A New Era for the China-Russia-U.S. Triangle

https://amgreatness.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/20181011msvdh-a.jpg

 

Nearly a half-century ago, President Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, established a successful U.S. strategy for dealing with America’s two most dangerous rivals. He sought closer ties to both the Soviet Union, with its more than 7,000 nuclear weapons, and Communist China, with the world’s largest population.

Kissinger’s approach was sometimes called “triangulation.” But distilled down to its essence, the phrase meant ensuring that China and Russia were not friendlier to each other than each was to the United States

Given that the Soviet Union was much stronger than China at the time, Kissinger especially courted Beijing. Continue reading

New Report Says Trump Wants Chinese Parts Out Of American Weapons

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/styles/inline_image_desktop/public/inline-images/US%20MFG%20Airplane_0.jpg?itok=zI0LmPB-

 

Top defense officials said last week that the Pentagon intends to invest in domestic manufacturing to reduce it over-reliance on Chinese and other foreign-made parts in American weapons.

The Pentagon’s reliance on China is a major topic discussed in a new report about the overall status of the defense industrial base that President Trump is scheduled to release. Some other areas include “accelerating workforce development efforts to grow domestic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and critical trade skills,” said Defense One.

“This assessment recognizes the global nature of our supply chain and really addresses the need for strengthening alliances and partnerships so that we can jointly address industrial base risk,” Ellon Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said Thursday evening during a press briefing at the Pentagon. Continue reading

China steps up spying on U.S. military

https://twt-thumbs.washtimes.com/media/image/2018/09/23/China_US_Russia_35617.jpg-30eba_s878x585.jpg?9739c089d09019457eff90957353d2bf131e7da7

Li Shangfu (center), who was slapped with U.S. sanctions this week for buying arms from Russia, is director of the Equipment Development Department of China’s Central Military Commission. The department announced a database that will likely benefit from China’s theft of 22.1 million records on American federal workers, including those with security clearances, from the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. (Photo by: Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press/File)

 

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is stepping up open-source spying on the U.S. military and other foreign militaries that will utilize artificial intelligence means.

According to a procurement notice from China’s Central Military Commission, the new database is a six-month project to set up an “Open Source Intelligence Database on Foreign Militaries.”

The revealing notice was published by the commission’s PLA Equipment Development Department, whose director, Lt. Gen. Li Shangfu, was slapped with U.S. sanctions this week for buying arms from Russia.

The database will likely benefit from China’s theft of 22.1 million records on American federal workers, including those with security clearances, from the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. Chinese hackers also stole an estimated 80 million records on Americans from health care insurance giant Anthem. Continue reading

Japan Wants Supersonic Glide Bombs To Protect Disputed Islands from China

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/styles/inline_image_desktop/public/inline-images/East%20China%20Sea%20ZH.gif?itok=i7ioYS8R

 

Earlier this week, we published a summary of an internal document via Kyodo News from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that specified a military crisis at sea between China and Japan could be on the horizon.

The internal report, authored by two Chinese military officials at the Naval Military Research Institute and Dalian Naval Academy, suggested that the probability of a significant military crisis at sea between both countries is rapidly increasing due to disputes over islands in the East China Sea. In particular, the Japan-owned Senkakus Islands, which are also claimed by China, where the land masses are known as the Diaoyu, and Taiwan, which calls them Tiaoyutai. Continue reading

Japanese Prime Minister Wants to Revise Pacifist Constitution to Create Military Force

https://www.thetrumpet.com/files/W1siZiIsIjIwMTgvMDkvMjAvM2p4em1kbzM0Z18xODA5MjBfU2hpbnpvX0FiZV9HZXR0eUltYWdlc185NTMxNjU0NzguanBnIl0sWyJwIiwidGh1bWIiLCIyNDAweD4iXSxbInAiLCJlbmNvZGUiLCJqcGciLCItcXVhbGl0eSA4NSJdXQ/d271bd61a80e9453/180920-Shinzo%20Abe-GettyImages-953165478.jpg.jpg

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe arrive at Marka international airport on April 30, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. Abe is on a Middle East tour visiting the UAE, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. (Getty Images)

 

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe steps up efforts to change Japan’s constitution to allow the creation of a military force by 2020.

“Let’s fulfill our mission by clearly writing in the constitution the Self-Defense Forces that protect peace and independence of Japan,” Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said on September 9, reiterating his support for changing Japan’s constitution to allow for a military.

The second clause of Article 9 of Japan’s constitution says that “Land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” Nonetheless, Article 9 allowed Japan to create its own military strictly for the purpose of defending its own borders. This de facto military is known as Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (sdf).

Prime Minister Abe wants to officially change this policy. And he wants to do it by next year. Continue reading

Stocking Up for World War III

https://www.thetrumpet.com/files/W1siZiIsIjIwMTgvMDkvMDQvNXJhMGc3enVqc19TY3JlZW5fU2hvdF8yMDE4XzA5XzA0X2F0XzExLjE4LjI1LnBuZyJdLFsicCIsInRodW1iIiwiMTIwMHg%2BIl0sWyJwIiwiZW5jb2RlIiwianBnIiwiLXF1YWxpdHkgODUiXV0/3e184a4363c88f17/Screen%20Shot%202018-09-04%20at%2011.18.25.jpg.jpg

 

Nuclear nonproliferation efforts are ending. A new arms race has begun.

Since the United States and the Soviet Union backed away from the precipice of nuclear war in the 1980s, the world’s stocks of nuclear weapons have declined from an estimated 60,000 to an estimated 10,000.

According to a 2014 study by science journal Earth’s Future, however, it would take just 100 nuclear detonations to create a worldwide climate catastrophe causing massive famine and death. Continue reading

U.S. Looks To Find Alternatives To Iranian Oil For Allies

 

The United States—which is pushing to have all Iranian oil customers stop importing crude from Tehran—is looking for alternative oil supplies for its allies whose imports will be disrupted by the U.S. sanctions on Iran, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing a senior U.S. administration  official. Continue reading

Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea

https://i2.wp.com/www.spxdaily.com/images-hg/japan-submarine-wargames-hg.jpg

 

Japan has carried out its first submarine drill in the South China Sea, a newspaper said Monday, a move that could provoke Beijing which claims most of the disputed waters.

Submarine Kuroshio on Thursday joined three Japanese warships in waters just southwest of the China-controlled Scarborough Shoal, the Asahi Shimbun said. Continue reading

China ‘nearing mass production’ of J-20 stealth fighter after engine problems ironed out

https://cdn4.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/980x551/public/images/methode/2018/09/05/06df11a8-aff3-11e8-b224-884456d4cde1_1280x720_092034.JPG

China’s new J-20 stealth fighter could soon go into mass production as earlier problems with its engine have now been resolved, sources say. Photo: EPA

 

Improved power train will give Chinese jet ability to fly undetected at supersonic speeds, on par with United States’ F-35

A new and improved engine designed to make China’s J-20 stealth fighter a world-class combat jet should be ready for mass production by the end of the year, military sources have said.

The WS-15 engine features cutting-edge single-crystal turbine blades and has been in development for several years, but Chinese technicians have struggled to get it into mass production. Continue reading

Russia’s “Nuclear Combat” War Games Largest In Nearly 40 Years

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a world war axis, at work.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/tank.jpg?itok=Kl7eIFoq

 

Russia’s upcoming joint military exercise with China and Mongolia, set for September 11 – 15, will be the largest Russian drill in nearly 40 years according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who said they will be larger than the Soviet military’s 1981 Zapad-81 (West-81) exercises.

“In some ways they will repeat aspects of Zapad-81, but in other ways the scale will be bigger,” Shoigu told reporters from the Russian region of Khakassia.

The exercise, Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will occur in central and eastern Russian military districts, and will involve nearly 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia’s naval fleets, and their entire airborne forces, Shoigu said in a Tuesday statement. Continue reading

Thousands Rally to Remove U.S. Military Base From Okinawa

https://www.thetrumpet.com/files/W1siZiIsIjIwMTgvMDgvMjcvNjBvYWdjaHlsZl8xODA4MjdfSmFwYW5fR2V0dHlJbWFnZXNfOTY0Mzc1NzI2LmpwZyJdXQ/07216a869d8705f5/180827-%20Japan-GettyImages-964375726.jpg

Protesters stage a sit-in to block construction vehicles working on the expansion of Camp Schwab, a U.S. military base, on May 31 in Nago, Okinawa, Japan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

 

The latest deterioration of a fading trans-Pacific alliance

Some 70,000 protesters rallied in Okinawa, Japan, on August 11 against the planned relocation of a United States military base. Rather than see U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma moved from a heavily populated part of the island to the remote Henoko Bay, the protesters want it to be removed from the island entirely. Continue reading

Signs Point to a Global Slowdown

Signs Point to a Global Slowdown

 

As gold has struggled through 2018, (down over 10% from $1,363/oz. on January 25 to $1,215/oz. today), my forecast for a strong year-end for gold has remained unchanged.

This forecast is based on a better-late-than-never realization by the Fed that they are overtightening into fundamental economic weakness, followed quickly by a full-reversal flip to easing in the form of pauses on rate hikes in September and December.

Those pauses will be an admission the Fed sees no way out of its multiple rounds of QE and extended zero interest rate policy from 2008 to 2013 without causing a new recession. Once that occurs, inflation is just a matter of time. Gold will respond accordingly. Continue reading

Japan Deploys Aegis Ashore, Becoming a Link in the US Global Missile Defense

https://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2018/08/02/or-41172.jpg

 

On July 30, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced a plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore missile-defense system by 2023. The military training grounds in the Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures are prospective sites.  This decision is a “big-ticket purchase” that could also help Tokyo smooth trade friction with Washington, amidst the Trump administration’s threats to hit Japan’s auto imports with new tariffs.  Reuters cited Japanese media reports that have put the cost of the two sites, which will include the Aegis air-defense system, missile launchers, and interceptors, at around $6 billion. Japan has chosen the Lockheed Martin Corp’s SSR radar, with a far greater range than the Aegis radars currently operated by the US Navy. Officially, the move is being justified by pointing to the threat from North Korea. Continue reading

Who Does America Belong to?

Not to Americans

The housing market is now apparently turning down. Consumer incomes are limited by jobs offshoring and the ability of employers to hold down wages and salaries.  The Federal Reserve seems committed to higher interest rates—in my view to protect the exchange value of the US dollar on which Washington’s power is based.  The arrogant fools in Washington, with whom I spent a quarter century, have, with their bellicosity and sanctions, encouraged nations with independent foreign and economic policies to drop the use of the dollar.  This takes some time to accomplish, but Russia, China, Iran, and India are apparently committed to dropping  or reducing the use of the US dollar. Continue reading

Fentanyl: China’s Secret Weapon to Destabilize America

For those who want to whitewash or dismiss the drugging of America by its enemies, you might want to take the blinders off and read the following book:

Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West by Christopher Story (Author), Joseph D. Douglass (Author), Ray S. Cline (Author)

 

https://www.thetrumpet.com/files/W1siZiIsIjIwMTgvMDcvMjcvMTg4ZnRoODBldV8xODA3MjdfRmVudGFueWxfaVN0b2NrXzg3MzA4NzUyMi5qcGciXSxbInAiLCJ0aHVtYiIsIjI0MDB4PiJdLFsicCIsImVuY29kZSIsImpwZyIsIi1xdWFsaXR5IDg1Il1d/53dd9d48f3f8d3b0/180727-Fentanyl-iStock-873087522.jpg.jpg

iStock.com/Hailshadow

 

An examination of Communist strategy reveals that there is more to Chinese drug trafficking than meets the eye.

The United States is voluntarily exposing itself to a chemical attack. Since 2000, this assault has killed more than 700,000 Americans. The weapon is illegal drugs, and Americans are killing themselves with it. In addition to these drug overdoses, roughly 100,000 Americans have been killed in drug-related homicides. This epidemic is destroying the willpower of 28 million people, and costing the economy over $1 trillion per year. Since 6 in 10 drug users are under 34, these problems will likely worsen in the near future. Continue reading