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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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February 17, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

UK Sending Warship to Challenge China at South China Sea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FILE PHOTO © U.S. Navy

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

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

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

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

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February 13, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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February 6, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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


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

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February 3, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 22, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Putin Warns The United States And North Korea Are About To Start A Massive War

  • The Alex Jones Channel Published on Dec 14, 2017
    Alex Jones presents a video clip of Putin from RT where he specifically asks North Korea and the US to stop escalating tensions in the South China Sea for fear of sparking World War III. A video from Alabama shows a Doug Jones voter claiming he and a group of people “came from different parts of the country” to vote. Also, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is grilled over conflicts of interest in Special Counsel Mueller’s probe. Media analyst Mark Dice breaks down the latest in liberal lunacy and fake news, and Jon Rappoport hosts the fourth and final hour.

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December 15, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Putin Warns The United States And North Korea Are About To Start A Massive War

US, South Korea Launch Large-Scale Air Drills Amid Spiraling Nuclear Tension

  • US, South Korea Launch Large-Scale Air Drills Amid Spiraling Nuclear Tension
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Unprecedented joint air force drills between the US and South Korea, featuring hundreds of warplanes, have kicked off despite dire warnings from Pyongyang and Moscow’s calls to avoid new provocations after the recent launch of North Korea’s new ICBM.

    The Vigilant Ace 18 drills, which Seoul claims are of a purely “defensive nature,” will see hundreds of US and South Korea’s aircraft honing their skills by attacking mock North Korean nuclear and missile objects in different war time scenarios, Yonhap reported, citing South Korea’s defense ministry. They will for the first time feature six F-22 Raptor stealth jets, that arrived to South Korea specifically for the war games along with six F-35As stealth jets.

    Part of the US force taking part in the wargames, including a dozen of F-35B stealth jets, will fly from a Japanese airbase, where they have been stationed.

    The large-scale maneuvers, reportedly “the largest-ever combined air force drills between the allies” will also involve dozens of other fighter jets on both sides, as well as American B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft. A total of 12,000 personnel and over 230 military aircraft will be engaged in the drills, that will run to December 8.

    Days after the air force exercise was announced, North Korea test-launched its new Hwasong-15 missile, which it claims is capable of reaching the whole US mainland. Pyongyang lashed out at the drills as incitement to a nuclear war.

    “The Trump team is begging for nuclear war by staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula,”
     North Korea’s Foreign Ministry stated in a statement on Saturday.


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December 4, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on US, South Korea Launch Large-Scale Air Drills Amid Spiraling Nuclear Tension

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 | , , , | Comments Off on US Destroyer Challenges Beijing’s ‘Excessive Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea – Report

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 | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Earth Enters Global Season Preceding World War

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