“According to the UN, one third of all “member states” are delinquent in paying their “dues” to the UN this year. That includes the United States, which funds between a fourth and a third of the UN’s overall budget, compared to Communist China’s meager 8 percent. In exchange, the regime in Beijing runs almost one third of all UN specialized agencies, while an American runs just one out of 15. State Department officials said the U.S. government would pay up at some point in the fall.”
“Scientists have unveiled a 500 megapixel cloud camera system in China that they say is capable of capturing the facial details of each individual in a crowd of tens of thousands of people, raising fears facial recognition monitoring could soon reach a new level.”
“My take: Reallocating toward the B-21 is the right thing to do for five reasons: China, China, Russia, China, and China.”
Journalist wants less aircraft carriers…
“Sébastien Roblin writes on the technical and historical aspects of international security and conflict for publications including the The National Interest and War is Boring.”
“I’m not aware of a single supplier who was not moving some form of manufacturing outside of China,” said Ted Decker, executive vice president of merchandising. “So we have suppliers moving production to Taiwan, to Vietnam, to Thailand, Indonesia and even back into the United States.”
The bottom line, however, is the appearance of a shadow “war” of some kind occurring – or, if not a war, at least an operation, with an apparent retreat and reorganization of forces underway.
The major collateral threads are the charges against Jeffrey Epstein, the ascent of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservatives in the UK, and the increasing woes of China. Each of these threads bears tremendous portents for the future.
Whether China can stay the current course Xi Jinping has her on, and what the cost of that would be for China and the region – and indeed the world – hangs in the balance at this moment.
If you went by Western media coverage, you’d ignore the fact that Iran test-launched a Shahab-3 ballistic missile on, specifically, Wednesday, 24 July 2019, and North Korea test-launched two missiles seemingly similar to the Russian Iskander ballistic missile on, specifically, Thursday, 25 July; and you’d probably imagine that the missile launches were spontaneous, unrelated cosmic rebukes of Donald Trump’s policies on Iran and North Korea, which the Western media don’t like.
You would certainly ignore the fact that on Tuesday, 23 July, the day before the first missile launch, Russia and China conducted a joint strategic power demonstration with bomber flights in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), clearly intended to target the will and purpose of South Korea, while rattling Japan’s cage as a collateral benefit.
Such is the strange cognitive framework you would inhabit if you went by Western media coverage.
Guess he didn’t get the memo…
““China called last night our top trade people and said ‘let’s get back to the table’ so we will be getting back to the table and I think they want to do something. They have been hurt very badly but they understand this is the right thing to do and I have great respect for it,” Trump said.”