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While the US-backed ‘Hunger Games’ in South Korea plow on, a ‘new strategy’ for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there


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There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye. Let’s start with North Korea.

Once again the US/South Korea Hunger Games plow on. It didn’t have to be this way.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained how: “Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes ‘double freezing’: Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests.”

Call it sound diplomacy. There’s no conclusive evidence the Russia-China strategic partnership floated this plan directly to the administration of US President Donald Trump. Even if they did, the proposal was shot down. The proverbial “military experts” lobbied hard against it, insisting on a lopsided advantage to Pyongyang. Worse, National Security Adviser H R McMaster consistently lobbies for preventative war — as if this is any sort of serious conflict “resolution.”

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New York photographer Terri Gold says she wants to find ‘the grace notes’ of humanity. She has vivid memories of spinning an old-fashioned globe as a child, and as an adult, she dreams of faraway places and the secrets they keep hidden.

In her ongoing photography project, ‘Still Points in a Turning World’, Gold sought to track down tribes around the globe that appear to stand still while time rushes forward.

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

The pictures have been taken over the course of a decades-long career and ripe for a discussion about the globalizing forces that threaten indigenous cultures.

‘My earliest memories are of spinning a globe. I was always drawn to the last mysterious corners of the Earth. I wanted to visit with people who have not forgotten the old ways, who feel their past in the wind,’ Gold tells DailyMail.com.

‘The names of far off lands called to me – Samarkand, Lhasa, and Timbuktu. I dreamed of traveling with a caravan across the Himalayas, of finding hidden kingdoms. As soon as I was old enough, I stepped into my dreams with three cameras around my neck and my life’s journey began…’

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North Korea’s vice foreign minister blamed President Donald Trump (top right) on Friday for ‘making trouble’ through his ‘aggressive tweets’ as tensions rise over the possibility the regime will launch another nuclear weapons test. Vice Minister Han Song Ryol (top left) sat down for an interview with the Associated Press on the eve of the country’s biggest national holiday, the ‘Day of the Sun’ amid increasingly bitter words between the two countries. Han accused Trump of building up a ‘vicious cycle’ of tensions and warned the US against provoking North Korea militarily. He said: ‘We will go to war if they choose.’ His ministry also warned ‘thermo-nuclear war may break out any time’. The remarks came hours after a member of the Trump administration denied a report claiming the US was prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike to halt any nuclear test at the weekend. North Korea blames Trump and the U.S. for the rising tensions, according to Han, who cited US-South Korean wargames, the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the peninsula last weekend, as well as Trump’s recent tweets on Tuesday that the North is ‘looking for trouble’. Pictured main, Kim Jong-un, inset, an undated photo released by state media on April 13, showing the regime’s special operation forces.

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After spending three days trading above the price for an ounce of gold, Bitcoin prices crashed overnight – down over $120 in a few short hours – following Bloomberg headlines citing China officials saying that Bitcoin regulation is not temporary.

 

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‘Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will provide humanitarian aid to Syria, a high-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed.

Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.

During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.’

Read more: China ‘to provide aid, enhance military training’ in Syria – top army official

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‘A Chinese supercomputer has been named the world’s fastest computer for the seventh year in a row – but unlike previous winners, this year’s champion uses only Chinese-designed processors, representing a decline of US dominance in the field.

The new titleholder, the Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, was developed by China’s National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology.

The supercomputer uses Chinese-developed ShenWei processors, “ending any remaining speculation that China would have to rely on Western technology to compete effectively in the upper echelons of supercomputing,” said a statement by the TOP500 project ranking the world’s fastest supercomputers.’

Read more: China creates world’s fastest computer without relying on US hardware for first time

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  • Before it was demolished in 1994, Kowloon Walled City was regarded as the most densely populated place on earth 
  • About 33,000 people lived in the overcrowded slum in Hong Kong, where crime was accepted as part of daily life
  • The six-acre settlement was essentially lawless due to a territorial dispute between China and British Hong Kong
The former Chinese military site became an urban settlement after Japanese forces retreated during World War II and squatters moved in

The former Chinese military site became an urban settlement after Japanese forces retreated during World War II and squatters moved in

 

Life inside Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated place on earth, was far from easy before the chaotic cluster of interconnected high-rise buildings was demolished 20 years ago.

Around 33,000 people lived in the overcrowded Hong Kong slum, which was blighted by poverty, organised crime, including drug dealing, gambling and prostitution, poor sanitation and inadequate services. 

Populated by families, business owners, drug addicts and gang members, the settlement was essentially lawless due to a territorial dispute between China and British Hong Kong, but both sides agreed in the 1980s to demolish it and replace it with a park.

The former Chinese military site became a sprawling urban settlement after Japanese forces retreated during World War II and squatters moved in. 

Over the following decades it fell under the grip of the Triads, who were eventually forced out in the 1970s, and was notorious for brothels, casinos and opium dens as it lagged behind the rest of Hong Kong, although crime rates dropped in its later years.

Before Kowloon Walled City was finally demolished in 1994, photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent five years capturing jaw-dropping images of daily life within the six-acre site – from children playing on rooftops to heroin addicts shooting up on the street.

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‘Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz are investors in 12 companies in the People’s Republic of China, including a firm that operates in the most repressed part of Tibet, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

The investments are from a Heinz family trust called ‘HFI Imperial,’ according to Kerry’s official financial disclosure report, which was reviewed by TheDCNF.

The fund invests exclusively in Asian-based companies throughout the Pacific Rim — from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand to the People’s Republic of China.’

Read more: Kerry And Wife Invested In Chinese Company That Exploits, Represses Tibet

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The latest JF-17 fighter jet will be a combat-capable trainer-variant of the aircraft.

China and Pakistan are developing a combat-capable two-seat trainer variant of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Flight Global reports.

“The only significant change to the aircraft apart from the extra seat is a dorsal fin that contains an additional fuel tank. This means the JF-17B’s fuel load is comparable to the single seater,” according to Flight Global. “Production of the first JF-17B was initiated by Pakistan and China during a joint ceremony at Chengdu Aerospace Corporation,” the Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported on April 28. CAC is located in Chengdu city in Sichuan province in southwest China.

A defense official working on the JF-17B program emphasized that there will be “no loss in combat capability with the addition of the extra seat.” Chinese and Pakistani representatives familiar with the JF-17N program have repeatedly said that a two-seat variant of the aircraft is under development. The first flight of the two-seat variant is planned for the end of 2016; the PAF plans to induct the first JF-17B in April 2017.

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The JF-17 is a lightweight, single-engine, multirole combat aircraft, powered by a Russian-designed but Chinese-built Klimov RD-93 (RD-33 derivative) turbofan, capable of reaching a top speed of Mach 1.6. The fighter purportedly has an operational range of around 1,200 kilometers (745 miles).

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‘Russia and China’s growing military advancements have made it a serious challenge for the US to continue its military presence at their doorstep, American experts say.

American military analysts say that a continued presence in the South China Sea, near Chinese territorial waters, is no longer a safe practice as the Chinese can deploy numerous military assists to the disputed waters in no time, overpowering any adversary in the time of a conflict.

Russia has also warned the US through numerous military encounters that the Baltic Sea has become unsafe for the American military forces there, analysts note.’

Read more: US losing military edge to Russia and China: American experts

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‘Recently, a massive vaccine scandal in China exposed the weakness of government efforts to build up China’s immunization program. It uncovered the system’s flaws regarding the way in which vaccines are distributed, and revealed close links between vendors and government clinics.

Although the vaccines were made by licensed manufacturers, they were transported and stored without any refrigeration, and then sold by unlicensed distributors. Improper storing conditions may have ruined the vaccines, leaving children unprotected and at risk of disabilities and death.

According to Li Guoqing, who is in charge of drug supervision, investigators revealed how government clinics have been selling expired or near-expired vaccines to vendors on the cheap, who in turn have been selling them to other government clinics in remote areas where there is no oversight.’

Read more: Massive vaccine protests erupt in China over widespread deaths of children … Government responds by arresting protesters

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Behind the massive vaccine scandal in China

And don’t think America is safe

by Jon Rappoport

A vaccine scandal has erupted in China.

Time Magazine reports (“China Vaccine Scandal Prompts Angry Backlash From Parents and Doctors,” 3/22/2016):

“Furious parents and health care professionals in China are demanding to know how almost $90 million of improperly stored and potentially fatal vaccines were distributed across some two-thirds of the country over the past five years, in the latest public-health scandal to raise serious questions over the efficacy of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.

“According to state media, a mother and daughter from eastern China’s Shandong province have been caught peddling 25 kinds of unrefrigerated vaccines — including for polio, mumps, rabies, hepatitis B, encephalitis and meningococcal diseases — to medical facilities across 24 Chinese provinces since 2010.

“Inflaming the public backlash, authorities had apparently known about the case since last April, though only publicized the news late Friday in a belated attempt to trace potential victims. Moreover, the elder suspect, a 47-year-old woman surnamed Pang, had apparently been convicted of the same offense in 2009 but only received a suspended sentence. State media admitted the compromised inoculations could have resulted in paralysis and even death.

“’Twenty-four provinces, five years already, and how many children! It’s been nearly a year and then they reveal this! Isn’t this genocide? Words cannot express how angry I am!’ posted one user of China’s Twitter-like microblog Weibo, reports the BBC.”

“’This is a matter of life and death,’” one Beijing-based doctor told Radio Free Asia. ‘They should make an announcement about this as soon as possible … so we can locate these items and cut off the supply, so no more people are harmed.’”

Just to show how panicked the vaccine establishment is about the current wave of public awakening—sparked in part by revelations in the movie Vaxxed (trailer)—major media can’t even keep their stories straight.

The NY Times, reporting on the China scandal, and relying on the World Health Organization (a PR front for the vaccine industry) takes an assuring tone (“China’s Vaccine Scandal Threatens Public Faith in Immunizations,” 4/18/2016):

“Despite such fears, the tainted vaccines are more likely to be ineffective than harmful…The World Health Organization has said that outdated or poorly stored vaccines rarely if ever trigger illness or toxic reactions. Chinese government investigators said last week that they had not found any cases of adverse reactions or spikes in infections linked to ineffective vaccines.”

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‘Hundreds of school children in East China’s Jiangsu Province have fallen mysteriously ill, suffering from nose bleeds, itching, rashes, coughing, and other complicated symptoms, whose cause has not been determined.

CRI reports that some of the parents alleged that they noticed irritant smells at the school. They suspect that the smell comes from chemical factories near the school, which they believe are the main causes of their children’s symptoms.

This is the second week in a row where students were found to be suffering from the same symptoms in the same province.’

Read more: Hundreds of chinese children mysteriously fall ill suffering from nose bleeds, rashes, coughing

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‘As news of an illegal vaccine distribution scandal in China continues to emerge, outraged citizens are demanding to know why the government waited so long to inform the public that their children were at risk.

According to the government, an illegal vaccine ring in operation since 2011, distributed $88 million worth of vaccines that had expired or been improperly refrigerated. This placed all children who got the shots at risk of disability or death. It is not known how many children were harmed by the illegal vaccines.

The government has known about the ring since April 2015, but did not announce its knowledge until this March.’

Read more: Massive illegal vaccine scandal in China has citizens asking, ‘Is this genocide?’

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