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  • U.S. charges four Chinese, firm with aiding Pyongyang’s nuclear program

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

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

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

    09/13/2016 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2016 10:14 AM EDT | Jim Gomez
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he won’t allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the U.S. military earlier this year.Duterte also said he was considering acquiring defense equipment from Russia and China. The Philippines has traditionally leaned on the U.S., its longtime treaty ally, and other Western allies for its security needs. The remarks were the latest from a Philippine president who has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S. but also has tried to mend relations with China strained...
  • China says executes 'very small number' of criminals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/29/2016 4:14:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 7:16 AM EDT
    The latest hot topic for Chinese rappers is a bearded 19th-century German philosopher who wrote a book called “The Communist Manifesto.” Chinese state media are promoting a new rap song praising Karl Marx, in the latest attempt to leverage popular culture in support of the ruling Communist Party. Entitled “Marx is a post-90” — China’s version of a millennial — the song extols the communist godfather’s supposed coolness with lyrics such as, “Life is full of little accidents, then one day I discovered how awesome he was.” “I saw my faith, don’t even ask why,” it continues. “You are my...
  • Will there be war in the South China Sea?

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

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

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

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

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

    05/11/2016 9:11:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM | Gregory Katz,
    Britain’s 90-year-old monarch has made a rare foray into political affairs, being caught on film characterizing Chinese officials as “very rude” in their dealings with British counterparts during a state visit last year. Queen Elizabeth II made the unguarded comments Tuesday while talking to a senior police officer at a rain-soaked garden party on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. With uncharacteristic bluntness — rarely if ever heard in public — the queen said the Chinese had not dealt properly with Barbara Woodward, the British envoy to China. “They were very rude to the ambassador,” Elizabeth said. …
  • U.S. Ran $165 Billion Merchandise Trade Deficit in Q1

    05/05/2016 5:53:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2016 | 5:02 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States ran a merchandise trade deficit of $165.0623 billion in the first quarter of 2016, which was down slightly from the $165.7159 billion merchandise trade deficit the United States ran in the first quarter of 2015, according to data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau. The U.S. exported $347.5618 billion in goods during the quarter and imported $512.6241 billion. The bilateral merchandise trade deficit with China during the first quarter was $77.9461 billion—by far the largest with any nation. […] The second largest bilateral merchandise trade deficit the United States ran during the quarter was the $16.9356 billion...
  • Was Doctor Strange Changed to Please China? (Marvel ordered to "Portray China in a Positive Light")

    05/05/2016 5:57:40 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-29-2016 | China Uncensored
    Marvel's new movie Doctor Strange may have changed the Ancient One from a Tibetan man to a Celtic white woman to appease China. That's at least was Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill suggested on the Double Toasted podcast. Or was this another example of Hollywood whitewashing—giving Asian roles to white actors?
  • Unpredictable Trump could swing either way on China

    05/04/2016 7:47:57 AM PDT · by Milhous · 13 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016-5-4 17:28:01
    The GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a sweeping victory in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, dealing a heavy blow to his rival Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the race later that night. Trump cleared his way to the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidential election. Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus declared Trump to be the party's "presumptive" presidential nominee and called for unity against Hillary Clinton. Trump's breakthrough in the Republican primaries has caused a sensation in US politics, public discourse and the international community. At the beginning of the race, most analysts...
  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they “have not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • US Steel files trade complaint against big Chinese producers

    04/26/2016 6:12:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2016 7:00 PM EDT
    United States Steel Corp. has filed a complaint with U.S. regulators against the biggest Chinese steel producers, accusing them of conspiring to fix prices, stealing trade secrets and skirting duties on imports in the U.S. with false labeling. The big steelmaker is alleging illegal unfair competition by the Chinese producers and their distributors, and is seeking “the exclusion of all unfairly traded Chinese steel products from the U.S. market.” U.S. Steel announced Tuesday that it lodged the complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Normally the independent federal agency decides within 30 days whether or not to act. The case...
  • 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. …
  • 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>
  • [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...
  • Taiwan Born Naval Officer Charged With Espionage

    04/10/2016 7:01:43 PM PDT · by VAFreedom · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | april 10th, 2016 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    A U.S. Naval officer who has been charged with espionage has been identified as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a Taiwanese-born flight officer assigned to a Naval reconnaissance unit. Lin was arrested eight months ago but his case did not become public until a pre-trial hearing this past Friday that will determine whether he will face a court martial.
  • Horror as China tears down thousands of crucifixes in crude bid to eradicate Christianity

    04/09/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 8, 2016 | Lizzie Stromme
    CHRISTIAN communities in China have been left horrified after the government started tearing down thousands of crucifixes in a crude bid to eradicate the faith in the country. More than two thousand crosses have now been forcefully removed from churches as part of a government campaign to regulate "excessive religious sites". ... Several members of the public have since been arrested for attempting to halt the government's crude attempt to suppress the Christian faith. Among the arrested was prominent human rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who was detained after he mounted a legal campaign to challenge the removal of the crosses....