China Did Not Fail Under T-Rump  —  It Expanded  — Oh, so you know those tariffs are not paid by the Chinese, the Wall is not being paid by the Mexicans and thats costing you a personal minimum of  $600-800 a year more. And  go price some vegetables and necessities for your home  —  
The fees are passed on in the higher prices of the goods, how stupid can you be to not understand that simple explanation and it proves the America voter who believed in T-RUMP,  a dumbass and believes all the lies you were told and you just stand there and do nothing, you deserve what you get.




Xi’s experience with T-RUMP has been different. Tangled in a trade war, he has had to calculate Trump’s real intent: on money, human rights issues, such as the Uyghurs or Hong Kong, and simply stopping the rise of the world's next superpower.  A diplomat, who had spent many years in Europe, told me in very precise terms that T-RUMP was intentionally preventing China taking its rightful place in the world as a high-tech advanced economy.  And he failed to do so just like everything else he touches.  The man is a living failure and a successful liar — 

— The One China Deal is real as the Chinese now rule Hong Kong.  More bullsh*t  and we are in a verbal and military buildup war with China and no trade agreements. In fact it has grown wider and more militaristic.  Just ask Wal-Mart and their stores full of Chinese products.  And the folks in Hong Kong who saw the one China Deal get cut by a Chinese bayonet either capitulate or get executed…little choice… their next attack will come to Taiwan.


Brisbane, Australia (CNN) — On a small group of atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, Kiribati islanders celebrated their Independence Day Tuesday with a President who had skipped the region's first face-to-face meeting in three years. 

President Taneti Maamau not only opted out of the Pacific Island Forum meeting in Suva, Fiji, but withdrew the country from the 18-member group as a matter of principle over a dispute involving its leadership.   Some saw Beijing's hand in Maamau's decision to leave the alliance, a claim China's Foreign Ministry rejected as "completely groundless" during a regular news briefing Monday.

But on Tuesday, it was the United States' turn to step forward with incentives for Pacific Island leaders to counter Beijing's efforts to dominate an increasingly competitive geopolitical tussle in a region of great strategic importance.

A senior administration official told reporters in a call the US was "significantly stepping up (its) game in the Pacific Islands."

The incentives included more funding for fisheries, extra aid, and offers of new US embassies in the Pacific -- including one in Kiribati, which along with the Solomon Islands appears to be moving closer to China. 

The measures will be personally presented to Pacific leaders Wednesday in a virtual address by US Vice President Kamala Harris -- underscoring Washington's efforts to stress the Pacific's importance to US strategy.

Kanton Island in Kiribati  —  
It's not clear if Kiribati's decision to pull out of the forum influenced the scale of the US commitment -- the US has been promising greater engagement in the region for months as China sought to strike a flurry of deals with Pacific leaders. 

But Kiribati's decision to go it alone while tightening its economic and diplomatic ties with China shows the depth of the diplomatic challenges in the region -- and the pressure Pacific leaders are under as they try to manage their domestic and regional affairs.

"There's clear regional and subregional dynamics at play," said Anna Powles, a senior lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. "What is unclear is what President Maamau's gameplan is, what he's hoping to achieve by withdrawing Kiribati from the forum, and how this will benefit the people of Kiribati."

China may deny playing a role in Kiribati's decision not to attend the forum, but Professor Anne-Marie Brady, a specialist on China's policies in the Pacific at the University of Canterbury, said Beijing's influence is clear.

"Kiribati appear to have been given instructions not to attend," Brady said. "The timing of the announcement shows it is meant to be a disruptor to Pacific unity, just when it was about to come up with a collective response on China's attempt to set up a security treaty in the region."

An Island Nation With Vast Fishing Resources  —  Kiribati is a group of 33 atolls scattered over a large area of the central Pacific, covering 3.5 million square kilometers (1.3 million square miles) of ocean -- an area larger than India. Around 100,000 people live there under pro-BeijingPresident Maamau, who was re-elected for a second term in 2020.

Three years ago, when the Pacific Island Forum last met in Tuvalu in August 2019, Kiribati was aligned with Taiwan, the democratic island that China's Communist Party regards as its sovereign territory, despite having never ruled it. But within weeks of the forum, Kiribati followed the Solomon Islands in switching its allegiance to Beijing. And within months, Maamau had met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing to sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on China's Belt and Road initiative. Xi said China was willing to integrate the Belt and Road with Maamau's 20-year vision (KV20) -- from 2016-2036 -- to create a "wealthier, happier and peaceful country." 

"Kiribati is absolutely desperate for development, so it will be signing as many development agreements as possible," said Jess Collins, from the Lowy Institute's Pacific Island Program. "Thirty percent of Kiribiti's population live in poverty. You've got a growth rate of about 0.3 to 0.6%. They're really going to be struggling in the current economic climate."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Kiribati President Taneti Maamau in Tarawa, Kiribati, on May 27.

According to Maamau's KV20 blueprint, success depends on building the country's key sectors of tourism and fishing. Not only does Kiribati offer access to stunningly beautiful coral reefs, it has one of the world's largest exclusive economic zones.

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"China is very invested in accessing Kiribati's EEZ and accessing Kiribati's fisheries," Powles said. Though it's unclear what role China played in Kiribati's decision to leave the forum -- if any -- Powles said there has been "significant concern about the level and extent of Chinese influence in Kiribati at the highest political levels.

Diplomatic Maneuvers Overshadow Climate Crisis  —  Washington's promise of greater support and engagement came at the end of the forum's first full day, as leaders sought to present a united front over their biggest challenge -- the climate crisis.

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"The time for slow and steady action has passed," Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman told the forum. "The Pacific Islands Forum leaders have called climate change the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and well-being of our people."

To help the Pacific Island respond to the threat, the US said it and its allies and partners -- Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom -- would establish the Partners in the Blue Pacific to support Pacific priorities and boost Pacific regionalism. It mirrors the name of the 50-year Blue Pacific plan the Islands are expected to launch on Thursday -- with or without Kiribati.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives in Fiji on July 11 for the Pacific Islands Forum.

Other US commitments include tripling funding to $60 million a year for 10 years to secure US fishing rights in the Pacific, the release of America's strategy on the Pacific Islands and the appointment of the first US envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum. 

To achieve the US's soft power goals, the Peace Corps will return to four countries including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu and the US will increase aid funding to the region. 

"What we're putting on the table is a true partnership based on friendship, and respect and transparency," said a senior administration official. "What we offer is an affirmative positive agenda to take on short and long term challenges together.

Strategic Importance  —  For China and the US, the entire Pacific region offers security and opportunity. But Kiribati's location offers something special -- a potential military port of call, as it has done in the past.

During World War II, the US and its allies used the single runway at Canton airport -- now called Kanton Island Airport -- as an important refueling stop for planes entering and leaving the Pacific. 

But when the war ended, its usefulness as a base waned, and the airport fell into disrepair.

In 1979, when Kiribati gained independence from Britain, the allied connection to the airport ended, but the US signed the Treaty of Tarawa, giving it the power to veto the use of former US facilities by third parties on Kanton and other islands. 

"The treaty says that facilities on the 14 islands where the US formerly claimed sovereignty could not be used for military purposes without the agreement of the US," Brady said. But she added there are ways around that. "A dual use facility, where the military functions are not immediately activated, could get around that provision."

"China is looking for a location for military facilities in the Pacific," she said. "As elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific, the way they have been going about this is via dual use port and air facilities."

Last year Kiribati said China planned to upgrade the airstrip to better connect the islands and improve tourism -- a key part of its KV20 blueprint -- according to Reuters.

In May, the Guardian quoted Teburoro Tito, Kiribati's ambassador to the US and the United Nations, as saying that China had agreed in principle to finance the runway's upgrade, after the US said financing could take years. "The US turned us down," Tito said, according to the article.

CNN reached out to the US State Department to confirm the claim but didn't receive a response.

Beijing told Reuters last year that it was exploring plans to upgrade the airstrip at the request of the Kiribati government -- for use by civilians traveling within Kiribati. CNN has requested an update from Beijing on the status of the airstrip plans.

Pacific leaders have a busy agenda over the next two days as they consider the US's renewed vigor in the region -- and any rival offers from Beijing. 

"It is immediately obvious that geopolitics have intruded on the forum's agenda and will be a great distraction," said Patricia O'Brien, a visiting fellow in Pacific Affairs at Australian National University, before the US released its plan.

Among leaders' other priorities will be to continue efforts to bring Kiribati back into the "Pacific family." Though it remains to be seen if President Maamau sees a brighter future alone -- backed by China -- and if other Pacific nations will join him.

ASIAN, CHINA, And Other Partners  — China, Japan and 13 other Asian-Pacific nations have signed the world’s largest trading bloc in a deal many hope will hasten the region’s recovery from the shocks of the pandemic.  China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic.  The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, was signed virtually on Sunday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The accord will take already low tariffs on trade between member countries still lower, over time, and is less comprehensive than an 11-nation trans-Pacific trade deal that President Donald T-RUMP pulled out of shortly after taking office.  Apart from the 10 ASEAN members, it includes China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, but not the United States. 

The accord is also a coup for China, by far the biggest market in the region with more than 1.3 billion people, allowing Beijing to cast itself as a “champion of globalization and multilateral cooperation" and giving it greater influence over rules governing regional trade, Gareth Leather, senior Asian economist for Capital Economics, said in a report.


🇨🇳  We Are Not The Main Strongman In The Orient  The US military is not the primary force anymore in Asia, and it would struggle to defend its allies against the Chinese. This sobering assessment comes from a new report that claims missiles from China’s rapidly improving military could overwhelm US bases in the region in a matter of hours. 

So, Japan, Australia and other US partners need to bolster their forces in the region, said the report from the United States Study Center at Australia's University of Sydney. A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said the country’s military policy is "defensive in nature." Hitler claimed that too,  that Germany was wronged and defensive…

China is merely seeking a place at the international table commensurate with its status, Fareed argues, and its rise is not necessarily incompatible with US aims. Some suspect Beijing of employing a “marathon” strategy to dominate the world in the long term. 


SHORT VERSION           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzrpCC7XmyE&pbjreload=10
FULL VERSION                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnoaWO3KDIA


NOT A TOURIST RESORT   Knowing about the geostrategic value of the spratly islands holds an insightful position for understanding the interests of major powers. Spratly islands are located at the mildest of a major intersection of international sea and trade lanes. About one quarter of the world’s seaborne trade passes through these sea lanes. This includes vital oil from the Middle East to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

The nations that surround the South China Sea rely heavily on trade among themselves and with other nations for their continued economic growth and political stability. The proximity of the Spratly to South China Sea shipping lanes would be an important strategic element if any island claimant would decide to disrupt trade or create a conflict in the area. The region’s economic growth and security depend upon continued freedom of navigation for both merchant and military traffic. Likewise, the world economy is highly dependent on the free flow of goods through the South China Sea. 

The Spratlys are the heart of South China Sea both naturally and emblematically. In order to protect the claimed area, some nations have built small scale buildings and ports on their claimed islands and even some of them had stuck a few people in there, but as told earlier China believes the whole South China Sea is theirs and also the spratly islands belong to them therefore, China has started building the artificial islands there. Not just building the islands but also installing the military bases on these new artificially based islands, this took the conflict to an entire new level also showing that China is possibly willing to defend its claims with power. 

China is building man made islands because they are building naval bases on these islands, this is because the more islands they have the more ships they can support and by doing this they are slowly taking control of the surrounding territory. The Chinese are very careful using the cabbage strategy in the spratly islands to control the contested islands. They are doing it in small steps because they want to avoid a bigger conflict. But with the passage of time issues are getting intensified.  Countries like the Philippines and Vietnam are now actively arresting fishermen in the waters that they claim and China could go a step further. China also threatened to declare an Air Identification Zone above the South China Sea so that any aircrafts flying through the sea would need Chinese permission, in 2015. 

Armed Camp and Xi Keeps Kim Jung Un In Check… Even Putin is a Friend
It is not just an airfield nor a summer home for the Chinese military, it is an;  Armed camp; Marine base with support ships; An airport with both fighters and bombers; All types of missile capability in; Air-to-Air, Surface-to-Air, Surface-to-Surface and    Ship-to Air.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United States has escalated its trade war with China, hiking tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports hours after trade talks held in Washington failed to produce a breakthroughTariffs on the targeted exports increased from 10% to 25% at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, prompting a swift rebuke from Beijing.


The Chinese government expressed “deep regret over the development" and pledged to take "necessary countermeasures."  "We hope the United States will meet us halfway, and work with us to resolve existing issues through cooperation and consultation," China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement. The ministry did not give specifics on how it would respond.