Sunday 16th of December 2018

on the role of lapdog ...

on the role of lapdog ...

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on the role of lapdog …

Forty years ago, the government of the People’s Republic of China embarked upon what amounted to a new revolution. They resolved that in order to re-establish their place as a leader in the world they needed to reform their economy. This year, that liberalization and opening up of the economy is celebrated throughout China.

Is has literally transformed China, and not only economically. China’s military and political power has not until now being commensurate with its economic role. What we are witnessing now is a growing political assertiveness, built on that economic dominance; self-confidence as to its role in the world; and an overwhelmingly strong determination that never again will China be subject to the “century of humiliation” it suffered from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Those of us raised and educated in the western system were rarely exposed to the truth of that century of humiliation. How the British, for example, fought three wars in Afghanistan in the 19th century to ensure control of the opium production that was then used as a means of subjugating China. At the turn of the last century one in seven Chinese adults was addicted to heroin.

Today, the British have been replaced by the Americans as the controllers of Afghanistan’s heroin crop (93% of the world’s supply according to the UNDA) but the policy remains unchanged: a highly lucrative cash crop that subsidizes covert operations and is used as a means of destabilizing unfriendly governments.(McCoy In the Shadows of the American Century; 2017)

Australia and the New Asian Century

 

ronald reagan's electronic disruptions...

Local media in Hong Kong are reporting that, as the US nuclear-powered supercarrier Ronald Reagan pulled into the city’s waters on Wednesday morning, some people in Hong Kong found themselves unable to remotely unlock their cars.

Also, cellphone users complained there were intermittent service disruptions when they rode ferries to the city’s outlying islands during the arrival of the Ronald Reagan.

At noon on Wednesday, the gigantic US flattop dropped anchor a few kilometers south of Tsing Yi Island, west of the city’s Victoria Harbor. Before long some drivers on Tsing Yi Island were scratching their heads as they found themselves unable to remotely unlock their cars. Car owners in Central and Western districts also ran into similar problems as their car locks gave up the ghost.

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority said it had received a number of inquiries and complaints relating to wireless device malfunctions, while a spokesperson with the US Consulate-General in the city said he had no knowledge of the carrier’s port call affecting civilian vehicles.

 

Read more:

http://www.atimes.com/article/visiting-aircraft-carrier-suspected-of-cau...

Such electronic disruptions are not new. The powerful radars and the electronic "jammers" are strong enough to interfere with weak signals such as electronic car keys. The "jammers" are designed to foul the controls and targeting of incoming missile. As well, the signals of "cell-phones" can be taken over (or jammed) in a large area around the ship, such as when some Chinese vessels visited Sydney a few years ago, during the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Australian Navy...