China Adds Advanced Missiles to South China Sea Islands

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Pentagon plans major response to Chinese hegemony

China’s military has stepped up militarizing disputed islands in the South China Sea by deploying advanced missile systems on the Spratly islands, according to the Pentagon.

Defense officials disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon that the militarization has raised alarm bells about China’s creeping takeover of the strategic waterway used for some $5 trillion annually in international trade. Continue reading

Trump Unveils New National Security Strategy

President Donald Trump unveiled Monday his new National Security Strategy document, which outlines his priorities for defense and homeland security.

 

President Trump released his federally mandated National Security Strategy on Monday afternoon in what the White House said is an effort to “renew confidence in America both at home and abroad.” In announcing the NSS, the president said:

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens—to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” Continue reading

‘Plan B’ Needed As Euro One Recession Away From Implosion – David McWilliams

– Euro is one recession away from implosion – David McWilliams
– Mismanagement of euro “both laughable and terrifying”
– “When economic negotiations stop making economic sense, you should begin to question the motives of the EU”
– Germany is out of control
– Successful British exit will be model for other countries
– Euro membership is now conditional
– “Countries that don’t play ball with Germany will see their banking system used against their democratically elected politicians”
– Investors and savers need “PLAN B”

McWilliams, who is among the best economics commentators from the only Anglophone nation in the euro – Ireland, warns that we only have a few months to plan an alternative to the disastrous consequences on peripheral nations of what he sees as German hegemony. Continue reading

Obama Says U.S. Will Defend Japan’s Senkakus

Invokes Article 5 of defense treaty in message to China (Updated)

President Obama on Tuesday invoked U.S. military defense guarantees for Japan’s disputed East China Sea islands that have been the target of coordinated Chinese military provocations since 2012.

During a Rose Garden press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama repeated a promise to defend the Senkaku Islands, a statement that is likely to anger China, which claims the uninhabited islands as its own, calling them the Diaoyu Islands. Continue reading

Who Will Be Tomorrow’s Superpower?

The geo-political map is set to change. Is the world ready?

There’s a popular geopolitical parlor game called Who will be the next superpower?

While the game excels at triggering a mind-fogging tsunami of nationalistic emotions, it doesn’t shed much light on the really consequential question: What is power?

These are important questions to ponder as, around the world, unsustainable policies from the 20th century are beginning to fail in earnest. What will the future geopolitical landscape look like in their aftermath?

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