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Jul 22 09:37

U.S. Weighs New Sanctions on Iran’s Oil Sales to China if Nuclear Talks Fail

The U.S. is considering tighter sanctions on Iranian oil sales to China as a way to encourage Tehran to conclude a nuclear deal and raise the costs of abandoning stalled negotiations.

U.S. negotiators have been working with European and other international partners in Vienna since April to revive the 2015 deal that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of broad sanctions. As those talks falter, the U.S. is running through options intended to induce Iran to keep negotiating or punish it if it doesn’t, according to U.S. officials and people familiar with the matter.

One plan being drafted would choke off Iran’s swelling crude-oil sales to China, the country’s main client, through fresh sanctions targeting the shipping networks that help export an estimated one million barrels a day and bring critical revenue to Iran, the officials said.

Jul 22 08:13

China Reports Human Case of H10N3 Bird Flu, a Possible First

A man in eastern China has contracted what might be the worlds first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, but the risk of large-scale spread is low, the government said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized April 28 and is in stable condition, the National Health Commission said on its website.

No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission said. This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission, its statement said. The risk of large-scale transmission is low.

Jul 22 06:25

Deputy Secretary of State to Visit China Amid Heightened Tensions

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China this weekend, where she will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the State Department said on Wednesday. Sherman will be in China on July 25th and 26th after visiting South Korea, Japan, and Mongolia.

“These discussions are part of ongoing US efforts to hold candid exchanges with PRC [People’s Republic of China] officials to advance US interests and values and to responsibly manage the relationship. The Deputy Secretary will discuss areas where we have serious concerns about PRC actions, as well as areas where our interests align,” the State Department said in a press release.

The visit comes as tensions are soaring between the US and China. The last high-level meeting between US and Chinese officials took place in March, when Wang held in-person talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage summit quickly turned hostile and put on display the low state of US-China relations.

Jul 22 06:22

Why Did China Buy an Airstrip in Texas?

Who wants a 10,000' airstrip in the middle of Nowhere, Texas? A former Chinese general with ties to Chinese concentration camps. But, why? And why did the United States allow it?

Jul 22 06:17

US hackers attacked thousands of servers in China, news report claims

China has fleshed out its accusation that the US was behind a number of hacks into the networks of Chinese universities and sensitive government facilities, after Washington and its allies condemned Beijing for cyberattacks around the world.

The news website of the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the People’s Daily, did not specify where its information was from, but outlined three cases of “malicious cyber activities” between August and October last year which allegedly targeted the servers of sensitive facilities to prime them for later intrusion and infiltration opportunities.

In October, a US hacker group allegedly attacked 2,426 servers in China, most at government and party facilities, as well as a power train company, a steel plant and some universities, according to the report.

Jul 22 06:17

China appoints Afghanistan special envoy as it prepares to play greater role after US troop withdrawal

China has appointed Yue Xiaoyong, a veteran diplomat with experience in the US and Middle East, as its new special envoy to Afghanistan.

Yue is replacing Liu Jian, who was only appointed to the post a year ago. Diplomatic observers said his appointment was a signal that Beijing was willing to play a greater role in the country following the US troop withdrawal.

“China has always been proactively involved in and pushing for the Afghan peace process,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing on Wednesday.

Jul 22 05:21

China refuses to participate in 2nd phase of WHO’s Covid origins probe, says research into lab leak theory goes against ‘science’

Beijing has put the brakes on its involvement in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) investigation into the origins of Covid-19, citing its disapproval of any inquiries into the possibility that the virus came from a lab.

The Chinese government will not take part in a second phase of the WHO’s probe into what caused the pandemic, Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China’s National Health Commission, said on Thursday.

The senior health official said at a press conference in Beijing that he was “surprised” to see research into the lab leak theory – which was initially dismissed by the WHO as highly unlikely – as a listed objective for the organization’s proposed second visit to Wuhan and other locations in China.

“In some aspects, the WHO’s plan for the next phase of investigation of the coronavirus origin doesn’t respect common sense, and it’s against science. It’s impossible for us to accept such a plan,” he said.

Jul 22 05:19

Hundreds of thousands evacuated from areas devastated by floods as China death toll rises to 33 and more rain forecast (VIDEO)

Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in Henan province by a 76,000-strong relief force, as the meteorological office warns that storms and heavy rain is set to continue.

On Thursday, officials raised the death toll from the devastating floods to 33, as rescue workers battled to evacuate hundreds of thousands from further danger. Twelve of the 33 died when the subway in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou was flooded by storm waters.

The deadly weather is set to continue, with the province’s meteorological bureau raising the storm alert to red – the highest of the four-stage warning codes – for four Henan cities: Xinxiang, Anyang, Hebi, and Jiaozuo. While the skies have cleared over Zhengzhou, the flood waters remain high – waist height in some places.

Jul 22 04:41

#SOSUSA: Check out this BS

Jul 21 13:32

China: Three collapsed dams and counting.

Jul 21 08:01

COULD AFGHANISTAN CRISIS GIVE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION THE KEY ROLE CHINA WANTS FOR BLOC?

Since its foundation 20 years ago, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a bloc founded by Russia and China, has faced questions over its purpose.

But the recent clashes by the Afghan government and the Taliban – which have escalated since the United States made what Moscow and Beijing described as the “irresponsible” decision to withdraw all troops this year – could prove to be a defining moment for the bloc.

The issue was high on the agenda at an SCO meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on Wednesday, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the “SCO to play a key role in achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan”.

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Jul 21 06:17

Dam Near China's Flooded Zhenghou City Collapses, Third In Last 48 Hours

A dam near the city of Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province has been destroyed by heavy flooding, after being seriously damaged in heavy storms that killed several people and brought the region to a halt, local media reported.

The dam is the third to fail in recent days: over the weekend, due to severe rain, two dams in Hulun Buir City in North China's Inner Mongolia collapsed. Fortunately, however, no injuries have been reported.

Jul 21 06:13

Lawmakers Sound Alarm Over China Purchases Of US Farmland

A group of bipartisan lawmakers are sounding the alarm over foreign purchases of prime US agricultural real estate, in an effort to lessen China's influence on the US economy.

Recent legislation advanced by House lawmakers warns that China's presence in the American food supply poses a national security risk, while key Senators have expressed interest in keeping American farms in American hands, according to Politico.

Jul 21 05:50

China Accuses CIA of Hacking Beijing for Over a Decade

China has repeated claims that a CIA group had hacked its key industries for over a decade, just one day after a U.S.-led coalition rebuked Beijing over alleged state-sponsored cyberattacks on Microsoft.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said charges that its Ministry of State Security had sanctioned contract hackers to conduct cyber operations around the world were "unwarranted" and a "political smear."

The allegations put forward by the U.S. and its allies—including NATO, the European Union, Five Eyes and Japan—lacked evidence, he told reporters at a daily press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

Jul 21 05:42

World's first 600 km/h high-speed maglev train rolls off assembly line

China's new high-speed maglev train rolled off the production line on Tuesday. It has a designed top speed of 600 km per hour -- currently the fastest ground vehicle available globally.

The new maglev transportation system made its public debut in the coastal city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

It has been self-developed by China, marking the country's latest scientific and technological achievement in the field of rail transit, according to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.

Jul 21 05:39

China Influence Over WHO Waning As Calls For 2nd Lab Leak Investigation Intensifies

China opposes international efforts to delve deeper into investigating whether the coronavirus pandemic stemmed from a laboratory accident in a dispute that now pits the regime against the embattled World Health Organization chief.

“The work plan on the second phase origins study proposed by the WHO Secretariat is at odds with the position of China and many other countries on the issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday, per a transcript. “We are concerned about certain countries’ politicization of the issue.”

Jul 21 05:39

China’s ‘iPhone City’ Relocates 100,000 After Floods Leave 12 Dead

More than two dozen people have died and 100,000 have been evacuated as catastrophic floods swept through the central Chinese province of Henan.

China Central Television reported that 25 people have been killed while seven others are missing, citing a local government briefing. The city of Zhengzhou earlier said at least 12 died on a subway there.

Videos circulating on social media showed passengers trapped in subway cars on Tuesday evening local time with water up to their shoulders as a torrent cascaded through tunnels, while others depicted cars floating down broad avenues in Zhengzhou, which has a population of 10 million.

Jul 21 05:38

20" of Rain in 24 Hours Shuts Down Subway

A subway ride turns to terror for passengers in central China as floodwaters force them to escape through waist-high water.

Jul 21 05:25

UK To Permanently Deploy 2 Warships To Asian Waters In Counter-China Mission

London has of late joined Washington in deepening its security ties with Japan, now on Tuesday announcing it plans to permanently deploy a pair of warships in southeast Asian waters off Japan at a moment tensions with China over Taiwan and other contested islands are at their highest in years.

The permanent deployment is to be launched after the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and its strike group sail to Japan in September. This after it joins other allies including the US and Australia in conducting a series of multinational exercises in the Philippine Sea this August, according to a defense ministry statement this week.

Jul 21 05:22

Dams Collapse in China

Jul 20 06:58

FLASHBACK - Cuba building on ‘new era’ of China ties

Ever since its founding as a communist nation in 1959, Cuba has been economically dependent on allied nations. First came the Soviet Union, then Venezuela, and now it has a new benefactor – China.

The main driver of this new alliance is the crisis in Venezuela that has left the island drastically short of crude oil. Trade between the two countries is down 70% since Venezuela’s crisis began, according to the Cuban National Statistics Office, Dialogo Chino reported.

In 2017, the last year for which official statistics are available, Venezuela-Cuba trade was worth more than US$2.2 billion, equivalent to 12% of GDP that year. In the past two years, Havana has received less than half the 100,000 barrels of oil per day that Caracas exported from 2002 onwards.

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Possible motive for the US to regime change Cuba?

Jul 20 06:11

China shipping backlog leaves factory owners with nowhere to put goods, and prices are risin

A month after container shipping operations returned to normal at China’s Yantian Port, factory owners are still feeling the pinch from a debilitating three-week shutdown, with warehouses chock-full of goods awaiting export.

“While we can see the cargo is moving through the port again, this event is shaping up to be one of the most disruptive of the year,” said Josh Brazil, vice-president of marketing at logistics service provider Project44, in a note earlier this month.

In Guangdong, a major manufacturing province that houses the Yantian International Container Terminal, manufacturers and exporters across various sectors – including large household appliances, commodities and toys – are still facing choke points in the supply chain as they vie for space on the freighters to get their cargo out of the country.

Jul 20 05:44

Watch: Two Dams In China's Inner Mongolia Collapse After Heavy Rain 

Two dams collapsed in China's northwestern region of Inner Mongolia after heavy rains, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the water ministry on Monday.

Both dams were located in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir and collapsed on Sunday. There were more than 1.6 trillion cubic feet of water capacity between both dams.

On July 18, the dams on the open spillway of Yong'an Reservoir and Xinfa Reservoir in the Daur Autonomous Banner of Morin Dawa, were breached and collapsed as the water level of the Nuomin River continued to rise because of heavy rain, according to People's Daily.

The dam collapse reportedly affected 16,660 people, flooded 325,622 mu (21708.1 hectares) of farmland, and destroyed 22 bridges, 124 culverts, and 15.6 kilometers of highways.

Jul 20 05:43

Dominic Raab blames Chinese-linked groups for Microsoft Exchange 'sabotage' attacks as Western allies warn Beijing will be 'held to account' for increasing criminal activity

Dominic Raab accused China of 'systematic cyber sabotage' today as Western allies took aim at Beijing over a string of attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK and allies including the United States had identified state-backed groups responsible for hacks on computer networks around the world.

The onslaught took place in early 2021, affecting more than a quarter of a million servers worldwide.

Jul 20 05:42

Most Americans Don’t Realize That Each New Day Brings Us A Little Bit Closer To War

The good news is that at least we aren’t shooting at one another yet, but that could change.  China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan if independence is declared, and if that happens the U.S. military would get involved. -- Many Americans can’t even find Taiwan on a blank map of the world, but the truth is that it could easily spark a major military conflict.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, just consider what some national security experts are saying…

Jul 20 05:21

Washington Post's branding of Russians & Chinese as 'uncivilized' betrays the latent xenophobia fueling America's New Cold War

Who is truly civilized? Well, according to a column in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post over the weekend, it certainly isn't Russia or China. While the content is unoriginal, its Neo-Cold War attitude sparked outrage online.

The piece, by George F. Will, argued that the efforts of “civilized nations to deter” Beijing and Moscow “are starting to add up.” The headline is striking, even by today’s low, post-Russiagate standards. It clearly implies that – to paraphrase Sergio Leone’s Western masterpiece ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ – there are two kinds of countries in this world: the civilized and the uncivilized.

Jul 20 05:20

The Anger Campaign Against China

It shouldn’t be a secret, though it still seems to be, that neither of the two World Wars were started (or desired) by Germany, but were the creation of a group of European Zionist Jews with the stated intent of the total destruction of Germany.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] However, that thesis is not the purpose of this essay and I will not expand on it here, but the content should prove to the average reader that World War I certainly fits this description. The main purpose of this essay is to demonstrate not only that ‘history repeats itself’ but that the history being repeated today is a mass grooming of the Western world’s people (but most especially Americans) in preparation for World War III – which I believe is now imminent.

Jul 19 12:02

Half a million Chinese netizens sign joint letter to the WHO demanding a probe into the US’ Fort Detrick lab

More than half a million Chinese netizens have signed a joint letter to the WHO as of the press time on Sunday, demanding the organization conduct an investigation into the US' Fort Detrick lab, a place whose sudden shutdown is still shrouded in secrecy which has not been subject to any scrutiny from the international community. They believe a thorough probe into the US lab could prevent a future epidemic.

The move came as certain Western politicians and media stirred up a new round of the smear campaign of pinpointing China as the culprit for the coronavirus origin.

A group of Chinese netizens drafted the joint open letter to ask the WHO to investigate the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. They entrusted the Global Times with posting the letter on its WeChat and Weibo platforms on Saturday to solicit a public response. It has garnered half a million signatures within 24 hours.

Jul 19 09:10

Britain plans to launch covert special forces operations against Russia & China, military chief tells media

The UK Special Forces are about to concentrate on some new covert counter-state tasks with a focus on Russia and China, Royal Marines Brigadier Mark Totten revealed to the Times.

The British Royal Marines are to take over some of the “traditional” roles of the nation’s special forces units – the Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) – as they are preparing for some new “higher risk” counter-state tasks, Totten said.

The brigadier himself is in command of a 4,000-strong “future commando force” that is about to share the burden of the special forces such as in maritime counterterrorist missions or some “partnered operations” that involve some “higher risks.”

Jul 19 06:35

China cheers Russia’s move away from US dollar in favor of yuan

Beijing has welcomed Russia’s decision to cut the US currency from its National Wealth Fund and give the yuan a bigger role, China’s Foreign Ministry has announced.

Last week, Russia fully eliminated the US dollar from its National Wealth Fund, reducing its share from 35% to zero. Meanwhile, it raised the amount of Chinese yuan in the fund to 30.4%, which put it in second place after the euro with 39.7%.

Jul 19 06:35

The overreaction to China’s new nuclear silos

China hawks have seized on a report about new Chinese missile silos to spread alarmist claims about the Chinese nuclear arsenal and agitate for a new arms race.

The revelation that China has been quickly building approximately 119 new hardened silos in the desert of Gansu province is important new information, but it does not support the absurd and exaggerated claims that hawkish analysts have made about Beijing’s arsenal. It appears that China is seeking to increase its arsenal’s survivability in the event of a conflict with the United States, and it is doing so in response to U.S. nuclear modernization and missile defense.

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, one of the scholars that confirmed the existence of the silos, said as much after the news broke: “We’re stumbling into an arms race that is largely driven by U.S. investments and missile defense.”

Jul 16 13:08

Chinese spacecraft returns to Earth after inaugural flight

A Chinese spacecraft capable of flying to the edge of the atmosphere took off and returned to Earth on the same day in what China said was a big step towards developing reusable space transportation technology.

The spacecraft lifted off from a launch centre in northwest China on Friday and completed its flight according to “set procedures”, said China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC), the country’s main space contractor.

It then landed back on Earth “horizontally”, CASC said in a statement.

Jul 16 06:17

Pence Demands Biden Boycott The 2022 China Olympics

Former Vice President Mike Pence called on President Biden to ask the 2022 Olympics to be removed from Beijing unless China provides clarity on the origins of COVID-19 and abolishes human rights violations against the county's Muslim minority communities in Xinjiang.

The former vice president made the comments at The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday for the conservative think tank's annual B.C. Lee Lecture on international affairs.

"President Biden should make a clear and unequivocal demand that the 2022 Winter Olympics be moved from Beijing unless China comes clean on the origins of COVID-19 and immediately ends the persecution of the Uyghur people," Pence said during his speech. "The Olympics should only take place in countries that respect fundamental human rights and the well-being of mankind."

Jul 16 05:44

China's Mars Rover Travels 450 Meters, Spots Own Parachute From Lander 

Besides Sino-US tension spiraling lower and civil unrest in Cuba, Haiti, and South Africa flaring up, the battle for Mars continues with China's Mars rover Zhurong traveling across the Red Planet.

Zhurong landed on Mars on May 14 after orbiting around the fourth rock from the sun for three months. Since landing, the rover has traveled 450 meters (or a little more than a quarter-mile) on an "exploration and inspection" mission, according to state-run press agency Xinhua News.

The rover, which is part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars conducted by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), has captured images of the Martian landscape.

Jul 16 05:41

CCP Vows to Nuke Japan Continuously Until It Surrenders Unconditionally for the Second Time

Jul 16 05:39

US Air Force Plane Makes Unannounced Landing In Taiwan, Outraging Beijing

On Thursday a United States Air Force plane briefly touched down an Taipei's international airport, enraging China over what it perceives as another severe violation of the 'One China' policy, also coming a month after a group of US Senators visited Taiwan in a large military cargo plane.

The US initially didn't explain why the short stop happened, which was described in local media reports as "unannounced". It prompted a statement out of Beijing saying "Any foreign military planes landing in Taiwan need China’s approval," according to Bloomberg citing a defense ministry official statement.

Jul 15 09:02

Report: China is now flying military planes from disputed South China Sea islands

Newly obtained satellite images described Tuesday reportedly show China has deployed military aircraft to two disputed South China Sea islands and indicate that the Chinese military has established regular air operations there.

Washington Times obtained satellite images from former Navy intelligence officer J. Michael Dahm of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and reported Tuesday that the images show Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft at the Mischief Reef in Spratly Islands in May and June, and the Subi Reef in June and July.

Jul 14 08:06

An All-American Path to War?

The single scariest night of my life may have been on October 22, 1962, when I thought that all the duck-and-cover moments of my childhood were coming home to roost. President John F. Kennedy appeared on national television (and radio) to warn us all to duck and cover. The Soviet Union, it seemed, had managed to emplace medium-range nuclear missiles in Cuba that could reach major East coast cities. He was ordering a naval “quarantine” of the island. As he put it, “We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth, but neither will we shrink from the risk at any time it must be faced.”

Jul 14 07:58

Is China 'Re-Occupying' Key Ladakh Positions? Indian Army Rejects Report of Another Clash With PLA

India and China have held 11 rounds of military commander-level talks to end their border standoff. As part of the ongoing disengagement process, troops on both sides have retreated from one friction point on the northern bank of Lake Pangong Tso, while China has reportedly pulled back troops from forward positions in the Galwan Valley.

The Indian Army on Wednesday rejected a Business Standard report suggesting that Chinese and Indian troops clashed in the Galwan Valley on 2 May this year, amid an ongoing disengagement process in the Ladakh border standoff, which began last May.

“There have been no clashes at Galwan or any other area, as reported in the article. The intention of the reporter is malafide and not based on any truth”, the Indian Army said in a statement.

Jul 14 07:39

Danger from China ‘Clear and Present Already,’ INDOPACOM’s Top Intel Officer Warns

Rear Adm. Mike Studeman has an urgent message from the middle of the Pacific Ocean: The threat from China is more pressing than leaders in America’s capital seem to realize.

“I'm wondering in Washington how many folks are truly persuaded by the warning which the intelligence community has already provided, regarding the dangers that exist within this decade, soon, now, with regard to the nature of the Chinese threat, and how it manifests, and what to do about it,” said Studeman, the U.S. military’s top intelligence officer for the Asia-Pacific region. “We would say the danger is clear and present already.”

He spoke last week at a virtual event last week with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, becoming the latest Indo-Pacific Command official to voice such sentiments publicly.

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I would expect that war with China would probably distract most Americans from the Arizona recount results!

Jul 14 07:20

CCP Vows to Nuke Japan if Japan defends Taiwan.

Jul 14 06:55

China's Banned Bitcoin Miners Flee In Search Of Cheap Electricity

After the Chinese government banned cryptocurrency mining in last month, hundreds of fellow miners gathered in a luxury hotel in Western China to discuss their next steps; specifically - where to find abundant, reliable, and cheap electricity to power their sprawling operations, according to Bloomberg.

The miners sat in rows of white chairs in a hall at the Gran Melia Chengdu Hotel and listened intently to the executives at Bitmain Technologies Ltd., the world’s largest mining-equipment maker. In between presentations about Texas energy fundamentals and crypto mining in Kazakhstan, the attendees nibbled cupcakes, drank cocktails and discussed the dismal outlook for their local industry.

Jul 14 06:55

China Mega Investment Deal With Iran Blows US Out Of The Picture

China has just announced that it will invest 400 bn dollars in Iran over a period of 25 years in exchange for a great deal on Iran’s oil – in the latest move of absolute defiance against the U.S. and its secondary sanctions. Where’s this all heading?

400 bn dollars is a considerable amount of money to invest in Iran, which, since Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the JCPOA (otherwise called the ‘Iran Deal’) we can certainly say is a poor country. In exchange, China gets rock bottom prices on oil, while both sides enjoy the double-whammy of sending a vociferous message to Washington: your days are up as a super power who can bully countries with sanctions.

Jul 13 10:00

Chinese Military "Drove Away" US Warship Near Paracel Islands In South China Sea

Tensions spiked in the South China Sea near the heavily disputed Paracel Islands on Monday after China's military said it "drove away" a US warship, according to Al Jazeera.

The Paracels – also called the Xisha Islands by Beijing – are claimed by numerous countries, including China, Vietnam, and the self-ruled island of Taiwan. The US sailed the USS Benfold, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, through the waters of the Paracels without government approval and undermined regional stability, the People's Liberation Army's Southern Theater Command said.

"We urge the United States to immediately stop such provocative actions," the Southern Theater Command said in a statement.

However, the US Navy Navy 7th Fleet said the Benfold had "asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law" and rejected any claims by the Chinese that its warship had breached territorial waters.

Jul 13 09:47

Chinese quantum computer ‘sets record’ in processing test

Scientists in China have claimed another benchmark in computing, saying their quantum device takes just 72 minutes to do a task that would take the most powerful supercomputer at least eight years.

In a non-peer-reviewed paper released late last month, the team led by Pan Jianwei, a physicist from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, said the Zuchongzhi quantum processor set a record to challenge “classical computing”.

“Our experiment unambiguously established a computational task that can be completed by a quantum computer in 1.2 hours but will take at least an unreasonable time for any supercomputers,” the team said in the paper published on pre-print service ArXiv.org.

Jul 12 09:45

Russia Not Concerned about China’s Growth Because It Seeks No Global Hegemony — Kremlin

China’s growth does not trigger Russia’s concern, that can only worry those who seek global hegemony, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Channel One on Thursday.

“You rightly pointed out that, yes, America is concerned about China’s growth. But who can be concerned about China’s growth? Only one who seeks global hegemony,” he said.

Peskov added that Russia did not seek that role, that is why it is not concerned and will not be concerned with China’s rapid development. “On the contrary, Russia sees additional opportunities for bilateral relations in the fact that China is growing so rapidly. This is very important,” he stressed.

“We would like our neighbor — such a great neighbor — to be really stable, prosperous, fast-developing and friendly,” the Kremlin spokesman concluded.

Jul 09 08:10

China is developing underwater robots that can attack WITHOUT humans

China is developing underwater AI robots that can hide in the sea and attack enemy vessels with torpedoes without human guidance.

The unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) were developed in experiments over a decade ago and successfully managed to use artificial intelligence to find a dummy submarine and attack it with a torpedo.

The experiments, conducted in the Taiwan Strait, saw the UUV deployed on a fixed course 30ft below the surface.

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It was able to identify the location of the submarine, change course, circle the target, and then fire at the dummy with an unarmed torpedo.

The UUV used sonar and onboard sensors to fetch data, which were analysed by the computer, to help it make complete the task.

Jul 09 08:09

China spells out wartime conscription plans for first time

Retired Chinese military personnel would be a top priority for conscription in wartime, according to draft regulatory changes released by the Ministry of Veterans Affairs on the weekend.

The proposed changes to the country’s conscription regulations spell out for the first time how authorities would enlist veterans and other conscripts while the country was on a war footing.

Under the regulations, the State Council or the Central Military Commission would issue mobilisation orders and hand responsibility for drafting soldiers to government and military agencies at various levels.

Jul 09 05:47

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

On a small, sandy atoll smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a rundown airstrip that served as a critical U.S. staging and supply hub during World War II. Today, this 6,000-foot runway in the Pacific island country of Kiribati is once again on the front lines. This time, China has its eyes on this prized piece of geopolitical real estate—one located around 1,800 miles from sensitive U.S. military installations in Hawaii.

Jul 09 05:30

U CANNOT Lecture Chin on ‘Rules-Based International Order’-Vijay Prashad

Jul 09 05:16

Booster shots against Covid-19 may begin around Chinese New Year, if needed: Ong Ye Kung

Booster shots for the Covid-19 vaccine may begin around Chinese New Year next year, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Thursday (July 8).

Mr Ong was responding to questions by members of the public about living with Covid-19 through an Instagram live broadcast.

Members of the public asked Mr Ong if booster shots for the Covid-19 vaccine could be expected in the near future.

Mr Ong replied that those who are fully vaccinated most likely need booster shots and the authorities are looking into this, said Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao, which reported on the Instagram live session.

Jul 08 16:13

Jim Rickards: China Is A Fragile Giant

Jul 08 11:23

Japan opens air bases to bring in the US near South China Sea after China repeatedly harass Taiwan

Jul 08 07:40

Get Ready for a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan

Jul 08 06:53

China's military prepares for war, while America's military goes 'woke'

President Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party (CCP) centenary speech conveyed his regime’s resolve in many ways.

Those who attempt to drive a wedge between the party and the Chinese nation, he stated, will encounter “a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.” He pledged to reinforce central control over the party, warning those who oppose its mission that they will be purged “like viruses.” He praised the party’s “courage to fight and fortitude to win,” making the CCP “invincible.” He committed to expanding and modernizing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to defend Chinese “sovereignty, security, and development interests.” He implied that Taiwan is a part of Chinese sovereign territory — and any efforts toward “Taiwan independence,” therefore, will be met with force.

These sound like the pronouncements of a leader preparing his country for conflict.

Jul 07 07:12

Beijing issues protest after Japan signals that it would join US to defend Taiwan in case of Chinese attack

Beijing has warned Tokyo against damaging bilateral relations after Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso suggested that his country should work with the US to defend Taiwan in case of a Chinese invasion.

“If a major incident happened [in Taiwan], it would not be strange at all if it touches on a situation threatening survival,” Aso said during a speech in Tokyo on Monday. “If that is the case, Japan and the US must defend Taiwan together.”

He claimed a Chinese attack on Taiwan would threaten Japan’s territorial sovereignty, saying that “Okinawa could be next.”

Aso, who also serves as Japan’s finance minister, is one of four cabinet members who serve as members of the country’s National Security Council.

Jul 07 06:29

China Releases Invasion Plans For Taiwan

The Chinese state-controlled magazine "Naval and Merchant Ships" published an article outlining a three-stage plan to invade Taiwan, including ballistic missiles, fighter jet attacks, and amphibious landings on Taiwan's beaches.

Tensions proceed to flare in the area, as Chinese fighters have been breaching Taiwanese airspace almost every day for months now.

The US and Japan have been reportedly performing joint military exercises, and the magazine article is thought to probably have been a subtle way of responding on China's part, according to The US Sun.

Jul 07 06:22

As America Recedes, China Rises

As our July Fourth celebrations were beginning, the U.S. quietly closed and abandoned Bagram Air Base, the largest American military base between the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.

Afghan looters were soon seen scavenging inside the base.

The long retreat of the American Empire is underway, and this longest war is likely to end in bloody retribution for the Afghans who sided with us against the Taliban and are left behind.

When the last American departed Bagram, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. is making plans for “an emergency evacuation of the American embassy in Kabul amid concern that a worsening security situation in Afghanistan could imperil the remaining military and diplomatic corps.”

Jul 06 08:22

China makes its move on Afghanistan: Beijing prepares to fill the vacuum left by Biden's premature military exit from the nation with $62B investment plan for its 'Belt and Road' program

While American troops were leaving their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, China was already preparing to enter the war-torn country to fill the vacuum left by U.S. and NATO troops.

Authorities in Kabul are considering extending a $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

First launched in 2013 by Chinese president Xi Jinping, and written into the Chinese constitution in 2017, it is billed by Beijing officials as a global infrastructure development fund which aims to better connect China to the rest of the world.

Jul 06 07:28

Is Foreign Meddling in Ethiopia Actually a Proxy War Against China?

Africa’s second most populous country of Ethiopia has recently experienced a surge in foreign meddling over the past year. This former kingdom, which was among the world’s oldest prior to its 1974 revolution, has always proudly defended its independence. Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians in 1896 and secured his compatriots’ independence during the height of European colonialism. One of his successors, Emperor Haile Selassie, promoted the Ethiopian cause at the League of Nations after Italy’s fascist invasion in the run-up to World War II. His efforts generated global sympathy for Ethiopia and etched its struggle in the minds of many.

Jul 06 06:37

Two Taikonauts Complete First Spacewalk Outside Chinese Station

On America's Independence Day, the Chinese were busy in low Earth orbit conducting their first spacewalk outside a new space station.

According to a China Manned Space Engineering Office statement, two astronauts (taikonauts) on Sunday made the first spacewalk outside the country's new space station core module Tianhe or Heavenly Harmony.

Jul 06 05:59

Google, Facebook & Twitter Threaten To Pull Services In Hong Kong Over "Vague" Doxxing Law

The big three internet and social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google have warned the Hong Kong government that they could quit the city altogether if new controversial data protection laws ostensibly to "combat doxxing" are pushed through. The Silicon Valley giants reportedly made their stance known "privately" according to reporting in The Wall Street Journal Monday.

Without doubt the new proposed legal amendments to existing data protection laws are closely related to the pro-China crackdown which has for many months utterly stifled the kind of large-scale pro-independence protests which defined much of 2019. Facebook, Twitter and Google's anger over the possible beefed-up law centers on the part that would make them liable for revealing individuals' private information online. Also in the cross-hairs is Amazon.

Jul 06 05:59

Billionaire Investor Charlie Munger Says US Should Learn From China's Authoritarianism

U.S. billionaire investor Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, praised China’s communist regime for its silencing of Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

“Communists did the right thing,” said Munger on what the Chinese regime did to Ma, in an interview with CNBC on June 29.

Jul 06 05:30

PENTAGON WHISTLEBLOWER UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER WARNING ABOUT RISKS OF WAR WITH CHINA OVER TAIWAN

Pentagon whistleblower Franz Gayl has been part of the United States Marine Corps for over four decades. He spent the last months trying to warn U.S. government officials and the public of the threat of becoming entangled in a war with China over Taiwan.

Yet instead of seriously considering his perspective, Gayl faces a counterintelligence investigation into articles he wrote and early retirement.

He published an open letter to President Joe Biden on LinkedIn on June 22 in a last-ditch effort to reach the White House and communicate his concerns over the increased potential for an “ill-advised foreign war.”

Gayl warned, “Taiwan’s own watershed ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ event is only a matter of time, probably through an accident or miscalculation. Sensing the urgency, I submitted numerous op-eds to U.S. newspaper and electronic media outlets, but each was rejected.”

Jul 05 09:48

FIREWORKS: CHINA'S $779-MILLION EXPORT

Jul 05 08:56

Secretive Submarines Are Cropping Up All Over The Place

A new model of Chinese attack submarine appears in Shanghai. The Russian navy launches a huge new special-mission sub armed with a radiological doomsday weapon. Meanwhile the U.S. Navy signals to the world that its own submarines, including its most heavily-armed attack boats, are everywhere all the time.

It’s been a busy few days for the world’s undersea powers. Recent submarine sightings are a reminder that, despite the greater visibility of aircraft carriers and other surface ships, the leading navies are spending more and more of their money under the waves.

Jul 05 08:18

China makes its move on Afghanistan: Beijing prepares to fill the vacuum left by Biden's premature military exit from the nation with $62B investment plan for its 'Belt and Road' program

While American troops were leaving their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, China was already preparing to enter the war-torn country to fill the vacuum left by U.S. and NATO troops.

Authorities in Kabul are considering extending a $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

First launched in 2013 by Chinese president Xi Jinping, and written into the Chinese constitution in 2017, it is billed by Beijing officials as a global infrastructure development fund which aims to better connect China to the rest of the world.

Jul 05 07:52

Report: China Building over a Hundred ICBM Silos in Western Desert

A study of satellite images produced by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California this week revealed China is constructing over 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in the northwestern desert of Gansu province.

“The acquisition of more than 100 new missile silos, if completed, would represent a historic shift for China, a country that is believed to possess a relatively modest stockpile of between 250 and 350 nuclear weapons. The actual number of new missiles intended for those silos is unknown but could be much smaller. China has deployed decoy silos in the past,” the Washington Post noted Wednesday.

The James Martin Center spotted 119 construction sites laid out in a grid over hundreds of square miles near the Chinese city of Yuman, with each launch site separated from its closest neighbor by at least two miles.

Jul 05 07:43

Chinese astronauts perform the country's first tandem spacewalk, working for seven hours on the outside of the ISS rival station Tiangong

Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo stepped outside the Tianhe core module of the station on Sunday to position a camera and test a robotic arm.

In a clip of Liu leaving the cabin, he exclaimed: 'Wow, it's too beautiful out here.'

The pair, and commander Nie Haisheng, launched on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China's Gobi desert on Thursday, June 17, docking with the station seven hours later.

This arm will be used to move and attach the next two modules, both designed as laboratories to allow experiments in zero gravity, scheduled to launch in 2022.

Jul 04 07:32

Taiwan Preparing for War Against China

Jul 03 11:09

Countering the “China Threat” – At What Price?

By Koohan Paik-Mander

In early June 2021, in a classified directive to Pentagon officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed the former Trump administration for talking big but never taking action to counter “the China threat.”

Austin made it clear that things would be different under President Biden. His “tough guy” rhetoric strikes just the right tone for a massive, costly, military-infrastructure overhaul that would render the conventional warfare of the twentieth century unrecognizable: more nukes, fewer troops, and an omnipotent 5G network.

The goal of this overhaul is to give the United States and its allies the ability to summon, at once, unmanned military forces to rain terror down on any spot in the world—a swarm of drones, hypersonic missiles, submarine torpedoes, and bombers—all with the ease of calling an Uber.

Jul 03 05:23

Human Rights Groups Are Quitting YouTube Over Its Pro-China Censorship

In yet another glaring example of Google willingly doing China's bidding, YouTube this month agreed to take down multiple videos posted by a well-known China-related human rights organization.

As Reuters recently reported, YouTube initially tried to pressure the group called Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights to censor its content in several videos documenting disappeared Uyghur citizens in China's Xinjiang province, which YouTube interpreted as a violation of its anti-harassment policy given personally identifiable information was present.

Despite the group's videos essentially including detailed news reporting, the Google-owned platform said it had too many strikes against it related to people featured showing their IDs. The organization was asked to blur the IDs.

Jul 02 10:02

China Sees Weakness In Biden Admin — Threatens WAR Unless Biden ‘Severs All Military Ties’ With Taiwan

Seeing weakness in the current U.S. President, the Chinese government has ordered the Biden administration to immediately “sever all military ties with Taiwan” or face a war with China.

Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson for China’s defense ministry, warned the White House on Wednesday about the country’s growing military ties with Taiwan. Guoqiang informed the Biden administration that China is committed to reunifying with the island nation and will not stand for outside interference.

“The complete reunification of China is a historical necessity and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is an unstoppable trend,” he said.

Jul 02 06:01

US-Japan 'Top Secret War Games' Create Unnecessary Tension in South & East China Seas, Scholars Say

The US and Japan are reportedly carrying out secret drills for a possible conflict scenario with China over Taiwan. What's behind the supposed exercises and how could they affect the status quo in the Indo-Pacific region?

Washington and Tokyo started preparing contingencies for a potential confrontation with China over Taiwan in the last year of the Trump administration. The preparations have involved "top-secret tabletop war games and joint exercises in the South China and East China seas," according to The Financial Times.

Jul 02 05:47

China Building Over 100 New ICBM Silos According To New Satellite Data

Commercial satellite imagery obtained by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies suggest that China is building over 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles in a desert close to the northwestern city of Yumen, which - if true, could signal a 'major expansion of Beijing's nuclear capabilities,' according to the Washington Post.

Jul 01 12:03

Russia, China could launch Pearl Harbor-style attack on Hawaii: Senior Japanese defence official

“We have to show the deterrence towards China, and not just China but also the Russians, because, as I told you, that they are doing their exercises together,” Japanese deputy Yasuhide Nakayama told the Hudson Institute this week, according to Washington Examiner.

“Seventy years ago, we attacked Pearl Harbor, but now the U.S. and Japan [are] very good allies, one of the best allies all over the world,” he said, noting that Russia is conducting naval drills in the Pacific this week. “I don’t want to remind [us of the attack] 70 years ago, but we have to be careful of the exercising of the Russians. They are taking place [off] the western side of that, Honolulu, I mean, in Hawaii.”

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Jul 01 09:36

The Pacific Is Crowded With Unprecedented Number Of War Games

By Ann Wright

Each week the Pacific is getting even more crowded with military ships, submarines and aircraft from countries in the region and from outside. NATO countries — United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands — are sending military vessels and aircraft. The Russian navy conducted military maneuvers off Hawaii. The US is on the verge of creating a permanent Pacific naval task force as a part of its aggressive response to China’s naval presence in the Pacific. The largest land exercise in Asia and the Pacific is taking place in Australia with 17,000 U.S. and Australian military.

Jul 01 05:51

US, Japan Reportedly Conduct 'Top Secret War Games', Plan For Possible Taiwan Conflict

The maritime region of the South China Sea is a subject of dispute between Japan and China, with Tokyo administering the area of the Senkaku Islands, but Beijing and Taiwan - as the two share rising tensions - also claiming the territory.

The United States and Japan have been conducting joint military drills for a possible conflict scenario with China over Taiwan, The Financial Times reported, citing military officials.

According to six unnamed people cited in the report, American and Japanese military officials started "serious planning" for a possible conflict during the final year of Donald Trump's presidency. Alongside the planning, Washington and Tokyo reportedly conducted "top-secret tabletop war games and joint exercises in the South China and East China seas".

Jul 01 05:46

Xi calls for ‘complete reunification’ with Taiwan as China celebrates centenary of its Communist Party

Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged his compatriots to “smash” any attempts at independence from Taipei, calling for “reunification” with the island in an address marking the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party.

In an extensive speech from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Wednesday, Xi hailed China’s progress at home, such as rooting out “absolute poverty,” and warned foreign powers against attempts to “bully” or lecture China.

Speaking on the issue of Taiwan, which has become a bone of contention between Beijing and Washington, with the latter routinely sending warships into the sensitive waters of the Taiwan Strait, Xi called “the complete reunification of the motherland” one of the most pressing challenges Beijing faces.

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