China Watch with Peter Lee

Screeching MSM Zombies Devour Trump Asia Trip

The Trump trip to Asia is a major inflection point for China hawks eager to put transactional diplomacy in the rearview mirror, pivot to an overtly adversarial China policy, and ignore and deny the fundamental changes in Asia that go hand in hand with both China’s rise and America’s relative decline.

Trump and China bashing got an extensive workout in the Western press, and TPP 11 and the Quad made their debut on the world stage.  A revolution in China containment?  Or more of the same?

I’m Peter Lee, and I’m the nagging voice in your head that says, Hey, are we making another trillion dollar mistake in Asia?

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Trump is China’s Chump

China has Trump just where it wants him

Trump is Ceding Global Leadership to China

Xi Tells Zuckerberg and Cook China Is Set for ‘Unprecedented’ Reform

Dissecting the $250 Billion China Deals Trump Got for U.S.

Some Frank Advice for President Xi

11-party TPP negotiations steam ahead with room for return of US

‘We weren’t ready’ to close deal: Trudeau defends Canada’s actions on TPP

Justin Trudeau accused of ‘sabotaging’ trade deal with meeting no-show

Chinese officials pay homage to tree planted by Xi Jinping as Communist Party chiefs get in touch with their roots

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

Trump in Asia: China Looks to Make the Communist Party Great Again…Or Else!

Xi Jinping is going to Make the CCP Great Again…or else.  And there is a universe of dumb remarks surrounding Donald Trump as he heads into Asia…and some of them didn’t come from Donald Trump.  New product alert: time to roll out the Democracy Quadrilateral: this year’s hottest fashion in China containment.  Finally, “lawfare” didn’t work for the China hawks.  How about “crimefare”?

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Full text of resolution on amendment to CPC Constitution

Full text of Xi Jinping’s report at 19th CPC National Congress

Eric Schmidt warns China will overtake US in AI by 2025 and says Trump is to blame

Xinjiang a “Frontline Laboratory for Surveillance”

Xinjiang Takes Further Steps Towards Total Digital Surveillance

China crams spyware on phones in Muslim majority province

Authorities require Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s Aksu to get barcodes on their knives

Learning centers established across China to promote Xi Jinping Thought

The Ghost at the Trump-Abe Banquet: Nobosuke Kishi

Pacific allies aim for India upgrade

Tiankun, Asia’s largest dredger, launches in China’s Jiangsu Province

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

America Preps for another Decade of Failure in Asia

We’re inching toward another war in central Asia.  And it’s going to start in the place America has been failing for 15 years: Afghanistan!  Sorry Afghanistan!  But we’ll always have Wagah.  And China hawks have to wrestle with the failures of the pivot, and Donald Trump’s disinterest in fixing it.  Angry times in Asialand with a side order of denial!  But Shinzo Abe knows the way to Donald Trump’s heart.  It’s Pen Pineapple Apple Pen!

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Tillerson Visit Highlights India’s Evolving Relationship with U.S.

Pakistan not responsible for US policy failures: Kh Asif

Experts link surge in violence to new US strategy

News Analysis: Tillerson’s South Asia visit fails to make breakthrough in Afghan issue

Why Trump’s Fawning Over China’s Xi Jinping Probably Won’t Work

Twilight of the CCP…AND Shambaughism?

China’s Xi Jinping cancels Hillary Clinton meeting amid ‘tensions’

Trump to skip key summit to return earlier from Asia trip

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

America Dashes for Its China Dead End…Will the World Follow?

Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  Takes so hot they’re probably melting through…to China…as we speak.  Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner.  And China is listening anxiously for the creaking bedsprings, not just in Beijing but also down in Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.  And China is now officially an enemy of the liberal international order.  Is that good?  Is that smart?  Well…

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Xi’s authoritarian vision for world domination

China’s 30-year deadline to rule the world

Xi Jinping’s Leninist quest for a dynasty inspires congressional love-in

The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Remarks on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Globalization Chinese-Style: a JOD Book Review

China fears its top envoy in Pakistan might be killed, seeks more security

26 Injured In Grenade Attack At Key Pakistan Port For Chinese Project

China leads the way toward an electric-car future

China is poised to take over this industry.  America can’t let it happen

Another elderly Chinese passenger tosses coins into plane engine

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The War with China Comes Home to America

China hawks have announced that the campaign against Chinese influence developed in Australia is just about ready to export, not just to Asia, but to America and the world.  The recipe is simple: security service dossiers carefully cooked by national security journalists, and seasoned with fear and denial. It’s not just an antidote to China’s growing influence throughout the world; it’s meant to mask the bitter taste of a decade of American failure…and to give the West the appetite for another generation of conflict.

Only problem is, this war gets fought in the homeland, not thousands of miles away in Asia.

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People’s Bank of China Digital Currency Director Calls for Centralized State Cryptocurrency

DFAT boss warns international students to resist Chinese Communist Party’s ‘untoward’ influence

Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action

Addressing PRC Influence in Australia: Working with All Australians

China threatens U.S. Congress for crossing ‘red line’ on Taiwan

US military history on Taiwan rooted in confrontation with China

A Dossier on the Pave Paws Radar Installation on Leshan, Taiwan

America’s Pacific Century

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

It’s Here! The Rathunt for Chinese Spies and American Traitors Has Begun!

This week, gadfly billionaire Miles Kwok returned to center stage in the China drama with accusations of Chinese agents in the United States…and of a Chinese intelligence asset at the heart of the US government media operation, the Voice of America.

It wasn’t just an accusation.  It was an orchestrated call for a rat hunt, one that the US media has yet to respond to.  But it’s coming.  China hawks want it, Steve Bannon wants it, and they’re going to get it.

Buckle up, America.  Treason.  It’s not just for Russians anymore.

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Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz Hosts Press Conference with Chinese Dissident Guo Wengui

BBG Watch: Voice of America China Guo Wengui

Biography of Kenneth Weinstein

Bannon ally wants to turn government media agency into ‘legacy’ for former Trump advisor

We’re at the Tipping Point on North Korea…And Who’s Lying About that Aircraft Carrier?

Concocting the Flynn Scandal: Clinton-FBI-CIA Conspire & Collude in A Coup Against Trump

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview!
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Trump Tweets Towards War with North Korea…and China Moves On Bitcoin

Donald Trump escalated America’s protracted, tweet-heavy standoff with North Korea.  But that wasn’t the only story out of Asia this week.There were also big new developments in the emerging anti-China alliance of two Asian superheavyweights, Japan and India; a major upheaval in US Pacific Command, the US military operation in Asia, whose annual budget is about twenty times the size of North Korea’s GDP.  And Bitcoin!  Yes Bitcoin!  Cryptocurrencies are going to be the next global battlefield in the hybrid war between China and the United States…in fact, the battle has already been joined.

Asia is shifting under our feet.  Time to pay attention.

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Trump signed presidential directive ordering actions to pressure North Korea

Trump to visit Asia in November, North Korea in spotlight

Japan keen on friendship with northeast

The Myth of the McMahon Line

How a US Fiasco in Macau Birthed North Korea’s Atomic Bomb

Can bitcoin resist a quantum attack?

China launches world’s first quantum communication line

Has Washington forgotten about us?  One year passes with no US ambassador to Australia

Pacific Fleet Chief Headed to PACOM

Vice admiral requests early retirement from Navy amid firings, looming Senate hearings

We’re at the Tipping Point on North Korea…And Who’s Lying About that Aircraft Carrier?

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview!

North Korea Goes Nuclear on Trump at UN! Will the Real Nukes Follow?

The public rhetoric heated up as Trump and North Korea had at it at the United Nations.  But DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Young Hou, in addition to delivering some of the best anti-Trump insults on the planet, offered some real insights in his United Nations speech.  North Korea has its own road map for resolution that doesn’t involve unilateral denuclearization, and probably has a price tag of a few hundred billion dollars.

Also I check out the latest witch hunt against Chinese influence, this time in New Zealand, and provide some historical perspective on how and why these things play out in the hype and innuendo-filled way that they do.

And Australia stands at a crossroads.  A crossroads filled with kangaroos.  China could help.  But will it?

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North Korea Ri Young Ho Minister for Foreign Affairs Speech to UN General Assembly Sept 23, 2017

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping.

Newsroom Investigation: National MP Trained by Chinese Spies

This Kiwifruit Isn’t from New Zealand at All.  It’s Chinese, and This is How It Got Hijacked

Alger Hiss Fake Typewriter Hypothesis

How NZ and US agents plotted to spy on China

Experts warn Australians need to eat more kangaroos as the marsupial’s population booms

Asia’s growing appetite for kangaroo

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China

Last Off Ramp for Korean Peace Ahead! Will the Deep State Let Trump Take It?

You want to worry about North Korea?  Go ahead!  But worry more about the emerging Indo-Japanese axis and the implications for anti-China adventurism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  And we’ve got a sneak peak at my documentary on a US conspiracy to bring the PRC to heel via an Asian war…in 1951!

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Transcript: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Face the Nation”, Sept.17, 2017

Why is Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi? Congress asks

Narendra Modi accompanying Shinzo Abe to Sidi Sayyed mosque is an exercise in image makeover for PM

Is Narendra Modi the leader of the world’s largest democracy or the world’s most successful fascist?  Or Both!

Political documentary “Major-Country Diplomacy” well received in China, abroad

Is Trump Planning a Korean Peace Surprise? And Can the Deep State Stop Him?

North Korea’s got nukes.  And it’s got ICBMs.  Even so, US hawks have pushed the Korean peace process into a dead end.  But can they keep it there?  Not just Russia and China want negotiations.  Maybe Donald Trump wants to negotiate too!  Is the deep state going to push back?  What do you think?  It already has!  And why didn’t Seth Rogen melt off Kim Jong Un’s face?

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Nikki Haley to UN on North Korea: “Enough is enough”

U.S. Seeks U.N. Consent to Interdict North Korean Ships

Trump may have to settle for deterring, not disarming, North Korea

We’re at the Tipping Point on North Korea…and Who’s Lying About that Aircraft Carrier?

Trump may offer tactical nukes to Seoul, says NBC

Japanese defence figures: US prepared to use military action against North Korea

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

How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea

How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago

U.S. military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflets it distributed in Afghanistan

Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Target: China

North Korea has taken a lot of crap from China over the decades.  Now it looks ready to dish it back.  Let’s welcome the world’s ninth bona fide nuclear power: North Korea!  North Korea’s nuclear weapons aren’t just a deterrent; they’re leverage for North Korea to push away from China and push the United States toward acceptance of North Korea as a legitimate state.  That was just some of the bad news for China on its periphery as headaches pile up in the Himalayas, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

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Kim Jong Un Gives Guidances to Nuclear Weaponization

N. Korea aims for massive oil stockpile to survive int’l sanctions: report

How should Beijing respond to Pyongyang’s new nuclear test?

Why India Did Not “Win” the Standoff with China

Rohingya insurgency declares ‘open war’ in Myanmar

Burma Washes Its Hands of the Rohingyas

Cambodia releases alleged opposition leader plot video

Top admiral for Pacific under consideration for Australia envoy

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities

Chinese students taught to snitch on politically incorrect lecturers

A Chinese threat to Australian openness

Australian professors and universities are being shamed into apologizing for offending Chinese students

Welcome to the China War

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