President Trump Talks “Many Subjects” With Chairman Xi…

It is worth noting the date, time and general information released within an innocuous tweet today from President Donald Trump:

The geopolitical confrontation between the U.S. and China is the big picture.  There is a tremendous amount of noise surrounding other media-advanced current events; but the real issue of generational consequence is between President Trump and Chairman Xi.

In advance of the midterm election Beijing pulled-back as part of their strategy to wait out the results from the U.S. midterm election.  The ‘Red Dragon‘ play was to reengage after Trump after the election hoping for a weakened enemy.

Each time China takes aggressive action (red dragon) China projects a panda face through silence and non-response to opinion of that action;…. and the action continues.

The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately.  The Art of War.

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask.

It is specifically because he understands that Panda is a mask that President Trump messages warmth toward the Chinese people, and pours vociferous praise upon Chairman Xi Jinping, while simultaneously confronting the geopolitical doctrine of the Xi regime.

In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.

President Trump is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

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

However, China cannot engage in economic commerce with Venezuela or they risk losing access to the U.S. banking system.  Therefore all current Chinese aid to Maduro comes in the form of IOUs.  These ongoing loans are likely impossible to be repaid.

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 influenced global energy prices.  Additionally, President Trump is demanding NATO countries, specifically Germany, stop supporting financial dependence on Russia.

Meanwhile, and directly connected, Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria. Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent and President Trump is now putting pressure on Iran vis-a-vis new sanctions and new demands on allies.

Squeeze #3. In 2017 Trump and Secretary Tillerson, now Secretary Pompeo, 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. The U.S. removed $900 million in financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.  [NOTE: Last month the World Bank began discussions about a financial bailout for Pakistan.]  Again, more one-way bleed for China.

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

Squeeze #5. President Trump 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.

In March of 2018 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer completed a section 301 review of China’s trade practices.  [SEE HERE] Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974 authorizes the President to take all appropriate action, including retaliation, to obtain the removal of any act, policy, or practice of a foreign government that violates an international trade agreement or is unjustified, unreasonable, or discriminatory, and that burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.  However, as talks with China progressed, President Trump shelved the 301 action to see where negotiations would end-up. The May and June, 2018, negotiations between the U.S. and China provided no progress.  The 301 review of China was pulled back off the shelf, and President Trump assembles his trade-war strategy.  The 301 tariffs/sanctions are currently being worked out with U.S.T.R Robert Lighthizer.

Squeeze #6. President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer dissolved NAFTA. One of the primary objectives of team U.S.A. was 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.]

(USMCA – Link) – [Full Details]

Squeeze #7. 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. concludes with NAFTA. [Current discussions with Japan are ongoing]

Squeeze #8. President Trump positioned the U.S. relationship with the E.U. as a massive potential loss for Europe (via Steel, Aluminum, and Auto tariffs) if they did not: (A) shift their trade relationship toward greater reciprocity; and (B) reconsider the size of their trade relationship with China.  After initially trying to push-back, Europe acquiesced.

Squeeze #9. President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. Last year the KORUS (South Korea and U.S.) trade deal was renegotiated, and announced in March. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

Squeeze #10. President Trump has formed an economic and national security alliance with Shinzo Abe of Japan. It is not accidental that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un fired his last missile over the Northern part of Japan. Quite simply, Beijing told him to.  However…

Squeeze #11. President Trump cut-off the duplicitous Beijing influence over North Korea by engaging directly with Kim Jong-un.  The open exchange and ongoing dialogue has removed much of the ability of Beijing to leverage the DPRK nuclear threat for their own economic benefit.  This dialogue was as much, if not more, about dismantling the Beijing geopolitical influence as it was about denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.  However, no-one caught on to that part of the strategy.

 

 

 

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147 Responses to President Trump Talks “Many Subjects” With Chairman Xi…

  1. suejeanne1 says:

    what are people’s thoughts on the timing of the Jeff Sessions press conference this morning?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. vikingmom says:

    What a difference in policy and tactics – Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, all talked tough about China in public but rolled over and capitulated in private, which is why the middle class in this country has almost been decimated.

    Donald Trump is looking out for American workers rather than Globalist “masters” so he has taken the total opposite approach, which is why the Chamber of Commerce and the NWO Puppetmasters are are such a panic to take him down!

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    • The Phantom Stranger says:

      Many in Washington privately support Trump’s aggressive tactics with China, including some on the other side of the aisle. Everyone knew China has been abusing us in trade relations and industrial espionage for years.

      Liked by 17 people

      • mikeyboo says:

        They had help in the US e.g. The Feinsteins,the Clintons, and the Obamas.

        Liked by 10 people

        • vikingmom says:

          Remember Al Gore and the very generous Chinese monks? How “convenient” for all of them that Attorney General Janet Reno decided there was nothing to see and dropped the matter!

          Liked by 6 people

          • Liberty Forge says:

            You have hit on an interesting point.

            For many years we have watched the obvious collusion, illegalities, corruption, etc. on the sidelines. Your example is just one.

            We watched it all happen. And then also watched nothing happen.

            None of the misdeeds were ever pursued, exposed & prosecuted.

            Nothing happened. The corruption continued year after year after year.

            How & why?

            It never occurred to us that it was because our DOJ and FBI, and perhaps other “agencies” as well — were also corrupt!

            The foxes have been watching the hen houses all along.

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      • scrap1ron says:

        We need more than have been stepping up to the plate so far. Sometimes it seems likes it’s President Trump, a small band of DC supporters, and us deplorables

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    • Pa Hermit says:

      Ya hit the nail square on the head vikingmom! The no.1 reason we can’t sleep at the switch next week!

      Liked by 2 people

    • scrap1ron says:

      You think maybe Clinton, the Bushies, and Barry might be benefitting $$$ from corporate entities that are heavily invested and partnered with China? Play along to get along and they all get to develop a wealthy family political dynasty. Financial wealth is one thing, the cherry on top, but political wealth is the true power. It’s like a modern evolution of feudalism. Kings, their courtesans, and the rest of us as serfs. These wannabe kings and queens sure seem to hold allegiance to something other than the US as it was founded.

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      • mikeyboo says:

        Their allegiance is to their own wealth and power.-not to national boundaries or any principle except that they get more..and more…and more- and we don’t.
        Trump is the exception in that he actually does seem to care about his fellow Americans.
        He is a nationalist in a world of “leaders” who despise their own citizens.

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    • MB224 says:

      Every POTUS since Ford has been an able and complicit abettor to transferring our wealth to Chyna and a few other countries. Since Bush it’s been a full scale treason assault with CA dems leading the way. They will be exposed.

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    • truthseeker39525 says:

      Seems to me that is what he said he was going to do, in his Inaugural Address, when he talked about Wall Street getting richer, while America’s heartland was stripped of industry, jobs, wealth, and opportunity.
      MAGA!

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    • Daniel says:

      I’m sure they had investments to protect. Trump is a capitalist. He believes in earning his money and believes others should too. His push for the employment of others only reflects his true self — it’s not “just politics” for him. He has no time for the “investment class” who do little more than rely on the markets and occasionally manipulating them while others do the actual productive work.

      I think there was a pretty good reason Jesus attacked the money changers. Soros is a money changer at the core. So too are these of the investment class. While it’s easy to confuse Jesus of being a communist at heart, I don’t believe that’s necessarily true. I think it’s more like Trump in that people should work and earn their own way though.

      I think Trump is wrong, though, to push women in the workplace. I can see where that it politically advantageous, but in reality, it serves to destroy marriage and family. Take for example the “wage gap.” In cases where the wage gap is reversed, that is women make more money than men, men are diminished and less worthy in the eyes of women because they still instictively believe a man should earn more than a woman. What’s more, with women working, what happens to the family?

      From where I sit, the culture and its destruction is the most significant aspect which needs attention in this country. Without the culture of family, we’ll never really recover.

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  3. Enoughisenough says:

    Without diving down into the minutiae, I trust POTUS to make deals in the best interest of me and ALL Americans. He is far superior to addressing the intimate details than I could ever hope to be, and will undoubtedly negotiate the best possible deal that benefits all of us. I have rarely, if ever, handed over complete authority to do right by me, but I have zero hesitation putting all my eggs in the Trump basket. Thank you, POTUS, and carry on in your “America First” agenda!!!

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    • Pyrthroes says:

      Hear, hear!

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    • TreeClimber says:

      “He is far superior to addressing the intimate details than I could ever hope to be”

      I’ll give you that Donald John Trump might be, but barring him (and a few others… Meadows and Nunes spring to mind,) anyone who reads CTH is probably more capable than most others in Washington.

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      • GB Bari says:

        There’s more than a little truth in your statement. I believe we tend to get almost if not all sides of every issue in here, with little “filtering”.

        There are enough Treepers on board who appear to have knowledgeable backgrounds, connections, are wide-read, and see events through the lenses of unique life experiences such that we get a VERY comprehensive picture.

        Yes we tend to be very pro-Trump, very pro-MAGA, but while there tends to be a little cheerleading (we can always use some cheerleading after being browbeaten 24/7 by the eneMedia), I find little expressed herein that is as irrational and unrealistic as what is printed on MSM sites and especially what appears in Comments sections below those sites’ articles..

        Of course it all begins here with excellent analyses and perspectives from Sundance.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      We can feel like we’re well represented at the G20 this time around.
      I rarely ever feel that way.

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  4. wheatietoo says:

    A few days ago, Chairman Xi announced that he was instructing his military to “prepare for a shooting war”.

    This is what communists do…resort to violence and heavy-handed tactics when they don’t get their way.
    But this doesn’t work in an economic war.

    All this will do, is make US companies start looking for the exits.
    Companies from other countries too…will start thinking ‘Uh oh, maybe this is not a good place be.’

    Dumb move by Big Panda.

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    • jmarshs says:

      Great observation about companies wanting stability.

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    • Child of Morning says:

      Empty threat, bravado and covering his ass at home. Shooting war with your largest trading partner? Suicide. Plus there is article 5. And there is Japan, who more than US is in a Cold War with China.

      The VSG is pi$$ing on Xi. The rest of China sees it. This will be PT’s greatest international achievement. Xi is heralded as China’s most powerful leader since Mao. History will tell a different tale.

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      • lumoc1 says:

        “Xi is heralded as China’s most powerful leader since Mao.”
        This is very likely a true statement. However, the truth of the statement has in no way any impact on the power relation between President Trump and Chairman Xi, except that if Chairman Xi stupidly believes that President Trump is as weak as Mao was, which may likely lead Chairman Xi into making grievous errors in his dealing with President Trump.

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        • railer says:

          You know, when Trump interrupted dessert and coffee with Xi at Mar a Lago by going off and ordering a bombing in Syria, then coming back to tell Xi about it, I took it as a bit of needless intimidation and bluster. I’ve since reconsidered it though. Trump has made it clear that he’ll use the full powers of the presidency, and it’d behoove Xi to figure out what those powers are, as he hasn’t ever seen a president use them against him, as Trump undoubtedly will. I think the Chinese are still considering how they’re going to handle all this. As Trump says, “They’re not ready to make a deal.”

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      • MB224 says:

        Yep, total empty threat. They’re banking everything on the mid-terms meanwhile Sessions are starting to uncork the genie everyone knows but no one wants to admit is the real key to dismantling the entire democrat party- Chinese treason. The entire democrat party apparatus of California is in their pockets and soon the world will know. The repercussions for Chyna will be massive once the American people realize what they’ve been doing.

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        • Child of Morning says:

          MB. So hope that you are correct on this score. I’ve clung to the hope that Sessions has been focused on bringing down the traitors to China in our government. Hard to keep the faith given all the negative optics.
          “Jeff, you go after the real threat, China and the traitors. Ignore the DOJ and FBI sewer, i’ll drain it. Let’s stay out of each other’s way and let me know when you are ready.” Too much to hope for?

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          • billrla says:

            Child of Morning: Ask Diane Feinstein. I bet she would know.

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            • G. Combs says:

              Actually the ones who would know are those executing the FISA Title I warrant on Diane Feinstein and her Hubby.

              Never forget all it takes is President Trump & AG Sessions to initiate a one year warrant that DOES NOT go through the FISA court and thus does not tip off the DemonRats. 😁

              This could be the real reason for the ‘cold war’ between President Trump & AG Sessions, it is need to mislead the DemonRats. 😉

              Sedition AND Treason, best served cold after the midterms. I hear AG Sessions was down in Gitmo checking out the refurbished and enlarged accomodations for his former colleagues on the Hill.

              Time will tell….

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    • Scott says:

      Thinking back to articles by Sundance in the past, another big advantage we (the USofA) has is the fact our economy is probably more balanced than any other nation on Earth. If anyone could survive a protracted “isolation” that inevitably comes during war, it would be our great country led by Mr. Donald J. Trump.

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      • Yes, and we also have abundant natural resources, energy and most minerals (with a few exceptions). No other country in the world has such breadth and depth of such wealth.
        That is why it was so important for POTUS to approve pipelines, get a handle on how Interior Dept is being managed, end the war on coal, help bring back steel and aluminum capacity, mines in MN, and other actions. Heck he even moved quickly on the need to dredge the Houston ship channel (which he heard about last week when he was here for the rally, and told the Acting EPA Admin to get to work on it the next day!
        President Trump understands how these details work together, and he has assembled some terrific folks to follow up on these issues.

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    • piper567 says:

      dumb move, soros…
      All marxists have nothing but force or violence with which to advance their bankrupt ideology.

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  5. ringoagogo says:

    OMG. And we all know PDJT is a rube, racist, white nationalist. The MSM and the people that think they are telling the truth are truly idiots. I really feel sorry for them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Pokey says:

      I don’t and I also don’t sell them short. Most of these loudmouths know exactly what they are doing. Just go vote and beat them badly next week. It is the only way that the MSM and the useful idiots will ever be silenced, and even then, only until they get through licking their wounds. They will never give up and will have to be beaten back time and again until they decide to find a more target rich environment. Do any of us see a more target rich environment on this planet?

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  6. fleporeblog says:

    China 🇨🇳 is truly seeing their world being rocked by the Eagle 🦅! It is bad Treepers. The MSM is doing everything in their power not to report on it because it shines a light on our President’ Policy towards China 🇨🇳 but more importantly it shines a light on previous administrations that sold our country out to China 🇨🇳.

    From the article linked above:

    China’s economy appears to be slowing faster than expected at the start of the fourth quarter, a bad omen for growth early next year when the full force of the trade war with the United States comes to bear.

    Business sentiment in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors was weaker than expected in October, led by sharp declines in export demand, according to the official purchasing managers’ index published on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.

    Meanwhile we continue to move along wonderfully!

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    • TMonroe says:

      Only issue is that the powers that be took their off the ball security-wise (ignorance or planned action) — both in terms of vetting and in moving to hackable records and defenses — and PC priorities mean the institutions are extremely easy to infiltrate compared with when we previously had to face down an opponent of considerable strength. Add that to the lack of unity in worldview compared to conflicts past, and we can’t act like a call to rally the troops as it were and stay on target won’t have its issues.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      I remember when Bill Clinton was giving computer and satellite technology to the Chinese.
      Why would a US president give rocket and ballistic missile tech to the communists?
      Money is all that matters to the Clintons.

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  7. trumpismine says:

    If Xi is waiting for the US economy to go down he better be in it for the long haul.

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    • John Bosley says:

      Xi is.
      They think 100 years down the road.
      Already China is expanding its base in Antarctica by building a very large runway.
      They want a bigger piece of the pie.
      I believe they want to control some airspace above for future military deployment of their missiles and other hardware.
      They just built a big icebreaker for use in the Arctic to bust open the North West passage to shipping and have advised their shipping companies to have a look see for future sea lanes with Russia’s blessing.
      All designed for the One Belt initiative to get around any roadblocks we might throw out in their way.
      They think long term.

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      • Mongo says:

        Oh, Ok, so you say they think 100 years down the road. So answer me this Einstein.
        If the Chicoms think 100 years down the road, why in the hell is the US the most powerful nation both militarily and economical in the world today? I mean, if the Chicoms, as you say, think 100 years down the road, what the hell they thinking 100 years ago?

        One belt initiative is a vast failure. Loaning money to deadbeat nations… China will grow old before it grows rich. Their demographics are totally upside down. Another brilliant Chicom 100 year thought, let’s limit people to one child so we totally screw ouselves in less than 100 years because we won’t have enough young folks to take care of the old folks.

        Your post, to put it kindly, is a bunch of malarkey.

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        • John Bosley says:

          ” why in the hell is the US the most powerful nation both militarily and economical in the world today? ”
          Britain ,America and to a lesser extent the Commonwealth Nations have been blessed by the Almighty with the choicest land , temperate climate , abundance of raw materials.
          This is truly the land of milk and honey.
          But because of our sins that is being taken away and given to ” Gentile nations “.

          ” I mean, if the Chicoms, as you say, think 100 years down the road, what the hell they thinking 100 years ago? ”
          Perhaps the question should be what were they thinking 1000 years ago ?
          It is a fact that they plan for the very long term , witness the past history.
          Sun Tzu’s The Art of War gives a great guide into their mindset.

          ” One belt initiative is a vast failure. Loaning money to deadbeat nations… China will grow old before it grows rich. Their demographics are totally upside down. Another brilliant Chicom 100 year thought, let’s limit people to one child so we totally screw ouselves in less than 100 years because we won’t have enough young folks to take care of the old folks.”
          One Belt is not even out of the starting gate so you know nothing about how it will transpire.
          America loans lots to deadbeat nations, so hows that working out for us as the most powerful nation on the Earth ?
          They limit the population for a very good reason, the billion plus reason.
          For the very fact of such a huge number of mouths to feed has set it on an Imperialist quest to find more breathing room , resources and land to feed them.
          In that quest I think you cant help but be an SOB nation to achieve an end to its means .

          ” Your post, to put it kindly, is a bunch of malarkey. ”
          Maybe we will know that in 100 years from now , lol.

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          • the5thranchhand says:

            ‘But because of our sins that is being taken away and given to ‘Gentile Nation’??? Seems you have forgotten all the children China murdered during their one-child program. You seem to think their sins will not be punished, John Bosley??

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      • MB224 says:

        Xi was thinking that he could bribe all Americans the way he bribed the traitors who’ve been charge. He and they based their ENTIRE “100 year plan” on that one thing. And in some ways it was a good bet but they never added the “what if”…..into their calculus, just like the Japanese.

        As a result their entire scheme will be smashed to bits in a matter of 4 or five years and it will never recover without easy access to American companies and the American market.

        All those military bases require MONEY. All those cheap concrete stadiums they’re building in exchange for natural resources requires MONEY and access to MARKETS.

        Their economy is already walking on stilts made of debt and printed money. The only thing keeping it afloat is access to America. 2 years of negative growth might topple their entire commie party. Get your popcorn.

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        • John Bosley says:

          True dat.
          But he knows for a fact PDJT will not be around after 2024.
          However, he as president for life will.
          The simple fact is what will our next Leader do after PDJT is gone ?
          Carry on or business as usual like in the past ?
          If I was Xi , I would place a bet on things going in his favour.
          I think the Chinese are more resilient than us, they can weather the storm , us not so much.
          We don’t have the greatest generation steering us in the right direction anymore, most have gone.

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          • yucki says:

            IFF they can hang on, they’ll derive benefit from the colonies they’re acquiring all over the world. Resources, a youth bulge in Africa to tap for cheap labor, BRI military bases to defend the colonies.

            They’ve got a space station in Argentina that’s worrisome:

            From a Space Station in Argentina, China Expands Its Reach in Latin America

            From the article linked above:
            “…Argentine officials say the Chinese have agreed not to use the base for military purposes. But experts contend that the technology on it has many strategic uses.

            Frank A. Rose, an assistant secretary of state for arms control during the Obama administration, said he spent much of his time worrying about China’s budding space program. American intelligence and defense officials watched with alarm as China developed sophisticated technology to jam, disrupt and destroy satellites in recent years, he said.

            “They are deploying these capabilities to blunt American military advantages, which are in many ways derived from space,” Mr. Rose said.

            China is not alone in regarding space as a critical battlespace for future wars. Last month, the Trump administration announced it would create a sixth military branch devoted to space.

            Antennas and other equipment that support space missions, like the kind China now has here in Patagonia, can increase China’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, experts say.

            “A giant antenna is like a giant vacuum cleaner,” said Dean Cheng, a former congressional investigator who studies China’s national security policy. “What you are sucking up is signals, data, all sorts of things.”

            Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said American military officials were assessing the implications of the Chinese monitoring station. Chinese officials declined requests for interviews about the base and their space program.…

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      • michaelhamblin says:

        China and Russia’s ambitions in the Antarctic are acts of desperation, mainly for control of mineral resources (oil). Expect a lot of “scientific” missions there that are really petroleum & mineral exploration in disguise. Building bases to go to war with penguins makes exactly zero sense. Better to not trigger an international incident by putting military units there to guard the snow.

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  8. jmarshs says:

    We are watching the greatest foreign policy President in the history of the United States (and I don’t say that lightly) restructure the entire economic and geopolitical landscape of the World in such a way that ALL countries will benefit if they move towards true free market principles.

    Amazing.

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    • Pokey says:

      And we are watching the Uni-party desperately trying to undermine him whenever they get a chance. We will be blessed if he can just hang on to the ship through 2024. It will take at least 20 years to accomplish some of our PDJTs goals.

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  9. R.Shanker says:

    We are seeing the first honest POTUS in over 30 years – an entire generation. And in the kind of corruption that exists – being an honest potus, trying to actually improve the lot of the population – takes a superhuman level of effort – and an unshakeable confidence. We are very very fortunate.
    We will soon find out that we are in fact a wealthy country. That trillions of dollars have been stolen – through corruption. Once we have a clean honest system – we will discover that things that were Problems ( like healthcare) – are easily managed by the wealthiest nation on the planet.
    Thank you DJT, Thank You !!

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    • Monadnock says:

      You’re right R.Shanker – people are gonna be amazed at how much gets done when the wheels of progress aren’t bogged down in the beach sand of corruption.

      (Setting aside for a moment the argument over public funding versus private funding…) Personally, I hope to see men on Mars in my lifetime. We should have been there decades ago, and probably would be, but for all the people infesting D.C siphoning off so much of our country’s wealth. Too many people there are intent on building an Ego Kingdom rather than using the blessing that is the United States to (sorry Gene) boldly go where no man has gone before.

      There is so much out there in God’s Magnificent Creation to explore and understand. I want to see the Left utterly defeated, and then watch our children reap the benefits of our sacrifices.

      I’m not under any sort of secular delusion that mankind is perfectible in this present life, but I do believe that we could have been so much more than we are at this point in human history, but for the malign impact of the Left on everything it touches.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Once we have a clean honest system – we will discover that things that were Problems ( like healthcare) – are easily managed by the wealthiest nation on the planet.”

      _________________

      AND once we have a clean, honest system — there must be PUNISHMENT.

      And is must be SEVERE enough to prevent it from happening again for as long as possible. Historically speaking, if you do something like the Nuremberg Trials, it may prevent such grotesque atrocities and crimes against humanity on a global scale for a generation or two at best.

      That’s the best we can hope for.

      If there is not severe punishment, and many very public examples made, then the guilty will have been rewarded for their crimes against humanity, and they will be right back at it tomorrow.

      Because… why not?

      Why shouldn’t they, if there is no penalty?

      Why shouldn’t they, if the good and the just and the decent people, finally having the power to exact justice, do nothing?

      The only conclusion is that the good and the just deserve to be abused — and, in fact, they must like it — and want more of it.

      You can be sure that’s what I would conclude, if I was one of them.

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  10. ZurichMike says:

    Great synopsis! Thanks! 👍

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Been on the planet 60+ years.

      Kept waiting for the peace dividend.
      The hover cars that I read about in
      Popular Mechanics when I was 12.
      The disease free country we were
      promised. We beat TB small pox,
      polio.

      The bastards stole our standard of
      living, our education system ( talk
      to someone that graduated prior to
      1970 vs current. Huge difference).
      Re introduced health problems we
      had eradicated. And, for good
      measure, killed the safety of millions
      upons millions with neo con warfare.

      I wish them torment. In the current life.
      They would and have done nothing less
      for us.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Understood. You’re right — but our focus needs to be on self-improvement more than vengeance. Complacency and self-deception allowed this situation to develop. We can and will overcome it

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        • scott467 says:

          “Understood. You’re right — but our focus needs to be on self-improvement more than vengeance.”

          ____________________

          Not vengeance.

          Justice.

          There must be justice.

          There must be penalty for wrongdoing.

          Without justice, ‘self-improvement’ — and anything else — is for nought.

          ………………………………………….
          “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19, KJV)

          “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: [4] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 3:3-4)
          …………………………………………..

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        • scott467 says:

          “— but our focus needs to be on self-improvement more than vengeance. ”

          __________________

          The biggest, single-most important self-improvement we could make is to finally hold evil people accountable for their evil deeds.

          Without justice, we are only fooling ourselves, living a fraud.

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  11. Dutchman says:

    I have a theory, seeking comment;
    As Sundance points out, US Chicom relations is THE whole Ball of Wax, even soft coup is small potatos by comparison.
    The assumption most make is that just as with all other countries, POTUS wiil eventually make a deal on trade,with Chicoms.
    I question that.
    What he is ‘asking’ for (really, DEMANDING with tarrifs) SEEMS fair and straightforward, from OUR US point of view, and from any truly objective view; STOP CHEATING.

    The thing is, the Chicom system CAN NOT, in my view, COMPETE, on a ‘fair and equitable basis’ EVER.

    The Chicom ‘system’ eliminates innovative thought, and inculcates corruption in its people. Therefore, without innovation it can’t develop NEW products, or advanced manufacturing methods,…ALL it can do is copy the work of others.

    A LOT of $ and market share comes from innovation, just look at apple products.
    The same kind of innovative mind, that might come up with a novel and marketable widget, would look at their system, and question it, and so such innovative thinking is quashed, ruthlessly.
    And, the whole Chicom system is built on Corruption. Hence, products are and will always be, well, crappy!
    Japan started out copying western designs, and with poor manufacturing, but they IMPROVED.I watched, it took about 10-15 years, to go from “jap is crap” (what me and my 10 y.o. friends would say, when we got a ‘made in Japan toy), to them making top of the line, high quality products.
    China has had 30 years, still producing crap; WHY?
    Because the manager of a factory works for the Party, and if he uses fillers or low quality, and therefore lower price, materials the ‘davings’ goes up the line, to his superiors in the party. And he gets positive ‘credit’ from his ‘bosses’; the party.
    Therefore, he,will ALWAYS make the decision to cut corners. Hence, the only way the Chicom system can function, is if its NOT competeing against western manufacturing, not just the U.S., but Japan , Germany, hell even Italy manufactures high quality products, like ferrari. China could NEVER manufacture a ferrari, nor could they, on their own EVER come up with a design like the ferrari, can’t innovate, remember?

    My point is, while POTUS’s demands are perfectly reasonable, Chicoms CAN NOT accede to them, without becoming a 3rd world country, with Nukes.

    It would mean a phenominal retraction of their manufacturing, as their cheap, low,quality products can’t compete, not only here, but world wide.

    If they fundamentally restructure their society, enough to correct these fundamental defects of their system, the Communist party would not have control anymore.

    So, with all the squeezes Sundance has listed, with more coming, DJT is pressuring Chicoms to do something they are unable to survive.

    Hence,,I question the notion that POTUS is, just like,with all other countries, simply seeking a fair bilateral trade deal, with Chicoms.

    I THINK he is doing JUST what Reagan did with Soviet Union. They called it an “Arms Race”, but really it was about COMPETITION, and the Soviet system simply couldn’t compete.

    Just as Chicom system can’t compete, ON AN EQUAL FOOTING, with western Capitalist economic systems.

    WHAT are Chicoms to do?

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    • Bugsdaddy says:

      I think you are on track here Dutch. China has been at war with us for 30+ years. Their goal is no different than if they sent 100,000,000 troops.

      Simple as that. Not everything is as complicated as we like to make it.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Chinese communists yes, but not just Chinese communists… we have communists throughout our higher education system, media and elsewhere. I don’t want Chinese people squashed. I want for them to be prosperous — I want for us to be prosperous — and people who thrive on hatred and division, envy and violence need to be seen for what they are and dismissed, instead of placed into respected positions of high responsibility

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    • scott467 says:

      “I THINK he is doing JUST what Reagan did with Soviet Union. They called it an “Arms Race”, but really it was about COMPETITION, and the Soviet system simply couldn’t compete.

      Just as Chicom system can’t compete, ON AN EQUAL FOOTING, with western Capitalist economic systems.

      WHAT are Chicoms to do?”

      _____________________

      Agreed.

      Nothing they can do, because their entire system is based on corruption and dependence on the West.

      They only way to rectify that situation is to:

      A) be intellectually honest about it

      and

      B) make changes so radical they would essentially be the ‘retirement’ of communism

      And this is exactly what DJT should be doing.

      The ONLY reason outlaw regimes are allowed to exist in the modern world is precisely because they are ‘allowed’ to.

      None of the frauds and phonies who lead nations ever have the courage or integrity (lack of corruption) to call them out publicly for their lawlessness.

      And so it is allowed to continue, in perpetuity.

      And honest man would call them out. Pull the curtain back, let the light of day shine in for the whole world to see, and then be silent, waiting for the lawless to justify their continuation, both to their own people, and to the world.

      DJT is that honest man.

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    • MB224 says:

      Precisely but the Chicom corruption isn’t limited to the Party. It’s the Chinese way period in almost everything. The Japanese were fortunate to learn how to produce quality from the great Edwards Deming, mainly because their entire country was in rubble and ashes. But the Japanese culturally understand quality and refinement. The Chinese culturally understand hustling, lying and cutting corners to get ahead, in everything.

      This will not end well for Chyna.

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    • billrla says:

      Dutchman: In other words, “Mr. Xi, tear down this [Great} wall [Wall of China.]”

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    • Pyrthroes says:

      “What are ChiComs to do?” Ask Maduro Moro.

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    • KittyKat says:

      I think your thesis that the president wants to stop cheating is correct, but that your conclusion “they can’t compete” is wrong.

      I think China will soon learn, under the president’s guidance, that “Honesty pays the best” whether individuals or nations, religious or secular.

      Perhaps in the big picture, the economic development of North Korea will involve China’s economy as well. China will have many opportunities to help NK’s nascent economy, and in helping North Korea, will increase its own wealth as well.

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  12. frankie says:

    Known by her native name “Cherokee Deporter.”

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  13. Pokey says:

    Now for my comment. Punch below the belt on these guys ! They need to squeak in pain.

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  14. scott467 says:

    “The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately. The Art of War.”

    ______________________

    Sounds a lot like Sick Hillary’s Art of Lying.

    A whole lot.

    …………………………….
    During a private 2013 speech to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton emphasized the importance of holding two positions on political issues — a “public” one and a separate “private” one.

    In the speech, Clinton talked about how the horse-trading of politics looks bad to the public, necessitating the creation of a separate public position that doesn’t reflect one’s actual views.

    “You just have to sort of figure out how to … balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today,” Clinton said. “Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”
    …………………………….

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  15. daughnworks247 says:

    Oh, Sundance, this article, the squeeze play, is one of my favorites, right up there with the “price of lemons in Egypt” and the “Tripwires” from 2016. Bravo Zulu!

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  16. Robert Swanson says:

    Gonna be real interesting to see what happens to that panda mask after the elections. Particularly if it’s in the wake of a red tsunami. I bet you dollars-to-donuts things progress MAGA fast in our favor if the election turns out in the GOP’s favor.

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  17. Ausonius says:

    Part of the problem in dealing with “formerly” Communist countries is that the criminal traditions entrenched in their societies are still in place. Stealing, cheating, informing, lying, etc. etc. etc. all became strategies for survival in a rather unpredictable totalitarian system: in Russia, historians have catalogued how e.g. under Stalin the population of the country reflected his paranoia and responded in kind with their own paranoia and distorted behaviors.

    China under Mao and his successors is not much different: I have written several times about the experiences in universities related by my sons and former students concerning the organized cheating, plagiarism, and other kinds of academic theft committed by Chinese “exchange students” (some of whom may in fact be spies, industrial or otherwise).

    Without a government committed to purging the society of such traditions – reintroducing religion would help! – both Russia and China will continue to cause problems, will not be trustworthy partners in any sense unless under some sort of “Squeeze,” as outlined by Sundance above, and will not be safe countries to visit.

    A friend has a Russian-born wife who brought over her mother and became American citizens: they are afraid to visit Russia any more, because like in the old days, they fear their American passports could be confiscated and they would disappear into Putin’s GULAG. MY brother’s in-laws are second-generation American citizens with Chinese heritage: they have the same fears about China under Xi.

    It may take a century or more for normal honest citizenship to even be planted in those countries.

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  18. thedoc00 says:

    Would still like to see the President’s team work on getting China’s WTO status changed to reflect their true economic status, from being rated as an emerging economy or removed all together. That is a shield China hides behind and US companies to work both sides of the fence, e.g. buy cheap Chinese junk, run JV’s in China knowing the IP cost and then cry that their IP is stolen.

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  19. Sunshine says:

    Re the G20 Argentina coming up: Canada is headed toward a massive recession and mortgage crash. It’s horrid.

    Investments are inexistent (many are leaving), no job creation, companies on the brink, and 30% of Canadians fear a bankruptcy.

    What does Justin-Boy do? Well, he agrees with Bank of Canada interest rates to double (minimum) within the next two months, agrees with raising taxes through dreaded Carbon Tax, and so much more of which Hydro is going through the roof in an upcoming winter climate.

    Many Canadians didn’t anticipate losing their jobs.

    So what will Justin-Boy do at the G-20? He’ll be ignored and only interested in women issues. BTW: he just gave at least $150 Million to Hamas (Gaza).

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    • mikeyboo says:

      “Canada is headed toward a massive recession and mortgage crash. It’s horrid.
      Investments are inexistent (many are leaving), no job creation, companies on the brink, and 30% of Canadians fear a bankruptcy.
      WOW! With that platform he could run as governor of California.

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  20. SOLUTION to INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE & SABOTAGE:

    Capital Punishment: Simple, quick and immediately effective.

    Trial by MILITARY TRIBUNAL:
    • Industrial Espionage & Technological Sabotage jeopardize National Security.
    • They transfer Generational Wealth to enrich our enemies.
    • Transferred Wealth funds our Enemies’ Military Expansions & Attacks.

    First-to-Fry instantly changes the calculus of self-enrichment.

    There is NO other solution that has ever worked in human history.

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    • SOLUTION to CHINESE INDUSTRIAL INFILTRATION & IP THEFT:

      Remove Chinese Nationals & Immigrants from every institution that’s been infiltrated:
      • Government at all levels
      • Defense Contractors Suppliers
      • Energy Corporations, Labs and Utilities
      • Telecommunications Industry
      • Technology, Industrial and Infrastructure Corporations & Contractors
      • Airline, Transportation and Logistics Industries
      • Ports, Railroads and Highway Networks and Service Industries
      • Import-Export Operations
      • Education Industry
      • IP Repositories

      Revoke ALL VISAs

      Shut down ALL IMMIGRATION

      Impose Tariffs for REPARATIONS

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  21. MB224 says:

    Sundance you need to listen and write about this Sessions press conference. This is a KEY hammer that is dropping. Sessions is making a complete indictment of China.

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    • Pyrthroes says:

      Who cares what branches Sessions’ spider-monkeys swing from? In total default-of-duty over nigh two years, this sadsack do-nothing has been swallowed whole by DC’s coiling python. Post next Tuesday, he and Rosenstein will be flinging their pumpkin-heads elsewhere.

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  22. Pyrthroes says:

    China’s “Dragon – Panda” duplicity is purely a PR ploy. Over 2,200 years in isolation, about as accessible to Westerners as Oz, China has marinated an astonishingly sophisticated culture which at the same time is primitive as any New Guinea Highland tribe’s.

    In the true competitive, nut-cracking sense, “diversity” is the Anglo-European world’s trump-card [no pun]. Three generations of fulminating post-WW II PCBS clerisies, mandarinates, nomenklaturas aside, continent-wide imperial despotism is geo-politically not a Western thing.

    Once “Tiantzia” loses clandestine access to free-market innovation via entrepreneurial risk/reward, like blind pigs Xi’s figurative Court Eunuchs will be seeking acorns elsewhere. But in today’s world, what once took centuries is now compressed to decades.

    On December 31st, 1989, Japan’s much-hyped Nikkei Dow began a crash of 90% to levels persisting through today. In China, that will not be just a market index.

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    • lemmus1 says:

      … it’s not lack of innovation that kills Marxist systems, it’s the lack of productivity drivers inherent in their ideology

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      • G. Combs says:

        “….it’s the lack of productivity drivers inherent in their ideology.”

        That was seen here in America 400 years ago too!

        Mises Institute — The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
        “….The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

        In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”….

        …. After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.” They began to question their form of economic organization.

        This had required that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

        This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that were most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

        To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of the famines.

        Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results….”

        ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️
        AMAZING that THIS TRUE tale of the FAILURE of Socialism is no longer taught in our schools!
        ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️ ☠️

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  23. James Street says:

    From Sundance’s first sentence, what is worth noting about the date and time of President Trump’s Tweet?

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  24. Curt says:

    Sundance’s list of Trump actions to get China under control are incredibly right on the money. This President is so very intelligent and especially effective in the area of trade that it’s really hard to sometimes grasp. He and his economic team are on the same page, and they seem to work together like a well oiled machine. When the MSM calls this president unintelligent, ill advised, etc I am amazed at just how many of these same detractors can’t hold a candle to him in any arena. What’s even more amazing is how unaffected President Trump himself appears to be by these ugly attacks. He knew all along what he was going to encounter. He just proves them wrong at every turn! Like the Energizer Bunny, he always appears to be energetic, upbeat, and jovial while making fun of his detractors. That quality alone gives him huge appeal! I voted for President Trump because the alternative was unacceptable by any standard. What I didn’t expect was the great popular revolution and change this ONE man could bring to the table! I feel like WE, the people, have won the lottery and then some. In just 21 months he has made an incredible positive difference, not only domestically, by internationally also. It may sound silly, but sometimes I can’t wait to wake up in the morning to see what new idea he has up his sleeve next for America and the world. It’s almost like American, and the free world, have had NO real leadership since the days of Ronald Reagan! The Bushes, the Clintons and Obama were mere interlopers and place holders…. until we got a great leader. He is here now! Something like this happens only once in a generation; if that. We need to recognize this and take maximum advantage of our good luck…
    God Bless Donald John Trump

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    • G. Combs says:

      Actually since Calvin Coolidge.

      Remember that President Reagan was the Leveraged Buyout King that presided over the wiping out of US owned DEBT FREE corporations that lead to the Bankster owned Multinationals whose influence we are fighting today.
      The Network of Global Corporate Control [by Financial institutions]: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0025995

      Takeovers and Leveraged Buyouts
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leveraged_buyout
      http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/TakeoversandLeveragedBuyouts.html <== This is well worth the read.

      [….]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.[…]

      January 29, 1989 New York Times
      h t tp://www.nytimes.com/1989/01/29/magazine/leveraged-buyouts-american-pays-the-price.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

      Reagan was allowed [to live] because of a commitment from him to allow the CFR to hand pick his Administration. Reagan had more CFR members in his administration than anybody before him. Most of this stuff was well documented in a magazine sized book by a woman in Atlanta, Ga. in 1995. The book, “In Their Own Words” by Cyndee Parker is out of print now and NOT carried by Amazon as a used book (Imagine that….)

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  25. Peoria Jones says:

    Did anyone else notice how large DJT’s hands look in that top photo? I’m just saying.

    He’s got the whole world, in his hands.

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  26. Rumor has it that Pres. Xi Jinping told his Economic Advisors :
    我们是如此!English Translation : WE ARE SO SCREWED !

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  27. 7:00 am EST is 7:00 pm Beijing time.

    What do the Chinese know about the election, if they ate caving now?

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  28. Pyrthroes says:

    No-one is “expert on the future”, a chaotic/fractal, random-recursive, complex dynamic system governed by spontaneously self-emergent “sensitive dependence on initial conditions” [you could look it up].

    In terms of Lenin’s totalitarian “Who-whom?”, Pareto and Pournelle have it right… but democracy, rightly understood, is a procedural not stipulative construct, meaning that –absent forlorn constituents’ complicity– no big-mouth despot can emerge to contravene multi-faceted consent-of-the-governed under Rule of Law. As America’s Founders realized all too well, power-political streams all run downhill… not internecine conflict but channeled prevention is the only cure.

    In today’s world, “affairs of men” which once took centuries now transpire in mere decades. However turgid Marxisants may fuss-and-bluster, bleat-and-squeak, the only “arc of history” is that which Rainbow World idealists carve out for themselves. If you would do good, live well, stand tall amongst like-minded peers, best pledge Eternal Vigilance beginning NOW.

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