Feb 25

FYI.


As Bitcoin Surges To Record High, China Prepares Its Own Digital Currency:

Bitcoin is a primary means of capital flight out of China. How long will that last? Here’s one key thought on bitcoin from the article: “OKCoin is among cryptocurrency exchanges that has recently taken steps to halt bitcoin withdrawals amid efforts to clamp down on capital outflows.When China launches its own cryptocurrency, will it ban Bitcoin transactions? If so, what happens to the price of Bitcoin?

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Feb 25

Related info:

Chinese Adults Hire Wet Nurses To Provide Human Breast Milk On Demand For Around $2,700 Per Month


EXCLUSIVE ‘White gold’: How mothers are selling their breast milk for up to $500 a litre as demand from athletes, cancer patients and men with fetishes skyrocket

  • A mother has revealed how high the demand for black market breast milk is
  • The woman says milk can sell for between $200 and $500 per litre in Australia
  • Buyers include cancer patients, mothers with no milk and elite athletes  
  • Other buyers have breast milk fetishes – they are often willing to pay the most 

Mothers can earn up to a staggering $500 per litre for their breast milk on the black market, with cancer patients, athletes and people with fetishes first in line for the product.

A mother-of-two told Daily Mail Australia she sells her breast milk to cancer patients and refuses to charge more than $30 a litre for it – but her friends earn much more.

‘Some athletes are happy to pay $220 a litre regularly – more if the mother eats clean and exercises regularly,’ she said.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Feb 25

Retired Green Beret Warns “There Are Destabilizing Forces At Work Here”:

A tremendous number of things are happening in North Korea and Russia, which although not momentous when taken separately; are quite profound within a grander scheme: the worldwide plot to form a state of global governance.

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Feb 24

The $74 Trillion Global Economy In One Chart

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Feb 24

Jan 23, 2017

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“Very disturbing…….”

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Feb 22

In Latest “Military Escalation” China Prepares Deployment Of SAM Batteries On South China Sea Islands

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Feb 21

Bitcoin Soars Above $1100, Near Record Highs As Chinese Bypass Crackdown

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Feb 19

US Aircraft Carrier Group Begins “Routine” Patrols In Disputed South China Sea

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Feb 14

Full steam ahead: China plans floating nuclear power plants by 2020

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Feb 14

China Just Created A Record $540 Billion In Debt In One Month

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Feb 14

What???


Global Mercury Emissions by Country and Sector

H/t reader kevin a:

“China emits 570,000 kg of Mercury a year?”

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Feb 13

World’s Largest Container Carrier “Unexpectedly” Has Big Loss in Crushed Industry. Now Trade War with China Looms

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Feb 10

Bitcoin Plunges After Chinese Exchanges Suspend Bitcoin Withdrawals:

Yesterday’s ominous closed-door meetings between the PBOC and bitcoin exchanges, appears to have had a dramatic effect, and as at least two Chinese bitcoin exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, reported moments ago, all bitcoin withdrawals are now effectively suspended.

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Feb 06

China Unveils New Ballistic Missile Capable Of Hitting Taiwan, US Bases In Asia:

Two weeks after China allegedly unveiled a new ICBM system “in response to Trump’s provocative remarks”, a report which however was subsequently denied by Chinese officials, China had no qualms about revealing another highly accurate ballistic missile in recent Rocket Force drills, which is capable of threatening not only Taiwan and the contested South China Sea islands, but also U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia.

As AP reports, the medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry’s website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday. Continue reading »

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Feb 01

FYI.


Former ADF head says China’s military rise in South China Sea is almost complete:

A SENIOR defence expert has warned it’s “too late” to stop China from taking ownership of the South China Sea.

Former head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Sir Angus Houston said China’s controversial ramp-up of its military presence is almost complete.

Sir Angus, who was chief of the ADF from 2005 to 2011, said he had seen images of the militarised islands suggesting China’s presence was permanent. Continue reading »

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Feb 01

EU President: EU now at war with Trump. (And Russia, China, Radical Islam, Populism):

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has joined Verhofstadt in denouncing the Trump administration in a letter to European heads of state, clearly conveying the ranks of EU bureaucrats are closing. According to Tusk, unity is necessary since:

“Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.”

Overnight, this statement seems to put the US on a par with Radical Islam, China and Russia, about which the same letter states: Continue reading »

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Jan 29

War With US Becoming A “Practical Reality” Chinese Military Warns:

In the harshest warning yet that China is actively contemplating a worst case scenario for its diplomatic relations with the US, a senior Chinese military official said that “a war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.The remarks, first reported by the SCMP, were published on the People’s Liberation Army website in response to the escalating rhetoric towards China from America’s new administration, and as Beijing braces itself for a possible deterioration in Sino-US ties, with a particular emphasis on maritime security.

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Jan 28

26.01.2017

Japan blanketed by sea effect snow so intense that it is creating wind vorticies off the islands in the East China Sea. Tottori Prefecture received a full years worth of snow in one day. Highways cut, millions of people stranded, power outages and in Hokkaido ski resorts closed due to too much snow. North Korea is upgrading its agriculture and Honey oranges out of China ripen six weeks late, no demand now that Chinese New Year is Passing.

Heavy snow stalls 650 cars in Tottori Prefecture
http://the-japan-news.com/news/articl…
https://weatherspark.com/averages/332…
https://www.currentresults.com/Weathe…
Severe winter storm hits Japan, intense sea-effect snow https://watchers.news/2017/01/15/wint…
The Coming Famine https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/j…
North Korea looking to modernize agriculture http://www.freshplaza.com/article/169…
http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.p…
Snow first time in 20 years Hikone city, Shiga prefecture https://www.iceagenow.info/japan-snow…
http://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201701…
https://www.iceagenow.info/?s=japan

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Jan 24

China Deploys ICBM System “In Response To Trump’s Provocative Remarks”:

China is wasting no time to project power in a world in which it believes Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine has created a “superpower vacuum.”

One day after a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday that Beijing is prepared to “assume a role of world leadership if others step back from that position” after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged in his first speech to put “America first”, Beijing has reportedly deployed an advanced Dongfeng-41 ICBM system in Heilongjiang Province, which borders with Russia. Continue reading »

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Jan 24

China Just Issued a Nuclear Warning to Donald Trump and the United States:

Beijing — Following comments made by White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday in which he said the United States would absolutely protect its interests in the South China Sea, the Asian superpower has fired back through its state-run media — going so far as to suggest China should beef up its nuclear arsenal in the face of Donald Trump’s presidency.

As reported by the newswire service Agence-France Presse (AFP) on Tuesday, “In recent days, Chinese social media has carried pictures purporting to show an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system deployed in the Northeast.” Continue reading »

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Jan 24

Chinese Bitcoin Trading Volumes Crash 90% Overnight

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Jan 23

For The First Time Ever Russia Beats Saudi Arabia As China’s Top Oil Supplier

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Jan 23

China Says It Is Ready To Assume “World Leadership”, Slams Western Democracy As “Flawed”:

“If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China,” a top Chinese diplomat said, adding that “if China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities,” he added.

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Jan 22

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Jan 21

Chinese, Germans Bidding To Turn Abandoned Nuclear Wasteland Of Chernobyl Into Solar Farm:

For 30 years the 1,000 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia have lay largely inhabited and remains one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world.  But that’s all about to change if a group of German and Chinese investors have their way about it.

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Jan 20

China Censors Trump Inauguration: “It’s Forbidden For Websites To Carry Reports Of The Inauguration”:

While the US public and global markets will be transfixed by the events in Washington today, Trump’s emerging nemesis in the upcoming trade wars, China, has decided to avoid the event altogether. According to the FT, Beijing’s infamous censors have ordered media outlets to mute their reporting of Trump’s inauguration “as the Communist party continues to weigh its response to a new administration that has threatened to tear up the rule book of US-China relations.”

The FT notes that propaganda officials have ordered the press only to use reports on the ceremony written by central state media, according to several Chinese journalists.

“It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” said the censorship instructions highlighted by the Financial Times.  Continue reading »

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Jan 18

Filipino Defense Minister Changes Course, Takes Harder Line on China:

Manila — On Monday, a Philippines’ foreign minister announced his country had filed an official complaint against China — a move, as Anti-Mediareported, that actually demonstrates a strengthening diplomatic bond between the two countries rather than a weakening one. On Tuesday, the Filipino defense minister took a harder line on the issue of China’s installation of military hardware on artificial islands in the South China Sea.

“The actions of China militarizing those disputed features are very troubling,” Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. “They do not square with the Chinese government’s rhetoric that its purpose is peaceful and friendly.”

On Monday, Filipino Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay toldCNN Philippines that “when we take action in engaging China in this dispute, we do not want to take such aggressive, proactive action that will not solve the problem.” Yasay said the filing of the official complaint, as the diplomatic process dictates, was to ensure “the interests and rights of the Philippines are properly protected.” Continue reading »

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Jan 18

Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years

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Jan 14

Trump Says He Is Open To Lifting Russia Sanctions, Won’t Label China Currency Manipulator “On Day One”:

In his first full interview of the new year, President-elect Donald Trump explains his approach to foreign policy from a “realpolitik” lens, when he told the WSJ overnight that relations with China and Russia will depend on the degree to which the two countries cooperate with U.S. economic, diplomatic and military priorities.

The interview comes one day after China’s incensed press rebuked a statement by Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing, when he said that China will not be granted access to the disputed South China Sea islands, responding that “such remarks are not worth taking seriously because they are a mish-mash of naivety, shortsightedness, worn-out prejudices, and unrealistic political fantasies” and  “would set a course for devastating confrontation between China and the US.Continue reading »

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Jan 14

US Deploys Third Carrier Group In Asia To Boost “Naval Air Forces” In Disputed South China Sea:

The US Navy will deploy a third Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group in Asia to add to the fleet of two carriers already patrolling the South China Sea. This new deployment is part of US Navy’s attempt to boost its naval air forces in this part of Asian region.

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