North Korea Launches Another Missile – Attempts Escalation By Crossing Northern Japan…

Beijing (China) is attempting to “trigger” President Trump’s internal neo-con and militaristic opposition. Stay frosty, avoid emotional reports demanding military engagement, and remain steady with a high altitude perspective.

Multiple reports now confirming that North Korea has conducted a missile test. The flight path escalates the issues by crossing over part of Northern Japan. In essence, Beijing China just threw an elbow at President Trump. [The likely “Why” follows breaking report]

TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile that passed over northern Japan early on Tuesday, the Japanese government said. The government’s J-Alert warning system advised people in the area to take precautions, but public broadcaster NHK said there was no sign of damage.

The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile, which passed over Japanese territory around 6:06 a.m. local time (2106 GMT). (Reuters)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking to reporters in Tokyo after the launch, said the missile appeared to have passed over airspace and that the government was urgently collecting intelligence on the incident and doing everything to ensure the safety of its citizens, according to remarks broadcast on NHK, Bloomberg News reports.

Beijing China controls Kim Jong-un. Period.

Looking at the big picture, there’s no single event being responded to by this missile launch; rather, what we are seeing is a reaction to: A.) the cumulative effect of very strategic recent geopolitical maneuvering by President Trump (Venezuela, Pakistan, India etc); and, B.) the words spoken by the administration -including Trump, tillerson and Haley- that are removing China’s panda face.

Remember, China doesn’t draw a distinction between Peace and War.  It’s yin/yang. All actions toward China’s larger objectives are viewed as natural to achieve victory.  War or Peace it makes no difference to them; they don’t accept mutually beneficial outcomes. Either they win, or they lose.  All action to achieve victory is part of same world view.

When you accept this approach, you being to understand what happens when a nation built upon such outlooks feels squeezed. They fight back harder. To them it’s a zero-sum battle.

China’s objective is conquest.  China’s tool for conquest is economics.  President Trump entire geopolitical strategy of using economics in a similar way is an existential threat to China’s endeavor.  Communist Beijing calls the proverbial shots.

President Trump is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

♦Squeeze #1. Trump and Mnuchin just sanctioned Venezuela and cut off their access to expanded state owned oil revenue.  Venezuela now needs more money.  China and Russia are already leveraged to the gills in Venezuela and hold 49% of Citgo as collateral for loans outstanding.  Now China and Russia will need to loan more, directly.

♦Squeeze #2.  China’s geopolitical ally, Russia, is already squeezed with losses in energy revenue because of President Trump’s approach toward oil, LNG and coal.  Trump, through allies including Saudi Arabia, EU, France (North Africa energy), and domestic production has driven down energy prices. Meanwhile Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria.  Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent.

♦Squeeze #3. Trump and Tillerson just put Pakistan on notice they need to get involved in bringing their enabled tribal “extremists” (Taliban) to the table in Afghanistan.  Pakistan’s primary investor and economic partner is China.

♦Squeeze #4. China’s primary economic threat (competition) is next door in India.  President Trump has just embraced India as leverage over China in trade and pledged ongoing favorable trade deals.  The play is MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status might flip from China to India.  That’s a big play.

♦Squeeze #4.  President Trump has launched a USTR Section 301 Trade Investigation into China’s theft of intellectual property.  This encompasses every U.S. entity that does manufacturing business with China, particularly aeronautics and technology, and also reaches into the financial services sector.

♦Squeeze #5.  President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer are renegotiating NAFTA.  One of the primary objectives of team U.S.A. is to close the 3rd party loopholes, including dumping and origination, that China uses to gain backdoor access to the U.S. market and avoid trade/tariff restrictions. [China sends parts to Mexico and Canada for assembly and then back-door entry into the U.S. via NAFTA.]

♦Squeeze #5. President Trump has been open, visible and vocal about his intention to shift to bilateral trade renegotiation with China and Southeast Asia immediately after Team U.S.A. conclude with NAFTA renegotiation.

♦Squeeze #6.  President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

♦Squeeze #7.  President Trump has formed an economic and national security aliance with Shinzo Abe of Japan.   It is not accidental that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un fired today over the Northern part of Japan.  Quite simply, Beijing told him to.

Add all of this up, and you can see the cumulative impact of President Trump’s geopolitical strategy toward China.  The best part of all of it – is the likelihood China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of all of “it”, coming.

Just like Trump’s economic council (a bunch of globalists and Wall Streeters) thinking they were pulling POTUS Trump away from “America First”, only to realize he was simply giving them that impression so that he could advance his agenda….

By the time they realized, it was too late.  Well, so too did China not quite realize the scope and totality of how well thought out and strategic President Trump’s geopolitical economic doctrine really is.

You know why?  Because President Trump doesn’t tell anyone what the final product is, they only know the piece of the puzzle they carry. The picture, the big objective, is inside his head and he doesn’t share it with anyone.  That’s what living amid the Apex Predators in brutal rabid-dog-eat-rabid-dog Manhattan teaches you.  Oh, and he ain’t flinching or moderating his will one bit in carrying it out and putting it all together.

What happens when you surprise Beijing China with a massive awakening that suddenly has them peering toward a horizon showing potential economic defeat?

Well, for that answer we go full circle and remember how China perceives any action as a natural evolution of struggle, so long as it takes them toward victory…

Stay steady.  Avoid the chaff and countermeasures.  It’s all about the economics and the tectonic financial plates he’s shifting.

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316 Responses to North Korea Launches Another Missile – Attempts Escalation By Crossing Northern Japan…

  1. Hope this isnt to long, this is the part in Stones article about Clinton selling the ICBM technology to China. Couldnt copy the link properly.

    In 1996 President Bill Clinton, at a fund raising dinner in New York City said this: “There are no more nuclear missiles pointed at any children in the United States. I’m proud of that.” But by 1998, the CIA’s National Intelligence Daily stated that “thirteen of China’s 18 long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles are targeted on the United States.” How could such a discrepancy occur? When did Clinton know and what did he do to prevent this dangerous situation? These are valid questions and in light of Clinton’s involvement in Russia’s nuclear weapons advancements, I shudder to think that this too was a result of Clinton’s business dealings.

    CNN reported how China has been stealing our most sensitive nuclear secrets in an article dated May 25, 1999 and posted on their website. The article was called: China stole U.S. nuke secrets to ‘fulfill international agenda.’ The article reveals that China has been stealing the most sensitive nuclear secrets for several decades and despite high-level knowledge of the thefts, security at U.S. nuclear labs still “does not meet even minimal standards.” The CNN article goes on to state that President Clinton had known since 1995 and yet little was done about it. In April 1998 Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) disclosed detailed information that U.S. aerospace companies had helped China improve its strategic nuclear missiles as part of a major ICBM modernization effort. The named companies were listed as Loral Space & Communications Ltd., Hughes Electronics, and Motorola as supplying the Chinese with space launch technology which China used to improve its nuclear missiles.

    Congressman Rohrabacher went on to say: “There is ample evidence that American technology was transferred to this hostile potential enemy of the United States… (providing) the Communist Chinese the guidance needed to upgrade and perfect highly sophisticated weapons systems, increasing the reliability and capability of Communist Chinese rockets… This has given, what anyone has to admit is at least a potential enemy of the United States, a better ability to deliver nuclear warheads to our country, to American cities, to incinerate millions of our people.” Was there a connection between Bill Clinton and any of the three corporations named as supplying China with materials that improved the lethality of their missiles? I’m glad I asked that question.

    The chairman of Loral Space &Communications was a heavy financial donor to Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party in general. His name is Bernard Schwartz and in a six year period between 1992 and 1998 he donated over $1.1 million to Clinton and the party. To show his appreciation, President Clinton allowed Schwartz to travel to China with U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Clinton loosened export controls which enabled Schwartz to purchase Chinese booster rockets for use in launching Loral’s satellites. The relaxing of controls was a two way street and gave the Chinese an avenue with which to import hi tech materials from Loral and other U.S. corporations that dealt in sophisticated electronics.

    Hughes Electronics was also named in Rohrabacher’s report. Its CEO, C. Michael Armstrong lobbied Clinton to relax the export controls of sensitive technology. An internal White House memo dated December 8, 1993 and originating from the National Security Council, detailed how Armstrong pressured the administration into easing the trade restrictions with China. Armstrong had threatened to launch a major publicity campaign against the administrations sanctions if the controls were not relaxed. In 1996, a Chinese rocket (missile) carrying a $200 million Loral satellite exploded on its launch pad. Loral and Hughes put together a team of scientists to investigate the problem. The problem(s) were identified and the information was given to the Chinese consortium Great Wall Industry, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Corporation. Armed with the information supplied by Hughes and Loral, the Chinese were able to upgrade their nuclear ICBM’s.

    Why did President Clinton allow this? Well it was determined that the Chinese were secretly funneling large donations to the Clinton campaign. Federal investigators found that China Aerospace Corporation had given $300,000 to Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung for Clinton’s election. In 1993, it was discoverer that China was selling missile technology to Pakistan. Under tremendous pressure from Congress, Clinton banned U.S. space industry from using Chinese rockets to launch their satellites. The ban didn’t last long and in October 1994, Clinton lifted the ban. Despite reports that China had continued to sell nuclear technology to Pakistan and missiles to Iran, Clinton signed waivers for four U.S. satellites to be launched by Chinese rockets. Clinton did this over strong objections from the State and Defense Departments. Johnny Chung and Loral’s Schwartz donated another $100,000 each to Clinton. The fact that Clinton personally issued the waivers to allow shipments of U.S. technology that greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of Communist China’s missiles is grounds for impeachment, regardless of whether or not there was any quid pro quo for those decisions.

    President Bill Clinton did more to damage U.S. national security than anyone else in American history. He is a traitor to our interests and he is guilty of espionage. He should have been arrested, impeached and convicted. The question is, how did this story escape mass media attention?

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    • missmarple2 says:

      I remember the Loral controversy and Johnny Chung. I often thought that it was just typical of Republicans that they went after Clinton on the perjury over sexual misconduct rather than the absolute treason of the missile secrets sales.

      Edward Timperlane, who used to right for the Washington Times on defense issues, wrote an entire book about this scandal.. The title is “Year of the Rat: How Bill Clinton and Al Gore Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash.”

      I followed this quite closely at the time, and the only media outlets who really covered it were the Washington Times, Fox News (then in their infancy) and Rush Limbaugh.

      The mainstream media have been our enemies for a very long time.

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      • I bought and read most of “The Year of the Rat”. I only read most of the book because that is all I could stand to read. With each chapter my blood would boil and I finally quit reading it out of self preservation.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          Interesting tale on the Chinese zodiac symbolism. Why are the Cat and Dog mortal enemies? Well the night before when the zodiac signs were to be chosen, the cat asked the rat to wake him so they could go together, the rat agreed. The early morning rise, and the rat didn’t wake the cat, therefore the cat overslept and was left out as a zodiac sign. When the cat asked the rat what had happened, the rat said he told the dog to wake the cat, and so it was the dogs fault! Because the cat was left out, and he believed the rats story, the Cat and Dog have been fighting each other ever since.

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      • This has been a slow motion, secretive take over of the US government, in favor of the Chinese, for about 30 years. They have bought out the bankers, as the opportunity for profits was greater (15% gdp vs 3% gdp), the politicians (their salary is a company perk, rather than an income), and the media.

        Trump is going to hopefully change it all.

        But it is ALL about China. We have about 10000 people in this country, who, if the truth was to come out, would be liable to be convicted of high treason.

        Great Post. And all of it true. This happened from 1994 onwards. And yet, I also think Bush Sr was in on it, and so it could even go back to the mid 1980’s.

        Reagan was president about 10 years too late.

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        • bigsky1970 says:

          The banks are just a drop in the bucket, multinationals own the “too big to fail” banks in this country. I don’t know how old you are but I recall China buying up most of Manhattan in NYC and various other locations across the US for the past 30-35 years, including the shipping port in Long Beach, most of it through political influence either through lobbying Congress or legislation.

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          • Jedi9 says:

            True! China currently are the largest owners of commercial real estate in the US. This is pretty damning to say in the least. So in retrospect, China has way more to lose if they choose to continue on the path they are on. As the saying goes, “the pen is mightier than the sword” and with one swipe of it, China can lose everything!

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          • G. Combs says:

            “The banks are just a drop in the bucket, multinationals own the “too big to fail” banks in this country.”
            The banks are just a drop in the bucket, multinationals own the “too big to fail” banks in this country.
            You have that the wrong way round. The Banksters own the Corporations because the acquisitions (hostile take-overs) in the 1980s were LEVERAGED with bank borrowed FIAT moneys.

            REFERENCES:

            A Paper describing The Network of Global Corporate Control by banks.

            Network of 147 Companies Controls Nearly 40% of Global Economic Value of Transnational Corporations (Derived from same paper)

            Exposing the Financial Core of the Transnational Capitalist Class — Names the actual Financial Institutions, CEOs and boards.

            January 29, 1989 New York TImes

            […]
            Of mergers and acquisitions each costing $1 million or more, there were just 10 in 1970; in 1980, there were 94; in 1986, there were 346. A third of such deals in the 1980’s were hostile. The 1980’s also saw a wave of giant leveraged buyouts. Mergers, acquisitions and L.B.O.’s, which had accounted for less than 5 percent of the profits of Wall Street brokerage houses in 1978, ballooned into an estimated 50 percent of profits by 1988[…]

            THROUGH ALL THIS, THE HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP between product and paper has been turned upside down. Investment bankers no longer think of themselves as working for the corporations with which they do business. These days, corporations seem to exist for the investment bankers[….]

            In fact, investment banks are replacing the publicly held industrial corporations as the largest and most powerful economic institutions in America.[…]

            THERE ARE SIGNS THAT A VICIOUS spiral has begun, as each corporate player seeks to improve its standard of living at the expense of another’s.

            Corporate raiders transfer to themselves, and other shareholders, part of the income of employees by forcing the latter to agree to lower wages.
            (wwwDOT)nytimes.com/1989/01/29/magazine/leveraged-buyouts-american-pays-the-price.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

            Then from the IMF
            “…New convergence and strengthened interdependence coincide with a third trend, relating to income distribution. In many countries the distribution of income has become more unequal, and the top earners’ share of income in particular has risen dramatically. In the United States the share of the top 1 percent has close to tripled over the past three decades, now accounting for about 20 percent of total U.S. income (Alvaredo and others, 2012). At the same time, while the new convergence mentioned above has reduced the distance between advanced and developing economies when they are taken as two aggregates…”

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Yes, I remember this. But like all of the many, many, many exhausting Clinton scandals somehow it came to nothing. Just like Obama. The beat goes on.

        As you say, the mainstream media have been our enemies for a very long time.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Bill Clinton’s wife also compromised national security in multiple ways. Foreign interests could access most anything for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

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    • billygoat65 says:

      Lock them both up.

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    • lokiscout says:

      Was in the US space industry from 1979 to 2011. Everything you say is true especially the failure review conducted on the Chinese “Long March” launch vehicle. Suddenly they went from not being able to get off the launch pad to a reliability rivaling Boeing and Lockheed’s best. I worked for a competitor of Loral and Hughes at the time. Can’t say more. Though retired I am still responsible for the information I was briefed on years ago. Unlike some of our top politicians I take that responsibility seriously.

      Thank you for an excellent post.

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    • Beenthere says:

      Thank you for reminding me of my long nightmare in the 1990s. The only redeeming value of that time period is that my husband & I had very good jobs.

      Please—-wait a few days before reminding me of my Obama nightmare!! It’s too raw to even go there!

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      I remember all of this very well, EncouragingWords. The media then protected Clinton as best it could, just as it had protected Kennedy in the past and would protect Obama during his administration. That is how they have played the game for over half a century. It will never stop. That is why President Trump will find himself in a ceaseless you-know-what storm. Evil never stops, never rests.

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    • jimsung says:

      Really, something far worse than this is that Clinton’s team negotiated China’s entrance into the WTO (and Bush Jr signed it) which screwed the American blue collar worker. But I’m sure the campaign donations had nothing to do with it. /sarc

      That also furthered the globalist’s goal of destroying America. Clinton = Signed NAFTA, negotiated WTO (China), refusal to regulate derivatives, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, dramatic cuts in the military (USAF cut from 650K personnel to 325K), continuance of Bush Sr’s NEOCON foreign policies and endless wars, etc.

      Most people can see some of the pieces but far too few can see the puzzle.

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  2. Next up: The BIG UGLY SQUEEZE.

    President Trump advises that America will not protect Global Corporate Bloodsuckers, who exported American Factories and Jobs, against Chinese theft of their intellectual property, their profits and ultimately their manufacturing assets that they invested in.

    How could he, when they’ve offshored American jobs, leaving Mainsteet American to fund and endure the unemployment and welfare costs that the Globalists created.

    How could he, when they’ve offshored their profits to screw Mainstreet America into paying the taxes that Globalists have evaded.

    How could he, when they’ve bankrolled Congressional Obstructionists to screw Mainsgtreet America with escalating ObamaCare costs for disappearing benefits, to deny desperately-needed Mainstreet American Tax Cuts, and to deny funding for the Border Wall to continue flooding our country with Illegal Aliens who steal Mainstreet American Jobs, hook their children on Cartel Drugs and fraudulently vote American Patriots out of office.

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  3. thluckyone says:

    Sundance… try to understand. I had no idea. See, I voted for this man because he was not Hillary Clinton. I was hoping – maybe – for a lump of coal in my stocking. I would have been VERY grateful for some switches so long as they were not branded “Sold by Barry Sotero & Co”.

    And I HAD. NO. IDEA. Then – back in Jan or Feb of 2017 – because I followed a link from Instapundit I began reading the hidden story and the WONDERFUL insight of a people who proudly call themselves “Treepers” and “Deplorables” and I read the expose’ from the mysterious “Sundance”. I began reading REAL journalism and REAL analysis. AND, I began to realize I had voted for a WHOLE LOT MORE than just “not Hillary Clinton”. I reached into my stocking on Dec of 2016 and pulled out a rough diamond – but a TREASURE, nonetheless.

    And the story just keeps getting deeper. A champion of human history. Taking on the “globalists”, the “uniparty”, the “islamofascists”, the “Merkelite enemies of human freedom”, EVERY form of imperialism and tyranny, the rabid, profane, insane enemedia – and also finding and uniting patriots and freedom fighters from ALL OVER THE WORLD. Sundance, YOU have pulled back the curtain when I. HAD. NO. IDEA. And I just want to know WHAT THE RIGHTEOUS FREAK?!?!

    A ONCE in human history long-game, 10-d Chess player that has ALL ALONG seen and NOW exposed the world situation that could have been revealed decades ago – if only we had some leadership back then. I can do daily prayer and thanksgiving. I can encourage registration and voting. I can point other people to the “Tree House”. I can write to my President with words of encouragement and gratitude but what, please tell me WHAT in the world can I possibly give back for this – for THIS? I voted for him because he is not Hillary Clinton… but I had NO idea….

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    • There is indeed an awakening.

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    • Larry Bucar says:

      SAved by grace through faith, not but works so that no man can boast, Ephesians 2

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      • scott467 says:

        “SAved by grace through faith, not but works so that no man can boast, Ephesians 2”

        ______________

        I often think of the same verse:

        “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV)

        Very much so.

        I would add that our understanding of Ephesians 2:8-9 must also reconcile with James chapter 2:

        “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. [19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. [20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:17-20)

        .

        “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24)

        .

        “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

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    • Stringy theory says:

      Love your comment. I am amazed by POTUS Trump more each day. And Sundance is here to open our eyes so we can see the truth.

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    • Cindy says:

      Beautiful article, TheLuckyOne.

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    • piper567 says:

      luckyone,
      You can tell by the response to you wonderful post, that many share your gratitude for the gift of our entirely unique President…many feel he is God’s choice to lead our Country in this difficult time, and could not have won as he did w/o supernatural assistance.
      Yes, we can do daily prayer; we can do whatever we can, including your other suggestions.
      we remain Astonished the more we learn.
      Thanks for a great post.

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  4. Something that has not been pondered.

    China is a communist nation. In fact, that is just a label. It’s actual ideology it now follows is that of soft fascism. Anyhows, semantics.

    The point is, if this goes a little crazy, expect to see the universities empty of China students, and hence China money. They will recall them, and in true fascist style, they will have to oblige, or it is curtains for those families with relatives in USA universities.

    That means so many more places for US and other students. And China does not do gender studies. This will be for engineering and sciences. The prices will come down, and our own students will be able to attend.

    Oh boy, the globalists like Soros must be on full medication right now. I hope he and the rest drop dead from a heart attack!!!

    I suspect Tillerson has seen antifa in full combat mode, and understood Trump’s remarks perfectly. He said what he did on Sunday, I am guessing, to throw a shiny object to the media, to let them chew on, so as to keep them away from the real news of putting the screw on China.

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  5. scott467 says:

    “Remember, China doesn’t draw a distinction between Peace and War. It’s yin/yang.”

    “War or Peace it makes no difference to them; they don’t accept mutually beneficial outcomes.”

    “When you accept this approach,”

    _______________

    My Western mind has great difficulty “accepting” this approach, no matter how many times I read it. I would like to understand it, but I don’t.

    I am certainly willing to allow for the possibility; the difficulty is in reconciling it with the reality of day to day life.

    To say that there is no distinction between peace and war is like saying there’s no distinction between life and death. But there is. And there is a distinction between peace and war.

    Some things just ‘are’. You could refuse to draw a distinction between the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, but that doesn’t change the reality that the sun does rise in the east and set in the west (from an earthbound perspective). That is true from the perspective of every person standing on the world, no matter where you are or when you live.

    War and peace do make a difference, to everyone. That is a ‘reality’.

    To claim that it doesn’t is either false bravado, or insanity, or something is being lost in the translation.

    If you do not accept ‘mutually beneficial outcomes’, then you have no concept of equitable transactions. If you have no concept of equitable transactions, then you have no concept of the Right to Contract, which is foundational to human existence. Most of what we do is contract, either verbally or implied. We each engage in multiple contracts every day, all day long, all the time, for mutually beneficial outcomes.

    Chinese people sell things on eBay. Chinese people also buy things on eBay. In both cases, goods change hands in exchange for… okay, I was going to say ‘money’, but it’s not really money, and in reality it is not even fiat currency, it’s just debt-denominated credits in a Paypal account. But those debt-denominated credits have ‘purchasing power’, so the Buyer receives ‘goods’ and the Seller receives purchasing power in exchange for the ‘goods’, so there is a ‘mutually beneficial outcome‘.

    If there wasn’t, then why would they do it?

    A human society (short of a prison or slave colony) cannot exist without the foundation of mutually beneficial outcomes, and even then, the prisoners and slaves would constantly engage in activities with mutually beneficial outcomes for simple survival.

    The concept of ‘mutually beneficial outcomes’ is, in countless ways, foundational to human existence.

    For one of the largest nations on the planet to function absent this foundation which is common to the human race, is difficult to simply ‘accept’.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      Maybe you would understand it better if you thought about it as competition. China views all interactions with the West as competition. Whether it is warfare, trade, putting on the Olympics, having your students get the best grades in Western Universities, etc., it is all competition, and a competition they think they can win because they view themselves as a superior culture.

      eBay traders (both sellers and buyers) view those transactions as competition, too. Either they are selling a product for much higher than it’s worth (winning to their mind) or buying something from the United States that they can re-sell for a profit (also winning). The fact that it possibly beneficial to the American side of the transaction is immaterial to them.

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      • scott467 says:

        “Maybe you would understand it better if you thought about it as competition. China views all interactions with the West as competition. Whether it is warfare, trade, putting on the Olympics, having your students get the best grades in Western Universities, etc.,”

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        Okay, I’m with you so far. Many Americans are competitive in the same way, some more so than others of course, but as the Olympics show over and over again, the best American athletes are able to compete and excel against the very best the world has to offer.

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        “…it is all competition, and a competition they think they can win because they view themselves as a superior culture.”

        _______________

        It makes sense to be naturally biased toward your own culture, e.g., I think American culture (absent all the corruption and degeneracy of the God-hating Left) is superior to all others. It’s also the only culture I really ‘know’ (I recognize and take into account, as much as I am able, my own ignorance of other cultures), but I can certainly make observations and draw conclusions and make necessary inferences regarding other cultures in comparison to my own.

        But if that is their view, that they view themselves as a superior culture, their view is objectively and provably untrue on its face; their view is self-evidently false, because if their culture was ‘superior’, then their students wouldn’t be coming here, they would be staying in China; and everybody else’s students would be going there.

        .

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      • scott467 says:

        “eBay traders (both sellers and buyers) view those transactions as competition, too. Either they are selling a product for much higher than it’s worth (winning to their mind) or buying something from the United States that they can re-sell for a profit (also winning). The fact that it possibly beneficial to the American side of the transaction is immaterial to them.”

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        But that is nearly always true for both sides of any transaction.

        There is no cause for me to be concerned about the benefit to the person on the other side of the transaction; it is generally accepted that each party is acting out of his own best interest.

        In most cases, even in face to face transactions, I can’t know the circumstances of my trading partner, so it is pointless to second-guess what he or she is gaining (or losing) from the transaction. I don’t know how he acquired the item, or what he paid for it, or whether he is making a profit or taking a loss or breaking even.

        There are circumstances where breaking even or taking a loss is still a win, for a whole host of reasons, and there are even circumstances where making a profit is not as good for the Seller as one might think (e.g., the Seller might have a personal attachment to the item and didn’t really want to sell it at all, in which case you have the less widely discussed ‘Seller’s Remorse’… you’d almost think I’ve BEEN there, lol!).

        Neither party can truly know the circumstances of the other party in the vast majority of transactions, so nearly all transactions are necessarily completed because doing so is beneficial to both parties, out of self-interest. If it was not beneficial (in some fashion) to both parties, then the transaction would not take place.

        So there is nothing to distinguish an American from a Chinese (or anyone else) in your example above.

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    • Understanding how another person thinks and rationalizes their choice of actions is often extremely difficult. Take for example the tortured “logic” required to be a sincere Antifa.

      It is impossible for us to relate to them. There was a linked article here recently that tried to explain how they completely reconstruct a new version of reality in order to be able to convince themselves that everything that they have come to deeply believe in is all totally wrong. They just can’t accept that possibility so their mind invent whatever tortured new reality is necessary.

      Bizarre

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      • scott467 says:

        “Understanding how another person thinks and rationalizes their choice of actions is often extremely difficult.”

        ______________

        Agreed 🙂

        .
        .

        “Take for example the tortured “logic” required to be a sincere Antifa. It is impossible for us to relate to them.”

        _______________

        It is impossible on any kind of honest intellectual basis.

        But taking them at face value, i.e., that they are willfully intellectually dishonest people, they are easy to understand.

        .
        .

        “There was a linked article here recently that tried to explain how they completely reconstruct a new version of reality in order to be able to convince themselves that everything that they have come to deeply believe in is all totally wrong. They just can’t accept that possibility so their mind invent whatever tortured new reality is necessary.”

        _______________

        Yes, willful intellectual dishonesty, which can be objectively proven and demonstrating regarding every point and tenet of their belief system. If confronted with objective proof, they simply reject it, but in so doing, they discredit (dishonor) themselves as honest participants.

        This is why they are so easily exposed, whenever an intellectually honest person has the opportunity to do so on propaganda media (which is not often).

        Presumably, blatant intellectual dishonesty is not the case with the Chinese worldview. If it *IS* the case, if the Chinese worldview is fundamentally untrue and corrupt, then it should be exploitable to the point of total and complete Chinese ruin, in the same way that the worldview of fascist anti-fa could be objectively proven false and then ridiculed into oblivion, if the powers that be were of a mind to do so.

        Whenever an opponent or adversary diverges from provable truth, it is a weakness which can be exploited to undermine and/or ridicule that adversary.

        When an adversary or opponent engages in willful intellectual dishonesty, he destroys his own credibility and exposes himself to a rhetorical death-blow. Fascist anti-fa only gets away with their antics and idiocy because their existence is due to (and dependent upon) the same people who control the mass-media (and most of the corrupt political-class), who provide fascist anti-fa with cover, protection and legitimacy. If fascist anti-fa was an opponent or adversary to the Leftist power structure, they would be destroyed, mercilessly, in short order, because fascist anti-fa cannot withstand even the most casual intellectual scrutiny, much less the scrutiny which mass-media could bring to bear.

        I suspect the Chinese worldview is not so easily undermined… but I sure hope I’m wrong, lol!

        Fascist anti-fa is obviously not credible, on any level.

        Presumably, the Chinese worldview is built upon a foundation considerably more solid and reality-based than fascist anti-fa.

        If it is, then it must reconcile with fundamental reality… which brings us right back where we started from… to paraphrase an old Maxine Nightingale song 🙂

        .

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    • “To say that there is no distinction between peace and war is like saying there’s no distinction between life and death. But there is. And there is a distinction between peace and war.”

      As you hint at in your referring to “life and death”, the difference between the “Western” mind and the Chinese way of thinking is that even in its modern– which is to say residual– condition, Western thinking is rooted in Christianity; the wages of sin which is death, or new life in Jesus Christ. The concept of sin– as well as the concept of redemption– is totally absent from the Chinese worldview. That is why they always cheat, and cannot be trusted; they view everything as a zero sum game.

      Jesus Christ died for our sins. He offers redemption to everyone (including the Chinese), through Him. That offer must be accepted; it is our only hope. That does not give us license to offend, but grace to try, fail, and try again. While there are individual Christians in China, the ruling culture is specifically atheistic, i.e. it not only has not accepted Jesus’s offer of redemption, it actively rejects it.

      TL;DR. Confucius say: if sup with Chinese, use velly wrong chopstick.

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      • To further muddy our simplistic assumptions about Asia: the Kim family of DPRK are historically Presbyterians. That’s not to say that they practice religion, but that it is their history and therefore their culture. DPRK culture even in its modern– which is to say residual– condition, is based in Christianity, unlike China’s.

        In other words, Trump may be able to strike a winning America First deal with DPRK, while developing a long term containment policy for China.

        We shall see.

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        • rsmith1776 says:

          Master Yoda says:

          A true credit to the Presbyterian tradition, Kim’s family is.

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        • scott467 says:

          “As you hint at in your referring to “life and death”, the difference between the “Western” mind and the Chinese way of thinking is that even in its modern– which is to say residual– condition, Western thinking is rooted in Christianity; the wages of sin which is death, or new life in Jesus Christ. The concept of sin– as well as the concept of redemption– is totally absent from the Chinese worldview.”

          _______________

          Even so, I can’t help but wonder if our common understandings are not greater than our differences. Based on a quick search, the expression “All men are brothers” is from a 14th century Chinese novel, Shuǐhǔ Zhuàn (“Water Margin”), “Considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.”

          Every culture, everywhere — past, present and future — understands the difference between life and death. One moment, a person is animated and capable of self-expression and engagement; the next moment (after death), he is not. No matter the perspective of the individual witnessing the effect of death, the effect is the same. It is universal, like the sun coming up in the east and setting in the west.

          I also very much understand your observation about Western thinking being rooted in Christianity, and I agree. But is ‘sin’ not known everywhere, both before Christ and after? Is there any culture where murder (the premeditated taking of another human life without cause or lawful justification) is not a ‘sin’, or effectively viewed and treated as a ‘sin’?

          (Besides islam, which as far as I am concerned does not qualify as a civilized culture, being as it is, the specific creation of a particular mass-murderer).

          Is robbery and physical assault and rape and a whole host of other ‘sins’ not condemned in every civilized culture (again, exempting islam, or any similar ideology which defines itself by atrocities and crimes against humanity)?

          Do people of every culture (except perhaps islam) not experience ‘guilt’?

          Can ‘guilt’ be experienced if one has done no wrong? Can one know the difference between right and wrong, or know what ‘wrong’ is, without understanding ‘transgression’? Is an understanding of ‘transgression’ not translatable as ‘sin’?

          What I mean is, I understand and agree that the Western understanding of these things is Christian-based, whether atheists like that or not (and I’m sure they don’t). But can the understanding of peoples from other cultures (excepting islam) with regard to concepts of right and wrong, good and evil, basic human kindness, etc., really be so different from our own?

          I keep circling back to objective reality, because, by its very nature, it should be universal.

          .
          .

          “That is why they always cheat, and cannot be trusted; they view everything as a zero sum game.”

          ______________

          But cannot the same be said for any dishonorable man in the West — or anywhere else?

          Which reminds me of a question I have asked here before, how can a culture (Asian generally, or Chinese in particular) which presumes to value “honor” so highly, be so blatantly hypocritical that it is known for cheating and dishonesty?

          How can ‘saving face’ (which we are led to believe is so critical to Asian culture) matter in the slightest to stark raving hypocrites?

          They can’t have it both ways and not be hypocrites, and there’s nothing ‘honorable’ about hypocrisy!

          It’s like a theater of the absurd; there has to be something fundamental which I am entirely missing, lol!

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          • You raise some fascinating points.

            I agree that crime exists everywhere (by crime, I mean that things you mentioned like murder are universally outlawed). However, crime is an offense against society while sin is an offense against God.

            Indeed, sin is everywhere. I think the difference is that even in post-Christian cultures and societies there is moral guilt that appears to be absent in China. In other words, guilt is an internalized process of remorse for the act committed. We feel guilt when we know that we have violated our own internal moral compass. A true, heartfelt apology means that I regret doing something that I know is wrong.

            The concept of a “win-win” situation comes from our Christian notion of fair play. We know it is wrong to take advantage of the poor, for example, or people otherwise less fortunate that ourselves. To the Chinese, everything is a zero sum, one of us wins and the other of us loses, game. If you’ve ever gone shopping in China you’ll know what I’m getting at.

            Not having a Christian or post-Christian culture, the Chinese seem to me to lack this internal moral compass. (of course, I’m generalizing. There are Chinese Christians). Their ethical strictures appear to be completely external.Their concept of always saving face is akin to not getting caught. If a Chinese says he’s sorry, I think he means that he deeply regrets the fact that he got caught.

            We see this in trade all the time. For example, Apple places an order for a million iPhones at a Chinese factory. The factory produces and delivers them to Apple. The factory then goes on to produce another million iPhones and sells them to a bogus company. From the Chinese perspective, that is perfectly normal. How can it be wrong, the Chinese thinking goes, for a factory that produces iPhones not to produce iPhones for any paying customer? To the Chinese, the notion of intellectual property is a foreign concept. Imagine China pressuring the US government to forbid US companies from printing a Chinese character that no one can read on a T-shirt. That’s how they view foreign trademarks. People pay a premium for items with that white apple shape on it, so let’s put a white apple shape on our products too.

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    • StuckInBlue says:

      I think of it like this: Leftists want *power*, everything else is a secondary consideration. If something is perceived as eventually giving them more power, they’ll use it without hesitation.

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      • G. Combs says:

        To say that there is no distinction between peace and war is like saying there’s no distinction between life and death. But there is.
        >>>>>>>>>>

        And as StuckInBlue said it is about POWER not ‘ life and death’ because China places a low value on human life.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Think of it this way: for these people the objective is domination. Whatever advances that goal is acceptable. There is no concept of objective good and evil, only what advances or hinders the cause. You see it in groups like Antifa or Black Lives Matter: it is for us the bitter fruit of moral relativism. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.” (W.B. Yeats)

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  6. MVW says:

    Trump makes it clear he is unpredictable. All options are on the table. Never trust electronics for security. Deliver messages personally.

    Trust the man, not appearances.

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  7. Just Scott says:

    “Homeland: Four minutes to track North Korean missile trajectory”
    [that leaves 14 more minutes of flight until potential Guam impact]
    (Guam Pacific Daily News)
    http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/08/28/homeland-four-minutes-track-missile-trajectory/607112001/

    “Warning sirens on the island didn’t sound.
    That’s because there’s a missile travel time of about 18 minutes from North Korea to Guam, and the first several minutes are used to determine whether the missiles would be a threat to the island, said Guam Homeland Advisor George Charfauros.”

    “When a missile is launched, U.S. Pacific Command notifies Joint Region Marianas here on island, which will contact the local Homeland office. Around minute [minute 4 after launch detected], Charfauros added, the military has a general direction of where the missile is headed, but not an exact location.
    By minutes [3] and [4], he said, officials will know whether Guam is the target.”

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  8. Just Scott says:

    “Four F-15ks hold exercise against N. Korea’s leadership”
    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/08/29/0200000000AEN20170829005200315.html

    “SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) — Four South Korean F-15K fighter jets staged a live-bombing drill against North Korea’s leadership on Tuesday in response to its latest ballistic missile launch, the Air Force announced.

    The aircraft dropped eight MK-84 bombs, each weighing about a ton, at a simulated target at the Pilseung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon.

    They hit the target accurately, it said, adding the practice was aimed at sharpening the capability of completely destroying “the enemy’s leadership” in case of an emergency.”

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  9. M33 says:

    You mean like Cobra did in the GI Joe movie?

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  10. Just Scott says:

    from https://twitter.com/nktpnd
    Trajectory consistent with KN17/Hwangsong-12 IRBM
    [Japan Launch] Reaction:
    – Trump – Abe Call
    – Tillerson Kang Call
    – DoD statement

    ROK secretly tested 3 Hyunmoo SRBM’s last week
    Yonhap (URGENT) S. Korea releases footage of testing new ballistic missile with 800-km range

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  11. Sandra-VA says:

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  12. distracted2 says:

    President Trump is systematically exposing the entire world stage, at home and beyond. The gloves are off.

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    • piper567 says:

      distracted,
      Thinking back on some earlier comments regarding the gift that is Trump, we now have the historical experience of living in a time where our President EXCEEDS expectations rather than just being the usual disappointment.
      What a great time to be alive !!

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  13. Mike says:

    Excellent analysis. You cannot finfanything like this in the MSM. Sad. The internet has changed everything for people who are paying attention.

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  14. jstanley01 says:

    It is a dangerous game the Chinese are playing. What if their pawn turns out to be a Joker?

    It may be time to get tactical nukes to the 38th Parallel that can take out the KPA’s artillery batteries pointed at Seoul in one salvo. Just in case…

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  15. Mia C says:

    Trump is a mastermind. I’m a Breitbart regular. It’s interesting that no one there understands what Trump is really doing according to this post.
    –I’ve also been listening to Scott Adams’ posts on North Korea and he doesn’t get any of these machinations. He sees Trump as a master negotiator and PR man, he doesn’t see the 10-dimensional chess you all are noticing.
    –I feel the stakes are so high and we’re accomplishing so much that I’ve got to do something. So I’m committing to posting Trump’s accomplishments everywhere and donating either weekly or monthly to him directly.
    –I think this site is also performing a great service so I’ll probably provide links to it on other sites so we can get more people to understand what we’re really doing.
    –I think I just subscribed to your Twitter account today as well. It looked like it was you guys at least.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Trump is a mastermind. I’m a Breitbart regular. It’s interesting that no one there understands what Trump is really doing according to this post.
      –I’ve also been listening to Scott Adams’ posts on North Korea and he doesn’t get any of these machinations. He sees Trump as a master negotiator and PR man, he doesn’t see the 10-dimensional chess you all are noticing.”

      ________________

      Yes, Breitbart has become depressing, lol!

      I like Scott Adams’ analysis (I read his blog, haven’t watched many of his videos yet), it was definitely helpful to understand some of what DJT was doing during the election campaign, from a persuasion expert’s perspective.

      But I agree, he is missing a lot of what is going on now and being discussed here, since DJT was sworn in.

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    • piper567 says:

      Mia C,
      thanks for following BB, and reporting back…also Adams.
      We here at the CTH are truly blessed by sundance’s clarity and acumen.
      sundance’s grasp of events, as Trump is revealing a complex series of interlocking geopolitical interactions, comes from a rare altitude.
      We are very grateful for sundance, and appreciate others joining us here who also notice not only the accuracy of the information, but the integrity of it presentation.
      nice post, thanks for the comments.

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  16. Liz says:

    Thank you for being a voice of sanity I have almost dropped twitter due to the negativity and lie by some promoting themselves…I keep my account to follow you and about four others. I appreciate this website more than you know!

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  17. TexasDude says:

    Just remember, Trump has been publicly analyzing this since at least 1980. He has had plenty of time to observe our actions under different party control and the actions of the rest of the world. He has been able to consult with leaders across the globe. All the while reaffirming or modifying his views as empirical evidence came his way, but keeps his basic theory and strategy intact.

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  18. Donna in Oregon says:

    Sometimes when I read the guy posts about NoKo it reminds me of playing Battleship (by Milton Bradley) with my cousins. All the guys would make the sounds of war……I can just hear the guys on CTH making the noises as they type.

    Makes me laugh. Love the war games, guys keep it up!

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  19. TexasDude says:

    Also, right now a massive, yearly joint military exercise is going on with S. Korea and the US. The excercise similates War with N. Korea and tests real world communications and command and control. It should be noted that the 7th Fleet speerheads the excersice. 7th Fleet also has had some more than normal and rather interesting mishaps as of late. Interesting that.

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  20. Mike diamond says:

    Pray and pray often,fat boy the Kim Jung un kidd needs to strap him self on a rocket !

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  21. jeans2nd says:

    A memory refresher.

    “on June 27 India’s Prime Minister Modi met with the US President in Washington.”
    “The day prior…the US State Department announced designation of Pakistan-based Kashmiri leader of the militant Kashmir Valley Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Mohammad Yusuf Shah, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). That designation permits US sanctions on Pakistan among other things.”

    “As a result of the Modi-Trump talks, the US agreed to sell India 22 of its Guardian drones, a so-called game-changer, for up to $3 billion. Other items included expanded military cooperation and Indian agreement to buy US shale gas LNG”

    “end of February Modi sent his National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Tel Aviv (where Doval met with) Yosef Cohen the head of the Mossad and discussed…the alleged support by China and Pakistan along with other states (Iran?) for the Taliban”

    “India’s Modi flew to Israel July 7 for an unprecedented meeting of an Indian head of government in Israel with an Israeli Prime Minister.”

    “The talks between Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu were hailed in Indian media as a major shift in Indian foreign policy.”
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197617.html

    Long game? Oh ya.

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  22. hutchrun says:

    This definitely not going to look good for the Prez….

    President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia to the White House on September 12.

    The FBI is concerned for the safety of law enforcement personnel who report to Najib, but Najib will soon be honoured at the White House?

    While the US Government works ,at least in theory, in clear separation of powers,there is here clearly a conflict given that for all intents and purposes Najib Razak controls the government and civil service.This was especially evident in his sacking the Attorney General and Central Bank Governor who were said to have been on the brink of having Najib charged with theft and other crimes related to the 1MDB theft:

    http://realpolitikasia.blogspot.my/2017/08/the-fbi-is-concerned-for-safety-of-law.html

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    • piper567 says:

      hutch,
      would love to be a fly on the wall when these two meet.
      Can you, in your wildest imagination, think trump will be less than diplomatically honest with this man ?

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  23. Mike diamond says:

    Kim Jung in is a example of what too much cheese wiz and crackers can do !!!

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  24. Mike diamond says:

    Unnnnnnnn cool dude needs to go!

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