Pelosi criticizes Trump for congratulating China on 70 years of communism, ‘schmoozing’ with Saudis

Nancy Pelosi lashes out at Donald Trump’s foreign policy slamming him for congratulating China on 70 years of communism and accusing him of ‘schmoozing’ with Saudis who killed Jamal Khashoggi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump for congratulating China on 70 years of communist rule ‘Well, observing their anniversary is one thing, praising them for it is another when they have serious repression going on right now in China,’ she criticized Trump posted ‘congratulations’ to China and President Xi Jinping while they marked its 70th years as the People’s Republic of…

China just unveiled an underwater drone that could one day even the odds against the US and its top allies

Bill Mesta / US Navy / DVIDS The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) showed off a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) called the HSU-001 at the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) rule on October 1. The UUV will most likely be used to spy on US allies in the region, rather than carrying out armed missions. The US is developing its own UUVs, including small ones that can be dropped from airplanes and used in swarms for reconnaissance or to lay mines, according to Bryan Clark, a…

China Launches Its First Amphibious Assault Ship

State-owned shipbuilders in China launched a new type of ship designed to launch amphibious assault ship. The ship, designated the first of the Type 075 class, is a landing helicopter dock similar to those operated by the U.S. The unnamed ship can launch Chinese marines against foreign shores by helicopter, hovercraft, or landing craft. A new amphibious assault ship launched last week from the No.4 pier of the Hudong-Zhonghua yard last week in Shanghai, China. According to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, the ship served as a backdrop for…

Philippine official tweets order for new protest vs China

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine foreign secretary used Twitter to order the immediate filing of a diplomatic protest against China on Wednesday after Chinese coast guard ships reportedly neared a Philippine-occupied shoal in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who is accompanying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on a visit to Russia, issued the normally confidential order to officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Relations between the Philippines and China have vastly improved under Duterte, but territorial rifts have remained a thorny issue. The Philippine military…

Russia eyeing energy cooperation with PH – envoy

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia has shown interest in engaging in energy cooperation with the Philippines, Manila’s top envoy here said. In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said the Philippines is “looking at” Russia to invest “in our energy sector setting up plants for natural gas” and “different steps to liquefy for our natural gas.” “[In] conventional energy, you know Russia is a major player in oil, in gas. So there’s that…that’s what we’re looking at. But we’re looking beyond,” he said. “We’re looking…

Vietnam’s Party Central Committee HasThree Options to Deal with China in Vanguard Bank

The Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) Central Committee will convene its eleventh plenum from October 7-13. According to VCP statutes, the Central Committee must meet in executive session twice a year. The second plenum usually meets in October and so the timing of this this plenum is normal. But the times are not normal. Vietnam’s leaders face a major challenge to their stewardship of Vietnamese sovereignty. In early July, China deployed the geological survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 to waters clearly within Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf to…

The Coeur d’Alene Press – My Turn, Dystopia in the East

Second of three parts In their fear and weakness, the Communist Party is becoming desperate to rally their people in a national cause and gather everyday Chinese around the Communist Party banner. All schools, media, and popular culture have taught a brittle form of Pan-Sinoist Nationalism, pitting ethnically Han Chinese against non-Han minorities within the People’s Republic and the People’s Republic of China against all foreigners. The anti-Japanese jingoism ubiquitous on Chinese television is breathtaking in its crudity and blatancy. The Communist Party is beating the war drums, with constant…

China’s Global Message: We Are Tough but Not Threatening

BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China watched from a rostrum above the iconic portrait of Mao, the weapons came one after the other down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads. Drones built for precision strikes. Tanks and armored personnel carriers bearing soldiers in green uniforms. The occasion for the grand show of force on Tuesday in Tiananmen Square was the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China — and it was Mr. Xi’s second military parade in four years, something…