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US Flies Two B-52 Bombers Over South China Sea Ahead of Key Defense Summit

A KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England, refuels a B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, in support of Operation Polar Roar over Scotland, Aug. 1, 2016 © © U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton

  • US Flies Two B-52 Bombers Over South China Sea Ahead of Key Defense Summit
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Two US Air Force bombers have flown near disputed islands in the South China Sea ahead of a major regional security summit in Singapore, where the US and Chinese defense ministers are set to meet.

    Two US B-52 Stratofortress bombers took off from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam as part of a “routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea” on Tuesday, the Pacific Air Forces said in a Thursday statement.

    The Tuesday flight was said to be part of US Indo-Pacific Command’s “Continuous Bomber Presence operations” since March 2004, and was “consistent with international law and [a] long-standing commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

    The Pentagon, however, refused to confirm which islands the bombers flew by, but it may have been the Spratly Islands, claimed by China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

    Addressing the tensions in the South China Sea at a regular press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stated that Beijing had “indisputable sovereignty over the islands… and their adjacent waters.”

    “China’s peacebuilding activities in its own territory, including the deployment of necessary defense facilities, are to exercise the right of self-preservation and self-defense as a sovereign state in accordance with international law. These activities have nothing to do with ‘militarization,’” he said, alluding to US claims about China’s militarization in the disputed area.

    The foreign ministry spokesman further added that there was “no problem with the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.”

    “But the US side, under the pretext of ‘navigation and overflight freedom,’ has frequently sent warships and warplanes into waters near China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. This is creating tensions and conducting ‘militarization,’” he elaborated.

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October 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

International Markets Plunge Amid US Monetary Dispute

  • PressTV Published on Oct 11, 2018
    International stock markets have plunged amid monetary policy dispute between the US Federal Reserve and the White House. European benchmark indexes including London’s FTSE-100, Frankfurt’s DAX and Paris’ CAC-40 all slumped.

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October 12, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikkei 225 Collapses 3.6%, Hang Seng Down 3.3%, China Down 2+ %

https://www.investing.com/indices/major-indices

October 11, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , | Leave a comment

What Can Spark a US-China Military Confrontation?

  • PressTV Published on Oct 6, 2018
    If the United States attempts to stop China from exploration and development of South China Sea resources, it will result in a military confrontation, according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs. The United States Navy is reported to be planning a global show of force to show China that the US is ready to engage it militarily. The classified plan being drawn up by the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet recommends the US Navy to carry out a series of operations across the world during a week in November, the CNN reported Thursday citing several unnamed military officials.

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October 8, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US Navy Wants Major War Exercise (in November) in South China Sea – Report

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2010) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of ships from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, France, Canada, Australia and the U.S. during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor/Released)

  • US Navy Wants Major War Exercise in South China Sea – Report
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Following a dramatic close call between US and Chinese destroyers in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet wants to put on a major show of force in the body of water before the end of the year.

    Military officials told CNN Wednesday that the Navy wanted to send warships and aircraft through the South China Sea — and close to Chinese-claimed islands — in November to send a message to Beijing.

    On Sunday, the destroyer USS Decatur was conducting what the Americans call a “freedom of navigation operation,” a sort of bucking at the idea that the sea around South China Sea islands is Chinese territorial waters — which implies that the islands are not Chinese territory, either. The Decatur was confronted by an unnamed Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Luyang-class destroyer, which ordered it to leave Chinese territory, closing to within 135 feet of the Decatur.

    The US Navy characterized the encounter as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
    But this episode is not the only recent provocation in the region: twice last week, the US sent B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers though the South China Sea, exercises that were immediately followed by joint exercises with Japanese planes over the East China Sea and Sea of Japan, Sputnik reported. The B-52 is the US Air Force’s largest bomber and a key part of the US Nuclear Triad, capable of carrying several large thermonuclear bombs.

    Following those flights, which Beijing called “provocative,” it warned the US it would take “necessary measures” to defend Chinese interests and conducted live-fire drills in the waterway shortly thereafter.

    At the Hudson Institute Thursday, US Vice President Mike Pence issued a blunt warning to China that the US would not back down from what it sees as Chinese threats and attempts at intimidation in the South China Sea.

    “Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows and our national interests demand. We will not be intimidated. We will not stand down,” he said.

    The Chinese Defense Ministry has not yet commented on the report, but a Chinese diplomatic observer told the South China Morning Post that the US was escalating the confrontation by expanding its operations in the sea to include the Taiwan Strait.

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October 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US Navy Proposes A “Global Show Of Military Force” As A Warning To China

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

  • US Navy Proposes A “Global Show Of Military Force” As A Warning To China
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    The trade war between the US and China is turning into a hot war with every passing day. As we reported on Monday, Chinese ships came to actively confronting the USS Decatur while the US ship was carrying out yet another in a series of “freedom of navigation” operations – or “freeops” – in the South China Sea. The Navy destroyer had to maneuver to avoid colliding with the Chinese destroyer Luyang that came within 45 yards of its bow while the Decatur was sailing through the Spratley Islands on Sunday in what was the closest direct confrontation between US and Chinese ships since Trump’s inauguration (after which the Navy began conducting these freeops with increasing frequency).

    On Tuesday, China accused the US of violating its “indisputable sovereignty” over the Spratley islands, saying in a statement “We strongly urge the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistake and stop such provocative actions to avoid undermining China-U.S. relations and regional peace and stability.” 

    Now it’s the US turn to respond, and according to CNN, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has drawn up a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to China and demonstrate the US is prepared to deter and counter their military actions. The draft proposal from the Navy is initially recommending the US Pacific fleet conduct a series of operations during a single week in November.

    The navy’s goal – whether with or without the White House’s prodding – is to carry out a highly focused and concentrated set of exercises involving US warships, combat aircraft and troops to demonstrate that the US can counter potential adversaries quickly on several fronts.

    Even without knowing the details, one can easily see how this can go horribly wrong. It only gets worse from there.

    The plan suggests sailing ships and flying aircraft near China’s territorial waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in freedom of navigation operations, to demonstrate the right of free passage in international waters. Naturally, the proposal means US ships and aircraft would operate close to Chinese forces.

    One wonders if the US Navy considered how it would react if Chinese battleships were sailing in circles in “international waters” in the Gulf of Mexico, or off the California coast for example.

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October 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise

  • Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    China Central Television, as per the Twitter account of the official People’s Daily newspaper, reported Saturday that the Chinese military deployed fighter jets and bombers to conduct live-fire war drills in the disputed South China Sea, just days after the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and nuclear-capable US B-52 strategic bombers held exercises over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan on September 27.

    The report said dozens of jet fighters from the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force from the Southern Theater Command on early Saturday conducted “live-fire drills to tests pilots’ assault, penetration and precision-strike capabilities at sea,” said The Japan Times.

    Beijing on Thursday blasted the US and Japan exercise over the East China Sea, calling them a “provocation.”

    “China’s principle and standpoint on the South China Sea are always clear,”
     Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said, according to Chinese state-run media. “China firmly opposes U.S. military aircraft’s provocation in the South China Sea, and will take all necessary measures.”

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October 1, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Freedom of Navigation Isn’t a Freedom to Invade & Infringe Upon Sovereignty’ – China’s UK Envoy

https://www.rt.com/news/437738-china-escorts-uk-vessel/

FILE PHOTO: HMS Albion © Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • ‘Freedom of Navigation’ or provoking WW3? See also:

    Japan’s largest warship trains with US naval strike group in contested South China Sea
  • ‘Freedom of Navigation Isn’t a Freedom to Invade & Infringe Upon Sovereignty’ – China’s UK Envoy
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Beijing “cherishes” the freedom of navigation principle but will not remain idle as Western powers use it as a pretext to show off their “military might” and “create trouble” in the South China Sea, China’s UK ambassador has said.

    “Some big countries outside the region did not seem to appreciate the peace and tranquility in the South China Sea. They sent warships and aircraft all the way to the South China Sea to create trouble,”
     Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the annual Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats, held in London.


    China, the Ambassador stressed, has no problem with freedom of navigation and actually “cherishes” the principle, which allows “hundreds of thousands” of ships to sail through the disputed waters of one of the world’s biggest trade arteries. Beijing is only concerned when the US vessels and those of their allies brazenly breach the territorial waters of the Paracel and the Spratly chain of islands, where China has been building up military infrastructure to protect its territorial claims.

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September 24, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Preparing Air Force for War with China and Russia

  • RT America Published on Sep 18, 2018
    The United States Air Force is calling for more squadrons to prepare for possible war against China and Russia. RT America’s Dan Cohen reports.

https://sputniknews.com/military/201702101050526722-us-army-supplements-nato-europe/

Deployment for WW3. Click on image for article.

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September 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Britain Joins the US in Unwise Confrontation in the South China Sea

HMS Albion

  • Britain Joins the US in Unwise Confrontation in the South China Sea
    by BRIAN CLOUGHLEY, https://www.strategic-culture.org/
    The US research agency Stratfor has forecast that “the United States will solidify its naval presence in the South China Sea and continue building up defence and economic ties along China’s periphery from Taiwan to Southeast Asia,” and given the all-embracing belligerence that seems to envelope Washington, its analysts are probably right. There are few countries or international accords that are not targeted by the malevolence of a president who declared at his inauguration that “it’s going to be only America first, America first” and whose disciples applaud his erratic lurches from truculent insults to maudlin self-pity.

    In November 2017 Trump visited Vietnam and “called for all South China Sea claimants to clarify and comport their maritime claims in accordance with the international law of the sea as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea [UNCLOS] and to implement their international legal obligations in good faith in managing or resolving these disputes.”

    The main problem about this self-satisfied drivel is that, as Voice of America reported in 2016, “the US has not accepted UNCLOS because of opposition from Republicans in the Senate, where treaties must be approved by a two-thirds’ vote.” And in 2018 the Congress is still controlled by Republicans and they still haven’t agreed to ratify the Convention. Why should they? It goes against everything that Washington stands for in the way of America First, which sentiment excludes anything at all that might commit the US to international law.

    So the Pentagon continues to send nuclear-capable bombers and missile-equipped warships and electronic warfare aircraft around and over the South China Sea, to make it clear to China that the most important thing to Washington in the region is its military domination of China’s coast. The most recent confrontational activity was three months ago when the US Navy’s Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, and the Higgins guided-missile destroyer were sent to try to provoke Chinese reaction by operating within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands. They didn’t just pass through the Paracels : they conducted tactical manoeuvres among the islets, but this didn’t prevent a spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet telling Time magazine, presumably without a smirk on his face, that the operations “are not about one country, nor are they about making political statements.”

    Britain, which is roughly the same distance from the South China Sea as America (10,000 km as against 12,000 km) decided to join Washington in making political statements by sending HMS Albion, an Amphibious Assault Ship of Britain’s Royal Navy to mimic US antics in the region.

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September 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Royal Navy in South China Sea: ‘The British are Clearly Making a Point’ – Author

  • Royal Navy in South China Sea: ‘The British are Clearly Making a Point’ – Author
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    The actions of a British ship violate Chinese law and relevant international law. This is what the Chinese Foreign Ministry has stated after a British Royal Navy flagship passed through the Paracel Islands and allegedly entered Chinese territorial waters without permission. Beijing has dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge it.

    Sputnik has discussed this with Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow at Chatham House’s Asia Program and author of “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia.”

    Sputnik: In your view then why is Britain taking such measures and what complications does it bring about in the South China Sea?

    Bill Hayton:
     I think the British are clearly making a point here. There haven’t been any Royal Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific region for four years before this one mainly because of defense cuts and things back home. We need to spend money on other things, and this is mainly because the UK is building a defense relationship with Japan, wants to have a global presence in the context of Brexit as a second reason.


    But I think while they’re there they’re making a point that they want to stand up for international rules and that basically from the British point of view, from the general consensus that ships can sail wherever they want to sail and that includes through these disputed waters.

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September 8, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Russia Working to Ditch Dollar, Euro in Trade With Asia, Africa

  • Russia Working to Ditch Dollar, Euro in Trade With Asia, Africa
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is actively working to switch over to settlements in national currencies with the countries of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Sputnik.

    “This process is not quick [transition to national currency settlements], and we launched it not in the form of a response to sanctions. We have been systematically conducting this work for several years, accumulated practice and have experience regarding the work of commercial banks and the Central Bank in those countries where it is advantageous for us to carry out this work,” Manturov said.

    “This applies less to European countries, more to the countries of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, even Latin America, Africa,” he added.

    Russian car manufacturers are switching to national currencies in payments with Turkey for supplies of components, a number of companies have announced such plans, Denis Manturov said.

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September 4, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Ready for a Major Geopolitical Chessboard Rumble: The Revenge of Eurasian Land Powers

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  • Get Ready for a Major Geopolitical Chessboard Rumble: The Revenge of Eurasian Land Powers
    by https://consortiumnews.com/
    What is left roaming our wilderness of mirrors depends on the mood swings of the Goddess of the Market. No wonder an effect of Eurasia integration will be a death blow to Bretton Woods and “democratic” neoliberalism, says Pepe Escobar.

    By Pepe Escobar, Special to Consortium News
    Get ready for a major geopolitical chessboard rumble: from now on, every butterfly fluttering its wings and setting off a tornado directly connects to the battle between Eurasia integration and Western sanctions as foreign policy.


    It is the paradigm shift of China’s New Silk Roads versus America’s Our Way or the Highway. We used to be under the illusion that history had ended. How did it come to this?

    Hop in for some essential time travel. For centuries the Ancient Silk Road, run by mobile nomads, established the competitiveness standard for land-based trade connectivity; a web of trade routes linking Eurasia to the – dominant – Chinese market.

    In the early 15th century, based on the tributary system, China had already established a Maritime Silk Road along the Indian Ocean all the way to the east coast of Africa, led by the legendary Admiral Zheng He. Yet it didn’t take much for imperial Beijing to conclude that China was self-sufficient enough – and that emphasis should be placed on land-based operations.

    Deprived of a trade connection via a land corridor between Europe and China, Europeans went all-out for their own maritime silk roads. We are all familiar with the spectacular result: half a millennium of Western dominance. Until quite recently the latest chapters of this Brave New World were conceptualized by the Mahan, Mackinder and Spykman trio.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Looking to Counter Russia and China in North Atlantic

  • RT America Published on Aug 15, 2018
    A new report says Russia and China are stepping up activity in the North Atlantic. This has the navy looking for ways to prepare and counter this movement. Earlier this year the US military announced a new strategy to counter China and Russia. Much of this strategy is classified but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the approach confrontational. Scottie Nell Hughes is joined for analysis by the author of ‘Dark Winter’, Anthony Tata.

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August 16, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on US Looking to Counter Russia and China in North Atlantic

Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard: The Grand Upheaval Begins

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August 16, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard: The Grand Upheaval Begins