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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:37 pm 
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Checkbook diplomacy, bribe dictators to support you at the UN. China has a number on "retainer" in Africa.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:42 pm 
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Yeah, it sounded like it was mostly 'economic colony' nations, although it sounded as if maybe China and Vietnam had worked something out, I'm not sure.

My feeling remains that we should be seeking a diplomatic resolution to this. Everyone gets something but nobody is entirely satisfied, or something to that effect. Our main concern should be American interests, which are not the same as those of Philippine, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, or Japanese fishermen. I don't actually see there being a legitimate American interest issue here because China -wants- to ship stuff to us, they're not going to block their own boats. I think the population of China strongly supports an argument that they need proportionately big access to their territorial waters and if they feel they have a good defense buffer on the island chains, that promotes global stability.

What nobody needs is for China to feel insecure and militarize in compensation. I don't believe we care about that stretch of water or those rocks enough to put our own blood and treasure on the line for them, nor do I believe American involvement in a war in Asia or Asian waters is in our best interests. Finally, they have a population measuring over a billion and we outsourced most of our manufacturing to them. How would we go to war against that? Antagonizing China seems like a lose-lose proposition. If it's done at all, it should be done via the UN, but good luck getting that past the Security Council.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:01 pm 
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Agree, time for the US to step back from being the World`s Policeman. Let China have their own sphere of influence. I don't think American moms want to see their boys and girls dying defending the Phillipines and Taiwan.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:35 am 
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China's Launch of Quantum Satellite Major Step in Space Race
nytimes/AP, AUG. 16, 2016, 2:18 A.M. E.D.T.

BEIJING — China's launch of the first quantum satellite Tuesday will push forward efforts to develop the ability to send communications that can't be penetrated by hackers, experts said. The satellite launched into space from the Jiuquan launch base in northwestern China's Gobi desert will allow Chinese researchers to transmit test messages between Beijing and northwestern China as well as other locations around the world.

If the tests are successful, China will take a major step toward building a worldwide network that can send messages that can't be wiretapped or cracked through conventional methods. Quantum communications use subatomic particles to securely communicate between two points. A hacker trying to crack the message changes its form in a way that would alert the sender and cause the message to be altered or deleted. Hoi Fung Chau, a professor and quantum communications researcher at Hong Kong University, said that it was too soon to say if the tests will succeed, but added he expected quantum messages by satellite to become the global standard eventually.

Researchers around the world have successfully sent quantum messages by land. But a true satellite-based network would make it possible to send quickly encrypted messages in an instant around the world and open the door to other possible uses of the technology. Cybersecurity has been a major focus in recent years for China, which has pushed regulations aimed at limiting technology imported from the U.S. in the wake of ... revelations of widespread surveillance by the U.S. through the use of American hardware.

Quantum messaging could become a major defense against hackers and have applications ranging from military and government communications to online shopping. The launch is a major triumph for China, which has spent years researching quantum technology and developing the satellite and other uses for it. China has previously announced the construction of a quantum link between Beijing and Shanghai that would be used by government agencies and banks.
(full article) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/16/world/asia/ap-as-china-satellite.html

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“Beijing hasn’t disclosed how much money it has allocated to quantum research or to building the 1,400-pound satellite. But funding for basic research, which includes quantum physics, was $101 billion in 2015, up from $1.9 billion in 2005,” he says. “U.S. federal funding for quantum research is about $200 million a year, according to a congressional report in July by a group of science, defense, intelligence and other officials.
(full article) http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2016/08/16/the-morning-download-china-launches-first-quantum-communications-satellite/

Turns out we should have spent that money on science, development, social, and infrastructure projects at home that benefited, you know, actual US citizens, interests, and humanity in general. The deficit investing of trillions of US dollars into the reputation-shredding manufacturing of rubble, corpses, and chaos/anarchy with a decade and a half of strikes supported by US weapons and aid in the Middle-East and then investing still more treasure in the bouncing of the rubble of civilization with unending ongoing strikes was always the unilateral military and foreign policy equivalent of the most conceivably degrading form of masturbation. The benefit of this can be measured only in debt, human misery, and now, lost progress. We've allowed pirates and criminals to storm the Federal Government and now, with their civil sacrilege, curse and injure us and damn the fate and hope of our children. How's that festering bullshit "post-911 world" working out for you? Still feeling the faith in the corrupt political religion that led us all here, most of us against our will?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:12 pm 
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Maran gas carrier first to deliver US LNG cargo to a port in China
splash24/7, by Donal Scully, Aug 22nd 2016

Maran Gas Apollonia, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker to transit the expanded Panama Canal last month, has become the first to arrive in China with a cargo of US LNG. The vessel, which is chartered to Shell, left Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG facility in Louisiana approximately four weeks ago and went through the Canal’s expensive new locks on July 26.

It arrived at the port of Yantian in Shenzhen near Hong Kong on Monday. China, Japan and South Korea are prime target markets for US LNG exporters and the Canal opens up the possibility of faster, more cost-effective journeys. US LNG exports from the lower 48 states began in February.
(article) http://splash247.com/maran-gas-carrier-first-deliver-us-lng-cargo-port-china/

Why are we selling our energy to China? This isn't how they sold the destructive irresponsible sociopathic practice of hydraulic fracking within the oil/gas extractive industries to the US public... Shouldn't we save this for the American public's needs, or, leave it in the ground, unfracked, instead of providing it to China to use as they please?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:32 pm 
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Things with Duterte have been worse than I feared, but also different. Many innocent people are being executed in the streets in the Philippines, as I feared, but I was expecting he would use us to advance a foreign policy agenda of Philippine expansion in the South China Sea... Instead he seems to be making distancing overtures with the US...

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USA Today, John Bacon, 5:59 p.m. EDT September 12, 2016

U.S. forces advising the Philippine military against an Islamic insurgency are doing more harm than good and must leave, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday. Duterte, who made international headlines last week by crudely insulting President Obama, said white Westerners are an inviting target for kidnap-for-ransom groups such as the militant Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines.

”I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go," Duterte, who is from the Mindanao region, said during a speech in Manila. "Americans, they (insurgents) will really kill them." The tough-talking Duterte has had a bumpy relationship with the U.S. since taking office in June. He drew sharp international criticism, including from the United Nations, for encouraging vigilante-style killings of drug dealers and criminals. Duterte shrugged off the controversy.

Duterte spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Philippine president's comments reflected the government's "new direction toward coursing an independent foreign policy." Abella also pointed to lasting resentment over the U.S military campaign in 1906 that led to the slaughter of hundreds of Muslims in the southern Philippines. Duterte has criticized the United States for failing to apologize for the bloodbath.
(full article) http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/12/duterte-wants-us-troops-out-southern-philippines/90261684/

I wonder how Duterte feels about the five US bases the preceding government just authorized a few months before he was elected.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:42 pm 
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He reminds me a lot of Chavez. Much more crude, but same personality type.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:16 pm 
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He reminds me a lot of Chavez. Much more crude, but same personality type.


Really? Did Chavez execute a lot people to stay in power? Don't believe the bullshit our media put out on Chavez- Chavez was Bernie Sanders is a developing country where .001% had all the money and the other 99.99% had nothing-

Educate yourself- That was his countries oil, it was their birthright, he had every right to take it back from our oil companies.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:58 am 
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Philippines' Duterte compares anti-drug crusade to Hitler
Deutsche Welle, 30.09.2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte continued his course of brash public statements on Friday, when he likened his crusade against drug dealers and addicts to the Holocaust... At first, Duterte seemed perturbed that the media portrayed him as a "cousin of Hitler" due to his bloody anti-drug campaign...

He appeared to quickly change tack, however, and welcomed the comparison. "Hitler massacred 3 million Jews ... there's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte said, seemingly unaware that nearly 6 million Jewish people were killed by the Third Reich... Speaking to a press conference in his hometown of Davao, the president said he would be "happy to slaughter" the country's 3 million drug users.

"At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…" he added, pointing to himself. He added the caveat that while Hitler's victims had been innocent, his were not. Since taking office at the end of June, Duterte's war on drugs has claimed the lives of 1,247 suspects. The president has refused to back down or apologize for his violent policies...

The German Foreign Ministry released a statement on Friday after asking the Philippine envoy to "come to the ministry for a discussion on this issue." In the statement, the ministry slammed Duterte's remarks, calling them "unacceptable." The World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder likewise labeled the Philippine leader's comments as "revolting," calling on him to apologize.

"...What President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heartbreaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country..."
(full article) http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-duterte-compares-anti-drug-crusade-to-hitler/a-35929732

Inspired, no doubt, in part by Trump.

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China backs Duterte's drug war
PhilStar, By Patricia Lourdes Viray, September 30, 2016

MANILA, Philippines — Beijing has expressed its support for President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against the illegal drug trade despite criticisms from the United States, the European Union and some human rights groups.

"Under the leadership of President Duterte, the new Philippine government enacted policies that prioritize combating drug-related crimes. China understands and supports that," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a press briefing on Thursday. "We stand ready to have anti-drug cooperation with the Philippines and formulate a common action plan for it," Geng said.

US Sen. Patrick Leahy said that it may be necessary to look into the conditions on assistance to the Duterte administration to ensure that taxpayer funds are properly spent. The senator authored the Leahy Law which prohibits the US Department of State and Department of Defense from providing assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights...
(full article) http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/30/1629007/china-backs-dutertes-drug-war

Looks like China has found an effective political wedge to split the Philippines and the United States. As far as I'm concerned, they can have this hateful chauvinistic violent bastard's administration and its tyrannical homicidal crime spree.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:35 am 
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PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT SAYS HE’LL END JOINT DRILLS WITH U.S.
WashingtonPost/AP, by Michael Rubin, Oct. 3 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was giving notice to the United States, his country’s long-standing ally, that joint exercises between Filipino and American troops this week will be the last such drills.

He told the Filipino community in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, last week that he will maintain the military alliance with the U.S. because of the countries’ 1951 defense treaty. But he said this week’s exercises will proceed only because he did not want to embarrass his defense secretary. Duterte said during a two-day visit to meet Vietnam’s leaders that he wants to establish new trade and commercial alliances with China and Russia, and that the war games were something Beijing does not want

“I would serve notice to you now that this will be the last military exercise,” he said. “Jointly, Philippines-U.S., the last one...” The previous Philippine government signed a 2014 defense pact to give the U.S. forces access to five Philippine military bases. That reflected Manila’s anxiety over the territorial ambitions of China, with which it has competing claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Duterte, however, said Sunday that the accord was only signed by the Philippine defense chief then and not by the president, suggesting the accord can still be pushed back.
(full article) https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/recent-developments-surrounding-the-south-china-sea/2016/10/03/725a8f16-894e-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html

Perhaps the 'five restored US bases in the Philippines' agreement will not hold under Duterte. It's not clear where this will leave the Presidential "pivot" to Asia or US opposition to Chinese efforts to reclaim and bolster their authority over parts of the South China Sea, though doubtless the Park Geun-hye and Shinzo Abe administrations in South Korea and Japan respectively will continue to show some measure of deference to established US strategic partnership despite facing domestic democratic opposition to their aspirations for new national destinies of heightened militarism.


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