Tag Archives: China

Secret Talks with Chi-Coms

Washington Free Beacon…

Defense officials will conduct a new round of informal but official nuclear weapons talks with China in the near future focusing on the “red lines” used by both sides in readying strategic forces in crises, according to U.S. officials. Talks come amid tensions over reports indicating China provided North Korea with road-mobile launchers for a new long-range missile. Full Report →


Blinded by Beijing: Congressional report highlights U.S. intelligence failures regarding China military buildup

DF-21D / AP Image

Washington Free Beacon…

U.S. government and private analysts missed the emergence of significant military developments by China that caught intelligence agencies by surprise, according to a congressional commission report. Full Report →

Saudi Arabia And China Team Up To Build A Gigantic New Oil Refinery – Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Petrodollar?

Premier Wen Jiabao talks with family members of Abdul-Rahman Ali Al-Jeraisy, president of the Saudi Arabia-China Friendship Association, during a visit to his home in Riyadh on Sunday. Liu Weibing / Xinhua

Economic Collapse Blog…

The largest oil exporter in the Middle East has teamed up with the second largest consumer of oil in the world (China) to build a gigantic new oil refinery and the mainstream media in the United States has barely even noticed it.  This mammoth new refinery is scheduled to be fully operational in the Red Sea port city of Yanbu by 2014.  Over the past several years, China has sought to aggressively expand trade with Saudi Arabia, and China now actually imports more oil from Saudi Arabia than the United States does.  In February, China imported 1.39 millionbarrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia.  That was 39 percent higher than last February.  So why is this important?  Well, back in 1973 the United States and Saudi Arabia agreed that all oil sold by Saudi Arabia would be denominated in U.S. dollars.  This petrodollar system was adopted by almost the entire world and it has had great benefits for the U.S. economy.  But if China becomes Saudi Arabia’s most important trading partner, then why should Saudi Arabia continue to only sell oil in U.S. dollars?  And if the petrodollar system collapses, what is that going to mean for the U.S. economy?

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China expanding its nuclear stockpile

A warship launches a missile during a military drill in July 2010 of the South China Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army’s navy in the South China Sea. (Xinhua News Agency via Associated Press)

From Washington Times…

China is expanding its nuclear forces with a new multi-warhead mobile missile and keeps its strategic stockpiles in deep underground bunkers, the Pentagon disclosed in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military.

China is thought to have up to 75 long-range nuclear missiles, including hard-to-find, road-mobile DF-31 and DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), according to the report, which was released Wednesday. China also has 120 intermediate- and medium-range missiles…

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Moscow and Beijing boycott UN Security Council meeting on Syria

From Alarabiya…

Moscow and Beijing boycotted a closed-door meeting for the Security Council on Thursday that was supposed to discuss a draft resolution on Syria, Al Arabiya reported.

The envoys of Russia and China to the United Nations boycotted the meeting, which aimed at discussing a draft resolution that would impose further sanctions and travel bans against 22 Syrian officials as well as freezing the assets of 23 other top regime figures, including President Bashar al-Assad himself, Al Arabiya correspondent said.

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China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

The United Nations Security Council Photo:AP

From Haaretz…

China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.

Negotiations with Israel on the terms of Palestinian statehood have been frozen since 2008. As an alternative, the Palestinians have decided to seek UN recognition of an independent “Palestine” in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the areas Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War. Continue reading

Report: Complete Chinese War Preparedness And Military Update

From ZeroHedge…

Now that Keynesianism has failed (repeatedly and miserably, although certainly not during wartime – during those times it is curiously successful at ‘stimulating’), and only those willfully blind refuse to see how this extended slow-motion collapse ends, below we present the latest, 2011 Edition, of the Annual report to Congress revealing “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” or, in short, everything that one needs to know to defend from and/or attack the world’s most populous nation. For those short on time, here are the key charts.

The only Org Chart that matters:

Chinese Ground Forces:

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Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries

From Washington Times…

China made impressive gains last year in its military buildup that pushed the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress made public Wednesday.

“Militarily, China’s sustained modernization program is paying visible dividends,” the report says. “During 2010, China made strides toward fielding an operational anti-ship ballistic missile, continued work on its aircraft carrier program, and finalized the prototype of its first stealth aircraft.”

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