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China postpones military exchanges with US  
February 25 2010
 China has postponed several high-level military exchanges with the US, in the first tangible sign of retaliation over Washington’s decision to sell $6.4bn in arms to Taiwan.
”China has decided to suspend arrangements for some planned mutual visits between the US and the Chinese military,” a Chinese military spokesman said on Thursday.

The postponed exchanges included a planned trip by General Chen Bingde, China’s chief of the general staff, to the US. A visit to China by Admiral Robert Willard, the head of US Pacific Command, has also been postponed. The spokesman said it was too early to speculate whether other military exchanges would be impacted.

China] routinely uses our military-to-military relationship to express displeasure,” said the spokesman. “Nevertheless, we are committed to maintaining a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China.”

China last week allowed the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to dock at Hong Kong for a routine port visit, suggesting that Beijing might adopt a softer stance on the arms sales. At the same time, however, Chinese military officers who had been invited to a reception aboard the Nimitz declined to attend.
The suspension of military contacts will complicate the difficult task of building trust between the armed forces of the current sole global superpower and its future most likely challenger.

Next month, the Pentagon is due to release its annual report on the Chinese military – an exercise that regularly stresses concerns about Beijing’s military build-up. The report generally triggers an angry response from Beijing that the US is trying to demonise China.

The US military and the People’s Liberation Army in China have tried to broaden dialogue over the past few years through high-level visits, military student exchanges and port calls. Such contacts had recently been stepped up after China cut most military ties following the last major announcement by the US of arms sales to Taiwan in 2008.

Robert Gates, US defence secretary, and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, had been expected to visit China this year.
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Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced
November 2007
-  The U.S. Navy battle fleet incident in the Pacific.  American military left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a U.S. Navy Pacific exercise and close to U.S.S. Kitty Hawk carrier.  By the time it surfaced the  Song Class diesel attack submarine was within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
According to NATO, the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.  (NATO has proved an ENEMY of the USA in 2015)

US Navy

Concerns grow over China's sale of US bonds
Evidence is mounting that Chinese sales of US Treasury bonds over recent months are intended as a warning shot
to Washington over escalating political disputes rather than being part of a routine portfolio shift as thought at first.
There are ongoing spats between the US and China on so many fronts so you have to assume that this is some sort of implicit threat.

Visions of AA Allen, Dumitru Duduman, Henry Gruver, 4 Pages

A. A. Allen

Dumitru Duduman

According to Duduman - both Russia n China are coming to take USA.
No one understood why we fought them with sticks
now we know why 0bama wants to take our guns

Nov 8, 2010 Missile launched 35 miles off Los Angeles by Chinese sub.
A couple days later a mystery missile was photographed off New York-Canada.

aren't both Russian AND Chinese troops been brought over here already to supposedly help us out?

Yeah - they are here now - all across America -
to help us - OUT!

mostly likely they will make us slaves or kill us
china owns us
Remember that 1984 movie "The Red Dawn" with the late Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen?
Guess what, they're REMAKING this movie - except this time, it's the CHINESE that are invading America, and NOT the Russians.

China and Russia getting cozy

CHINA, RUSSIA Getting Cozier
The October 12, 2009  HEADLINES on
Anyone who has read Duduman's and Gruver's visions can calculate.

Chinese Gas Deal Readied For Putin - Moscow Times

Direct telephone line between Russian, Chinese Presidents . - TASS

NK Kim in China, NK troops mass on SK border

NK Kim in China, NK troops mass on SK border

I had an Email about thousands of North Korea troops massing on their border with South Korea.

Kim Jong Il to meet China leaders on rare visit
Reclusive North Korean leader in country amid rising tensions with South

May 4, 2010  -  BEIJING

North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Il was making his way Wednesday to China's capital on a rare trip abroad meant to be so secret that Beijing refused to confirm it —
despite videos shot by foreign media showing him leaving a Chinese hotel.

Kim was expected to meet with President Hu Jintao and other top Chinese leaders
just as South Korea inches closer to blaming the North for the recent sinking of a navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

Japanese and South Korean media, which have been closely tracking Kim, reported Wednesday that
a train carrying Kim had arrived in the eastern port city of Tianjin, one of China's special economic zones aimed at manufacturing and exports.

Kim's visits to China — North Korea's chief benefactor — are usually not officially announced until he leaves the country,
but he was photographed leaving a hotel after reportedly arriving in the port city of Dalian. Kim, North Korea's absolute ruler, is known to shun air travel.

Kim's visit, expected for months, comes amid increasing speculation in South Korea that his hard-line communist regime may have
torpedoed the South Korean warship in disputed waters near their maritime border in March.

Belligerent forces

In Seoul on Tuesday, President Lee Myung-bak said the sinking of the Cheonan was not a "simple accident" and ordered a thorough review of South Korea's military readiness.

Lee called North Korea's military "the most belligerent forces" but stopped short of directly naming the North as a suspect in the March 26 disaster.

If South Korea declares North Korea responsible for the sinking, it could look to China to back new United Nations sanctions aimed at punishing the North.
China would likely be reluctant to support such measures, fearing they could spark unrest along its border with North Korea.

In Seoul, South Korean Unification Minister Hyun In-taek met with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xinsen on Tuesday and called on Beijing to
play a "responsible role" amid the North-South tensions, according to spokesman Chun Hae-sung.
Chun did not elaborate or say whether China was being asked to convey a specific message to North Korea.
The sensitive timing of the visit and lack of advance notice from Beijing drew criticism from some South Koreans.

"I think it's disappointing and worrisome for China to accept Kim Jong Il's visit," Chung Mong-joon, head of the ruling conservative Grand National Party, told party members on Monday.
"Chinese leaders must convey our concerns and anger" to Kim over the ship sinking, he said.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu fended off repeated questions about Kim's presence and arrangements for the visit, saying,
"The arrangement of receiving a foreign leader is always decided through bilateral consultations."

Rare trip

Rumors of a Kim trip, the first since he traveled to China in 2006 and since the 68-year-old leader reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008,
have circulated for months since Hu invited him for a visit to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the allies.

Kim has traveled abroad just five times since taking over power from his father in 1994.
He was seen by foreign reporters in Dalian on Tuesday getting into a car and then being driven away in a motorcade.

Kim visited factories in an industrial zone near Dalian where Japanese and South Korean companies have operations, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing an unidentified source. Yonhap also reported that Kim's train left Dalian on Tuesday evening.

Speculation on Kim's purpose in visiting China have focused largely on North Korea's desperate need for economic aid and diplomatic backing in its disputes with South Korea and the international community. China, which once described relations with its communist neighbor as like "lips and teeth," fought on the North's side in the 1950-53 Korean War, and remains its biggest source of economic aid and political support.

The trip comes as China's leadership has been trying — so far unsuccessfully — to persuade Kim to reform his country's moribund economy and return to negotiations on ending its nuclear weapons program.

China's support is especially key at a time when North Korea's isolation is deepening and Kim is believed to be grooming his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, to succeed him as leader of the impoverished nation of 24 million.

North Korea quit the disarmament-for-aid talks a year ago and then conducted a nuclear test that drew tightened U.N. sanctions. The government's botched currency reform aimed at regaining control over the economy late last year is believed to have worsened its financial woes.

North Korea deploys 50,000 troops near SK border

N.Korea deploys 50,000 special forces near border

May 5, 2010   Seoul

North Korea has completed deployment of about 50,000 special forces along the border with South Korea, a report said Wednesday, amid high tensions over the sinking of a Seoul warship.
The deployment began two or three years ago and seven 7,000-strong divisions are now in place, an unidentified senior government official told Yonhap news agency.
"The threat that North Korea may infiltrate special forces for limited warfare has become real," the agency quoted a separate senior defence ministry official as saying.

The defence ministry refused to confirm the Yonhap report, but President Lee Myung-Bak discussed the North's special warfare capabilities at an unprecedented meeting Tuesday with 150 top officers from all armed services.
At the meeting, Lee hinted strongly that the North was involved in the sinking of a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives near the disputed sea border on March 26.

Suspicions are growing that the 1,200-tonne ship was hit by a torpedo from the communist state, which has denied involvement.
Lee said the South must be better prepared to tackle "asymmetric" military threats including special warfare units.

A defence ministry report in 2008 said the North, learning lessons from the Iraq war, had strengthened its special warfare capability by augmenting light infantry units and enhancing their street warfare, night-time and mountaineering training.
The North has about 180,000 special forces, it said, adding they would be used for "multifarious types of attacks and mixed warfare" against the South.

earlier related report

N.Korea leader expected to meet with Chinese leaders: report
Beijing (AFP) May 5, 2010 - North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il was expected to meet Chinese leaders Wednesday as he continued a secretive trip likely to focus on aid and efforts to halt Pyongyang's nuclear drive.

Kim's first trip in four years to China -- North Korea's sole major ally and its main source of finance, food and fuel --
is shrouded in mystery and has not been officially confirmed by either Beijing or Pyongyang.

The North Korean leader, who travelled to China on board an armoured train Monday and stopped off in the northeastern city of Dalian,
was expected to meet China's President Hu Jintao Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.
The agency quoted diplomats as saying he would stay at Diaoyutai Guest House in Beijing before heading home Thursday.

The reclusive 68-year-old Kim, who is thought to have suffered a stroke in mid-2008,
Tuesday reportedly inspected a port under construction outside Dalian -- a city seen as a model of China's economic development.

It was unclear when he was heading to Beijing but members of Kim's delegation checked out of their Dalian hotel late Tuesday,
unnamed sources told Yonhap, prompting speculation he would travel to the capital overnight.

Analysts said China could use the trip to press Kim to return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks he quit in April last year in return for aid.
The talks group the United States, China, Japan, Russia, North and South Korea.

The North has suffered from persistent food shortages since the Soviet Union collapsed two decades ago.
Ongoing shortages were further aggravated last November by a bungled currency reform.

But other analysts say the as-yet unexplained sinking of a South Korean warship in March --
which was ripped apart by an external blast, killing 46 sailors -- has made an early resumption of the six-party talks less likely.

Seoul has hinted the incident could be Pyongyang's fault. The North has denied all responsibility.

Kim, who is said to dislike air travel, has visited China four times since 2000, each time by train.
The last trip, in January 2006, was also shrouded in secrecy and only formally announced after it had ended.

N.Korea's Kim in Beijing to meet China leaders May 4

China, Iran, North Korea formed strategic alliance

China, Iran, North Korea formed strategic alliance

NEW AXIS of EVIL - NOW INCLUDES CHINA    Exclamation  Shocked

Friday, May 7, 2010

China, Iran and North Korea have established a strategic alliance that focuses on missile and nuclear development.

The report said that Beijing, Pyongyang and Teheran were helping each other in missile and nuclear programs. The report, titled "China, Iran and North Korea: A Triangular Strategic Alliance," by Israel's GLORIA Center said China and North Korea were the key suppliers of Scud-based ballistic missiles to Iran's military, the target of Western sanctions.

"This flurry of activities underscored the growing proliferation threats posed by DPRK [North Korea] assistance to Iran's missile capabilities, which has also led to collaboration in the nuclear realm," the report, published in the Middle East Review of International Affairs, said.

The report said North Korea helped develop Iran's Shihab ballistic missiles series. Author Christina Lin said North Korea's Taepo Dong intermediate-range missiles have served as the basis of Iran's program, including the design of a nuclear interncontinental ballistic missile with a range of up to 6,000 kilometers, dubbed Shihab-6.

China has sought to make Iran a key waystation in Beijing's silk road policy of expanding influence throughout Asia. The report said Beijing, believed to be channeling aid through neighboring North Korea, regarded Iran as an ally to balance the strategic relationship between the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

"Iran may also be a new pearl in China's maritime pearl necklace," the report said. "China is increasing its naval presence in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, with a call in December 2009 by Chinese Rear Adm. Yin Zhou to set up a permanent naval base in the Gulf of Aden."

The report did not discount the prospect that China would establish a permanent naval base in Iran. Ms. Yin, today a researcher with Jane's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Intelligence Center, said China could be offered a naval base at one of Iran's islands in the Gulf.

"Iran may be inclined to offset U.S. pressure by playing the 'China card' should the United States try to project military power by utilizing some of the UAE's man-made islands," the report said. "Indeed, in November 2009, NATO entered into the advanced stages of negotiating a Status of Forces Agreement with the United Arab Emirates in the face of Iran's nuclear threat."

The report said China was expected to block United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran. Ms. Lin compared China's role to that of Russia's alliance with Serbia when it came under attack by a Western-led coalition in 1999.

Regardless of UN sanctions, North Korea would continue to funnel weapons and technology to Iran, the report said. Ms. Lin said Iran has financed North Korean research and development of ballistic missiles and other strategic systems.

"Iran and DPRK have partnered closely on missile flight-testing, proxy testing of DPRK systems in Iran, and data exchanges," the report said. "Proxy testing in Iran of jointly developed missiles allowed DPRK to avoid sanctions after the September 1999 missile test moratorium while continuing its missile advances."

The report said the Damascus-Pyongyang alliance has spread to Syria and Hizbullah. This has included North Korean construction of an alleged plutonium production plant in Syria as well as constructing tunnels for Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.

"The three top Hizbullah officials who received training in DPRK are Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbullah's secretary general and the head of the Hizbullah military organization; Ibrahim Akil, head of Hizbullah's security and intelligence service; and Mustapha Badreddine, Hizbullah's counter-espionage chief," the report said.


China raises wages after suicides

China raises wages after suicides

Friday, May 28, 2010   TAIPEI
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry plans to raise workers' salaries by about 20 percent at its Foxconn unit in China, as it struggles to stop a spate of worker suicides and quell rising public anger.

An employee of Foxconn, maker of Apple Inc's iPhone, jumped to his death late on Wednesday, bringing the total of such apparent suicides to 10 this year.
Another employee attempted to slit his wrists, but survived with medical attention, Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday.
The increase in the cash portion of pay packages for all its workers in China had been planned for some time. He did not say when the raises would be implemented.

"It may help the suicide situation, because we workers just need money and the financial pressure on us is great," said a Foxconn employee surnamed Wang,
reached by telephone at the company's factory in Longhua, an industrial town north of Shenzhen. "Every little bit helps."

The spate of deaths has thrown a spotlight on the labor practices of Foxconn, whose clients include Dell Inc, Hewlett Packard Co and Sony Ericsson.
Apple and other clients have said they are investigating working conditions at Foxconn, which has about 420,000 employees at its base in Shenzhen and has come under fire for its secretive corporate culture.

The planned pay rise could raise Hon Hai's quarterly labor costs by about T$2.7 billion ($84 million), which would erode its operating profit by around 10-12 percent, Citi said in a report.
Other analysts disagreed with Citi's assessment.

"I don't think this will impact Hon Hai's profitability," said Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Securities in Taipei.
"Salaries for production workers are usually raised at around the third quarter, which is the peak season for most contract manufacturers as they gear up for the year-end holiday season."
Chen added that labor costs accounted for only around 2 percent of Hon Hai's operating costs and a salary increase of about 20 percent was not unusual.

"Hon Hai has raised salaries by up to 50 percent in the past, and it's still doing well," he said.
Hon Hai shares were down 1.2 percent on Friday morning, trailing the broader Taiwan market's 1 percent gain.
Foxconn's Hong Kong-listed shares were up 0.8 percent, also trailing a rally that saw the main index up 1.8 percent.

Entry-level line workers at Foxconn's factory in Longhua earn just over 900 yuan ($131.80) per month before overtime and bonuses, said Zhu Fuquan, a production supervisor for the company.
Foxconn was rumored to be paying around 100,000 yuan to compensate families of suicide victims, said factory worker Wang, a sum he said was tempting some victims given their low base wages.

On Wednesday, workers said they had been asked to sign a letter from Foxconn, including a clause saying the company would pay no more than the legal minimum for injuries sustained outside the workplace.
Confronted with the letter, Gou apologized and said he was taking it back, calling the language inappropriate.

China Restricts Export of Metals Crucial for National Defense

Jun. 2, 2010
China appears to be making moves that several folks had been fearing for some time: It is considering stricter limits on the export of so-called rare-earth metals.
The metals, which are most abundant in China, are used in a range of high tech industries including green energy and defense, which is what most concerns the US government.

Claiming that the mining of rare earths has been bad for the environment, the government is moving to restrict unauthorized wells, which may be exporting their goods illegally at too-low prices.
This move will surely be good news for the one major domestic player, Molycorp, which is based in California, and has IPO plans.
Any restrictions coming out of China can only mean an easier time with regulations, and more subsidies, especially given the defense implications.


Death toll in China flooding climbs to 377

Death toll in China flooding climbs to 377
as workers begin repairs on breached river

June 25, 2010     BEIJING
The death toll from storms that have pounded southern China for more than a week has climbed to 377, the government said Friday.
The toll is expected to rise as 142 people are missing and more rain is expected, according to the China Meteorological Administration website. That threatens to hamper rescue efforts that have seen 4.4 million people evacuated from their homes.

The death toll climbed from 211 in the past two days as heavy rains fell in the southern regions of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on its website.  The government says the flooding has caused about $11 billion in damages.

Workers and soldiers began repairing two breaches along the Fuhe river near Fuzhou city in Jiangxi province on Friday, said a report posted on the Jiangxi Flood Control Headquarters website, days after it overflowed its banks and a dike on another portion of the river burst, forcing the evacuation of 100,000 people.
Thousands of soldiers and workers transported stones and sandbags to block and redirect water, with the goal of patching up the breach within the next week, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Fuzhou to rally rescuers and comfort victims, wearing galoshes and wading through floodwaters in the disaster area, according to footage aired on China Central Television.
Storms have pounded southern China for more than a week, collapsing 368,000 houses, as landslides have cut off transportation and rivers and reservoirs have overflowed.

China sustains major flooding annually along the mighty Yangtze and other major rivers, but this year's floods have been especially heavy, spreading across 10 provinces and regions in the south and along the eastern coast.

CHINA drought, floods, quakes, landslides, 3 Gorges dam

China shares fall to 15-month low on economy fears

July  5, 2010
The Shanghai composite index has closed at a 15-month low after data pointed to slowing growth and rising inflation.
The index dropped 19 points or 0.8% to 2,364 at the end of trading, its lowest close since April last year.

Shanghai was one of the first markets to recover after the global financial crisis, but peaked in August last year. It has since fallen 32%.
Growth in passenger car sales slowed in June, the latest sign that China's high speed economy may be cooling down.
Car sales rose 10.9% in June compared with a year earlier, down from a growth rate of 25% in May.

On Thursday it was reported that the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which gives an indication of the health of the manufacturing sector, fell to 52.1 in June from 53.9 in May. Anything above 50 shows expansion in manufacturing output.
Then on Monday, HSBC announced that a similar index that it produces for the Chinese service sector fell to a 15-month low of 55.6 in June from 56.4 in May.

Meanwhile, inflation in China has been rising, with the Consumer Prices Index rising at an annual rate of 3.1% in June - above the Chinese central bank's official target of 3%.
More worryingly, producer price inflation - the cost of goods leaving the factory gate - rose to 7.1% in June.

Beijing's recent decision to allow more flexibility in the exchange rate of the Chinese currency should help slow inflation.
A rising yuan lowers the price of imports and cools demand for Chinese exports.

However, the Chinese authorities have only allowed the yuan to rise very gradually - the currency is up 0.9% against the dollar since the new more flexible policy was announced last month.
Other options to rein in inflation may include raising interest rates and ordering banks to cut back on lending.

However, whatever the Chinese government chooses to do to address inflation, it will also inevitably involve constricting growth in the second half of the year.

China sees surge in trade surplus

China sees surge in trade surplus

July  10, 2010
China has recorded a fresh surge in its trade surplus and exports, beating market expectations.
Exports for June were up 43.9% on the same month last year, while the $20bn (£13.2bn) trade surplus was the largest this year.
Analysts said the negative effect of the European debt crisis had not been as bad as feared.

The results are the first since China last month allowed its yuan currency to trade more freely against the dollar.
Western politicians have argued that the yuan is undervalued, giving China an unfair trading advantage.
The trade surplus and export figures both beat market expectations.
Exports were worth $137.4bn in June, up 43.9% on June 2009, while import growth was around expectations at 34.1%.

Liu Nenghua, an economist with Bank of Communications in Shanghai, told Reuters: "Exports were better than expected because the negative impact from the European debt crisis was not as serious as the market had feared."
There have been expectations of a slowdown of growth in China and analysts believe that will still happen, although not as sharply as originally feared.

The strong trade figures for June might spark calls for the yuan controls to be relaxed further.
The yuan has gained just 0.78% since China's announcement, fuelling Western demands for more action.
A stronger yuan would dampen Chinese exports and boost home consumer spending on cheaper imported products.

Tom Orlik, of Stone & McCarthy Research Associates in Beijing, told Associated Press: "A resurgent trade surplus will clearly strengthen the argument for rapid appreciation of the yuan.
"But with the global recovery on slippery sands, the outlook for China's exports is not as stable as the last two months of data suggest."

China Three Gorges dam faces flood test

20 July 2010
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas on the rescue effort in Guang'an City in Sichuan province.
The Three Gorges dam on China's longest river, the Yangtze, is standing up to its biggest flood control test since completion last year, officials say.

Floodwaters in the giant reservoir rose 4m (13ft) overnight, and are now just 20m below the dam's maximum capacity.
The authorities are using the dam to limit the amount of water flowing further downstream to try to minimise the impact of devastating floods.
Beijing cited flood control as a main reason for the $27.2bn (£16.7bn) dam.
Hundreds of people have died in central and southern China in the country's worst floods in more than a decade.

The Three Gorges dam, the largest in the world, was a controversial project as it forced the relocation of 1.4 million people. It is situated in Hubei province.
The flow of the water overnight was the fastest ever recorded, at 70,000 cubic metres per second.

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas, who is upstream in Guang'an in Sichuan province, says shops there are submerged,
and people are waiting to ferry supplies by boat to relatives trapped in their homes.
Teams of Chinese soldiers are manning rescue boats, he says.

Meanwhile, at least 11 people were missing after a landslide caused by torrential rains hit a village in Mianning country in Sichuan province, state media reported.
Sichuan and neighbouring Shaanxi province have been hard hit by a series of landslides in recent days that have killed 37 people and left nearly 100 missing, Xinhua reported.

More than 35 million people across China have been affected by the poor weather and 1.2 million have been relocated.
China is facing its worst floods since 1998, when more than 4,000 people died, and 18 million people were displaced, the China Daily newspaper said.  video here

Chinese Carrier-Killer Missile Could Reshape Sea Combat

August 06, 2010
The Dong Feng 21A and launcher vehicle are displayed at the Beijing Military Museum. China is reportedly working on developing the world's first antiship ballistic missile based on a similar design.

China is developing an unprecedented new missile that is designed to be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier from a distance of more than 900 miles, sources say.

Initial reports on the new missile suggest it could reshape conflicts at sea, but U.S. weapons experts say that it's no game-changer, nor a revolutionary threat to America's aircraft carriers, which are the center of U.S. Pacific defense strategy.
"Some have called it a game-changer. I would dispute that claim," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

When complete, the Dong Feng 21D -- a version of which was displayed last year in a Chinese military parade -- would give China the ability to reach and hit U.S. aircraft carriers well before the U.S. can get close enough to the mainland to hit back.

A nuclear bomb could theoretically sink a carrier, too, assuming its sender was willing to raise the stakes to atomic levels. The conventionally armed DF 21D's uniqueness is its ability to hit a powerfully defended moving target with pinpoint precision.

"The emerging Chinese anti-ship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection -- and deliberately designed for that purpose," said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the nonpartisan, Washington-based Center for a New American Security.

Details of the missile are still unknown, and the county has yet to test the system. Yoshihara said China would need to rely on a range of technologies to track boats and guide the warhead to a moving target like a carrier.
"There would be several layers of sensors, including over-the-horizon radar, which would help track surface units. They also have airborne sensors to look out into the Pacific, as well as space-based satellites to track a strike group." Three layers of targets would provide a very accurate snapshot with which to precisely guide a missile.

But questions remain about how fast China will be able to perfect its accuracy to the level needed to threaten a moving carrier at sea.

China targets U.S. Aircraft carriers

               China targets U.S. carriers

August,  2010    

ZC NOTE:  I remember reading a vision some years ago of a US aircraft carrier sunk.  It mentioned the KittyHawk, which has been retired.
Obama wants USA destroyed physically.  He has already raped the nation economically and spiritually.

The U.S. Navy today deploys 11 Supercarrier battle ships around the globe.
The U.S. Navy keeps the peace on world oceans today because of the unchallenged power of the aircraft carrier.

The modern American nuclear aircraft carrier is fast and maneuverable, with 80 aircraft.  Until now carriers have been invincible. Short of a nuclear hit, the American Supercarrier could not be sunk.

The Chinese have built, tested and are on schedule to deploy next year a missile designed to kill an American carrier.
The  Chinese Dong Feng 21D could penetrate the carrier's existing anti-missile defenses from 900 miles away with a non-nuclear precision warhead.
This is a game changer, affecting American naval operations within 1,000 miles of the 1,100-mile Chinese coast.

The U.S. and South Korea moved a joint naval training exercise from international waters in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China to the
other side of the Korean peninsula in the Sea of Japan after China objected to the location of the exercise and specifically the presence
of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The original location would have put the carrier within 900 miles of the Chinese coast.

The U.S. defense industry is developing laser defense weapons that could counter the Chinese carrier killer.
The question is whether Obama will allow these weapons to be tested and deployed.

April 1, 2009

China is developing a new, nasty surprise for the U.S Navy's aircraft carrier battle groups - a super-long-range anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 1,200 miles.

The U.S. Naval Institute reported on its Web site Tuesday that the new weapon has already been under secret development for years.
It is a modified version of the Dong Feng 21 missile that, in addition to its range, can carry a warhead capable of doing serious, and possibly lethal, damage to an 80,000-ton nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier.

The Naval Institute report said details of the new anti-ship ballistic missile were first revealed on a Chinese blog that U.S. military analysts regard as a credible source for information about the People's Liberation Army and Navy. The report was translated into English and can be viewed at the naval affairs blog Information Dissemination.

"The range of the modified Dong Feng 21 missile is significant in that it covers the areas that are likely hot zones for future confrontations between U.S. and Chinese surface forces," the Naval Institute noted.

The new missile is difficult to locate and track on radar because of its combination of "a complex guidance system, low radar signature and a maneuverability that makes its flight path unpredictable."

The new missile can fly at speeds of up to Mach 10 - 10 times the speed of sound. That is about 7,500 miles per hour at sea level. It can fly more than 1,200 miles in less than 12 minutes.

The weapon was not developed in isolation. The Naval Institute report said it can be guided on to its giant aircraft carrier targets by a combination of low-Earth-orbit satellites, radar and unmanned aerial vehicles.

U.S. naval analysts believe that the Chinese allowed details of the new ASBM to be published unofficially because the weapon is already operational, the report said. "The Chinese rarely mention weapons projects unless they are well beyond the test stages," it said.

The new Chinese weapon, if it is operational or likely to be so soon, marks a huge advance in naval warfare and heralds a shift in the balance of power at sea that could prove strategic in its scale. It would be, as the Naval Institute report pointed out, "the first time a ballistic missile has been successfully developed to attack vessels at sea. Ships currently have no defense against a ballistic missile attack."


China  oil pipeline explodes
July  17, 2010  
 Officials warn the air is unsafe because of chemical fumes.
An oil pipeline at a busy Chinese port exploded, causing a massive fire that burned for 15 hours before being put out Saturday.
State-run media said the pipeline blew up Friday evening and more than 2,000 firefighters worked overnight to control flames and further blasts on a second pipeline.

China Central Television showed flames raging among tanks at the port in the northern city of Dalian, and state media described flames of about 100 feet high.

The cause of the initial blast was not clear. The Xinhua News Agency said it happened after a tanker uploaded oil at the port. It said the tanker left safely.
A spokesman with the city's firefighting brigade said sporadic sparks could still be seen at the site Saturday morning, Xinhua reported.
China National Radio said officials were considering the evacuation of about 600 homes nearby, but no-one was reported killed.

Dalian's secretary general Xu Guochen told a news conference Saturday morning that firefighters had turned off valves on all oil tanks at the site.
Xu said the flames gave off gas containing sulfur and aromatic hydrocarbon that were not fatally toxic, Xinhua reported. Xu did not take questions.

China oil spill doubles in size, called severe threat
July  22, 2010    
China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.
An official warned the spill posed a "severe threat" to sea life and water quality as China's latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China's most livable city.
One cleanup worker has drowned, his body coated in crude.

"I've been to a few bays today and discovered they were almost entirely covered with dark oil," said Zhong Yu with environmental group Greenpeace China, who spent the day on a boat inspecting the spill.
The oil is half-solid and half liquid and is as sticky as asphalt," she told The Associated Press by telephone.

The oil had spread over 165 square miles (430 square kilometers) of water five days since a pipeline at the busy northeastern port exploded, hurting oil shipments from part of China's strategic oil reserves to the rest of the country. Shipments remained reduced Wednesday.

North Korea seized South Korean fishing boat
August 9,  2010  
Seoul says North Korea has seized South Korean fishing boat in waters off the eastern coast.
Daeseung, a South Korean fishing boat missing in the Sea of Japan has been detained by the North.
Tension remains high between the Koreas amid a naval exercise carried out by the South in the Yellow Sea.
The exercises were a show of force after the North was blamed for sinking a Southern warship in March.

The vessel has 4 South Koreans and 3 Chinese on board.
The Daeseung is being towed to the Northern port of Songjin.
The South had naval exercises with US forces in the Sea of Japan recently, in the Yellow Sea.

Train carriages swept away in southern China
August 19,  2010    
Two carriages from a passenger train have been swept into a river in southern China after floods destroyed a bridge, state media says.
The accident happened in Guanghan, in Sichuan province.

A firefighter told Xinhua news agency that the carriages had been swept 200m (220 yards) downstream.
All passengers were said to be safe as emergency workers had evacuated the carriages before the bridge collapsed, state television said.
The long-distance train was travelling from Xi'an to Kunming.

China has been devastated by flooding caused by unusually heavy summer rains in recent weeks.
In Yunnan province, rescuers are still searching for 90 people feared trapped under a mudslide that hit the town of Puladi early on Wednesday.

CHINA FLOODING, Quakes, dam in Earth and WEather section

China  banking system shows disturbing, U.S.-style cracks

August 30,  2010    

Off-balance-sheet liabilities. Bad mortgage loans. Uncertain growth prospects.
These issues, which nearly toppled the U.S. banking industry and triggered the financial meltdown, are increasingly threatening the stability of Chinese banks.

Last week, a slew of Chinese banks — including Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China — reported strong profits.
ICBC, the country's largest, earned $12.4 billion in the first six months of the year, above analysts' expectations.
But rather than providing reassurance about banks' health, the positive numbers are fanning fears of what's yet to come.

"I expect housing prices to take a turn later this year, and when they do, then you'll start to see the effect on (Chinese) banks," says Dragon Yongjun Tang, an assistant finance professor at the University of Hong Kong.
"Some of the weaker local banks may need to be restructured."

China's growth has helped lead the global economy out of the recession, but critics worry that if its economy weakens, it could pull the world back in.
In the U.S., weak economic data are already stoking concerns about a double-dip recession.

Last year, China's banks wrote a record $1.4 trillion (9.6 trillion yuan) of new loans as the government sought to stimulate the economy. The government has since clamped down on lending and also ordered banks to move off-balance-sheet liabilities back onto their books, according to analysts and media reports. (Like U.S. banks, Chinese institutions had moved loans off their balance sheets en masse, allowing them to reduce their capital requirements and fund more loans.)

Despite the industry's aggressive growth, some analysts remain optimistic about Chinese banks' prospects, arguing that if the economy continues to grow by double digits, it'll mitigate the impact of poor-performing loans.

So far, the government's tightening hasn't been "draconian," says Wendy Liu, head of China research for the Royal Bank of Scotland, meaning that banks have been able to charge higher loan rates and boost interest income even as lending has slowed.

Investors, however, aren't convinced about the health of the sector. Despite the industry's positive earnings this year, Chinese bank stocks have generally fared poorly.

Jim Antos, a Hong Kong-based analyst for Mizuho Securities Asia, believes it's "sentiment rather than reality driving the share price."
"As far as reality is concerned," he says, "25% year-over-year growth for the Chinese banking sector for the full year should be achieved."


Fears of Chinese land grab as Beijing's billions buy up resources
2 October 2010
China is pouring billions into Brazil oil industry, reigniting fears of a global grab of natural resources.
State-owned Sinopec clinched the deal with Spain's Repsol to buy 40% of its Brazilian business, giving China's largest oil company access to Repsol Brasil's reserve oil and gas.
China is willing to pay whatever it takes to lock in its future energy supplies and avoid social unrest.

China has made similar deals across the world in 2010.  Chinese companies have laid out billions buying up stakes in Canada's oil sands, a Guinean iron ore mine, oil fields in Angola and Uganda, an Argentinian oil company and a major Australian coal-bed methane gas company.
But, despite the concerns that China is cornering the market and will push up prices, the developed world also has a vested interest in China pursuing a successful strategy.

House votes to pressure China
October  4,  2010  
  Elections are coming
The House voted 348 to 79 for a bill that would open the way for the U.S. to slap tariffs on Chinese goods.
But the bill faces an uncertain fate in the Sinate and White House. The move risks retaliation, and may not help the economy.
It punishes China for holding down the value of its currency which hurts U.S. companies and workers.
Americans are unhappy with the Obama terminally ill economy, imposing sanctions on Beijing risks retaliation that could add to the U.S. problems.,0,2455876.story

Xinjiang region NW China - plague of worms packed up to 3,000 per square meter chewing through grass, leaving only brown soil in their wake.
I wonder if these are prehistoric 'extinct' worms released by the May 2008 major earthquake there.
Over half the population in Xinjiang claims to be Uyghur (wee-ger) and Hui Muslim.
Group marriage and Polygamy is practiced.  The family unit consists of more than one man and more than one woman,
and they share parental responsibility for children.  If you know more, PLEASE let me know. Thanks.

China dissident Liu Xiaobo gets Nobel Peace Prize
October  10,  2010    
China dissident Liu Xiaobo gets Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term.
The award is certain to anger Beijing, which had earlier warned against the move.
Mr Liu was the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.

Nobel Peace Prize winner's wife has 'disappeared'
Wife under house arrest, saw him in prison, he was told of award.
click here for more

China's pension system waltzes into crisis
13 September 2010  
Apparently, China also has a pension crisis like so MANY other nations.
I missed reporting this last month
The country's population is rapidly ageing.
According to official statistics, there are currently 167 million Chinese over 60.
By the year, 2050, that figure is projected to increase to almost 400 million - a quarter of the population.

One of the main reasons for the greying of China's population is the country's population controls, which mean that fewer young people are being born.
That includes the one-child policy, which mostly affects families living in urban areas.

Birthrates are now down by one-third compared with 30 years ago.
And that means fewer young people to look after the country's ageing population.

"We are expecting some kind of crisis in the pension system in next 20 years," says Professor Peng Xizhe, a population expert at Shanghai's Fudan University.
"We don't want a crisis, but we will have to work very hard as time is running out."

In Shanghai one in five of the population has reached retirement age
China's economy may be booming - it is on track to be the world's second-largest this year.
But the country has yet to work out how to pay for its rapidly ageing population.

Pensions are low or non-existent here. There are different provisions for people living in urban areas and those in the countryside.

The Chinese government is currently working to reform the system. But Prof Peng Xizhe believes there is only so much that the government can do.
He says that China will have to create a "multi-pillared" system, in which the government, the family, and other organisations care for the elderly.
Traditionally, the young care for the old in China.  click here for more


China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas

October  13,  2010
State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.
With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets,
CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.

It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said.
As part of the deal, the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company,
CNOOC has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion for a chunk of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs largely from southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.
CNOOC also will provide up to $1.1 billion more to cover drilling costs.

The deal represents China’s second try at making a big move into the U.S. oil and gas market, following a failed bid five years ago to buy California-based Unocal Corp.
Intense political opposition over energy security concerns derailed that $18.4 billion deal. But analysts expect few political or regulatory hurdles to the CNOOC-Chesapeake deal.
“The climate is much more hospitable now,” said Juli MacDonald-Wimbush, a partner with Marstel-Day, an energy and environmental security consulting company in Fredericksburg, Va.

Amid low natural gas prices and a largely difficult drilling climate, she said highly liquid Chinese companies will find willing partners among onshore oil and gas companies hurting for capital to drill.

Chinese missiles can ravage U.S. bases
Report cites 5 sites in Asia

November 16, 2010     by Bill Gertz, The Washington Times
China's military can destroy five out of six U.S. bases in Asia with waves of missile strikes as the result of its large-scale military buildup that threatens U.S. access and freedom of navigation in East Asia, according to a forthcoming congressional report.

"The main implication of China's improved air and conventional missile capabilities is a dramatic increase in the [People's Liberation Army's] ability to inhibit U.S. military operations in the region," a late draft of the report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concludes.

The U.S. government has growing concerns over what the report says are "China's improving capabilities to challenge the U.S. military's freedom of access in East Asia."
The draft report - the final version is set for release Wednesday - has been disclosed as tensions in Asia intensify over growing assertiveness by the Chinese military in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

Obama, during his recent visit to Asia, frequently mentioned growing U.S. concerns about "maritime security" and the need for stronger alliances against regional threats.
In Japan on Saturday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Obama for U.S. support during Tokyo's recent dispute with China over Chinese fishing near Japan's Senkaku Islands.
"For the peace and security of the countries in the region, the presence of the United States and the presence of the U.S. military, I believe, is becoming only increasingly important," Mr. Kan said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said last month during the Japan-China dispute that the Senkakus are covered by the U.S.-Japanese defense treaty, a signal to China that the U.S. military is prepared to defend the islands from Chinese encroachment.

The United States also could face a Chinese missile strike on its bases and ships in a future conflict with China over Taiwan, according to the China commission report.
In addition to missiles, the Chinese military buildup includes major deployments and upgrades of Chinese jet fighters that have increased ranges and better weapons,
as well as greatly improved air defenses, the report says.  click link for more

China sub launched a missile just off the California coast Nov 8


Hong Kong bird flu * First in 7 years

November 18, 2010  
I am concerned about this.  The H1N1 was bird-pig flu.  Flying pig flu.
The Ukraine and elsewhere saw this mutate int H5N1 which was hemorrhagic and fatal.
A woman in Hong Kong is seriously ill in hospital with bird flu, the first case there since 2003.
She fell ill shortly after returning from a visit to the Chinese mainland.
The last outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in Hong Kong killed six people in 2003.
The woman had visited the mainland with her husband and daughter, and also Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing.
This is a genetically engineered virus designed to kill.  It is spread by vaccines.
Population reduction is a major goal of the NWO / globalists.

Turn Around The USS George Washington

China has warned against military activity near its coastline ahead of U.S.-Korea naval exercises, according to Reuters.
China's Foreign Ministry said in an online posting that naval exercises risks starting a war: "We oppose any military act by any party conducted in China's exclusive economic zone without approval."

North Korea has also threatened to respond to military gestures with more attacks: "The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war due to the reckless plan of those trigger-happy elements to stage again war exercises targeted against the (North)."

If this sounds familiar, it's because the same thing happened after the Cheonan shipwreck. America sent some warships to join in naval exercises, China was outraged, and America yielded and moved the exercises primarily to a more distant location.
China wants peace. The only problem with Pax China is that it includes little protection for South Korea against the next surprise attack from Pyongyang.

US carrier visit a dilemma for China
America is far too cocky - China may have planned this with North Korea.
I do not forget the missile China shot off 35 miles off Los Angeles California Nov. 8th.
America owes China.  An empty suit struts the whitehouse - when its not flying in AF1.
READ this report but be careful how you believe it.
China President Hu Jintao is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington in January.
(Probably surveying his territory.  USA is slave of China now.)

November 26, 2010    Friday
The arrival of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier with its battle group in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing.
Should China protest or quietly accept it.
The carrier is to take part in military drills with South Korea following North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island.

4 months ago, China warned Washington against sending a carrier into the Yellow Sea, as it would escalate tensions after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship blamed on North Korea. Others said the carrier deployment is a threat to Chinese security.

After Beijing objections, no aircraft carrier sailed into the strategic Yellow Sea.
Now with outrage high over the shelling, the U.S. is raising pressure on China to rein in North Korea.

North Korea has made it more difficult for China to condemn U.S. naval deployments in the East China Sea.

*  China is NOT happy over the exercises.   Beijing considers 230 miles (370 kilometers) from its coast as China's exclusive zone.

North Korea warned that the US-South Korean military drills were pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.
A more passive approach this time helps Beijing raise its credibility with Washington and trading partner South Korea, and puts North Korea on notice that its actions are wearing China's patience thin.

China cutting the food and fuel assistance to the isolated North Korean dictatorship might lead to its collapse.
That could send floods of refugees into northeastern China and result in a pro-U.S. government taking over in the North.

South Korea and China are trading partners.
The U.S. is worried about the U.S. Navy's right to operate in international waters.
While China doesn't claim sovereignty over the entire Yellow Sea, it has become assertive about its maritime territorial claims.
China claims ALL of the South China Sea, and has seized foreign fishing boats and harassed U.S. Navy surveillance ships.
Any intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would inflame the Chinese public and require a response.

* Remember MARCH 31, 2001
China Downed our Plane with a crew of 24 in international airspace
The plane was 70 miles from the China coast.  China does not accept international guidelines.

CHINA BIO-WAR plan against USA
USS SAN FRANCISCO nuclear submarine indident
CHINA ACT of WAR, standoff over U.S. Plane 2001

Chinese government to make 'urgent' announcement
The Chinese government said Sunday it will make an "urgent" announcement later in the day amid rising military tensions surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

China weary of North Korea behaving like spoiled child

30 November 2010

"We may not like them but they are a neighbour."
Shocked     The 2 Koreas should be UNIFIED

Officials in China have expressed frustration with Communist ally North Korea, according to leaked classified US diplomatic cables.
Pyongyang was behaving like a "spoiled child", a Chinese foreign ministry official is quoted as having said in 2009, in cables released by Wikileaks.
Officials reportedly told South Korean counterparts that Beijing placed little value on the North as a buffer state.

The peninsula should be reunified under Seoul's control, they suggested.
The revelations come as regional tensions remain high, after the North shelled a South Korean island a week ago.

The US administration says the Wikileaks disclosures are an attack on the world community, but that partnerships it had worked hard to build would withstand the challenge.
China has responded to the leaks by urging the US to "properly handle relevant issues," a foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.
China's Vice Foreign Minister, He Yafei, told the US charge d'affaires in Beijing that North Korea was behaving like a "spoiled child" to get Washington's attention in April 2009 by carrying out missile tests.

A new, younger generation of Chinese leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally, and would not risk renewed armed conflict on the peninsula.
Mr Chun confidently predicted that North Korea had already collapsed economically and would collapse politically 2 to 3 years after the death of Kim Jong-il


China Leases Rajin Port from North Korea

Mar. 9 – China has gained a directly controlled foothold in the Sea of Japan for the first time in over a century as North Korea has agreed to lease its Rajin Port for the next ten years.

The port, which is on North Korea’s east coast next to the city of Rason, gives China easier access to South Korean and Japanese markets, and opens up Jilin Province to easier Northeast Asian exports.

North Korea gave Rason free trade zone status two years ago, and it was the first city to host an economic zone – Rajin-Sonbong. Since then, China has been exporting coal through the port. The new lease agreement, though, means China can choose what facilities it wishes to utilize and where to build them as it sees fit. The port may also be used for tourism, with Chinese tourists holding special visas being permitted to land and board onward cruises to Russia, Japan and South Korea.

China lost control over the Sea of Japan in the 19th century following skirmishes with Russia and Japan in the region. China ended up losing territory to both and, as a result, the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang have been landlocked ever since.

The deal underlines the Chinese Government’s desire to develop the Northeast as an important trade route into Russia, Korea, and Japan.

Last year, China’s State Council approved a proposal to turn Jilin’s Tumen River area into an economic development zone.

“It is encouraging to see North Korea taking commercial steps and the Chinese certainly know how to develop port facilities. While it remains an experimental project as is reflected in the short lease period, it could well turn out to be pivotal for the region. Northeast Russia, and ports such as Zarubino also need investment,” says Chris Devonshire-Ellis, publisher of and the founding partner of Dezan Shira & Associates. Similar short-term lease arrangements could be just the spark to show the area’s regional governments the way ahead.

“While concerns may remain short term in the region concerning China’s intentions over land claims,” says Mr. Devonshire-Ellis, also an elected member of the Business Advisory Councils to the United Nations Development Program mission for the region, the Greater Tumen Initiative, “if these can be allayed and the Chinese be seen to be playing an even hand in providing these ports with upgraded facilities, and recognizing sovereign territory, then the northeast has great potential for development over the next twenty years.”

Grassland fire in southwest China
December  6,  2010
A spreading grassland fire in a mountainous Tibetan region in southwest China proved deadly when it trapped soldiers and local residents trying to put out the blaze. By Sunday night, at least 22 have been killed and three severely burned, local officials said.
The wild fire was raging through a grassland atop a plateau some six kilometers from the county government seat in Daofu County, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Sichuan Province. About 500 mu (33.3 hectares) of the grassland has burned, while 200 mu (13 hectares) is still on fire, a source with local fire-fighters told Xinhua.

"The fire line stretches several kilometers long. As it darkens at night, most fire-fighters have retreated to the camps." Yang Hao, a senior local fire-fighting official told reporters. "However, we are still closely monitoring the situation."
About 2,000 people have joined the fire-fighting efforts. Sichuan Governor Jiang Jufeng led a work-team to Daofu, some 580 kilometers from provincial capital Chengdu, late Sunday night. An emergency medical team is also the en route to Daofu from Chengdu.

Local officials said the grassland fire broke out at noon on Sunday and was brought under control at about 3 p.m. However, gusting winds boosted the flames and trapped people fighting the fire.
Of the 22 fatalities, 15 were soldiers, two were workers with the grassland administration while five others were local civilians, officials said. Three of the severely injured have been rushed to hospitals.
Gusting winds ebbed anew late Sunday night, providing favorable conditions to put out the flames, fire-fighters said.

Chinese train sets 300 mph speed record

Warning to America
December  7,  2010  Be prepared to use force against China

Kevin Rudd told the United States it should be prepared to use force against China “if everything goes wrong”, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals.
In wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rudd also described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet, and said that his push for a new Asia-Pacific body was designed to contain Chinese influence.

The State Department cable detailing a March 2009 conversation over lunch between Rudd, who was then prime minister, and Clinton in Washington states that the Australian leader described himself a “brutal realist on China”.

It said Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat who was once posted to Beijing, argued for “multilateral engagement with bilateral vigour” in China.
He called for “integrating China effectively into the international community and allowing it to demonstrate greater responsibility, all while also preparing to deploy force if everything goes wrong”, the cable states.
Rudd, now Australia’s foreign minister, has not commented on the cable.

But Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the leak would not affect growing ties with China, which has become Australia’s largest trading partner as it imports natural resources to feed its booming economy.
“We have a very strong relationship with China … and that arrangement will continue,” McClelland told journalists.

There was no immediate response from Beijing.

Australia has a robust relationship with China, Rudd said Monday, and would not contact Beijing over the cable.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has also released a secret list of key infrastructure sites around the world whose loss or attack by terrorists, according to the State Department, could “critically impact” US security.

The February 2009 cable from the State Department requested overseas US missions to list infrastructure and key resources around the globe “whose loss could critically impact the public health, economic security and/or national and homeland security of the United States”.

It lists undersea cables, key communications, ports, mineral resources and firms of strategic importance in countries ranging from Austria to New Zealand.

The diplomatic cable detailing Clinton and Rudd’s conversation reveals Clinton affirmed Washington’s desire for a successful China, with “a rising standard of living and improving democracy at a pace Chinese leaders could tolerate”.

It said Washington wanted China to take greater responsibility in global economics, build a better social safety net for its citizens, and a better regulatory framework for the goods it manufactures.
But Clinton also questioned the challenges arising from Beijing’s growing economic clout, asking: “How do you deal toughly with your banker?” China is the single biggest holder of US Treasury debt.

Rudd reviewed Chinese leaders for Clinton, saying President Hu Jintao “is no (predecessor) Jiang Zemin” and opining that Hu’s likely successor Xi Jinping could rise above his colleagues, thanks in part to his family’s military connections.
On Taiwan, Rudd said the feelings of Chinese leaders were “sub-rational and deeply emotional” while hardline policies on Tibet were designed to send messages to other ethnic minorities.

Rudd told Clinton he had urged China to agree to a “small ‘a’ autonomy” deal with the Dalai Lama on Tibet but that he saw little prospect of this idea succeeding.
Rudd also revealed that the thinking behind his ambitious “Asia-Pacific Community” was mostly to ensure Chinese dominance in the region did not result in “an Asia without the United States”.
Pakistan and Afghanistan were also discussed at the lunch, according to the memo, one of some 250,000 US cables being released by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Rudd said Australia would be prepared to offer special operations and counterinsurgency help to Pakistan should it be requested, noting that success in war-torn Afghanistan would unravel if Pakistan fell apart.
The Australian government has previously condemned the release of all the cables and said it would support any US law enforcement moves against WikiLeaks, founded by Australian-born hacker Julian Assange.
Independent lawmaker Andrew Wilkie, whose support is critical to the government’s narrow majority in parliament, said it was likely Rudd was posturing.
Following the advice in the memo was an “inconceivable notion”, said Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst turned Iraq war whistleblower.

China Declares Christian ‘House Churches’ a ‘Cult,’ Advocacy Group Reports

China reportedly has launched a new crackdown on “house churches,” Protestant congregations that do not belong to the country’s state-sanctioned, “patriotic” church organization.

In an ominous development reported by the China Aid Association (CAA), a U.S.-based group that advocates for Chinese Christians, authorities allegedly have labeled the house church movement a “cult.”

Beijing used the same term when it outlawed the Falun Gong meditation movement in 1999, a move that ushered in a major, ongoing crackdown against the Falun Gong that has brought China worldwide censure.

Citing secret information “from more than one reliable source” inside China, CAA said Tuesday the campaign against house churches ordered by the Communist Party Politburo was launched on December 1.

Chinese security officials “have been notified to collect information about house churches throughout the country and turn these reports in to their superiors,” it said. “A long ‘blacklist’ of church leaders and influential believers reportedly has been drawn up.”


Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo must be freed!

10 December 2010

The chairman of the Nobel prize committee has called for the immediate release of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Peace Prize.
There were two standing ovations at the ceremony in Oslo for Mr Liu, who was represented only by an empty chair.
China has been angered by the award and has waged a campaign in recent weeks to discredit it.

Nobel chairman Thorbjorn Jagland praised China for lifting millions of people out of poverty.
He called it an "extraordinary achievement" but warned China that its new status as a leading world power meant Beijing "must regard criticism as positive".

For its part, China's foreign ministry condemned the ceremony as a "political farce".
"We resolutely oppose any country or any person using the Nobel Peace Prize to interfere with China's internal affairs or infringe upon China's legal sovereignty," said the ministry in a statement."
'Quest for freedom'

Actress Liv Ullmann read out a statement from Mr Liu which he made to a court at the time of his trial in December 2009.
8 foreign delegations attended the Oslo ceremony, 16 countries - including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - turned down the invitation and the Chinese returned their invitation unopened.

Analysts say many of those who stayed away did so as a result of Chinese pressure.
However, Serbia - which had previously said it would not attend - announced on Friday that it would be sending a representative.

The Serbian government, which has warm relations with China, had come under pressure from within the European Union and from political parties and civil society groups in Serbia to attend.
Beijing had sought to prevent anyone travelling from China to Oslo to collect the prize on Mr Liu's behalf.

The BBC's Mike Wooldridge in Oslo says that to the Nobel Committee, Liu Xiaobo symbolises a message it was keen to send to China - that its growing economic strength and power do not exempt it from universal standards of human rights.
On the other hand, China says the committee has chosen a criminal convicted under Chinese law to serve the interests of certain Western countries, our correspondent says.

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo Nobel winner


China blocked many news media
BBC website unblocked in China

December  13,  2010    
The BBC website is accessible once again in China after being blocked for several days. The blackout coincided with the award ceremony for  Noble Peace Prize winner, the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The website was blocked along with other international news sites.
I imagine BBC promised to LIE to be allowed to report n china.  Lying is easy for BBC, they LIE about their Israel reporting.


Climate "Experts" Propose Global One-child Policy, Socialism, Taxes, Carbon Rationing

Among the climate “solutions” proposed by scientists, officials, and others for the Cancun COP16 “global-warming” summit [b]are ideas like a global “one-child policy” modeled on Communist China’s brutal system, a carbon rationing scheme for every person on Earth, world socialism, and a series of global taxes paid to the United Nati[/b]ons.

Prominent scientists have offered some of the more extreme suggestions. Professor Kevin Anderson, for example, director of a “Centre for Climate Change Research” in the U.K., authored a paper urging the adoption of a World War II-style rationing system — for carbon: “The Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the problem we face,” Anderson explained in an article, urging world rulers to limit electricity and prohibit food imports, among other things.

“I am not saying we have to go back to living in caves,” he said. “Our emissions were a lot less ten years ago and we got by ok then.” His suggestion would involve a total freeze on economic growth in developed countries and “carbon rations” for every person on the planet.

Perhaps trying to make his colleagues seem moderate by comparison, another British scientist writing for the Royal Society said such drastic measures would not be enough to stave off “global warming.” “Peak warming is determined by the total amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere, not the rate we release it in any given year,” claimed Oxford University physicist Myles Allen.

The idea of a global “one-child policy” modeled after Communist China’s has also been a hot topic, but not just among Chinese communists. In fact, it has even attracted the support of CNN boss Ted Turner, who urged world leaders to adopt the barbaric tactics at a luncheon in Cancun over the weekend. “If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,” said Turner, who already has five children of his own.

Economist Brian O’Neill of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, who also spoke at the luncheon, presented a study claiming that population growth was bad for the planet. He suggested that “family planning” — code words for abortion and birth control — should be made universally available to help limit emissions.

The Chinese regime is still hoping to implement its family policy worldwide, though it drew strong condemnation when it was proposed at the COP15 global-warming summit in Copenhagen last year. The communist government frequently brags that its brutal scheme — which includes forced abortions for women with more than one child — has helped limit “emissions” by reducing the number of children, possibly by as much as half of a billion.

Then, of course, are calls from “scientists” for a carbon tax, a particularly popular proposal among cash-strapped Western regimes that fund the scientists. “What the world needs now is a bold, experimental, daring step — to simply try out something that has never been done before, and that is a global carbon tax,” urged Professor Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Environment Institute in an interview with a Singaporean paper.

“It will be a crazy step, a daring step, but something the world simply needs to experiment with,” he said, proposing carbon taxes as high as $40 per ton of CO2. “And you set that up as a global mechanism,” using the money raised for so-called “development.”

“That might be what we might need to turn things around in the short term,” Rockström added.

There are several other proposals for global taxation that are also gaining traction at the conference. Those include a tax on aviation and shipping paid directly to the UN or a similar tax on banking and financial transactions, also paid straight into global coffers. Before the climate summit in Cancun had even started, the UN put out a document proposing its global taxation schemes. What will come of them remains to be seen.

As The New American reported last week, another idea being pushed in Cancun would ban incandescent light bulbs and kerosene lamps worldwide. That plan is backed by a coalition of governments, the UN, several humongous corporations, and various communist dictatorships. The cost would be enormous. And the wisdom of using the far more expensive CFL bulbs — which contain the toxic element mercury — is still a matter of great debate.

Another radical proposal coming from a powerful coalition of radical leftist regimes in Latin America involves killing what little is left of the free market. “The environmental imbalance capitalism has caused is without doubt the fundamental cause of the alarming atmospheric phenomena," wrote socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in his most current column, referring to recent rains that have washed away some shanty towns in his socialist “utopia.” He blamed the deluges on capitalism.

"The world's powerful economies insist on a destructive way of life and then refuse to take any responsibility," Chavez added. Other regimes, including that of Bolivian leader Evo Morales, have echoed Chavez’s call to end “capitalism,” transfer the wealth it produced to Third World countries, and implement global socialism.

There are numerous other extreme proposals coming from global bureaucrats and scientists riding the climate gravy train. How far they will get, however, remains to be seen, as newspapers and columnists around the world continue to ridicule the whole confab and its theories and ideas. Analysts have even suggested the "global-warming scam" is unraveling.

For now, “climate negotiators” are trying to figure out how to extort $100 billion a year from “rich countries” for a “Green” slush fund. Agreed to in Copenhagen last year with the help of bribery, espionage, and threats from American and European officials, the fund would supposedly hand out money to corrupt Third World regimes to deal with the alleged threat of “global warming.”

China fisherman dies in clash with S Korea coast guard

December  18,  2010    Saturday
The crew of a Chinese trawler and a South Korean patrol ship have clashed, leaving one fisherman dead and two missing, South Korean officials say.
The clash reportedly happened as the coast guards tried to prevent Chinese boats from fishing illegally off South Korea's west coast.
Video filmed by the coast guard shows officers fighting with fishermen wielding metal bars.
Four coast guard officers were injured

China reveals aircraft carrier plans  
China has confirmed for the first time that it is preparing to build an aircraft carrier, a move set to heighten international concerns over the rapid expansion of its naval power.


Russia to boost oil pipeline flows on China demand

20 December 2010

Russia's oil exports via state oil pipeline monopoly Transneft will rise 3.8% to 410 million barrels next quarter as pipeline shipments to China start, according to reports.

Sources told Reuters that according to the final schedule for crude oil export and transit, in January to March next year Russian will ship 29.1 million barrels of oil to China via the newly commissioned Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO).

Increased exports to China will come at the expense of other outlets, while the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny is not included in the schedule at all.
In the fourth quarter of this year it was supposed to handle 11.5 million barrels.

The Baltic Sea port of Primorsk will see volumes cut 7.5% to 128 million barrels for the period compared to those handled this quarter.
Exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk will rise by 1%, at 90.9 million barrels.

Pipeline begins supplying oil from Russia to China
1 January 2011, (AFP)


The first oil pipeline between Russia and China, feted as a mark of growing ties between the world's biggest oil producer and its biggest energy consumer, started operation Saturday, state media said.

Oil began flowing through the pipeline that links Siberia with refineries in the northeastern Chinese city of Daqing at 11:50 am (0350 GMT) after two months of testing, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev had symbolically opened the pipeline -- which stretches for 2,694 kilometres (1,673 miles) on the Russian side and 930 kilometres in China -- on September 27.

It can carry 30 million tons of oil each year and will help China achieve its goal of diversifying energy imports, state media said. Under a 2009 deal China will receive oil for 20 years in exchange for loans worth 25 billion dollars.

China 'in nuclear power advance'

China has developed its own technologies that will enable it to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, state television has reported.

The country has launched an ambitious programme to build a number of new nuclear power stations.

This latest breakthrough could provide fuel for those plants for years to come.

Chinese scientists have apparently been working on this technology for 24 years.

State television says they have now perfected a procedure that will allow them to reprocess spent nuclear fuel.

It is a complex and costly procedure but the recycled material can be used again to fuel nuclear power stations.

China is not the first country to develop its own reprocessing facilities. France, Britain and India are just three countries that already have their own operations.

But this breakthrough will have major implications in China.

The country is building a number of new nuclear power plants in an effort to diversify its energy sources.

At the moment it mostly relies on coal. This latest development could help its nuclear power programme.

State television says the country currently has enough known uranium for at most 70 years.

It claims this new process could mean that supply will now last for 3,000 years.

China military eyes preemptive nuclear attack in event of crisis

January 5, 2011   Wednesday  TOKYO, Kyodo

The Chinese military will consider launching a preemptive nuclear strike if the country finds itself faced with a critical situation in a war with another nuclear state, internal documents showed Wednesday.

The newly revealed policy, called ''Lowering the threshold of nuclear threats,'' may contradict China's strategy of no first use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances, and is likely to fan concern in the United States, Japan and other regional powers about Beijing's nuclear capability.

The People's Liberation Army's strategic missile forces, the Second Artillery Corps, ''will adjust the nuclear threat policy if a nuclear missile-possessing country carries out a series of air strikes against key strategic targets in our country with absolutely superior conventional weapons,'' according to the documents, copies of which were obtained by Kyodo News.

WARNING on China's military


               PHOTO - J-20 stealth fighter jet

January 7, 2011

BBC - China stealth plane still years away
The US is playing down pictures that appear to show a working prototype of a Chinese stealth aircraft, invisible to radar.

FOX - China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose Terrifying Challenge to U.S. Fleet

While the Pentagon downplays China’s jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft, capable of besting America’s F-22 in speed and maneuverability, could pose the greatest threat yet to U.S. air superiority.

Decorated Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley, a Top Gun graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School who flew 44 combat missions over Iraq, says,
“It’s probably leaps and bounds above where we are, and that’s terrifying.”
“As a former Navy fighter pilot, going up against something that’s stealthy, highly maneuverable and with electronic systems more capable than mine -- that’ll keep me up at night,” said Buckley, now chief strategy officer at Fox3 Options LLC.
Buckley said photos posted online of the radar-evading Chengdu J-20 jet fighter lead him to believe the aircraft has great stealth capabilities, based on what appears to be a bumpy exterior possibly housing stealth technology, and the lack of external components, such as a gas tank and missiles.
“It was built to reduce radar signatures. You can tell it has some serious stealth technology,” he said. “My F-18 looks like an 18-wheeler on radar. That thing might not even show up.”
The U.S. military's current top-of-the-line fighter is Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor.

Beijing (CNN)
A jet fighter points up to the sky, a row of missiles line a walkway and revolutionary films are on constant rotation at China's aviation museum on the outskirts of the capital, Beijing.
Occupying pride of place here: the bomber which deployed China's first nuclear bomb.

These are the relics of the Asian giant's military past, but it is also a nod to the might worthy of an emerging superpower.
A red jet fighter catches my eye amid the Chairman Mao paintings: it is the MiG-15 credited with China's first victory in the sky, shooting down an enemy aircraft over the skies of Korea in 1950.
Now, the world's attention is focused on a new Chinese jet fighter, the J-20. Pictures of the radar-evading stealth plane have appeared in recent days, carrying out runway tests. It is the latest addition to China's growing military arsenal.

China conducts first test-flight of stealth plane

11 January 2011

Chinese stealth fighter has made its first-known test flight .
China has conducted the first test-flight of its J-20 stealth fighter, Chinese President Hu Jintao has confirmed to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The confirmation came after images of the 15-minute flight in Chengdu appeared on several Chinese websites.
Mr Hu said that the flight had not been timed to coincide with Mr Gates' visit, the US defense secretary said.

The US is currently the only nation with a fully operational stealth plane.
But both Russia and China are known to be working on prototypes of stealth fighters, which are invisible to radar.
Mr Gates' three-day visit to Beijing comes amid US concern over the speed at which China's military is modernising and upgrading its technology.

"I asked President Hu about it directly, and he said that the test had absolutely nothing to do with my visit and had been a pre-planned test. And that's where we left it," Mr Gates was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says North Korea poses a direct threat to the U.S.

January 2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington DC January 19th[/b].
The Chinese government has currency disputes, trade barriers with America, and military build-ups.
TV Ads in the United States will spotlight famous Chinese people from different walks of life.

Viewers who catch the Chinese government ads will also get a distinctly different message the following week when government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste plans to re-air a startling ad that addresses the danger of China holding so much U.S. debt.
That ominous ad, first aired in October, featured a hypothetical Chinese professor decades from now teaching his class about the rise and fall of the American empire.

U.S. failed to detect China's J-20 stealth fighter
U.S. intelligence apparently failed to figure out how quickly the Chinese were developing their newest fifth generation J-20 stealth fighter, which was based on critical U.S. stealth technology transfers that happened while Bill Clinton was president.
U.S. underestimated the speed at which the Chinese were making progress.
The U.S. has halted production of the F-22 and is switching to the more advanced F-35.

China's President Lays Groundwork for Obama Talks
JANUARY 17, 2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a "product of the past" and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

China cuts Treasury holdings in November
18 January 2011, by Chris Oliver - Hong Kong (MarketWatch)
China cut its holding of U.S. Treasurys in November by $23 billion, though its overall holdings remained the largest of any foreign nation at $895.6 billion, according to data released Tuesday by the Treasury Department.

The decline followed net purchases by China of more than $23 billion in October, which lifted its holdings $906.8 billion, the highest level since November 2009, according to data contained in the monthly Treasury International Capital report.
November TIC Data Update: China Treasury Holdings Decline By $11.2 Billion
18 January 2011, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)

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Reframing the US-China rivalry a brave move for Obama
by Therese Leung

05:55 AM Jan 31, 2011

Although President Barack Obama's domestic agenda dominated his recent State of the Union address, the speech also purposefully reframed the economic rivalry between the United States and China - a relationship he believes should be based on tough but friendly competition to the benefit of both countries.

This was a brave stance for the President, as recent surveys show that Americans have increasingly negative perceptions of China. According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than 60 per cent of Americans view China as a threat to American jobs and security.

Congress' approach to China is no warmer. Both Democrat and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were visibly displeased after their recent discussions with Chinese President Hu Jintao about trade and intellectual property rights. The one issue that can garner bipartisan agreement from both political parties is that China's policies are harmful to the US economy.

On the biggest stage of all, Mr Obama could have easily exploited this opportunity for political gain at China's expense, like many Congressional candidates during the November mid-term elections. But instead of finger-pointing, he deftly chose to encourage the American public as well as Congress to view China and the other emerging Asian economies not as threats but rather as motivation to work harder in order to retain their economic global pre-eminence.

He acknowledged that various Asian countries had made significant advancements in sectors that the US had once dominated. The US used to be the leader in infrastructure but now countries like South Korea have greater household Internet access and China has faster trains and newer airports than the US. Yet he presented these examples to inspire Americans who are still licking their wounds after an economic recession and remind them of their nation's pioneering achievements, like being the first country to put a man on the moon. Mr Obama challenged Americans to continue to "out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world".

By reframing the relationship between China and the US in friendlier terms, Mr Obama also hopes that there will be greater political acceptance of future Chinese investments in the US and free trade agreements with other Asian countries, both of which could play key roles in US job growth.

It is no secret that the White House is pushing the Senate to ratify the free trade agreement with South Korea after years of agonising negotiations, which would support Mr Obama's export-led growth strategy. The White House has also had several meetings to encourage Chinese business leaders to invest in the US.

However, Mr Obama is also acutely aware of the prickly politics, and that these initiatives will survive only if the public understands that China and other Asian economies do not have to be economic threats, but economic partners.

In 1989, when Mitsubishi purchased the iconic Rockefeller Center in New York City, many feared the Japanese economic juggernaut overtaking the US, provoking a backlash. The worry is that future Chinese investments in the US might receive the same response. While the newly-ascendant Republicans are supportive of free trade, the public is still highly sceptical.

Only time will tell if Mr Obama can successfully craft a more nuanced relationship with China that the public can embrace. But do not mistake his warmer tone to China as acquiescence.

He also not-so-subtly reminded the public of one of the key differences between the two nations: One is a democracy and the other is not. It might be harder for democratic countries to implement economic reforms to remain competitive, but Mr Obama would not have it any other way.

Even as the US strives for a new economic orientation to China, it still firmly believes that its method of governing and its form of global and economic leadership is the right way.

Therese Leung is an Associate Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. She previously worked for the United States Congress as a policy adviser for two years specialising in workplace benefits, including retirement and healthcare policy.

China taking over US banks
24 January 2011, (PressTV)

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has agreed on a deal to take over a US retail bank, at a time when American financial institutions are falling one after another.
The ICBC will buy 80% of the US unit of Bank of East Asia Ltd. for USD 140 million, the two companies announced in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

Over 10% of the 7,760 banks in the US are in financial trouble and despite receiving a total of USD 4.2 billion in bailout cash, 98 US banks are still at risk of failing.
In 2010, 157 US banks failed and so far this year seven (11 now) banks have failed.

US trade gap widens as China deficit hits record
11 February 2011, by Veronica Smith (AFP)


The US trade deficit grew in December as imports rose at the fastest pace since June, while the politically sensitive gap with China hit a record for the year, official data showed Friday.

Despite a solid rise in US exports, the data showed that a surge in consumer spending and a jump in commodity prices help hike the country's imports bill.

The Commerce Department reported the country's trade deficit in goods and services rose to a seasonally adjusted $40.6 billion, from $38.3 billion in November.


Exports of goods, at $115.5 billion, were the strongest since August 2008, the month before the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy brought the nation's troubled financial system to the brink of collapse.

But imports increased at the fastest pace since June, by 2.6% to $203.5 billion, crossing the $200 billion threshold for the first time since that month.

Amid rising oil and commodity prices, imports of foods, feeds and beverages hit an all-time peak of $8.0 billion.

Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors noted that more than 80% of the import goods rise came from crude oil, petroleum and fuel oil purchases.

"Rising energy costs are bleeding the economy," he said.

Though the trade gap with China shrank 19% to $20.7 billion, for all of 2010, it swelled to $273.1 billion, topping the 2008 record of $268.0 billion.

For the second year running China surpassed Canada as the largest seller of goods to the United States.

China's growing influence as America's largest creditor

2/17/11    Confidential diplomatic cables from the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Hong Kong lay bare China's growing influence as America's largest creditor.
As the U.S. Federal Reserve grappled with the aftershocks of financial crisis, the Chinese, like many others, suffered huge losses from their investments in American financial firms -- from Lehman Brothers to the Primary Reserve Fund, the money market fund that broke the buck.

The cables, obtained by WikiLeaks, show that escalating Chinese pressure prompted a procession of soothing visits from the U.S.Treasury Department. In one striking instance, a top Chinese money manager directly asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a favor.

In June, 2009, the head of China's powerful sovereign wealth fund met with Geithner and requested that he lean on regulators at the U.S. Federal Reserve to speed up the approval of its $1.2 billion investment in Morgan Stanley, according to the cables, which were provided to Reuters by a third party.
Although the cables do not mention if Geithner took any action, China's deal to buy Morgan Stanley shares was announced the very next day.

The two Treasury officials to whom the cables were addressed, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Robert Dohner and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Monetary and Financial Policy Mark Sobel, declined through a spokesperson to comment for this story. The State Department also declined to comment.

China is America's biggest foreign lender, playing a crucial role in the U.S.Treasury auctions that allow Washington to borrow what it needs to keep its government running. At the same time, the United States is China's top export destination: America's trade deficit with the nation reached a record $273.1 billion in 2010. Most economists describe the two economies as co-dependent.

The concern in certain influential Washington and Wall Street circles is that Beijing would leverage its position as the main enabler of U.S. overspending. And the cables provide a glimpse into how much politics inform relations between the world's two largest economies.

One cable cites Chinese money managers expressing concern that U.S. arms sales to Taiwan -- a major, longstanding irritant in the relationship -- could sour the Chinese public on Treasury purchases.

The subject of Taiwan came up during an October 9, 2008 meeting the U.S. financial attache's office had with Liu Jiahua, Deputy Director General of China's foreign currency reserve manager, the secretive behemoth known as the State Administration for Foreign Exchange, or SAFE.

"Liu observed that the recent U.S. announcement of another arms sale to Taiwan made it more difficult for the Chinese government to explain its policies supportive of the U.S. to the Chinese public," reads an account of his comments in one of the cables.

The cables also indicate a high level of confidence among the Americans that China can't entirely stop buying U.S. debt, a sentiment shared by most economists who describe the dynamic as a form of mutually assured financial destruction.
But the cables do show that China can and will pull back

China unexpectedly swings to February trade deficit
10 March 2011 - Hong Kong (MarketWatch)

China unexpectedly posted a trade deficit in February, according to official data released Thursday, and economists said this could reduce pressure on the country to allow its currency to appreciate.
The rate of growth for both import and export indicators tapered off considerably from the levels seen in January, distorted by the Chinese New Year holidays during the month.

Monthly exports grew a modest 2.4% from the year-earlier period, while imports grew 19.4%, after soaring 37.7% and 51%, respectively, in January.
The slowdown swung the country’s trade balance to a deficit of $7.3 billion in February, more than offsetting January’s $6.5 billion trade surplus and giving China a net trade deficit in the first two months of the year.

The deficit might have implications for the pace at which China allows the yuan to appreciate against the U.S. dollar, say economists.

“One thing we are more certain about [from the data] is that China’s trade surplus is mostly likely to decline at a faster rate than anyone expected this year... A much smaller trade surplus means that the external pressure on yuan appreciation would be less,” said Wei Yao, China economist at Societe Generale in Hong Kong.

February’s deficit was China’s largest in seven years, according to Reuters.

B. of A. Merrill Lynch’s China economist Ting Lu wrote to clients that taking January and February figures together, China’s imports grew 36%, while exports accelerated at 21.3%.

“China’s trade balance could be back into surplus again in coming months after the distortion in Jan-Feb, but surging oil prices could add pressures,” Lu said, adding that a one dollar per barrel increase in oil prices could cut China’s annual trade surplus by $1.9 billion.

“On the positive side, the falling trade surplus might alleviate pressures on the [yuan] and also the need for the People’s Bank of China to hike required reserve ratio to lock liquidity,” he added.

China posts quarterly trade deficit

April  10,  2011  

China reported its first quarterly trade deficit since 2004
on Sunday as surging prices for commodities pushed up its import bill.
The General Administration of Customs said in an online statement that China posted a trade deficit of $1.02 billion from January to March this year.

However, China reported a small trade surplus of $140 million in March, up from a deficit of $7.3 billion the month before, it said.
Export growth in the first quarter was strong, it said, increasing 26.5 percent to $399.64 billion compared to a year earlier, but imports soared 32.6 percent during that period, to $400.66 billion.

"The value of imports in the first quarter hit a record high for the first time of more than $400 billion," the administration said.
It said China imported more mechanical and electrical equipment, including cars, as well as iron ore and soybeans, than it did a year ago and that the prices of those commodities had all shot up.

Analysts expect a Chinese global trade surplus this year of $160 billion-$200 billion but say that should narrow if oil and commodity prices stay high. Last year, China ran a trade surplus of about $16 billion a month.

China navy less aggressive
Dont turn your back

April  13,  2011
China is really crazy claiming as much of the seas as they do, its over-reach.
The US navy says the Chinese navy has been less aggressive in contested waters in the Asia-Pacific region.
China's growing military strength has sparked several clashes in recent years in East Asian waters where it claims exclusive rights.

China is building an aircraft carrier and has missiles which can sink ours.
China is only sleeping until their chosen moment.
I dont swallow any of this article, just reporting.  Good map here.

China crackdown, repressive new rulers

April 2011  

For awhile there was a Beijing spring, but a crackdown has begun.
The vindictiveness of China rulers betrays their nervousness.
Repression in China seems to go in cycles.  
Calls on the internet for a revolution have prompted police to descend on public places to stop people from strolling.
Dozens have been detained and now face criminal charges.
Others have faced beatings and house arrest.
Since February some of the best lawyers have vanished.
Bloggers have been rounded up.
Members of a big underground, non-state church in Beijing were arrested as they tried to worship outside.

USA Borders surrounded by the enemy  
April  17,  2011     Palm Sunday

Chinese military assets in North and Central Americas
Red flags indicate Chinese shipping facilities considered China military assets

WATCH CHINA, several pages

NUCLEAR ATTACK on AMERICA by China and Russia
How close are these visions?   VERY CLOSE!
Duduman, Allen, Gruver

The Eagle and the Serpents, Michael Boldea dream

US vs China, Hu visits USA, New China bank in USA

How soon til China Claims USA as THEIRS?

India  Water wars with [color=red]China?[/size]
Asia depends on water from Tibetan rivers and is feeling the effects of China's ambitious efforts to redraw its water map
Remapping of rivers on a gigantic scale with strategic implications
India blames flooding on China.
From Pakistan to Vietnam there is fear that China's accelerating program of damming every major river flowing from the Tibetan plateau will trigger natural disasters and divert vital water supplies.

China crackdown on Christians

April 24, 2011
Chinese Police Detain Illegal Church Members on Easter Sunday.
Chinese police detained at least a dozen Christians belonging to an unregistered Beijing church as the congregants gathered Sunday to hold Easter services.
Police stopped the worshippers as they gathered near a public plaza in the university district, then bussed them to a local police station.
It was not immediately clear whether they were arrested.
Shouwang members have been trying to meet at the plaza in Beijing Haidian district every Sunday since the congregation was evicted from its usual rented place of worship three weeks ago, but they have been detained or put under house arrest each time.

A church member said he and the pastors and leaders were all under house arrest.
While China Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, Christians are required to worship in churches run by state-controlled organizations.
Over 60 million Christians are believed to worship in unregistered house churches, compared to about 20 million in the state churches.
The growth of house churches has accelerated in recent years, producing larger congregations that are far more conspicuous than the small groups of friends and neighbors that used to worship in private homes that gave the movement its name.
Good book - The Heavenly Man, by Bro Yun

China should cap forex reserves
April 26, 2011 -  A friend of mine who understands these things said this is VERY serious for the U.S. economy.
China should reduce its excessive foreign exchange reserves and further diversify its holdings.
The current reserve amount is too high.  China central bank said China foreign exchange reserves exceed our reasonable requirement.
China is getting friendly with several nations.

AIDS virus spreads in China
May  6,  2011  
-  Highly contagious mystery virus with AIDS-like symptoms quickly spreading throughout China.
Dr. Gao 'Grandma' Yaojie travelled across the country treating HIV/Aids patients, often at her own expense.
She believes the vast majority of people infected with HIV in China caught the virus as a result of selling their blood for money.

Melamine Tainted milk scandal - update
June   2011  
-  3 years after China was blamed for a tainted milk, baby formula scandal, there has been no compensation.
China did NOT do harm intentionally, they were outraged and an investigation was launched.

I ran into an Asian reporter who knew far more than I did about this.
She said this began in Mongolia when farmers trying to feed their families added something to the milk they sold the dairy.
They had no idea it was harmful.  The dairy knew something had been added to the milk but did not act.
This is also done to milk in New Zealand and other nations, NOT just China.  China is sometimes wrongly blamed.

The whole country was shocked in late 2008 when the tainted milk scandal broke out. Dozens of dairy companies were discovered to have sold baby formula made with milk containing melamine to fool quality controllers about the milk's protein level.
This is the link of more.  I just used the link for a reason to educate America.

China Economy Beating the U.S. Economy
June  1, 2011  
-  The age of U.S. dominance is ending, and most Americans dont know what is happening.
China is poised to pass the United States and become the largest economy in the world.  Some economists are projecting
that the Chinese economy could be 3 times larger than the U.S. economy by mid-century.  

Several decades ago, companies started figuring out that they could make more money if they sold goods that were made overseas.
FACT - Unions and taxes drove them out of USA.
The United States was so dominant economically then, that it didn’t even matter.  Americans loved it because the prices were lower.
Foreign nations loved it because we were helping to develop their economies.  Everyone seemed to be winning.

But then more jobs and factories left USA, middle class jobs in the United States began to shrink.
American families started to borrow money they could not pay back, to maintain the same standard of living.
The consumer debt bubble just kept growing and growing and growing.


Chinese president in Moscow
June 16, 2011    
  Hu is cute!!
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Moscow, Russia for a state visit to deepen cooperation.
He will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Hu said his visit aims at sustained and stable growth of the China-Russia cooperation.
Hu will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev and PM Vladimir Putin on major issues.
The international situation faces a number of challenges.

Russia, China warn West
Russia and China oppose outside interference in the unrest in the Arab world, as the West seeks their support for increasing pressure on Syria.
Outside forces should not interfere in internal processes in the countries of the region.
I agree with China!  

They expressed concern over Libya, calling for an end to that war 0bama needlessly started.
Both are opposed to a UN Security Council resolution on Syria.



2 Tibetan monks self-immolate amid Dalai Lama feud
September  27,  2011   BEIJING (AP)
Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Monday in a protest over China's tight rein over Buddhist practices, a rights group said as the Chinese government reiterated it will choose the next Dalai Lama.

The London-based Free Tibet campaign said Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, both believed to be 18 or 19 years old, self-immolated Monday at the Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province's Aba prefectuture.
The monks allegedly called for religious freedom and said "long live the Dalai Lama" before they set themselves on fire, Free Tibet said in an emailed statement.

The official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that did not identify the monks by name that both were rescued by police, suffered slight burns and were in stable condition.
Lobsang Kelsang is the brother of Rigzin Phuntsog, a 21-year-old Kirti monk who died March 16 after setting himself on fire, said Free Tibet.
Phuntsog's death was seen as a protest against China's heavy-handed controls on Tibetan Buddhism and provoked a standoff between security forces and monks.

A man who answered the phone Monday at the Kirti Monastery's Administration Committee said he was not aware of any reports of monks setting themselves alight. He refused to give his name.
Calls to the county and prefecture-level Public Security Bureau in Aba both rang unanswered Monday.

Aba has been the scene of numerous protests over the past several years against the Chinese government. Most are led by monks who are fiercely loyal to Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled the Himalayan region in 1959 amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule and is reviled by Beijing.

Also on Monday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that it has never been up to the Dalai Lama to pick his own successor and that Beijing will identify who is the next incarnation of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

China reviles the Dalai Lama as a separatist and wants to pick a pro-Beijing successor. The Dalai Lama insists he is only seeking increased autonomy for Tibet, not independence, and opposes Beijing's involvement in selecting its leaders.

On Saturday, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that if he is to be reincarnated he will leave clear written instructions about the process.
He said in a statement that when he is "about 90" he will consult Buddhist scholars to evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue at all.
But Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news conference that Dalai Lamas have never decided on their own successors.

"I would like to point out the title of the Dalai Lama is conferred by the central government and is otherwise illegal. The 14th Dalai Lama was approved by the then republican government," Hong said. "There has never been a practice of the Dalai Lama identifying his own successor."

China has said that religious law requires that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama be born in a Tibetan area under Chinese control. The Dalai Lama has said his successor could be born in exile and has even floated the idea of choosing his own successor while still alive — perhaps even a woman.

In his statement Saturday, he said if the institution of the Dalai Lama were to continue, then he would leave behind "clear written instructions about it."
"Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People's Republic of China," he said.

The Dalai Lama has lived in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala since fleeing Tibet. China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans say the region was virtually independent for centuries.

China slams U.S. interference after Obama meets Dalai Lama

Sat, July 16, 2011    BEIJING (Reuters)
China accused the United States on Sunday of "grossly" interfering in its internal affairs and seriously damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House.

Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for 45 minutes, praising him for embracing non-violence while reiterating that the United States did not support independence for Tibet.

China, which accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist who supports the use of violence to set up an independent Tibet, reacted swiftly, saying Obama's meeting had had a "baneful" impact, and summoning a senior U.S. diplomat in Beijing.

"This action is a gross interference in China's internal affairs, hurts the feelings of the Chinese people and damages Sino-U.S. relations,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement released in the early hours of Sunday.
The Dalai Lama has for a long time used the banner of religion to engage in anti-China splittist activities," he added.

"We demand the United States conscientiously handle China's principled and just stance, immediately take steps to remove the baneful impact, stop interfering in China's internal affairs and stop abetting in and supporting 'Tibet independence' anti-China splittist forces."

In a separate statement carried on its website (, it said Vice Foreign Minister Cui "urgently summoned" Robert S. Wang, Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, to lodge China's objections.

"China expresses its strong indignation and resolute opposition," the statement said. "Tibet is an inseparable part of China, and Tibetan issues are purely an internal matter for China.
"Maintaining the continuous stable development of Sino-U.S. ties requires hard work from both sides."

The Dalai Lama denies China's accusations, saying he wants a peaceful transition to true autonomy for the remote Himalayan region, which China has ruled with an iron fist since 1950, when Chinese troops marched in.

The White House said in a statement that the Dalai Lama told Obama he was not seeking independence for Tibet and hoped that "dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government can soon resume.
Obama's meeting came at an extra sensitive moment for China, the United States' biggest creditor, with leaders in Washington at odds over how to raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling in time to avoid default.

China holds more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt and would be particularly exposed should Congress fail to reach a deal by August 2. A U.S. default could rocket up interest rates, sink the value of the U.S. dollar and hurt the global economy.

Beijing's relationship with Washington had started to get back on track following a visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao, following arguments over everything from human rights to trade and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Obama's meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader was his first in more than a year.
Obama stressed the "importance he attaches to building a U.S.-China cooperative partnership," the White House said.

"The president reiterated his strong support for the preservation of the unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions of Tibet and the Tibetan people throughout the world," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement after the meeting.
He underscored the importance of the protection of human rights of Tibetans in China. The president commended the Dalai Lama's commitment to nonviolence and dialogue with China."

Obama also said he encouraged "direct dialogue to resolve longstanding differences, and that a dialogue that produces results would be positive for China and Tibetans."

The Dalai Lama, who has met with various U.S. leaders during his stay in Washington, said he felt a "spirit of reunion" with Obama, said Kate Saunders, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet.

Beijing warned the United States to stay out of its affairs last week after top lawmakers including House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi met the Dalai Lama earlier in his visit to Washington.

This year is made even more sensitive for China in Tibet as the government marks 60 years since the region's "peaceful liberation" and 90 years since the founding of the ruling Communist Party.
Exile groups say Tibet is under even tighter security than normal, and foreign tourists have been banned.

Protests erupted across Tibetan parts of China in 2008. At least 19 people died in the violence in Tibet's capital Lhasa, most of them majority Han Chinese. Pro-Tibet groups abroad say more than 200 people were killed in a subsequent crackdown.


China: US currency bill would have repercussions

October   04,  2011   BEIJING (AP)
China stepped up its criticism Tuesday of a proposed U.S. law to punish countries with artificially low currencies, saying there would be serious repercussions for the world's two biggest economies if it is passed.

The criticism comes after U.S. senators voted Monday to open a week of debate on the bill that would allow the government to impose additional duties on products from countries that subsidize exports by undervaluing their currencies.
How worried China is about the proposed law can be seen by the fact that the Foreign Ministry, the Commerce Ministry and central bank all issued statements denouncing it.

But the legislation faces considerable hurdles before it becomes law. The Obama White House, while agreeing that China's currency, the yuan, is undervalued, has been wary of unilateral sanctions against the Beijing government.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said the Senate move "seriously violated WTO rules and seriously disturbed China-U.S. trade and economic relations."
Ma said China is reforming how it manages the yuan and that since June 2010 it had increased in value by 7 percent compared to the dollar.

He repeated Chinese comments that the exchange rate is not the cause of America's big trade deficit with China.
Ma said in a statement that China is the fastest growing export market for the United States and trade is important to both sides.

"The Chinese side appeals to the U.S. side to abandon protectionism and not to politicize trade and economic issues, so as to create a favorable environment for the development of China-U.S. economic and trade ties," Ma said.

Supporters of the legislation say it would create new jobs and boost the U.S. economy, but China, and some in the United States, say it could trigger a damaging trade war.
The Chinese central bank warned the proposed law would not fix the economic problems in the United States and could cause more serious problems.

If the bill passes, it "cannot resolve insufficient saving, the high trade deficit and the high unemployment rate in the U.S., and it may seriously affect the progress of China's exchange rate reform and may lead to a trade war, which we do not want to see," the bank said.

Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said China has taken measures to increase U.S. imports and added Beijing hopes "the U.S. side can make positive efforts in substantially relaxing restrictions on exports to China."


Russia and China becoming partners

October   13,  2011  
Russian PM Putin in China seeking closer ties.
Russia and China have vowed to make progress on gas sales, Beijing likens the U.S. to a parasite.

The U.S. dollar monopoly is a parasite, Putin said.
China wants a comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese leaders opened two days of meetings Tuesday aimed at boosting relations amid strains over declining military sales and stalled talks over energy deals.

Henry Gruver and Duduman visions of Russia and China attacking, bombing, invading USA

Obama Fried Chicken in China
For all the grief the Obama administration is getting from China for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization about Chinese tariffs on American chicken exports, perhaps the president should be suing China for royalties instead.

We've seen Obama peddle chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hong Kong, so it was just a matter of time before he broke loose and got his own franchise here in the mainland.
Obama Fried Chicken, or at least what we assume OFC stands for, was found earlier this week in Beijing and comes with the slogan written underneath in Chinese: "We're so cool, aren't we?"

What does economic superpower China want?

November   6,  2011  Sunday
China just wants to be prosperous, secure, and respected.
China negotiated arms deals with Qaddafi despite a United Nations embargo.
China vetoed a UN resolution condemning the deaths in Syria.
The Chinese government locks up lawyers, human rights activists, etc.

China's economic rise has unnerved governments.
But does China really want to overturn the US-led post-World War II international order?  YEAH!
Ordinary Chinese see their country as benign, and dont understand how foreigners can see China as a threat.
China is the most populous country and the second-biggest economy in the world, but the average person makes only 1/10th of what the average American makes. And most of the country is decidedly third-world.

Eurozone Debt Crisis Reveals China's Economic Weakness
November  12,  2011  Saturday  stratfor intel
Europe debt crisis exposed the vulnerabilities inherent in the Chinese economic model.
As China's largest export market, Europe has a major impact on the Chinese economy.
The ongoing crisis shows China the need to restructure its entire economy.  


China’s Economy on the Brink of Collapse

By Jane Lin & Alex Wu
Epoch Times Staff
November 7, 2011Last Updated: November 13, 2011

China’s economy is on a dangerous track and may soon experience a crisis worse than the European debt crisis, Chinese economists say.
Since the Chinese regime implemented a series of “tightening” policies to curb the real estate market, home prices have been falling across China. Meanwhile, land sales–the main source of local governments’ revenues–have also dropped sharply.

In late October, several developers in Shanghai abruptly lowered home prices in new developments by 20 to 40 percent. Soon after, price cutting spread to Beijing, Hangzhou and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, and Nanjing in Jiangsu Province. Recent homebuyers, unhappy about the sudden devaluation of their investments, staged protests with many demanding refunds.
End of Huge Profits “The price cuts in Shanghai are just the beginning, the worst time will be the first season of next year,” an analyst at Centaline China Property Research in Shanghai told The Epoch Times. He added that the era of huge real estate profits will no longer exist in the next decade.

Economist Xie Guozhong recently stated at different occasions: “If China continues its tight monetary policy, many real estate developers will go bankrupt,” and “a 50 percent drop in property values will be the norm in China in the future.”

The large glut of unsold housing can only be digested by the market when prices drop to a level that is affordable to first time home buyers–which means there will be a significant drop in prices, Xie said.

Land Sales Cooling
Government land sales have also cooled off across the country, and local governments’ income from land sales has dropped sharply as a result. Zhuhai City in Guangdong Province serves as an example.

Southern Metropolis Daily said, data published by Zhuhai City’s Financial Bureau shows that land transfer fees in the first three quarters of this year have fallen significantly. Previously estimated at 8.8 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion), the Financial Bureau has adjusted them down to 5 billion yuan (US$788.65 million), a 3 billion yuan (US$473.2 million) reduction.

According to another analysis by First Financial Daily, revenues from land sales in Zhuhai City for the first 10 months of 2010 were 20.39 billion yuan (US$3.22 billion), which accounted for 24 percent of the city’s GDP, and a 14 fold increase from the previous year. Land revenue for the first 10 months of 2011, by contrast, are barely half that amount.

On Nov. 1, the city started implementing a new restriction on home purchases and prices. Many developers see this as a trigger for a new wave of real estate prices declining.

Financial Crisis Imminent
Cheng Xiaonong, an economist based in the U.S., told The Epoch Times that a 30 percent drop in home prices in a short period of time is a sign that a financial crisis is about to hit China.
“When the housing bubble bursts and developers go bankrupt, banks will grapple with high default rates and bad debt, resulting in a financial crisis in the banking system,” Cheng said.

Cheng said within a year China could experience a crisis worse than the European debt crisis. “Actually, a financial crisis has already erupted in China,” he said.
Chen Zhifei, an economics professor at New York’s City University told New Tang Dynasty TV that the rapid drop in both home and land sales will lead to drastic reductions in local governments’ land revenues, and local governments will make up the loss through taxation.

Such taxation would lead to mass protests and social instability as was seen recently in Huzhou of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province where a mass protest against taxation attracted worldwide attention, Chen said.
Economist and author He Qinglian told The Epoch Times that China’s real estate bubble should have burst in 2008. But at that time the Chinese regime put out a 4 trillion yuan (US$630.92 billion) stimulus package to save the economy, and half of it went to the real estate market and related fields, delaying the bursting of the bubble.

“The bursting of the bubble at the present time, its damage and negative impact on China’s economy, is a lot harder for the Chinese regime to deal with now,” Ms. He said.
Bursting the bubble gives China’s economy a chance to adjust the economic structure, and local governments should tighten their belts, since land revenues have dropped, Ms. He said.
“Nevertheless, they will increase taxes to raise their income, and China’s economy therefore will never be on the right track,” she added.

Ms. He said China’s economic development is a false prosperity achieved at the cost of damaging the environment and natural resources. Being the world’s factory, China doesn’t have its own brand name products. In addition China heavily relies on imports for its energy needs and has few resources to export except rare earth metals. Furthermore, with the largest peasant population in the world, China is unable to maintain self-sufficiency in food production.

Regarding some economists’ comments that the collapse of the real estate market will result in a “hard landing” for China’s economy, He said: “China’s economy has never taken off, so there is no such thing as a landing. Actually, China’s economy is more like an out-of-control high speed train that could derail at anytime.”


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Explosion in China   14 November 2011
Deadly blast hits China city Xian killing 7 including some children, injuring 31 others.
Officials believe the blast was caused by a gas leak.
The blast at a restaurant ripped through a commercial building sending shards of glass and debris into the street.

Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?
November 14th, 2011

Via: Gizmodo:

New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes. Is this a military experiment?

If you zoom in, you can see vehicles destroyed. It's west of what seems to be a fairly big electrical station or a radio station similar to HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program located near Gakona, Alaska, and funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska, and DARPA.

You can investigate here




Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says


Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to (or from) aliens.

It turns out that they are almost definitely used to calibrate China's spy satellites.

So says Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, which operates many of the cameras used during NASA's Mars missions. Hill works with images of the Martian surface taken by rovers and satellites, as well as data from Earth-orbiting NASA instruments.

The grids of zigzagging white lines seen in two of the images — the strangest of the various desert structures — are spy satellite calibration targets. Satellite cameras focus on the grids, which measure approximately 0.65 miles wide by 1.15 miles long, and use them to orient themselves in space. [Photos: Mysterious Structures In China's Gobi Desert]

The existence of these calibration targets may seem suspicious or revelatory, but Hill said it really isn't; China was already known to operate spy satellites, and many other countries (including the United States) do so as well. In fact, the U.S. also uses calibration targets. "An example I found just now is a calibration target for the Corona spy satellites, built back in the 1960s, down in Casa Grande, Ariz., [at coordinates] 32° 48' 24.74" N, 111° 43' 21.30" W," Hill told Life's Little Mysteries.

The 65-foot-wide white lines that make up China's grids are not made of reflective metal as many news sites have suggested. "They have gaps in them where they cross little natural drainage channels and the lines themselves are not perfectly filled in, with lots of little streaks and uneven coverage. I think it's safe to say these are some kind of paint," Hill said, noting that if they were made of white dust or chalk, the wind would have caused them to streak visibly.

The calibration targets are larger than might have been expected, he said, suggesting that the satellite cameras they are being used to calibrate have surprisingly poor ground resolution.

Another strange image taken not far away shows a Stonehenge-like arrangement of objects radiating outward, with fighter jets parked at its center. "This is almost certainly a calibration/test target for orbital radar instruments," Hill said. "Since a significant amount of radar return is due to differences in surface roughness, they're probably testing ways of making the areas around planes 'bumpy' enough that the planes are partially masked."

In other words, the Chinese military probably uses radar instruments to send signals down at the target from above, and determine how much radar bounces back to the instruments from the fighter jets, and how much gets scattered by the Stonehenge-like arrangement of bumps surrounding them. From this, the country's radar experts can learn how best to hide China's military operations from other countries' satellites, and possibly get clues for how to find carefully hidden objects in other countries. However, the fact that the planes are made out of metal will increase their radar return and make it very hard to completely mask them, Hill said.

Since the initial reports of these structures became widespread, industrious readers of the gadget blog Gizmodo have spotted a few more interesting structures in China. One, Hill said, appears to be a weapons testing zone, perhaps for evaluating explosives. Elsewhere, a giant grid resembles a Yagi antenna array. Instruments like this can be used for any number of things, such as weather tracking, space weather tracking and high-altitude atmospheric research.

Hill noted that most of these structures are quite closer to each other. "I think we're seeing some sort of military zone/test range, which explains the large amount of equipment and technology in an otherwise remote area," he said. "Sometimes the truth can be just as interesting, if not more so, than the conspiracies that people come up with."

Why is China building ghost cities?
In China and inner Mongolia


China media says US sitting on debt 'bomb'

China's state media Tuesday blasted the United States over its "ticking debt bomb" and urged American lawmakers to be more responsible after they failed to agree on deficit-cutting measures.

China is the world's largest foreign holder of US Treasuries with a portfolio of around $1.15 trillion, prompting Beijing's keen interest in the state of the US economy.

"Washington's political elites... are obligated to muster the courage to defuse the ticking debt bomb and start to show the world they have the wisdom and determination not to further jeopardise the fragile global economic recovery," Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

A US Congress "supercommittee" Monday failed to reach a deal to rein in the government's galloping deficits due to angry partisan battles over how best to revive the nation's sluggish economy.


Chinese state media have previously savaged the US over what they call its "addiction to debt" with one analyst going so far as to compare US debt to a "Ponzi scheme".

What's this? China going bankrupt faster than U.S.?

Nov. 28, 2011
Economic planning expert says implosion could drag America down

China is going broke faster than the U.S., according to economic planner Kirk Elliott – who is making this point the lynchpin of a live webinar he's conducting for WND viewers today at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Here are some shocking facts Elliott discusses in a WND column today on which he will expound during the webinar:

China's debt is about $36 trillion yuan (or $5.68 trillion USD). This number is astronomical considering that it is just a little more than one-third of the U.S. total debt, but the difference between the U.S. and China is that the U.S. national income per capita is $47,140, whereas China's national income per capita is $4,260 – not even one-tenth of the U.S. amount. To be on par with the U.S., China's total debt should be around $1.5 trillion USD, but it is three times that! Considering that the U.S. has an unsustainable debt position, China's is ridiculously out of control and puts that country in extreme danger of a financial collapse of epic proportions.

China's officially published interest rate of 6.2 percent is fabricated. In reality China's inflation is 16 percent. This is eerily similar to the United States as well. The U.S. official inflation of around 3 percent is nowhere close to unofficial inflation estimates of 10-13 percent. What does this mean for China? This means that cost of living, wages and cost of goods sold in China will have to rise, and instead of exporting deflation, China will be exporting higher priced goods, thus affecting the rest of the world that purchases its goods. The world is on the verge of an inflationary cycle like we have never seen. Additionally, central banks around the globe are printing money on a massive scale to try to stimulate liquidity and spending (this is the definition of inflation!). Add to this a rising price structure in China, the major exporter to the world, and we could be preparing for a global hyperinflation.

Chinese President Hu Jintao urged navy to prepare for combat   December  6  2011

China Cuts U.S. Debt Holdings
December  17  2011
The Chinese government reduced its holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds to its lowest level on the year by $14.2 billion in October.

Analysts said the decline is mostly due to a stronger dollar, meaning the Chinese government has to spend more renmimbi (RMB) to acquire the same amount of bonds it purchased a month prior, when their currency was stronger.  Moreover, media reports cited declining positions of Chinese banks for foreign exchange purchases, an indicator of capital outflows.

The RMB has been selling off lately as local Chinese see a grim forecast for the global economy. Their local economy, meanwhile, is also slowing in response.
"The low level of China's holding of U.S. debt indicates the huge pressure of capital outflow that the country has been faced with," Lu Zhengwei, chief economist with Industrial Bank Co Ltd was quoted saying in China Daily on Saturday.

"The central bank is increasing its holdings of dollars in cash, preparing to sell them in the market if necessary to offset the impact of liquidity outflows," he said.
China held a total of $1.13 trillion of U.S. Treasury debt as of October 2011, roughly accounting for 24% of total foreign holdings of U.S. debt, according to the Treasury Department. China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasurys.

Chinese Hack Into US Chamber of Commerce

December  21,  2011
For more than a year, hackers with ties to the Chinese military have been eavesdropping on U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials involved in Asia affairs, authorities say.
The hackers had access to everything in Chamber computers, including, potentially, the entire U.S. trade policy playbook.

"The Chinese have attacked every major U.S. company, every government agency, and NGO's. Their attacking the Chamber of Commerce is part of a pattern of their attacking everything in the US.
If you're working on U.S.-China relations with an NGO, government agency, you can be sure the Chinese are reading your emails and on your computer," Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism adviser, told ABC News.

At one point, the penetration into the Chamber of Commerce was so complete that a Chamber thermostat was communicating with a computer in China.
Another time, chamber employees were surprised to see one of their printers printing in Chinese.

Finland finds Patriot missiles on China-bound ship

China announces currency swap with Pakistan

December  24,  2011   BEIJING
China announced a currency swap with Pakistan in a new step to gradually expand use of its tightly controlled yuan abroad.
Beijing has begun allowing limited use of yuan in trade with Hong Kong and Southeast Asia in a move that could help to boost exports.
It has signed swap currency deals with central banks in Thailand, Argentina and some other countries.

The Chinese central bank said it agreed Friday with its Pakistani counterpart to swap 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) for 140 billion Pakistani rupees.
It said the money would promote investment and trade but gave no details of how it would be used.
Such agreements give central banks access to each other's currency but commercial banks still need to create systems to issue letters of credit and handle other transactions in those currencies before companies can use them.

China, Japan to Back Direct Trade of Currencies
Japan and China will promote direct trading of the yen and yuan without using dollars and will encourage the development of a market for companies involved in the exchanges, the Japanese government said. Japan will also apply to buy Chinese bonds next year, allowing the investment of renminbi that leaves China during the transactions, the Japanese government said in a statement after a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing yesterday. Encouraging direct yen- yuan settlement should reduce currency risks and trading costs, the Japanese and Chinese governments said.

China is Japan’s biggest trading partner with 26.5 trillion yen ($340 billion) in two-way transactions last year, from 9.2 trillion yen a decade earlier. The pacts between the world’s second- and third-largest economies mirror attempts by fund managers to diversify as the two-year-old European debt crisis keeps global financial markets volatile.
“Given the huge size of the trade volume between Asia’s two biggest economies, this agreement is much more significant than any other pacts China has signed with other nations,” said Ren Xianfang, a Beijing-based economist with IHS Global Insight Ltd.

China Wants to Buy Yahoo!

29 December, 2011
After buying up all of the world’s available resources, China is looking for a new array of assets to swipe under their rug. Now the Far East has set its aims on the Internet and is looking to begin with buying what’s left of Web giants Yahoo!

Alibaba Group, the Hangzhou-based computer company, has retained former Reagan administration Secretary of Staff Kenneth Duberstein’s lobbying firm, Duberstein Group Inc., to help ink out a deal between the Chinese e-commerce corporation and the search engine giants.

Silicon Valley’s Yahoo! owns a 40 percent stake in Alibaba, but the Chinese firm’s CEO, Jack Ma, has discussed not just buying out their stake but absorbing Yahoo! as a whole. Earlier this month, Ma told Bloomberg News that talks of a deal had been put on hold due to “political issues,” but by putting a former White House insider inside the discussions, tensions could be smoothed between the two sides to enough of a point to sign the papers.

China tests 500 kilometers per hour train
China tested a 500 kilometers per hour (311 mph) train over the weekend. Government officials call the record-breaking speedster a “useful reference” for China’s current high speed railway operations. The test train’s speed, according to a Monday report in China Daily, exceeds the world speed record of 300 kilometers per hour held by the Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway. China’s latest high-speed train has a maximum tractive power of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with the 9,600 kilowatts for China Railways High-Speed (CRH) trains in service on the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed line.

New Asian Union Means The Fall Of The Dollar
30 December 2011  Zero Hedge
One of the most frustrating issues to haunt the halls of alternative economic analysis is the threat of misrepresentative terminology. For instance, when the U.S. government decided to back the private Federal Reserve in lowering the interest rates on lending windows to European banks last month, they did not call this a bailout, even though that’s exactly what it was. They did not call it quantitative easing, or fiat printing, or a hyperinflationary landmine; rarely does bureaucracy ever apply honest terminology to their subversive activities. False terminology is the bane of every honest analyst, because in order for them to educate and awaken those who are unaware of the truth, they must first battle through the daunting muck of the general public’s horrifically improper perceptions and vocabulary.

The chain of financial events taking place over the past decade in Asia have been correspondingly mislabeled and misunderstood. What some economists see as total collapse is actually a new and decidedly prophetic (or engineered) transition. What some naively see as the “natural” progression of globalism, is actually a distinctly deliberate program of centralization meant to further the goals of world economic and political totalitarianism. Asia, and most especially China, is a Petri dish for elitist psychopaths. What we see as suffocating collectivism in this region of the world today is the exact social schematic intended for the West tomorrow. Call it whatever you will, but on the other side of the Pacific, like the eerie smile of a sinister clown, sits fabricated fate.

China moving to more convertible yuan
December 31, 2011  BEIJING (Reuters)
China's central bank governor argued that Beijing does not control the yuan's flow across borders as tightly as some think and that it is natural for the currency's trading band to be widened over time.
Zhou Xiaochuan said in an interview with Chinese magazine Caixin that China did not fare badly on an International Monetary Fund measure of currencies' convertibility under the capital account.

But he stopped short of calling for a fully convertible currency.
"If the highest standard of measurement is to have wholly unrestricted convertibility, then so many developed countries have not achieved 100 percent full convertibility," Zhou told the magazine.

Investors increasingly expect that China will give them more freedom to trade the tightly controlled yuan.

Biggest China banks ramp up loans in Dec.: report

6 January 2012 - Shanghai (MarketWatch)
China's four largest banks issued CNY210 billion (US$33 billion) of new yuan loans in December, the 21st Century Business Herald reported Friday, without citing a source.
The report said CNY80 billion of the new yuan loans were issued at the last five working days of the month, because a surge in the banks' deposits allowed them to extend more credit.

New yuan deposits in Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. , Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. China Construction Bank and Bank of China Ltd. increased by CNY1.25 trillion in December, the largest monthly increase in nearly 3 years.

A large portion of the new deposits came from the Ministry of Finance, the report added, without elaborating.
Between January and November, financial institutions in China issued around CNY6.84 trillion of new yuan loans.
Newspaper website:

January  8,  2012   BEIJING (AP)
A stamp designed to mark China's upcoming Year of the Dragon is drawing unusual criticism for its fang-bearing monster.
The stamp went on sale Thursday, drawing the heavy crowds that normally flock to buy the annual Lunar New Year stamps. But the dragon's attacking pose on this year's stamp has led some people to call it too ferocious.
Zhang Yihe, a renowned Chinese writer, wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog that she was "scared to death" when she first saw the red and yellow creature with scales and claws.
Another writer, Tan Xudong, called it an "incomparably ugly dragon-year stamp."


A new model for disaster recovery? China erects 30-storey earthquake-proof building in 15 days

January 11, 2012 – BEIJING – A development firm in China has erected a 30-storey hotel in just 15 days, or 360 hours. The developer, Broad Group, came under the global spotlight last year when it built a 16-storey residential block in China in just five days. And their latest project, which is located in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha is no less impressive. The ‘flat pack’ skyscraper was 90% pre-constructed in factories and then put together onsite. It uses one-sixth the materials of a comparable facility and is also an extremely energy-efficient building, combining thermal insulation, triple pane windows, external solar shading, fresh air heat recovery, and LED lighting. It is also earthquake-proof and is said to be able to withstand tremors of up to 9.0. Having perfected their novel approach to construction the company now aims to build another 150 30-storey apartment buildings, hotels and offices in the same manner. It is hoped that the ability to build property so quickly will revolutionize areas where property is in short supply. The company believes that their approach could be used to quickly construct environmentally-friendly homes in over populated urban areas and could also be used in disaster relief to construct new buildings quickly and efficiently. No doubt some British builders could take a leaf out of Broad’s book. –A Place in the Sun


China warns US against meddling

January  11, 2012  Iran news
The Chinese government has warned the United States not to interfere in its internal affairs following Washington's comment on the self-immolation of Tibetan monks.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin said Wednesday that China opposes any comment or activity that uses Tibet-related issues to interfere with its internal affairs.

His remarks came after the US State Department expressed serious concerns about the latest reports of self-immolations in China in the past few days.
On Monday, a Tibetan monk died after setting himself on fire in the northwestern province of Qinghai.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington had urged Beijing "to loosen up in Tibet and allow journalists and diplomats and other observers to report accurately."

Global trade in Chinese currency?

Global trade in Chinese currency?    January 16, 2012  
London to be the major centre in the west for trading the Chinese currency - the yuan, RMB - outside of China and Hong Kong.

China faces bigger challenges in Dragon year

January 21, 2012  
China will face "bigger challenges" in the new Year of the Dragon its Prime Minister Wen Jiabao warned Saturday, as he pledged economic reforms to improve wealth distribution, state media reported.
"We are going to face bigger challenges in the new year," Wen said in a meeting with top officials, ahead of Monday, the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, the most favourable and revered sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.

The prime minister said China had made a good start to the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) "at a time of an austere and complicated international economic situation".
The new year is set to be key politically, as President Hu Jintao ends his second term as party head and hands over to a successor, widely expected to be Vice President Xi Jinping, kicking off a once-in-a-decade leadership handover.

The Chinese Year of the Dragon begins January 23, 2012

Satan is called a dragon, the devil, a snake, serpent.
I believe we are so close to the end of what we have known, that this is no accident.

Revelation 12  
A sign appeared in heaven.  A great red dragon having 7 heads and ten horns.
Michael and his angels waged war in heaven with the dragon.
The dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.


I crossed paths with Chinese people both I and my family know - when they mentioned their New Year, I almost immediately had to change the subject, albeit quietly, largely b/c of this 'being the year of the dragon'.

No way should any true born again Christian even be saying anything positive about this.

Rising global tension
Philippine’s largest warship in tense stand-off with Chinese surveillance vessels
April 11, 2012
MANILA – The Philippines has said its largest warship is engaged in a tense stand-off with Chinese surveillance vessels at a disputed South China Sea shoal. The confrontation came after the ship attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen, but was blocked by the surveillance craft, the government said. Foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario summoned Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing to resolve the dangerous impasse diplomatically. Mr. Del Rosario’s office said the Scarborough Shoal “is an integral part of Philippine territory” and Filipino authorities would assert sovereignty over the offshore area. The Philippine navy was sending additional vessels toward the shoal, which lies about 124 miles from the nearest Philippine coast, a navy official said. China and the Philippines have been disputing ownership of the shoal, off the north-western Philippine province of Zambales, in addition to the Spratly Islands and other areas in the South China Sea. Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the situation at the shoal “has not changed as of this morning. There’s a stand-off.” The Department of Foreign Affairs said that on Sunday a Philippine navy surveillance plane sighted eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored in a lagoon at Scarborough, prompting the military to deploy its largest warship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which was recently acquired from the United States. Two Chinese maritime surveillance ships, identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and Zhonggou Haijian 84, later approached and positioned themselves between the Philippine warship and the Chinese fishing vessels “thus preventing the arrests of the erring Chinese fishermen,” the statement said. –BT

Sea dispute escalates as China and the Philippines deploy more warships
April 12, 2012  
The standoff in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China navies is escalating.
China sent a third ship to support its claim to the area known as Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.
Philippine warships attempting to arrest the crews of a Chinese fishing fleet that had entered the territory sparked the latest dispute between the two Asian countries.
They were stopped from doing so by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships, which then ordered the Philippine warships to leave the area.
They refused arguing that its Philippine territory and have since sent a second warship to the area.

China also claims the rich fishing ground as its own despite it being within 200 nautical miles of the Philippines.
China claims much of the South China Sea, near the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia and even near Singapore.
The timing of the dispute suggests China is keen to send a message to the Philippines and the U.S. ahead of their bilateral military exercise, and to assert its authority in the disputed area.
On the surface this would seem to be a minor dispute between two countries but it is in fact part of a much wider problem that may lead to U.S. military involvement.

US and Philippines begin South China Sea drill
April  16,  2012  
Balikatan, joint military exercises between the US and the Philippines under way in the South China Sea until 27 April.
They are taking place near an area claimed by both Manila and China.
Philippine and Chinese vessels remain in standoff.

China preparing for space warfare warns U.S. army general
February 23, 2012
– SPACE - Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities. Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites. Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said. “The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said. “China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth resources, weather, and intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance, in addition to manned space and space exploration missions,” he said. “China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” he said. “A prerequisite for ASAT attacks, China’s ability to track and identify satellites is enhanced by technologies from China’s manned and lunar programs as well as technologies and methods developed to detect and track space debris.” China’s January 2007 anti-satellite missile test involved a modified DF-21 missile that destroyed a Chinese weather satellite. The blast created a debris field in space of some 10,000 pieces of space junk that could damage both manned and unmanned spacecraft. For the U.S. military, the successful 2007 ASAT test represented a new strategic capability for China. Analysts estimate that with as many as two-dozen ASAT missiles, China could severely disrupt U.S. military operations through attacks on satellites. –Free Beacon

China to increase defense spending by 11.2%
March 5, 2012
– BEIJING - China plans to increase defense spending 11.2 percent this year as the country’s expanding global commitments and lingering territorial disputes drive demand for more warships, missiles and fighter planes. Military spending is set to rise this year to about 670 billion yuan ($106.4 billion), Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress, said yesterday ahead of a speech today by Premier Wen Jiabao to open the annual 10-day session of the country’s legislature. China’s defense spending, the second highest in the world after the U.S., has risen in tandem with the expansion of its economy and a new focus by the Obama administration on the Asia- Pacific region. China is also involved in spats with Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan over control of oil- and gas-rich waters and has a lingering territorial dispute with India that erupted into a war in 1962. “China’s got a lot of things that require a state to have military hardware for,” Geoff Raby, who was Australia’s ambassador to China until last year, said in a telephone interview. “China lives in a neighborhood where it doesn’t have any natural allies or friends.” Defense spending has more than doubled since 2006, tracking a rise in nominal gross domestic product from 20.9 trillion yuan to 47.2 trillion yuan in that time. The growing defense budget has stoked concerns among China’s neighbors and the U.S., which announced last year a strategic shift toward Asia including deploying forces to a base in Australia. Chinese defense spending as a percentage of GDP was about 1.3 percent in 2011, falling from about 1.4 percent in 2006. –Business Week

Russian ships arriving in China for naval war game
21 April 2012
The Russian guided-missile cruiser Varyag arrived at an east Chinese naval base Saturday ahead of a planned joint exercise with the Chinese navy.
The large-scale war game, the navies’ first bilateral drill, is scheduled Sunday through Friday off the resort city of Qingdao in the Yellow Sea, Xinhua said.
Russia also sent from Vladivostok three Udaloy class destroyers and three support ships, said Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
China will use 16 ships, including destroyers, frigates and two submarines, in the drill called Maritime Cooperation-2012, Ria Novosti said.

* Posted from another thread, so date out of sequence

China visits USA    Feb.  13, 2012
Xi Jinping, the man likely to become next leader of China, is begins a closely watched visit to the United States Tuesday, Feb. 14th.
Xi sounded a warning to the US that our military activity is unwanted in the Pacific.
Xi will meet Barack Hussein Obama at the White House.
Mr Xi, age 58, is expected to succeed President Hu Jintao later this year.
He will travel to Iowa and California after DC meetings.
Xi said that what has happened over the last 40 years tells us that a sound and stable China-US relationship is crucial for both countries.
US-China relationship has become an increasingly delicate one over a series of security and economic issues.
0bama has been putting pressure on China over the value of its currency and turning the heat up on what it has called unfair trade practices.

Chinese children attend Christian schools in America
Chinese students come to the United States to take the easy way out and bring problems from China to the United States.
A rapidly growing number of Chinese parents are sending their children to Christian high schools in the United States.

In China, when child became depressed and unresponsive, his parents wondered why.
He hardly spoke when they picked him up from his boarding school Saturday and dropped him off Sunday.
His grades were slipping, even though he studied almost every waking hour and often barely slept.
He knew poor grades would affect his prospects for college and career.

Christian parents dont want their kids attending schools that teach God doesnt exist.
Christian schools are illegal in China.  So some parents send their children to the United States.

There is a program that sends Chinese students to attend a Christian high school in California.
They includes daily Bible classes, weekly chapels, and an application of biblical worldview to all subjects, and the students live with Christian host families.
Even Chinese parents who are NOT Christians dont object.

China preparing for space warfare warns U.S. army general

February 23, 2012 – SPACE - Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities. Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites. Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said. “The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said. “China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth resources, weather, and intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance, in addition to manned space and space exploration missions,” he said. “China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” he said. “A prerequisite for ASAT attacks, China’s ability to track and identify satellites is enhanced by technologies from China’s manned and lunar programs as well as technologies and methods developed to detect and track space debris.” China’s January 2007 anti-satellite missile test involved a modified DF-21 missile that destroyed a Chinese weather satellite. The blast created a debris field in space of some 10,000 pieces of space junk that could damage both manned and unmanned spacecraft. For the U.S. military, the successful 2007 ASAT test represented a new strategic capability for China. Analysts estimate that with as many as two-dozen ASAT missiles, China could severely disrupt U.S. military operations through attacks on satellites. –Free Beacon

China to increase defense spending by 11.2%
March 5, 2012 – BEIJING - China plans to increase defense spending 11.2 percent this year as the country’s expanding global commitments and lingering territorial disputes drive demand for more warships, missiles and fighter planes. Military spending is set to rise this year to about 670 billion yuan ($106.4 billion), Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress, said yesterday ahead of a speech today by Premier Wen Jiabao to open the annual 10-day session of the country’s legislature. China’s defense spending, the second highest in the world after the U.S., has risen in tandem with the expansion of its economy and a new focus by the Obama administration on the Asia- Pacific region. China is also involved in spats with Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan over control of oil- and gas-rich waters and has a lingering territorial dispute with India that erupted into a war in 1962. “China’s got a lot of things that require a state to have military hardware for,” Geoff Raby, who was Australia’s ambassador to China until last year, said in a telephone interview. “China lives in a neighborhood where it doesn’t have any natural allies or friends.” Defense spending has more than doubled since 2006, tracking a rise in nominal gross domestic product from 20.9 trillion yuan to 47.2 trillion yuan in that time. The growing defense budget has stoked concerns among China’s neighbors and the U.S., which announced last year a strategic shift toward Asia including deploying forces to a base in Australia. Chinese defense spending as a percentage of GDP was about 1.3 percent in 2011, falling from about 1.4 percent in 2006. –Business Week

China developers getting closer to "downgrade thresholds
Mar 2012
 Tough operating conditions and heightened refinancing risks in China's property market are pushing more developers closer to their downgrade thresholds, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said in a report on Thursday.
In the report titled "The Worst Is Yet To Come For Chinese Developers In Asia's Shaky Property Sector," S&P warned that more credit downgrades are likely in the next six months.

"Many developers in China may be at increased risk of refinancing due to weaker property sales, high funding costs, and tightened liquidity. And that will increase the pressure on ratings," S&P credit analyst Bei Fu said in a news release.
The company in the past month downgraded Yanlord Land Group, Coastal Greenland, Yuzhou Properties and Zhong An Real Estate. The rating agency says small developers that are highly concentrated in certain cities and projects are vulnerable to policy risk while bigger, diversified developers stand to benefit.

Chinese Hackers Break Into NASA Lab, Delete Files

Russia And China Claim Honorable Motives Behind Pro Assad Policy
3/12/12   To borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, Russia and China have the Assad regime's back and have vetoed UN resolutions that would pressure the Syrian ruler to step down. This has angered many Arab leaders who would like to see Assad's back and a different government installed in Damascus.

Russia and China have not yet changed their policy, but they are at least making an effort to persuade the Arab regimes of their good intentions, attempting to avoid the prediction made by Foreign Secretary William Hague that they will pay a price in the Arab world for their support of Assad.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with the Arab League, which is incensed over the Russian veto at the UN that had thwarted an Arab League peace plan.
Lavrov denied Western accusations, such as those by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who alleged that Russia was digging in its heels due to "major economic interests" in Syria, including arms sales or simply in revenge for what happened in Libya. Russia explained that Lavrov was acting "out of nobler motives".

Obama set to bring trade case against China
12 March 2012, by Jared A. Favole - Washington (MarketWatch)

The Obama administration on Tuesday will bring a trade case against China to pressure the country over rare-earth minerals used in consumer electronics and other technology products, according to a senior Obama administration official.

The U.S. will ask the World Trade Organization to help push China to stop its consolidation and crimping of rare-earth minerals.

The European Union and Japan, which have also become increasingly dependent on China for rare-earth materials, are also joining the U.S. is bringing the case before the WTO.

The case can be seen as part of the Obama administration's stepped-up enforcement of trade rules and business practices in China.

President Barack Obama recently hosted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, China's presumed next leader, at the White House.

He said the U.S. welcomes China's economic growth but warned Xi that China needs to adhere to international economic and business standards.

It was expected that the U.S. would bring the case against China.

China's produces the majority of the world's rare-earth minerals, which are used in consumer electronics such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone, light bulbs, sophisticated weapons and other highly technological products.

China's hold on the rare-earth minerals market has raised concerns that the U.S. is too dependent on the country for materials that are necessary for complex weapons systems.

In 2010, China temporarily stopped exporting the crucial minerals to the U.S., Japan and other countries, causing an uproar.

News of the case was first reported by The Associated Press.

China shuts websites   March 31, 2012  SHANGHAI (Reuters)
Chinese authorities shut 16 websites and detained six people accused of spreading rumors of unusual military vehicle movements in Beijing, state media reported, after the political downfall of one of the ruling communist party's senior leaders.

Authorities closed the websites for spreading rumors of "military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing," Xinhua news agency said late on Friday, citing a spokesman with the State Internet Information Office (SIIO).
The spokesman said that two popular microblogging sites also had been "criticized and punished accordingly".

The March 15 ouster of Bo Xilai as party chief of the inland city of Chongqing, who was linked to a scandal involving a senior aide, has shaken China's Communist Party as it readies for a top leadership change later this year.

China shuts political websites in crackdown
4/6/12   Two Chinese political websites said Friday they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet.
Officials told the Mao Flag website, named after late leader Mao Zedong, and the Utopia website, also known for a leftist political stance, to close for "rectification", the sites said in separate announcements.

Authorities said their postings had "maliciously attacked state leaders" and given "absurd views" about politics, according to statements posted on the websites.
Those statements, dated Friday, were later removed. The operators could not be reached for comment and content on the sites was unavailable.

Chinese Crude Imports Remain At All Time High For Third Month In A Row
10 April 2012  Zero Hedge
Chinese crude imports in March were virtually unchanged from February's all time high (and same as January), and while the bpd number was slightly lower due to fewer days in the month at 5.50, one thing is clear:
every ounce of oil that the rest of the world does not want, China will rapaciously import and stockpile
Good luck to Saudi Arabia with perpetuating the lie that it can boost its production by 2.5 million bpd to offset Iran.

Rising global tension
Philippine’s largest warship in tense stand-off with Chinese surveillance vessels

April 11, 2012 – MANILA – The Philippines has said its largest warship is engaged in a tense stand-off with Chinese surveillance vessels at a disputed South China Sea shoal. The confrontation came after the ship attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen, but was blocked by the surveillance craft, the government said. Foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario summoned Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing to resolve the dangerous impasse diplomatically. Mr. Del Rosario’s office said the Scarborough Shoal “is an integral part of Philippine territory” and Filipino authorities would assert sovereignty over the offshore area. The Philippine navy was sending additional vessels toward the shoal, which lies about 124 miles from the nearest Philippine coast, a navy official said. China and the Philippines have been disputing ownership of the shoal, off the north-western Philippine province of Zambales, in addition to the Spratly Islands and other areas in the South China Sea. Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the situation at the shoal “has not changed as of this morning. There’s a stand-off.” The Department of Foreign Affairs said that on Sunday a Philippine navy surveillance plane sighted eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored in a lagoon at Scarborough, prompting the military to deploy its largest warship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which was recently acquired from the United States. Two Chinese maritime surveillance ships, identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and Zhonggou Haijian 84, later approached and positioned themselves between the Philippine warship and the Chinese fishing vessels “thus preventing the arrests of the erring Chinese fishermen,” the statement said. –BT

Sea dispute escalates as China and the Philippines deploy more warships
April 12, 2012   The standoff in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China navies is escalating.
China sent a third ship to support its claim to the area known as Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.

Philippine warships attempting to arrest the crews of a Chinese fishing fleet that had entered the territory sparked the latest dispute between the two Asian countries.
They were stopped from doing so by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships, which then ordered the Philippine warships to leave the area.
They refused arguing that its Philippine territory and have since sent a second warship to the area.

China also claims the rich fishing ground as its own despite it being within 200 nautical miles of the Philippines.
China claims much of the South China Sea, near the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia and even near Singapore.

The timing of the dispute suggests China is keen to send a message to the Philippines and the U.S. ahead of their bilateral military exercise, and to assert its authority in the disputed area.
On the surface this would seem to be a minor dispute between two countries but it is in fact part of a much wider problem that may lead to U.S. military involvement.

US and Philippines begin South China Sea drill
April  16,  2012  
Balikatan, joint military exercises between the US and the Philippines under way in the South China Sea until 27 April.
They are taking place near an area claimed by both Manila and China.
Philippine and Chinese vessels remain in standoff.

Russia funding Syrian war
Assad offered Russia and China $30 billion government bonds

China home prices fall in March, raising concerns
18 April 2012, by Chris Oliver - Hong Kong (MarketWatch)

March home prices in China fell in a majority of the cities tracked by the government, data released Wednesday showed, with one analyst saying the price activity suggested a deepening slowdown in construction activity.

Out of the 70 cities surveyed by the National Bureau of Statistics, 46 reported weaker prices from the previous month, up slightly from 45 cities that reported declines in February.

Prices were little changed in 16 cities, while 8 cities saw prices gains, according to bureau’s data.

Compared to prices from March 2011, 38 cities saw lower property values, compared to 27 cities that reported year-on-year price drops in February, according to the survey.


China - Russia split over Syria
China steps back from supporting Assad, parts ways with Russia
April 23, 2012   I view this as meaningless.
Assad scrambles for cash to fund his war.
Beijing distances from Assad.
Latest exchange of messages with 0bama last week said China will no longer be a problem for America in dealing with Assad.
That leaves only Russia.

The UN Security Council met on Saturday, April 21 where the Chinese delegate made a speech.
Essentially said the territorial integrity of Syria as well as the will of the Syrian people should be respected.
Thus China stepped aside from Russia in backing Assad.

Turkey noted the shift in Chinese policy.
Beijing is most concerned with the US oil embargo on Iran and its effect on the Chinese economy.

Chen, China activist leaves US embassy
China PO'd, denounces USA
 May  1,  2012  
Chen lawyer said Chen is very happy and now has his true freedom.
Prominent Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left the US embassy in Beijing, a week after escaping from house arrest.
He is having a check-up at a Beijing hospital. He had made no request to leave China.
US Secretary of State Hellary Clinton is in China for talks due to focus on Syria and trade.

Chen had been taken into the US embassy via abnormal measures and Chinese authorities were strongly dissatisfied.
Chen left the U.S. Embassy after 6 days, accompanied by the U.S. ambassador, to receive medical care in Beijing and be reunited with this family.

Chen Guangcheng's departure from the embassy came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing
for two days of annual strategic talks that are being overshadowed by the self-taught lawyer's fate.
There was no immediate indication of whether Chen would remain in China with his family after receiving medical care.

Chen ran afoul of government officials for exposing forced abortions and other abuses, and his dogged pursuit of justice
and the mistreatment of him by authorities brought him attention and earned him supporters among many ordinary Chinese.

Chen wants to leave China with family on Hellary Clinton plane

Did 0bama mafia LIE to Chen?  Probably!
Chen claims a U.S. official told him Chinese authorities had threatened to kill his wife if he did not leave the American Embassy where he had sought sanctuary.
Chen claimed a U.S. official discussed with him the alleged threat from the Chinese government.

Chen not pressured to leave US embassy   Question
May  3,  2012

This overshadows US-China talks.
Chen Guangcheng was not put under pressure to leave the US embassy, said ambassador, as Chen said he wanted to leave China because he feared for his life.
Chen said he left his refuge in the US embassy after Chinese officials made threats to his family members.
But US envoy Gary Locke said Chen had appeared eager to leave.

Chen appealed to Hussein 0bama to help him get out of China with his family.  Big mistake!
Now he is disappointed with the US government.  So am I!

The embassy wanted Chen to leave and promised to have people stay with him in the hospital.
But this afternoon as soon as he checked into the hospital room they were all gone.
Yuan Weijing, Mr Chen's wife, echoed his appeals for help, describing the situation as very dangerous.

Chen ignored by HELLary Clinton

Twisted Evil    Its irrational to appeal to satan's bride HELLary Clinton!    Twisted Evil

Chen may apply to study overseas  May 4
US expects dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave China soon.  Good luck.
Chen is currently in a Beijing hospital, sealed off by Chinese police.
4 May 2012 I wonder if this is true.  I hope so.  It'd make China look better.
The US says it expects China to allow Chen Guangcheng to travel abroad soon.
Chen is offered a fellowship at an American university, and it would allow his wife and children to accompany him.
Beijing said the blind activist could apply to study abroad.
He has been offered a fellowship from an American university, where he can be accompanied by his wife and two children.

U.S.- China Relationship
May 5, 2012  China’s commitment to allow dissident Chen Guangcheng to go to the U.S. resolved a conflict that threatened to sour ties and demonstrated how the Sino-American relationship is increasingly driven by intertwined economic and security interests.
After a week of diplomatic tension, the U.S. and China forged a solution that promises to enable the blind legal activist to leave China with his family in order to become a visiting scholar at New York University.

China buying oil from Iran with yuan
8 May 2012
 China is buying crude oil from Iran using its currency the yuan.
Oil transactions are usually settled in dollars but US sanctions make it difficult for Iran to accept payments in the US currency.
Iran is using the revenue to buy goods and services from China, Mohammed Reza Fayyad, Iran's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, confirmed.
China is the biggest buyer of Iranian crude oil exports.
The US has been pressuring Beijing to join an international boycott of Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme.

The Iranian ambassador's comments, reported by the Reuters news agency, confirmed a report in the Financial Times that claimed that Unipec - a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned oil firm Sinopec - was buying the oil through a trading unit called Zhuhai Zhenrong.
Meanwhile, China has been trying to promote usage of yuan as an international currency as a rival to the dollar, including the establishment of a new offshore trading centre in London alongside the existing centre in Hong Kong.

China takes over US bank
May 10, 2012
 ICBC wiil not have much impact on the U.S. banking market.  Famous last words.
The United States opened its banking market to ICBC, China's biggest bank, clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.
The Federal Reserve approved an application from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy a majority stake in the US subsidiary of Bank of East Asia.
China now has another footprint in the US market.

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