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China Says U.S. Warships Entered Waters Without Beijing’s Permission

  • PressTV Published on Feb 11, 2019
    China’s foreign ministry strongly objects to the US after two American warships sail near disputed South China Sea islands. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson also said the US warships entered the waters without Beijing’s permission. The Chinese navy later warned the US ship to leave the area. The US destroyers sailed near the Chinese Nansha Islands as part of what Washington calls freedom of navigation operations. Beijing says nearly all of the South China Sea is its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim it partly.

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February 12, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Following in US Footsteps? UK Ready to Use ‘Hard Power’ Against Russia & China

  • RT Published on Feb 11, 2019
    READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9o51
    The UK must be ready to use ‘hard power’ against Russia and China, defense chief Gavin Williamson has said. The remark has raised eyebrows in Moscow, which calls it “irrelevant” to reality and aimed at securing a larger budget.

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February 12, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia-Led Free-Trade Zone Will Soon Include 5 More Countries — De-Dollarization

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  • Russia-Led Free-Trade Zone Will Soon Include 5 More Countries
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Free-trade agreements are expected to be signed between the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Israel, Singapore, India, Egypt and Iran in the near future.

    That’s according to Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Industry Sergey Tsyb. He said WTO member states currently use over 7,500 non-tariff measures such as quotas, licenses, restrictions and embargos in respect of industrial goods.

    “Therefore, in our opinion, it would be very productive if we actively move towards the conclusion of agreements on the free-trade zone,”
     said the official.


    This would make it possible to promote exports within the framework of regional trade hubs, he explained. “That will definitely help in this challenging and highly sensitive situation on global markets to provide the opportunity for promotion of Russian export initiatives.”

    The EEU, which is based on the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, was established in 2015. It was later joined by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, Vietnam officially became the first non-regional country to join the bloc. The union is designed to ensure the free movement of goods, services, capital and workers between member countries.


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February 11, 2019 Posted by | Economics | , , , , | Leave a comment

China Deploys 100 Ships to Disputed Waters Amid US Buildup: Report

A fleet of Chinese ships sail out at sea after China and Russia’s joint naval drill concludes near Zhanjiang port, Guangdong Province, China, on September 19, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

  • China Deploys 100 Ships to Disputed Waters Amid US Buildup: Report
    by https://www.presstv.com/
    China has deployed some 100 ships to the South China Sea, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative run by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies reports.

    The large armada was sent to the Thitu Island, a Philippine-held part of a large cluster of islands disputed between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, it said.

    The fleet, which includes vessels from the navy, coastguard and dozens of fishing boats, is part of an effort to stop the Philippine government from continuing construction on the island, it added.

    According to the report, the number of deployed ships surged on December 25, reaching 95 ships. The number has since dropped, reaching 42 vessels by January 26.

    The Philippine government has been seeking to develop an airway on the island by building a breaching ramp since 2017. The project was due to be finished by the end of last year, but officials say that it has been delayed because of extreme weather.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

American Suspension of INF Treaty is Aimed at China

  • American Suspension of INF Treaty is Aimed at China
    by ANATOLY KARLIN, https://www.strategic-culture.org/
    … However, it is with respect to the balance of power in the West Pacific that the restrictions imposed by the INF on the US – but not on China – come into play. While consensus expert opinion holds that the US still retains dominance in the South China Sea vis-à-vis China, its margin of superiority is shrinking year by year. In a 2015 report, the RAND Corporation estimated that the number of US air wings required to defeat a surge of attacking Chinese aircraft over Taiwan increased from just a couple in 1996 to 30 by 2017. In a subsequent report released in the following year, we see the balance of power in potential China-US conflict scenarios shift from a terminal Chinese disadvantage in 1996, to parity over Taiwan by 2017 (though they believe that the US still holds a decisive advantage in a conflict over the Spratly Islands). Even so, it is especially notable that the only two categories in a conflict over Taiwan in which RAND now considers China to hold an advantage – “Chinese attacks on air bases” and “Chinese anti-surface warfare” – are both spheres in which intermediate-range ballistic missiles would play an important role. This is not just my supposition. In another 2016 RAND report, tellingly titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable”, this consideration is stated openly and forthrightly: “US land-based missiles from 500 km to 5,500 km are prohibited by the INF treaty, whereas the Chinese missiles are not, giving China a significant advantage.”

    It has long been obvious that the US (correctly) regards China as the real long-term threat to its global hegemony. Meanwhile, Russia is a mere nuisance, a “dying bear” that is ever approaching collapse, in the wake of which Moscow will have no choice but to sign up to America’s China containment project. (Sure, this sounds like a crazy ideological narrative, and it is – but the US policy of alienating Russia and drawing it into a quasi-alliance with China is even crazier – just ask Kissinger). But like it or not, this really is how the American elites think, and it can’t be denied that there is a certain logic to it. In this context, withdrawal from the INF Treaty – with Russia’s alleged violations as pretext – is just the logical next step to the military component of Obama’s “pivot to Asia”, one that the US is entirely happy to continue and follow through with. It really is as banal as that.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fearmongering: Senate Chairman Warns ‘Prepare For WWIII With China’

  • RonPaulLibertyReport Streamed live on Jan 31, 2019
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe has warned that due to China’s activities in the South China Sea, the US should be preparing for World War III with China. Are Chinese actions in the Spratley Islands more threatening than the global US military presence? Is war the only solution? As usual…follow the money.

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February 2, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World War 3 WARNING: China Preparing for MASSIVE Conflict Warns Top US Official

  • World War 3 WARNING: China Preparing for MASSIVE Conflict Warns Top US Official
    by JAMES BICKERTON, https://www.express.co.uk/
    CHINA could be “preparing for World War 3” over the South China Sea dispute according to Senator James Inhofe, chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

    The Republican Congressman made the comments during a Tuesday committee hearing on security threats to the US. China claims ownership of the oil-rich South China Sea. This claim is contested by the US and several of the country’s neighbours.

    According to US military newspaper Navy Times Mr Inhofe commented: “It’s like China is preparing for World War 3. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”

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February 1, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

China Shows Off New ‘Guam Killer’ Missile, as Tensions with US Rise

  • China Shows Off New ‘Guam Killer’ Missile, as Tensions with US Rise
    by https://www.rt.com/
    China has unveiled a new intermediate-range ballistic missile that it claims can strike the US territory of Guam or its warships at sea. The show of strength comes as both countries square off over Taiwan.

    The Сhinese government revealed footage of the Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile on state television on Sunday, according to the South China Morning Post. The missile was previously seen at a military parade in Beijing in 2015, and has officially been in service since last April, but has not yet been seen in action.

    With a range of 3,000km to 5,741km (1,864 to 3,567 miles), the missile would be capable of striking targets in the US territory of Guam, or US aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. The Dongfeng-26 can be fired from a mobile transporter, and can carry a 1,200kg-1,800kg nuclear or conventional warhead.

    While the Pentagon has likely known about the missile for several years, the video reveal is “an attempt to reinforce the notion that the PLA has the capability to sink US carriers and inflict unacceptable damage on American forces,” China researcher Adam Ni told the SCMP.

    “The latest drills are just another signal to the US about the prevails of escalation, including by intervening militarily in support of Taiwan against China,”
     Ni continued. “We are likely to see more [of these drills] if bilateral relations worsen.”

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February 1, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Armed Services Committee Chairman Warns US And China “Headed For World War III”

  • Armed Services Committee Chairman Warns US And China “Headed For World War III”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Given that China’s President Xi Jinping started the year by obliquely warning the US to stay out of Taiwan’s business, perhaps it’s not surprising that Senators are starting to join US military commanders in warning Americans not to underestimate the threat posed by China’s unprecedented military buildup in the Pacific.

    In the latest – and perhaps the most stark – warning to date, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma – who recently took over as the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee – warned during a hearing about the challenges posed by China and Russia on Tuesday that people need to better understand the threats both countries pose to the international world order that America helped create, according to the Military Times.

    America has stood idly by as China has built airstrips and military bases out of a series of rocky atolls in the Spratley Archipelago, preparing to flex its military muscle in the Pacific. China’s increasingly aggressive behavior was on display last fall when a Chinese Navy ship nearly rammed the USS Decatur while it was carrying out a “freedom of operation” mission.

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January 31, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

China Flaunts Supersonic Nuclear Missile that ‘Could Reach the US and Sink Moving Aircraft Carriers’

  • Fox News TV Published on Jan 29, 2019
    ABOUT: China has revealed footage of its supersonic nuclear missile Dongfeng-26 that could reach US territory and accurately attack a moving aircraft carrier, state media reported.Video of the DF-26 missile launch was released for the first time by state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday, showing The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force participating in an exercise in north-west China.Earlier this month, Chinese media reported that the military had mobilised the missiles in the country’s remote northwest plateau and desert areas, presumably in response  to a mission from the US guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell, which sailed close to the contested Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.The nose of the DF-26 missile has a double-cone structure with four fin-like flight control surfaces symmetrically built around the base of the warhead, the report shows.Military expert and TV commentator Song Zhongping told the Global Times that the fin-like flight control surfaces would provide better stability for the missile as it neared a slow-moving target, such as an aircraft carrier.On the other hand, the double-cone structure provides the missile with increased targeting capability, speed and stealth, making it more difficult to intercept, Song added.’An information network connected to the warhead, which possibly includes satellites, ground and naval radar in addition to radar on the missile itself, will c …

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

China Releases Footage of ‘Guam Killer’ DF-26 Ballistic Missile in ‘Clear Message to the US’

  • China Releases Footage of ‘Guam Killer’ DF-26 Ballistic Missile in ‘Clear Message to the US’
    by Lee Jeong-ho, https://www.scmp.com/frontpage/international
    * Next-generation missile with improved stability and accuracy launched during military exercise
    * Analyst says it’s a bid ‘to reinforce the notion that the PLA has the capability to sink US carriers and inflict unacceptable damage on American forces’

    China has revealed footage of its next-generation Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile showing improved stability and accuracy, a move analysts say aims to send a message to the United States about its military strength.

    Footage of the missile was released for the first time in a report on state broadcaster CCTV, amid intensifying military rivalry between China and the US.

    Four fin-like flight control surfaces are seen around the missile nose in the report on an exercise in northwest China. The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force launched at least one DF-26 missile during the drill.

    Military analysts said the fin-like flight control surfaces provided better stability for the missile as it neared a moving target, such as a US aircraft carrier. The intermediate-range ballistic missile is also known as the “Guam killer” for its range – 3,000km to 5,741km (1,864 to 3,567 miles) – that puts the US island in the western Pacific within striking distance.

    It could be used in nuclear, conventional and anti-ship strikes, meaning China could use it to attack US aircraft carriers and naval bases in the Asia-Pacific region.

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http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/10/23/lifting-the-veil-on-chinas-carrier-killer/

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http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2013/04/21/2003560318

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https://medium.com/war-is-boring/1af80735e4b1

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US Warships Again Enter Taiwan Strait, But This Time With Chinese Bombers Overhead

  • Breaking News TV Published on Jan 26, 2019
    Russia & China Warn USA DO NOT use military force against N Korea China warns WW3 inevitable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gc3Q…

    For the first time this year the United States has sailed two warships through the Taiwan Strait Thursday in yet another challenge to the ‘One China’ policy and in accord with the US Navy’s “freedom of navigation” operations. It seems the US Navy is establishing this almost as “routine” given the number of times this provocative act has been done over the past number of months (3 times last year); however, this time China’s air force was busy overhead flying H6 strategic bombers and reconnaissance planes in the vicinity since Thursday. “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman told USNI News, referring to the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the USNS Walter S. Diehl. “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows. Thank you for watching.

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January 28, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Using Taiwan to Maintain Hegemony in East Asia — US Using ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ to Counter China, Russia: Analyst

January 26, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

China Digs In on Sea Conflict with US

  • RT America Published on Jan 22, 2019
    In the long dispute of the South China Sea, Beijing claims most of the sea as its territory but countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan say parts of the maritime pathway belong to them. Former Naval Intelligence Officer John Jordan joins Rick Sanchez to explain how oil, shipping lanes and fishing rights are keeping Beijing from giving up the South China Sea and how the US is right to challenge them on it.

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January 23, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

South China Sea, Strait of Taiwan Conflict

  • RT America Published on Jan 21, 2019
    Rick Sanchez discusses the rising military tensions in the South China Sea. Then RT America’s Dan Cohen reports on the joint US-UK military drills in the Taiwan Strait, much to the consternation of China. He explains the strategic importance of the South China Sea and how the possibility of military confrontation there is complicating global economics.

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January 22, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment