Category: Kings of the East

REVELATION: IRAN AND CHINA SIGN MIND-NUMBING 25-YEAR, $400 BILLION DOLLAR COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO DICTATOR NATIONS

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing.

by Geoffrey Grider March 28, 2021

Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Tehran, according to Iranian state media.

 

Under Donald Trump, America was in full control of the Middle East, doing things like declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, creating the Abraham Accords and checking the dictatorial ambitions of nations like Iran in check. Under the trojan horse presidency of Joe Biden, who has abandoned the Middle East and especially Israel, a power vacuum now exists that China is only too eager to step in and fill. Yesterday, China signed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Iran, and the balance of power in the Middle East shifts once again.

“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16 (KJB)

The United States must decrease, that is a foregone conclusion, and the powers of darkness like Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and all the others we read about in Ezekiel 39 must increase. Naturally, one of the very first things to happen after they signed was to discuss Iran hosting direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Excuse me while I roll my eyes with pretend shock and surprise. Ezekiel 39 right on track, Flight #777 preparing for liftoff.

Iran, China sign huge 25-year strategic deal; could reduce US regional influence

FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, covers a variety of economic activity from oil and mining to promoting industrial activity in Iran, as well as transportation and agricultural collaborations, according to the report. No additional details of the agreement were revealed as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi took part in a ceremony marking the event.

The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing, the report said. China is Iran’s leading trade partner and was one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil before then US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018 after abandoning a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The deal signed Saturday could undermine US leverage over Iran ahead of expected negotiations and lessen American influence in the Middle East. Ongoing US sanctions against Iran could hamper its trade with China despite Saturday’s agreement, however.

The Times report said Iran was prepared to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, further suggesting that US influence in the region could be waning.

“WE BELIEVE THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN DEEPENING” IRAN-CHINA RELATIONS, IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAEED KHATIBZADEH SAID, RECALLING THAT THE PACT HAD FIRST BEEN PROPOSED DURING A VISIT TO TEHRAN BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING IN JANUARY 2016.

Xi and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed then to establish a roadmap for “reciprocal investments in the fields of transport, ports, energy, industry and services.”

“IRAN’S GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE ARE STRIVING, AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, TO BROADEN RELATIONS WITH TRUSTWORTHY, INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA,” SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI SAID AT THE TIME, DESCRIBING THE PROPOSED COOPERATION AGREEMENT AS “CORRECT AND REASONABLE.”

Xi has championed the Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase China’s sway overseas.

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions

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The China-India ‘Blackout Wars’ Foreshadow An Existential Threat That Could End Our Civilization And Kill Millions Of Americans

– The Future Usually Arrives Before Anyone Is Ready For It, Especially In Warfare 


By Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
 for All News Pipeline

The future usually arrives before anyone is ready for it, especially in warfare. 

China apparently blacked-out Mumbai, India, by cyber-attack — credibly threatening that Beijing could plunge all India into darkness through cyber warfare. Experts warn national electric grids are a technological Achilles heel. 

The Mumbai blackout could be one of those “Monitor versus Merrimack” moments in military history when a revolutionary new way of warfare suddenly becomes recognizable, even to the dullest. 

New military technologies that can change everything are often laughingly dismissed by establishments too busy planning for “business as usual.” 

From machine guns at the Somme (1916), panzer divisions in France (1940) and (Japanese) carrier aviation at Pearl Harbor (1941), nations learned the hard way. Obsolete thinking prevails until someone gets hammered, usually by an aggressor. The Mumbai cyber-blackout, like Russia’s annual cyber-blackouts of Ukraine, and blackouts in Mexico (2013), Yemen (2014) and Pakistan (2015) caused by terrorist sabotage of electric grids, are a new category of warfare. 

These “blackout wars” foreshadow an existential threat that could end our civilization and kill millions of Americans. 

Why did Beijing blackout Mumbai? 

China and India are fighting over borders in the Himalayas, again. Ever since China swallowed Tibet in 1951, Beijing periodically tries expanding at India’s expense. 

But today China and India are both nuclear-armed, so fighting is deliberately “restrained” to avoid nuclear escalation. 

Both refrain from a “shooting war” with modern weapons for control of the high Himalayas. Instead, their combat uses shovels, clubs and fists, the two nuclear powers fighting, on top of the world, with stone age tactics. 

China evidently thinks threatening cyber-blackout of India could settle matters, without escalation to conventional or nuclear conflict. Protracted blackout of India’s electric grid would be catastrophic for its economy, population and military capabilities. 

Indian officials are understandably alarmed and now regretting that their national electric power grid and other critical infrastructures depend so much upon equipment imported from China — that likely increases their vulnerability. 

“Military experts in India have renewed calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replace China-made hardware for India’s power sector and its critical rail system,” reports The New York Times in “China Appears To Warn India: Push Too Hard And The Lights Could Go Out” (Feb. 28, 2021). 

The New York Times describes technical details of China’s blackout war against India. But conspicuous by its absence is any mention of President Biden’s suspension of President Trump’s Executive Order 13920, “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System” (May 1, 2020), designed to reduce dependency on foreign-supplied equipment for the U.S. electric power grid, especially equipment from China. 

Reportedly there are some 300 high-voltage transformers in the U.S. electric power grid manufactured in China. Moreover, the U.S. national grid depends upon an as yet unknown number of China-supplied control systems, called SCADAs, probably numbering in the thousands. 

These China-supplied systems, critically important to the operation of the U.S. electric grid, could have built-in vulnerabilities to cyber-bugs and electromagnetic pulse (EMP). China’s version of cyber warfare includes attack by nuclear and non-nuclear EMP weapons (See my report “China: EMP Threat” June 10, 2020). 

Mr. Biden would be wise to strengthen and reinstate Executive Order 13920. Electricity is foundational to U.S. national security. 

Critical equipment necessary to the operation of the national power grid — that sustains the economy, military, and population — should be made in America. 

The Biden administration deserves great credit for continuing implementation of the White House “Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses” (March 26, 2019), designed to implement recommendations of the Congressional EMP Commission. 

One strategy for achieving resilience of electric grids and other critical infrastructures is to require through national manufacturing standards that transformers, SCADAs, and other vital equipment incorporate EMP and cyber-protection. 

Most electric equipment is already manufactured resistant to lightning, a form of natural EMP. Standards could be upgraded to protect against “super-lightning” from EMP weapons. 

Defense Department experience over 50 years manufacturing military equipment with nuclear EMP protection “baked-in” the original design increases costs only 1% to 6%. 

Mr. Biden and the new White House “cyber-security czar” should compel electric utilities to protect themselves from cyber-attack and EMP. Hundreds are dead from California wildfires and a Texas ice storm because FERC and NERC failed to make utilities undertake simple preparedness for severe weather. They cannot be trusted to protect against cyber-attacks and EMP. 

Utility lobbyists advocate retaliatory cyber-attacks by the U.S. government for “deterrence” instead of protecting electric grids. 

Retaliatory cyber warfare cannot substitute for hardening critical infrastructures against cyber-attack and EMP — and is very risky. The U.S. is far more vulnerable than its adversaries. Russia and China make frequent cyber-attacks on the U.S. because they know we are vulnerable, and know they can hit back harder. 

Moreover, Beijing apparently thinks blacking out India’s national electric grid is less escalatory than a “shooting war” in the Himalayas. In 2020, China’s strategists threatened EMP attack on the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, as one of their “less escalatory” options. 

Cyber warfare between nuclear-armed powers is not a good idea, for either side. 2021 could too easily become a nuclear version of 1914. 

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U.S. vs. China: “Years of classified Pentagon war games strongly suggest that the U.S. military would lose that war”

March 11, 2021 by Michael Snyder

If China decided to invade Taiwan and the U.S. intervened, who do you think would win that war?  Of course most Americans would assume that the U.S. would easily win such a conflict, but according to a report that was just put out by Yahoo News, “years of classified Pentagon war games strongly suggest that the U.S. military would lose that war”.  The Chinese have been preparing for an invasion of Taiwan for decades, but meanwhile the U.S. military has been focused on other priorities.  As a result, the balance of power in that region has dramatically shifted, and the U.S. is at a clear disadvantage.

In the fall of 2020, the U.S. Air Force once again simulated what a future war with China would look like, and it didn’t go well

Last fall, the U.S. Air Force simulated a conflict set more than a decade in the future that began with a Chinese biological-weapon attack that swept through U.S. bases and warships in the Indo-Pacific region. Then a major Chinese military exercise was used as cover for the deployment of a massive invasion force. The simulation culminated with Chinese missile strikes raining down on U.S. bases and warships in the region, and a lightning air and amphibious assault on the island of Taiwan.

This is the first time that the outcome of that simulation has been made public.

Unfortunately, the U.S. has been on the losing end of such war games for many years.  In fact, one U.S. official has admitted that U.S. forces in the war games have been “losing faster” as the years have gone by…

“At that point the trend in our war games was not just that we were losing, but we were losing faster,” Hinote said. “After the 2018 war game I distinctly remember one of our gurus of war gaming standing in front of the Air Force secretary and chief of staff, and telling them that we should never play this war game scenario [of a Chinese attack on Taiwan] again, because we know what is going to happen. The definitive answer if the U.S. military doesn’t change course is that we’re going to lose fast. In that case, an American president would likely be presented with almost a fait accompli.”

Of course a U.S. president could always choose to “go nuclear”, but if we start a global nuclear conflict there is a very good chance that the Chinese and the Russians will hit us back really hard.

Needless to say, nobody would win in such a scenario.

Right now, however, the Biden administration has much different priorities for the U.S. military.

For example, we recently learned that the diversity training programs that were canceled by President Trump are being reinstated by Biden

The Defense Department has resumed its diversity training efforts, after the Biden White House acted swiftly to reverse the Trump administration’s controversial curtailment of such programs.

The Trump administration moved last September to halt training on subjects including critical race theory and white privilege, and vehemently denounced such training programs as “un-American propaganda training sessions.”

The U.S. military is becoming more “woke” by the day, and the Biden administration is pushing the envelope in ways that the Obama administration never dreamed of doing.

In fact, U.S. taxpayers will now be paying for any U.S. service members that would like to have gender reassignment surgery

Taxpayers will now foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery for active military personnel and veterans, with some treatments costing upward of $200,000 under an executive order signed by President Biden.

Tucked inside Biden’s Jan. 25 transgender order, “Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform,” is a clause that repeals an Obama-era policy that prohibited federally funded reassignment surgery. This was followed up by memos from both Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough specifically stating that surgery is now an added benefit.

Our military is being used as a weapon to fight “the culture war”, but meanwhile our ability to fight real wars appears to be diminishing.

If you can believe it, at this point our military can’t even seem to win a battle against bed bugs

Sailors aboard a six billion dollar American attack submarine say that the vessel has been infested with bed bugs – and that their commanding officers have been too slow to address the problem.

The situation on board the USS Connecticut has reportedly deteriorated to the point where sailors began sleeping in chairs or on the floor of the mess hall in order to avoid being bitten by the bloodsucking insects.

This isn’t some small infestation that we are talking about.

One officer on board the Connecticut admitted that Navy personnel “were getting eaten alive in their racks”

‘People were getting eaten alive in their racks,’ one petty officer said.

Another petty officer added: ‘The best way to put it would probably be “employee abuse,” but that’s not really a thing in the Navy, I guess.’

My father was in the U.S. Navy, and when I read stories like this I am just horrified.

What in the world has happened to our military?

At one time we had the greatest fighting force that the world had ever seen, but over the last three decades the entire culture has changed.

These days, social justice and political correctness have become far higher priorities than preparing to win future wars, and that is a huge problem.

Because someday the U.S. will have to fight China, and right now we are clearly not prepared for such a conflict.

Years of Pentagon war games have made it clear that we are not ready to defend Taiwan or to face off with China in any other conflict in the region.

The outcomes of most wars are decided before they are ever fought.  Unfortunately, it appears that the Chinese understand this far better than we do.

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Let’s Compare The U.S. Military To The Russian Military And The Chinese Military…

March 9, 2021 by Michael Snyder

A couple decades ago, the U.S. military was an unparalleled fighting machine.  Both Russia and China seemed hopelessly behind, and nobody dared to challenge America’s military superiority.  Everyone else was battling for second place in the pecking order, and they knew it.  But since that time, Russia and China have engaged in extremely aggressive modernization programs, while the U.S. military has chosen to focus on becoming more “diverse” and “inclusive”.  As a result, the balance of power has changed dramatically.

In this article, I would like to focus on a few examples that demonstrate the shift that has taken place.

For instance, the Russians are extremely excited about their new ultra-quiet Borei-class submarines that can rain death and destruction down upon their enemies from thousands of miles away

Each of the submarine’s sixteen R-30 Bulava (“Mace”) missiles typically carries six 150-kiloton nuclear warheads designed to split apart to hit separate targets. This means one Borei can rain seventy-two nuclear warheads ten times more destructive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on cities and military bases over 5,800 miles away.

The Borei is the most advanced SSBN in the Russian Navy, and is designed to replace its seven Soviet-era Delta-class SSBNs.

In China, scientists have been feverishly working to develop fearsome biologically-enhanced “super soldiers” that could potentially be far superior to standard western soldiers in a future war…

U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted “human testing” on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities,” the top U.S. intelligence official said Friday.

John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, included the explosive claim in a long Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he made the case that China poses the pre-eminent national security threat to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden says that the U.S. military is “making good progress” on feminist issues.  Some of the current priorities include “creating maternity flight suits” and loosening hairstyle requirements…

You know, some of — some of it is relatively straightforward work where we’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles.

Of course any of the old-timers that dare to object to the new “woke military” are being purged, and so soon their won’t be any dissenting voices standing in the way of the social justice reforms that the Biden administration wishes to implement.

Over in Russia, “diversity” is not a military priority.  Instead, they are getting ready to introduce the new Sarmat intercontinental nuclear missiles into service.  These new missiles can travel at speeds of up to 15,000 mph, and a single missile has enough firepower to “wipe out Texas”

RUSSIA is poised to test an “unstoppable” 15,000 mph nuclear missile it boasts can beat any defense and wipe out Texas.

The RS-28 Sarmat doomsday rocket is now primed to replace the much-feared R-36 – once dubbed the “Satan” nuke by Nato.

The Kremlin brags it has a range of around 6,200 miles, can carry 16 warheads and is able to dodge any missile defense system.

At the same time, the Chinese are rapidly developing highly advanced missile delivery systems that look just like “standard international shipping containers”

This missile would be a land-attack variant of an advanced anti-ship missile that would be deployed in launchers appearing to be standard international shipping containers from the outside. Such containers are being used all around the world for moving millions of tons of goods, and are often placed on the deck of large freighters.

The YJ-18C is China’s version of the Club-K cruise missile built by Russia that also uses a launcher disguised as a shipping container. Israel also is working on a container-launched missile called the Lora. Rick Fisher, a China military affairs expert, said he is not surprised China is copying the Russian Club container-launched missile. “It fits with China’s penchant for seeking asymmetric advantages against its enemies,” he said.

Of course the U.S. military is modernizing as well.

In fact, it has been reported that U.S. strategic nuclear forces are no longer using 8-inch floppy disks from the 1970s…

In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States.

But no more. At long last, that system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System or SACCS, has dumped the floppy disk, moving to a “highly secure solid state digital storage solution” this past June, said Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron.

That is exciting news.

What is next?  Will they finally get rid of all of their old rotary phones?

Meanwhile, President Biden is making it exceedingly clear that the U.S. military will have a culture of “inclusiveness” from this point forward…

That’s why we moved so quickly to overturn the discriminary — discriminatory ban on transgender service, and why General Austin’s first memo was a directive to take sexual assault in the military seriously.

Every single person, no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or religious background, deserves to feel safe in the ranks and to have their contributions valued.

I could go on and on with more examples, but I think that most of you get the point.

The U.S. military is being transformed into an institution of social change, and at the same time Russia and China are tightly focused on trying to figure out how to fight and win World War III.

When it comes time to fight a real war, do you think that we will actually win?

Just because the U.S. military was overwhelmingly dominant at one time, that does not mean that it is still that way today or that it will be that way in the future.

One of the only things that is constant about our world is change, and right now the U.S. military is definitely changing in the wrong direction.

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DANGEROUS FLASHPOINT’ 

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

Felix Allen

Feb 17 2021, 6:19 ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEST OF RESOLVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China did not see it that way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) January 24, 2021


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

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

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

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

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

Zhao did not explain Monday what the planes were doing.

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

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

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

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

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

by Andrew Bieszad on January 23, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Report- Religious Persecution Will Significantly Worsen In China And India

by Andrew Bieszad on January 3, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Brandon Weichert
Real Clear Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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