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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 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard: The Grand Upheaval Begins

http://euro-med.dk/?p=21490

August 16, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Media Silent as Pacific Powers Prepare for Showdown with China

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.

  • Media Silent as Pacific Powers Prepare for Showdown with China
    by https://www.rt.com/
    The US and its allies continue to implement a dangerous strategy to counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific.

    These days, it’s all but too easy to get distracted by the stories the mainstream media overhypes on a regular basis and overlook some of those more pressing stories which fall beneath the radar. When you aren’t being purposely distracted by Donald Trump’s Twitter account, how he mistreats the Queen of England or how he is supposedly too nice to Russian President Vladimir Putin – stories like those on the football World Cup and the heroic rescue story in Thailand tend to fill the gaps, and not much else.

    By watching the news on a regular basis, most of you probably wouldn’t even be aware that the major players in the entire Pacific theatre are preparing for showdown. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though; in March of this year I wrote an op-ed entitled“Australia and China on Pacific Ocean collision course and no one’s talking about it” in an honest attempt to get this story on the media’s radar.

    No one is still talking about it, but as time goes on the stakes appear to rise consistently. Of course, you are free to read the situation however you feel and dismiss it if you so choose, but it cannot be a mere coincidence that Australia and New Zealand are in talks to sign a new “wide-ranging” security pact with other nations in the South Pacific with a specific intent of confronting China’s expanding influence.

    Perhaps the reason has something to do with the recent Strategic Defence Policy Statement released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) which warned that China’s growing regional clout threatened the “values championed by the order’s traditional leaders” – whatever that means.

    “New Zealand’s national security remains directly tied to the stability of the Pacific. As Pacific island countries’ relationships with non-traditional partners continue to develop, traditional partners such as New Zealand and Australia will be challenged to maintain influence,”
     the NZDF report read.


    Oh, so that’s what it means. After what analysts have suggested was increased pressure from the US and Australia, New Zealand has had no choice but to change its tack and risk offending China by removing the reference to what it was once regarded as an “important strategic partner.” In response, China openly criticised New Zealand’s position, and asked that New Zealand “correct its wrong words and deeds.”

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

Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of “Thucydides Trap” With US, “War Is Unavoidable”

  • Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of “Thucydides Trap” With US, “War Is Unavoidable”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China’s military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to “manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war” and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

    The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

    If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US.Express

    “As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe,” read the leaked documents, which adds that a strong military is the best way to “escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony”.

    It’s worth noting that in March Beijing rolled out their largest defense budget in three years.

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

The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC

  • The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC
    by Irina Slav, https://oilprice.com/
    When reports emerged that India and China are in talks about forming an oil buyers’ club, OPEC was probably too busy with its upcoming June 22 meeting to concern itself with that dangerous alliance. Now, it may be time for it to start worrying.

    “The timing is right. The boom in U.S. oil and gas production gives us greater leverage against OPEC,” the Times of India quoted an Indian official as saying last month after the formal start of said talks. The two countries, after all, account for a combined 17 percent of global oil consumption and they are the ones that would be the hardest hit if prices rise as a result of OPEC’s actions.

    What’s more, they might not be alone in this attempt to curb OPEC’s clout on the global oil market. According to Bloomberg’s Carl Pope, Europe and Japan, previously reluctant to take part in any anti-OPEC projects, may now join in. The reason they are likely to join in is that unlike in previous oil price cycles, now there are alternatives to fossil fuels. Electrification is where OPEC may have to face off with a future oil buyers’ cartel.

    India, China, and Europe are all very big on EV adoption. Japan is a leader in battery manufacturing. If they set their minds to it, these four players could upend the oil market and effectively cripple OPEC. Of course, this is a best-case scenario of the kind that rarely unfolds in reality.

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July 6, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Navy Deploys Drones in South China Sea Missile Drills

In this undated photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. © AP Photo/ Xinhua, Zha Chunming

  • Chinese Navy Deploys Drones in South China Sea Missile Drills
    by Laura Zhou, http://www.scmp.com/frontpage/hk
    Report comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘reaffirmed deep concerns about building and militarising outposts’ in the contested waters.

    China has carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, in the latest show of military muscle amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over the strategic waterway.

    The drills, which involved three target drones making flyovers of a ship formation at varying heights and directions, are part of ongoing efforts by China’s navy to improve its real-life combat ability, the official PLA Daily said in a report.

    It said the drones were used to “precisely verify the feasibility and effectiveness to ensure a close stimulation of an aerial attack target”. The drones had already been sent out several hundred times during more than 30 previous drills, according to the newspaper.

    It did not give details of the drills – including when and where in the South China Sea they were held and which PLA Navy base was involved – but the report came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Beijing on Thursday to brief the Chinese leadership on this week’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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June 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Navy Deploys Drones in South China Sea Missile Drills

US B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flew Within 2 Miles of South China Sea Island

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

  • Looks like the western Illuminati is desperate to ignite WW3.
  • US B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flew Within 2 Miles of South China Sea Island
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Pentagon officials reportedly admitted that that a B-52 strategic nuclear bomber on a routine mission unintentionally flew within two miles of an island in the South China Sea.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Senior US Department of Defense officials have admitted that a B-52 strategic nuclear bomber on a routine mission unintentionally flew within two nautical miles of an artificial island in the South China Sea last week, media reports said.

    “Pentagon officials are investigating why one of two B-52s on the mission last week flew closer than planned to Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands, an area where China and its neighbors have competing territorial claims,” the Wall Street Journal said in a report.

    The report cited a senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that bad weather had been involved, causing the pilot to lose his bearings and stray into air space claimed by China.

    The newspaper noted that the Chinese government brought the incident to the attention of Washington when it filed a formal diplomatic complaint with the US Embassy in Beijing.

    China’s Defense Ministry said two B-52s had trespassed into Beijing’s airspace on December 10 around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, and People’s Liberation Army forces kept them under close surveillance and warned them to leave.

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on US B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flew Within 2 Miles of South China Sea Island

U.S. Sends B-52 Bombers ‘in Vicinity’ of South China Sea Amid Row Over Militarization of Islets

B52 Strategic Bomber

  • U.S. Sends B-52 Bombers ‘in Vicinity’ of South China Sea Amid Row Over Militarization of Islets
    by JESSE JOHNSON, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/
    The U.S. military sent two B-52 heavy bombers for a “routine mission” in the contested South China Sea on Tuesday, just days after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lambasted Beijing’s continued militarization of its outposts in the strategic waterway.

    The U.S. Pacific Air Forces, which oversees operations in the region, told The Japan Times that the two nuclear-capable bombers departed a navy facility on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for training “in the vicinity of the South China Sea” prior to returning to Diego Garcia.

    The exact location of the training mission was unclear, as the U.S. military does not discuss specifics for operational security reasons, but Aircraft Spots, a Twitter account that tracks aircraft and U.S. Air Force flights, showed that the bombers had passed near or over the disputed Spratly island chain.

    CNN, quoting a a U.S. government source with knowledge of the flyover, said both B-52s had been instructed to fly about 20 miles (32 km) from the islands.

    Beijing has built up a series of military outposts in the South China Sea, which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes each year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

    As part of what experts call a concerted bid to cement de facto control of the South China Sea, Beijing has built up seven man-made islets in the Spratlys, with three — Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief reefs — all boasting military-grade airfields. Last month, the Chinese Air Force landed bombers on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel archipelago, north of the Spratlys, as part of a training exercise. Satellite images taken May 12 showed China also appeared to have deployed truck-mounted surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles at Woody, while anti-ship cruise missiles and anti-air missiles were also placed on its largest bases in the Spratlys.

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on U.S. Sends B-52 Bombers ‘in Vicinity’ of South China Sea Amid Row Over Militarization of Islets

France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

The French Mistral high-tech amphibious helicopter carrier assault and command ship is moored on February 18, 2011 in the bay of Toulon, southern France

  • Is this on the path towards war or peace? Clearly WAR! Has China denied any vessel freedom of navigation in the disputed territory? NO! France, Britain and USA do not have any territorial claims in the South China Sea. So what is this BS about? The western Illuminati want to trigger their Satanic WW3 to lay the foundation for their Man of Sin, bringer of false peace, white horseman of Revelation 6.
  • France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    The French and British navies are planning to follow in the footsteps of the US Navy with their own wayfinding mission through the disputed South China Sea, specifically, into areas London and Paris argue are illegally claimed by Beijing.

    A seaborne task force comprising French and British ships and naval aircraft will make its way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parley said Sunday. The force will go “into certain areas” where the world’s fastest growing navy — the People’s Liberation Army-Navy — is expected to be present.

    “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters.’ But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters,” Parley said Sunday.

    The South China Sea is notable for the trillions of dollars’ worth of commercial cargo passing through the waterway every year and for the possibility it contains large untapped oil and gas fields. A slew of nations in the region have overlapping claims on islets and sections of water, including China, Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    France does not have any conflicting territorial claims in the waterway, said Parley, but it intends to contribute to a “rules-based” order in the South China Sea “on a regular basis with allies and friends,” she noted, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.

    “By exercising our freedom of navigation, we also place ourselves in the position of a persistent objector to the creation of any claim to de facto sovereignty on the islands,” the armed forces minister noted, adding that she believes the French Navy “should broaden this effort even further.”

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

US Plans “Significantly More” South China Sea War-Drills To Counter China’s “New Reality”

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 Plans “Significantly More” South China Sea War-Drills To Counter China’s “New Reality”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    After an exciting weekend of comments from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chinese People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant General He Lei at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, a civilian and military defense summit in Singapore, it appears the United States had to have the last word.

    On Sunday, two U.S. officials told Reuters that the Pentagon is considering increased naval war drills in the South China Sea near China’s heavily disputed militarized islands. The officials, who are working jointly with Asian diplomats — declined to comment about the Pentagon’s progress in finalizing the plan for the new drills.

    Such a move could further increase geopolitical tensions in one of the world’s most volatile regions. Officials explained to Reuters that the naval drills could involve more extensive patrols, ones involving a large number of warships or operations including closer surveillance of the Chinese military bases on the islands, which now includes anti-ship cruise missiles, radar-jamming equipment, and strategic bombers.

    U.S. officials said they are not doing this alone. They are aligning international allies and strategic partners to increase “naval deployments through the vital trade route as China strengthens its military capabilities on both the Paracel and Spratly islands.”

    “What we have seen in the last few weeks is just the start, significantly more is being planned,” 
    said one Western diplomat, referring to a freedom of navigation patrol late last month that used two U.S. ships for the first time. “There is a real sense more needs to be done.”

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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 occured when Bolton joined the Trump adminisration. Source: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

British Navy and French Military to INFURIATE China by Launching South China Sea Mission

HMS Dragon is the fourth ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. (Wikipedia)

  • British Navy and French Military to INFURIATE China by Launching South China Sea Mission
    by CAITLIN DOHERTY, https://www.express.co.uk/
    THE BRITISH Navy could follow the US and launch a mission into the South China Sea, an area of international waters China and a number of other Asian countries argue to have a claim to.

    British and French ships and naval aircraft will make their way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parley, said on Sunday. The boats will sail into areas of international waters where China’s navy is expected to be. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is the world’s fastest growing navy. Ms Parley said on Sunday: “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters’.

    “But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters.” She went as far as saying that the French Navy “should broaden this effort even further.” The South China Sea is home to trillions of dollars worth of cargo traffic every year. It is also thought to contain plentiful untapped oil and gas fields.

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June 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on British Navy and French Military to INFURIATE China by Launching South China Sea Mission

France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing

  • France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing
    by Liu Zhen, http://www.scmp.com/frontpage/hk
    Defence ministers tell security forum they are contributing to rule-based order.

    France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday.

    The two countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, made the remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, echoing the latest US plan to ramp up its freedom of navigation operations to counter Beijing’s militarisation in the region and its stance that territorial disputes should be a matter between China and its Asian neighbours.

    A French maritime task group, together with British helicopters and ships, will visit Singapore next week and then sail “into certain areas” of the South China Sea, French armed forces minister Florence Parly told the annual defence forum.

    Without naming China, she suggested the warships will cross into “territorial waters” claimed by Beijing and envisioned a potential encounter with its military. “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters’,” she said. “But our commander then calmly replies that he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters.”

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June 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing

U.S. Weighs More South China Sea Patrols to Confront ‘New Reality’ of China

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.

  • U.S. Weighs More South China Sea Patrols to Confront ‘New Reality’ of China
    by Greg TorodeIdrees Ali, https://www.reuters.com/
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas.

    The Pentagon is weighing a more assertive program of so-called freedom-of-navigation operations close to Chinese installations on disputed reefs, two U.S. officials and Western and Asian diplomats close to discussions said.

    The officials declined to say how close they were to finalizing a decision. Such moves could involve longer patrols, ones involving larger numbers of ships or operations involving closer surveillance of Chinese facilities in the area, which now include electronic jamming equipment and advanced military radars.

    U.S. officials are also pushing international allies and partners to increase their own naval deployments through the vital trade route as China strengthens its military capabilities on both the Paracel and Spratly islands, the diplomats said, even if they stopped short of directly challenging Chinese holdings.

    “What we have seen in the last few weeks is just the start, significantly more is being planned,” said one Western diplomat, referring to a freedom of navigation patrol late last month that used two U.S. ships for the first time.

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June 4, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | 1 Comment

US Accuses China of ‘Intimidation’ in South China Sea. China Parries US Threats of Attack in South China Sea

  • PressTV Published on Jun 2, 2018
    The United States has once again accused China of militarizing the South China Sea to intimidate and coerce neighbors. The Pentagon chief said Washington will compete vigorously with China’s actions if needed. The remarks come amid growing discord between China and the U-S over the disputed waters and islands. Last week, two U.S. Navy warships reportedly sailed near South China Sea islands over which China has territorial disputes with its neighboring countries. Beijing has dismissed the US official’s claims of militarization. It says military activities on the islands have been for self-defense purposes. Beijing has repeatedly warned the United States against sending warships to patrol the South China Sea.

  • PressTV Published on Jun 1, 2018
    The Chinese government is calling on the United States to stop interfering in China’s affairs. This, after the U.S. accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea. Steven Ribet reports from Beijing.

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June 4, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on US Accuses China of ‘Intimidation’ in South China Sea. China Parries US Threats of Attack in South China Sea

Mattis: US Will Confront China With “Steady Drumbeat” Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands

  • Mattis: US Will Confront China With “Steady Drumbeat” Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis vowed on Tuesday that American ships will continue to confront China over its militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing has established an extensive military presence despite its promise not to do so.

    Mattis said that U.S. forces are maintaining a “steady drumbeat” of naval operations around the disputed Spratly islands, adding that “only one country” seems to be bothered by the maneuvers.

    We are going out of our way to cooperate with Pacific nations, that’s the way we do business in the world,” Mattis told reporters. “But we are also going to confront what we believe is out of step with international law, out of step with international tribunals that have spoken on the issue.”

    Mattis’s comments follow Beijing voicing “strong dissatisfaction” on Sunday after two US warships sailed past the Paracel Islands, which lie north of the Spratlys.

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May 31, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on Mattis: US Will Confront China With “Steady Drumbeat” Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands