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[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-13[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-13 pe;osi on her way from Hawaii to Taiwan....#252;

Nancy Pelosi's plane took off from Hawaii a short while ago. It is expected to land in Taiwan in 2 hours.


DJ, [url]https://defconwarningsystem.com/[/url] or https://defconwarningsystem.com/ has a time-bar...Here in NL it is 20.23 Central European Time...New York/DC =14.23 ...Moscow 21.23...North Korea it is 3.23 sunday august 31...

pelosi went in a military plane from Andrews AFB to Hawaii-may be in a hotel now...If I get it right she first could go to Malaysia & Singapore...middle of next week she may go to Japan, South Korea with a possible stop (normal civilian flight ?) on/in Taiwan ? 

[url]https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/30/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-us-economic-dialogue/[/url] or https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/30/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-us-economic-dialogue/ 

and [url]https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220730000351325?section=national/defense[/url] or https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220730000351325?section=national/defense ;

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Yonhap) -- The top defense officials of South Korea and the United States agreed Friday to expand the countries' upcoming joint military exercise and to restart their strategic dialogue on extended deterrence at an early date.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also reaffirmed U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea in his bilateral meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup here, according to the South Korean defense ministry.

The decision to expand the military exercise comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un lashed out at the allied countries for holding such drills.

DJ...no doubt both Japan and South Korea are increasing tensions in the East Asia region...

[url]https://www.wionews.com/world/ahead-of-pelosis-visit-to-taiwan-china-to-begin-military-drills-in-taiwan-strait-501913[/url] or https://www.wionews.com/world/ahead-of-pelosis-visit-to-taiwan-china-to-begin-military-drills-in-taiwan-strait-501913 

From [url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-12[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-12 reaction 233; US set to pass the Taiwan Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act NOW!
Representatives Michelle Steel (R-California) and Jimmy Panetta (D-California) in the House, and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) in the Senate, the ‘Taiwan Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act’ would authorize the president to lend or lease weapons and military equipment to Taiwan, which Taipei would pay for over a 12-year period.

The bill’s name and wording closely follow that of the ‘Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act’, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in May after passing Congress with almost no resistance.

“Taiwan is our greatest partner in the Indo-Pacific region, and their continued sovereignty is essential to challenging the New Axis of Evil,” said Blackburn, referencing an often-maligned term used by former President George W. Bush to group America’s foreign enemies together.

DJ...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-holds-live-fire-drills-taiwan-us-carrier-group-nearby-pelosis-plane-en-route[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-holds-live-fire-drills-taiwan-us-carrier-group-nearby-pelosis-plane-en-route 

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/how-china-warns-of-pelosis-taiwan-trip.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/how-china-warns-of-pelosis-taiwan-trip.html ;

Don’t say we didn’t warn you – Symposium of China’s top think tank sends classic, pre-war warning to provocative Pelosi

"Don't say we didn't warn you!" - a phrase that was used by the People's Daily in 1962 before China was forced to fight the border war with India and ahead of the 1979 China-Vietnam War, was frequently mentioned during a forum held Friday by a high-level Chinese think tank, as analysts warned that open military options and comprehensive countermeasures ranging from the economy to diplomacy from China await if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gambles with a visit to the Taiwan island during her Asia tour.
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As far as I know the top gear phrase meaning 'last warning' has not yet been used by official government sources. But the top think tanks in China are all official, not corrupt private clubs like most U.S. think tanks are. The Global Times is the CPC's major English language outlet and it posted the phrase at the top of its homepage. Does that not in itself make it somewhat official?

The spokesperson of the Chinese military has said there would definitely be military responses to a trip. But that could be some maneuvers or fly-bys, not a war.

Pelosi is traveling in Asia on a U.S. military plane. That plane is unlikely to fly to Taiwan which is in Beijing's understanding part of China's air space. Pelosi will most likely use a civilian plane, maybe even a regular scheduled on, to fly from Singapore to Taiwan. Most likely in the middle of next week.

If the Chinese learn which flight she is on they can use a number of counter measures and/or divert the flight.

If she turns up in Taipei without intervention the Chinese government will lose some face and will have to think of other measures it can enact. Some missiles flying towards Taiwan to then drop into the sea might be a possibility. The Global Times piece above mentions others.

The visit is not necessary and risks creating a conflict that could be greatly damaging to the U.S., China and the global economy.

It is a stupid thing to do.

DJ Bejing can no longer accept pelosi visiting Taiwan...unless it would be willing to "loose face"...[url]https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-07-30/Xi-calls-for-uniting-Chinese-home-abroad-for-national-rejuvenation--1c5JZ93HVja/index.html[/url] or https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-07-30/Xi-calls-for-uniting-Chinese-home-abroad-for-national-rejuvenation--1c5JZ93HVja/index.html ;

President Xi Jinping has stressed promoting the unity and hard work of Chinese people at home and abroad to pool strength for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. 

DJ As far as I can see a "no-fly zone" over Taiwan could be "an optimistic" scenario...

[url]http://www.kcna.kp/en[/url] or http://www.kcna.kp/en North Korea most likely "very unhappy with events"....

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/nuclear-war-threat-higher-cold-war-uk-national-security-advisor[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/nuclear-war-threat-higher-cold-war-uk-national-security-advisor ...

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DJ, 

This Taiwan-crisis has to be seen on a global scale. The US was the economic and military #1, China wants to take that place. 

The US has NATO, Japan, South Korea, Australia/New Zealand as allies. China has Russia, Iran, no doubt Venezuela, Cuba. Nicaragua on its side. Lots of countries rather stay out of this conflict or have their own issues...

-India has very old and close relations with Russia (and the Soviet Union). But India-China relations are bad...However India (soon #1 in population-replacing China) does see the importance of the booming Asian economic market...is member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization...(SCO). 

-Iran, Pakistan also members of the SCO. Türkiye -still a NATO-member (2nd largest NATO army...) could join the SCO. "TIP" Türkiye-Iran-Pakistan, like India, put national interests first...TIP has been working on improving infrastructure, from (rail)roads to pipelines and electricity...

-India-Pakistan relations are "not good". In Pakistan [url]https://mobile.twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI[/url] or https://mobile.twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI the US via corruption was replaced. But the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor has become a major driver for Pakistan-and TIP-development...China did get access to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan. China trade with Europe, Africa, West Asia goes via Pakistan/TIP. 

-Iran claims it does not want to build nuclear weapons-but why it is upgrading uranium then ? In West-Asia the Israel-Iran conflict is seeing most of the "fighting" in Syria. Israel attacking Iran targets...Israel did support-with the US, Gulf States IS. Also Israel-and the US-did support the Kurds...wich resulted in more or less conflicts with Türkiye...once an ally of Israel. 

-Türkiye-Erdogan-is "frustrated" the EU closed it doors for Türkiye...DJ-I think for very wrong reasons...Islam...a major EU error ! Erdogan/the AK Party for that reason looked for other partners...both Iran and Russia were interesting. Türkiye also want(ed) to replace Saudi Arabia as "center of Islam"...US support for the Kurds was yet another blow for Türkiyes trust in the west...

-Some claim the EU has not its own foreign policy...some member states may still have national interests. In the Ukraine-war the EU is following US blindly...but EU interests and US interests are not the same. The EU may move towards political crises even faster then the US...

-WAR

-In Ukraine Russia keeps destroying Ukraine forces...taking land comes after destruction of the Ukraine Army...Expectations are in august-coming month-Russia will be able to take over most of Eastern Ukraine. NATO is providing weapons and intel to Ukraine...Poland may be willing to move even further...

Logistics, supplies, transport is a very major problem for Ukraine...western support is not enough for Ukraine to continue this war...Russia went for "industrial mobilization" and may be preparing for a major offensive. At the same time Russia is preparing military for a conflict in East Asia...a two-front war...

-Containment once was excused as "stopping communism"...now it is the west/US strategy to stop China economicly. From Finland, Sweden supposed to join NATO, Ukraine, Syria, Kashmir to the South China Sea, Taiwan, Kuril Islands China-and Russia- is surrounded by conflicts...Russia-Iran-China "need to break US dominance"...

-DJ I do NOT expect China (PRC) to invade Taiwan. China and Russia may be able to control the air and sea around Taiwan...make demands. A military step could be taking some islands around Taiwan...

Further escalation may be the US/UK others trying to break that blockade... Taiwan going for counterattacks on islands...

Some of the islands near Taiwan are under Japan rule-but claimed by Taiwan/China...It is quite unlikely Japan can stay out of "a fight" but it may try to limit the conflict...

The US selling more weapons to Japan, Taiwan and South Korea could "push" North Korea to "a harder stand"...

A next step may be naval battles between the Russian-China navies and the "western ones"...There may be some aircraft carriers involved but I think the importance of carriers is limited...both China and Russia can sink US carriers with (hypersonic) missiles...If need be in the early stages of the conflict...Trying to send another warning...

In such an escalation-scenario Iran may limit oil-supplies to "the west" (including Japan etc.). 

The darkest scenario's would see war in (Eastern) Europe, Middle East, with very likely also conflict in the America's...

-Nuclear weapons;

Tactical-battlefield, Strategic-long distance...One could claim the US nuclear attacks on Japan were both tactical-force a Japan surrender august 1945 and strategic...send a warning to the Soviet Union/stalin...

IF NATO forces would join Ukraine-attack (pro) Russian forces tactical use of nuclear weapons-destroying armies-may result in the use of strategic nuclear weapons..destroying cities, (air)ports...

Russia and China are further in hyper sonic missiles (speed 6.000 to 20.000 km/h0 and also may have better air/civil defence...Still the nuclear scenario will be Mutual Assured Destruction...MAD !

A major difference with "the last world war" is now most targets can be hit...it is a choice if you want to go for that target...and can deal with the consequences. Blowing up a US Navy ship has other consequences then blowing up a NL Navy ship...Still there will be a reaction...

In the global war of 1939-45 "killing carriers" did win the battle...

What not did change however is the logistics part...getting supplies to where they are needed-or stopping that...Only the means to stop "lines of communication" has changed. 

Internet & information are already part of "a global war"...Maybe there are THREE parties; pro "west", pro"East" and "neutral"...DJ NL has a long history of trying to stay out of a conflict-putting national interests first. Lots of countries want to "limit damage" and see an end to war as soon as possible...

The fight for global power between Cina/Asia and the US/west NOT resulting in military conflict however may be limited...If "the west" can stop China from becoming #1...what about India becoming #1 ? Or a reformed EU no longer following US orders?

Diplomacy should provide a way out...but diplomacy only can work on "trust and verify" ...the trust is gone...at least for now... 



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DJ- The Ukraine and Taiwan crisis should be seen-in my opinion-also in a longer term historic perspective. 

[url]http://thesaker.is/today-asia-feels-it-can-regain-its-civilizational-weight-lost-for-500-years-lebanese-academic/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/today-asia-feels-it-can-regain-its-civilizational-weight-lost-for-500-years-lebanese-academic/ ;

All Asian powers in general feel that the world is going through a very important period of development, and the international system is going through a moment of transformation. This transformation is occurring in favor of the Asian powers in general, i.e., China first and foremost, and the main Asian states such as Russia, India, Iran and Turkey. These forces feel that they are witnessing a historical turning point in which they are regaining their civilizational weight and influence on the world which had been lost during the past 500 years.

These (Asian) states are still witnessing disparities, rivalries, and disagreements among them, the frameworks of cooperation between them are still developing and have not yet been crystalized, and part of these main (Asian) forces still have partnerships with the West and we know that. However, all of these states share a feeling that this world is becoming more pluralistic and balanced, and that they are facing a very great historical moment that they can seize to take away from the West a part of its domination and hegemony over them, whose (consequences) were at expense of them and their people.

Therefore, these forces are creating this form of partnership to try to seize this historical moment. This economic, demographic and political transition from West to East is considered by these states a historical opportunity that must be grasped. All of that was evident in the recent war with Ukraine. (For example,) India, despite its close relations with the United States, did not go into conflict with Russia as requested (by the US). Turkey kept its options open, even on the Ukrainian issue. Why? Because these states, as I told you, see that the Asian powers, that Asia, is back at the heart of the international system.

The marginalization of Asia was at the expense of the powers (in this continent) and its people. Therefore, this course is not new, and (its players) have taken advantage of the crisis of the West, the decline of American hegemony, and the rise of Asian powers; and this is still ongoing. As for speed of this path, its transformations may occur faster or may slow down depending on certain events. For example, we are waiting for the results of the war in Ukraine. We are waiting for the prospect of the US-Chinese confrontation, which I believe is the most important event from now until the year 2050. The next 20 or 30 years will determine the fate of the world through a confrontation that will escalate quickly between America and China. This competition and conflict and its consequences will shape the world for decades and centuries to come.

DJ, Wars as aspects of a historic process...a shift from "West" to "East" , last phase of de-colonization...

[url]https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/[/url] or https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ Asia has a population of 4,6 billion...out of a global population of 7,9 billion...Africa population 1,3 billion...Europe 750 million, Latin America in these statistics go for just over 650 million...

North America 370 million, Oceania 42 million...are the last two regions in population. For that matter India  1,4 billion and China 1,45 billion going for a more fair share in this world only makes sense...Population-wise the US 335 million already is #3...[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/eu-population-declines-second-straight-year[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/eu-population-declines-second-straight-year and only because the EU-close to 450 million people-is not seen as one country...

On "Taiwan" [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formosa_(disambiguation)[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formosa_(disambiguation) ;

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Formosa[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Formosa

Spanish Formosa (SpanishHermosa Española) was a small colony of the Spanish Empire established in the northern tip of the island known to Europeans at the time as Formosa (now Taiwan) from 1626 to 1642. It was ceded to the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years' War.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the island off the southern coast of China in 1544, and named it Formosa (Portuguese for "beautiful") due to the beautiful landscape as seen from the sea.[1]

Northern Taiwan became a Spanish colony in 1626 and part of the Manila-based Spanish East Indies. As a Spanish colony, it was meant to protect the regional trade with the Philippines from interference by the Dutch base in the south of the island. The colony was short-lived due to the loss of its strategic importance and unwillingness by Spanish authorities in Manila to commit more resources to its defence. After seventeen years, the last fortress of the Spanish was besieged by Dutch forces and eventually fell, giving the Dutch control over much of the island.

Spanish missionaries Christianized about 5,000 Taiwanese during the time of the Spanish governorate.[2]

was followed by [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Formosa[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Formosa ;

The island of Taiwan, also commonly known as Formosa, was partly under colonial rule by the Dutch Republic from 1624 to 1662 and from 1664 to 1668. In the context of the Age of Discovery, the Dutch East India Company established its presence on Formosa to trade with the Ming Empire in neighbouring China and Tokugawa shogunate in Japan, and also to interdict Portuguese and Spanish trade and colonial activities in East Asia.

The Dutch were not universally welcomed, and uprisings by both aborigines and recent Han arrivals were quelled by the Dutch military on more than one occasion. With the rise of the Qing dynasty in the early 17th century, the Dutch East India Company cut ties with the Ming dynasty and allied with the Qing instead, in exchange for the right to unfettered access to their trade and shipping routes. The colonial period was brought to an end after the 1662 Siege of Fort Zeelandia by Koxinga's army who promptly dismantled the Dutch colony, expelled the Dutch and established the Ming loyalist, anti-Qing Kingdom of Tungning.

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As late comers in sailing the seas of the world, the Netherlands and England came, at the beginning of the 17th century, inevitably in conflict with the forces of Spain and Portugal. In ideological terms, the conflict was expressed in the Iberian powers being Catholic, while during the commercial development of England and the Netherlands, both had separated their religious institutions from Papal Rome.

The Dutch first attempted to trade with China in 1601[1] but were rebuffed by the Chinese authorities, who were already engaged in trade with the Portuguese at Macau from 1535.

In a 1604 expedition from Batavia (the central base of the Dutch in Asia), Admiral Wybrand van Warwijk set out to attack Macau, but his force was waylaid by a typhoon, driving them to the Pescadores (Penghu), a group of islands 30 miles (50 km) west of Formosa (Taiwan). Once there, the admiral attempted to negotiate trade terms with the Chinese on the mainland, but was asked to pay an exorbitant fee for the privilege of an interview. Surrounded by a vastly superior Chinese fleet, he left without achieving any of his aims.[2][3]

The Dutch East India Company tried to use military force to make China open up a port in Fujian to trade and demanded that China expel the Portuguese, whom the Dutch were fighting in the Dutch–Portuguese War, from Macau. The Dutch raided Chinese shipping after 1618 and took junks hostage in an unsuccessful attempt to get China to meet their demands.[4][5][6]

In 1622, after another unsuccessful Dutch attack on Macau (trade post of Portugal from 1557) and the failure to set up a trading post in Fat Tong O (present day Hong Kong), the fleet sailed to the Pescadores, this time intentionally, and proceeded to set up a base there at Makung. They built a fort with forced labour recruited from the local Chinese population. Their oversight was reportedly so severe and rations so short that 1,300 of the 1,500 Chinese enslaved died in the process of construction.[7] The same year a ship named the Golden Lion (Dutch: Gouden Leeuw) was wrecked at Lamey just off the southwest coast of Formosa; the survivors were slaughtered by the native inhabitants.[8] The following year, 1623, Dutch traders in search of an Asian base first arrived on the island, intending to use the island as a station for Dutch commerce with Japan and the coastal areas of China.

After the Dutch [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Taiwan#Kingdom_of_Tungning[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Taiwan#Kingdom_of_TungningOn the mainland, Manchu forces broke through Shanhai Pass in 1644 and rapidly overwhelmed the Ming dynasty. In 1661, a naval fleet led by the Ming loyalist Koxinga arrived in Taiwan to oust the Dutch from Zeelandia and establish a pro-Ming base in Taiwan.[45] Koxinga was born to Zheng Zhilong, a Chinese merchant and pirate, and Tagawa Matsu, a Japanese woman, in 1624 in HiradoNagasaki Prefecture, Japan. He was raised there until seven and moved to Quanzhou, in the Fujian province of China. In a family made wealthy from shipping and piracy, Koxinga inherited his father's trade networks, which stretched from Nagasaki to Macao. Following the Manchu advance on Fujian, Koxinga retreated from his stronghold in Amoy (Xiamen city) and besieged Taiwan in the hope of establishing a strategic base to marshal his troops to retake his base at Amoy. In 1662, following a nine-month siege, Koxinga captured the Dutch fortress Zeelandia and Taiwan became his base (see Kingdom of Tungning)

wich lasted till 1895 (to keep it short...) [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa

In 1894, China and Japan went to war. In a few months, the Japanese defeated China's Beiyang fleet, routed the Chinese armies in Manchuria, and captured Port Arthur and Weihaiwei. Although nearly all the fighting took place in northern China, Japan had important territorial ambitions in southern China. As the war approached its end, the Japanese took steps to ensure that Taiwan would be ceded to Japan under the eventual peace treaty and that they were well placed militarily to occupy the island. In March 1895 peace negotiations between Japan and China opened in the Japanese city of Shimonoseki. Although hostilities in northern China were suspended during these negotiations, Taiwan and the Pescadores were specifically excluded from the scope of the armistice. This exclusion allowed the Japanese to mount a military operation against the Pescadores Islands in March 1895 without imperilling the negotiations. The Pescadores, lying midway between mainland China and Taiwan, were the key to a successful occupation of Taiwan. In a swift campaign in the last week of March the Japanese captured the islands, preventing further Chinese reinforcements from being sent across the Taiwan Strait to Taiwan. This brisk fait accompli influenced the peace negotiations, and the ensuing Treaty of Shimonoseki, concluded on 17 April 1895, duly provided for the cession by China of Taiwan to Japan. On 10 May, Admiral Kabayama Sukenori was appointed the first Japanese governor-general of Taiwan.[5]

Proclamation of the Republic[edit]

When the news of the treaty's contents reached Taiwan, a number of notables from central Taiwan led by Qiu Fengjia decided to resist the transfer of Taiwan to Japanese rule. On 23 May, in Taipei, these men declared independence, proclaiming the establishment of a free and democratic Republic of Formosa. Tang Jingsong, the Qing governor-general of Taiwan, was prevailed upon to become the republic's first President, and his old friend Liu Yongfu, the retired Black Flag Army commander who had become a national hero in China for his victories against the French in northern Vietnam a decade earlier, was invited to serve as Grand General of the Army. Chiu was appointed Grand Commander of Militia, with the power to raise local militia units throughout the island to resist the Japanese. On the Chinese mainland Zhang Zhidong, the powerful governor-general of Liangkiang, tacitly supported the Formosan resistance movement, and the Republicans also appointed Chen Jitong, a disgraced Chinese diplomat who understood European ways of thinking, as the Republic's foreign minister. His job would be to sell the Republic abroad.[5]

Maybe [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ezo[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ezo of 1869 could be seen as related...A Japan power struggle...

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_under_Japanese_rule[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_under_Japanese_rule Formosa/Taiwan was under Japanese rule from 1895 till 1945...Japan a major colonizer in Northern China, Korea...

The China civil war ended in 1949 with the Chinese Communist Party/Mao in control of "mainland" China and (western backed) "nationalists" ruling Taiwan...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-iOq14Wl0[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-iOq14Wl0 Alexander Mercouris -and many others- finding it hard to understand the US choice for creating yet another conflict..."The One-China policy" started under Nixon...Peking/Bejing represented China...most countries would "limit" contacts and trade with Taiwan...seen as part of China (also by Taiwan itself...). 

DJ-Again...if the US would be able to "slow down" China from getting #1 global power, the result could be India becoming #1....Even the EU-Europe-could become a larger player then the US....

The US can NOT stop "global changes" by war any longer...

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DJ;

From [url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/report-china-sanctions-nancy-pelosi-refused-entry-into-china-and-taiwan[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/report-china-sanctions-nancy-pelosi-refused-entry-into-china-and-taiwan ;

Reports are coming in from Asia as of 4:09 AM eastern US Time, claiming that the People's Republic of China has "Sanctioned" U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.   The reports also claim that as a result of being Sanctioned, Pelosi is DENIED ENTRY into China and into Taiwan.

These reports are coming from media persons on the ground inside Asia, but their media outlets have yet to report these claims.

Pelosi departed the United States on Saturday, allegedly aboard a U.S. Air Force C-40 transport aircraft, which allegedly7 had TWO fighter jets as escort.

The plane was tracked across the continental U.S., out into the Pacific, and then landed in Hawaii to refuel.

Pelosi's office tweeted a statement from her:



Later that same aircraft took off from Hawaii, but tracking of it was then BLOCKED, claiming the plane was no longer being tracked because of engine trouble . . . which is a complete non-sequitur; it made no sense at all.

 As of 4:09 AM EDT Sunday, it is not known where Speaker Pelosi's plane is, or if has perhaps landed elsewhere in Asia, as her itinerary did mention stops in Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere for this trip.

Why the US Speaker of the House is engaging in foreign travel is also a mystery.  Generally, tthat's why the U.S. has a Secretary of State.

More details as they become available.

DJ, Indeed this East-Asia trip is giving a lot of questions....In part more US weaponsales to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will be part of the trip....

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-iOq14Wl0[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-iOq14Wl0 Alexander Mercouris mentioned Ukraine moving into hyperinflation and a foodcrisis with 1-in-3 Ukraine citizens not getting enough food....Military Summary mentioned Ukraine may force the over 260,000 population of Ukraine-controlled Donbas to move to the west of Ukraine in a major evacuation...Housing is a major problem in West Ukraine....most of the evacuees will be without income....

[url]https://china.liveuamap.com/[/url] or https://china.liveuamap.com/ has little extra info....

[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-14[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/taiwan-china-2022.16244/page-14 also of "limited use"....

DJ The Korea conflict could get out of control while the Taiwan-conflict may stay limited (Pelosi meeting Taiwan-delegation outside Taiwan...). 

Europe [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-07-29/europes-two-front-war-russia-climate-change[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-07-29/europes-two-front-war-russia-climate-change ...

DJ [url]https://www.ipkw.nl/[/url] or https://www.ipkw.nl/ Europe has been moving away from both nuclear and fossil energy for years...it did not start with the Ukraine-crisis...Most of Europe is connected for electricity and oil/gas...pipelines that may be used for hydrogen gas...Most houses by now have solar panels...

The move away from both Russian and Arab/Iran oil -with fossil energy getting more expensive- in my opinion may not be enough in the short term...we may face "problems"...but on the longer term a lot of European energy needs can be "Made in the EU"...

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DJ, 


My impression/opinion;

-Taiwan visit of n.pelosi. [url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/report-china-sanctions-nancy-pelosi-refused-entry-into-china-and-taiwan[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/report-china-sanctions-nancy-pelosi-refused-entry-into-china-and-taiwan pelosi went from Hawaii towards "Asia" -plane ( US Air Force C-40 transport + 2 fighter escorts) returned to Hawaii "engine problems"...then later on the plane flew to Guam...(DJ-Not certain pelosi was on that plane...). Pelosi staff now claiming "Taiwan visit not on agenda"...

DJ-pelosi was planning to visit Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia...maybe Malaysia told pelosi to stay away if she also wanted to visit Taiwan...A lot of East Asia countries do NOT welcome increase of tensions and US weapons...They want to stay out of US conflicts with other countries...

My impression is the US "may slowly start realizing" "the amount of damage" the US does to itself....At present the US major enemy is the US itself...

Without the US there would be no NATO....certainly not a "global NATO" seen in most non-western countries as neo-colonial...NOT in their interest....more a risk. 

Again-if you stop China from becoming global economy #1...India is next....The US has lost its dominance and can not get that back by more wars...DJ-I think a main reason is the US created to many wars since the end of the Soviet Union...overstretching not only its military but also its finances and economy...Outsourcing production to Asia was a US choice in the 90's - the present situation-with China, India preparing to become larger economies then the US is an outcome...

-The EU 

Presumably, those are the nations that will be especially “chilling out” this coming winter, in order to continue America’s political domination over Europe.


DJ, NL has been a major gas-exporter...from that perspective NL has been an EU exception...The sanctions war is hurting NL since we have major seaports (Amsterdam, Rotterdam etc.), major off-shore (in part now building wind turbines to be put at sea). 

Eric Zuesse has written better pieces; The EU still has lots of gas, oil becoming exploitable (some of it even in short term) with much higher energy prices. "Green" energy (=more then wind and solar ! Also related to storing that kind of energy for use later.) may become cheaper then "old fossil fuels". Nuclear energy also is a factor. (However uranium has to be imported...).

Another point is "EU leaders" based their decissions on the sanction-war on US/UK intel...again turning out to be very wrong...In my opinion the EU is "repositioning itself" -may distance itself from NATO and the US...For that matter Brexit is making things easier...Germany, France, Italy may seek "a new basis" for "cooperation with Asia"...

But, as a result of turning off Russia’s energy-spigots in Europe, the EU itself might become destroyed, and a mere has-been economically, culturally, industrially, and otherwise, just so that Europe will remain as being vassal-nations to America (its “dispensable” nations, like all the rest are), instead of to become what it always should have been, and naturally would have been - the radiant glory of the world’s largest continent: Eurasia, a Europe that includes Russia, instead of that endangers Russia.

The glory of Europe is done for, finished as what it was, and the only real question now is how fast? Oh - and WHY? Why did Europe’s leaders do this? That will be the real EU-killer question.

The Europe that was, is gone - killed by the regime in Washington DC, using its many hired agents in Europe, and their hired guns in NATO.

DJ...YES-Maybe the EU was also a US idea...but most of the "EU-idea" came from Europe itself ! France and Germany had THREE wars within a hundred years...[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Prussian_War[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Prussian_War 1870-71 followed by 1914-18 and 1939-45...The [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benelux#History[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benelux#History may have been one of the first EU cooperation projects...1944 BElgium-NEtherlands-LUXemburg started working together...(Of course the BeNeLux was NL from 1815 till 1830...Luxemburg under NL rule till 1880/1890). 

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroAs of 2013, the euro is the second-largest reserve currency as well as the second-most traded currency in the world after the United States dollar.[14][15][16][17] As of December 2019, with more than €1.3 trillion in circulation, the euro has one of the highest combined values of banknotes and coins in circulation in the world

DJ Both in Africa and Latin America countries would like to "copy" the EU idea....I think the EU needs reforms...most countries need a better functioning democracy...but the UK may be the only country leaving the EU...

Maybe the "strength is in its weakness"...there is NO European Army willing to invade other countries...Other countries may disagree with some EU members-disagree with others-still do bussiness either in Euro, their own currency or otherwise...The EU has much more flexibility then the US...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-how-comfortable-are-you-us-dollar[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-how-comfortable-are-you-us-dollar The US$ was used as a weapon...you simply can not do so with the Euro...If Ukraine would be allowed to switch to the Euro-to limit hyperinflation-the basis then has to be a form of peace...

My impression is that US foreign policy will widen the gap with Europe...Spending extra billions on the military with high inflation may not bring extra military...inflation will undo the extra spending...

DJ-My impression/opinion; The US may start realizing it is getting very isolated by its foreign policy...No other country wants more wars....The US may be sidelined in global affairs...Europe, Oceania need trade with Asia...Latin America does not need Spanish/Portugal colonization being replaced by US neo-colonialism...

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[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-sink-pelosi-taiwan-headlines[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-sink-pelosi-taiwan-headlines

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will arrive at Songshan Airport Tuesday evening at 10:30pm local time.

At the same time The Wall Street Journal is reporting Monday that "she's definitely coming" - based on an unnamed source in contact with top Taiwan officials

People whom Mrs. Pelosi is planning to meet with in Taiwan have been informed of her imminent arrival, this person said, though some details remain in flux. Some of Ms. Pelosi’s meetings have been scheduled for Tuesday evening, but most are set for Wednesday, the person said, adding that they include, but aren’t limited to, Taiwanese government officials. "She’s definitely coming," the person said. "The only variable is whether she spends the night in Taipei."


DJ [url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/on-the-woke-flight-to-taiwan.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/on-the-woke-flight-to-taiwan.html ;

Pelosi's trip is a stupid thing to do but she is a politician and stupid things are what they generally do.

Michael D. Swaine @Dalzell60 - 12:26 UTC · Aug 1, 2022

I have been told that Pelosi has said she will only not go 2 TW if Biden publicly discourages her n she can blame him. Anyone else heard this? Sounds like Pelosi. Why can’t they both confer n conclude it’s not a good idea? Why the blame game, if true?
Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese and US officials say

I can think of several reasons why Pelosi will not arrive in Taiwan. Here flight might, for example, get diverted. But it is also possible that it happens but is followed by huge consequences, likely to the disadvantage of the U.S. and Taiwan.

There is also this thought, by Cynthia Chung, which might become relevant:

In October 2019, Jake Sullivan, who became U.S. National Security Advisor in 2021, stated in an interview that the U.S. needed a clear threat to rally the world and play the role of saviour of mankind and that China could be that organizing principle for U.S. foreign policy. In the 2019 interview, he acknowledges that the problem was that people were not going to believe that China is a global threat, that their view of China is too positive and that the United States would need a “Pearl Harbour moment,” a real focusing event to change their minds, something he calmly stated that “would scare the hell out of the American people.”

She correctly traces such 'Pearl Harbour moment' thinking back to neo-conservative movement. Chung closes with this:

Thus, when Jake Sullivan observes that there is not enough anti-China sentiment to bolster an image of the United States as a “saviour of mankind” against China and that America is in need of a “Pearl Harbour moment” I would be very wary.

The circus around Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan in the coming days, and evident glee that is coming forth from many of these neocons frothing at the mouth over this prospect is a clear sign that something incredibly reckless and stupid is about to happen.

Pelosi’s airplane might indeed be shot down on her completely irrelevant and unnecessary trip to Taiwan, and if it is, don’t be surprised if it was the Americans themselves who are behind it, who have shown they are willing to do anything for that “Pearl Harbour moment.”

I for one surely hope that the above does not happen.


and [url]https://southfront.org/how-likely-is-a-nuclear-ww-iii-u-s-v-china/[/url] or https://southfront.org/how-likely-is-a-nuclear-ww-iii-u-s-v-china/ ; The U.S. side (now replacing the Japanese side as the post-WW-II, fascist, overlords of Taiwan) had lost the civil war in China, but, ever since, the U.S. Government has been protecting the losing side in China’s civil war, who holed-up in what is actually China’s province of Formosa or Taiwan. If and when China finally takes back control of it, the place-name might revert to “Formosa,” or to “the Province of Formosa,” so as to signify that China, not Japan, won WW II. None of this fascism in post-WW-II Asia would have occurred, at all, if FDR instead of Truman had been America’s President after WW II. Truman was a fascist-imperialist, but FDR was intensely AGAINST both fascism and imperialism. Anti-communism was merely the excuse that the post-WW-II fascist imperialists gave, for their fascist imperialism (America’s coups, invasions, subversions, etc., to conquer the world), so as to fool their publics into believing they live in a ‘democracy’.

From [url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/roc-ccp-discussions.16244/page-12[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/roc-ccp-discussions.16244/page-12 a.o. claims China now preparing three ferries for military use-Those ferries were transporting tanks in 2021...

Also Russia, Iran did make clear they support China in this conflict. 

The stakes went far to high...both China and the US positioned themselves into this crisis that may bring yet another war...North of Taiwan is Korea...with potential another conflict brewing...Japan can not stay out-may face Russia...

We should NOT be in this position...the world will blame biden for this...

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ksc-I did not yet see the video....but "we may agree on both Russia and China" have "had it" with the US/biden....

Trying to keep informed on "the region"...

South Korea; [url]https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220801004351315?section=national/politics[/url] or https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220801004351315?section=national/politics ;

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol has decided not to travel to provincial regions for this week's vacation and will instead remain in Seoul to mull how to navigate through the current political turmoil, officials at the ruling party and the presidential office said Monday.

The decision came as Yoon's approval ratings have been unusually low -- below 30 percent in some surveys -- for a president less than three months in office, as the economic situation worsens and leadership turmoil deepens at the ruling People Power Party.

DJ-My opinion-it is hard not to link North Korean actions with China policies...as if China (PRC) claims to stick to diplomacy-NK has to do the "bad cop" act ...[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_cop/bad_cop[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_cop/bad_cop 

[url]https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220801009651325?section=nk/nk[/url] or https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220801009651325?section=nk/nk

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Unification Minister Kwon Young-se said Monday that South Korea needs to make clear a principle of accepting "all" North Korean defectors, amid a renewed controversy over the forced repatriation of two North Korean fishermen in 2019.

A political dispute has continued over the preceding Moon Jae-in administration's decision to send back the fishermen to the North, where there were feared to face harsh punishments, though the duo were allegedly mired in a murder case.

"First off, I am thinking of making that clear myself," Kwon said. "If needed, I will recommend that President Yoon (Suk-yeol) have the opportunity to be clear on such a principle."

DJ, North Korea can make an issue of lots of things....[url]http://www.kcna.kp/en[/url] or http://www.kcna.kp/en ...[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/north-korea-preparing-1st-nuclear-test-5-years-blinken-informs-un[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/north-korea-preparing-1st-nuclear-test-5-years-blinken-informs-unAs if the region needed to grow hotter at this moment of all eyes being on Nancy Pelosi's Asia trip and potential landing in Taiwan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that North Korea is preparing to conduct its seventh nuclear test.

China [url]https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1271966.shtml[/url] or https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1271966.shtml ;

In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the PLA, the PLA Eastern Theater Command on Monday released a video on social media, along with the message "We are fully prepared for any eventuality. Fight upon order, bury every intruder, move toward joint and successful operation!" The video has become one of the hottest topics on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform. The hashtag on the topic has received at least 42.5 million views, with many netizens seeing it as a clear warning to Pelosi, who could make a surprise and provocative trip to China's Taiwan island.

DJ...Republic Of China=Taiwan...PRC=Peoples Republic of China-Bejing...[url]https://defconwarningsystem.com/[/url] or https://defconwarningsystem.com/ ;

Already 4,36 AM august 2 in Korea...15.36 PM in DC...

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/getting-reports-that-pelosi-will-land-in-taiwan-this-week[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/getting-reports-that-pelosi-will-land-in-taiwan-this-week also will be updated if there is more news...



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[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdeBTmhroM8[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdeBTmhroM8 Alexander Mercouris; As Russia Advances in Donbass Crisis Heats up in Kosovo; EU/UK in 'Major Retreat' on Anti-Russian Oil Sanctions News Topic 569

It is getting quite impossible to catch all the news/developments...[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-white-house-says-speaker-pelosi-has-the-right-to-visit-taiwan[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-white-house-says-speaker-pelosi-has-the-right-to-visit-taiwan ...

DJ-What I get is pelosi visited Malaysia, Singapore-now may visit Taiwan - in a US Air Force plane, escorted by US fighters (???)-even stay there one night. Point is pelosi (82) is the #3 in US power structure after biden and harris...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-sink-pelosi-taiwan-headlines[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-sink-pelosi-taiwan-headlines ;

Below is an excerpt from an insightful post titled Red Clouds of War Looming Over Taiwan by a Westerner who is a Taiwan-based researcher...

Scenario 1: The minimalist approach. The PLA occupies Jinmen or Matsu islands, as well as Taiwan’s islands in the South China Sea, and maybe even the Penghu Islands. They also declare part or all of the Taiwan Strait a “no go” zone to foreign military shipping. This would probably be fairly easy for the PLA, and Taiwan would probably not want to overcommit to naval action against the huge PLA Navy (PLAN) if it didn’t directly approach the main island.

Scenario 2: Hybrid warfare. Some sort of partial naval and aerial blockade of Taiwan intended to interfere with the economy, combined with stepped-up harassment, such as direct flyovers of Taiwan’s territory by PLA Air Force (PLAAF) jets, or incursions into Taiwan’s maritime space by China’s naval militia, protected by PLAN warships. This might also be accompanied by cyberattacks designed to shut down the internet and other infrastructure for days at a time. Taiwan would have no choice to assert a stiff defensive posture, resulting in real engagements between Taiwanese and Chinese forces, posing a serious risk of escalation.

Scenario 3: A serious attack but no invasion. This would involve air and sea warfare only, no boots on the ground. A full aerial and naval blockade, a protracted set of naval and aerial battles designed to degrade Taiwan’s military, combined with ballistic missile attacks on military targets. Aggressive cyberattacks turning off the internet and shutting down critical infrastructure for days or weeks. Once air and naval superiority were established, China could pick off targets at will, ratcheting up the threat until the government breaks.

Scenario 4The Full Monty – a proper invasion. Total air and sea blockade, massive ballistic missile attacks on military targets, massive cyberattacks to paralyze virtually all military, governmental, and civilian communication and shut down critical infrastructure. Aggressive naval and aerial engagements to degrade Taiwan’s forces and achieve battlespace superiority, followed by sustained aerial assaults by fighters and bombers on military targets. A decapitation strike at Taipei by special forces units to try to seize key leadership personnel. Well-coordinated insider treason and sabotage actions by gangsters, planted CCP agents, and other groups sympathetic to China – the so-called “5th column”. An amphibious assault with close air support from fighters, helicopters, and battle drones at one or more locations in Taiwan, and very possibly a move to seize a major port, such as Keelung, Taipei Port, Taichung, or Kaohsiung. Then hundreds of thousands of troops would start rolling in until the island was occupied. That would be the plan, anyway. PLA success in such an endeavor is very unclear. But they could do a hell of a lot of damage trying. And yes, they might actually succeed, at least partially, such as in seizing and holding the region around Taipei.

Scenario 5: Worst Case (short of nuclear) scenario. Full air and sea blockade, massive ballistic missile attacks on military targets, massive cyberattack, aggressive naval and aerial attacks to degrade Taiwan’s forces and achieve battlefield superiority, followed by aerial assaults by fighters and bomber on military targets and area bombing of civilian targets. There are massive casualties, and Taiwan is crushed by brute force, surrenders, and then the occupiers enter the country and take it over.

The full analysis can be read here.

DJ China is allied with Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela etc. The basic problem is with the US-its allies South Korea, Japan, Australia...I think you have to "think big"...

[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-6[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-6 has some info on build up...B52's over Taiwan, missile testing by China...US claimed North Korea would do another nuclear test...

Last week a Japanese (former) military delegation visited Taiwan, UK MP's may visit Taiwan...

The bigger picture however is the "East-West-confrontation"...

[url]https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/07/29/686439/New-batch-US-troops-enter-Yemen-energy-rich-Mahra-province[/url] or https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/07/29/686439/New-batch-US-troops-enter-Yemen-energy-rich-Mahra-province US forces landed in Yemen...[url]https://www.debka.com/mivzak/idf-us-navies-launch-joint-red-sea-exercise/[/url] or https://www.debka.com/mivzak/idf-us-navies-launch-joint-red-sea-exercise/ US/Israel navy drills in the Red Sea...

[url]http://thesaker.is/going-to-samarkand/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/going-to-samarkand/ DJ-Western economy is the weak spot...China-and its allies-will "go for the weak spot"...

There may be some military action...I expect Taiwan will pay a very high price-but slowly-via sea/air blockade by both Chian and Russia. We may see "problems" in Korea...more "RIC" Russia-Iran-China naval activities in international waters...

But I think both Ukraine western escalations and biden-made Taiwan crisis call for other actions;

-Energy blockade of "the west"...both Europe and North America could face "hard times"

-Dumping all kinds of western bonds, currencies, while energy prices for that west go sky-high...pushing the "west" towards hyperinflation...

-Cyber and disinformation warfare (DJ-If you think we are in a "war-of-words" it can get much worse...). Goal to further undermine political leadership...

-Increase "south-south"trade. "Friends" of RIC Russia-Iran-China can get energy, food etc. 

DJ, In this global conflict the position of India may be "major". India has long term good relations with Russia however almost at war with both China and Pakistan-still close to China. Since more then 60% of the global population lives in EurAsia India's economic future is in EurAsia...(India shops opening up/taking over western ones in Russia. Oil-for-Rupees-deals). 

The debt-based western economies, with an aging population, may not be that interesting for India...Most of "the west" wants to by energy sell consumer goods-just like India...(or China). 

The sanctions-wars against Iran, Russia etc. did do already a lot of damage for most of the west..."We" are already in a weak position...China will use that...

-In Europe Hungary, Serbia are already "pro-East"...Serbia may "go" for Kosovo, Montenegro...with Russian help. China did send in military hardware by plane into Serbia recently...

-Türkiye still second largest NATO member also "going East" for energy, tourism, trade

-Italy, France soon may face new governments that "change position" in this conflict

-Germany, UK, NL facing major political, social, economic crises...

"We live in interesting times"..."Make trade not war" may be the China way to deal with conflicts...

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CNN Livestream on pelosi arriving in Taiwan....[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfaAfJ-zj9M[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfaAfJ-zj9M 

pelosi should have arrived by now in Taiwan-IF she would go there...What I (DJ) make of it she can decide NOT to go...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/here-are-all-latest-taiwan-headlines[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/here-are-all-latest-taiwan-headlines 

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/china-warns-usa-will-not-accept-any-excuse-for-pelosi-landing-in-taiwan[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/china-warns-usa-will-not-accept-any-excuse-for-pelosi-landing-in-taiwan 

DJ-Russia is taking "100%" the side of China...[url]https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/01/686636/UN-Secretary-General-Antonio-Guterres-NPT-Conference[/url] or https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/01/686636/UN-Secretary-General-Antonio-Guterres-NPT-Conference 

DJ-What I make of it; China will see pelosi in Taiwan as a US decleration of war...supporting Taiwan breaking away from China. Most likely Russia, Iran, North Korea, Syria (and Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba ?) may take the side of China in this Taiwan-conflict...on top of the Ukraine conflict...

Since there are lots of other conflicts, Iran, Serbia, Baltics, Korea...a China-US confrontation over Taiwan could push the world into global war...

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Pelosi arrived in Taiwan...reports of air combat...US planes from Okinawa in Taiwan airspace/Taiwan airforce fighting Chinese planes...(???)

[url]https://southfront.org/pelosi-landed-in-taiwan-amid-reports-on-air-fighting/[/url] or https://southfront.org/pelosi-landed-in-taiwan-amid-reports-on-air-fighting/  

On the other hand, dozens of US Air Force fighters took off from military bases in Japan and are also flying towards Taiwan.

According to unconfirmed reports, there was a combat contact between the fighters of the Air Forces of Taiwan and China. It is reported that the Taiwanese plane opened a warning fire.

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[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-10[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-10 (#185)Air Battle footage

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Looks more like flares to me, as well as Mainland China too. Very likely false labeling.

DJ [url]https://twitter.com/conflicts[/url] or https://twitter.com/conflicts , [url]https://twitter.com/intelcrab?lang=nl[/url] or https://twitter.com/intelcrab?lang=nl and from China [url]https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews[/url] or https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews 

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosis-plane-avoiding-south-china-sea-taiwan-pla-surges-forces-just-across-strait[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosis-plane-avoiding-south-china-sea-taiwan-pla-surges-forces-just-across-strait 

DJ-First CONFIRMED reports of fighting still has to come in....

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/what-happens-next-nobody-knows-it-doesnt-look-good-all[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/what-happens-next-nobody-knows-it-doesnt-look-good-all 

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The United States needs to make a decision about Taiwan.

If Taiwan is part of China, then what difference does it make if China sends its military over? You can't invade your own country.

If Taiwan isn't part of China, then the US needs to start acting like it.

This wishy-washy message the US keeps sending is what is causing all the problem.

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Beyond Taiwan's territorial waters, China's published maps show that they plan to conduct military operations within Taiwan's Internal Waters (purple -approx line) in two areas. This is as close as you can get without landing on the beaches and is completely unacceptable.

DJ...If Taiwan is (part of ) China then China Navy/Airforce can do "its thing"...Or IF Taiwan is NOT part of China...does the US de facto go for a two- China policy ? (Peoples Republic of) China now going for navy/airforce drills above/around Taiwan...

[url]https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1272071.shtml[/url] or https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1272071.shtml ; J-20 stealth fighter jets join PLA drills surrounding Taiwan, reports show

DJ Bejing wants to "speed up reunification proces with Taiwan"....

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosis-plane-avoiding-south-china-sea-taiwan-pla-surges-forces-just-across-strait[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosis-plane-avoiding-south-china-sea-taiwan-pla-surges-forces-just-across-strait 

DJ-US Air Force planes (from Okinawa) now in Taiwan...

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DJ, 

My view on "the present situation"...

-The US is now in a war with China....

-RIC+ Russia-Iran-China, but also Syria, North Korea and others see "the west" as an enemy wanting to break up their countries/regime change

-In Ukraine it is the US locating HIMARS and most likely other high-tech weapons, picking targets...Ukraine only pulling the trigger...

-Germany "green idiots" "support the US stand on Taiwan"...

-When in fact it looks like there is not ONE stand of the US (and the west) on Taiwan/China...

The "One-China policy" started under Nixon early 70's de facto is over...pelosi ignoring Bejing arriving on Taiwan -not stopped by biden- is the US pushing Taiwan away from China...Not only insulting communist party in Bejing but also Chinese nationalists...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kGw73UrwEI[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kGw73UrwEI Alexander Mercouris calling the present US government "amateurs"...not able to understand both history and warnings/diplomacy...The outcome is Russia and China now a major alliance..

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noV-OjqssRs[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noV-OjqssRs military summary; Taiwan still in control of some islands close to the Chinese mainland. They will be the first target. Second target will be islands close to Taiwan/Formosa...From there China will have artillery/firecontrol over Taiwan coastal area's for further landings/invasion. China in fact has already aircontrol over Taiwan....If Taiwan would challange that China may attack (air)ports. 

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-j4fhICWMs[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-j4fhICWMs Judge Napolitano - Judging Freedom /Scott Ritter; US-China relations are over....

[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-12[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-12 

DJ a.o. China tanks on the beaches-most likely waiting for transport to Taiwan Islands near the China coast...NO reports of fighting...(western media/propaganda pelosi welcomed as a rockstar...)

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/pelosi-plane-at-18-000-feet-altitude-on-final-approach-to-taipei-taiwant[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/pelosi-plane-at-18-000-feet-altitude-on-final-approach-to-taipei-taiwant ;

UPDATE 5:04 PM EDT --

China's military exercises block the air and sea around Taiwan.   All of it.

China Central Television announced the start of military exercises in three areas around Taiwan. These maneuvers demonstrate the dissatisfaction of the Chinese ruling party with the actions of the United States, in particular with Pelosi's statements on "democracy" in Taiwan.

Until the PLA completes the live-fire exercises,  Pelosi can't LEAVE.   Her plane can't take-off else it may "accidentally" be hit by live fire from the "exercises." 

DJ, Bejing wants to make clear THEY control Taiwan...it is part of China...The hard reality is Taiwan can start a fight knowing it will not win...As Scott Ritter pointed out; there are only very limited US military on Taiwan-no US weapon depots...DJ-ANY Taiwan military action may get a Chinese (over) reaction...(One Taiwan fighter attacking Chinese planes could see a major China missile strike destroying ALL Taiwan air bases...Taiwan does NOT have means to stop that...). 

Further US involvement only underlines the differences between US words "One China" and actions "Taiwan is NOT China-frustrating even Taiwan-Chinese nationalists...). There are claims of a Chinese drone over Okinawa...Russia did say it will offer support to China if requested...Russia has its own conflicts with Japan...(Kuril Islands/Sachalin).

DJ Another point I notice on US-Defcon...Some US reactions expect the US will find much regional support...Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia...In my opinion totally unrealistic ! China is the main economic motor in Asia...if not the world...India may "hate" China-but it needs Asia...

I do expect South Korea will be "pressured more". Not only from North Korea but now also from Russia and China. They may try to push South Korea to a more "neutral position". In return "Korea" will get help in its conflicts with Japan...

On Ukraine [url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/himars-destroyed-by-russia[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/himars-destroyed-by-russia

Apparently the Russians arranged to "buy" one of the US HIMARS from corrupt government soldiers/officers in Ukraine. 

We are also told that Russia paid the cash, received it, took it apart, analyzed it, and has now found "multiple ways to track it, jam it, and destroy it."

DJ, Russia "increased missile strikes" against Ukraine troops...Killing over 1000 Ukraine military per day in that way-on the frontlines also high Ukraine losses...The position of zelensky and other NATO-puppets is getting impossible...Ukraine facing a major foodcrisis while exporting grain...A fuel crisis, hyperinflation, housingcrisis and winter now possibly less then 100 days away...

-The total lack of any strategy, basic thinking, both in international relations AND the pandemics by "governments" is shocking...self-destruction high speed. 

Inflation may further explode in most western countries...even when most of the wars (In SE Europe, Kosovo, Armenia, Ukraine. Middle East; Syria/Iraq, and now Taiwan) for now will be "local/regional"...Global logistics may be close to collapse...

Somehow the west believes they can both declare war on Russia, Iran, China and make trade...it does NOT work that way...we soon will find out !

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I don't disagree DJ but also wondering if they are going to do anything more than the "exercises" they are conducting.  Not that those are bad and potentially dangerous but do you all think its going to stop there or will there be further ramifications?


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The most China can do is make a few videos and shoot off some fireworks. That's why an 82 year old grandmother can fly in, fly out while giving the finger to the failing Chinese "leaders". 

The Biden administration has been wrong to frame U.S.-China competition as a technological competition. This is because, in most areas, there is no technology competition between the two countries. There is only China’s reliance on the U.S.—a far more technologically advanced nation with far more technologically advanced allies and trading partners. And it’s in the U.S. interest to keep it that way and maintain—and even expand—America’s tech advantage.

The lack of technological superiority means China’s economic advancement is subject to other countries supplying it with critical chips and capital equipment. That’s why China has been making efforts to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers and produce more technology domestically.

Apart from economic reasons, the ability to produce key technology of its own would allow China to further pursue its geopolitical ambitions without restraint, such as its self-declaration of sovereignty over Taiwan and the South China Sea.

In contrast, reducing reliance on foreign technology is not an issue for the U.S. Instead, given many countries’ reliance on U.S. technology, the priority for America is to improve its current technology to always keep other countries lagging behind.  


China’s late start is the main reason for its inferior level of technology. The communist regime didn’t start actively promoting the industry’s development until the 1980s. Drawing lessons from the experiences of the East Asian Tigers—the four highly developed economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan—China had stepped up its efforts by encouraging foreign direct investment in assembling products such as smartphones, laptops, computers, etc., in China.

Despite getting itself inserted into the global production network to make these goods, China did not profit much from being the global assembler and low value-added provider. Instead, China’s export-oriented economic development, based on using and assembling foreign countries’ capital equipment and industrial components, has trapped the nation into technology reliance on foreign countries.

China’s reliance on foreign industrial goods with high technology intensity is evidenced by its growing trade deficit in electrical machinery (including semiconductor chips) from $15 billion in 2001 to $217 billion in 2021, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The U.S. was China’s fourth largest import source of electrical machinery in 2021, after Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. This reliance can also be seen in China’s rush to stockpile equipment from the U.S. last year before new U.S. export restrictions took effect.

In addition, the U.S.’s dominant role in the upstream side of the technology production network has enabled it to restrain the sales of high technology goods to China from its midstream partners. A typical example is the U.S. ban on Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung from exporting semiconductor chips to Chinese technology manufacturer Huawei. The U.S. was able to do so as the two companies use U.S. technology in making their chips.

China’s heavy reliance on foreign technology is also evidenced by the huge amount it pays for the use of intellectual property over the past few years, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. The U.S. has been China’s largest source of intellectual property.

Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that the U.S. exports of intellectual property to China tripled in the last decade, making China the largest buyer of U.S. intellectual property in the Asia-Pacific region. For comparison, U.S. imports of Chinese intellectual property was a mere $3 million in 2020, a fraction of the nearly $8.3 billion of U.S. exports to China.

And the U.S.’s expansion of licensing requirements in 2020 did not discourage China from purchasing licensed technology from America. According to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, the number of license applications from China for purchasing “tangible items, software, and technology” increased from 3,747 in 2020 to 5,923 in 2021. The total amounts paid for those applications increased from $106 billion to $545 billion. As a result, the licensing amounts per application went up from $28 million to $92 million. In addition, the average processing time in 2021 was 19 days longer than in 2020. In other words, the U.S. export restrictions have made it more costly and lengthier for Chinese companies to acquire license approvals from the U.S.

In trying to reduce China’s reliance on foreign suppliers and produce more technology domestically, the country’s leadership believes that money can solve anything. Although its research and development expenditures as a percentage of its gross domestic product has been notable over the past year, the government-dominated R&D expenditures, including R&D spent by state-owned enterprises, have not yet resulted in significant technology breakthroughs for China.

Obviously, money is not the only means available. But China’s weak regulatory environment to protect intellectual property and authoritarian way of governance have discouraged innovation in the private sector there.  

China’s attempts to acquire foreign technology by either theft or coercion show it is unsatisfied with its current technological progress. It understands that slower technological advancement means slower economic growth, which might challenge the Chinese Communist Party’s political legitimacy in the future. It also means the suboptimal development of a military directly competing with the U.S. and of an internal surveillance infrastructure indispensable to the Communist Party’s grip on power.

For a latecomer to the high tech world like China, the direct transfer of technology from more advanced countries is the most efficient way to elevate its level of technology. However, due to declining foreign investment in manufacturing and fewer joint ventures there, China nowadays is less able to rely on foreign investors alone to climb the technological ladder. As such, the government has stepped up its intervention to help Chinese companies acquire technology from the U.S.

China’s rapid economic growth over the last few decades has been based on its joining of the global supply chain network, where the U.S. and its allies hold the technology high ground. China’s direct political confrontation with the U.S. has only exposed its weakness in this solid technological hierarchy and its unbreakable dependence on the U.S. That’s something for the U.S. to build upon and leverage to our strategic advantage.

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KSC, thanks for the article on China its need for high-tech import from-a.o.-the US. 

DJ, 

China will need international trade/connections for further growth...Not a single country can grow all on its own-most likely. Even the US, Russia, China need an exchange of idea's, know-how...

The US as fourth source of high-tech after Taiwan, South Korea and Japan may have a "statistical weak point" by excluding the EU...(most likely a bigger source for China high-tech then the US-but not "one country"). 

The US may think of itself as to important in the global affairs...it is a major danger to think of yourself as "the best" without good reflection!

-I think Taiwan may now be in a "hang over" from [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/nancy-pelosi-arrives-seoul-south-koreas-president-wont-meet-her[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/nancy-pelosi-arrives-seoul-south-koreas-president-wont-meet-her ; there's been widespread speculation in the region that this was intentional (given weeks ago it was being reported she may go to Taiwan), so that Seoul can avoid bringing down China's wrath. Even Foreign Minister Park Jin happens to be out of the country - so there will be no Pelosi meeting with the nation's top diplomat either.

As House Speaker, Pelosi is second in line to the US presidency. Instead of meeting with South Korea's head of state, she'll instead greet National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and leaders of the ruling conservative People Power Party, along with the opposition Democratic Party of Korea

The Korea Times says officials in Seoul are all too wary and nervous over the timing of Pelosi's visit.

"Amid the deepening U.S.-China rivalry, China has threatened military actions and it could invoke a U.S. response in kind, which would eventually affect South Korea, because of the South's alliance with the U.S.," director of the U.S.-China Policy Institute at Ajou University Kim Heung-kyu was cited as saying in the publication.

It marks Pelosi's first visit to South Korea since 2015, and she's expected to encourage the country to deepen its support for Washington's shoring up coordination among regional partners and allies to counter Chinese aggression. 

DJ...pelosi is the US #3...East Asia already is in a major crisis in many ways...she is making things more complicated...not making things easy. Pelosi's tour is more in the interest of pelosi, US and US-democrats then in the interest of East Asia. 

It coincides with further US weapon exports to the region-already worsening tensions...

[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-13[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-13 (#249) ;

Dongfeng EQ2050 (Chinese Humvee) military vehicle of the Chinese People's Liberation Army with the letter Z in Fujian province.

DJ, China is preparing for military reaction. It may stay limited to taking over some islands now under Taiwan control near mainland China...Defcon latest links has Taiwan thanking the western G7 for its support...A major problem for Taiwan is -unlike Ukraine- Taiwan can be cut of by its enemies...Ukraine still getting some support in energy, military goods...but Ukraine losses are much higher (one reason is lack of air cover, other reason is Russia massive missiles/artillery strikes...). For that matter -DJ- I think Taiwan already is in a weaker position...

China does get Russian support...Russia did give up hopes of any deals with the west...One reason why the present global situation is that much worse then during the (Soviet times) "cold war" is lack of "East-West" communications...

Russia/China relations with North Korea most likely did change as well-why let that relation be influenced by western wishes any longer ? North Korea may now fit a much more agressive Russian/Chinese agenda...

In SW Asia Iran, Syria are major strategic Russia/China allies...Asia has 60% of the global population...(4,6 out of 7,9 billion...). [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP) looking at GDP by PPP (so NOT by capita etc) Asia is already dominating-by far-global trade...

The pandemic and sanctions wars made the picture for 2022 more complicated...China its economy is paying a price for "Zero-CoViD", lots of other countries pay a (higher) price for NOT going for "Zero CoViD"...Russia "low price" (compared to global market) export of energy to China, India -much higher price for decreasing energy export to "unfriendly countries" will also change the picture...

-Higher energy prices may mean exploration of "higher costs" sources may still bring in profit. North Sea oil & gas now will increase...For that matter "OPEC+" has limits to what they can do with both production and prices...

NL is an exception in the EU -we did get 5% of our gas from Russia, Germany 40%-so limited/no Russian energy is not hitting each country in the EU (or outside the EU) in the same way. Electricity, pipelines go all over Europe (including the UK-Brexit did not change the UK being a EU-member for decades). [url]https://www.ipkw.nl/nieuws/make-hydrogen-not-war/[/url] or https://www.ipkw.nl/nieuws/make-hydrogen-not-war/ ...high energy prices will increase innovation. 

Doing a lot more with much less energy in fact only started...

-DJ-my opinion; I think most countries do want conflicts to stay limited to one country/region...avoid a global war. Still a list of wars; Ukraine, Serbia-Kosovo, Armenia, Syria, Kashmir, Taiwan, Africa at the end could escalate into a global war...

"Politics" may still be "limited" by military/intel warning for further escalation. If Russia/Crimea targets will be hit from Ukraine it will bring reactions. (In this case Russia attacking NATO command posts in Ukraine...they are "not supposed to be there" so...). 

The price Taiwan may have to pay for the pelosi-visit is losing some islands...As long it stays with that the US, "west" will "protest but not act" (I think). A full scale invasion of Taiwan will result in an Ukraine scenario...US/west going for sanctions war (and hyperinflation...) against China...trying to make China pay the highest price possible...

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/ukraine-sitrep-on-the-ground-report-ukrainian-frontline-collapses.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/ukraine-sitrep-on-the-ground-report-ukrainian-frontline-collapses.html makes clear what paying a high price means..."Weakening Russia" means over 1,000 Ukraine deaths per day...

I think "the west" needs to go for "damage control"...we should have avoided both Ukraine and Taiwan ending up in confrontations...So far the outcome is the west is getting weaker..NOT stronger !

I love my freedom of expression, my right to disagree (without getting agressive/insulting !) I enjoy here in NL-"the west"....It is the confrontation and escalation strategy that put those democratic freedoms at risk...

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Describing Chinese drills  & "tests" with missiles flying over Taiwan....Chinese Navy and aircraft ignoring any claims of "Taiwan" having its own "zone"...in the PRC/China/Bejing view Taiwan = China....Most likely US navy/planes may "act wise" staying away from Taiwan to avoid China...[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%E2%80%93United_States_relations#Rapprochement[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%E2%80%93United_States_relations#Rapprochement and 

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US president Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and other U.S. officials meet in the White House Cabinet Room with Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping, 29 January 1979

In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US reiterated the Shanghai Communiqué's acknowledgment of the Chinese position that there is only one China and that Taiwan is a part of China; Beijing acknowledged that the American people would continue to carry on commercial, cultural, and other unofficial contacts with the people of Taiwan.[89]

DJ....The US still claims a "One-China-policy" but its actions speak a different language...

It must be "very hard" for US allies "to understand" what the US now wants...Taiwan as a (sort of) US colony ? 

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/how-pelosis-visit-hurts-taiwan.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/how-pelosis-visit-hurts-taiwan.html ;

The people of Taiwan did not support Pelosi's grand standing:

News sites ran polls, with almost two-thirds of UDN’s respondents saying the visit was destabilising. Talk radio discussed preparation and escape plans, and walked listeners through their growing anxieties.

That wasn't helped by Pelosi's tone deafness:

At a news conference with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, Pelosi was asked what she could offer Taiwan to offset the possible costs the island would incur — including economic retaliation from China — as a consequence of her visit.

She answered that her visit was part of a broader U.S. effort to have “better economic exchanges” with Taiwan, and she said “significant” Taiwanese businesses are already planning to invest in manufacturing in the United States.”

"You will get sanctioned while we will steal your prime advantage in chip manufacturing," is not exactly an uplifting message.

Other countries which Pelosi also visited felt sidelined by her anti-China antics:

Ms. Pelosi’s visit may also damage a push by the White House to shore up support against China from key allies in the region who analysts say have felt sidelined by the trip, and frustrated by the spiraling tensions. With much recent attention eaten up by China’s fulminations over the visit, allies suggested that they wish they had been better consulted ahead of Ms. Pelosi’s journey.

South Korea, where a recent economic imbalance and trade deficit has raised concernssnubbed Pelosi:

President Yoon Suk-yeol plans to speak by phone with visiting U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later Thursday, his office said, after officials said earlier that a meeting between the two is not planned as Yoon is on summer vacation.

Pelosi wasn't amused:

Korea Pro @southkoreapro - 2:00 UTC · Aug 4, 2022

Yoon administration and the ROK National Assembly did not send any delegation to welcome Pelosi’s arrival last night. Pelosi was not pleased about the situation, multiple reports said.

All together Pelosi's trip was not the success she may have thought it would be. It was a trap she had set for herself when it first 'leaked' that she would visit Taiwan. If she had not gone the Republicans would have blasted her as a coward. Now she will carry the responsibility for further deteriorating U.S. relations with China.

Taiwan, which all the brouhaha is allegedly about, will further lose in its economic relations with China and will wither away as an economic power.

Eventually the people of Taiwan will vote for another party and unification will again come into sight.

DJ As [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TBcbDUPVgs[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TBcbDUPVgs Alexander Mercouris mentions; A double-game on Taiwan may be the worst possible strategy...

AM at the end mentions Russia-China relations...I think he may be "minimalistic"; Russia, China (Iran) did have navy drills...may have been expecting this Taiwan crisis as a next step by the US to stop EurAsian integration...pushing Ukraine into war with Russia (NATO membership, Ukraine/zelensky claim of getting nuclear weapons...) was step 1. 

The outcome may be a growing gap not only between the EU and the US but also between (East)Asia nations and the US. South Korean PM is "conservative"...in Korean terms this could mean "more anti-Japan..."....

My impression is the US does totally ignore history of both Ukraine and Taiwan....The US seem to be unable to understand India, Indonesia-Russian relations....

The US foreign policy has become a show of utter stupidity...[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosi-departs-taiwan-after-president-tsai-bestowed-highest-medal-china-preps-largest[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pelosi-departs-taiwan-after-president-tsai-bestowed-highest-medal-china-preps-largest ; Taiwan's Defense Ministry described the latest PLA actions as essentially a "maritime and aerial blockade.

DJ "Maritime and naval blockade"....Makes me wonder if China can "take over" Taiwan air/sea routes....by tech-war ? Any planes or ships entering Taiwan will have to deal with China-traffic control...wether Taiwan likes it or not...

"interesting times"...

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DJ, 

When I think of Taiwan -China/Russia alliance- [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_invasion_of_Denmark_(1940)[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_invasion_of_Denmark_(1940) comes to my mind...Denmark did try to fight the Germans april 9 - 1940. But German superiority did make that "fight" only a matter of hours...

I think China may be able "to take over" Taiwan at gunpoint...Taiwan not able to do that much...[url]https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-16[/url] or https://community.defconwarningsystem.com/threads/%F0%9F%87%B9%F0%9F%87%BCtaiwan-%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%B3china-reports.16927/page-16 

...Japan claiming some Chinese missiles landed in Japanese territory...problem however is that both Taiwan and China (and so Russia...) does NOT see that as Japan territory...but Chinese. Taiwan/Formosa itself was under Japan rule from 1895 to 1945...

The US itself is making matters even more complicated by on the one hand still claiming to stick to "One China-policy" (from the Nixon/Kissinger years...wonder what Kissinger thinks of it all...) on the other hand "willing to defend Taiwan independence"...(so in fact a Two-China policy...). 

Lots of "simulated war games" made clear the US may simply not be able to defend Taiwan...Japan going for support of Taiwan would be a "very bad move" unwelcomed by both Chinese and Koreans...united in hate against Japan. The fact that pelosi was unable to visit any major South Korean official may signal "East Asia" is very unhappy with her actions...pelosi may be better recieved in Japan..."count your blessings"...again both Korea and China "do not have good historic relations" with Japan...So the US "lining up" with Japan may push both Taiwan and South Korea away...

-Military Summary [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y739fm1rhp8[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y739fm1rhp8 ;(MS)

[url]https://southfront.org/overview-of-bloody-attacks-by-ukrainian-forces-on-civilians-in-donetsk-peoples-republic-on-august-4-18/[/url] or https://southfront.org/overview-of-bloody-attacks-by-ukrainian-forces-on-civilians-in-donetsk-peoples-republic-on-august-4-18/ ; On August 4, the AFU shelled the center of the city of Donetsk. One of the attacks targeted the drama theater, where the farewell to the colonel of the People’s Militia of the DPR Olga Kachura (known by the call sign Korsa) took place. She was killed a day before in Gorlovka.

DJ, Ukraine forces on the frontline need artillery support against (pro)Russian artillery...Ukraine losses by (pro)Russian artillery some days may be 1,000+ ...Ukraine is using the artillery to attack civilian targets in (pro)Russian held parts of Ukraine...

MS also mentioned Russia is claiming the US did spread both CoViD and Monkeypox MPX from biolabs in Ukraine...(older story) [url]https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-covid-science-health-donald-trump-0f535c2e136cacab85cfd269dc3124f2[/url] or https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-covid-science-health-donald-trump-0f535c2e136cacab85cfd269dc3124f2 ...


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DJ, 

Usual sources; Military Summary, Alexander Mercouris; 

In/on Ukraine the "gap" between zelensky and Ukraine military is widening. The "azov"-regiment neo-nazi's blame zelensky for an attack on a POW camp killing over 50 fellow-nazi in Donetsk "Peoples Republic..The "west" still tries to blame Russia for that attack however "by now may no longer believe any of it...". The Ukraine military blame zelensky for ignoring their advice...so artillery is in the wrong places shelling the wrong (civilian) targets...A "Kherson/Xepcoh"offensive that never will come from the Ukraine side...however growing chance of Russia going for a "northward move" from Kherson and southward move from Sumy/Charkow...finishing the war...

The US-biden-now blaming zelensky for "bad leadership..."Afghanistan being repeated" only can be avoided by sending in NATO forces...by now very likely even Poland no longer willing to get its military "destroyed"...

So far the outcome of the "Ukraine war" -avoidable-is over 100,000 Ukraine military killed...Russia even stronger...the west in a major crisis...

Under trump lots of agreements on weapons/security expired..trump even ended the Iran-deal...agreed with Jerusalem as Israel capital...The hope in Europe/the world was biden would undo a lot of damage trump did...

But based on CIA/MI6 "intel" the "western"idea was Putin was in a very weak position in Russia...sanctions would stop Russia from interventions...NATO could expand further east, ignore Russia calling for renewal of all kinds of agreements-part of them from Soviet-times...

The idea of "Russia being weak" was very wrong! Ignoring increase of trade between RIC Russia-Iran-China, ignoring Arab frustration on the US stand on Israel...US increasing its oil-production, competing with OPEC...DJ-I simply am unable to understand how western leaders failed to get a more realistic view on the globe...

It is wrong to only blame trump...biden could and should have undone lots of foolish things trump did...It is very wrong to only put the blame at the US...Europe did not agree with trump ending the Iran-deal but failed to safe enough of it...Ukraine agreeing with the Minskdeals-but in fact ignoring them-was a European major mistake...

Talks on secutity in Europe most was in the interest of Europe..here Europe has most of the blame...France, Germany warned against NATO moving further east in 2008...maybe believed NATO expansionism would be "part of talks" with Russia on new agreements...point is those talks with Russia on renewal of old agreements never started...

A.o. South China Morning Post now had the news of zelensky trying to get in contact with Xi/China...Maybe unrealistic but I -DJ- hope maybe China can help to end the Ukraine war Russia also did not want. Russia wanted talks on security in Europe, protection for ethnic Russians in Ukraine...but only did get ignored or insulted from the west...

And now a UK paper-close to the ruling "UK conservative party" claims China Army is "a paper tiger" when China is blocking Taiwan...Pelosi not very welcome in South Korea-dealing with the fall-out of her visit to Taiwan...North Korea possibly preparing another nuclear test...China preparing for "reunification" of Taiwan/Formosa with China"...

The US political elite may have been unhappy with pelosi East-Asia travel...they did NOT stop the US #3 in power (after the President and Vice-President)  from making that trip...

Another outcome is Russia-China further strengthenining their cooperation-also with Iran...Now also China as good as ending communication with the US/west...

Even most "pro-Atlantic" European leaders must by now have a sense of horror...Asia population 4,6 billion, out of 7,9 global...GDP of China, India, Russia, Indonesia, Iran now kicking out the west...The economic damage for the west only starting...inflation will further increase when China goes full blown anti-western sanctions...

Again...this could and should be avoided...

Again...in the pandemic we see the same kinds of total stupidity..NOT stopping diseases spreading, limited vaccinations resulting in mutations creating new variants...and we seem to learn nothing !

Stupid rules !

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DJ, 

Just making my mind up on the present global international situation;

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U87imtAWIMQ[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U87imtAWIMQ ; Russia Advances Deeper Into Bakhmut, Lynchpin of Ukraine's Donbass Defence, Putin And Erdogan Forge Economic Alliance News Topic 575

and [url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/reaction-to-pelosis-visit-reveals-chinas-plans-for-a-taiwan-conflict.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/reaction-to-pelosis-visit-reveals-chinas-plans-for-a-taiwan-conflict.html 

DJ;

"Make trade not war"...

Pelosi visited the DMZ "De-Militarized-Zone" between North and South Korea...in South Korea the person in the same position as pelosi recieved her...ministers did not find time for her...

In Sochi Putin and Erdogan agreed to bring Turkish-Russia trade to 100 billion US$ (?) value per year...That would bring Russia-Türkiye trade to the level of Russia-China (present) trade...

In the past Russia and China -in Vladivostok- had talks with "the Korea's" to bring them closer...End goal for both Korea and China-with Taiwan- is reunification..(a bit like the German 1989 reunification). 

Both Taiwan and South Korea have major high-tech industries...however both countries depend on import of energy, raw materials, food...Asia-population 4,6 billion-of course is a "very interesting market" both for selling goods and bying food, energy, raw materials...For that matter the US may not be "that interesting..". US loves to export weapons & LNG both at very high prices...

"Peacefull reunification"  may be the goal for both "Korea" and Taiwan..."increasing pressure, putting limits" now is part of that trajectory...It looks like China will NOT take even a cm2 of Taiwan by force...But it will show it could take all of Taiwan -most likely within a short time"....

Western embedded media, insane politicians, may call that "bluff"...I think both Taiwan and South Korea get the message...

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/urgent-china-moving-nuclear-missiles-in-public[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/urgent-china-moving-nuclear-missiles-in-public

What no one has been telling Americans is that Taiwan has a very serious history to it.   In World War 2, Japan invaded China.  Japan conquered a huge amount of Chinese territory.

That invasion took place from . . . . the island we now call Taiwan.    Back then, the island was named Formosa.

So China, as a matter of its own security, cannot and will not allow that island to become a sort of Garrison island for some foreign force.  Because anything on that island __could__ be used as the basis for another actual invasion of China.

That's the national security concern for China, when it comes to Taiwan.

DJ...that story is partly correct...Japan did control Manchuria and Korea before invading China...Formosa/Taiwan was under Japan control since 1895...But China will NOT allow the US/ "a global NATO" taking over Taiwan...For that matter there is some similarity with Ukraine...

I expect Russia and China to try harder to get "economic deals" with Taiwan and Korea...(low cost North Korean workforce working for Taiwan/SK industry may be part of it...NK coal for Taiwan...). 

DJ-Ukraine is in a "slow collapse" with reports of military no longer willing to die without good reasons...a growing foodcrisis, the US trying to distance itself...About 30% of western weapons getting to frontlines-in untrained hands...no repair capacity...I expect the zelensky US puppets to collapse if not this month then next month...

Another "Afghanistan" disaster...

No doubt Putin and Erdogan did talk about Syria and Iraq...how they both want US to get out...get a grip on the Kurds. Russia would like to see the Kurds joining the Syria and Iraq armies...Türkiye wants to kill those Kurds...may get help from Iran in killing Kurds...

So US foreign policy did break the isolation of not only Iran but very likely also of North Korea...Pelosi her visit was meant to give US democrats some chance in the US midterm elections...but it was a total disaster...another one...

DJ-I am surprised/shocked by "European leaders" still in support of US totally insane foreign policy...Italy may see a new right wing government ending that support...France may not stay behind...In Germany also increasing unease...A "cold winter, hyperinflation, mass unemployment" may wake people up...

Israel went bombing Gaza maybe out of frustration it can not get any support for bombing Iran...Israel politics looks like the "politics" in many other western countries; a tunnelvision unable to escape out of the dead-end street...the wall means "stop"...

Learning the very hard way-at the end "we" have to talk with Russia on safety in Europe...We should have done so last year...would have been in a much better position...


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DJ, 

The Duran on Taiwan [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKaherHp2Q[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKaherHp2Q the two Alex's basiccally in shock on biden/US stupidity in foreign policy...(DJ [url]http://thesaker.is/the-saker-interviews-michael-hudson-6/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/the-saker-interviews-michael-hudson-6/ maybe a basic point for US foreign policy is it "major financial sector" trying to make profit out of any crisis...but it is a dead-end street...only the 0,1% do not care...as long as they get more rich...ruin countries...).

So...China will continu its drill around Taiwan till at least the middle of august...US Navy "planning to cross the Taiwan strait"...DJ...China will STOP that...Taiwan is part of China from pelosi her -stupid- visit....Very likely US fighters getting close to Taiwan will see Chinese escorts...

DJ; Since Taiwan needs imports from food, energy, raw materials a Chinese blockade may have the goal of a "change of government position" on reunification...I think Bejing may go for "One China-Two policies"....With Bejing taking over foreign policy, trade and defense...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s39p_eqD94s[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s39p_eqD94s Military Summary; Ukraine defenses are collapsing not only in the east but also in the south...Pro-Russian forces may be on their way to Nikolayev...Ukraine preparing some action on the northern border with Russia ? (Most new info in the last 1/3 of that video...)

[url]https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/7-august-explosions-reported-in-several-cities-of-kherson[/url] or https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/7-august-explosions-reported-in-several-cities-of-kherson DJ (Pro)Ukraine (NATO ???) forces shelling Kherson....Livemap very pro NATO...often unrealistic but may give some indications...

[url]https://southfront.org/us-anti-radiation-missile-makes-surprise-appearance-in-ukraine-photos/[/url] or https://southfront.org/us-anti-radiation-missile-makes-surprise-appearance-in-ukraine-photos/ US anti radar weapons supposed to be fired from an aircraft (mis)used....in Ukraine...

DJ-As Alexander Mercouris mentions; countries look at who most likely will win the battle...Lavrov Russian FM did get a warm welcome in the Middle East and Africa...Turkey made deals with Russia...100 billion$ worth of trade to be made in Russian and Turkish currencies...India/Türkiye retail taking over "shops" western companies had to close in Russia...Chinese and Iran bussinesses also will increase...OPEC+ now moving further "towards the Asia market"...

Somehow "western politics" seem to be unable to understand Asia is 60% of global population, PPP-GDP may by now be 50% of global GDP...Fiat-currencies, US$, Euro-€ are a weak spot...Russia and China back their currencies with gold and energy...

And all "the west" can think of is a "global NATO" for neo-colonialism only "the west" thinks is acceptable...

DJ-I am "left wing" on a NL political scale...freedom of expression I think is major...But the west is making "pseudo democratic dictatorships" now the dominant powers...

Diplomacy, talks in stead of confrontations...Why "the west" is this unable to go for diplomacy ? 

Again-both in foreign policy and in pandemics "stupid rules"...it looks like "the west" has lost it power to think....


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[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNv_psx94I[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNv_psx94I ; Russia Starts Storming of Key Donbass Town of Bakhmut, Zelensky Admits Ukraine Suffering Heavy Losses, FT Says West 'Concerned' About Turkey Realigning with Russia News Topic 576

and [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBN0mAHNjBg[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBN0mAHNjBg ;Putin and Erdogan meet in Sochi, cooperation deepens amidst many disputes The Duran: Episode 1349

DJ, We are in a global political crisis. Countries may try to stay out of conflicts that they do not see as their conflict. India, Türkiye going for national interests. 

They both need energy-imports, economic growth...Western countries went on a "sanctions war" are getting frustrated other countries do not join them...But often these countries simply can not afford joining that western sanctions war against "bad Russia"...On top of sanctions wars against lots of other countries not following US orders...

Even discussing sanctions on India, Türkiye...repeating mistakes-unable to learn a thing-is pushing them further towards the Russia-Iran-China coalition...(RIC)...RIC itself is the outcome of western sanctions war...lack of diplomacy, confrontations..

The inability to learn from mistakes, outright stupidity over-and-over again also showing in the climate collapse and pandemic; profits for the 0,1% go above sanity...

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/policy-by-other-means-by-helmholtz-smith.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/policy-by-other-means-by-helmholtz-smith.html 

Alexander Mercouris ends his video referring to hitler...starting new wars before winning old wars...The west, convinced of its superiority is doing that again over and over...we all know how Germany ended in 1945...(If you google who financed hitler, nazi's you will learn a wide variety of people did...for lots of different reasons-a "western elite" was behind fascism taking over Europe then...I hope we can stop/reform in the west before that mistake gets repeated full scale..."genocide by pandemic"/economy=profit first is a bad omen).

Main stream media blindly copying Ukraine propaganda, the "end of journalism" "embedded propaganda" and political parties as a sort of cults make democracy become at risk. 

If Türkiye joins "TIP" Türkiye-Iran-Pakistan (with Afghanistan, Syria ? Iraq ?) "TIP" may go for a balance between Russia, China, India, EU, Arab world...self interest in order to survive...

I think Türkiye leaving NATO will be the end of NATO...NATO-wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen have been total disasters...NATO is also losing the Ukraine-war...China is -slowly- taking over Taiwan...South Korea is going for "EurAsian markets"...

Sticking to the same confrontationism, NATO expansionism is ending the west...Diplomacy, respect for other countries interests, honest/fair deals (also outside US$/Euro) could have saved the west...

The EU may be more flexible then the US...BeNeLux in 1944 reunited the "Low Countries" in a new format...it was one of the roots for European cooperation...A "new" EU has to find a balance between self-interests of member states and common goals...(like infrastructure-also for electricity, water, energy, currencies). 

"We" in Europe need trade with Asia...if possible "balanced" trade with lots of countries...Africa is our neighbour in the south...Replace the "neo-colonial global NATO" with respect and (fair) trade would create a "better world"...

There is a way out of this crisis...

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DJ, 

Military Summary [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GlinZQOzKY[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GlinZQOzKY ; DJ Ukraine is sending wounded soldiers to frontlines...logistics major problem-a lot of it now in civilian cars...Donbas-frontline further slow collapse...Pro-Russian forces breaking up fortifications Ukraine did build since 2014...artillery main Russian tool...

DJ-Some western media claim (Pro)Russian forces (the "media/propaganda" likes to claim all fighters are Russians...most of the frontline fighting however is done by ethnic Russians-Ukrainians...During the USSR/CCCP Russians did spread allover the Soviet Union...) did suffer "tens-of-thousends" military killed...The -very limited-picture I have total (pro)Russian fighters killed may be under 20,000....a lot of them "Ukraine-Russians" from the Donbas...

DJ-The western puppet regime in Kiev is "at breakingpoint"...in need of successes...

"Western media/propaganda" follow Ukraine lies basiccally claiming Russians are shelling themselves...near a nuclear power plant under Russian control (with Ukraine staff), the POW-camp with azov-neo-nazi POW's...even the spread of mines near (pro-Russian controlled) Donetsk would be done by Russia...The level of non-sense "free western media" is spreading is shocking...brainless...

There are still questions on an attack on a Crimea-Airbase. Some claims are it was a UK/Ukraine operation destroying Russian planes (9 of them ?) and wounding 60 pilots...Russia claims it was an accident with ammunition/fuel...IF Russia believes Ukraine attacked Crimea (seen as part of Russia) then Russia will go for "main targets" in Ukraine...possibly including NATO-HQ (supposed not to be in Ukraine...). 

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/how-ukraine-lost-its-riches.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/how-ukraine-lost-its-riches.html DJ; Besides a strategic position Ukraine also has resources, minerals, gas...Heavy industry...The sanctions war resulted in much higher global prices...main exporters of energy and natural resources did see prices go up...Russia was such a main exporter...The west may be importing less from Russia-but is unable to replace those imports from other countries-so prices went up...had to be paid in Rubles...

The quantity of Russian exports may have dropped, since the west is paying a much higher price (a.o.) Russian profits increased...Besides that-often decreasing oil/coal/gas production is not that easy-Russia increased strategic storage, export to India, China, Türkiye...but also increased diesel, kerosine production...part of that also ending in "the west" for much higher prices...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcK4IdxNouo[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcK4IdxNouo ; Russia - Turkey trade deal causes collective west panic The Duran: Episode 1352

DJ; Türkiye has plans for gas-exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean sea...it now has backing from Russia...Greece also wanted to make claims on that part of the sea...Since Türkiye is "essential" for NATO Erdogan is now "playing his cards"...Türkiye and Russia more or less agree on Syria becoming under Assad-control...TÚrkiye will stop support for IS, pro-Turkish groups - Russia will "push" the Kurds to work with Assad...Iran, Türkiye and Russia more or less on the same line for both Syria and Iraq...US/NATO forces have to go...

Bringing Russia-Turkish trade to "China levell" (100 billion US$ per year) may turn Türkiye into a transferpoint between Russia/EurAsia and the Arab World/Africa...Russia has good relations with China, India, Indonesia, most of Africa and OPEC+....DJ-South East Europe will have "to move"....

Greece did follow the US "orders" of confrontation with Russia...now may face Türkiye  is getting a major control over the East-Mediterranean...(DJ-Also Israel will see Russian influence not only in Syria but also (again) in Egypt...).

[url]https://southfront.org/chinese-exercises-around-taiwan-continue/[/url] or https://southfront.org/chinese-exercises-around-taiwan-continue/

The action of the Chinese army was perceived by the Taiwanese government as a rehearsal for the capture of the island, and as a result, Taiwanese fighter jets were patrolling in the air. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned China’s decision to extend the exercise, saying it was deliberately creating a crisis. The ministry demanded Beijing to stop the military actions.

Some countries that have a pro-American stance, such as Australia and Japan, condemned China’s drills. The countries said the exercises were provocative and reckless and posed a threat to regional security.

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The exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan are not the only ones. The PLA leaders planned to hold exercises in the southern part of the Yellow Sea, which will last at least until August 15, earlier similar exercises were held jointly with Russian troops. In addition to the exercises, Beijing also imposed sanctions on two Taiwanese foundations, banned the export of natural sand and some fruits to Taiwan, Pelosi herself and her family. Beijing also suspended dialogue with Washington on such issues as climate change, the process of returning migrants, drug control. In response, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned China’s statements on the termination of cooperation.

DJ, There have been Navy-drills in the Indian Ocean of Russia, China and Iran Navy...India-China relations are still "problematic" however India simply can not support a neo-colonial "global NATO" if India wants to become a major global economic player...(China GDP-PPP is already larger then that of the US, India GDP-PPP may soon follow...Also the EU GDP-PPP may be larger then that of the US...depending on statistcs used...wich could soon result in the US economy at #4 in the world...no longer the #1 it was in some statistics...). 

China goals are increasing not only control over Taiwan but also over the South China Sea...Taiwan may no longer welcome US navy in its waters...the price will be very high...Also Russia and China will very likely increase "Korean reunification talks" and "access of Korea on EurAsian markets"....India may be part of those talks as well...

Australia has no choice but "change its position" if it wants to survive...They need access to the Asia market....Japan may face "nationalist extremism" -will be seen by "the region" as a US colony...Denied access to most of Asia...

Of course diplomacy could have avoided confrontations...but "the west" does not know "diplomacy" any longer...

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BREAKING: US will mount a “freedom of navigation” exercise in the “next few weeks” through the Taiwan Strait, despite rising tensions with China over the island https://insiderpaper.com/us-to-conduct-new-air-and-maritime-transits-in-taiwan-strait-white-house/

DJ, I think Bejing will no longer allow US Navy in Chinese waters...also not in the sea near Taiwan....What is the US view ? Is Taiwan part of China or not ? You can not have a "one China policy" but act as if Taiwan is "the other China"....

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/iran-confirms-drone-sale-to-russia-but-what-will-it-buy-in-exchange.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/iran-confirms-drone-sale-to-russia-but-what-will-it-buy-in-exchange.html ;

Russia has developed a number of drones for itself. The Orlan-10 is good for artillery observation and electronic warfare on the tactical battalion level. Then there is the 200 kilogram Korsar which has a tactical strike role. There is also the ZALA-421-16E5, a ...

... tactical operation unmanned aerial reconnaissance system. The UAV flight duration is 6-7 hours, the flight range is up to 150 km, the monitored area can exceed 21,000 sq km in a single launch.

That is better than the Orlan 10 but still at the basic tactical level.

Anything above that, an operational-tactical drone that can stay up for a whole day and night and continuously cover the front of one or more brigades is something that Russia has not had so far.

The Iranian Shahed 129 is an equivalent to the U.S. MQ-1 Predator. It has infrared and day optics, a laser designator for precise targeting and it can carry four precision-guided bombs. Its range is 1,500 kilometer which is significantly more then current Russian drones have. Since 2014 these drones have been used by Iran in Syria so Russia will already have has some direct experience with their battle field performance.

I am sure though that Iran will take several years to deliver 1,000 of those. But that may not matter. A few dozen will be sufficient enough for now to continuously cover the whole 2,000 kilometer frontline in Ukraine at the necessary depths.

It is unusual for Russia to buy weapons from other states without any other compensation. I therefore suspect that this is not a one sided deal but that Iran has promised to buy some significant Russian systems in exchange.

An order of several dozen of the most modern version of the Suchoi Su-35 air superiority fighter would make sense. They would finally allow Iran to get rid of the way too old U.S. made F-4 Phantoms and Grumman F-14 that it has been flying (and crashing) for ages.

Iran and Russia may want to wait for the outcome of the still ongoing nuclear agreement negotiations before any official deal will be announced. It simply would be unwise to disturb that process now and to give hawks in the U.S. more arguments to let the deal fail.

The further cooperation between Russia and Iran though is independent of the outcome of the nuclear agreement negotiations. It will succeed as nothing that the U.S. could throw up against it is able to influence either side.

Also [url]https://ejmagnier.com/2022/08/13/russia-buys-1000-drones-from-iran-and-expands-the-level-of-strategic-cooperation/[/url] or https://ejmagnier.com/2022/08/13/russia-buys-1000-drones-from-iran-and-expands-the-level-of-strategic-cooperation/ 

DJ, Türkiye and now Iran producing drones. The drones Russia is buying from Iran can stay in the air 24 hrs...

Last month [url]https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-russia-energy-deal/31950165.html[/url] or https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-russia-energy-deal/31950165.html

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom have signed a memorandum of understanding worth around $40 billion, according to the Iranian Oil Ministry's news service, SHANA.

The deal, agreed on July 19, coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran for a summit with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts.

SHANA reported that Gazprom will offer its support to NIOC in the development of the Kish and North Pars offshore gas fields and also six oil fields.

It said that Gazprom will also be involved in the completion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and construction of gas-export pipelines.

Iran has the world's second-largest gas reserves after Russia, but U.S. sanctions have prevented access to extraction technology and slowed development of gas exports.

DJ...India is also a major investor in Iran-energy...[url]https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/13/687307/China-US-stock-exchanges-delisting-PetroChina-Sinopec[/url] or https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/13/687307/China-US-stock-exchanges-delisting-PetroChina-Sinopec

Five US-listed Chinese state-owned giant companies, collectively worth hundreds of billions of dollars, have announced they will delist from the US stock exchange amid a decaying market and tensions between Washington and Beijing over regulation and broader political issues.

In a flurry of separate statements on Friday, three of the world’s biggest energy firms, PetroChina, Sinopec and Shanghai Petrochemical, said they would apply for a voluntary delist of their American depository shares (ADS) from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Two other state-owned giants, the insurer China Life and the aluminum producer Chalco, also announced they would halt offering their shares in the United States, naming the administrative burden and costs related to maintaining the shares as the cause behind their decisions.

DJ [url]https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/xi-jinping-to-visit-saudi-arabia-next-week--is-the-us-sideli[/url] or https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/xi-jinping-to-visit-saudi-arabia-next-week--is-the-us-sideli  China-Saudi Arabia relations may further intensify...(Alexander Mercouris also talked on it...) China/PRC-Saudi/KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) relations have been "warm" for over 40 years. China is a major buyer of Saudi oil...Part of the talks also will be on Saudi Arabia joining BRICS, a new reserve currency replacing the US$...

US-FM blinken visited Africa...warning Africa countries may face sanctions if they trade with Russia...Somehow the US does "not get the message"...

Russia-Iran, China-Saudi Arabia, Russia-India, China-Pakistan...cooperating for de-colonization...With the "US-led" "west" going for a neo-colonial global NATO....


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part 2 for today, trying to get a "balanced picture" some DEBKA/Israel claims/stories;

[url]https://www.debka.com/mivzak/russia-has-lost-fifth-of-its-combat-aircraft-in-ukrainian-war/[/url] or https://www.debka.com/mivzak/russia-has-lost-fifth-of-its-combat-aircraft-in-ukrainian-war/ ; As many as 13 Russian combat aircraft were said destroyed in a surprise Ukrainian strike in Crimea in on Thursday. Military analysts estimate that the Ukraine war has so far cost the Russian air force the loss of 47 warplanes – possibly one-fifth of its total combat aircraft

DJ...so is the Israel claim Russia only has 235 combat aircraft ? (With the claimed loss of 47 combat aircraft being 1/5th ? No doubt Ukraine propaganda...Russia [url]https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/largest-air-forces-in-the-world[/url] or https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/largest-air-forces-in-the-world

Russia's air fleet

The Russian Air Force is a distant, but comfortable second to the USAF when it comes to military aircraft, with a total of 3,863 military aircraft (with another 310 allotted to the Navy). During the Cold War, Soviet airpower was comparable to that of the United States, but after the dissolving of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the Russian Federation, the Air Force budget was reduced considerably. However, since the turn of the 21st century, the Russian Air Force has been steadily improving and retains enough precursors to hold steady control of the #2 spot, at least for a little while longer.

So Russia may have 235 combat aircraft involved in the Ukraine War ???? Not very clear claim/story....

[url]https://www.debka.com/mivzak/russian-rocket-puts-iranian-spy-satellite-into-orbit/[/url] or https://www.debka.com/mivzak/russian-rocket-puts-iranian-spy-satellite-into-orbit/ ;

The Soyuz-2 rocket carried the Iranian Khayyam satellite into orbit on Tuesday from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Responding to Western suspicions that Moscow would use the launch to spy on Ukraine, the Iranian space agency insisted that the Islamic Republic would control the Khayyam satellite “from day one.” Due to “encrypted algorithm, no third country could access the data it sent.”

DJ...I doubt Russia would need an Iran satelite to keep an eye on Ukraine...I also doubt Iran would have "major problems" if Russia could/would use that Iranian satelite...if they get "things in return" like;

[url]https://www.debka.com/iran-gives-russia-300-combat-drones-in-trade-for-su-35-warplanes-in-deepening-military-ties/[/url] or https://www.debka.com/iran-gives-russia-300-combat-drones-in-trade-for-su-35-warplanes-in-deepening-military-ties/

Up against fierce odds in Ukraine,  (DJ-does the west realy believe Ukraine would be able to win from Russia ???? DJ) Moscow has forged a comprehensive military contract with Tehran which promises help in the form of 300 Shahed-129 and Shaed-191 combat drones (see photo), in return for fourth generation Sukhoi-35 fighters, DEBKAfile’s special military sources disclose. 


Russian experts will upgrade the Iranian Air Force’s capabilities to absorb the new aircraft.


The military ties developing between Moscow and Tehran are multi-faceted. Iran’s aviation industry and its air force maintenance facilities have been repairing Russian aircraft damaged in the Ukraine war. (DJ-Is there any proof for that claim ???? DJ)The drones supplied to Russia will also showcase Iran’s products for the world market. In the past fortnight, as part of their military deal, Iran has placed its cyberwar hackers at the service of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine.  (DJ-Proof ???-) The Farigh al Tehereh hackers, who attacked electronic networks at bases in Rumania, are operating for Russia under cover disguised as “the Iraqi resistance group.”


Western sources have learned of Russian and Iranian officers holding high-level meetings to discuss Tehran possibly offering Moscow the use of some of its  ballistic missiles to make up for Russia’s dwindling stocks in the Ukraine conflict.


Another topic considered is the possible handover of Russia’s Syrian bases to Revolutionary Guards forces, since Moscow is deploying some of its Syria-based units as reinforcements for its war effort in Ukraine. This subject first came up in July 22 during the talks Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Hossein Salami held in Damascus with Syrian president Bashar Assad.  At the time, Moscow was against expanding Iran’s foothold in Syra, but, according to Western intelligence sources, it is more amenable to this at present.


An open display of the tightening military relations is still to come with a large-scale joint Russian, Chinese, Iranian naval exercise in Venezuela scheduled to take places from 17 to 27 of August in Venezuela. This will be the first time Moscow is blatantly working with Tehran to signal Washington that the three hostile navies are quite able to combine and strike America in the event of total war.


In further signs of amity, Iran has established a trade center in Moscow; Russian and Iranian airlines have stepped up the frequency of flights between the two countries; both are using Russia’s Mir electronic payment service and finally, Russia has provided Iran with a passage to India for its exports.


DJ, Part of the DEBKA-story is meant to get US support against Iran....Israel (a de-facto non-NATO NATO member...integrated in NATO infrastructure) has moved away from a neutral stand to a pro-US/NATO stand...So Russia is now willing to give Iran more room in Syria...

Another aspect is Putin did meet with Erdogan (Türkiye) twice in a month...Türkiye made all kinds of trade deals with Russia. Both countries want to "fight terrorism" in Syria and Iraq...Türkiye means Kurdish groups, Russia means IS etc. (both the Kurds and IS de facto US/Israel allies). 

RIC (Russia-Iran-China) navies going for exercise near  Venezuela [url]https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/07/06/685164/Iran-China-Russia-to-flex-muscles-in-America[/url] or https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/07/06/685164/Iran-China-Russia-to-flex-muscles-in-America ; “In mid-August, Venezuela will host the “Sniper Frontier” competition with the participation of Russia, Iran, and China’s military, as well as at least 10 other nations,” said the report.

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"The VRIC (Venezuela, Russia, Iran and China) nations are getting ready to make a loud statement that the region is ready to embrace the multipolar force."

DJ, will the timing of the US (and other UK ?) navy moving into the Taiwan Strait be related to the "VRIC" Navy drills ? 

Israel hoped Saudi Arabia would support Israel against Iran...but Gulf States embrace OPEC+, Xi visiting Saudi Arabia (again)....Most likely Israel may feel it is getting isolated...

Egypt also showed interests in BRICS...Türkiye may join EurAsian trade...Iran already member of the SCO...major partner for Russia-India trade via the Caspian Sea...

DJ-So ...Israel may be getting in an impossible position if it wants to keep confronting Iran...Maybe it should seek bette relations in the Middele East-North Africa...(MENA-region)....

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part 3; 

[url]https://southfront.org/sdf-suspended-joint-operations-with-us-led-coalition-in-northeastern-syria-report/[/url] or https://southfront.org/sdf-suspended-joint-operations-with-us-led-coalition-in-northeastern-syria-report/ ;

In response to the recent drone strikes, the SDF and its affiliate, the Afrin Liberation Forces, have been attacking Turkish bases and troops in Syria.

By suspending counter-terrorism operations, the SDF is likely trying to pressure the US-led coalition into restricting Turkey’s drone operations over its territory. The US have warned Turkey against launching a new operation against the SDF. However, it will not likely go as far as taking steps to actually restrict Turkish military operations in Syria.

Turkey remains a key NATO ally of the US. Washington is currently more interested in integrating Finland and Sweden into the NATO in response to the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. This will not be possible without Ankara’s blessing.

DJ...NATO without Türkiye would be a major US loss...but I expect at the moment it is only a matter of time Türkiye now is on its way out...Maybe renewed EU membershiptalks could change that picture ? 

[url]https://southfront.org/us-threatens-russia-and-iran-with-sanctions-over-alleged-drone-deal/[/url] or https://southfront.org/us-threatens-russia-and-iran-with-sanctions-over-alleged-drone-deal/The US claims may be just a stunt meant to increase pressure on Russia over its operation in Ukraine and more importantly on Iran over its drone program. Washington and its allies in the Middle East, first and foremost Israel, have been trying to sabotage Iran’s drone program for quite some time now.

DJ...more US sanctions? Seriously ???? Does the US want a renewed Iran-deal ? Iran and Türkiye more and more becoming allies...

[url]https://southfront.org/the-seventh-us-made-himars-launcher-destroyed-in-ukraine/[/url] or https://southfront.org/the-seventh-us-made-himars-launcher-destroyed-in-ukraine/ ;

On August 13, the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed that another US-made HIMARS launcher and a warehouse with ammunition for it were destroyed in Eastern Ukraine. So far, the Russian military reported the destruction of 7 systems supplied by US to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The HIMARS launcher and a warehouse were destroyed by the Russian airstrikes in the area of the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic which is under control of the AFU.

In total, the Pentagon promised to transfer 20 HIMARS launchers to Kiev, of which 16 have already arrived in the country. As noted by Washington, Ukraine assured that it would not use the systems for strikes on Russian territory. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of the country allowed their use for targets in Crimea.

DJ Russia also did buy  a HIMARS from corrupt Ukraine forces...The US/NATO is organizing most of the Ukraine war...Ukraine is "fully funded by the west"....Russia seems to be preparing to "take over" all of Ukraine. First plans only involved security for Eastern Ukraine and water supplies for Crimea...So "western support" may be "the end" for Ukraine...

End of part 3...

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Further escalation; 

Ukraine;

[url]https://southfront.org/sabotage-attack-destroyed-russian-military-warehouse-in-crimea/[/url] or https://southfront.org/sabotage-attack-destroyed-russian-military-warehouse-in-crimea/ ;

On the morning of August 16th, large explosions took place at a temporary warehouse near the town of Dzhankoy in the northern Crimea. This is the second such incident in the Crimea in the past week.

Explosions at a temporary ammunition depot near the village of Mayskoye thundered around 6 a.m. Moscow time. Two civilians were injured as a result of the incident. One of them was hospitalized.

The Russian Ministry of Defence declared that the explosions were the result of a sabotage attack. It resulted in damage to a number of civilian facilities, including a power line, a power plant, a railway track, as well as a number of residential buildings. The local substation is considered one of the key energy hubs of the Crimean peninsula. It caught fire as a result of the explosions, but the fire was quickly localized.

Residents are being evacuated, to ensure the safety of people, they are being taken out of the five-kilometer zone. The forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense, Rosgvardiya, emergency services are involved to eliminate the consequences of the attack.

The high level of terrorist danger was declared in the northern region of the peninsula since the beginning of the Russian military operations in Ukraine. After the incident, a state of emergency was not imposed in other areas.

On the same day, clouds of smoke were reported over the military airbase in the village of Gvardeyskoye in the Simferopol region of Crimea. According to the local reports, several explosions were heard on the territory of the military facility. The situation in the area remains calm, no evacuation or other measures were taken. Crimean officials have not yet commented on the incident.

Earlier, on August 9, explosions rocked Russian military air base “Saki” near the town of Novofiodorovka in the Republic of Crimea. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the explosions were the result of detonation of several aviation munitions. The Ministry declared that the only considered reason was violation of fire security measures.

After the Ukrainian military deployed foreign weapons supplied by Kiev’s Western allies in the southern regions, they were given the opportunity to hit Russian military and civilian facilities on the Crimean peninsula. However, the Kiev regime is well aware of the dangerous consequences and Russia’s military response to any attack on Crimea. At the same time, Kiev may use groups of saboteurs who remain under the control of Ukrainian security forces on the peninsula to attack the Russian military. In particular, Ukraine still has influence over some Crimean Tatars with radical views, who have been used for years as political puppets of the Kiev regime.

and;[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-ukraine-artillery-hits-reactor-cooling-system-and-nuke-waste-containers[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-ukraine-artillery-hits-reactor-cooling-system-and-nuke-waste-containers ;

Despite over a week of warnings from Russia that Ukrainian forces were deliberately targeting the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant and could cause a disaster, Ukraine continued firing.  Today, artillery shells hit the cooling system for a reactor, and hit containers with nuclear waste.

This report is published at 5:08 PM eastern US time.  The attack took place about 3 hours ago.

It is not yet known (to me) if there is any reactor trouble or radiation leak from either the reactor cooling system or the nuclear waste storage containers.

-[url]https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-russian-fsb-blames-ukraine-for-explosions-of-power[/url] or https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-russian-fsb-blames-ukraine-for-explosions-of-power

Russian FSB blames Ukraine for explosions of power lines at Kursk NPP

[url]https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-railway-blown-up-in-kursk-region-of-russia[/url] or https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-railway-blown-up-in-kursk-region-of-russia ;

Railway blown up in Kursk region of Russia

[url]https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-sirens-sounded-in-briansk[/url] or https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-august-sirens-sounded-in-briansk 

Sirens sounded in Briansk

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/russia-warns-of-direct-military-clash-with-us[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/russia-warns-of-direct-military-clash-with-us ;

Washington’s behavior on the world stage risks direct conflict between the nuclear states, the Russian embassy in the US has warned.

“Today, the United States continues to act with no regard to other countries’ security and interests, which contributes to an increase in nuclear risks,” the embassy said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

“The [US’] steps to further engage in a hybrid confrontation with Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis are fraught with unpredictable escalation and a direct military clash of nuclear powers.”

The embassy noted that Washington has recently withdrawn from two key arms control agreements, the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which banned certain classes of land-based missiles, and the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies, which allowed for surveillance flights over each other’s territories.

The embassy urged the US to “take a closer look at its own nuclear policy instead of making unfounded accusations against the countries whose worldviews do not coincide with the American ones.” 

“Our country faithfully fulfills its obligations as a nuclear-weapon state and makes every effort to reduce nuclear risks,” the diplomats said.

The statement comes after the US accused Moscow of using the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine as cover for its soldiers. The plant, the largest in Europe, was seized by Russian troops during the early stages of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, which was launched in late February. It continues to operate with Ukrainian personnel under Russian control.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Russia’s action at the facility “the height of irresponsibility.” Russia and Ukraine, meanwhile, have been accusing each other of shelling the plant. According to Moscow, artillery fire by Ukrainians forces caused several fires and partial power outages this month.

Russia initiated a UN Security Council meeting last week regarding the situation around the Zaporozhye power plant. Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia said that Moscow supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect the facility as quickly as possible.

DJ...There should be no doubt Ukraine now is attacking nuclear powerplants in Zaporozhye-Russian held Ukraine and at Kursk-Russia. To be able to attack the Kursk plant western intel/weapons will be used. 

The attacks in Crimea may be-at least in part-UK special operations. 

[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/a-multipolar-expo-shows-unipolar-wreckage.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/08/a-multipolar-expo-shows-unipolar-wreckage.html 

An outcome of Russia-North Korea talks -according to some sources- is North Korea offered 100,000 of its soldiers to fight for Russia in Ukraine. Of course North Korea did not expect Russia to take that offer...

still the US politicians visiting Taiwan, US navy planning to move into the Taiwan Strait-in between China and Taiwan-may see North Korean military being in combat in East Asia soon...

DJ-[url]http://thesaker.is/will-the-ukraine-be-partitioned-next-and-if-so-how/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/will-the-ukraine-be-partitioned-next-and-if-so-how/ 

There may be some "talks" between "some western countries" and Russia on "ending the war in Ukraine"...A "suggestion" may be Poland-Hungary-Romania all could take part of western Ukraine...so NATO still could move east..There may remain "a Ukraine" most likely neutral, the east-and south of Ukraine would become part of Russia...

To be honest;(saker article)

So will the Ukraine be partitioned?

Yes, absolutely, it has already lost huge parts of its territory and it will only lose more.

Might the western neighbors decide to take a bite out off the western Ukraine?  Sure!  That is a real possibility.

But these will all be either unilateral actions or very unofficially coordinated understandings wrapped in plausible deniability (like the deployment Polish “peacekeepers” to “protect” the western Ukraine).  But mostly I predict two things will happen: 1) Russia will achieve all of her goals unilaterally without making any deals with anybody and 2) Russia will only allow the Ukraine’s western neighbors to bite off some chucks of the Ukraine if, and only if, those chunks to not represent any military threat to Russia.

Remember what Putin said about Finland and Sweden and Finland joining NATO?  He said that by itself, this is not a problem for Russia.  But he warned that should these countries host US/NATO forces and weapons systems threatening Russia, than Russia will have to take counter-measures.  I think that this is also the Kremlin’s position about the future of any rump-Banderastan and any moves by NATO countries (including Poland, Romania and Hungary) to reacquire territories which historically belonged to them or which have substantial Polish, Romanian and Hungarian minorities.

DJ; Russia is now using military force to get its security deals...The west refused talks...Taking over ALL of Ukraine may not be in Russian interest. Could prolong the conflict. The "west" even could be allowed to "claim a sort of victory"...as long as Russia gets what it wants...

Indirect the Ukraine war is also a warning for other countries; Russia does take its security serious...do NOT cross Russian "red lines"...From Finland to Japan, the Arctic, Russia made that message clear...

China has the same message...it will NOT allow further US weapons on Taiwan...The US is ignoring Bejing warnings and security demands...so Taiwan is next...

Russia and China are now allies...something kissinger disrupted in the 70's...Outsourcing of all kinds of work to "low cost China" was a result in the decades that followed...

Maybe trump/republicans in the US -going for a trade war with China- are the most to blame for China and Russia now being this close...but the roots go deeper...The US has been supporting all kinds of unrest in China...Uyghurs ended up in IS in Syria, Ukraine...The "One-China-policy" started under Nixon was a compromise between dealing with reality and support for an anti-Communist strategy in China...[url]https://southfront.org/new-american-nuclear-doctrine-targets-russia-and-china-simultaneously/[/url] or https://southfront.org/new-american-nuclear-doctrine-targets-russia-and-china-simultaneously/ ;As the admiral was trying to shift the blame to Russia and China, he ignored the simple fact that it was the sheer US belligerence and aggression against the world which caused the proliferation of thermonuclear weapons, as countries decided they don’t want to be held at gunpoint by the political West. Now, the US is faced not just with old rivals like Russia, but also with China, which is responding to numerous US provocations, including in Taiwan. As a result, any new strategic arms control negotiations will put the US in a very difficult position, as neither Russia nor China trust the political West to hold its end of the deal. Thus, the US will need to either escalate a new arms race (the one in which it’s already lagging behind) or come to an agreement which will still result in the need to divide its strategic forces (limited by a treaty) equally against Russia and China, while the two (Eur)Asian giants have only the US to focus on.

DJ; In fact the situation may be worse;

-UK seems to be more anti-Russia then the US wants them to be...The UK may have a limited nuclear arsenal but enough to start a global disaster...bojo replaced by liz truss only makes matters worse...(Liz Truss would NEVER win any UK elections...)

-Israel may go for a solo-action against Iran...To "limit risks" for Israel it could be a "fatal first strike" supposed to unable Iran to destroy Israel...The basic idea of some Israel politicians may be that once an Israel-Iran war is started Israel will get help from NATO and some Arab countries...I think Israel may be wrong there...Israel attacking Iran would start a global war...

-North Korea is waiting to show its strength...Now Russia and China are slowly opening their doors both Russia and China will have a major job in "limiting North Korean actions"...Russia, China and -very likely- a lot of other countries may "push" for a sort of Korean reunification...The German reunification is in history very unusual...in the sense it did not end in a direct war...Yemen-reunification may be the "more normal way" reunification goes...a war to create a new balance...

-Pakistan-India...maybe even India-China should be another headache...The China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor is providing China with (rail)roads and a port to the Indian Ocean...In the Kashmir-conflict China may be "to close" to Pakistan from India's point of view...With China also trying to get influence in Nepal, Sri Lanka etc. (If you could include Myanmar/Burma in that list, Bangla Desh-former East-Pakistan, one could claim China is encircling India...).

-TIP...Türkiye-Iran-Pakistan are more and more working together in infrastructure and trade...It is also a way to balance between Russia, China, EU, Arab World, Africa...Iraq, Afghanistan,  Syria could be included (TIPIAS ?)...but a to powerfull "TIP" may be a risk for others...(India, China...)

-Japan may go for nuclear protection...Due to US confrontationism Japan may now be seen as a US colony by East Asian countries...

DJ-Given the very large list of military nuclear accidents/incidents in the past we are very lucky to still be alive...A "false alarm" with very limited reaction-time may start a nuclear escalation...A planecrash with nuclear weapons (like happened on Greenland with a US plane) could become "a very major problem"...But also escalation of wars could see "tactical" nuclear warfare...

So...outlook for nuclear war is "terrible"...We need talks NOW !!! We need de-escalation NOW !!!!

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Maybe a part 2, 

Alexander Mercouris (AM) [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkApIJxQX54[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkApIJxQX54 is questioning some latest news on Russia getting drones from Iran, Russia-North Korea ties...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRNaKA8HZE[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRNaKA8HZE WION-India in a (much shorter !) video showing the "historic good relations" between Russia/Soviet Union since they did push out the Japanese in 1945....Over 30,000 NK workers get their income in Russia...

Russia and China are "not happy" with the NK nuclear plans...but since the west -in Russia/China perspective- is "gone crazy" it may be better to increase ties with countries you can work with...

-Türkiye-Russia trade deal in Sochi must bring trade to 100 billion US$ worth per year...(the same level as Russia-China trade a few years ago...major !)

-Russia-India energy for Rupees

-Russia-Iran trade via Caspian Sea, a,o. further towards India...Russia also buying Iran drones ???

-Russia - (North)Korea would fit in such a strategy...NK has a lot of workers...

[url]https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273175.shtml[/url] or https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273175.shtml ;

Malaysia looks forward to an early resumption of people-to-people exchanges with China that have been cut off by the epidemic, Raja Dato' Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, Ambassador of Malaysia to China, said at the launch session of the Malaysia Truly Asia Festival on Monday, while highlighting outstanding trade achievements and business cooperation between the two countries during the pandemic.

As the first country in ASEAN to establish diplomatic ties with China in 1974, Malaysia has enjoyed fruitful bilateral relations in the political, economic and people-to-people aspects. Malaysia has also been one of the top travel destinations in terms of tourism, education and business for the Chinese community. On April 1, Malaysia fully reopened its borders after two years, enabling visitors from all over the world to visit, the ambassador said, calling for more Chinese visitors in the future.

DJ; Malaysia is exporting energy to China, tourism is of major interest for Malaysia...But also Türkiye is hoping to get more tourists from both Russia and China...(Even Iran, wintersports not far from Tehran...North Korea "closed tourist spots"want more income from tourism...). 

Improving ties with "friends" could translate to looking for allies...

[url]https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/17-august-russian-fsb-reports-6-member-of-hizb-uttahrir-alislami[/url] or https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/17-august-russian-fsb-reports-6-member-of-hizb-uttahrir-alislami

Russian FSB reports 6 member of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami were detained in occupied Crimea

DJ [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizb_ut-Tahrir[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizb_ut-Tahrir ;

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Arabicحزب التحريرromanizedḤizb at-Taḥrīrlit.'Party of Liberation'; HT) is an international pan-Islamist and fundamentalist political organization whose stated aim is the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate to unite the Muslim community (called ummah)[3] and implement sharia globally.[a][b]

The party was founded in 1953 as a political organization in then-Jordanian-controlled Jerusalem by Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, an Islamic scholar from Haifa who was educated in Egypt and served as a qadi (religious court judge) in Mandatory Palestine.[32][33] Al-Nabhani developed a program and "draft constitution" for the caliphate,[4][10][11][12] Since 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir has spread to more than 50 countries, and has a membership estimated to be between "tens of thousands"[1] to "about one million".[2] Hizb ut-Tahrir is active in Western countries, including the UK, and also in several Arab and Central Asian countries despite being banned by some governments. Members typically meet in small private study circles, but in countries where the group is not illegal, it also engages with the media and organizes rallies and conferences.[34]

Hizb ut-Tahrir has been banned in Bangladesh,[35] China, Germany,[36] Russia, Turkey,[37] Indonesia,[38][39] and all Arab countries except Lebanon, Yemen and the UAE.[40][41] In July 2017, the Indonesian government revoked Hizb ut-Tahrir's legal status, citing incompatibility with government regulations on extremism and national ideology.[38]

IS-like groups have been active on the Ukrainian side...hizb ut-tahrir fighters may have war experience in other war zones (Syria, Iraq, Lybia, Yemen, Kashmir) and could be active in Crimea...[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatars[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatars link ? Some jihadi's are very anti-Russia/China...but also very anti-West...

On Taiwan; [url]https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/16/687471/Taiwan-rejects-China-One-Country-Two-Systems-proposition[/url] or https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/08/16/687471/Taiwan-rejects-China-One-Country-Two-Systems-proposition

Officials in Chinese Taipei have rejected the 'One Country, Two Systems' plan proposed by China for the self-ruled Island, tensions are high between China and Taiwan. The flare up comes days after the provocative visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.

Taipei has retorted that only the Taiwanese can decide the islands future. The reaction came after China published a white paper on Taiwan which Beijing says shows the resolute determination of Beijing to peacefully resolve the unification issue.

DJ; Both Taiwan and South Korea want access to the Asian market...If "US protection" means war they may seek alternatives...Maybe closer ties with Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia...but keeping the west; US, UK out may offer better protection then the current "agressive US protection"...

For that matter Indonesia could become a "regional superpower" offering a "balance". TIP Türkiye-Iran-Pakistan cooperation may be the West-Asia example...

Taiwan-China, like the "two Korea's" (or the BeNeLux, Germany)  have to find ways to "unite in a friendly way"...The US/UK are NOT helping in that process...

China may go for confrontation with the US, Japan while still trying to have talks -and pressure- with Taiwan...

DJ-with winter just a few months away "the West" needs to move either get out of conflict or "win the war"...Some (US, UK, Poland) may still seek further escalation...but most western countries face serious limits...economic recessions..political unrest..

I think both the "united west" and the Kiev-puppet regime soon will be a thing of the past...

End of part 2

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Contrary to Putin's puppet's propaganda (PPP), it appears the tide is changing and the Nazi orc's are feeling the "sting" due to their antiquated military tactics and equipment. As the Ukrainian troops get more comfortable with their new toys and tactics I think we'll hear more about "radical terrorist" attacks by an embarrassed Putin and the PPP brigade. 

Why Kyiv’s ‘thousand bee sting’ strategy is costing Russia dearly

By Max Boot

If you want to understand the Ukrainian way of war, you could do worse than to pick up, as I recently did, a 1954 book called “Strategy” by the influential British military thinker Basil Liddell Hart. Having been gassed during the 1916 Battle of the Somme, where much of his battalion was wiped out, Captain Liddell Hart had developed a burning hatred of brutish generals who led their men to slaughter in frontal and futile attacks on the enemy. He called this the “direct approach,” and he attributed it to the great nineteenth-century Prussian strategist Carl von Clausewitz, who held that “only a great battle can produce a major decision.”

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Rejecting Clausewitz, Liddell Hart embraced the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu, who wrote, “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” In tracts that he began publishing in the late 1920s, Liddell Hart surveyed thousands of years of military history to argue that the key to victory was to strike where least expected, dislocating the enemy psychologically and materially and making possible a relatively bloodless victory. He cited examples ranging from Hannibal’s march across the Alps to Sherman’s march across Georgia to demonstrate “the superiority of the indirect over the direct approach.”
Many historians have critiqued Liddell Hart for twisting history to make every conflict fit his argument. It’s true that no single theory can possibly explain all military outcomes over thousands of years. Yet Liddell Hart’s thinking seems quite applicable to the war in Ukraine. The Russians have pursued a brutal, unthinking direct approach that hearkens back to World War I, while the Ukrainians have outsmarted them with the indirect approach that Liddell Hart claimed was the hallmark of “Great Captains.”







The war began on Feb. 24, when the Russians mounted an armored and air assault on Kyiv. Remember the 40-mile Russian column headed for the Ukrainian capital? Rather than counterattack with their own tanks, the Ukrainians used hand-held missiles such as the Javelin to carry out pinprick strikes, targeting trucks carrying supplies in particular. Before long the column ran out of fuel and food, and the Russians were forced to pull back. Kyiv was saved. This was the indirect approach par excellence.


The Russians regrouped in mid-April using overwhelming artillery fire to clear their path in Luhansk province just as World War I generals did. That offensive forced the Ukrainians to stage a fighting withdrawal in early July from Lysychansk, the last major city they had held in Luhansk. But they inflicted such heavy casualties on the attackers that the Russian offensive has stalled without having secured the whole of the Donbas region.
Since then, Ukraine has been using U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to take out Russian command posts and ammunition dumps far behind the front lines. This strategy has impeded the flow of shells to Russian batteries and greatly slowed the bombardment of Ukrainian positions.







On Aug. 9, a Russian air base in occupied Crimea was rocked by at least six explosions that destroyed or heavily damaged at least eight warplanes. Then on Tuesday another blast hit a large Russian ammunition depot in Crimea. Ukrainian officials did not comment in public but privately told reporters that both blasts were the work of their special forces.
Now, the Ukrainians are using the indirect approach to squeeze the Russian garrison in Kherson, the largest Ukrainian city under enemy occupation. Rather than mounting a direct assault, which would result in heavy casualties, the Ukrainians have been using the HIMARS and other systems to target the bridges across the Dnieper River that deliver supplies to the Russian forces in Kherson. The Ukrainians claim to have damaged all four bridges, leaving the Russian troops in danger of being stranded.
Ukrainian officials said Russian commanders have already evacuated to the east bank of the Dnieper, and some analysts predict the entire force may be forced to pull out of Kherson due to lack of supplies or risk of being captured. A similar Ukrainian strategy of interdicting logistics previously forced the Russians to evacuate Snake Island, a strategic chokepoint in the Black Sea.







“We do not have the resources to litter the territory with bodies and shells, as Russia does,” said Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov. “Therefore, it is necessary to change tactics, to fight in a different way.” Another Ukrainian official told the Wall Street Journal they are inflicting “a thousand bee stings.”
Australian retired major general Mick Ryan has written that the Ukrainians are pursuing a strategy of “corrosion” that seeks to erode “the Russian physical, moral and intellectual capacity to fight.” Another name for this strategy, as Ryan notes, is “the indirect approach” championed by Basil Liddell Hart.
The problem is that it can be hard to achieve a decisive result with indirect attacks. Sooner or later, if the Ukrainians want to liberate their land, they will have to attack and drive the Russians out. But they are being savvy in doing everything possible to weaken the invaders before that happens.

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"This corrosive, indirect approach doesn’t show up in big changes regarding “lines of control” quickly, but has a steady impact over time. As seen in the Kherson area, the orcs are going to begin to give up ground that they can no longer control without uncontrolled losses.
The continued loss of logistical abilities are tightening the vise that will strangle the invaders. Soon enough, in the grand scheme of things, Crimea will be cutoff from land access.
Allies must maintain their resolve and assistance. The tide has turned and momentum is building. "


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Syria;

[url]https://southfront.org/us-pays-for-israeli-attacks/[/url] or https://southfront.org/us-pays-for-israeli-attacks/ ;

As usual, the Arab and Hebrew media claimed that the strikes targeted “Iranian weapons shipments” which were on their way to Hezbollah in Lebanon. These claims remain without a proof.

The response by Damascus and its allies came shortly. Early on August 15, a number of suicide drones attacked the US-led coalition’s garrison in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanf. One of the drones was shot down by the coalition’s air defenses. However, others hit positions of the coalition’s proxy, Maghaweir al-Thowra. No casualties were reported as a result of the attack.

Al-Tanf base provides intelligence support to Israeli fighter jets in their attacks against “Iranian targets” in Syria.

Just a few hours after the drone attack on al-Tanf garrison, an attack with rockets targeted the US-led coalition Green Village base in northeastern Syria. The base is located within al-Omar oil fields in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The attack didn’t cause any casualties.

Following the attack, the US-led coalition and its proxy in the northeastern region, the Syrian Democratic Forces, uncovered two light rockets prepared for launch near the Green Village base.

The US-led coalition didn’t make any formal accusations. However, both attacks on al-Tanf and the Green village were unofficially blamed on Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq. The attacks were apparently a response to the recent Israeli airstrikes.

Damascus and its allies are apparently trying to deter Israel by threatening the US-led coalitional Syria. This tactic prevents Israel from escalating and places more pressure on the US.

DJ, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Türkiye, Russia all want US forces to get out of Iraq, Syria...Jordan may still support US presence in the area..

Israel;

[url]https://www.debka.com/mivzak/israel-and-turkey-to-restore-relations-remain-split-on-palestinian-terror/[/url] or https://www.debka.com/mivzak/israel-and-turkey-to-restore-relations-remain-split-on-palestinian-terror/ ; Israel and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to restore full diplomatic relations four years after the Israeli envoy was expelled from Ankara  amid a long period of dissent. The return of ambassadorial and consular envoys to Tel Aviv, Ankara and Istanbul, was lauded by PM Yair Lapid as “an important increment to regional stability and good economic news for Israel.” Turkey’s FM stressed, however, that his government had not abandoned the Palestinian question. Security sources stress that this issue will  continue to mar relations so long as the Ankara government provides Hamas officers with a base for orchestrating terrorist operations inside Israel.

DJ, Türkiye and Israel also disagree on Iran...Türkiye-Iran-Pakistan (TIP) cooperation is of major interest for Türkiye...Israel may "open doors" to EurAsian trade...Better ties with Türkiye may offer protection against Iran...Russia and China also want to improve (trade)relations with Israel ...energy for the Israel/Lebanon coast, Israeli ports, also trying to limit US/NATO influence in Israel may be a main goal. 

Both Egypt and Türkiye may join SCO/BRICS like groups...Iran is already a member-not only "strategic" for Russia and China also for India (and Türkiye...). So Israel now is going for "damage control realism"...Saudi Arabia/OPEC+ going for Russia, Iran, China...Israel does not want to get that isolated...Jordan may have "to move" to avoid isolation...

[url]http://thesaker.is/a-eurasian-jigsaw-bri-and-instc-interconnectivity-will-complete-the-puzzle/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/a-eurasian-jigsaw-bri-and-instc-interconnectivity-will-complete-the-puzzle/ ;

SAMARKAND – Interconnecting Inner Eurasia is an exercise in Taoist equilibrium: adding piece by piece, patiently, to a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. It takes time, skill, vision, and of course major breakthroughs.

A key piece was added to the puzzle recently in Uzbekistan, bolstering the links between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC).

The Mirzoyoyev government in Tashkent is deeply engaged in turbo-driving yet another Central Asian transportation corridor: a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan railway.

That was at the center of a meeting between the chairman of the board of Temir Yullari – the Uzbek national railways – and his counterparts in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, as well as managers of the Chinese Wakhan Corridor logistics company.

In terms of the complex intersection of Xinjiang with Central and South Asia, this is as groundbreaking as it gets, as part of what I call the War of Economic Corridors.

DJ, Eur-Asian integration is about building infra structure; pipelines, railroads, ports...From Russia-Iran-India trade route to rail/road links from China to a Pakistan port on the Indian Ocean...

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/yuan-overtook-the-dollar-in-trading-volume-on-the-moscow-exchange[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/yuan-overtook-the-dollar-in-trading-volume-on-the-moscow-exchange ;

The "de-Dollarization" by the world continues unabated, with more and more countries turning their back on the US Dollar, in favor of Chinese and Russian currencies.

On the Moscow Exchange, the volume of trading in yuan amounted to 26.3 billion rubles, for the first time exceeding the volume of trading in the dollar (25 billion rubles).

By 13:03 Moscow time, the dollar was trading at the rate of 59.7 rubles/$, having lost 1.05 rubles. from the opening of trading, euro - 60.4 rubles / € (-1.25 rubles). The yuan exchange rate against the ruble amounted to 8.77 rubles / yuan, depreciating from the opening of trading by 0.12 rubles.

On July 6, the turnover of yuan trading on the Moscow Exchange exceeded the turnover of euro trading. Interest in the yuan is observed against the backdrop of Western sanctions in response to Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

DJ, western "sanctions" result in less demand for Euro's and Dollars...Türkiye to China, India trade now goes in local currency...

Ukraine;









#UN Sec Gen would not go to #Ukraine if not pushed by the #US to start taking a role in a potential future cease-fire. So far, the role of the  has been, like always in any conflict, marginalised until instructed otherwise. Moreover, #Turkey, a NATO country is also involved.+

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However, this is a good start that the west is indirectly acknowledging that the war in #Ukraine is not going as planned and is not giving the desired outcome. #Russia would not have allowed Ukraine to sell and cash the price of 625,000 tons of grain without a pre-agreed plan +

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This means that the peace talk has started before the meeting today in #Lviv and that the war is not expected to last for many more months. It is on the right track but won't happen tomorrow.

DJ, "The West" so far was not able to get its energy from other sources enough to fully replace Russian energy...Indirect buying of oil-products (diesel, kerosine) from India-made with Russian oil-only driving up inflation. On the longer run "the West" can increase energy production-at much higher costs...so Asian "friends of Russia" will produce lots of goods at much lower costs...

The outcome of this war also will be the end of both "petro-dollar" and Euro as a global currency...I think the gap between the EU and US/UK will widen...The EU never wanted this war...based on CIA/MI6 info they started the sanctions-war...but that intel-again-proofed to be non-sense...

China; 

[url]https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273352.shtml[/url] or https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273352.shtml ;

Chinese troops will go to Russia to participate in the joint military exercises Vostok-2022 with Russia and other countries, according to China's Defense Ministry and experts pointed out that one focus of this year's combined training is to deal with potential threat from the direction of the Pacific Ocean.

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India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries will also attend the joint military exercises. 

In July, the Russian Defense Ministry announced to hold the Vostok-2022 exercises from August 30 to September 5. And the exercises will practice employing combat groups in ensuring military security in the eastern region and the drills will bring together the airborne force, long-range and military transport aircraft and also military contingents from other countries, according to Russian news agency TASS. 

The Vostok-2022 will take place in Russia's eastern region, while Russian troops in the western and southern regions have played a bigger role in the conflict with Ukraine. By holding this year's drills, Russia also wants to show that is has the capability to defend national security in multiple directions, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Thursday. 

South Korea [url]https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273368.shtml[/url] or https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273368.shtml ;

Thanks to the geographical proximity and cultural commonality, China-South Korea cultural and people-to-people exchanges have been enhanced consistently since the establishment of diplomatic ties three decades ago, which further fortified the mutual understanding of the people in the two countries, and has made a solid foundation for the healthy growth of bilateral relations.

DJ, Reunification of the two Korea's is still the official goal...external help only can come from countries with links to both Korea's...The US-like with Israel-is "one sided" and not a partner for peace talks in many conflicts...[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/u-s-warns-it-will-deploy-strategic-assets-to-south-korea-if-pyongyang-conducts-nuke-test[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/u-s-warns-it-will-deploy-strategic-assets-to-south-korea-if-pyongyang-conducts-nuke-test ;

Faced with the growing prospect of a fresh nuclear test by Pyongyang, Washington has said it will consider deploying to the Korean Peninsula strategic assets — which could mean anything from nuclear-powered submarines, strategic bombers or even tactical nuclear weapons — should that come to fruition.

The U.S. warning, which is part of a joint deterrence strategy by Washington and Seoul, follows a two-day session held this week of the Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD).

“The two sides affirmed that, should the DPRK (North Korea) conduct a nuclear test, the ROK (South Korea) and the U.S. will engage in a strong and firm bilateral response, to include options to deploy U.S. strategic assets to the region,” said the Pentagon and South Korea’s Defense Ministry in a joint statement issued Wednesday, the same day Pyongyang launched two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea.

DJ; Escalation is not diplomacy....The US "plan/claim" of sending its navy via the Taiwan-strait is yet another unwanted escalation...A "good way" for the US to "run out of friends"...

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DJ, The picture I have is "the west" is moving towards a major crisis;

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/venezuela-stops-oil-shipments-europe-alternatives-russian-energy-dry[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/venezuela-stops-oil-shipments-europe-alternatives-russian-energy-dry ;

The writing is on the wall for Europe in terms of this coming winter – It's going to get ugly.  With natural gas imports from Russia cut by 80% through Nord Stream 1 along with the majority of oil shipments, the EU is going to be scrambling for whatever fuel sources they can find to supply electricity and heating through the coming winter.  Two sources that were originally suggested as alternatives were Iran and Venezuela.

Increased Iranian oil and gas exports to the west are highly dependent on the tentative nuclear deal, but as Goldman Sachs recently suggested, such a deal is unlikely anytime soon as deadlines on proposals have not been met and the Israeli government calls for negotiators to 'walk away.' 

Venezuela had restarted shipments to Europe after 2 years of US sanctions under a deal that allows them to trade oil for debt relief.  However, the country's government has now suspended those shipments, saying it is no longer interested in oil-for-debt deals and instead wants refined fuels from Italian and Spanish producers in exchange for crude.

DJ; 

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/sanctions-falling-apart[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/sanctions-falling-apart ;

Japan resumed its purchases of Russian oil in July, according to information released on Wednesday by the country's Finance Ministry.

In June, imports fell to zero as local refiners started to phase out Russian crude amid Ukraine-related sanctions, but that didn't work out very well for Japan, so they had to re-commence buying Russian oil in July.

While the ministry did not disclose the exact volume, it said July oil imports from Russia were 65.4% lower than the same time last year. The volume of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports from Russia also decreased by 26.1% compared  to last year.

In May, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda assured that Tokyo would gradually reduce its dependence on Russian energy resources, but said it could not give up Russian oil immediately.

Japan also supports the G7 plan to impose a price cap on Russian oil, which is currently under discussion.

West Asian oil rose by 10%, while total oil imports from all countries to Japan rose by 3.8%. The Middle East region accounts for over 90% of Japan's total oil importation.

and [url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/strange-corporate-decisions-this-week[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/strange-corporate-decisions-this-week ;

Earlier this week, I received two reports that WALMART had allegedly "canceled billions of dollars in orders."

I was **not** able to get more info such as specific types of products or specific suppliers, or specific country of origin, so since I couldn't verify it, I didn't report it.

Minutes ago, I got this:


"My wife works for amazon web services (AWS) and they just canceled 40% of the marketing budget, froze hiring, and canceled all employee travel today"

It was done on a video call about 50 minutes ago.

I am endeavoring to verify it, so treat it as RUMOR right now  . . . but here's the thing:

If these claims prove true, this is a major indicator of bad shit coming.

Especially the travel part. AWS has assets in China, Taiwan, and Eastern Bloc countries.

UKRAINE

Two days ago, I got word that the US/NATO shipped four (4) nuclear ARTILLERY shells to Ukraine.  Word was that the Ukrainians were to use those shells to hit the Zaporazyhe Nuclear Power Plant.   A nuke artillery shell would certainly be able to penetrate a Reactor Containment building, and even a relatively tiny nuke blast would rupture a reactor, causing a radiation leakage disaster.   BUT . . . they claimed . . .  the fact that a nuke artillery shell was used will be MASKED by the reactor leaking radiation.  So Ukraine would blame the Russians for mishandling the reactor causing it to blow up when, in reality, Ukraine caused it.

I thought this was a bit over-the-top, especially since the US unilaterally ended their nuclear artillery manufacturing and dismantled all their nuclear shells in the year 2004.   HOWEVER, not all NATO countries did the same.   

So it is possible that there are a few nuclear artillery shells still around, and if the US/NATO are actually the madmen that I believe they are, then some numbskull might have actually come up with a plan like this.  Plausible deniability with a leaking reactor being blamed for radiation caused by the blast of nuclear artillery.

But since I could not verify **ANY** component of that story, I did NOT report it, either.

Which brings me to Ukraine, today.

There is a MJAJOR offensive taking place in Ukraine since yesterday.  Russian Artillery was literally pounding from every part of the 150km long front line.

Today, Ukraine hit back inside Russia itself, with blasts in Belogorad. Then we had numerous reports of Ukraine missiles fired at the Kerch Strait Bridge. Then, no additional info -- at all.   Weird.

Two hours after the alleged missile attack against the Kerch Strait Bridge, air raid sirens sounded in Kiev.  Then . . . nothing.

All this is getting too weird, but I tell you these things because I have now found out that, this afternoon (eastern US Time) Russia told its people at the Zaporazhye Nuclear Power Plant they "are not to go to work tomorrow."

I HAVE VERIFIED THIS CLAIM.

So now, I look at the alleged WALMART order cancellations, the AWS 40% marketing budget cut, hiring freeze, and employee travel ban, along with what I've verified about Russians at the Nuclear power plant being told to stay home tomorrow, and I start to wonder to myself, is the intel I got about nuclear artillery shells factual and is tomorrow (or this weekend) when the plant at Zaporazyhe gets hits?

It's certainly within the realm of possibility that big boys got a quiet warning to scale down ahead of something major.

WALMART is incredibly connected with government and might have gotten a sort of "heads-up" that everything is going to shit this month" so they are planning accordingly . . . and maybe canceled Billions in orders?

And AWS has hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts, so maybe they too got a sort of heads-up, and decided to cut the marketing budget and halt employee travel etc.?

Then too, it was just this month that no less than Henry Kissinger told a media outlet that "things will escalate in mid-August."  Here we are.

I run all this past you so you can get a small glimpse into the info pouring in to me, and how hard it is to sift through apparently unrelated things, to come up with a picture of what might actually be.

DJ [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/putin-will-attend-g20-summit-indonesia-despite-us-demands-exclude-russian-leader[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/putin-will-attend-g20-summit-indonesia-despite-us-demands-exclude-russian-leader ;

The western world is about to stop waging some bizarro war against Vladimir Putin that has sparked loathed energy hyperinflation across most of Europe, and is about to embrace the Russian leader, behind closed doors of course, even if it means a terribly vexxed Zelenskyy and US deep state.

Why? Because "pariah" Vladimir Putin is about to re-emerge on the G20 scene again, this time courtesy of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who today said that both Putin and China's president Xi both plan to attend the G20 summit in the resort island of Bali later this year.

“Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,” Jokowi, as the president is known, said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on Thursday. It was the first time the leader of the world’s fourth-most populous nation confirmed both of them were planning to show up at the November summit, according to Bloomberg.

My impression;

Some western hardliners may still push for further escalation -both in Ukraine and on Taiwan. In their eyes any talks with Russia, China is unacceptable...

Ukraine Army may be close to breaking point. Desperate attacks may be more of a PR-show then usefull in a military way. China-Russia work together (North Korea may also be given a role?) in East Asia..

So it can go two directions; talks or escalation...most of the "West" by now may want talks...

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Going Nowhere – Russia’s Summer Offensive In Ukraine (The Russian Invasion of Ukraine #164)

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Next time you wonder who has the advantage in the Ukraine-Russia war consider the following Since July 10th, the Russian Army has not made any gains in the war. That means they have been running to stand still for five weeks. They might go a bit forward or go a bit back, but nothing they have done has fulfilled any of their objectives. The fact that the Russian Army is basically static is more revealing than many other pieces of information about the war. The most obvious interpretation is that the Russian military is stuck. By not taking ground, they are losing ground in the war. That is because they are supposed to be conducting an offensive operation. Instead, they are just trying to stop the bleeding. During the past month, the Russian Army has lost an estimated 11,000 soldiers, 400 tanks, 600 armored vehicles and 260 artillery systems while making no progress. That is a high price to pay for going nowhere.

Advance of Russian Army in Ukraine -Black line is by July 10th & Red line is by August 14th

Acts of Desperation – Bombs Away
The Russians continue shelling in northeastern Ukraine, the Donbas and southern Ukraine. They have also conducted less than precise missile strikes on civilian areas. These bombardments have done nothing to change the strategic situation. If anything, it shows desperation. The Russians are expending anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 rounds a day What they hope to achieve with this strategy is difficult to discern. Perhaps they do not know either. The Putin regime spends most of its times making threats or baseless claims against Ukraine and the west. They believe that words will speak louder than action. And if the leadership in Moscow cannot explain the strategy, then how can Russian military officers and soldiers know what they should be doing.

Almost six months into the conflict and the Russians keep fighting the war because they have no idea what else to do. This lack of leadership at all levels has led to yet another in a succession of setbacks for the Russian military in Ukraine. A stalemate is the last thing Vladimir Putin had in mind when he announced a “special military operation” which was supposed to last no more than 72 hours. For Russia, it looks increasingly like there is no end in sight to the war. Finding a way out of the mess they have made in Ukraine will be extremely difficult. When the Russian military called an operational pause after taking the city of Lysychansk in the Donbas on July 2nd, military analysts thought that in a few weeks they would restart the offensive and slowly grind their way forward. They tried that, but nothing much happened.

Around this same time, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave a verbal order for the Russian forces to advance in all directions. This sounded absurd at the time. Predictably, it turned out to be meaningless. The only clear objective the Russians have right now is to take the 40% of Donetsk Province still in the hands of Ukrainians. This would consolidate Russian control over the region, but they discovered that restarting the offensive was more difficult than they imagined for several reasons, foremost of which has been a lack of men and material. With the Ukrainians using precision missile attacks they have been able to disrupt every aspect of Russian military operations. This has turned the tide of battle back in favor of the Ukrainians.

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DJ, 

For Ukraine I get a lot of info from [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFVYvhxUYqc[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFVYvhxUYqc Military Summary.

Russian strategy;

-Getting behind fortifications build by Ukraine since 2014

-On other frontlines pull back-let pro-Kiev forces move in then shell them

-(Pro) Russian artillery doing most of the destruction

-Russia has air/logistics superiority

Again main Russian goal is to destroy the (Pro)Ukraine forces..land will come later.

From [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/putin-will-attend-g20-summit-indonesia-despite-us-demands-exclude-russian-leader[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/putin-will-attend-g20-summit-indonesia-despite-us-demands-exclude-russian-leader

It's almost as if when it comes to the world deciding between Putin's nat gas exports and the deep state's wishes, the world chooses the former. To make that point, Indonesia's leader explained that as the new global axis lines are drawn, Asia stands with China and Russia.

“The rivalry of the big countries is indeed worrying,” Jokowi, 61, said in the interview. “What we want is for this region is to be stable, peaceful, so that we can build economic growth. And I think not only Indonesia: Asian countries also want the same thing.”

“Indonesia wants to be friends with everyone,” he said. “We don’t have problems with any country. Each country will have their own approach. Each leader has their own approach. But what’s needed by Indonesia is investment, technology that will change our society.”

DJ; [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-announces-new-800m-arms-ukraine-arms-package-heres-list-all-start-war[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-announces-new-800m-arms-ukraine-arms-package-heres-list-all-start-war ;

"A third person said the next package will include Excalibur precision-guided munitions, which would further help Ukraine hit far-away Russian targets during the war’s artillery-heavy phase," the report continues. The package is to include additional HIMARS, or the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, as well as Howitzers. 

Russia is already warning that the possibility of a direct clash with NATO or the US is now higher than ever, also as on Thursday the defense ministry sent hypersonic missiles to be stationed in Kaliningrad, to be on 'ready' by three MiG fighter jets.

Tensions with Ukraine's Western backers are also boiling because of recent explosions at Russian bases deep inside Crimea, leading to speculation of long-range attack capability by Ukraine.

Politico speaks to the potential symbolism and timing of the new impending aid: "The tranche comes just days before Ukraine’s independence day on Aug. 24, which one DoD official suggested could also bring a fresh American show of support," it notes.

The western strategy is sending for billions worth of western weapons into Ukraine, providing intel (& command, communications), training of Ukraine military a.o. in UK, Germany, France, US

Major problem is the mega-mix of weapons...France has to train the military to use French artillery...also out-of-date weapons ended up in Ukraine (some with empty batteries on anti-tank "bazooka-like-weapons"...military take high risk to get in position, pull the trigger and then nothing happens...). 

Poland, Georgia, UK may provide most foreign fighter support for Kiev. But a lot of them did get killed...may be an easy target becouse of their way of communication...(mobile phone signals picked up by Russian satellites...). 

-The Big Picture;

Russia is NOT isolated...[url]https://southfront.org/erdogan-says-us-is-supporting-terrorists-in-syria-calls-for-dialogue-with-damascus/[/url] or https://southfront.org/erdogan-says-us-is-supporting-terrorists-in-syria-calls-for-dialogue-with-damascus/Erdogan also called for dialogue with Damascus, affirming that Turkey is in contact with Russia on every step it takes in Syria.

DJ; Russia did increase trade with India via the Caspian Sea-Iran-Indian Ocean. China Russian, Türkiye Russian trade also is "growing fast/exploding"....

The west did go for sanctions against Russia-only to learn other countries now are replacing western firms...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/venezuela-stops-oil-shipments-europe-alternatives-russian-energy-dry[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/venezuela-stops-oil-shipments-europe-alternatives-russian-energy-dry ;

Sanctions on Venezuela along with declining investments have strangled their oil industry, with overall production dropping by 38% this July compared to a year ago.  Joe Biden's initial moves to reopen talks with Maduro triggered inflated hopes that Venezuelan oil would flow once again and offset tight global markets and rising prices.  Europe in particular will soon be desperate for energy alternatives, which will probably result in a scouring of markets this autumn to meet bare minimum requirements for heating.

If this occurs and no regular sources of energy can be found to fill the void left by Russian sanctions, prices will rise precipitously in the EU.  Not only that, but with European countries buying up energy supplies wherever they can find them, available sources will also shrink for every other nation including the US.  Get ready for oil and energy prices to spike once again as winter's chill returns.  

DJ, because of sanctions on Venezuela countries can not pay in oil-products...Venezuela refinery is the main Venezuela problem (with China trying to improve that...). Russia only will sell its energy/trade in Rubles [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_ruble[/url] or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_ruble unless agreed otherwise with "friends"...

Western sanctions were supposed to work fast...now they are backfiring...hurting the EU-with less energy production-more then the US. 

So two options remain for now;

-further escalation

-talks

DJ, Western energy, weapons may be running out...so time is getting very limited for further escalation. Public support is decreasing fast...Most of the world does see the US/west as agressor both in Ukraine and in the Middle East (Israel, Iran) Taiwan...The longer the west will continu its escalation the more it becomes "the west against the rest"....

Russia already is a main trade partner for most of Asia...so NATO fighting Russia does hurt most of Asia...

DJ, [url]https://tass.com/society/1493923[/url] or https://tass.com/society/1493923 ;

MOSCOW, August 15./TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has established the title Mother Heroine for the mothers of ten or more children, which entitles them to a lump sum payment of one million rubles ($16,138), says a decree published on Monday on the official portal of legal information.

"To establish the title Mother Heroine, to be awarded to a mother who is a citizen of the Russian Federation, who has given birth to and brought up ten or more children who are citizens of the Russian Federation," the document said.

pretty insane...over population is a major problem, 20 million people close to starvation in East Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya)...

Monty Python had a song on this kind of ideas...[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzVHjg3AqIQ[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzVHjg3AqIQ 

comment;
I remember getting suspended from Catholic School for singing this in the annual talent show

DJ, Religion may have been a first totalitarian system....

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Ukraine is mapping out the enemy defences in temporarily occupied Crimea with drones. In the next few days Russia will experience unprecedented precision liquidation of targets and munition. This will establish Ukraine's air superiority. - from Ukraine's leading military analysts
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KHERSON / 1715 UTC 20 AUG / UKR Partisans and special Operations Forces continue to identify lucrative targets for HIMARS and precision artillery.  Reports indicate a fire has occurred at Chornobaevka in the vicinity of the Kherson airfield.  The source of the fires are unknown.

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UPDATE. Reports indicate that Ukraine has…once…again… destroyed a Russian munitions depot at the Kherson city airport in Chornobaivka.  I’m not sure if more military equipment has ever been destroyed at a single location in the history of warfare.
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Ukrainian pilots apparently now being trained to fly Warthogs. For the sceptics: 1) The A-10 may be an old girl now but she was made for this. Russia have not stepped into the arena of modern warfare and still rely on crude use of armour. 2) She goes "BBBRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAP"


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NATO continues escalation in Ukraine. "Weakening Russia" may be the main goal of US/NATO. Indications are it is the west that is getting weaker...production of weapons to replace western weapons lost/used in Ukraine may take years. Lots of basic materials may have to come from Asia...and most of Asia by now is backing Russia and China...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/military/russia-shows-robo-dog-rpg-military-convention[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/military/russia-shows-robo-dog-rpg-military-convention "war-robots" as a sort of land-drones are being developed/produced in Russia-China cooperation. One problem with "robots" is knowing when to shoot, recognize (main) targets. 

(In Science Fiction robots start fighting humans...if you computerize drone-control-only computers may be able to make high speed calculations/decissions-there may be a control problem. Most air-drones may still have a human control system. Sort of "war-game scenario"..But drones can have lots of missions, from sending images of enemy frontlines to suïcide drones. High tech weapons are computer-controlled. A hypersonic missile could fly at 6,000-20,000 km/h from Russia via Antarctica to hit US targets in the US. NORAD will be looking at the Arctic and miss those missiles from the south...)

[url]https://southfront.org/germany-to-supply-kiev-forces-with-laser-guided-rockets-long-range-artillery-projectiles/[/url] or https://southfront.org/germany-to-supply-kiev-forces-with-laser-guided-rockets-long-range-artillery-projectiles/ including up to 80 kilometer reach;It is also still unclear if the Vulcano 155 mm projectiles which will be provided to Ukraine will be guided or unguided. Leonardo manufactures two 155 mm versions of the Vulcano, the Ballistic Extended Range, which has a range of up to 50 kilometers, and the Guided Long Range, which is guided with GPS and has a range of 80 kilometers. Kiev forces will likely fire the projectile from its newly-acquired Panzerhaubitze 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzers.


DJ, There seems to be an increase of Ukraine drone attacks. Unclear if there are any (major) "Special Forces/sabotage cells" operating behind (pro)Russian lines. Also unclear if there is a need of guidance on the ground to get the drone to the target...So far in most cases damage in Russia/Crimea seems to be limited. However (pro)Ukraine forces (or NATO forces ?) being able to operate behind Russian lines in this way must be "hard" for Russia. 

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9lJ5lqicno[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9lJ5lqicno Military Summary; DJ more and more I get the impression Russia may be preparing "major operations" after rotation of forces. (Russia has its military fighting in the frontlines for 2-3 weeks, then rotate/replace them with "fresh" military. Denying Ukraine to rotate its forces is meant to exhaust the pro-Ukraine forces). 

The goal of that major Russian operation would be to encircle (pro)Ukraine forces in Donbas and deny them further supplies. Russia would seek weak spots to get behind the major Ukraine strongest defense positions. Both Russia and NATO (Ukraine) could be preparing for a winter-war. 

Economic "problems" are part of this war. Both the "west" and Ukraine may face (hyper)inflation, energy/food crises, logistic problems...(drought in EU/US does not help...DJ another heatwave expected here in Eastern NL next week...). 

-Syria/Iraq;

[url]https://southfront.org/shadowy-iraqi-group-attacked-air-base-hosting-us-forces-in-kuwait-to-avenge-irans-soleimani-video/[/url] or https://southfront.org/shadowy-iraqi-group-attacked-air-base-hosting-us-forces-in-kuwait-to-avenge-irans-soleimani-video/

A shadowy Iraqi armed group that is thought to be affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has attacked an air base in Kuwait where US forces are known to be deployed.

In a statement released on August 19, the group, which calls itself the Islamic Resistance in Iraq – al-Warithin Formation, said that it attacked Ali Al Salem Air Base that is located in the central region of Kuwait, some 37 kilometers away from the border with Iraq, with a squadron of “al-Qassim” suicide drones on August 12.

The group said that the attack was a response to the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and Commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, Qassim Soleimani more than two years ago.

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The group released footage showing the launch of one of the al-Qassim drones that targeted Ali Al Salem Air Base. The suicide drone is copy of Iran’s Ababil-2.

Kuwait didn’t report any attack on the air base, which currently hosts the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing of the US Air Force. However, new satellite images confirmed that the air base was struck. The images showed large scorch marks near one of the base’s main facilities.

Pro-Iranian groups in Iraq attacked a number of supply convoys of the US-led coalition near the border line with Kuwait in the past. Nevertheless, this was their first confirmed direct attack on Kuwaiti territory.

While Kuwait appears to be planning to ignore the attack, the US could escalate by attacking pro-Iranian groups in Iraq.

and [url]https://southfront.org/us-led-coalition-base-in-syrias-al-omar-oil-fields-attacked-again/[/url] or https://southfront.org/us-led-coalition-base-in-syrias-al-omar-oil-fields-attacked-again/ ;

Early on August 20, an indirect fire attack targeted the US-led coalition’s Green Village base in al-Omar oil fields in the southeastern countryside of Syria’s Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The London-based monitoring group said that an unidentified projectile landed in the vicinity of the base. The projectile was alleged launched from the government-held part of Deir Ezzor across the Euphrates River, where Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces are present.

No casualties or material losses were reported as a result of the indirect fire attack. The US-led coalition is yet to address the alleged incident.

If confirmed, this will be the second such attack to target the Green Village base in less than a week. On August 15, a salvo of 107 mm rockets targeted the base. Just minutes before the attack, a number of suicide drones targeted the US-led coalition’s garrison in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanf.

The two attacks were likely a response by Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces to the August 14 Israeli attack on Syria, which killed three soldiers.

The US-led coalition has been working to fortify its bases in northeastern Syria as well as its garrison in al-Tanf. The coalition has been also training its troops in the war-torn country to better handle the threat posed by Iranian-backed forces.

It’s worth noting that most US-led coalition bases in northeastern Syria are located at key oil and gas field, while al-Tanf garrison blocks the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway.

DJ [url]https://southfront.org/iraqis-warn-the-hashemite-monarchy/[/url] or https://southfront.org/iraqis-warn-the-hashemite-monarchy/ Jordan may be one of a few Arab countries in support of a "Arab/global NATO" ...even Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from such an idea...Türkiye-itself second largest NATO army-wants US support for the Kurds ended in Syria and Iraq...

[url]https://thecradle.co/Article/analysis/14280[/url] or https://thecradle.co/Article/analysis/14280

The 5 August meeting in Sochi between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin has given rise to speculation in the west over Turkish-Russian rapprochement – and its possible negative impact on western efforts to curtail the imminent multipolar order.

Western NATO states have reason to be concerned about Ankara’s recent moves, given the momentum created on 19 July during Astana talks in Tehran – between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Erdogan, and Putin – geared to resolve the Syrian crisis.

DJ; Türkiye has 4 million Syrian refugees...Presidential elections summer 2023...so Erdogan has to make some moves. 

The disoriented outlook of Turkey’s main opposition party has always played to Erdogan’s advantage in previous elections. The feeble-looking Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who took the helm of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) after a sex scandal involving its previous leader, has never managed to rally the public around him.

Importantly, Kılıçdaroğlu has typically trailed behind Erdogan in opinion polls because of his pro-American, pro-EU approach to almost everything – at a time when anti-US sentiment in the country polls at a startling 85 to 95 percent of the population.

DJ;The US/NATO "leaders" still may think they have public support...Outside the west that support is gone...inside the west that support is dropping fast...

Wars are expensive...in history wars killed kings...

[url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/the-end-game-is-out-in-the-open-radiation-leak-from-ukraine-nuclear-plant-will-trigger-nato-article-5[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/the-end-game-is-out-in-the-open-radiation-leak-from-ukraine-nuclear-plant-will-trigger-nato-article-5 

DJ-Of course this is a NATO-Russia war (so far) most fought in Ukraine. One could claim Syria/Iraq also a NATO-Russia/Iran war...NATO goal was-de facto-regime change in Russia, Iran, China...Assad also was on the list in Syria but he did see many western leaders come and go by now...Putin, Xi will not be worried to much about "the west" as long as "Asia" holds very strong (energy, food) cards...

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Russia faces ‘economic oblivion’ despite claims of short-term resilience, economists say

  • The International Monetary Fund last week upgraded Russia’s GDP estimate for 2022 by 2.5 percentage points, meaning the economy is now projected to contract by 6% this year.
  • However, many economists see long-lasting costs to the Russian economy from the exit of foreign firms, the loss of its long-term oil and gas markets, and its diminished access to critical imports of technology and inputs.

‘Catastrophically crippling’

A Yale University study published last month, which analyzed high-frequency consumer, trade and shipping data that its authors say shows a truer picture than the Kremlin is presenting, argued that rumors of Russia’s economic survival had been greatly exaggerated.

The paper suggested international sanctions and an exodus of more than 1,000 global companies are “catastrophically crippling” the Russian economy.

“Russia’s strategic positioning as a commodities exporter has irrevocably deteriorated, as it now deals from a position of weakness with the loss of its erstwhile main markets, and faces steep challenges executing a ‘pivot to Asia’ with non-fungible exports such as piped gas,” the Yale economists said.

No path out of ‘economic oblivion’

The apparent resilience of the Russian economy and the resurgence of the ruble were largely attributed to soaring energy prices and strict capital control measures – implemented by the Kremlin to limit the amount of foreign currency leaving the country – along with sanctions restricting its capacity to import.

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of gas and second-largest exporter of oil, and thus the hit to GDP from the war and associated sanctions has been softened by high commodity prices and Europe’s continued dependence on Russian energy for the time being.

Russia has now relaxed some of its capital controls and cut interest rates in a bid to bring the currency down and shore up its fiscal account.

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ksc, we may agree the present conflicts are about control over energy...we may even agree "democracy" should win...

DJ-Confrontationalism, going for escalating created crises, is NOT making democracy stronger-in my opinion...

A forum has to offer different point of view...without going for insults...it is NOT personal but about "getting an opinion"...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5xYh2Wigjo[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5xYh2Wigjo Alexander Mercouris (AM);

Russia Makes Big Donbass Gains, Ukraine Troops Face Encirclement; West Told 'Must Deal with Russia' over Ukraine, Energy News Topic 588 https://www.ft.com/content/25451156-4...

DJ, AM mentions the "Yale"publication...does not see it as a very good one...

The link to the (neo-con) Financial Times article [url]https://www.ft.com/content/25451156-434a-4c36-96ef-774d99c89688[/url] or https://www.ft.com/content/25451156-434a-4c36-96ef-774d99c89688 ; Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found here.
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 Opinion  Global Economy A winter energy reckoning looms for the west World economic growth still requires fossil fuel production but long-term climate ambitions must stay in place HELEN THOMPSON 

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 The writer is professor of political economy at the University of Cambridge and author of ‘Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century’ Across the world, politicians are ever more desperately looking to contain the explosive consequences of the energy crisis. In those parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa already mired in multiple economic and political difficulties, the crisis is proving catastrophic.

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 In Europe, governments want to alleviate the dire pressures on households as well as energy-intensive and small businesses, while letting spiralling prices, pleas to consume less and fear about the coming winter drive down demand. Fiscally, this means state funding to reduce rising energy bills by subsidising distributors, as in France, or transferring money to citizens to pay those bills, as in the UK. 

What is not available anywhere is a quick means for increasing the physical supply of energy. 

This crisis is not an inadvertent consequence of the pandemic or Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. It has much deeper roots in two structural problems.

-1. First, unpalatable as this reality is for climate and ecological reasons, world economic growth still requires fossil fuel production. Without more investment and exploration, there is unlikely to be sufficient supply in the medium term to meet likely demand. The present gas crisis has its origins in the Chinese-driven surge in gas consumption during 2021. Demand grew so rapidly that it was only available for European and Asian purchase at very high prices. Meanwhile, respite from rising oil prices this year has only materialised when the economic data from China is unpropitious. In the International Energy Agency’s judgment, it is quite possible that global oil production will be inadequate to meet demand as soon as next year. For much of the 2010s, the world economy got by on the shale oil boom. 


Without US production more than doubling between 2010 and 2019, the world would have been trapped in a permanent oil crisis since 2005, when conventional crude oil production — oil drilled without hydraulic fracturing or from tar sands — stagnated. 

But American shale cannot expand at the same rate again. Although the largest US shale oil formation — the Permian Basin in western Texas and south-eastern New Mexico — is projected to reach record output next month, overall US output is still more than 1mn barrels per day below what it was in 2019. Even in the Permian, daily production per well is declining. More offshore drilling, of the kind opened up in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska by the Inflation Reduction Act, will require higher prices, or investors willing to pour in capital regardless of the prospects for profit. 

The best geological prospects for a game changer akin to what happened in the 2010s lie with the huge Bazhenov shale oil formation in Siberia. But western sanctions mean that the prospect of western oil majors helping Russia technologically is a geopolitical dead end. 

-2. Second, little can be done that would immediately accelerate the transition from fossil fuels. Britain’s planned micro nuclear reactors will not be completed until the 2030s. Running electricity grids on solar and wind base loads will require technological breakthroughs on storage. It is impossible to plan with any confidence what progress will have materialised in 10 years, let alone next year. 

But precisely because an energy transition is essential to reduce fossil fuel consumption, large-scale, blue-sky investment is imperative. The only way forward is realism for the short term, recognising that there is no way back to cheap energy, allied to radical, long-term ambition. A grasp of geopolitical realities is also essential. 

The US remains by some distance the world’s dominant power. Its naval power guarantees open waters for international trade. World credit markets depend on dollars. But Washington does not have the power to direct China and India’s energy relations with Russia. This coming winter will bring a reckoning. Western governments must either invite economic misery on a scale that would test the fabric of democratic politics in any country, or face the fact that energy supply constrains the means by which Ukraine can be defended.

DJ-Again-the FT is neo-con, pro-US...possibly blind for other scenario's...Russia-China-India trade is most over land...A strong US naval power may not mean that much in Asia. 

OPEC+ ; Xi visiting Saudi Arabia, major Chinese investments in energy in Africa, Latin America with EurAsia having 5 billion consumers simply will become a growing global dominant effect...

Again; confrontation did do a major lot of damage to the "neo-colonial west"....diplomacy would have been so much wiser...

AM mentions US further escalating long range weapons going to Ukraine-with a risk of further escalation. Sending weapons to Ukraine did start early 2021...Taiwan-DJ-may be bringing the same scenario...

[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/chang-china-preparing-go-war[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/chang-china-preparing-go-war ;

Authored by Gordon Change via 19fortyfive.com,

Last month, a Chinese entrepreneur making medical equipment for consumers told me that local officials had demanded he convert his production lines in China so that they could turn out items for the military. Communist Party cadres, he said, were issuing similar orders to other manufacturers.

Moreover, Chinese academics privately say the ongoing expulsion of foreign colleagues from China’s universities appears to be a preparation for hostilities.

The People’s Republic of China is preparing to go to war, and it is not trying to hide its efforts. Amendments to the National Defense Law, effective the first day of last year, transfer powers from civilian to military officials.

In general, the amendments reduce the role of the central government’s State Council by shifting power to the CMC, the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission. Specifically, the State Council will no longer supervise the mobilization of the People’s Liberation Army.

As Zeng Zhiping of Soochow University told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post,

“The CMC is now formally in charge of making national defense policy and principles, while the State Council becomes a mere implementing agency to provide support for the military.”

DJ-another US source...so it has to paint China as agressive...;

As Fisher told 19FortyFive this month, “For the past 40 years, China’s Communist Party has been preparing for brutal war, and now the ruling organization is accelerating its plans.”

Yet it is clear what senior leaders are in fact doing. They are getting troops ready for another advance below the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, preparing to seize more Indian territory in the Himalayas. They renewed, in November of last year and this June, attempts to block the resupply of a Philippine outpost at Second Thomas Shoal, in the South China Sea. They ordered four vessels to enter Japan’s sovereign water around the disputed but Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in late July. They are directing continual provocations around Taiwan, including a violation of the island’s sovereign airspace in early February.

And there is something else that is unmistakable: Xi and senior leaders are getting China’s citizens ready for war.

Point of course is it is the US de facto ending its "One China-policy", it is the US making claims in the (resources rich) South China Sea, it is the US supporting Japan claims on Islands China, Korea, Russia also claim as theirs...

DJ; The west keeps sending more-now even high tech-weapons to Ukraine without enough means to produce enough replacements. The west is unable to find enough other sources for fossil energy replacing that of Russia..

The other side of the -high energy prizes- alternatives may become more competative...Tech on storing that energy is also increasing. Here in NL there was a plan to use a lake as a reservoir-windturbines would pump up water...if there is not enough wind water-turbines could produce power with that "lake-island" releasing water...But also batteries may not be far from production...[url]https://www.ipkw.nl/nieuws/[/url] or https://www.ipkw.nl/nieuws/  is doing a lot of research; from hydro-power to storage...(for some reason links may have English...main page only in Dutch...). 

DJ-I think the strategy for the west should be containing the conflicts-try to win more of "the rest" (a.o. by fairer trade ! Petro-$ is history !)-offering cooperation and "win-win"...diplomacy...

The present confrontation and escalation strategy will end the west...hopeless !

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Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has turned into a 'nightmare scenario', says former head of British Army

Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine is not going the way that Vladimir Putin hoped, the former head of the British Army has said.

General Lord Richard Dannatt told Kay Burley on Sky News that Russian forces have had to “recalibrate” what they are doing as they have been unable to win a swift victory over the Ukrainian military.

He said:

I think the war has panned out completely differently to what Vladimir Putin imagined. This is probably his worst scenario, his nightmare scenario.

If we go back six months to 24 February... what he had in mind and what the international media was expecting was a lightning strike down from Belarus to Kyiv to topple Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, change the regime in Kyiv, change the government of Ukraine and hey presto, Ukraine would come under the control of Russia.

And of course, that didn’t happen. This meant that the Russians then had to recalibrate what they were trying to do.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on, U.S. security assistance is shifting to a longer-term campaign that will likely keep more American military troops in Europe into the future, including imminent plans to announce an additional roughly $3 billion in aid to train and equip Ukrainian forces to fight for years to come, U.S. officials said.

U.S. officials told The Associated Press that the package is expected to be announced Wednesday, the day the war hits the six-month mark and Ukraine celebrates its independence day. The money will fund contracts for drones, weapons and other equipment that may not see the battlefront for a year or two, they said.

The total of the aid package — which is being provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative — could change overnight, but not likely by much. Several officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the aid before its public release.

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[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut8qKBbv-M8[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut8qKBbv-M8 Military Summary; tomorrow-august 24-is independence day for Ukraine...

[url]http://thesaker.is/the-great-patriotic-war-as-seen-through-soviet-cinema-for-todays-battle-against-amnesia/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/the-great-patriotic-war-as-seen-through-soviet-cinema-for-todays-battle-against-amnesia/ and [url]https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/china-prepares-for-conflict-politicians-hand-power-to-military[/url] or https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/china-prepares-for-conflict-politicians-hand-power-to-military and [url]https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/iran-slams-us-procrastinating-nuclear-deal[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/iran-slams-us-procrastinating-nuclear-deal 

DJ-Russia-Iran-China and their allies may have had it with NATO...

[url]http://thesaker.is/fly-like-an-eagle-darya-dugina/[/url] or http://thesaker.is/fly-like-an-eagle-darya-dugina/ ;

The problem is the rules have changed – and the SBU/NATO combo, facing an indescribable debacle in Donbass, is upping the sabotage, counter-intel and counter-diversionary dial.

They started by shelling Russian territory; spread out around Donbass – as in the attempt to kill the mayor of Mariupol, Konstantin Ivachtchenko; even launched drones against the HQ of the Black Sea Fleet in Sebastopol; and now – with the Darya Dugina tragedy – are on the gates of Moscow.

The point is not that all of the above is irrelevant in terms of changing the facts on the ground imposed by the Special Military Operation. The point is that an upcoming series of bloody psyops designed for pure PR effect can become extremely painful for Russian public opinion – which will demand devastating punishment.

It’s clear that Moscow and St. Petersburg are now prime targets. The Ukrainian ISIS is a go. Of course, their handlers have vast experience on the matter, across the Global North/South. All red lines are gone.

The coming of the Ukrainian ISIS

The cokehead comedian has duly pre-empted any Russian reaction, according to the NATO script he’s fed on a daily basis: Russia may try to do something “particularly disgusting” this coming week.

That’s irrelevant. The real – burning – question is to what extent the Kremlin and Russian intel will react when it’s fully established SBU/NATO concocted the Dugin plot. That’s Kiev terrorism at the gates of Moscow. That screams “red line” in bloody red, and a response tied to the reiterated promise, by Putin himself, of hitting “decision centers”.

It will be a fateful decision. Moscow is not at war with the Kiev puppets, essentially – but with NATO. And vice-versa. All bets are off on how the tragedy of Darya Dugina may eventually accelerate the Russian timetable, in terms of a radical revision of their so far long-term strategy.

Moscow can decapitate the Kiev racket with a few hypersonic business cards. Yet that’s too easy; afterwards, who to negotiate the future of rump Ukraine with?

In contrast, doing essentially nothing means accepting an imminent, de facto terrorist invasion of the Russian Federation: the Darya Dugina tragedy on steroids.

In his next before last post on Telegram, Dugin once again framed the stakes. These are the key takeaways.

He calls for “structural, ideological, personnel, institutional, strategic” transformations by the Russian leadership.

Drawing from the evidence – from the increased attacks on Crimea to the attempts to provoke a nuclear catastrophe in Zaporozhye – he correctly concludes that the NATO sphere has “decided to stand on the other end to the end. They can be understood: Russia actually (and this is not propaganda) challenged the West as a civilization.”

The conclusion is stark: “So we have to go all the way”. That ties in with what Putin himself asserted: “We haven’t really started anything yet.” Dugin: “Now we have to start.”

Dugin proposes that the current status quo around Operation Z cannot last for more than six months. There’s no question “the tectonic plates have shifted”. Darya Dugina will be flying like an eagle in an otherworldly sky. The question is whether her tragedy will become the catalyst to propel Putin’s strategic ambiguity to a whole new level.

DJ, Now "the west" is killing people from the ukraine-deathlist in Russia Russia will declare Ukraine a terrorist state...All foreign help will be seen as support for terrorism..

NATO was thinking about calling Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism" ; fact is all those with their eyes open know who funded/started alqaeda, IS, supports neo-nazi Kiev junta...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gSeR5eaueA[/url] or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gSeR5eaueA Judge Napolitano with Col. Douglas MacGregor; Reinforcing faillure in Ukraine...

DJ-A lot of countries in Europe are now moving into political crises; I think Col. McGregor may be right-interim governments next...then "another political wind" will start...[url]https://nltimes.nl/2022/08/23/mps-accuse-cda-creating-cabinet-crisis-backpedaling-nitrogen-goals[/url] or https://nltimes.nl/2022/08/23/mps-accuse-cda-creating-cabinet-crisis-backpedaling-nitrogen-goals (DJ-The outcome of farmersprotests could be the fall of the present NL government...with lots of conflicts, strikes, crises from housing to healthcare...).

We may expect "major developments" in "many area's" (Ukraine, Middle East, East Asia etc.).

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The denazification continues as another nazi goes up in smoke...

 

A Russian-installed head of the Ukrainian town of Mykhailivka in the Russian-controlled part of the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine was killed in a car bomb on Tuesday, an official said.

Ivan Sushko was critically injured when a bomb placed under his car exploded, Zaporizhzhia region administration member Vladimir Rogov said on Telegram.

Rogov said:

As a result of the explosion, Ivan Sushko was wounded and taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he soon died.

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