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  • 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....
  • US Steel cutting about 750 non-union jobs

    04/06/2016 5:22:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 6:29 PM EDT
    U.S. Steel says it is cutting 25 percent of its non-union workforce in North America, or roughly 750 jobs. The Pittsburgh-based steel producer has about 21,000 employees in North America and about 18,000 are represented by the United Steelworkers union at last count. …
  • Battle between religious and gay rights splits GOP states

    04/06/2016 1:58:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:10 AM EDT | David A. Lieb
    Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples. The bills could benefit court clerks, photographers, florists, bakers, wedding-hall operators and others who say gay matrimony goes against their beliefs. For a party already being torn apart by the presidential contest, the state legislative efforts have exposed deep rifts between the GOP’s social conservatives and its pro-business wing. Business leaders worry that such measures will allow discrimination and scare away companies...
  • Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world’s third biggest military spender

    04/06/2016 12:50:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 05, 2016 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Global military spending reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a year-on-year increase for the first time since 2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms expenditure around the world. The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
  • Russia, China are greatest cyberthreats, but Iran is growing

    04/05/2016 6:08:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 7:49 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Russia and China present the greatest cyber security threat to the U.S., but Iran is trying to increase and spend more on its capabilities, the Navy admiral in charge of the military’s Cyber Command told Congress Tuesday. Adm. Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while the U.S. has more overall military power than the three countries, the gaps are narrower when it comes to cyber warfare. He said U.S. Cyber Command is making progress building cyber mission teams, and will have 133 fully operational by September 2018. Already, he said that nearly 100 teams are already conducting...
  • Rights group: Dramatic increase in executions in 2015 [Amnesty International]

    04/05/2016 5:49:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 8:20 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Amnesty International reports that there was a dramatic 54 percent increase in executions globally in 2015, with Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia responsible for nearly 90 percent of the killings. The human rights organization said that the figure of at least 1,634 people executed last year — up from 1,061 in 2014 — does not include executions in China where data on the death penalty is considered a state secret. […] According to the report, the number of executions recorded in Saudi Arabia increased by 76 percent to 158. Executions in Iran rose 31 percent to 977. and the 326...
  • China Close to Deploying Formidable New Nuclear Missile

    04/04/2016 2:47:03 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | April 4, 2016 | Charles Scaliger
    Quickly and quietly, the People’s Republic of China is transforming itself into a 21st Century military superpower to be reckoned with. Case in point: China’s latest-generation Dong Feng (“East Wind”) intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41, is months away from deployment. This newest nuclear missile, touted as the world’s longest-range missile, is reputedly capable of striking anywhere within the continental United States. Unlike its predecessors, the DF-41 will not be confined to stationary missile silos, but will be launched from mobile platforms. This formidable new weapon will probably be deployed to the People's Liberation's Army's (PLA's) Strategic Rocket Forces bases this...
  • Chinese news agency tells readers to ignore April Fools' Day

    04/01/2016 7:00:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 9:53 AM EDT
    China’s Communist Party has a new target in its campaign against pernicious Western cultural influences: April Fools’ Day. “The so-called Western April Fools’ Day does not conform to Chinese cultural traditions or socialist core values,” the party’s leading propaganda organ, Xinhua News Agency, said in a brief message on its official microblog Friday. “Hope people won’t believe in rumors, start rumors or spread rumors,” the message concluded. …
  • North Korea threatens China with a 'nuclear storm'

    03/31/2016 4:00:20 PM PDT · by Ulmius · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | March 31, 2016 | Becca Stanek
    The United Nations' recently implemented sanctions against North Korea are already driving a wedge between longtime allies North Korea and China, a document from the Workers' Party of North Korea reveals. In the document, the Workers' Party condemns Beijing for partaking in the sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear program and urges its people to confront China with a "nuclear storm" for its alleged "betrayal of socialism," Daily NK reports.
  • China proposes new Web rules that could enhance censorship

    03/29/2016 11:59:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 2:58 AM EDT | Gerry Shih
    China is consolidating its ability to censor the Internet by drafting new rules requiring businesses that serve domestic Internet users to register their Web addresses inside the country, a move seen as targeting Chinese companies but that has raised concerns among foreign businesses. In its most draconian interpretation, the proposed requirements could also further limit access within the Chinese network, analysts said. That appears to be the latest step by the ruling Communist Party to erect cyber barriers in the name of what some officials call “Internet sovereignty.” […] Under the draft regulations released this week by the Ministry of...
  • Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands [Senkaku]

    03/27/2016 8:51:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:06pm EDT | Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan on Monday will switch on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of disputed islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. The new Self Defense Force base on Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150 km (93 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. “This radar station is going to irritate China,” said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University and a former...
  • Taiwan's Nationalists elect their 1st female leader

    03/26/2016 11:09:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
    Taiwan’s China-friendly Nationalist Party has elected its first female leader after ousting her as its presidential candidate ahead of January elections that were won by pro-independence rivals. The Kuomintang had ditched Hung Hsiu-chu as her abrasive style and strongly pro-China positions were seen as alienating voters. The veteran legislator and former teacher was elected as leader over three other candidates Saturday and likely faces a difficult time rebuilding the party after its January electoral defeat. […] Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hung from Beijing, saying he hoped the two parties would continue to oppose “Taiwan independence,” according to the official...
  • To the Tea Party: Beware of “Free Trade”

    03/26/2016 7:39:18 AM PDT · by central_va · 24 replies
    economyincrisis ^ | 1/31/15 | Nevin Gussack
    The globalists who hijacked both the GOP and Democratic Party subscribe to this “free trade” ideology, and now are worried by grassroots conservative opposition to this destructive doctrine. A Pew Research Center poll for November 4-7, 2010 reported that 63% of professed Tea Party supporters thought that free trade agreements were “bad for U.S.” The Mellman Group and the Alliance for American Manufacturing reported that their poll indicated that 74 percent of self-described Tea Party supporters would support a “national manufacturing strategy to make sure that economic, tax, labor, and trade policies in this country work together to help support...
  • Lessons From 20 Years of NAFTA

    03/25/2016 7:00:22 AM PDT · by central_va · 14 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 3/8/16 | Stan Sorcsher
    We did trade wrong. We could have had a good trade policy that increased trade and raised living standards. We could export more soybeans, airplanes and software, and protect the environment around the world. We could have low-cost goods and encourage democracy, respect for human rights and improved working conditions.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be 'climate change hero'

    03/20/2016 10:14:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 20, 2016 6:11 AM EDT | Louise Watt
    Leonardo DiCaprio praised China’s work to combat climate change on a trip to Beijing on Sunday, and said he believes the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be “the hero of the environmental movement.” The actor and environmentalist, who called for action to combat climate change during his Oscar acceptance speech last month, praised China’s shift toward renewable forms of energy to lower carbon emissions. […] “I really think that China can be the hero of the environmental movement, they can be the hero of the climate change movement,” he said. “They have an opportunity to change the world...
  • US general says we could be screwed in a war against China or Russia

    03/16/2016 7:36:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2016
    The Army’s top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China. Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley ... a “great power war” against one or two of four countries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – .. the Army’s readiness is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people expect to defend them.
  • ROC Navy to Build Three Air Defense Catamaran Corvettes based on Tuo River-class

    03/15/2016 6:35:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | March 15, 2016
    The ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) has ordered three air defense catamaran corvettes based on the existing Tuo River-class. It is rumored the corvettes are expected to be fitted with Mk 41 VLS for a new naval variant of the Sky Bow III (Tien Kung III) surface to air missiles. It remains to be seen however if such large missiles can fit on a small platform like this catamaran corvette. Same thing goes for long range radar sensors. The "Tuo River" Catamaran Corvette sailing under its own power. Picture: Internet/Lee Chung Wei Other weapon system should include Sky...
  • Chinese Media Typo Calls President Xi Jinping the 'Last Leader'

    03/14/2016 11:07:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/14
    China's state news agency has had to issue a correction after it referred to President Xi Jinping as "China's last leader", an apparent copyediting error. Xinhua later amended the copy, which had by then been widely reused, and asked outlets to change the reference to "China's top leader". In the end many outlets simply removed Sunday's article in its entirety. Such a mishap is extremely rare as references to China's president are believed to be closely scrutinised. Chinese media is heavily regulated, with government censors often removing content on websites and social media. The two phrases are just one character...
  • Australian leader dismisses concerns about Chinese company (PLA front leasing Port of Darwin)

    03/08/2016 7:54:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 8, 2016 10:31 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday dismissed public concerns revealed by a U.S. opinion poll about a Chinese company leasing a strategically important port. The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday that the U.S. State Department had polled Australians via test message about their opinions about Chinese company Landbridge securing a 99-year lease over the Port of Darwin. Almost half those surveyed said allowing a Chinese company to manage the port posed “a lot of risk” to national security and nine in 10 said it posed at least some risk, according to U.S. government research obtained by the newspaper. …
  • Carrier Strike Group Sent to Confront China

    03/05/2016 7:58:16 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 44 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | March 5, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    China continues to expand its territory in the South China Sea, militarizing disputed Islands. They are taking strategic control over a major trade route that effects more than $5 trillion in global trade. The Chinese have deployed weapons and placed people on various islands throughout the area to feed its need for oil and keep routes open for its own energy needs. Their hunger for oil-rich islands in this trade route is having an impact on freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea. Recently they have even expanded their reach near the Philippines. China is setting up logistics for...
  • The Prominent Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres Has Been Assassinated in Honduras

    03/03/2016 8:53:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Honduran environment and human rights activist Berta Cáceres, winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her advocacy efforts, was assassinated in her hometown on Thursday. Cáceres was shot by at least two gunmen who broke down the door of the house where she was staying in La Esperanza, Honduras, the New York Times reported. The 44-year-old mother of four is best known for her grassroots mobilization of opposition to the Agua Zarca Dam, a hydroelectric project on a river sacred to the indigenous Lenca people that would have cut off their water supply. Through a nonprofit she had co-founded...
  • China is forced to clamp down on ticket touts…selling access to DOCTORS: 'Scalpers' buy up…(tr)

    03/03/2016 2:54:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:36 EST, 3 March 2016 | Thomas Burrows
    China has vowed to clamp down on 'scalpers' selling tickets for hospital appointments at hugely inflated prices. Most hospitals in the country require patients to purchase registration tickets to see a doctor or receive treatment but the system is widely abused. Scalpers buy up tickets for around £30 and can resell them for as much as £450, with those most in need of hospital treatment the biggest victims of the scandal. They mainly operate in the largest cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. ...
  • China to sack SIX MILLION state workers from its hugely inefficient state sector

    03/02/2016 4:07:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:07 EST, 2 March 2016 | Tom Wyke for Mail Online and Reuters
    China aims to lay off 5 to 6 million state workers over the next two to three years as part of efforts to curb industrial overcapacity and pollution. The move is being seen as Beijing's boldest retrenchment program in almost two decades. China's leadership, obsessed with maintaining stability and making sure redundancies do not lead to unrest, will spend nearly 150 billion yuan ($23 billion) to cover layoffs in just the coal and steel sectors in the next 2-3 years. [...] The hugely inefficient state sector employed around 37 million people in 2013, and accounts for about 40 percent of...
  • China takes Philippine atoll

    03/01/2016 6:17:32 PM PST · by ch.man · 130 replies
    Philstar ^ | March 2nd, 20016 | Jaime Laude
    MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have taken over another traditional Filipino fishing ground near Palawan where they have stationed up to five ships to keep local fishermen at bay, sources said. Now effectively under Chinese control is Quirino or Jackson Atoll, which has been a rich source of catch for a long time for fishermen from Palawan, Southern Luzon, Western Visayas and even Manila. Gray and white Chinese vessels have not left the atoll, which Filipino fishermen also call Jackson Five, because of the existence of five lagoons in the area. The Chinese are claiming almost the entire South China...
  • Japan signs pact to supply defense equipment to Philippines

    02/29/2016 7:36:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 29 at 7:21 AM | Jim Gomez&#8201;|&#8201;AP
    Future talks will determine what defense equipment could be supplied, although Gazmin told reporters without elaborating that Japan has initially offered a surveillance aircraft. “This agreement would really substantiate the Philippines and Japan being strategic partners,” Gazmin said in remarks during the signing ceremony at the Department of Defense in metropolitan Manila which was not opened to the press. “Let me stress that what underpins this agreement is not only our desire to enhance our respective defense capabilities but also to contribute to regional peace and stability.” Neither side mentioned China’s increasingly assertive behavior in disputed areas but that has...
  • Obama signs bill extending privacy protections to allies

    02/24/2016 3:45:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2016 6:30 PM EST | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday that would extend some U.S. privacy protections to citizens of allied countries and let foreigners sue the U.S. government if their personal data is unlawfully disclosed.In a separate ceremony just a few minutes later, Obama signed into law a bill that beefs up trade enforcement and includes a ban on Internet access taxes. Obama said both bills had bipartisan support. The bill extending certain privacy protections was aimed at shoring up trust among European allies following leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Obama said the new law makes sure data is...
  • First ‘Silk Road’ Train Arrives in Tehran From China

    02/23/2016 9:55:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | February 15, 2016 2:07 PM
    The first train to connect China and Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday loaded with Chinese goods, reviving the ancient Silk Road, the Iranian railway company said. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from eastern Zhejiang province, took 14 days to make the 9,500-kilometer (5,900-mile) journey through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. [...] According to Iranian media, more than a third of Iran's foreign trade is with China, which is Tehran's top customer for oil exports. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed last month to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next...
  • EU steel workers protest against cheap Chinese imports

    02/18/2016 8:33:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 15, 2016 8:19 AM EST | Raf Casert
    Steel company managers joined thousands of their employees from across the European Union to protest Monday against the import of cheap Chinese products and to warn the 28-nation bloc not to open the doors further to Beijing. The European steel industry is accusing China of illegal export subsidies and selling products below production cost, all of which contributes to the crisis in the European steel sector. With whistles and firecrackers, the workers ringed some of the EU institutions to push their demands to keep Chinese steel at bay. The industry argued that if the EU recognizes China as a market...
  • Who Will Succeed President Xi Jinping?

    02/16/2016 1:14:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    EJInsight ^ | Feb 16, 2016 | Willy Lam Wo-lap
    There seems to be no end to President Xi Jinping's lust for power. Just three years after he assumed office, Xi is now basically in complete control of the Communist Party, the government, the military, the judiciary, the law enforcement apparatus, the economy and the diplomacy of his country. Since the beginning of this year, chief officials of a dozen key provinces and autonomous regions - such as Anhui, Sichuan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia and Tianjin - have openly pledged allegiance to Xi one after another and hailed him as the 'core' of the Communist Party. Since China's economic...
  • White House: Obama to visit Vietnam in May

    02/15/2016 10:01:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2016 10:30 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May when he'll be in Asia attending an international summit. The White House says Obama told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung he had accepted an invitation to visit the former U.S. adversary. Obama and Dung spoke Monday on the sidelines of a U.S. summit with Southeast Asian leaders taking place in Southern California. ...
  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 7:47:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:25 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2016 | Ivan Watson, Pamela Boykoff, Kocha Olarn and Judy Kwon
    Last October, two members of a small exile Chinese opposition political party -- Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping -- were arrested by Thai police. Several weeks later, despite protests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the two men were extradited to China and promptly thrown in prison. Since the extradition of Dong, his wife, Gu Shuhua, and daughter fled Thailand for Canada. Speaking from Toronto, she says Dong's capture has devastated her small family. "The Chinese government put pressure on my husband for so long that he ran away [from China]. Why did they still need to chase...