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China will not tolerate attempts to separate Hong Kong from China: state media
An anti-extradition bill protester throws eggs as protesters clash with riot police during a rally to demand democracy and political reforms, at Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and any form of secessionism "will be crushed", state media said on Monday, a day after demonstrators rallied at the U.S. consulate to ask for help in bringing democracy to city.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as clashes erupt after thousands appeal to Trump
Riot police fire tear gas near Causeway Bay station in Hong Kong, China September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, after demonstrators had rallied at the U.S. Consulate calling for help in bringing democracy to the Chinese-ruled city.

Hong Kong August visitors plunge 40% year-on-year, hotels half-full: finance chief
FILE PHOTO: A junk boat passes the skyline as seen from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, China, August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Hong Kong visitor arrivals plunged nearly 40% in August from a year earlier, deepening from July's 5% fall, the finance secretary said as sometimes violent anti-government protests take a rising toll on the city's tourism, retail and hotel businesses.

Office provider The Executive Center pauses sale amid Hong Kong protests: source
People watch a rally from a shop in Hong Kong, China, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Office space provider The Executive Center (TEC) has paused its sale process over fears that its large Hong Kong exposure could weigh on its valuation as sometimes violent protests continue in the city for a third month, according to a source.


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U.S. should side with Hong Kong protesters, says ex-Pentagon chief Mattis
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York, September 9, 2019.  REUTERS/Gary He

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Gary He

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday anti-government protests in Hong Kong were "not an internal" Chinese matter and that the United States should offer at least moral support to the demonstrators.

The retired U.S. Marine general, speaking at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York, said the United States should generally side with those standing up for human rights, which he said included the Hong Kong protesters.

“When people stand up for those (rights), I just inherently think we ought to stand with them, even if it’s just moral,” said Mattis, who abruptly resigned as Pentagon chief in December over disagreements with President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

“This is not an internal matter,” Mattis said in remarks likely to irritate Beijing, which has denounced the sometimes violent protests and accused the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest in the former British colony.

Trump has previously described the protests as riots, but has also called on China to end the discord in a “humanitarian” way. He said a crackdown could make his efforts to end a damaging trade war with China “very hard.”

Mattis said China’s effort to pass a law to allow people in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China was in breach of the “one country, two systems” formula under which British control of Hong Kong was ended in 1997.

“They said it would be two systems, and the extradition law was a violation of that,” said Mattis, who is promoting a new memoir about his role in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although the extradition bill was withdrawn last week after months of unrest, the mass protests in streets and public places across Hong Kong continue, having grown into a broader pro-democracy backlash against the Chinese government.

Protesters marched outside the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong over the weekend, urging Trump to help “liberate” the city. Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

“We have to be careful: We don’t want to say we’re going to land the 82nd Airborne Division in Hong Kong to do this,” he said. “But morally? Yeah, I think we have to stand with them.”


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Timeline: Seven decades of Communist China
Visitors are seen in front of pictures of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, former Chinese leaders Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Chinese President Xi Jinping during an exhibition on China's achievements marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) at the Beijing Exhibition Center, in Beijing, China September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Oct. 1 with flowers, speeches, performances and a massive military parade through central Beijing.

Ahead of huge parade, China complains of 'strange logic' about its military
A military vehicle passes along a street as streets in central Beijing were closed off for a rehearsal of the military parade on October 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

China's military complained on Tuesday that if it displayed new weapons at next week's huge military parade in Beijing it would be seen as a "show of force", and if it didn't then it would be blamed for a lack of transparency.

China needs strong leadership or will 'crumble,' policy paper says
FILE PHOTO: Visitors are seen in front of a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an exhibition on China's achievements marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) at the Beijing Exhibition Center, in Beijing, China September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

China needs the strong, unified leadership of the Communist Party or the country will "crumble," the government said in a policy paper released on Friday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

China aims to join U.S.-spurned arms treaty as soon as possible
FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

China wants to join as soon as possible an international arms treaty that the United States has spurned, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, adding it was China's responsibility to take part as a member of the international community.

Japan lists China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed North Korea
Chinese and Japanese flags flutter in front of the Tiananmen Gate ahead of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit, in Beijing, China October 25, 2018.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China's growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo's annual defense review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Hong Kong protesters trap leader for hours in stadium after 'open dialogue'
A performer carries a chain outside the venues of first community dialogue holding by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Hong Kong protesters chanting anti-government slogans trapped city leader Carrie Lam in a stadium for hours on Thursday after she held her first "open dialogue" with the people in a bid to end more than three months of often violent unrest.

Hong Kong's 'Umbrella' protests sowed seed for future: freed activist
FILE PHOTO: One of the former leaders of the 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement, also known as the Umbrella Movement, Benny Tai speaks to the media as he leaves the high court after being released on bail in Hong Kong, China August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Benny Tai, a leading Hong Kong activist who was jailed for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella" movement, says that campaign "revolutionized" youngsters and set the stage for the current protests on the streets of the China-ruled territory.


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September 27, 2019 9:13 PM

Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn delivers remarks during a change of command and retirement ceremony after relieving Vice Adm. John D. Alexander as Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Sept. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE CORONADO, Calif. – The Navy’s West Coast-based fleet welcomed a new commander on Friday as Vice Adm. Scott “Satan” Conn took the helm of San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet from Vice Adm. John D. “Sarge” Alexander.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, piled praise on Alexander, who wrapped up a two-year tour leading 3rd Fleet through a transition to bolster the fleet’s maritime warfighting capabilities.

“His efforts to prepare our forces for a high-end fight… and sustain our ready force has focused the energies of a huge team towards maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Gilday said during the change-of-command ceremony, held under a haze-gray sky on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

“His high standards in certification and training ensured strike groups deployed from America’s West Coast performed at the absolute highest level,” Gilday told the crowd of several hundred. “And he was willing to think differently about the future security environment, pioneering annual operations in the Arctic in a way that we haven’t seen in a long, long time.” Those operations included Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise 2019 held this month in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Southern California.

Gilday, whose stop in San Diego came as he returned to Washington after visiting forces in Japan-based 7th Fleet, also noted Alexander’s role in leading the large, multilateral 2018 Rim-of-the-Pacific exercise and the certification for 3rd Fleet’s Maritime Operations Center “allowing tactical control forward when needed.

Conn most recently served as the director of air warfare (N98) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. His leadership skills and experience from 34 years of service “make him exactly the right person to advance 3rd Fleet’s efforts even further,” Gilday said, noting that Conn’s most-recent assignment makes him “perfectly positioned to train our strike groups for employment at sea.” The CNO had promoted Conn to vice admiral earlier in the day.

“Scott is thinking differently about the future air wing and the human-machine integration that will be critical in any fight,” Gilday said, “and, as anybody knows, he’s not afraid to tell you what’s on his mind. We need candor and a clear-eyed approach to how we operate and fight.”


Vice Adm. John D. Alexander is piped ashore after relinquishing command of U.S. 3rd Fleet to Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn during a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Sept. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

“The strategic environment will only demand more from 3rd Fleet in the future,” he added.

Alexander, a former A-6E bombardier/navigator, is retiring from the Navy after a career that included tours in command of Electronic Attack Squadron 135, amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD-10) and aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Gilday presented Alexander with a Defense Distinguished Service Medal that recognized those contributions and his 37-year career.

Alexander took command of 3rd Fleet at a time when the Navy was transitioning to a more warfighting focus. But it’s role also is one deeply rooted, since the nation’s inception, in ensuring trade that has remained the life’s blood of the United States and its economy, he told the crowd. That role continues even as the Navy has evolved over the years to provide a force that the nation needed at the time, he added, noting he’s seen “four navies” during his career.

The Navy he joined and first deployed, in 1985, was a post-Vietnam, Cold War-era force built with 1950s-1960s technology and with 600,000 sailors and a nearly 600-ship fleet. “We rode that technology into Desert Storm, and systematically disassembled the fifth-largest military in the world in a matter of, literally, weeks,” he said. Then came the post-Cold War and 9/11 Navy that shifted to support combat operations in Afghanistan and, in 2003, in Iraq with new technologies but with 200,000 fewer personnel.

The decade after 2003 saw continued Navy downsizing of another 67,000 personnel, Alexander said, and “we created a disaggregated, ground-based posture to support our Navy’s counter-insurgency strategy in the Middle East.” With the creation of Navy Expeditionary Combatant Command and a riverine force, at one point the Navy had 34,000 sailors engaged on the ground or in the littorals, more than the Navy’s entire submarine force, he noted.

By 2014, Alexander said, the Navy was transitioning again, into the service he left today. “Russia had invaded the Crimea, and nobody did anything about that. China started pouring sand into the South China Sea,” he said, “and now we are seeing a resurgent Russia and a rising China, with China being our greatest long-term strategic threat. Through excessive territorial claims that trap diplomacy, militarization of disputed geographic features, China aims to control world trade and finance and politics and, ultimately, the way of life in Southeast Asia. So the stakes are high. We have a fundamental divergence of values with two incompatible visions for the future.

“Let there be no doubt: Great power competition is back, and we must maintain the technological edge as we go into the future.”


Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn salutes Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael M. Gilday (right) after receiving command of U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Sept. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

Alexander said the air wing of 1985 “looks nothing like what we have today,” with replacements of nearly all aircraft underway. The C-2 carrier onboard delivery airplane will be replaced by the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor, he said, and the multi-mission, advanced F-35C Joint Strike Fighter will deploy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) “later this coming year, bringing in a new age of lethality. It is that level of commitment that is necessary our dominance as a naval force across the globe.”

Conn, who became a naval aviator in 1987, has commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 136, Fleet Replacement Squadron 106, Carrier Air Wing 11, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center and Carrier Strike Group 4.

“Our first priority is to preserve peace by generating readiness of our equipment and our people to be able to employ forward as a deterrent first to anyone who should try to wish us harm,” he told the crowd. “And that is hard. But… in this environment, hard is authorized.”

“We will continue to build on the work” of Alexander’s tenure, he said, “and it’s up to the commanders to show results and to deliver those results.” Priorities include building partnerships, fostering trust and “being forward and being ready – day by day, night by night – on watch forward to preserve peace,” he added.

The military’s return to focus on high-end combat, with sustaining operations at sea against any adversary, mean “we must be ready to control the seas, the air, and deny any adversary the ability to threaten our homeland, our forces, our allies, our partners and our friends,” Conn said. He pledged to continue to “take a fully-certified Maritime Operations Center and make it expeditionary, capable of providing that one-two punch in conjunction with 7th Fleet.”

“We must continue to get better in all things we do. We will do so by continuing to operate outside our comfort zone… to challenge ourselves and challenge assumptions. We will send certified forces forward across the globe, and we will execute assigned missions professionally and boldly,” Conn said, adding,“we will work to uphold international rules and norms in the maritime domain, provide secure, safe and stable maritime environment and ensure continuing prosperity for all.”

Conn said he looks to continue to build and strengthen partnerships through multinational exercises like RIMPAC and the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, adding, “we will strengthen each other by finding common ground while increasing our warfighting capability and capacity.”

report card that will measure our success, he added, will be our ability to command and control integrated, distributed, disciplined and lethal combat fires at and from the sea that is synchronized with the joint force, at scale and with velocity. Our ability to maneuver to fire and fire to maneuver will be critical.”



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NAVAL BASE CORONADO, Calif. – The Navy’s West Coast-based fleet welcomed a new commander on Friday as Vice Adm. Scott “Satan” Conn took the helm of San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet from Vice Adm. John D. “Sarge” Alexander.

Thanks for sharing that article, C.a.! :-)

Years ago, both of my Brother's were stationed at the Coronado Naval Base for a few months but on different ship's. From what they told me, it's a really big base. It was rare for their paths to cross, so to celebrate, they got a few of their buddies together and rented a fishing boat. Guess, they all had a great time because they still talk about it.

San Francisco tour guide charged with carrying U.S. secrets to China
David L. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California and John F. Bennett, FBI Special Agent in Charge announce that naturalized U.S. citizen Xuehua Peng, also known as Edward Peng, 56, was charged with working as an agent of the Chinese government, during a news conference in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 30, 2019.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch

A San Francisco tour guide has been charged with being an agent of the Chinese government, accused of picking up U.S. national security secrets from furtive locations and delivering them cloak and dagger style to Beijing, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

China to mark 70 years of communism with massive show of force in Beijing
Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China October 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
China will celebrate seven decades of communist rule on Tuesday with a display of power through central Beijing, showing off goose-stepping troops, new missiles and floats celebrating the country's technological prowess.

Restive Hong Kong hunkers down as China's birthday celebrations begin
A police officer stands guard as helicopters carrying China's national flag and Hong Kong's flag fly past, on China's National Day at Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, China October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Hong Kong went into lockdown on Tuesday to ensure anti-government protests do not overshadow Chinese President Xi Jinping's commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

'I love you China': Beijing enlists foreign voices ahead of anniversary
Soldiers march in Tiananmen Square before a wreath laying ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, China, September 30, 2019.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Chinese state media released videos of foreign citizens praising the country on the eve of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic, as new research showed declining perceptions of China in many western countries.


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China to mark 70 years of communism with massive show of force in Beijing

Tweets on the Military hardware displayed on that 70th anniversary. Xi Jinping ...he ain't playing.

The lo exhaust of GJ-11, followed by loitering munitions.

Rioters set fires in central Hong Kong 暴徒在香港市中心縱火



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The China Deception on This Week in Money
Oct 1, 2019 / 25:46
The mainstream are framing the rise of China as a competitor to the US in the same terms as they did the Cold War with the Soviet Union. And, just as the Cold War was a charade facilitated by lend lease and technology transfers, so, too, is the New Cold War facilitated by technology transfers to China that are framed as "IP theft." James Corbett joins Jim Goddard on This Week in Money to set the record straight on how the Clash of Civilizations 2.0 is being used to justify domestic clampdowns, social credit surveillance, and military build up.

Who benefits from Hong Kong protests?
Aug 7, 2019 / 3:47
Hong Kong is now in its ninth consecutive week of mass protests. The violent clashes between police and protesters have grabbed global attention. John Ross, former director of economic and business policy for the Mayor of London and a senior fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies under Renmin University of China, shares his views on the issue.


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China says will work with the U.S. to address each other's core concerns
FILE PHOTO: China's Vice Premier Liu He hands a letter from China's President Xi Jinping to U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo
Chinese vice premier Liu He said on Saturday that China will work with the United States to address each other's core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that stopping the trade war would be good for both sides and the world.

China stops couriers from shipping black clothing to Hong Kong amid protests
FILE PHOTO: Anti-government protesters adjust their masks during a protest at Wong Tai Sin district, in Hong Kong, China, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo
China has banned the bulk shipment to Hong Kong of black clothing and other gear used by pro-democracy protesters, staff at Chinese courier firms said, amid four months of often violent unrest in the city.

Home from home: Hong Kong police group plans retirement in mainland China
Police officers stand guard on an escalator ahead of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address, after four months of anti-government protests, at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China, October  16, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC1EDF103290
A Hong Kong police association is in talks with a Chinese property developer about a planned Hong Kong-themed retirement community in mainland China, it said on its website.

Hong Kong protesters vow to hit the streets in major 'illegal' march
People march with a banner to protest against what they say is the abuse of pro-democracy protesters by Hong Kong police, near Chater Garden in Central district, Hong Kong, China October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners on Friday vowed to stage a major march at the weekend despite police ruling the rally illegal, setting the scene for possibly more unrest in the Chinese-ruled city, battered by months of violent protests.


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I'm taking the position - of assuming why the Hong Kong protests have accelerated from a single peaceful protest - into weeks of further protests, violence and destruction? U.S. War-hawks are fueling the protests, hoping to create division between China and Hong Kong.

Pence tells Hong Kong protesters in China speech: 'We stand with you'
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir/File Photo

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused China of curtailing "rights and liberties" in Hong Kong in a wide-ranging critique of Beijing's behavior but also insisted that the United States does not seek confrontation or to "de-couple" from its main economic rival.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters rally for Catalan separatists
Pro-democracy demonstrators hold Esteladas (Catalan separatist flag) and flashlights during a protest in Hong Kong’s Chater Garden to show their solidarity with the Catalonian independence movement in Spain, in Hong Kong, China, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters, some waving Catalan flags and banners urging "a fight for freedom together", rallied in support of a separate Catalonia on Thursday, broaching an issue that is anathema to Hong Kong's rulers in Beijing.

China has 'heavy heart' after 39 found dead in a truck in Britain
FILE PHOTO: Police move the lorry container where bodies were discovered, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
The Chinese embassy in London said on Thursday it had a heavy heart after reports that police had found 39 Chinese nationals dead in a truck.

UK police say 39 people found dead in truck near London were Chinese

FILE PHOTO: Police are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
All the 39 people found dead in a truck to the east of London are believed to be Chinese, British police said on Thursday, adding that raids had been carried out at three properties in Northern Ireland.

Ireland to investigate if truck where bodies found passed through country

Police is seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Irish authorities will carry out any investigations necessary if it is established that the truck in which the bodies of 39 people were found near London on Wednesday passed through Ireland, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar sa

China confirms reports that 39 dead in truck in U.K. are Chinese: Global Times
FILE PHOTO: Police move the lorry container where bodies were discovered, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
China's foreign ministry has confirmed reports
that 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London were Chinese, the Global Times said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Driver arrested after 39 found dead in truck near London
Police is seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
British police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck at an industrial estate near London on Wednesday and said they had arrested the driver on suspicion of murder.

UK police believe trailer found with 39 bodies traveled from Belgium
Police are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay
British police said they believed the trailer from a truck found on Wednesday containing the bodies of 39 people had traveled from Zeebrugge, Belgium, into the port of Purfleet in eastern England.

Bulgaria has no link to truck death incident in UK: PM Borissov

FILE PHOTO: Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
The people found dead in a truck in Britain could not have boarded the vehicle in Bulgaria because it had not entered the country since its registration there in 2017, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.

Added note: The UK must be a transit point in the smuggling trade?

Police find nine people alive in back of truck in Kent, England: Sky News
Police in Kent, southeast England, found nine people alive in the back of a truck on the M20 motorway on Wednesday, Sky News reported.

Fire at steel mill in China's Hebei province kills seven
A fire at a steel producer in northern China's Hebei province has killed seven people, provincial authorities said on Thursday.

China says U.S. 'weaponizing' visas after space event no show
FILE PHOTO - Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The United States is "weaponizing" visas, having failed to grant them in time or at all for Chinese space officials for an international event in Washington, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries.


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Posting this here to document an interesting view on China's operations in Africa. It does look like all the 'help' doesn't come for free, however, the outcome is not set in stone. In a spirit of mutual efforts, the video alludes to the chinese expecting the local african governments to get their acts together in order to repay their loans. Sadly, the video doesn't touch on the interest arrangements of said loans as this I believe tends to be the main killer (together with corruption from the region)

In any case, interesting view

To get away from the african-centric posts, here is another interesting take on China and Russia's relationship around the arctic region. It would seem the two are bound by mutual interests but this doesn't negate having areas of friction and distrust.



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The disinformation is working overtime, and promoting fear mongering.

A 23-year-old protester and Polytechnic University alumni told CNN that they didn't have a plan and were just waiting to see how the police would react. "If we don't come out, no one will come out and protect our freedoms. Polytechnic University is my home," he said.
On Sunday the government announced that all schools would be shut again on Monday as protests were expected to continue across the city.

"Catapultes, flèches enflammées" : A Hong Kong, le mouvement se durcit
"Catapults, fire arrows": In Hong Kong, the movement hardens

FRANCE 24 Nov 15, 2019

#Chinese Embassy says after two #Australian MPs were denied entry into China.
6:11 AM · Nov 17, 2019 CGTNOfficial
"Chinese people do not welcome those who make unwarranted attacks, wantonly exert pressure on China, challenge China's sovereignty, disrespect China's dignity and undermine mutual trust,"
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