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US using Iran to punish China for supporting Venezuela


The Trump administration announced on April 22 that “buyers of Iranian oil must stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions …” reported by CNBC on April 23. “The move, which took many market participants by surprise, ends six months of waivers which had allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers of crude to continue to import … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 5, 2016


Last was definitely a week of over-reaching. Asian Communist leaders, like American second-place primary candidates, clearly don’t know when they are losing. They just keep going, no matter the dangers, no matter the doom. China’s hardline is beyond hardline. This came out this week as an ambassador explained there is no negotiation with China. Beijing truly … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 28, 2016


Korea drew attention this week. It almost seems disappointed that it hasn’t drawn fire. The North has not built up its military just to make beautiful propaganda videos. Unlike the West, “building the bomb so you never need to use it” eludes the reasoning of the old far east. But, something else seems to have … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 21, 2016


Global headlines are dominated with much ado about Trumping. Everyone has something to say, Japan being slowest to judge, judging nonetheless. In a declining world of failed political correctness, controversial reactions to Trump almost indicate who might have been doing something wrong and who just might be doing something right. It is more and more … Continue reading

The currency dictatorship and China’s action plan


The last time a country decided to dump the dollar in the oil business, the US destroyed it. Now India, the world’s third largest economy, and Iran have agreed to settle their outstanding oil dues in rupees. What’s more, the two countries may conduct all future trade in their national currencies. This follows an agreement … Continue reading

Germany shames U.S. with its policies toward refugees, China, and Russia


Maher Zain, a 1981-born singer who was just eight when his Lebanese family was admitted by Sweden, is the latest showcase that Muslim immigrants can make contributions to world peace rather than causing troubles to their receiving countries. With millions of fans in Europe, England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Palestine, Pakistan and China, Zain’s anti-war songs [Note … Continue reading

North Korea announces bold new peace plan (satire)


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Kim Wu-hu, the highly respected director of North Korea’s Ministry of Everlasting Truth. She is variously believed to be Kim Jong-un‘s sister or illegitimate daughter. Kim Jong-un (also known as Kim Chi-un), the universally beloved Dear Leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, today announced a bold … Continue reading

Watch out North Korea, your nukes are next!


Having been thoroughly schooled by Iran during the P5+1 nuke negotiations on the necessity for flexibility, the Obama Administration is now even better prepared to take on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. As North Korea and more recently Iran proved, sanctions are feeble devices for getting rogue nations to eliminate their nuclear weapons programs. Possibly effective in bringing such nations … Continue reading

The Iran scam worsens: the North Korea – China connection


It is likely that the P5+1 nuke “deal” with Iran will be approved soon. Military and other nuke sites which Iran has not “disclosed” will not be inspected. Nor will Iran’s nuke ties with North Korea — which P5+1 member China seems to be helping, Iran’s massive support for terrorism and abysmal human rights record be considered because they are also deemed … Continue reading

In China, US gets it wrong on North Korea and Iran nuclear deals


North Korea played those negotiating its denuclearisation for fools, much as Iran has been doing more recently with Obama. It must not have been difficult to do. To continue the process with Iran, and to repeat it with North Korea, makes no sense. Speaking in the People’s Republic of China on May 16th, Secretary Kerry … Continue reading

John Kerry will seek an audience with Kim Jong-un in North Korea


Secretary of State Kerry has had at least two historic diplomatic successes recently: demanding that Israel give the Palestinians whatever they want in exchange for destruction peace and begging Iran and her Supreme Leader Khamenei to be slightly more discrete about their acquisition and development of nukes. With those successes behind him, having little else to do … Continue reading

China concerned about North Korean and Iranian nuclear weapons programs coming to special economic zones


Given recent events in North Korea, China is concerned about the development of Special Economic Zones, and the possibility of their use for Iran’s nuclear weapons development. In addition to her own nuclear weapons development and assistance to Iran, North Korea is trying to establish new zones to accommodate foreign investors and businesses. Iran could … Continue reading

China: What Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have in common


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. If there is a nation (not “state”) that can successfully convince the Arabs, the Jews and the Iranians to sit down simultaneously for a talk, it could be the Chinese. With the historical cultural links and for immense economic … Continue reading

Iran, North Korea and nuke negotiations


China’s closest ally, North Korea is in bed with Iran over nuclear weapons. Although different in many ways, both are rogue nations. Neither can be trusted. In the case of North Korea, negotiations that resulted in “humanitarian” aid and relief from sanctions led to continued development and testing of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Iranian … Continue reading

Australia neglects militarisation of Antarctica by foreign powers, including China


Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science. Satellite systems at polar bases could be used to control offensive weapons, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and little could be done … Continue reading

Air-Sea Battle: A dangerous way to deal with China


On the face of it, the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle plan makes eminently good sense; it is a clear response to a clear challenge. China has been developing a whole slew of weapons (especially anti-ship missiles) over the past two decades that are of great concern to the U.S. military. These weapons, known in Pentagon-speak as … Continue reading

The imperfect cyber storm is coming and it’s not China – Mandiant cyber spying


In a revealing discussion on cyber security at the National Policy Centre in Washington DC, Good Harbor Chief of Staff Emilian Papadopoulos and Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Chief Security Officer discussed the technical and organisational challenges of defining and meeting threats to national and corporate security. Merely developing consistent definitions across the broad spectrum of networks … Continue reading

US exempts China, Singapore from Iran sanctions


The United States on Thursday exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchases of oil from Iran hours before a deadline, saying that major economies were united in pressuring Tehran. The United States, however, did not grant exemptions to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, meaning that banks from those countries could face punishment … Continue reading

China invites Afghanistan to join Shanghai bloc as observer


The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) – a bloc comprising China, Russia and four Central Asia countries – accepted Afghanistan as an observer yesterday as it ended two days of talks in Beijing. Member states also jointly criticised Nato for establishing a missile defence system, and opposed any use of force against Iran. However, China, host … Continue reading

Iran cancels $2 billion dam deal with China


Iran has cancelled a $2 billion contract for a Chinese firm to help build a hydroelectric dam in the country, Chinese state media said on Thursday, a move that risks upsetting Beijing, one of Tehran’s most important economic and political allies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to visit China next week for a security … Continue reading

Chinese insurer to stop covering tankers carrying Iranian oil


China P&I club, the nation’s key ship insurer, will stop indemnity coverage for tankers carrying Iranian oil starting in July in order to abide by tightened Western sanctions against Iran following similar action in Japan, The New York Times reported. It is the first Chinese maritime insurer to make the decision, and the first sign … Continue reading

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