Sunday 16th of December 2018

worried...

worried...

Deep divisions between the United States and China have derailed the APEC meeting in Port Moresby, with regional leaders failing to agree on a final communique for the first time in the summit's history.

Key points:
  • The US and China were unwilling to compromise, leaving other nations frustrated
  • Divisions between the "giants" threatened to dwarf any other progress made at APEC
  • But PNG insisted the summit had been a success that included "fruitful discussions"

 

The two regional powers clashed repeatedly over the language on trade in the final document, with Beijing angrily rejecting paragraphs that called for an overhaul of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and warned against unfair trade tactics.

The Trump administration has repeatedly accused China of economic coercion, and the two nations have already slapped competing tariffs on exports worth billions of dollars. 

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who was hosting APEC, said there were disagreements between the two "giants" at the meeting, adding the "entire world is worried" by tensions between the nations.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-19/us-china-divisions-deepen-at-apec-summit/

the mafias that run the world...

The world is not run through "democratic means". Most governments are twisted to hide the shop fronts of secret organisations that control them, including the neo-nazis and the neo-cons. The sociopaths rule and use psychopaths to do the dirty work. "Someone has to clean the sewers" but more often than not those in charge of this honorable work add more shit in the process. 

 

The Russian Mafia

The Skripal affair...

The Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko assassination

The Gennadi Bernovski assassination

Shot in the back, leg and buttock, Gennadi Bernovski managed to crawl back inside his Gold Coast home, screaming to his wife Svetlana to call the police.

But the 41-year old Russian immigrant died on the floor in front of his distraught wife before paramedics arrived.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-19/gold-coast-frogmen-murder-gennadi-bernovski-new-leads-cold-case/

 

 

 

The Wahhabi/Sunni terrorism

 

 

The CIA

Castle Bank & Trust was a Bahamian bank that was involved in tax evasion, as well as covertly funneling funds for the Central Intelligence Agency. The bank was founded in the 1960s by Paul Helliwell, a former member of the Office of Strategic Services, and Burton Kanter, a tax lawyer.

The bank was used by the CIA to funnel money for covert military operations, including those at Andros Island (Bahamas), a staging area for anti-Castro activities.

The bank had many clients, including celebrities, organized crime figures and wealthy business owners. Some of the most notable included John Fogerty and other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who lost most of their wealth when the bank collapsed, Tony Curtis, Hugh Hefner, Penthouse (magazine) and members of the Pritzker family (owners of the Hyatt hotel chain). Reputed organized crime members that were customers included Moe Dalitz, Morris Kleinman, and Samuel A. Tucker.

In the early 1970s, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service started an investigation into the tax avoidance schemes used by the bank. The investigation was called Operation Tradewinds. The IRS was able to secretly photograph a list of the bank's clients, after being provided with a bank executive's briefcase that was taken from the executive's apartment by an IRS informant. As a result of this information, the IRS launched a new investigation, called Project Haven, into the tax affairs of the people on the client list. A prosecution of one of those clients eventually reached the United States Supreme Court as United States v. Payner. Project Haven was later suspended because the names of the clients obtained from the briefcase was an illegal search. The Department of Justice also dropped its investigation for the same reason.

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Drinkhall, the case was later dropped because of pressure from the CIA, which had been using the bank as a front to fund covert operations.

 

Read more: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Bank_%26_Trust_(Bahamas)

 

 

Permindex (CIA)

Businessman Clay Shaw, head of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans, represented the United States on the board of directors for Permindex. On March 1, 1967, Shaw was arrested and charged with conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Three days later on March 4, the Italian left-wing newspaper Paese Sera published a story alleging that Shaw was linked to the CIA through his involvement in the Centro Mondiale Commerciale, a subsidiary of Permindex in which Shaw was also said to be a board member. According to Paese Sera, the CMC had been a front organization developed by the CIA for transferring funds to Italy for "illegal political-espionage activities" and had attempted to depose French President Charles de Gaulle in the early 1960s. On March 6, the newspaper printed other allegations about individuals it said were connected to Permindex, including Louis Bloomfield whom it described as "an American agent who now plays the role of a businessman from Canada (who) established secret ties in Rome with Deputies of the Christian Democrats and neo-Fascist parties." The allegations were retold in various newspapers associated with the Communist parties in Italy (l'Unità), France (L'Humanité), and the Soviet Union (Pravda), as well as leftist papers in Canada and Greece, prior to reaching the American press eight weeks later. American journalist Max Holland stated that Paese Sera's allegations connecting Shaw to the CIA eventually led to Garrison implicating the CIA in a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy.

According to Holland, an "internal investigation" by the CIA's counterintelligence staff found that Clay Shaw had volunteered information to the agency's Domestic Contact Service from 1948 to 1956, but that the substance of the allegations were not true. It concluded that neither Permindex nor Centro Mondiale Commerciale were a front to channel fund to anti-communists, and that the agency had not solicited Shaw to use his relationship with CMC for clandestine purposes.


Read more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permindex

 

 

The Pentagon

 

MI5/MI6

 

The Italian Mafia

 

The US "Deep State"

 

The City of London

 

Others... Including the IMF and the World Bank

 

NGOs

 

The Chinese soft diplomacy

supporting the terrorists in china...

 

More to come.

smart phoney wars...

“THE ART OF WAR”

Behind the US attack on Chinese Smartphones

by Manlio Dinucci

Donald Trump’s attempt to re-balance the commercial flow between China and the USA does not correspond only to his aim of bringing de-localised jobs back to the United States. Indeed, the deployment of new transport and communications infrastructures is swiftly becoming a threat to the US position as leader of the world. The struggle centred around Huawei illustrates the way in which economic and military preoccupations inter-connect. Already, many States have observed that Washington is so far unable to decode this technology. Thus, as they did in Syria, they have entirely re-equipped their Intelligence services with Huawei material, and forbid their civil servants to use any others.

After having imposed heavy taxes on Chinese merchandise - 250 billion dollars - President Trump, at the G-20, accepted a « truce » by postponing further measures, mainly because the US economy has been struck by the Chinese retaliation.

But apart from these commercial considerations, there are also some strategic reasons. Under pressure from the Pentagon and the Intelligence agencies, the USA forbade the use of Smartphones and telecommunications infrastructures from the Chinese company Huawei, warning that they may potentially be used for espionage, and pressured their allies to do the same.

The warning concerning the danger of Chinese espionage, especially addressed to Italy, Germany and Japan, countries which house the most important US military bases, came from the same US Intelligence agencies which have been spying on the telephone communications of their allies for years, in particular in Germany and Japan. The US company Apple, at one time the undisputed leader in the sector, saw its sales doubled by Huawei (a company owned by its workers as share-holders), which moved up to world second place behind the South Korean company Samsung. This is emblematic of a general tendency.

The United States – whose economic supremacy is based artificially on the dollar, until now the main currency for monetary reserves and world commerce – has increasingly been overtaken by China, both in capacity and production quality. The New York Timeswrote that « The West was certain that the Chinese approach was not going to work. All it had to do was wait. It’s still waiting. China is planning a vast global network of commerce, investments and infrastructures, which will remodel financial and geopolitical relations ».

This came about above all, though not entirely, along the New Silk Road that China is currently building across 70 Asian, European and African nations.

The New York Times examined 600 projects which have been implemented by China in 112 countries, including 41 oil and gas pipelines, 199 energy centrals, most of them hydro-electric, (including seven dams in Cambodia which supply half of the country’s needs in electricity), 203 bridges, roads and railways, plus several major ports in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other countries.

All of this is regarded by Washington as « an aggression against our vital interests », as declared by the Pentagon in the National Defense Strategy for the United States of America 2018. The Pentagon defines China as a « strategic competitor which uses a predatory economy to intimidate its neighbours », wilfully overlooking the series of wars waged until 1949 by the United States, including against China, to strip these countries of their resources.

While China is building dams, railways and bridges, useful not only for its commercial network, but also for the development of the countries concerned, in the US wars, dams, railways and bridges are the first targets to be destroyed. China is accused by the Pentagon of « intending to impose, in the short term, its hegemony in the Indo-Pacific region, and catch the United States off-guard in order to achieve future global pre-eminence », together with Russia, accused of wanting to « crush NATO » and « sabotage the democratic process in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine ».

This is the source of the « incident » in the Kerch Strait, provoked by Kiev under the command of the Pentagon, intended to sabotage the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 (which is what happened) and force Ukraine into NATO, of which it is already a de facto member.

« Long-term strategic competition with China and Russia » is considered by the Pentagon to be a « main priority ». For this purpose, « we shall modernise our nuclear forces and reinforce the trans-Atlantic Alliance of NATO ».

Behind the commercial war lurks nuclear war.

Manlio Dinucci

Translation 
Pete Kimberley

Source 
Il Manifesto (Italy)

 

Read more:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204241.html

 

 

Meanwhile:

 

Canadian law enforcers have arrested a top executive at Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei, heeding a request from the US. She is reportedly sought by the US for breaking trade embargo with Iran.

The arrest of Wanzhou Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer and board deputy chair, has been confirmed by the Canadian authorities. The woman was apprehended on Saturday and is awaiting the bail hearing scheduled for Friday, Canada’s Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod told The Globe and Mail.

READ MORE: ‘National security risks’: New Zealand blocks use of Huawei equipment for 5G network

He refused to provide any details on the circumstances of the Chinese executive’s arrest, saying that she was “sought for extradition by the United States.”

Mcleod refused to elaborate on the charges that Meng might face in the US citing a publication ban, requested by Meng herself.

The Wall Street Journal reported back in April, that the US authorities have been probing the Chinese telecommunication giant since at least 2016 for allegedly circumventing Iranian sanctions and supplying US-origin products to the Islamic Republic.

The US Justice, Commerce and Treasury departments have so far refused to divulge any information on the reported criminal investigation into Huawei, or even confirm its existence. According to the WSJ, the company was served subpoenas by the Commerce Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control as part of the investigation.

The Chinese company has likewise refrained from commenting on its legal woes in the US, that can further deteriorate its standing on western markets.

The news of Meng’s arrest follows a recent report by the WSJ that the US government has embarked on a mission to discourage its allies from using Huawei’s equipment which it considers a security risk. Washington reportedly offered its partners in Europe and Asia subsidies to buy non-Chinese equipment so they ditch Huawei or any other Chinese firm, such as ZTE.

The US’ crackdown on the Chinese firm, which is the world’s leading telecommunication equipment supplier, was exacerbated by the looming introduction of 5G wireless networks. Washington reportedly fears that the Chinese government might use Huawei’s technical edge to spy on and disrupt communications.

Washington's strategy seems to be paying off, with New Zealand blocking its top telecommunications firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G network citing “significant national security risks.”

Australia banned Huawei from its 5G network over the summer, with the country’s spy chief voicing similar concerns over foreign entities hijacking the networks critical for healthcare, energy and other systems.

Huawei denies it is controlled by Beijing, and is accusing the US of unfair competition.

China has decried the arrest of Meng, urging the US and Canada to “immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom” of the Huawei executive.

The Chinese embassy in Canada issued a statement, saying that Bejiing “stongly protests over such kind of actions” as they “seriously harmed the human rights of the victim.” The embassy says the arrest was unwarranted since Meng was “not violating any American or Canadian law.”

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/usa/445687-huawei-executive-arrest-extradition/

 

killing the competition...

It was a warm evening this past July when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared a drink with the world’s most powerful intelligence network.

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes nations had come to a secure resort in coastal Nova Scotia for an informal evening after intense talks in nearby Ottawa.

Trudeau, who’d spent part of the day pledging to fix a “death trap” highway in the Atlantic province, dropped in on the gathering to share some thoughts about geopolitical threats.

When he left, as the lobster dinner was being served, the conversation returned to a debate that began well before this annual meeting and would run long after it: should the agencies go public with their concerns about China?

In the months that followed that July 17 dinner, an unprecedented campaign has been waged by those present – Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK – to block Chinese tech giant Huawei from supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.

This increasingly muscular posture towards Beijing culminated in last week’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, over alleged breaches of US sanctions with Iran. Meng, the daughter of the Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was granted bail on Wednesday ahead of efforts to extradite her to the US.

As the spy bosses sat down to savour Nova Scotia’s famous lobster that evening with a glass of local wine, their recent clash with Russia was seen as a template for the power of working collectively. The British delegation led by MI6 boss Alex Younger – a man who signs official documents in green ink with a single letter “C” – had detailed evidence of the brazen attacks in Salisbury, where Moscow had used a military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil.

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-the-five-eyes-cooked-up-th...

 

We know the routine of bullshit: it would have been impossible for Moscow to use a military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil. MI6, the CIA and other five eyes spy agencies are about disinformation first. 

 

see also:

tired of being the cake of kings and of emperors, after the opium wars and being the US slave factory...

 

the game of the century...

 

a history lesson: WACL...

 

throwing sand in their face since 1917...

 

the empire's liberal-progressives-neocons want war as they fear the truth more than bombs...

 

the new china...

 

the aim of the game is to hate russia more than anything...

 

agencies keeping us in the dark...

US afraid of chinese competition...

Alexander Lomanov from the Institute of the Far East in Moscow told Sputnik that the acute phase of the crisis has ended, and now everything depends on whether the United States would seek the extradition of Meng Wanzhou.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Canada ruled that Huawei's chief financial officer should be released on bail. According to the expert, a statement by US President Donald Trump about the conditions for his intervention in the extradition case is rather "ambiguous".

According to Canadian law, the United States must send all the papers for the extradition of a Chinese citizen within 60 days; the deadline is 8 January. On 10 December, a judge confirmed that they hadn't received such a request.

According to Yang Mian, an expert at the Chinese Institute of Mass Communications, the Canadian side has chosen a "soft" way to solve a complex problem.

"There're a number of reasons, including a legal one, to solve the problem in such a way. The recently voiced position of the Chinese Foreign Ministry has affected the choice. We should stress, however, that Meng Wanzhou is only released on bail. Now, if the United States doesn't request extradition within 60 days, then she can be released outright. Right now, the case is still open. The US is accusing her of deceit, and violating US sanctions against Iran. However, I want to emphasize that these are unilateral sanctions; the United States is trying to extend its domestic laws to international relations. In short, the Americans now have the ball; we just have to wait and see what they are going to do", the expert said.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he would definitely intervene in the matter if it is in the interests of national security or helps in trade negotiations with China.

READ MORE: Second Canadian Questioned by Chinese Authorities, Canadian FM Freeland Says

According to Alexander Lomanov, this statement hasn't made the US' position clear:

"Trump said he would act in accordance with the interests of reaching a trade agreement with China. Trump's position seems twofold. He may think that having such a high-ranking hostage could be very useful in trade negotiations; or he may try to settle the incident and move towards the Chinese side. In short, the acute crisis is now over, but this doesn't mean that the problem has been completely resolved".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that "if the US officials and government want to make positive efforts to resolve this problem, we welcome it". At the same time, he confirmed an earlier assessment by Beijing that the detention of Huawei's Financial Director was a mistake from the very beginning.

 

The Chinese expert community considers the detention of Meng Wanzhou to be a final confirmation that the US is ready to use any leverage and will stop at nothing in order to prevent China from becoming a developed, scientific and technological power. This is what Alexander Lomanov said after having discussed the issue with Chinese colleagues. Breaching sanctions against trade with Iran is just a formal excuse.

In reality, Chinese experts are unanimous in saying that this is part of a general pressure campaign on Huawei in order to curb its development and the use of unfair competition methods. The expert also stressed that China recognized the fact that many countries have announced their refusal to purchase 5G communication equipment produced by this company.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201812131070649707-canada-china-huawei-...

 

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meanwhile in the alleged sky...

A Monday report from The Wall Street Journal revealed how a state-owned Chinese financial firm may be getting ahold of a U.S. satellite that uses restricted technology relied on by the U.S. military through a web of financial transactions and foreign investments.

While there are several laws that forbid exporting satellite technology to China, Boeing Co. agreed to build the satellite for an American startup company even after the founders told the defense contractor that the Chinese government was financially backing the project, according to the report.

Emil Youssefzadeh and Umar Javed, two Americans who founded the startup Global IP in 2008 with the goal of improving internet accessibility in Africa, realized they needed a lot of equity to get their project off the ground and the satellite into orbit.

In other words, the men needed to scrape up around $500 million.

Javed got an email in July 2015, The Journal reports, from executives at a state-owned Chinese financial firm, China Orient Asset Management Co., expressing interest in the satellite.

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Javed, a longtime executive at Global IP, was in Beijing days later meeting with the president of the company and Geng Zhiyuan, a man whose father was a leader in China’s military in 1979 and served as then-young official XI Jinping’s personal secretary, now the president of communist China.

The Chinese executives, whose company is owned by China’s Ministry of Finance, were in awe of the technology presented by Javed, and agreed to finance the project.

Youssefzadeh and Javed then presented their idea to Boeing in 2016, making them aware of the Chinese government’s involvement, and Boeing started production.

“I am baffled that Boeing would proceed with the project knowing about Chinese government involvement,” retired Adm. Dennis Blair, a former director of national intelligence, told The Journal. “They deal with projects like this all the time. They know the intent and letter of U.S. law in this area.”

Due to certain U.S. laws involving satellite technology, China Orient wouldn’t be allowed to hold a large stake in the company or satellite, so Global IP planned to receive China Orient’s money through a separate shell company.

Charles Yiu Hoi Ying, a Chinese businessman, set up a company in the British Virgin Islands and called it Bronzelink Holdings Ltd.

Global IP’s lawyers told Youssefzadeh and Javed that Yiu could invest the money coming from China Orient in Bronzelink because Yiu had a passport from Hong Kong, which is considered separate from mainland China under U.S. export controls, the report states.

 

Read more:

https://www.westernjournal.com/us-officials-worry-satellite-technology-company-now-controlled-china-2/?

flagrant exercise in banditry...


This week President Donald Trump told Reuters that he was prepared to personally intervene in the Meng case “if it helps US-China trade relations”. That suggests the Chinese executive is being used as a pawn in the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

For months now, US government and media sources have been spreading scary claims that Chinese technology is posing a threat to national security by stealthily introducing spy software into homes and businesses. China has strenuously denied the claims as provocative nonsense. Significantly, too, US telecoms firms such as Apple which manufacture products in China have also come to flatly reject the claims emanating from Washington of Chinese government “spy chips”.

It seems obvious that this background of anti-China commercial propaganda is aimed at discrediting and disenfranchising Chinese telecoms firms from the US and other markets. Huawei phones, for example, are banned from sale on US military bases around the world.
Earlier this year, in testimony to become CIA chief Gina Haspel gave a snide comment in congressional hearings to the effect that she wouldn’t touch Chinese tech products with a barge pole, implying security risk.

The detention of Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive, which Chinese media have denounced as barbaric, fits this context of commercial competition. The alleged Iranian sanctions issue is merely a cover for her arrest. Even on its face, the detention of Meng is arguably a violation of international rights. But the real, underlying issue is the US using legality to pursue economic interests – unlawfully – which then makes the US and Canadian conduct even more odious.

We are witnessing similar hegemonic conduct by the US over and over. A few weeks ago, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Russian and Iranian businesses for allegedly shipping oil commercially to Syria. Again, this was another instance of American authorities invoking their laws to apply extra-territorially on other parties whom they deem to be in violation.

The US has increasingly been wielding its legal definitions and measures as if it is the world’s judge and jury.

In recent years, American lawmakers have created a slew of legal weapons, including the Magnitsky Act, the Global Magnitsky Act, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which give Washington the supposed power to penalize any country it deems to be in breach of its national laws.

The arbitrariness of US “justice” has got to the febrile point where Washington is threatening all nations, including its supposed European allies, with legal punishment if they don’t toe the line on its designated policy.

With regard to Iran, the Trump administration is the party that is arguably in dereliction of international law having unilaterally pulled out of the UN-ratified nuclear accord with Tehran – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed in 2015 by the European Union, Russia and China. Yet Trump is threatening to impose sanctions on countries, including the Europeans, who continue doing business with Iran.

The same megalomaniac mentality is applied by the US towards Europe regarding its long-standing purchase of Russian natural gas. Washington is threatening European firms and governments with sanctions for allegedly “trading with an adversary”. But the brazen motive is to harass Russian gas out of its natural market, to give US Liquefied Natural Gas an abnormal competitive advantage – an advantage that defies normal laws of economics.

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Evidently, this is what it’s all about. The US economy is no longer viable as a global competitor on its own merits. Decades of chronic underinvestment at home and setting up businesses abroad by US capital have completely undermined any concept of American national economy. Trump is trying to reverse that through his nationalistic and demagogic appeals for “America First” and “Make America Great Again”. But Trump is striving to achieve that epic reversal, not through genuine economic regeneration at home. Instead, Washington is using and abusing legalistic cover for lawless attacks on the legitimate commercial interests of foreign nations.

Nevertheless, this flagrant exercise in banditry by the US is a dangerous Pandora’s Box. The arbitrary arrest of foreign business executives and bullying use of secondary sanctions will undermine the confidence of global business with Washington. Will European corporate leaders be next to be arrested for allegedly doing business with Russia or Iran?

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/446285-china-us-economy-huawei/