Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

https://buchanan.org/blog/jinping-takes-up-the-us-challenge-138600

“With the world distracted by the pandemic’s devastating toll, China has taken a series of aggressive steps in recent weeks to flex its economic, diplomatic and military muscle across the region.

“China’s Coast Guard rammed and sank a fishing boat in disputed waters off Vietnam, and its ships swarmed an offshore oil rig operated by Malaysia. Beijing denounced the second inauguration of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, and pointedly dropped the word peaceful from its annual call for unification with the island democracy.

“Chinese troops squared off again last week with India’s along their contentious border in the Himalayas.”

To warnings that China is risking Cold War II, Beijing seems to be responding: If a Cold War with the United States is the price of securing our strategic interests and position in Asia and the world, bring it on.

Beijing has put the ball in America’s court. What do we do now?

Consider the list of nations with which China has territorial quarrels that have lately produced military clashes.

Beijing claims Indian lands China has occupied since their 1962 war.

China claims virtually all the islets and reefs in the South China Sea and now uses naval vessels to deal with the rival claimants of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Beijing asserts that Taiwan and all of its offshore islands in the East China Sea belong to China. While the Senkaku Islands have long been controlled by Japan, China claims these islands as well.

As for protests of the suppression of Tibetans and incarceration in concentration camps of Muslim Uighurs and Kazakhs, Beijing brushes them off.

Should the U.S. seek sanctions on China if it crushes the resistance in Hong Kong, how many U.S. allies would support those sanctions, when, for Australia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, China, not America, is their largest market and trading partner?

How did we allow ourselves to get into this position where a lately backward China is suddenly a greater rival for global hegemony than was the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev?

An Essay: Reactivating the Truman Doctrine – the holbrook blog

https://holbrookblog.com/2020/03/03/reactivating-the-truman-doctrine/

Si vis pacem, para bellum—if you want peace, prepare for war. In the midst of a new cold war, these ancient words ring as true as ever. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent embrace of democracy throughout many parts of the world, totalitarianism persists to this day, and is stronger than ever. With the adoption of the World Wide Web and the ongoing development of artificial intelligence, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) wields a greater power to manipulate, surveil, and enslave its citizens than any nation in history.

… Part of China’s grand strategy has been to form a continental bloc of
authoritarian states who together can build an isolated world order free
from Western rule of law. There are many such states, like Iran, Russia, Cambodia, Venezuela, North Korea, and Syria. However, the bloc
is not merely an association, but a malignant tumor:

…“interferes in the political systems of developing countries …, tipping the scales towards China-friendly politicians and
policies” … bribing
officials in those countries for special privileges and favors … the Silk Road… ‘One Belt One Road’…

Kyiv will defend idea of creating memorial to Ukrainian victims of Nazism in Berlin – ambassador | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2020/05/08/kyiv-will-defend-idea-of-creating-memorial-to-ukrainian-victims-of-nazism-in-berlin-ambassador/

Melnyk said it was difficult to predict what the final decision of the German parliament will be, given the incredible sensitivity of the subject of historical responsibility. For example, Poland, which has also been badly affected by Nazi Germany, has been seeking the construction of a monument to Polish victims of Nazism in Berlin for quite a long time, and the issue has not yet been resolved. However, Melnyk said, the number of Bundestag deputies who support the idea is constantly growing, which gives hope that Ukraine’s initiative will soon find understanding.

The ambassador stressed that Ukraine “has no intention to compete with other nations affected by the brown plague,” as this would be the height of cynicism. However, ordinary Germans, not just historians, should know that it was on the territory of Ukraine that Nazis committed unprecedented crimes against civilians, that five out of eight million Ukrainians killed were civilians, and that at least 2.4 million Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Germany.

We Accept Death, We Hand Out Death I | Weapons and Warfare

https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2020/05/01/we-accept-death-we-hand-out-death-i/

Hennecke and his colleagues were indoctrinated to achieve victory at whatever cost. On the Eastern Front, Hennecke remembered his battalion’s motto, Wir nehmen Tod, Wir teilen Tod Aus (We accept death, we hand out death). Nearby in Russia, he reminisced, was a unit (III Battalion of the 2nd SS Panzergrenadier Regiment) which acquired the nickname of der Lötlampe Abteilung (Blowtorch Battalion) because of the speed with which they burned through Soviet formations and torched villages. Such concepts the Waffen-SS brought to the Western Front and would employ against their American foes in the Ardennes: they knew no other way.

Hennecke could still recite his SS serial number (363530), and proudly recounted that by 1944 he had become a seasoned veteran of the Russian Front, won the Iron Cross, gained a commission and was commanding a tank platoon in the 1st SS Panzer Regiment. He proved very adaptable and served as a platoon leader (Zugführer) of tank, anti-aircraft and combat reconnaissance units, which was his role when an Untersturmführer in an SS Kampfgruppe during the Battle of the Bulge, aged twenty-four.

Hans Hennecke’s story was typical of many ‘true believers’ in the formations which comprised Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich’s Sixth Panzer Army. The potential presence of Dietrich, as we have seen, greatly worried Allied intelligence because of the unique reputation he had accrued to this date, for he was no ordinary military commander but one of the original Nazis.

South China Sea tensions rise as Australian frigate exercises with US warships – ABC News

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-22/tensions-rise-in-south-china-sea-after-us-australia-exercises/12171806

The manoeuvring in the South China Sea was announced
days after China bolstered its presence by setting up two administrative
bodies on islands in the disputed water, dubbing the area “its youngest city”.

In March, Beijing also launched two new research stations on artificial reefs in territory claimed by the Philippines and others.

The Defence spokesperson said that during their time in the region, Australian and US forces went through exercises on the water together.

“During the passage exercises, the ships honed interoperability between
Australian and US navies, including replenishment-at-sea, aviation operations, maritime manoeuvres and communications drills,” the
spokesperson said.

The department also insisted
“Australia has maintained a robust program of international engagement
with countries in and around the South China Sea for decades”.

Finally it comes when your head was turned the other way | © blogfactory

Comment by tonytran2015: The saying is “Not to let any opportunity go to waste”.

https://blogfactory.co.uk/2020/04/20/finally-it-comes-when-your-head-was-turned-the-other-way/

While the government has been detaining opposition figures with increasing frequency—including an ominous midnight arrest of a local councillor on charges of sedition—the weekend’s mass arrest is unprecedented in scale and prominence, and signals a major step-up in China’s crackdown on the city’s opposition movement. https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

The arrests came as China is just starting to emerge from its first wave of the coronavirus epidemic, newly triumphant about its success in quickly containing the outbreak while countries around the world—notably Western democracies—continue to struggle with mounting fatalities and overwhelmed medical systems.

“This Should Trouble Us Deeply” – Chilling Documentary Maps Out Likely Origin Of COVID-19 | ZeroHedge News | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/this-should-trouble-us-deeply-chilling-documentary-maps-out-likely-origin-of-covid-19-zerohedge-news/

“One important thing to understand is they talk about war without morals. They talk about ‘unrestricted warfare’: war that does not take into account any concept of human rights, human dignity, human life. It is victory by any means. There is nothing they will not do, and we see the same thing in many parts of their system, including the medical system where altering the human genome is not a big deal to them,” Philipp said.

Situation reports|WHO on Covid-19

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

SITUATION IN NUMBERS total (new) cases in last 24 hours
Globally
1 436 198 confirmed (82 837) 85 522 deaths (6287)
European Region
759 661 confirmed (39 442) 61 516 deaths (3877)
Region of the Americas 454 710 confirmed (37 294) 14 775 deaths (2178)
Western Pacific Region 115 852 confirmed (1185) 3944 deaths (22)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 85 350 confirmed (3357) 4459 deaths (145)
South-East Asia Region 11 576 confirmed (869) 468 deaths (42)
African Region 8337 confirmed (690) 349 deaths (23)
WHO RISK ASSESSMENT Global Level Very High

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Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Data as of 9 April 2020*

Reporting Country/ Territory/Area† Total confirmed ‡ cases Total confirmed new cases Total deaths Total new deaths Transmission classification§ Days since last reported case

Western Pacific Region

China 83249 92 3344 2 Cluster of cases 0

Republic of Korea 10423 39 204 4 Cluster of cases 0

Australia 6052 96 50 5 Cluster of cases 0

Japan 4768 511 85 4 Cluster of cases 0

Malaysia 4119 156 65 2 Cluster of cases 0

Philippines 3870 106 182 5 Cluster of cases 0

Singapore 1623 142 6 0 Cluster of cases 0 New Zealand 992 23 1 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Viet Nam 251 2 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Brunei Darussalam 135 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 4 Cambodia 117 2 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Mongolia 16 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Fiji 15 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 15 3 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Papua New Guinea 2 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Territories** Guam 125 4 4 0 Cluster of cases 0 French Polynesia 51 4 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 New Caledonia 18 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 6 Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth of the) 11 3 2 0 Pending 0

European Region

Spain 146690 6180 14555 757 Pending 0

Italy 139422 3836 17669 540 Pending 0

Germany 108202 4974 2107 246 Pending 0

France 81095 3869 10853 540 Pending 0

The United Kingdom 60737 5491 7097 938 Pending 0

Turkey 38226 4117 812 87 Community Transmission 0

Belgium 23403 1209 2240 205 Pending 0

Switzerland 22710 546 705 64 Community Transmission 0

Netherlands 20549 969 2248 147 Pending 0

Portugal 13141 699 380 35 Pending 0

Austria 12969 329 273 30 Pending 0

Russian Federation 10131 2634 76 18 Cluster of cases 0

Israel 9404 0 71 0 Pending 1

Sweden 8419 726 687 96 Pending 0

Ireland 6224 515 235 25 Pending 0

Norway 6010 147 80 11 Pending 0

Denmark 5402 331 218 15 Pending 0

Czechia 5312 295 99 11 Pending 0

Poland 5205 357 159 30 Pending 0

Romania 4761 344 209 27 Pending 0

Luxembourg 3034 64 46 2 Pending 0

Serbia 2666 219 65 4 Pending 0

Finland 2487 179 40 6 Pending 0

Ukraine 1892 224 57 5 Cluster of cases 0

Greece 1884 52 83 2 Pending 0

Iceland 1616 30 6 0 Pending 0 Croatia 1343 61 19 1 Pending 0 Estonia 1185 36 24 3 Pending 0 Republic of Moldova 1174 118 28 6 Pending 0 Slovenia 1091 36 40 4 Pending 0 Belarus 1066 205 13 0 Cluster of cases 0 Hungary 980 85 66 8 Pending 0 Armenia 921 44 10 2 Cluster of cases 0 Lithuania 912 32 15 0 Pending 0 Azerbaijan 822 105 8 0 Cluster of cases 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 816 35 35 3 Community Transmission 0 Kazakhstan 727 18 7 1 Pending 0 Slovakia 682 84 2 0 Pending 0 North Macedonia 617 18 30 3 Cluster of cases 0 Bulgaria 593 16 24 1 Pending 0 Latvia 577 29 2 0 Pending 0 Andorra 566 15 24 2 Community Transmission 0 Uzbekistan 555 21 3 0 Cluster of cases 0 Cyprus 526 32 14 0 Pending 0 Albania 409 9 22 0 Cluster of cases 0 San Marino 308 29 34 0 Community Transmission 0 Malta 299 6 1 1 Pending 0 Kyrgyzstan 280 10 4 0 Pending 0 Montenegro 248 0 2 0 Cluster of cases 1 Georgia 214 6 3 0 Cluster of cases 0 Liechtenstein 79 1 1 0 Pending 0 Monaco 54 14 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Holy See 8 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Territories** Kosovo[1] 224 40 6 1 Community Transmission 0 Faroe Islands 184 0 0 0 Pending 1 Jersey 170 0 3 0 Pending 1 Guernsey 166 0 4 0 Pending 1 Isle of Man 150 0 1 0 Pending 1 Gibraltar 113 0 1 0 Pending 1 Greenland 11 0 0 0 Pending 3

South-East Asia Region

India 5734 540 166 17 Community Transmission 0

Indonesia 2956 218 240 19 Community Transmission 0

Thailand 2423 54 32 2 Community Transmission 0

Bangladesh 218 54 20 3 Community Transmission 0

Sri Lanka 189 3 7 1 Cluster of cases 0

Myanmar 22 0 3 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Maldives 19 0 0 0 Cluster of cases 6 Nepal 9 0 0 0 Cluster of cases 4 Bhutan 5 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 6 Timor-Leste 1 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 19 Eastern Mediterranean Region Iran (Islamic Republic of) 64586 1997 3993 121 Pending 0 Pakistan 4322 250 63 5 Cluster of cases 0 Saudi Arabia 2932 137 41 0 Cluster of cases 0 United Arab Emirates 2659 300 12 0 Pending 0 Qatar 2210 153 6 0 Pending 0 Egypt 1560 110 103 9 Cluster of cases 0 Morocco 1275 91 93 3 Cluster of cases 0 Iraq 1202 80 69 4 Cluster of cases 0 Kuwait 855 112 1 0 Cluster of cases 0 Bahrain 823 12 5 0 Cluster of cases 0 Tunisia 628 5 24 1 Community Transmission 0 Lebanon 575 27 19 0 Cluster of cases 0 Oman 457 38 2 0 Cluster of cases 0 Afghanistan 444 21 15 1 Cluster of cases 0 Jordan 358 5 6 0 Cluster of cases 0 Djibouti 135 14 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Libya 21 1 1 0 Cluster of cases 0 Syrian Arab Republic 19 0 2 0 Community Transmission 3 Sudan 14 0 2 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Somalia 12 4 1 1 Sporadic Cases 0 Territories** occupied Palestinian territory 263 0 1 0 Cluster of cases 1

Region of the Americas

United States of America 395030 31709 12740 1895 Community Transmission 0

Canada 18433 1384 401 56 Community Transmission 0

Brazil 13717 1661 667 114 Community Transmission 0 Chile 5546 430 48 5 Community Transmission 0

Ecuador 4450 703 242 51 Community Transmission 0

Peru 2954 393 107 15 Community Transmission 0

Mexico 2785 346 141 16 Community Transmission 0

Panama 2249 149 59 4 Community Transmission 0

Dominican Republic 1956 0 98 0 Community Transmission 1 Colombia 1780 201 50 4 Community Transmission 0 Argentina 1715 87 60 7 Community Transmission 0 Costa Rica 483 16 2 0 Cluster of cases 0 Cuba 457 61 12 1 Cluster of cases 0 Uruguay 424 9 7 1 Cluster of cases 0 Honduras 312 7 22 0 Cluster of cases 0 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 210 16 15 1 Cluster of cases 0 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 166 1 7 0 Cluster of cases 0 Paraguay 119 4 5 0 Cluster of cases 0 Trinidad and Tobago 107 1 8 0 Cluster of cases 0 El Salvador 93 15 5 1 Cluster of cases 0 Guatemala 87 10 3 0 Cluster of cases 0 Barbados 63 3 3 1 Cluster of cases 0 Jamaica 63 4 3 0 Cluster of cases 0 Bahamas 36 3 6 1 Cluster of cases 0 Guyana 33 2 5 0 Cluster of cases 0 Haiti 27 2 1 0 Cluster of cases 0 Antigua and Barbuda 19 4 2 2 Cluster of cases 0 Dominica 15 0 0 0 Cluster of cases 1 Saint Lucia 14 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 3 Grenada 12 0 0 0 Cluster of cases 4 Saint Kitts and Nevis 11 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Suriname 10 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 5 Belize 8 1 1 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 8 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Nicaragua 6 0 1 0 Pending 2 Territories** Puerto Rico 620 47 24 1 Cluster of cases 0 Martinique 152 1 4 0 Cluster of cases 0 Guadeloupe 139 0 8 1 Cluster of cases 1 French Guiana 77 5 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Aruba 74 3 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Cayman Islands 45 6 2 1 Cluster of cases 0 United States Virgin Islands 45 2 1 0 Cluster of cases 0 Sint Maarten 40 0 8 0 Sporadic Cases 1

Bermuda 39 0 2 0 Cluster of cases 1 Saint Martin 31 0 2 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Curaçao 14 1 1 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Montserrat 8 2 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Turks and Caicos Islands 8 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Saint Barthélemy 6 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 9 Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 5 3 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Anguilla 3 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 5 British Virgin Islands 3 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 8 Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 2 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 5 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 1

African Region

South Africa 1845 96 18 5 Community Transmission 0

Algeria 1572 104 205 11 Community Transmission 0

Cameroon 730 175 10 1 Cluster of cases 0 Burkina Faso 384 20 19 1 Cluster of cases 0 Côte d’Ivoire 384 35 3 0 Cluster of cases 0 Niger 342 64 11 0 Cluster of cases 0 Ghana 313 26 6 1 Cluster of cases 0 Nigeria 276 22 6 0 Cluster of cases 0 Mauritius 273 5 7 0 Cluster of cases 0 Senegal 244 7 2 0 Cluster of cases 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo 207 24 20 0 Cluster of cases 0 Kenya 179 7 6 0 Cluster of cases 0 Guinea 164 20 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Rwanda 110 5 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Madagascar 93 1 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Togo 70 12 3 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Congo 60 15 5 0 Cluster of cases 0 Mali 56 9 6 1 Sporadic Cases 0 Ethiopia 55 3 2 1 Sporadic Cases 0 Uganda 53 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Zambia 39 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 6 Eritrea 33 2 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Guinea-Bissau 33 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Liberia 31 17 4 1 Sporadic Cases 0 Benin 26 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 1 United Republic of Tanzania 25 1 1 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Gabon 24 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Angola 19 2 2 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Mozambique 17 7 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 4 Namibia 16 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 3 Eswatini 12 2 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Seychelles 11 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Zimbabwe 11 0 3 1 Sporadic Cases 1 Central African Republic 10 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Chad 10 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Malawi 8 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 1 Cabo Verde 7 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Sierra Leone 7 1 0 0 Sporadic Cases 0 Botswana 6 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 2 Mauritania 6 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 5 Gambia 4 0 1 0 Sporadic Cases 6 São Tomé and Príncipe 4 0 0 0 Pending 2 Burundi 3 0 0 0 Sporadic Cases 5 South Sudan 1 0 0 0 Pending 3 Territories** Réunion 362 4 0 0 Cluster of cases 0 Mayotte 186 2 2 0 Cluster of cases 0

Subtotal for all Regions 1435486 82837 85511 6287

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) 712 0 11 0 Pending 24

Grand total 1436198 82837 85522 6287

China Is Preparing to Start a War with America — American Thinker | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

Comment by tonytran2015: , posted 2017 April 01.

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/china-is-preparing-to-start-a-war-with-america-american-thinker/

When they attack an American naval ship in the South China Sea, they won’t need to worry about the support of their own nation because they will have convinced the people that America started the war and a peaceful and beneficent China was reluctantly, and only as a last resort, defending itself.

China is facing a demographic time bomb and has ten years to rewrite the facts on the ground. It is facing a quandary of epic proportions. It won’t be long before it has the oldest population on the planet. Those people will be old before they are rich.

China’s business model is existentially flawed. It has extraordinary debt that is multiples of its GDP, having grown exponentially through government funding of empty cities, military buildup, high-speed rail to nowhere, a Belt and Road initiative that’s becoming obvious to partner countries as a means of colonialist extortion, and various other nonproductive government lending to CCP members. Its vaunted reserves will soon disappear.

China is also a nation, thanks to the “one child” initiative, that has hundreds of millions of young men with no prospect of marriage. Hundreds of millions of “incel” men make for either an angry and expendable fighting force or a bane upon society.

China is on the clock. Today, it is formidable, with a sophisticated and capable military. The Chinese may be able to win a confrontation, even a war, with the United States. Under Obama’s policy of surrender, China had a chance of overtaking us economically while growing its military until its primacy was a fait accompli. But Trump killed that dream with his trade war, exposing the inherent weaknesses of the Chinese economy. And should the aftermath of the pandemic play out without interference, China’s position in the world will be irreparably damaged.

Time is not on China’s side. Unless the Chinese destroy us on the field of battle soon, the clock will run out, and the dream of the coming “Chinese century” will be just that: a dream.

Everything they are doing points to them preparing to do so.

For China, there will never be a better time to start a war with America.

Run for the hills! Pentagon sends teams into MOUNTAIN BUNKERS as pandemic preparations go into full swing – Counter Information

Comment by tonytran2015: This is a justifiable, cautious move. China may use this extraordinary time to mount a surprise attack on USA (Sun Tzu’s Art of War taught that victories should not defer to etiquette).

https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/run-for-the-hills-pentagon-sends-teams-into-mountain-bunkers-as-pandemic-preparations-go-into-full-swing/

The US’ Northern Command has sent teams of essential staff deep underground to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic. On the surface, more than a million grunts won’t be quite as cocooned.

“Our dedicated professionals of the NORAD and NORTHCOM command and control watch have left their homes, said goodbye to their families, and are isolated from everyone to ensure they can stand the watch each and every day to defend our homeland,” O’Shaughnessy said. He also said that personnel sent underground will share the bunker with other members of the military, but he is “not at liberty to discuss who’s moving in there.”

Another team has been sent to an undisclosed location, O’Shaughnessy added.