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Trump’s Trade War with China May Have Paved the Way to a Post-G20 World

    Trump’s Trade War with China May Have Paved the Way to a Post-G20 World

The trade war launched by the Trump administration against China may not have been solved by a 2½-hour dinner between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at the G20 in Buenos Aires on Saturday. But it may have opened a path towards a drastic realignment. Way beyond the histrionics surrounding the “family pic” –…

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US Sanctions on Russia and China Are About More Than Total War

    US Sanctions on Russia and China Are About More Than Total War

A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is the only source for “a number of chemical products used in munitions and missiles.” Russia is mentioned only once, but in a crucial paragraph: as a –…

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Leaked Transcript: Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship

    Leaked Transcript: Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship

The project, code-named Dragonfly, would blacklist phrases like “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize,” and has resulted in at least seven Google employees quitting for ethical reasons. Other employees have circulated a letter recognizing a “code yellow” emergency, suggesting that the Dragonfly initiative violates Google’s ethical code, which states that the company will not…

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Chinese Warship Comes Within 45 Yards of US Destroyer in South China Sea

    Chinese Warship Comes Within 45 Yards of US Destroyer in South China Sea

If markets have been blissfully ignorant of potential fallout from the simmering US-China trade dispute (even if corporate executives are bracing for the worst), just imagine how they would react to the reality of a military confrontation. Which brings us to an ABC News report published Monday evening detailing just how close Chinese ships came to actively confronting…

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Global De-Dollarization Spells Jolts and Crises for US Economy

  Global De-Dollarization Spells Jolts and Crises for US Economy

BEIJING — In January, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to denounce Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorism. Twenty-four hours later, Pakistan’s central bank announced that it no longer would use the U.S. dollar in international transactions, and would instead switch to the Chinese yuan. Four months later, in response to the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from…

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US Pulls Patriot Missiles From Middle East as Focus Shifts to China, Russia

  US Pulls Patriot Missiles From Middle East as Focus Shifts to China, Russia

The Pentagon is removing Patriot missile systems from several Middle Eastern countries next month, in a move that the Wall Street Journal says coincides with a “realignment of forces and capabilities as the military steps up its focus on threats from China and Russia,” citing multiple senior military officials. The relocation of the systems out of the…

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China Blocks US Navy Request For Hong Kong Port Visit

  China Blocks US Navy Request For Hong Kong Port Visit

In an sharp deterioration of diplomatic ties, China has blocked a request for a U.S. warship to visit the post of Hong Kong, the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over escalating tariffs and a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on China’s military for engaging…

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Tensions Grow as China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

  Tensions Grow as China, Russia and Iran Lead the Way Towards a New Multipolar World Order

With the province of Idlib ever closer to being liberated from terrorists by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the tensions between the US and Syria (and Syria’s allies) are rising. Every significant military campaign by the SAA seems to be accompanied by the usual alarms and false reports emanating from the Western media and governments warning of an…

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US Sanctions China for Buying Russian War Planes and Missiles

  US Sanctions China for Buying Russian War Planes and Missiles

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election Reuters reports. The US State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the branch…

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Trump Imposes New Tariffs on Chinese Goods

  Trump Imposes New Tariffs on Chinese Goods

In the escalating US-China Trade war, US President Donald Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which are to come into effect on September 24th. Nearly 200 pages long, the list covers almost 6,000 individual items. Some are quite common, such as coal, printing ink, pneumatic tires and spark plugs. Others are…

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