Stuck between China and the US, Australia must choose its best friend – ABC News

… It also buries the notion that Australia does not have

to choose between its biggest trading partner China and its strategic alliance shared values and friendship with the United States.

We have returned to a world of great power rivalry with the risk of war —
Morrison says ever present and growing — and Australia has chosen.

It was the choice we would always make: we are all in with America.

Russia still has a military edge over Ukraine, but Ukraine has plans to make a future war more costly for Moscow | Ukraine Today .org

…In April, Russia conducted a massive military buildup about 100 miles from its border with Ukraine, which increased tensions, stoked fighting between Ukrainian and separatist forces, and worried many that another invasion was imminent.

The buildup included over 100,000 troops, over 1,000 military vehicles, 200 aircraft, and some 60 warships — including vessels from as far away as the Northern Fleet and Caspian Flotilla.

Malaysia accuses China of conducting ‘suspicious’ activity over contested South China Sea – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Aggression on others in their disasters is not unusual for immoral nations.

Malaysia’s air force says 16 Chinese military transport planes came close to violating Malaysian airspace after they were detected conducting “suspicious” activity over the South China Sea.The Chinese planes did not contact the regional air traffic controller despite being instructed several times, the air force said.

China and the Philippines’ tense stand-off over Scarborough Shoal leaves fishermen in fear – ABC News

The international tribunal rejected China’s territorial claim in 2016, although it acknowledged Chinese fishermen had enjoyed traditional fishing rights in the area that were “not extinguished”. 

It found China had violated its duty to respect the traditional fishing rights of Philippine fishermen by halting access to the shoal after May 2012


High in the Himalayas, China is planning to build the mother of all mega dams – ABC News

…the Chinese Government announced it would seek to exploit the hydropower potential of the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo — a transboundary river that flows from Tibet into India, where it becomes the Brahmaputra, and then into Bangladesh as the Jamuna.

Furious China Says It “Expelled” US Destroyer That “Illegally” Entered Territorial Waters

 China is furious and has lashed out Thursday over allegations that a US warship entered Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea. It comes two days after a PLA Navy ship followed the USS Curtis Wilbur as it conducted a “routine transit” through…

China says US warship illegally entered its territory in South China Sea – ABC News

  • Washington rejects what it has called unlawful territorial claims asserted by Beijing in the South China Sea
  • China accuses the US of creating security risks in the resource-rich waters

In a statement, the Chinese military’s Southern Theater Command said the USS Curtis Wilbur, a guided-missile destroyer,  entered the waters near the Paracel Islands without permission, adding that its ships and planes followed the US vessel.

It said China opposed the US action, which it said violated its sovereignty and undermined regional peace and stability.

US actions “increase regional security risks, which easily cause misunderstandings, misjudgments and unforeseen maritime incidents,” People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre Command spokesman Colonel Tian Junli said in a notice posted on social media.

Netanyahu Warns Biden Not to Get Involved, by Philip Giraldi | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

As far as the Middle East goes, Israel has controlled US foreign policy there for quite some time. From Philip Giraldi at

An interesting recent article by international lawyer John Whitbeck suggests that the billions of dollars that the United States gives to Israel annually is not technically “foreign aid” as the Jewish state is as measured by per capita GDP the 19th wealthiest in the world, ahead of countries like Germany. It is, instead “tribute,” which is defined as the “payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence.”

That the United States has surrendered key aspects of its national sovereignty to Israeli control has been observed by many. Whitbeck dates the submission to the events surrounding the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in June 1967, in which 34 crewmen died and 172 were injured in an attempt to sink the ship and kill all the crew.

To protect Israel, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara initiated a cover-up that has persisted until this day. The unavenged killing of large numbers of US servicemen has signaled to a series of Israeli governments since that time that they could do anything to Washington without any consequences, including spying on its benefactor, involving Washington in its own wars, and exploiting the US Treasury as its own resource.

The United States has favored Israel above all other nations while a series of Republican and Democratic administrations have accepted that the US is the junior partner in the relationship virtually without demur, culminating in the unprecedented Barack Obama arrangement whereby Israel would receive $38 billion over the course of ten years, automatically and with no conditions placed on the Jewish state’s actions vis-à-vis American regional interests. And now, with the bloodletting continuing unabated in Gaza, Honest Joe Biden has agreed to “sell” the Israelis $735 million worth of new weapons to replenish their arsenal.

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