China Just Made An Aggressive Military Move That Has U.S. Officials On High Alert

China plans to establish its first military base in Africa, in a country that already hosts a U.S. military facility.

“[China is] going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, recently told defense reporters.

Djibouti is a small nation positioned at the mouth of the Red Sea. It already “hosts about 4,000 U.S. military service members at Camp Lemonnier, which, according to its website, is a Navy-led establishment that supports and prepares ships, aircraft and other deployments for ‘regional and combatant command requirements,’” International Business Times reports

The Chinese base will serve as a logistics hub allowing the Asian nation to “extend their reach” into Africa. China is the continent’s largest bi-lateral trading partner, totaling over $200 billion last year, which is up from $10 billion in 2000.

Image Credit: Google Maps

Image Credit: Google Maps

China announced in a white paper in the spring that it intends to expand its naval presence beyond primarily protection of its coastal waters to “open seas protection.”

The U.S. has for decades been the primary naval presence in the Middle East/North Africa region. “U.S. global leadership is predicated heavily on the U.S. role in protecting and to an extent controlling sea lanes of communication,” J. Peter Pham, direction of the Africa Center of the Atlantic Council, told The Hill. “If China establishes itself as a fellow protector of the global commons, then it certainly increases its stature.”

“Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, said the U.S. has to be vigilant in the face of China’s growing ambitions”, according to The Hill. 

“Overall, China’s presence in Africa is certainly something we need to pay more attention to, but not just in Djibouti. Africa’s middle class is growing faster than ever, and the continent offers great opportunities for partnerships between both governments and the private sector,” Coons said.  

As reported by Western Journalism, China has also been rapidly constructing military bases on artificial islands near international shipping lanes in the South China Sea. Last month, the U.S. sent a naval destroyer near these islands to challenge China’s claim that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders.

ISIS Just Ticked Off ANOTHER World Power, And It Could Cost Them In A Big Way

Amid reports that Chinese military forces are quietly closing in on Syria as part of a plan to support Russian efforts against ISIS, China has publicly sworn to avenge ISIS’ execution of a Chinese citizen.

In its online English language magazine on Wednesday, ISIS  said it had killed captives from Norway and China, showing pictures of the dead men under the heading “Executed.”

On Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the Chinese citizen’s identity as Fan Jinghui.

“The Chinese government strongly condemns this savage act devoid of humanity and will certainly bring the criminals to justice,” it said in a statement.

“The Chinese government will resolutely oppose all forms of terrorism, and resolutely strike at any violent terrorist criminal activities that defy the bottom lines of human culture,” the statement said. “China will continue to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation with the international community to maintain peace and tranquility in the world.”

News of the execution came as English news media were reporting a buildup of Chinese military assets in the Middle East.

China was “planning on joining the fight against ISIS ‘in the coming weeks’,” the Daily Express reported, citing an unnamed Syrian army official as its source.

“It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria,” said Igor Morozov, a member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs, who said Chinese advisers had already arrived in Syria.

“The Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, followed by its aircraft carrier,” Morozov said. The Daily Express reported that Chinese warplanes would launch from an aircraft carrier for attacks on ISIS.

h/t: CNBC

Trump Just Made A Big Time Move That ‘Will Put China On Notice That America Is Back…’

U.S.-China relations have been deteriorating as of late, with diverse issues including the U.S.-China trade imbalance, China’s devaluation of the yuan, Chinese cybercrime against the U.S., and China’s increasingly aggressive moves against its neighbors all playing a part.

Now, Donald Trump has released a plan of how to reform the U.S.-China economic relationship.

Trump writes that the “most important component of our China policy” is “leadership and strength at the negotiating table.”

He berates President Clinton for his comments following the inclusion of China in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Speaking of China’s inclusion in the WTO, Clinton said that it is a “good deal for America. Our products will gain better access to China’s market, and every sector from agriculture, to telecommunications, to automobiles. But China gains no new market access to the United States.”

Trump writes that “none of what President Clinton promised came true.” Instead, since China joined the WTO, “Americans have witnessed the closure of more than 50,000 factories and the loss of tens of millions of jobs.”

The US trade deficit with China stood at a whopping $318.7 billion dollars in 2013.

Trump writes in his position statement that “America fully opened its markets markets to China but China has not reciprocated.” Instead, China has erected a “Great Wall of Protectionism” of “unlawful tariff and non-tariff barriers to keep American companies out of China.”

The statement continues: “When Donald J. Trump is president, China will be on notice that America is back in the global leadership business and that their days of currency manipulation and cheating are over.”

Trump outlines four goals of his plan.

First, he wants to “bring China to the bargaining table” by “immediately declaring it a currency manipulator.” In the plan, he writes that “economists estimate the yuan is undervalued by anywhere from 15% to 40%.” He also states that such currency manipulation, in tandem with other Chinese trade policies, has “resulted in chronic U.S. trade deficits, a severe weakening of the U..S manufacturing base, and the loss of tens of millions of American jobs.”

Second, Trump insists that he would “protect American ingenuity and investment by forcing China to uphold intellectual property laws and stop their unfair and unlawful practice of forcing U.S companies to share propriety technology with Chinese competitors as a condition of entry to China’s market.” He notes that the Chinese government ignores “rampant cybercrime, and, in other cases, actively encourages or even sponsors it-without any real consequences.”

Third, he writes that his plan will “reclaim millions of American jobs” and revive American manufacturing by “putting an end to China’s illegal export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards.” He then claims that “no more sweatshops or pollution havens” will be stealing the jobs of American workers.

Fourth, he wants to strengthen America’s negotiating position using a three-pronged approach. He wants to lower the corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs “here at home,” attack the debt and deficit so China “cannot use financial blackmail against us,” and bolster the US military presence in the East and South China Seas to “discourage Chinese adventurism.”

What do you think of Trump’s plan to prevent Chinese trade abuses?

Is America Leading On The Paris Climate Treaty? It Shouldn’t.

What an unpalatable irony. The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War and created the United States. The 2015 Treaty of Paris could end what’s left of our democratic USA – and complete the “fundamental transformation” that the Obama Administration intends to impose by executive fiat.

Meanwhile, as a prelude to Paris, October 24 marked a full ten years since a category 3-5 hurricane last hit the United States. (Hurricane Wilma in 2005; Sandy hit as a Category 2.) That’s a record dating back at least to 1900. It’s also the first time since 1914 that no hurricanes formed anywhere in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico through September 22 of any calendar year.

Global temperatures haven’t risen in 18 years and are more out of sync with computer model predictions with every passing year. Seas are rising at barely seven inches a century. Droughts and other “extreme weather events” are less frequent, severe and long-lasting than during the twentieth century. “Vanishing” Arctic and Greenland ice is freezing at historical rates, and growing at a record pace in Antarctica.

But President Obama still insists that dangerous climate change is happening now, and it is a “dereliction of duty” for military officers to deny that climate change “is an immediate risk to our national security.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post intones: “Republicans’ most potent argument against acting on climate change – that other nations won’t cut emissions, so US efforts are useless – is crumbling. The European Union has had overlapping climate policies in place for years. China, the world’s largest emitter, continues to fill in details about how it will meet the landmark climate targets it announced a year ago. World negotiators are set to convene in Paris in November to bundle commitments from dozens of nations into a single agreement that should set the world on a path toward lower emissions.”

Right. A path toward less plant fertilizing carbon dioxide, to prevent “unprecedented disasters” that aren’t happening (except in SimPlanet computer models), by stabilizing a perpetually changing climate that is driven by powerful natural forces over which humans have no control – under a 2015 Paris treaty that will inflict global governance by unelected activists and bureaucrats, bring lower living standards to billions, and initiate wealth redistribution of at least $100 billion a year to ruling elites in poor countries.

For once, President Obama wants America to play a leadership role, through a war on carbon-based energy that his own EPA admits will reduce hypothetical global warming by an undetectable 0.02 degrees 85 years from now. If we slash our fossil fuel use, he insists, the rest of the world will follow. It’s delusional.

For once, we should lead from behind – instead of with brains in our behinds. A brief recap of what other nations are actually doing underscores how absurd and deceitful the White House, EPA and Post are.

European nations and the European Union have long claimed bragging rights for “leading the world” on “climate stabilization,” by replacing hydrocarbon fuels with renewable energy. Their efforts have done little to persuade poor nations to follow suit – but have sent EU energy prices skyrocketing, cost millions of Euro jobs and made the EU increasingly uncompetitive globally. Now, Europe says it will make an additional 40% emissions reduction by 2030, but only if a new Paris agreement is legally binding on all countries.

However, two months ago, China, India and Russia refused to sign a nonbinding US-sponsored statement calling for greater international cooperation to combat hypothetical warming and climate change. And virtually all developing countries oppose any agreement that calls for binding emission targets or even “obligatory review mechanisms” of their voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What they do want is a treaty that guarantees $100 billion per year for climate change “mitigation, adaptation and compensation,” plus modern energy technologies given to them at no cost. And that appears to be only the opening ante. India environment minister Prakash Javadekar recently said “the bill for climate action for the world is not just $100 billion. It is in trillions of dollars per year.” Developed nations are “historically responsible” for climate change, he argues, and must ensure “justice” for developing countries by fully funding the Green Climate Fund. India alone must receive $2.5 trillion!

So far, pledges to the fund total just $700 million – and Prime Minister David Cameron has said Britain would provide a one-time contribution of only $9 million. He has called renewable energy “green crap” and plans to end all “green” subsidies by 2025, to reduce electricity prices that have sent millions of families into energy poverty and caused the loss of thousands of jobs in the UK steelmaking sector.

Germany’s reliance on coal continues to rise; it now generates 44% of its electricity from the black rock – more than any other EU nation. In Poland, Prime Minister Eva Kopacz says nuclear energy is no longer a priority, and her country’s energy security will instead focus increasingly on coal.

But it is in Asia where coal use and CO2 emissions will soar the most – underscoring how completely detached from reality the White House, EPA and Washington Post are.

China now gets some 75% of its electricity from coal. Its coal consumption declined slightly in 2014, as the Middle Kingdom turned slightly to natural gas and solar, for PR and to reduce serious air quality problems. However, it plans to build 363 new coal-fired power plants, with many plants likely outfitted or retrofitted with scrubbers and other equipment to reduce emissions of real, health-impairing pollution.

India will focus on “energy efficiency” and reduce its CO2 “emission intensity” (per unit of growth), but not its overall emissions. It will also boost its reliance on wind and solar power, mostly for remote areas that will not be connected to the subcontinent’s growing electrical grid anytime soon. However, it plans to open a new coal mine every month and double its coal production and use by 2020.

Pakistan is taking a similar path – as are Vietnam, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations. Even Japan plans to build 41 new coal-fired units over the next decade. Overall, says the International Energy Agency, Southeast Asia’s energy demand will soar 80% by 2040, and fossil fuels will provide some 80% of the region’s total energy mix by that date.

Africa will pursue a similar route to lifting its people out of poverty. No more solar panels on huts. The continent has abundant oil, coal and natural gas – and it intends to utilize those fuels, while it demands its “fair share” of free technology, “capacity building,” and climate “reparation” money.

During the 2011 UN climate conference in Durban, all nations agreed that the next treaty would have legally binding emission targets and mandatory reviews of emission reduction progress. They also set up the Green Climate Fund wealth redistribution scheme. Now those CO2-reduction pledges are in history’s dustbin, because developing nations believe they have the upper hand in any climate negotiations.

They’re probably right. President Obama told 60 Minutes his definition of leadership is “leading on climate change,” and he desperately wants a legacy beyond his Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Bowe Bergdahl and economic disasters. Moreover, Western nations have created a climate monster and Climate Crisis Industry, which must be appeased with perpetual sacrifices: expensive and unreliable energy, fewer jobs, lower living standards and more dead people. No wonder Asian and African countries expect to get trillions of dollars, free energy technology, and a free pass from any binding commitments.

Voters, consumers, elected officials and courts must wake up and take action. House Speaker Paul Ryan, members of Congress, governors, business leaders and presidential candidates need to learn the facts, communicate forcefully, repudiate destructive energy and climate policies – and let the world know the Senate will reject any Obama treaty that binds the USA to slashing emissions and transferring its wealth.

Above all, they must debunk, defund and demolish the mountains of anti-fossil fuel, anti-job, anti-growth, anti-family regulations that Obama & Co. have imposed – or plan to impose before they leave office – in the name of preventing a climate crisis that exists only in their minds and models.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

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Watch: How China Just Responded To U.S. Navy Action Ratchets Up The Tension

Chinese officials wailed and warned Tuesday as the United States challenged its territorial claims in the South China Sea by sailing within 12 miles of two man-made islands. China also sent two ships to stalk the USS Lassen as the American guided-missile destroyer carried out its mission.

The Pentagon said that the Lassen completed its patrol without incident. However, the cruise left Chinese diplomats voicing a chorus of shrill outrage.

“China will firmly react to this deliberate provocation,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang. “China will not condone any action that undermines China’s security.”

The United States was characterized by one expert as having taken a major step with the patrol.

“By using a guided-missile destroyer, rather than smaller vessels…they are sending a strong message,” said Ian Storey, a South China Sea expert at Singapore’s Institute of South East Asian Studies. “They have also said, significantly, that there will be more patrols – so it really now is up to China how it will respond.”

Lu said if the United States acts to “create tensions in the region,” China might “increase and strengthen the building up of our relevant abilities.”

“China hopes to use peaceful means to resolve all the disputes, but if China has to make a response then the timing, method and tempo of the response will be made in accordance with China’s wishes and needs,” he added.

American officials said the exercise was designed to demonstrate the right to freedom of navigation in the contested waters. China claims a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago. The Philippines also has claims to the hundreds of reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the area.

Over the past two years, China has converted reefs and atolls into islands by dredging sand from the ocean floor. Construction on the islands has focused on creating buildings, ports and airstrips big enough to handle bombers. The actions have raised fears that China is preparing a military use for the islands, a claim China denies.

h/t: The Gateway Pundit