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  • Off the grid: Chinese data law adds to global shipping disruption

    11/18/2021 5:11:40 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/2021 | Jonathan Saul and Eduardo Baptista
    LONDON/HONG KONG, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Ships in Chinese waters are disappearing from tracking systems following the introduction of a new data law in China, frustrating efforts to ease bottlenecks that are snarling the global economy, according to three shipping sources directly impacted.
  • China ‘Clearly’ Developing Aviation and Maritime Capabilities to Counter U.S. in Indo-Pacific, Says Pentagon

    11/10/2021 10:31:44 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | Mallory Shelbourne | Mallory Shelbourne
    “They can speak to their exercises and what they’re training against. It’s been pretty fairly obvious and we just released the China military report a week ago that I think makes it very clear what our understanding of their intentions are and their capabilities are and how they’re developing those capabilities and to what ends,” Kirby told reporters today.“And clearly they have invested a lot in particularly air and maritime capabilities that are designed largely to try to prevent the United States from having access to certain areas in the Indo-Pacific. What we’re focused on is that pacing challenge and...
  • Navy Not Sure What USS Connecticut Struck in the South China Sea, Beijing Accuses U.S. of Cover-Up

    10/27/2021 10:01:52 PM PDT · by algore · 37 replies
    The U.S. Navy still isn’t positive what one of its most powerful attack submarines hit in the South China Sea, as repair assessments continue in Guam, four sources familiar with the results of the preliminary investigations told USNI News this week. As of Tuesday afternoon, the undersea object that damaged the forward section of USS Connecticut (SSN-22) had not been definitively determined as part of several investigations into the Oct. 2 incident, the sources said. Early indications were Connecticut hit a seamount in the South China Sea, two defense officials familiar with the Navy’s examination of the submarines told USNI...
  • South China Sea: China's four-part plot to invade Taiwan includes airstrikes on US troops

    10/18/2021 12:49:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 83 replies
    https://www.econotimes.com ^ | Monday, October 18, 2021 8:51 AM UTC | Staff
    Relations between China and Taiwan have not been at its best as of late, as China grows increasingly aggressive over the island nation in its plans for reunification. As tensions escalate in the South China Sea, a report revealed that China has a four-part plan to invade the island nation, which also includes military actions taken against US soldiers. WION obtained a copy of China’s “invasion playbook” detailing China’s plans in a possible military confrontation as Beijing considers taking over Taiwan through military means. Chinese military planners have come up with four military campaigns for possibly invading Taiwan. Included in...
  • Joe Biden Considers Tariff Exemptions for Over 500 ‘Made in China’ Products

    10/07/2021 12:58:04 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/07/2021 | John Binder
    President Joe Biden’s administration is considering providing tariff exemptions for more than 500 products made in China — a potential boon to corporations who continue offshoring to the communist country. This week, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai said the administration would continue to preserve tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese products first imposed by former President Donald Trump.
  • China tensions: Taiwan does not seek military confrontation but will defend its freedom, President says

    10/07/2021 9:40:49 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 20 replies
    https://www.msn.com Story by Reuters ^ | 10/8/2021 | Story by Reuters
    Taiwan does not seek military confrontation but will do whatever it takes to defend its freedom, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday, amid a rise in tensions with China that has sparked alarm around the world. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, reported close to 150 Chinese air force aircraft flew into its air defense zone over a four-day period beginning October 1, though those missions have since ended. Taiwan has complained for more than a year of such activities, which it views as "grey zone warfare," designed to wear out Taiwan's armed forces and test their ability...
  • Are China's Threats to Taiwan a Bluff?

    10/08/2021 4:29:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2021 | Pat Buchanan
    Monday, four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan's air defense zone, climaxing a weekend of provocations that saw nearly 150 sorties of China-based fighters and bombers. The U.S. State Department countered by issuing a stern statement warning Beijing about the adverse effect on regional "stability" of such "provocative military activity." Yet even as the waves of Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense zone, President Joe Biden was reassuring Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that the U.S. would defend the Senkakus from any Chinese attack. Controlled by Japan but claimed by China, the Senkakus are uninhabited rocks in...
  • China’s Debt Problems Continue to Fester: Containment Strategy Failing - Instead of abating, financial strains are intensifying.

    10/08/2021 8:58:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 10/08/2021 | Milton Ezrati
    News AnalysisBeijing’s containment strategy is failing. Instead of abating, China’s financial strains are intensifying.Last month, when concerns first arose with the insolvency of the real estate giant Evergrande, Beijing held back from getting too involved. The nation’s leadership no doubt hoped that the financial waves would calm without much effort on their part.Now with the announcements of more failures and defaults, it is apparent that financial problems are deepening and becoming more widespread. Indeed, the news is beginning to resemble the beginnings of America’s 2008-09 financial crisis. Beijing cannot avoid acting for long.The latest news is disturbing. The first tentative...
  • Relations After Former Aussie PM Gives Fiery Speech In Taiwan

    10/08/2021 3:14:58 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 10-8-2021
    Australia’s former prime minister Tony Abbott visited Taipei on Friday where he gave a speech urging the international community to show “solidarity” with the self-ruled island, resulting in a quick reaction out of China demanding that Canberra officails stay out of its internal affairs. Abbott provocatively told the conference that “any attempt at coercion would have incalculable consequences” for China and strongly suggested that both the United States and Australia would come to Taiwan’s aid militarily. “I don’t believe America could stand by and watch [Taiwan] swallowed up,” he said, added of his own country: “I don’t believe Australia would...
  • Hunter Biden sells five art prints for $75K each before his NYC gallery show is postponed and a team of lawyers are brought in to scrutinize potential patrons

    10/08/2021 1:44:07 AM PDT · by RandFan · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct 8 | By NATASHA ANDERSON
    Hunter Biden has sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each as a team of lawyers works to vet people who plan to attend his spring gallery show in New York City. The prints were sold from Georges Berges Gallery in Los Angeles before the Oct. 1 opening of his pop-up presentation. It is unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold once the LA show opened. The buyers also remain a secret. However, a source familiar with the sale told the New York Post that 'most of those allowed to buy works...
  • 'This is from my Uncle Jack, can we expedite this?' Hunter Biden asked for Whitey Bulger's nephew's help when Joe Biden's brother-in-law John said he wanted to quickly secure a business license in China, emails reveal

    10/07/2021 2:33:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/07/2021 | Elizabeth Elkind
    Hunter Biden used his connection to infamous mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger to try to help his uncle get a business license in China, leaked emails revealed on Thursday. One of the emails also involves a formal State Luncheon that was attended by then-Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi. Jack Owens, Joe Biden's brother-in-law through his sister, reached out to Hunter on May 9, 2014 telling him a business deal Owens was negotiating in China required them to obtain a 'China Business License.' He said his companies, MediGuide America and MediGuide Insurance Services International, reached 'a serious stage' of...
  • American Forces Have Been Quietly Deployed To Taiwan With Increasing Regularity

    10/08/2021 6:36:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    The Drive ^ | Oct. 7, 2021
    A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that contingents of U.S. special operations forces and U.S. Marines have been making more regular rotational deployments to Taiwan for at least a year now. This news comes a day after Chiu Kuo Cheng, the island's defense minister, said publicly that Chinese forces would be capable of launching a "full-scale" invasion operation across the Taiwan Strait with far fewer risks than they face now by 2025.
  • LA Times Absurdly Skips Reporting on Hunter Biden's Hollywood Art Show

    10/08/2021 8:21:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 8, 2021 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine being the Los Angeles Times assignment editor last week and you find out that despite pledges that Joe Biden's son, Hunter, would have no contact with the people buying his art, he would be rubbing shoulders with them at his glitzy art show in Hollywood. In addition, among the attendees would be Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti whose nomination as ambassador to India has been stalled in the Senate. So the editor looks at all this and decides to not send anyone to report on that rule-breaking event.
  • White House Says ‘No Action’ at This Time to Tame Surging Gas Prices but ‘All Tools’ on Table

    10/08/2021 8:01:42 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 61 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10-09-21 | Tom Ozimek
    The White House said Thursday that the Biden administration is not taking action at this time in response to gasoline prices hitting seven-year highs and elevated crude oil and natural gas prices, adopting a wait-and-see approach while insisting “all tools in the toolbox” remain at the ready. White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the remarks at an Oct. 7 briefing in response to a question about what steps the administration was taking to keep rising gasoline, natural gas, and oil prices in check. “We continue to monitor global energy market supply, and we’ll work with our agency partners...
  • Target Taiwan-Under Biden, China has a “friend” in the White House

    10/08/2021 7:04:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Oct 8, 2021 | Jeff Crouere
    In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was unleashed on the world from China. The evidence is now growing that the bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan, China was the original source of the virus. If this theory is true, the virus was either accidentally or intentionally released on an unsuspecting world. Of course, the government of communist China is not cooperating with an investigation into the origins of COVID-19, so the world may never know the truth. The mere fact that China is blocking this investigation should lead everyone to question what China is trying to hide. The pandemic has killed over 700,000...
  • China Voices 'Grave Concerns' About U.S. Submarine Collision in South China Sea

    10/08/2021 6:21:45 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 40 replies
    https://www.newsweek.com/ ^ | 10/8/21 AT 8:23 AM EDT | BY JACK DUTTON ON
    China has expressed "grave concerns" about a U.S. submarine that hit an unknown object in the South China Sea last week. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Friday that China urged the U.S. to provide details, its purpose of cruising, and whether it caused a nuclear leak or damaged the marine environment, the state-owned newspaper Global Times reported. U.S. officials, speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, on Thursday said that an American nuclear submarine hit the object while submerged in waters in the South China Sea, injuring 11 sailors on board. The submarine remains "fully operational" the officials said,...
  • Pentagon Won't Confirm Reports Of US Special Forces In Taiwan

    10/07/2021 7:06:02 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    VOA News ^ | 10/7/2021 | Jeff Seldin
    US Defense Department officials are refusing to confirm reports that American forces are in Taiwan, secretly training Taiwanese troops to prepare them in case of an attack from China. The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported the Pentagon has about two dozen special operations troops working with select units of Taiwan's armed forces, while a contingent of US Marines has been training forces on maritime tactics. US officials, speaking to the Journal on the condition of anonymity, said the American forces had been engaged in the training operations for at least the past year. Pentagon officials declined to confirm the...
  • US submarine hits underwater object in South China Sea

    10/07/2021 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/7/.2021 | Oren Liebermann
    A US nuclear powered submarine struck an object underwater in the South China Sea on Saturday, according to two defense officials. A number of sailors on board the USS Connecticut were injured in the accident, the officials said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to a statement from US Pacific Fleet. "The submarine remains in safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut's nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational," the statement said. "The incident will be investigated." The US Navy did not specify the incident took place in the South China Sea, only that it...
  • Is A Chinese Military Attack On Taiwan Inevitable?

    10/07/2021 8:11:21 AM PDT · by Onthebrink · 82 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 10/6/2021 | James Holmes
    Xi Jinping’s options Let us go through his options in broad terms. First, Beijing would doubtless prefer to win without fighting, true to Chinese strategic traditions.[6] That is not because party magnates harbour scruples over using violence, or goodwill towards Taiwan. It is because aggressors love peace.[7] A bloodless triumph lets them get their way while sparing them the dangers, hardships, and costs of war. But it is increasingly doubtful that Taiwan will capitulate without warfare. Polls reveal that an overpowering majority of islanders now define themselves not as Chinese but as Taiwanese.[8] As a corollary, they reject the legitimacy...
  • Biden’s New China Trade Plan Seeks to Enforce Trump-Era Trade Deal, Unwind Some China Tariffs

    10/04/2021 11:42:35 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10-4-21 | Eva Fu
    Top U.S. trade negotiator Katherine Tai on Oct. 4 vowed to unwind some Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods, and press the Chinese regime for “frank” talks in a bid to end Beijing’s unfair trade practices. Over the past decades, Beijing has poured billions in state subsidies into targeted industries such as steel, solar, and agriculture, causing the shuttering of American factories and a “zero-sum dynamic in the world economy,” Tai told an Oct. 4 panel hosted by Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Above all else, we must defend—to the hilt—our economic interests,” she said at the...