When Donald “ BONE SPURS” T-RUMP meets with X-Jinping and tells you what a great relationship they have, remember the three  four biggest lies ever told.



The big three have been surpassed by Donald  “ Bone Spurs” T-RUMP and his nearly 12,900 bigly whoppers since 2016. The US military is not the primary force anymore in Asia, and it would struggle to defend its allies against the Chinese. This sobering assessment comes from a new report that claims missiles from China’s rapidly improving military could overwhelm US bases in the region in a matter of hours. 

So, Japan, Australia and other US partners need to bolster their forces in the region, said the report from the United States Study Center at Australia's University of Sydney. A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said the country’s military policy is "defensive in nature." Hitler claimed that too,  that Germany was wronged and defensive…

The Pentagon has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment.  But a recent order for an additional 50,000 roles of toilet paper for the bathrooms was a welcome order for Charmin replacing the Chinese sandpaper they have been buying.  On a need to know basis our insider claims this was a necessity since so much sh*t has been coming from the WhiteHouse,  a softer paper was needed, it was sorely needed.



The rest of the world was watching the pomp, circumstance and speeches celebrating China’s 70th anniversary Tuesday, but military analysts were glued to another spectacle in the heart of Beijing: the arsenal of cutting-edge weaponry capable of challenging U.S. military might for decades to come.

The lavish event marking seven decades of Communist Party rule gave Beijing a golden opportunity to showcase new hypersonic missiles, top-of-the-line drones, tanks, stealth bombers, unmanned underwater vehicles, helicopters that rival U.S. Black Hawks, and a host of other military technology that highlights the nation’s ever-rising defense budget and its long-term plan to cut into American superiority in Asia and beyond.

Analysts called the display a clear warning to the West and an indication that China’s military progress — already at the point where Beijing is likely capable of going toe-to-toe with the U.S. in the Pacific — is accelerating at a rapid pace. Pentagon officials say their strategy to counter China acknowledges the new paradigm and the uncomfortable truth that unquestioned U.S. power may be a thing of the past.

“We’re no longer in a period of overwhelming American dominance but rather one in which our armed forces are adapting to fight against near-peer competitors who are fielding increasingly sophisticated capabilities,” Randall G. Shriver, assistant secretary of defense for Indi-Pacific security affairs, told an audience at the Brookings Institution in Washington just hours after the parade.

Many of those new light tanks assault and airdrop tanks, underwater drones and specific invasion vehicles were designed for shallow water usage possibly when China makes a move against Taiwan. 


In arguing that President Trump’s trade war is un-winnable, in Foreign Affairs that China has played the tit-for-tat game of tariffs more cunningly, placing tariffs only on US goods that can be easily substituted, while exempting or even lowering tariffs on US goods that can’t be. 

“Beijing’s nimble calculations are well illustrated by the example of lobsters,” Shan writes. “China imposed a 25 percent tariff on US lobsters in July 2018, precipitating a 70 percent drop in US lobster exports. At the same time, Beijing cut tariffs on Canadian lobsters by three percent, and as a result, Canadian lobster exports to China doubled.  Chinese consumers now pay less for lobsters imported from essentially the same waters."

Meanwhile, US consumers are simply paying more for hard-to-substitute, Chinese-manufactured products like iPhones. China’s strategy is one more reason—along with American manufacturers' plans to stay in China, or relocate elsewhere instead of going back to the US—why the trade war is proving difficult for America to win, Shan argues.



China expert Andrew Nathan writes some reasons why China feels it’s winning the trade war:  China has already replaced US agricultural imports, tariffs may hit US workers harder than Chinese, and its state-run economy can create new jobs more easily to absorb damage.   Thats T-RUMPS biggest lie to the farmers you and me are financing withe the fake tariff money being given to them.  ( A sixteen billion dollar lie) 

China is taking a long view, Nathan writes, with President Xi predicting “containment and provocation” from the US until 2049, when China will (he believes) surpass it. “Trade war or no trade war, decoupling or no decoupling, China is on the path to economic independence from the United States,” Nathan writes; consequently, when Xi and President Trump next talk, the Chinese leader might offer Trump a worse deal than the one China has left on the table.

While Trump appears bent on rectifying the US-China trade deficit, that US multinationals will feel the most heat. They reap outsized sales revenue from their investments in China, and if the trade war drags on, those firms stand to suffer most, they write.  Singapore (CNN)China's defense minister on Sunday issued a stern rebuke to the United States amid the ongoing trade war and tension over the South China Sea and Taiwan, saying his country would "not let others prey on or divide us."


Gen. Wei Fenghe told delegates at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that Beijing would not yield an inch of territory — and any foreign interference was doomed to failure.  He specifically called out the US and its Taiwan Relations Act, the 1979 law which permits Washington to provide defense weapons to the Taipei government and help defend the island from invasion.

China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe addresses the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2.   China considers Taiwan a renegade province. The two separated at the end of a bloody civil war in 1949 and the US only has official diplomatic relations with Beijing.

"How can the US enact a law to interfere in China's internal affairs? Is there any sense in that?" Wei asked.

Wei cited Abraham Lincoln fighting to keep the US united during the Civil War, adding: "Not a single country in the world would tolerate secession. The US is indivisible and so is China."

Wei spoke at the conference a day after acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who challenged Beijing to adhere to a “ Rules-based order" so it could fully gain the trust of the international community.  ut Wei said China was just taking measures to ensure prosperity and a better life for all involved.

"China has never provoked a war or conflict, taken land or invaded another country," said Wei, the highest-ranking Chinese official to attend Asia's top defense summit in eight years. "China has never preyed on others. We shall not let others prey on or divide us either."

Beijing claims almost the entire 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory and aggressively asserts its stake. US military officials, meanwhile, have vowed to continue enforcing a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Wei portrayed the South China Sea situation as largely a stand-off between Washington and Beijing.  "Who is threatening security and stability in the South China Sea?" he asked, answering countries outside the region “ ho come to flex muscles" who would then "walk away and leave a mess behind."  Those countries forced China to build up military facilities on the disputed islands, Wei said.   "In the face of heavily armed ships and military aircraft, how can we not build defense facilities," he said.

Wei defended China’s detention of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province for economic and security reasons.  "The policy of China in Xinjiang is absolutely right. Because over the past more than two years there is no single terrorist attack in Xinjiang. The living standard of the local people has improved," he said

Wei also blamed Washington for the ongoing trade war.  "As for the recent trade friction started by the US, if the US wants to talk we will keep the door open. If they want to fight, we will fight until the end,” he said.  "Bully us? No way,” he added.

It is not just an airfield nor a summer home for the Chinese military, it is an
1) Armed camp, 2) Marine base with support ships  3) An airport with both fighters and bombers 4) All types of missile capability in:   Air-to-Air, Surface-to-Air, Surface-to-Surface, Ship-to Air.

This is the Chinese deterrent in strengths situated strategically to overcome the American presence
 in that region of the world.  Soon China will expand to other locations.  
You cannot expect a carrier force to keep the peace.



In other trade news, the game of brinkmanship between the US and China keeps escalating, and it looks like China may be ready to play the ace up its sleeve: Rare earth metals. China's top economic planning agency indicated the country may be poised to curb exports of rare earths. Chinese state media also published this dire notice to Washington: “ on't say we didn't warn you." 

Rare earth metals are key to manufacturing technology like smartphones, speakers and tablets, as well as items vital to weapons systems, like lasers, radar, sonar, night vision systems and jet engines. They aren't actually rare, but they are difficult to mine safely, and China basically has the market cornered. About a third of the world's rare earth deposits are found there, but the country controls more than 90% of production. And restricting their trade could be a serious game changer.  Cobalt - It is a key element in Lithium Batteries


The T-RUMP administration’s blacklisting of Huawei “might well be China’s Sputnik moment, with seismic consequences,” Fareed writes in his latest Washington Post column.  Cut off from Western supply chains, China may begin to develop its own processors and phone operating systems—in effect, a separate technological system of its own, spurred by President Trump. “Watching China’s technological prowess these days, it is easy to imagine the country rising to this challenge,” 

EDOTOR:  And with T-RUMPS stupidity and naiveness thing he calls the shots, we are in as Jar-Jar Binks would say, “ deep do-do”.

Fareed writes. “We might be moving toward a bipolar world in digital technology with two walled-off ecosystems: US and Chinese.” That avoidable decoupling would not only make the world less prosperous, as Fareed writes, it also would have consequences for global democracy. 

As a Quartz report from Zambia illustrates, less-expensive Chinese tech is attractive to the developing world, but it also lets governments enjoy greater controls—meaning that as China powers a vast expansion of connectivity in places like Africa, it’s also giving a boost to repression and authoritarianism.

China Grows Anti-American, and an Algorithm Says It Won’t Back Down
China had held off criticizing America or publicizing the trade war, but since President T-RUMP piled on new tariffs, China has revved up a propaganda machine that’s fanning anti-American nationalism.

Which, according to a computer algorithm, is a sign that China won’t back down in the trade war. Researchers at George Mason University and Bates White Economic Consulting have fed China’s state-run newspaper, the People’s Daily, into an algorithm that “reads” it and predicts whether Chinese policy will change. According to the algorithm, “China has not yet shown any signs of backing down on the US demands” on trade, they write in The National Interest.


China fired back in the trade war with the US, and Wall Street took the first hit. The Dow dropped 617 points after China announced it was hiking tariffs on $60 billion worth of imported American goods. More than 4,000 US goods are targeted. 

Most of them now carry tariffs of 25% -- up from 10% when they were first levied last September. These new tariffs are in retaliation for hikes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, announced last week. 

The Trump administration hopes this economic brinkmanship will force the Chinese into cutting a trade deal, but there's no guarantee that's going to happen. China's tariffs will also hit US farmers especially hard, and some farmers are getting nervous. They have a message for President Trump: "This can't go on."

For all the panic about China’s rising global influence, we should all just settle down a bit, China’s ambitions involve regional territorial claims with historical precedent, he writes—not world domination. Its military doesn’t threaten America, and it remains surrounded by competitors, like South Korea and Japan, that will naturally contain it. China’s influence will grow, and that will pose some problems, but the US shouldn’t treat China as an “enemy,” Bandow argues; doing so would only turn it into one.

Well,  now it’s getting real. The Trump administration raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports just after midnight. The tariffs went from 10% to 25%. China promised it will hit back. US and Chinese negotiators will resume trade talks later today in Washington. US consumers haven't really felt the bite of tariffs so far, but that could change with this round because these expanded tariffs could result in a 25% tax on almost everything else the US imports from China. So that means your shoes, toys and iPhones could become more expensive. 

They could all get more expensive if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to expand tariffs on Chinese imports to include an additional $325 billion in goods left out last year. 

The administration is already moving ahead with plans to hike existing tariffs starting Friday on industrial components and other goods, from 10% to 25% — a warning shot to Beijing amid ongoing negotiations toward a comprehensive trade agreement. 

Most consumer electronics, toys and shoes have so far been shielded, a strategic move that made the trade war almost invisible to American shoppers.   But Trump is running out of goods to tax, and the expanded tariffs he threatened over the weekend could result in a 25% tax on almost everything else the US imports from China.

That would hit 100% of the toys and sports equipment imported from China to the United States, as well as 93% of the footwear and 91% of textiles and clothing, according to an analysis by the Peterson Institute for International Economics. 

One business group estimates the 25% tariff on apparel imports alone would cost a family of four an extra $500 a year.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United States has escalated its trade war with China, hiking tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports hours after trade talks held in Washington failed to produce a breakthroughTariffs on the targeted exports increased from 10% to 25% at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, prompting a swift rebuke from Beijing.

The Chinese government expressed “deep regret over the development" and pledged to take "necessary countermeasures."  "We hope the United States will meet us halfway, and work with us to resolve existing issues through cooperation and consultation," China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement. The ministry did not give specifics on how it would respond.Liu He, China's vice premier, arrives at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington on Thursday.

The Trump administration's decision to impose new taxes on Chinese exports comes after the United States accused China of backtracking on commitments made during recent negotiations on trade.   Trump has repeatedly slammed China for indulging in what he says are unfair trade practices, particularly with regards to access to its giant market, intellectual property and technology transfers.   The talks are aimed at settling the dispute, which has hurt Chinese exporters, damaged some US companies and slowed global growth since it began last July.

China overplayed its hand with T-RUMP on trade, and it could cost them dearly  A Chinese delegation led by the country's top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, arrived in Washington on Thursday for the latest round of discussions. 

Under the current circumstances, Liu said he "hopes to engage in rational and candid exchanges with the US side," according to China's state news agency. Liu added that raising tariffs is not a solution to the problems.   T-RUMP said hours before talks began on Thursday that he had just received an upbeat letter from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, suggesting a deal was still attainable.   "It's possible to do it," Trump said when asked about the prospect of an agreement that would prevent a tariff hike on Chinese goods. "I have no idea what's going to happen."