China ready to neutralise THAAD, retired PLA general says

The US-made Terminal High Altitude Area ­Defence system is being deployed in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul. [Photo: Reuters]

 

The military will deploy its own system before Seoul sets up the American one, Wang Hongguang says

China knew it might not be able to stop Seoul deploying a US anti-missile system and was prepared to counter with its own anti-radar equipment, a retired PLA general said on Monday.

The comments by Wang Hongguang came as a South Korean court’s decision to uphold the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the country’s former president, fanned hopes Seoul might put plans for the Terminal High Altitude Area ­Defence system on hold. Continue reading

US, Allies ‘Unprepared’ to Face New Global Threats

The US and The NATO flag flie in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Šiauliai, Lithuania, on April 27, 2016.

© AFP 2016/ Petras Malukas

 

Former Australian national-security adviser Andrew Shearer claims that the United States and its allies around the world remain unprepared to deal with a new era of emerging global threats.

Although the United States and its allies “face an unprecedented range of threats,” they are “neither psychologically nor materially prepared for these threats,” Shearer, who was an adviser to prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, said Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Continue reading

S. Korea’s nuclear armament could undermine US influence in Asia: report

Regardless of whether or not South Korea attains nuclear weapons, it will be eventually integrated into a new Asian bloc against the United States. That’s the direction Asia is moving as allies become increasingly skeptical of the U.S. as a reliable partner.

 

Should South Korea seek to go nuclear, the country could face such negative consequences as reduced international standing in the campaign to denuclearize North Korea, the possible imposition of economic sanctions and potentially encouraging Japan to develop nuclear weapons capability, the CRS report said.

“For the United States, encouraging South Korea to develop nuclear weapons could mean diminished U.S. influence in Asia, the unraveling of the U.S. alliance system and the possibility of creating a destabilizing nuclear arms race in Asia,” the report said. Continue reading

U.S. can’t afford to leave Asia

This article is a perfect example of a writer who doesn’t understand it was the Obama administration that has endangered Asian allies and allowed China to solidify its claim on the South China Sea. It was the Obama administration who allowed, and continues to allow, North Korean belligerency and nuclear threats against its neighbors to continue without consequence.

There’s nothing wrong with plans of having an ally pay their fair share monetarily or militarily. The author is simply complaining they’re not getting a free ride in a hypothetical President Trump scenario.

Japan is more than capable of defending itself if it wished. Japan is more than capable of going nuclear in months if it wished.

 

One hopes that Park Geun-hye and Shinzo Abe enjoyed their recent meeting with Barack Obama, because the show of unity that the South Korean, Japanese, and U.S. leaders displayed in opposition to North Korea’s nuclear defiance would simply not be possible in a hypothetical Trump administration.

Instead, Donald Trump, the front-runner to serve as the Republican candidate in this fall’s presidential election, asserts that U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea will end if the country continues on “its current path of weakness.” He then doubles down on U.S. weakness by pledging to dismantle those alliances, which have provided an essential post-World War II foundation upon which the United States has been able to project its strength. Continue reading

North Korea: We Are Ready for ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike’ on U.S.

What was once said in 2013, might come to fruition. Hopefully not, however. Nobody has taken Un or North Korea, for that matter, seriously in decades. However, during this time the capability has improved and has become more threatening. Imagine one day, Kim Jong Un makes the threat to nuke the United States and all of the American citizens laugh it off, then go back to watching their favorite NBA game while downing pints of beer.

The American shopping mall regime is blind, and most don’t even know N. Korea flew a ‘weather satellite‘ over the continental U.S. right after the Super Bowl because they were hung over from all the beer that day. What if it wasn’t a weather satellite? What if it’s an EMP bomb waiting for the command to fall out of the sky? Why does North Korea need to monitor the weather over the United States? What if it does in fact drop out of the sky one day while America is focused on the Kardashians and puts the nation back into the stone age? The average American attention span to these things is 24 hours. Move along, nothing to see.

Six months from now this threat will have been completely forgotten and America could have a devastating wake up call. It’s said up to 9 in 10 Americans could die from the following waves of effects. The situation has gone past the joke stage. Your reply to all this this might be: “Well, we’ll fully retaliate and destroy North Korea, then. No worries.” If that’s the case, fine. But it still wouldn’t stop what has already been done — and there is no known method of stopping a falling EMP out of the sky which would detonate above its target within 3 – 5 minutes.

America, or any other nation hasn’t done anything about North Korea during its last three dictatorships in the Kim Jong- family line. There’s no reason to expect North Korea to be stopped when it’s had over three decades of being allowed to do whatever it wants. Lastly, Kim Jong Un just told his nation to prepare for “chewing on roots“, in other words: Starvation. This could be considered war preps, and not necessarily an upcoming famine.

 

North Korea has once again asserted that it will use its nuclear weapons arsenal against the United States. Unlike previous statements, however, a note from the rogue state’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that North Korea is fully equipped and ready to use a nuclear weapon on the United States, not just willing to do so.

Foreign Minister Lee Su-yong insisted in a statement Monday that Pyongyang would not hesitate to use their nuclear weapons against America, and they now no longer needed to wait for their scientists to build the weapons necessary for such an attack. “In response to the US frenzied hysteria for unleashing a nuclear war, we have fully transferred our army from the form of military response to the form of delivering a pre-emptive strike and we state resolutely about the readiness to deliver a pre-emptive nuclear strike,” he said, adding that North Korea “faces the dilemma: a thermonuclear war or peace.”

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China, South Korea sign free trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday have signed a free trade agreement that would remove the majority of tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than $200 billion.

The pact — largely agreed in November and signed by the two nations’ trade ministers on Monday — aims to gradually remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of traded goods within 20 years. Continue reading

China “fully prepared” for currency war: banker

A top Chinese banker said Beijing is “fully prepared” for a currency war as he urged the world to abide by a consensus reached by the G20 to avert confrontation, state media reported on Saturday.

Yi Gang, deputy governor of China’s central bank, issued the call after G20 finance ministers last month moved to calm fears of a looming war on the currency markets at a meeting in Moscow. Continue reading