COVID-19 Coronavirus has been causing chaos around the world since its
emergence under highly questionable circumstances in China that, as current
evidence notes and continues to build, was related to an accident with a
military-grade weapon. It has caused a pandemic in China and is now spreading
around the world.
American have generally remained calm about it, but the potential for a
pandemic is real and the government is taking it seriously. In response to
this, the US Military has officially started preparing for a pandemic.
U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic
of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID19, according to Navy and Marine
Corps service-wide messages issued this week.
An executive order issued by the Joint Staff and approved by Defense
Secretary Mark Esper this month directed Northern Command and geographic
combatant commanders to initiate pandemic plans, which include ordering
commanders to prepare for widespread outbreaks and confining service members with
a history of travel to China.
The Navy and Marine Corps messages, issued Tuesday and Wednesday,
respectively, reference an executive order directing U.S. Northern Command to
implement the Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza
and Infectious Diseases 3551-13.
The document serves as the Pentagon’s blueprint for planning and preparing
for widespread dispersion of influenza and previously unknown diseases.
U.S. Northern Command said Wednesday it was directed the Joint Staff Feb. 1
to commence “prudent planning” in their assigned role synchronizing the
department’s plans for pandemic flu and disease.
But in no way “does the planning indicate a greater likelihood of an event
developing. As military professionals, planning for a range of contingencies is
something we owe the American people,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hatfield said.
“We coordinate with other combatant commands to assess potential impacts in
the event of a pandemic and we ensure the U.S. military is poised to respond as
required,” Hatfield said in a statement. “The military profession fosters a
culture of planning, and the fact that we are coordinating planning efforts
across the geographical combatant commands is consistent with how we prepare to
respond, if directed.”
According to the Marine Corps message MARADMIN 082/20, commanders are to
review their disease containment plans and take “preparatory and precautionary
actions” to protect service members, installations and ships.
This includes ensuring that the plans contain procedures for “response,
isolation, quarantine, restriction of movement and community based
intervention” as well as developing measures to contain and treat those
possibly exposed. (source)
The “Control Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds. All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the “Religious Affairs” office for their approval. In other words, without the permission of the authorities, you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.
China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines celebrating Xi Jinping,
China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the walls, his recorded voice
booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his “Thought” — not Buddha’s — that
the monks are now required to meditate upon.
because of the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God,
then the destruction of religion is a good thing. After all, religion is man’s
attempt to understand God, and it is doomed to failure. Preaching of the cross
destroys religion, but in the best possible way. But to destroy religion –
Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist – and replace it with another religion of man, then
that is a bad thing. This is exactly what is happening in China right now, as
their deluded leader has decided he is a god.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it
is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing
the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Corinthians 1:18,19
All dictators suffer from little god syndrome, come to
think of it, so do a
lot of Charismatic preachers, but I digress. Adolf Hitler demanded the
German people worship him as a god, and they did, right up to the moment when
he nearly destroyed the entire country. China is in deep, deep trouble, so deep
in fact that it’s starting to look like God’s hand of end times judgment is
upon them. We will keep following this story for you and see how bad it’s going
How Deluded China Leader Xi Jinping
Destroyed Religion Making Himself A God To The People
FROM THE NY POST: Catholic churches torn down or denuded of
their crosses and statues. Images of the Madonna and Child replaced with pictures of “People’s Leader” Xi Jinping. Signs posted outside
evangelical churches forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from entering. The
Ten Commandments painted over with quotes from Xi.
These are just some of the ways that the Chinese Communist Party is
persecuting Christians in China.
But it’s not just Catholics. In China’s Far West, over a
million Muslims languish in concentration camps — Beijing cutely calls them
“vocational training centers” — while mosques are being torn down, religious
signs removed and ancient cemeteries leveled.
Elsewhere in China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines
celebrating Xi Jinping, China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the
walls, his recorded voice booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his
“Thought” — not Buddha’s — that the monks are now required to meditate upon.
Not even the Taoists, China’s ancient folk religion, have
escaped this new Cultural Revolution. Temples that have stood for over 1,000
years have been closed and ancient statues smashed, all on the orders of
“Religious Affairs” officials.
Perhaps some of those who are concerned about protecting cultural
sites in Iran could spare a thought for the daily demolition derby now going on
in China. A demolition derby that is about to get worse, a lot worse.
On Feb. 1, 2020, new restrictions on all
forms of religious activity came into force.
Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal
with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of
leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds.
All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the
“Religious Affairs” office for their approval.
DELUDED DICTATORS WANTED TO BE CALLED A GOD IS
In other words, without the permission of the authorities,
you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better
hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a
Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains
quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.
No Communist directive would be complete without a Catch-22
and the “Control Measures” contain a doozy: “Religious groups must also report
to the appropriate government authorities any and all other matters that should
Translation: We can shut you down at any time for any reason.
The “Control Measures” are part of Xi Jinping’s New Cultural
Revolution, one goal of which is to stamp out all religious groups that the
Communist Party cannot co-opt and control. “A religious group cannot carry out
any activities,” warns the new rules, “without registration with the Civil
Affairs office and the approval of the Religious Affairs office of the people’s
The coronavirus outbreak that is raging all over China right now has been
making headlines on a daily basis all over the globe, and rightly so. At
this point we don’t know if it will ultimately become a horrifying global
pandemic that will affect tens of millions of people, but what we do know is
that the virus spreads very easily and the number of cases has been rising at an exponential rate.
Meanwhile, three other plagues have also been marching across Asia, and most
people in the western world don’t even realize that this is happening.
What I am about to share with you in this article is quite chilling, and the
months ahead will be very dark if these plagues continue to spread.
Long before we ever heard of this new coronavirus, African Swine Fever was
devastating pork farms from one end of China to the other. There is no
vaccine for “pig ebola”, there is no cure, and once it hits a farm the only
thing that can be done is to kill every single pig so that it won’t spread
anywhere else. But even though draconian measures have been implemented,
it has just kept spreading, and at this point “about two-thirds of China’s swine herd has been lost”…
Video of people fighting over pork at Chinese meat counters will likely
become more common as the fallout from the African swine fever outbreak in
Brett Stuart, president of the market research and analysis firm Global
AgriTrends, estimates that about two-thirds of China’s swine herd has
been lost to the disease and contrary to official government reports
of recovery, more pigs are dying every day as ASF continues to spread.
Prior to this crisis, approximately half of all the pigs in the entire world
lived in China, and they would usually slaughter about 700 million a
year. But now pork production has absolutely plummeted, and this is
driving pork prices in China through the roof…
In China itself, pork prices are at an all-time high at just under $300 per
hundredweight and the country outbids Japan, which is usually the top bidder. Food
inflation is soaring and some Chinese people have been unable to buy pork in
Unfortunately, this insidious disease has also been devastating farms in
many other nations all over the planet. In particular, Cambodia, North
Korea, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines have been hit particularly
It has been estimated that one out of every four pigs in the entire world has already died, and this crisis
is far from over.
Fortunately, African Swine Fever does not affect humans, but this new
coronavirus seems perfectly suited to be transmitted from person to
person. Johns Hopkins has put up a map that is continually updated, and
according to the latest official numbers there are now 14,637 cases and the
death toll has risen to 305. But by the time you read this article those
numbers are likely to be even higher.
Of course many are extremely skeptical that the official numbers coming out
of China are accurate, and this is something that I have written about repeatedly. There have been multiple reports that
indicate that China has been falsely categorizing the deaths of many of the
victims to keep the death toll down, and it is also suspicious that so many
corpses are being taken “directly to the crematorium”…
Radio Free Asia (RFA)
has tweeted a disturbing video on its Twitter account on Saturday morning
detailing how those who died of coronavirus in Wuhan, the outbreak area
in China, were loaded up on a bus and taken “directly to the crematorium.”
RFA said (in a translated tweet): “[Latest Situation of Wuhan Fifth
Hospital] Some Wuhan citizens entered Wuhan Fifth Hospital on February 1st and
found many patients who died of pneumonia. The corpses were packed directly to
the crematorium. Paramedics are busy rescuing the dying patient.”
RFA’s video is in line with our report from Friday that said those who
died of the deadly virus were hauled off to a crematorium in Wuhan by Chinese
At this point we don’t know how bad this outbreak will ultimately become,
but we do know that the very first death outside of China has now been confirmed…
The Philippine Department of Health said a 44-year-old Chinese
man from Wuhan was admitted on Jan. 25 after experiencing a fever, cough, and
sore throat. He developed severe pneumonia, and in his last few days, “the
patient was stable and showed signs of improvement, however, the condition of
the patient deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting in his demise.”
The man’s 38-year-old female companion, also from Wuhan, also
tested positive for the virus and remains in hospital isolation in Manila.
Meanwhile, there has been a very alarming resurgence of the H5N1 bird flu in
According to the Daily Mail, more than 17,000
chickens have been culled in an effort to keep this new outbreak from spreading
China has reportedly seen an outbreak of a ‘highly pathogenic’ strain of
H5N1 bird flu which has already killed 4,500 chickens.
The outbreak was initially reported at a farm in Shaoyang city in the
southern province of Hunan, south of the epicentre of the Coronavirus in Wuhan.
According to the Reuters report, Chinese authorities have already culled
17,828 poultry in the wake of the outbreak.
Unlike African Swine Fever, humans can become infected by the H5N1 bird flu.
And according to the World Health Organization, the mortality rate for human
cases is approximately 60 percent.
So let us hope that this current outbreak remains limited to chickens.
Authorities in an eastern Indian state will start culling chickens and
destroying eggs from Tuesday to contain a bird flu virus of the H5N1 strain, a
government statement said on Monday.
The samples collected from a poultry breeding and research farm of a
veterinary college in Odisha state tested positive, the statement said.
We haven’t heard much about the H5N1 bird flu in recent years, but this is
an extremely deadly disease, and so we will want to monitor these developments
On top of everything else, the H1N1 swine flu is starting to spread once
again. In fact, more than 100,000 people in Taiwan “sought medical
treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals across the country over the past
week” and there have been 13
At a time when the world is panicking over a 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak,
the H1N1 flu virus is actually posing a greater threat in Taiwan, claiming 13
lives in the country in just one week, according to the Centers for Disease
At a weekly meeting Friday, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥)
said 116,705 people sought medical treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals
across the country over the past week, including 61 more confirmed flu cases.
Not too long ago, the H1N1 swine flu caused mass panic all over the globe,
and I personally knew someone that was killed by it.
So the truth is that all of these outbreaks are very concerning.
And never before have we seen so many alarming outbreaks occur
simultaneously. Could it be possible that we have entered a period of time when mass
pandemics are going to become “the new normal”?
Hopefully none of these current outbreaks will end up killing millions of
people all over the globe.
But we have been warned for a long time about how vulnerable we are, and the
experts assure us that it is just a matter of time before a mass pandemic
brings death to every corner of the planet.
The mysterious new virus that is starting to spread very rapidly in China has
global health officials extremely concerned. On Wednesday, the World
Health Organization will convene an emergency meeting to discuss whether this
outbreak should be “declared a global
health crisis”, and screeners are being put in place at airports all over
the world. But to a certain extent it may already be too late, because we
know that this virus has already spread via airplane to at least three other
countries. And since the early symptoms of this disease are so similar to
what one would expect after coming down with a common cold, there could potentially
be countless numbers of victims that have not even gone to the hospital because
they don’t think that anything is seriously wrong.
Health officials in China are telling us that this is a “new strain of
coronavirus”, and they believe that it probably originated at a seafood market
When the outbreak first started, they told us that it was not likely that
there would be widespread human-to-human transmission.
But then later they were forced to admit that it was likely that
human-to-human transmission was happening on a limited basis, and now they have
finally been forced to admit that this virus can pass from person to person quite
On January 17th, it was being reported that there were only 48 people that
had caught this virus, but over the weekend the number of official cases suddenly tripled…
The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the
weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities.
There are now more than 200 cases, mostly in Wuhan, though the respiratory
illness has also been detected in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
As I write this article, the latest official count I can find is 222 victims, and that means that the
number of cases has actually more than quadrupled since
But by the time many of you read this article, that number is likely to be
An 89-year-old man has become the fourth victim to die from
this virus, but many more are currently in critical condition, and it has
become quite clear that this bug can be very deadly for humans.
Originally, Chinese officials were hoping to keep this virus mostly confined
to Wuhan and the surrounding areas, but now cases have been popping up in other major Chinese
Five people in Beijing and 14 in Guangdong have been diagnosed with the
coronavirus, CCTV reported Monday evening. A total of seven suspected cases
have been found in other parts of the country, including in Sichuan and Yunnan
provinces in the southwest and in Shanghai.
Now that this disease has spread so widely, it is going to be much more
difficult to get it under control.
If this virus did not spread easily between people, that would not have
There is also a tremendous amount of concern about how easily this virus can
be transported via airplane.
Prior to Monday, we already knew about incidents where infected people flew
from China to Japan and Thailand, and now South Korea has reported their first
South Korea on Monday reported its first confirmed case of the China
coronavirus, fuelling concerns that the pneumonia-like illness could be
spreading across Asia.
A 35-year-old woman trying to enter the country from Wuhan, China, where the
virus is thought to have originated, tested positive after being screened for
symptoms at Incheon International Airport on Sunday.
We still don’t know if this is going to develop into a very serious global
crisis or not, but things are definitely looking more ominous than they did just a few days ago.
Early symptoms of the disease include congestion, fever, coughing, shortness
of breath and breathing difficulties. But like I said before, many
victims could simply assume that they have a common cold. And before they
realize that something really serious is happening to them, they could
potentially expose the virus to countless others.
In other words, the number of people that will be traveling for this holiday
is greater than the entire population of the United States.
And in that sort of an environment, diseases can be spread like wildfire.
Here in the United States, it has been announced that airport officials will
passengers” as they arrive from the city of Wuhan…
Federal health officials said on Friday that they would begin screening
passengers arriving at three US airports from Wuhan, China, for signs of
infection from a mysterious and potentially deadly new virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it would deploy
about 100 staff members to San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles
International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York
City to help screen incoming passengers.
That is a good first step, but could it be possible that infected passengers
have already arrived?
And since this virus has already spread to other Chinese cities, shouldn’t
all passengers arriving from China be screened?
I understand that would be a dramatic step to take, but it has become clear
that this virus is quite deadly, and it has also become clear that it can
spread from person to person very easily.
Over in Asia, dramatic steps are already being taken. If you want to
get an idea of what is already being done, just watch this very creepy video.
Hopefully this crisis will fade soon, but scientists have warned us that it
is just a matter of time before the next great pandemic breaks out, and without
a doubt we are highly vulnerable.
In particular, the very young, the very old and those with compromised
immune systems would be at the highest risk if this virus started spreading
rapidly here in North America.
Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that. Global health authorities are
going to be doing all that they can to get this virus under control, and other
health scares in the past have turned out to be mostly hype.
But if cases of this new virus continue to grow at an exponential rate, the
death toll will quickly become quite alarming, and there will be a tremendous
amount of panic all over the globe.
Rear Admiral in Iran Hossein Khanzadi told reporters Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the region. “Today, the era of American free action in the region is over,” Khanzadi said, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. “They must leave the region gradually,” he added.
The commander of Iran’s navy has warned that
the U.S. has no business in Middle Eastern waters after his forces held joint
naval drills with Russia and China.
Iran is one of those nations that loves to brag about
military capabilities they don’t actually possess, to convince themselves of
how strong they are when the rest of the world knows it’s all a ruse. At least
that’s how it’s always been since the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979.
But just yesterday they concluded war games, Operation
Marine Security Belt, with Russia and China who are very powerful
nations, and who now seem to be in a partnership with Iran.
“And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there
shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer
than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall
stir up all against the realm of Grecia.” Daniel 11:2 (KJV)
Iran has gone from being a laughable little nation whose
bark is worse than their bite, to becoming a dark and mysterious wildcard that
now may be functioning as bait to draw the United States into a large-scale
international conflict. And there’s nothing funny about that.
Iran Warns U.S That Days Of Middle East Dominance Are Over
FROM NEWSWEEK: Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters
in Iran Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of
Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the
“Today, the era of American free action in the region is over,” Khanzadi
said, according to the Iranian Tasnim
news agency. “They must leave the region gradually,” he added.
The rear admiral said U.S. forces are not needed to ensure
security in the area, where American and Iranian forces have been facing off
amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran over the collapsed Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
The joint drills coincided with an
attack on American forces in Iraq, suspected to have been launched by an
Iranian-backed militia. The rocket attack on an Iraqi military base on Friday
killed one American civilian defense contractor and wounded four service
In response, the U.S. conducted airstrikes on
Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Khanzadi said Sunday U.S. forces were
not needed in the region.
“Regional countries themselves can ensure security together,” he said. “The
presence of Americans only creates insecurity in the region,” he added,
according to the state-backed Fars news
The rear admiral suggested that Iran’s “friends” would be
reassured by the exercises, while its adversaries should take the drills as a
warning. He also said he hoped more regional nations would join future Iranian
exercises. “We believe that maritime security definitely needs collective action,”
China’s dreams of upsetting the United States as the dominant Pacific power
could soon face a major stumbling block: an unsinkable “aircraft
carrier” well within bombing range of the country’s coastline.
The new U.S. military advantage would come from the Japanese government’s
acquisition of Mageshima, a small uninhabited island off the nation’s southern
The announcement of the $146 million purchase was made Monday, according to The Japan Times.
A Japanese official confirmed the island would be developed for U.S. and
Japanese military use.
As far back as 2014, the island has been in the eyes of Japanese and
American defense officials as an excellent location for landing practice. Its
strategic location also means that the airfield would be an integral part of
disaster and emergency responses.
Less than 550 miles from the Chinese coast, this would put U.S. airpower uncomfortably close to the communist nation.
Mageshima (circled in red) sits less than 550 miles
from the Chinese coast.
In the event of a war with China, this island would prove invaluable in any
U.S. air campaign. Due to its proximity to China, it would doubtless be
bristling with anti-aircraft guns and missile defense systems if any conflict
were to happen.
Mageshima has several advantages over an aircraft carrier that make it a
nightmare for the Chinese and a major boon to U.S. forces.
For one, there’s no maintenance needed to keep an island afloat. Apart from
keeping equipment and structures functioning, there’s no manpower needed for
Mageshima to remain above the waves.
This would free up manpower that could otherwise be spent on the island’s
defenses or elsewhere.
Second, there’s no sinking an island.
Short of a direct hit from a nuclear weapon, there’s no amount of torpedoes,
bullets or artillery shells that can put Mageshima under the Pacific waves.
This comes as China aggressively expands its own coastal defenses.
The islands will likely serve as air bases and missile launching sites.
Fears that these artificial islands would repel a U.S. response in the event
of a Chinese campaign against Taiwan are well-founded. Anti-ship missiles based
on the islands would shred aircraft carriers and other naval vessels.
Although the U.S. Navy would be able to eliminate many of the weapons, China
can replace the missiles much faster than we can replace ships.
An unsinkable island of our own would allow the U.S. to respond with more
options, and possibly give us the advantage we need to check Chinese
“The joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China,
which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the
world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in
their relations, with regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by
non-shared I mean the respect we have for one another’s national
interests,” Khanzadi was quoted as saying. The commander of Iran’s navy,
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will
team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war
Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the
coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to
send a “message to the world” about increased military cooperation between the
Never before have these 3 nations, all of whom figure
prominently in end times Bible prophecy, joined forces militarily to hold joint
war game exercises together. When the headlines and the scripture begin to
align you know you’re getting close. And in a somewhat stunning statement, they
said this was to “send a message to the world”. Boy, does it ever.
“Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,
and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O
Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and
leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north
parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” Ezekiel 39:1,2
As we get ready in the closing hours of the Church Age to take off on Flight #777,
an unsaved world is preparing to launch headfirst into the time of Jacob’s
trouble where hundreds of prophecies concerning that time period are waiting to
be released and fulfilled. Iran, Russia and China are getting ready to do what
the prophets say they will do, and I am so glad to have a seat in the balcony
from which to watch the action. Do you?
Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in ‘Message to the World’
FROM WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: The commander of Iran’s navy,
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will
team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war
“When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more
countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and
social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with
wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation,” Khanzadi was
quoted as saying in remarks to Iran’s state-controlled press.
“A joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in
the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them,” the
military leader said.
The joint war game drills will be aimed at sending a
message to the world, particularly Western nations, like the United States,
that have sought to constrain Iran’s expanding military ambitions.
THE BIBLE BELIEVER’S GUIDE TO THE TWO
DIFFERENT WARS AS FOUND IN EZEKIEL CHAPTERS 38 AND 39
“The joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be
conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three
countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations, with
regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by non-shared I mean the
respect we have for one another’s national interests,” Khanzadi was quoted as
The Iranian military leader emphasized the importance of
performing military drills in the sea, where the Islamic Republic has been
particularly troublesome for Western nations. Iranian naval vessels routinely
harass American military ships and have played a role in various sabotage
efforts aimed at disrupting international shipping lanes.
“The wargame seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of
security at sea must include the interests of all concerned countries. We do
not condone the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one
specific country at a specific time and which disregards the security of
others,” Khanzadi said. “Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting
global commerce, cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,353, November 24, 2019
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The vast attention paid to China’s Belt and Road
Initiative misses the historical precedents on which it is based. Hearkening
back to the nomadic understanding of geography of medieval times, the Chinese
are following through on what the Mongols, and later Tamerlane, attempted: to
unify the Eurasian landmass by establishing trade routes and encouraging
commercial activities from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.
Nascent Chinese Eurasianism
is slowly taking shape. It is a concept not so much of forceful engagement of
Eurasian states by China, as some in the West view it, but rather an economic
initiative that aims to gain access to the natural and financial resources of
major Eurasian states by providing them with large sums for infrastructure
The Chinese idea obviously requires control over major trade routes to and
from Europe (a market of almost 500 million people).
Though invisible on geographic or political maps, trade corridors and
control over them have been a major driving force in the development of
Eurasia. Conquests and invasions were often motivated by the need to secure
financial resources running through major trade routes in Central Asia and from
the Red Sea and Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean.
Western powers have sought access to the huge Chinese market for centuries.
Geography has largely precluded this, however, as the Chinese hinterland is
closed off by the Himalayas, the Gobi Desert, and the Eurasian steppes. In
ancient and medieval times the only land route connecting the Chinese kingdoms
to the outer world was through the modern Xinjiang province.
A further limiting factor was that the Chinese were never particularly eager
to trade with foreigners (the country had most of what it needed and functioned
primarily as an autarkic state). Chinese policies did not reflect any kind of Eurasian
vision. The country’s rulers considered neighboring states tributaries, but
knew little of far-flung Eurasian lands. No economic necessity propelled them
to venture far away.
But today’s nascent Chinese Eurasianism can nevertheless be dated to back to
medieval times. It parallels what other Asian powers tried to do centuries ago.
Ironically, it was China’s gravest enemy—nomads, among them the Mongols—who had
a clear vision of transcontinental trade between China and the Mediterranean
Living in the steppe lands of Eurasia, the Mongols saw the great potential
of massive Eurasian trade and wanted to serve as a bridgehead between the
Mediterranean and Chinese worlds. Their expansion (the conquests of Central
Asia, Iran, Syria, and the Russian steppes), often called chaotic, was in fact
logical in light of their quest to control major trade routes emanating from
the Middle East and Europe to South Asia and China.
For the Mongols, Central Asia was an economic hub from which trade routes
emanated in many directions. The modern day Russian steppes were important as
well, because it was possible to reach the Black Sea fairly quickly by horse
and trade with Eastern Europe.
Conquest was one approach. Another was to stimulate trade across these large
swathes of land. The construction of roads, protection of caravans, provision
of special financial rights to foreign merchants, and so on were fundamental
principles guiding the Mongols.
This concept of Asian “Eurasianism” existed after the Mongols too. Tamerlane,
with his capital in Samarkand (in modern Uzbekistan), invaded much of the
Middle East, Caucasus, and north India. Before his death he was intent on
invading China and thereby connecting two economic powerhouses: China, with its
human and natural resources, and the Mediterranean world.
Conquests by the nomads centuries ago were dictated by economic need and
facilitated by Eurasian geographic landscapes. The modern-day Belt and Road
Initiative (BRI), or Chinese Eurasianism—like its predecessor, nomadic Eurasianism—involves
Central Asian, Russian steppe, and Indian-Pakistani geographic corridors. It
also entails the construction of roads, their protection, and the overall
stimulation of fair trade.
The modern vision of Chinese Eurasianism, therefore, based as it is on
economic connectivity, fits into Asian geopolitical thinking of the past.
Previous contenders to connect the whole of Eurasia lacked the necessary
resources. The Mongols and later Tamerlane’s state lacked powerful economies of
their own. They were simply trading middlemen between China and the
Mediterranean world. They also lacked human resources and technological
expertise. As a result, the Mongols and other nomadic powers, though masters of
half of Eurasia, largely depended on the more experienced Chinese, Iranians,
and others to run their empires. This is why those pan-Eurasian concepts,
though important milestones in human history, were short-lived.
Modern Chinese “Eurasianism” can be likened to past Asian prototypes, but it
is inherently stronger and much more influential over the people of Central
Asia, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and South Asia.
The Chinese have what the nomads lacked: a large population, technological
prowess, economically productive centers, and strong instruments of soft power.
The BRI is therefore likely to be more successful and thorough.
Moreover, unlike their Asian predecessors, who swiftly invaded large
territories, the Chinese of today are very patient about their geopolitical
goals. Any rush could bring about a coalition of forces that might preclude
Also, because the Chinese are working closely with states to protect
Eurasian trade routes, it is unlikely that there will be a swift deterioration
of security in any part of the BRI.
The BRI, which clearly outstrips all previous Asian global initiatives,
reflects a nomadic understanding of Eurasian geography combined with a Chinese
vision of the continent that surpasses military alliance models or closed
security provisions among a group of states. The initiative projects Beijing’s
notion of economic interconnectedness interwoven with the centrality of China
We just witnessed one of the most monumental events of the entire decade, and yet most Americans still don’t understand what has happened. In recent months, the global economy and stock markets around the world have been buoyed by the hope that the U.S. and China would soon sign a new trade agreement. Unfortunately, there is no way that is going to happen now. On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019”, and the House of Representatives passed the same bill by a 417 to 1 vote on Wednesday. Needless to say, the Chinese are beyond angry that Congress has done this. In part one of this article, I showed that China is warning the U.S. to “rein in the horse at the edge of the precipice” and that there will be “revenge” if this bill is allowed to become law. And it looks like this bill will actually become law, because Bloomberg is reporting that President Trump is fully expected to sign it…
President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation passed by Congress supporting Hong Kong protesters, setting up a confrontation with China that could imperil a long-awaited trade deal between the world’s two largest economies.
Before I go any further, there is something that I want to address. Earlier today, one of my readers emailed me and accused me of siding with China because I am warning about what will happen if trade negotiations fail. Of course that is not true at all. I have been writing about the horrific human rights abuses in China for many years, and they are one of the most tyrannical regimes on the entire planet today. But our two economies have become deeply intertwined over the past two decades, and there are going to be very serious consequences now that we are rapidly becoming bitter enemies. Anyone that doesn’t see this is simply not being rational.
As I have detailed repeatedly in recent months, the global economy has already entered a very serious slowdown. One of the only things that could reverse our economic momentum in the short-term would be a comprehensive trade agreement between the United States and China. But now that our relationship with China has been destroyed, there isn’t going to be a deal.
Some mainstream news sources are reporting that all of this rancor about Hong Kong could delay a trade deal, but that is just more wishful thinking.
Few Chinese believe that China and the US can reach a deal soon. Given current poor China policy of the US, people tend to believe the significance of a trade deal, if reached, will be limited. China wants a deal but is prepared for the worst-case scenario, a prolonged trade war.
So a friendly reminder to American farmers: Don’t rush to buy more land or get bigger tractors. Wait until a China-US trade deal is truly signed and still valid six months after. It’s safer by then.
As the two largest economies on the entire planet decouple from one another, it is going to cause global economic activity as a whole to dramatically slow down. Corporate revenues will fall, credit markets will start to tighten, and fear will increasingly creep into global financial markets.
I have repeatedly warned that conditions are ideal for our first major crisis since 2008, and this conflict with China could be more than enough to push us over the edge.
Nowhere is the slowdown in the U.S. economy more obvious than in places like Class 8 Heavy Duty Truck orders and rail traffic. We already wrote about how Class 8 orders continued to fall in October and new data the American Association of Railroads (AAR) now shows that last week’s rail traffic and intermodal container usage both plunged.
The AAR reported total carloads for the week ended Nov. 9 came in at 248,905, down 5.1% compared with the same week in 2018. U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,364 containers and trailers, down 6.7% compared to 2018, according to Railway Age.
Unless a miracle happens with China, the economic numbers are going to continue to get worse.
Sadly, a miracle seems exceedingly unlikely now. As I pointed out in part one, the only way that our relationship with China can be fixed is if Congress repeals the bill that it just passed, and there is no way that is going to happen.
And we better hope that our trade war with China doesn’t escalate into a real war at some point.
The University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre’s new report Averting Crisis, said: ‘China’s growing arsenal of accurate long-range missiles poses a major threat to almost all American, allied and partner bases, airstrips, ports and military installations in the Western Pacific.
‘As these facilities could be rendered useless by precision strikes in the opening hours of a conflict, the PLA missile threat challenges America’s ability to freely operate its forces from forward locations throughout the region.’
China has tested a new submarine-launched missile capable of obliterating San Francisco, an insider has revealed, in a massive boost to the country’s ‘deterrent’.
The Chinese navy tested its state-of-the-art JL-3 missile in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea last month, sources said.
The nuclear-capable missile has a 5,600 mile range, significantly longer than its predecessor the JL-2, which could strike targets 4,350 miles away.
We certainly aren’t at that point yet, but without a doubt the Chinese now consider us to be their primary global enemy.
For the moment, it is just a “cold war” that we are facing, and the Chinese are quite adept at playing global chess. They have lots of ways that they can hurt us, and most Americans don’t realize this.
But in the end nobody is going to “win” this conflict, and the entire planet is going to suffer.
Collectively, the economies of the United States and China account for approximately 40 percent of the GDP of the entire world.
As we cause chaos for one another, everyone else is going to experience tremendous pain as well.
The stage is set for a global nightmare, and at this point it doesn’t appear that there is a way that we will be able to escape it.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago.
Several protesters took up positions on the rooftops of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, armed with bows and arrows, as unrest spread across the territory’s central Kowloon district.
Police said a media liaison officer was treated in hospital after being hit by an arrow in the leg and another officer’s visor was struck by a metal ball although he was not hurt.
Protesters, who were sprayed with the blue liquid from water cannon, stripped off and hosed each other down to wash it off.
Police fired tear gas to try to break up protests on Nathan Road, a major thoroughfare in Kowloon’s Mong Kok district, which was strewn with loose bricks, and in Yau Ma Tei district, where successive volleys of gas canisters temporarily cleared the streets. Clashes intensified during the night.
“Rioters continue to launch hard objects and petrol bombs with large catapults at police officers,” police said in a statement. “Police warn that the violent activities in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have escalated to rioting.”
Chinese soldiers in a base close to the university were seen monitoring developments with binoculars, some dressed in riot gear with canisters on their chests, Reuters witnesses reported.
Chinese troops in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, had emerged from their barracks on Saturday in a rare public appearance to help clean up debris.
The presence of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on the streets, even to clean up, risks stoking controversy about Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous area.
Protesters are angry at perceived Communist Party meddling in the territory, whose freedoms were guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Beijing denies interfering and has blamed foreign influences for the unrest.
Huge fires had lit up the sky at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Saturday night and into Sunday morning after protesters threw petrol bombs. In the university courtyard, Joris, 23, said students fired arrows to protect themselves.
“The protesters have been reacting to the police. We haven’t fought back as much as we could. I would be prepared for jail. We are fighting for Hong Kong,” the civil engineer told Reuters.
The campus is the last of five universities to be occupied by activists, who have used the site as a base to block the Cross Harbour tunnel, which connects Kowloon to Hong Kong island.
A police truck, deployed to clear the bridge above the tunnel, retreated in reverse after being set ablaze.
“We are not afraid,” said third-year student Ah Long, who did not give his full name. “If we don’t persist, we will fail.”
The violence has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi has said he is confident Hong Kong’s government can resolve the crisis.
Chinese troops have appeared on Hong Kong’s streets only once since 1997, to help clear up after a typhoon last year.
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