Category: Kings of the East

DANGEROUS FLASHPOINT’ 

War between US and China ‘more likely than EVER’ as nuclear superpowers clash over Taiwan

Felix Allen

Feb 17 2021, 6:19 ET

WAR between the US and China is more likely than ever as a growing crisis brews over Taiwan, experts have warned.

Beijing’s increasingly aggressive actions are leading to a “dangerous flashpoint” towards a conflict that would probably draw in other major powers, according to an alarming report.

A Chinese aircraft carrier group and fighter jets put on a show of force in the South China Sea in 2018Credit: Reuters

The USA and China have the world’s most powerful navies

Threats from China have been stepping up in recent months with troops put on invasion readiness and repeated incursions into Taiwanese air space.

Now a chilling report by the Council on Foreign Relations think tank warned a “severe crisis” could be brewing in 2021 following “intensifying political and economic pressure from China against Taiwan”.

The CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey of foreign policy experts said the potential clash in the region has risen to a “top-tier conflict” for the first time in its 13-year history.

Experts said Taiwan “is becoming the most dangerous flashpoint in the world for a possible war that involves the United States, China, and probably other major powers”.

The report’s authors says Joe Biden’s administration must change and clarify its strategy to prevent all-out war in the region.

“The US strategic objective regarding Taiwan should be to preserve its political and economic autonomy, its dynamism as a free society, and US-allied deterrence – without triggering a Chinese attack on Taiwan,” they say.

Any open conflict between the nuclear superpowers could be devastating for both countries and others in the region.

Joe Biden, who took an anti-war stance in the election, said earlier this month he expects future rivalry with China will take the form of “extreme competition” rather than conflict.

Meanwhile yesterday China sent two coast guard vessels into Japan’s territorial waters amid ongoing tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Two armed ships – one equipped with a cannon – sailed close to the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, which are controlled by Japan by claimed by China.

The provocative incursion came after China enacted a new “Coast Guard Law” –  also known as the “open fire” law – which allows sea forces to fire on any foreign vessel deemed a threat to its national sovereignty.

Last month Beijing sent dozens of bombers and fighter jets to Taiwan in a clear challenge to the US days after Joe Biden’s administration.

Defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian hinted at a full-scale invasion if the autonomous island moves towards full independence.

He said: “We are seriously telling those Taiwan independence forces: those who play with fire will burn themselves, and Taiwan independence means war.”

Biden responded by saying his support for Taiwan is “rock solid”.

TEST OF RESOLVE

Meanwhile a bombshell White House document – declassified by Donald Trump in his final weeks – revealed a US plan to take on China directly if it attacked Taiwan.

Taiwan, a nation of 25million, split from Chinese control after the Second World War, and never surrendered 1949 following the Chinese Civil War.

It has been striving for independence ever since, but recently Beijing has been aggressively pursuing reunification and President Xi Jinping threatened to use force to achieve that goal.

China’s repeated incursions into Taiwanese air space are designed to wear down its defence forces and test US resolve, said Justin Hastings, a professor in International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Prof Hastings told news.com.au China’s rhetoric was becoming more and more “bellicose”.

He said: “They say they will resolve the Taiwan issue even if it’s not peaceful and that they reserve the right to use the military.

“Now China is rising and becoming more aggressive, it’s not clear how the US can deter China.

“There’s also the situation that China has the incentive to test US resolve under the new Biden administration and it’s not clear if China will be willing to wait for ever.”

Military tensions between the US and China worsened during the Trump administration as the president also launched a trade war.

Biden spoke to President Xi for the first time since coming to power last week.

He pressed him on human rights and security – including Xi’s “increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan”, the White House said.

A week earlier Biden said Xi “doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body”, but signalled he would reset US policy and seek to avoid conflict.

He told CBS: “I’ve said to him all along, that we need not have a conflict. But there’s going to be extreme competition.

“I’m not going to do it the way Trump did. We’re going to focus on international rules of the road.”

In September, China vowed to “fight America to the end” amid revelations the US Navy is looking to supersize its mighty battle fleet.

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U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea as Chinese Coast Guard gets cleared to engage foreign vessels

By Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published January 25, 2021 at 12:33pm

China reacted with outrage after a U.S. Navy carrier group sailed into the South China Sea just to show the world that it can.

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, according to a Navy statement.

The carrier group “is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations,” the Navy said.

China did not see it that way.

“The United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea to flex its muscles,” the communist country’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said, according to Reuters.

“This is not conducive to peace and stability in the region.”

China claims ownership of virtually all of the South China Sea, putting it in dispute with Japan, Vietnam and other Asian nations.

To put teeth in those claims, on the day before the carrier group entered the South China Sea, China gave its coast guard the green light to fire on foreign ships and destroy anything built on islands it claims, according to NBC News.

The Coast Guard Law, which China enacted Friday, approves of using force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”

The law had no apparent impact on the carrier group’s progress. As of Monday, no incidents had been reported.

ICYMI: @INDOPACOM just confirmed the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group has entered the South China Sea. https://t.co/5uDdJFchFN

— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) January 24, 2021


The importance of the carrier group’s mission was emphasized by Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9.

“With two-thirds of the world’s trade travelling through this very important region, it is vital that we maintain our presence and continue to promote the rules-based order which has allowed us all to prosper,” he said in a statement.

Capt. Eric Anduze, USS Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, said, “We all benefit from free and open access to the seas and our operations represent our commitment to maintaining regional security and stability. I’m incredibly proud of the work and professionalism this crew shows every day operating on the high seas.”

The carrier is accompanied by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.

The arrival of the carrier group came the same day that Taiwan reported multiple incursions of its air defense identification zone on the part of Chinese military aircraft.

Zhao did not explain Monday what the planes were doing.

China believes that Taiwan, the island where the Chinese nationalist government took refuge in 1949 when the communists swept to power on the mainland, is rightfully its property. It opposes any recognition of the island’s government.

The U.S. does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan but provides arms and support.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday praised the ability of one radar station on the island to track Chinese incursions, Reuters reported.

“From last year until now, our radar station has detected nearly 2,000 communist aircraft and more than 400 communist ships, allowing us to quickly monitor and drive them away, and fully guard the sea and airspace,” she said.

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Muslims In India Fear As Violent Hindu Terrorists Raise Money For Controversial Pagan Temple

by Andrew Bieszad on January 23, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Islam is an evil religion. However, two things must always be remembered, and that is, that one does not fight evil by endorsing another evil in its place, and that Muslims are people who have the ability to change their minds. Any opposition to Islam therefore is not answered by political solutions, and any political solution cannot take place until the appropriate spiritual solution is applied, as politics is at best a secondary consideration and will naturally follow.

In the case of India, this is a lesson for all to pay attention to, for while there are a lot of Muslims in India, the country is majority Hindu, a religion that worships blood and soil and is one of the worst forms of ancient paganism. While Islam is evil, one cannot “stop Islam” in order to see Hinduism rise, because that will not bring peace, but heinous violence and bloodshed. Allah may be a false god, and its concept so far from the one true God that it is a separate god alltogether, but to its credit, it retains at least the nominal framework given by Christianity, for as St. John of Damascus, who lived in the 8th century and worked for the Umayyad Caliphate wrote and was later paraphrased by the writer Belloc, Islam is but the culmination of Christian heresies. Hinduism cannot even claim this, but is more in common with the darwinistic views espoused by satanism where right comes from might.

Shoebat.com has covered the fighting in India over a centuries old mosque, known as the Babri Mosque, that Hindu nationalists claim was and if they get their way, which they are working at, will become the Ayodhya Temple to the Hindu god Ram. According to Arab News, Indian Muslims are in fear as Hindu nationalist groups, such as the VHP, are raising money to build the temple following victories in court.

Muslims in India fear a new wave of sectarian tension amid a controversial fundraising campaign to build a Hindu temple in place of a centuries-old mosque in the eastern city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

The 16th-century Babri Mosque was claimed by both Hindus and Muslims. After decades of conflict, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hindus in 2019, allowing them to build a temple on the site where the mosque had stood.

The mosque was torn down by mobs mobilized by the now-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1992, which claimed that it was built at the birthplace of Ram, a major Hindu deity.

The destruction of the mosque sparked nationwide violence that claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, and set the tone for sectarian tensions that continue today.

Last week, the World Hindu Organization, known locally as Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) — an affiliate of the BJP — launched a 45-day nationwide campaign to collect donations for the Hindu temple, including the Muslim community in its efforts.

“There is a palpable sense of anxiety among Muslims in the region,” social activist Abrar ul Haq, from the Basti area of Uttar Pradesh, told Arab News on Tuesday.

“Experience tells us that Hindu activists rally in a Muslim locality in the name of a campaign and shout provocative slogans to incite people. This leads to tension and violence,” he said.

“Muslims want to forget the temple debate, but the divisive campaign by Hindu groups makes them anxious.” (source)

Shoebat.com has said that a major trend to watch will be violence from Hindu nationalists against Muslims and Christians. According to reports that we have detailed and you can find in the Shoebat archives, the nationalist are preparing for their own naziesque ‘race war’ in which they intend to massacre the Christians and Muslims in the name of Hinduism to create a ‘pure Hindu ethnostate’, known as the Bharat, and enforce Hinduism as the religion and law.

While the world looks at China and her treatment of Christians, and the US complains loudly, the reality is that India is as bad or worse and has been for a while, and the US is not saying a word because she wants to use India in a major war against China. As such, she wants her on ‘her side’ as much as possible, and if this means that many Christians will die, the US does not care. The treatment of Christians in Iraq should be sufficient proof of this, as what Islam could not do in fourteen centuries the US accomplished in fourteen years, which was the permanent and irreversible genocide of the Christian community dating back to the days of St. Thomas the Apostle.

Look for a trend of greater violence against Christians in India, and to this, if one has friends in India who are Christians, prepare to help them in the future, as the situation is likely going to become very difficult for many people and may be no different than what happened last century in Germany, except this time in India.

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Turkmenistan Prepares To Build New Highway Network Connecting Turkey To Central Asia And East Asia

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Turkmenistan is one of the most centrally controlled nations in the world, akin to North Korea. This nation, home of President Gurbanguly Berkhimudrov who recently declared that licorice root could cure COVID, has put forth a new plan to build a highway network connecting Turkey, beginning at the Caspian Sea coastline, by road to Afghanistan by both auto and railway networks.

The project to construct the new highway linking Turkmenistan with its neighbours is being prioritised by the country’s government. The new transport corridor will connect Turkmenistan with Afghanistan in one direction, and with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the other.

The project involves the construction of both road as well as rail links. The route runs from Torgundi in Afghanistan, which lies close to the border with Turkmenistan. From the border, the route links Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat with the Caspian Sea port at Turkmenbashi. The sea crossing to Azerbaijan’s commercial centre and key port of Baku then will link by road to Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and finally to Turkey’s commercial centre, Istanbul. Many of the road links in Turkey forming part of the route have already been constructed.

Financing worth US$2.4 billion for the Ashgabat to Turkmenabat highway project was secured for the project previously. The 20-year loan was provided by the Central Bank of Turkmenistan. (source)

Whether or not this highway will actually be build is another issue. However, it illustrates a trend that is happening, and given the geopolitics of the area, may be funded or forced to continue by foreign powers, namely the US, Turkey, and Germany.

I have noted for a while now that the world is fighting, albeit ‘silently’, for control over Central Asia because it is tied to the future of trade as well as the viability of Russia as a world power. Russia may be large, but most of her power does not come from historical Russia west of the Urals. It rather comes from Siberia, and her vast resources to mine or extract and sell. Russia, as I have noted and many other people as well, does not really have an economy save for the production of cheap weapons for questionable leaders in poor nations and the extraction of raw materials. Mackinder wrote this as far back as 1900, saying that in addition to resources, controlling Central Asia places its controller- Russia -in the position of holding influence over the major economic and imperial movements between east and west that have historically defined global geopolitics.

Russia’s control on Central Asia is slipping, and has been since the days of the USSR. It was the region where the “Great Game” was largely played between the British and Russian Empires, and while it ‘tightened’ its control during the Soviet years, after the fall of the USSR it loosened and has continued to become weaker.

At the same time, Turkey, the US, Germany, and China have all stepped in to try to put their own influence in the region. The most successful has been with NATO, where economic railway and highway initiatives have began a serious process of connecting a highly-developed Turkey that continues to become more technologically advanced to the Far East, because that is where this is moving- a race to rebuild the Silk Road just like in the days of the Roman Empire, connecting as far away as Ireland and theoretically “Rome” (in the historical sense) to all parts of Asia including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and New Delhi.

China and Russia are attempting a Chinese version of this called the “belt and road initiative”, but it has run into many setbacks. This is not to say that China is not pursuing it, but that right now, the question is who will be able to connect east to west fastest?

Russia is in an interesting position because she has technically connnected east to west by her railway lines. However, since the tracks used run on a different standard that those of the rest of the world, plus how may tracks and roads have significantly deteriorated (such as the saying in Russian “there are two problems in Russia: Fools and roads”). She is threatened by both NATO in the West and China in the East, for as much as she is an “ally” of China, China also is a direct threat to her Siberian holding, which like France’s African holdings that she controls through currency manipulation of the West and Central African Francs, if she loses Siberia, she loses control over her nation.

Meanwhile, Turkey is set on rebuilding the Ottoman Empire, and be it Erdogan still in power or another, the fact is that the Ottoman menace never died but is resurrecting. While she fights with NATO, Turkey is also a historical German and US ally, a major counterweight against the Russians, and given the support in building roads from Europe to Asia circumventing Russia, there is a very real, strong chance that Turkey could actually “beat” the Russians here.

Hence this is why the outcome of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is so important. It’s more than just a squabble over territory. Rather, if one looks at the physical railroad- and by extension highway or future highway lines -there are several outcomes.

First, given the closeness between Azerbaijan and Turkey, and the fact that Azerbaijan has admitted she wants essentially to be absorbed by Turkey, the Azeri victory over Armenia creates a direct path from Turkey to the Oil Sands of Baku and the Caspian Sea, which is right across from Turkmenistan, and just so happens to be where this new railway and road lines are being planned will go to.

Second, what is happening is a continual “cutting out” of Armenia from economic life. Armenia is already isolated, considering that the current BTC (Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan) railway line literally goes in about a 270 degree semicircle around Armenia. The victory over Armenia has officially cut off Armenia’s southern corridor by the Aras River, meaning that Armenia is now fully surrounded by Turkey and her Azeri ally. She is, for all purposes, a country in a country, with no way out to another land that is not Turkey. This is a typical strategy of ‘encirclement’, and given Turkey’s no-secret denial of the Armenian massacres and her hatred of Christianity and the Armenians, is bad news for the future, because it means that Turkey is likely looking to “finish the job” from last century.

Third, Turkey’s power as an economic machine due to these factors is going to rapidly increase because looking at a map, there are only two ways to the Far East From Europe- either go through Russia (not an option), or go through Turkey, and since NATO has chosen the latter, this is why Turkey is reviving. Her position is bolstering her return as a world power, and in a competition with Russia, the Nagorno-Karabakh “nail” is one more in the building of the railway to Asia.

The next decade is going to be a decade of escalation, and there are going to be many sub-trends within this. These developments in the small, isolated, and largely crumbling nation of Turkmenistan are not to be separated from what is going on in the rest of the world, for this is more than just a road, but about the construction of a revived Ottoman Empire, and is as relevant to the conflicts in the Middle East, with Russia, with China, and around the world more than ever before today.

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Report- Religious Persecution Will Significantly Worsen In China And India

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

Religious persecution is increasing around the world, but China and India are two major hot spots to watch, since there is open hatred for all things Christian in both nations, and there has been no secret made, barely hidden, that there is a long-term plan to eventually exterminate Christianity and Christians from both nations in the name of nationalist violence.

As such the Christian Post reports that religious persecution is likely going to increase in 2021.

Though religious persecution in China and India is expected to increase in 2021, exposure to the Bible is increasing in North Korea, the world’s most repressive country, according to the annual Persecution Trends survey from Release International.

In its latest report, RI, an international Christian watchdog organization for persecuted Christians worldwide, said that persecution is “thriving” in China and will likely increase in the new year.

RI cited the recent passage of tough new laws controlling religion, the shuttering of numerous churches, and the increasing number of registered churches forced to install CCTV cameras and put up posters proclaiming communist ideals and beliefs.

However, the Chinese Communist Party has “bought the silence of the international community” through increased dependence on trade, it said.

“The government of President Xi Jinping is increasing its ‘clean up’ of anything that does not advance the communist agenda. They appear to believe that they can achieve this by systematic opposition,” the group warned.

Corroborating other reports, RI said that China has been exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to tighten restrictions on underground believers.

Earlier this year, it was reported that amid the outbreak, impoverished Christian villagers in China were ordered to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi or risk losing their welfare benefits.

“The Chinese government is trying every way to take advantage of the virus by increasing the crackdown against Christian churches,” said RI partner Bob Fu, of ChinaAid. “It has accelerated particular campaigns, such as the forced removal of crosses.”

The group also predicted that in India, intolerance toward Christians and other religious minorities will continue to grow during 2021, largely due to growing Hindu nationalism. (source)

The trend of Christian persecution, since it is directly tied to nationalism and politics, is not going away. While the US will criticize Christian persecution in China, she will be silent when it comes to India, since she is seeking to use India as a political weapons against the Chinese, dividing the two billion-strong giants to battle in the Himalayas while attacking China on other fronts.

The biggest losers, no surprise, are the Christians, who will find no real allies at all save for when it is considered to be politically expedient, and which can change at any time. It would be wise to note then that Christians must care for each other, and prepare for the worst as things become more difficult leading up to war in order to be able to help others, since one will not be able to rely or trust in governments at all to do this.

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America warned political divisions giving China way to ‘global dominance’

‘Will be brought on by superior trade, industrial, and technological development’

By WND News Services
Published December 13, 2020 at 4:30pm

By Brandon Weichert
Real Clear Politics

The United States is mired in a succession crisis. There is much loose talk about another civil war erupting between supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. As this occurs, America’s enemies act boldly against U.S. interests. Each precious moment wasted on deciding which septuagenarian won the White House in November is another moment that the Chinese Communist Party continues its long march to global dominance.

China’s dominance will not come at first in the form of military conquest. Beijing is very much a 21st century power, and its program for displacing the United States will look far different from what the Soviet Union tried during the Cold War. Chinese dominance will be brought on by superior trade, industrial, and technological development practices.  

Beijing recently signed a revolutionary free trade alliance with several Asian powers—including Australia—meant to increase China’s influence over the Indo-Pacific and diminish Washington’s hard-won influence there. China announced it had achieved quantum supremacy—a lodestar for whichever country or company seeks to pioneer quantum computing. Many technologists, like Scott Amyx, have previously argued that quantum computing could be as disruptive to the world economy as the cotton gin or automobile were. Whoever dominates this new industry will write humanity’s future. 

And then there’s the new space race between the United States and China. Private launch companies, including SpaceX, have revolutionized America’s overall space sector. But the lack of political vision or leadership means that real gains for America in space will be slowly realized, if ever. President Trump was the only American leader in decades who seemed to understand the promises and challenges of space. Yet, the rest of the government never fully embraced Trump’s robust space program. Now, it may be too late. 

NASA’s Artemis Program, which is supposed to return Americans to the moon, is adrift, stuck in what Hollywood types might call “development hell.” Petty politics, budgetary constraints, and bureaucratic inertia have prevented this essential program from lifting off in a timely way. Judging from the profile of the individuals that President-elect Biden chose for his NASA transition team, it looks as though the Artemis program will be reduced even more in importance. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese have not only landed a rover on the dark side of the moon, but they have now successfully retrieved lunar rocks—the first time in decades that this has been done. China’s leadership does not intend to stop with unmanned missions to the moon. The recent Chang’e-5 mission (launch rocket pictured above) was merely the proof that China has achieved the same capabilities as the Americans. 

Now, China will outpace America. Two years ago, Ye Peijian, the head of China’s lunar mission, declared that China’s leaders viewed the moon as they do the South China Sea, with Mars being analogous to Huangyan Island. Meanwhile, NASA is reduced to begging for money to create new spacesuits for its lunar mission. 

Compare these events today to the Cold War. In the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the competition between the two superpowers was visceral and the stakes were existential. There was no area of human life where the conflict did not play out … and where the combatants did not fight with everything they had to win. 

When the Soviet Union beat the Americans by getting humanity’s first satellite in orbit—Sputnikmost Americans and their leaders rightly panicked. By the time the USSR placed the first human in orbit, America’s leaders knew that they could not simply shrug and lazily say, “We’ll get there eventually, too.” 

This lackadaisical attitude that yesteryear’s Americans quickly overcame, however, is precisely how the Americans have responded to China’s impressive gains over the last few years. Denialism will not preserve America’s superpower status. Decisive political action will. America’s leaders, however, are still bickering with each other over petty partisan politics. Xi Jinping and China’s leaders laugh and march on.

Had it not been for the virile leadership of John F. Kennedy and his declaration at Rice University in 1962 that the United States would send the first humans to the moon by the end of that decade, the Soviets would have defeated the Americans in the moon race as well. Had that occurred, history for the rest of the Cold War would have played out differently. The spin-off technology that the Apollo program provided the United States might never have been realized in America. Instead, those impressive gains would gone to the USSR … and the inevitable implosion of the Soviet Union might have not happened. 

Between China’s breakthrough in quantum supremacy and its successful lunar missions—as well as its clearly defined strategy for achieving dominance in both the high-tech sector and in space—the American leaders have ignored multiple Sputnik moments. China now has momentum in this new cold war. America’s political instability is only exacerbating these frightening trends. 

What’s needed now is a bipartisan commitment to investing in the technology and capabilities that will allow for the United States to leapfrog the Chinese in critical areas, including quantum computing. American leaders must also ensure that the United States remains the dominant space power by permanently placing astronauts on the moon and Mars, and by deploying defensive space weapons above the Earth.

As an investor from China once told me, “When the donkey and elephant make war upon each other, few in your country benefit.” The bitter partisan divide in America today is a strategic liability. This division will affect the trade, economic, technology, and space policies of this country—at a time when consistency and bipartisan leadership is needed in all these areas. Until we recognize China’s threat and rally as one nation, America’s surrender to China in the new cold war is assured.

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China’s new intercontinental bomber could put U.S. bases, state of Hawaii in strike range

By Cameron Arcand, The Western Journal
Published November 30, 2020 at 6:18pm

China is developing a stealth bomber that would be capable of striking parts of the United States, a troubling prospect given the rising tensions between the two nations.

The H-20 bomber, which has been on the radar of the United States for months now, is expected to have a 5,280-mile striking range, putting Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam within its reach.

The U.S. Defense Department’s 2020 China Military Power Report gives insight into China’s aviation ambitions.

“A number of reports suggest the new bomber, likely named the H-20, could debut sometime in the next decade with the following features: a stealthy design, employing many fifth-generation technologies; a likely range of at least 8,500 km; a payload of at least 10 metric tons; and a capability to employ both conventional and nuclear weaponry,” the DoD said in August.

A new report from the Royal United Services Institute, a United Kingdom-based think tank, makes it clear that the bomber would have significant power, according to the South China Morning Post.

“Armed with nuclear and conventional stand-off missiles, the H-20 would represent a major break from previous People’s Liberation Army Air Force doctrine and equipment development practice,” said the RUSI report, released in late October.

This is a major change for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, which currently is only truly able to defend against and attack nations in Asia and islands in the Pacific Ocean, such as the Philippines and Japan.

“The H-20, by contrast, would give China a truly intercontinental power-projection capability,” the report said.

China’s H-20 stealth bomber will give PLA ‘truly intercontinental’ strike capacity, says report https://t.co/07icYQH4nx

— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) November 26, 2020

This news comes as the Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s growing military power and how it is quickly becoming the nation’s largest adversary.

The report from the DOD makes it clear the communist juggernaut wants to best the United States in military prowess by 2049.

“Two decades later, the PLA’s objective is to become a ‘world-class’ military by the end of 2049 — a goal first announced by General Secretary Xi Jinping in 2017,” it said. “Although the CCP has not defined what a ‘world-class’ military means, within the context of the PRC’s national strategy it is likely that Beijing will seek to develop a military by mid-century that is equal to — or in some cases superior to — the U.S. military, or that of any other great power that the PRC views as a threat.”

Tensions between the United States and China have soured since March, mostly because of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that originated there, the intense scrutiny over Uyghur Muslims being placed in forced labor camps, and the government’s crackdown on freedom protests in Hong Kong.

As a result, the U.S. government sanctioned the communist nation by enacting the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. The Trump administration also announced sanctions on Chinese companies that use slave labor.

China is poised to become the nation’s greatest enemy since the Soviet Union, so military developments such as a new stealth bomber should not be taken lightly.

While President Donald Trump has taken a tough approach to China after trying to negotiate trade deals with the global rival, it is unclear how Democrat Joe Biden’s administration would respond to the growing threat.

China plays an integral role in the global economy, so the United States needs the right leaders to navigate this rocky chapter in foreign policy.

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DID CHINA ADOPT “FLESH-ROTTING” WAR TACTICS FROM BOOK OF ZECHARIAH?

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 23, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

As for those peoples that warred against Yerushalayim, Hashem will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12 (The Israel BibleTM)

in Varna, Bulgaria. Part of the ships weaponry. (courtesy: Shutterstock)

A smoldering mountaintop conflict between two nuclear-armed nations turned apocalyptic with claims that China used a never-before-used “non-lethal” weapon that cooks its victims from the inside out. 

CHINA-INDIA CONFLICT IN THE HIMALAYAS: MICROWAVE SOLUTION

The confrontation in the Himalayas took a disturbing turn this week when India accused China of using microwave weapons against its soldiers. 

The Himalayas section of the 2,000-mile border between India and China, the two largest countries in Asia, has been a source of contention between the two countries since the Sino-Indian war ended in 1962 but has heated up in recent months, turning bloody in September when clashes involving up to 900 soldiers left 20 of their soldiers dead. China refused to release data on the conflict.

The two countries have, in recent months, deployed tens of thousands of troops on the border between India’s Ladakh region and the Chinese-held Tibetan plateau.

Last week, Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations, gave a lecture at Beijing-based Renmin University in which he claimed that China had used microwaves on August 29 to target two hilltops to end a month-long standoff, forcing the Indian soldiers to flee without firing a shot. Canrong claimed this solution allowed a Chinese victory without violating the ceasefire agreement that prohibited live-fire. Canrong claimed that within 15 minutes of the weapons being deployed, “those occupying the hilltops all began to vomit”. 

“They couldn’t stand up, so they fled,” he claimed. “This was how we retook the ground.” The professor claimed the microwave weapons cooked the tissue of enemy troops “turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven.”

“We didn’t publicize it because we solved the problem beautifully,” he said. “They (India) didn’t publicize it either because they lost so miserably.”

“In 15 minutes, those occupying the hilltops all began to vomit. They couldn’t stand up, so they fled. This was how we retook the ground.”

DENIAL

Indian officials responded to the report on Tuesday, claiming that China is spreading ‘fake news’. 

The use of non-conventional weapons is deeply concerning as both India and China have nuclear weapons. “It’s pure and poor psyops from China,” the Indian government said in a statement responding to the claim, noting that their military remained in control of the hilltops that were captured in June.


Non-Lethal; Deployed But Never Used

Initially designed for non-lethal crowd control, microwave systems work by heating the water under the skin to painful temperatures which force people out of the area.   Using a similar principle to a microwave oven it incites movement in the fat and water molecules located just below the skin surface, making the target feel like they are burning from the inside. As soon as the target steps away from the ray, the pain ceases, purportedly leaving no damage to nerve endings and blood vessels, which are located deeper below the epidermis.

If Canrong’s claim is true, it would be the first known use of microwave weapons on a battlefield. China’s version, called the Poly WB-1, was first put on display at an air show in 2014 and was thought to be supplied to Chinese naval forces. The Poly WB-1 uses millimeter-wave beams to target people from up to a kilometer away. The US equivalent, the non-lethal Active Denial System, was unveiled in 2007 and deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan. It was withdrawn without ever being used against human targets.

MICROWAVES: CHINA’S WEAPON OF THE FUTURE?

Other forms of microwave weapons are being investigated as possible lethal weapons. In a paper entitled ‘China’s Progress with Directed Energy Weapons’,  Richard D. Fisher Jr, a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, claimed that China’s space program was being developed for potential military missions that would employ laser and microwave weapons.

 “By 2023 it should be possible for China to build a space-based laser battle platform weighing 5 tons and carrying 2.5 tons of chemical laser fuel,” Fisher wrote. He added that China “may by now have an active space laser combat satellite program”.

Writing in the report for the International Assessment and Strategy Centre, he said: “China is working to dominate a potential next generation of warfare centered on directed energy weapons.”

“This drive for superiority is consistent with China’s drive for global economic dominance to be followed by eventual military dominance; the dominance of the seas and outer space,” Fisher wrote. The report outlined how China had developed low-power electric Solid State Laser (SSL) “kill” weapons but the report emphasized that there is great interest in China’s development of High Power Microwave (HPM). Currently, China’s military is a leader in developing HPMs.

Currently, microwave weapons are used strictly for non-lethal purposes and HPMs are only capable of attacking electronics. But if they should be developed, the principle could be the same as a microwave used in kitchens which cooks food by exposing it to electromagnetic radiation in the microwave frequency range. The general effect of exposure to microwaves will be physical burns to the body, as human tissue, particularly the outer fat and muscle layers, which has a similar composition to some foods that are typically cooked in microwave ovens and so experiences similar dielectric heating effects when exposed to microwave electromagnetic radiation.

ROTTING FLESH

Such a weapon would bear a disturbing resemblance to the effects of the War of Gog and Magog described in Zechariah. As for those peoples that warred against YerushalayimHashem will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12

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Beijing explodes with rage after Mike Pompeo backs independent Taiwan

Relations worsen between the 2 countries

BEIJING has hit out at a US official for claiming Taiwan “has not been a part of China” for decades, as relations worsen between the two countries.

By DYLAN DONNELLY

PUBLISHED: 03:19, Sat, Nov 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:02, Sat, Nov 14, 2020

China’s foreign ministry responded to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a senior figure in President Donald Trump’s administration, after he backed Taiwan’s independence from Beijing. The Trump administration has taken a hardline stance against the Chinese Communist Party this year, with Beijing and Washington exchanging sanctions and threats throughout 2020. Taiwan recently agreed to buy advanced weapons systems from the US for billions of dollars, which enraged China.

Wang Wenbin, foreign ministry spokesman, slammed Mr Pompeo for his comments, reaffirming Beijing’s view that Taiwan is an inalienable part of mainland China.

He also said the Secretary of State’s comments caused more damage to Chinese and American relations.

Mr Wang added: “We solemnly tell Pompeo and his ilk, that any behaviour that undermines China’s core interests and interferes with China’s domestic affairs will be met with a resolute counterattack by China.”

In 1949, the Republic of China’s government fled to Taiwan after losing to Chinese communists in a civil war.

Mr Pompeo courted China’s outrage came after he told a US radio station Taiwan is an independent country.He said: “Taiwan has not been a part of China”.

“That was recognised with the work that the Reagan administration did to lay out the policies that the United States has adhered to now for three-and-a-half decades.”

President Ronald Reagan enacted the Six Assurances in 1982, which were foreign policy principles, to reassure Taiwan the US would support the country.

Joanne Ou, Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokewoman, expressed thanks to Mr Pompeo for his comments supporting the country’s independence from China.

She said: “The Republic of China on Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country, and not part of the People’s Republic of China.

“This is a fact and the current situation.”

Taiwanese officials will also be visiting Washington next week for bilateral economic talks, which has angered Beijing.

Taiwanese and Chinese relations have been at boiling point this year as Beijing grows increasingly aggressive in the South China Sea.

Chinese broadcaster CCTV released video of the People’s Liberation Army carrying out a simulated all-out invasion of Taiwan, with live fire drills and drones sent near the Taiwan Straits.

Taiwan has also reported it has bumped up its defence budget by 10.2 percent for next year in response to Chinese aggression near the Taiwan Straits.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has previously urged Beijing to work with Taipei to find diplomatic resolutions to tensions, but has turned to the US for arms sales in response to military drills.


Washington has also seen rising tensions with Beijing this year, as the two powers impose sanctions on companies involved in human rights abuses and trade.

China has slammed US companies involved in Taiwanese arms sales with sanctions, with groups like Lockheed Martin being involved in the sale of advanced weapons systems to the country.

Most recently, the US sold Taiwan $600 million worth of MQ-9 Reaper drones, after selling over $10 billion in anti-air systems and fighter jets throughout the year.

China also flew fighter jets near Taiwan while US officials visited Taipei earlier this year in a show of military strength.

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China has only about one year of reserve food as crops fail and disease sweeps herds

By Jared Harris, The Western Journal
Published October 26, 2020 at 9:03am

With the disruption of the global food supply chain due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, many nations are in the position of having to feed their own populations without the luxury of worldwide supply routes.

The United Nations estimates that food insecurity in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean already is affecting nearly 700 million people.

Considering the mounting issues in the People’s Republic of China, that number could grow if things continue to go wrong for the communist powerhouse.

China’s impending shortage comes after several devastating blows to the country’s agricultural industry.

The Asian giant has been hit hard by flooded corn crops and the African swine fever, according to The Washington Post. But fresh foods of all kinds are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic and flooding. Eggs, seafood and leafy green vegetables are among the foods affected by supply problems.

Swine fever, harmless to humans but fatal to pigs, forced farmers and governments to begin mass culls. The impact of the disease was immediately felt in China, where pork is one of the most popular meats.

Demand only grew as the hog supply in the country withered by more than 40 percent throughout most of 2019, according to the South China Morning Post. That sent prices skyrocketing, and soon, people were forced to turn to alternatives as pig farmers failed to keep up with consumers.

The popularity of dog meat, which is inexpensive and doesn’t carry the same cultural taboos in China as it does in the West, soared as restaurants and markets began offering more of the cuts.

Being priced out of pork isn’t the only issue the Chinese consumer is facing.

Historically devastating floods are still sweeping the country, damaging crops and infrastructure. According to CNN, the deluge has affected at least 13 million acres of farmland.

The destruction isn’t only affecting staples such as rice and wheat, but also corn and soybeans grown as livestock feed.

Although Beijing tried to reassure the Chinese people of the government’s ability to handle the crisis, the attempt inadvertently revealed how much the country is holding in its food reserves.

According to Global Times, an English-language mouthpiece for the regime owned by the Chinese Communist Party, the country has only about a year’s worth of China’s two main grains, rice and wheat, in reserve.

“The current stock exceeds one year’s annual output,” the outlet reported, which suggests the government has more than one year’s worth of food reserves, but not much more.

And while this might alleviate a short-term issue, it’s foreboding for the long term of China’s gargantuan population.

A trade war with the United States already disrupted the country’s food imports, forcing China to repeal tariffs on American foodstuffs.

For China, a country with several living generations who have memories of famine and starvation, food security is one of the most important issues for the government to handle.

If the ruling communist party can’t get a grip on the food situation in China, expensive pork will be the least of leaders’ worries.

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