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May 13, 2018

KIM JONG-UN CLOSING DOWN NUKE TEST SITE



North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday that the communist regime would hold a ceremony on a date between May 23 and 25 to permanently shut down the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, and journalists from five countries, including the United States, were invited to attend. The announcement appeared on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) website, and appeared to be a gesture of goodwill towards the international community, which has pressured North Korea for years to dismantle its illegal nuclear weapons program. (...) The press release from the Foreign Ministry did not specifically name the Punggye-ri site, describing it only as the “northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].” There is no evidence, however, that North Korea possesses any other nuclear test sites, active or otherwise. (More)





May 10, 2018

(VIDEO) TRUMP/KIM JONG-UN SUMMIT SINGAPORE ON JUNE 12


Classic! Obama traded five master terrorists for one deserter. Trump brings three hostages home and Democrat Senate leader Schumer throws cold water over the celebrations saying this is nothing because these Americans should not have been taken hostage by Noko in the first place! Expect more of this before June 13! 






April 27, 2018

(VIDEO) PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA



The leaders of North and South Korea embraced on Friday after pledging to work for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, on a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade. The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and seek an agreement on “permanent” and “solid” peace. The declaration included promises to pursue phased arms reduction, cease hostile acts, transform their fortified border into a peace zone and seek multilateral talks with other countries including the United States. “The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace has begun,” the two sides. (More


The Left consists of very sad people. Instead of drawing lessons, even before enjoying the sight of peace, their minds go to how they can deny President Trump a victory. Trump hate trumps everything. The facts however are the facts. Photo's have now been released of the Easter meeting of CIA director (now Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un in Noko.
The first photos of the meeting between Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were released Thursday, just hours after Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state. (...) The meeting held between the high ranking officials was designed to lay the groundwork for a summit between President Trump and the leader of the hermit kingdom for later this year. (More)  


The world watched breathlessly how a 65 year old dinosaur of a problem deemed unsolvable came to a grinding halt.




April 21, 2018


NORTH KOREAN PRE-TALKS CONCESSIONS 

It was revealed this week that CIA Director (and Secretary of State nominee) Mike Pompeo traveled Easter Weekend for personal talks with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. It was a surprising development, which comes as the United States and North Korea lay the groundwork for direct talks between President Trump and Kim. The Korean War never formally ended and tensions with the North have been higher than ever in the past year. The trip by Pompeo was an impressive diplomatic accomplishment that gives us hope that a real breakthrough with North Korea may be in the offing. However, this hope must be tempered with a large dose of caution and realism. This is not the first act in this sixty-five-year diplomatic drama. There is significant room for misunderstanding going forward. For example, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to us means North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons. To North Korea it may mean removing the protective nuclear umbrella over South Korea, provided by the United States. North Koreans see the proposed talks as the result of the military might of their country, the strength of their “Dear Leader,” and the fact that they are already a nuclear power. (...)

It should be noted that three U.S. citizens are still being held there. (...) But President Trump has achieved something no former President has accomplished. We should support the Trump Administration’s overtures while being very, very cautiously optimistic. The U.S. must enter these talks with eyes wide open and be prepared to walk away from the table. North Korea will expect to be rewarded for simply coming to the table. We have been here before. There must be no sanctions relief, no aid, no concessions unless and until outside inspectors are allowed to verify that nuclear weapons are being dismantled and that nuclear weapons research and development is halted. To do otherwise would be a grave mistake and to repeat past failures in trying to negotiate with North Korea. We must learn from our past errors. (Source)





April 20, 2018

(VIDEO) MOON: ROCKET MAN WANTS NO NUKES


On Thursday President Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe held a very special joint presser at Mar-a-Lago. In above Periscope Scott Adams explains why it was so special. In the meantime there's more good news from Korea.

North Korea has expressed its desire for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. Moon said big-picture agreements about normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States should not be difficult to reach through planned summits between North and South, and between the North and the United States, in a bid to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs. “North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization,” Moon told reporters. (More)



April 18, 2018 Joint Presser at Mar-a-Lago. 




April 18, 2018


(VIDEO) POMPEO-KIM JONG-UN MEETING 'WENT WELL' 


CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend in an effort to lay the groundwork for a summit between Kim and President Trump, Fox News has confirmed. Pompeo's trip, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came to light hours after Trump told reporters that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for what would be an extraordinary meeting following months of heated rhetoric over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Though the White House did not initially comment on the reports, Trump acknowledged the meeting in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying it went well. (...)

Trump, who welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his Florida resort Tuesday, said five locations for the potential summit are under consideration. The president would not disclose the sites but said the U.S. was not among them. "We'll either have a very good meeting or we won't have a good meeting," Trump told reporters. "And maybe we won't even have a meeting at all, depending on what's going in. But I think that there's a great chance to solve a world problem." The president did not answer shouted questions about whether he has spoken with Kim. Kim's offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many when it was announced that he had accepted. (More, incl. video)





March 20, 2018

(ANALYSIS) 4 REASONS WHY NORTH KOREA WANTS TO DE-NUKE


Ever since KJU signaled his willingness to meet with the US President, pundits have been wondering what made him do it. Especially anti Trumpers are groping in the dark, primarily because their prejudice prevents them from objective analysis. So what they do, is making predictions based on past experience. In the mainstream media their faulty analyses are all over the place. Scott Adams, who has his own particular set of tools he calls "persuasion" deals with it in this Periscope.


Scott Adams is listing a number of variables that are different from the past.

  1. Sanctions
  2. Ubiquitous technology and the free flow of information
  3. The nature of President Trump 
  4. The fact that even for the leadership, North Korea isn't a good place to be in
The virtual economic blockade is worse than is reported. Fuel prices have doubled. At one point so many air defense radars had to be shut down to conserve fuel, that the military missed an US-South Korean exercise because they couldn't detect enemy aircraft.

Also underreported is a Trump victory in the United Nations Security Council (which includes China and Russia) unanimously adopting Resolution 2397. That decision included reducing the supply of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from 2 million barrels per year to 500,000 barrels per year.

Earlier Resolution 2375 cut the supply of refined products from North Korea by 4.5 million barrels to 2 million barrels per year was given teeth by the US and South Korea browbeating China into upholding it's end of the deal, allowing the interception of  smugglers.

We now see that North Korea is beginning to accept South Korean culture. A South Korean singing group will be performing in Pyongyang next month. It is impossible to overstate how big of a change this reflects in North Korean attitude. Two months ago the punishment for watching a South Korean soap opera was death.


The winds of changes are blowing thanks to President Trump! Perhaps the deal with Saudi Arabia is the new model for dealing with young hereditary tyrants thirsting for normalcy, coolness and prosperity (source).





Sep. 4, 2017

(VIDEO) NORKS IN MORE WEAPON TESTS AS UNSC CONVENES


President Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that the US is considering cutting trade to any country doing business with the Norks. South Korea said on Monday it was talking to the US about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula after signs North Korea might launch more missiles in the wake of its sixth and largest nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council is meeting at this moment to discuss new sanctions against the isolated regime. President Trump has also asked to be briefed on all available military options. Officials said activity around missile launch sites suggested the DPRK is planning more missile tests.



Sep. 3, 2017

(VIDEO) NORKS TEST HYDROGEN BOMB


An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale centered in the area of North Korea’s nuclear weapons facility was reportedly followed by a 4.6 quake that appears to be a cave-in due to the test. The test is reportedly the strongest of the previous five tests since 2006. Asked if there will be an attack on NK, President Trump answered this morning: "We will see". The National Security Council will convene later today. Cabinet members are in touch with their peers in the region.
President Trump: "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States. North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success. South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"




Aug. 29, 2017

(VIDEO) NORKS FIRE MISSILE OVER JAPAN




Aug. 28, 2017 North Korea launches missile over Japan. 

Writing at Asia Times, David P. Goldman salutes his friend Steve Bannon – the former White House strategist now returned home to Breitbart News – for his perspective on the threats posed by North Korea and China. Goldman argues the world owes Bannon thanks for heading off a military confrontation with North Korea, but warns a longer, colder struggle against China is the “main event.” Goldman approvingly cites Bannon’s interview with The American Prospect last week, in which he insisted there is “no military solution” for North Korea until “somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons.” Goldman says he does not agree with Bannon “on every detail,” but commends his “brilliant grasp of grand strategy” and “deep sense of urgency about its implementation.”  (More)





Aug. 12, 2017

LOCKED AND LOADED: GUAM READY FOR NORK ATTACK




Aug 12, 2017 President Trump Press Conference on North Korea National Security Briefing W/ Nikki Haley, Rex Tillerson.

(...) During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile. The Director of National Intelligence and Obama officials subsequently tried to dismiss Lamborn’s disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that did not reflect the views of the rest of the U.S. Intelligence Community. (...) Obama concealed the intelligence so he could avoid taking any action against North Korea. The Trump administration, on the other hand, publicized the intelligence so American citizens could see the seriousness of the threat and why decisive action is in order. (More)




Aug 8, 2017 AFP: North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.




Aug. 10, 2017

FIRE AND FURY: TRUMP DELIVERS MESSAGE TO NORKS


The Obama Administration knew North Korea produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at least as early as 2015, but chose not to disclose it. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported on a July Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) assessment that stated Pyongyang had a mini nuke that can be placed inside an ICBM. “The [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” an excerpt of the DIA analysis stated. However, People’s Pundit Daily has learned that a similar alarming assessment was reviewed by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Barack Obama was briefed on the assessment, which indicated the Defense Intelligence Agency believed with “moderate confidence” North Korea reached this capability as early as 2015, potential even as early as 2013. But the Obama Administration buried it. (More)





July 30, 2017

US BOMBERS OVER KOREA AS TRUMP RIPS CHINA


The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. It said the mission was a response to North Korea’s two ICBM tests this month. Analysts say flight data from the North’s second test, conducted Friday night, showed that a broader part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons. (More)





May 16, 2017

REPORT CONNECTS NORTH KOREA TO RANSOMWARE ATTACK


According to investigators North Korea is behind the ransomware attack. We have to remind ourselves at this point that the worm virus was developed by the NSA and is not unlike Stuxnet. Moreover, we now know the US IC has the capacity to leave foreign type script to set up a false flag attack. The Norks are a prime cover.

Cyber security researchers with Symantec and Kaspersky Lab on Monday said they uncovered technical evidence that indicates North Korea may have been involved in last weekend's international ransomware attack. The WannaCry software used in the attack was found in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which the researchers said is a North Korean-operated hacking entity. "This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry," Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters. It's not clear whether North Korea was behind the attacks, but the U.S. and other countries are investigating. (More)




April 25, 2017

 TRUMP POLICY ON N.KOREA TAKING SHAPE


President Trump has rejected Obama's policy of "Strategic Patience" and isn't going to wait until Seattle is hit by a Nork nuke. The world is not sitting down either. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley hosted members of the UN Security Council for a breakfast with members of the Senate and House. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, among other Trump administration officials, invited all 100 US Senators to a special briefing on North Korea.
The invitation comes on the heals of increasingly hard line rhetoric from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has not ruled out a direct air strike on Pyongyang should the Communist dictatorship detonate another nuclear device. North Korean continues to ratchet up its inflammatory rhetoric, threatening most recently to “wipe out” the United States should it decide to attack the peninsula. Despite Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent calls for Trump to exercise restraint in dealing with North Korea, President Trump has lately pointed directly to the UN Security Council, suggesting that the body should be prepared to issue new sanctions on the country. If anything, the Administration’s efforts at containing the reckless ambitions of North Korea’s despotic “supreme leader,” Kim Jong-un, appear well-coordinated and on point, suggesting a close and effective working relationship in international matters between Trump and his most senior staff. For his part, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday that the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson would arrive in the area within “a matter of days.” (Source
North Korea might be talking about building missiles that can reach the United States, but Kim Jong Un’s regime already has lots of missiles that can reach Japan. So the Japanese government is preparing its citizens in case a missile comes their way — possibly with less than 10 minutes’ warning. The prime minister’s office issued new “actions to protect yourself” guidelines this week, including for the first time instructions on how to respond if a North Korean ballistic missile is heading toward Japan. Three of the four missiles that North Korea launched March 6 fell within Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, the body of water that separates Japan and the Korean Peninsula. North Korea later said that it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan. North Korea showed almost two decades ago that it has all of Japan in its reach.(More)





April 15, 2017

(NORK) KIM JUNG-UN BLINKED


So! The chubby Nork dictator bluffed and blinked. The Chino-American nexus of the Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping triumphed. (More) The expected sixth nuclear test was a no show as the Day of the Sun passed into the pyrotechnic night. North Korea can withdraw into its collective darkness once again. But that doesn't mean the problem has been solved. In his secret underground bunkers Kim Jong-un will continue to plot his nuclear wet dreams. Messrs. Trump and Xi undoubtedly made contingency plans for the occasion.
Kelly, speaking with NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, said a physical attack from the North Korean military is unlikely despite the country's warning earlier this week of a "big event" this weekend. "A kinetic threat against the United States right now I don't think is likely, but certainly a cyber threat," Kelly told Todd in a preview clip. "So we would raise various threat levels in the event that something happened and we felt as though that there was a possible threat. You always want to caution on the side of — come down on the side of caution." Pentagon officials have mobilized resources to hit back at the dictatorship in the case of a military attack, though they have not disclosed how the U.S. would respond to a cyber attack. (More)





April 14, 2017

CHINA, RUSSIA MOBILIZING FOR NORK NUKE TEST


59 Tomahawks on Syria, a MOAB on ISIS in Afghanistan and an armada setting course to the northern Pacific was a message the North Koreans can hardly ignore. Reckless, they say, while preparing the sixth nuclear test to mark the anniversary of its founder, Kim Jong Un's grandfather. In a remarkable opinion piece on WaPo, John Pomfret is giving President Trump some credit, perhaps....
Something interesting is happening in China and perhaps President Trump deserves some credit. For the first time, the Chinese government appears to have laid down a bottom-line with North Korea and is threatening Pyongyang with a response of “unprecedented ferocity” if the government of Kim Jong Un goes ahead with a test of either an intercontinental ballistic missile or a nuclear device. North Korea will celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, and some type of military show of force is expected. (More)
China flaunts its mighty missiles on state TV as Beijing urges North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions amid growing military tensions 
  • China Central Television yesterday revealed footage of deadly weapons 
  • One of the missiles, said to be DF-21, is dubbed 'the killer of aircraft carrier' 
  • Programme also reported on the 'intensive' mock battles by Chinese army 
  • Tensions are high with North Korea warning of a nuclear attack on the US 
  • China has urged Kim Jong-un to halt his nuclear programme in exchange for greater protection from Beijing (More)





April 12, 2017

TRUMP SENDS AN 'ARMADA' TO NORTH KOREA


(...) Donald Trump called President Xi on the phone to discuss trade and the developing North Korean situation. According to China's state television, Xi stuck with his objective of "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, and called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension. (...) Trump's call with Xi came as an influential state-run Chinese newspaper warned that the Korean peninsula was the closest it has been to a "military clash" since North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006. China's Global Times newspaper said in an editorial North Korea should halt any plan for nuclear and missile activities "for its own security". While widely read in China and run by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, the Global Times does not represent government policy. The newspaper noted Trump's recent decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a deadly gas attack last week. "Not only is Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honours his promises," it said. "The U.S. is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests. It doesn't plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang," it said. "Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time." The Global Times said if North Korea made another provocative move, "Chinese society" might be willing to back unprecedented sanctions, "such as restricting oil imports". (More)





April 11, 2017

MAR-A-LAGO MEETING MADE XI APPEAR WEAK




Apr 7, 2017 Gordon Chang on President Trump's meeting with President Xi Jinping.

Besides the matter of US-Chino relations and trade, the North Korea issue looms large. The Obama doctrine was, doing nothing allowing power vacuums to occur in which evil could grow until it exploded in on the world stage. The Trump doctrine is not the opposite, interventionism. Nor is it isolationism, as some Trumpists advocate. The Trump doctrine is peace through strength with the goal of serving American interests first. A Navy strike group was diverted to the area to bolster Japan and South Korea. We can expect further belligerence from the North Koreans shortly.
(...) It looks like the American leader, during the two-day get-together in Florida, changed Sino-U.S. ties for the better—from the American perspective. Trump, in a few short hours, put Xi in his place, cut the ambitious autocrat down to size, and maybe pushed the Chinese state in better directions. (...) The forty-fifth president, seeking dominance, turned a well-laid Chinese trap into a debacle for Xi instead.  (...) we are supposed to believe that Xi was on board with Trump hitting a Chinese friend and partner with fifty-nine Tomahawks? That is unlikely, to say the least, but in any event Trump added insult to injury by not waiting a few hours for Xi to leave Mar-a-Lago before ordering the strike. “For the Chinese, the atmospherics of the talks will be as important as the substance,” wrote Jane Perlez of the New York Times shortly before the event. Xi Jinping’s “goal,” she wrote, “will be to get through the quick visit looking like a resolute leader who can hold his own against the American president.” On that score, Xi failed. Xi’s failure to respond to Trump, to fail to defend his country’s interests in Syria, is bound to have consequences back home. The Chinese supremo built a career by looking strong and dominating opponents, but Trump, Xi’s opponents will say, humiliated China. In the eyes of Communist Party cadres, the American president made Xi appear weak. (...) Xi’s fate will in large measure be decided at the Nineteenth Party Congress, which will probably be held in October or November. (More)





April 9, 2017

PLANET TRUMP: 100 DAY ACTION PLAN WITH CHINA


Speaking with reporters late Friday afternoon, Mnuchin said that the Chinese acknowledged during their meetings that they could do more to promote a more balanced trade policy between the two countries. “We focused specifically on a more balanced economic relationship, specifically on trade,” he said. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross revealed a 100-day action plan that they discussed with the Chinese, but said that the “complex” details were still under negotiations. “The exact way stations are a matter of negotiation itself,” he said. “But, directionally, the objective is to increase our exports to China and to reduce the trade deficit that we have with them.” (Source)



Dec. 17, 2017

The Far East is the next powder keg created by the Obama power vacuum. China has devaluated its currency to such an extent, it is effectively declaring economic warfare. The military doctrine has been amended and land reclamation policy is geopolitical trouble in the making. What new China doctrine does the Trump administration have in mind? 


CHINA DRONE SEIZURE SYMBOL FOR OBAMA ERA


The Pentagon is demanding China return a stolen U.S. underwater drone. They claim that the device was seized by a Chinese warship near an American oceanographic vessel. The encounter took place in international waters, where international law applies. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook is calling for China to act in accordance with those laws and return the unmanned underwater vehicle. (...) It’s being reported that Bowditch has stopped to pick up two UUVs when a Chinese warship – which had been following the American vessel – lowered a boat into the water and the crew grabbed one of the drones. When the crew of the Bowditch radioed the Chinese ship, telling them to return the property, they received no reply. However, they did come onto the radio to say that they were going to continue their operations. It’s unclear what motivated the theft of the American drone, or when we will get it back. (Source)




Dec. 4, 2016


TRUMP MESSAGE TO CHINA: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 


Trump opening up the debate on the current geopolitical paradigm regarding China requires us to revisit recent history since 1949. Alex Jones is kicking off with a brief reminder of the events that led up to the West acquiescing to the Communist molog, a situation that the Trump administration means to change.





Dec. 3, 2016


TRUMP SENDS AN EARLY MESSAGE TO CHINA


Another media manufactured controversy was sparked last night when it became known that President Elect Trump had spoken to the President of Taiwan. This is supposedly "not done" diplomatically so as not to annoy Beijing. It's obvious at first glance that this wasn't a diplomatic gaffe on Trump's part, but a calculated effort. The phone call was scheduled. (Source) The media first reported erroneously that "Trump had called Taiwan!", then broke news that the Chicoms had contacted Obama to intervene to straighten this "gaffe". These asinine media eruptions are getting dangerous! Trump is sending two messages: 1) that the USA is not going to outsource its foreign policy to the globalists. 2) that USA won't be intimidated. The call was apparently facilitated by Stephen Yates, the former White House Dept. Ass.  for National Security Affairs to Dick Cheney.
China’s military conducted a salvo of 10 missile flight tests late last month in a show of force during the transition to the Donald Trump administration. Chinese state media reported Thursday that the simultaneous flight tests of 10 DF-21 intermediate-range ballistic missiles were carried out in China. The missiles “can destroy U.S. Asia-Pacific bases at any time,” the dispatch from the official Xinhua news agency reported. The flight tests were disclosed by China Central Television on Nov. 28 and coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s high-profile announcements of new senior government officials. (More)




Sep. 10, 2016

 WHAT DOES CHINA WANT IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA?




May 7, 2016

OBAMA LEGACY: CHINA, "WAR IS INEVITABLE"




Gordon Chang, Asia analyst and author of 'The Coming Collapse of China,' says Beijing's actions will destabilize the region.

(...) China’s State Council, the Communist giant’s version of our cabinet, has issued a policy paper declaring that Beijing is facing “a grave and complex array of security threats” that forces it to switch its strategy from defense to offense and that as a result China will increase its “open seas protection”. This means that China is not about to give up its territorial claim in the South and East China Seas, which include the Spratley, Paracel, and Shenkaku Island chains but will protect them with aggressive force if necessary. China will also continue its building of artificial islands as bases from which to strike. This is a clear response to President Obama’s “Pacific pivot” and an indication of how little Beijing is impressed. An editorial in the Global Times, a newspaper seen as a mouthpiece for hard-line nationalists in Beijing, warns of the consequences of resistance warns, “If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt these activities, then a U.S. China war is inevitable in the South China Sea.”

(...) In the South China Sea, as of February, according to Reuters, China had finished construction on no less than six different island reefs from which to project its power in the South China Sea. Included in its military effort is the construction of a 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) long runway on the artificially expanded Fiery Cross Reef as a base for Chinese fighter aircraft. (...) China also is laying claim to the Senkaku Islands in the East China which are under Japanese administration and which Tokyo claims as Japanese territory. This has caused Japan to inch farther away from its post-World War II neutrality and with three consecutive increases to its military budget to, for it, a whopping $42 billion. (...) This power shift in Asia caused Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III to testify before, chief of U.S. Pacific Command, to warn at the annual Surface Navy Conference in Virginia: “Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question.” China is on the rise and on the march and is preparing to call our “Pacific pivot” bluff. We need to hear the warnings of China’s ambitions versus our diminished ability to challenge them. (Source)



May 3, 2016

CHINA HAS A NEW EMPEROR


Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited major state and Communist party media outlets in February, where he demanded “absolute loyalty." "All the work by the Party's media must reflect the Party's will, safeguard the Party's authority, and safeguard the Party's unity," he said at national broadcaster China Central Television. "They must love the Party, protect the Party, and closely align themselves with the Party leadership in thought, politics, and action." Former Chinese official Liang Jing says Xi's day of lectures to media cadres—widely scorned and ridiculed both inside and outside the country—marked the "official opening of Xi Jinping's Cultural Revolution." (More)






Nov. 11, 2015


DONALD TRUMP'S CHINA HANDBOOK


Donald Trump likes to talk about Communist China. Consider what he had to say at the massive speech in Mobile, Alabama, on August 21, 2015:
And when I hear devaluation of the Chinese currency – you know the word, the sucking action. That’s a sucking like the vacuum cleaner. I hear the sucking action. Two things happen. Two things get sucked out of us. Our jobs and our money. Now, think of it. China sells us our product, takes our jobs, takes our base, does our manufacturing for us, and we owe them $1.4 trillion. That’s like a magic act. I call it the magic act in reverse. We owe them money. 

Despite what the Left may think, Trump is not just shooting off his mouth when it comes to China. He speaks from personal experience, and his thinking is being influenced by two of the greatest and most experienced minds in all things China. They are Brett Decker and William Triplett II, the authors of Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama Is Hastening America’s Decline and Ushering a Century of Chinese Domination (2011). (Source)

Both of these men have long careers as China watchers, Brett Decker as a Hong Kong-based journalist before becoming editorial page editor of the unfailingly hawkish, anti-communist Washington Times and William Triplett as part of the staff of the Congressional Investigative team that blew wide open the Chinagate campaign finance scandal, where millions of dollars from Chinese Military Intelligence were funneled to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns, and Chinese agents were subsequently appointed to sensitive security agencies, where they stole many of our top military secrets – especially in regard to missile technology. (See his classic co-authored books Year of the Rat: How Bill Clinton Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash (source) and Red Dragon Rising: Communist China’s Military Threat to America (source)) Consider some examples from the Bowing to Beijing (...)



(Source)



Aug. 22, 2015


China Is Militarizing Its Land Reclamation Program




Anti Access policy: China has built up and reclaimed an archipelago of man-made islands now spanning 2,900 acres in the South China Sea.

UPDATE: Before this year, defense officials thought Beijing had only reclaimed about 500 acres of landmass to build the artificial islands. However, the lands are now big enough for buildings and equipment. The Pentagon report warned the infrastructure would allow China to have a "more robust power projection" in the South China Sea. Citing China's own statements the outposts "will have a military component," the report also said China is completing the construction of an airstrip. The report said China may, then, be able to use the outposts as an alternative airstrip for "carrier-based aircraft," allowing China "to conduct sustained operations with aircraft carriers in the area." The Defense Department warns the outposts can be used for surveillance systems, harbors and logistical support. A report earlier this year described how China has "excavated deep channels and built new berthing areas to allow access for larger ships to the outposts." (Source)




Aug. 20, 2015

China Declares Economic Warfare




Aug 19, 2015 China made a surprise move last week. The Blaze Channel

Glenn Beck said Wednesday that the recent devaluation of China’s currency should "send a chill down your spine" and could mean China has begun "all-out economic warfare" against the West. Beck brought on his chief researcher Jason Buttrill, who said "no one has the stomach to admit the truth" about what China has done. "They’ve launched all-out economic warfare," Buttrill said.
"China devalued their currency, kicking off the biggest fall in over two decades. Why would a country do that to themselves? Sounds like a mistake, right? But China makes most of their money off exports, so they need a lower currency value in order to keep pumping out those cheap, plastic, 'Made in China' toys our kids have." 
Buttrill said the move could create a "tsunami of deflation" in western economies, leading to skyrocketing unemployment. "But the Chinese aren’t stupid. Why are they triggering an economic war if it could crush the global economy?" he continued. (...) (Source)



July 27, 2015

After more than doubling in value over the last year China lost over $3 trillion of stock value. Now China has devaluated its currency, declaring economic warfare. The military doctrine has been amended and land reclamation policy is geopolitical trouble in the making. 


The Free Fall Of China




Published on Jul 9, 2015 The Fall of China. There Will Be No Economic Recovery.

China just lost over $3 trillion of stock value, what this means to you, your house, your money, your future and your chances for true economic and political freedom. After more than doubling in value over the last year despite a slowing economy and weak corporate earnings reports - the stock market in China is in a freefall. Since June 12th, 2015, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index has fallen 31.2% - wiping out over $3.2 trillion USD of the markets total value - and there seems to be no immediate end to the market plunge in sight. There Will Be No Economic Recovery. Prepare Yourself Accordingly. 

@StephanMolyneux


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