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Chinese Navy Conducts Its Largest Military Drills in South China Sea (More Than 50 Warships)

  • CGTN Published on Apr 12, 2018
    The Chinese navy has sent its Liaoning aircraft carrier and some 50 warships into the South China Sea for its largest military drills. The multi-program sessions are centered on Liaoning, with warships and fighters from the North, East and South Sea Fleets.

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April 15, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , | Leave a comment

Massive Chinese Naval Drill Held in South China Sea. China to Stage Live-Fire Drills in Warning to Taiwan After Biggest Naval Parade in Country’s History

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April 14, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups To Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea

  • US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups To Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Last week, we reported that satellite images had captured China’s only aircraft carrier in deployment, the Liaoning, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, conducting unprecedented live-fire drills in the South China Sea. This massive Chinese naval exercise was observed for the first time, with China watchers pointing out that such a forceful display of deterrence was highly unusual for the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Perhaps in light of recent events, it was merely a warning.

    Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval specialist, said, “it was the first time the Liaoning had taken part in live-fire drills. This will test the Liaoning’s real combat strength as well as joint-operations skills between the aircraft carrier and warships from other fleets.”

    “China wants to show the outside world its determination to defend the fruits of its economic reforms over the past 40 years,” Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming said.“Like the US, China’s military might is one of the government’s political tools to protect the country’s national interests.”

    Now, according to the South China Morning Post, as Beijing flexes its naval war muscle, the US is preparing for its own “show of force” naval drill in the Asia-Pacific region, and in close proximity to the Liaoning. The Pentagon is reportedly sending an unprecedented three aircraft carrier battle groups to the region, with the USS Theodore Roosevelt flotilla arriving in Singapore sometime early next week.

    Separately, the USS Carl Vinson and its fleet have just paid a first visit to the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang since the end of the Vietnam war, a move Chinese military experts said was aimed at countering Beijing’s influence in the region.


    Meanwhile “China is believed to have deployed the DF-21D, dubbed the “carrier killer”, in the East and South China seas to fend off any possible US aircraft carrier battle group attacks on coastal cities, the country’s economic heartland,” according to the SCMP.

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060305-N-0490C-005 Atlantic Ocean (March 05, 2006) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean. IKE and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven, along with ships from the Eisenhower Strike Group, are underway conducting training for a future deployment. US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Angel Contreras

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April 7, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Like 1941 Japan, Is China Being Provoked to Start WW III?

Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of China’s next move. China is in a similar position as to what Japan was in during the period from 1929-1941. They need natural resources to cover their expanding industrial base and the US is blocking them at every turn just like the US did in the 1930’s. Prior to WW II, the US created something called the 8 point plan (MCollum Memo). Eventually, this caused Japan to respond to the interference with its trade and attack Pearl Harbor. Is this what the Trump administration is doing? Is Trump still in charge of his administration. A decided shift occurred when Bolton joined the Trump adminisration. Source: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/

  • Like 1941 Japan, Is China Being Provoked to Start WW III?
    by Dave Hodges, http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/
    …. Subsequently, FDR had his people develop a plan to get America into WWII in order to stop Germany’s development of nuclear weapons, which was problematic because the American people were determined to stay isolationist. FDR had to have his people devise a plot that would anger the people so much, that they would deman war. Certainly, provoking an attack on Pearl Harbor which would kill nearly 2,400 Americans, sink 21 ships and destroy almost 350 planes on the ground, would do the trick. Out of the noise came the McCollum Memo. I bring this to the readers attention not to recite history, but rather tell you that the same set of provoking actions have been set into motion to provoke an incident with China.

    I have often said that China is 1929 Japan. They have industrialist expansion dreams, but lack sufficiet resources to fuel the expansion.  The American military and diplomatic corps are taking advantage of this weakness in order to provoke conflict as an excuse to start with Syria and Iran. This will bring in Russia and WW III will commence.

    President Trump is deliberately provoking China with a trade war which will culminate with a major incident either against Taiwan (eg blockade) or a direct confrontation between military vessels in the disputed South China Sea. What lies ahead? The answer to that question will be covered in the latter part of this article. First, let’s take a look at the original McCollum memo from pre-World War II which was designed to get us into the war so we could defeat Germany before they could nuke us and our allies.

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, History | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘PREPARING FOR WAR’: China Sends Massive Navy for South China Sea War Games After President Xi Jinping Vowed to Wage ‘Bloody Battle’ for World Domination

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5912359/china-sends-massive-navy-for-south-china-sea-war-games-after-president-xi-jinping-vowed-to-wage-bloody-battle-for-world-domination/

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  • What are all the war drums about? It is about the launch of the Petro-Yuan ie. the western Illuminati’s global currency hegemony is under attack. Thus, the west is escalating the war propaganda against Russia and China. Russia and China are both indicating they are ready for WW3.

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Leads Massive Drills in South China Sea

  • What are all the war drums about? It is about the launch of the Petro-Yuan ie. the western Illuminati’s global currency hegemony is under attack. Thus, the west is escalating the war propaganda against Russia and China. Russia and China are both indicating they are ready for WW3.
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Leads Massive Drills in South China Sea
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    One week after sailing through the Taiwan Strait, the Liaoning carrier strike group has been conducting drills off the coast of Hainan in the South China Sea in a substantial show of force, according to new satellite imagery.

    Pictures captured by Planet Labs, Inc. Monday confirm that the carrier has been operating in the important trade waters along with more than 40 other warships and submarines, Reuters reported Tuesday.

    Asked about the massive drills on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “we’re always monitoring these situations, but I don’t have anything specific to announce at this point.”

    “Judging by the images, it does seem they are keen to show that the elements of the South Sea Fleet are able to routinely join up with the carrier strike group from Dalian in the north,” Collin Koh, a maritime security expert at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told Yahoo News.

    China Central Television reported Friday that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was poised to hold drills in the South China Sea. The TV report quoted a PLAN spokesman stating that the drills were “routine” and “do not target any country.”

    Song Zhongping, a military analyst, told the Global Times Sunday that “the South China Sea and East China Sea will be primary battlegrounds,” noting that the PLAN drill will be “routine and held every month, unlike in previous years.”

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

China Launches Massive Military Drills “In Preparation For War”

  • China Launches Massive Military Drills “In Preparation For War”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Just hours after the latest close military encounter between the US and China, when the US navy sailed a destroyer to within 12 nautical miles of the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as a “freedom of navigation” operation – a move that China condemned as a “severe provocation” just as the two countries launched an all-out trade war – the Chinese military launched its spring combat readiness drills with an air force exercise in the West Pacific and a joint combat patrol mission in the South China Sea.

    The air force drills include H-6K bombers and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, according to the PLA , and have a simple, if clear, purpose: “Air Force exercises are rehearsals for future wars and are the most direct preparation for war,” the Chinese Air Force said on its Weibo account on Sunday, according to Reuters.

    “The more exercises China practices far from its shores the better it will be positioned as an important force for managing and controlling crises, containing war and winning battles”
    , it added.


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March 27, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chinese Bombers & Fighter Jets Conduct Drills in South China Sea & Western Pacific

A Chinese military plane H-6 bomber © Reuters

  • Chinese Bombers & Fighter Jets Conduct Drills in South China Sea & Western Pacific
    by https://www.rt.com/
    China has dispatched warplanes to the South China Sea and the Western Pacific for combat readiness drills, the PLA Air Force has announced, just days after the US Navy exercised its ‘freedom of navigation’ in disputed waters.

    The Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) has moved its H-6K bombers and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters to a number of potential war theaters in the region, sending some planes to the South China Sea and others to the area of Miyako Strait, a strategic entryway into the Western Pacific that lies close to Japan.

    “Air Force exercises are rehearsals for future wars and are the most direct preparation for combat,” Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke announced Sunday, according to Reuters.

    While the statement did not mention when the exercises took place, it did stress that the air power remains “an important force for managing and controlling crises, containing war and winning battles.”

    The news of the drills comes just a day after the USS Mustin came within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, in the South China Sea. Despite Washington having no claims or aspirations in the resource-rich South China Sea, the US Navy conducts frequent ‘Freedom of Navigation’ operations in the area. China has repeatedly condemned such incursions as a threat to its territorial interests.

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March 26, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Now, a Trade War — Is a Shooting War Next?

WW3 is near?

  • Now, a Trade War — Is a Shooting War Next?
    by , https://dailyreckoning.com/
    A popular thesis since the 1930s is that a natural progression exists from currency wars to trade wars to shooting wars. Both history and analysis support this thesis.


    Currency wars do not exist all the time; they arise under certain conditions and persist until there is either systemic reform or systemic collapse. The conditions that give rise to currency wars are too much debt and too little growth. In those circumstances, countries try to steal growth from trading partners by cheapening their currencies to promote exports and create export-related jobs.

    The problem with currency wars is that they are zero-sum or negative-sum games. It is true that countries can obtain short-term relief by cheapening their currencies, but sooner than later, their trading partners also cheapen their currencies to regain the export advantage.

    This process of tit-for-tat devaluations feeds on itself with the pendulum of short-term trade advantage swinging back and forth and no one getting any further ahead. After a few years, the futility of currency wars becomes apparent, and countries resort to trade wars. This consists of punitive tariffs, export subsidies and nontariff barriers to trade.

    The dynamic is the same as in a currency war. The first country to impose tariffs gets a short-term advantage, but retaliation is not long in coming and the initial advantage is eliminated as trading partners impose tariffs in response. Despite the illusion of short-term advantage, in the long-run everyone is worse off. The original condition of too much debt and too little growth never goes away.

    Finally, tensions rise, rival blocs are formed and a shooting war begins. The shooting wars often have a not-so-hidden economic grievance or rationale behind them.

    The sequence in the early 20th century began with a currency war that started in Weimar Germany with a hyperinflation (1921–23) and then extended through a French devaluation (1925), a U.K. devaluation (1931), a U.S. devaluation (1933) and another French/U.K. devaluation (1936).

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March 5, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, History | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Pacific Command Admiral Ready for War with China, But Hopes It Won’t Happen

US-Pentagram message to China from the USS Stennis armada in the South China Sea: “Stop militarizing the South China Sea. Stop your military activities in the South China Sea. You are destabilizing Asia!” – Ironic propaganda!
USS Stennis Aircraft Carrier.

  • US Pacific Command Admiral Ready for War with China, But Hopes It Won’t Happen
    by https://www.rt.com/
    The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

    In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM’s military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. “Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order,” he asserted, signalling that the country would play an increasing part in America’s new doctrine.

    “China’s ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions,” Harris continued.

    “At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must,”
     he remarked. “I’m hopeful that it won’t come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that.”

    However, Harris’ rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra’s interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.

    “[We] have a staunch, strong ally in Washington, a good friend in Washington, and we have a very good friend in Beijing,”
     Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull stated in a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart back in March last year.


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February 17, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on US Pacific Command Admiral Ready for War with China, But Hopes It Won’t Happen

UK Sending Warship to Challenge China at South China Sea

Britain’s HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert maritime freedom of navigation rights. (Photo by British Royal Navy)

  • UK Sending Warship to Challenge China at South China Sea
    by http://www.presstv.com/
    Britain plans to sail a warship to the South China Sea next month at a time of rising tensions between China and the United States, a move likely to anger Beijing.

    British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told The Australian newspaper on Tuesday HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, will travel through the key trading lane after concluding a visit to Australia.

    If Britain went ahead with its plan, it would become what is believed to be only the second country after the United States to assert what it calls freedom of navigation rights in waters, which China controls.

    Beijing has, on different occasions, asserted its sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, which serves as a crossing for more $ 5 trillion worth of maritime trade annually. The sea is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

    The US has accused China of implementing what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea by building artificial islands in the disputed areas.

    However, Beijing has maintained that Washington meddles in the regional issues and deliberately stirs up tensions in the contested waters.

    Williamson told The Australian that the United Kingdom supports “the US approach on this, we very much support what the US has been doing.” “She’ll (Sutherland) be sailing through the South China Sea and making it clear our navy has a right to do that,” he stated.

    “World dynamics are shifting so greatly. The US can only concentrate on so many things at once. The US is looking for other countries to do more. This is a great opportunity for the UK and Australia to do more, to exercise leadership.”

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February 14, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on UK Sending Warship to Challenge China at South China Sea

US to Send 1,000s of Extra Marines to East Asia to Counter China – Report

FILE PHOTO © U.S. Navy

  • US to Send 1,000s of Extra Marines to East Asia to Counter China – Report
    by https://www.rt.com/
    The Pentagon reportedly plans a “major muscle movement” from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US” and not China.

    According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training.

    The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam.

    In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be.

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February 13, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on US to Send 1,000s of Extra Marines to East Asia to Counter China – Report

S&P, Nikkei Futures Crash After Hours As VIX Volumes Hit All Time High

https://www.investing.com/indices/japan-ni225

  • Illuminist banksters to Donald Trump: “You screw us using the FISA memo, we will screw you back!”
  • S&P, Nikkei Futures Crash After Hours As VIX Volumes Hit All Time High
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Here is the simple summary of what happened today courtesy of Morgan Stanley’s quants: market liquidity collapsed while VIX futs volumes hit an all time high, as countless vol-sellers were forced to cover. The details from Morgan Stanley’s quant team:

    * Liquidity in the top of the S&P futures book 50% worse than Friday.
    * Avg available size is 111 contracts since 3PM today on the top of the S&P book. Friday avg. size was 209 (for the entire day
    * Beginning  of Jan this was 800.  End of Jan it was 300.
    * VIX futures traded 897k total across the curve so far today.   Previous FULL DAY record was 850k  (aug 10 2017)

    For those wondering, the market on close imbalance was a whoppoing $3.4 billion. What does this mean in practical terms: as shown in the chart below, the crash is continuing after the close.

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February 6, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on S&P, Nikkei Futures Crash After Hours As VIX Volumes Hit All Time High

Harley Schlanger: CNN & The Washington Post Will Go Nuts When The FISA Memo Is Released

  • Harley Schlanger: CNN & The Washington Post Will Go Nuts When The FISA Memo Is Released
    by https://www.silverdoctors.com/
    Harley Schlanger gives an update on the latest political developments during this countdown to the FISA Memo release… Harley Schlanger interviewed by Rogue Money:

    In this latest interview, all of the major economic, political and geo-political issues are discussed. There is special attention to what is happening in the United States as well as recent developments in Asia.

    There is also special attention in this given to the FISA Memo. Harley says “get some earplugs” because it’s about to get loud and crazy when the memo is released tomorrow. 
    Other topics in this interview include:


    * President Trump’s State of the Union Address
    * Deep State actions against Trump including the second Trump Dossier
    * Progress made in Syria
    * The New Silk Road (China’s Belt and Road Initiative)
    * The U.S. economy
    * The unsustainable debt crushing both government and corporations
    * The U.S. dollar decline
    * The FISA Memo

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February 3, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Harley Schlanger: CNN & The Washington Post Will Go Nuts When The FISA Memo Is Released

‘Sovereignty & Security Violation’: Beijing Outraged by US Warship Sailing Off Disputed Island

  • US-Pentagram: “Launch the Petro-Yuan contracts and we will be having BBQs on your islands!”
  • ‘Sovereignty & Security Violation’: Beijing Outraged by US Warship Sailing Off Disputed Island
    by https://www.rt.com/
    China has slammed a US missile destroyer for encroaching on the “indisputable” Huangyan Dao island in the South China Sea, warning that it can and will take “necessary measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty.”

    In this latest clash over freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, the USS ‘Hopper’ missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Dao, a tiny island claimed by China, on January 17. The vessel failed to get Beijing’s permission for entering the waters and was intercepted by the Chinese Navy, with China’s Foreign Ministry accusing the US of violating “sovereignty and security interests” as well as posing a “grave threat” to its forces stationed in the area. 

    “China is strongly dissatisfied with that and will take necessary measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement on Saturday. He also warned US forces against further “provocative moves” for the sake of “China-US relations and regional peace and stability.”

    The spokesman added that China has “indisputable”control over the territory. However, it is also claimed by Taiwan (which is itself the subject of a sovereignty dispute with mainland China) and the Philippines.

    China’s Defense ministry echoed Lu’s tone in a separate statement on Saturday, stressing that the military will step up vigilance against air and sea patrols to defend national and regional peace and stability.

    The US and Chinese militaries have had frequent standoffs in the South China Sea. Despite Washington having no territorial claims in the area – unlike China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei – it has always stressed the necessity for freedom of navigation in the area and opposed China’s claims. Short of directly challenging Beijing in the highly-contested, resource-rich region, the US has been increasingly flexing its muscles there, staging joint drills with Japan and South Korea amid growing tensions with Pyongyang.

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January 22, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on ‘Sovereignty & Security Violation’: Beijing Outraged by US Warship Sailing Off Disputed Island