"I do not recognize the authority of anyone to control my life and my body, especially if their sole claim to such authority is great wealth accumulated by questionable means." -- Michael Rivero

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China Launches Domestically Built Cruise Mega-Ship MikeRivero Wed, 06/07/2023 - 13:25

China, apparently not content with producing nearly all of the West's goods and products in sum, is now adding "cruise ships" to its list of manufacturing feats.

The country's first ship, being called "Adora Magic City," also known as "Mo Du" in Putonghua, left its docks at Shanghai at 1:30PM local time on Tuesday, according to reports from China Media Group and the Global Times

Glacial Gambit: Advancing The Army's Arctic Strategy MikeRivero Tue, 06/06/2023 - 07:21

The United States faces significant questions regarding the Arctic Circle and its commitments to northern security. Just as the Arctic has experienced rapidly rising temperatures, regional competition will intensify because of the region’s strategic importance.

"Derisking" With China Is Impossible When One Bloc Does Most Of The Producing And Another Most Of The Consuming MikeRivero Tue, 06/06/2023 - 07:13

The debt ceiling fracas is mercifully behind us (at least until 2025), so today we turn our focus away from the USA’s dwindling treasury and towards the more immediate issue of its dwindling dominance of the Western Pacific. Over the weekend US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urged China to re-engage with the United States to “help avoid misunderstandings or miscalculations that may lead to crisis or conflict.” The plea was timely, because there have been a few near-misses in recent days that might have caused more concern in markets in years gone by.

Hong Kong Arrests Dozens for Attempting to Honor Tiananmen Square Massacre Victims MikeRivero Tue, 06/06/2023 - 07:08

Hong Kong police detained at least 24 people on Sunday, the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, for violating the Communist government’s ban on vigils and commemorations.

Chinese Defense Minister Threatens to Attack Taiwan Without Any Hesitation MikeRivero Tue, 06/06/2023 - 07:07

Chinese National Defense Minister Li Shangfu, making his debut on the international stage, told attendees at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday that the communist nation’s military would attack “without any hesitation” against any allies of Taiwan seeking to support the nation’s independence from Beijing.

Chinese Defense Minister Says US-China War Would Be an Unbearable Disaster MikeRivero Mon, 06/05/2023 - 08:37

Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu delivered a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and said a conflict between the US and China would be an “unbearable disaster,” a warning that comes amid soaring tensions between the two powers.

“It is undeniable that a severe conflict or confrontation between China and the US will be an unbearable disaster for the world,” said Li, who was appointed defense minister in March.

CIA Head Took Secret Trip to Beijing MikeRivero Mon, 06/05/2023 - 08:36

CIA Director William Burns held “clandestine” meetings with Chinese intel agencies during an unannounced trip to Beijing last month, US officials told the Financial Times, suggesting the visit was intended to “stabilize” deteriorating relations with the People’s Republic.

Former Chinese Ambassador Says US Must Halt Military Deployments Near China MikeRivero Mon, 06/05/2023 - 08:21

The United States should ease off military deployments close to China in an act of "good faith" if high-level defence talks between the two superpowers are to resume, a retired veteran Chinese diplomat said in Singapore on Sunday.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting on security, former ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai said that although the two militaries still had channels of communication, he questioned whether there was enough political will to prevent conflicts.

Astonishing moment Chinese warship cuts off US destroyer and misses it by 150 YARDS in Taiwan Strait during US and Canadian drills... as Beijing accuses THEM of 'deliberately provoking risk' MikeRivero Sun, 06/04/2023 - 07:42

This is the astonishing moment a Chinese warship comes within 150 yards of an American destroyer in Taiwan Strait, just days after the Pentagon said it would not stand for 'bullying' by Beijing

Over $1.3 Billion Of U.S. Tax Dollars Sent To China And Russia MikeRivero Sun, 06/04/2023 - 06:28

More than $1.3 billion U.S. tax dollars were sent to Russia and China over the past five years (since 2017), according to a new analysis released today by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and OpenTheBooks.com auditors. This amount likely doesn’t reflect the total amount because federal agencies do not follow the trail of tax dollars to their final destination.