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Beijing Warns Washington Over Ship in South China Sea

  • PressTV Published on Nov 30, 2018
    China’s foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing has had stern words with Washington after a US Navy ship sailed through the contested South China Sea. Geng Shuang says the US warship, USS Chancellorsville, violated Chinese and international laws. The Chinese army also says it has sent ships and planes to watch the ship and to warn it to leave. According to the U-S navy, the vessel sailed near the Paracel Islands on Monday to challenge what it called China’s excessive maritime claims. China claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea and accuses the United States of raising military tension with its presence in the region.

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December 1, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

US & Australia Aim To Curb Chinese Power with Naval Base

  • RT America Published on Nov 19, 2018
    The US has said it will join Australia in the development of a naval base on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island to “protect the freedom of the seas,” in a move apparently aimed at curbing China’s presence in the Pacific. RT’s Yulia Shapovalova has the details.

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November 20, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

US & China Lock Horns: APEC Leaders Failed to Issue a Joint Communique

  • RT Published on Nov 19, 2018
    For the first time, leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies have failed to issue a joint communique, as tensions between the #US and #China over trade and investment poisoned their annual summit. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9itk

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November 20, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Flashpoint For War”: U.S. And Japan Plan Military Response To Chinese Incursions Of Disputed Islands

  • “Flashpoint For War”: U.S. And Japan Plan Military Response To Chinese Incursions Of Disputed Islands
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Things are again rapidly heating up in the East China Sea amidst already heightened tensions in a region where Washington is increasingly asserting the right of navigation in international waters against broad Chinese claims and seeking to defend the territorial possessions of its allies.

    According to a bombshell new Reuters report the tiny and rocky Senkaku Islands which lie between northern Taiwan and the Japanese home islands are “rapidly turning into a flashpoint for war”. Alarmingly, Japanese government sources have been quoted as saying Tokyo and the United States are drawing up an operations plan for an allied military response to Chinese threats to the disputed Senkaku Islands

    From nearly the start of his entering the White House, President Trump has said he’s committed to upholding Article 5 of the US-Japan security treaty signed the post-war years of the mid-20th century: “We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control and to further strengthening our very crucial alliance,” Trump had promised from the first official reception of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe back in February 2017, and since consistently maintained. 

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

US, Japan Plan Armed Response to “Chinese Threat” to Disputed Islands – Reports

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) escort ship Kurama (L) takes part in a fleet review off Sagami Bay, Kanagawa prefecture.

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  • US, Japan Plan Armed Response to “Chinese Threat” to Disputed Islands – Reports
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Japan and the United States are currently holding the biggest joint drills in Japanese history, Keen Sword, having reportedly mobilized about 57,000 marines, sailors, and airmen.

    The United States and Japan plan to devise an operations plan for a joint response by their armed forces to potential Chinese threats to the disputed Senkaku Islands (known as Diaoyu in China), The Japan Times reported, citing unnamed government sources.

    The two nations are reportedly engaged in discussions on how to respond in emergency scenarios around the group of uninhabited islands, claimed both by Japan and China, in the East China Sea. According to insiders, Tokyo and Washington seek to finish work on the plan by next March.

    While Washington has not taken a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the contested islands, President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year that the US was committed to defending Tokyo under Article 5 of the two nations’ security treaty, adding that it also covered the Senkaku Islands.

    The Japan Times 
    reported that by crafting a plan to handle a potential armed conflict with China, Tokyo hopes that Washington will determine its position on the sovereignty issue.


    The sources told the media outlet that the plan suggested deploying Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in the event of such an emergency as armed Chinese fishermen landing on the islands – after the police are incapable of providing an adequate response.

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

US-China War Looming? Russia Bracing for Conflict? Week of Warmongering Predictions by Top Officials

  • US-China War Looming? Russia Bracing for Conflict? Week of Warmongering Predictions by Top Officials
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Several top officials have issued thinly veiled – and outright blunt – ‘warnings’ about war over the past week. While the beating of war drums worldwide remains just hot air for now, many messengers seem a bit too eager about it.

    War between US and China just 10-15 years away
    A grim prognosis was made by former US commander in Europe Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges (retired), who spoke last week at the Warsaw Security Forum. He urged European countries to do more for their own “security,” explaining that Washington has “to deal with the Chinese threat” in the Pacific.

    The United States needs a very strong European pillar. I think in 15 years – it’s not inevitable – but it is a very strong likelihood that we will be at war with China.

    While European security remains top priority for the US, the former official added, the country will also have to prepare for “the eventuality that in 10 or 15 years we’re going to be having to fight in the Pacific.”

    China’s preparing for war too

    Less-than-subtle ‘warnings’ from the US were not left unanswered in China, with President Xi Jinping telling his military officers that they should be ready for war.

    “It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,”
    President Xi said last Thursday, addressing officers responsible for the troubled waters of the South China Sea.


    We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.

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October 31, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

China’s Xi Tells Military to Prepare for War as US Navy Warns of High Seas Encounters

  • China’s Xi Tells Military to Prepare for War as US Navy Warns of High Seas Encounters
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Chinese President Xi Jinping told military officials responsible for the disputed South China Sea to be better “prepared for war” as tensions with the US are rising. Beijing may be bracing for a worst-case scenario with the US.

    Xi made the blunt remarks last week as he was meeting the Southern Theatre Command, the military officials responsible for one of China’s five strategic war zones. The calls were made on Thursday as part of his four-day visit to Guangdong province, but the Chinese state media reported them only on Friday.

    “It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,”
    President Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.

    We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.

    One of the key responsibilities of the Southern Theater Command is protecting China’s interests in the South China Sea, where Beijing claims sovereignty over a number of islands. The sea is of strategic importance to Chinese trade. The US rejects the territorial claims and has been sending so-called Freedom of Navigation missions through the waters and airspace, which Beijing considers its own, as a gesture of defiance.

    Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said Tuesday the US and China “will meet each other more and more on the high seas” as the two nations confront each other in the South China Sea.

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October 31, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Russia And China Are Apparently Both Under The Impression That War With The United States Is Coming…

WW3 is near?

  • Russia And China Are Apparently Both Under The Impression That War With The United States Is Coming…
    by , http://endoftheamericandream.com/
    Could it be possible that the U.S. is heading for a major war?  If you ask most Americans that question, they will look at you like you are crazy.  For most people in this country, war with either Russia or China is not something to even be remotely concerned about.  But the Russians and the Chinese both see things very differently.  As you will see below, Russia and China both seem to be under the impression that war with the United States is coming, and they are both rapidly preparing for such a conflict.


    Let’s start with Russia.  After repeatedly slapping them with sanctions, endlessly demonizing their leaders and blaming them for just about every problem that you can imagine, our relationship with Russia is about the worst that it has ever been.

    And when the Trump administration announced that it was withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, that pushed things to a new low.  In the aftermath of that announcement, Russian official Andrei Belousov boldly declared that “Russia is preparing for war”…:

    He said: “Here recently at the meeting, the United States said that Russia is preparing for war. “Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I have confirmed it.

    “We are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people – we are preparing for such a war.”

    Here in the United States, there is very little talk of a potential war with Russia in the mainstream media, but in Russia things are very different.  Russian news outlets are constantly addressing escalating tensions with the United States, and the Russian government has been adding fuel to that fire.  For example, the Russian government recently released a video of a mock nuclear strike against their “enemies”

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October 30, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

China’s President Orders Military To “Prepare For War”

  • China’s President Orders Military To “Prepare For War”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to “assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency” as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing hit rock bottom.

    The Southern Theatre Command has had to bear a “heavy military responsibility” in recent years, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying during an inspection tour made on Thursday as part of his visit to Guangdong province.

    “It’s necessary to strengthen the mission … and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,”
     Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly. “We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war” the president-for-life added.


    The president instructed the military to ramp-up opposition to ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises being undertaken by the US, Australia, France, the UK, Japan and others through the waterway through which arterial shipping lanes have grown since the end of World War II.

    “He ordered the troop to keep a close watch for changes in the situations and to strengthen analysis to firmly protect border stability and safety of the people’s life and property,” Xinhua reported Xi as saying. “After hearing a report on their work, he underlined the importance of preparing for war and combat, while taking consideration of various complex situations, improving response plans and focusing on real-combat training.”

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October 30, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Needs to Get Out of Asia-Pacific Region: Ex-Pentagon Official

  • PressTV Published on Oct 22, 2018
    The United States needs to get out of the Asia-Pacific region and China is right to extend its influence in its own region, according to a former Pentagon official. Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst at the US Defense Department, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on a report which says the United States Navy is assessing the launch of a sensitive new operation sending warships through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with China. Officials told Reuters on Saturday that US military forces were mulling the idea of sending warships through the Taiwan Strait to guarantee free passage through the key waterway.
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October 23, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on International Markets Plunge Amid US Monetary Dispute

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

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

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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 | , , , | Comments Off on What Can Spark a US-China Military Confrontation?

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 | , , , | Comments Off on US Navy Wants Major War Exercise (in November) in South China Sea – Report