may be turning. Last...
  • China warns women of foreign spies in 'Dangerous Love' posters

    04/22/2016 8:41:51 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/22/16 | Hannah Gardner
    BEIJING — To mark China’s first National Security Education Day, a Beijing district put up posters warning women that handsome foreign men may be spies. Titled Dangerous Love, the comic book-style panel of posters tells the story of Xiao Li, a young government worker, and David, a red-haired "academic." David and Li meet at a dinner party, and he soon begins to woo Li with gifts and flowers. She marvels at her luck. “Having a handsome, romantic, cultured foreign boyfriend is great!” she says in frame six. David, though, is a foreign spy intent on stealing Chinese state secrets. One...
  • China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile (Can Reach all of America, from China)

    04/21/2016 4:23:22 PM PDT · by cba123 · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    Sorry this site has some sort of filter which I am obtaining, asking for an email address. So I won't post the article itself. Too much trouble in this case. But it is a good article. Bill Gertz is a good source, so I am posting the link.
  • China's Xi moves to take more direct command over military

    04/21/2016 1:10:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2016 | Christopher Bodeen
    Bolstering his status as China's most powerful leader in decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role as head of the country's powerful armed forces with the new title of commander in chief of its Joint Operations Command Center, state media and analysts said Thursday. Xi's new position was revealed in news reports that featured prominently on national news broadcasts Wednesday and Thursday in which he appeared publicly for the first time in camouflage battle dress wearing the joint center's insignia.
  • Supply-chain report says iPhone SE taking Chinese market share from local brands Xiaomi, Huawei

    04/21/2016 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    We’ve been hearing mixed reports about iPhone SE sales in general, but Apple’s latest 4-incher does appear to be a big hit in China. After a previous report claimed third-party retailers in the country received 3.4M preorders before the phone went on sale, a new supply-chain report says that local brands like Xiaomi and Huawei are being hit hard by Apple offering its cheapest-ever iPhone. The launch of relatively low-priced iPhone SE in China has squeezed market share from local brands, including Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and Oppo, affecting the earning performance of these brands, said the sources. The source is...
  • 200M Barrels Of Oil Sit In Idle Tankers Waiting To Unload At Chinese Ports

    04/20/2016 1:33:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 17 April 2016 | Irina Slav
    There is a new drama on the oil front: those who have it in excess can’t get it to those who want it—at least not quickly enough for everyone to be happy. A recent Reuters story reveals that tankers carrying around 200 million barrels of crude are waiting to leave or dock at ports around the world, creating “the world’s biggest traffic jam.” One would think that producers and consumers of the world’s most abundant commodity would have had time enough to adjust their port capacities, but apparently this is not the case. Middle East ports are choking on the...
  • Meekness[Charismatic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 7:20:38 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-20-16 | Holy Spirit
    "My" meekness is your strength for it is as you are moved only by the fortitude of My love that "True Zeal" then takes over and abides in you "As a River" forging and carving the path of My very will for your life "In Me" Acts 17:28 28 For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of [a]your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Matthew 5:5 5 “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [a]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited,...
  • Israel and China to sign 10-year multiple entry visa deal

    04/20/2016 4:59:49 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 27, 2016
    Israel and China are set to sign a 10-year multiple entry visa agreement this week, making the Jewish state only the third country, after the United States and Canada, to have such an arrangement with Beijing. The visa agreement will be signed in the framework of the second meeting of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation, which is taking place Tuesday in Jerusalem. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong is due in Israel for the event and for meetings with senior Israeli officials. “So far, China has 10-year multiple entry visa agreements only with the US and with Canada, so...
  • Russia and America should unite against Saudi-China alliance

    04/18/2016 9:22:23 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 51 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 4/18/2016 | Rachel Marsden
    <p>If there's a single issue on which the U.S. and Russia should urgently cooperate, it's Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>If the Central Intelligence Agency's role is to discreetly promote the economic and political interests of the United States, then there's one country that ought to be awfully disappointing to the agency right now: Saudi Arabia. In fact, if there's an issue on which America and Russia could potentially agree, it would be the damage Saudi Arabia has recently wrought upon the national and economic security of both nations.</p>
  • China pressed down shaken and flowing over ! Rejoice[charismatic Caucus]

    04/18/2016 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    China's fame will soon be delivered, A shot from My quiver, For where there has been scorn against My Word, A standard shall be heard, Revival , restoration My kingdom taking hold, Destroying this kingdom of old, Soon a new leader will show His face, The Lord Almighty in battle filled with Grace ! No longer will man stand where I have placed my throne, I am threshing this floor for my very own, The cries of the righteous have come unto me, Now watch beauty come from the ashes that must be, A joy in my children from under...
  • The Donald’s Diversity Deconstructed

    04/18/2016 8:18:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 18, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    If Trump were to actually win the Republican nomination and become president, it's questionable whether his policies would be in any sense Republican. Indeed, his foreign policy would be even more pro-Russian than that of Obama and Hillary. In this regard, the media are slowly but surely telling the truth about The Donald's love affair with Russia's Vladimir Putin and exploring his business ties to the Kremlin. Consider some recent headlines: • From Russia with love: why the Kremlin backs Trump (Reuters) • Trump's New Russia Adviser Has Deep Ties to Kremlin's Gazprom (Bloomberg) • Russia Hearts Donald Trump (Daily...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/17/2016 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Brazil impeachment backers take strong lead in Congress vote (Vote Happening NOW)

    04/17/2016 5:42:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    KDAL ^ | Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello
    Supporters of the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took a commanding lead in a ballot in the lower house of Congress on Sunday that could hasten the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule in Latin America's biggest economy. With 272 votes cast, 210 members of Congress had voted in favor of Rousseff's impeachment and 62 voted against or abstained. The Datafolha polling group projected Rousseff's defeat. Rousseff's opponents needs votes from 342 of the 513 members of the chamber to send her for trial in the Senate on charges of manipulating budgetary accounts to support her...
  • Officials fear accused Navy spy Edward Lin told China about U.S. reconnaissance aircraft

    04/17/2016 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/17/16 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Navy officer has spent eight months in the brig as a captive of U.S. counterintelligence agents, but to hear officials tell the spy tale, they know few details about what he provided to China’s communist regime or Taiwan’s government. To be sure, Lt. Cmdr. Edward Chieh-Liang Lin knows a lot about the Navy’s spying on China. He was a naval flight officer for long-distance patrol aircraft that suck up communications as well as track and take reconnaissance photographs and video of Beijing’s aggressive military operations in the South China Sea and elsewhere. “Someone like Cmdr. Lin would have detailed...
  • Impeachment About to Succeed in Brazil

    Impeachment winning 169 to 46 against in Brazil 342 needed to water the tree of liberty!!!
  • CHINA SAYS "NO DOLLARS" FOR NEW YUAN

    04/16/2016 6:08:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 75 replies
    SuperStation 95 ^ | 4 13 2016 | US Reporter
    In a shocking move likely to crush the US economy overnight, China is refusing to make its new gold-backed Yuan, convertible from or to US Dollars. The new Yuan will be introduced next Tuesday, April 19. When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to add the Yuan to the basket of world currencies used for Global Reserves and International Trade, they wanted China to make the Yuan more reliable as a currency. Since then, China has almost un-pegged its Yuan from the Dollar, allowing its value to fluctuate on world markets. But for years, China has been amassing huge amounts...
  • The Cultural Revolution: An Anniversary Steeped in Embarrassment

    04/16/2016 12:13:03 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 16 Apr, 2016 | Kerry Brown
    The People’s Republic of China is run by people who like to celebrate anniversaries. The marking of the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party in 2021–despite not happening for another five years–in some senses has already started, enshrined in the centennial goals that Xi Jinping and his colleagues have been heralding for the last year or so. Anniversaries for the start of reform (40 years in 2018), the 40th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong (September this year), and a dozen other large and small things litter the calendar of leaders, taking up a surprising amount of...
  • Sacred Volcano in North Korea May Be Waiting to Blow

    04/16/2016 7:48:13 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 4/15/2016 | Nadia Drake
    An enigmatic and dangerous giant sleeps on the border between China and North Korea. It’s quiet now, but a millennium ago, the volcano called Mount Paektu exploded with a fury rivaling the largest eruptions in recorded human history, hurling crackling rocks and ash as far away as Japan Despite that violent outburst, Mount Paektu—or Changbai, as it’s called in Chinese—remains fundamentally mysterious. Few outside the region are even aware it exists. And no one knows if, or when, the 9,000-foot-tall (2,740-meter-tall) peak might erupt again. Now, armed with an array of seismometers and almost unprecedented access to North Korea, an...
  • Trump: Cruz supported Chinese currency manipulation

    04/15/2016 9:58:05 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    politico.com ^ | 04/15/16 09:17 PM EDT | BEN SCHRECKINGER
    Trump: Cruz supported Chinese currency manipulation By Ben Schreckinger 04/15/16 09:17 PM EDT HARTFORD, Conn. — Donald Trump charged Ted Cruz with bowing to foreign interests and supporting the Chinese government's manipulation of its currency at a rally here on Friday night Trump lodged the accusation during remarks on the decline of Connecticut's manufacturing sector, which he blamed on the entrance of China into the World Trade Organization and the country’s devaluing of its currency. “Cruz wants it to go on because somebody probably representing interests in China says, ‘This is what we want,’” Trump said. Trump may be referring...
  • Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces

    04/15/2016 5:48:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | April 15, 2016 | Andy Coghlan
    Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces Rare example of collaboration with isolationist regime's researchers helps reveal secrets of one of the world’s largest volcanoes By Andy Coghlan If it blows again, it could make Vesuvius look like a tea party. Now, in a ground-breaking collaboration between the West and North Korea, vulcanologists are gaining new insights into Mount Paektu, on North Korea’s border with China, and whether it might blow its top any time soon. If it does, the outcome could be catastrophic. Paektu’s last eruption, a thousand years ago, is the second largest ever recorded, topped...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military

    04/15/2016 7:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military 2016/04/15 15:46 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout) SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea conducted its first test-launch of the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan early Friday from its east coast, but the launch ended in failure, officials said. "North Korea seems to have tried a missile launch from the East Sea area in the early morning today, but it is presumed to have failed," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Sources said the launched missile was the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), also known as the BM-25. The...
  • China's PLAN Upgrading its Project 956E Destroyers with VLS and YJ-12A Anti-Ship Missiles

    04/15/2016 6:26:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 April 2016
    Recent images from China are showing two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Project 956E Sovremennyy destroyers undergoing major refit and upgrade. It appears that the PLAN is upgrading its class of four destroyers (two 956E followed by two improved 956EM) acquired from Russia with domestic systems. Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806 in Zhoushan. Hangzhou has many of its systems removed including the main gun, sensor and masts, missile launchers (both SAM and ASM). The pictures show first ship of the class Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806...
  • Woman who stabbed patron at Miami art show will be deported to China, thought victim with ISIS

    04/15/2016 6:26:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    She sure won’t have to worry about ISIS anymore. The New York woman who stabbed another woman at a Miami art show last year claimed her vicious attack was motivated by paranoia about ISIS — a defense that has earned her deportation to her native China. Siyuan Zhao, 24, took a plea deal Thursday in a Miami court. She pleaded guilty, but instead of serving prison time, she will deport herself back home for treatment, the Miami Herald reported. Zhao’s psychiatrist told the court Zhao suffers from a mental illness and hears voices in her head.
  • [AP/GfK] Poll: Americans prefer low prices to items 'Made in the USA'

    04/14/2016 10:23:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2016 12:39 PM EDT | Josh Boak and Emily Swanson
    The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled “Made in the U.S.A.,” even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. While presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are vowing to bring back millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors, public sentiment reflects core challenges confronting the U.S. economy. Incomes have barely improved, forcing many households to look for the most convenient bargains instead of goods made in America. Employers now seek workers with college degrees, leaving...
  • The superpowers’ playground ( Djibouti : Africa )

    04/14/2016 7:18:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 9th 2016
    Everyone wants a piece of Djibouti. It’s all about the bases. ... the New Jersey-sized nation. Yet its quiet stability within the volatile Horn of Africa has made the country of just 875,000 people a hub for the world’s superpowers. ... The stars and stripes flutters alongside the runway where military and passenger planes touch down: Camp Lemmonier, America’s only permanent military base in Africa, hosts 4,500 troops and contractors who conduct missions against al-Qaeda in Yemen and al-Shabab in Somalia. The outpost, leased for $60m a year, shares an airstrip with the international airport, ... Djibouti also hosts France’s...
  • Judge in China Rules Gay Couple Cannot Marry

    04/14/2016 8:48:44 AM PDT · by Prov1322 · 38 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 04.13.2016 | EDWARD WONG and VANESSA PIAO
    BEIJING — A judge ruled on Wednesday against a gay couple who had sought the right to marry, in China’s first court case addressing the issue of same-sex unions. The couple, Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang, filed a lawsuit against a civil affairs bureau in Changsha, Hunan Province, in southern China, after the office refused to grant them the right to marry when they tried to register in June 2015. In a surprising move, a district court accepted the case early this year, the first time a Chinese court had agreed to hear such a lawsuit. An initial hearing scheduled...
  • Chinese Authorities ‘Arrest’ Ronald McDonald Statue

    04/13/2016 3:02:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 13, 2016 | David K. Li April 13, 2016 | 1:49pm
    Chinese authorities ‘arrest’ Ronald McDonald statue Chinese authorities weren’t lovin’ Ronald McDonald this week, hauling away a statue of the clown that was blocking sidewalk foot traffic. Uniformed code enforcement officers in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou ripped the Ronald McDonald figure off its base, leaving only his big red shoes behind, as shoppers in the Huadu District of commerce hub Guangzhou looked on in amazement Sunday. The city had been warning operators of this McDonald’s that its statue was hindering pedestrian traffic, according to state organ the People’s Daily. “We’ve asked them to remove the Ronald McDonald statue...
  • A Dangerous Superpower Showdown is Brewing: China vs. America in Asia

    04/12/2016 11:45:37 PM PDT · by cba123 · 17 replies
    National Interest.org ^ | April 12, 2016 | Hugh White
    Asia's recent decades of economic growth have depended, among other things, on a remarkable period of regional peace and stability. The region will only keep growing if that can be sustained. We cannot take this for granted. The peace we have known has resulted from an unusual situation that emerged in the early 1970s, when China decided to follow Japan in accepting the United States as the primary strategic power in Asia. That has meant that US primacy has been uncontested by any major regional power in Asia, eliminating major-power rivalry as a source of tension and conflict. But US...
  • Crew remains from 2 WWII crash sites repatriated from India

    04/12/2016 10:58:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Tara Copp
    Seventy-two years after eight airmen in the B-24 Liberator Hot as Hell crashed in violent weather over India during World War II, part of the crew began their final journey home after a full-honors ceremony Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India. TARA COPP/STARS AND STRIPES AIR FORCE STATION PALAM, NEW DELHI, India — Seventy-two years after eight airmen in the B-24 Liberator Hot as Hell crashed in violent weather over India, part of the crew has begun the final journey home. In a full-honors ceremony Wednesday at New Delhi’s airport, Secretary of Defense...
  • Nepali textile find suggests Silk Road extended further south than previously thought

    04/12/2016 12:47:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2016 | University of Cambridge
    The first results of textile and dye analyses of cloth dated between 400-650 AD and recovered from Samdzong 5, in Upper Mustang, Nepal have today been released by Dr Margarita Gleba of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. Identification of degummed silk fibres and munjeet and Indian lac dyes in the textile finds suggests that imported materials from China and India were used in combination with those locally produced. Says Gleba: "There is no evidence for local silk production suggesting that Samdzong was inserted into the long-distance trade network of the Silk Road." "The data reinforce the...
  • North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally'

    04/12/2016 5:55:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Apr. 12, 2016
    North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally' China has said that 13 North Korean restaurant workers who defected to South Korea last week had been working in China and had left legally. In a rare comment on such issues, a foreign ministry spokesman said the 13 had the right documents to exit China. China tends to view North Koreans who escape across its border as illegal economic migrants and sends them back. The group are now in South Korea, which provides an aid and adjustment package for all North Koreans who defect.