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Is North Korea Just a Smokescreen? The Real Target is China

  • Is North Korea Just a Smokescreen? The Real Target is China
    by Bryce McBride, https://www.mises.ca/
    Is Korea just a smokescreen?
    In my last article (Sticking the arson charge on a couple of patsies) I questioned why North Korea’s nuclear program was attracting such attention from the United States. North Korea is a very poor and backwards country whose bellicosity reflects the regime’s need for an external enemy like the United States to galvanize domestic support. Attacking America and its allies in the region is the last thing North Korea’s leaders would want to do as such an attack would guarantee an American response that would be sure to destroy their lives, their government and the lives of millions of innocent Korean civilians.

    However, this month I was made aware of another possible reason for the attention being paid to North Korea and its nuclear program. What if the escalating tensions over Korea are just a smokescreen intended to legitimize an American military buildup in the region aimed at intimidating China?

    In 2011, former U.S. President Barack Obama announced a change in U.S. foreign policy that was termed a ‘Pivot to Asia.’ The official thinking was that as China and the emerging countries of South-East Asia gained in economic importance, it made sense to devote more military and diplomatic attention to the region while reducing the attention paid to Europe and the Middle East.

    Of course, observers also saw the pivot as a response to the rising economic, political and military power of a resurgent China. Just as the U.S. sought to contain the Soviet Union during the Cold War with a string of encircling alliances and economic agreements, so America today seeks to keep China in check through military alliances with East Asian countries like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    Chinese leaders acutely resent continued American dominance in a region they consider their own backyard. However, they are not reckless and do not seek to engage in a potentially catastrophic military confrontation. Instead, they have spent the past few years establishing institutions and agreements which, taken together, will displace the U.S. dollar from the centre of the global financial system. Empire is expensive. Just as the British were forced to decolonize in the 1960s once the pound lost its reserve currency status in the years following World War II, so too will the demise of the dollar force American retreat from global (and, most importantly for the Chinese, East Asian) hegemony.

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November 9, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

US Destroyer Challenges Beijing’s ‘Excessive Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea – Report

https://www.rt.com/usa/406295-destroyer-chafee-south-china-sea/

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  • US Destroyer Carries Out Trump’s 4th “Freedom Of Navigation” Operation In South China Sea
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/
    In a provocation that’s sure to raise eyebrows in Beijing, a US Navy destroyer on Tuesday sailed within 12 miles of Paracel islands in the South China Sea in what appears to be the first US “Freedom of Navigation” operation in two months.

    Reuters reports that the USS Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The operation is believed to be the fourth of its kind to take place since Trump took office.

    Unlike a previous mission conducted in August, officials said the destroyer didn’t sail within range of the islands, though it did come close.

    As Reuters points out, the ship didn’t penetrate a 12 nautical mile boundary surrounding the islands that marks the islands’ internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the US doesn’t recognize territorial claims.

    The operation was carried out even as China and the Trump administration have been working closely together to pass restrictive economic sanctions against North Korea. Recently, China instructed its banks to stop doing business with North Korean clients, and informed North Korean laborers and businesses that they must stop operating in China and return to North Korea.

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Earth Enters Global Season Preceding World War

  • The Alex Jones Channel Published on Oct 2, 2017
    Alex Jones breaks down the chaos that fueled the Catalonian’s attempt at peacefully voting for its independence. There is a history behind it, that has come full circle in 2017.

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October 4, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, History, Social Trends | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The West Begins To Panic Over China’s OBOR Trade System

  • X22Report Published on Sep 20, 2017
    Existing homes sales decline, this is the third month in a row. German gold expert reports that gold has been manipulated since 1993 by the central banks and the banking system. The West begins to panic over the One Belt One Road trade system. This new trading system is will be a vast network throughout Asia, Africa and Europe.

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September 22, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The West Begins To Panic Over China’s OBOR Trade System

Chances of Nuclear War are Greater Now Than Any Time Since 1953 – Professor

  • RT America Published on Sep 5, 2017
    Peter Kuznick Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University says the situation with North Korea is so dangerous that any kind of miscounting could lead to death of millions of people.

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September 6, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Chances of Nuclear War are Greater Now Than Any Time Since 1953 – Professor

Thermonuclear War: Hydrogen Bomb Successfully Tested By North Korea

  • The Alex Jones Channel Published on Sep 5, 2017
    The possibility for nuclear war still looms on the horizon as North Korea continues to inch closer towards catastrophic capabilities.

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September 6, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Thermonuclear War: Hydrogen Bomb Successfully Tested By North Korea

Washington to Escalate US Navy Patrols in the South China Sea, Angering Beijing

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.

  • Washington to Escalate US Navy Patrols in the South China Sea, Angering Beijing
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    By intensifying its military presence in waters claimed by China, the US is increasing the likelihood of a regional arms race, according to reports.

    As relations between Washington and Beijing continue to degenerate, an announcement by the Pentagon to increase maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea has defense analysts concerned about an expected military escalation on both sides.

    Frustrated by continuing rebuffs from US President Donald Trump to overtures for bilateral negotiation, and now facing an enhanced US Navy presence in what it claims to be home waters, Beijing is expected to step up its weapons and military asset deployment in the hotly-disputed region, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

    In suggesting that Washington seeks to demonstrate a consistent posture to counter Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, the report stated that the US Pacific Command would increase its regular patrols to two-to-three per month, cited by the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

    So-called Freedom of Navigation patrols by US Navy warships are expected to incite China to increase its military presence in the area, resulting in weapons escalation and a growing unease by regional partners to both nations.

    There were just four reported US Navy patrols in the region during the previous administration of US President Barack Obama, as well as three since Trump’s inauguration, however the Pentagon announcement will significantly increase the regular presence of US military assets in the region, a move sure to incense Beijing.

    Diplomatic tensions between the US and China will rise prior to Trump’s planned visit to Beijing in November, according to Pang Zhongying, from Qingdao’s Ocean University..

    “China will closely monitor US vessels and counter them,” Pang suggested, adding that it would, “lead to worsening ties between the two militaries,” cited by SCMP.

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September 4, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on Washington to Escalate US Navy Patrols in the South China Sea, Angering Beijing

US Using North Korea Brinkmanship to Boost Military Build-Up: Analyst

  • There is already a massive deployment of troops along the Russian border. Now, another massive deployment of troops in Asia. War or peace? The Synagogue of Satan is running out of time to trigger their Satanic WW3. Hopefully they will fail spectacularly.
  • Published on Aug 17, 2017
    The United States is using a policy of brinkmanship against North Korea in order to deploy more troops and nuclear weapons to South Korea, Japan, and Guam, political commentator and international lawyer Barry Grossman says.

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August 18, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Comments Off on US Using North Korea Brinkmanship to Boost Military Build-Up: Analyst

Globalists Need A Total War Scenario For Americans To Accept Tyranny

  • Published on Aug 11, 2017
    Joel Skousen joins Alex Jones live via Skype to describe the scenario Globalists are striving for in order to usher in tyrannical government in the United States: all out nuclear war. 

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August 12, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Trump Provokes China Again, Sends Another Destroyer To South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng S. Yang/Released

  • Trump Provokes China Again, Sends Another Destroyer To South China Sea
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
    A US Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea on Thursday, a “provocation” that threatens another angry response from the Chinese government and further complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts to align the Communist Party in his pursuit to find a diplomatic resolution to the North Korean crisis.

    As Reuters reports, the USS John McCain (yes, he the Senator has a ship named after him) passed by the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in what US military officials justified as yet anoter “freedom of navigation” operation, the third since Trump took office. Over the past six months, the US has grown increasingly bold, or provocative as Beijing calls it, by sending aircraft and ships to contested waters in the South China Sea to the anger and frustration of Beijing.

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August 11, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on Trump Provokes China Again, Sends Another Destroyer To South China Sea

Assembling the Troops: US to Start GLOBAL Military Drills Amid ‘Complex Worldwide Threats’

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/837163/united-states-military-global-drills-russia-threats-vladimir-putin-cyber-attacks

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  • US Plans ‘Global’ Drills to Counter Russia & Other ‘Complex Threats’ – Top US Military Official
    by https://www.rt.com/
    The US military is shifting towards a “more global” exercise program in preparation to deter what they term a “more assertive Russia” as well as countering other complex threats, a senior officer commanding the US forces in Europe has said.

    “What we’re eventually going toward is a globally integrated exercise program so that we (are)… all working off the same sheet of music in one combined global exercise,” Air Force Brigadier General John Healy, who directs the drills of US forces in Europe told Reuters.

    Healy said troops need to be prepared for increasingly complex threats across all domains of war – land, sea, air, space and cyber sphere. The general went on to say the training must include rehearsing possible conflicts and take into account the global nature of the military threats facing the US.

    The goal of the Pentagon is to hold exercises that would involve troops from all nine US unified combatant commands instead of being limited to a specific region or a military branch, he said. Such drills could be staged as early as 2020, he added.

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August 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Assembling the Troops: US to Start GLOBAL Military Drills Amid ‘Complex Worldwide Threats’

Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia

  • Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia
    by Andrew BrennanAsia Times, 27 April 2017, via http://www.globalresearch.ca/
    While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russian alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.

    The Persian rival who showed the way
    In 2012/2013, the US Treasury Department, under the Obama administration, initiated a raft of sanctions in an amateurish fashion against the Central Bank of Iran. As we were told, it was done to tire and bleed Iranian economic and social life enough to draw Tehran into negotiations concerning its nuclear programme. The argument of were they/weren’t they pursuing a weaponized nuclear program isn’t important; how the Iranians circumvented these sanctions is.


    The sanctions were meant to be stifling, but the Iranians loosened this problematic liquidity noose by using all their banks that weren’t sanctioned, and sold rich Iranian oil to India. Of course, the Indians couldn’t pay Tehran directly. Neither could they pay bilaterally in rupees due to sanctions and infrastructure needed to trade in a bilateral currency. Instead, Iran requested that India pay in gold so India paid Turkey, the Middle East’s gold market, and Turkey gave Turkish gold to Iranian banks, which then swapped with the Central Bank of Iran.

    Turkey, for its part, may soon be the gold payment intermediator across Asia, and is already nationalizing the sector with a demand for private confiscation occurring to support the Turkish economy, but this has scarcely been reported.

    This clever evasion was known as the Iran-India-Turkey triangle. Iran was escaping the dominance of the US dollar and trading in real money, not a hegemonic fiat currency that was being printed hot-off-the-press all day. They were dealing in gold; not something that could be strangled through SWIFT and electrons traded on a screen easily. A simple intermediator and precious metals could break Obama’s heralded “crippling” sanctions.

    Iran ideologically, as well as practically, wants nothing to do with the US dollar but rather it wants to be free of monetary pressures by the US on its domestic policies. The effectiveness of this evasion was a preview to what countries like China, Russia, and to a lesser extent India and South Korea, have all been trying to do: increase their independence from the US dollar. The Iranian gold triangle showed successful independence from US dollar reliance.

    The Chinese usurpers and their yellow metal
    Fast forward to March 2017; the Russian Central Bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing as an early step in phasing in a gold-backed standard of trade. This would be done by finalizing the issuance of the first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan and to allow gold imports from Russia.


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July 21, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia

Secret To Why Globalists Hate Christianity Revealed. US General: We Are Prepared To Strike N. Korea

  • Published on Jul 7, 2017
    Alex Jones and Steve Quayle discuss why the globalist elite are determined to destroy and undermine Christians.
http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/22471-christians-should-be-eradicated-researchers-document-anti-christian-agenda-among-powerful-elite#

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http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/23962-in-abortion-push-soros-exposed-trying-to-corrupt-christianity

Illuminist social engineers morally corrupting the world. Click on image for article.

http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2013_07_30/US-government-establishes-death-camps-for-American-citizens-FBI-retiree-5607/

Revelation 20:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years.
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July 8, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Secret To Why Globalists Hate Christianity Revealed. US General: We Are Prepared To Strike N. Korea

‘Resolutely Opposed’: China Fumes After US Supersonic Bombers Fly Over Disputed South China Sea

US Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft © US Air Force / Reuters

  • ‘Resolutely Opposed’: China Fumes After US Supersonic Bombers Fly Over Disputed South China Sea
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Beijing spoke out after two US long-range supersonic bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea, saying it opposes the use of freedom of overflight as an excuse to harm its security. The leaders of the US and China are set to meet Friday.

    “China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security,”
     Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday.


    The statement came after the US Air Force confirmed earlier on Friday that two B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam had flown over the disputed waterway.

    Prior to the flyover, the Lancers conducted exercises with Japan in the East China Sea, representing the first time the two forces had conducted joint night-time drills. Virtually all of the South China Sea is claimed by Beijing, despite conflicting claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

    The US has been exercising freedom of navigation over the sea in recent weeks, with two Lancers from Guam flying over the waterway last month. A US warship also carried out a maneuvering drill within a short range – reportedly just 12 nautical miles – of one of China’s artificial South China Sea islands in late May.

    Washington has criticized China’s construction of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain. The islands have runways, aircraft hangars, radar sites, and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters, according to satellite photos analyzed by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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July 8, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on ‘Resolutely Opposed’: China Fumes After US Supersonic Bombers Fly Over Disputed South China Sea

Russia, China: “US – South Korea Drills Must End”

  • Published on Jul 4, 2017
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow and Beijing are working together to freeze Pyongyang’s military program but believe that Seoul and Washington must also put an end to their joint war games on the Peninsula. Putin made the remarks while hosting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The 2 leaders also said during a press conference on Tuesday that they’re considering different strategies of implementing their proposal. The joint plan was announced shortly after the North announced the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The Russian foreign ministry has separately called on Pyongyang to abide by the United Nation’s resolution on missile testing. Moscow says nothing other than multilateral talks can help resolve the issue. Pyongyang stresses its missile program is merely defensive in nature.

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July 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Russia, China: “US – South Korea Drills Must End”