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The War Against China Kicked Off Last Week…Did Anybody Notice?  Well, China did.  So did North Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan… As American media and public opinion continue their obsession with Trump, Trump’s generals have cleared the decks to confront China across Asia, and China hawks are cranking up the witch hunt against China doves.  More and more it looks like peace in Asia is unpatriotic and undesirable when it comes to America’s anti-China mission.

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China critical of reduced Freedom Ulchi Guardian joint military exercises

China denounces U.S. sanctions on North Korea trade

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus Describes Trump’s Options in Afghanistan

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

The State Department is Tilting Dangerously Toward China

Bannon’s Gone…But China War Is On!

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee: Bannon’s gone…but China War is on!  Goodbye ethno-nationalism, hello economic nationalism.  And it looks like lawfare is out-- and warfare is in--as the uniformed military looks to apply its gray zone conflict toolkit to China.   And look out Australia!  There’s a new threat from China and it’s down under…Down under!

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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

Bannon’s departure has huge implications for the U.S.-China relationship

Trump Administration is Said to Open Broad Inquiry Into China’s Trade Practices

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China Invasion

Does the U.S. Have a Legal Obligation to Defend the Scarborough Shoal for the Philippines?  Not until It Decides Who Owns It.

China ‘a threat’ to Australia’s Antarctica claim

China ‘sneaking’ onto Antarctica

China’s secret threat to Australia’s Antarctica claim, report reveals

China’s expanding Antarctic interests: Implications for Australia

US Rejects China-Russia’s Demand! Massive Military Drill on North Korea Coming!

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee: If there’s a war on the Korean peninsula don’t forget to thank PACOM and its stubborn refusal to accept dual suspension.  And there’s an interesting explanation for the Doklam Plateau confrontation that’s making the rounds.  It’s one that explains Bhutan’s silence on the issue but doesn’t make India look too great.  And we look at China’s breakthrough in quantum communications, and its breakout action flick, Wolf Warrior 2.

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US-South Korean war games provide trigger that could further inflame Pyongyang

PACOM commander: No dice on calling off Korea military drills

Reckless game over the Korean Peninsula runs risk of real war

N. Korea, US should not jeopardize peace efforts

Failing the North Korea test would set China back for decades

If China won’t get tough on North Korea, Trump should get tough on China

Ex-national security advisor: Trump’s North Korea bombast is “folly”

Defense Stocks Reach All Time Highs on Increased Interest in Missile Defense Amid North Korea Threat

Bhutan Hopes Doklam Stand-Off Will Be Resolved Peacefully

China Focus: China’s satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space

Here Is The Reason The U.S. Does NOT Want Peace with North Korea!

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee: All of a sudden, the best-laid plans for denuclearizing Korea, confronting China on the Doklam Plateau, and pushing around Singapore all go sideways at once!  Uncertainty in Asia!  Get used to it!

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Security Council Toughens Sanctions Against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2371 (2017)

A grand bargain with China could remove North Korea’s nuclear threat – but it would destroy America’s global influence

China’s nuclear menace calls for missile defence shield

The Facts and China’s Position Concerning the Indian Border Troops’ Crossing of the China-India Boundary in the Sikkim Sector into the Chinese Territory

Look Who’s Not Talking

China Goes on Offense against America in East Asia

NUS Suspends LKY School professor Huang Jing whose PR was cancelled

Singapore Orders Expulsion of American Academic

Say G’day! To Australia’s National Security State

It’s a brave new world in Asia that looks a lot like the crappy old one.  Australia goes all in on China containment and levels up to national security state;  the war over Vietnam’s Internet escalates; and India-China confrontation misses its offramp.

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What does North Korea think of China’s ‘dual freeze’ proposal?

https://twitter.com/PacificCommand/status/890784107541667840

Frenemies with benefits: Turnbull’s path from ‘panda hugger’ to ‘China hawk’

Gough Whitlam’s Pine Gap problem

The British-American coup that ended Australian independence

Rundle: Proving the CIA-backed conspiracy that brought down Whitlam

Australia refuses to connect to undersea cable built by Chinese company

Terror in Little Saigon

Vietnam says Google will cooperate in removal of ‘toxic’ content

UAE arranged hacking of Qatari media: Washington Post

Chant this mantra 5 times before prayers to block Chinese goods: RSS

Kailash Manosarovar Yatra

India Blinks! Soros in Asia; and Pattycake with Miles Kwok

The Bhutan situation may not be developing to India’s advantage; Marawi, meet Mosul; George Soros and his European multilateral intervention model explore opportunities in Asia; and Miles Kwok plays pattycake with the New York Times as they parallel construct the Wang Qishan corruption story.

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Both India, China should pull back troops for talks: Sushma Swaraj in Parliament

Pentagon urges India, China to reduce tensions through direct dialogue

Chinese army carries out military exercise on Tibet plateau

Bhutan can solve its border problem with China—if India lets it

Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?

Marawi extremists have upgraded weapons, logistics, tactics

Marawi, the “East Asia Waliyah”, and Indonesia

Behind a Chinese Powerhouse, a Web of Family Financial Ties

Mingjing Interview with Miles Kwok, part 4 (Chinese)

Bumrushing China Containment in India and Australia

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch: Bumrushing China Containment in India and Australia.  What’s really going on between the Indian Army and the PLA in Bhutan?  Spoiler: it’s not a threat south to the Siliguri Corridor.  It’s competition between China and India east west along the Himalayan tier.  We’ll also take a look at Australia’s 50 billion dollar submarine screw-up, and find out who’s blocking Australia’s promotion to a full-fledged member of the China containment quadrilateral…and why.  And Is Liu Xiaobo’s death a case of medical murder?

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A Third Update on Lawyer Li Chunfu: He Was Drugged in Custody

Carcinogenisis in Rats by Aflatoxins B1, G1, and B2

India’s Deaf Ear to Demands Will Worsen Doklam Standoff: Chinese Media

For a Chinese toehold in Bhutan

Nepal’s OBOR Railway Dreams

India blocks Australian bid to join Exercise Malabar naval war games

French subs builder’s record of corruption

Scorpene Scandal Gathers Stream in France

Another Scorpene submarine scandal

The Malaysian Scorpene Submarine Affair

Abishek Verma files criminal defamation case against Advani

French officials probing bribes in Brazil submarine deal – reports

Why did we agree to pay too much for French submarines?

Malcolm Turbull spruiks submarines with Macron after Abbott’s call for rethink

It’s Not Just China Containment Anymore…It’s China Rollback

This week on China Watch.  The Most Dangerous Letters in the world are still CPEC.  But don’t forget about SCS and DPRK!  The pot’s boiling in Asia.  It’s no longer Team China Containment.  It’s Team China Rollback, and it’s gearing up for a run at the PRC.  India is making the big move with a confrontation up by Bhutan.

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Who’s going to tell him he can’t?

Current stand-off by China an attempt to change status quo at tri-junction: Shivshankar Menon

Royal Government of Bhutan Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 29, 2017 Press Release

Briefing on the Latest Development in Doklam Area by Political Counselor of Chinese Embassy in India

Jelep-la reopen push from Gurung

With Bhutan Out, Modi’s Plan for South Asian Vehicle Movement Is Down to Three Countries

Regulations for Review of Internet Audio Visual Content (in Chinese)

Danmei –gay fiction – bears brunt of new regulations that espouse socialist values

White Twilight, Ameristralia Edition

This week on China Watch: White Twilight Ameristralia Edition!  America copes with its declining clout in Asia with help from a special friend Down Under.  It’s official: the United States places its strategic bets on Australia as a vital anti-China counterweight.  Bye-bye Philippines!  Hello Straya!  Watch it!  Only on Newsbud!

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‘Indispensable’ Palau Deal at Risk; Will China Get Access?

Australia, the US, and the Indo-Asia-Pacific

China as Collateral Damage in the Tonga Crisis

Something Missing from the Solomon Islands Story

Australians Feel Their Military is ‘A Force for Good’ in the World

Australian troops could soon fight ISIS in Philippines, US admiral says

https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/880988310755315716

“Game changing’ study suggests first Polynesians voyaged all the way from East Asia

Pentagon Revs Up Regime Change Meatgrinder in Asia

The ISIS campaign of murder in Asia continued last week.  But the rise of ISIS, the jihadi threat the West loves to hate, but can’t seem to stamp out, masked an equally important phenomenon: the return of the US military to a leading role in the business of security, chaos, and bodycounts as Trump turns to the Pentagon to roll back the gains China made in Asia during the Obama years.  That means new policies and new dangers for Thailand, Burma, the South China Sea, and the Philippines.

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Trump and China: The Honeymoon is Over

How a U.S. Fiasco in Macau Birthed North Korea’s Atomic Bomb

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the President’s foreign policy guru

Thailand looks to reset ties to US, as Prayuth heads to Washington

Is the Thai-Chinese railway a raw deal?

Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers list

Gov’t readying Marawi rehab plan

Tent cities, mass graves readied as gov’t troops clear Marawi

Duterte Thinks He Can Bomb Islamists Into Submission.  He Cannot.

Chinese General’s Unexplained Early Exit from Vietnam Visits Raises Concern Over Rift

Witch Hunt in Oz! and Media Steps Up to Spin the ISIS Crisis

A big story dropped in Australia concerning Chinese influence in local politics.  It’s also a story of geopolitics and the pivot and applying the US Russia-threat infowar model to Asia.  But first, a look at how the Western media is handling a story I covered last week on China Watch: the remarkable fact that ISIS had somehow simultaneously inserted itself into three Asian battlefields in ways that support US objectives.

Answer: blame the countries getting attacked!

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Surely Some Mistake: Why Did ISIS Attack Iran?

Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS Targeting China?

Duterte, Focused on Drug Users in Philippines, Ignored Rise of ISIS

ASIO investigation targets Communist Party links to Australian political system

ANU welcomes new collaborative cyber facility

Chinese “King of the Mountain’ brush with corruption scandal

UN Bribery Faction Implicates CCP’s Jiang Faction

Point Piper mansion off-loaded by son of former Chinese vice-president Zeng Qinghong

Four Corners/Fairfax Levels Up to US-Class National Security Steno Work on China

Clinton to fundraise at L.A. house of tax-evading Clinton Foundation donor

Former top US spy James Clapper warns of China’s Russian-style behavior in Australia

Circular Gratification: Vice President Cheney’s Most Recent Effort to Contain China

The Trump presidency and Australia’s security: don’t panic, don’t relax

The British-American coup that ended Australian independence

ISIS Crisis Hits Asia

The stakes got higher for China this week as ISIS exploded in China’s two core strategic zones--the South China Sea and Central Asia--with an insurrection in the Philippines and the murder of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan.  Funny coincidence?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Maybe ISIS is using a niche strategy to pursue its resurrection in Asia through operations designed not to directly antagonize—or perhaps even please--the United States.  For whatever reason, ISIS has become a key headache for the PRC overnight, just as China’s geopolitical rise in Asia bumps up against the United States and India.

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Libya: Worse than Iraq.  Sorry, Hillary

US special forces back PH troops in Marawi

Republican congressman calls ISIS attack in Tehran a ‘good thing,’ says maybe U.S. should back ISIS

We are facing two types of Daesh terrorists in region, world

Power struggle seen within surging IS in Afghanistan

Philippines’ Duterte says didn’t seek U.S. support in city siege

China seen loosening screws on South Korea over missile shield

China is now looking to California—not Trump—to help lead the fight against climate change

A surprise guest: Chinese president makes Anchorage stopover, meets Gov. Walker and takes in some sights

Exiled tycoon Guo Wengui ordered staff to commit fraud to get big loans, court told

Miles Kwok on Fire! A Renegade Billionaire Takes on the Chinese Communist World, or At least Xi Jinping’s Piece of It

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee: Miles Kwok on fire!  Along with the rest of the planet! In a two and a half hour periscope broadcast on May 29, Miles Kwok went pretty far, and maybe a little further than he intended to, picking fights with journos, billionaires, communists, and maybe the entire communist party of China.

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Guo Wengui the live broadcast on May 29 to announce that I am fine---about Wang Qishan

The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing

Tony Blair was ‘go-between’ for Chinese tycoon sought by Interpol as bribe suspect

Anti-Corruption and Its Discontents

Requiem for Kyoto

We’re Watertight: Chinese swimming pool is so packed you can’t even see the water

One Belt One Road One Backlash

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee:  the OBOR Forum was China’s claim to global leadership; but there’s plenty of people out there, powerful people, who don’t want to see that happen.  And they’re doing something about it.

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India-Japan partnership to play key role in Asia-Africa corridor

US, India to revive “New Silk Road” seen as counter to China’s Belt and Road project

China and the South China S ea dispute: the $5 trillion dollar lie

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3729123-POTUS-RD-Doc.html#document/p1

Two Chinese nationals abducted in Quetta

China Goes on Offense against America in East Asia

This week on Newsbud’s China Watch with Peter Lee: China Feels OBOR afterglow…and Goes on offense!.  With Trump MIA, the PRC moves on Korea and the Philippines…against Taiwan and Singapore…and into Malaysia.

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North Korean secret cyber unit ‘likely behind’ NHS ransomware attacks

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil

It’s high time to give Tsai an ultimatum

China says Japan-China meeting on South China Sea inappropriate

China invests S$14 billion in Melaka Gateway to replace Singapore

How Malaysia’s 1MDB Fund Scandal Reaches Around the World

The gomen cancelled a deal between 1MBD and China.  Does that mean we’re not friends anymore?