Global Trade Wars Begin: Wilbur Ross Recommends Major Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum Focusing On China, Russia

Billionaire Wilbur Ross made his money working for Rothschild, has an apartment in the same building as Evelyn de Rothschild & Henry Kissinger.

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A never before western published paleoclimate study from China suggests warmer temperatures in the past

A never before western published paleoclimate study from China suggests warmer temperatures in the past

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China Deploys 300,000 Soldiers To N.Korean Border In “Preparation For Potential War”

China Deploys 300,000 Soldiers To N.Korean Border In “Preparation For Potential War”:

While the specter of a nuclear war with North Korea has faded in recent weeks, China is not taking chances, and ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Chinese government has deployed 300,000 troops and multiple mobile strike groups to its highly-guarded border with North Korea, a move which signals that Beijing is quietly gearing for a potential crisis between Kim Jong Un and the United States in the coming months.

According to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo news, “China is preparing for a potential war on the Korean Peninsula by reinforcing missile defenses near the border with North Korea” citing a report from Radio Free Asia. “Military units in Yanbian were relocated from Heilongjiang Province, thus adding 300,000 troops along the border.”

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China Intercepts Missile in Space One Week After Failed US Attempt

China Intercepts Missile in Space One Week After Failed US Attempt:

Less than a week after a US missile defense system failed to intercept a ballistic missile outside the Earth’s atmosphere, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense claimed to have triumphed where the Americans stumbled.

China carried out a missile interception exercise that was successful and achieved Beijing’s “expected goals,” Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday. “This test was defensive and not aimed at any country,” the Chinese Defense Ministry noted.

The test Beijing claims was a success thwarted a ballistic missile during the “mid-course” stage of its flight path, which occurs outside Earth’s atmosphere, the South China Morning Post noted.

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Leaked Photos Show “Secret Railgun” Mounted On Chinese Warship

A Chinese warship moored on the Yangtze River appears to be undergoing a somewhat unique upgrade at a shipyard in Hubei, which may indicate the People’s Liberation Army has become the first military in the world to mount an electromagnetic hypersonic railgun onto a ship.

On January 31st, ship observers from China leaked surveillance photographs of what appears to be an electromagnetic hypersonic railgun at Wuchang Shipyard. The images show the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 072 III landing ship called the Haiyang shan (hull number 936) with its standard twin 37-millimeter cannons removed, and what is suspected, a railgun in its place with support containers situated midship.

The Russian Times speculates that the containers located midship are support systems for the suspected railgun and highlights the similarities of the railgun to the one developed by BAE Systems.

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Five Chinese Children Get Lab-Made Ears Grown From Their Own Cells

Five Chinese Children Get Lab-Made Ears Grown From Their Own Cells:

Chinese scientists say they have accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine – giving someone a new, perfectly compatible ear, freshly grown in the lab. What makes the feat a world-first is that the ear was made using that person’s very own cells.

The experimental procedure was performed on five children, ages six to 10 years, with an underdeveloped ear, a condition known as microtia. Currently, the only cosmetic treatments available involve grafting on a synthetic ear, which can be rejected by the body, or an ear roughly sculpted out of rib cartilage by a surgeon, which often looks less than natural.

The researchers created a 3D-printed replica of each child’s normal ear (obtained via a CT scan), but with the dimensions reversed. This replica was then used to create a mould littered with tiny holes and made out of biodegradable material. The mould was filled in with cartilage cells taken from the children’s deformed ear that were further grown in the lab. Over 12 weeks, the cells started to grow into the shape of the mould, replacing bits of it that had already disintegrated. This part-ear/part-mould was then grafted onto the children, some of whom required their own 12-week long procedure that stretched out their skin wide enough to accommodate it.

The first surgery was performed two and a half years ago on a six-year-old, with the latest operation taking place just two months ago. So far, the ears have stayed put, with no signs of the body inadvertently absorbing or rejecting the material. Cartilage has also continued to gradually replace the mould, resulting in a more natural-looking ear over time. The team’s results were published in the journal EBioMedicine.

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Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum

Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum:

Physicists are getting close to building lasers powerful enough to rip matter out of a vacuum.

According to a report published Jan. 24 in the journal Science, a team of Chinese scientists is getting ready to start construction this year on a 100-petawatt laser in Shanghai known as the Station of Extreme Light, or SEL. That puts them at the front of a wide field of scientists around the world who are working to realize a prediction published in the journal Physical Review Letters in 2010 by a team of American and French physicists that a sufficiently powerful laser could cause electrons to appear out of a vacuum.

It might seem weird to imagine that electrons could appear out of empty space. But it makes a lot more sense in light of a strange claim of quantum electrodynamics: “Empty” space isn’t empty at all, but rather is made up of densely packed pairs of matter and antimatter. Those pairs tightly fill up the gaps between everything, quantum electrodynamics states — they just don’t interact in any noticeable way with the rest of the universe, because they cancel one another out. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]

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China tells world: It’s us or the United States ahead of President Trump’s Davos speech

China tells world: It’s us or the United States ahead of President Trump’s Davos speech:

CHINA has given the world a blunt choice by asking global leaders to choose between Xi Jinping’s global outlook and that of US President Donald Trump.

In a strongly worded editorial by the state’s news agency, Beijing said the world needed to choose between “two fundamentally different outlooks” which included the Chinese President’s shared future and Mr Trump’s America First policy.

The commentary, by Xinhua, comes as global leaders and policy makers gather in the Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum which draws to a close on Friday.

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China’s First GMO Rice Gets US FDA Approval

China’s First GM Rice Gets US FDA Approval:

A genetically modified (GM) rice product developed by a group of Chinese scientists has acquired the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the first such Chinese product allowed to enter the US market.

Source: www.globaltimes.cn

However, neither China nor the US has approved mass cultivation of the rice amid low acceptance from the Chinese public for GM food.

Huahui No.1 rice, developed by the Huazhong Agricultural University, is genetically engineered to resist a wide range of insects, thus reducing the use of pesticides.

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200 Million Investors May Have Lost Everything In Largest Ponzi Scheme In China’s History

200 Million Investors May Have Lost Everything In Largest Ponzi Scheme In China’s History:

China has had its share of ponzi-like investment scheme blow ups in the past, most recently last April  as we described in “Investors Rage After 3 Billion Yuan Vanish From China’s Largest Private Bank” and previously in “Chinese Investors Find Out They Got Fleeced By A $7 Billion Ponzi Scheme.” But nothing quite like this, and no, it does not involve cryptocurrencies.

According to the Asia Times, at the height of its business operations, online investment company, Qbao.com, had around 200 million registered users. With its “get rich quick” promises and tantalizing tales of up 80% returns, the company had a cult-like following with investors known as Baofen or fans of Qbao, not to mention potential clients clamoring to sign up for the financial firm’s products, leading to as many as 2 million new users every day in late 2017. Even the full name of the company, Qianbao, had the veneer of success, as it translates into “money treasure.

Unfortunately for up to 200 millions ordinary Chinese, dreams of overnight riches became a nightmare when the founder of the site, Zhang Xiaolei, was placed in police custody after turning himself in just before the start of the new year.

He has been accused of illegally raising 70 billion yuan or some $11 billion, according to sources close to the Chinese authorities and reported in the mainland media. If those allegations are true, this would be the largest online investment fraud in China’s history.

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Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy

Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy:

The US will counter any “threat to America’s democracy experiment,” including using military force, the Pentagon chief said unveiling the new defense strategy that sidelines the war on terror in favor of “inter-state competition.”

Unveiling the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy, Jim Mattis said the main focus for US defense was competition with resurgent powers Russia and China which, he said, want to impose an authoritarian model of government on other nations.

“We are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based international order—creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory. Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security,” says the summary of the new NDS published simultaneously.

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