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America’s "Quad Alliance" is a Dead End

While the “Milk Tea Alliance” focuses on united US-funded opposition groups against China, the Quad represents regional governments strong-armed into advancing Washington’s anti-China agenda. 

October 28, 2020 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or “Quad” as it’s been referred to is a US-led bloc created in 2007 consisting of the US itself, Australia and supposedly Japan and India. 

The bloc, whatever its stated purpose is for being, is clearly an anti-Chinese project created by and for the US and at the absolute expense of the other 3 members. 

The fact that it has been “revived” by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after its creation during the administration of former US President Barack Obama helps illustrate the continuous nature of US foreign policy despite who occupies the White House and that unelected interests rather than America’s elected representatives drive (and will continue to drive) this anti-Chinese policy regardless of who wins America’s elections in November. 

The Western media has attempted to claim China’s growing “assertive” nature is at the root of recent, deteriorating relations between it and the Quad, but the truth is blatantly clear to see. In each case, from Australia to India to Japan, it is the US creating and exploiting crisis after crisis to poison any potential form of cooperation with China amid its own self-inflicted trade war with China. 

So costly is this strategy of tension created and exploited by Washington on membership in this bloc that even Australia has flip-flopped over its willingness to commit to it. Because of its ultimately unsustainable nature, it seems a matter of when, not if this recent sprint ends once again in a winded America surrounded by frustrated allies.  

Australia Wrecking Ties With China to Please Washington 

At the moment, Australia is in the middle of one of its more zealous stages of support for the project creating tensions with China based on unfounded accusations originating in Washington. 

Australia’s behavior has resulted in a quickly expanding tit-for-tat battle between itself and China targeting areas of economics, the media, academia and even tourism. For China, it has many options when it comes to trading partners and destinations for its students and tourists. For Australia, who counts China as its largest trading partner, finding alternatives range from difficult to impossible. 

The remaining Quad members, the US, Japan and India, are far from anything resembling such an alternative meaning that for Australia to fully commit to confronting China, it must fully commit to permanent economic decline and all the related consequences it implies.  

The final outcome of Australia’s current diplomatic posture towards China will be economic decline coupled to America’s own regional and global decline making its current strategy senseless; a needless self-inflicted display of loyalty to Washington for what can only be assumed are personal gains being made by the political forces involved at the expense of both Australia’s wider economic prospects and the Australian public whose lives and futures depend on those prospects. 

India Missing Opportunities for 21st Century Ties to Help America Cling to 20th Century Empire 

India has had its own ups and downs with China for decades. Clashes earlier this year were not the first and may not be the last. However, with these recent clashes, Washington’s eagerness to egg on India to expand rather than defuse tensions couldn’t have been more obvious. In other words, Washington has India playing chicken with another nuclear-armed neighbour which also has an economy many times larger India’s.   

Like with Australia, China can weather tensions with India better than India can with China. As even Western analysts promoting Washington’s Quad project across the media have noted, China is creating extensive economic and infrastructure networks all around India. 

Beijing has expressed an eager willingness to include India in these expanding networks, but because of certain factions within India’s government committed to Washington’s strategy of tension, it has so far stubbornly refused. 

Like with Australia, the entire nation of India will suffer and decline as long as it couples its future with a likewise declining United States. 

For India, it has the opportunity to counterbalance China’s regional rise with a partner invested in the success and prosperity of both India and China; namely Russia. India already enjoys close ties to Russia. Russia is also a close partner with China and provides Beijing with a valuable partner in weathering American provocations. India has alternatives to the United States when it comes to finding constructive partners, but replacing the ties it is passing up with China for membership in the Quad is an impossibly uphill battle New Delhi cannot win.  

Japan’s Dreams of Being a Major Military Power are Just Dreams

Japan’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and its place as a leading, developed economic power will depend on its cooperation with, not opposition to China’s regional and global rise. 

By playing into America’s strategy of tension it is tangling itself and China in pointless conflict that benefits neither simply to allow America to cling to its “Pacific Century” dream for a while longer. 

With China’s navy already larger than America’s, the notion of Japan, or even the combined naval might of the Quad overpowering, checking or coercing China is fantastical at best and dangerously confrontational at worst. 

This confrontational posture is also diverting the national budgets of Quad members into defense spending for a growing confrontation they themselves are creating, depriving them of resources better spent invested in infrastructure, industry and other tools of influence China has proven are many times more effective and constructive than America’s dependence on military might and “soft power.” 

The Quad is a Dead End

With the United States safely on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, its game of playing its three Quad partners off against China is more or less consequence free. 

As it stands now, the US is well on the path of permanent decline with China clearly replacing it as a global superpower whether or not it continues pursing the Quad alliance. 

Washington has little to lose by stirring the pot, pitting its own allies against China at their own respective expenses and even triggering armed conflict wherever it can especially considering Japan and Australia already purchase the majority of their weapons from America with Washington pressuring India to do likewise. 

At the end of the day, even if Washington’s Quad ends in fiery confrontation its allies lose against China, the US will have made billions upon billions selling them arms to wage it with the US itself able to withdraw across the Pacific and continue managing its global decline already long underway before the Quad’s inception. If no confrontation materializes, America’s Quad partners will have still invested billions upon billions in weapons they otherwise did not need. 

It’s clear that ties with the US are increasingly becoming liabilities rather than representing any sort of net benefit. It is interesting to note how aggressive the US is even with its own allies, with threats more often than diplomatic overtures keeping nations like Australia, Japan and India at the Quad’s table. 

Australia, India or Japan imagining the US as a constructive counterbalance to China’s rise is entirely misplaced. If anything, Washington’s strategy ensures the Quad is positioned least favorably among nations of the region to benefit from China’s inevitable rise. 

For Washington, placing its allies in such an unfavorable position helps ensure continued, even irrational loyalty. For America’s Quad partners, we’re witnessing current ruling governments intentionally depriving their respective nations of opportunities in a last-ditch effort to establish a regional and global order that America at its height decades ago could not achieve.

The current decline of NATO, an alliance the Quad anemically aspires toward, also says much about the Quad’s own future prospects, or lack thereof.   

The Quad and all that it represents is a dead end. It may not be impossible for Quad members to find their way out of this dead end, but it is highly unlikely that the public who will suffer most from its current existence and tactics will forget those who led them into it. 

It’s not difficult to imagine that Australia, India and Japan may to a certain extent be going through the motions regarding the Quad, to prevent Washington from turning on them in detrimental ways as this historic transfer of economic and political power shifts West to East. 

India, for example, faced immense pressure and the threat of sanctions when it went forward with major Russian arms deals. We can collectively hope that much of what the Quad is doing is precisely this; waiting for the clock to run out for Washington and that ties between the Quad’s members and China can be restored after the US sufficiently expends itself on this latest and most fruitless yet of its attempts to encircle and contain China. 

Perhaps then the US can, for a change, be invited into a bloc, one with a vastly more constructive worldview and a likewise vastly more constructive role for America to play within the world rather than over it, exhibiting rather than abusing its true potential and the talent and contributions of its population.  

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.  

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WARNING: We’re Too Early – GOLD MELTDOWN!

This article was contributed by the Wealth Research Group. 

Since June 2019 (the past 16 months), 8 gold and silver companies that have enjoyed triple-digit gains have been featured in these pages. Among them, one company has even rallied over 1,000% — companies that we’ve been following for 3-4 years have seen 600% and 700% appreciations, while others have been uplisted to the NYSE. Truly, in the past 16 months, we could do no wrong.

Those who were brave enough to look the devil in the eye in March and April and capitalize on the panic – when TV screens the world over were broadcasting people dropping dead on the streets of China – have been able to enjoy generationally-high returns in just 6-8 months — buying the crash was, as it always is, the best opportunity to make sensational returns.

But, since gold peaked in August, nothing has worked in the mining sector. At least three companies that have been featured here since then, as potential opportunities for you to independently watch, study, and research, are now 30% – 50% cheaper than they were when these were first presented here, along with their business models. It’s a key lesson in the importance of trading tactics, such as (1) splitting purchases into increments in order to sustain blows better, (2) taking time to build positions, (3) being early, and (4) tolerating risk and volatility.

Somehow, in the past three to four weeks, investors have become convinced (so much so that they’re willing to swear by it) that Joe Biden is heading towards a landslide victory.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

As such, they’ve created the following script in their minds:

* A Biden victory is going to make it extremely difficult for Washington to achieve anything between now and the January inauguration.

* No stimulus bill will be passed. If one does pass both parties’ demands, it will be small.

* Therefore, we have no way of knowing how things will develop. In the meantime, we (as in the investment community) will settle for a large cash position.

As you can see by the chart above, everyone and their mama is betting on higher interest rates, for the time being.

I’ve been investing since June 2000, when at age 16, with three years’ worth of babysitting and basketball tutoring savings (which I’ve gathered since the age of 13), my personal banker had convinced my parents that I was mature enough to invest money in the markets. He got them to sign a waiver, so that I, a minor at the time, could buy equities.

Rarely have I made a decision in the twenty years since, which had anything to do with who was in the White House, since 73% of my net worth is tied to long-term strategies, not to cyclical trades. But when it comes to mining stocks, unless one is willing to absorb the risks of timing his trades wrongly and seeing -50% temporary plunges (which, at times, could even turn into permanent ones, cutting losses when things go south and moving on), one SHOULD NOT ever be in the commodities sector.

Even the world’s best gold stock can’t appreciate in price when gravity is pulling it in the opposite direction. Trading mining stocks boils down to the art of cutting losers fast and sticking with winners for the long haul.

THEORETICAL EXAMPLE: (Total portfolio size $50,000):
* Proper Asset Allocation: Speculative portfolio size (15%, $7,500).
* Proper Diversification: Ten companies, each making up $750, or 1.5% of total portfolio.
* Proper Position Sizing / Stop Loss: Each investment is made in increments of three – 33% initially ($250), additional 33% ($250) if/when the stock falls 20%, last 33% ($250) if/when stock falls another 20%; stop-loss to be set to 36%, below FINAL cost-basis.

Breakdown: Company (A) trades for $1.00. Initial outlay is made ($250 @ $1.00). The stock falls to 80c, so secondary outlay is made ($250 @ $0.80). Commodity prices continue dragging mining stocks down another 20% to 64c, so final outlay is made ($250 @ $0.64). Overall cost-basis: $0.813. Stop-loss is set to: 0.813 *0.64 = $0.52.

Risk/Reward: If the company does what it sets to do: 500% potential returns – (don’t do for less). If company (A) fails or if the commodity cycle turns bearish, potential loss: 36%.
In numbers: $1,000 could turn into $5,000 (winner) or to $640 (loser), so the equation is risking $360 in order to potentially make $4,000, an 11:1 risk/reward set up.

The biggest investment mistake people make, in my opinion, is buying the whole position on day 1.

Right now, the entire investment community is sure of a Biden victory, which will lead to a few months of wait-and-see until the inauguration.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

There are long-term trends in place, mixed with short-term sentiment moves. Right now, within the context of a bull market for gold and silver, there’s a short-term trade of higher bond yields. This will hurt precious metals.

Gold could fall to $1,820 and silver to $23/ounce. The mining stocks could undergo a brutal correction phase.

One has to make an individual decision, which boils down to this: Am I willing to stomach a rollercoaster ride until gold surpasses $2,000 again and reaches green pastures?

If one answers YES, then this weakness is a buying opportunity.

If one answers NO, then this weakness is a chance to sell and come back later, when the momentum is strong again.

It doesn’t look good for precious metals in the immediate-term, but looking past January 2021, the case for $2,500 to $3,000 gold is well intact, according to the world’s most sophisticated investors:

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

The Ball Is In Your Court!

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WARNING: We’re Too Early – GOLD MELTDOWN!

This article was contributed by the Wealth Research Group. 

Since June 2019 (the past 16 months), 8 gold and silver companies that have enjoyed triple-digit gains have been featured in these pages. Among them, one company has even rallied over 1,000% — companies that we’ve been following for 3-4 years have seen 600% and 700% appreciations, while others have been uplisted to the NYSE. Truly, in the past 16 months, we could do no wrong.

Those who were brave enough to look the devil in the eye in March and April and capitalize on the panic – when TV screens the world over were broadcasting people dropping dead on the streets of China – have been able to enjoy generationally-high returns in just 6-8 months — buying the crash was, as it always is, the best opportunity to make sensational returns.

But, since gold peaked in August, nothing has worked in the mining sector. At least three companies that have been featured here since then, as potential opportunities for you to independently watch, study, and research, are now 30% – 50% cheaper than they were when these were first presented here, along with their business models. It’s a key lesson in the importance of trading tactics, such as (1) splitting purchases into increments in order to sustain blows better, (2) taking time to build positions, (3) being early, and (4) tolerating risk and volatility.

Somehow, in the past three to four weeks, investors have become convinced (so much so that they’re willing to swear by it) that Joe Biden is heading towards a landslide victory.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

As such, they’ve created the following script in their minds:

* A Biden victory is going to make it extremely difficult for Washington to achieve anything between now and the January inauguration.

* No stimulus bill will be passed. If one does pass both parties’ demands, it will be small.

* Therefore, we have no way of knowing how things will develop. In the meantime, we (as in the investment community) will settle for a large cash position.

As you can see by the chart above, everyone and their mama is betting on higher interest rates, for the time being.

I’ve been investing since June 2000, when at age 16, with three years’ worth of babysitting and basketball tutoring savings (which I’ve gathered since the age of 13), my personal banker had convinced my parents that I was mature enough to invest money in the markets. He got them to sign a waiver, so that I, a minor at the time, could buy equities.

Rarely have I made a decision in the twenty years since, which had anything to do with who was in the White House, since 73% of my net worth is tied to long-term strategies, not to cyclical trades. But when it comes to mining stocks, unless one is willing to absorb the risks of timing his trades wrongly and seeing -50% temporary plunges (which, at times, could even turn into permanent ones, cutting losses when things go south and moving on), one SHOULD NOT ever be in the commodities sector.

Even the world’s best gold stock can’t appreciate in price when gravity is pulling it in the opposite direction. Trading mining stocks boils down to the art of cutting losers fast and sticking with winners for the long haul.

THEORETICAL EXAMPLE: (Total portfolio size $50,000):
* Proper Asset Allocation: Speculative portfolio size (15%, $7,500).
* Proper Diversification: Ten companies, each making up $750, or 1.5% of total portfolio.
* Proper Position Sizing / Stop Loss: Each investment is made in increments of three – 33% initially ($250), additional 33% ($250) if/when the stock falls 20%, last 33% ($250) if/when stock falls another 20%; stop-loss to be set to 36%, below FINAL cost-basis.

Breakdown: Company (A) trades for $1.00. Initial outlay is made ($250 @ $1.00). The stock falls to 80c, so secondary outlay is made ($250 @ $0.80). Commodity prices continue dragging mining stocks down another 20% to 64c, so final outlay is made ($250 @ $0.64). Overall cost-basis: $0.813. Stop-loss is set to: 0.813 *0.64 = $0.52.

Risk/Reward: If the company does what it sets to do: 500% potential returns – (don’t do for less). If company (A) fails or if the commodity cycle turns bearish, potential loss: 36%.
In numbers: $1,000 could turn into $5,000 (winner) or to $640 (loser), so the equation is risking $360 in order to potentially make $4,000, an 11:1 risk/reward set up.

The biggest investment mistake people make, in my opinion, is buying the whole position on day 1.

Right now, the entire investment community is sure of a Biden victory, which will lead to a few months of wait-and-see until the inauguration.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

There are long-term trends in place, mixed with short-term sentiment moves. Right now, within the context of a bull market for gold and silver, there’s a short-term trade of higher bond yields. This will hurt precious metals.

Gold could fall to $1,820 and silver to $23/ounce. The mining stocks could undergo a brutal correction phase.

One has to make an individual decision, which boils down to this: Am I willing to stomach a rollercoaster ride until gold surpasses $2,000 again and reaches green pastures?

If one answers YES, then this weakness is a buying opportunity.

If one answers NO, then this weakness is a chance to sell and come back later, when the momentum is strong again.

It doesn’t look good for precious metals in the immediate-term, but looking past January 2021, the case for $2,500 to $3,000 gold is well intact, according to the world’s most sophisticated investors:

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

The Ball Is In Your Court!

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US-funded Sedition in Hong Kong Officially "Join" Thai Mobs

Thailand’s protest movement is clearly part of the United States’ regional anti-China campaign. 

October 25, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Bangkok Post in an article titled, “Hong Kong students pledge loyalty to Thai protesters,” helped shed any doubt over where the US-funded anti-Chinese movement stood in regards to likewise US-funded protests in Thailand – confirming once and for all the regional nature of US interference in Asia and its goal of undermining Beijing’s closest regional allies – including Thailand.

The article would claim: 

Hong Kong students have pledged support for the pro-democracy movement in Thailand after the recent wave of anti-government protests has rocked the capital for over a week.

It would also note (emphasis added):

Anti-government rallies are sparking an outcry abroad. On Monday, Hong Kong activists gathered at the Thai consulate in the city to show solidarity with their counterparts in Thailand. Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, was among them. Others are following suit in the UK, US, France and Japan.

Angel Woo, a student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), said most Hong Kongers stand with their counterparts in the pro-democracy movement called the “Milk Tea Alliance”, an online bloc of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand standing in defiance of China.

Why Thai protesters would be “standing in defiance of China” is never explained by the Bangkok Post. 

Thailand at the moment has one of the most constructive relationships with China in the region and undermining this relationship including deep economic ties – especially amid the global COVID-19 economic crisis – would cause irreversible damage to the daily life of tens of millions of Thais.  

READ MORE: The Complete Guide: US Government Role in Thailand’s “Student Protests” 

China is Thailand’s largest trade partner, largest foreign investor, and the largest source of tourism – accounting for more tourists per year to Thailand than all Western nations combined. 

China is also Thailand’s largest arms supplier – long-since replacing the United States.  

China is also a key partner in major infrastructure projects including the rollout of 5G and the construction of a high-speed railway that will link Thailand to China via Laos. 

The high-speed railway will make it possible for even more tourists to move between both countries as well as open a direct corridor for Thai goods – especially agricultural products – into China, replacing complex and inefficient land routes current used, or expensive air transportation. The completion of the railway will open up economic opportunities never before possible for millions of Thais, Chinese, and their counterparts in Laos. 

READ MORE: China’s High-Speed Rail Reaches into Southeast Asia

It is clear from pressure the US has exerted even on its own European allies regarding the rest of the world’s growing ties with China that the current Thai government’s growing relationship with China would not go unnoticed or unpunished by Washington. 

The growing unrest and deliberate attempts by US-funded groups to divide and destroy Thai society are an extreme form of the already violent and divisive unrest the US is now confirmed to have been behind in Hong Kong, China. 

Characters like Joshua Wong – who had initially denied US-backing – would eventually travel to Washington DC multiple times culminating in appearances in front of the US Congress lobbying for aid and the passing of legislation aimed directly at backing his violent street mobs in Hong Kong.

US-Funded Thai Agitators Use “Hong Kong Model,” Thailand Should Use “China Model”  

The Bangkok Post notes – in regards to the ending of the Hong Kong protests – that (emphasis added): 

[China] passed the national security law to outlaw secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference.

Student Leung Pak-hei said the imposition of the law and its harsh punishments [a maximum sentence of life imprisonment] is forcing the protest movement to “go underground”. Some plan to leave their homeland, others adapt songs and slogans to put up their resistance.

And indeed – China has effectively and permanently ended protests in Hong Kong by fully uprooting the foreign networks that were behind it. 

Likewise if Thailand is to effectively deal with protests in any meaningful way – it will have to deal with the foreign-funded networks behind the protests and face the root cause of the protests  – not the opposition’s desire to simply seize power – but the overarching US agenda of placing a destructive wedge between Thailand and its biggest economic partner – China. 

Whether Thailand does this directly as China did with a bold security law that openly called out and uprooted US-funding and aid to agitators inside its borders – or takes a more indirect approach – it will be only by developing a strategy that actually focuses on the root cause of current unrest that the unrest itself can be truly addressed. 

Thailand’s opposition has openly linked itself to a US-funded regional campaign aimed at China by using the so-called “Hong Kong model” and proudly counting itself among the US State Department’s “Milk Tea Alliance.” While the Thai opposition still attempts to deny documented support from the US government – it has openly appealed to the German embassy which is working alongside US meddling in Thailand – for political support. 

It is time for nations suffering from US-funded unrest as Hong Kong did to adopt a suitable version of the “China model” in dealing with it and perhaps creating a regional plan of action to deal with Washington’s regional meddling. 

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New Hunter Biden texts appear to show Joe Biden directly involved in setting up Chinese business deal

As the Hunter Biden laptop story continues to develop, newly revealed text messages purportedly from 2017 appear to show Biden arranging a business meeting with representatives of a Chinese company and his father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The messages, if accurate, clearly implicate Joe Biden in his family’s business dealings with China, contrary to Biden’s prior claims. They also corroborate claims made by Tony Bobulinski, a man claiming to be a Biden business associate who says that an email published by the New York Post about a “lucrative” deal with a Chinese energy company is “genuine” and that Joe Biden profited from this deal.

The text messages, obtained and shared on Twitter by The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis, allegedly show Hunter Biden setting up a meeting to discuss a business deal between the now-bankrupt Shanghai-based China Energy Fund Committee and his father Joe Biden and his uncle James Biden. According to Davis, the text messages are from May 2, 2017 and the meeting took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

“Mrng plse let me knw [sic] if we will do early dinner w your Uncle & dad and where, also for document translation do you want it in simple Chinese or traditional?” one message reads.

“Not sure on dinner yet and whatever is the most common for a Chinese legal DOC,” Hunter Biden replies.

“Chinese legal docs can be both, i’ll [sic] make it traditional,” the reply states.

“Dad not in now until 11 – lets me I [sic] and Jim meet at 10 at Beverly Hilton where he’s staying,” Biden said.

In May 2017, Joe Biden was a featured speaker at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, which was hosted at the Beverly Hilton hotel, placing the former vice president at the same time and place as alleged by these text messages.

“The next morning, on May 3, 2017, Hunter’s business partner-turned-whistleblower Tony Bobulinski texted James Biden–Hunter’s uncle/Joe Biden’s brother–and asked him to ‘please thank Joe for his time’ for the meeting they all had on May 2 to discuss the China business deal,” Davis reports.

“Great to meet u [sic] and spend some time together, please thank Joe for his time, was great to talk thx Tony b,” a message states.

Tony Bobulinski, the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, recently released a statement claiming that his company was a “partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye [Jianming] and the Biden family.” He spoke out to authenticate an email reported by the New York Post that allegedly came from Hunter Biden’s laptop and discussed “remuneration packages” for six people involved in a business venture with CEFC China Energy Co.

That email, sent ten days after the alleged meeting at the Beverly Hilton, discussed a percent equity stake of the deal held in reserve for “the big guy,” a reference to Joe Biden, Bobulinski claims.

Joe Biden has repeatedly denied having any involvement in his son’s business affairs, claiming he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” He has referred to a Senate investigation into the Hunter Biden emails as a “desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”

Democrats have questioned the veracity Hunter Biden emails, suggesting the emails may be part of a disinformation campaign orchestrated by Russia to influence the 2020 election. The Department of Justice and the FBI have rejected this assessment.

Bobulinski claims that this email is authentic, that the Biden family arranged a deal with CEFC China Energy Co., and that Joe Biden was paid millions of dollars by this foreign entity with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line,” Bobulinski said in his statement.

“The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China,” he claimed.

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Hunter Biden business partner claims email detailing Chinese deal is ‘genuine,’ says ‘big guy’ is Joe Biden

A man claiming to be a former business partner of Hunter Biden has released a statement alleging that the email that the New York Post published about a “lucrative” deal with a Chinese company is “genuine.” The professed business associate also claims that Joe Biden not only knew about his son’s overseas dealings, but also profited from an agreement with a Chinese energy firm.

Tony Bobulinski is the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he claimed formed a partnership with the now-bankrupt Shanghai-based China Energy Fund Committee, which was run by Ye Jianming, who has been missing since 2018.

“I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family,” Bobulinski said in the statement that was published by the New York Post on Thursday. “I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden.”

In an email allegedly obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop, it details “remuneration packages” in a business venture for six people only identified as initials and nicknames. The email, which was written by James Gilliar of the international consulting firm J2cR, names Hunter Biden as the “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC (China Energy Co).” His pay was noted to be “850.”

“In addition, the email outlined a ‘provisional agreement’ under which 80 percent of the ‘equity,’ or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with ‘H’ apparently referring to Biden,” the Post reported.

As terms of the deal, the email states, “10 held by H for the big guy?” The “big guy” was not identified in the email, but Bobulinski claims that it is a reference to Joe Biden. There is a person identified as “JB” referenced in the email; Bobulinski alleged that it references Jim Biden, Joe’s brother.

“Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing,” said Bobulinski, who is a Navy veteran. “I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.”

Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, has repeatedly denied that he has never involved himself in his son’s business affairs, claiming he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

Bobulinski added that he is cooperating with an investigation into Hunter Biden’s business overseas dealings led by U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

“The committee is working to validate information being revealed by multiple sources. As part of those efforts, we have reached out to several individuals named in recently revealed emails, including Tony Bobulinski. We look forward to their cooperation in helping us uncover the truth,” Johnson told Just the News.

Last month, Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a report titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns.”

“The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners,” Bobulinski said.

Bobulinski claims that he is “not a political person,” and “what few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats.”

“I don’t have a political axe to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned about what I saw,” he said. “The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.”

The email was sent on May 13, 2017, when Biden was no longer vice president.

Another of Hunter Biden’s alleged business associates is allegedly giving up information that could potentially be a problem for the Biden campaign.

Bevan Cooney, who is currently serving a prison sentence for fraud, reportedly provided access to his Gmail account to Breitbart investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer. “These associates sought to trade on Hunter Biden’s relationship with, and access to, his father and the Obama-Biden White House in order to generate business,” the report alleges.

“We’re not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We’re actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails,” Schweizer told Glenn Beck this week. “And there’s a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off.”

On Tuesday, Schweizer claimed that Cooney “has been removed from the federal facility in Oregon where he is being detained.”

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment, telling the Washington Examiner, “For safety and security reasons, we do not discuss specific inmates’ conditions of confinement.”

On July 31, 2019, Cooney was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for “defrauding a Native American tribal entity and various investment advisory clients of tens of millions of dollars in connection with the issuance of bonds by the tribal entity and the subsequent sale of those bonds through fraudulent and deceptive means,” the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On Tuesday, Joe Biden dismissed the allegations stemming from the leaked emails from his son’s laptop that was reportedly left at a computer repair shop.

“This is the same garbage – Rudy Giuliani Trump’s henchmen,” Biden told WISN-TV during an interview. “It’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”

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West’s Anti-Chinese Campaign Failing Spectacularly

October 22, 2020 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – Even as AFP tried to depict a recent United Nations human rights meeting as a landmark stand against what it claims are human rights abuses by China in its Xinjiang region, its own article points out just how big a failure it really was and how badly Western influence has waned in general. 

The AFP’s headline read, “Nearly 40 nations demand China respect Uighur human rights,” and notes that among those “nearly 40” nations were the US, most EU member states, Australia as well as Japan and a handful of other Western client states. 

AFP claims: 

The US, Japan and many EU nations joined a call on Tuesday urging China to respect the human rights of minority Uighurs, and also expressing concern about the situation in Hong Kong.

“We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German UN ambassador Christoph Heusgen, who led the initiative during of a meeting on human rights.

The initiative, signed by 39 nations, was countered by another presented by Pakistan singed by 55 nations as well as one presented by Cuba singed by 45 nations. Many of the signatories were very telling in regards to Washington’s and its Western-led international order’s waning power.  

Despite the West’s anti-Chinese Xinjiang propaganda campaign focused on the alleged abuses of Xinjiang’s Uighur minority who are predominately Muslim, not a single Muslim-majority nation backed the Western initiative at the UN. In fact, many Muslim-majority nations came to China’s aid. This includes Pakistan itself, Iran and Syria but also US-occupied Iraq and even Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Even nations with ongoing territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea and a history of tensions, including Vietnam and the Philippines backed Beijing. 

India, despite being a member of Washington’s anti-Chinese “Quad” project, refrained from signing either statement as did a great number of other key nations carefully trying to reorient themselves as global power shifts from West to East. This includes NATO-member Turkey who has for many decades been a faithful servant of Western hegemony. 

Why is No One Interested in the West’s Anti-China Crusade? 

There are three primary reasons why the majority of the world is not interested in this US-led anti-Chinese propaganda campaign. 

First and most importantly, this US-led propaganda campaign is based on fabricated allegations. 

As many others have pointed out for years, including the Western media itself at one very early point, China faced a very real terrorism problem in Xinjiang. The current US-led propaganda campaign aimed against China depicts security measures and deradicalisation campaigns as “human rights abuses” while omitting entirely the violence that necessitated them in the first place. 

Worse still is documented evidence exposing the fact that the US and its allies were behind efforts to radicalise Uighur extremists in the first place. 

All things being equal, nations not invested in or benefiting from Washington’s ongoing obsession with encircling and containing China have no reason to endorse a propaganda campaign built on fabricated allegations and resulting from US-sponsored separatism and the terrorism stemming from it. 

In fact, by supporting the US campaign against China, they would be supporting interference that could one day eventually be turned on them . The list of nations the US and its partners have already destroyed in the 21st century alone is considerably long and still growing. 

Secondly, the US and its Western allies clearly lack the ability to coerce disinterested nations into backing its ongoing anti-Chinese propaganda campaign. A lack of motivation from the world’s nations to join and a lack of leverage the US possesses to force them to join led most nations to either openly back China or avoid taking a stance altogether. 

Third is owed to China’s rise. Its brand of international relations is predicated on economic ties and business rather than military force, political interference or other strategies in the West’s “soft power” toolkit. 

China’s rise also means the rise of many nations doing business with Beijing. Chinese-led infrastructure projects, investments, tourism and trade across the globe are boosting the economies of nations willing to work with China in ways the West is simply unable to compete with.  

In order to work with China, these nations must navigate their way around Washington’s growing hostility toward China and all the ways it manifests itself, with this “German” led imitative at the UN the latest example. 

Failure at the “Height” of Xinjiang Propaganda Means Total Failure for US Propaganda 

This latest move at the UN comes at perhaps the “height” of Washington’s anti-Chinese Xinjiang propaganda campaign. 

With this move demonstrating just how little the rest of the world is interested in it and with the many now exposed lies the campaign itself is built on, it will only lose more momentum as time goes by. With China moving forward with Hong Kong’s re-integration with the mainland after putting down US-funded unrest there and likewise displacing US-backed agitators in places like Tibet with economic progress the US is left with inventing new stories to attack China over. 

But if the world is not interested in US lies regarding “millions” of Uighurs being detained and abused in China’s Xinjiang region, knowing fully what the US is doing and why, there is little chance newly invented lies will have any more appeal or traction in the near future. 

As long as China remains committed to its current strategy of bringing economic growth and political stability to the world versus America’s belligerence and coercion minus any discernible benefits for prospective partners, this trend of Western credibility shirking alongside its declining political, economic and even military might will continue. 

Only when the US and its remaining partners are willing to reorient themselves toward what the world is actually transforming into rather than how they wish the world was, will they (like everyone else) begin to enjoy the full benefits of a new multipolar world where national sovereignty and economic progress underpinned by a more equitable balance of power supplants the West’s enduring and destructive pursuit of global hegemony.    

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”. 

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NSA Advisory on Chinese Government Hacking

The NSA released an advisory listing the top twenty-five known vulnerabilities currently being exploited by Chinese nation-state attackers.

This advisory provides Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) known to be recently leveraged, or scanned-for, by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors to enable successful hacking operations against a multitude of victim networks. Most of the vulnerabilities listed below can be exploited to gain initial access to victim networks using products that are directly accessible from the Internet and act as gateways to internal networks. The majority of the products are either for remote access (T1133) or for external web services (T1190), and should be prioritized for immediate patching.

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China warns US it may detain Americans over prosecutions of Chinese scholars: report

The Chinese government has warned the United States that it may begin to detain Americans in response to the U.S. Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Chinese officials reportedly issued multiple warnings to U.S. government representatives through the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and other channels, as reported in the WSJ. The Chinese officials cautioned that they may arrest Americans currently residing in the country if U.S. officials don’t drop charges against the country’s scholars. The Wall Street Journal’s sources for the report are from unnamed people familiar with the matter.

When asked about the report, the White House referred questions to the State Department, which responded to Reuters in an emailed statement that said, “To the Chinese government — including at the highest levels — our concern about China’s coercive use of exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries, and will continue to do so until we see a transparent and fair process.”

The Chinese Embassy in Washington and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to requests for comments on Saturday from the WSJ.

In July, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had charged four Chinese nationals for visa fraud, the FBI arrested three of the suspects.

“These members of China’s People Liberation Army applied for research visas while hiding their true affiliation with the PLA,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions. We will continue to conduct this investigation together with the FBI.”

“The United States welcomes students, academics, and researchers from across the globe. Today’s announcement shows the extreme lengths to which the Chinese government has gone to infiltrate and exploit America’s benevolence,” said John Brown, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch. “In interviews with members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in over 25 cities across the U.S., the FBI uncovered a concerted effort to hide their true affiliation to take advantage of the United States and the American people.”

The DOJ also announced that it had conducted interviews of visa holders suspected of having undeclared affiliation with the Chinese military in more than 25 U.S. cities.

On Sept. 14, the State Department issued an advisory that warned against traveling to China “due to COVID-19 and risk due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” The advisory cautioned that the Chinese government uses arbitrary detention of U.S. and foreign citizens “to gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.”

“In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law,” the advisory said.

Demers told the WSJ that the agency was “aware that the Chinese government has, in other instances, detained American, Canadian and other individuals without legal basis to retaliate against lawful prosecutions and to exert pressure on their governments, with a callous disregard of the individuals involved.”

In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that allowed the U.S. to cancel or deny student visas for anyone with direct connections to China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army.

“The PRC authorities use some Chinese students, mostly post?graduate students and post-doctorate researchers, to operate as non-traditional collectors of intellectual property,” the order stated. “Thus, students or researchers from the PRC studying or researching beyond the undergraduate level who are or have been associated with the PLA are at high risk of being exploited or co-opted by the PRC authorities and provide particular cause for concern.”

There were approximately 360,000 Chinese students enrolled in U.S. schools as of August. As of Sept. 9, more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers had their visas revoked after the State Department deemed them to be “high risk,” some were alleged to have ties to the People’s Republic of China military.

In July, FBI Director Christopher Wray outlined the threats posed by the Chinese government.

“We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours,” Wray said. “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China. And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”

Wray added a clarification, “Every year, the United States welcomes more than 100,000 Chinese students and researchers into this country. For generations, people have journeyed from China to the United States to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their families—and our society is better for their contributions. So, when I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Report: Source confirms ‘the big guy’ in alleged Hunter Biden-China email is reference to Joe Biden

One person included in an email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden and his business dealing in China has “corroborated the veracity of the messages,” Fox News reported late Friday.

What’s more, the source told Fox News that a person referred to as “the big guy” in the emails was a reference to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

What are the details?

Fox News reported:

One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details. Fox News spoke to one of the people who was copied on the email, who confirmed its authenticity. Sources told Fox News that “the big guy” is a reference to the former vice president. The New York Post initially published the emails and other controversial messages that Fox News has also obtained.

The report came one day after the New York Post reported that it had obtained emails allegedly showing Hunter Biden “pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company,” CEFC China Energy Co.

The Post triggered a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday after obtaining a hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden.

That hard drive belonged to a computer that was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair store in April 2019, but was never retrieved. The FBI reportedly seized the laptop last December, but the repair shop owner made copies of the hard drive before turning it over.

The initial story that set off the chain reaction of controversy — including social media companies censoring the story — claimed that emails from the hard drive showed that Joe Biden met with a top executive at the Ukrainian natural gas company at which Hunter Biden once worked.

What is Biden saying?

The Biden campaign has denied any wrongdoing took place, but acknowledged that Biden could have had an informal interaction with the Burisma executive.

Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Politico, “Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as ‘not legitimate’ and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing. Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath.”

Meanwhile, Biden was directly confronted about the controversy late Friday. In response, the former vice president snapped at the reporter who questioned him.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Chinese Squid Fishing Near the Galapagos

The Chinese have been illegally squid fishing near the Galapagos Islands.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.

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Europe Locks Down Again, China Institutes MASS TESTING Of ENTIRE CITY

The coronavirus “second wave” we’ve been promised is here.  European countries are locking down and restricting basic human rights once again as China takes to mass testing of an entire town.

Things are ramping up again. This scamdemic is going to go on for as long as the governments of the world can get away with it.

China has rushed to test the entire city Qingdao for COVID-19. The population of Qingdao is 9 million. Meanwhile, Europe is locking people down again and eliminating its economy in the process. Many mainstream media outlets are still reporting that the virus is spreading rapidly around the globe and we should all be terrified of it.

In Europe, the Netherlands imposed a “partial lockdown” to “control” one of the region’s worst outbreaks. According to the Mumbai Mirror, Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer in Great Britain called for a 2-3 week “circuit break” lockdown.  France has declared a national state of emergency within the past 24 hours. France is now expected to lockdown more people and restrict basic human rights to help stop a surge in cases.

The “Second Wave” Is Here As Expected, Bill Gates Says This One Will Get Our Attention

Dr. Fauci Warns of Winter Once Again: “I Think We’re Facing a Whole Lot of Trouble”

CNBC reported that the COVID-19 hoax is “out of control” in Europe so people should submit to horrific oppression. The U.K. is appearing to approach a second national lockdown and Germany introducing further rules to restrict the spread of the virus.

Deutsche Bank strategists (elitists installing the New World Order) led by Jim Reid said that Wednesday’s developments reflected “sadly yet another day of bad news out of Europe,” and warned that Italy was also seeing a sharp rise in cases, having lagged its neighbors in seeing a second wave.

 

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Billionaire NBA owner Mark Cuban condemns human rights violations — but says doing business with China is A-OK

Billionaire and NBA team owner Mark Cuban spoke out in condemnation of human rights abuses on Monday, but told Megyn Kelly that he is “OK with doing business with China.”

What are the details?

During Monday’s episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” Cuban — who owns the Dallas Mavericks — said that he will do business with China simply because “they are a customer.”

Kelly, during the conversation, pressed Cuban as to whether he would continue to do business with China amid reports of human rights abuses, and if so, why.

Such reports include, but are not limited to, the targeting of more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities with surveillance and detention in concentration camps.

“The question remains, why won’t you and the NBA explicitly condemn that?” Kelly asked.

“I personally put a priority on domestic issues,” he insisted. “I’m against human rights violations around the world.”

Kelly began to push back and asked if his point of view extended to China.

He responded, “China is not the only country with human rights violations.”

Kelly continued to push Cuban, and he added, “Yes, including China. Any human rights violations anywhere are wrong.”

“Why would the NBA take $500 million dollars plus from a country that is engaging in ethnic cleansing?” she continued to prod.

Cuban fired back, “So basically you’re saying nobody should do business with China ever?”

Undeterred, Kelly pressed, “Why won’t you just answer my question?”

“Because they are a customer,” he replied. “They are a customer of ours, and guess what, Megyn: I’m OK with doing business with China. And so we have to pick our battles. I wish we could solve all the world’s problems. But we can’t.”

The NBA has been under fire since at least 2019 after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. In response, China’s government yanked Rockets merchandise and removed some NBA games from television. Other Chinese corporations opted to end their sponsorships with the NBA altogether.

The NBA immediately issued an apology following the backlash and said the league was “extremely disappointed” in Morey’s “inappropriate comment.” The league also made sure to point out that Morey’s tweet didn’t “represent the stance of the Rockets or the NBA.”

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China’s High-Speed Rail Reaches into Southeast Asia

October 6, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – There is a significant reason why political unrest fueled by US interference is flaring up across Southeast Asia – an attempt at derailing Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. 

When completed, it will cement not only China’s regional rise, but permanently replace the United States as Asia’s largest and most influential power. 

The “stitching” holding this emerging shift together is a regional high-speed rail network running from the southern Chinese city of Kunming, through Laos, and into the heart of Thailand. Construction in Laos is well underway with construction having already started in Thailand and expected to be completed in 2-3 years. 

The brand new Bang Sue Central Station in Bangkok was built specifically to service high-speed trains. 

While the West has heavily criticized this citing costs, debt, and low projections for passenger use – and while all of these issues are already being discussed by China and its Laotian and Thai partners – the West’s own criticism is more owed to its inability to compete with China’s regional rise and its vision for Asia’s future than any legitimate concern regarding the project itself. 

A Game Changer

Western criticism has focused on both debt incurred through this leg of OBOR, as well as a perceived lack of demand for high-speed rail passenger services along the routes being built. 

However there are two points often left out of Western commentary – or more accurately – out of Western complaining.  

First is the fact that infrastructure itself often creates demand simply by being built, existing, and creating options that had never existed before. 

Travel along these high-speed rail lines may or may not be options existing travelers use in great numbers but those numbers will likely be joined by additional passengers who would have otherwise avoided the trip altogether because of the lack of appealing options in existence now – flying, conventional rail, buses, and vans – which are still expensive, time consuming, and mostly uncomfortable.

Western critics, who mistakenly believe tourism is Thailand’s largest industry – claim that the high-speed railway travels through areas most (Western) tourists are uninterested in. 

However, there are two problems with this. Firstly, most tourists visiting Thailand no longer come from Western nations, but from Asia. More Chinese tourists visit Thailand each year than tourists from all Western nations combined. 

Thailand’s northeast region may currently be less appealing to tourists than other regions of the country, but this is simply because few have invested in making the region more accessible and more appealing. 

Chinese tourists traveling into Thailand via high-speed rail could just as easily be persuaded to spend time in the northeast, provided investments are made in local infrastructure and attractions. Currently, little incentive exists. Completion of the Thailand-Laos-China high-speed railway will be the first as well as a major incentive in changing this.  

Just as mass transportation networks in Bangkok have transformed little-known areas of the city into high-end commercial and residential districts, high-speed rail has the possibility of doing this on a much larger, national and even regional level.

Then there is the fact that in addition to moving passengers, this high-speed rail network could just as easily move freight. 

In this regard, the benefits are undeniable. The network passes through one of Thailand’s main agricultural regions and the ability of farmers in Thailand’s northeast to move produce from their farms directly to China by rail would reduce time to market and increase exports – including exports that aren’t practical at the moment. 

Articles like Bloomberg’s, “Thailand forges new path for food exports to China,” explains the current options available for moving Thai produce to Chinese markets. This includes moving goods by trucks through Laos and Vietnam. It also includes via air.

The article also notes more recent attempts to use rail in Vietnam, stating:

Thailand began a two-mode system by trucking products to Vietnam, then moving the goods into containers on trains, which complete the deliveries to China. It may sound simple, but this is a first for Thai shipments, according to Narapat Kaeothong, vice minister for agriculture.

How much simpler would it be to place goods on a single train and transport it at higher speeds straight to China, or anywhere else along high-speed rail lines? 

 

Acknowledging possibly low passenger numbers, Thailand has already considered the utility of using the network to move freight as well. 

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) would report in its article, ” Thailand pushes for high-speed rail link with China to be used for freight,” that: 

Vallobh Muangkeo, secretary general of the National Assembly of Thailand, told the South China Morning Post that Thailand had concerns about low demand for the service and called for it to be used to transport freight instead. 

High-speed rail services handling freight is not unprecedented. 

France’s TGV La Poste used dedicated trains specifically for moving mail across the country. Similar trains could be used by Thailand, Laos, and future countries in the region connected to the high-speed rail network to move large amounts of goods quickly and directly to China as well as receive goods from China. 

China itself plans on using its own high-speed rail network to move freight. A SCMP article titled, ” China planning high-speed rail freight network to help e-commerce sector,” noted: 

China’s state-owned railway operator is planning to accelerate the development of a high-speed freight network in the hope of bolstering the e-commerce network.  

 A development plan published in mid-August also includes plans to further expand the passenger network and build an advanced control system that will integrate home-grown technologies such as 5G telecommunications, the Beidou satellite navigation system and artificial intelligence.

It is not a difficult leap to imagine how easily this network could be extended into Laos and Thailand just as China plans on moving passenger services into both nations.

China is already Thailand and Laos’ largest trading partner, largest foreign investor, largest source of tourism, and a key partner in defense and infrastructure.

Connecting these nations together with high-speed rail and giving the population of Southeast Asia a direct route into China’s own massive domestic high-speed rail network will facilitate the movement of people and goods in ways that may not be immediately quantifiable. 

There were similar doubts over China’s own high-speed railway when it was first proposed, but it now moves billions of people a year, easily competes with domestic airlines, and has begun to play a role in China’s development in ways not directly connected to simply collecting fares.

Arguments against the construction of Thai and Laotian high-speed rail based merely on passenger numbers and revenue projections are lazy arguments and are made primarily by a West otherwise unable to compete with China’s growing influence and role in Asia – a region the US saw itself maintaining primacy over for another century.  

The completion of high-speed rail in Southeast Asia – an admittedly massive project – will take time to prove its worth. But a look at high-speed rail anywhere else in the world indicates that such a network will undoubtedly become a major asset for each nation involved, and the entire region. It is no coincidence that detractors of the ongoing project are also deeply involved in promoting US-funded anti-government protests in Thailand and a generally anti-Chinese stance regarding any issue in the region.

For detractors, it is not doubts about the viability of this major leg of China’s OBOR initiative – it is certainty of how it will contribute to the end of Western hegemony in Asia permanently. 

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”. 

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Trump’s Condition Improved Again Overnight, Chief Of Staff Meadows Says

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Update (0835ET): National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said the president has always been in control despite his illness and hospitalization.

“Our adversaries knew it, our friends knew it,” O’Brien said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. “China has a very serious health problem and they need to get it fixed immediately. They can’t keep unleashing these plagues on the wold.”

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President Trump’s condition has improved again overnight, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

In an interview with Fox News, Meadows said he expects Trump to depart the White House Monday afternoon, though the decision will be made later in the day.

“We’re still optimistic that, based on his unbelievable progress,” he will be released, Meadows said in an interview with Fox News, adding that “that decision won’t be made until later today.” Meadows said Trump’s condition continued to improve over the night and “the doctors will have an evaluation sometime late morning.” “Obviously this is an important day,” he said. “The president continues to improve and is ready to get back to a normal work schedule.”

As we noted earlier, in addition to optimism over a COVID vaccine, optimism about the economic recovery, and optimism about a fiscal stimulus, we can now add another category of “optimism” cited by traders to justify overnight futures ramps (at least for the next few days): optimism Trump will be discharged from Howard Reed hospital any day now, perhaps as soon as today, and then stage a full recovery.

Of course, fears that the White House isn’t giving the public ‘the whole story’ will create risks that an errant anonymously sourced report claiming Trump needed another round of supplemental oxygen could send stocks plunging.

Such a turnaround would be remarkably quick, especially for a patient with at least two comorbidities: Trump’s age, and the fact that he’s “slightly overweight”, as Dr. Sean Conley said.

But National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien said in an interview with one of the Sunday shows that Trump was “in great shape and firmly in command of the country” while he is being treated from coronavirus.

In other news: Despite spending quite a bit of time with the president recently, Rudy Giuliani has tested negative for COVID-19.

Meadows reportedly spoke with Trump Monday morning and said that Trump will meet with his medical team shortly.

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Rudy Gobert becomes first NBA player to speak out against concentration camps in China: ‘Wrong is wrong’

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert publicly denounced China for reportedly operating concentration camps on Thursday. Gobert, who is French, becomes the first NBA player to condemn China over alleged human rights violations against Uighur Muslims.

Gobert, who made headlines in March when he was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, shared an Instagram story with the caption: “Wrong is wrong.”

Gobert’s message linked to an Instagram post by French actor Omar Sy’s Instagram that has a light blue background to represent the blue flag of East Turkestan. The post featured the caption: “Millions of Uyghur Muslims are detained and tortured in concentration camps in China. Not for what they do, but for who they are. It is the largest mass incarceration of the 21st century. It has to end. #FreeUyghurs.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) applauded Gobert’s rebuke of China with a tweet that said: “This is big. Rudy Gobert of the @utahjazz calling out oppression of #Uighurs – first @NBA player to do so publicly.”

Hawley previously called out the NBA for its cozy relationship with the communist country. Hawley wrote a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in July, where he lambasted the hypocrisy of the basketball league’s policy of allowing players to select social activism messages on their jerseys such as “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Anti-Racist,” but no messages about the Chinese internment camps.

Hawley also asked Silver why none of the 29 approved social justice messages are “in support of victims of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including the people of Hong Kong, whose remaining freedoms are being extinguished by the CCP’s newly-enacted national security law.”

The last NBA employee who criticized China was castigated severely. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed support for Hong Kong protesters in a tweet posted on Oct. 4, 2019. Morey showed support for the pro-democracy protesters with a tweet that read: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

Rockets’ management quickly condemned Morey’s tweet. NBA players also attacked the Rockets GM, including LeBron James, who reportedly questioned Commissioner Silver as to why Morey wasn’t being punished for his tweet.

Despite Morey apologizing, China immediately retaliated harshly. China’s state-owned CCTV and Tencent, the NBA’s streaming partner in China, stopped airing NBA games in China.

In July, ESPN released a bombshell report that young players and children were physically abused by coaches at NBA training academies in China, including in the Xinjiang province where internment camps are housing Uighur Muslims.

The Chinese government operates “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, a province located in northwest China. The Chinese Communist Party officially calls the camps “vocational education and training centers.”

The labor camps allegedly force Uighur and other Muslim ethnic minorities to assimilate under the guise of countermeasures fighting extremism and terrorism. Detainees must attend indoctrination sessions and are forced to work in factories.

In 2018, the United Nations said there are a million ethnic Uighurs held in what appears to be a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in China. Randall Schriver, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, estimated that the number of detained Muslims could be “closer to 3 million citizens.”

“The (Chinese) Communist Party is using the security forces for mass imprisonment of Chinese Muslims in concentration camps,” Schriver told the Pentagon during a briefing in 2019.

Human Rights Watch published a report in September 2018 detailing the “Chinese government’s mass arbitrary detention, torture, and mistreatment of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang and details the systemic and increasingly pervasive controls on daily life.”

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Western NGOs in Southeast Asia Support Anti-China Campaigns

October 1, 2020 (Global Times) – Southeast Asian countries have long been the focus for Western NGOs and many work hard to support women’s rights and aid the underprivileged. But critics increasingly argue that some non-governmental organizations have become vehicles for Western propaganda and even engage in “China-bashing campaigns” that are far outside their purview of doing public good.

Many Western NGOs have been rooted in the local societies in Southeast Asia countries for many years. They are normally most visible during local social or environmental crises, but have also been seen participating in local protests against China, debasing their self-proclaimed “politically-neutral” tag. 

“NGOs staff cover a very wide range of causes, but they also play a role in discrediting China-aided or invested infrastructure projects by releasing reports that are not always written by accredit scholars or researchers,” a Chinese surnamed Zhao living in Naypyitaw, capital of Myanmar, told the Global Times.

“Some of them even openly and bluntly support activities that aim to split China’s sovereignty,” said Zhao, saying that his neighbor had received a questionnaire from a local UK-funded NGO seeking peoples’ ‘complaints’ about a nearby Chinese-aided renovation project.

There are other examples of US organizations stirring up troubles for projects between China and Southeast Asian countries. The infamous National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a foundation founded in 1983 under the Reagan administration to “support democracy in other countries,” has been found to have frequently funded and egged on some NGOs in Myanmar that oppose China-invested development projects.

China announced sanctions on a batch of US NGOs including NED in December 2019, as some NGOs have even pushed for regime change, created global turmoil and cooperating with the US government and other anti-China forces to contain China.

Global observers have repeatedly exposed Shwe Gas Movement, a NED-sponsored NGO in Myanmar which has been active in attacking Chinese-Myanmar cooperative developments including a crude oil and gas pipeline project.

Geopolitical researcher Tony Cartalucci criticized the group for claiming pipeline equipment had “disturbed local religious area.” The equipment had done anything “more or less extraordinary than one would find surrounding any large scale infrastructure project,” Cartalucci wrote in his 2015 article Warning: Find Out Who Is Behind Civil Society Groups.

“In many cases, [Western] funding and organizing opposition groups to take to the streets and physically stop ongoing [development] projects,” Cartalucci wrote. “…so that they may be reserved instead for the West’s corporate giants to plunder them.”

NED’s website shows it has granted some $1.25 million to several Myanmar’s local NGOs in at least 20 projects against foreign “resource extraction.” Ironically, NED claims to support “human rights” and “democracy” in Myanmar but it still calls the country “Burma” on its website – an outdated name given by British colonists before its independence in 1948. In 1989 the country changed its name to Myanmar.  

Western NGOs in Southeast Asia, sometimes derived from the same funding institutions, share sources and normally back each other to consolidate their voice against China,  Xia Qian (pseudonym), a Chinese who conducts fieldtrip research in Nepal and is close to some of Western-supported NGOs, told the Global Times.

 “When it comes to particularly sensitive issues, those Western NGOs often work with locally registered NGOs, providing financial support behind the scenes and recruiting local media and individual web bloggers to shout for them,” Xia said. “Local NGOs working with them will also be screened based on their political stance and their relationship and interaction history with China.”

Under the guise of protecting “human rights” and “democracy,” some US NGOs, supported by US politicians and US intelligence agencies, ignore China’s development record and fabricate stories about China ethnicity issues especially around the Nepalese border villages adjacent to China, according to Xia. “Some even collect information on the border using drones.”

Among Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar, where the political situation has been in turmoil for years, has become a “paradise” for various Western NGOs, observers said.

Many NGOs, especially those from Western countries, entered Southeast Asia region in the 1990s, Zhu Zhenming, a professor at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The NGOs in Myanmar sprung up after the country carried out democratic reforms in 2010. NGOs from the US, Canada, Japan and many European countries brought money and resource to fill in social development gaps and promote green issues, Zhu explained.

The Philippines, a former colony of the US, also has been a preferred destination of some Western NGOs.

They usually use various tools to criticize China including stirring public anger among local residents to reject China-initiated projects due to “environmental concerns.” 

Opposition from some northern Thailand residents against Chinese hydropower stations at the Lancang River located in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province is another typical case.

Local villagers hadn’t received a clear scientific understanding of the landscape and the value of dams upstream, and thereby blindly believed some NGO’s groundless allegations and protested along the river. Some even received subsidies for participating in protests, according to Zhu.

While many NGOs create value for local society and bring tangible assistance to local people, experts warn that politically-charged organizations controlled by outside powers are aimed at smearing and containing China. 

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COME TO MAMA: Stocks & Metals BOTTOMED!

This article was originally published by Tom Beck at Portfolio Wealth Global. 

For three weeks, we’ve been explaining HOW CRUCIAL it is not to be PARALYZED BY the incessant fear and drama of those who are comparing 2020 with 1929 – it really isn’t.

There are REAL FORCES in motion, both in China and the USA, the two largest economies, which are GROWTH-ORIENTED.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

People are just NOT DOING their homework; the recovery is underway from this not-so-bad pandemic. The FORCE OF INERTIA behind this willingness to STAND FIRM and live with the disease is great; the masses do not want to be quarantined a SECOND TIME.

The fact of the matter is that we’re seeing an INSANE AMOUNT of selling and the only reason is that there’s an election in the pipeline; it’s not the second wave that is spooking markets. I want to remind everyone that the ECONOMIC MACHINE is bigger than any one president and it’s bigger than any one administration.

Entrepreneurs ADAPT; they adjust to trade wars, tariffs, taxes, interest rates, worker unions – they can PRETTY MUCH absorb all shocks. Just about the ONLY THING they can’t do is face DRACONIAN LAWS, but we’re not there yet…

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

Judging by the number of hedge funds closing their doors, we believe this is a HUGE MISCONCEPTION on the part of the value-investing veterans, who equate this to a bubble.

In a world where $13tn is STUCK IN NEGATIVE-yielding bonds, there’s so much MORE UPSIDE for businesses, stocks, commodities, and just about anything!

I implore you to realize that the bubble is in GOVERNMENT DEBT and that the rest is PEANUTS compared to that.

Today, a presidential debate is happening and afterward, the world of investing will have MORE CLARITY on the identity of the leader of the free world in the next four years, but don’t think that STOCKS WILL crash or surge, solely due to that.

I’m positively convinced that a recovery is well IN MOTION and that the level of breakthrough innovation that’s occurring is UNDERESTIMATED.

Stay LONG; it’s the natural position to be in.

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Chinese kindergarten teacher gets death sentence after poisoning ‘dozens’ of children, killing 1

A Chinese kindergarten teacher was sentenced to death on Monday after she poisoned “dozens of children,” killing one, CNN reported.

The outlet reported that the teacher, Wang Yun, carried out the heinous act in retaliation against a colleague.

What are the details?

The attack took place in March 2019 when Wang put sodium nitrite in porridge being prepared for the unnamed colleague’s students.

Sodium nitrite, necessary for curing meats, can sicken and even kill depending on the amount ingested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has determined that sodium nitrite — a toxic substance — is used in munitions and fertilizer. At high levels, sodium nitrite can prevent the body from efficient — and necessary — oxygen absorption.

The poison sickened at least 25 children and took the life of one young boy, who was severely ill for most of 2019. He died in January.

CNN reported that Wang previously argued with a fellow teacher at Jiaozuo kindergarten over “how best to handle the students.”

On Monday, the Jiaozuo City Intermediate People’s Court said that the teacher was fully aware that the sodium nitrite would sicken — and could even kill — the children, but she carried out her plan “with no regard for the consequences.”

A statement from the court said that Wang’s “criminal methods and circumstances were exceedingly bad, with especially severe circumstances, and she should be severely punished in accordance with the law.”

What else do we know about the incident?

CBS News reported that following the poisoning, the children “began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast.”

Following the incident, one parent told state-run outlet the Global Times that his child was terribly ill when he arrived at the school to pick up the child.

“The vomit was all over [their] pants,” the parent recalled. “There were other children who were also throwing up, and they looked pale.”

The outlet reported that Wang also poisoned her husband in 2017 by adding sodium nitrite to his mug. He suffered only “minor” injuries in connection with the attack.

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Thai Protests are Anti-Chinese, Not "Pro-Democracy"

September 30, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Ongoing protests in Thailand appearing very similar to those recently seen in Hong Kong are no coincidence.

They are part of an admitted “Pan-Asian Alliance” that – while claiming to be “pro-democracy” are in reality created by the US government and aimed directly at Beijing.

Thailand has tilted too close to Beijing for Washington’s liking and as a response, has scheduled Thailand for destabilization and if possible, regime change.

Thailand Tilting “Too Close” To China

 
dChina is Thailand’s largest and most important trading partner, its largest foreign direct investor, and its largest source of tourism with more Chinese tourists coming to Thailand each year than all Western nations combined.

Thailand is also hosting one of the key routes of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative with construction already ongoing for high-speed rail that will connect China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and eventually Singapore.

Finally and perhaps most upsetting for the US is that Thailand has begun replacing its aging US military hardware through a series of major Thai-Chinese arms deals including the purchasing of main battle tanks, other armored vehicles, naval vessels including up to 3 submarines, and jointly-developed arms programs like the DTI-1 multiple rocket launcher system.

Thailand has also recently replaced some of its US-built Blackhawk helicopters with Russian Mi-17V-5’s.

To counter this, the US has mobilized opposition groups and NGOs it has funded in Thailand for years to now demand the current government step down and the nation’s constitution be rewritten, paving the way for US-backed billionaire-led opposition parties of Thaksin Shinawatra and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit into power. These are opposition parties that have long served US interests in the past and have explicitly promised to roll back Thai-Chinese relations should they take power again.

US NED Was Behind Hong Kong’s Unrest, and are Behind Thailand’s Now 

The US was indisputably behind the protests in Hong Kong with the political opposition and protest leaders confirmed to be recipients of US government cash via notorious regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Many of the protest leaders literally flew to Washington DC or visited the US consulate in Hong Kong to receive aid, directives, and other forms of support.

In Thailand too, virtually every aspect of the protests are funded by the US government.

Worse still is that the US is attempting to stitch these various movements together to form a regional front against Beijing with Thai protest leaders regularly traveling to meet their US-funded counterparts in Hong Kong and Taiwan and vice versa while creating an online army with the help of US-based social media giants to stack public narratives in their favor.

It will be a front that if regime change in any or all of the nations currently targeted by Washington in Asia is successful, will transform the region from a rising global economic power to a dysfunctional warzone not entirely unlike the Middle East.

US Funds Thai Protest Leaders 

The core leadership of Thailand’s protests includes Anon Nampa of the US NED-funded “Thai Lawyers for Human Rights” (TLHR). Anon Nampa leads every major rally, taking the stage and delivering the opposition’s demands to the current government including demands for regime change.

TLHR’s founder had in the past admitted that the organization “receives all its funding from international donors,” in an interview given to the English-language newspaper, Bangkok Post.

TLHR’s US government funding was openly displayed on the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) website in 2014.

Its name has since been removed from NED’s website but continues to receive US funding through the NED via the “Union for Civil Liberty” (UCL) of which it is a member.

The UCL is still listed on NED’s current webpage for programs it funds in Thailand. TLHR is listed as a member of UCL on its official website next to other recipients of US NED funding including the Cross Cultural Foundation, the Human Rights Lawyers Association, and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL).

US Funds Orgs Trying to Rewrite Thailand’s Constitution 

Another of Anon Nampa’s demands is the rewriting of the Thai constitution. These efforts have been spearheaded by an organization called “iLaw” – also funded by the US NED. 


Thai-based English-language newspaper The Nation in an article titled, “iLaw launches petition for charter rewrite,” would claim:

The Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), a human rights NGO, has launched a campaign seeking signatures from 50,000 voters to sponsor a motion for a Constitution rewrite.

The organization’s US government funding is not mentioned in the article, but can easily be found on NED’s official website under the name, “Internet Law Reform Dialogue” (iLaw).

On iLaw’s own website under “About Us” it admits:

Between 2009 and  2014 iLaw has received funding support from the Open Society Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and a one-time support grant from Google.

Between 2015 to present iLaw receives funding from funders as listed below1. Open Society Foundation (OSF)2. Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBF)3. National Endowment for Democracy (NED)4. Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR)5. American Jewish World Servic (AJWS)6. One-time support donation from Google and other independent donors

Other groups working to rewrite Thailand’s constitution include “ConLab” or “Constitution Lab” (on Facebook) who do so in partnership with US government-funded iLaw and which recently held an event at the US Embassy’s “American Corner” at Chiang Mai University.

One can only wonder what the US response would be if Russian or Chinese-funded groups attempted to rewrite the US constitution.

US Even Funds Groups Padding out Rallies with “Poor People” 
Filling up rallies is done not only through the billionaire-led opposition parties of Pheu Thai and Move Forward (previously Future Forward) but also through groups like the “Assembly of the Poor.” 
Assembly of the Poor leader Baramee Chaiyarat has recently vowed to bring his supporters to any future mass rallies in Bangkok.  
But just like the protest leaders and legal arms of the protests, Assembly of the Poor is also funded by the US government via the NED. 

On the NED’s official website an organization called “Thai Poor Act” has been listed for years, receiving millions of Thai Baht in funding. Its funding falls under a section titled, “Supporting Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy,” which is precisely what Assembly of the Poor claims to do.

Evidence proving that Thai Poor Act and Assembly of the Poor are actually the same group turned up on Thai Poor Act’s now disused Facebook page where it published a 2011 documented titled, “Incorporation Contract of Establishment of a Body of Individuals” listing Assembly of the Poor leader Baraemee Chaiyarat as “manager” of Thai Poor Act. 
Thai Poor Act’s YouTube channel features only one video, but the video begins with a title stating clearly, “Assembly of the Poor presents…” 
Clearly they are the same organization, led by the same individual – Baramee Chaiyarat – and funded by the US government to pad out protests. 
US Funds Local Media to Promote Protests 
There are various fake news fronts posing as “independent media” in Thailand also funded by the US government via NED and providing lopsidedly positive coverage for the protests and each of the above mentioned organizations and individuals – never once mentioning their collective US government funding. 
This includes Prachatai which receives millions of Thai Baht a year from the US government to advance narratives that divide and destabilize Thailand and promote US interests within Thai borders. It is also an echo chamber for US State Department talking points including US policy regarding the Mekong River, the South China Sea, and other opposition fronts the US backs in the region.
It is listed on the US NED’s official website under the name “Foundation for Community Educational Media,” which also appears at the very bottom of Prachatai’s website.

The media front’s “executive director” Chiranuch Premchaiporn is also a “fellow” of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Building a “Pan-Asian Alliance”
An editorial in the Taipei Times titled, “Young alliance taking on Beijing,” would claim: 

A “Milk Tea Alliance” among netizens in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines emerged this spring, trolling China’s increasingly jingoistic online army that lashes out and threatens celebrities, multinationals and anyone else who directly or indirectly challenges Beijing’s “one China” mantra.

Like the Sunflower movement and pro-democracy supporters over the past year or more in Hong Kong, the alliance is self-initiated and spontaneous, interested in greater democracy in their own countries and others, as well as countering Beijing’s cudgel diplomacy, military assertiveness and regional ambitions, even if their own leaders are hesitant to do so.

Whether it is countering the CCP’s historical claims, China’s aggressive dam-building program that threatens those along the lower reaches of the Mekong River or Beijing militarizing the South China Sea, the power of the #MilkTeaAlliance is growing.

It is clearly false to portray this “alliance” as “self-initiated and spontaneous” with the summation of its agenda lifted directly from the US State Department’s daily briefings and each respective opposition group that makes up the “alliance” having verified, documented ties directly to Washington.  
The regionwide network of political interference and regime change the US is creating in Asia today is not unlike the network it created and used to carry out the “Arab Spring” in 2011. 
Even the New York Times in its article, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings.” The article would admit the role of organizations like NED in training, equipping, and funding protests that eventually led to regional death, despair, irreversible economic destruction, and enduring destabilization. 
The NYT would admit:

A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

It also noted: 

The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department.

While the NYT claims this money was spent “promoting democracy” it clearly served as cover for what was in reality a violent campaign of US-backed regime change which culminated in multiple direct US military interventions, the destruction of Libya, and the near destruction of Syria. 
One thing that never materialized was “democracy.” 

Also a product of the “Arab Spring” is US regime change efforts in Yemen and its military support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war against the country. It has led to what the UN itself has called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

Considering what US “democracy promotion” has done to North Africa and the Middle East – wider Asia should take serious the threat the US is openly creating and aiming at the region in the form of its “Pan-Asian Alliance” and all the US government-funded opposition fronts that make it up.

Just as “democracy” was merely a slogan used to advance US primacy in North Africa and the Middle East during the “Arab Spring,” “democracy” is just a slogan now in Asia used to advance Washington’s real goal of encircling and containing China – thus preserving US primacy in Asia-Pacific.  

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Josh Sigurdson talks with James Corbett of The Corbett Report about the heightened level of tyranny throughout the world creating a sort of prison planet over the course of 2020.
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Black Lives Matter co-founder’s venture funded by pro-communist China group: report

A new project from a Black Lives Matter co-founder is funded by an organization that is pro-communist and supports China’s communist government, according to a new investigation by the Heritage Foundation. Alicia Garza, who is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization, started a new venture called the Black Futures Lab.

“The Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates — locally, statewide and nationally,” the Black Futures Lab’s website states. The group has a mission to “educate elected officials on this new legislative agenda, and challenges policymakers to take up positions beneficial to Black communities.”

When you click on the donation page of the Black Futures Lab website, the page says: “Black Futures Lab is a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.”

The Chinese Progressive Association was founded in 1972, and claims it “educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.”

There is also another CPA chapter in Boston that was established in 1977.

The Heritage Foundation claims that from CPA’s start, “it has been a promoter of the People’s Republic of China.” The Heritage Foundation report cites “an authoritative 2009 Stanford University paper” that alleges the Chinese Progressive Association “worked with other pro-PRC groups within the U.S. and San Francisco Bay Area … Support for the PRC was based on the inspiration the members drew from what they saw as a successful grassroots model that presented a viable alternative to Western capitalism.”

The Chinese Progressive Association was commended for participating in anti-police brutality protests this summer by China Daily, China’s state-owned English-language news site that is run by the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party.

CPA held a rally last September in Boston, where demonstrators raised the People’s Republic of China flag in City Hall Plaza to commemorate the anniversary of the communist takeover.

CPA co-founder Lydia Lowe co-wrote an essay titled, “The Role of Asian American and Pacific Islander Movements: Race, Nationality Oppression and Revolutionary Strategy” for Leftroots, a self-described “national organization of Leftists engaged in mass organizing in the United States committed to developing the individual and collective skills necessary to formulate, evaluate and carry out strategy to build twenty-first century socialism.”

“What is the connection between the history of people of color in the U.S. and their role in the struggle for 21st century socialism? Exploitation, oppression, and theft from communities of color, rooted in the history of colonialism and imperialism, was central to the development of the U.S. economy and society; today’s inequality and super-exploitation is the result of a western legacy of racial capitalism,” the essay says.

“The issue of race or nationality oppression plays an exceptional role in U.S. society and its resolution is critical to achieving a fundamentally different one,” the essay adds. “Unifying working class struggles with the movements of peoples of color is critical to achieving a fundamentally different society.”

The Black Futures Lab nor the Chinese Progressive Association responded to requests for comment about the partnership from Fox News.

Garza’s fellow Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, has admitted that the organization’s leaders are “trained Marxists.” In a 2015 interview, Cullors admitted that BLM founders subscribe to Karl Marx’s ideology.

“Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists,” Cullors said. “We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”

Earlier this week, former NFL star Herschel Walker denounced BLM and asked, “Are you supporting the group that says they are trained Marxists? Because they’re making a lot of money, and I like to know.”

“I’m challenging every owner in the NFL, every owner of major league sports, every owner of stadiums, every commissioner, every leader in Washington, every church,” Walker said. “I’m challenging every professional player: Is this who you’re supporting? Because a trained Marxist tells you that they’re anti-government, they’re anti-American, they’re anti-Christian, they’re anti-everything.”

On BlazeTV, Glenn Beck explained how public schools have pushed progressive agendas and Marxism with the help of BLM. Beck speaks to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.


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US Government Gives Award to Hong Kong Agitators it Funded

September 18, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – After previously denying any role in supporting protests in Hong Kong – Freedom House – a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) who had been funding Hong Kong protest groups for years – will be showering Hong Kong’s opposition with awards. 

If there was any doubt about how deeply involved the US government is in funding and backing political subversion not only in Hong Kong, but around the globe – in addition to its multiple illegal wars, invasions, occupations, and other “hard power” interventions – the US government-funded NED through its subsidiary Freedom House has just awarded Hong Kong’s mobs its 2020 “Freedom Award.” 

Image: A previous Freedom House event in 2015 would feature “umbrella revolution” leaders Joshua Wong, Benny Tai, and Martin Lee being “honored” in Washington DC. Despite this open display of support, plus financial support provided by the US government to various organizations linked to each leader, the US would later attempt to deny any role in Hong Kong protests which eventually led to violence and arson.   

It is full circle for the US-regime change pipeline – albeit unsuccessfully- where the US government helps create, fund, and sustain unrest in a targeted country, props it up across the Western media, then showers all involved with “awards” afterward not only to bolster their morale, but to encourage other US-funded agitators elsewhere to continue their work. 

“Freedom Award” Exposes Global-Spanning Political Interference

Freedom House’s website in a post titled, “Freedom House Presents 2020 Freedom Award to Hong Kong and Sudan Protesters,” would claim (emphasis added): 

The special online Freedom Awards event will feature special remarks from former Belarusian presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Hong Kong’s prodemocracy movement and two groups from Sudan—the Sudanese Professionals Association, represented by Samahir Ali Othman Almubarak, and the Organization of the December Revolution Martyrs’ Families, represented by Dr. Amira Babiker Ahmed Osman—will receive the 2020 Freedom Award at Freedom House’s annual awards event on September 16, beginning at 6:45 p.m. EDT. 

The mention of Belarus opposition figures only further boosts already clear evidence that the US is involved in political meddling in that nation as well – a nation sitting right on Russia’s borders. 

Image: Previous Freedom House guest Joshua Wong (left) and speaker at Freedom House’s 2020 “Freedom Award” event Nathan Law (right) in Washington DC lobbying and receiving US government support for their mobs in Hong Kong, China. 

Freedom House also notes that Hong Kong opposition figure Nathan Law – who had previously visited Washington DC to solicite and receive US government backing – would be speaking at the event: 

Prominent activist and former legislator Nathan Law will speak about the movement for democracy in Hong Kong. Special remarks will also be delivered by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, recent Belarusian presidential candidate; Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives; and Marco Rubio, US senator from Florida. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, will offer reflections on the US protests for racial justice.

Were there any doubt that the US was behind Hong Kong’s unrest and in contact with the protest’s core leadership, the US government-funded Freedom House organizing an event in which actual protest leaders are participating should help shed it.  

In order to help those struggling with why US meddling in places like Hong Kong, Belarus, and elsewhere is wrong, first consider the UN Charter itself – Chapter 1, Article 2 which states: 

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

An opposition group funded and run by a foreign country is a direct attack on the political independence of any nation such groups are operating in or against. Hong Kong’s mobs in particular were demanding “independence,” meaning that US-funded opposition groups were attacking the territorial integrity of China as well. 

And if that isn’t convincing enough, just consider if nations like Russia or China were involved in similar behavior – dispersing money and support to opposition groups in the US aimed at ousting the current government, rewriting America’s constitution and laws, or just simply, violently destroying America’s infrastructure – then holding “award” ceremonies in which these agitators would literally fly out of the country to attend in either Russia or China. 

While this year’s Freedom House award ceremony will be online owed to COVID-19, these events are normally held in Washington DC. 

In 2015, three Hong Kong protest leaders – Joshua Wong, Benny Tai, and Martin Lee – would literally travel to Washington DC to “offer the United States a chance to show the world where it stands.” 

The Freedom House post titled, “Beijing’s Ruler versus Hong Kong’s Heroes,” would inject the US right at the center of what was and still is entirely China’s internal political affairs. The event was purposefully scheduled to coincide with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as a deliberate slight, and even threat.  

The US had backed Hong Kong’s opposition before, during, and now after their latest, violent attempts to impose their and their foreign backer’s agenda on the Chinese territory of Hong Kong. It is an overt display of contempt for both international law and norms regarding national sovereignty and the principles of non-interference and non-intervention as laid out in the UN Charter itself.  

While we shouldn’t hold our breath and wait for the UN itself to act against the United States, these facts must be pointed out not only in Hong Kong but everywhere the US is involved in attacking the political independence of a targeted nation – to end the illusion of legitimate political opposition so that these nations can quickly and effectively detain, try, and imprison those involved and avoid the bloodshed and destabilization that has partially consumed Hong Kong, or completely consumed nations like Libya, Syria, and Yemen. 

For China, its new security laws regarding Hong Kong were made possible by America’s arrogant and open support of the violence that consumed the territory for months. 

Image: US-funded Hong Kong agitator Joshua Wong (left) poses with US-backed Thai agitator Parit “Penguin” Chirawak (right) who flew all the way to Hong Kong to meet with Wong. It was recently revealed that Parit had also visited the US Embassy in Bangkok on at least two occasions and is now considered a “core” leader of anti-government mobs in Thailand. 

Other nations – like Thailand whose own US-funded opposition openly admires, has visited, and still coordinates with the remnants of Hong Kong’s opposition – must quickly expose and neutralize similar US interference so they can also enjoy the peace and stability now slowly returning to China’s territory of Hong Kong. Perhaps other targeted nations can do so with the help of nations like China who have successfully confronted and overcome US meddling. 

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DoD ADMITS Directed Energy Weapons Are IN USE, Eludes To WAR

The Department of Defense has admitted that directed energy weapons are in use.  Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said at the Air Force Association’s Virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference that America’s air, space, and cyber warriors “will be at the forefront of tomorrow’s high-end fight.”

Tomorrow’s high-end fight? Is there a war coming we don’t know about? But that’s not the only thing he admitted. The Pentagon is going to ramp up their efforts to use whatever means necessary as weapons, using the largest defense budget in history to do it.

The military stood up U.S. Space Command a year ago, and Congress created the U.S. Space Force. The command is charged with operations and the USSF looks to man, train and equip the force. The new service has already submitted a budget and has released its first doctrine — Spacepower. -Defense.gov

He also blames the use of directed energy weapons (DEWs) on Russia and China. Esper says China and Russia have placed weapons on satellites and are developing directed energy weapons to exploit U.S. systems “and chip away at our military advantage,” he said.

“In this era of great power competition, we cannot take for granted the United States’ long-held advantages,” Esper said.

The last time an enemy force dropped a bomb on American troops was in the Korean War, according to Defense.gov. “China and Russia, seek to erode our longstanding dominance in airpower through long-range fires, anti-access/area-denial systems, and other asymmetric capabilities designed to counter our strengths,” he said. “Meanwhile, in space, Moscow and Beijing have turned a once peaceful arena into a warfighting domain.”

A directed-energy weapon was caught on a live stream a few days ago starting and even making worse those fires worse. After being caught on a United States live website, the energy beam was censored. Why would the U.S. censor that if Russia or China had been guilty?

Are Directed Energy Weapons Starting Fires In California and Oregon!?

Take the time to listen to Esper if you can.  He’s basically outlining a future dystopia filled with war and death on a massive scale using whatever technology they want no matter how “unconventional.” These are interesting times, folks. Pay attention and stay alert. This could be some kind of a psyop disused as an announcement, or it could be something much worse. It’s hard to say right now, but this video is an admission by the U.S. government that this kind of technology exists.

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