CHINA

Aug 17 03:10

The Ecstasy of Empire

If the wars are not immediately stopped and the jobs brought back to America, the US is relegated to the trash bin of history.

Obviously, the corporations and Wall Street would use their financial power and campaign contributions to block any legislation that would reduce short-term earnings and bonuses by bringing jobs back to America. Americans have no greater enemies than Wall Street and the corporations and their prostitutes in Congress and the White House.

The neocons allied with Israel, who control both parties and much of the media, are strung out on the ecstasy of Empire.

Aug 16 00:55

Putting Government First

Where a man's purse is, there his heart will be also.

If you would know where the heart of the Obama party is today, consider. In the dog days of August, with temperatures in D.C. rising above 100, Nancy Pelosi called the House back to Washington to enact legislation that could not wait until September.

Purpose: Vote $26 billion to prevent layoffs of state, municipal and county employees whose own governments had decided they had to be let go if they were to meet their constitutional duty to balance their books.

Workers their own governments thought expendable, Congress decided were so essential, it borrowed another 26 thousand million dollars from China to keep them on state and local payrolls.

Aug 14 18:21

Crisis. What Crisis? Profits Soar!

By James Petras

The capitalist state, with Democratic President Obama in the lead, has transferred billions to big capital via direct bailouts, virtual interest free loans, tax cuts and by pressuring labor to accept lower wages and health and pension givebacks. The White House plan for ‘recovery’ has worked beyond expectations – corporate profits have recovered; “only” the vast majority of workers have fallen deeper into crises.

CONTINUE READING THE FULL ARTICLE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/crisis-what-crisis-profits-soar/

Aug 14 06:21

Pictures: Landslides strike China

At midnight on Sunday, August 8th, a temporary lake caused by a recent landslide broke loose above the town of Zhouqu, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China. The outflow slid down the valley as a wall of mud, wiping out houses and muli-story buildings, and killing at least 1,144 residents - with over 600 still reported as missing. More than 10,000 soldiers and rescuers arrived soon to comb through the mountains of mud that buried several parts of Zhouqu County. Engineers also worked to blast the debris that had passed through the town to partially block the Bailong River, causing further flooding. Collected here are images of the landslide-affected area of northwestern China, part of a series of disasters in Asia caused by recent heavy rains. (41 photos total)

Aug 13 16:49

Will retaliate if offended by US, warns China Gen

A Chinese General on Friday termed as "flagrant provocation" US plans to send a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Yellow Sea and said the country would retaliate if "offended".

China had in the recent weeks voice its firm opposition to activities of foreign military vessels or planes in the Yellow Sea and China's coastal waters, saying they undermine it security interests. Despite China's warning, the US insists on sending the carrier ‘USS George Washington', he said

The General was reacting to remarks by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the carrier will always go into international waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At a point in time when the Us desperately needs China's cooperation (particularly with the huge amount of US debt China is holding), why is it sabre-rattling right now?!?!?

Aug 12 08:56

Is China Executing a Cunning Sun Tzu Strategy to Destroy the Dollar and Cause an Upward Price Explosion in Gold?

Could China be coveting the role of the next economic superpower, thereby supplanting the USA? If so, is China planning to do this by design or is it simply awaiting this result by default as a result of the total collapse of the American economic system?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China doesn't need to do anything but wait. The US economy was destroyed with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.

Aug 10 08:23

US warship visits former foe Vietnam, China warns US to stay out of Yellow Sea

An American warship docked Tuesday in central Vietnam where the former foes planned to conduct naval training in a sign of growing military ties amid new warnings from China
for the U.S. to stay out of its backyard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, relax; we're getting kicked out of the Afghanistan opium fields and just need to see if any of Kuhn Sa's stash is still floating around for sale!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 06 16:04

New Chinese missile 'challenges US'

China is reportedly developing a game-changing new naval missile that can pave the way for ending the US dominance at sea, experts say.

The missile, named the Dong Feng 21D, can be launched from land to destroy the most advanced moving aircraft carrier 900 miles away.

Aug 05 18:36

Chinese Carrier Killer Missile Could Shift Pacific Power Balance

Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than supercarriers. Bristling with fighter jets that can reach deep into even landlocked trouble zones, America's virtually invincible carrier fleet has long enforced its dominance of the high seas.

China may soon put an end to that...

Aug 05 10:20

Second U.S. revolution coming?

I don’t like to carry more information than necessary about U.S. affairs, but the simple fact is that things are rapidly coming to a head in the States.

With mid-term elections coming up in just four months time, and U.S.–backed Israel scheming to start a war with Lebanon which will inevitably drag in Syria and Iran, and then quite possibly Russia and China (who have multi-billion dollar investments in Iran’s oil infrastructure), America as we know it, and quite possibly the world itself, may be considerable changed for the worse by the end of this year.

Aug 05 10:17

US lawmaker calls for sanctions on China, Russia

The United States should immediately impose sanctions on Russia and China under a US law that punishes major investments in Iran's energy sector, a senior US lawmaker said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's just fine. We just need to cash in all these trillions of dollars in IOUs we are holding. We need payment in gold by close of business today." -- China

Aug 05 08:54

China rejects U.S. pressure on Iran trade ties

China pushed back at U.S. pressure on its business and oil trade with Iran in comments published on Wednesday, while Iran's oil minister was in Beijing seeking to shore up ties with the big customer.

Aug 05 08:53

US-China tensions over South China Sea

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s provocative stance at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) security forum last month, where she voiced opposition to China’s claims in the South China Sea, has inflamed another global flashpoint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, I need a major war to distract the suckers from the economy, and my policy is to go on pissing off people until I get it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 05 08:43

China Rejects US Concerns about Deals with Iran

China has defended its business ties with Iran after a United States official urged Beijing to fully implement sanctions against Tehran.

China Thursday rejected concerns about its dealings with Iran.

China's state media quoted a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman saying trade with Tehran is normal business and does not harm the interests of other countries or the international community.

Aug 04 01:58

US Lawmaker Calls for Sanctions on China, Russia

WASHINGTON — The United States should immediately impose sanctions on Russia and China under a US law that punishes major investments in Iran's energy sector, a senior US lawmaker said Monday.

"It's time to implement our sanctions laws and demonstrate to Russia and China that there are consequences for abetting Tehran and flouting US sanctions," Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement.

Aug 03 08:58

China Calls Our Bluff: The U.S. is Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy as a Pure Debtor Nation

America's biggest creditor - China - has called our bluff.

As the Financial Times notes, the head of China's biggest credit rating agency has said America is insolvent and that U.S. credit ratings are a joke:

The head of China’s largest credit rating agency has slammed his western counterparts for causing the global financial crisis and said that as the world’s largest creditor nation China should have a bigger say in how governments and their debt are rated.

“The western rating agencies are politicised and highly ideological and they do not adhere to objective standards,” Guan Jianzhong, chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating, told the Financial Times in an interview.

Aug 02 08:31

Chinese television plugs Israel

Chinese television has produced a twelve-part documentary, Israel, the land of milk and honey, which will first be broadcast by CCTV-2 and later by the other Chinese satellite channels.

This high-definition and big-budget documentary was filmed with the help of the Israeli State. It portrays Jewish culture as a beacon of human thought on a par with Chinese culture.

A private screening has been organised in Beijing for an audience of CCTV executives and the Israeli Embassy.

Jul 31 08:37

THE HIDDEN FACE OF SANCTIONS By DR. ALAN SABROSKY

The sanctions imposed recently against Iran by the United Nations, and later separately by the US Congress, have one thing in common. Both were driven by the US at the instigation of Israel.

But they are also, I believe, generally misunderstood. Sanctions are normally intended to alter the behavior of the country being sanctioned — to punish it for what it is doing, to keep it from continuing practices or policies others find objectionable, or both.

And overtly, that is the function of these sanctions. But that is not their actual purpose.

Jul 30 15:37

China denounces EU's Iran sanctions

China has voiced its disapproval of the new unilateral sanctions imposed by the EU against Iran over its nuclear program, urging a negotiated solution through diplomacy.

"China does not approve of the European Union's unilateral sanctions on Iran," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a Friday statement posted on the ministry's website, Reuters reported.

Jul 30 15:11

China struggles to recover from 'worst ever' oil spill

China is struggling to clean up what has being described as the country's worst oil spill, a fortnight after a fire at an oil depot caused crude to leak into the sea for several days.

An army of volunteers and fishermen has been mobilised to help clean up the pollution from the area around the port of Dalian, one of China's most important strategic oil reserves.

But conditions are grim for those involved.

Jul 30 10:24

"Okay, that torpedo thing with North Korea is a washout; what can we do to piss off China now?"

Jul 27 18:05

In Photos: Huge landslide in China

A village in southern China is suffering after an enormous landslide — triggered by an overwhelming rainstorm — buried dozens of homes, the Associated Press reports. Photos of the aftermath paint a stark picture of lives and livelihoods destroyed.
This is only the most recent flood and landslide to strike China. So far this year, floods have killed at least 823 people and inflicted tens of billions of dollars in property damage — and more rains are expected this week.

Jul 27 08:20

China Three Gorges flooding set to peak

China says flood waters at the Three Gorges Dam will peak within the next 24 hours, after torrential rain further up the Yangtze river over the weekend.

More heavy rain is expected in parts of southern China from now until Thursday.

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Jul 24 09:47

Containing China Is A Fool's Errand. Yet Obama's Deal with Indonesian Thugs Is Aimed at Exactly That

Yesterday’s announcement by the Obama administration that it is resuming military ties with the mass-murdering war criminals of Indonesia’s special forces ought to give us pause. Because the new relationship with Kopassus, the Indonesian thugs, has little or nothing to do with concrete U.S. interests in Indonesia – do we have any, anyway? – and everything to do with building a Great Wall around China.

Jul 24 09:43

US Rejects Chinese Claims to Spratly Islands

The United States has rejected the claims of the Chinese government to territorial control of a number of tiny islands in the South China Sea, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisting the US had a strong “national interest” in ensuring the islands remain open.

Though long of little real value, the islands are said to have a significant oil and natural gas deposit, and the claims over the territorial waters around the islands could be valuable in expanding shipping in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an issue for China, and all the countries claiming rights to these islands, to resolve among themselves.

That can be accomplished, and doesn't need US interference for this to happen.

Jul 23 09:07

China: The US Is "Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy"

The common thought amongst even reasonably educated and economically literate Americans is that China is 'stuck with US Treasuries' and has no choice, so it must perform within the status quo and do as the US wishes, or face a ruinous decline in their reserve holdings of US Treasuries.

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I think China is already diversifying their reserve portfolio, and more stealthily and effectively than one would imagine.

Jul 22 05:57

Clean-up crews use bare hands against China oil spill

Chinese authorities battled Thursday to contain an oil spill on the country's northeast coast amid reports it was spreading and as warnings emerged of a heavy long-term environmental impact.

The government has mobilised hundreds of fishing boats and other vessels to clean up the spill that occurred in the port city of Dalian, but Greenpeace said many people thrown into the effort were reduced to using their bare hands.

The spill happened last Friday after two pipelines exploded at an oil storage depot, triggering a spectacular blaze that burned throughout the weekend.

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Seems to be more than coincidental - doesn't it?

Jul 21 12:59

Huge China Oil Spill Poses Severe Threat

Ok what are the odds? First we get a huge disaster which can no longer be called a spill, Now China? funny how China is a country we trade with, base our money systems on. So if china's Stock Market Falls? Whats next? I shudder to wonder. Isnt it fool me once shame on you and fool me twice shame on me?

Jul 17 07:08

900-year-old Song dynasty drains save Chinese city from deadly floods

A 900-year-old drainage system has saved a city in south China from severe floods that have left over one hundred people dead and a million homeless across the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And THAT is how infrastructure is supposed to be done!

Jul 15 15:29

Is Communism the New Capitalism? Six Fortune 500 Companies Move HQ to China

Activist Post

The boat is leaving for China. Disney, Kraft Foods, and four more Fortune 500 companies are on board to move their Headquarters to Shanghai.

The mass exodus of American companies which will surely take thousands of jobs with them, is now commencing with mind-twisting irony. Apparently, America is no longer good enough to invest in, even for U.S-based companies.

The globalists love to quote free-market capitalistic principles, except when it comes to small things like competition and having your headquarters in a Communist quasi-enemy nation. A CNTV press release and accompanying video gloated:

Jul 13 14:19

Chinese rating agency strips Western nations of AAA status

China's leading credit rating agency has stripped America, Britain, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon competitors of ideological bias in favour of the West.

Jul 13 08:56

U.S. Trade Gap Widens

The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in May to its highest level in a year and a half, as a surge in imports from China more than offset the impact of falling oil prices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USA doesn't make anything anybody either wants to buy or can afford.

Jul 11 09:29

The Drums of War? Pentagon Provokes New Crisis With China

With the arrival of the USS Ohio in the Philippines, the USS Michigan in South Korea and the USS Florida "in the strategic Indian Ocean outpost of Diego Garcia" [6] on the same day, "the Chinese military awoke to find as many as 462 new Tomahawks deployed by the U.S. in its neighborhood."

Just as the Pentagon is moving nuclear submarines under the northern polar ice cap to the Indian Ocean, so it has recently reached an "agreement [that] will allow troops to fly directly from the United States over the North Pole" to Afghanistan and "the region" by way of Kazakhstan, which borders China as well as Russia. [10]

Jul 09 17:06

Nuclear Explosions Conducted in Various Parts of the Globe, From 1945 to 1998

It seems to me that we fought the Cold War by nuking, mostly, OURSELVES!

Missing: Israel-South Africa nuclear testing in 1979? http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/israel/nuke-test.htm

Jul 01 09:02

China Becoming Target of Credit Default Swaps

Not shown on the table, but certainly in need of noting, was our very own state of California, which with 377 million in net derisking, was the 3rd most shorted entity of all. Is the last bastion of "all is well" propaganda about to fall?

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 09:25

Giant Green Algae Slick Heads Towards China

A massive floating expanse of green algae is heading towards China's east coast, potentially threatening wildlife and the region's tourist industry, state media reported on Tuesday.

Jun 29 08:18

China to hold naval drills to counter US-SKorean moves

In a move that could escalate tensions in the surcharged Korean peninsula, China said its military forces would kick-off live ammunition exercises in East China Sea from Wednesday in an apparent response to a joint naval manoeuvre between US and South Korea.

Jun 29 07:37

China military denies exercise aimed at U.S

Analysts and a military officer said the live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday that will close off parts of the East China Sea off China's coast over six days were routine and the timing was coincidental.

"The PLA artillery exercise in the East China Sea and the joint U.S.-South Korea exercise in the Yellow Sea are a complete coincidence," Li Daguang, a professor at China's National Defense University told the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper under mainland control.

"The outside world shouldn't read anything into this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing does not appear to be "coincidental"; it appears to be a projection of Chinese power in the region after Obama had the audacity to publicly criticize China's handling of North Korea at the G-20 summit.

Jun 28 05:59

Obama challenges China on G20 stage

US President Barack Obama has launched a stern challenge to China, using the big stage of the G20 summit of world powers to demand Beijing's help in rebalancing the world economy.

The G20 leaders, representing both the world's established economic giants and its dynamic emerging powers, agreed a package of measures to cut deficits, stimulate growth and return stability to financial markets.

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 23 09:30

China Officially Disses the Dollar (and Treasury Debt)

Although Treasury Secretary Geithner has issued this statement:

We welcome China's decision to increase the flexibility of its exchange rate. Vigorous implementation would make a positive contribution to strong and balanced global growth. We look forward to continuing our work with China in the G20 and bilaterally to strengthen the recovery.

This move by China is about as welcome as a visit to a proctologist who use dental drilling tools.

Jun 21 19:31

China's solution for elitists' crimes is execution

China executes securities trader over $9.52m fraud
By Joe Fay 8th December 2009
China takes a very harsh line on criminality, although this is the first execution carried out on an erstwhile member of the financial classes.
China carries out more executions every year than any other country, with either the gun or lethal injection used.
While murder, drug trafficking and the like attract the penalty, the state will also happily execute other classes of criminals, with both corrupt officials and businessmen liable to pay the ultimate price if convicted. Executives involved in the notorious tainted baby milk scandal were handed death sentences earlier this year.

Jun 20 10:34

China forex move could thwart U.S. hopes - Roubini

China's decision to move away from its currency peg might mean the yuan weakens against the dollar instead of strengthens as Washington wants, Nouriel Roubini, one of Wall Street's most closely followed economists, said on Saturday.

Jun 20 03:51

Will currency float help U.S.-China relations?

China’s surprise announcement that it will continue floating its currency after a nearly two-year hiatus is catching the financial world by surprise.

After Chinese leaders denied for months they would cave to international pressure, the Saturday announcement by China’s central bank is widely seen as a way to defuse the issue from being raised at next week’s G-20 summit in Toronto, especially since China’s May exports shot up nearly 50 percent year-on-year. But is that the whole story?

Jun 19 04:43

Walkout Closes Another Toyota Supplier in China

Jun 19 04:02

China: Yuan exchange rate is a sovereign issue and not on G20 agenda

BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhuanet) -- China has told the rest of the world not to meddle with the way it manages its currency, calling the exchange rate a sovereign matter for China alone to decide.

Jun 17 11:24

Strikes in China signal end to era of low-cost labour and cheap exports

The Chinese Communist party called on employers to raise salaries and improve training for workers today, as Toyota became the latest foreign firm to be hit by a wave of high-profile strikes.

According to labour activists, there have been numerous strikes in recent years, though few get reported in the media. Chang Kai, professor of labour relations and law at Renmin University, said the number had increased by 30% per year.

Their impact has grown as the "one-child" family planning policy starts to thin the bulge in the working-age population. This demographic change in the balance of labour supply and demand has added to improved worker organisation and greater activism at high-profile foreign firms.

Jun 14 16:04

US wants South Korean boat’s sinking as they tell it but Russia and China don’t agree

Christopher King questions the US-South Korean accusation that North Korea sank the South Korean corvette the Cheonan in March this year. He says the lack of evidence linking Pyongyang to the sinking, coupled with the history of US deceptions in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, makes it more likely that the Cheonan was sank by the US or South Koreans, accidentally or deliberately.

Jun 14 09:16

1.3 million flee as China flooding kills 155

Unusually heavy seasonal flooding in China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade, the government reported Saturday.

Flooding strikes along the Yangtze almost every summer, although authorities had claimed that construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam along the river's upper reaches would help modulate water levels and prevent major losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 7 June, 2010 in

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timcollard/100042402/china-cracks-in-the-three-gorges-dam-so-300000-people-can-wave-goodbye-to-their-homes/

"n China, cracks are appearing – in the neighbourhood of the massive Three Gorges Dam, the country’s great prestige project, and also in the Great Internet Firewall of China, enabling the ominous news to leak out. Three years ago stories were already emerging in the Chinese media about landslides, ecological deterioration and accumulation of algae further down the river. And less and less effort seems to be made to plug the leaks."

This combination of flooding, coupled with problems with the dam, could lead to an ecological disaster for the people living in this region, and beyond.

Jun 12 14:31

China: Cracks in the Three Gorges Dam, so 300,000 people can wave goodbye to their homes

Recent media reports tell of a series of landslips, minor earthquakes and cracks appearing in roads and buildings along the central section of the Yangtse, between the dam and the city of Chongqing. Almost 10,000 “dangerous sites” have been identified, but many of the people living near them cannot be relocated for lack of money.

Jun 12 07:38

Israel shakes down China

Analysts believe Beijing and Moscow came on board after direct intervention by Barack Obama, the US president, and a pledge to water down the resolution and possibly other concessions some of which might be kept secret for long.

Jun 09 11:07

China reaps benefits of Iraq war with oil deals

Perspiration staining their orange jumpsuits, the Chinese engineers and laborers form Al-Waha Oil Co. work alongside their Iraqi counterparts under a sweltering sun readying an expanse of arid land southeast of Baghdad for infrastructure to extract and carry the viscous liquid on which Iraq's future lies: oil.

The scene, an increasingly common one in the new postwar Iraq, is more than a reflection of how the country home to the world's third largest proven reserves of crude is pushing to boost its output. It's also a testament to the lengths to which China will go to secure the oil it sorely needs to fuel its galloping economy as its own crude supplies fall far short of demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China makes deals to get the oil it needs; the US wages wars to achieve the same outcome.

What's wrong with this picture?!? EVERYTHING, in light of the fact that these wars without end are bankrupting the country!!!!

Jun 08 12:17

China finally Learns the Truth about the Jews

Until recently, the notion that Jews and money were inseparable carried no anti-Semitic undertone in the country, but a relatively new book called “Currency Wars” threatens to change all that.

The book’s author, Song Hongbing, claims that behind world-changing events like the battle of Waterloo, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, President Kennedy’s assassination, and the deep recession in Asia during the 1990s stood an intricate conspiracy aimed at increasing Jews’ wealth and influence.

Song, a Chinese computer engineer and history buff who resides in the United States, writes that almost every defining historical moment has been instigated by Jewish bankers, and mainly the Rothschild family, which Song says dominates the global banking system, including the US Federal Reserve System.

Jun 07 07:40

China's 'cancer villages' reveal dark side of economic boom

Polluting factories in rural communities are forming a deadly toxic cocktail for villagers, leading to surging rates of cancer

Jun 04 19:12

Tiananmen Square memoir claims China decided to 'spill some blood'

The phrase, attributed to China's then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, appears in a previously suppressed diary which publishers say will lift the veil of secrecy over how the decision was made to send in the tanks on the night of June 3-4.

Leaked extracts of the diary said to be by Li Peng, the hardline former head of China's government in 1989 who is most deeply associated with the bloody crackdown, appeared yesterday as dissidents commemorated the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square
"The measures for martial law must be steady-handed, and we must minimise harm, but we must prepare to spill some blood," Deng told officials on May 19 1989, according to a copy of the manuscript.

Jun 02 09:54

China Tells Defense Secretary Gates Not To Visit

Beijing didn't elaborate, but China leaders were angered by the Obama administration's recent decision to go ahead with arms sales to Taiwan worth more than $6 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My bet would be that this non-invite has nothing to do with the US arms sales to Taiwan, and everything to do with pressure to hold North Korea accountable for the torpedo which sank the South Korean ship last March, for which the US has been blaming North Korea, and wanting to forward the matter to the UN for some kind of sanctions/punishment against North Korea.

Jun 01 18:44

China aims to become supercomputer superpower

"By comparison, China has 24 machines in the list. Its fastest has a top speed of 1.20 petaflops, more than double the speed of its previous top supercomputer. However, it has a theoretical top speed of nearly 3 petaflops, which would make it the fastest in the world."

and...
Let a Thousand Reactors Bloom (Sept. 2005)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.09/china.html

China's struggled hard to surpass the U.S. as a world power, and they've accomplished that over 10 years ago.

The 19th century belonged to the Commonwealth.
The 20th century belonged to America.
The 21st century belongs to China.
I trust China will not piss it all away like we did.

May 31 23:59

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack on aid convoy
08:04, June 01, 2010
"China is shocked by Israel's attack on a multinational convoy carrying international aid to Gaza which resulted in heavy casualties," said Yang Tao, a counsellor of the Chinese permanent mission to the United Nations, at the 15-nation council's emergency meeting.
"We condemn Israel's actions targeting humanitarian workers and civilians," he said. "We support a quick response by the Security Council and take necessary actions."
Yang also expressed serious concern about the "grim" humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially the Gaza Strip.

May 31 06:28

Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means “World War”

A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an “urgent warning” to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, “World War will be our response”.

May 30 07:08

Great Wall of China's strength 'comes from sticky rice'

Workers built the Ming dynasty sections of the Great Wall about 600 years ago by mixing together a paste of sticky rice flour and slaked lime, the standard ingredient in mortar, said Dr Zhang Bingjian.

"The ancient mortar is a special kind of organic and inorganic mixture," said Dr Zhang, a professor of chemistry at Zhejiang university in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China.

"The organic component is amylopectin, which comes from the porridge of sticky rice that was added to the mortar," he said.

May 29 07:10

China’s Currency Manipulation: About to Cause a Global Explosion?

China’s currency continues to be a subject the U.S. is willing to tap dance around diplomatically. Because when the gloves eventually do come off, U.S./China relations could rapidly collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mostly because the US will be looking for someone else to blame for the mess created when Congress passed (without a quorum) the Federal Reserve act in 1913.

May 28 08:36

China Signs $23 Billion Oil Deal With Nigeria

China has signed a $23 billion deal with the new government of Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria to build three oil refineries and a petrochemical plant. Goodluck Jonathan came to power on May 6 after the death of the former president, Umaru Yar’Adua.

The new government declared that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China State Construction Engineering Corporation on May 13. The three refineries are to be built in Lagos, the commercial capital, in Kebbi state in the remote northeast, and Bayelsa, Jonathan’s home state within the Niger Delta. The refineries would have a combined capacity of 900,000 barrels per day (bpd), double the expected domestic demand of 450,000 bpd by the time they are due to be completed in five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and Russia have been making deals to secure their energy requirements, without firing a single shot.

The US, on the other hand, has been waging war to accomplish that same objective, and has been failing miserably in the process.

May 27 07:46

Tenth suspected suicide in a year throws spotlight on labour practices at China iPhone factory

The spate of apparent suicides have thrown a spotlight on the labour practices of Foxconn, part of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, which includes Apple, Hewlett Packard and Sony Ericsson among its clients.

Apple and other clients have said they are investigating working conditions at Foxconn, which has faced criticism for its harsh and secretive corporate culture.

May 26 20:44

China eyes cut in euro exposure

China, which boasts the world's largest foreign exchange reserves, is reviewing its holdings of eurozone debt in the wake of the crisis that has swept through the region's bond markets.

Representatives of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or Safe, which manages the reserves under the country's central bank, has been meeting foreign bankers in Beijing in recent days to discuss the issue.

The meetings were arranged amid growing speculation that Safe is considering reducing its exposure to the eurozone bond markets because of the deepening crisis in Europe.

May 25 20:09

GORDON DUFF: THE ARMS CIRCUS, ISRAEL KEEPING THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”

May 23 09:51

US official: At odds with China over NKorea, Iran

The United States and China are still at odds about how to deal with North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship it has been blamed for, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. They also remain apart on the specifics on new U.N. sanctions to impose on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, Hillary was full of bovine excrement when she claimed China was on board with new sanctions against Iran.

May 20 17:19

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 20 09:46

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 18 18:19

US Answer to Iran Nuclear Swap: Overnight Deal on Sanctions

Ahmet Davutoglu – Turkish Foreign Minister

“What they wanted us to do was give the confidence to Iran to do the swap. We have done our duty,” said Davutoglu, calling the deal an important step for regional and global peace. -Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu

In a swift answer to the Iran nuclear fuel deal secured Monday by Turkey and Brazil, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that world powers had finalized a package of “strong” new sanctions against Iran.

After months of diplomatic efforts, the US secured support overnight from Russia and China, removing the possibility that the move would be vetoed by the United Nations Security Council. The draft would be circulated later Tuesday to the full council, she said.

May 02 06:56

Shanghai World Expo 2010 opening ceremony: spectacular fireworks display in China

Shanghai World Expo 2010 opening ceremony: spectacular fireworks display in China
Shanghai celebrated the opening of the 2010 World Expo with a lavish riverside display of fireworks, fountains and lasers that rivalled the launch of the Beijing Olympics in its extravagance

May 01 09:54

How Wars Are Born: China versus the U.S.

The fact that China is now declaring itself master of its own zones is intolerable for U.S. corporations, which will stop at nothing — including war — to maintain U.S. military dominance over the globe.

Apr 28 09:58

China is considering taxing property

What will these commies think of next? U.S.-style regulation on toilet-tank size? U.S-style limits on using cash? U.S.-style bailouts of failing industries?

Apr 27 10:18

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo in pictures

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo in pictures
Pavilions are illuminated during a night-time lighting test. The World Expo opens in Shanghai on May 1. For China, the Shanghai Expo will stand proudly in the tradition of world fairs that began with London's Great Exhibition in 1851, gave Paris the Eiffel Tower and drew 44 million Americans to New York to see "The World of Tomorrow" in 1939

Apr 26 13:49

Chinese report documents human rights disaster in the United States

The United States is the only country in the world that claims to be superior in every aspect, especially in human rights, and that lie is again exposed, this time by a report from China on the United States, all from US sources. The US is in fact a backward cesspool, the most backward country in the industrialized world.

Apr 25 13:55

Chinese Replica Jet in Dogfight for Copyright

Handbags, watches, sunglasses read more...- you can find a Chinese replica for almost anything. But one more ambitious copycat effort is putting a strain on relations with Russia.

Apr 24 09:32

China's $20 Bln Loan To Venezuela To Be Paid With Oil

Oil-rich Venezuela will send resource-hungry China 100,000 barrels a day of crude oil for the next 10 years to pay for a $20 billion loan agreed to over the weekend, Venezuela Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that China is getting what it needs in terms of resources by making deals, not waging wars.

Apr 20 12:10

US will act if China does not revalue yuan-lawmaker

A U.S. House of Representatives committee chairman on Monday warned the United States will take action if China does not begin steps in coming months to raise the value of its currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you feel about war with China? Personally, I think it is a bad idea. But then I think all wars are bad ideas.

Apr 18 08:27

The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour

Showing Chinese sweatshop workers slumped over their desks with exhaustion, it is an image that Microsoft won't want the world to see.

Employed for gruelling 15-hour shifts, in appalling conditions and 86f heat, many fall asleep on their stations during their meagre ten-minute breaks.

For as little as 34p an hour, the men and women work six or seven days a week, making computer mice and web cams for the American multinational computer company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I had to call MS support the other day to deal with a bug in their licensing system, not one of the people I spoke to sounded like English was their first ;language. It took 90 minutes of wading through people before the 5 minutes it took to fix the actual problem, which is apparently a known issue with the software.

Apr 16 07:01

China earthquake: death toll could reach 10,000

The official death toll now stands at 760, with a further 243 missing and 1,174 severely injured, according to Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency.

However, monks at Jiegu monastery said at least 1,000 corpses had arrived at their temple alone, and that four other monasteries had each collected a similar number.

"The government is downplaying the number," said Ge Laidanzeng, a 20- year-old monk. He said that when all the bodies were retrieved from the wreckage of the town there would "definitely be more than 10,000 dead".

Apr 14 08:01

China Reiterates Opposition to Iran Sanctions… Again

The eternal push for additional sanctions against Iran never changes too much.

Earlier today, President Barack Obama declared that he was “confident” China would back the sanctions, a confidence expressed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton several times over the past few weeks.

But as has happened every other time this confidence was expressed, China was quick to dismiss the idea and reiterate its opposition to sanctions.

Apr 12 07:46

At the Geopolitical Crossroads of China and Russia: Kyrgyzstan And The Battle For Central Asia

It not only borders China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, but is only separated from Russia by a single nation, Kazakhstan. To gain an appreciation of Russian and Chinese concerns over hundreds of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops passing through Kyrgyzstan, imagine a comparable amount of Chinese and Russian soldiers regularly passing through Mexico and Guatemala, respectively. For almost nine years and at an accelerating rate.

It is not only a military "hard power" but also a "soft power" threat that the Western role in Kyrgyzstan poses to Russia and China.

Apr 10 06:56

New Nuke Treaty and the Coming World War

The United States of America is preparing for war. This new Treaty proves it. We are preparing for war by capitulating our last strategic advantage to the Russians and Chinese. That would be nuclear missiles. Even worse, we are allowing our future enemies access to onsite inspections. We might as well email them the schematics and locations of our missiles.

Apr 07 09:26

Great Power Rivalry. China's Role as America's Creditor

What a turnaround: from an export juggernaut to a credit addict. Who would have thought it necessary back in 2001, the year everything all started to work out for China?....China has become the world's biggest creditor, after amassing nearly $2.3 trillion of foreign exchange claims on us. However, the specter of a creditor nation running persistent trade surpluses has ominous historical portents. It has happened only twice before, with the US economy in the Twenties and with the Japanese economy in the Eighties.

Apr 03 20:32

Great Firewall: Not Just Of China Anymore?

repost.

Security experts are not sure exactly how this happened, but it appears that at least one ISP recently began fetching high-level DNS (domain name server) information from what's known as a root DNS server, based in China. ...returned DNS information intended for Chinese users, effectively spreading China's network censorship overseas.... The issue was reported Wednesday... DNS queries for sites such as Facebook.com, Twitter.com and YouTube.com -- all of which have been blocked in China -- were being redirected to bogus addresses.

It is unclear how widespread the problem is.

Apr 02 08:53

China Denies Backing Iran Sanctions

Yesterday’s claims that the Chinese government had, after months of US cajoling, finally agreed to support sanctions against Iran appear to be premature, and China has reiterated its past position that diplomacy, not sanctions, should resolve the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The UK's "Guardian" got caught with its journalistic pants down when it made the claim as reported on 31 March as reported at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/31/china-supports-obama-iran-sanctions

"China supports Barack Obama's call for new Iran sanctions"

"According to officials with knowledge of the talks, an agreement to begin drafting a security council resolution was reached in a telephone call involving representatives of the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany."

Note that these "officials" were never sourced.

Apr 02 07:10

China agrees to start talks on Iran sanctions

Officials are expected to arrive in New York within days to begin talks on how to Tehran into line over its disputed nuclear program.

China's agreement to begin substantive discussions comes after months of stubborn resistance to pressure from the US, Britain, France and Germany to impose punitive sanctions.

Negotiations will now begin in earnest over the nuts and bolts of the sanctions package which the US President Barack Obama has said he wants to see adopted before the end of the month.

Apr 01 07:58

China 'ready for talks' on new UN sanctions on Iran

The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said China was ready to hold "serious" talks with Western powers on a new UN resolution.

This would mark a policy shift for China, which has strong ties with Iran. China says it wants a peaceful outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be a misread. In China, not to talk is considered very impolite. So China is always ready to talk. And they are always ready to listen to any offers that might benefit them.

But China is also shrewd enough to understand that new sanctions cannot force Iran to give up nuclear weapons it does not actually have, and that this "failure" will simply be another US and Israeli justification to launch yet another war of conquest against an unoffensive nation and innocent people.

Mar 30 11:36

Europe unlikely to join any new yuan offensive

If Washington picks a fight with China over the weakness of the state-managed currency, it will do so without European reinforcement, not least because the euro has weakened in tandem with Greece's debt crisis.

Mar 29 09:57

America’s looming trade war with China

What’s really going on is that US corporations operating in China are getting squeezed on big deals, and they don’t like it. So they’re using their political muscle to beat up on China. The Wall Street Journal explains it like this:

“A growing number of U.S. companies feel unwelcome in China, according to a new survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China...Negative sentiment among Amcham’s members, which traditionally have been a strong lobby in Washington arguing for more engagement with China, adds to wider risks in U.S.-China relations....

Mar 27 09:34

China: Closing for Business?

Why a chill now? Chinese look across the landscape of their economy today and see much that could be improved. After 30 years serving as the workshop of the world, mainly producing low-value goods for foreign brands and distant markets, they want to move up the value chain.

"People feel that foreign brands have taken too much market share," says Wang Yong, director of the Center for International Political Economy at Peking University.

Mar 26 11:34

Taiwan president calls security alert after Korean clash

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It occurs to me that if an asteroid were to hit the Earth right now, it would probably be misinterpreted as an attack and the reaction of the human race would be to promptly nuke itself to death!

Mar 26 07:21

Shanghai reopens Bund after £280m restoration

The stately waterfront, alongside the muddy Huangpu river, was built by the British and was the hub of colonial life in Shanghai until the Japanese invaded the city in 1941.

Tons of stone were shipped in from Hong Kong, marble from England and Italy and bronzework for the facades of some buildings from Somerset.

The bells in the Custom House building, at No13, were forged in Loughborough. The grand buildings were home to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and other financial and trading houses.

Mar 25 05:59

Global National Intelligence Services Confirm Israel Did 9/11 Says Former UN Diplomat and Defense Contractor

Gordon Duff is the senior editor of Veteranstoday.com, a former UN diplomat, a defense contractor, and a global political and economic advisor. He just returned from a trip to Pakistan. Duff was interviewed by Mark McGrath and Phil Cooke on "The Ugly Truth" Radio Program yesterday (03-24-10). Half of Mr. Duff’s family are Jewish and so are most of his friends. He is not anti-semitic. You can listen to the podcast of Mr. Duff's radio interview at the following address: theuglytruth.podbean.com...

Mar 24 21:23

The REAL reason Google is leaving China

Given that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have no access to the Chinese Internet market, the White House believes that Google alone cannot play a large role in China as it did in Georgia and Iran.

Mar 23 15:42

The new arms race: China planning high-speed rail network to Russia, India, Europe

Something to think about as America decays and the politicians continue to plunder. --ts

Mar 22 05:36

China stirs anti-US feeling ahead of expected Google shut down

A raft of angry articles and editorials in China's state controlled media repeated accusations of "information imperialism" against the US, branding Google's attempts to force the Chinese government to relax censorship rules as "ridiculous".

"Whether (Google) leaves or not, the Chinese government will keep its internet regulation principles unchanged," said a commentary carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

"One company's ambition to change China's internet rules and legal system will only prove to be ridiculous."

Mar 21 10:46

Memo to US: only fools rush in

Similar to the investment chapters in US trade agreements, BITs give foreign investors the right to bypass domestic courts and sue governments in international arbitration tribunals.

The United States has been at limited risk of being the target of such "investor-state" lawsuits because its 40 current treaty partners are nearly all developing economies with little investment in the US market. This lopsidedness has created a one-way street in favour of US corporations operating abroad.

The China negotiations could change all that. Chinese investors have ploughed billions into the US economy, particularly in the financial industry.

Mar 20 06:03

Sandstorms hit Beijing

Tonnes of sand from deserts in China's interior blew into Beijing in the biggest sandstorm this year, shrouding China's capital in a yellow-orange haze that authorities warned made the air quality "hazardous".

There were few people out on streets where pedestrians could taste the dust.

Many of those who had ventured from their homes were wearing face masks, and some left footprints in the yellow film that had settled on the city's streets.

Beijing's weather forecasting bureau gave the air quality a rare "5", or hazardous, rating and added that it was "not suitable for morning exercises".

Mar 15 08:02

Anti-Semitism makes it to China?

Who's to blame for the current global financial crisis? According to a bestselling book in China, which is leading the sales charts in the country, the answer is clear: The Jews.

In the eyes of most Chinese, Jewish people are considered "smart," "rich" and "good at making money." Bookstores in China offer a variety of self-help books titled, "How to make money like Jews," and "The secret of Jews' global success."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What UTTER NONSENSE, right Mr. Madoff-with-the-loot?

Mar 15 07:36

China's oil demand increase 'astonishing', says IEA

China's demand for oil jumped by an "astonishing" 28% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says.

Mar 14 09:11

China wants US reassurance over dollar

China's premier expressed concern about the U.S. dollar and called on Washington on Sunday to take "concrete steps" to reassure Beijing about the safety of its huge Treasury bond holdings...

Mar 13 07:18

Video: Is Catastrophe Ahead for US-China Relations? – Michel Chossudovsky

United States-China relations are on the rocks recently, China says that they have been seriously disrupted. Essentially, China feels that it is being threatened by the United States and this has been mounting since 1999. The threats are coming in the form of diplomacy, however Michel Chossudovsky says that the United States also has missiles pointed at Chinese cities.

Mar 12 08:25

China hits back at Obama over currency policy

China on Friday hit back at an attack from US President Barack Obama over currency policy, saying the yuan's value was not a political one and was not the key to global trade imbalances.

Mr Obama on Thursday called on China to adopt a "market-oriented" exchange rate policy, increasing the pressure on Beijing to allow the yuan - effectively pegged to the dollar since mid-2008 - to appreciate.

Mar 11 05:45

'Google prepared to quit China over censor feud'

A top Google executive reaffirmed Thursday that the Internet giant is prepared to leave China if Beijing says it must censor Web searches or quit the country.

"Google is firm in its decision that it will stop censoring our search results for China," Google vice president and deputy general counsel Nicole Wong told a key US House of Representatives Committee.

Mar 10 14:27

China is being threatened by the United States says Michel Chossudovsky

China is being threatened by the United States says Michel Chossudovsky

United States-China relations are on the rocks recently, China says that they have been seriously disrupted. Essentially, China feels that it is being threatened by the United States and this has been mounting since 1999. The threats are coming in the form of diplomacy, however Michel Chossudovsky says that the United States also has missiles pointed at Chinese cities.

Mar 09 08:38

Chinese project envisions London to Beijing in two days by train.

Rail travel between London and Beijing in just two days could be possible within a decade through an ambitious Chinese project.

The Asian power wants to build the 200mph 'Orient Express-style' rail line through Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia, paying for the entire scheme in return to access to the natural resources of the countries it travels through.

Mar 09 03:04

US – China: Provoking the Creditor, Hugging the Holy Man

The Obama Administration has heightened tensions with China through a series of measures which can only be characterized as major provocations designed to undermine relations between the two countries. These provocations include political support for separatist movements, such as the US-funded theocratic-monk led Tibetan secessionists and the Washington-based Uyghur secessionists, as well as through the $6.4 billion-dollar advanced arms sales to Taiwan, a virtual protectorate of the US Navy. President Obama has publicly met with and openly backed these separatist and secessionists groups, flaunting Washington’s refusal to recognize China’s existing borders.

Mar 08 14:53

Cyberwar declared as China hunts for the West’s intelligence

Urgent warnings have been circulated throughout Nato and the European Union for secret intelligence material to be protected from a recent surge in cyberwar attacks originating in China.

The attacks have also hit government and military institutions in the United States, where analysts said that the West had no effective response and that EU systems were especially vulnerable because most cyber security efforts were left to member states.

Nato diplomatic sources told The Times: “Everyone has been made aware that the Chinese have become very active with cyber-attacks and we’re now getting regular warnings from the office for internal security.” The sources said that the number of attacks had increased significantly over the past 12 months, with China among the most active players.

Mar 08 10:55

Quadra, Chinese utility in Chilean joint venture

Quadra Mining said on Monday it has agreed to form a joint venture with China's largest utility company to help expand its Chilean operations and fund its huge Sierra Gorda copper project, which is expected to cost over $2 billion.

The Canadian miner signed a memorandum of understanding with State Grid International Development Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of State Grid Corp of China. The joint venture will develop and operate Quadra's Sierra Gorda project and the Franke mine in northern Chile.

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I wonder how long it will be before the US attacks Canada for terrorism?

Mar 08 08:00

China Snubs Israeli Calls for Iran Sanctions

The prime minister of contract murder, Binyamin Netanyahu, was not long permitted to rejoice over the agreement to sanction Iran which he had wrested from the Russian leadership. A few days later, China made it clear that it would in no case help to carry out such sanctions. Consequently, Netanyahu believed it necessary to pay a visit to the Chinese leadership, in order to bring them on course through an Israeli word of command.

But the Chinese leadership did not even once want to see Netanyahu. So “Bibi” had to stay home. On Feb. 25, 2010, Israel sent a high-ranking government delegation to Beijing, including Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon, as well as the currency bank chief, Stanley Fischer, in order to move the Chinese leadership to hard sanctions against Iran.”

Mar 07 10:05

China ready to end dollar peg

The head of China’s central bank has given the strongest signal yet that the country will move away from pegging its currency to the dollar, but he said any changes would be gradual.

Mar 05 08:01

CNN: 'Communism Good For Women'

CNN claims Communism has been good for women.

China has 32million more men aged under 20 than women, according to a paper published last month by Therese Hesketh, of University College London. Her latest research suggests that rural areas where the imbalance is at its greatest will be further affected because women are "marrying out" into cities

Mar 03 13:48

Green Stimulus Jobs Going to China?

Mar 01 11:28

Israel shows China evidence of Iran bomb program

An Israeli delegation that traveled to Beijing last week presented detailed intelligence on Iran's nuclear program in an attempt to persuade China that Tehran seeks atomic weapons, a senior diplomatic source told Haaretz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a nuclear power themselves I would be very surprised if China fell for this, unless they had sold out Iran to Israel and needed political cover.

Mar 01 04:55

Chinese fluoride is a homeland security matter

The Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland Inc. was formed in 1960 as a grass roots network of citizens with a 50-year-old mission to educate the public of the complete fraud of the practice called water fluoridation.

Recently, it has come to my attention in an engineering report for the city of Boulder, Colo., that they did an evaluation of fluoridation chemicals and sources and found that much of the fluoride chemicals used for water fluoridation are now coming out of China with arsenic and lead levels of 50 and 40 milligrams respectively per bag and non-existent regulatory monitoring of the salt or acid compounds from these imports.

Mar 01 04:52

BRZEZINSKI’S LAMENT ‘JEWISH LOBBY CONTROLS OBAMA’

SEEKING A GLOBAL SHOWDOWN with Russia and China, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is recognized and feared by Zionist Jews as Obama’s foreign policy adviser, is intent on bringing Iran back into the Western orbit. In Brzezinski’s world view, Iran could be a valuable US asset to be played against Russia and China.

Even with his protege at Defense, Robert Gates, and his reputation as a global strategist, Brzezinski has all but admitted that he simply does not possess the influence to override the power the Jewish lobby wields over Obama’s decision-making in foreign affairs.

Feb 27 22:42

US diplomats to visit China for talks on ties

China said on Saturday that two US diplomats will visit this coming week to discuss the two countries' relations, which have been strained recently on several issues.

The statement posted on China's Foreign Ministry Web site quoted spokesman Qin Gang as saying Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Senior White House Asia adviser Jeffrey Bader will be in China from Tuesday through Thursday.

Feb 24 07:40

Concerns grow over China's sale of US bonds

Evidence is mounting that Chinese sales of US Treasury bonds over recent months are intended as a warning shot to Washington over escalating political disputes rather than being part of a routine portfolio shift as thought at first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or maybe the Chinese got pissed off about those gold bars with tungsten cores?

Feb 23 14:19

Concerns grow over China's sale of US bonds

Evidence is mounting that Chinese sales of US Treasury bonds over recent months are intended as a warning shot to Washington over escalating political disputes rather than being part of a routine portfolio shift as thought at first.

A front-page story in the state’s China Information News said the record $34bn sale of US bonds in December was a "commendable" move. The article was republished by the National Bureau of Statistics, giving it a stronger imprimatur.

Feb 22 07:19

‘US determined to encircle China with anti-missile systems’

With its proposed weapon deal with Taiwan, the US appears determined to encircle China with American-built anti-missile systems, Chinese military experts have observed.

Taiwan became the fifth global buyer of the Patriot missile defence system last year following Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Germany.

According to Chinese military strategists, Washington's weapon deal with Taiwan is the key part of a US strategic encirclement of China in the East Asian region.

Feb 19 07:09

China summons US ambassador to protest Barack Obama's meeting with Dalai Lama

Ambassador Jon Huntsman was called in to China's foreign ministry to hear "solemn representations" over the meeting from China's vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The rebuke comes after China warned that Washington risked damaging US-China relations if it went ahead with the meeting, however analysts said the China's carefully calibrated response indicated that Beijing was not going to overreact.

Feb 19 04:55

China Dumping US Treasurys: What’s the Message?

This kind of governing cannot last forever and the longer it persists, the more destructive will be its inevitable toppling. The last administration repeatedly warned the Chinese, who were only showing the virtues of good capitalists, not to save as much. That begged the question, who is going to fund our debt if Chinese savers don’t?

We may be about to find out.

Feb 18 09:05

Coming Home: Appliance Maker Drops China to Produce in Texas

Farouk Shami, a Palestinian-born hairdresser who built a $1 billion manufacturing company around a popular line of hair irons, is moving all of his production of hand-held appliances from China to a sprawling new factory here.

The move flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which says gadgets like this are best made in a low-cost country. But, he says, outsourcing has led to a loss of control over manufacturing and distribution.

Feb 16 15:11

China's holding of US Treasuries tumbles

China's holding of US Treasury bonds has tumbled, according to US Treasury data released Tuesday, after Beijing expressed concern over the swelling US deficit and amid new US-China tensions.

The drop in China's bond holdings by 34.2 billion dollars or 4.3 percent to 755.4 billion dollars in December also fueled the biggest drop in foreign purchase of short-term US bonds, said the Treasury's latest international capital data report and based on comparative figures.

China's US bond holding decline was also its biggest drop since August 2000 and allowed Japan to regain its position as top holder of American government debt after a 15-month hiatus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Birds on a wire ...

Feb 16 15:03

Foreign demand for US Treasury securities falls by record amount as China reduces holdings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China starts to dump the dollar.

Feb 14 18:14

Lebanon’s next war may also be Syria’s

Media reports in recent days have painted dire scenarios for what is, supposedly, the inevitable conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. Of particular note are persistent indicators that the next round, if or when it comes, will very likely involve Syria as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a scenario.

Israel attacks Lebanon and Syria.

Israel screams for help against the evil aggressors, then when the US sends YOUR kids to die in battle for Israel, Israel launches an attack against Iran.

Russia and China come in on Iran's side.

The US realizes it lacks the conventional forces to successfully wage a new world war and resorts to its nuclear arsenal against Russia and China.

China and Russia retaliate with their nuclear weapons.

The US, Russia, and China are blown back to the stone age.
Israel, laughing at how easy it was to trick the goyim into killing each other off, is now able to use their own nuclear arsenal to blackmail what is left of the world into submission.

Feb 13 01:34

US-China relations could get worse

Feb 12 13:46

Beijing Seen Vacant for 50% as Chanos Predicts Crash

Jack Rodman, who has made a career of selling soured property loans from Los Angeles to Tokyo, sees a crash looming in China. He keeps a slide show on his computer of empty office bu

Feb 11 11:56

China Orders Retreat From Risky Dollar Assets

China has ordered managers of its vast currency reserves to withdraw from risky dollar assets and retreat to core debt guaranteed by the US government, a clear sign that Beijing is battening down the hatches for fresh trouble on global markets.

Feb 10 12:03

The Dumping Begins: Chinese Reserve Managers Notified That Any Non-USG Guaranteed Securities Must Be Divested

It appears that this time China’s posturing is for real. Following up on our earlier post that Chinese military officials want to “punish” America by selling Treasuries, Asia Times Online is reporting that an explicit directive by the Chinese government has notified reserve managers to sell all risky US assets, including asset backed and corporates, and just hold on to explicitly guaranteed Treasuries and Agency debt. And from following TIC data we know that China’s enthusiasm for MBS/Agencies over the past year has been matched solely by that of one Bill Gross.

Feb 10 10:39

China to Sell U.S. Securities

Something big is happening in China which could have a huge effect on the American economy.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported:

Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country ... possibly sell some U.S. bonds to punish Washington for its latest round of arms sales to Taiwan.
Now, Asia Times is reporting:

Feb 09 11:08

China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S.

Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country boost defense spending, adjust PLA deployments, and possibly sell some U.S. bonds to punish Washington for its latest round of arms sales to Taiwan.

Feb 08 02:09

China’s hawks demand cold war on the US

MORE than half of Chinese people questioned in a poll believe China and America are heading for a new “cold war”.

The finding came after battles over Taiwan, Tibet, trade, climate change, internet freedom and human rights which have poisoned relations in the three months since President Barack Obama made a fruitless visit to Beijing.

According to diplomatic sources, a rancorous postmortem examination is under way inside the US government, led by officials who think the president was badly advised and was made to appear weak.

In China’s eyes, the American response — which includes a pledge by Obama to get tougher on trade — is a reaction against its rising power.

Feb 07 08:49

Hillary to China: Vote for Iran Sanctions, or Face Gulf Conflagration and Oil Cutoff

Feb 05 12:00

Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation

Executive Summary

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a decade into a
sweeping military modernization program that has fundamentally transformed its
ability to fight high tech wars. The Chinese military, using increasingly networked
forces capable of communicating across service arms and among all echelons of
command, is pushing beyond its traditional missions focused on Taiwan and toward a
more regional defense posture. This modernization effort, known as
informationization, is guided by the doctrine of fighting “Local War Under
Informationized Conditions,” which refers to the PLA’s ongoing effort to develop a
fully networked architecture capable of coordinating military operations on land, in air,

Feb 05 11:52

GhostNet

GhostNet (simplified Chinese: ???; traditional Chinese: ???; pinyin: Y?uLíngW?ng) is the name given by researchers at the Information Warfare Monitor to a large-scale cyber spying[1][2] operation discovered in March 2009. Its command and control infrastructure is based mainly in the People's Republic of China and has infiltrated high-value political, economic and media locations[3] in 103 countries. Computer systems belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, and the Dalai Lama's Tibetan exile centers in India, London and New York City were compromised. Although the activity is mostly based in China, there is no conclusive evidence that the Chinese government is involved in its operation.[4]

Feb 05 08:44

Coming to Milwaukee: A Chinese mega-mall?

A Beijing-based company will soon open a Chinese-style mega shopping mall in the most unlikely of places: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"The cost of doing business there is very low," said Wu Li, president of Toward Group. "The people are friendly, the environment is peaceful and the pace of living is slow. It is a good place for Chinese enterprises to go abroad."

Feb 05 07:29

The Sword and the Shield: Surround Russia and China with Mobile "Missile Defense" Systems

The latest news is that Romania will be hosting the U.S. Army's ground-based "missile defense" systems. Russia is not pleased with these developments.

These same Army Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) systems are going to be deployed in Taiwan as the U.S. continues its military encirclement of China. U.S. PAC-3 systems have already been deployed in Japan and South Korea.

Feb 04 11:07

China cancels 80% of Iraq debt

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Be nice if someone would cancel OUR debts...

Feb 04 08:58

China Renews Opposition to Iran Sanctions

Reflecting a growing catalog of disputes between Washington and Beijing, a senior Chinese official said Thursday that pressure for tighter sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could block chances of a diplomatic settlement to the dispute.

Feb 02 06:36

China warns of 'serious damage' if Barack Obama meets Dalai Lama

The warning comes after three weeks of increasingly irate exchanges between the US and China over contentious issues including internet censorship, trade and a decision by the Obama administration to sell £4bn of arms to Taiwan.

Although the Chinese government routinely objects to any foreign leaders meeting the exiled Tibetan spirutal leader analysts say the strength of the latest condemnation reflects genuine anger in Beijing at a perceived hardening of US attitudes towards China.
Zhu Weiqun, a vice minister of the united front work department of China's ruling Communist Party, which steers policy on religious affairs said any meeting would "seriously undermine" the political basis of China-US relations.

Feb 01 14:29

Another U.S. War? Obama Threatens China and Iran

The possibility of yet another U.S. war became more real last week, when the Obama administration sharply confronted both China and Iran. The first aggressive act was performed by Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who “warned” China that it must support serious economic sanctions against Iran (an act of war).

Clinton said: “China will be under a lot of pressure to recognize the destabilizing effect that a nuclear-armed Iran would have, from which they receive a significant percentage of their oil supply.”

Feb 01 07:37

China attacks US 'Cold War' mentality over Taiwan arms sales

China has accused the United States of 'rude and unreasonable Cold War thinking' over its decision to sell £4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan.
The rhetoric in a series of venemous editorials in the government-controlled media was exceeded by thousands of anti-American comments on China's main internet portals, including a petition against the arms package that attracted more than 50,000 signatures in just a few hours.

Jan 31 08:48

Scenarios: How could China hit back at U.S.?

China has the world's biggest pile of foreign currency reserves, much of it held in U.S. treasury debt. China held $798.9 billion in U.S. Treasuries at end-October, displacing Japan in September 2008 as the largest foreign holder.

But China has shown no sign of trying to use that stake to punish the United States. Doing so, or even hinting that it could, would alarm global financial markets and push down the value of the dollar, thus dragging down the value of China's dollar-denominated assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However, China could potentially de-link its currency peg to the US dollar, which could cause an enormous world of hurt economically here.

Jan 31 07:22

China bugging UK executives to obtain secrets: MI5

China is laying “honey traps” for UK business executives by bugging and burgling them in order to blackmail them into providing sensitive commercial secrets, British intelligence service MI5 has alleged.

The Times quoted a leaked MI5 document, as saying that China’s undercover intelligence officers have approached UK businessmen at trade fairs and exhibitions with the offer of “gifts” and “lavish hospitality”.

Jan 30 08:44

China threatens U.S. sanctions over Taiwan arms

China threatened to impose sanctions on U.S. arms firms and cut cooperation with Washington unless it cancels a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, in an unprecedented move signaling Beijing's growing global power.

Jan 30 08:43

China suspends military contacts with U.S. over Taiwan arms

China suspended on Saturday military contacts with the U.S. over its plans to sell $6.4 billion worth arms to Taiwan, the official Xinhua agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary tried to talk tough to China yesterday. China's canceling of contracts with US companies is the reply.

In a larger scope, since war with Iran will likely mean war with Russia and China, Hillary may have decided to start pissing China off now.

But if the US Government thinks that war with Taiwan can keep China from intervening in Iran, they are sadly mistaken.

Jan 30 08:36

US arms sales to Taiwan raise tensions with China

China has cancelled all military exchanges with the US in a sign of its anger at the proposed sale of advanced missiles and helicopters to Taiwan.
Beijing has also imposed sanctions on the companies selling the arms.

“We made the decision out of considerations on the severe harm of the US arms sales to Taiwan,” said Defence Ministry spokesman Huang Xueping in a statement.
“The US plan will definitely seriously disturb the relations between the two countries.”

Jan 30 04:29

China protests US arms sales, warns of 'serious' impact

China on Friday protested the US decision to sell 6.4 billion dollars in weapons to Taiwan and warned of "serious" damage to relations and cooperation with Washington.

Jan 29 08:29

Hillary Clinton hails 'candid' China Google talks

The United States and China agreed to keep talking about their spat over the internet search engine, following talks on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan.

But while Mrs Clinton characterised the discussion as "a very positive exchange", in Washington the US commerce secretary gave warning that US companies were facing increasing obstacles when trying to do business in China.

Jan 29 07:35

Chinese Banks cut lending for January: First sign of mega depression?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did China just pull the plug on US debt?

Jan 27 07:28

China issues warning over US arms sales to Taiwan

Contacts with China's military would likely be the first to suffer if Beijing moves to retaliate over upcoming U.S. arms sales to Taiwan — the latest in a flurry of disputes elevating tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, our weapons systems are about the only items left other countries want to buy from the US.

Jan 26 06:40

China to lead world scientific research by 2020

Chinese scientists are particularly strong on chemistry and materials engineering, both considered central to the country’s industrial development and economic future.

The number of peer-reviewed papers published by Chinese researchers rose 64-fold over the past 30 years.

China is now second only to the US in terms of academic papers published, and will take first place by 2020 if current trends continue.

It comes after last week’s announcement that China is poised to replace Japan as the world’s second largest economy, behind the US.

Jan 22 09:08

China teen seen as hero for killing local official

When Li Shiming was stabbed through the heart by a hired assassin, few of his fellow villagers mourned the local Communist Party official many say made their lives hell by seizing land, extorting money and bullying people for years.

Instead, villagers in the northern town of Xiashuixi have made Li's teenage killer something of a local hero. More than 20,000 people from the coal-mining area petitioned a court for a lenient sentence.

"I didn't feel surprised at all when I heard Li Shiming was killed, because people wanted to kill him a long time ago," said villager Xin Xiaomei, who says her husband was harassed for years by Li after the two men had a personal dispute. "I wanted to kill Li myself, but I was too weak."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coming to an arrogant self-important bureaucrat near you?

Jan 20 08:56

U.S.-China Military Tensions Grow

Even though the U.S. military budget is almost ten times that of China's (with a population more than four times as large) and Washington plans a record $708 billion defense budget for next year compared to Russia spending less than $40 billion last year for the same, China and Russia are portrayed as threats to the U.S. and its allies. China has no troops outside its borders; Russia has a small handful in its former territories in Abkhazia, Armenia, South Ossetia and Transdniester. The U.S. has hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in six continents.

Jan 19 14:31

Google China hacks 'a possible inside job'

Cyber attacks against human rights activists could have been facilitated by people working in Google's China office, say reports

Jan 15 06:25

Banned in China: what the regime doesn't want its people to see

Google’s threat yesterday to stop censoring search results on its Google.cn site raises the question of just what the regime is censoring. As we reported yesterday, China has increasingly sophisticated tools – known as the ‘Golden Shield’ or the ‘Great Firewall of China’ – available to monitor and limit web traffic. The sites that are blocked vary over time but there are some common themes.

Jan 14 14:46

China sending lower level rep to six-power meet on Iran

China will send a lower-level representative to a meeting of six world powers on Iran's nuclear program, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.

"We are aware that the representation will be below the level of political director," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. "It will be a useful meeting to have regardless of the Chinese representation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is sending a messenger with a back channel or "sub rosa" message to the Iran Six, most likely a reminder that China will not tolerate any more interference with the middle east.

Jan 13 15:23

Google to end censorship in China over cyber attacks

Google, the world's leading search engine, has thrown down the gauntlet to China by saying it is no longer willing to censor search results on its Chinese service.

The internet giant said the decision followed a cyber attack it believes was aimed at gathering information on Chinese human rights activists.

The move follows a clampdown on the internet in China over the last year, which has seen sites and social networking services hosted overseas blocked – including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – and the closure of many sites at home. Chinese authorities ­criticised Google for supplying "vulgar" content in results.

Jan 13 07:33

Google threatens to pull out of China

Google, the internet search engine, has said it is ready to close down its business and quit China because of the country's increasing censorship.

In a head-to-head confrontation with the Chinese government, the company said that it will pull out of the country unless it is allowed to provide a totally uncensored service.

Jan 12 19:55

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack

Google plans to curb its controversial practice of censoring search results in China after uncovering a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" designed to steal information about human rights activists from its Gmail service and at least 20 other large companies.

The attack that hit Google in mid-December originated in China and was aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. Although only two email accounts appear to have been breached, "accounts of dozens of US-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China" have been routinely breached, most likely as a result of phishing or malware attacks, the company said Tuesday.

Jan 12 10:43

On Asia-Pacific trip, Hillary Clinton downplays U.S.-China friction

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday played down friction between the United States and China, saying she thinks the countries have a "mature" enough relationship to be able to handle differences of opinion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the $1 trillion loan from China the US just defaulted on?

Jan 12 10:16

USA WILL NOT REPAY $1 TRILLION DEBT TO CHINA

Jan 11 06:58

China car sales top U.S.

China's auto sales surged past the United States to reach record levels in 2009, industry figures showed on Monday, underscoring China's importance to the global auto industry as the world's biggest market.

The figures came as PSA Peugeot Citroen of France said markets were expected to show signs of recovery around the world in 2010, while Volkswagen AG said it aims to at least double its U.S. sales in coming years.

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And to think that in China they have problems finding enough space on the road for a bicycle.
Try to imagine my complete and utter lack of surprise.

Jan 10 09:01

China becomes biggest exporter

China has overtaken Germany as the world's biggest exporter of goods after exports rose for the first time in 14 months, data has shown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is how you make a nation prosperous' you make products that other nations wish to buy!

Starting about 40 years ago, the United States forgot this most basic economic principle. A generation of managers trained by MBA programs to not respect manufacturing grew up to be CEOs with no respect for manufacturing. Instead of making products to make money they made money the product, treating it like a commodity, packaging it, decorating it, and shifting it back and forth at high speed in the hopes such shaking would make the money grow by magic.

Of course all that really happened is that the Goldman Sachs and Bernie Madoffs simply skimmed off the cream as the cash flowed by and while the sharpsters, grafters, and operators grew fabulously rich the nation as a whole went into a decline. Our cultural admiration went to criminals who seemed to make money appear out of thin air, and our disdain fell on anyone with grease under their fingernails. Manufacturing became equated with lower class. Wealth by any means was the sign of the elect. Even today there are many who still admire Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay for the cleverness they showed in strip-mining the families of America.

The greatness of a nation is not how many tanks and bombs it can make but how many cars, microwave ovens, and heavy appliances it can sell around the world.

America has fallen from that pantheon long ago.

Jan 10 07:06

NEWSFLASH: China Becomes World's Largest Exporter

China 'overtakes Germany as world's largest exporter

China's exports rose 17.7% in December, state media has reported, suggesting the country has overtaken Germany as the world's largest exporter.

Jan 08 07:04

More than 106,000 officials punished in first 11 months of 2009: official

About 2.6 percent of those punished by the CPC were expelled from the Party and referred for prosecution for embezzlement or bribery, Gan said.

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We need something like that here in the US, I think!

Jan 07 17:12

Russia, China, Iran redraw energy map

The inauguration of the Dauletabad-Sarakhs-Khangiran pipeline on Wednesday connecting Iran's northern Caspian region with Turkmenistan's vast gas field may go unnoticed amid the Western media cacophony that it is "apocalypse now" for the Islamic regime in Tehran.

The event sends strong messages for regional security. Within the space of three weeks, Turkmenistan has committed its entire gas exports to China, Russia and Iran. It has no urgent need of the pipelines that the United States and the European Union have been advancing. Are we hearing the faint notes of a Russia-China-Iran symphony?

Jan 07 09:12

China blocks Iran sanctions over its nuclear plans

CHINA HAS blocked western efforts to impose a fresh round of UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, saying diplomatic efforts to stop Tehran building atomic weapons are ongoing.

Jan 06 04:20

America is losing the free world

Ever since 1945, the US has regarded itself as the leader of the “free world”. But the Obama administration is facing an unexpected and unwelcome development in global politics. Four of the biggest and most strategically important democracies in the developing world – Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey – are increasingly at odds with American foreign policy. Rather than siding with the US on the big international issues, they are just as likely to line up with authoritarian powers such as China and Iran.

Jan 05 21:21

Committing treason for a piece of the pie

Committing treason for a piece of the pie
By Peter Chamberlin
Jan 5, 2010, 00:23
In the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon any force of patriotic fighting men in the history of the human race, over 2 million men and women have been sent to fight and die in wars where victory was never possible, by government mandate. This has been a hallmark of America’s wars, set by the first Pres. Bush in his Gulf war. No useful assets like Saddam Hussein (or the Taliban, for that matter) can be eliminated in our wars of conquest. We are only interested in reeling in those who think that they are beyond control, restoring the balance of power, the balance of terror.

Jan 05 15:21

China rules out new U.N. sanctions on Iran for now

China's U.N. ambassador on Tuesday dashed Western hopes for a swift agreement on a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying the issue requires more "time and patience."

Jan 03 11:23

The US and China: One Side is Losing, the Other is Winning

Asian capitalism, notably China and South Korea are competing with the US for global power. Asian global power is driven by dynamic economic growth, while the US pursues a strategy of military-driven empire building.

James Petras | January 3, 2010

One Day’s Read of the Financial Times

Jan 02 08:50

Concern as China clamps down on rare earth exports

Neodymium is one of 17 metals crucial to green technology. There’s only one snag – China produces 97% of the world’s supply. And they’re not selling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for a Chinese crotch-bomber, followed by the invasion.

Dec 30 11:55

PetroChina Wins Approval for $1.8 Billion Canadian Acquisition

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — PetroChina Co. won the approval of the Canadian government for its C$1.9 billion ($1.8 billion) bid to buy a stake in two Alberta oil-sands projects, its biggest North American acquisition.

The purchase by China’s largest oil company of a 60 percent share in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.’s MacKay River and Dover oil- sands projects “is likely to be of net benefit to Canada,” Industry Minister Tony Clement said in a statement yesterday.

Dec 30 09:13

China resets terms of engagement in Central Asia

Nursultan Nazarbayev has a way of drawing lines in the sand. The president of Kazakhstan recently told global oil and metal majors that new laws would allow only those foreign investors that cooperate with his industrialization program to tap his nation's mineral resources.

Nazarbayev's message was direct: Western investors could keep their money if interested only in exploiting Kazakhstan's mineral wealth. The president was speaking as a momentous event in the history and politics of Central Asia was resetting the terms of engagement for foreigners in the region: the development of an ambitious 7,000 kilometer pipeline to link the region's gas fields to cities on China's eastern seaboard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note: China is making deals to get the energy upon which its future development will depend.

The US is waging wars without end to achieve the same outcome, bankrupting itself in the process.

What's wrong with this picture, from a standpoint of the mere survival of the United States of America?

Everything!

Dec 29 04:45

China Unveils the World’s Fastest Super High-Speed Train

China on Saturday launched what it described as the world’s fastest super high-speed train. The new bullet train runs at an average speed of 217 miles-an-hour, and can reach up to 245 miles-an-hour, cutting the 1,068 kilometers (664 miles) journey time between Wuhan in central China and Guangzhou in the country’s south (a business hub near Hong Kong) from the original 9 hours to about 3 hours.

Dec 27 19:27

Appeals to China Intensify in Effort to Spare Briton

It was in this suitcase, Reprieve has said, that customs officials at Urumqi found nearly nine pounds of heroin. Chinese law imposes the death penalty for anyone found smuggling more than 50 grams of heroin, less than two ounces.

Dec 25 07:29

China and Russia may mean more Spielberg

Seeing some recent news and developments on the Middle East game of “Smoke and Mirrors”, a game that the U.S. taxpayer funds and the U.S. government serves a key role. One of the many reasons the United States of America is hated across the globe. We have discussed how critical China and Russia are for the future of the Middle East, especially in Iran which already has close diplomatic and economic ties with Russian and China (two veto wielding, permanent members of the U.N. Security Council). See our Putin back to the Kremlin? post...

Dec 21 08:51

Turkmenistan-China pipeline changes energy balance

China has arrived in Central Asia. That is the unmistakable lesson of the opening of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline on December 12.

The 1,833 kilometre pipeline, which will carry up to 40 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas, also traversing Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan before linking into China’s network in Xinjiang, was formally agreed only in April 2006. The construction of such an ambitious project in a relatively limited time-frame is a concrete demonstration of Beijing’s push to secure the region’s natural resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is making deals to make their energy infrastructure secure.

The US is fighting wars to (allegedly) accomplish the same thing.

What's wrong with this picture, in terms of US energy infrastructure?

Everything.

Dec 19 09:33

Chinese debate positive side of global warming

Academics in China are debating whether global warming could benefit rather than harm the country, with some historical climatologists believing the country did better during warmer periods.

They point to studies that show a drop in temperature and desertification accelerated the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.

"With the cold temperatures there was a drought in Mongolia. Since people were eating livestock, which fed on the grasslands, they needed to go south," Xie Zhenghui of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' International Center for Climate & Environmental Sciences told the Los Angeles Times.

Dec 19 06:37

A Visual Comparison of United States

Russia vs United States: A Visual Comparison

Dec 16 06:19

Any Climate Treaty Which Does Not Dramatically Reduce Soot Is Not Worth the Paper It's Written On

Do you remember the stories a couple of years ago about all of the dust coming from China?

There were headlines such as:

* China dust shows up on U.S. peaks

* China dust cloud circled globe in 13 days

Unfortunately, it's not just dirt. It's also soot, or "black carbon".

Dec 15 17:11

China starts building world's longest sea bridge

The 31-mile-long bridge will link Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland and the gambling centre of Macau in a giant Y-shape.

The project has been criticised as unnecessarily expensive, but officials said it was expected to create economic benefits of more than £3.5 billion during its first 20 years.

Due for completion in 2016, the bridge will be designed to withstand tropical typhoons with winds up to 125mph, with almost 22 miles of its length crossing the open sea.

Dec 14 11:04

Officials: World power meeting on Iran canceled

Setback in efforts to present unified front against Tehran's nuclear program as China asks to cancel meeting of five world powers, citing scheduling problems. In Vienna, Defense Minister Barak urges world to agree to tough new sanctions while suggesting that military strikes remain an option

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel losing the ability to order other nations to fight its wars?

Dec 12 10:32

China's Hu kicks off tour of energy-rich Central Asia

Chinese President Hu Jintao opened the Kazakh section of a gas pipeline from Central Asia on Saturday, as he kicked off a tour highlighting Beijing's growing influence over the region's energy resources.

"With the launch of this pipeline, it is like the ancient Silk Road has been restored," said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, referring to a medieval trading route linking East and West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's been making deals to get the energy its growing economy needs in Central Asia and Africa; the US has been using the tools of invasion and occupation to achieve the same ends, resulting in thousands of our kids in the military getting killed and maimed for life.

Dec 10 05:48

China's empty city

Dec 08 06:05

Made in China - millions of years ago

When Harry Kreigstein bought a mysterious fossil encased in 150lb of rock at a palaeontology show six years ago, he was convinced it was special. It didn't disappoint.

Once the rock was stripped away, the fossilised animal was revealed to be a missing link in the ancestry of Tyrannosaurus rex, king of the ancient predators. Almost identical to the giant killer, yet just a fraction of the size – and 60 million years older – its discovery astonished scientists.

Dec 06 17:22

China pays web surfers to find porn: Report

Chinese authorities have offered rewards of up to 10,000 yuan (1,465 dollars) to Internet users who report websites that feature pornography, state media reported Sunday.

However, the censors' latest campaign against content that harms public morality appears to have encouraged Internet users to look for porn online.

Dec 06 07:07

Taiwan's pro-China movement suffers blow

The poor showing by President Ma Ying-jeou in a round of local elections comes just weeks before China and Taiwan are due to hold a fourth round of talks aimed at deepening economic integration across the Taiwan strait.

President Ma has aggressively pushed forward links with the mainland since being elected 18 months ago, but the moves have raised popular fears that democratic Taiwan risks being swallowed up by its powerful, autocratic neighbour.

Nov 28 08:47

China Losses Inevitable as Dollar Weakens, Ex-PBOC Adviser Says

China’s foreign-exchange reserves face a “triple whammy” as inflation, oversupply and the “inevitable” decline of the dollar threaten to erode the value of its holdings of U.S. Treasuries, said Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the Chinese central bank.

China needs to divert its trade and investment surpluses away from U.S. debt if it is unable to reduce them, Yu, a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee from 2004 to 2006, said in a speech in Melbourne last night. The nation, with the world’s largest foreign-exchange reserves of $2.3 trillion, is the U.S.’s biggest creditor, holding $798.9 billion of Treasuries as of September.

Nov 27 05:13

Uncle Samuelstein to the rescue!

President Obama recently took a trip to China and the whole world knew about it. That is the kind of thing Presidents do, though the Dalai Lama visit proved too politically charged to pull off. As the most populous country in the world, the Peoples Republic of China is also the largest communist system in the world, the soon to be largest exporter in the world. Most of us buy ‘made in China’ products all the time. So President Obama really just had to drop by...

Nov 26 21:21

Report: US Warned China That Israel Could Attack Iran

An American warning that Israel could bomb Iran is what caused China to reconsider its stance over the Iranian nuclear program and may have paved the way for new sanctions against the Islamic republic, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The Americans have been trying for some time to get China to join the camp of countries supporting tougher sanctions against Iran. According to the report, two weeks before US President Barack Obama visited China a week and a half ago, two senior White House officials – Dennis Ross and Jeffrey Bader – traveled to Beijing on a “special mission” to try to persuade China to pressure Iran to give up its alleged nuclear weapons program.

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 24 09:28

What if China did to the US what the US has done to Iran? An analogy to help embrace facts

Would it help to understand the facts to imagine if the US was in Iran’s position? Let’s find out with the following scenario of the current US role being played by China, and Iran being played by the US. It’s all based on the conservative history (non-contested as far as I know) of what the US has done to Iran and documented here. This is written from an American perspective.

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