Category: Kings of the East

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

— 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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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. 


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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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Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be forged in the future.

Putin’s statement signaled deepening ties between Moscow and Beijing amid growing tensions in their relations with the United States. The Russian leader also made a strong call for extending the last remaining arms control pact between Moscow and Washington.

Asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday whether a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible, Putin replied that “we don’t need it, but, theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.”

Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about the possibility of their forming a military alliance.

Putin pointed to the war games that the armed forces of China and Russia held as a signal of the countries’ burgeoning military cooperation.

Putin also noted that Russia has shared sensitive military technologies that helped significantly boost China’s military potential, but didn’t mention any specifics, saying the information was sensitive.

“Without any doubt, our cooperation with China is bolstering the defense capability of China’s army,” he said, adding that the future could see even closer military ties between the two countries.

“The time will show how it will develop,” the Russian president said, adding that “we won’t exclude it.”

Russia has sought to develop stronger ties with China as its relations with the West sank to post-Cold War lows over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other rifts.

Putin on Thursday emphasized the importance of extending the New START treaty that expires in February, Russia’s last arms control pact with the United States.

Earlier this week, the United States and Russia signaled their readiness to accept compromises to salvage the New START treaty just two weeks ahead of the U.S. presidential election in which President Donald Trump faces a strong challenge from former Vice President Joe Biden, whose campaign has accused Trump of being soft on Russia.

New START was signed in 2010 by then-U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The pact limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections to verify compliance.

Russia had offered to extend the pact without any conditions, while the Trump administration initially insisted that it could only be renewed if China agreed to join. China has refused to consider the idea. The U.S. recently modified its stance and proposed a one-year extension of the treaty, but said it must be coupled with the imposition of a broader cap on nuclear warheads.

The Kremlin initially resisted Washington’s demand, but its position shifted this week with the Russian Foreign Ministry stating that Moscow can accept a freeze on warheads if the U.S. agrees to put forward no additional demands.

Putin didn’t address the issue of the freeze on warheads, but he emphasized the importance of salvaging New START.

“The question is whether to keep the existing treaty as it is, begin a detailed discussion and try to reach a compromise in a year or lose that treaty altogether, leaving ourselves, Russia and the United States, along with the rest of the world, without any agreement restricting an arms race,” he said. “I believe the second option is much worse.”

At the same time, he added that Russia “wasn’t clinging to the treaty” and will ensure its security without it. He pointed at Russia’s perceived edge in hypersonic weapons and indicated a readiness to include them in a future pact.

“If our partners decide that they don’t need it, well, so be it, we can’t stop them,” he said. “Russia’

Despite indications earlier this week that Russia and the U.S. were inching closer to a deal on New START, the top Russian negotiator said that “dramatic” differences still remain and strongly warned Washington against making new demands.

Sergei Ryabkov cautioned the U.S. against pressing its demand for more intrusive control verification measures like those that existed in the 1990s and aren’t envisaged by the New START. The diplomat argued that new control mechanisms could be discussed as part of a future deal, saying firmly that Russia will not accept the demand that amounts to “legitimate espionage.”

“If it doesn’t suit the U.S. for some reason, then there will be no deal,” Ryabkov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

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Iran To Import North Korean missiles In 25-Year Military Deal With China

By Simon Watkins – Oct 19, 2020, 5:00 PM CDT

Following the end on the 18th of October of the 13-year United Nations’ embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons, the roll-out of the military component of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will begin in November, as exclusively revealed by Oil After a series of meetings in China on the 9th and 10th of October between Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, and his China counterpart, Wang Yi, this military component may now also feature the deployment in Iran of North Korean weaponry and technology, in exchange for oil, according to sources very close to the Iranian government spoken to by last week. Most notably this would include Hwasong-12 mobile ballistic missiles, with a range of 4,500 kilometres, and the development of liquid propellant rocket engines suitable for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or satellite launch vehicles (SLVs). This will all be part of a broader triangular relationship co-ordinated by Beijing and further facilitated by the imminent launch of a new digitised currency system by China.

This sort of co-ordination – between North Korea and Iran and also between North Korea, Iran, and China – is nothing new, although its resumption at such a scale and in such products is. According to a number of defence industry sources – and recorded in various ‘Jane’s Intelligence Reviews’ (JIR) – over the first five-year period from the onset of Iran’s ballistic missile program in 1987, Iran bought up to 300 Scud B missiles from North Korea. Pyongyang, though, did not just sell Iran weapons but it was also instrumental in helping Iran to build-out the infrastructure for what has become an extremely high-level ballistic missile program, beginning with the creation in Iran of a Scud B missile plant that became operational by the end of 1988. According to JIR and other defence sources, this early-stage co-operation in this area between North Korea and Iran also included Iranian personnel travelling to North Korea for training in the operation and manufacture of these missiles and the stationing of North Korean personnel in Iran during the build-out of missile plants. This model of knowledge and skills transference, of course, has been a key part of the 25-year deal between Iran and China since it was formally agreed back in 2016, including the training of up to 130 young, fast-tracked officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) every year at various military institutions across mainland China. The simple idea of paying North Korea in oil is also far from new, having been a key method by which Iran helped to fund the development of North Korea’s more powerful Nodong series of missiles as early as the 1990s, according to Kenneth Katzman, Middle Eastern affairs specialist at the Congressional Research Service, in Washington. According to sources close to Iran’s Petroleum Ministry spoken to by last week, oil shipments are the number one suggestion from North Korea to any country that has oil and wants weapons as a means of payment for any weaponry that Pyonyang has available.

The Hwasong-12, first revealed internationally in a military parade on 14 April 2017 celebrating the birthday anniversary of North Korea’s founding President, Kim Il-sung, is being made available to Iran in such a way and, from Tehran’s perspective, fits neatly into the delicate military strategy in which it is currently involved. This is founded on the fact that decades of various sanctions have left the Islamic Republic with a severely constrained ability to defend itself against attacks from hostile aircraft or missiles with its own air force, which leaves a massive standing army as the primary deterrent for land invasion and its own missile defence systems as the primary deterrent for aerial attacks. On the other hand, though, the Islamic Republic is aware that any major long-range missile attack on any foreign power allied with the U.S. will end in absolute disaster for it. As former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said:  “The threat of committing suicide is a poor deterrent to being murdered.”

Consequently, Iran has consistently stated since 2017 – by order of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei – that it will limit itself to developing ballistic missiles with a maximum range of 2,000 kilometres. Clearly, the Hwasong-12 has a range of double this but, crucially from Iran’s political impact modelling undertaken over recent months, this is unlikely to make the existing relationship with the U.S. worse. “The U.S. wanted more specific prohibitions on ballistic missiles in a new JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] to be drawn up at the beginning of 2018 but that did not happen, so it withdrew,” said one of the Iran sources. “Iran believes that the next U.S. President, be it Trump or Biden, will want to do a deal to get some form of JCPOA back on track, so from that perspective being able to offer the withdrawal of the Hwasong-12s would be a useful negotiating tool,” he said. “At the same time, though, there is the threat that the Hwasong-12 IRBM [intermediate range ballistic missile] could be upgraded through the addition of an 80-ton thrust engine to either the Hwasong-14 [two-stage, 10,000 km range] or the Hwasong-15 [two rocket engines cluster in first stage, 13,000 km range] ICBMs,” he added.

This ‘upgrade’ would be regarded by the U.S. as a serious proposition, as there have been signals over the years that Iran might already have been working on such a higher-powered rocket booster configuration. According to a New York Times report from December 2011, the previous month had seen the destruction of a supposed development site in Iran for long-range solid-propellant missiles. “This was the first public indication that Iran was working on such systems, which would need much more energetic – and thus, explosive – propellants than used in Iran’s current Fateh-110-based solid-propellant short range ballistic missiles and Sejil medium range ballistic missiles, and press reports in May 2018 indicate that the program has continued at a new location where ICBM-class solid rocket motor production facilities and evidence of ground testing of ICBM-class motors have been detected in open source imagery,” said Robert Einhorn, senior fellow in the foreign policy program at Brookings Institution in Washington. He added that various sources since 2013 suggest Iran has been receiving cooperation from North Korea in the development of a large, liquid-propellant rocket engine suitable for ICBMs or SLVs and that a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions notice from January 2016 refers to Iranian work on a North Korean ‘80-ton rocket booster.’

China, for its part, has been warned by the U.S. in the past for failing to adhere to the Missile Technology Control Regime in supplying missile equipment and technology to various countries, which is why it has frequently used North Korea as an agent to do so, allowing itself to plead ignorance of any illegal activity. It is obvious, however, that there are many benefits for China in seeking to expedite the movement of such missile technology from North Korea to Iran as part of the 25-year deal’s military component. First, as Iran is paying North Korea in oil it takes some pressure off China in its obligations to its neighbour. Second, it cements China’s clear position to the U.S. as having influence over not just one but two nuclear and near-nuclear states. Third, it further binds Iran (and the rest of the Shia crescent of power, especially Iraq) into China’s geopolitically game-changing ‘One Belt, One Road’ project. Fourth, it creates a counterpoint of influence and power in the Middle East akin to the U.S.-Israel axis. And fifth, it will shift more of the U.S.’s attention on the Persian Gulf and away from the Asia-Pacific region that China regards as its backyard of power.

All of this is set to be facilitated further by the imminent roll-out of China’s digital currency electronic payments system (DC/EP), on which the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been working since at least 2014. The DC/EP will operate on a two-tiered systemwith the digital currency itself, like cash, being a direct claim on the central bank denominated in renminbi (RMB), Rory Green, Asia analyst for TS Lombard, in London, told last week. The PBoC will exchange CBDC with chosen banks and financial intermediaries, which, in turn, will make the funds available to users via existing electronic banking platforms, and clients will be able to convert RMB to CBDC (at a rate of 1:1) via their digital wallets. “The digital RMB could certainly help the integration of Iranian financial companies into the Chinese banking system and avoiding the US$/Swift monopoly,” highlighted Green. “China could set up an entity completely unconnected to its traditional banking system to receive all the payments via digital RMB, with the payments then sent on via digital RMB,” he added. “This would be similar to the function currently performed by the Bank of Kunlun, and some of the North Korea trading houses but with fewer of the downside risks for other banks/companies in China to associate with the processing entity,” he concluded.

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China deploys DF-17 hypersonic missiles across from Taiwan to prepare for invasion

New hypersonic missiles could evade Taiwan’s Patriot batteries during future invasion

  By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

2020/10/19 12:09

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China has reportedly deployed new hypersonic missiles across from Taiwan as it marshals forces in preparation for a future invasion.

On Sunday (Oct. 18), the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba Group, cited an anonymous military source as saying that China’s most advanced hypersonic missile, the DF-17, is being deployed to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) bases in the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, which sit right across from Taiwan. The deployment of the missiles is part of a PLA pattern of a beefing up of its forces along the coast of China in what some analysts are saying are preparations for an invasion of Taiwan.

According to the unnamed source, “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades.” The source added that, “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.”

The DF-17 is a solid-fueled road-mobile medium-range ballistic missile that delivers a hypersonic glide vehicle with a range of 2,500 kilometers. It is feared that Taiwan’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system may have difficulty intercepting the missile due to its ability to suddenly change direction, possibly at speeds of between Mach 5 and 10.

The deployments are part of an expansion of the Marine Corps and Rocket Force bases in Fujian and Guangdong provinces, said Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of Kanwa Defense Review, to the newspaper. “Every rocket force brigade in Fujian and Guangdong is now fully equipped.” Chang asserts that this is evidence of the communist regime’s invasion plans: “The size of some of the missile bases in the Eastern and Southern theatre commands have even doubled in recent years, showing the PLA is stepping up preparations for a war targeting Taiwan.”

Chang added that the Russian-made S-400 Triumf air-defense system is being deployed at bases in southeast China, claiming that the system can cover “the whole of Taiwan.” He then alleged that the system is “able to shoot Taiwanese military aircraft once they take off.”

The report stated that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) now has 20 air force brigades along its coast. In addition, the People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) now has 10 to 13 brigades along China’s southeast coast, with the country’s Chairman Xi Jinping (習近平) only last week telling the marines to “prepare for war.”

On Sunday (Oct. 18), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) reacted to the article by saying he believes the missiles have not necessarily been placed to attack Taiwan but to prevent other countries, such as the U.S. and Japan, from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion, reported Liberty Times. Wang said that the more the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) increases its military deployments in the Indo-Pacific, the more obvious its role as “troublemaker” becomes and the more alliances such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) become necessary.

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China’s conquest of the Caribbean

Exclusive: Brent Smith reveals influence Communists are buying ‘right in our own backyard’

By Brent Smith
Published September 25, 2020 at 7:20pm

Forget Russia, Iran or North Korea. China is infinitely more dangerous and now firmly entrenched right next door.

Back in 2012, Sleepy Joe Biden famously, or infamously, said, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

It was during the 2012 presidential election race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

We know that didn’t happen. Romney lost and black Americans didn’t end up in chains.

Unfortunately for islanders, who are majority black and reside on the many Caribbean islands, they may end up suffering the fate Uncle Joe predicted. But it’s not evil white Americans, or frankly any white people who may ultimately put black Caribbean islanders back in chains.

For many years, China has embarked on an expansion tour, as it were. With a consistent show of military might, China’s maritime territory grab in the South China Sea seems to have no end.

This was discussed at the West 2020 conference, in which Hunter Stires of the U.S. Naval War College stated, “If we don’t take action to stop China now, we will be living in China’s world.”

China’s long-time desire to take the independent island nation of Taiwan has been long known. The only reason they haven’t thus far is that it is protected by The Formosa Resolution and the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, passed by the Senate and signed by President Eisenhower in 1955. Also, having President Trump as commander and chief undoubtedly helps.

To be certain, China has not and will never give up on “acquiring” Taiwan.

But Communist China is proving that they are able to multi-task. And they’re latest target of acquisition is much closer to home – right in our own backyard. Unlike the military bullying tactics used in the South China Sea, Xi Jinping’s regime instead is throwing money at several cash-strapped Caribbean islands.

Since 2005, it’s estimated that China has pumped a minimum of $7 billion into several island nations. I say a minimum of $7 billion because much of the money “is offered as ‘soft loans’ for infrastructure projects that are harder to track. …” In other words, it is likely in the tens of billions.

And the kicker is that many of the “agreements” stipulate that these islands must divest all trade with Taiwan, while increasing trade with China. Gee, I wonder why?

In 2018, the Dominican Republic was rewarded with and estimated $3 billion in loans and investments for cutting ties with Taiwan, as did the island of Grenada, which got a new $55 million cricket stadium.

After spending $2.6 billion on the Caribbean’s largest seaport, in Jamaica, China took full control of the Jamaica Kingston Freeport. They’re doing the same in Cuba with investments in the Santiago de Cuba seaport.

Other “investments and loans” include $600 million to the aforementioned Cuba, $450 million to the Bahamas, $490 million to Barbados, a billion to Barbuda and Antigua, and $1.9 billion to Trinidad and Tobago.

In American terms, these amounts wouldn’t hold much sway, but when your island’s entire GDP is less than $2 billion, it’s a big deal, or huuuuuuge, as Trump would say.

And lest you think, well, with all that construction, at least islanders are gainfully employed – think again. Another stipulation is that Chinese contractors and laborers must be imported to work on these jobs.

I agree with the sentiment of Hunter Stires, as China expands its influence deep into our hemisphere:

“If we don’t take action to stop China now, we will be living in China’s world.”

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The recent normalization deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have fundamentally shifted the region’s alliances. Both Gulf countries maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia, and speculation abounds as to whether or not the Saudis will be the next country to formalize ties with the Jewish state. While Israel may be on the verge of cementing a close alliance with major Sunni Arab states in the face of a common enemy with Iran, at the same time, concern is also growing about a possible nuclear race in the region with China’s help.

A recent report in The Guardian indicates that Chinese geologists say Saudi Arabia may have enough uranium ore reserves for the domestic production of nuclear fuel. At the same time, a Wall Street Journal report said that Western officials have grown concerned about nuclear cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia in the construction of a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium ore. This facility is being built with the assistance of two Chinese companies. Similarly, The New York Times reported that Western intelligence agencies are “scrutinizing” the Saudi’s work with China to develop nuclear expertise as a cover towards the development of a nuclear weapon.

Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told JNS that the Saudi-Chinese relationship has existed for many years already. In the 1980s, Saudi Arabia reached out to China because it wanted to obtain Chinese missile technology.

“They acquired from China some of the longest-range ballistic missiles in the Middle East,” he said. “So we have been there.” But Saudi nuclear capability, even if for peaceful purposes, could still place the Saudis at the threshold of nuclear military capability, which has Israel greatly concerned.

Gold said “one of the challenges for diplomacy is to try and make some of the moderation in Saudi behavior more permanent, and I don’t think we’ve done that. As much as Saudi interests have changed, it is a reversible change. We have to make sure that it has a higher degree of permanence.” While Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has demonstrated an interest in moderation by creating distance from the extremist Wahhabi ideology of many of Saudi Arabia’s top clerics, it remains unclear whether or not his influence will hold.

According to Gold, Israel and Saudi Arabia “need to take the mutual threat we both face and create a basis for a quasi-alliance, but I’m not sure we are there yet. Relationships with countries you don’t have diplomatic relations with are usually held very tightly in the hands of whoever is the leader. The question is how you make it permanent.” That question could be answered soon if reports are true that Saudi Arabia will eventually sign a normalization agreement with Israel. Making such diplomatic relations permanent “could be an agenda item for the U.S. and Israel to work on after the American elections,” said Gold.

‘Chinese companies less hostile’ towards developing nukes

So why did the Saudis turn to China, of all countries, for assistance with its nuclear program, especially since China has helped Pakistan and Iran in the past? According to Saeed Ghasseminejad, a senior Iran and financial economics adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Saudis probably have two reasons to go to Chinese companies.

“First,” he told JNS, “if they decide to move towards military nuclear capabilities, China and Chinese companies will be more accommodating or at least less hostile towards such a move.”

“Second, the Kingdom is trying to diversify, if not realign, its strategic foreign partnerships,” said Ghasseminejad. “Working with China on this strategic project is another sign that China and Saudi Arabia are strengthening their bond.” Bin Salman has said that he would not pursue the nuclear option unless Iran achieved the bomb, which it still has not; however, he has started working on nuclear capability nonetheless. Why?

“In 2015, [former President Barack] Obama signed a deal with Tehran that gave Tehran a patient pathway to a nuclear bomb and gave it an industrial large-scale nuclear capacity, which could quickly turn into a military program,” recounted Ghasseminejad. “The Democratic Party still insists that the [the deal] is the golden standard of nuclear non-proliferation agreements, and they want to go back to it. Saudi Arabia, as a longtime U.S. ally that does not chant ‘Death to Israel,’ obviously wants at least what Iran got.” “Also,” he added, “for decades, Riyadh and Washington had a deal where Saudis bought U.S. goods and weapons, and helped Washington in managing the oil market, and Washington defended Saudi Arabia.”

However, Ghasseminejad said that recent U.S. actions by both the Obama and U.S. President Donald Trump have made the Saudis more cautious of solely relying on the United States. “Obama actively tried to undermine the Saudis in favor of Tehran, and Trump did nothing when the clerical regime targeted the heart of Saudi’s oil industry,” he said.

He went on to explain that if an administration run by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “will offer Tehran the same patient pathway to a nuclear bomb, and neither Republicans nor Democrats guarantee Riyadh’s security, then the kingdom probably perceives that having nuclear capability is an option, if not the best option, to deter the Islamist regime in Tehran from further and more severe aggression in future.”

Saudi Arabia is having a ‘Shah-moment’

Israel is naturally concerned after it warned the Obama administration that the nuclear deal with Iran would start a Middle East arms race, that now its worries are coming to fruition. Now, Saudi Arabia believes that it needs nuclearization to counter Iran. Who is to say tomorrow it won’t be pointed at Israel?

“Israel is right to be concerned,” said Ghasseminejad. “The Middle East today is full of unstable governments, radicalized societies, apocalyptic militants and messianic politicians.”

Ghasseminejad noted that while the Saudis may currently be a friend of Israel, “MBS is having his Shah-moment.”

As Ghasseminejad described, in the 1960s, the Shah decided that “modernizing the country required weakening the monarchy’s traditional allies and broadening the middle class as the support base for a modern monarch. It was an absolutely successful plan that modernized the country at a fast rate but led to a political disaster. Two decades later, the clergy turned on him and the middle class left him alone and joined the revolution.”

“MBS is following the same plan,” observed Ghasseminejad. “He may succeed in avoiding the Shah’s fate, but it is also possible that he won’t. As a result, it is essential to make sure the conservative kingdoms of the region will not be replaced with a radical Islamist regime, and if they do, their successor will not get their hands on nuclear weapons.”

What happens when the Middle East goes nuclear? Will there be a way down from the ladder at that point? “A nuclear Middle East will be a ticking nuclear bomb,” said Ghasseminejad. “Some may hope that the imminent threat of a nuclear Armageddon will curb the apocalyptic urges of religious fundamentalists in the region. That is a gamble no sane person should accept.”

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